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

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RATINGS: 440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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...


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2006
This bottle would not stop gushing. Not fast gushing, but a slow and steady gush. Amber with a huge foamy head. Very lively carbonation. Very aromatic. Sour notes of pear and some apple. Slightly bitter with a yeasty funk. Dusty, a bit dry and almost acrid. The flavor is tart, maybe a bit sour. Tightens up the jaw on the first drink. Mellows out after the initial shock. There is a lot of lemon zest in the flavor. Some yeastiness. Dry palate that trails off to a small, but lingering sourness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2006
Draught - Bruxellensis - A hazy light amber coloured beer. The aroma is funky and fizzy with some lemon notes. The taste is malty with banans and yeast additionally. Tasty and drinkable. Didn’t get figs!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quevillon (2661) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2006
Bouteille de 75 cl, bu à Dieu du Ciel. Blonde orange, petit collet. Arome de malte et de fruit bien mélangé. Goût pas trop sûr, un peu fruité et épicé. C’est bien.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2006
Cork explosion...!!..Boem:-) Finally some real sour beer. Puckering, lemony, some funk and fenol! Real good medicenal one. Lots of good saison treats. Excellent light beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2006
Hazy blonde pour with a thin white head. Good aroma of belgian funk and fruits. Good flavor of funk, yeast and fruits, it is well dry.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1845) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2006
750 ml bottle into a Footed Pilsner glass. Pours a very hazy golden yellowish color with a foamy retentive white head. The aroma is very Earthy with grassy and saisony type hints to it. A tiny bit of hops comes through the Earth. The flavor comes on with a smooth Earthy grassy dirt note that slowly progesses into a figgy hop finish that lingers. Citrus notes are very present through the whole thing. Very dry, and medium carbonation are present. Found this one at Uber in Seattle, something we don’t have at Bottleworks. Quite nice!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUL 28, 2006
Bottled. Very strong aroma of herbs and grass mixed with a little bit of dust. Hazy, amber color, beige firm and stable head, very nice lace. Sour start, dry bitter, grassy, herbal, citric, dry. Very interesting, not much of these beers around any more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2006
2005 bottle (75cL), Bordeaux glass, roughly room temperature. The head is frothy and rocky, quite firm and immense at first pour. Just beneath is a hazy body with shades ranging from gold to peach to orange. Huge sourdough bread notes open the affair slamming right into elements of orange zest and a dusty cellar. Peppery hops and/or yeast tones abound. Figs sit comfortably in the back row, allowing their characteristic nuttiness to show through on occasion. Herbal cilantro, nearly minty, aromas come on late as the beer warms, as does a hint of strap leather. Really a well integrated Saison-ish aroma with no jagged edges and smile-inducing complexity. If the figs were in the back row in the aroma, they’ve taken off their clothes and are running about the theater in the flavor. So to speak. Upfront, bready malts are straddled by zesty citric acidity and a tart yeastiness. Mid-palate is full of sour, almost funky earthen elements and herbal characteristics. The herbs carry into the finish, which happens to be quite peppery, and all of it dries out into an incredibly long, nutty aftertaste. Easily carrying enough oomph to make me guess around 7 or 8 % abv, I’m surprised to see such a sturdy brew in such a modest cloak. Very soft mouthfeel, carrying no mineral roughness, almost velvet like. Carbonation is intense--thankfully, considering the intense flavors and the building, plum sweetness at the front of my tongue. Very nice indeed…a big congrats to the (beautiful) insanity which is Belgian brewing.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUL 23, 2006
750 mL bottlte. Pours gold with large white head and lots of effervescence. The aroma is Saaz hops, yeast, some lemon zest, and a barely detectable waft of fig. The flavor is the same, with a slight maltiness. The finish is rather dry, but the aftertaste is clean. Not very exciting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1563) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Hazy amber-orange appearance with a large, off white head and a fair amount of lacing. Yeasty aroma with hints of fruit, especially pears and green apples poking through. Fizzy carbonation introduced a taste that was tart, dry, slightly sour and yeasty. Palate was compemented by a vinous quality that added to the complexity. Did not pick up on the added fig juice until late in the finish.


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