LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - APR 19, 2014
Every now and again there is a beer that will get me to come out of rating retirement, and this is one of those beers. 750ml bottle labed as "Avril". Cork (with 2012 on it) comes out with an intense "pop", making me worried about gushing, as happened with my most recent Dupont saison, but everything stayed in the bottle. Pour is a hazed very light honey with a rocky bone white head that fades rather quickly to a spare cap, leaving behind minimal lacing. Aroma is bursting with apple, pear, light cut grass, hay. Light malt character, expressing itself with the yeast as a slight doughy component, like rising bread. Taste is more pome fruit, very light lemony tartness, grass and hay. Some sips offer the suggestion of apple cobbler, with light phenol and ester character pushing indistinguishable spices forward a bit to combine with the pome fruit and subtle malt. High carbonation level gives this beer a much "bigger" body than expected, lifting it off the palate and really driving some of the aromatics. Finish has light mineral character, like river washed pebbles or Lake Superior on a windy day. Light bitterness and bone dry. For me, this is as close to perfection as I’ve encountered. FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2008 2008 Cork Date; Sampled June 2008Stine (1782) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2008
A fairly soft pour produces a five finger thick, pale tan colored head that includes a full two-finger or more that is above the rim of my glass. The head is just about perfect, forming a structural mesa as it subsides as well as leaving lots of frothy lace on the sides of my glass. The beer is a lightly hazed, honey-gold color that shows an orange tinted, lighter gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite expressive, noticeable as I pour it and visually inspect it, I get a vibrant hop character (lemon zest and herbs) as well as a soft fruity backdrop. Very aromatic, insanely so for a beer of this strength; vibrant malt aromatics of crushed saltine crackers, wild-flower honey, fresh crushed wheat, grassy grain and hay are all initially noticeable. Other notes of orange zest (which really comes into its own as the beer warms), soft ginger, white pepper, green apples, clove, lots of herbal notes and wild-flower aromas are noticeable. The aroma on this is just so vibrant, so fresh and so incredible, regardless of this beers strength; the fact that this is so low in alcohol just makes it all that much more remarkable.
Very light feeling as it hits my tongue, the carbonation has subsided some as I spent so much time with the aroma, but it still provides a substantial tickle and texture to this beer. Lightly sweet tasting, this accentuates notes of orange zest and melon, but this is nicely balanced by notes of fresh dried hay, soft yet expressive herbal notes and a light lingering bitterness in the finish. This has a light peppery note to it, some soft spicy phenols, and lots of underlying fruity esters that provides lots of soft, subtle notes of spice and fruit. There is a nice pale malt / grain character here, that plays a secondary role, but is quite noticeable; in addition to the aforementioned honey-malt sweetness there is a dry, cracker like grain character, a touch of grassiness and just a wonderful, chewy malt character that is especially noticeable in the finish.
Down right quaffable, I could drink liters of this at a time, it is so easy to take large sips of this beer. The 750ml bottle of this disappears a lot faster than usual. My second pour is much like the first. It picks up a little bit more fullness on the palate, but is still eminently quaffable. A touch of yeast adds a boost to the grain character by accentuating a sort of dough-like character. One of the biggest components of the flavor here are the orange zest notes; these are either from the hops chosen or from actual orange zest, though I don’t know which.
Both the head and the aroma are huge for a beer of this strength. The staying power & lofty structure of the head, despite the reduced amount of malt in this is quite impressive and I can’t say enough about how vibrant the aroma is. It is almost jarring to take a sip for the first time and find out how light this beer is; visually and aromatically it makes you think that this is a big beer. The flavor though is no slouch either, once it starts to open up it shows a deep complexity and savoriness that just can’t be beat. I highly recommend this beer, I know it is not strong in alcohol, and I am a sucker for characterful lower alcohol beers, but I really like this. I am fantastically excited about this beer, I almost wish I had gotten more than two bottles, but I totally need to brew something like this (perhaps a split batch with some Brettanomyces fermentation).
Bright golden sunshine with a frothy whitecap. Quieted but pungent clove aroma with a sweet, garlicky undertone. Orange zest, lemon zest, pastry dough provide sweetness and punch. Spice rack: Cumin, bitter rosemary, cinnamon, celery salt. Whiffs of honey and candied almonds fill in the body a bit. Soft, simple, and light as a feather, but brilliantly textured and colored.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Biscuity wheat malt flavor. Consistently minerally bitterness framed in the crisp calm of spicy and floral leafiness. Tastefully delicate hop presence seems confidently displayed; a firm, rustic fruit flavor of apricot and pear gently wresting away the barren qualities of spicy bitterness that at first glance seemed dominant. This fruity character may be just a touch estery, but it recalls hops more than yeast for the most part, in that zesty vein of dry bittersweetness. White cracker-crisp and doughy, honey glazed maltiness provides depth.
A certain rotten banana sugary stink wafts from a yeast dipped pour. Minerally yeasts thick and rocky. Flavor reminiscent even more of hawaiian sweetbread and pastry dough; retains a spicy touch of bitterness while melon and citrus like esters brighten it substantially. A soft glow. Still crisp and brisk, but thickened with an unimposing, basic and satiating countryside sweetness.
Medium body seems so brisk as to be barren, but a soft creamy texture consistently fills out the body. Finishes calmly with a distant sensation of pear skins, grassy bitterness, and the dustiest, most cobweb-covered hoppiness imaginable. Intricate, experiential simplicity well defined and possibly perfected here; I could literally drink this all day long and still find myself fascinated. A lovely bouquet of surprises in this fantastically visceral experience.
2008 avril bottle consumed 11/9/2009.
hazy pour... pale golden yellow with a wispy/soapy white head which leaves behind clingy poofs of foam and one giant ring at the lip of the glass.
initial aroma of skunky onions fades to honey, straw, flowers, peppery spice, lemony citrus, lemon leaves and that dupont stink.
the palate is full of pale malt though it is not sweet... actually, it is dry, spicy, crisp and refreshing. tons of flavor packed into this.... cinnamon, mineral water/minerals, peppery, earthy, lemon, herbs, must, honey, jasmine, lavender, vanilla and some yeasty richness. it picks up a mild bitterness as it warms while finishing dry and spicy.
it is medium bodied (considering the abv%), lively carbonated and quenching.
biere de table... perfect with food or alone... brilliant! 9/4/9/5/19/4.6 ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Many, many bottles from 2008 onwards, as "Avril"
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Perfect, pale-straw appearance with tons of well-retained head.
Soft floral hops and light spiciness in the nose. Lavendar and rosewater suggestions. Just so very delicate and perfumey with nary any acidity. Wonderful esters are actually fairly reserved. Incredibly high strength of aroma for its size.
Perfect on the palate and mouth. Like licking a dollop of honey off a freshly cut piece of hay. Soft vanilla and very light bitterness. As if you even needed a more sessionable version of the Saison! But they go and make it anyways. Wow, just a knockout. And I can get this stuff for $11 for a 750mL???? Right up there with Taras Boulba and just everything that is good about beer!
I love this beer. An extra from Ken, I had been looking for this one for a little while.Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2008
The aroma is so funky; slight bits of funky cheese on top of incredible grassiness, fresh and yeasty, with bright hop floweriness in spades. The aroma is just perfect - subtle and powerful at the same time. Looks gorgeous, tastes wonderfully fresh and bitter, very thirst quenching, just a light wateriness in the middle of the body but not what you might suspect. Like refreshing liquid sourdough soda with hop floweriness and bitterness all rolled in. An absolutely delightful beer. Bottled in 2008.
In short: A highly (very highly) drinkable tart and farmhouse Saison.Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2009
How: Bottle 750ml, brought up to Montreal by my buddy puzzl, thanks a ton Andy. Consumed fresh, a week after Andy purchased it
The look: Cloudy yellow-blonde body topped by a medium white head
In long: Nose is unmistakably Dupont, typical Dupont farmhouse character. The aroma is similar to Dupont Forest but even more intensively farmhouse. Taste brings a surprising tartness to the game with an almost Berliner-Weisse sensation. Crisp, hay, pineapples, light creamy honey, wild farmhouse yeast, . This beer combines the delicious farmhouse character of the Moinette Biologine (Forest) and the high drinkability qualities of the Dupont Vieille Provision. Probably my second favourite Dupont after Vieille Provision. Fully satisfying body, at 3.5%!!!! I can’t believe the most low scores on this one. Please people, stop sharing a 3.5% masterpiece in tasting sessions, drink the bottle that’s the only way to appreciate a beer like this. This is a fully satisfying beer, I would have never guessed 3.5%. I hereby declare Dupont Biolégère (aka Dupont Avril) the most underrated beer on ratebeer. Finally something to say at customs when I’m asked if I have anything to declare.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Pros: Blown Away. Only Dupont could pack this much flavor and aromas in a 3.5% beer. Gorgeous rocky head. Very pure, natural and Belgian. I really need more of this. This is like a workout beer.
Cons: Not a single flaw
75cl bottle from 2008. Noticing the bottle date on the cork after I bought this, I was a little apprehensive about opening this, but it was in the back of the cooler at ledgers, so I’m willing to bet that decent handling has a lot to do with how awesome this beer is, even at around two years of age. Not even a hint of skunk, thankfully. Pours a lightly hazy light gold color with a gig white head that recedes into a frothy layer and copious lace. The aroma immediately strikes me as Dupont. Their yeast is unmistakable, especially if you have brewed with it: flower petals, dried herbs, mango, papaya, red wine. Just a hint of cracked bread. Almost seductive, but subtle. The flavor is much like a lighter Vielle Provision. Dry and refreshing with a hint of herbal hops. Just a touch of light grain maltiness, and a light suggestion of residual sugar before a quenching and crisp finish. Light bodied and spritzy. This is just a phenomenal low gravity beer. hirigalzkar (3164) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours golden, semi hazy with a small white head. Aroma is yeasty. peppery and flowery with a touch of honey and pilslike maltiness (sweet light bread). A bit too sweet to be perfect. Taste is crisp and slightly sour with notes of white pepper, thai basil, dill, citrus vegtables, vanilla ice cream and roses. The herbal hoppiness is quite distinct. Slightly dry finish. Very interesting folköl, packed with flavors. Ridiciolously drinkable aswell!