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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
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3,294 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,294
Reviews: 1,449
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 179
Gots: 229 | 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 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
Photo of dave750
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw color with a tall, thick head that lasts forever and leaves a fine lace. The aroma is of apple cider with honey malt arriving as it warms.
Starts with a strong bitter hop and citrusy tart flavor that continues to the end. An underlying bread-like flavor emerges at mid-taste. Fades with a biting hop spiciness and a toasted malt influence ending with a lingering bitter chocolate taste. Carbonation a touch too high for my liking. Excellent balance bias toward hops. Medium body.
An easy drinking enjoyable brew that would go down a smoother if there was just a little less carbonation

dave750, Jul 23, 2004
Photo of nickss
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous straw yellow with a monumentally large and thick head... very rocky with generous lacing... active carbonation.

Big yeasty farmhouse aroma, coupled with a tinge of citrus and a touch of malt.

Crisp, yeasty malt flavour.... not as complex as I remember it being, but still wonderfully light and refreshing.

Crisp, tight mouthfeel with a touch of spice... nice.

Extremely drinkable and refreshing... Probably my favourite Saison that I've had the chance to sample.

nickss, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of mortarit
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks like it going to be my highest rating but it's my favorite beer.

I was impressed with the head on this one, can I say the whole glass just about it. It really has that cloud like texture to it. Puffy and thick where it clings to the side walls.

Taste like a water down tripel wich is good because I really haven't gotten into them yet. To harsh for me. So the taste is smooth and really goes down well.

Bottle was a 375ml/ 12.7 oz. with a wired cage.

Cloudy, light golden look

I only got one of these but I will remember. I need to get some more of these beauty.

mortarit, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of MDDMD
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden color with a fluffy white head and good lacing

S-yeast, Lemon zest, slight sweetness

T-yeasty bread, Lemon, hints of sweetness, nice funk

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, nice crisp mouth feel

O-a crisp and refreshing Saison with good flavor and balance

MDDMD, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of greid
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.
This funk taste is growing on me, and I'm accepting it open armed. Lots of grass and citrus on the nose (if you look past the funk).

The aroma is inverted for the taste as the citrus is quick ignored for the grass/funk in the beer's finish.

greid, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of ChadQuest
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks very exceptional, perfection for the style, massive pillowy head that is over an inch tall, chunky and more lace then victoria. Body is a semi hazy golden color that looks mouth watering.
This is an older bottle, and i was initially hesitant about buying it because i was worried about skunking, but i think this one is doing well, it has gotten quite funky by now for a saison, there are pears and apples, wet hay, and dusty back country roads.
Flavors after this much time have gotten really clean and dry, light crisp fruits, pepper, something in here reminds me of chamomile, light funk here, not as prominent as the aroma.
Mouthfeel is very dry and well attenuated, the age of this one most likely contributed.

ChadQuest, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed yellow amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a nice level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a nice mix of sweet, grain, and sour funk. There are nice sweeter Belgian aromas of a banana and light citrus smell with lots of Belgian pale malt aromas. A yeasty smell is there as well as well as a good showing of funk, taking on a mix of green apple and hay. With these aromas, there is also a light smell of spice and a bit of sour lemon. Overall very inviting.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet fruity flavor with lots of orange and a bit of peach, pear and apricot as well. Along with these sweeter fruits are some flavors of candied sugar and a sweet-and sour green apple taste. Right upfront there is also a light bready flavor which fades slightly as the flavor advances. While the bready fades, other flavors take its place with some yeasty and banana flavors joining the profile. Some spice flavors and a bit of lemon later come to the tongue and more toward the end a decent haylike and grassy flavor join the taste profile as well, creating a nice mix of sweet and sour-funk flavors to linger on the tongue at the end of the taste.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thin with a carbonation level that is slightly higher. The thinner body and higher carbonation are fantastic for the sweet and funked flavor of the brew, giving an overall very crisp and drinkable feel.

Overall – This is a quite nice saison with a great drinkability and a fantastic fruity sweet-yet nicely soured and funked flavor. Rather refreshing, crisp, and delicious.

Darkmagus82, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of jpro
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from CBX. Cork reads 2012. Poured into a large tulip glass...

A: Pale, hazy gold; huge, 4-finger head of frothy suds; retention stands up well, leaving a few spots and rings of lace.

S: Grassy; Belgian yeast esters / clove; cracker.

T: Very light bready flavor; white pepper; some alcohol / fusel flavors, too. Not much funk or barnyard character.

M: Medium-bodied; high carbonation; has some zing to it, but not quite as dry as I was expecting.

O: A classic saison; pretty easy drinking and lightly refreshing.

jpro, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of SmashPants
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: big solid green 750mL champagne-style bottle, a standard and plain Belgian label.

Appearance: very light golden yellow in colour, with fine carbonation and a big fluffy head that drops to a nice cap. Almost like champagne, funnily enough.

Aroma: plenty of earthy, herbal and floral characters on the nose - very different (this is my first Saison). Some light citric backing.

Taste: very different, but quite nice. Again with the dominant earthy and floral characteristics, with some lemon citric hops and some funky Belgian hops ( I assume these are wild?).

Aftertaste: hangs around nicely - a good beer for a slow session.

Mouth feel: light to medium in body with a somewhat higher carbonation than I was expecting. Goes down easily.

Overall: this was my first Saison - I have had Krieks and Lambics before, but I think Saison suits me a little better. Also, considering the size of the bottle (750mL), the ABV (6.5%) and the price (approx AU$12-13 a bottle in 2013) it is actually quite decent value. Not cheap, but I don't expect a specialty Belgian ale to be cheap by any means. This one is worth it.

SmashPants, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of snaotheus
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked/caged bottle poured into a couple large snifters. Bottle code is L12178B.

Pours hazy yellow with a disturbingly large head. Lots of carbonation. Loud pop on removal of the cork. Head dissipates very slowly. Smell is strong, funky, light fruity.

Something about this taste is creamy. More of the funk, fruitiness. Kind of cidery.

Mouthfeel is effervescent. Overall, this is quite good.

snaotheus, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of popery
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dull gold, rich. Medium cloudy but easy to see through. Big white head. Good lacing, retention. The aroma is sweet, fresh malt with pepper and fruit, pears, apricots, peaches, apples. Yeasty edge, almost lager-ish in tone. Clean and dry. The taste starts with fruity malt sweetness and dries out with yeast and spice flavors. Pepper and earth. Very refreshing. Light mineral, floral hops. Crisp feel. Effervescent. Light on the palate. This is a classic saison, and it has a refreshing and clean flavor. Easy to drink and quite good, though not necessarily my favorite take despite the importance of the beer.

popery, Apr 21, 2013
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,294 ratings.