Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl
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4.6/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
750mL bottle served into a tulip glass
Pours out of the green bottle a pale shade of straw yellow. The body is very hazy from yeast and (presumably) wheat; this is definitely and unfiltered beer. The white head was pretty voluminous at three fingers. It is nice and pillowy on top but doesn't cling to the glass much.
Lots of cracker malt and tangy wheat and brewing spices waft up from the glass. There is a ton of damp hay along with some banana esters. As it warms the beer's funkiness develops; it takes on something of a bandaid left out in a pigpen. Maybe a touch of apricot & bubblegum smell as the beer warms. Scratch that, definitely some apricot/stonefruit. Lovely.
Man, is this the textbook saison or what? Grassy hay spritzed with lemon up front, hoppy, with a rounded, rubbery taste in the middle and nailed home with zippy malt flavors, anise and yeast funk. So much earthiness, so much expression of yeast. It finishes dry with a lasting, astringent, earthy aftertaste that commands another sip.
Saison Dupont is prickly with carbonation, and medium-light bodied. It carries every flavor to their fullest potential and makes for a beer that you can drink throughout the whole meal. Keep it flowing, too, it has a light enough ABV % at 6.5 that you can consume a couple of bottles if you wish. This is such a refreshing beer in the summertime, yet holds up as a sipper with complexity here in the winter. It is also perhaps the most versatile beer to pair with food; saisons are great for all kinds of foods and this is perhaps the quintessential saison. It is impossible to be more versatile than this beer; it is supremely drinkable.
This is the saison that other saisons are compared to; this is the benchmark for the style. For good reason, too. Everything that saison lovers enjoy about Belgian farmhouse ales is here in some capacity. And while I've had better saisons -- some that add Brettonamyces, some that up the hops -- this is a staple of my fridge, a beer with few peers.
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2010 01:33:42 | More by Reaper16
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