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 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 elec
4/5  rDev +2%

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 jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Beertracker
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of codynevels
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of spinrsx
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +2%

Photo of twelveinches
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Diomede
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mdillon86
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev +2%

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 Haybeerman
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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 -2.6%
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 +3.8%
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 +3.3%
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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Photo of draheim
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (code L10048A 17:18), poured into my Hennepin glass.

Greenish yellow color, slightly hazy, close to the color of a chardonnay. Nice bright creamy white head, decent retention, nice lacing.

Smell is pungent yeast and farmhouse funk. I can smell it from 4 feet away.

The taste is light and refreshing, a lighter version of Saison Dupont. Faint lemon, spice, yeast, and clean, crisp water.

This is a true Belgian session beer. I could enjoy this for hours with a fine meal or a backyard barbecue.

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