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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Reviews: 1,529
Hads: 3,837
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 249
Gots: 459 | FT: 12
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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 ncfranklin
3.27/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Tulip

A: Deep burnt orange. Lots of floaters throughout, like brown specks. 1 finger off white head.

S: Some spiceyness, orange citrus, lemon and a biscuit sweetness.

T: A light spice up front, before caving to a wealth of malt. This can't be right. Bad tastes of dirt and grass come in the finish.

M: Thicker than the style should be, not overly refreshing or carbonated.

D: Bad bottle maybe? The floaters cause issues? Overall a cruddy brew. Will make sure to try again later and re-review if needed.

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Photo of ksmi116
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint, and this is my first Saison

A - pours a hazy golden with a massive white head that dissipates relatively quickly.

S - Belgian yeast, and not much else. I can't get a big smell off of this one.

T - Bit of clove, and the twang of yeast. I am really struggling to get a specific flavor off of this beer, which is frustrating!

M - Good carbonation, and light in the mouth. Crisp and refreshing

D - I wish I could taste more in this beer, it goes down easily and is good for refreshment, but not much else. Disappointed.

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Photo of Dope
3.29/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cork and cage shoots off while I'm still untwisting the wire. Nearly got me in the eye. They should put a warning label on this damn thing. Anyway, after losing a bunch of the bottle to the countertops and floor I finally got it poured. Pours a really pale sort of burnt orange with lots of grainy sediment. Enormous frothy white head. Huge island of foam sticks around forever. Just little dustings of lacing stick around once the head finally dissipates.

S: Lots of citrus, melon and burning plastic. Sweet grainy malt backing it up.

T: Citrusy up front with a decent bit of grass maybe? Lots of cloves melding with some sweet grainy malt towards the finish. Kinda bitter with decent spiciness in the finish and aftertaste. Lots of cloves lingering too. Get that burning plastic taste between sips.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Kinda grainy from all the floaties. Bleh.

O: It's a burning tire saison. Most of the flavors and smells are pretty good but it's kinda hard to overcome the burning tires. Meh. It loses points for trying to kill me too.

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3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at a tasting. Poured into snifter.
A: A bright, haze is poured with mild sediment. The head is like an erupting volcano, a dull white in color.
S:The aroma is a typical farmhouse aroma, with a bit of skunk. More notes of gum and candy than skunk.
T/M: Having tried many Saison / Farmhouse ales, I feel this one is very skunky on the taste, I have read of skunked bottles of this, so I will not act as if this is the true sensation of the ale. The notes of taffy and gum are subtle, but very pleasant. A nice silky mouthfeel, but a touch grainy.
D: Not an over the top Saison, but a very good one none the less. I feel I may have gotten a bad bottle, so I am hoping to get another and hope that this skunky taste is a aftermath thought. I will try again and hopefully edit my reveiw. This is how it stands as of now.

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Photo of cproioi
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy fizzy yellow body with a white head that stood up with Belgian style lacing. The beer had a lovely yeasty aroma that was paired up with spicey notes that followed closely. The taste was largely of yeast and spices, but it also had hints of malts and a low balancing hops oil was presence. The medium-thin body had lively carbonated feel on the tounge and a refreshing crisp dry finish. This beer went down way too easily and left me wanting more of this style.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.36/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml campagne bottle. Green bottle, no freshness date. Uh-oh, this one seems like it's been skunked. Sure enough...this ones pretty far gone. Going to review anyway. My review will be objective...im not going to try to find another bottle and re-review, afterall this is how they decided to package it!

Orange gold with good carbonation.

Some mild fruit hidden behind a musty skunky wave. As my glass airs out, the skunk seems to go away and I can get at some of the nuances. Spicy metallic hops. Pear, lemon pith, cannabis, apples.

Apples, grassy hay, and there's that stale skunk again, bah. Belgian yeast comes to the foreground as it warms up, but it's still got that mouth-frowning skeeze that keeps haunting my palate. I've had saisons before, and this is definitly pretty good skunk-aside.

Good drinkability and mouthfeel in there, if only someone would slap them on the forehead and tell them to add:
1.freshness date
2.darker bottle to prevent uv light damage

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Photo of BMoney575
3.37/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 3-28-08

Pours a very cloudy and very fizzy pale gold. A massive white foam head sits on top, leaving no real lacing.

Smell is slightly skunky at first, and then a Belgian sweetness comes through. Subtle, but very enjoyable.

Taste is a bit of a surprise. I was expecting sweet Belgian, but this is very, very bitter. Almost too bitter. The subtle flavors that give the beer character are almost completely covered up.

Mouthfeel is good, maybe a bit too carbonated for the style.

Drinkability is decent, but the bitterness is just a shame.

Overall, I was hoping for alot more. Probably pretty good underneath, but just doesn't work.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.37/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice hazy sediment ridden, creamy orange color. Moderate thick rich head and tons of soapy lacing.

Smells sweet and fruity. Nice light Belgian yeast aroma, tiny bit of funkiness and alcohol floating around in there as well. A soft apple aroma contributes to the fruitiness of the smell.

The taste is not nearly as sweet as the smell. Toasty and somewhat phenolic, sweetness reminds me of brown sugar. Good tiny amount of dry funk as well, not by any means overpowering.

Mouthfeel is very balanced, surprisingly dry with a dump truck full of carbonation.

Drinkability is fair, one 750 will polish me off. I really like this one, but I am far from loving it.

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Photo of fdkayti
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Super light, the color of whipped honey. Pretty hazy/cloudy. Thin head around the top.

S- Funky, almost skunky. Bready.

T- It reminds me of a dry champagne, kinda sweet and very refreshing. Some sour notes.

M- Good carbonation, almost fizzes in your mouth. Makes my mouth water for more. Thin but full at the same time, maybe due to the bubbliness.

O/D- My first saison and I think a great one to start with. Delicious and easy to put down. Try it!

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.39/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

75 cl green bottle with wire cage and cork. The cork shot itself out like a rocket after the cage was removed!

Poured a cloudy straw with huge white head. Very clingy froth.

I was burned by the green bottle, this bastard was skunked. Underneath the badness: tart green apple and a funky earthiness.

Creamy malt body quickly goes super dry with a barnyard spunk. Sparkling, crisp carbonation. Peppery alcohol.

Too bad this was light struck. I'll go through a more deliberate selection for my next bottle.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy apple juice color with a pillowed head of solid ecru foam and think, chunky lace.

The aroma is slightly candied with a big sour citrus smell. Prominent notes of green apples, lemon, and lime.

There's a sticky sweetness on the palate, along with a funky alocohol-like flavor. It's very earthy, bready and grainy. The finish is zesty and rindy. Rich mouthfeel.

I really don't like this all that much. It's not bad, but it's nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap into a pilsner.

hazy bright golden yellow. half-inch of white foamy head.

musty, yeasty, barny aroma. touches of lemon and spice.

spritzy, light mouthfeel; slightly dry. taste is the same as the aroma, with notes of barniness and a nice light spiciness. overall it's subtle, slightly watery, a touch bland, but very drinkable.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL corked bottle, best before 10/2007, bottle conditioned.

Skunked. DAMMIT. I was really anticipating this, and you can even detect the goodness through the [strong] spoilt notes.

Pours out golden (like a canadian lager/ale - who can tell the difference with the macros...), with a large white head that doesn't last nearly long enough. I'll attribute this to the light-affected condition of the bottle.

Poured once without yeast, then with. First pouring dominated by skunk, some buttery diacetyls accompany, with a nice hop presence following up. The most obvious hop presence I've noticed in a belgian-style ale to date. Second pour, similar to the first, with some wonderful bready yeast notes. You have to look, but under the skunk this could be a good beer.

Very perky mouthfeel, I had great hopes for this beer. I still do, too. As soon as I get a good bottle, this review will be fixed.

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Photo of Monicagm
3.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow color. High carbonation with a thick head that recedes back into the glass. Lacing sticks to the sides.

Orange/citrus scent.

Has a tangy/orange tart taste with a clean finish. Dry, not particularly bitter.

Light mouthfeel.

Overall, enjoyable but not one of my top choices in beer.

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Photo of beerfairy
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle

A: Heavy Foam, golden color with lots of carbination. Lots of foamy lacing.

S: Earthy tones with a hint of clove.

T: Bitter, fruity with a lingering detergent taste

M: Crisp

D: Can't get past the detergent taste. Doesn't seem right for the style. maybe a bad batch? Will have to try it again someday.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12.7 oz bottle (green glass? seriously?), poured into a tulip at approximately 45 degrees F.

A: Pours a hazy pale straw gold, with an immense two-fists-of-fingers billowy white head. Little bits of oddness drift through the brew, eventually settling on the glass somewhere like tiny freckles. Columns of bubbles rush from the bottom of the glass as though it were an aquifer running through a volcanic vent zone. Lacing would be considered, as I believe the term goes these days, "cray-cray".

S: The nose has some barnyard-style funk to it, complete with a mix of fresh grass and floral scents. There's some breadiness in the aroma as well.

T: This tastes much like it smells, opening with a mixture of light biscuit and funk, before shading into an overgrown meadow filled with grass and wildflowers. Tones of faint citrus and pollen make themselves known through the middle. The finish is quite dry, and leaves a lingering bitterness along side some slight black pepper presence. I get not much fruit character, nor much tartness - I am, however, sensitive to hop flavors, so it is possible any such notes are obscured by the grass and floral aspects to this beer.

M: Light-bodied and heavily carbonated.

O: I'll open this part by restating my disclaimer that I am overly sensitive to hop flavors, and as such, my reviews likely do not apply to the majority. This beer is a tad heavy on the hops for my taste, obscuring most of the malt profile and likely much of the yeast complexity as well. This drank closer to a hoppy wheat ale than a saison for me. Other folks will likely find this to be balanced and more complex.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.47/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy yellow with a big white head. Patchy lacing. Citrus, yeast, pepper, and a musty aroma. Crisp taste, good amount of lemon zest, pepper, and spice. Still, a musty overtone that leaves a metallic bite. Enjoyable, and paired very well with seafood.

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Photo of sacfly
3.47/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light golden color. Huge bubbles in a thick foamy head. As I drink, the head turned into very fine bubbles. Sweet Belgian twang in the nose. Yeast, fruit and dough.

Stale bitterness in the first taste. Bitter, almost sour in the aftertaste well into the back of the tongue. Dry finish. Fruit. Hints of Muscat grapes and apple. Light body. As it warmed, I poured more of the 750ml into my glass and the spiciness of the yeast came out.

I have been told that this ids the standard of the style, but it seems more like a starting point. Something is missing. It is good, but could be taken is so many more interesting directions. Tastes too much (as is) like a stale Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of mechamifune
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Delirium Tulip...

Pours a murky golden yellow with a huge white head (despite my attempt at a careful pour). Looks all together pleasant and good for the style.

Smell is a whole lot of funk and some earthy/grassy/barnyard stuff going on (wait... does that qualify as funk too?). Some light fruitiness lingers.... an interesting smell but I don't know how inviting it all is.

Taste is pretty in line with the smell. A lot of funk going on, finishing a little dry and with a little bit of hop bite. Some light fruit notes emerge as you get through the pour. Taste though is dominated by the grassy/funky notes. Not bad alltogether, but I struggle to find a note in the taste profile that truly makes me want to go back for more, though by the same token there is nothing unpleasant either.

Mouthfeel is very full with a lot of carbonation (again, to style). Finishes dry and pleasant. Drinkability is average for style. The funk notes are not unpleasant but for me they just don't lend themselves to high drinkability. Not a heavy beer per se, but beers with this much carbonation are difficult for me drink a lot of.

In that sense its a little hard to guage this beer.... I think that to style its not a bad beer at all, but I'm really just not a huge fan of the more funky, earthy saisons, as I find myself enjoying "cleaner" takes on the style(hennepin, saison de buff for examples sake). So i'd say if you are a fan of this style of saison or beers with a lot of funk notes, go for it. If you're not, this beer is not going to change your mind.

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Photo of Macca
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden with a great big fluffy head. Probably an over-vigorous pour. Very good retention. Lots of herbs on the nose and palate. Also a dry graininess presents itself. Good bitter crispness is evident and lots or carbonation. For some undescibable reason I prefer the organic version. I just find it more drinkable. Der!

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Photo of rawthar
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on 4/9 at Half Moon Saloon in Kennett Square.

A- Cloudy unfiltered consistency, a mustard yellow, with a finger of white fluffy head with some serious staying power.

S- Unmistakable Belgian sour aroma, with a hint of sweetness high in the nasal passage.

T- Less sour than the smell, more tart and dry, sort of like beer malts crossed with a cranberry.

M- Thick and creamy with lots of heavy duty mouth coating.

D- Though I'm not a big time Belgian beer drinker, I can see this being a staple for those who really appreciate the style. I'm dinging this on drinkability primarily due to the steep price - $10.50/bottle.

I won't claim that I rate purely against style, because I found this a great representative of a style I don't particularly enjoy.

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Photo of Budlum
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring this saison proves quite the challenge as it is prone to produce large amounts of head very quickly. Head retention and lacing are excellent. The body is a very hazy, pale yellow with glowing orange shades.

The nose presents a fresh, yeasty, citrus aroma with a contrasting oak smell. The citrus aromas of orange peel and lemon zest are quite refreshing.

A quick burst of lemon zest precedes a tasty black pepper and coriander spice flavor. Almost immediately, a strong yeast presence dominates with powerful earthy and oak tones. Unfortunately, the unbalanced yeast presentation does not serve this saison as well as it could.

The mouth presence is very balanced in carbonation and spiciness on the tongue. The large amounts of yeast tend to deaden the palate after a 750 mL bottle.

Drinkability is pretty good. Flavor content is nice and this could be a nice session beer if it weren't for the overpowering oak flavors. Much better when served on tap.

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Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

Poured a light cloudy yellow with a huge white fizzy head that was mostly diminishing but did leave enough residue to have fair lacing. The aroma was of a straw like malt, a nice dose of floral hops and a moldy yeast with notes of citrus and some spices. It tasted mildly bitter and acidic with hints of citrus and clove at first and finished a bitter-sour with a strong wheat note and with a nice dose of hops at the end. Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a rather fizzy carbonation. Overall a nice fit for the style, one of the better Farmhouse Ales I have tasted.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jul 9th, 2004: The beer is a cloudy gold color with a medium thick and fluffy white head. The green bottle may be to blame for the skunkyness that enveloped the sweet fruit and yeast in the aroma. Light-bodied and very carbonated, with an earthy mix of tart fruit and sweet spice flavors. However, the flavor falls off very quickly for some reason. The finish is lightly sweet and has a touch of pepper. Overall this beer is decent with only a couple shortcomings, but I think the green bottle and travel did it some harm. At any rate I thought the now-defunct Quarryman version was a lot better.

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Photo of CNeilP09
3.49/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the last true Belgian Farmhouse Ales. This beer is splendor served in a mug.

Serving Type: Grab a fifth of this at your local fine spirits establishment and get going with it. Some say a goblet, some a pilsner glass, this beer i could drink from the bottle.

Appearance: Cloudy, fall-season pine needles. A light gold colour. Foamy head, you can see the craftsmanship in the pour alone.

Smell: Light fruit, faint molasses, abundant exotic spice. The alcohol provides a comfortable causticity.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Not too thin, but not too heavy either. finishes well, with an inviting aftertaste.

Drinkability: One of the beers to be savoured, not swilled. True to its form, it is what it is. A beer drinker would fall in love with this before the second glass, and wouldn't need a third...but would certainly want it.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,529 ratings.