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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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Added by cjgator3 on 05-19-2008

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

Light golden color with a solid amount of velvety-fuzzy lacing and retention. Quite full of yeast particles. Good look. Nose is relatively strong, with lemongrass and cardamom mingling with a nice dusty grass note.

Super-light body, a bit watery with an amazingly effervescent mouthfeel. Lemon zest is the primary driver of the flavor, with some pale malted barley sweetness. Hint of metallic finish. Slightly spicy, especially in the aftertaste.

Great farmhouse ale, quite light, but drinkable as hell.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.66/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 bottle. Why does this seem to be a little more difficult to come by, considering the relative availability of the other Dupont beers?

Poured into a tulip. It looks farmhouse-like, with a slightly hazed gold and a lot of active bubbles. Not as much retention as the bigger Duponts, though.

A little honeycomb in the nose, reminding me of Biere de Miel from this brewery. Pepper, little mustiness, sourdough bread, and....some mushroom? Really quite good!

The taste is very similar to Saison Dupont, which of course makes sense. I wouldn't simply call it Dupont Lite, though - for a beer of true session strength, it's packed with flavor. I get a lot of earthy mineral character, wildflowers, lemon, sour bread, black pepper and hints of the mushroom I was smelling. Some honey, but it's more suggested than actually tasted - this beer is nothing if not dry. It comes to an extremely dry mineral finish. Very pleasant. Not a lot of hop to speak of, but I bet it had more of a hop bite fresh. No matter - the regular Dupont can still be good over a couple years, and apparently so can this. Very tasty, refreshing, sustaining.

Feel is spritzy as you would expect, but it manages to bring a bit more robust a feel than you'd expect for 3.5%. Some pleasing mineral astringency.

Drinkability? I'd give it a 10 if I could. I swear there's a market for beers like this, if brewers would just make more of them. I can imagine that this would indeed be an outstanding "table beer," suitable for sharing at enlightened dinner tables even with the kids. Rated purely as a session beer, I'd have to give it a near-perfect score. Yet when scored as a saison, as is my intent, it still holds its own and then some. Really, the only thing that stopped this from being an A+ beer in my book was the lazy head retention. Please, more of this! Very exciting beer, I love it!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle from 2008. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about a 2 inch frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like orange peel, yeast, lemon, and cloves. The aroma does seems to be a bit light. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some peppery spice and herbal and floral hops noticable. Mouthfeel/body is light and it has high, but soft carbonation. This brew is easy to drink, it's refreshing and enjoyable. I think it's a decent brew, although I'd probably enjoy it even more on a hot day!

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

note:Old sample, bottled 2008, opened Jan 2010

AP- two fingers of white head on a hazy golden beer. There are some yeast chunks suspended at the bottom. Lookin a little ropey.

AROMA -Refined, spicy, noble hop aroms is intense, some sweetness and a very low level of bubblegum

TASTE- this is a very simple, extremely dry beer with slight tartness, spicy finish and low levels of cloven phenol with a slight mineral flavor and even some celaric qualities. It is a little peppery. These beers are ment to enhance food, so I though I'd try them with the nearest snack, spicy smoked almonds....beer picks up citrus and ginger dimension..interesting

MF- light and spritzy

Overall- interesting beer with very subtle flavors, very refreshing and I would be interested in trying it with different types of food, but DuPonts other offerings are far more exciting

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this at the Market District Giant Eagle yesterday. Poured into my snifter.

A- Body is a pale very cloudy translucent pale yellow that pours with a monstrous billowing foamy white head. Head fades and tames itself eventually to about 1 finger. Little lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- The aromas are definitely floral hop in nature upfront with a big funky yeast backbone.

T- A bouquet of floral hops is the main flavor upfront and there is a slightly sweet but really funky yeast backbone. The floral hop bitterness comes through for the finish. Not really much is left to linger but a faint hint of the initial flavors

M- Carbonation is high and the body certainly has the consistency of smooth bready yeast in it but it is extremely light and thin. This is where the brew makes itself apparent that it is a lighter beer.

D- This is a good brew and a nice low ABV alternative for a typical saison...unfortunately it shows in the thinness of the mouthfeel. Very drinkable and sessionable.

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Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Hazy, jonquil liquid with hints of pear and old gold around the edges. Large magnolia head forms stiff peaks and slowly recedes to a creamy finger, leaving behind ornate swaths of lacing in its tracks.

Subtle, pure aromatics bring to mind lemon merengue pie, asian pear, and lots of floral scents (sweet pea, tuberose, ?) without coming across as perfume. Light spice, and wheat round out the nose.

Crisp, bright palate entry suggestive of sorrel flowers. Pale malt and almost minty hops awaken the taste-buds further, preparing them for the clean bready finish.

Gently effervescent, delicately creamy, active yet ethereal.

Extremely refreshing, and easy to pair with all manner of simple meals using good quality fresh ingredients.

Simple, but I wouldn't go so far as to say simplistic - while still a Saison, it comes across in some ways as a lighter, heavily floral take on a Witbier...

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Photo of Viggo
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brouwers in Seattle. Served in a pretty cool little glass.

Pours a clear yellowish gold, thick and rocky white head forms, settles to a thin layer and ring, lace sheets on the glass, looks good. Smell is neat, very toasty, oats, light funky spice, orange peel, wheat, quite yeasty, grass, lemons, very refreshing. Taste is similar, orange and wheat up front, lots of toast, coriander, very zesty citrus peel, oats, light but good, nice balance. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium-low carbonation, very drinkable. This would be a great one to have on tap over the summer, very light and refreshing.

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Photo of diechipmunk
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This low ABV saison/farmhouse is wonderfully refreshing. Ir pours a bright orange/yellow and smells lightly of citris, spices and yeast/banana?

The taste is crisp and refreshing. It's not as complex as a regular saison, but it satisfies. The low ABV allows me to open a bottle alone and enjoy it all without getting bombed.

It is a great session beer with enough flavor to maintain it's appeal well into a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of adamette
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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 brundo4
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
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 chinabeergeek
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

STOP USING GREEN GLASS, ALREADY!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought this at Andersons for $7.99, first time I've ever seen this particular DuPont beer. Only 3.5% ABV, interesting given that everything I've tried from DuPont has been delicious. Turns out that even a low ABV beer can be really good. The beer is hazy pale yellow with a wet froth. The aroma is kind of like Saison DuPont's little brother, the same grass and maybe spices (no bubblegum though) yet more muted, just less rich as there are less ingredients. Same with the taste, very good but light. Ridiculously drinkable, you can finish this bomber without a buzz and you do get good flavor. Recommended.

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Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on-tap at Brick Store in Atlanta - I saw a Saison with a 3.5% ABV and had to give it a shot.

Pours a lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lemon zest with good amounts of grassy notes and leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. There's a good malt backbone with grassy flavors and leafy, almost herbal hops joining in before the lemon zest reasserts itself. The ending is very crisp and lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is great for a beer with such a low ABV. A very nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I could literally drink this all day.

Overall this is a hard beer to review. On one hand it's not a great saison, but it's a great beer for what it's trying to accomplish. I would love to have a keg of this at home to sip on for weeks at a time. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

75cl bottle; 2008 vintage. Pours a lightly hazy straw gold with a towering, rocky white head. Smells strongly floral/herbal with plenty of citric notes and a bit of yeasty spice. Tart and sweet. Floral yet earthy taste with some lemon and just a hint of hop bitterness. What one would imagine the archetypal farmhouse ale should taste like. Light body with plenty of carbonation. Though it doesn't quite stand up to its big brother, it's a revelation at only 3.5%. Really crisp and refreshing; one could easily drink this all day long.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at lucky baldwin's in sierra madre, CA

Poured into a goblet, has a nice foamy airy head that doesn't fad fast at all. Light golden body. Smell is very simply Belgian yeast. Not much behind it, as somewhat expected from the light body and low alcohol. The taste is very saison-like. I would bet even the biggest beer experts would not guess this to be a 3.5% beer in a blind tasting, but as the drink wears on it becomes a bit watery and fizzy. A good beer probably to start the morning off with, but not the best to finish the afternoon off with after two IPA's. If this could be found on tap more it'd be a great morning beer, definitely.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beer from Brasserie Dupont that I don't know about and is unexpectedly on-tap? I'm in. If you make a beer as truly phenomenal as Saison Dupont, you get an unlimited lifetime of goodwill.

Orangish-yellow. I can only think of one way to describe the taste is imagine the taste of Saison Dupont in your head. Now take away the herbal characteristics and the hop bitterness at that you get at the end of a sip. Those citrus flavors are left.

I need to try this in the bottle. I would never give a final verdict on a Belgian beer if I only had it on-tap.

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Photo of deapokid
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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 ToasterChef
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at Novare Res' Belgian Beer Fest, poured into my 24 oz Uprising Chalice. This beer pours a golden yellow color with a large thick head. After a few minutes the head reduces to a thin layer of bubbles. There's plenty of lace evident on the sides of the glass are the beer is consumed. The significant head is due to the large amount of carbonation, but I don't see that as a negative aspect of the Avril; here, it works. The strong scent of this beer is of citrus flavors. The taste is very dry and crisp, almost like a pilsner. There is no syrupy mouthfeel, it leaves you wanting to take another sip. All in all, an easy drinking beer; you could enjoy many of these in a night.

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Photo of gregc
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle

Pour is a hazy yellowish with a small white foamy head.

Aroma of earthy hops, wet hay, a small amount of funk and freshly baked bread...Taste was very nice, very light on the palate. I got a lot of the earthy hops, bread, grains and that wonderful farmhouse funk. This is a very drinkable and refreshing beer. At 3.5% i could drink this beer all night. Would be great for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Naugled
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle, served in flute. Very nice pop when opened

A: pale straw color, slight haze, white frothy head that fades in a few minutes.
S: nice dry pils aroma, an earthiness is detectable in the aroma.
T: Hint of wild earthy yeasts and hops in the flavor and finish, almost gueze like but much more delicate. Also has some grassy straw flavors in the background.
M: Chewy slippery mouthfeel for being so light in body, yet crisp and sparkling. A good balance of contradicting feelings. Finishes quickly, with little after taste
D: very drinkable beer, I could easily have many of these, but at $10 a bottle it is an expensive session beer.

Overall it's like spring in a bottle, very refreshing, but not an exotic or exceptional beer. It is what it is. A very drinkable, thirst quenching beverage.

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Photo of nickfl
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Gavage
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear golden yellow in color with a 1" head. Nice lacing develops during the session.

Smell: yeast, bit of funk, and some floral hop bitterness is detectable.

Taste: mild malt level with some yeast, grass, bits of earthiness and funk, green grapes, lemon zest, and a hint of pepper spice late.

Mouthfeel: crisp to start, lightly crisp and dry at the finish. Pretty short aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: at the low alcohol levels, this is one flavorful beer. Easy to quaff - a definite session beer.

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served at Max's this past Friday.

A: Another saison to sample. The ale is a hazy golden orange melange of a beer. A decent head, nearly a finger, blanketed the top of the glass.

S: The aroma was surprisingly hoppy, a dirty earthen bitterness that leaves an herbal taste in my mouth.

T: More funk emerges in the taste, confirming that this is a saison. The funk is dry and paired with the aforementioned decent hop profile. The hops have an earthy floral taste, bitter and dominating. A light spice flavor also permeates but doesn't compare to the hops.

M: The ale is well carbonated, it's little bubbles scrubbing the tastebuds with each sip. The hops are very lively.

D: Drinkability? Are you kidding? This weighs in at 3.5%, I could drink it in place of water.

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Photo of gory4d
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep hazy golden into an oversized wine glass; not much of a head, but there's a thin but resilient skein of white foam that leaves lacing down the glass. The smell is loquat, moss, grass, and something savory. The taste is grass, citrus, currants, with a finish at once savory and bitter. It's mildly carbonated and medium in body, more viscous than you'd expect. With an alcohol content this low, it's delightfully easy to down.

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Again I'm going to expose my novice beer information by saying "This smells like a heineken and drinks like a hefe"

The smell was, unexpected. I've had only a few different Saison's and this is the only one with that smell. I mean, seriously, almost exactily like a heineken. (editor's note: That smell went away after the bottle warmed up, I made the mistake of keeping it in the garage overnight where temps went into the below freezing.)

Aside from that it is a very drinkable beer and the low ABV makes it a good go-to beer for dinner parties.

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