Bière De Belœil
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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #58
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,584
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 9.07%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
133
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Belgium
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  19
SCORE
88
Very Good
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Sampled at the La Caves Dupont in Tourpes after a Brewery Tour of Brasserie Dupont, which is just over the road. Wangled a 750ml bottle of the brew from the Cooler and shared it with my good friend Barry Smith a.k.a. the “Mad Axeman”.

Named after the Château de Beloeil, a tourist attraction which is about 5km from the Tourpes, the green glass 750ml bottle comes with a brown on cream, almost sepia toned, main label which has the wording “La Bière de Belœil”. Listed at 8.5%, with a Best Before Date of 06/2008.

Appearance: Sits easy in the wide-mouthed Moinette goblet with a careful pour. Dark horse chestnut torso sits underneath a controlled, rather foamy but uniform white head. Solid conditioning. Top-ups from the 750ml produced a creamier head. The cap eventually rescinds and relaxes down to a thin covering towards the finish.

Nose: Not much on the nose when first poured, but it livened up a little as it warmed. Malts, caramel, yeast and a dark fruit-laden sourness in the backend. Some hop-induced aspects to the aromas I feel.

Taste: Malts start the proceedings; these are soon joined by dark fruits, yeast and a soft spicy character that has a little sourness to it. Finish has a sweetish caramel aspect to it, with a little bitterness and some more of the low key sour fruits. A gentle offering that seems like it could develop complexity given time.

Mouthfeel: Nice conditioning supports the malts. Spices and the yeast add depth to the texture whilst the hops add a low tingling feel so common in Dupont brews.

Drinkability: I ended up sharing the 750ml, which is good, because this one soon gets bogged down by an indescribable something, it promises a lot but seems to fail to deliver on its potential, so after a while (i.e. a whole one and a half glasses) it soon gets a little boring. That may seem a tad harsh, because it is a drinkable brew, but its just not one that I could take too much off though.

Overall: Described as an Amber Ale by Dupont, but feels more like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale which is lightly spiced and benefits from a soft hop character and a laid back Drinkability. Somehow it just fails to live up to its promise for me, maybe time improves this one, I’m not really sure as I drank it fresh. Nice to get chance to try this one nonetheless.

May 07, 2006
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BradtheGreat7 from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage according to the 2,014 on the cork.

Big dark green bottle like many of the Belgian farmhouse beers I love so much. Label shows some sort of Belgian Castle and has a little discription on the back label. A beautiful bottling all n all. Poured into a stemmed skinny belgian style tulip.

A - dark reddish orange, rustic and burnt. Hazy and nice small specs of sediment floating about. Head pours very big and has a nice tight appearance to it, like a fluffy pillow covered in a sheeted case.

S - funky belgian yeast with some light fruitiness along with big wafts of dirty herbal notes. Some spices and notes of sweet and biscuit malt. Almost a flowery note as it warms

T - lovely dupont yeast adds the funk I expect. Weird herbal notes are quite nice paired with fresh flower and light fruits. Some real sweetNess going on in the back ground of caramel, small hints of chocolate and buttery biscuit malt. Belgian funk paired with subtle spice finish things off nicely.

M - excellent body. Smooth and thick with a sticky texture that coats the entire mouth. Tasty and enjoyable from one of the great farmhouse breweries.

O - this is an excellent offering from Dupont. They make some of the greatest farmhouse ales on the planet and this is no different. A little bit darker and sweeter than the original dupont, but a damn tasty ale that makes me forget the cold February weather and think of a warm spring day. This Is What Beer is about.. Taking our minds to places they'd rather be. Dupont does that with this gem. I was a bit worried about the 2014 date, but we know some things age well. And this one definitely has.

Feb 07, 2016
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Pundit_of_Potability from Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one comes on strong with a powerful malty flavor. The smell is malty and boozy. It has a beautiful head and significant lacing. Their is some fruitiness there that allows for a tart finish... There is also some bitterness in that sip too, with some boozy undertones. This is on the creamier side of this style, with some spicy notes, and the appropriate zing of carbonation. This is a solid ale. Worth the purchase, but I have had better.

Dec 12, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

La Biere de Beloeil
750 ml bottle, corked & caged.
No apparent freshness dating.

Poured carefully from a long-standing bottle the yeast remains sedimented, and it delivers a fairly clear orange-amber body beneath a creamy head of off-white. Subsequent pours are hazy, even to the point of becoming cloudy. Head retention and lacing are decent, but not great.

In the nose it's a touch musty, gently mineralish, and sweet with juicy red apple.

Not surprisingly, the flavor follows suit. The mustiness is pleasant, and a bit stronger than what you find in the aroma. It's also just lightly mineralish, which helps to balance it in conjunction with its very firm bitterness and herbaceous finish, as it's got a good bit of sugar to it with notes of honey, apple, and berry rounding it out. There's a touch of pepper and grassiness across the middle and through the finish, and it ends dry and a touch spicy amidst a bitter, herbaceous and earthy backdrop. The 8.5% alcohol by volume remains hidden throughout a first glass, but becomes more apparent in a second serving.

In the mouth it's effervescent, but not more than mildly prickly; and it's got a dextrinous medium/medium-full body that becomes a bit creamy once it warms.

Overall it's quite charming, mainly due to its fruitiness and musty component, but also due to it's 'chubby' nature... it's a touch bigger than some medium-bodied beers, but it's not overdone with malt (or spice, or anything else). It's just complex enough to keep you interested, while still remaining very drinkable because it's not so much so that it distracts you from your conversation or meal. Quite unique, and well worth trying.

Jan 19, 2012
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle from 2014. Not a gusher.

Pours a semi clear deep gold with plenty of long lasting foam. Serious lacing.

Spicy fruity malty nose with an apple like presence that suggests dryness. Hmm. .that's an expected quality from the style.

Fruity again with an almost tart flavour or 2. Malty and spicy and hoppy with the latter bringing a lot of dryness. I like the interaction between the malt and hops.

Medium body with very lively carbonation.

I expected something good considering the brewery; I was not disappointed.

May 31, 2016
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RBorsato from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Dec 10, 2014
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Naerhu from Japan

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml. bottle shipped to Japan in Reefer container.

Opaque orange/peach color body, with agressive very off-white finger thick head. Thick coat of lacing.

Belgian yeast and candy sugar nose.

Strong foward malt flavor. Floral notes mixes well with the bitterness. The belgian yeast cloaks the rather high alcohol beautifully. The noble bitterness lasts a long time.

The first beer in my five year marriage over which my wife and I fought for the last glass. Yummy stuff.

May 30, 2004
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of Belgian malt with some notes of peppery yeast. Taste is also dominated by some semi-sweet Belgian malt with some notes of peppery yeast and a final dominated by some dry floral hops. Body is full with some limited filtration and some great carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. Very complex and very well done for this fine brewery.

Feb 08, 2008
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John_M from Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty nice as well, as I pick up some sweet malt, light clove and orange citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though there's a touch of licorice in the finish as well that helps to counter the modest sweetness. There's a nice dollop of spice as well in the finish, which adds to the enjoyment. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation, and the finish is fairly long and spicey.

Nothing extraordinary here, but for all that, another tasty beer from Dupont.

Jul 19, 2012
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L`autre Oeil, with Mathieu. Nice Belgian pale style that is in fact cloudy brown, with a half ince of head and very yeasty.Above average mouthfeel, this is a nice drinker with any meal.There are spices in the yeast, pepper, cloves, vanila, honeyish,coriander.A little sweet.

Oct 09, 2009
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Billolick from New York

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new one for my neck of the woods from Dupont...a must try...green bottle, caged and corked, of course.

Cork says "2.011"

Pours super cloudy darker apricot/chestnut, the beige head is over the top large and equally long lasting. Going to a meraingue and very thick and coating irregular bands of sheeting/lace. Great looking beer.

Nose of honey, flower, Belgian yeasty goodness and toasted malts.

More honey, pepper, more pepper, earthy hops and more yeasty notes. Yum yum yum.

Quality, complexity, flavorful goodness. Label says this goes well with rustic cheeses..gave it a try..they are right...will def. buy more of this one..well worth a try..Belgian lovers rejoice....

Nov 27, 2011
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light cloudy amber golden colour, with a big and frothy head of off-white foam. Some floaties in the glass, little visible carbonation. Body looks quite thick. Overall, pretty nice looking.

Lots of floral notes on the nose, good dose of honey, and some meaty Belgian yeast. Some medicinal characters coming through as well, perhaps an alcohol aroma as well. Not bad, pretty robust.

Very smooth on the palate initially, with a rather unexpected hop character mingling with a piquant alcohol heat. Some sweet Belgian yeast character coming through as well, some cellar-like mustiness, with a very dry finish. Overall, a tasty drop.

A drinkable Belgian strong, with some characters to give it a lift, and make it a tad more confronting that I would have otherwise expected. Still, there's a lot to enjoy, and Dupont have another winner here for me.

Oct 14, 2009
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Jul 25, 2014
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TongoRad from New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First thing to note- the head on this is insane; it's been 5 minutes and it literally looks like meringue. So tightly knit with a silky sheen. It's got me hypnotized, to a certain extent, but onward I shall go. The aroma is soft and elegant, and intricately woven together. Wildflowers and citrus hit me first, bringing to mind a bright sunny day. Underneath are bread, caramel, hay, gentle spiciness (coriander, anise, vanilla). Whether there are any genuine spices in here or not I couldn't say, but those are the aromatic impressions I'm getting. The palate is moderately full, highlighting caramel most of all, but the spiciness is right up there with it. Lemon peel and straw come out on the long finish. It's a bit sugary while on the palate, but finishes pleasingly dry with just the slightest warming sensation from the alcohol. At the very end I'm also getting a slight hint of dried lavendar.

Mar 24, 2015
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paterlodie from Belgium

4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 10-2007. Nice white head and beautifull bronzeamber foggy beer. Nose probably the best of the brew. Fresh grassy, pepperspiced, little bretty, full malty with wheat, alcoholic and gives the farmhouse nose well but very clean. Taste is dry and strong alcoholic, very salty and peppery, fine malts and litle winelike. Bitter and alcoholic aftertaste. Good brew with lots of carbon dioxide for fresh and spicy mouthfeel. Very refreshing and enjoyable brew, quiet saisonlike.

Aug 08, 2005
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wl0307 from England

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coming in a 750ml green bottle, corked and caged; vintage 2005 (as marked on the cork), BB 08/2008, served lightly chilled in a large tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: superb in presentation, the colour is light chestnut-brown-ish amber, coming with millions of microscopic bubbles, while the beige froth head proudly retains the texture throughout the drink.
S: a light hint of musty yet aromatic apple-ly estery-fruits comes hand in hand with the rich and full-bodied maltiness in the background, underlined by a pronounced mixture of candy sugar, cane sugar, and even sticky barley candy (as in a rich barley wine, in a sense), as well as pleasant fruity notes like Chinese prunes and rose-flavoured pale plums. The overall sugary elements came slightly too much for my liking, as they manifested in a really dense form with loads of way-overripe fruits, but a swirl would help balance off these heavy bits with more "breezy mustiness"(?!).
T: as in many Belgian Amber Ales (and some English Strong Ales), the foretaste is lightly sour-sweet estery-fruity on top of a fairly solid backbone of amber and caramely malts, brown sugar, with hints of mashed&sweetened kidney beans; pretty soon, a lengthy aftertaste takes over from this, lovely and mixed, suggesting dried prunes, dried red dates, slightly spicy-savoury dried hawthorn fruits, and a touch of herbal sweetness as from the hops. The finish goes slightly chewy and always with a moderate flow of hop bitterness, as well as mustiness that is only very restrained (indeed, for a Saison brewer), before the liquid rounds off the tasting and renders a soothingly warming feel down the throat.
M&D: the carbonation is executed at a nearly-perfect level, soothing, refreshing, full of tiniest bubbles to highlight the intriguing taste and a sound body. All in all, this is an easily likeable Strong Ale - but one bottle is satisfying enough!

May 31, 2009
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Derek from Canada (BC)

4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 12, 2017
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errantnight from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Apr 02, 2012
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lpayette from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Jan 23, 2012
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/20/2015 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, caramelized malts, faint Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and fruit. Then some Belgian yeast comes in along with a hearty malt character and a touch of alcohol. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Nov 21, 2015
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sholland119 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Dec 13, 2012
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Hellpop65 from Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Aug 18, 2013
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Jan 05, 2012
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laituegonflable from Australia

3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice earthy orange with a nice thick haze, and hugely generous beige head that sinks all webbed out in sparse bubbling. Specks of lace but not much. Nice haze, great head. Would like more lace but otherwise near perfect.

Nose is very hoppy, and quite European in the hop character. Quite pilsenery actually, with a slight floral edge and a hint of pineapple, but mostly grassy and herbal. Bit of malt coming through but minimal. Not bad but lacks something.

Taste is very sour and quite phenolic, with a slight tangy citrus juice character on the mid followed by a longer rind kind of bitterness at the end. Quite acrid at times with lots of funk kind of character and some quite herbal phenols like Chinese medicine. Leaves a bit of a bitter hand which isn't tasty, but not overly offensive. Interesting is the best I can say about this.

Fairly nice mouthfeel, full body with some sedimenty texture, goes down pretty smooth and leaves a little dry. A good amount of slick.

Yeah, not too bad overall. Had a nice "flawed" character, with kinks that make it interesting, but not so much as to spoil the drinking experience.

Oct 26, 2009
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bonbini26 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Jan 13, 2012
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 133 ratings