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Au Courant - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.88%
Wants: 29
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A remarkable, strong Belgian Pale Ale brewed with French Pilsner malt and pale Belgian Candi Sugar. Pureed currants and our house Belgian Ale strain are added to the fermenter to create a unique beer.Brewed to bolster your bluster in the colder weather!

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-04-2003)
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

jaxon53, Nov 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Varkias41, Aug 27, 2013
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

matjack85, Feb 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

jfcaa193, Feb 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

JAHMUR, Dec 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip.
7% ABV, no date (Bottle from 2004!)

A big sloppy wet kiss-thanks to bnieman for sharing this aged bottle from his cellar!

A - Not pale in the least, but oh well, what's a (style) name good for anyway. Blood red and cloudy, Au Courant isn't topped by much head. Thin, loose bubbles cling around the outer edge.

S - Slightly funky yeast notes give way to a fruity underbelly of currants and black cherries. Notes of lactic acidity forewarn of light sourness to come.

T - Merlot-like in flavor, currants and grapes blend nicely with a smooth malt balance. Not totally nuanced, but good regardless.

M - Lightly tart and minimally sour on the finish with a medium-light body and wine-like dryness to the back end.

O - Interesting blend going on in this brew, it's pretty unique but probably much better fresh. Still, Au Courant has hung on very well for it's age!

BeerFMAndy, Dec 06, 2011
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1/5  rDev -72.1%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Beertracker, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

THECPJ, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

ROGUE16, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.85/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Notes from camping trip, Wisconsin 2004. Copper and bright golden color, white head. Aroma was tart berries and I guess the offputting part would be currants.

Taste was just horrible. Nasty currant sweetness with fruit bitterness of shitty berries birds won't even eat. Struggled to drink just 1 of the bottles myself. Hoped to pawn the rest of the 4pack off on the girls. Rotten fruit with acid. No hops. Tastes like a boilermaker of rotten fruit and rubbing alcohol + currants.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 04, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle is from 2004.

A-murky read with almost no head whatsoever
S-really weird. Can't quite put my finger on it. I like it though. Courant smelling perhaps?
T-very sour tasting. Courant maybe? Well past its prime
M-medium bodied and not so crisp
D-ok at best. Not the worst out there

brew3crew, Feb 24, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 2~23~2011. This is a 7yr old beer, and for its age is really good.
Appearance - cloudy, orangeish red. Little bit of carbonation remains, but not terrible amount
Smell - sour, maybe a hint of grapey goodness
Taste - sour, grapes, it has a winey aftertaste, little bit of off flavors there but not too bad.
Mouthfeel - medium mouthfeel, sour aftertaste
Drinkability - I'm not a huge sour fan, so was hesitant to drink it but after getting over the initial sourness, it has a decent drinkability.

Thanks to Urbancaver - great night of tasting and tickers! :)

udchemist, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour a murky reddish brown. With a good amount of head. Well carbonated. Smells sour and tart. Certainly past it's prime but intesting to try. Tastes like courrant. The tart and sour kicks hard. I would be curious to see how it is in another 2-3 years. Decent mouth feel. Well carbonated and pretty drinkable

Urbancaver, Feb 24, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

based on some other reviews, you'd think this bottle didn't hold up well to age. i personally think it is has aged/changed very nicely. It pours a reddish purple with a one finger head, very hazy and cloudy, thick/syrupy looking, not much carbonation. Smells of currants, wine, grapes, resiny, floral, sour/tart smell. If I didn't know any better I could've sworn this was something Vinnie brewed. There is a lot of flavor in the taste. Sour, malty, mellow grapes and bitter. There is a very dry finish with a great overall medium bodied mouthfeel. Superb drinkability after all these years. Wish this was brewed again, and would love to have one more!!!

ekardz, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden orange color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy, pillowy two finger off-white head. Very god retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Large chunks of lacing left behind.

Very sweet dark fruit aroma with subtle hops, caramel malt and sweet alcohol. Slightly spicy with a bit of pepper that accompanies the apple and currants.

Medium bodied with slight oxidization up front. It's still very sweet with lots of caramel apple and vinous dark fruit. Unfortunately the alcohol hasn't mellowed much, adding heat and more sweetness. Stale hop profile which is understandable considering the age. Hints of grape, currant, apple and grape along with spicy pepper. Dry finish.

I was glad to try this beer but it kind of tastes like spicy, alcoholic apple cider.

corby112, Jan 14, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 2004 vintage bottle into a wine glass.

A: Dark, murky, eggplant color with a decent fizziness and white ring of carbonation.

S: Prunes, grapes, and a little rum raisin. A little mustiness in the background too.

T: Currants! Grape skins shine as well providing the tartness. A little booze still comes through believe it or not.

M: The best feature of this beer. Very dry and crisp. Still has the bubbles!

D: This beer held up pretty well for being 6 years old.

Overall, I miss old Dogfish Head beers like this.

hoppymcgee, May 30, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Beer poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is yellow / dark yellow with a white head made up of a small bubbles that collapse into medium bubbles. Carbonation is moderate to low but steady of medium bubbles that rise slowly through the beer. The beer is mostly clear. There is a faint pinkish coloring to the head. The head falls away leaving some lacing on the glass as I drink.

Kind of tart smelling with a strong acidic component to it, lots of fruit notes (I suppose those are the currants). No hop aromas to speak of but that's fine, I am expecting this to taste like grapes.

Yep, grapes. Definitely some acidic presence as well, tastes a little bready which is a surprise and I don't think its adding a whole lot to the overall beer. Beer is light to medium bodied and slightly dry. Overall drinkability is good. They should reprieve this beer, it was a more successful use of currants in a brew.

drabmuh, Jan 05, 2010
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Au Courant from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.