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)
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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

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Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid pale malt scent along with a touch of caramel malt sweetness and a dry finish. The yeast gives off some subtle hints of fruit and breadiness. There is also a metallic feel as well. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth pale and Munich malt flavor with a dry yeasty finish. It tastes almost like a German Octoberfest. There is a faint bready character as well as some hints of yeast fruitiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a drinkable beer, but not one I'd return to.

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Photo of KonigObHops
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer as a part of a Beer of the Month club.

The beer is golden in color and and has a thin white head.

The aroma is sugary sweet with a strong smell of hay along with a hint of apple.

The initial taste is sweet and then immediately turns pleasantly bitter. There is a noticeable apple flavor.

In the middle the beer is dry and seems to evaporate rapidly on the tongue. The taste of the hops comes through at this point.

The taste at the end is still pleasantly bitter and there is a slight hint of lemon.

Overall, I enjoyed the beer. I noticed some bad reviews of this beer, but I have also noticed that some people are referring to this beer as a Belgian Abby style ale when it is actually a French specialty ale. For that reason I compared it more to beers like La Fin du Monde out of Canada rather than the more "candy-like" Belgian ales that I actually favor.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoying this brew on tap at Purvs. A decent choice...

Appearance: On tap, the beer is a clear, golden color with very little head. Poured in an appropriate glass ( well, the name of the beer is on it), I did expect a bit more.

Smell: Sweet, big on honey. Rather singular in smell. Some slight hints of banana, maybe some spice.

Taste: Overly sweet for the style, but still enjoyable. Some banana in the background, but nothing overly impressive.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation despite the lack of head. Not bad...

Drinkability: An easy drinking, relatively mild brew. Nothing really stands out, but nothing is really offensive. I'd say a quality average beer. Decent, try it if its on tap.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dull golden hue with minimal head and some lacing. Decent looking.

S: Pretty aromatic. One of the more pleasantly smelling beers I've had in awhile. Usually, the aroma of a beer is an afterthought. Not this one. Hints of apples and baked sugar cookies. Nice.

T: The aroma belies how uninspiring this beer is. Such a shame, it has such potential. Mild buttery sweetness, backed by an almost non-existent finish. Not bad, just dull. Missing something.

M: Again, uninspiring. Less than average carbonation, with virtually no finish of any sort. Each sip simply ends abruptly. Folks who dislike hoppy, sour or bitter beers might like this one. Since there isn't much to the flavor or mouthfeel, the drinkability is decent despite the moderate ABV.

D: Better than average. Not thick or heavy, and not cloyingly sweet, but close. Glad I tried it at least, and not as disappointed as I thought I would be after seeing how many reviewers gave this a mediocre rating.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Nikki's in RI. Served in a tulip glass. Huge amount of carbonation noticed in the body, but no really head formed. There was a fizzy head for a few seconds, but that faded away quickly. Hazy yellow body. Smell had a yeasty, musty aroma, somewhat appealing. Taste was decent enough. Slight bit of lemon, hay, and wet grass. Mouthfeel was the opposite - not very good. Very thin and watery body up front then a sticky sweet finish on the palate. Drinkability was mediocre, as I split a small bottle with my wife, and I found a half glass was plenty. I would be more disappointed if I had purchased a larger bottle of this weak pale ale.

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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 dedrinker
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold color.

sweet, dusty aroma of minerals, muscat grapes, and some fresh homemade bread.

Tastes like fresh white bread and honey with a dash of minerals.

light-medium body, and drinkable like crazy on a cool spring morning in my uncle's barn on a pile of hay that I passed out on.

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Photo of thekanna
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful gold bordering on amber. Not too much head, but it does leave an interesting lacy coating on the glass which dissipates after a while.

S: Belgian yeasts definitely present, with some faint honey and peppery spices. Floral freshness and the scent of just-cut hay is also there.

T: Belgian yeasts coupled with a nice, lively, peppery taste. There is definitely a noticeable sweetness, which is reminiscent of honey water and faint maple syrup. Finishes with a hop bitterness that recalls the same aftertaste of Moretti La Rossa.

M: Somewhat thin and watery, yet left a certain slickness.

D: This is a nice summer beer; fun to drink and cools you off. The honey water taste definitely adds a nice touch, but the strange hop aftertaste is a little off-putting.

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Photo of andypantz13
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Abbaye, served in a Duvel Green glass. 1/4" head white head and a nice clear golden straw colored beer. Hints of earthy hops in the nose and some sweetness from the pils malt, but not much else. Enjoyable fruity esters upfront, but finished a bit to sweet for me. The beer was a bit thin in the mouth, and the head faded quickly leaving no lacing. Overall an enjoyable beer.

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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 Tone
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, fruit, and slight bread aroma. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, yeast cleanliness, slight hops, and very slight fruit. Overall, a decent brew but nothing special.

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Photo of stephens101
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brass color with small head that clears off fairly quickly and leaves short lines of lace here and there. Smells of light fruits (lemons, grapes, pears), wheat, grain and esters. Tastes a bit spicy and clean, with some fruits and malts working themselves into the mix after a while. Mouth-feel is medium, and there's a fair amount of carbonation. This beer might be described as a bit dull. And while it doesn't taste bad at all, there seems to be potential here, as if something is missing, and if that element was found, this could be a really good beer.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice clear golden color with obvious fizzz and a damn fine head with some lace. Very appealing!

S - I've allowed this to warm . . . I'm not getting much. Wet hay?

T - A slight touch of sweetness, barn yard hay, and an ever so slight bit of hops. If you're a hop head this isn't for you but is damn pleasant nonetheless.

M - Nice touch of creaminess and fizz; a bit silky and polished.

D - Ideal for a warm day. This is very nice French ale I'd buy again.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear yellow-gold with a one finger head of dense white foam. Head retention is really nice, and a good smattering of wet lace coats the glass.

S - Sweet Belgian confectioner's sugar, hearty yeast, caramel, and chewy nougat filling. Reminds me of those Charleston Chew long skinny candy bars that are filled with really chewy white stuff. A little hop note graces the tail end of the aroma, and reminds me of the smell of a springtime meadow. Some floral notes are there too.

T - Grassy hops, herbal/floral freshness, and a nice dry biscuit malt backbone. This is a tasty brew! Complex outdoorsy notes combine to put images of a grassy prairie, a flowering garden, and an East Coast grassy beach in mind. There is an initial sweet note, but its much drier and more astringent than the sugar coated nose suggests. Fresh and floral like a cool rain shower.

M - Medium bodied, but progressing towards the lighter end of the spectrum at the finish. This is initially sugary, but soon transitions to grassy/twangy in the midpalate before becoming desert-dry at the finish.

D - I can appreciate the complexity presented here, and I love the nose and the multifaceted mouthfeel. The extreme dryness and the grassy flavors are a bit much for me to put this in the "session beer" category, but its a really nice beer to slowly savor.

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Photo of Gmann
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a sticky white head that clung to the side of the glass. Looks like a bud with a good head. The aroma is floral sweet with a touch of honey and grassy hop, some nice peppery spice as well. Nice clean aromas. A sweet pale malt, honey, some candi sugar and a modest peppery/grassy hop presence. Seems to be the French/Belgian version of a pilsner. The feel is moderate, has a noticable malt presence, very soft carbonation, finishes sweet. This is what I envision a BPA to be; sweet pale malt with a peppery hop. Could use some more carbonation.

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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 bruachan
4.38/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hoppy aromas and light pils malt all over the room. the rampant carbonation should be credited. is is also to blame for a nice layer of foam that doesn't threaten to dissipate. the liquid below is a lovely gold

the aroma is a nice concentration of slightly grainy pils malts with gentle spice and floral hops. nice big aroma, actually, when the bubbles are kickin

the flavor is slightly more low-key but still distinct. nice noble hop flavor--woody, spicy. the malts are nice, as well, and prop up the tasteful spice

the yeast contribution is generally subdued. given the low level of fruitiness as well i suppose it was fermented pretty cool

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Photo of cfriend2
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a pale golden color, the head was nothing special, decent lacing. The smell was kinda sour slightly malty, but the aroma itself was very weak. Very plain taste, weak with some slight sourness, and an even more sour aftertaste. Mouthfeel was too thin. Nothing to write home about.

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Photo of hylton44
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first foray into this style which - if this beer is any representative - is fascinating, tasty, and resembling the hefeweizen style to a great measure.

Much like a hefe, this guy poured a sort of dehydrated piss color, with a yeasty cloudiness and a super-lightly yellow/tan head that clung to the side of the glass like its life depended upon it.

The aroma is a rather pungent mixture of aged fruit and the pleasant hominess of opening an old trunk in your grandfather's attic; and the taste is as indelicate as the smell: aged, sharp cheddar, squash, and rye bread. The finish is thick, with a tangy sort of aftertaste, like licking the inside of a maple syrup ladle.

Very complex, very interesting, and thoroughly enjoyable!

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Photo of JamesS
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light amber color, but it has nice head and great lacing. Nice scent, a little hoppiness with some malty sweetness, including a nice vanilla scent, but the aroma is a little weak. Nice crisp taste, a slight bitterness with hints of vanilla and butterscotch, and a balanced aftertaste. Goes down very smoothly, almost silk like. Not the best pale ale, but very nice and well worth one or two tries.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Golden, slightly cloudy with thick white head of two or three fingers that drops quickly.
Smells of fennel, wild onion, yeast, white cheddar, faint hops.
Taste is honey-sweet with spice: white pepper, nutmeg, yeast, lemon, white cheddar.
Mouthfeel department is a disappointment... thin, watery, low carbonation, with a slightly warming, sugary-smooth finish.
Thinness makes it easily drinkable, and the spice makes it interesting, but there are much better Belgian pales out there. Altogether, worth a try.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- A brilliant shade of cloudy yellow amber makes up the body. There is a little over a finger of head and some very nice lacing.

Smell- This beer starts off by having a biscuit like scent. There is also strong fruity and raisin like scents coming from my glass.

Taste- The taste is very fruity and bread like but in a good way. It is almost like a Weizen. There is sort of a banana flavor that just gives me that impression. But on the down side and this is only a minor down. There is a faint metallic taste.

Mouthfeel- It is full bodied and a little chewy.

Drinkability- Overall a nice beer. I could chill with.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed straw gold. Virtually no head off a careful pour. Nose is slightly thick with a muted malt. Flavor is alive with character. Vibrant sugary flavor with a yeasty influence. Stays pretty smooth and consistent. Feel is nice and smooth off the liquid and has a decent amount of bubble on the tongue. Very drinkable, I say. Whereas it has no real stand out qualities, it is still easy to drink and is pretty good. I don’t think I would ever go back to it, but I can’t think of any reasons for you not to try it.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden color with a pretty big head after a hard pour.
Smells fruity, bready with hints of bubble gum noted..yeasty for sure..sweet in the nose.
Mouthfeel is fairly good..fruity flavor mixing with hops...slightly bitter in the finish.
The yeast comes through in this one. Not bad.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière blonde
Smell : arôme de malt et de houblon épicé
Taste and mouthfeel : goût de malt, note d'agrumes. la finale est forte, le houblon épicé et l'amertume se prolonge
Drinkability : bonne bière d'abbaye de la brasserie Duyck

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Saint Druon De Sebourg (French Abbey Ale) from Brasserie Duyck
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 107 ratings