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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Reviews: 1,518
Hads: 3,812
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 239
Gots: 430 | FT: 12
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-26-2002

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/16/08. Bottle, bottled 7/8/2007 (I think...well I'm sure about the 2007). Anyway, pours a cloudy orange with a huge thick white head. Aroma starts off a bit skunky with some stale wheat but becomes fruity by the end. Flavor is quite fruity: lots of melon, melon rind, lemon. Initial sharp spices followed by a slightly bitter and dry finish. Nice sourness from the lemon notes. Quite delicious. A top notch saison.
7/4/8/4/16 (3.9/5)

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp aroma is rich and fruity, more like a cider than a beer. It pours out a cloudy golden with a thick, off-white head. Flavor is fruity and crisp with hints of malt and just a trace of hops. Texture is lively, jazzy and jagged - it fairly dances on the tongue and on its way down the pipes.

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Photo of elricorico
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-orange, and it seems no matter what I do, it generates an enormous white head that climbs up and out of the glass. Would look good if I didn't have to fight with overflow each time I had a bottle.

The smell is full of citrus fruit tartness, and has a strong base of yeast to it. Pepper is apparant as well, and the overall effect is nice.

Taste runs from citrus to pepper quickly, with a touch of spicy alcohol and earthy flavour to the finish. The effect is fruity and light on the pallate, but not boring.

The body of this beer is quite light, and I wonder if all the carbonation burned itself out generating the giant head, as it comes off just a touch flat. Not bad, but not very exciting.

A tasty and easy to drink beer. Not one that breaks into my favorites, but not something I'd turn down if offered.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2.009 on the cork

Aroma - Spice and coriander which is pretty much straight Belgian beer except there is an underlying earthy funk that comes through.

Appearance - Poured a golden yellow with a huge white head but no visible carbonation remained in the beer itself.

Taste - Sweet with a slight bitterness and a dry finish. This beer is refreshing and smooth a good summer drink.

Notes - Might be a great example of a Saison but maybe saisons aren't really my thing.

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Photo of antilogic
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ beachwood bbq. Pours clear bronze, slight head. Aroma is saison - earth, yeast, foral hops.

Very drinkable, and a very standard saison - citrus, hops, yeast, spice, earth, slightly dry finish. Nothing jumping out to WOW me, but a good beer.

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Photo of rhino110
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic Belgian Saison Ale which pours slightly cloudy to a brilliant golden color. A abundance of carbonation leaves a huge fluffy head which lasts much longer than most heads. Fabulous lacings remain while the ale is consumed. The taste is citrusy, crisp, dry and effervescent. The flavor is nicely balanced and ends with a slightly bitter finish - which in this case is a plus. The alcohol content is 6.5% which is a little higher than most saisons and is also a good thing. The ale came in a 75 cl bottle format.

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Photo of Jcarrane
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a crisp, pale, golden color,two finger foamy head that seemed to dissipate quickly.Bitter, lemon,citrus, bouquet, slightly dank. Very approachable on the palate dry, crisp, and clean, with a light body and a pleasant finish, very refreshing! Crisp grassy notes,lemon citrus, and hops, seem to jump out at first, then settles into a nice mineral finish. I'd love to have this beer with some crab cakes on a summer night sitting on the patio.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled February 2013
Poured into a Duvel glass.

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a hazy, pale gold with a voluminous, 3 fingers tall pure white head. The head is tightly bubbled and has outstanding retention. The head leaves plenty of splotchy lacing behind as it slowly recedes.

Aroma: (4)
Initially, you're struck buy a slightly skunky mustiness(thanks to the green glass that this classic Saison is bottled in), but soon some fresh cut grass and spicy orange rinds from the hops greet your nostrils. Underneath these refreshing hop aromatics are some fruity yeast phenols; mostly green pear, banana and clove. As the beer warms, a soft, sweetly bready malt backbone becomes apparent.

Taste: (3.75)
Spicy, orange forward hops spring on to your palate immediately, quickly followed by some additionally spice oriented yeast character; clove, banana and light pear. Just as the beer comes to grinding halt with it's dry finish, your palate is covered with a light coating of clean cracker like malt. The bone dry, bitter finish leaves long lingering notes of spicy clove, banana, pear and clean bready maltiness on your tongue. Despite the dry finish, the beer does leave your mouth a tad watery.

Mouthfeel: (3.75)
Light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall: (3.75)
A veritable classic. Saison Dupont is a great example of a saison; It is crisp, refreshing with a lively, spicy yeast character but overall, I feel that I have had much better saisons. Dupont definitely fires on all cylinders, but like the flavor profile drops out before it really hits it peak on your palate. I think Vietnamese and Thai food would pair beautifully with this beer. Highly recommended, if not just for a solid baseline to compare modern renditions of a Saison to.

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Photo of theghost3
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saison Dupont pours a clear golden color with a very thick, fizzy white head. It smells of yeast, pear, citrus, sour hops, and a hint of champagne. The taste is complex--hops, pear, citrus, and herbal; there is some bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is very carbonated, it almost burns the inside of your mouth. This is a drinkable beer that can leave quite an impression but maybe not something I would drink every day.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is yellow-gold. Very nice looking with a LOT of effervescence... almost like champagne.

The head is very thick and dense. I like it.

Smell mostly of pine above anything else. I could say that I only smell that! Not a bad smell, actually pretty good.

The taste is mostly fruity with yeast. Not much hoppiness in the taste. Belgian!

Mouthfeel is almost like champagne due to the high effervescence! The finish is dry.

Drinkability is good. Very refreshing... would drink that mainly during hot day!

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Disclaimer: this was my first saison, so I didn't know exactly what to expect.

Pours into a pint glass a translucent straw yellow with a billowing white head and and amazing lacing that last throughout the drink.

Smells a bit of cider, sour green apples, and yeasty. A bit of lemons.

Tastes fairly tart, though sometimes with a slight watery taste. Green apples and sharp carbonation with just the tiniest alcoholic sweetness. The tartness lingers in the aftertaste for a bit.

The mouthfeel is pretty great. Smooth and medium with nice grainy characteristics. All in all a very easy to drink brew. I think i'm becoming a fan of the saison style.

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Photo of Jemonster
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

A: This beer looks like a hefe weizen, but more substantial and cloudy with a bit of floating yeast. The white head is foamier than average and leaves behind a sticky lacing. S: Really funky, armpitlike... but with a sweetness. Bold is the best word for it. The smell is almost intimidating at first. T: The most dominant to me is a sweet wheat bread flavor, followed by a slight alcohol sting, muskyness, then a lingering bitterness. Not as much as an IPA, but still agressive. M: The best thing about this beer for me. Very nice. Feels round and slightly viscous, coating my mouth with the strong flavor. Nice refreshing small bubbled carbonation. D: I really don't think I would want to drink more than one of these. Very powerful flavor. For me, this is a sampling, sipping beer. Reviewed from phone, so forgive the format.

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Photo of brdc
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large, corked bottle.
Beautiful, cloudy light golden, with a massive creamy head with good retention and lacing.
It is quite refreshing, but I found very little complexity. Earthy and grassy on the nose, earthy and grassy on the palate. Light but well carbonated.
Pleasant, but really quite short of spectacular.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a very bright golden color that is very hazy and has ample carbonation bubbles, pours with tons of head that is very large bubbled and pure white, lingers beautifully before dissipating and leaving a great amount of lacing
S: a very nice lemon zest note, bright, light peppery notes, grassy
T: very nice light and bright taste, not as peppery as many other saisons i have seen, highly drinkable, slight lemon note, definitely grassy, finishes slightly bitter
M: gentle carbonation, smooth, think but with a distinct character to it almost like i can taste the yeast in suspension, slightly dry on the finish
O: a really delicious and incredibly drinkable saison, extremely refreshing and beautifully balanced

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Golden pale with crazy good head retention, nice and cloudy, I can see some yeasty floaties. Huge champagne like carbonation.

smell: herbal and some citrus, getting some lime I think

taste: earthy and herbal flavor. not an overpowering beer, low hop/bitterness if any. The aftertaste is like lime to me. pleasant

mouthfeel: light bodied.

drinkability: great beer an maybe the perfect macro transitional beer.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Poured from a bottle into tulip glass at d.b.a. In NYC. A hazy dark yellow, with a thin white head. Leaves spotty lacing against the glass.

Smell: Citrus and straw--the wheat base is apparent.Yeasty bread is countered by a fistful of lemongrass. As the beer warms, some overripe orchard fruit comes through (more pleasant than it sounds).

Taste: Pale malt is delicately balanced with lemon and tangerine. Incredibly smooth, but with a dash of white pepper and coriander spicing up the finish. Simple and elegant, yet slightly boring. The little black dress of Saisons.

Mouthfeel: Medium light and very spritzy, with a slight dryness. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: A classic and smooth Saison. You can't go wrong with this one, but you can't go great either, as it doesn't pack enough of a punch to get past being simply tasty with emphasis on the "simple."

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A classic, a must try, but nothing exceptional. A lot of foam from aggressive conditioning, pouring out over table and taking several moments to calm down. Refreshing in summer, easy drink but not bold rather very grassy. Some coriander and cloves spice and apple honey. Ranked down a bit in another bottle of 10 months later, bit more barnyard did not affect it, rather found it only above average brew.

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Photo of schmitter
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice cloudly gold, one finger head. Pleasantely skunky smell. Great lacing. Spicy finish, slightly hops up front. Citrus smell and taste is there. Oakey with a bitter linger in the mouth. "I thought I'd only see you once in a while"

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Photo of Wanne
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Color is golden and clear, huge head that quickly vanishes. Aroma of malt, citrus and even a little frankincense. There's a nice and subtile bitterness in the taste, which makes it an enjoyable, thirst-quenching beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml green bottle, and on tap the previous week. I'm reviewing the on-tap version because it was considerably better.

Formed a nice egg color head and massive carbonation that supported the head endlessly. slight haze and straw to golden in color.

Some light fruits in the aroma. Grounded by a hop presence that combined gives it a gritty smell. Little skunk presence but as it warmed its non-existent.

Rather spicy and grassy in the initial taste, dry, some grain balanced with some hop bitter middle. Not much malt to speak of but its in the background trying to get out. Finishes dry.

Notes: It's a decent offering. Not one I'll seek out. Price per quality ratio is lacking.

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Photo of alf212
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear golden body with a solid white head.

Smell: initially you get that funky barnyard smell wich turns into a nice sweet apple with a little banana

Taste: so if you're new to saisons I would try this out. It sets the bar on what a standard saison tastes like IMO. Very classic for it's style. Nothing crazy but it's done just right. Apple sourness with that typical banana clove combination.

Mouthfeel: extremely dry and carbonated. Very refreshing in The summer

Overall a must try for anybody especially those new to the style. Solid beer all around but again not spectacular out of this world level.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle, which was green (what ? why ?). Leaves a foamy white two finger head that quickly receded to surface skim that lingered with not much lacing. Can see tiny bubbles throughout. Color is a hazy golden yellow.

Smell - grassy, herbal hops, spicy smelling yeast and some phenols, slight alcohol (maybe really the yeast). This has that Euro lager skunkiness about it, which some may find offputting right-off-the-bat, but not me, I have always liked it, nonetheless it was a surprise to encounter it here.

Taste - a lot like the smell. Grassy, herbal hops upfront with some mild phenols and mild yeast spiciness. It both smells and tastes like a combination of a German pilsener and a Belgian ale.

Mouthfeel - moderate to thin fullness with a great deal of carbonation.

Drinkability - this goes down easy. It's good, but I would tire of this after one 750 ml., and I would not have more than one of these in a session, although I will occaisionally have one from time to time.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy yellow straw color with a huge white head. The smell was the low point of the drinking experience be wise it was in a green bottle and had a heinekin esk smell. The flavor was good lightly spicy and earthy. The mouthfeel was light bodied and very high carbonation, when I was pulling out the cork I did not have a good grip and when I gave it a quarter of a turn it shot out and ricochet from the kitchen through the dining room and into the living room. Overall it's a good beer just not the best for the style

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked one of these up last winter, sat on it until summer. Something about summer makes saisons and berlinners so much better during that season. A chunky, cloudy yellow beer with a big lush white head with a variety of big and small bubbles throughout it. Aroma was a flower garden with a hefty belgian saison yeast dosing. You get a little of everything from the yeast, mild clove, miniscule banana, tiny citrus lemon, flowers, etc. . .

Taste, thin body, a lot of the aromas aren't really there, which is not a bad thing. High carbonation. Solid but not over the top hop bitterness, a soft pepper wave glides over the tongue. The beer is amongst the most dry I've ever had. A little bit of wet hay machine gun funk. Just the right amount of tartness throughout, not sour, but tart. Stupid coriander is a distraction. Grassy.

Overall, this is a classic saison that probably everyone should try at least once if they are at all remotely adventurous beyond the standard AAL & hoppy ales.

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Photo of malthead
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice, cloudy gold color, with a huge, long-lasting, cratering head. Upon opening the bottle (gotta love the sheer entertainment value of corked & caged bottles...) I was greated with a huge whiff of skunk, which passed after a minute in the glass. Overall, though, the aroma was restrained - I may have served it too cold, but I doubt it. Tastes of apple, sourness, Both taste and aroma are funky, as per the style, but not nearly to the extent that I had expected/hoped. Good drinkability and mouthfeel, but overall I was disappointed with this beer. Perhaps I had an old bottle, but I just felt the beer was lacking character, and paled in comparison to Hennepen, the only other saison I've had. If I can find a definitely fresh sample I may try it again, but other than that, I doubt it.
After reading other reviews, I would agree that you can probably come up with a whole host of subtle flavors if you put your mind to it, but this bottle just didn't do it for me.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,518 ratings.