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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Reviews: 1,513
Hads: 3,789
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
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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 Brewji
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
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 (2,088 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of fightingirishcmk
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
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! (1,965 characters)

Photo of phattysbox
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
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 (498 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (807 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 RonaldTheriot
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
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 (781 characters)

Photo of Throckmorton
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
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... (422 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of Tonmeister
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of beerphilosopher
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (956 characters)

Photo of bosco7
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
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). (476 characters)

Photo of Shiredave
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
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! (1,087 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (777 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of coldmeat23
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (1,190 characters)

Photo of edskirk3
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (1,411 characters)

Photo of jcrizzle
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of brewha13
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

THIS, ladies and gents, is THE quintessential farmhouse ale. Poured with a grand foamy, frothy, big, rocky head. Lots of lace. Aroma is very yeasty, citrusy, a hint bittersweet, spicy, peppery. Flavor is the same but bigger. Commercial description is accurate: does have a haze, a refreshilng fruitiness and a long dry finish. Finish also is a bit bitter. Perfect for the summer months as well as any freaking time you want. Beer Supreme. Could even be a session beer (467 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A beautiful, honey-blonde ale pours into the glass with a monstrous, fluffy white head. Superb retention is fueled by a fervent carbonation, which bubbles up around small chunks of yeast. Lacing is clumpy, but visually appealing. The aroma packs notes of vanilla, honey, wheat bread, orange cream, an a bit of a warming "Band-aid" note. Very enticing on the whole.

Wow: this is delicious. Notes of wheat, fruit, and honey complement organic grasses, vanilla, coriander spice, and (not too) sweet malts. Some alcohol peeks through as well. Mouthfeel is crisp, a bit on the dry side, but bubbly and refreshing. A bitter bite on the end lets you know some spicy hops are at work. I'd probably have this beer every day if my liver and budget would allow it. Definitely a worthwhile Saison. (821 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

DATE TASTED: August 25, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... OCCASION: drafting while draughting--a perfect beer for a fantasy football draft!... APPEARANCE: pale, cloudy yellow heather body with a half-glass mushroom cloud of soft white head--as attractive as C.J. Spiller, my first rounder... AROMA: clean, grassy, lemony roundness with enough vanilla and citrus medley to complicate the nostrils ...PALATE: goodness, this is easy-drinking; a slightly warming finish does little to detract from the beer's pleasant front-end presence and sipability...TASTE: a touch of sourness denotes the citrus presence, while the overall flavor is soft hoppy goodness, like a freshly mown lawn wafting... OVERALL: after the Dogfish Head 60 yesterday and this today, I probably could retire from summer beer drinking; as I remembered it, a refreshing, almost euphoric bottle that makes one question the need for another night's drink; enough alcohol to be significant, weak enough to be enjoyed more than once... (1,000 characters)

Photo of JulioH
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the classic saison no doubt. Taste is a bit more bitter than sour, but the beer itself is so easy to drink that the bitterness makes the beer very refreshing. Light body, nice amount of hops, clear and definitively a lambic trace.

Carbonation is also good, medium size bubbles and not overly carbonated. (312 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)

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,513 ratings.