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
France | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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Photo of GClarkage
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/27/07- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no sign of freshness info. Poured into my St. Fueillen chalice.

Appearance- Deep golden pour...looks kinda greasy if that makes any sense. Smallish 1/4 inch head with minor lace spotting.

Smell- I sense a marco alert. Corny smelling with a mild hop nose. A bit of spices and a tiny bit of fruit. Smells like a dressed up MGD.

Taste- Hmmmm, I can even taste a small bit of what seems like corn and alcohol, but the more I drink the less I notice it. A decent amount of dry hop bitterness, corriander and sweet sugary orange taste. Odd, but it's kinda good.

Mouthfeel- Very crisp, with spot on effervescent carbonation.

Drinkability- Even with it's macro qualities, it really hit the spot and was quite refreshing. Proabably won't try again at the $4 it was, but would make a hell of a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-light golden color with a fluffy white head.

Smell-Yeasty, spice, hint of fruit

Taste-A bit hoppy with a hint of fruit.

Mouthfeel-Light body, had slight carbonation

Drinkability-This was a good beer. I don't know what the date was but it left some residue in the bottom of my glass which I assume is supposed to happen. If not, oh well it still tasted good.

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Photo of BBM
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very clear bright golden color, almost amber. Lovely rocky white head atop it. Aroma wasn't very strong, slightly bready and very sweet, almost a cotton candy aroma.

This is a Belgian Pale Ale for the macro drinker, because it certainly has a lot in common with the Euro Pales. It's not bad, really, it's quite balanced with a grassy and herbal hop flavor, sticky sweet malt, and a very slight clove taste. But it's not really that special, either. I know they were modeling this beer after a Belgian pale, I just wish they didn't choose Stella as the model. Mouthfeel is medium, and the beer goes down quite smooth. In the end, better than average.

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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 scoobybrew
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter-like tulip glass from the bottle. It has a clear golden color with a decent head that is retained fairly well. The aroma is malty and spicy from the yeast and slightly from the hops. It has a well balanced malt and hop flavor with some interesting characteristics attributed to the yeast. The body is light to medium with moderately high carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent Belgian-style pale ale. It's refreshing and enjoyable without being too heavy. Enjoy it on a hot day (like I am today).

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Photo of tgbljb
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden color with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is remarkable for a light spiciness and a bit of sweetness.
Taste presents with a bit of citrus combined with some spices.
Finishes a bit thin the mouth, but acceptable.
An enjoyable beer, but nothing great.

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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 mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very nice light bodied ale. Predominated by the yeast and wheat flavors, it was quite refrshing and a good solid choice. Lots of complex flavors could be found upon closer examination include, apples, pears, apriot, fig. Just a nice little abbey style ale, nothing too fancy and nothing over the top. Very sessionable and enjoyable, brought a six pakc out on the boat and everyone of them was enjoyed. This is easily a very solid offering from a brewery I hadnt even heard of a week ago.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from a 750ml cagged/corked bottle. Date on label says "03/2005 4007 07:23". Bottled-on date, perhaps?

Poured into a chalice, it has a clear, medium golden color, with steady carbo rising within. Head was bright white, creamy and fine, a bit thin, with very nice sticking. The bottle did have some sediment, which I saved for the very end, where it clouded things up a bit. Nose was on the mild side, but did possess some bready, doughy, cookie-like malt aromas. Druon was fairly smooth, though quite on the thin side. Not a heck of a lot of body there...

Flavor has a touch of sweetness, and is lightly fruity (emphasis on light). Comes across a bit like pear and/or green apple, though with a bit more sweetness than a tart aspect. Not a heck of a lot going on here; little spiciness, little contributions from the hops... rather basic and lacking complexity. Somewhat refreshing, nonetheless, though nothing to seek out, imo.


overall: 3.6
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3 | drinkability: 3


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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with labe as shown in the beer's avatar, purchased in January 2007 at Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. for $6.97.

Pours a very clear yellow-golden with a nice creamy white head, and lots of carbonation bubbles that last a long time- the streamers keep a coming. That makes for a nice white head and more than a fair amount of lace on the glass. Quite nice.

Aroma is strong at first blush- quite organic, farmhouse in nature, even though this isn't a farmhouse ale. Grass, hay, weeds, must all come through. In the flavor, this aroma has settled to the background, still there, but covered by cornbread sweetness (not corn adjunct flavors, but cornbread). It's pretty simple flavor, but not unpleasant. Actually, quite sippable, goes down easily. Not overly complex, and as such, perhaps not a classic beer, but when you are thirsty for a nice simple pale ale, this one works just fine.

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Photo of dgallina
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce clear brown bottle without freshness date.

Pours pale clouded tan. An inch of creamy foam and nice lace subside slowly to the surface. Smells like cut green apples with a medicinal sour edge, some horse blanket funk, and phenolic touches. Quite plain and short in flavor. Barnyard hay and toasted grains flash across the palate quickly, leaving a slightly sour and gently hopped finish.. Rather light in body and full of over-spirited carbonation. Not something I would return to.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Pale cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet spicy nose. Has a sweet orange start, slight malty finish. Bottled Jul 2005. $1.39 for a 330ml bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

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Photo of auntfloyd
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750 ml corked bottle (bottled Mar. 05) into a St Bernardus goblet. Since this is a somewhat aged batch, please bear in mind that a fresh bottle may be quite different.

Pours a hazy, bright golden color, with a small amount of white head. Very strong yeasty, sweet grainy, grassy smell, with a fruit backdrop.

The flavor is sweet grains up front, with a somewhat spicy kick to it, followed by a wheaty-yeasty finish. This is a fairly sweet beer, no doubt about it.

The mouthfeel is good.... nice carbonation and body, and drinkability is high.

I agree with other reviewers that BA has this mis-categorized. This is not a Belgian Pale Ale in the style of a Duvel, rather it is a French Blonde Ale, much more akin to a Saison than anything else. This is an ok beer for the style, and is definitely not bad with a bit of aging (mine was almost two years old when I tried it).

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Saint Druon De Sebourg (French Abbey Ale) from Brasserie Duyck
3.4 out of 5 based on 107 ratings.
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