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Avril - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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88
very good

180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 20
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cjgator3 on 05-19-2008)
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DaveAnderson

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This clear, lemon-yellow beer produces a big foamy head of ultra-fine pure white bubbles, even with a careful pour. It looks like it's topped with meringue.

This smells like springtime. It's like walking into a flower shop. So light, with a hint of tartness. I want to bury my nose in the glass and breathe deeply. Of course, it's hard to find room for my nose with all that foam.

Such a clean taste. It's a little grassy, a hint of lemon zest. Now I'm catching some dandelion, both on the tongue and in the nose. There's none of the tartness suggested by the aroma. It has a perfect, cleansing bitterness in the finish.

If there's anywhere this disappoints me, it's mouthfeel. At 3.5%, this is obviously going to be on the thin side. It's certainly well-carbonated, but unlike some others in the style, this beer doesn't have the fine carbonation that reminds me of drinking champagne. Maybe I'm just being picky.

I have friends who insist there's nothing better than an American adjunct lager when it's hot out, and you've just finished mowing the lawn. I beg to differ. This beer is supremely drinkable, and I made short order of a 750ml bottle in the dead of Winter. In the Summer, this would be killer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 19:00:41 | More by DaveAnderson
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled with JLindros while trying to figure our pairings for our beer dinner. Poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Nice hazy citrusy yellow pour with a huge fluffy pillowy head fades semi slowly to leave lots of lacing.

S - Aromas of lightly floral and earthy hops along with some light spice notes. Faint, but nice, citrus and lemon with faint saison funk.

T - Taste is pretty darn solid. Light almost pilsner qualities with faint citrus notes as well. Some subtle earthy saison qualities along with some light dry spice notes with a good slightly bitter hoppy/dry finish with nice floral/citrus notes.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, good medium bodied saison with nice almost prickly carbonation.

O - Overall this was a solid beer from Dupont. This is actually what we ended up going with for one of our pairings.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 18:37:26 | More by rudzud
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a hazy pale yellow with a three finger white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, floral, fruit, banana, spice, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, banana, earth, and water. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty average brew. I went into this one not really knowing what to expect and what I found wasn’t overly great for the style. While a lot of the right flavors and aromas were there, it just seemed a little toned back from what it would have been capable of. The watered down aspect I got on the flavor really didn’t help this out much at all. This did make it easy to drink, but for all the wrong reasons. Worth trying, but that is about it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2012 11:57:04 | More by thagr81us
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Pdrufo

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

09-14-2012 00:25:11 | More by Pdrufo
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-11-2012 00:07:47 | More by schopenhauerale
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge fluffy pillowy head fades semi slowly lots of lacing, hazy grapefruit yellow color

Nose light floral saison earthy and light spices nice citrus and lemon, grassy, light pilsner like malts soft and airy, light Belgian golden malts.

Taste soft golden malts, light pilsner toasty and hint wheat like, juicy light citrus, bit of earthy farmhouse saison with light spices, dry, aromatic, floral. Hint lemon and grassy with slight touch of hop bitterness. Finish is dry and floral, nice saison flavors farmhouse and touch floral spices and citrus lingering.

Mouth is med bodied nice carb.

Overall quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 20:38:28 | More by jlindros
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emaciated

California

3/5  rDev -23.7%

09-04-2012 03:50:55 | More by emaciated
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NOLANDMAN

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

08-07-2012 05:34:33 | More by NOLANDMAN
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spoony

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle (cork says 2011) into a globe glass.

A-A timid pour produces a huge, three-plus finger tall head of dense white foam. The pillowy head has nice retention and leaves a ring or two of lacing on the glass. The brew is murky, but I can see a few streams of carbonation and some yeast particles in the bright, straw colored liquid.

S-The brew pops with the Belgian yeast banana/spice combo. It is on the sweet side, but I don't get overwhelming bubblegum or candy sugar. There is a big doughy, bread crust component underlying it all. Really intense and pleasing smell for a beer with only 3.5% ABV.

T-The taste is light, but pleasing nonetheless. There is some lemon, bread dough, bread crust, and just a hint of spicy, citrusy, bitter hops on the finish. The taste is not as sweet as the smell.

M-The brew is pretty light in body with moderately aggressive, prickly carbonation. It feels a wet and crisp, and is easy to drink.

O-What a great summertime beer. I had this once before about 18 months ago and was less-than-impressed, but today totally changed my opinion. This beer drinks far above its ABV and while it is no 8% barnstorming saison, and while it may lack the alcohol or acidity to pair well with heavy food, at 3.5% I could sit around and drink this all day. I will certainly look for more of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 03:35:05 | More by spoony
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rogerthegill

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

06-19-2012 17:46:43 | More by rogerthegill
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MerkinMan

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium gold with a billowy and persistent white head that retains like a champ and marks the glass on the way down

S - Lemony phenols up front, honeysuckle and other small spring wildflowers, some wheat grainy sweetness behind that. Just a hint of floral hops along with more peppery phenols

T - Wheat, lemon phenols and spicy hop flavors join together gently up front with some bitterness and lemon flavors lingering into the finish. No agressive flavors. A touch of acidity adds to the refreshing nature of this beer.

MF - Medium-light bodied and effervescent. High carbonation, now astringency or warmth. Mouth-filling

O: Very enjoyable and refreshing. A nice alternative to the super-saisons that have become fashionable. Tart acidity makes for a great summer time refresher. I will buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 21:44:23 | More by MerkinMan
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

05-25-2012 18:47:54 | More by standardcherry
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TSJ4000

Iowa

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some local bartender talked me into this one. I was looking to try some good beers and I was hesitant. I thought it sounded a little weak because of the low alcohol but I stand corrected. The beer is really a full flavored saison. I kinda liked the low alcohol because I tasted more of the hops and malt. I think the high alcohol beers may be just a fad. I wish this beer was a little cheaper but I'm kinda addicted to it now.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2012 23:16:09 | More by TSJ4000
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kiki3drt292

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

05-08-2012 22:16:33 | More by kiki3drt292
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cpolking

Iowa

4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy and cloudy light golden yellow, looking somewhat bleached, yet glowing. There is a massive head of billowing and bubbling white foam.

The aroma is like the implanted seed in my brain of the essence of beer itself. There is lots of golden grain, lagerish funkiness, straw, earthy, floral, grassy, all in perfect harmony.

The taste is rich, dry, malty and golden grain, just a touch of honey, fresh and clean straw, with herbs and flowers, with a refreshingly bitter and dry finish.

You must go out immediately and find this beer and drink it, it is amazingly good.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 21:08:19 | More by cpolking
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Nay

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Low alcohol table beer. Super high carbonation, watery body. Aroma of pils malt, yeast, barnyard, mild phenols. Mild phenols carry through into flavor and lends most of the character to this light ale. Meh, but hey, 3.5 ABV. 250 characters are too many for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 02:09:33 | More by Nay
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle from Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program. It was poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Avril pours a mildly hazy lemon yellow. The fluffy white head is massive, passing four fingers in height. Head retention is absolutely off the charts, it lingers forever and half an hour later I've still got half a finger of foam. Lacing's just a little too spotty for the appearance to be perfect though. The nose has lots of pleasant herbal and lightly peppery aromas. There's an underlying earthy, musty aroma that I'm not quite as fond of, but it's very much secondary. It pops up a bit more in the flavor profile though. A dry pear flavor lashes brief at the open, and it's all spice/herbs and must the rest of the way. I wish the intensity of the latter was a little more in line with the nose though. The body is incredibly light, toeing the line on watery, and the carbonation manages to overpower it. It goes beyond bubbly and energetic, and actually becomes a little bit harsh and distracting. Avril's a pretty solid choice for a very low ABV beer, but I think I'm just not a huge fan of Dupont's yeast strain.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 02:28:56 | More by axeman9182
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-25-2012 15:26:45 | More by sholland119
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freduardo

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

04-22-2012 01:00:22 | More by freduardo
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance is a hazy straw yellow with tons of carbonation leaving a billowy white head. Great lacing and head retention.

Smell is a little skunky at first but that soon yields to a nice yeasty aroma with a tiny hint of barnyard funk. Some clove and banana with a little bit of lemon.

The flavor is quite crisp with some light grain and wood followed by a hint of lemon tartness. A little grape and barnyard round out the flavors. The finish is extremely dry and clean leaving you wanting another sip.

It is slightly lacking in flavor and body but for only being 3.5%, this beer would be a great thirst quencher on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 20:33:18 | More by rangerred
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Maakies

California

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Stella Chalice.

A - Light Golden and Cloudy Straw in color. Very heady beer if you're not careful! It subsides rather quickly though, not too dense.

S - Very sweet and fragrant, some citrus and musky notes, similar to bergamot. The spices remind me of clove or nutmeg with a background of floral aromatics.

T - It starts out very similar to the foret or saison dupont, sweet, yeasty, coriander, nutmeg, and clove but the flavors in the Avril subside pretty quickly. The finish is rather clean and quick but should be expected from a low ABV like this style.

M - Creamy and rich, lots of carbonation that tingles on the roof of the mouth and tongue. Very light and thin.

O - I have to admit my favorite style of beer is a farmhouse/saison and when I heard Avril was out I grabbed it as soon as I saw it. I realized the ABV was 3.5% after the fact, I was worried it would be lackluster, but I am happy I was proven wrong. This is about the 4th or 5th beer I've had now that was focused on being lower ABV but not lower quality. I really like this trend!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 04:12:16 | More by Maakies
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JxExM

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-11-2012 23:52:25 | More by JxExM
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-04-2012 00:00:21 | More by BigCheese
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Varkias41

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

03-15-2012 19:38:03 | More by Varkias41
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metter98

New York

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear light golden yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a massive two finger high bright white head that gradually died down, but consistently left a smell head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of yeast in the nose along with notes of spices as well as hints of barnyard funk.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of earthy yeast along with hints of spicy yeast. The spices are most prominent in the finish and linger through the aftertaste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very nice, refreshing and sessionable. It would make a perfect accompaniment to a meal. The bière de table also has a good amount of flavor considering its low alcohol content and light-bodied nature.

Note: 2011 vintage

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 02:14:17 | More by metter98
Avril from Brasserie Dupont sprl
88 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.