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


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RATINGS: 490   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2007
2004 bottle. Pours hazy orange with a large, creamy head. Looks great. Very fruity aroma--not quite fig, but rather apple, peach, melon, and citrus. Yeasty notes come out with some swirling, and light funk and hops bring up the rear. Some fig comes through in the flavor, which retains much of the fruitiness, especially the citrus. Light spice; the age might have calmed that area down a bit. The fig comes through on the finish, along with some lemon rind and a very faint hoppiness. Light but satisfying mouthfeel; I was expecting something overly spritzy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Caged corked 750 ml. green bottle, lot number in the upper left corner of front label (8), best before date on the back label (06.06), sampled in a tulip glass. Poured a reddish copper hued orange, hazy appearance with active carbonation. Large fluffy slightly off-white head that slowly dissipated into a thin creamy foam lacing, plentiful amount of ringed laced sticking. Light musty, earthy nose from the yeast, fruity smells of green apples and grapes, orange zest, soft sweetness from the fig juice, medicinal herbal aromas that mesh with the alcohol, an enticing start. Airy, creamy mouthfeel, moderate bodied, slick on the tongue, this goes down rather easily. Tastes of lightly toasted grains, earthy spices, oranges, green apple skins and lightly sweet fig juice. Medicinal herbs and a dry Noble spiciness at the end. Finishes dry, traces of toasted caramel, herbal spiciness and a mild yeastiness. I like this Belgian farmhouse brewery, all four of the ales I’ve tried by them over the last year have been way above average. This traditional ale held up much better than I was expecting it to. This is going to be brewery stop on my upcoming spring vacation to Europe. Unless the dollar further crashes, then I will be going nowhere.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2007
2004. Slightly murky amber, slight head faded away. Aroma odd, rather like peach skins. Flavor was also just plain odd, very light caramel, some undefined fruitiness leaning towards peaches, and then a finish that I can only describe as fuzzy, quite probably the fig influence. Some yeast as well. After much consideration, I have to say I don’t like this much. But, I think this is more of a reflection on my personal taste versus the quality of the brew, others could easily really like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7849) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2007
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 22 Sep 2007) Amber colour, hazy, with huge, explosive, off-white head. Citric, spicy nose with notes of herbs and citrus. Fruity, slightly spicy taste with lemon, hints of figs and grassy hops in the finish. A bit odd, leaning in the saison direction (hardly surprising from this brewery). Nice and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (15272) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2008 Bottle, 5.8%. Very weak aroma, slightly cellary, moldy. Muddy orange colour, small floaties. The flavour has a little citric fruitiness with a hint of mold and cellar. A quite subtle beer, but good. Very well-balanced, even though I would prefer it more acidic. 7 3 7 4 18

Bottle, 5.8%. Slightly tart aroma. Cloudy dark orange, some floaties. Small white head. Good citric flavour, lemony. Not powerful flavour, but quite nice. 7 3 7 3 16

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (13266) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2007
750 ml bottle poured a clear gold with a lasting off white head. Aromas of fruitiness, carmel, citrus, light spice and a hint of honey. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, bread, apple, citrys and a hint of spice with a crisp dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Cork reads 2005. Pours a clear amber with a white head that grows the more aggressive you pour. Nose is muted. I get freshly cut grass as well as mild yeast. On the flavor I get an almost minty/citric start that quickly leads to an even and mild pale ale middle body that ends with what I think are the brews strongest traits leaning towards figs. I am giving this one a 4.5 on taste because even though it isn’t an explosive experience, it is definitely unique and finely crafted. Mouthfeel is good. Not mindblowing, but not mediocre at the same time. Very drinkable. Worth visiting and worth visiting again (better yet...with a friend).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2007
Pours a medium gold with a medium white head. Aroma is fruit and spice (though I couldn’t pinpoint any specific figginess), and yeast. Flavour was refreshing tartness with effervescent mouthfeel. Woody bitter and a dry finish. Enjoyable if not exceptional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3222) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2007
Bottle sampled with stegosaurus. Pours a light copper with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus, yeast, coriander, and some spices. Flavor is tart and tangy with figs, sour cherries, lemons, and a hint of wheat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 3, 2007
Pours a golden orange with a thick pillowy head. Damp earthy odors abound, some barnyard and waaaaay in the back some spicy yeast. Dusty yeast flavour, slightly tart with more malt notes showing up as it warms. Briskly carbonated, full mouthfeel. Another good one from Blaugies.

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