Au Courant | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A remarkable, strong Belgian Pale Ale brewed with French Pilsner malt and pale Belgian Candi Sugar. Pureed currants and our house Belgian Ale strain are added to the fermenter to create a unique beer.Brewed to bolster your bluster in the colder weather!

Added by Todd on 12-04-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 187 |  Reviews: 170
Reviews by mjohn27603:
Photo of mjohn27603
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased today from Cloverleaf. Pours with a golden yellow hue. A cottony white head develops. Aroma is of berries and fruit. Taste is sweet and tart but not puckering. A bit like a subdued smartie candy. Sweetness is somewhat managed. After a few sips a background taste faintly develops that reveals grains and a slightly dry aftertaste. There is also a slight bit of bitterness that is barely noticeable. I would say this tastes more like a fruit beer than a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. A nice change of pace for a one beer experiment. A six or four pack would last a long while. It is not the kind of beer you down in a session.

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Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden color with a head that doesnt last to long,aroma is pretty sweet like 10x sugar with some slight fruity notes.Taste is a little soapy with some sweetness with a late malty finins thru the aftertaste.You know i dont pick up much courant flavor maybe lightly in the finish but not much,but it is a pretty decent tasting brew nontheless.Not bad glad I tried it.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Another super-clear orange ale from DFH. This one is bright florescent orange. The head was small and “dying” as VENOM would say.

Smell – Well, those are currants alright. Currents and berries mixed with a sizable malt backbone and some citrus hopping to keep things interesting.

Taste – More currants and berries mixed with malt. The hop balance is an afterthought at the taste, although the complex flavors keep one quite entertained. There’s a hint of alcohol here along with some sharp spicing.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied with an alcohol warming. This one is sweet and smooth.

Drinkability – This is another unique ale from DFH. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, this one is a standout.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up this single while in KY visiting my buddy kmpitz2. Pours a very deep pink/purple color with hints of red when held up to the light along with a small bubbly pink head. This is one crazy looking beer for sure...I'd except this from a fruit lambic...but I must say I was caught a bit off guard here. It makes quite the impression sitting in my glass. Aroma is big on the currants with some underlying grainy malty notes. Fruity and sweet and tart..but not all that appealing to my nose.

First sip brings a big bold flavor of currants (tastes a bit grapey as well) along with a crisp, pale malt background. As I sip it moves from a fruity sweetness upfront to a bit of tart/sourness on the way down. Hints of yeasties are there with a splash of acidity throughout. An interesting brew no doubt...but it comes of a bit one dimensional to me overpowering grapey currant flavor. The acidity is a bit much on the stomach as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with a good flow of bubbles. While this bottle is enjoyable..I can't see myself having more than one in a's just too much to stomach. Worth a try, but that's about it...even though I'm not a huge fan I still give kudos to Dogfish for their continuous experimentation!

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Photo of sponberg
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Cloudy orange-amber, aroma of berries and some toasty malt - almost like currant jam on toast.

Iiiiinteresting. The currants are definitely there (I grew up with a currant bush in my backyard), but in good balance with a toasted fruity maltiness. No hop presence that I could find. As with many DFH brews, there's alcohol apparent but it's fairly well controlled. Finishes nicely, with the fruit well integrated.

Goes exceptionally well with grilled pork and savory stuffing.

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Photo of shapudding
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No dating but this is the 2004 lambic version. Beautifully clear and rubied with just a touch of mauve froth that laid in a dusting and ring with some medium and large bubbles. Odd... the first sniff I take I am expecting a berry blast, but I am getting more of a gentle aroma. Took me a while to place it, then I realize it is slightly darkened toast with currant jelly (my Dad alway had that for breakfast when I was growing up, and I actually called while drinking this to ask him if he still does -yep, he does!) Not very intense, you can barely catch the aroma when it is chilled. But it is kind of interesting. Smooth and medium bodied, the carbonation feels full but is not explosive. Tastes of very fresh currants. Makes me think of when I was a kid and we would pick the gooseberries from a neighbors plantings. A lot of fruit flavor stays in your mouth. Interesting taste, bit of that dark toast and currant jelly. I would enjoy it more if there was a bit more body to it maybe? Not one for a session, but interesting. Thanks Ev!

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Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

By far, the foamiest DFH I've ever poured. A gigantic, creamy white head sits, regally, atop a body that is a hazy, honey amber color. Patch lace is somewhat minimal after the head finally settles down.

Aroma is white grapes and vague berries, with a minor note of earthy yeast in the background.

Mouthfeel reveals much less carbonation than expected, but is still medium, as is the body.

The taste mirrors the aroma, for the most part, with the addition of some flowery hops. Very, berry fruity, with a hint of banana. Yeast is barely noted in the taste, and the alcohol is virtually, absent from the flavor profile.

A very nice Belgian style, pale ale from DFH. I liked this more than most of their experimental brews. Well balanced, and dangerously drinkable. Excellent use of the fruits in this one.

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Photo of Billolick
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, "packaged in" date of 03. Pours clear golden amber, not much head and no lace left. Nose is raisiny, suprise, and grainy, touch of hops. Medium bodied, warming and again notes of raisins, figs, leather, vanilla. Not sure if I'd call this one a strong Belgian, tastes more like a fruit ale. Anyway, tasty, interesting stuff from DFH. Worth a try.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.93/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Notes from camping trip, Wisconsin 2004. Copper and bright golden color, white head. Aroma was tart berries and I guess the offputting part would be currants.

Taste was just horrible. Nasty currant sweetness with fruit bitterness of shitty berries birds won't even eat. Struggled to drink just 1 of the bottles myself. Hoped to pawn the rest of the 4pack off on the girls. Rotten fruit with acid. No hops. Tastes like a boilermaker of rotten fruit and rubbing alcohol + currants.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rich golden amber honey tone with a beautiful off white cream head great amount of full even lacing nice brew. Aroma: Courant grape like tones fill the air honey tinged rich alcohol infused profile slightly musty but oh so nice can't be let down by this beer. Taste: Grapes are much more prevelant here in the flavor rich courant tones give a honey bread with nutty malts blended in to the overall flavor profile great beer. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied high carbonation belgian style golden ale this is excellent stuff. Drinkabilty: Quaffable a bit one dimensional with the courant leading the way but it's a nice strong golden ale in my opinion.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a Pilsner glass)

A- This beer pours a deep rusty-purple body that is clear with a dense hazy of tiny bubbles. The head is a creamy light purple cloud that settles to a thin creamy film.

S- The smell is a slight tart odor with a bit of musty fruit note.

T- The tart flavor of currants is bold at the beginning with faint hints of dark cherries and green apples and a slight hop note in the finish. The taste of pale malt is a nice base for this subtle fruit. The finish has a very faint tart currant quality that hangs on.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight fizz in the texture. There is no alcohol warmth and no real astringency but a tartness hangs in the mouth.

D- This beer has a good very pale malt beer that support the flavors of the currants. I didn't find it sweet and it wasn't over-the-top tart either. This beer is currants first and ale second but it is nice and crisp without the cloying sweet fruit flavor.

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Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Dewey0603
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A great looking dark beet red appearance,but the head was small.A fragrant fruity wine smell.A very sharp crisp taste thats dry and yet full of flavor.Not bad,but, I'm not a fan of this style.I really can't see myself ever trying this again.My girlfriend who doesn't like the taste of beer loved this.This may be a good beer to give to non beer drinker.I do love dogfish head,but I think I'll stick to there other beers.

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Photo of cokes
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strawberry blonde with a rapidly fading gray head. Streams of carbonation.
Honeyed berry nose. Sweet smell, yet with an undercurr(e/a)nt of tartness.
Enters sweet and fruity, like strawberry-flavored cotton candy. Candi sugar is predominant, and rides on the grainy maltiness. Grape jam is hinted at, then the currants appear. It is a well-measured addition, located mostly around the periphery of the mouth and tongue. There is just enough gooey, dark berry sweet-tartness. Less would be unnoteworthy, more would be heavy-handed. It fades and blends with an upswelling yeastiness. Ends with enough hops to rake the mouth clean and dry, but not enough to produce their own signature in the flavor.
Light-bodied, and boldly inhaled given its relative strength.
Decent enough. Not wild, but balanced.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent, soft orange in color with a thin film of white, bubbly lace atop it and a strong effervescence of carbonation.

Aroma is slightly sour, with obvious hints of currants, yeast, and a tartness that makes me think I'm really going to enjoy this.

Tart and crisp in the mouth, with only the slightest currant influence balanced with a nice, traditional BSPA backbone. Alcohol shows through a bit, but more than anything, the currants' tartness arches over everything else that's going on here.

Being one with a weakness for tart brews, I really, really like this. I wish I hadn't waited so long to crack it open.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aged, refrigerated bottle of Au Courant pours a sparklingly clear amber robe with an orangeish cast and brilliant golden highlights. Tiny bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the surface against the side of the glass; and the creamy white head above it is short but holds well; leaving some nice splashes and spots of lace as it goes. Fruit appears in the nose, although it's not decipherable as to what it particularily is; alongside a delicate, somewhat doughy maltiness and some sublime, background hops. It's surprisingly creamy and smooth across the palate with a medium-full body and delicate, natural carbonation. A combination of malt, yeast, and fruit appears upfront in the flavor, and just behind it comes the clearer impression of just slightly tart currants! It's very interesting (but not particularily complex), and the malt seems to simply slide away as the tartness leads into a drying finish. Some sticky malt does linger in the aftertaste, but it's splashed with delicate fruit and a slap of tartness that rounds it out. Underneath, some hop character is present in both bitterness and flavor, but it's well kept in check. Intriguing, satisfying, and drinkable!

Note: I remember this being a little bit sharper back in the day, but since this is all that's left of it I've got to review it as is. But, I actually think it was better fresh, with a little bit more tartness and fruit in its character. Still, it's delicious.

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Photo of FFudnam
4.57/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A revelation. The brew arrives in my glass, commanding attention to its shapely hazy apricot body and minimalist head. The scent has tremendous power. Apricots, oranges, plums, grapes, spice. Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation. Tart, spicy, fruity. More apricot. Not much in the way of bitterness, no hops make their appearance here. Warming! Wow, nearly Belgian in its potency (well, I suppose it IS a Belgian Style Strong Ale) Absolutely delicious, a unique, MUST TRY beverage. Excellent candidate for conversion of a non-craft drinker.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Southside Beer Expo. Frankfort, Illinois. Oddly, it tastes to me like it was built on a hefeweizen base, but that just may be the leftovers in my sample glass. Fruit character also gives it a Belgian note, with matly sweetness followed by a winey driness.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $7.99 for a 4-pack.

It pours out reddish purple, more like wine than beer. The foam is purple. I love it. Smells of fruit, sour, and a hint of medicine (not good.) Taste is sour fruit, almost grapefruit without the citrus. Sharp carbonation. Berries that you'd regret eating in the woods. But somehow it kind of works. Like a less-sharp lambic. Nice, but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of Imbiber
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap last night at Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn. A tawny-coloured, Belgian-style beer with a slightly perfumed, flowery aroma. Minimal head. Quite mellow-tasting with a residual sweetness that partly fades; it is evidently brewed with French Pilsner Malt, candi sugar, and the DFH house Belgian yeast; pureed currants are added to the fermenting vessel. 25 IBUs.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A. Bright golden color with a little bit of head which lacks retention.

S. Honey, white grapes, lemons.

T. Just exactly like the mouth. Very rich and the currants are dominating. Complex.

M. Medium in the mouth with medium carbonation.

D. Great experience! Never heard of this beer before my buddy brought this one up.

Cheers, hurleymanvw for this one!

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Photo of marcobrau
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Essentially an easy going strong ale laced with currants. Pours with little fanfare, and very little foam, which eventually goes flat. Golden in color and very clear. Aroma of currants and malt. Very smooth mouthfeel. There's not much flavor here other than the berries. What I do like about it is that the berry flavor isn't overpowering. A very well made strong ale with the essence of berries. A good winter beer (as suggested by the label) given the alcohol content and the fairly malty flavor.

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Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good, above average brew. Also, a different brew....strong raspberry-like falvor and aroma...sweet on the initial note with a refreshing bitterness in the finish. Full bodied and a bit viscous, but not overly so...finish had a slight tartness that counteracted the oily mid-mouth feel. Nice drinkability....not a bad offering overall. My 200th review. Yea!!!

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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