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Reviews: 1,506
Hads: 3,761
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 231
Gots: 406 | FT: 12
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Belgium

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 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)

Photo of TruePerception
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Vieille Provision Saison Dupont. 6.5% ABV.

A: Almost two fingers of fluffy head. Peach yellow in the glass. Hazy white in the dimple. Some slight lacing. Very faint sheeting.

S: Musky, earthy sourness, up front. Slight hay. Grapefruit citrus note.

T/MF: Surprising peach fuzz note! Fairly foamy in the mouth, though not quite as much so as Champagne. More earthy, dirty funk. Grapefruit peel bitterness on the finish.

It's not bad, but I had been led to believe this to be at the pinnacle of saisons. If that's true, color me disappointed.

Poured from a 375mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass. (600 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What do you say about a beer that practically defines a style for many of us. To me, this beer has the perfect saison nose with just the right notes of yeast, spice, and esters. Aside from that, it is obviously a solid saison, although the flavor doesn't blow me away like the nose. (283 characters)

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-look is golden color with a white head with thick large bubbles
- very very bready, alot of yeast!
-bread yeasts starts off but finishes with a nice crispness, a lot of wheat with some citrus
-smooth and slightly thick
-great beer, really complements fall good harvest like flavors (283 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, no apparent freshness date
A - very cloudy, pale straw with a tall white head that holds great retention
S - fruity, grassy, spicy, wheat, Belgian yeast
T - very complex: fruity & spicy Belgian yeast, earthy & grassy hops, citrus zest; refreshing
M - medium body, higher carbonation
O - great farmhouse/saison! I'll have to drink it again sometime soon. (367 characters)

Photo of gmossii
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

I am new to Saisons but from the moment that I popped the cork, I had a feeling I was in for something special from its smell. It has a yeasty yet citrus-like scent. It's kind of ugly in a glass with particulates floating in the glass, but the flavor is tart and bitter all at once. This is a bold-flavored beer that won't be for everyone but I find it crisp and refreshing. It's my current obsession. (401 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- cloudy peach color. Massive foamy head and creamy lacing. Lively carbonation is clearly visible.
Smell- loads of fruit; pear, bannana, citrus, and maybe some mango. Earthy aromas predominate especially as drink warms.
Taste- fruity sweetness; green grape and white wine like, also pear. Lots of malts. Sweetness is balanced by yeasts and a dry slightly hoppy finish. Tart and slightly boozy.
Feel- light and drinkable. A great warm weather drink and great with food.
I loved it and will have again! (504 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Systembolaget, Sweden. Best before nov - 2017.

Pours clear, golden with a three finger high, fluffy white head that sinks down to a thin layer pretty fast.

Nose: Belgian yeast, grass, hay, citrus, sweet malt and spices.
Taste: Citrus, grass, spices, herbs, peach, orange and green apples.
Body: Medium body with crisp carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Very balanced.

I can understand why this Saison has set the "standard" for all others! (453 characters)

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. (217 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For me, Saison may be the ultimate warm-weather beer. It's fitting then that Saison Dupont, widely hailed as the style's best, have a complexion like a bright, sunny summer day. Dainty bubbles dance in a continuous loop. Yet haziness lends it some weight, as does a head so thick it resembles a king size memory foam mattress.

Soon as I opened the bottle an intense puff of skunk smell filled the air - light strikes again! I guess even great brewers have to be reminded not to use green glass. Luckily the sulfur scent tapers and closer inspections unearth aromas of overripe orchard fruits, grass, and cereal grain.

Spice really strikes on the palate; the yeast fires off peppery phenols like roman candles. Prickly carbonation, medium-high citrusy acidity and a not-exactly-hidden 6.5% alcohol compound the kick. But there's very little heat in the finish - it fades into the background of lightly honeyed cereal grain, allowing flavours of apricot and pear to come to the fore.

It feels crazy that such a zesty, yeasty and fruity beer could also be called "creamy" but, in fact, that's a good way to describe this mouthfeel. (Hell it's probably that solid finger's worth of foam!) Both soft and substantial, it offers casual and quick drinkability but has the nuances to slow consumption.

I can proclaim with complete certainty that among the best Saison I've tried was a bottle labeled "Saison Dupont Vieille Provision". However, I can also say that this beer has struck me, as often as not, as a merely good (not great) representation of the style. Not sure how to account for the discrepancy except to suggest that 'fresher is better'. But I'd strongly recommend it either way. (1,694 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review taken many times over the past few years.

11.2oz brown bottle with a classic shape much like a Rochefort bottle. an even better label with artwork that just fits this style and brewery. Classic with yellow and white checkered over top a dark green background. I fell in love with this bottle. Poured into a stemmed Belgian tulip glass. A thinner tulip with just a touch of flare at the top.

A - golden yellow with a copper tone to it. Fluffy white head poured massive even with a slow pour and eventually clumped it's way into a white fluffy pillow of white stickiness.

S - ripe pear, apple, and even hints of peach give off a semi tartness up front. Wonderful funky yeast notes wrap themselves around classic farmhouse spices for an exceptional aroma. Maybe even the greatest of all farmhouse aromas

T - flavor starts with more of that great Dupont yeast with some funkiness to it. Lemon drops and a soft peach backbone really flow well together. The fruitiness borders tart apple notes but also leans toward citrus notes. A real fresh taste even with the farmhouse funk. The malts and fine yeast really let you jump into such a complex saison with joy.

M - medium bodied farmhouse ale with texture as good as it comes with the style. This is reason for so many inspirations of farmhouse ales all over the states. It's smooth but carbonated yet overwhelmingly refreshing.

O - I love saison dupont and try to pick a few up on a regular basis. Just a staple for what a great saison can be. If you can get this I suggest you do so. This is a bottle of greatness (1,575 characters)

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

Poured a gorgeous cloudy golden body with one and a half fingers of thick, foamy head. Overall impression of appearance is of a nice saison, very true to form. Scents of light tea, moderate levels of honey, light dank, cellar-like aromas, high levels of floral hops with some herbal character, spicy phenols at a moderate level with notes of clove and white pepper, sweet, fruity aromas, particularly orange and tangerine at high levels. Overall impression of flavor is of a fantastic saison. It captures the fruity character of the style nicely, with a good hit of phenols and a nice presence of hops, true to the style. A good, classic saison that is quite nice. Flavor begins lightly dry with notes of honey and medium-high levels of floral, herbal hops with medium-light notes of lemon zest, light phenols with a white pepper character and a bit of fruity esters with an orange quality. Middle is lightly dry with notes of honey, spicy phenols with notes of white pepper, herbal hops and a light hint of alcohol. Finish is dry with notes of herbal hops, some spicy hops, notes of white pepper, softly sweet malt and a light lemon zest and orange zest character. Aftertaste is dry with notes of herbal and spicy hops and a bit of white pepper. Overall impression of flavor is of a classic saison, nothing off, fantastic, balanced and true to style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with effervescent carbonation, some prickly tartness and an overall drying feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of an excellent true to style saison. Quite nice. Overall this is an amazing saison. It has a wonderful aroma and flavor, truly fitting the style, and a mouthfeel that compliments the flavor. (1,686 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky, cloudy, straw-orange color. With foamy white head. Good retention. Head recedes to a thin layer of lacing with some suds remaining around the edges.

Aroma has some very, very strong grassiness. Wheat and yeast. Black pepper. Quite a bit of funkiness.

Taste is similar to the nose. Some maltiness is now present. Pepper. Grassiness is still there. Hint of citrus. Lemony notes. Lemon and wheat come on stronger as it warms. Finishes dry with a bit of tartness.

Light bodied. Crisp and dry. Good carbonation. Very easy to down a few of these.

Overall, one of the better saisons I've had. Not my favorite style, but this one gets out and achieves everything it tries to do. Nails all the flavors, great appearance, and easy to drink. (754 characters)

Photo of founddrama
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lovely foamy crown. Brilliant golden color. Highly aromatic. Tangy and sour and really lively in the mouth. Foams like crazy on the pour. Effervescent. Anyway now I know what all the Saison Dupont hype is about.

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

Nice appearance, of a golden ocher color and a nice bubbling whitey foam.
Really spicy one. Sweet banana and cloves in the smell, with a lot of earthly tones.
In the mouth is even more earthly and is possible to feel a nice bitterness from the moment taste it till way after you swallow it.
Great feel, somewhat effervescent in the mouth. (338 characters)

Photo of TastyAdventure
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Ideal Saison. When I think: "man, I could go for a saison on this hot day." This is what I am hoping for.
Giant sudsy head, very strong smell of citrus, particularly lemon, traces of herby spices.
Taste is the same but with a rich oat/wheat taste as well, and a slight funkiness followed immediately by a dry, crisp finish.
It is light and refreshing yet so complex.
A hefty amount of carbonation which is very appreciated.
My only complaint would be the body, I actually wish it was a little thinner.
Best light beer I've ever had. (533 characters)

Photo of atr2605
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy straw color with a thick foamy head with excellent retention and nice lacing that clings to the glass
S-super grassy, spicy pepper, wheat,yeasty, some malt sweetness in the background
T-green grassy bitterness mixes with a wheat/malty flavor and finishes very dry with a nice spiciness throughout
M-light bodied, dry, crisp, high carbonation
O-absolutely fantastic saison. great complexity and extremely drinkable. (430 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy and orange colour with a billowing head sporting some pretty great retention.

Nose is kind of vegetal, with a good amount of grassy citrus, and slightly funky -- kind of like stale weed but more citrusy. A decent amount of peppery phenols are present as well.

Taste is vegetal and earthy, with lemony citrus sweetness and pepper. Crisp and sweet malts play an earthy background to notes of citrus, herbs, and pepper.

Mouth feel very smooth upfront, with a very earthy (slightly mineral) and very dry finish. Just a little funk present throughout the end.

Overall not my favorite saison but a great and classic example of the style; definitely unique. (659 characters)

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

Pours hazy gold/ straw yellow. Large frothy white head. Good lacing. High carbonation.

Spicy phenols in the aroma. Pepper and bubblegum along with some banana and clove Juicy fruit and orange zest. Mild hop aroma tending toward fruity and spicy. Graham cracker pilsner malt rounding things off.

Big juicy citrus fruit upfront in the flavor with peppery earthy yeast following. Crackery pilsner malt and spicy, floral hops. Chamomile and bubblegum. Firm bitterness and incredibly dry.

Highly carbonated with a surprising amount of body. Not heavy, but slick and velvety. Dry to the point of almost being tannic. Nice mineral water character. Long finish without being cloying.

Complex and refreshing. Very few beers seem to have this much fruity/spicy yeast character as well as being this bone dry. Simply wonderful. (821 characters)

Photo of arvidkoval
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L- Cloudy, bubbly, orange body with a fluffy white head.

S- Light fruity aroma, Belgian yeast esters.

T- Starts with light, sweet fruit, then moves to a slight tartness, and then a crisp, dry finish.

F- Bubbly! Refreshing.

O- Very refreshing beer, will definitely revisit in the summer. (294 characters)

Photo of rjs246
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So... this is like the standard bearer for saisons, right? You know what it tasted like? Every other well done saison I've tried. I mean, it was yummy, but it wasn't some transcendent experience. It just tasted like a good saison. I guess maybe there isn't much variation in this style? Stone's version is the only true exception I've come across. (347 characters)

Photo of Jonathan_Kalloch
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great bottle beer. Smells intense, taste is well rounded. An interesting Saison, as the more common fruitiness does not show itself until the very end of the after taste. Good beer! (181 characters)

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No weak spot on this beer (just leave a sediment in the bottle and don't pour it in the glass). It reminded me of witbier (colour), Belgian pale ales, tripels and even Orval and gueuze. Refreshing and light, yet full of taste. Citrusy, mild funky, grassy... (257 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The iconic Saison Dupont pours hazy gold under a 2” persistent white foam cap that provides intricate lace. A light fruit, pineapple nose combines with light bread aromas and a trace of well ripened fruit. It starts crisp and dry on the plate with a trace of fruit – primarily orange – that becomes more prominent as it warms seasoned with spice and a hint of sweetness over biscuity malt. A moderate hop accent brings it together on the finish. It has medium to medium high carbonation and a refreshing, medium body. If you get a good one, the large green 75 cl bottles are better the brown 33 cl ones but about one in 4 of the larger bottles is skunky. (661 characters)

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,506 ratings.