Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 2,803 | Reviews: 1,416 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Dantes:
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Package: 750ml caged and corked bottle, labeled 6.5% ABV, Cork stamped 2002.
Cost: $4.49 at Total Wines
Presentation: tulip glass at 50º
Appearance: A pale cloudy yellow, almost like real lemonade. Medium-beaded carbonation. Monstrous, lively head that seems to have a life of its own! Even the most careful pour yields copious clouds of densely fulminating foam that shows no signs of giving ground below the ½” mark.
Smell: A forceful, barn-yard nose, with strong, herbaceous notes; fresh-cut hay, clover, and wildflowers. These sharp notes are only faintly counterbalanced by yeasty-bread smells and a hint of malt.
Taste: Spicily grassy notes with citrus undertones. One can imagine a mad-brewer sprinkling lemon zest, cumin, ground grains of paradise, and secret herbs into a light, golden brew This is an austere, astringent, faintly acidulous beer, that begs to be accompanied by food, especially rich cheeses, charcuterie, and olives. This has a short, crisp finish.
Mouthfeel: As indicated by the head, this beer doesn’t lack for carbonation; but it is very fine and interesting on the palate, increasing the complexity of the beer. Body is a bit watery and thin however.
Drinkability: I think of this as a “French” beer, as it is almost more like wine than beer. Its relatively low ABV and light-bodied astringency makes this a very refreshing beer, while its complexity helps this stand above the ordinary.
Those of you who consider yourselves hop-heads ought to give this a try. While the hops are not on the order of an American IPA, its overall herbaceousness and austere, astringent style call to mind a variation on that theme. Also, an excellent, authentic example of the style and a good value for an imported, artisanal ale.
Bottom Line: A less-compromising version of Hennepin that would brighten the hottest of Summer days and highlight a fine meal.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2003 18:40:23 | More by Dantes
More User Reviews:
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 2,803 ratings.