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Brewed by Brasserie de Blaugies
Style: Traditional Ale
Dour-Blaugies, Belgium

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RATINGS: 411   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Ale brewed with fig juice. A traditional style named for John Darby, preacher of temperance whose parishioners were oddly moved by a "soft drink" they insisted was just fig juice...


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2006
2004 Cork date, Sampled January 2006
Pours a hazy, perfectly amber color that is topped by a frothy, three-finger thick, light tan colored head. This beer is incredibly carbonated and the head starts to form a rocky surface as it falls slowly down. The aroma is quite fruity with definite notes of fig, raisins, and even some notes of plum. There is a light spiciness underneath the fruit, including a slight note of ginger, perhaps some orange zest, and a bit of clove. The aroma is predominantly dominated by the fruit character, I was quite surprised by how evident the fig is, it is quite nice.

The first sip foams up and is generally lost in a frothy mass of bubbles. So I just released a bit of the excess carbonation. The beer is quite light on the tongue. There is a light sweetness up front, which plays up a soft fruity character. Unlike the nose, I would not necessarily associate the fruit flavors with figs. I do get notes of red grapes, and perhaps some currants and some notes of apple, but not much in the way of figs, except a solid non-descript fruitiness. There is a bit of spiciness here as well, though it is definitely not quite enough to balance the fruit notes. There are notes of subtle ginger, pepper, and some notes of clove.

In the end this beer is just not quite complex enough. The fruit character is nice, but it needs a bit of complexity somewhere to balance the fruit out, obviously a bit more spicy Saison-like yeasty notes would be more than welcome. This beer is still quite tasty, and certainly drinkable, it just seems a bit too one dimensional.

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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heykevin (1280) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Lightly hazy deep golden. Abundant carbonation (duh!). Nose is pure Blaugies dust, hay, flinty steely dry, touch of iron. Faintest whiff of fruit. Ernest is spot on with the cantaloupe and hints of grapes. Medium dryness, not as dry as the Epeature from Blaugies. More minerally water/earthy yeast character so distinctive of Blaugies. Some surprising hoppiness near the finish. This stuff is so simple, yet so elegant, in a rustic sort of way. This is the kind of beer that makes me buy crusty bread, good cheese and good sausage, and sit back and relish in the sensual pleasure of life.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Sampled at the Milwaukee YEHa!05 courtesy of MIBRomeo: Hazy dark bronze pour has a lightly-lacing white head. Sweet, lightly fruity citrus and Belgian malty and yeasty aroma. Starts with tart, sour fruit backed with a malty base and a dry, tart finish. I’m not a big fan of the tartness, but with a little more balance, this could be quite nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebeertourist (4996) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 21, 2006
Hazy amber with a great head, looking appetizing as all the Blaugies beers (giving the same excitement when uncorking also).Vinous aroma, almost geuze-like, lemony freshness meeting oak woodiness. Lots of lemon flavours, some yeastiness, oaky vanilla, talcum-powder dryness like in a Girardin. Very fizzy, prickling the tongue. Complex, yet refreshing. One of the beers that convinces you of the supremacy of Belgian brewing!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
Very hazy orange/amber with a thick, lasting off-white head. Nice sweetish aroma. Some spicy corianderish notes. Fairly full-bodied and quite yeasty. Some sweet cherry and light bubble gum in the finish. Slightly tart, dryish finish. Pretty tasty, but I don’t really get any figgy character at all.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13132) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
Golden-beige colour, very hazy, big head. Yeasty, slightly figgy/fruity aroma. The palate is quite yeasty as well, with an underlying fruity sweetness. Not hugely different, nor expressive, just a decent Belgian ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Cloudy light brown body, not much head. Tart yeast, mandarin orange, pale malt aroma. Brett tartness, lemon peel, grass, and sugar wafer sweetness. Great combo of tartness and Belgian-y sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Cloudy amber with a large white head. Light nose with yeast, black pepper and toffee. Tart flavor, medium sweet with fruity notes, grapes, apple, yeast. A bit overly effervescent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2005
Pours dirty orange with huge white head. Tons of sediment floating around. Sour/tart lemon aroma, very yeasty with some barnyard funkiness. Flavor much the same with faint hint of sour cherry, very drying mouthfeel/finish. Will agree with others, couldn’t detect any fig whatsoever. Maybe masquerading as cherry?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Dark orange body with a big foamy white head. Yeasty aroma with some dust, dark cherries and a touch of barnyard as well. Lightly tart, some wheat, cherries and figs. Finishes dry. I detected more cherry flavor rather than figs, but either way this was very enjoyable.


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