Avril | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Brasserie Dupont sprl

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Beaver13
1.97/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ml bottle. Pours clear golden yellow with a big fizzy white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is really stinky musty yeast with a little spicing and some bready malts.

The flavor is some bitter metallic yeast with some sweet breadiness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, not very good. Skunked bottle? The skunkiness faded some as it sat, but didn't get much better.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.63/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Table beer. Something with plenty of flavorful punch and complexity, yet low in alcohol to be consumed with ease in warm weather with a meal. Or at least that's what I was told when I bought this. 750 ml corked and caged green bottle poured into a chalice. On to the beer:

The head froms big and soapy on top this pale blonde colored beer. It's quite pale, but that's probably to be expected for this. The foam has good stick, and it's retaining well. The beer has a good smell. Okay, a stinky skunk came out of the bottle when I popped the cap, but with the beer in my chalice, it's gone. Grassy, barnyard stable, corn feed, manure, touch of spearmint in the aroma. It smells like a farm. I like what I'm getting myself into.

Gaaahhh! What the hell happened here?!? Where's the flavor? The beer's mouthfeel indicated there should be some flavor in this beer, and the aroma is a good predicator of what your beer going to taste like. All those mentioned aroma are in the taste, but they're extremely subtle. There's no rancid skunk in the flavor, so this doesn't have any nasty off-flavors, and this was bottled this April, so it's not old. It's mostly bubbly water with a pinch of spearmint. It has the pleasant dry finish of a saison, but the taste of a light American lager beer.

As it warms, I start to like it a little more, but that's only relative to when I thought it was horrid earlier. I still don't like it, but it's better.

I've never had a beer with a change of events like this. I was excited to see a low alcohol beer score so well here, but it looks like I'll be the first here to be dissapointed. As far as low alcohol beer is concerned, I'll take a Tetley's (3.7% ABV) or Beamish (4.1% ABV) any time, any place over this, and yes, that includes at the table with a meal in warm weather.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

750ml green glass (ugh...) bottle with orange hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork acquired at me local CO bottle shop and served into a Belgian Independence Day stem-tulip in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. 3.5% ABV confirmed. Nothing on the label indicates this is a farmhouse ale or saison. Reviewed as a biere de table because the label clearly identifies it as such. Label is yellow, white, and green, with very simple art. Bottle conditioned "L13177A 11:47:15." "Unfiltered." Certified organic.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours almost entirely head - a good 5 fingers in width out of a possible 7. Head is white colour and is nicely thick. Okay creaminess. Fluffy. Somewhat airy. Nice even consistent lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about 6+ minutes.

Body colour is a clear lightly hazy very pale copper of average vibrance. Surprisingly (given the lack of filtration), no floating yeast particles are visible. Translucent and transparent.

Overall, it's looking quite good for a Belgian table beer. I'm really looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Clove, biscuity vitamin-y yeast, Belgian pale malts, cane sugar, clean barley, straw, very light farmhouse funkiness - possibly from brettanomyces yeast, faint orchard pear, a kiss of honey, and very complementary floral hop character, with a bit of nectary character in there too.

No alcohol or off-notes are detectable.

As it warms, I pick up traces of lemongrass. It's also just a biteen soapy/detergent-like, which is its biggest flaw.

Overall, it smells like it should for the large part, and evokes a straightforward low-ABV Belgian brew you could pair with food. A pleasant, appealing, alive aroma of average strength.

T/Mf: The floral hop character plays well with the admittedly simple clean barley/straw/Belgian pale malt foundation. There isn't much body here, though the reduced thickness aids its drinkability and fits in with the table beer premise. There're kisses of orchard fruit (namely sour apple and pear) as well as a bit of clove, but otherwise there's nothing particularly complex or subtle here. It's not an intricate or nuanced beer per se, nor is it gestalt - the balance is pretty good but not impeccable. The build is cohesive. Unfortunately, it does have a detergent type of off-note that evokes a lemon cleanser of some sort.

Below average depth and intensity of flavour (even for a table bier). Average duration of flavour.

Smooth and wet. Perfect carbonation. Okay presence on the palate. The texture is far from married to the taste, and there's a lot of room for improvement. Other breweries have successfully executed tapfelbieren with body, but this beer feels a bit weak by comparison.

Not oily, boozy, hot, gushed, astringent, harsh, or rough.

Obviously, no alcohol comes through.

Dr: Of course I could kill this bottle alone with ease - it's 3.5% and extremely drinkable. But it just isn't up to par with Dupont's best offerings. I can think of domestic offerings around this price point that are far more enjoyable (Jester King's Le Petit Prince comes to mind). I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners.

I certainly wouldn't buy this again at its current price point, but it's a nice little pairing beer from Dupont that will satisfy those in the mood for a Belgian beer with a much lighter body.


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Photo of nkurz129
2.94/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Everything a farm house ale should be but thinned down. The hint of slightly funky spice on the nose, effervescent mouthfeel, just a little too watery. But if this is what light beer is in Belgium, they should consider themselves lucky compared to things like Coors and Michelob.

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Photo of beertunes
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a hazy medium yellow with 1/2 inch of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing.

The aroma was mostly spicy yeast scents with some grain in the background. The flavors were also dominantly spice, yeast and grain.

The body was thin, almost watery, with minimal effervescence. Drinkability was OK, but as thin and bland as this beer was, why bother?

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/3/08. On tap at Ginger Man, listed as Dupont Avril. Pours a clear deep yellow with a small white head. Aroma of spices (clove) and yeast. Flavor of yeast and lots of spices with a bittering finish. Weak watery body. I didn't care for this one...
6/3/6/3/13 (3.1/5)

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a transparent hazy straw yellow with tons of fluffy thin white head.

S-bready notes up front, very earthy with a light funk, moderate yeast with lemon behind.

T-a little watery, light acidic notes, earthy funk is present, yeast is there as well with the lemon in back. not overly complex and a little watery but at 3.5 still brings a fair bit of flavor.

M-grainy and rough on the palate, very thin in the back, slightly dry with tons of carbonation and a sharp crisp finish.

D-solid beer here and the low abv contributes to the lack of feel. not the best beer around but still quite sessionable. would pass on in the future.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.09/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Pizza Paradisio in Georgetown. $10 for a 12oz pour.

Balanced but no funk what so ever. Not a good representation of the style.
Low ABV so might do well as a session beer for those who need an all-day saison. An average saison. You might want to give it a try, but it would be near the bottom of my list.

A - Cloudy straw colored. Wheat looking. Half finger dense white head.

S - Not very saison-like. No real yeasty profile in the aroma.

T - Pilsner like. Pale malts. Biscuty. Mildly hoppy bitterness.

MF - Dry with a slight smoothness.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a hazy pale yellow with a three finger white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, floral, fruit, banana, spice, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, banana, earth, and water. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty average brew. I went into this one not really knowing what to expect and what I found wasn’t overly great for the style. While a lot of the right flavors and aromas were there, it just seemed a little toned back from what it would have been capable of. The watered down aspect I got on the flavor really didn’t help this out much at all. This did make it easy to drink, but for all the wrong reasons. Worth trying, but that is about it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Now that's new. A sessioinable Saison meant for the dinner table results in a very spritzy and bright ale with faint fruitiness and spice, but as light in body as any of the style I've encountered.

In true Saison fashion, a canary yellow pour releases a rocky and froathy snow white head with abundant retention and lace laid upon the glass. A very solid and inviting ale.

Very soft floral notes give the light impression of honeysuckle, perfume, herbal grasses, pear, and apple. Low in power, these aromas build upon a lightly grainy base.

Light pilsner malts contribute very little in terms of sweetness but deliver a crisp cracker-like taste that remains low in order from which the delicate ester and phenolic balance springs. Very light fruitiness is represented by green apple, pear, and kiwi while a mild spice of earthy hops, white pepper and mineral salts frame the sober flavor profile. Earthy hops have a leafy character to support the balance and offer a little intrigue. The minerally quality seems to take on a selzer water taste of which I'm not sure I'm too terribly fond.

Very lightly creamy in body, the zesty carbonation gives a very airy champagne-like prickle to the mouth. After the carbonation subsides, the beer's thinness is revealed and the beer seems watery and with a light metalic sensation to the mouth. A terse aftertaste of mineral and grain is short lived, but adds to the crispness and cleanliness of the beer.

Suitable for most dishes of lighter fare, but as a stand alone pint it just doesn't offer enough intrigue to fully celebrate. But appreciation is deserved with this simple ale.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very light beer insofar as abv and flavors. Session beer for sure. Pours a very light orange/goldish, cloudy with a fairly poofy head.

Light aroma that isn't all that complex; lemon zest, honeysuckle and spices.

Not much of a malt profile here. Predominately a yeast forward beer, that's where it gets its flavors..mostly. Spice, coriander, lemon zest, green apple, some florals. Peppery a bit.

Still, it feels nice. Tingly and quenching. I don't normally drink beer with food, but I could see this beer pairing with anything summer-y...at first.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy light orangeish yellow color with a thin white head.

S- Overall, I'd say that this one a bit light. I picked up some citrus, coriander, bit of pepper, banana and a bit of cracker type malt.

T- Taste is like the nose light. There is also a light funkiness to this one and a bit of a herbal taste.

M- Light in body and carbonation was pretty nice.

D- Just not one of my favorite styles so this one is a bit harder for me to drink. I can understand how/why some people would really dig this one.

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Photo of pants678
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Clear yellow, white froth.

Spice, floral, hay, I guess.

Yeasty, citric but very pithy. Still, I do like the up front flavor. Needs more hop character, IMO, to drive it.

Dry-ish, lot of carbonation.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Took this 750ml off the shelves at Pioneer on Amsterdam Ave and poured into an oversized wine glass. I became a big fan of the saison style after having Brasserie' Dupont and was excited to try another one from the brewery.

A: The label previewed the color off a bright rainjacket yellow, a strong finger head with a white bubbles growing and defeating the head leaving large chunks of lace on the glass.

S: The nose was a mild mix of earth and citrus tones. Not as much yeast as I would have wanted but a floral and spice section milling around somewhere.

T: A very light delivery all together. Perhaps there is a summer saison or this is subdued version on the style Nothing wrong with the taste and easily could drink several as compared to heavier ones. I couldn't really pull out much distinc flavor except for the grass and citrus. The flavor slacked off towards the end with smaller carbonation.

M: Mouthfeel is obviously light and a bit tangy from the citrus elements. Carbonation starts off spritly but jettisons to the rear with time that does not do well to keep the flavors together.

D: A good beer no doubt and a bookend from this brewery on the style. I'm glad to have had more than one from the boys and will keep this in mind for hotter weather or newcomers that enjoy more of a citrus accents.

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Photo of Spider889
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Keffa for sharing this at the first Central Ohio Beer Tasting. I have seen this a few times and always wondered about it.

The beer is light as hell in color and body. There was some suspended yeast visible. Produced an insanely tall white head leaving stringy legs of lace.

Very dry smelling, almost musty, dust-ridden attic funk. Lemon zest appears. The more I dig into it though, the more funky stink and dust I pull out.

Spicy Belgian yeast fills out most of the flavor. The alcohol feels nonexistent (which I guess isn't that far off anyways). As a table beer this does work.

Dry as hell, the mouthfeel reminded me at times of powdery alka-seltzer. Definitely an interesting brew, one that would be apropos on a warm sunny spring afternoon - amongst blooming flowers and budding trees.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Man did this beer start out excellent; excellent straw color, nice white head, unfiltered. Looked great.
The nose was full of things I haven't smelled together in who knows how long. Apple, pear, bubble gum, nice floral hops and citrus.
Then the hammer fell; the taste was totally lacking. It was weak to put it lightly, and had hints of vanilla and banana, but a skunky taste throughout and what I can only call the taste of medoicre or even poor-quality malt.
The final blow was dealt with the feel, noticing it was empty, shallow, watery, bland and fades fast leaves no lasting impression.
Maybe I got a bad keg, but this was overall disappointing.

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Photo of danedelman
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a sniffter glass

A-hazy straw yellow with a soapy looking head, very large. about 4 finger head.

S-smells of a skunk, lemon, grassy and soggy wheatabix cereal come to mind. Not sure about this one. Lots going on though for a 3.5% beer.

T-complete difference from smell. Starts with a lemongrass and then dyes. very bland after that other than a very very small does of wheat/malt.

M-very thin but light.

O-had higher hopes for this one...will not buy again.

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Photo of brundo4
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL champagne bottle into Duvel tulip. Medium, frothy head. Dissipates quickly. Small bit of lacing, not too sticky. Very carbonated. Gorgeous golden yellow color and quite cloudy. I am salivating already.

Sour, yeasty smell on the nose. How I remember brew smelling as a kid. Used to turn me away but now just drives me wild with anticipation. Notes of citrus, a bit fruity, slight herbal hoppiness, very grassy and earthy, nice floral perfume to it. Makes me think of gardens, fields, the great outdoors in late spring (hence Avril). Extremely clean and crisp. Dry, even. Can't think of a better first on a summer day. Also, a slight "hop" odor, and not the one used for brewing...

First taste is crisp! So crisp. And bitter as well. A citrus flavor with hop bitterness and a nice sting of carbonation. Very, very refreshing. A bit like tonic water. Lacking a bit of that low note. It is a very bright, top heavy beer. Low alcohol, good for a session, but lacking the strong, deep body I prefer. A bit thin all around for a saison but nonetheless a good, balanced taste.

Light mouthfeel. Very thin but somehow also a touch creamy. Smooth with a good bubbly bite. Like a pilsner or lager beer.

This is a very drinkable beer for obvious reasons. Subtle, sharp flavor and a low ABV, one could drink this for days on end. I'm afraid the flavor just isn't there for me, but I enjoy it nonetheless.

This is one to consider for the Bud, Coors, etc. drinkers out there who have never considered the import or micro, and suitable for those of us who the exact opposite.

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Photo of rangerred
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance is a hazy straw yellow with tons of carbonation leaving a billowy white head. Great lacing and head retention.

Smell is a little skunky at first but that soon yields to a nice yeasty aroma with a tiny hint of barnyard funk. Some clove and banana with a little bit of lemon.

The flavor is quite crisp with some light grain and wood followed by a hint of lemon tartness. A little grape and barnyard round out the flavors. The finish is extremely dry and clean leaving you wanting another sip.

It is slightly lacking in flavor and body but for only being 3.5%, this beer would be a great thirst quencher on a hot day.

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Photo of adamette
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle purchased at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio for $7.99 into my Hennepin goblet.

A Light cloudy yellow body under an egg white head that leaves minimal lacing. This beer is lighter in color than the one that I sampled yesterday from the same brewery, the great "Foret." Visible yeasts, grains in the bottom of the glass/bottle but not nearly as much sediment as "Foret." 3.5

S Nice Saison yeasts, spices, light malt barley and some distant hops. Kind of reminds me of a fresh loaf of bread. 3.5

T Light for sure, there are all of the key aspects of a Saison such as the light malt barley, spices such as coriander and what tastes to me like a wheat. 3.5

M As stated, light, maybe the lightest of any Saison that I have tasted. 2.5

D Very high given the ABV, bread like goodness of this light beer. 4.0

Notes: A "table beer" or Biere de Table which would fit that role excellently well. This is a very light Saison. I tend to prefer thicker, chewier Saisons myself, though.

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Photo of Maakies
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Stella Chalice.

A - Light Golden and Cloudy Straw in color. Very heady beer if you're not careful! It subsides rather quickly though, not too dense.

S - Very sweet and fragrant, some citrus and musky notes, similar to bergamot. The spices remind me of clove or nutmeg with a background of floral aromatics.

T - It starts out very similar to the foret or saison dupont, sweet, yeasty, coriander, nutmeg, and clove but the flavors in the Avril subside pretty quickly. The finish is rather clean and quick but should be expected from a low ABV like this style.

M - Creamy and rich, lots of carbonation that tingles on the roof of the mouth and tongue. Very light and thin.

O - I have to admit my favorite style of beer is a farmhouse/saison and when I heard Avril was out I grabbed it as soon as I saw it. I realized the ABV was 3.5% after the fact, I was worried it would be lackluster, but I am happy I was proven wrong. This is about the 4th or 5th beer I've had now that was focused on being lower ABV but not lower quality. I really like this trend!

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml green bottle, cork and cage. cork labelled with 2008. batch number on paper labels: L08035A

poured into tulip. tasted in mid/late april 2009

mild gusher

golden straw blonde. gush seems to have brought up yeast flakes. faint haze. huge rocky head fades very slowly to thin foamy layer. decent though splotchy rings of lace.

sulfurous aroma, almost skunk, but maybe not. otherwise grassy, herbal and floral. some bready malt, yeast, hint of pepper, hint of dried citrus zest. mild farmhouse character.

taste: very light, somewhat watery malt character quickly meets euro hop grassiness and mild to moderate bitterness, with all the other characters described in the aroma mixed in, but a watered down version. phenols from middle to the end. acidic note before finish.

thin, almost watery, but some acidity and astringency in the finish. fizzy carbonation, but can be momentarily fluffy.


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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a snifter glass a cloudy yellow color with a nice white head. The aroma has notes of wheat, banana, clove, and spearmint. Perhaps a touch of bubblegum as well. Light mouthfeel. The taste pretty much follows the nose but the bubblegum to me sticks out more in the taste. Some florals. Pretty refreshing. Overall, I actually liked this. I could see the bubblegum flavor getting a little old but otherwiese enjoyable.

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Photo of deapokid
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried on tap Friday evening at Tria:

Poured into a really interesting glass that reminded me of something I drank orange juice out of as a child. Must be the official glass wear of this "table beer," since the "Avril" logo was prominently featured on the side.

Bright orange in color, even to the point where it glows in the dim light of a pub, but is still thin enough to see through. Smell is quite faint, but citrus, coriander and banana are evident.

Taste is extremely light, both in the wheaty saison flavor and dry aftertaste that the regular Saison Dupont is known for.

Although the taste and texture are a bit limited, it is extremely easy to take down (probably due to that low ABV) and rather refreshing on a warm Spring day.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy, light straw yellow with a fluffy white head that fades quickly, but laces. The nose is lemon and skunk...nuff said. I guess it's what I get for getting a 2011 bottle. However, the skunkiness does come to pass revealing a very faint citrus and grain-forward nose. The taste is light and mildly grainy with a splash of bitterness and yeast. The mouthfeel is slightly thicker than water and finishes quite dry. There is very little sweetness and plenty of carbonation. Overall this was a good table beer, but I do prefer beer table table beer more.

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