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 sk8man121
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into Allagash chalice.

A: Pours a semi-opaque cheerful straw-gold. Bubbly 2-finger cream-colored head settles quickly and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is full of skunk, not unlike Dupont's excellent Foret. There is quite a bit of apple in here as well.

T: A floral skunkiness dominates the flavor, along with some bready notes from the yeast. Slight sour apple in the middle, finishing with a hint of spice and a light banana flavor. Flavors are extremely subdued.

M: Moderate carbonation with a thicker body than one would expect given the 3.5% ABV. Incredibly crisp and dry.

O: As the bottle proclaims, this beer is a support; it is not a leading role. With this in mind, Avril is stunningly well-balanced, thoroughly drinkable and the perfect compliment to a light lunch. At $4 for a 750 ml, this also happens to be rather affordable.

An excellent, affordable table beer.

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Photo of Spider889
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Keffa for sharing this at the first Central Ohio Beer Tasting. I have seen this a few times and always wondered about it.

The beer is light as hell in color and body. There was some suspended yeast visible. Produced an insanely tall white head leaving stringy legs of lace.

Very dry smelling, almost musty, dust-ridden attic funk. Lemon zest appears. The more I dig into it though, the more funky stink and dust I pull out.

Spicy Belgian yeast fills out most of the flavor. The alcohol feels nonexistent (which I guess isn't that far off anyways). As a table beer this does work.

Dry as hell, the mouthfeel reminded me at times of powdery alka-seltzer. Definitely an interesting brew, one that would be apropos on a warm sunny spring afternoon - amongst blooming flowers and budding trees.

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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 nrbw23
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy light orangeish yellow color with a thin white head.

S- Overall, I'd say that this one a bit light. I picked up some citrus, coriander, bit of pepper, banana and a bit of cracker type malt.

T- Taste is like the nose light. There is also a light funkiness to this one and a bit of a herbal taste.

M- Light in body and carbonation was pretty nice.

D- Just not one of my favorite styles so this one is a bit harder for me to drink. I can understand how/why some people would really dig this one.

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Photo of Beaver13
1.97/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ml bottle. Pours clear golden yellow with a big fizzy white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is really stinky musty yeast with a little spicing and some bready malts.

The flavor is some bitter metallic yeast with some sweet breadiness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, not very good. Skunked bottle? The skunkiness faded some as it sat, but didn't get much better.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy bright yellow color. The head is two inches of fluffy white foam that recedes extremely slowly, and leaves sticky lacing along the edges of the glass. The aroma is of lemon peel, barnyard, pollen, and ragweed. This is a very complex, and interesting aroma. The taste is a balance of barnyard funk and lemons. I don't get as much going on in the taste as I do in the aroma, but it is still good. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, and heavier than I had expected for a beer of 3.5% ABV. The carbonation is very high though, which somewhat gets in the way of things. Overall, this is a really good beer. I wish there were more authentic saisons out there like this one.

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

Pours a hazy bright gold in color. Small fizzy head. Aroma is grassy and a bit funky. Taste is simple but good, lemon, grass, wheat. Mouthfeel is sprizty and well carbonated. Drinkability is good, a small appetizing beer that went well with steak and red potatos. It is a table bier after all. Had some problems finding a "good" bottle of this beer, this one can prove to be another green bottle casualty.

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Tria in Philly.

Yellow and very hazy. The aroma is fruity with a slight funk. The flavor is smooth and crisp with some fruit and hints of sourness and funk. It was low in carbonation and silky smooth.

This is a refreshing, easy going beer that's perfect if you want to keep the ABV low.

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

On tap at Tria in Downtown Philly. Poured into a 13-oz tulip glass.

The pour yields a nice hazy light golden straw color that is capped by a typical fluffy and full Belgian head, much like Saison Dupont is. There is a dirty hay hue in the body that makes me ready to dive into this saison. There is a great lace that forms in rings.

The aroma, for a 3.5% beer is surprisingly strong. This ain't no MGD 64. There is a great banana and clove flavor that provides a base for a sweaty hay funk and good grassy notes from the hops. On the palate, it is much of the same. A solid saison by any measure. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but hell, it IS a LIGHT saison at 3.5%. There isn't much more that I could ask of this beer, as the texture is somewhat limited by the gravity.

A true session beer, even by Ding's standards, this saison hits the mark for both light beers and world class saisons. I would put a keg of this in my house and drink it every day if I could. There is enough character to make this beer totally worth the try despite its low alcohol content and 'light' designation.

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Photo of gfreed
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice and light, this is a thinner version of Saison Dupont: bread and citrus, but less so. The hops are fruity and sharp enough to tingle, and the carbonation is refreshing; there's enough malt to add some caramel but only around the edges; there's enough funk to carry you to funky suburbia but not quite to funky town (sorry...). Great for the beach or for watching "The Train" with Burt Lancaster (although I actually watched it with my wife). Well worth keeping on hand. You could easily drink a bottle of this, enter the fields with your sharpest sickle and be reasonably confident that you wouldn't sever your own leg, or that of the nearest worker.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip for voluminous well-carb'd head that dies slow w/ a sticky lace patch on top of a yellowish gold body. A good amount of yeast and citric/lemon zest and orange along with some sour fruit like apple/pear and spices; hints of sweet malt as well. Light-bodied, easy to drink with sharp citric notes (almost like lime) and has a bit of a sour edge to it. Fruit flavors balanced with a soft wheatiness and slightly cutting backbite w/ a touch of sweet malt. Real easy to drink and this is definitely a beer to enjoy with a meal w/ friends.

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

750ml bottle $9. Pillowy head atop a yellow colored body. Smells spicy and floral, sasion-like. The taste was pretty darn good for such a low alcohol beer. spicy, lemony, wheaty, good saison. Excellent beer for drinking during the day but I'm not sure I could afford to buy it like that.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a transparent hazy straw yellow with tons of fluffy thin white head.

S-bready notes up front, very earthy with a light funk, moderate yeast with lemon behind.

T-a little watery, light acidic notes, earthy funk is present, yeast is there as well with the lemon in back. not overly complex and a little watery but at 3.5 still brings a fair bit of flavor.

M-grainy and rough on the palate, very thin in the back, slightly dry with tons of carbonation and a sharp crisp finish.

D-solid beer here and the low abv contributes to the lack of feel. not the best beer around but still quite sessionable. would pass on in the future.

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Photo of beertunes
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a hazy medium yellow with 1/2 inch of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing.

The aroma was mostly spicy yeast scents with some grain in the background. The flavors were also dominantly spice, yeast and grain.

The body was thin, almost watery, with minimal effervescence. Drinkability was OK, but as thin and bland as this beer was, why bother?

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass after dinner at Tria. It went nicely with the buttery and somewhat sharp toma cheese I had. Served in a tulip glass, the beer was clear, straw yellow with a tall fluffy white head. The body was light and the beer was refreshing on a this hot summer day, though it felt a touch sharp. The flavor was understandably mellow with gentle lemon peel and pepper.

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Photo of drpimento
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork finished & opened with a nice "pop". Poured with a medium sized off white head and no lace. Color is a slightly hazy yellow amber. Aroma was skunk at first then changed to crackers lemons grain fresh baked bread yeast. Flavor is not as complex- basically a little malty yeast hint of fruit and citrus and tart. Body is a little thin but sharp carbonation making this a quite refreshing beer. Good summer beer as a saison should be. Could be an easy sessioin beer if you're in the mood.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +18.9%
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 -2.3%
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 -5.4%
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 -0.3%
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 +2%
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 +0.8%
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 +7.1%
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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Avril from Brasserie Dupont sprl
3.92 out of 5 based on 204 ratings.
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