Saint Druon De Sebourg (French Abbey Ale) | Brasserie Duyck

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Saint Druon De Sebourg (French Abbey Ale)Saint Druon De Sebourg (French Abbey Ale)

Brewed by:
Brasserie Duyck

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Todd
2.19/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.2 oz brown bottle (03/2005 bottling date). Slightly hazy, bright golden topped with a thick white foamy head that sticks to the glass as it settles to an appealing lace. (yeast in the bottle)

Fairly clean aroma, some grassy hops and hay, but there’s this unpleasant light rubbery / medicinal phenol that pulls through.

Quite smooth and creamy on the palate, light-bodied with a hard water mouthfeel. Crisp with a sharp-ish green apple and lemony zest citric bite, and a tingling carbonation that amplifies. Light flavors / sweetness of juicy orange slices. Some raw honey. Lager-like, tinny, sour-ish ("skunky") herbal bite. Spicy phenols and a bit grassy around the edges. Touch of astringency. Yeasty in the finish, with notes of breadiness. Drying.

Eh. Tastes more like a Euro lager than an “blonde abbey ale,” but whatever. It’s barely interesting, unbalanced, and many of the characteristics appear out of place.

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Photo of sccala
2.26/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Nikki's liquors in North Providence from the sale rack (1.99)

Poured into a pint glass

A- Head was creamy looking but was only a finger deep at most and quickly vanished. Despite the lack of head. The beer suprisingly left nice lacing on the glass. Color was slightly hazy dark straw color.

S- At first, the only thing I could notice was it smelled skunky. Maybe that's because it was on the sale rack too long, but I doubt it. The store it was bought at has a pretty good turnover. I tried to smell more, and I got a kind of acidic scent coming up.

T- Taste pretty much like it smells. Funky, skunky. Aftertaste was solidly malty. No fruit or spices. This is an ale??

M- Mouthfeel makes me look forward to the swallow....just to get it out of the cavern which is my mouth.

D- Out of 10...maybe a 3 or 4. Abbey ale?? Stick to wine, for Gavroche

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Photo of yelterdow
2.26/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- Slightly hazy pale gold... looks damn near like Duvel... with a two-finger fluffy crown that settles slowly. Great lacing down the sides of my Duvel tulip glass. Various size bubbles lie atop the foamy head.

Smell- Cut grass and some metal, with a floral hop note in the background. There is a sharpness to the nose, making this one a difficult one to take in.

Taste- An astringent blend of hops and grass, but the metallic aspect of this beer really is a detriment. Finishes harshly and out of balance.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Slightly watery without much activity. This is the second French Belgian style ale I've tried, and both were letdowns. Imagine the metallic "skunk" qualities of your Euro lagers, add a little grassiness, and boost the alcohol. The remaining 4 oz. in my glass went down the drain.

Not recommended.

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Photo of scooter231
2.41/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy golden color with a white, bubbly head and lacing. That's where most of the good of this beer ends. Smell is sour- way, way too sour. Overboard lemon sour. Almost brought tears to my eyes. Taste was odd- applesaucey. Sweet, but rotted sweet. Just off. Mouthfeel was bubbly but was quite heavy, too heavy. Meh, won't grab this again.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.46/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 750ml green glass bottle which has neck and main labels that look exactly as those on pictured on the BA Database avatar. Thumbed cork has the Brewery logo and the code I-5 on it, this in held in place with a wire cage a gold colored steel cap which has the word ‘Brasserie Duyck Depuis 1922’ on it. Single main obverse label has the words ‘St Druon De Sebourg’ underneath a picture of said chap, the words ‘French Abbey Ale’ below and ‘Biere Blonde’ on the neck hint at the style. Listed at 6.0% Alc./Vol. Inkjet date on the label shows that this was bottled 10/2006.

Appearance: Light golden body with a healthy but scattered body of streamers. Soft white head lingers around for the duration but is never more than a thin covering once rested. Half decent lacing tends to scatter and thin though. Healthy conditioning tends to bolster the fading head with the gentlest swirl. Girl next door looks wane a bit too quickly to make it anything special.

Nose: Has light, but reasonably sharp hop faintness lost deep in the background. Angulated bitterness with old, aged musty hop tones and some sweet pale malts. The malts win through and convince me that I never really got the hops, or did I? Exhibits a shallow country aroma that reminds me of boiled potatoes. Pretty much hard to say anything good here, this really does come off like a thousand other “Pilsner” lagers that fill the Northern European hemisphere. Dreary stuff.

Taste: A passive brew that portrays a rather metallic edge inset with some redeeming Biere De Garde and Belgium Pale Ale features, but these are way too weak and laid back to do anything except question my own belief that this is nonetheless a very average brew. Sadly the effort from the ‘good bits’ is far from enough to outweigh the dulcet, uninspiring and tedious input from the Euro Lager side of the camp. No real hop presence except for unbalanced aluminum bitterness, the stainless steel malts and sweetness seal the fate of this one.

Mouthfeel: The body is mild, not quite weak, it isn’t that bad, but by now the flaccid tastes and “average-ness” have slapped me about quite a bit. I’m reeling from the tedium of this brew and the Mouthfeel doesn’t do anything to help this jaded Limey muster anything other than a rather American “whatever!?!”

Drinkability: Apathetic to say the least. I think I’m not that bothered about this one but I can’t be arsed to even make up my mind either way….I’m already wondering about the other beers in my fridge that will hopefully finish the night off with a more appreciative ending.

Overall: Surprisingly average and shockingly boring, Duck can and do much better than this.…’s that good that I’m off to the fridge for a tastier brew and to listen to England loose the Second Test Match of the Ashes instead of finishing this bottle.

Scores a “mighty yawn” on the boredom radar which, by the way, belies its selling price. Stick to the regular Jenlain for the money.

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Photo of bonbini26
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of sneaks2210
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Naugled
2.51/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml corked bottle, served in tulip

A: good appearance, nice white rocky head, pale gold hazy color, good lacing.

S: skunky pils aroma, hint of earthy hops, but not enough, strong soapy detergent like scent

T: sweet pils malt, good hop flavor and finish, balance ok.

M: medium to small mouthfeel, with a little bit of a slippery feeling, soft carbonation

D: not very drinkable, and its all due to the strong detergent and skunk in the nose.

overall unimpressive all due to the nose.

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Photo of hero27
2.55/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

11.2 oz bottle. Bottled 03/2005.

Ridiculously overpriced. I spent $2.59 on one of these because the sixers were $14/each. Do these French brewers really think it merits that price? wow..unless you've got money burning a hole in your pocket, stay away from this one. ..and even then, there are better ways to spend your money.

Hazy straw yellow. Smells of yeast and a bit of euroskunk thrown in there for good measure. The tastes are grassy with a bit of spices as well..certainly nothing too incredible, and actually a bit bland. Somewhat crisp finish and thinnish mouthfeel. It's trying to be a Belgian of some sort..either a blonde or a tripel, but it hits neither styles. It's got one thing going for's easily forgettable.

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Photo of sholland119
2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Taking a day off from the madness of Philly Beer Week. So this is a perfect time for Blind BIF #5, Blind Beer #7, from abraxel.

A-Pour is a mildly hazy straw with hints of peach, a frothy off white head and good sticky lacing. It has the color of a kill shot but not sure.

S-Rather light in aroma. A bit of a Belgian yeast sort of aroma but not much going on.

T-Hmmm. Oddly sweet, a bit tangy, a little slick. Not sure what to make of this but I am guessing a Belgian blonde. Though this could be a lager too, really. Not much flavor.

M-Light to medium bodied, a bit slick.

O-Well, it's not undrinkable. But I don't care for it either, really. *Hoping* this is a killshot. Let's see:

Jenlain St. Druon. Well, I did get the style but was not a fan.


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Photo of paterlodie
2.71/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 3-7-2007. Snowwhite and lasing head and pale golden clear beer. Nose is very poorly aromated and doesn't give more then bit of worty pale maltyness and comes to me as a lagerbeer instead of ale. Taste also far from rich and is mostly malty and wortlike, poorly bittered and oxidised. No IMO far from abbeystyle and suited as macro lager; even 6% not noticable. Drinkable.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.71/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The label on the bottle referred to this as an Abbey Ale, and that claim led to my disappointment with this beer. It looked the part, with a golden color and nice sticky Belgian lace, but its flavor really struck me as being quite boring for this style. Aroma was OK, and this beer exhibited some faint sourness with maybe some faint cloviness. Flavor was the boring part of this beer, with a bit of very approachable sourness that really didn't move me. The beer didn't really exhibit any other strong flavor notes to me. Mouthfeel was good and smooth (like a secondary fermentation should), but that wasn't really enough to win me over and get me past the non-flavor of this particular beer.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A not so hot example of a style interpretation that I don't care for... like Lunacy or Maudite.... tastes like molasses mixed with apple sauce or some such. Very watery mouthfeel... overly sweet and malty, not nearly dry or spicy enough to my taste for the style. Not really a bad beer but not my thing and even so not a fine example of a style that's not my thing.

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Photo of beergurujr
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml corked green bottle. label states "st. druon de sebourg abbey ale".

dull gold, some yeast suspended. stone white head, which lingers to a thin film. aroma of sweet malt, a bit of hop, and some lemon, as noted in other reviews.

fairly sweet with lemon notes. finishes a bit sticky and cloying. not particularly good, but hey it beats bud.

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Photo of colts9016
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was dark cloudy amber color with a two finger white head. The nose was great. It had a bready yeasty malty and fruity. The taste is mild compared to the nose. it is bready malty sweet with hints of fruit. I don't know what would make this beer better.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wasn't sure what to expect here as my experiences with French beer have been all over the place.
Pours yellow, clear with a thin film for a head.
Smell is mostly grape, apple and malt.
Taste is nice and fruity, with grape, apple, malt and hops (late) all showing up to the party.
A light body makes this drinkable all year but I didn't find it all that great, maybe I'll try another at a later date and re-review.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled May 2007
Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that has a touch of staying power to it. The beer is a brilliantly clear, bright gold color that leans a bit towards a light copper color. This smells a lot like a cheap macro-lager; specifically typical aromas I associated with macros that have lots of adjunct grains added. Smells of corn, some grassy hops, a touch of green herbal notes, perhaps some DMS and some dusty cracker-like grain towards the end.

The taste is quite sweet, and there definitely seems to be quite the signature of DMS; cooked corn and even a touch vegetal. There are some grassy, slightly herbal hop flavors here as well, though not nearly enough. Touches of orange peel and an astringent, green finish seem to round out the flavors here. This is not nearly as bad as my description might seem, but it is certainly uninspiring and even simplistic, despite the DMS

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Photo of HogHill
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased as a single from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, there is no bottle date on this 12oz. bottle..

Appearance: Poured into my Chimay chalice, it has a clean white head about 2 inches. The pale golden body is filtered.

Smell: this one is not very aromatic, what I do detect is some apple and medicinal phenol aromas..

Taste: fthe first taste is a sweetness; mostly the malt supplemented by some apple. After each sip, the quality that strikes me most is the clean taste. A faint taste of grass too.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, clean taste yields a clean feel too. It is missing the familiar Belgian yeast presence.

Drinkability: I like to think this would be a good Belgian pale ale for multiple glasses, it is refreshing. But it does lack a certain complexity that the better Belgian ales all have. I've tried three of the Brasserie Duyck beers now and they have been mostly mediocre.

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Photo of builder53
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy blond with a very good off-white head w/fair retention and mild lacing. Essences of yeast/grains and a slight fruitiness,(the graininess increases noticeably with an increase in temperature. Has a hoppier taste than most blonds, with a light tart/bitterness. Mouth feel is quite good, and the finnish is clean with a mild yet not unpleasant after taste. Not the best blond ale ever brewed and certainly far from the worst. One of those beers that I wouldn't go out of my way to get , but if I'm visiting you and you bring one out I'll not complain!

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Photo of Grinky
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of jrob21
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kennyo
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25oz corked bottle

golden color with a big white head that disipates very quickly, lots of bubbles, nothing to tasty about this beer. Has a very small Belgium kind of taste to it, I don't know, Duvel Very Lite. Couldn't pass up a $4 big bottle of beer

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Photo of Jason
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to BeerResearcher for the sample.

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.

Appearance: Good initial head though the retention lacks a bit, good clarity on a light orange brew.

Smell: Apple skin, tree bark and herbal phenols in the nose.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Fluffy slick mouth feel with some crispness. Odd fermented malt twang with suggestions of spoiled apples and lemongrass. Spicy with a touch of yeast in the middle. Mild hops with a sweet finish.

Drinkability & Notes: The flavors just don’t seem to blend well, not bad just not a balanced brew.

Wow ... I am surprised that the Shelton Brothers bring this brew in, certainly low for their standards.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a decent looking golden color with a white fizzy head on top. The smell of the beer is malty, grainy and some hop aromas in there. The taste of the beer is bitter and slightly sweet. The mouthfeel of the beer is pretty good, decent carbonation and light to medium body. Overall this brew isn't terrible but it's not the best of it's style.

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Photo of NoLiberty
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stumbled onto this beer at a local Belgian Pub in Philadelphia. The bartender didn't know much about it and it was the first I'd heard of it.

It pours well with a strong head that slowly fades without much residual top. Carbonation doesn't maintain much froth. Color is pleasing, but not distinguishable.

I was surprised by he general lack of aroma, but potent yeast flavor resembling sour beers. The crispness is refreshing but doesn't invite continued drinking despite being presented as a session beer. Nice fruitiness and clean finish, but certainly doesn't match a true Belgian.

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Saint Druon De Sebourg (French Abbey Ale) from Brasserie Duyck
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