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Reviews: 1,509
Hads: 3,768
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 231
Gots: 408 | 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 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)

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

Purchased a 375 ml for $5.99. Poured into a large wine glass.

A - Pours a pale cloudy orange. A snow white two-finger head, a little rocky. Good lacing. Good carbonation that keeps a thin layer of head.

A - Yeasty, a little spice and fruit.

T - Clean, balanced, with a dry finish, touch of bitterness.

MF - Dry and lip smacking.

O - Refreshing! Almost a lawn mower beer. This is not a saison that gives you some funky farmyard (which I like very much), but I love it. (472 characters)

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

750ml corked and caged bottle, into a Gouden Carolus goblet:
Appearance: Slightly hazy, golden yellow/orange color. Fluffy white head. Lacing down the side as I drink.
Smell: Black pepper, citrus, fruity yeast; complex and enticing.
Taste: Dry, peppery, crisp and refreshing. Hops evident in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Active carbonation added to the crisp taste.
Drinkability: Went down way too easy for 6.5%. Not the first time I've had it, but every time I do I know why they say this is a classic of the style. Excellent beer. (531 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ahh, memories of visiting the Dupont pub...I won't waste review space with the story, let's just say the locals as colorful as they are friendly.

This is one hot-mama of a beer. She's got a big billowy hairdo, like meringue and built of a variety of bubble sizes. Carbonation is healthy, feeding that amazing cap. Her skin is an entrancing rusty gold that has an almost hypnotic glow, also exhibiting beautiful clarity. She is draped in finest lace. Ahem...back to earth.

Aroma is definitely musty farmhouse: earth, hay, grass, apple, pear, mustard seed, pilsner malts (not sure that's the malt used, but it has a similar smell). Alcohol and white pepper get through, but these are mild, allowing the more subtle components a chance to shine.

Begins fruity (pear, peach, green apple, grapefruit), with a slightly sour yeasty kick. A peppery heat runs through the flavor, having seemingly nothing to do with the alcohol content, which is modest at 6.5%. Hops have a sharp but controlled bitterness like a great Czech pils. Malts are grainy and bready, superbly balanced against the hops and various spicy elements. Finishes a bit tart, but it didn't seem as prominent as it warmed.

Mouthfeel is buoyant and airy, with plenty of energetic action thanks to the unending carbonation. Impressive dryness, which leaves you yearning for another sip immediately after the previous one goes down.

Great stuff. It's not overly extreme or complicated, but it does have depth and excellent drinkability. This would be most heavenly after doing some hard physical labor in the summertime, but I'll take it on a chilly autumn day like today, or just about anytime. (1,656 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2002 edition.
Murky golden hued with an explosive (off) white crown with plastic properties and duration. Huge and slow to fade.
Nose gives off more funk than Bootsy Collins. A whole lotta farm (hay, grass, must etc) and slight animal whafts. Lightly citric with subdued lemon-lime aroma, and a slight nod of cannabinoids.
Taste begins with a tempered peach fruitiness. This is less a featured flavor than a sacrificial lamb, as it is crushed under the fruity/spicy onslaught that occurs next. The flavors all materialize at once. I am confused and scared. Quivering, here goes:
Lime sourness is coupled with doughy yeast component. This is as stable as it gets. Lemon and pineapple fruity hues appear along with a hefty amount of juicy sour green apples. Spices enter, guns blazing. Rosemary, thyme, and cracked black pepper. They are all major players.
Ends quite dry with saltine cracker notes. Hops are big. Perhaps saaz and some sort of english variety (likely goldings). Drying. Leave the towel at home. Parched, bitter finish.
More please.
A solid medium bodied within the mouth. Carbonation is high without being obnoxious.
Effortlessly drinkable. Literally one of the most consumable brews I've encountered. Saison fans rejoice.
A great experiment on the limbic system (responsible for emotion and motivation within the brain). When does it shut down? Let me know...and enjoy the trials. (1,411 characters)

Photo of dertyd
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle to a chimay challice

A:beautyfull golden orange,nice fog with a lite foam that sticks around no laceing tho.

S:funky aroma hops,bannana,mangos,barnyard a nice aroma

T:sweet bread at first with a hint of tropical fruit,skunky bitter taste on the finnish

M:nice crisp goes down nice

Overall: this is my first saison ever and I am a fan wow what a beer its got so much going on all the flavors but at the same time verry smooth and refreshing kinda makes me pucker on the finnish realy good beer

Live life...drink beer!!!:-) (541 characters)

Photo of jgammoniv
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color with a dense eggshell head.
flowery nose
head is creamy. notes of citrus. bread and slight spiciness and mild bitter finish
foamy feel, silky
overall a very nice beer. very refreshing. i can see drinking this during the heat of the summer. or now in the winter to think about the days of summer. (314 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12.7oz caged and corked bottle into a Saison Dupont tumbler.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color. Huge, rocky eight finger head that towers over the rim of the glass, resembling the mashed potato, "this means something" sculpture from Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind. Active carbonation and some suspended sediment. Chunks and sheets of lace.

S: Belgian yeast, bready malt, lemon peel, and coriander

T: Tart and tangy lemon and other citrus flavors abound. A bready or crackery malt flavor comes in briefly. Other flavors noted are: coriander, pears, earthy & dirty barnyard, pepper, and fantastically spicy hops.

M: How is it that something as puckery as this can also be considered creamy?

D: An unbelievably satisfying and refreshing Saison. I could drink this beer forever. It posesses such excuisitly nuanced balance. Tart, sweet, funky, malty, spicy, and hoppy. Benchmark of the style IMO. (934 characters)

Photo of MrIncognito
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Server gave me the bottle and let me pour it. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Huge sticky white head that is effervescent on the bottom and fluffy on the top. Sits atop a hazy amber beer.

S - Nice and musty, just like I love my saisons. Bready and yeasty smell with that great barnyard funk in the background.

T&M - So incredibly smooth. Yeast up front with a slight lemon peel-like bitterness, but not strong at all. Earthy notes all around. Moderately carbonated and slightly drying.

What a great saison. This is incredibly drinkable and I could easily put down a few. (574 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours out of the green bottle a pale shade of straw yellow. The body is very hazy from yeast and (presumably) wheat; this is definitely and unfiltered beer. The white head was pretty voluminous at three fingers. It is nice and pillowy on top but doesn't cling to the glass much.

Lots of cracker malt and tangy wheat and brewing spices waft up from the glass. There is a ton of damp hay along with some banana esters. As it warms the beer's funkiness develops; it takes on something of a bandaid left out in a pigpen. Maybe a touch of apricot & bubblegum smell as the beer warms. Scratch that, definitely some apricot/stonefruit. Lovely.

Man, is this the textbook saison or what? Grassy hay spritzed with lemon up front, hoppy, with a rounded, rubbery taste in the middle and nailed home with zippy malt flavors, anise and yeast funk. So much earthiness, so much expression of yeast. It finishes dry with a lasting, astringent, earthy aftertaste that commands another sip.

Saison Dupont is prickly with carbonation, and medium-light bodied. It carries every flavor to their fullest potential and makes for a beer that you can drink throughout the whole meal. Keep it flowing, too, it has a light enough ABV % at 6.5 that you can consume a couple of bottles if you wish. This is such a refreshing beer in the summertime, yet holds up as a sipper with complexity here in the winter. It is also perhaps the most versatile beer to pair with food; saisons are great for all kinds of foods and this is perhaps the quintessential saison. It is impossible to be more versatile than this beer; it is supremely drinkable.

This is the saison that other saisons are compared to; this is the benchmark for the style. For good reason, too. Everything that saison lovers enjoy about Belgian farmhouse ales is here in some capacity. And while I've had better saisons -- some that add Brettonamyces, some that up the hops -- this is a staple of my fridge, a beer with few peers. (2,007 characters)

Photo of moulefrite
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Awesome brew, nicely flavorful, well hopped and extremely drinkable!! The beer pours a hazy orange-ish and sports a good fluffy white head. The aromas are of citrus, especially grapefruit and mildly spicy hop. The mouthfeel is a thing of beauty-highly refreshing and somewhat full-bodied as well. The beer tastes sensational, and is one that is sure to please many. Loads of thirst quenching citrus, and wonderfully bitter hop flavors that start fruity, then end dry and clean. This is a great beer to introduce newcomers to the wonders of Belgian Beer! A superb beer with food as well! (586 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 375mL corked bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy silvery-gold hue with plenty of apparent effervescence. Head is three fingers of pillowy, tenacious foam. The look here is just fantastic!

Smell: light pear and apple aromas atop a sweet, malty background. Along with this is a sharpness which imparts an edge without going too far, plus a little dank saison character which really rounds things out. This is simply a wonderful-smelling beer.

Taste: lightly sweet malt flavor with a peary, tripel-ey kind of character, with the light bite and mustiness sitting atop. This beer balances all of its many characteristics: mustiness with sourness, sweet malt with just the right earthy bitterness. Fantastico.

Mouthfeel: huge Belgian carbonation mixes with the medium body to create a delightful creaminess. Wonderful.

Drinkability: this is the best beer I've had in awhile. Why, oh why, did I buy the small bottle instead of the 750? This beer's balance and complexity make it one of the most drinkable beverages around. (1,035 characters)

Photo of gfreed
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer with a meal of grilled salmon and shrimp at Scutra in Arlington, MA. An excellent beer (and restaurant) for the meal and for the warm summer night on which both were consumed. The waitress poured the beer straight into the bottom of a tall glass, which created a massive head that erupted with a bready, fruity aroma. The head dissolved quickly except for the final inch. The color of the beer is hazy yellow-orange, which is quite beautiful. The initial carbonation stings a bit and then disappears, leaving behind the flavors of clove, peaches, apples and whole-wheat bread. A bit of bitterness follows. Alcohol was lower than I expected, so having two was not a problem. Drinking this saison was absolute delight. (730 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy lemonade yellow color with a prodigious white, fine-bubbled head; rafts of lacing

Smell: Lemons and cloves, yeasty, with a bit of banana, dill and some wet hay

Taste: Light but complex; a bit of herbacious, lemony sweetness up front; after the swallow, the herbal elements grow as does a piney, resinous bitterness that is followed by a dry, peppery finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and refreshing; nicely carbonated

Drinkability: Very drinkable but extremely complex; great for warmer days when you want something thirst quenching (552 characters)

Photo of loosey
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle with cork, purchased for 8.99 at Cedar Grove Wine and Liquors in Somerset, New Jersey

poured light goldens with a full inch of active head, good cling and foamy

smell was tart and yeasty, citrus

taste is just amazing, citrus again, sour apples or pear, yeast and funk

refreshing then dry, crispy bubbly bubbly bubbly snaps

very drinkable is wish there was more, i would drink it while baling hay or digging up beets

i had this with a salmon and warm vinaigrette salad and it went perfect, i imagine it would be good with many light foods (556 characters)

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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