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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,420 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,420
Reviews: 1,455
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 190
Gots: 251 | FT: 10
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-26-2002)
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Photo of alovesupreme
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light yellow, cloudy beer with an almost supernatural white head that was buoyant and would not dissipate.
A bready/yeasty farm character mixed with lemon and clove make up the aroma.
Gala apple, Lemon and funky bread dominate the flavors with phenols hops and subtle white pepper in the finish.
Great carbonation and a good body.
I could see this beer pairing very well with many dishes. A great example of the style.

alovesupreme, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of RickS95
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden straw color, just thick enough to be hazy. If you look close, you can see not only a HUGE white head on top (that literally grows and grows), but lots of carbonation going on inside the beer.

The smell of these things never gets old to me. Fruity, funky Belgian yeast is like smelling perfection. If you try hard, you can pick up some peppery spice as well. (By now, the beer has been in the glass for 5-6 minutes and the head has yet to fall; for the second time ever I've had to wipe my forehead with my finger and swirl it around just to get the head to dissipate).

Tastes like it smells, only the pepper and bready yeast dominate. Hints of peach/apricot, something citrus comes through from the funky yeast.

Medium-bodied with a mouthfeel picking up spicy, tart, sweet, dry notes; with a clean finish.

Beers like this really make me appreciate the style. I wish there was a bit more alcohol, but this is a solid beer.

RickS95, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of beerluvr
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a towering white head which takes quite some time to settle over the super yeast sedimented pale orangey-golden liquid. Nose is loaded with "horse blanket" aromas and fruitiness mingling with a light maltiness and yeastiness. The taste is wonderfully light bodied and hoppy, with lots of fruity overtones coupled with an effervescent carbonation makes this a very refreshing and tasty (and winning)combination. Thge finish is damm near perfect, with the fruity/sweet flavors morphing into a gorgeously hoppy, dry long finish...this is one outstanding Saison, if you see it, try it!

beerluvr, Mar 09, 2003
Photo of warchez
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, a corked beer is always a treat. The heavy bottle makes it feel like you've really got something special, presents just like a good bottle of champagne.
Aroma: classic belgian sweet and tangy odor. If it wasn't belgian you'd swear it was mildly infect with something
Appearence: the head is strong and pillowy. Even pouring carfully still give 4 inches or more of head, which is appropriate.
The yellow unfiltered color was somewhat un impressive. The beer seemed to sit between unfiltered and filters in its depth of haze, just didn't seem right. Tickels the nose.
Taste: nice sweet and tart. lemony with pepper like overnotes. No hop presence really. Bright and clean.
Mouthfeel: A bit drier than I would have expected. tartness dries the tongue abit. No lasting coating, good crisp finish
Overall: Fantastic beer. Would drink one, but only one, at a session. Went well with grilled steak tips, green beans and yellow rice.

warchez, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boy this sucker, had some life in the bottle, as soon as it uncageed the cork (2.006) shot off! Never seen that before

Pours an effervescent straw/honey color with 1finger + of fluffy white head. Great head retention & fair lacing

S: Straw & fruit (apples & pears) & a little pepper

T: Appleskins and slight yeast twang up front. A slight lemony flavor follows along with some tartness. Some earthy &peppery notes from the yeast as this warms up. finiishes funky & fruitty with some lemony hops& very crisp

MF: Light & spritzy

Drinks very easy for the abv, not my favorite style, but does bring back fond memories of when I toured the brewery back in 92

russpowell, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of zimm421
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a tulip. As the cap is cracked, a nice burst of carbonation shoots out and the foam begins to hit the mouth of the bottle. The pour gives a white, 3+ finger head that is sudsy, foamy and beautiful. It leaves beautiful lacing and lasts forever. The beer itself is a cloudy golden-orange color.

The nose is full of yeast and grain as well as lemon and some spices, specifically some black pepper. There are some grassy notes as well, very interesting. The taste is great. Grainy, with lemon, spices and even some tart apple flavors. Very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, very crisp and clean with good amounts of carbonation, as evidenced by the head and the pop of the cap. Overall, this is a good brew. Easy to drink, flavorful and easy to enjoy. Something that I can see non-beer geeks enjoying, yet something we all like as well.

zimm421, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of inthebeeraisle
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 375ml bottle from Cork in NE PDX @ a reasonable cost. Heard a lot about this beer.

A: The description on the bottle is right. A "rocky" head that is substantial, disipates slowly, & leaves serious lacing. A dark straw color. Not transparent with lots of little bubbles & some yeast sediment left in the bottom of my Birra Moretti wine style glass.

S: An agressive smell that has some funk upfront followed by some floral/grassy smells intermingling with a yeasty nose.

T: A nice dry balanced flavor with citrus notes.

M: Nice carbonation feel on the palate. Not too dense or too full. Easy to put back.

O: I can understand why this beer is looked highly upon. Quite affordable & quite approachable too!

inthebeeraisle, May 13, 2011
Photo of Orrshow
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a hazy straw yellow with a healthy amount of froth on the top. Lacing is quite abundant as it goes down.

Smell – The smell is nice. Grapefruit along with other citrus aromas arise prominently. There is also light pepper and yeast to go along.

Taste – At first when I sip I feel a dry sourness followed by a yeasty flavor. Pepper and other spices make an appearance as well. There is an apparent tart flavor that arises after this. Grapefruit, coriander, and orange are also present with a very slight hoppiness towards the end. The overall effect is nice.

Mouthfeel – Feels good. It’s silky, has subtle carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability – Great. This one could be savored or downed quickly.

I quite like this beer and it makes me much more interested in trying other Saisons.

Orrshow, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of philbe311
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A mammoth pure white head that is delicate, foamy and rich with a slightly rocky top... Excellent retention... A pale medium gold color... A slight haziness... Some foam clings to the glass...

S - A definite funk is abound... A touch of lemon zest... Pear... Some faint earthy hop presence... Grassy... A weak undercurrent of bubble gum... A trace scent of pepper...

T - Yeasty... Funky... Pears... Bubblegum... Slightly bready... A mild spicy mix on the finish of pepper and coriander lingers...

M - Medium bodied... Smooth... Slightly creamy... Just a subtle kiss of carbonation... Slightly chewy... Consistent sip after sip...

D - Quite quaffable... Easy drinking... A classic textbook Saison... Proves to be an excellent value as well...

philbe311, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a caged and corked 750ml bottle. Cork had "2-004" stamped on it. Poured into a goblet, this saison had a light amber, almost champagne-like color, vigorous carbonation, and a blooming frothy white head that quickly receded but had a never-say-die preseverence. Very nice to look at.
The nose was vaguely fruity but the main component was a combination of yeasty, dusty malt notes and a sharp herbal aroma. Some hints of citrus also played around the periphery.
The taste was rather like a tripel. Some real faint fruit-inspired sweetness up front, a mild malt base with that dusty flavor transitioning over from the nose, and finishing with the soft spiciness of coriander and white pepper and a bolder, harsher herbal bite. The feel was light treading toward medium in body, round and creamy, thanks to the abundant carbonation.
Overall, this saison was quite drinkable, especially on a night with temps in the 80's. Saison Dupont rates the reputation it has garnered.

Boilermaker88, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of EgadBananas
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 printed on the cork of this 375ml bottle.

A: Sunny blonde in color, with a rocky, billowy pure white head, 2 fingers. Carbonation is streaming, effervescently up the sides of the glass.

S: Biscuits, bread and cracker malts, slight fruit-estery sweetness, yeast notes, faint citrus, herbal with a slight spice note.

T: Upfront Belgian yeast funk, slight fruitiness, cracked pepper, herbal hops.

M: Crisp, light to medium bodied, with lightly creamy texture and a smooth, dry finish.

D/O: Light, and crisp, this is extremely easy drinking and definitely deserving the title of one of the top-tier Farmouse Ales.

EgadBananas, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of Paddez
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small 33cl bottle bought in ABS drinks in Winksele.

Appearance: The bottle made a serious hiss when opened. The brew itself poured a very hazy orange liquid with an incredibly big & pillowy head. I had to be careful not to pour the string of yeast that resided at the bottom of the bottle in the glass. Quite intresting as far as the looks are concerned.

Smell: Crisp spices; fruits; yeast; with some of that 'barnyard' aroma vaguely in the background. Involving and complex

Taste: Quite tart and yeasty. There's some kind of odd -but not out of place- sourness in there as well. Some fruity notes to bring you to a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Active carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Quite drinkable; although somehow I wouldn't want to be drinking this all night.

Conclusion: A tasty brew and one of the better saisons I've had thus far. It's certainly a lot better than it's bio counterpart, although I'm not quite sure if it really lives up to the hype.

Paddez, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Cloudy and yellow with a light head.

S – Light and floral. The aroma is very mild.

T – This is a delicate beer that is very well balanced. It is somewhat sweet and floral.

M – Once again this is a mild beer that has a light/medium mouthfeel.

D – This beer is quite easy to drink it is very smooth and well balanced.

barefootbrewer, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of atigerlife
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle dated 2004.

This is the second time I have had this beer, but it is my only Saison so I can not compare it to others in this style.

Poured a huge, fluffy head. Very long lasting. Color is an opaque golden straw. Beautiful beer to look at.

The aroma is fruity/spicy. Light yeast. The taste is interesting and hard to pin down. Seem to evolve as I was drinking it. Very gentle with no overpowering hops. Some fruitiness and wheat, and a light sweetness in the background.

Quite pleasant in the mouth. Rather creamy and slightly dry. This reminded me of other Belgian ales I've drunk, but "friendlier." The lower alcohol content and softer taste makes it very versatile with food and quite drinkable. I would defnitely have this again [if I hadn't just drunk my two bottles from my last trip to the mainland!].

atigerlife, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of kernalklink
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good saison- i was apprehensive at first- the cork popped and all i could smell was skunk. I was pleasantly surprised that the taste was quite the opposite. The pour was light golden with a huge billowing head and great sustained lacing. Extremely light body, great carbonation and smooth going down. Very subtle belgian spiciness, grassy, earthy and very fresh. There is a slight yeasty sourness which helps round out the finish. Definately needs to be paired with some quality food, it can only make it better. This one transported me elsewhere, and what else can you ask of a good beer than that.

kernalklink, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

492 reviews as of my posting. Short take - I agree with the consenus this is a good / great beer. All I was missing from my session was a warm summer day and an outdoor cafe table to make it perfect. Some basics for more detail
A - slightly hazy yellow, cascades of bubbles flowing up the glas that never end and a frothy white head that lasts forever.
S - A complex spicy / farmhouse yeast character with a sweetness malt and fruity aroma.
T - follows the nose but with a wonderful complexity and dryness
M - medium bodied, tons of carbonation, dry herbal finish.
D - So well done it's easy to enjoy a 750ml and feel satisfied and refreshed. Nice to not be knocked off my feet as some of the higher ABV boundry pushing beers are wont to do.

barleywinebrewer, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of Cozzatoad
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle

A- Pale golden with some amber hints if seen through light, a little hazy. Awesome, big, perfectly white, huge-bubbled head that shows great retention troughout the very last sips and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass

S- Sweet delicate aroma of fruits (pear, lemon, orange peel) among a distinct wet grass feel, but more on the raw/earthy side of things (with yeast sure in the mix), as you'd expect in a saison. A slight hint of spiciness too

T- Malts are on the low side of things, bringing just a light dry grain note. Herbal notes upfront, with a grassy feel on the palate and a distinct though still delicate bitterness on the tongue, that has a lemonish and pleasantly spicy character to it. After lets say 1 second a strong fruitiness spreads out (pear, apple, citrus peel) and lingers on the palate in the aftertaste, without feeling excessively sweet

M- Medium in body; incredibly smooth despite a quite lively carbonation that brings a soft, delicate crispness. What is most amazing with this beer is that it somewhat manages to feel both sweet and bitter, but always perfectly in balance

O- I finished my 330ml really quickly, you just can't retrain from such great drinkabilty. An amazingly easy, but somehow deeply complex beer

Cozzatoad, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of twelvsies
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last time I had this was at the Moan and Dove's Second Anniversary party, free beer all afternoon. Needless to say, I'd had a few that day and maybe perhaps wasn't in the best state of mind to review, so now with this new re-reviewing process I'll give it a second try, this time from a bottle, at home.
Cork says 2004. Pours a light, clear, yellow orange color with a huge lasting head, white as snow. There's a good amount of peppery spice in the nose, as well as some pale malts and herbal hop presence. Taste is really sublte. I might look for a little more pizazz, but this mellow profile suits the beer well. Lots of yeasty bread tastes, as well as the previously mentioned herbal hop spicyness and pepper. A little fruity too, like apples or pears. Light but sturdy mouthfeel. Super refreshing, making for high drinkability. A great beer for the warmer months, and a classic saison.

twelvsies, May 18, 2005
Photo of Silenus
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’d love this farmhouse ale on appearances alone! On popping the champagne cork you get a blast of earthy, hoppy, spicy aromas. It pours our with a beautiful head that looks like meringue. This thick white cloud lasts through the entire drink. The aromas and tastes remind me of black pepper and a fresh plowed field. The color is a deep yellow/orange and has bits of yeast suspended throughout. The flavor starts sweet from the malt and then finishes dry from the hops. It is both refreshing and complex. I call this my “picnic beer.” It compliments almost any dish of food. I did have one once with a tomato soup that didn’t really do anything for me but have it with a ham and strong swiss cheese sandwich! I consider myself a Scottish Ale man but if pressed, I might say that this is the beer I’d pick if I could only have one for the rest of my beer drinking days.

Silenus, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of tjd25
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glittering golden color body, incredibly active. The head is intense and lasting forever. It faded faster on the side, and started to look like the tower of a sand castle, but with a smooth whipped egg consistency. The smell is yeasty, fresh and very hoppy. Peppery and spicy too. The taste is enjoyable, dry and hoppy but still very round and yeasty with citric notes of orange peel and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is creamy and round, and the hops last on the palate. A good summer beer. Nice.

tjd25, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of cvstrickland
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml Champagne-style bottle sealed with a caged cork, poured into my tiny new Delerium Tremens tulip yields a bright hazy lemonade body crowned with a mighty stand of creamy, rocky white foam that retains at a fat finger and sticks lacing all over the inside of the glass.

Smell is fruity with an earthiness that speaks of freshly-tilled black soil, moldy fallen trees under a shady forest canopy, sedate cud-chewing livestock, and cold, clean water from a moss-lined well. Fresh cut hay and red clay notes lurk in the musty barnyard perfume, as does a refreshing waft of lemon peel.

The taste is so much more than fruity, which it is, bearing a profile of earthy, funky aromas that translate into solid flavors reminiscent of the smells. The drink is dry, crisp and refreshing, but defies such a simple characterization. Earthy mineral notes join with the damp flavor of fresh morel mushrooms to balance a touch of orange. A simple, mellow bitterness provides a touchstone for all the other tastes to play off of. The funk is always right there, but never overpowering. Complex.

Wonderfully drinkable, Saison Dupont is light, flavorful, and finishes clean.

cvstrickland, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of crnipeter
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle (BB March 2013) into tulip. Spectacular, extremely resistant rocky white head supported by streams of bubbles raising from effervescent, somewhat hazy pale golden body.
Aromas of floral hops, lemony esters, refined sugar and peppery spiciness - the later can be either phenolics derived or originating from adjuncts. Flavors start with fruity esters of lemon with soft malt foundation, followed by earthy hops, peppery spiciness and light lemony tartness. Assertive hoppy bitterness and good amount of carbonation provide dry finish with bitter aftertaste. Overall more bitter than tart, light to medium bodied and airy on the palate.

In short: a light, refreshing brew seeking balance between citrusy tartness, hoppy bitterness and spiciness.

crnipeter, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Schmaltzy
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours murky straw gold that has a ridiculous amount of head, I was pouring unhurriedly and yet half my glass was head that left some slight lacing.

S-slight funkyness first, bread, hay smell, lemon, I can definately smell the lemon grass aforementioned, definate funk.

T-not as strong as the smell. Nice smooth citrus flavors but not overpowering with a nice smooth bready yeast flavor and some subtle barnyard/hay tastes.

M-definate light mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation that actually is a good thing, I feel that this beer needs the heavy carbonation to keep that light crisp flavor and not overpower the barnyard flavors.

D-very easy to drink, not overpowering but I feel like I need more in the taste department, if the taste was as good as the smell it would be much better.

Schmaltzy, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sunshine wheat colored beer. Thick, foamy, bright white head. The aroma was a combination of fresh hops and spring fields. The flavor contains just the right amount of citrus hops that fades into a clean and refreshing aftertaste. The body is on the light side of moderate and the beer has a good amount of carbonation. Overall a light and refreshing beer perfect for those warmer days.

HappyHourHero, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of Rainintheface
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. cork says 2.006, I assume bottling year but I don't know. It's the high 90's here in Boston. Saison seemed a good choice.

A:cloudy and golden in color. abundance of carbonation and four finger white head that lingers well into drink. without exaggeration, one of the finest heads I've ever seen. foam clings to sides. 5.0 is a temptation but can't quite pull the trigger.

S: a rush of farmhouse aromas with pop of cork. earthy, musty, hops, lemons as well as a sourness

T: tart, a bit sour. grainy. slight peppery aftertaste

M: smooth and medium bodied, fizzy carbonation and dry finsh

D: very, very drinkable. great all around

Wow! Will fight with Hennepin for space in my shopping carriage.

Rainintheface, Aug 25, 2007
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
94 out of 100 based on 3,420 ratings.