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Average: 4.19 | pDev: 9.07%

Reviews: 323 | Ratings: 568

Belgian Strong Pale Ale | 8.50% ABV

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Brasserie Dupont sprl
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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/2/2018. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, orange, peach, pear, apricot, melon, red apple, white grape, citrus peel/zest, peppercorn, light banana/clove, candi sugar, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, hay, straw, herbal, wood, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, candi sugar, moderate pale/wheat malts, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, peach, pear, apricot, melon, red apple, white grape, citrus peel/zest, peppercorn, light banana/clove, candi sugar, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, hay, straw, herbal, wood, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, woody, floral, grassy bitterness; and peppery yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, orange, peach, pear, apricot, melon, red apple, white grape, citrus peel/zest, peppercorn, light banana/clove, candi sugar, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, hay, straw, herbal, wood, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, candi sugar, moderate pale/wheat malts, and earthy hop flavors; with an fantastic malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness and carbonation. High carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and creamy/bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is an incredible Belgian strong pale ale! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, candi sugar, moderate pale/wheat malts, and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink for the ABV; with the modestly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Amazingly well rounded and vibrant Belgian yeast complexity; with balancing pale/wheat malts, sugars, and earthy hops. Minimal residual sweetness from crisp dryness. Very well attenuated for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazingly spot on style example as expected of the brewery.

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Photo of Craig-er
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duval glass with a nice thick head of foam. The look, smell, and taste is outstanding. This is a very well made, complex brew that is top notch.
Well done!

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Photo of stevoj
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous straw colored beer with think, creamy head. Aroma of honey, hay, grass, citrus, caramel. Taste is sharp and tangy, butterscotch, bread, honey. Mouthfeel is light with tingly carbonation and dry finish. Worthy of its reputation.

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Photo of OlaB
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a medium top of white creamy head and a lot of yeast sediments swimming around.
The aroma is of spicy yeast,sweet malts,citrus and overripe fruitsand some bready notes. The flavour is fruity sweetness with spicy yeast and some light malt notes in the back. The finish is slightly bitter and dry with nice spicy and herbal notes, and it has a long and comfortable aftertaste. The flavours are amazingly good balanced, and the alcohol content are very well masked. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, and it has a mediium body with a moderate carbonation.
A great and delicious example of it,s style. A top belgian beer that i would love have again.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An enormously thick head covers a slighly hazy & lovely golden body. Lots of bubble action from never ending mini gysers. It’s aroma is one of the prettiest I’ve ever experienced, like a caramel flower. Not as sweet as it smells, bananas & caramel apple. Yummy! No alcohol detected. And all those bubbles massage the tongue on the way down. More please.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a slightly hazy golden color with a lusty, thick head. Lacing as you enjoy the beer. Pleasant scent with a bit of bread and slightly sweetish. Taste is similar and it flows over the tongue, lovingly enveloping it. Yum!

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Clear and slightly hazy gold color with storming activity. Thick foamy and slightly frothy white 1-2 finger head in the goblet, lasting around 10 minutes, with moderate legs, strong lacing, and a thick swirl effect. Flavors of caramel, honey, apples, spices, coriander, clove, ginger, sweet grains, wild yeast, banana yeast, and floral hops. Slick and smooth medium body with a moderate crisp. Strong strength finish, slightly vinous and dry, bold spices but proper for the style, soft hay and wild yeast but not like a Saison. Ends slightly leafy and thickly grainy, more sugary and bready. Quite warming and uplifting. Light barrel effect of cheese. Good complexity yet feels a little too boozy; lots of similar brew have this well hidden. Decent freshness but lacks a bit, a sharper body would've been nice, like a Chouffe. You can see this is going for a Saison/Tripel kinda way, while still remaining true to the style. Not as accessible as other good examples. Overall excellent quality craft.

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Photo of Yoann
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a tulip
A - Hazy golden with little foam but some life at the bottom
S - Some biscuit from the malt and pine from the hops
T - Fits the smell and the style
M - The carbonating is just right
O - A good Belgian ale, classic but not too raw.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is seriously so good, a belgian string blonde, but it also seems to have elements of a saison and even a tripel in here, a complex and strong and perfectly made brew, memorable. a lightly cloudy straw yellow color from the bottle, rapidly rising white head common in belgian beers, airy and tall in the glass, no visible sediment coagulated or anything. smells rustic ad old world, you know, beers of the olden days, this has that sort of ancient charm about it right away, like the monastic beers, really traditional, but i have not had one like this before. floral hops, sweet wheaty malt, golden raisin, honey, mild spice from the yeast, white pepper, coriander, dried citrus, even lemongrass. its awesome in taste too, a great grain profile that tastes fresh, drier than it smells, maybe oats or something else in here too, this has a starchy almost creamy texture to it. a fine yeast strain here, not too warm or crazy fruity, but distinct, patient, and much cleaner and seemingly more refined the way it presents itself, light fruit, white wine, botanicals, soft spice, awesome with the grain. a little residual sweetness here is kind of cool, a hint of sweet lemon with it, a ton of carbonation, and an almost fresh baked out of the oven sort of comforting finish. this is wonderful beer, all too uncommon here in the states. i think i terms of style its not really a neat fit anywhere, but it is one of my favorite belgian beers i have had so far this year. enormously high quality brew!

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle brought to and enjoyed at Chef Fredy's Table in Morristown, NJ.

Hazy, light amber with a creamy white head. Initial whiff gives off that lovely yeasty Saison funk, but the fruit and spice is very mild. Soft lemon and pepper notes mesh well with the sweet grains. Bone dry finish, aided by the strong carbonation, and super easy to drink. 8.5% ABV? You've got to be kidding me! There is no sign of alcohol at all. A nice Belgian ale, but more mild than I was expecting. A great beer to enjoy with food, but a little too strong to be an everyday table beer.

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Photo of spoony
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle to a tulip glass. Reviewed from notes dated September 26, 2016.

A-The beer is murky in the glass with a few yeast particles floating around like a snow globe. A tall white head fades too quickly to a thin cap. Color is yellow-orange.

S-The smell is slightly funky on this older bottle with a leafy, peppery, lemony hop bitterness and obvious whiffs of alcohol. The yeast is subtle, but I smell some bubblegum and tree fruit. Pretty dry for the style.

T-The taste is more bready than the smell. There is still a lemony, grassy flavor, but the beer does not taste as bitter as the smell would lead to believe. It is more perfumed and floral, with less bubblegum and banana notes than a typical Belgian pale. It is dry for a strong pale ale, especially on the finish.

M-The beer is well carbonated with chunky bubbles attacking my palate. Heft is medium and there is a bit of slickness on the finish.

O-This is a tasty, drinkable beer with a slightly unusual flavor profile for the style. It is definitely a Belgian, but if you want lots of estery bubblegum and banana and whatnot, you should look elsewhere. Very saison-like.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Straight foward and easy drinking beer, but still manages a bit of complexity. Less estery than some other Belgian pales, but still present. Finishes with a really nice citrusy, lemony flavor along with biscuity, grainy malt backbone. Really nice beer that I think gets overlooked a bit.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good tea bitterness, herbal, peppery, good malt balance but it's a lot about the hops and that Dupont characteristic yeast. Spicy alcohol but smooth and not boozy. The mouthfeel compliments well the taste

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thought for a while about adding a new entry for the biologique version of this classic beer, but decided against putting yet another beer in here with one review. 750ml bottle. Pours gold with a massive head that leaves tons of lacing everywhere. Smell is, frankly, awesome. Some of that classic DuPont esters, but also Mom's lemon squares, noble hops, and a bit of hay. Really nice. Flavor is quite a bit like the saison...crisp, dry, earthy, pepper, biscuit. Honestly, I don't know what you can ask for that this beer doesn't have. Certainly more of a strong saison to me than a BSPA. I could drink this all summer and be very happy. Cracking my top 10 list.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On the bottle list at Monk's Pub Chicago. Have been wanting to try this one for awhile and I was not disappointed in the least. Drinks so easily for 8.5%, clean crisp and refreshing as hell on a hot day outside. They served it to me in a pilsner style glass, though. One of the best BSPAs I've had yet.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled L14108A (April 28, 2014 if my counting skills are correct). Consumed June 6, 2016.

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a large head that slowly fades down to a thick cap that leaves some pillowy lacing

S: Lots of fruitiness and light spice from the yeast, in particular banana and clove as well as some peppery notes. Quite complex without being in your face

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the fruity and spicy yeast, again mostly touching on the banana and clove notes as well as the peppery spiciness. A variety of other light fruits pop in and out as well, including apple and grape. Some hay/wheat notes are present throughout as well, and provide a light sweetness. Finishes with lingering fruity yeast notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: An incredibly well put together strong blonde ale with a good deal of complexity without being in your face. Far too easy to drink. The 2+ years on this bottle has really pulled a lot of the nuances of the yeast out and made this even more of a special brew

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Photo of cmurkar
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a two inch foamy white head. Smell is musk and yeast. Taste is unique, first impression is grape of all flavors. Very yeasty with malt finish. Crisp mouthfeel with soft carbonation.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Large bottle with a simple Dupont label. Poured into a stemmed Belgian tulip. Straw yellow golden with some haze and funk. Big white head subsiding to a nice ring of lace. Aroma is quite nice with hints of mild banana and clove, Belgian spice, black pepper, lemon grass and fresh hay. Flavor profile is what I'd expect from a Dupont farmhouse ale with a unique funk to the yeast providing a complex experience. Sweet banana, lemon grass with bolts of black pepper and clove spice before finishing with a funk of straw. Feel is exceptional and the texture carries a nice body with a dry finish.

Moinette blond doesn't disappoint much like all the other Dupont brews I've had. It's complex and delicious. Gives you a legit example of what Belgian farmhouse ales are supposed to be. World class offering

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance slight hazy gold with a white head rising about half a finger's length.

Smell: Cloves and yeast with bits of honey. Very light scent though and honestly one sniff

Taste: Good flavor with a bit sweetness to r reminds me of light sugar and cloves.

Mouth: Medoum bodied with well above average stickiness.

Overall: Nice little gem I had in a tasting recently. If you prefer blondes might be your cup of tea personally for me I rather sacrifice the smoothness for a more potent flavor. Salud!

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Photo of Beginner2
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Both from Dupont, the Blond is a famous cousin of the benchmark for saisons.
With ratings in the top handful, enough think Moinette Blond to be the benchmark for the strong pales.
If so, not so fast in associating both as their respective benchmarks.
First, the positive. These two ales are very close in what makes them distinct: dry, but not overly hoppy.
But, biere de garde are intended to complement the popular foods of northern France.
And Moinette Blond has 2% more alcohol... which can overpower most dishes.
Facing dilemma, I consulted the expert "Brewmaster's Table" who agreed with me about the hops, but then left a long list of meat and fish dishes to try with the Blond.
Being a vegetarian, I drank it alone... and was more than satisfied.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours with a really nice thick head that leaves a good lacing on the glass.

Smell – A beautiful smell of yeast, and a light pepper spice.

Taste – Tastes of yeast, hay, and a little malt.

Mouthfeel – Crisp and very smooth. Medium body, perfect carbonation.

Drinkability – This is a very drinkable beer. It goes down very easy for 8.5% abv. I prefer this to the Duvel.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours a hazy bright golden with a moderate white head. The aroma has a candy character, cinnamon, sweet, grape, yeasty, bready. Taste very fruity, peach, citrusy very enjoyable and worth a try.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: A slightly hazy dark straw yellow with a nice head - a thin layer stayed to the very last sip
S: A slight sweet/sour musky grape like at a winery
T: Pretty intense white wine grape flavor with a bready finish
F: A sort of unusual combination - feels kind of thick yet still has a good amount of carbonation. Also has some alcohol heat.
O: More wine-like than I was expecting, which is not my favorite, but not at all bad.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a burgundy stem. Pours a lovely sunny gold with a rocky, two inch, bright white head. Clarity is slightly hazy. Head eventually settles into a solid, 1/8th inch cap with thick swaths of lacing revealed as the beer recedes. Nose expresses citrus zest and a grassy quality. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also a light spicy/peppery quality to the flavor profile, as well as a trace of honey. Flavors are subtle without being cloying. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant, even, carbonation. Overall, very drinkable with a well-hidden abv. An exemplar of the style.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange golden color with a nice billowy white fizzy foam head. The head fades moderately quickly over time leaving a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strong of a cracker aroma mixed with a lot of yeast and a little bit of a bready smell. Along with these aromas comes some smells of clove and coriander as well as a good showing of a grainy and fruity smell. All in all it gives a rather nice and clean Belgium smell overall.

Taste – Upfront the taste has a decent showing of a fruity nature of peach and pear mixed with a whole lot of a bready taste. A decent showing a clean grainy flavor and a lot of yeast are present upfront as well, which make for a rather flavorful taste. While lighter upfront, the spice flavors of coriander and clove get rather potent toward the end and are joined by lots of grass and a herbal hop. With a light decrease in the sweet, and a little more grainy and some hay coming to the tongue at the end, one is left with a nice flavorful and crisp Belgium strong flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. For the somewhat fruity and sweet, yet crisp and bready tastes, the feel is quite nice and when considering the style, this one makes for a rather nice drinker overall.

Overall – This was rather enjoyable Belgium triple style ale. Lots of nice flavor all while maintaining a rather crisp and refreshing character at 8.5 % abv.

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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 568 ratings