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Avril | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cjgator3 on 05-19-2008

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Ratings: 205 |  Reviews: 121
Photo of Varkias41
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +2%
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 dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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 elec
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of danedelman
3.38/5  rDev -14%
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 jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Beertracker
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of codynevels
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of spinrsx
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with a huge frothy/fluffy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing. There is also some great lacing and the head lasted for a while.

Smell - yeast, coriander, herbal, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can also taste yeast, wheat, and a peppery spice mix. There is also a nice dose of hops and some coriader and maybe a hint of banana. It ends with a yeasty/spicy aftertaste.

Overall - There is a surprising amount of flavour for such a low ABV beer. I managed to get through my bottle, but I wouldn't want much more than 750ml. A nice interesting and drinkable beer.

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Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of twelveinches
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Diomede
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mdillon86
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
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 Haybeerman
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw/gold; evenly hazy. Poured awhite head with excellent retention.and laced well. Laced in wavy patches.

S: Citrus and fruit/gunk yeast aroma.

T: consistent with the nose. Not overly sour or sweet. Bready malt character. Crisp snd light

M: Light body. Ample carbonation; very active in the glass and on the palate.

O: Very sessionable.

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Photo of bruachan
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy gold with ample foamage: sudsy but also merengue-ey

spicy, minty hop aroma. very spicy. floral pils malts. this beer's bouquet is its strongest element, with the tongue reporting a much more crisp and less full sensory range than the tongue

wheaty and hopgrassy. minimally spicy, which is interesting, given the highly potent aromas. bitterness is perhaps too strong

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Photo of Errto
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Table & Vine, West Springfield, MA.

Pours a very pale gold color, fairly translucent, bubbly with a nice frizzy sort of head. Smells at first of hops, the sort of pungent earthy hops like you'd find in a traditional Pils. The taste is very light and refreshing, as should be expected. There's just a touch of delicate fruitiness to it, a small hint of bitterness. The feel is about as light as I've ever tasted in a beer, nice and tingly with a fine carbonation. As it warms a few more flavors start to come through, still very mild - in particular a bit of that floweriness you expect from a saison.

Overall, a nice, simple subtle, enjoyable beer for the summer. I wish more American brewers made beers like this so they were easier to come by.

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Photo of BurgerJones
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into imperial pint glass after a long week of work.

Golden, slightly hazy pour with bright white head that retained and laced well.

Citrus and slight yeast aroma.

Was hoping for a sessionable Belgian when I bought it and that's just what I got. Mouthfeel is crisp and light.

Tastes are tangy lemon up front, peppery finish, slight grassy and floral notes.

Highly drinkable, wish I'd bought another.

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Avril from Brasserie Dupont sprl
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 205 ratings
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