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Reviews: 1,509
Hads: 3,768
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 231
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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 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." (870 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked-and-caged bottle from the LCBO; best before July 2017. I ticked this beer off a couple of years ago, but neglected to post a full review at the time. Took me a bit longer to find a second bottle than I thought it would. Served well-chilled.

Pours a translucent golden-yellow hue, producing approximately three fingers of fluffy, white-coloured foam at the surface. Retention is quite good; the head sticks around for just over 10 minutes in total, dissipating quite slowly. A lumpy cap roughly one finger high survives, in addition to gobs of foamy, delicate lace. There's a whiff of sulphury skunk on the nose, but it weakens as the beer has time to breathe - revealing notes of grainy, doughy malt sweetness, grassy hay and various hints of fruit, including apple, overripe pear, apricot and some vinous white grape. Minor suggestions of banana, coriander and clove.

Lovely stuff, and highly refreshing, but it's not the most memorable saison I've had in recent weeks. The malt backbone is grainy and lightly doughy, providing a mostly-neutral backdrop for the flavours that follow. Orchard fruits are first - lots of apple and pear, with lesser hints of grape, lemon, banana and stone fruit. There's plenty of grassy hay and spicy, phenolic Belgian yeast character towards the finish; the former serving up some mild hop bitterness, while the latter dries the palate out effectively with some mild clove and coriander. Medium-bodied, with aggressive carbonation that rigorously agitates the palate, resulting in a crisp, prickly mouthfeel that slowly softens as you make your way through the big bottle. Exceedingly drinkable; this one goes down almost as effortlessly as your typical pale lager, despite the sturdy 6.5%.

Final Grade: 4.23, a very respectable A-. Saison Dupont might be the forefather of the modern saison, but I wouldn't say that it's the pinnacle of the style. Don't get me wrong - this is still a wonderfully easy-drinking, tasty Belgian strong ale that I will undoubtedly return to in the future - but it has never really blown me away. For one thing, the green glass has got to go - I could do without the concentrated skunk smell when I pop the cork. Beyond that, there are no serious flaws here... it's beautifully balanced, and the alcohol content is totally incognito. Recommended as an introduction to the style, as well as for fans of pale Belgian ales in general. (2,412 characters)

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If biting into a sour apple is something that appeals to you, now you know where to go. A saisons that sets the bar for whey other saisons in the world. Will drink again. (170 characters)

Photo of pmangold
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of the better saisons that i've had - easy to drink, great mouth feel. the smell and taste are mild and not overwhelming - herbal, grassy with some citrus and a little Belgian funk. (186 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml corked and caged bottle. 2014 on cork

hazy bright yellow in color, huge bone white heads, that clings to glass in nice rings. aroma is very pleasant, a mild herbal, spicy, a little grassy. taste is more mild, but tasty. higher carbonation, thin to medium body. drinks very easy. I'm not normally a big fan of saisons, but this is probably the best I've had. (371 characters)

Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bright cloudy copper, soapy white head that shrinks fast. nose; strong banana and light clove. taste; musky belgian yeast, mild sweet fruit and grape. very carbonated (champagne-y) and extremely well-balanced - i can easily see this going down glass after glass on a summer evening. world-class for a reason! among the best saisons i've had to date. (352 characters)

Photo of EricVonStein
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vivacious head of 3-4 finger thick head that sits like a cloud on top of an opaque golden sun of beer. It looks beautiful to be sure! some sediment is visible.

bright summer hay and lots of crisp fruits and berries on the nose. fresh yeast is right up front along with some spiciness. Very vibrant scents.

Taste follows scent with yeasty summer grasses, dried golden raisens, and meadow florals (think lavender). Finish is hoppy with nice crisp bitterness. Lots going on with the flavours, great depth without being heavy in the slightest.

In the mouth its well carbonated and light but with good body.

Overall this is just gorgeous, cant say enough about it. Wonderful classic Saison notes with bright and airy flavours throughout, perfect for summer. Its an instant favourite, dont miss it! (804 characters)

Photo of brettski66
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfection in a glass. A "saisonnaire" must-have; Delicious, crisp, refreshing. Everything you love from a saison - clove, honey, orange, spice, and banana. Lightwieght and fluffy bubbles. TASTY. (199 characters)

Photo of Mikus
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Into the tulip. Slightly hazy, golden hue with a finger of rocky white head. Light notes of clove, pink peppercorns, and a phenolic note cutting in. Nice peppery note at the front of the tongue, hint of bubble gum and sweetness, and a nice crisp finish. Super clean and refreshing. Leaving me anticipating the enjoyment of the next sip. Went through this beauty a little bit quicker than average when I am doing a review. The hype is real. (439 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Hazy golden-yellow pour with a quickly fading one finger pure white head with minimal lacing. Spicy, citrusy nose with hints of white pepper, lemon peel, subtle cloves, green apple, and mild funk. The taste follows suit with lots of lemon and green apple along with hints of white pepper, clove, Belgian yeast, funk, grass, white grapes, and a touch of mint on the finish. The mouthfeel is light and really refreshing with fizzy carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, this is a classic Saison that I really should be enjoying more often. (623 characters)

Photo of Tom_Banjo
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle purchased from Whole Foods and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau pilsner glass. Just a fabulous beer all the way around. Can't find anything to knock about it. Will be a warm weather staple of mine for as long as I am able to find it. (246 characters)

Photo of BeerWatcher
3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Golden body, dominated by haziness. Massive white head that is really and truly just too much.
Aromas are light clove, some banana, light pepperiness.
Tastes are similar and with big Belgian yeast on the tongue.
In general, I have definitely had better Belgian beers, and with this bottle, have come to realize that i like North American Saisons better. (354 characters)

Photo of drmeto
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L:
-pours a hazy bright golden with a big,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
S:
-banana,clove,faint tartness,lemon,wheat,slightly musty,green apple
T:
-wheat,herbs,clove,coriander,fairly hoppy,crackers
F:
-light-medium body,medium-high carbonation
-alcohol warmth
O:
Very pleasant Beer (293 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 into tulip. Pours golden with a huge white head that dissipates quite slowly - forcing patience and allowing good temp. Aroma of spice, citrus, lite banana, and mild farmhouse funk. Flavor is similar to that of the nose, but the spice and funk come more into play. Balances with some bready malt and finishes with a dry yeasty pop. Really balanced, easy drinking saison. I am told this is the benchmark for saison and is a great jumping off point for comparisons. Agreed. (475 characters)

Photo of sporklift87
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter on hot summer day. Gentle pour brings two fingers of dense eggshell white head. Great retention and spotty lacing. Solid film remains. Straw yellow and golden. Cloudy. Spicy fruit on nose, cloves, and sweetness. Tastes much like nose, with light banana flavor and drying finish. Earthy yeast flavors. Very slightly skunky. Tingling, drying sensation lingers. Feels medium bodied and higher in carbonation. Slight slickness. Delicious! Perfect on a hot afternoon. A little pricey at $9/bottle, but well worth it. (531 characters)

Photo of royalenfield
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly balanced saison. Bursting with astringent ripe citrus, peppercorn, and fresh bread flavor; and yet no single note is overwhelming. A real crowd-pleaser! I always bring a bottle of this stuff to a party where I know most are not "beer people." (252 characters)

Photo of stevoj
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near perfect! Beutifully executed saison, a treat to enjoy! Pours pale golden into a trapist glass, short creamy head. Aroma of bread and citrus. Taste is grapefruit and crackers. Overall palate is perfect, mouthfeel medium weight with some sharp lingering bitterness. Delicious! (279 characters)

Photo of ZBowden
4.86/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy lemon gold with white head, smells of yeast malts and spicy hops, tastes of sharp tangy yeast with smoothing malts and a bitter finish, smooth mouthfeel with bright carbonation. (188 characters)

Photo of dd43
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is just an amazing beer, anyone who has never tried a saison should be given this as a reference point. They may or may not ever find success in tasting a better rendition of the style.

Beautiful in the glass, brilliant straw/gold with some haze, two fingers of head that stick around for a bit until you start drinking. Aromas dance between bready and grassy. The yeast character comes in waves, as does an earthy sort of dankness (but not resinous, this is a dry saison after all). Also some lemon notes more like lemongrass than the actual citrus fruit. Its a complicated aroma that I recommend taking your time with.

Drinks like a dream, a nice dry finish coupled with a perfect amount of effervescence. Keep a big bottle on hand for dinner parties and serve it in wine goblets, to the amazement of uninitiated guests. (829 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into goblet. best before end of july 2017. consumed on may 26, 2015

a: transparent bright golden yellow but i'm sure it will get hazy once i pour some yeast in. one finger of white head

s: funky & sour lemon, band-aid-y spicy overripe banana yeasty notes, hints of light cracker-like malt, white grapes, grass

t: much like the nose. funk and lots of strong belgian yeast flavours (spices, bananas, band-aid) with notes of lemon, white grapes, grass, and malt in the mid-palate. moderate bitterness at the end

m: bubbly but not prickly carbonation in a medium-minus-bodied liquid. strong drying finish

o: the yeast flavours are a bit on the strong side for my preference but this is still some good stuff (721 characters)

Photo of shawn-bartender
4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One if the best farmhouse ales I've ever had, no wonder it's got such great press in recent years. Was recommended to me at my local store, and thankful for it! Appearance has a perfect head with unfiltered bits - beautiful looking beer. The taste has a great variety of flavor characteristics from the conditioning. (316 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Hazy Straw Yellow-Gold with explosive fluffy white head. Sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
Smell: Fresh, fruity, spicy, herbal
Taste: Beautiful complexity. At first I thought the malty sweetness was too much, but it fades into an earthy bitter dryness and a crisp finish. There are some subtle flavors going on here that defy description.
Feel: Effervescent, light, smooth

Overall: This saison disappeared too fast - it's too refreshing, too aromatic, and way too delicious. It drinks much easier than the ABV (6.5%) suggests. If only it weren't so darn expensive. The Ommegang Hennepin isn't too far behind, but I do think I liked this one more. (661 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very fizzy, golden hued body; rocky, thick, sticky white head. Mild citrus and spice aroma; orange peels. Tart and bitter flavor with just a touch of malt sweetness; lemons; yeasty breadiness. Medium bodied; mostly dry finish.

A fine, nicely balanced farmhouse ale. Citrus and floral flavors ebb and flow within each sip while a good tart bitterness adds enough counterpoint to things. This makes a nice beer for a light seafood or veggie meal and would make a fine deep summer thirst quencher at the end of the day. Very nice. (528 characters)

Photo of SFNC
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this from a 750ml bottle into a tall weizen glass. The color is a hazy soft yellow with a mile high pillowy white head that took quite some time to reduce so I could finish the pour. The head reduced significantly, with some strong lacing for the duration. The smell is slightly musty, with lemon and yeast very much up front. The taste is complex and satisfying. Notes of lemon mingle with chalky yeast and just a slight bitterness. Lots of carbonation, it's like watching a lava lamp! A dry finish that has a lingering lemony finish. I can see why this is a standard for Farmhouse Ales/ Saisons. Excellent, money well spent. (644 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a big, sticky white head. Lots of lacing.

Aroma: Musky and musty with some earth and grass. Spices present. Faint citrus.

Taste: Pretty complex - there's that musty, sour character from the nose, some citrus rind, earth, spices and maybe a little lemon.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry. Approachable despite the fairly complex flavor profile.

Overall: Classic beer. Not much to say about this one other than that it's the template for modern interpretations of a justifiably beloved style. I paired with lentil soup, bread and some tomme. (603 characters)

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