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Ratings: 3,730
Reviews: 1,521
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
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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 mjtiernan
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a tulip. Best by 2/11 if I’m reading the stamp correctly.

A: A fairly gentle pour rendered an almost four finger head in the tulip glass. Body is golden with only a slight haze. Patches of lacing around the glass as you drink it.

S: Huge doses of earthy aroma. Tons of yeast. Light sweet fruit such as apple and pear. Some pepper and grassy hops. A good amount of wood and nutty characteristics. A touch of clove.

T: Complex and full flavored. The fruitiness comes through from the nose and the hops give a pronounced bite. The wood flavor is pleasant and stands out especially near the end. Not super funky, but enough to let you know it’s a saison.

M: Body is light and carb is high. It’s slightly less drinkable than many other saisons that I’ve had only because of it’s full flavors. You want to stop and think about what you’re tasting.

O: This is the second time I’ve had a Saison Dupont and it will be one that I go to again for pairing with meals or just something crisp and pleasant drink on its own.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick 1/2 foamy 1/2 carbonated head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Strong clove and banana aroma; on the sweeter side. Has a good Belgium malty taste up front with a nice peppery, spicy hoppy finish. You do get some banana and cloves in there. Carbonation is high. Very good saison, but I would expect it from this beer.

Photo of ffejherb
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Ebenezer's on 6/10/11.

A - Hazy pale golden liquid with a finger's worth of puffy white foam that reduced to a thin film and deposited some steaks and spots of lacing around the glass.

S - Grassy and citrusy up front with plenty of lemon zest notes. Additionally, there's a good bit of spicy Belgian yeast, a hint of barnyard funk and a dose of candi sugar akin to a Tripel.

T - Bright, juicy citrus with a grassy hop bite and a hint of tart green apple gives the Saison a well-rounded flavor profile. Add a dash of lemon zest and some moderate barnyard funk and spicy yeast, and you get a delicious, spot-on representation of the style. Flavor blends a perfect amount of funk and bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate bristly carbonation. Finishes with light bitterness and a hint of sour funk on the palate, resulting in a fairly dry, crisp mouthfeel.

D - This ain't the standard benchmark Saison for nuthin'!

Photo of Axic10
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a fingers worth of fluffy white foam on top that takes a while to settle.

Smell: Heavy yeast/funk at the beginning followed by some hay/grass and tart sour fruit.

Taste: Belgian yeast with some nice funkiness. Tart sour apple with a semi-dry grassy hay aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and really refreshing.

Drinkability: An often overlooked Saison by me, but for the price and everyday availability, this is a real gem. This beer goes down great on a hot day such as today or even a cold winter evening.

Photo of gameface23
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange/yellow, slightly hazy with a great sized head that lasts the duration.

S: Complex is the first word that comes to mind. There is an underlying earthiness that is hard to describe.

T: Fruity and funky. I now understand why Saison Dupont is considered to by many to be the best Saison that there is.

M: Light/medium bodied. Finishes dry with just a lingering earthy hop bitterness.

D: Saisons were meant to be drank on hot summer days while working on a farm, and this exemplifies that.

Photo of aggiearcher13
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazy golden blonde with a rocky white head that hangs around through. Excellent lacing. Aroma is quite complex, more funk than I anticipated. Spicy, mostly white pepper. Lemongrass may be more prominent though. Flavor is outstanding, changes throughout the bottle both as the beer warms and as I pour the last yeast-laden dregs into it the glass. Just wonderful. Tart, spicy, herbal and a hint of lemongrass. Finishes bitter and dry. The most surprising aspect to me was how creamy the first sip was, which I attribute to the carbonation. Just a wonderful beer that I'll have any time I see it.

Photo of Brewji
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I know the season is over, but I didn't have time to write about this particular saison, which I ended up snapping up in the early Fall.

My girlfriend and I headed to Spud Shack Fry Co. for their delicious poutine, and because they have a selection of beer that isn't a plethora of North American econo-lagers. I don't normally review food in blogs, because I would look like a disgusting pig after the first month of posts, but the fries at Spud Shack are definitely worth a go.

The best part isn't actually their poutine (which is superb), but rather their custom dipping sauces. They have their own version of bacon mayonnaise which combined with their gravy and the Saison Dupont (ABV 6.5%), makes a human feel like they're in heaven.

From Brasserie Dupont in Belgium, this seasonal brew is raved about by hipsters all over the place. I think that this time, their thick-rimmed glasses and moustaches have got something right. But my average beer-appreciating personality will put Belgium's "finest" saison to the test:

The beer pours a beautiful golden colour, and has a crisp 1/4 inch of head that does not dissipate quickly. The aroma of citrus, and maybe melons? Maybe even banana peel? I don't know, but it's quite the mix.

On first sip, a little malt at first, then a little spice, and then the fruit kicks in. It's a smooth curve of tastes that flow one into the other. None overpowers the other, but each is just right. It's a delicate balance, and it's done quite well.

I thought that Granville Island did a good job with their saison, but then I tried this. This wins, hands-down. Comparing this brew to the saison from Granville Island is like comparing Pavel Bure to Mason Raymond. To each their own, right?

In the end, the suspender-strapped, vinyl-wielding hipsters were right. The Saison Dupont is the home-run of the Saison class. If you haven't had a chance to get your hands on one this year, stick around for next year's run! It's worth a bottle or two.

The Saison Dupont gets a cooler-than-cassette-tapes 9.0 / 10 -- or for those on BeerAdvocate, a 4.5 / 5

Photo of paterlodie
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BB 06-2007. Great presentation with foreverlasting head and a deep golden beer that shows lots of haze.
Nose is very spicy, hoppy, litle aour and alcoholic and good yeastfruit remembering of pears. lots of wheatmalt are well detectable and overal just marvelous. As is taste that's dry, grassy, alcoholic and bitter. Pepper and other spices again well dosed and hard to say witch one's have been used, great dosation altogether. Perfect carbonisation that's high makes it to a perfect mouthfeel and yes this is one of the finest saisonbeers I've tasted so far. Very good drinkable and IMO a must have tried if your into belgium beers.

Photo of fightingirishcmk
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the best classic beers of the world, IMO.
A: Pours a deep golden orange, beautiful color with decent clarity. Head is biblical in proportion, stark white in color, long lasting, and left lacing all down the glass. Beautiful!
S: Sweet, citrus, lemony, grassy, and an earthy hop note
T: If I had to liken Saison Dupont to another style, it would be a Czech pilsener. Slightly sweet, crisp, floral, and an appropriate amount of bittering Goldings hops. Different from a pils because it has more of a citrus belgian character. Very dry as well. Delicious!
M: If I had one critique of this beer, I would say it is just a bit thin bodied.
D: The dryness just makes me want to keep drinking more. Not filling, tasty, and a perfect balance of hops, fruit, and malt.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found this wonderful beer at Stumptown, a downtown Portland coffee bar(!) - on-tap(!!!). On a gorgeous late September afternoon, I felt like having one & paying homage to a strangely similar afternoon two weeks ago, sipping a Saison with friends at "La Caves Dupont" in Tourpes, Belgium.

A: Hazy golden honey color - glows in the sunlight. A fluffy one-finger+ snow white head, crowning near the rim of a small wine glass. Gorgeous lace.

S: MMM...wild yeast, bittering hops, lots of pepper and spice. Wheat and cloves, apple...even some bubblegum-sweet esters as it warms. A complex aroma, straight from the rich agricultural fields of the Hainaut region.

T: Initially, there's a soft sweetness of ripe melon and crisp, juicy apples and pears with that delicious rural yeastiness/maltiness. A zippy tang then kicks in, with pepper and spice, followed by a dry and lingering bitter hop finish. Simply delicious - the finish causes some salivation - may I have another sip? ANd another...and another...

M: Crisp carbonated mouthfeel and medium body. That dry finish clings right down the center of the tongue.

D: Perfect summer/fall beer...no wonder those French and Belgian field workers have enjoyed this so much over the centuries. An exceptional example of the style. Quenching and refreshing, this is one of THE saisons to try. Very highly recommended.

Some words of caution: when this beer is bottled in green glass, it MUST be kept in good conditions to avoid seriously nasty skunking. Fortunately, my most recent pour was on-tap, so it was in pristine condition. A few months ago, my wife and I split a bottle (or tried to...) of a Saison Dupont that was skunky to the point of undrinkability. Even at La Caves Dupont, the small pub directly across the street from the brewery, the saison began to get a skunky smell as it warmed in the sunshine while we enjoyed some on their back lawn. So beware and use extra care on this rather delicate beer! Enjoy!

Photo of phattysbox
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Gingerman in NYC, poured into 8oz tulip glass. Appears a golden color and slightly hazy.

Smells of earthy musty hops and phenols. There is an herbal spice to the nose that is quite pleasing. Belgian yeast strain very apparent as well throwing off clove.

Tastes phenomenal for a crisp refreshing saison. Mineral notes and some ripe fruit pull through followed cleansing phenols. I would say this brew has some grit to it - medium motufeel and lively carbonation.

Simply an awesome summer beer

Photo of kmpitz2
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy hell. This one pours a fluffy white, with just a little bit of hazy peachy-orange color underneath to show there is beer in there, not just head. Seriously, there is about 4 fingers of head, and its not going anywhere. The nose is nice and zesty lemon with a great fruity sweetness in there as well. I have to let this sit to see if I can get the head to go down, or I will have foam all up in my moustache. The flavor is really nice. There is a tartness that carries through the entire beer, but there is also a nice citrusy sweetness in there too. Very nice. The beer is moderately thick, not too heavy for the flavor. A good balance. I can see why people like this beer. Its not my favorite style, but I can only have one favorite now can't I...I could kick back with a bottle of this again, easily.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison Dupont Vieille Provision has a very thick, frothy, off-white head, a cloudy, yellow-gold appearance, with lively bubble streams, fine (and, not so fine) tan particles roiling about, and heavy lacing left behind. When the bottom contents are swished and poured in, a gray cloud is seen slowly descending in the glass. The aroma was of a slight skunk, but I mostly got a pungent, sweet, bready, yeasty smell, and the flavor was of yeasty, white bread, a touch of coriander, a shadow of banana, white bread crust, candi sugar, and, of course, strong barley malt and prominent hop bitterness (not unlike a pilsener bitterness). Mouthfeel is medium and prickly, and Saison Dupont finishes semi-dry, refreshing, thirst quenching, and drinkable. Overall, this is outstanding.

RJT

Photo of Throckmorton
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. lovely light orange-y golden color, with thick haze.

S. one of my favorite aspects of this beer - rich, yeasty, earthy, slight funk that, far from being a bad thing, actually made my mouth water. subtle aromas that range from peppery to floral.

T. DRY, wonderfully dry, with just enough tang. There were flavors not in the nose.

M. rich, but not heavy.

D. yes, I can easily see one becoming two, threee and so on...

Photo of Zorro
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly cloudy orangish gold with a furious level of carbonation and a strong white head. The cloudiness is probably my fault I got some yeast in the glass from the bottom of the bottle.

Smell is Belgian beer goodness, a Touch of coriander, some sweetness, a bit lemon and some apple. Also scents of honeysuckle and summer flowers.

Taste is mild sweetness and a good malt base. A bit of coriander and other spices, very peppery. Sharp bitterness in the aftertaste cleans of your tongue and makes your mouth salivate for more. Slightly acidic as if there was a bit of lemon in here. Damn tasty.

Mouthfeel is very good much like Champagne.

Super drinkable, too bad it is expensive and hard to find around here; guess I will have to make do with Hennepin. Absolutely recommended.

Photo of Tonmeister
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into a 16oz Goose Island Glass

Appearance: golden yellow, with a solid, thin, white head, and the lacing is consistently well when tilting the glass.

Smell: very fruity, earthly, yeasty.

Taste: fruity, lemon, apples, bananas, mango, pears, blended nicely with the earthy yeasts. Not bitter at all. It goes down very smooth.

Mouthfeel: the mouthfeel is thin and highly carbonated.

Overall, I think this is a great beer because its blended very well. It has a sour component, not really bitter, but it is also very sweet. It's so bubbly like drinking champagne, but it tastes better than champagne. This would be a great beer for a hot summer day or for new years.

Photo of beerphilosopher
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a wide mouth goblet from the 2005 750 ml green bottle. Presents itself as a light, golden straw color with a stark white head that is nothing short of monumental. Lacing is voracious. Nose is an excellent blend of Belgian yeast, citrus, spice and hops. Palate is intriguingly complex; a medley of spiciness (black pepper, coriander, and cloves ...) hoppiness, and a slightly sweet, sugary sublety. Citrus elements are abundant as well - lemon zest and orange peel. Mothfeel is light and alive. Good carbonation and a slight "burn" that is refreshing. This saison has complexity and class in every way! Finishes dry and a little hoppy. Very drinkable. I love Saisons, and this one is the gold standard, I believe. Try this one on your "macro-drinking" friends, especially those who like something like a Heineken ... the strong hop presence, without the skunkiness, will go over well ... one of my favorite "stand by" beers, this one. Excellent.

Photo of bosco7
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy pale copper color with massive rocky head. The lacing is so beautiful and words don't do it justice.

Grassy, earthy hop, spicy yeast and lemon zest in the nose.

Orange and lemon zest upfront quickly followed by a blast of spicey hop flavors. Nice amount of clean bitterness to end the experience.

Well attenuated with lots of carbonation. Extremely drinkable (too bad a 750mL bottle costs $9.50). Paired with mussels and french fries (traditional Belgian meal).

Photo of Shiredave
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like the sound of "Farmhouse Ale" better than I do Saison. It just conjures up a better image of sitting in an old stone house enjoying this beer with platters of cheeses, fresh crusty bread and roasted meats, a fire in the hearth and happy people enjoying good company.
Dupont pours a bright golden orange color, steady carbonation supports a thick, frothy head that leaves huge clumps of lace all around. Hazy from the added bottle yeast, it leaves a bit of grainy sedement in the glass.
The aroma is crisp and musty, fruity and sugary all at once. Its like a lemon lolly pop dipped in vanilla... with a wet dog at your side.
Flavors are subtle but complex - a mix of ripe fruit and pepper. Tastes to me like lemon pound cake rolled in powdered white pepper. Lush and bready up front with fuzzy effervescence that carries a peppery dryness to blend in smartly and compliment the sweet fruity base.
Medium/light bodied with soft spice additions that round out the hoppy, dry finish. Great paired w/ seafood, cheese fondue or cornish hen.
A true Classic and WAY underrated!

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy golden color with three fingers of fluffy head with a very careful pour. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: Lemon zest is quite strong with and underlying funkiness and mustiness. A touch of clove in the background. Smells very refreshing.

T: Spicier than I expected from the aroma. Peppercorn comes out quite strongly with a lemon zest flavor matching the peppercorn in intensity. An underlying funk and mustiness adds to the complexity.

M: On the lighter side with very strong carbonation.

O: Tis is a nearly perfect Saison. It's too bad more than half the bottles I've had are skunked. This beer has been far better than other bottles I've had, though. It's balanced, complex, and refreshing - pretty much the perfect Saison.

Photo of TX-Badger
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - golden hue, lightly hazy, with a nice amount of fluffy white head.

S - on the nose I get citrus, and a little farmhouse funk.

T - citrus, hay, a little grass, and funk with citrus.

M - smooth, yet there is enough substance to it to make it a little chewy.

O - one of the better saisons I've had. I highly recommend trying this if you have not already.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

GLASS: Oversized Wine Glass
TEMP: Approx 45 Degrees

This pours a hazy, golden, yellow color that makes me think of hay. A finger and a half of thick, fluffy, white foam sits on top. The retention is good and it leaves some nice lacing, of varying degrees, down the side of the glass.

A big yeasty presence is prominent, but it's in a clean, almost mellow, sort of way. Nice notes of hay and cut grass. Pears, green apples, lemons and light tropical fruit notes are also here.

Follows the nose, almost exactly. Lots of grains combine with the nice yeastiness. A good amount of fruit notes bring a bit of sweetness along with some notes of 'peel/skin' tartness. There is a nice touch of banana. Some moderate spice notes creep in close to the end and help this one finish slightly more to the dry side.

This one has a medium, almost qualifying as full, body to it. It has a mild-to-medium level of carbonation. This helps it stay light and crisp, yet gives it a slight touch of creaminess, which helps it stay interesting.

This is very drinkable. It's light, crisp and very refreshing. The 6.5%abv helps you be able to keep this in 'session' territory.
An excellent example of the style.

Photo of edskirk3
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Continuing in my recent mini-obsession with Saison, I bought this 750mL bottle a week and a half ago. I recognized it from the Great Beer Guide. The bottle is green glass and is corked. Printed on the cork is a '2.005' and a '7.' July 2005? In any case, it seems fresh.

It opened with a pretty loud 'pop' and poured cloudy orange-gold with a thick, long lasting, tightly beaded white head. I mean these are fine, tight beads. It looks textbook in my Orval glass. Excellent, excellent carbonation. After a long while, there is sediment at the bottom of the glass.

The aroma I can describe very specifically as this sparkling apple cider that I once got as a wedding favor. There is also some light hop and farmhouse notes. I love that the farmhouse funk isn't overpowering at all (i.e. it's not medicinal). I am also reminded of pears. Not the fruit, but the rind. It's very crisp altogether. VERY crisp. The finish is especially dry and only slightly bitter. There is no warming from alcohol whatsoever. Mouthfeel is light and, once again, crisp. Alcohol is a little high for me to drink this stuff regularly... maybe every two weeks if I really wanted to.

Gotta love those Belgians. Saison Dupont is a classic, and THE example whenever you're talking about the style. I could have this for the Fourth every year... or Bastille Day or whatever they do in Belgium.

... it's July 21 for them, I think.

Photo of jcrizzle
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 Bottle

Served in Pint Glass

Appearance: Golden in color, very bubbly, 3 finger head.

Smell: Sweet citrus and floral aroma, with slight yeast characteristics

Taste: Citrus like sweetness at the front, berry through the middle moving towards bitter with a delicate yeast finish

Mouthfeel: Light, tingly, carbonated

Drinkability: Smooth, refreshing, easy

Great example of a Saison, perfect for summer as the style was intended for.

Photo of brewha13
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Going into my first glass of Saison Dupont blind led to quite the explosion of citrus flavors in my mouth in the first sip. Once you work through the huge cloud-like head and get to the warm orange ale, many flavors emerge. I got everything from a grainy taste to banana to a sweet/bitter fruity taste.

SD is very nice to drink and has the right balance of flavor and weight. This is a beer that you could drink all night and enjoy every sip.

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,730 ratings.