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Brewed by Brasserie Dupont
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Tourpes-Leuze, Belgium

bottled
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RATINGS: 940   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shamelessjames (8) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2011
The first thing you’ll notice is the nose. Like it’s saison counterpart it is heavy on banana. However after it sits in the glass for a bit, the banana gives way to a brighter herbal scent. Think Thyme, basil, not sage oregano. It also is crisper than the Saison. Other’s have said it is sweet but again, compared to other Dupont varieties, I think it is much crisper and has a bite at the end. For pairing, the main thing I would say is stay away from acids, seriously. Even a light vinegar will likely conflict with that after bite. It will be great with greens and the strong banana will pick up citrus but only use the zest. It’s rich but still has a blond lightness. Cream should be good but not butter. Fish will work and you could even do grilled red meat for something almost tropical. Again, just stay away from the acids. Be careful with onions (sweet and not raw) but chilies could pair nicely. I’d be curios to see how it tastes with mushrooms although I’m not recommending. You can go a lot of different directions for cheese. I’d be careful with goat, but if it were the right type, I think this would be wonderful. Again, the banana nose, and the very bright carbonation would be wonderful with a fresh cheese but the "liquor" bite at the end, will conflict with goat cheese sour flavor if you are not careful. Stinky cheeses? Go for it. (although others might disagree) The only thing I would definitely shy away from are deep nutty cheeses. Many sheep cheese or gruyere might work but more than likely, you won’t do the beer of the cheese a favor.


4.1
AlainG (2294) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2017
Une blonde comme l’idée que l’on se fait du soleil. Une mousse immaculée la recouvre. Des arômes d’herbes, de poivre, de levure et d’agrumes. Des saveurs acidulées, fruitées et poussiéreuses. Une légère amertume en fin de bouche. Un savoir-faire évident. (MA 11/2019) (2291-200717)

3.4
Jimbo2 (501) - DENMARK - AUG 4, 2017
Medium body and carbonation. Plenty of esters and typically Belgian bittering hops.

4.4
SylvainCFC (270) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 26, 2017
Robe blonde dorée, très voilée. Col de mousse blanche bien calibré, stable, compact. Nez levuré/épicé et malté, légère douceur. Bouche très complexe : attaque douce et épicée, levurée, note florale et de miel. Se révèle ensuite des notes houblonnées plus herbacées sur une vague maltée. La finale est plus amère et longue. La levure de Dupont donne un caractère unique à une bière très bien balancée. La cuisson du moût à flamme directe peut se laisser détecter dans un petit côté légèrement "brûlé". Corpulence et carbonatation moyenne. Blonde belge forte incroyablement équilibrée entre douceur, amertume, notes épicés et houblonnées. Un must.

3.1
Jultsu (1068) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - JUL 16, 2017
BBE 07/2018. Kellertävän kuulas väri, Mieto semiviipyvä vaahto. Suutuntuma kuohuvan hapan, alkoholisehko, tasapainoisa, sammuneen makeahko. Tuhkaisehkon sammuneen kuivuuden johdosta ei litratolkulla juotava, mutta pienenä annoksena ihan nautittava kevyt "viinapommi."

4.4
chromeotaphor (171) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 7, 2017
Een felle smaak dat perfect balanceert tussen bitter zoet pittig en fruitig. Heerlijk zomerse doordrinker als je iets speciaals zoekt. Verdoemd lekker! Nen blonde als geen ander.

3.6
jjsint (3186) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2017
Bottle from Cafe Bruxelles, Leicester. Golden and clear with a bit of uneven head. Grassy hoppy aroma with hay and toffee notes. Sweetish taste with a sour/bitter note. Heavy carbonation with ripe citrus peel on the finish. A cut above many blonde beers.

3.6
Rei00 (130) - CHILE - JUN 25, 2017
Una BSA de color durazno de media carbonatacion y media espuma. Aromas a durazno, Damasco y notas de frutos secos: higos, nueces y ciruelas. Sabor cremoso, aterciopelado de amargor marcado, pero suave con notas de almendras y toques de Damasco. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
Sissio (1662) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JUN 19, 2017
bottle @ home clear blonde, white head sweet honey, riped peach, candy, light alcohol, yellow plum, belgian yeasts, apricot light bitterness well balanced with sweet honey

3.5
nathanvc (537) - Brugge, BELGIUM - JUN 18, 2017
Sampled at Cambrinus, Bruges. Pours cloudy yellow with a small, lasting, foamy, white head. The aroma contains hops, malt, some honey, citrus, yeast and spices. It tastes medium sweet and light bitter with a slightly dry finish. Medium body, soft carbonation, slick/creamy texture, well hidden alcohol. A very decent, yet modest beer which is good in its simplicity. Good appetizer too.

3.5
elbernays (1546) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 17, 2017
Bottle from Saveur Biere. Pours golden orange with foam white head. Banana, dough, bread, pepper. Flavour follows nose. Nice smooth body. Nice.


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