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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 SacoDeToro
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy white head that falls quickly.

The aroma is of farmhouse funk, floral hops, and a light wheatiness. Very inviting.

The flavor of the beer is bright and funky. A spicy and assertive floral hoppiness is followed by some mild barnyard funk. Finishes with a clean and wheatiness that refreshes. Notes of crushed minerals are there as well.

The body and mouthfeel are both light. The carbonation is prickly and spritzy, which brings tremendous life to such a small beer.

Avril is remarkably drinkable and endlessly flavorful for a 3.5% beer. There is remarkable complexity for such a seemingly stripped down style. Unfortunately, I think this is a style that is misunderstood by many drinkers. I'm not sure what they expect in a 3.5% beer, but I was frankly amazed. This was one of the top 10 new beers I sampled in 2008. Outstanding.

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Photo of hopdog
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml, caged and corked, bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis.

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas wheat, 'sweaty', yeasty/breadiness, and citrus. Tastes of citrus, some fruitiness, grassy, and bready. At 3.5%, this would make a great every day beer.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3/5  rDev -23.7%
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 sinistrsam
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
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 Brianmerrilyn
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
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 robbyc1
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head, blew the top off the bottle.

Easy nose of lemon, fresh grass, and a slight bit of yeast funk like a good Saison.

Taste is very inviting, lemon offset by hops, very refreshing, soft at the end, balanced very nicely.

Soft mouthfeel, very velvety, perfect carbonation.

A great session beer, easy drinker, very nice for summer or a nice day with Mexican food. Organic as well, way to go Yeh!

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Photo of Rainintheface
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy straw with a 1 finger white head and moderate carbonation

S: lemon, light citrus, grassy and a little light yeastiness

T: mild in the flavor dept but tasty. light lemon, white pepper and a mild funk

M: light, crisp and refreshing

D: low abv. high enjoyability

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.63/5  rDev -33.1%
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 beerfairy
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden color with a heavy foam head.

S: Lemon, clove, peppery, earthy.

T: Very Dry, light bodied ale with hints of clove and low alcohol

M: Lots of carbonation not very bitter

D: Might be good with seafood or chicken. I could drink a couple, but it's not something I'd drink a case of.

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Photo of Douglas14
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow color with a dense, fluffy, white head. The aroma is of yeast and straw. The flavor follows but opens up new characteristics. Strong barnyard flavors: earthy, a lot of yeast, a lot of straw, and some funk. It has a light feel in the mouth and finished well.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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 rtepiak
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a nearly clear yellow color. would like to see more cloudiness. light foam that turns to ring quickly. although does exist when agitated leaving some hopes of lace. smell is light. no trace of alcohol. grassy, citrus lemon. not lemon grass. some honey notes. taste is very floral and crisp. somewhere between a dupont and a Bière De Miel, clean with dry tingle on the tongue. hops blend with pollen leaving a perfuming essence. lavender, chrysanthemum, and grass. mixed with hop and almost soapy astringency. great texture throughout. table beer? i got the idea that this as a style would be adopted by the American drinking mentality. wish i had a 12 pack of this to shotgun to get drunk the American way.

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

750-ml Champagne-style cork-in-cage bottle, opened with a little hissy pop and poured into my Duvel glass yields a lightly-hazy golden lemonade body with a huge foamy white head. The cap persists at a thick sheet and leaves puffy rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is a perfume of citrus and earthy spice with a bit of musky curry and a note of cool, wet red oak firewood. Grassy notes lurk around and increase to prominence in both the smell and flavor profiles as the drink warms a bit.

The taste is mild, crisp and a bit funky with notes of wet hay and tangy citrus on a dry, earthy, earthy backbone. A twist of lemon rises in the profile as the drink progresses, as does a curry-spice note and a bit of green, dry, grassy bitterness.

The net yield is a dry, somewhat spicy drink that refreshes and satisfies without drowning the drinker in alcohol. Avril is very effectively carbonated, and drinks a little like a crisp soda pop.

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Photo of marcpal
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monk's with pour into a tulip glass.

A: Cloudy gold with an ever lasting off white foam head. Good looking pour.

N: Lemon, grass, and lemongrass. You'll see a theme here, but it packs in the aromas of a full fledged saison into this small-strength package.

T: The flavor of the first sip would make you think it was twice the alcohol, a good trait. It has the flavor of a grassy, earthy lemon stricken saison. The citrus juice flavor was crammed into this saison.

M: Lots of carbonation, not much bitterness, and cleansing to the tongue. 10.0 on style points from the Russian judge.

D: The 3.5% would lead you to believe lesser of flavor in a saison but this was really nice and affords you a good amount if you so choose. Terrific with a monstrous veggie burger and mussels.

Not a bad beer, more character than expected for the low abv. However, I do think it may be fresher from the bottle and would do this one more justice.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ monks cafe 8/16/08

A-golden hazy yeast appearance, with a lacing that lays all over the inside of the glass.

S- Amazing earthy, lemon, farmhouse aroma, not too overpowering

T- Wow such a refreshing beer, im usually into high alcohol hop bombs, but his saison is so balanced with a depth of flavor despite the low-ABV,(3.5% i believe)

M- again so refreshing and quenching, warm light peppery spice, perhaps a toned down veision of saison dupont

D- i could drink this all day, esp with the low ABV, just a great summer beer to have on a hot day or drink with a salad or some mussels & fries, like i did while @ monks

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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 AKBelgianBeast
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Avirl pours an almost neon yellow/light orange with that signature fluffy as hell dupont white head. Nose is balls out farm funk horse blanket skunk. Taste follows with funk and skunk and some peppery notes. A nice crisp light flavor that is very slammable. Mouthfeel is thicker than expected but quite good. Drinkability is extremely good. Overall a nice slammable lunch brew that goes down easy, yet imparts a nice farmhouse flavor. Another good one from dupont, masters of the saison.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
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 grandq
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy - the color ranges from "white" gummy bear at the edges to a golden straw funnel in the center, capped by thin white foam. Smell is relatively faint compared to the regular saison, but still quite present. Wet and grassy, yeast with a dash of pepper. On the tongue, light lemon and grass notes surround pear juice, with a little barnyard funk on the backend. Leaves off earthy. The mouthfeel is also a bit thinner than its big brother, but that fits just fine with the "small" version of the style. Very drinkable, I only detract points from the slight chalky lingering note at the end that I suspsect might not be so noticeable were I having this with food. I wouldn't rate this over most other saisons, but the low ABV make this a different beast entirely - a flavorful lawnmower beer, something different for a session.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a mildly cloudy yellow, with a small cap of white foam, fair retention and some lacing.

S: Smells a lot like a Dupont saison, grass, lemongrass, herbs.

T: Tastes like a light saison should I think. Similar to Foret, has a dry grassy character, lots of lemon zest, and a bit of yeast funk and spice, peppery.

M: Quite light, creamy, crisp, and drinkable, fluffy carbonation.

D: An interesting beer, I like the idea of doing a small beer version of saison. I think this is reminiscent of a beer that farm workers would drink in the 19th century. Very low in alcohol, so you won't be tipsy after a few and quite flavourful, or a beer to complement as well as wash down a meal.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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 GClarkage
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

07/08/08- Shared with BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Did not look for freshness info. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Clouded white-yellow colored pour. Clouded from yeast sediment as well. Head forms to about a 1/2 inch and fades fairly quickly. Light lace streaks and trails reamin.

Smell- Such a powerful smell for such a light abv beer. Remeniscent of Fantome and Saison Dupont. It brings the funk. Lots of barnyard nose with mild urine, lots of wet hay, some hops and lemon rind.

Taste- All the flavors that are in the nose, but not quite as strong. Grainy hay-like flavor with a pleasant fresh hop taste. White pepper and lots of lemon peel make the major taste of the beer.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation, a light hoppy aftertatse with a drying mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Very drinkable, quenching and drying beer. Perfect for a hot outside day. Great flavors and overall beer for a beer of such a low alcohol content.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

750ml bottle - 2008 cork

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a creamy white head that maintains. Nice lacing on the glass.

Huge bready and yeasty aroma. Very spicy smelling, plenty of black pepper. Some citrusy and lemony hints along with a definite earthy/grassy character. Amazing, complex combination of olfactory delights.

Flavor is a less intense interpretation of the smell. Bready and yeasty with black pepper and citrus. Very earthy and grassy. Dry, clean finish.

Light body, light carbonation.

This is labeled as a table beer, and it's drinkable and complex enough to compliment and wash down many meals. Really demonstrates that a complex beer can indeed also be low ABV.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 Cork Date; Sampled June 2008
A fairly soft pour produces a five finger thick, pale tan colored head that includes a full two-finger or more that is above the rim of my glass. The head is just about perfect, forming a structural mesa as it subsides as well as leaving lots of frothy lace on the sides of my glass. The beer is a lightly hazed, honey-gold color that shows an orange tinted, lighter gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite expressive, noticeable as I pour it and visually inspect it, I get a vibrant hop character (lemon zest and herbs) as well as a soft fruity backdrop. Very aromatic, insanely so for a beer of this strength; vibrant malt aromatics of crushed saltine crackers, wild-flower honey, fresh crushed wheat, grassy grain and hay are all initially noticeable. Other notes of orange zest (which really comes into its own as the beer warms), soft ginger, white pepper, green apples, clove, lots of herbal notes and wild-flower aromas are noticeable. The aroma on this is just so vibrant, so fresh and so incredible, regardless of this beers strength; the fact that this is so low in alcohol just makes it all that much more remarkable.

Very light feeling as it hits my tongue, the carbonation has subsided some as I spent so much time with the aroma, but it still provides a substantial tickle and texture to this beer. Lightly sweet tasting, this accentuates notes of orange zest and melon, but this is nicely balanced by notes of fresh dried hay, soft yet expressive herbal notes and a light lingering bitterness in the finish. This has a light peppery note to it, some soft spicy phenols, and lots of underlying fruity esters that provides lots of soft, subtle notes of spice and fruit. There is a nice pale malt / grain character here, that plays a secondary role, but is quite noticeable; in addition to the aforementioned honey-malt sweetness there is a dry, cracker like grain character, a touch of grassiness and just a wonderful, chewy malt character that is especially noticeable in the finish.

Down right quaffable, I could drink liters of this at a time, it is so easy to take large sips of this beer. The 750ml bottle of this disappears a lot faster than usual. My second pour is much like the first. It picks up a little bit more fullness on the palate, but is still eminently quaffable. A touch of yeast adds a boost to the grain character by accentuating a sort of dough-like character. One of the biggest components of the flavor here are the orange zest notes; these are either from the hops chosen or from actual orange zest, though I don't know which.

Both the head and the aroma are huge for a beer of this strength. The staying power & lofty structure of the head, despite the reduced amount of malt in this is quite impressive and I can't say enough about how vibrant the aroma is. It is almost jarring to take a sip for the first time and find out how light this beer is; visually and aromatically it makes you think that this is a big beer. The flavor though is no slouch either, once it starts to open up it shows a deep complexity and savoriness that just can't be beat. I highly recommend this beer, I know it is not strong in alcohol, and I am a sucker for characterful lower alcohol beers, but I really like this. I am fantastically excited about this beer, I almost wish I had gotten more than two bottles, but I totally need to brew something like this (perhaps a split batch with some Brettanomyces fermentation).

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Photo of nkurz129
2.94/5  rDev -25.2%
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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Avril from Brasserie Dupont sprl
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 205 ratings
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