Bière Darbyste | Brasserie de Blaugies

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Bière DarbysteBière Darbyste

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Blaugies

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, no date I could find on it. Served in a Blaugies chalice, the beer pours an orange/amber color with a couple inch off-white head that stuck around for a while. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and earthy, the brew smells like wheat/grainy malt, grassiness, figs, peppery spice and some citrus. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some white grape and apple (both sweet and tart) flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, its high but soft carbonation makes it creamy, smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a good overall brew, I liked it. Certainly worth picking up!

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Photo of teromous
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't see any bottle or import date.

Appearance: The body is a light orange-brown color that is hazy, yet transparent enough to show that there are some fairly large pieces of sediment in the beer. These chunks are fairly large. There is no real head, just a small ring of off-white colored bubbles that leave sparse spotty lacing.

Aroma: It has a light souring fruit smell and a bit of urea.

Taste: It has a fairly acidic sour flavor that is less like a lemon and more like sour grapes. It has a very wine-like character. Quite a bit of acetic flavor. The beer also has a very pronounced malt flavor with a nice light caramel note. I think it's nice that the malt shows through. In fact the malt adds this sweet aftertaste. I don't pick up any fig while drinking the beer but it joins the malt in the finish where it adds this nice sweet tail to the beer. There is also a bit of a light mineral taste to the beer that seems to brighten it up.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice light body that is pinched by a light sourness. No bitterness. The ending has a sweet and wet finish that is a tad chalky.

Overall: It's a pretty good beer but in the large format that I had (1 pint 9.4 FL OZ) my enjoyment started to fade before the first glass was finished. It has a nice balance of flavors between both the sourness and malt but the vinegar character of the beer starts to take its toll. So if you have a couple of people to share this bottle with then it would be ideal. I wouldn't buy the beer again but it was worth checking out to see yet another take on a fig sour beer.

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Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Pours clear, amber in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is fig, hay, funk, honey, and light pepper. Tasty and complex sipper that highlights the fig. A treat that I will have to find again.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

With a fulsome head that recedes with grace (i.e not much lace), the waft I get is mostly apples and lemon. The taste is mostly tart to start, then some maltiness pokes in... but the sour never gives up control. The finish is dry, but I noticed more semi-dry as the meal (with garlic) began.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" introduced Blaugies as having "a deserved reputation for brews that are well made, enjoyable, distinctive and historically interesting." He said Darbyste (ironically named after the founder of the Anglo fundamentalist Plymouth Brethren) that it has a "deep gold color. It is made with a proportion of fig juice as a source of additional fermentable sugars. The figs are not evident in the flavor which light lemony and dry."

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Photo of dar482
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The aroma offers some sweetness with freshly made caramel and brown sugar, surrounded with grass with yeast, hints of spice, citrus oil.

The flavor follows with bright and raw sugar cane with the vibrant malty sweetness with Bartlett pear, apple, lemon with drying green herbaceous and lightly spicy finish.

A really well balanced beer with this malt accentuated farmhouse brew.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2oz pour: slightly cloudy copper in color. Has a unique taste unlike any flavored Saison I’ve had before. Extremely smooth with this funky flavor. The addition of fig juice gives it this kind of Smokey taste that is awesome! Well done. I will definitely seek this out again. 4.75

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 5/24/2015 at Doherty’s Ale House, Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains esters, fruit, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts and some spice.

T: The taste starts out with a mild bite of sourness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of fruit, spice and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, just a mediocre beer, there are several others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know the vintage but im thinking its a few years old. Ive been eyeing this bottle for literally years and finally purchased at State Line Liquors when they had their Belgian Beer Sale a few weeks ago...something like $9?!

Its absolutely fantastic...lactic, funky, fruity - really taste the fig - dry, but quenching. This brewery knocks it out of the park yet again for me. Simply amazing

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Photo of wedge
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

@ State of Beer

Super clear dark golden color under a fine eggshell head. Aroma is of juicy, sour-ish fruit, figs, honey, bread crust, and sherry. Clean, yeasty flavor that has a somewhat rustic brightness to it. Increasing fig as it warms up along with light husky grain, grapes, and pear juice. Medium-light and pretty crisp. Decent, but fairly dull overall.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy medium coppery amber with a half finger fine white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of mildly tart light fruit, saison yeast, grainy malt; a hint of vinegar. Flavor is tart light fruit, acetic, light fruit, mostly apple and pear, finishes with wild yeast tang, tart, acidic fruit, mild hop bitterness. Spritzy active carbonation makes a lively mouth feel. A nicely made saison and there are some interesting flavors here, but notably nothing resembling figs, which attracted me to this in the store. This falls on the acidic, sour side of the saison family, which are not a style I enjoy. Clearly nicely made, but not to my taste. This is why I buy saisons with trepidation.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a murky golden-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, fruit, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a nice mix of fruit and earth characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +5%

this is great stuff, a funky tart dry saison brewed with fig juice. i have almost no experience with fig juice at all, so to pinpoint its contribution here is difficult. i expected sweetness, but instead its more of an earthy tart character, and almost all in the finish. the nose smells a little like fresh figs, but more saison yeast and the belgian green bottle skunk, although less of that in this one than many others. wheat and pils malts appear to make up the base, while the fig juice adds that cool earthy thing. the saison yeast does a real nice job of drying it up, i am quite surprised the alcohol content isnt higher than it is. dry finish, perhaps a little under carbonated, although it isnt really, the body is just so light and the finish so quick that its all gone and it fools me into thinking its a little flat. i wouldnt mid just a little more fig character in this, but i am impressed with it on the whole, and think its a very clever brew. havent seen much done with figs...

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Photo of ThreeLions
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Orange red in color. Extremely active yeast makes for quite the lively head. Decent color but it's not really jumping out at me in any exciting fashion.

Smell: Okay...just okay. Smells of fruit right up front. Aromas of plums, figs, perhaps cherries but not anything jumping out begging, "Drink me! Drink me!" Spicy yeast smells. Was really looking forward to this but now I'm not sure how it's going to taste. Can't tell if it's going to be spicy, yeasty, fruity, idea.

Taste: Surprisingly good. Wasn't expecting too much after the look and smell. Slight tang. Good fruit character, good tang, good good good. I bet this beer would age very well; it would probably improve quite a bit with age. This would be much better with one, two, maybe even three years of age. I'm willing to buy another one, age it and see how it is in a year or two. Subtle but promising taste.

Mouthfeel: Very lively. Effervescent. Great mouth feel. Good balance between malts and yeast. The liveliness of the yeast really helps out this beer. Again, would benefit greatly with age.

Overall: Not a bad beer by any measure. That being said, it's not that great either. Definitely a successful beer. Some fruit going on, delicate malt presence, lively yeast, hints of wanting funk but not enough time. This is a beer I'll review again in a year or two and see how it compares. Had high hopes, wasn't terribly disappointed but was looking for something else.

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Photo of Hab11
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

750 Ml. Has a mild amber color with some very active yeast cloudiness. The smell is tricky I'm picking up a slightly oxidized smell with sour overtones. Spice notes are evident but not sure what's ahead. Mouth feel is very good a ton of effervescents showing the yeast is still very active. Light sparking sort of like a good sparkling water. Spicey aftertaste but I'm not sure this beer had matured enough. Fresh and definitely no oxidized taste in the mouth . My brother in law is right this would probably benefit from a year or more of aging to mature.

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Photo of mactrail
2.79/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the 750 ml Belgian style bottle purchased at Liticker's in Ocean Beach. Smells sort of like a lambic fruit beer with some rust.

Big foam-up in the Saxo wine-style glass. Bubbles streaming and bits of sediment like termite droppings floating near the bottom. Hazy orangey amber in color.

The mouthfeel is quite light and spritzy, with a surprising tartness. Completely dry, which is not what I expect from a fig-flavored brew after all those sweet Jewbelation ales. Faintly fruity, slightly sour. Tastes like carbonated water with flavors of beets and apples. It doesn't taste spoiled, just of something wild finishing up the sugars and adding some acidity.

Maybe this is something authentic and alive, but it tastes like fruity, oxidized dishwater to me. Another reason not to waste money trying these random bottled Belgian beers, at least in this country.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light figs notes with some peppery yeast and some solid rustic malt notes. Taste is a great mix between some figs juice with some peppery yeast notes and some solid rustic malt notes as well. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid as per everything brewed by this brewery and quiet different from other beers with the figs really coming out.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours somewhere between golden and amber in color with two inches of fluffy off white head. Very active carbonation throughout. Retention and lacing are superb.

S: Strong fruitiness in this one - mostly tart fruits. Tart plums start off with apricots and a distinct yeast funk and must. Moderately strong in nature. Funk gets stronger as the beer warms - almost lambic-like funk.

T: Plums are more upfront here - now extremely tart in nature, even a bit sour. The yeast nature is still there in the way of funk and must, but the sour plums overpower it a bit. The funk and acidity here is again lambic-like, but lighter in nature.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation, appropriate for the style.

O: This is an odd beer. It has the funk of a Lambic, a light to moderate acidity, with a fairly strong plum fruitiness. Solid, though maybe a bit muddled.

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Photo of rudzud
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a hazy orangey hue with a very nice fluffy saison style head. Super typical and well done.

S - Nice grass, apples, funk, faint esters. Seems boozier than it really is.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with a nice mixing of esters and apple skin. Good tart, barnyard funk, more fruit than I would expect in a saison.

M - Mouthfeel is solid for the style with some nice carbonation to keep it up off the tongue.

O - Overall, a solid saison offering. Nice and funky.

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Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated 750 ml corked bottle served in a St. Bernardus snifter. Pours a hazy, orange-amber color that is topped by well-proportioned, thick, bone colored head. This beer is highly carbonated as can be seen and felt, although the carbonation is nicely soft. The glass gets fully coated with lace with each tip. Lively but not harsh or aggressive feel, with a semi-dry finish.

Aroma: Floral and quite fruity with hints of figs, and plums. Esters suggest a higher ABV than 5.8%. There is a light spiciness and some earthiness from, I suspect, both hops and yeast.

Taste: Fruity, with a finely mix of sweet and tart plus a faint bitterness. As I often find in pale Belgians, the taste is notably better than the aroma. Tart citrus and vague mixed fruits upfront until the finish, with the figs coming out more clearly in the finish and aftertaste. Hints of banana, white pepper, clove, and nutmeg, but the spiciness is subtle and not due, I believe, to any added spices. This exceptional ale is enticingly complex and dynamic.

O: This beer is exceptional, with plenty of complexity, great balance, and strong but relatively soft carbonation.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium orange with a huge plume of thick foamy head. Splashy lace.

Yeast, some fruit, grass, apple skin funk in the nose.

Funk and tart fruit skin dominate this one. Fig juice? Not really any sugar in this one. Tart dominates, with a decent yeasty funk coming into play and leading to long moderate bitterness. Fruit is present, but is not traditional, but more like some that has turned a bit. Beer seems like the brewing elements were on the cusp of going bad, and this is a good thing.

Medium bodied, some tingle on the tongue.

I liked this one. I needed a funky and tart/bitter/slightly fouled brew, and this kinda fit the bill. Feels like a living thing. Worth a shot.

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy deep orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big pear, fig, sour apple, golden raisin, honey, bread, floral, grass, hay, funk, earth, light clove, red wine, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of pear, sour apple, fig, golden raisin, honey, floral, grass, hay, earth, funk, clove, light red wine, and light yeast spiciness. Fair amount of fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart light fruits, floral, grass, honey, bread, earth, pepper, clove, hay, funk, light red wine, and light yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and fruitiness; with a fair amount of funkiness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick, lightly syrupy, and slightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian pale ale! The fig juice works really well here. There is a great amount of flavor complexity with nice funk, and good balance; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.04/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a De Struise chalice. No bottle info. My wife picked up the Blaugies line while on a road trip. One of them exploded in the car due to a faulty cage. I should have been more cautious when opening this one...

Appearance - As soon as I untwist the wire for the cage, it shoots off, hits me in the forehead, and deflects up to the ceiling. Immediately it gushes and I lose a fair bit of the beer. Two glasses couldn't hold the beer and subsequent head. The final bit was murky and yeasty, so I tossed it. The beer is a hazy burnt orange with a gigantic cream head. Clings to the glass as it slowly recedes, without ever fully dissipating.

Smell - Fruity. Phenolic esters. Kinda yeasty, but not overly so. A little bit of white wine and apple.

Taste - All I get is the white wine grape flavor, some other fruits, and a bit of grainy malt. It really isn't an exciting flavor. A bitter aftertaste is surprising, because it's the most assertive flavor in the end. It should also be noted that the foam on top is extremely bitter.

Mouthfeel - Light, easy to drink, low in alcohol. Nice for an afternoon on the porch. Not overcarbonated, as I expected it to be.

Overall - Nothing exciting going on here. Clean flavors, but just dull as can be. The fruit is nondescript and the beer holds very little flavor.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ale with figs, huh; or so says the flier at Zythos Festival '12. The description reads like the start of a drama-riddled start to a biblical story of deception, adultry, and lust... maybe I'm reading too much into it perhaps.

The beer pours with a tawny dark auburn hue with medium haze, and golden highlights. Capped with a cottony white blanket of foam, the beer shows the classic Belgiany look of high effervescence, stubborn creamy persistence, and signature lace.

Dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, and peppery spice are all represented in the stronger-than-usual aromas of the Belgian pale ale. Nearly seeming of a light dubbel ale, and something of English olde ales; the rich fruit weaves into mild sherry, bread crust, and red wine scent.

Malty with the notion of caramelized bread crust, brown sugar, and fruit juice concentrate, the well-melded flavors wrap around the taste of figs in such a way to also mimic the taste of prunes, raisins, dates, and cashews. Lightly spiced with pepper, cumin, and curacao, the beer's yeast character delivers a nearly plastic taste that's short lived. Though tasty, it's a bit rich for the pale style of ale.

Medium bodied, though- the flavor of fruit and malt don't favor the weight or sweetness of the beer, instead relying on dry taste and texture for a easily drinkable ale that proceeds to an earthy pepper, mild acidity and alcoholically warm finish.

The pronounced fig flavors stand out beyond the malts but do so with more of a non-descript fruit flavor of pitted, dehydrated, dark stone fruits. Fans of Belgian dubbel ales will surely find favor with this ale.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.86/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Translucent, dark orange color. Bubbly head settles into a solid, swarthy top. Highly carbonated and a small cork makes the cage necessary on this beer - as soon as I took it off the cork shot by my face.

Spicy apricot aroma. Tates sweet and spicy like a Fuji apple with a tart twang in back. Figs (which the brewery claims is an integral ingredient to this beer) certainly don't come to mind. As it warms the flavor de-evolves into watered down general amber malt extract with a tart backside.

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Photo of RollBounce
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Foggy light amber color, nice carbonation, musky upfront, wild yeast like, some sourness as well, little fig in a dry way, with floral notes at the end on the nose. Starts dry and musky like the nose, oranges, black tea, and fig juice that is subtlety sweet at the finish.

Overall; It is a sour style to me. Went well with Crab Rangoon's with sweet and spicy mango chili.

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