Avril | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl
Belgium
brasserie-dupont.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

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204
Reviews:
122
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.73%
 
 
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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of grain, fruit, spice, tea, floral, and slight yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, spice, yeast, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light, refreshing, and easy to drink.

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear light golden yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a massive two finger high bright white head that gradually died down, but consistently left a smell head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of yeast in the nose along with notes of spices as well as hints of barnyard funk.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of earthy yeast along with hints of spicy yeast. The spices are most prominent in the finish and linger through the aftertaste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very nice, refreshing and sessionable. It would make a perfect accompaniment to a meal. The bière de table also has a good amount of flavor considering its low alcohol content and light-bodied nature.

Note: 2011 vintage

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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 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.

C-

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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a hazy lemon color with a fluffy head that sticks nicely and leaves a film of lace

Smell: Farmhouse funk, with lemon, grassy hops and wheatbread

Taste: Opens with a lemony wheatbread character that adds the farmhouse funk and grassy hop flavors by mid-palate; after the swallow, the lemon flavors raise it up a notch with the finish providing a lingering element of funk

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderately high carbonation

Drinkability: Love the low abv level on this beer and it proves out the point that a lot of flavor can be packed into a session beer - we need more examples of this

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to EehaiCJ for sharing this recently...

Hazy, opaque orange pour, a finger or two of foam. Nice head retention with spotty lace around the edges.

Spicy clove, earthy aroma, bitter lemon zest, and floral notes.

Light bodied with a clean malt flavor, light lemon zest, and cloves. Yeast gives it a signature Belgian character. Finishes dry, with a spritzy body, and low level bitterness. Very light and refreshing, serve a couple bottles with dinner.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/1/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 2-3 finger fluffy and foamy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass; with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, orange zest, floral, pepper, clove, grass, wheat, straw, cracker, light funk, and spicy yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, complexity, and strength of yeast, malt, and hop notes. Taste of big lemon zest, pear, apple, orange zest, pepper, clove, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, straw, light funk, and spicy yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruit, clove, pepper, floral, grass, straw, wheat, cracker, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is invisible at 3.5%, with no warming noticed at all as expected. Overall this is a highly excellent table saison! Great balance and complexity of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed yellow gold color. Head is white. Moderate level of retention.

Aroma: A very light beer. Farmhouse flavors show with notes of straw. Some sugary sweet flavors. Very simple.

Taste: The taste pretty much matches the nose. It is a very light saison. Some grassy hops with some straw flavors. A hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this is an incredibly easy drinking beer. Perfect for a hot summer day. A decent amount of flavor for having such a low abv.

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Photo of nickfl
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of white head on a moderately hazy, straw yellow body. Once the foam settles, it leaves wet webs of lace on the wall of the glass.

S - Moderately earthy yeast aromas complimented by the sulphury sweetness of pilsner malt and the spicy, wet dirt smell of saaz hops.

T - Lots of earthy hop flavor, but restrained bitterness along with subtle pils malt sweetness. Musty funk comes out in the middle as does a light acidic zing. The finish is dry and mild with more earthy hop character

M - Medium-light body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Like a light beer version of a saison, but in a good way that makes it extremely drinkable and refreshing. The German Pilsner like combination of malt and hops shines though because of the lightness of the beer and while the yeast character is present in only very small quantaties, it is just enough to give the beer a spark of interest. Not an overly complex beer, but it is an interesting change from the usual beer geek fare; I can hardly imagine any American brewery putting in the effort to bottle condition a light table beer of only 3.5% alcohol, and that alone makes this beer a rare treat.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge fluffy pillowy head fades semi slowly lots of lacing, hazy grapefruit yellow color

Nose light floral saison earthy and light spices nice citrus and lemon, grassy, light pilsner like malts soft and airy, light Belgian golden malts.

Taste soft golden malts, light pilsner toasty and hint wheat like, juicy light citrus, bit of earthy farmhouse saison with light spices, dry, aromatic, floral. Hint lemon and grassy with slight touch of hop bitterness. Finish is dry and floral, nice saison flavors farmhouse and touch floral spices and citrus lingering.

Mouth is med bodied nice carb.

Overall quite nice.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The first pour from a longstanding bottle is fairly clear, while subsequent pours become increasingly hazy (and even cloudy) as the yeast is disturbed. The body is deep gold in color beneath a pillowy head of bright white. The head retention is quite good, and it takes several minutes for it to dwindle (if you can wait that long). Even then, it still maintains a solid surface covering throughout the glass. Lacing is average.

S: In the nose it's grassy, floral, delicately spicy and a touch peppery (as in green bell pepper seeds) over a bed of lightly bready/wheaty malt that offers only the slightest suggestion of sweetness. As might be expected, it's just a slight bit funky with a touch of mustiness.

T: As the nose suggests, there's a firm maltiness to it, but it's not sweetish. It's very straightforward grainy. Some chalky, gently mineral-like character from the yeast rides atop that, and then there are the floral, lemony, grassy, and spice notes. It starts very big in the beginning, but fades rather easily in the dry, lingering finish.

M: Medium bodied and crisp. The median carbonation gently bristles the tongue.

O: A very satisfying, refreshing ale.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/24/2015 at Doherty’s Ale House, Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains Belgian yeast, wheat, some fruit and some spice.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and a thin malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of bananas, citrus and spice come in. The malt character is and the hops presence is very mild but there’s a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

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

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly cloudy straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer pours with a soapy two finger tall white head that reduces by about 50% but remains. There is significant lacing observed.

S: The aroma is a little light but what I do smell is very pleasant and enjoyable. Some light floral notes that make me think of early spring followed by some light lemon, grassy hops, and a light grain.

T: It starts with an almost pilsener-like graininess and then some lemon, spices, and light fruit. Some bitterness but not a lot, just enough to balance out some of the other flavors. There is a very much a yeast/spice note in the aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy and then dry in the finish.

O: Exceptionally easy to drink, very sessionable, very enjoyable, and would pair well with just about any food. A great beer to be having on the first really warm spring day here in NYC. What a fantastic beer that is light and refreshing.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a tall, though collapsing, white head.

Smell: Aroma of wheat, sliced bananas, lemon, pressed flowers, and damp hay. There's some slight skunkiness to the nose as well.

Taste: Light, lightly tangy wheat flavor with tastes of banana, citrus zest, and spices. Touch of honey sweetness. Hint of sourdough. Spicy, floral hops, lightly bitter. Finishes quite dry with a mild bitterness and grassiness remaining.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Oh-so immensely refreshing, Avril is a fine choice for absolutely any time of the day, any time of the year. Also recommended for children, pets, and the elderly.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sun-bleached daffodil with nearly colorless edges. The snow white crown is a wonderful looking collection of sticky bubbles that can be seen slowly pop-pop-popping, leaving plenty of Swiss cheese-like lace all over the upper reaches of the glass. Subsequent pours add a gorgeous yeasty haziness, effectively increasing the appearance score.

Thankfully, the hint of skunk on cap cracking is now gone, making me wonder if was ever really there. Avril smells tremendous, as does pretty much all Brasserie Dupont beer. This brewery has one of the world's best saison yeast strains, no doubt about it. There's loads of lemon zest, meadow grass (and flowers), and maybe even a light dusting of cardamom.

This is an excellent light saison and might be the best low-ABV beer that I have ever had. I don't care what anyone says, when the ABV is this low, depth of flavor (and to some extent complexity) is usually lacking. That makes it all the more impressive that this is such an incredibly delicious, insanely drinkable biere de table.

To a considerable extent, this offering tastes like a lighter version of Saison Dupont, one of the world's best farmhouse ales. The flavors are as described above. Freshly zested lemons lead the way, followed by bitter grasses (that's a good thing) and just enough warm, peppery spice to add another layer of contrast. Avril is becoming even more complex as it warms.

The mouthfeel is both light and lightly creamy. The bubbles could be more lively, but that would probably lead to significant burpage in a beer whose 750 ml are a cinch to consume in a single sitting. The mouthfeel is built for speed, even if gulping isn't recommended. This one deserves to be savored, even as it quenches and refreshes.

I was stunned to discover that I have now had four saisons and one BSPA from Brasserie Dupont and not one has received a flavor or drinkability score less than 4.5. I guess that makes this one of my favorite breweries. Avril (April) is well worth the asking price and is a beer that I'll be sure to look for again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich straw color with a solid haze. Lumpy settling of the head. Quite white. Nice fluffy lace spots.

Fresh sour aroma. Very appealing. No earthiness--a preference for me.

Starts with a dry pale malted barley flavor. The sourness is muted compared to the smell. The finish is bitter with a long aftertaste. So dry in the end, it's nearly astringent. Full body but with an even higher carbonation level.

I think this is one of the more drinkable Saisons. It isn't extreme in any way. Yet, it still has all of the basic flavors and smells.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is yellow hued with a small, white, fluffy head that leaves a healthy amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma brings grasses, lemon zest, floral notes, yeast, and spices.

This is one of the most flavorful beers under 4% abv I have had the pleasure to drink. Extremely well balanced and packed with a bouquet of everything I found in the aroma, only more potent.

The body is light and crisp, making this an ideal choice for a hot weather beer. The finish is delicate and smooth. This beer is chuggable. It would be quite easy to put away several of these.

I was really impressed by Dupont Avril. I will definitely get this again.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly fogged yellow gold. Head is weak and falls pretty soon after pouring. Nose is citrus and yeast. When I popped the bottle, it smelled like a pile of grass clippings that had been left wet for two days. Flavor is funky and earthy, but it seems to be lighter than I would expect and it dropped off to nothing after a short while. As time went on though, I had an earthy aftertaste in my mouth. Feel is light on the liquid and the carbonation is low, but about right. Decent I guess. I wouldn't run back to this one in the future, but I wouldn't really run away from it either.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large green bottle, caged and corked w/o freshness indication, except the "2.008" on the cork. Pours cloudy, yellowy, under a frothy white head, long lasting and melting down to a wild looking merainge, then leaving thick copious lacing. Yeast, spice and a slight soapiness on the nose. Light, effervescent, fruity, spicy, a delight in a bottle. Notes of pepper, yeast, fresh fruits. lots of lemon, herbal, a again a hint of soap. Perfect for a warm weather meal. Classy, tasty Belgian "lawn mower" beer. Hope this goes into wide distribution. Glad to find this one, a great addition to the Dupont line.

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Avril from Brasserie Dupont sprl
3.92 out of 5 based on 204 ratings.
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