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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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93
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3,310 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,310
Reviews: 1,450
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 180
Gots: 232 | FT: 9
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-26-2002)
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Photo of elliot23
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Easy to polish off one of these by yourself.

A. The head is straight redonkulous! Nice and white, very rocky, with great lacing and retention. The color is like a misty golden morning. Nice!

S. Funky, straight up. I get earth, grass, wet barn, and some sour funk that I can't put my finger on. A little bit of a turn of with that.

T. Glorious. I use this Saison as a bench mark for all others with this style. Great balance and spiciness. Very crisp flavors of sour fruits. A good hop bitterness finishes this out.

M. A nice strong carbonation. Very crisp. This one has a great lingering finish. A somewhat light beer.

D. I could probably put back to 750mm bottles without breaking a sweat. This is one of the more perfect beers for all occasions.

elliot23, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of beveritt
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from an 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Label is a green background with a yellow and white checked field bordered in red, very iconic. No clear freshness date, although there is a code inked on the front label.

Appearance: Pours with 3 fingers of nearly pure white head. This settles extremely slowly leaving behind spotty areas of lacing. The beer itself is a hazy honey with a dense stream of bubbles rushing up from the nucleation site. Non compact sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Honey sweet malt with an underlying tartness of citrus. Hints of nutty earthiness.

Taste: Slightly sweet and honey like upfront, though still light and crisp. Sour and tart near the finish. Some mild hop bitterness lingers after the sip.

Mouthfeel: Average to slightly lower than average carbonation level. Body is excellent.

Drinkability: A classic beer that I have waited to long to sample. My wife brought this home from Chicago for me, knowing enough about what I have had to pick something up that I haven't.

beveritt, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of Goldorak
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this faithful staple, it is one of the rare quality imports widely available in Québec. And at ~6$

Appearance: Peachy orange, with an incredible pearly white meringue that frothed off like a bubble bath. Fantastic!

Smell: Saison 101: Corky, musky and yeasty, it smells like sourdough bread, shredded wheat, a crapload of spices and just enough booze to bring it all together.

Taste: Good carbonation and grainy, wheaty mouthfeel, the aftertaste is very yeasty, like dipping a freshly baked baguette in a little white wine and a zest of orange.

Goldorak, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of Vec2267
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy pale yellow, prodigious stick foam, beautiful stuff

S - musty (wet hay) at the pop of the cork (and quite a pop), coriander dominates as the beer settles

T - coriander, grain, ginger, fruity but quite dry

M - light and crisp

O - the musty funk adds a delicate twang to this beer, very complex, well integrated, nothing dominates

Vec2267, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of JAA
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a small wine glass(couldn't find my goblet).

Pours a vibrant golden yellow with what is usually an enormous pillowy white head, but this time i was very careful on the pour. Anyhow, the head didn't stick around very long this time.

Very lightly fruity on the nose, also quite strong in the Belgian yeasty odor.

Taste lightly fruity(apples or pears), a bit of pepper and of course, yeast.

Mouthfeel is spicy and well carbonated. overall pretty drinkable. I'll probably finish the bottle by myself tonight.

JAA, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of trep
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 on the cork.

Huge explosive head bubbles up from a slow pour, similar to that of Duvel. Massive creamy head is jagged and rocky. Jiggles like our beer-guts while doing jumping jacks. Leaves some sexy lacing along the top of the glass. Cloudy golden body with a few flecks of yeast in suspension. Very enticing.

Smells of honey, alcohol, fruity, and spices that I can't distinguish. Smells about like a Belgian Tripel.

Has sort of an apple bitterness that dries out the inside of your mouth. Very fruity in the taste. An incredibly refreshing beer that leaves you wanting more. Sweet malty backbone with a little alcohol kick somewhere in there.

I would say this one performing a balancing act between thick and thin. Nearly perfect, every sip leaves you wanting more.

Incredibly solid beer. Only the second I've had in the style, and to be honest it reminds me alot of a Belgian Golden Pale Ale, similar in many ways to Duvel, but with the complexity of a Tripel.

trep, May 16, 2006
Photo of wiseguy142
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright yellow with lots of visible, rushing carbonation and in insane head. Both retention and lacing are excellent.

The first thing I noticed about the aroma when I popped the cork was it was skunked. I've kept this in the dark since I bought it so I blame the beer store. I doubt a Saison is supposed to smell skunked. It's interesting to see tha tthe gree bottles really do make a big difference. Other than the skunked aroma, you can pick up on light Belgian yeast. Lighter than you'd fin in a Dubble or anything. Very crisp and refreshing smelling.

Taste is.. hmm. I've been drinking stouts for the past few days so this is quite a change. Very light yet assertive, a bit of cardboard. Light.. like a half witbier/dubble with a refreshing fruityness like standing in the produce isle of the grocery store. Champagne-dry and finishing amazingly clean. It's actually scary how clean it finishes.. I've never had anything like it.

Super peppery and refreshing carbonation. Light to medium body. The subtle but different flavors give it a lot of drinkability since you're always sort of trying to figure out what the beer is about. This was sort of a different beer for me but I'm glad I got it.

wiseguy142, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of granger10
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This classic Saison poured a brilliant golden color with a daunting foamy, airy white head. The head is huge in stature and holds up for quite some time. Tons of lacing. Looks like a tornado is rising from the top of the liquid. The beer is also somewhat hazy.

Aroma of yeast and bready flavors hit my nose first. Lemon peel and maybe some orange are in there as well. There's a woody earthiness lying underneath along with hints of vanilla.

The flavors in this beer are light yet the whole structure is quite thick. A honey sweetness seems noticeable. Floral and earthy hops are there but quite light. The yeast really stands out with bready flavors and fruity esters. Starts out sweet and finishes with a peppery dryness.

Thick in the mouth yet foamy as well. Light flavors make this easily quaffable yet the mouthfeel and body make this more of a sipper. Very well done. New flavors were coming with each sip. Definitely one of the benchmarks for Saisons.

granger10, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of WalrusJockey
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into Duvel tulips.

Appearance- cloudy honey-golden color. Decent amount of tiny floaties, full, thick, pure white head. Lacing is thick and clumpy and heavy.

Smell- citrus, hops, and a light grassy smell. Faint wafts of spice, fruits and yeast.

Taste- rich, juicy fruit, paired with several spices. Oranges and lemons seem to be the predominant fruits, but while their flavors are mouth-wateringly present, their sweetness is replaced with a hoppy bitterness. Swallow is yeast and a hint of alcohol into a dry, clean aftertaste, leaving the palate cleansed.

Mouthfeel- light, slightly juicy. Hops keep it crisp, and the aftertaste is clean and dry.

Drinkability- solo the drinkability isn't amazing, this is a 'with food' beer; but even alone I could drink a glass or two of this a week, no problem.

WalrusJockey, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of NappyB
4.15/5  rDev -1%

NappyB, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of kimcgolf
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer reminded me an awful lot of Duvel, but niot quite as good. Poured to a highly carbonated golden yellow, with thick pilowy white head that lasted the entire beer, and left excellent lacing. Aroma was floral with hints of grass and citrus. Flavor was a very good hodge-podge of many flavors..floral, grassy, some fruit, hint of spice and yeast. Left a very good, smooth finish. Not necessarily my favorite style, but this was a damn good beer.

kimcgolf, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saison Dupont "Vielle Provision" says the bottle, and the cork proclaims "2009" edition.

Appearance: Light yellow in color with a large soapy head that stays around the whole time. The head on this beer is remarkable and deserves recognition. A slew of little bubbles rising through the beer. At first the beer was fairly clear but later I swirled some yeast in and the beer became cloudy.

Smell: Yeasty aroma with some hay/barnyard elements.

Taste: Once again, quite yeasty and minerally. A flash of sweetness, followed by a noble hop bitterness, imparted by saaz/tettnang hops though I am not sure which is used. The finish is very clean and the balance of this beer is well done. Funky fresh...

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a smooth finish, clean with some dusty yeast lingering.

Drinkability: A pleasant saison that is definately foreign to my taste buds. Pretty much spot on for the style. If I had more of this beer, I'd be happier.

Stinkypuss, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into my Unibroue tulip

A: Clear golden yellow with a gorgeous, billowing head good retention. Tons of carbonation, with trails of whirling bubbles. Very pretty!

S: Fruity, floral, earthy and a hint of spice. Hints of orange and citrus, rose and jasmine aromas. Some mild pepper. Delicate stuff, this

T: Starts off sweet with a combination of fruit (peach and a hint of banana) and a hint of roses. A mild spice flavor kicks in with a hint of pepper and nutmeg. Dry on the finish with a mildly peppery component

M: Excellent carbonation, great drying finish

D: This is an immensely drinkable saison and one that shall feature often in my fridge!

Notes: This is an excellent representation of the style and better than the Cynicale that I had earlier today in that it's a lot more delicate and nuanced. Good stuff

DefenCorps, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of jsprain1
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy honey color with a giant white head that leaves a good deal of lacing.
S- Smell is lemon first with a light sourness and a bit of a funky note.
T- Big lemon flavor up front. There is just a bit of sweetness and a fairly assertive earthy funk. A bit of pepper, clove, and coriander in the finish.
M- The mouthfeel is fairly light with an assertive carbonation. A bit foamy in the mouth at times.
O- A well made classic Saison. There may be some out there that I enjoy me more, but this is a good example of a classic Saison. Worth trying.

jsprain1, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of maggotbrain
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a hazy golden color with a massive white head. The head died down to form a thick cap that stuck around from the first sip to the last. As I drank, thick webs of lace formed down the walls of my Duvel tulip glass.

The beer smelled sour, in a good way. Very rustic.

The taste was initially dry with a mild tangy sourness, and then a moderate hoppy bitterness took over to finish.

The mouthfeel was good—medium body with a high level of carbonation.

The drinkability of this beer was quite high. It went down easy and was very refreshing. This is something that I will defiantly be buying again as the summer heats up.

maggotbrain, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with a thick, rocky white head and tons of lacing.

Smells of lemon and grass.

Taste is mildly sweet with some grapefruit/lemon notes. Nice mildly bitter finish. More bitterness than I can remember in other examples of this style.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated with a nice dryness to it.

Overall this is refreshing and easy to drink.

TrappistJohnMD, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of vancurly
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 11/2010

a)Strongly effervescent, supporting a white, persistent, fluffy head. Hazy, yellow/pale orange, with a slight blush. Close to perfect.

s) On opening, caught a typical, Euro hop&malt whiff...fleeting, as if these volatile notes wanted to have no part of the rest of it. Candy, spices (clove, cinnamon, musk), stale(?) hop. Warms to green apple, candle wax perfume.

f) Tastes like a light triple, initially. Low acidity, if any, herbal/tobacco note. Juniper berry, pine. Long, lingering bitterness.

m) Slight astringency; light. Hint of alcohol warmth. Swells large in the mouth.

d) Complex & angular. Not for quaffing, but for savouring modestly.

vancurly, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of Cwrw
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So the famous Dupont arrives in Alberta, coming in the single 330ml brown bottle. Simple labelling here, dark green mostly except for some white and red. Very little information on the beer itself, save the ABV and the location in Belgium. The beer from Tourpes pours into my chalice a cloudy peach/nectarine hue, with a two finger cream-coloured head, chunky, pillowy, and fine-bubbled. Yes very cloudy beer indeed, with soft little tiny chunks floating freely. The aroma reminds me of a combination of Tripel Karmeliet with Kwak, which to me is an exceptional thing. Very soft malts, a little butterscotch, massive hits of bitter yeast, some metallic notes, ripened fruit, especially prunes and peaches, figs, and definitely some touches of lime even. The malt asserts itself the more the beer warms, and by room temperature the soft caramel aromas mixed with the yeast and buttery fruits make an excellent overall impression on the nose. Sensational. I'll say it again: very similar to Tripel Karmeliet's aroma. The taste is a little bit of a chameleon, equal parts tart and bitter. In fact it is much more bitter than I anticipated. The finish is all iron-like metal and plenty of grainy hops. Extremely effervescent mouthfeel; easy to see why this would be quenching on a warm day on the farm. Absolutely classic Belgian yeast taste, giving the dryness of Saaz with the flavour of Fuggles. Very classic taste, but all in all, for me personally, I was expecting a fuller and sweeter taste. As it stands, every point is flawless. It just doesn't excite my tastebuds overmuch. Still this is a classic example of the saison style, and I am glad it is finally available here locally. Prosit!

Cwrw, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of therica
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very fine offering, given to me as a gift.

The look is really nice-- a sort of rich orangish gold, with a hefty fluffy lathery white head.

The smell was amazingly nice. It reminded me of a lot of the really decent old local beers of decades ago. Very herbal-spicy musty hops florals.

Taste was great, although I was surprised that it didn't seem to match the scent very much. A great combination of hops bitters and complementing sweetness, with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Great mouth-feel, very clean.

Very drinkable.

therica, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml corked bottle

A-Beautiful golden straw body. Phenomenal white rocky head that lasted forever. Lively carbonation from bottom of glass. It truly looked like the epitome of what a great "text-book" beer should look like.

S-I love the earthy, grassy tones in beers and this one was not lacking. A wet hay and sweet Belgian yeast strain are predominant. It was very delicate with hints of floral softness.

T-Yeast was screaming in this. The spicy character of the strain matched well with the hop finish. This is definately a multi-layered beer that produced vastly different flavors with each sip.

M-Famously dry and refreshing.

D-Couldn't be beat on a hot day. The dryness may be a tad redundant to drink all night, but I surely would not complain.

Great beer for anyone, although I would still opt for Hennepin in this style category.

ALESwhatCURESya, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy tawny golden color with some bone white head. Great retention and lacing. Smell is good with some tart and acidic citrus notes. Bready malt and some musty yeastiness as well. Taste follows suit, some citrus notes, with a decent malt backbone to back it up. Creamy and full-bodied, this one is not over-carbonated, like many American versions of the style. Great drinkability, the theme of this one is balance and melding of flavors. A bit reserved, I missed some of the funkiness that others talk about.

LordAdmNelson, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold body with great carbonation for a frothy, two-finger head that died slowly and left some lace. A very sharp, semi-pungent spice and clove smell with some eart/grassiness and a good amount of fruit and yeast in the background of the aroma. Great smoothness that is balanced with a well-carb'd crispness. Yeast and bread malt make the beer somewhat chewey and creamy and there is a little bit of sweetness derived from the fruit flavoring. I can taste pear, apple, orange; there are some good fruti tastes in here and the beer finishes slightly dry thanks to hops and little funkiness in it as well. An excellent beer to pour a few glasses for you and a couple of friends to sip on.

clayrock81, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of argock
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL green bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.99.

A: Hazy straw yellow with 2-3 finger stark white tightly-bubbled, frothy head with good retention with numerous blobs of lacing.

S: Lemongrass aroma with spicy herbal hops and light pale maltiness.

T: The pale maltiness is a lot more prominent in the flavor than in the aroma. The spicy, citrus lemon wave is very strong and dominates the flavor, but the mild yeasty notes provide an extra facet to this beer. White pepper in the finish increases the refreshing nature.

M: The carbonation is high but helps to provide a crispness that fits perfectly with the pale malt and citrus hoppiness.

O: I like this beer a lot more than I thought I would. It isn't my favorite style, but I see why people pick this up -- it is clean and complex with a effortless lightness that makes it a pleasure to drink.

argock, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of mhatters
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 75cl cork finished bottle into a tulip glass

Pours a straw golden color with a huge, thick white head - lots of strength in the head

Grass in the nose, citrus - lemon a hint of lime, spicy with a base note of earthiness and grains

Crisp, dry, the spice comes up first then graininess, then citrus. The finish is fresh, green, with a bit of phenol.

Lovely feel, a bit oily, with a dry finish, carnoation is perfection.

A great beer, especially good in the summer, session-able, a classic typecast

mhatters, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of calinative68
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Idaho to try another Saison style, as I love Hennepin by Ommegang.
Pour is a golden color and a decent white head.
Smell is slight citrus with almost no hint of any alcohol.
Noticable carbonation. Crisp, mild and goes down easy with no aftertaste.l
Great drinkability, would be great in the summertime!
Recommended.

calinative68, Oct 13, 2006
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,310 ratings.