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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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94
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3,470 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,470
Reviews: 1,458
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 195
Gots: 264 | 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 soupyman10
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the first saison I've ever had. It was quite tasty, although not necessarily my preferred style. Pours a very pale yellow opaque color, with noticeable yeast left in the bottle after the first pour. Amazing frothy white foam the can only be described as billowy. Best-looking beer I've ever seen. Nose is all citrus, mostly orange. Taste is likewise citrusy, more lemon now, with some yeasty flavor as well. Tastes like a really good hefeweizen. Feel is good medium body, with a nice solid aftertaste. Overall, not my preferred beer type, but fairly delicious nonetheless. I'd probably go for something darker, but if this one's available (and who knows how much longer it will be) I'd definitely grab it up.

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer before, and I think this is the first saison I ever had. And I think it is a classic that really has defined this style. Since Michael Jackson called saison an "endangered style" a decade ago, it has experienced a revival, but it seems like Saison DuPont has been representing this style the whole time.

Appearance is a hazy yellow with very abundant head (like a Duvel). Aroma is of spice (clove?) and is delicious. Taste is extremely smooth and relatively uncomplicated. It is clovey and also very good. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. This beer is extremely drinkable. This beer is an uncomplicated classic responsible for (pardon the metaphor) saving its "endangered" species. This beer is much lighter than its American imitators (from the likes of Ommegang and Avery), but is truly excellent.

Photo of vickersspitfire
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

WOW, Saison Dupont certainly has one hell of a terrific aroma that reminds me of lemons and oranges; just a very clean and citrus-like smell over all that’s very pleasing to the senses. It has a nice solid, feathery head that just seems to float over its wonderful light tan/blondish body (I wonder if I poured this one out right). It has a fresh snappish taste with some mild tartness to it.

Photo of joeack
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love this beer. Date on the cork 2006. Pours a golden yellow with a fluffy head that lets off that great funky smell. The taste is bready with sweet citrus aftertaste that hits the spot. I could drink this all day and every day. Exellent beer that I never get tired off.

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this on tap at Taco Mac in Lawrenceville, Georgia who would of thought? This brings up a question how long does it take this place to go thru a keg of this brew? I've had this beer many times in the bottle and the extra yeast really makes it exciting!
On tap it seemed a bit tame. The color was still a hazy pale gold.
The nose was full of herbal scents mixed with pears and wet earth.
The taste of dried grains and a spicy white pepper kick quickly smoothed out with a yeasty,citrusy finish.

Photo of meadhead
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thoroughly complex ale of
farmhouse goodness:
Citrus Lemon Pepper -Belgian Fruity Yeast - Grass Hop
smell and taste

Pours a two to
FIVE
finger head of billowy white foam
floating above a lemon yellow - clear body
(although mixing the residual yeast makes it slightly orange-ish)

The taste starts with the citrus-fruity yeast and ends
with a definitive grass hop dry bitterness
helped along by
a good bit of carbonation;
this ale has excellent drinkability
and an aftertaste that resurfaces
with all the elements
seems to hit a perfect balance for a saison ale of
complex taste
right carbonation
and drinkability of ABV

A well-made quality ale
good stuff

Photo of drumline
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber, with a quickly dissipating head.

S: Bready and earthy yeast, pear, orange peel.

T/M: Nice creamy mouthfeel, with a medium to active carbonation. Taste mirrors a lot of the smell. Bready and earthy yeast flavors, pears and various citrus flavors...pepper. Nice dry hoppy finish.

Drinkability: Fantastic. I can finish off a 750ml bottle very easily, and enjoy every bit of it. The relatively low alcohol makes this a good (although expensive) session brew.

Amazing.

Photo of slyke
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saison Dupont pours a hazy golden orange with an ample rocky white head. The smell is of alcohol with a little citrus. The taste is similar with the citrus more prominent. The citrus is more of a sour flavor than tart, but not a detriment. A lingering aftertaste is present too. Mouthfeel is good. Drinkability is pretty good too. Since the beer came in a 750ml bottle, It is sessionable (what else are you going to do?), but this beer is a sipper. Plan on taking a couple of hours for this bottle of beer. Recommended.

Photo of faernt
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh belches. My wife just walked through one and winced and called it "mossy" That's from a Saison DuPont. I have this beer around always. It's house beer. It rocks!!!

It pours big and rocky. It gets cloudy because of the rusty sludge in the bottom of the bottle. I've been told that there is iron oxide in the water at the brewery. It makes much food taste better. It smells a little old because I've been told they use aged hops. Try it sometime...put some hops in a bowl and leave them in your beer closet (or wherever you put beer) and smell them in a year. They smell different. So rusty water and old ingredients. And they still make a fantastic beer. It tastes great with food. Try it. It is on my top 10. Pass on rawish fish. It takes the smell up into taste. However, it is the best grilled salmon beer around.

Photo of sleazo
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this at the Union Square Cafe. Pours a cloudy golden hue with a thick head that is retained quite well. A very nice looking beer.

Smell is of funk, but not funk in a bad way. Also perhaps some fruit like apples or pears.

Taste is crisp and assertive. The funk comes through at first then has a real dry finish. The yeast is distinctive.

Mouthfeel-Highly carbonated and dry, very refreshing.

D-Due to the unusual nature of the beast i am not sure i would session this.

This is a beer that goes very well with food. It was able to cut through the richness of my entree, braised veal cheeks with a cherry/veal jus.

Photo of Erdinger2003
2.23/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a giant head that's frothy and foamy and hard to dissapate, it also has a good yellow and slightly cloudy color. The smell is slightly sweet brown sugar. Taste is sour and has a day old empty beer can finish to it. It's bitter harsh and barely tastes like a Saison at all. The mouthfeel is a little harsh with carbonation. Overall I will try again, just because of the name, but something went seriously wrong at John's with this bottle.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours pale straw with a dull clarity. Frothy snow-white head quickly fills the glass and holds exceptionally well leaving stubborn barnacles of foamy lace. Some moderate Styrian aroma, and a solid skunky/spicy Saaz bouquet. Some soft wheat and mild medicinal aromas are also evident, with lambic yeast notes and faint pilsener malt in the background. Timid pale malt sweetness and sharp pilsener upfront, followed by zesty Styrian and Saaz flavor, perhaps a little light-struck. Then comes a tame but prominent farmhouse profile. Dry aftertaste with lingering skunk and noble bitterness while the farmhouse character remains apparent, but not overwhelming. Nearly perfect execution of the style. High carbonaion and ultra-thin body, almost champagne-like but with some wheat-like texture. Overall the mouthfeel is refreshing and light with a pleasenty acidic yeast character and spicy german hop backdrop. Finishes dry and funky but restrained enough to quench the thirst as well as supply ample sour flavor.

Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Available in Vancouver in the big bottles ( better to cellar than the small versions) , this is a spicy take on the Saison. Lots of head tops a light gold body. The nose is all yeasty with citrus notes and the first sip is very assertive( You need to let the beer settle to really get the nuances of the finish). I like this version as it has body and finesse in one package and really shows well as a counterpoint to the malty, heavy dark beers.

Photo of Onibubba
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second Saison. I much prefered this one. Beautiful cloudy yellow body and fluffy white head. Still having a hard time wrapping my head around the smells and tastes of these beers, but I do know that I like it. Yeasty? Sure, OK. Definately interested in checking out more beers in this style.

Quaffability of this beer is excellent. Mouthfeel too. I was deeply saddened that all I had to follow this up with was a Hennepin. I'll be buying this again in greater quantities.

I've edited my review for this outstanding beer. This has become a true favorite and is leading the way for this particular style, to my tastes anyway. I wish it were easier to get my hands on more Saisons, but I will have to be content with the occasional expensive road trip to Atlanta to stock up. I could drink this beer every day and be quite content...For a while anyway.

Photo of Nipitato
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Somerville

A: Pours with a vigourous white head, which drops to about a half inch. Pale light gold color. Visibly effervescent. Belgian lace.

S: Spicy peppery phenols predominate. Citrusy fruity esters up front as well. Underscored by a hoppy background.

T: Spicy throughout. Orange citrus esters very subdued. Slightly hoppy. Dry finish with a bitter slightly spice aftertaste.

MF: Light body. Very effervescent. Astringent.

D: Nice tart thirst quenching saison. Very drinkable. Let warm for a better taste.

Photo of mpyle
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Monster white, moussey head. Good head retention. Color a pale gold, fairly clear.

Spicy citrus aroma, some malty sweetness.

Spicy hop bitterness dominates initially, then gets a bit softer and maltier midtongue. A bit more citrusy as the beer warmed.

Fairly light body, creamy despite the high carbonation. No alcohol warming or astringency.

A light, hoppy, spicy ale. Spicy character might get overwhelming, but the relatively light body makes it highly drinkable.

Photo of Gmann
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. The color was slighty hazy golden orange color, beautiful rocky white head, left a lot of chunky lacing. The aroma was of spicy, pepper Beligan yeast. The taste is spicy Beligan yeast, coliander, a bit of hop bitterness in the end. It is well carbonated, creamy, finishes a bit dry. This is the only offering that I have had of this style but I do enjoy it. It is quite drinkable as I had a few of them at Roy's in NYC.

Photo of trevorwideman
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

33cl glass poured into a chalice, thanks to fisherman34 for this one.

Colour is glowing yellow-orange, lots of sediment in this one. Huge frothy head, a full inch that recedes a little and keeps up throughout the glass. Medium Carbonation. Smell is intense, very spicy, coriander and pepper predominately. Orange and lemon peel are evident, and a lovely yeasty funk. Let's dig in, shall we?

Sourness is the order of the day here, as that funky yeast comes into play right off the bat. That is followed by coriander seed, pepper and orange, lemon peel bitterness rounds things off. Very simple, but pleasant to be sure. Mouthfeel is quite thin-bodied and wet, and there's little here that could be called bitterness, just mildly sour. Carbonation is mellow. All in all a simple and quaffable brew, it slides down super easily. A very enjoyable Saison.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a glowing golden-orange color. The head is a billowy four inches in height. It never fully recedes, and thick chunks of lacing stick to all sides of the glass. The aroma is of yeast, lemon, and citrus. The taste is very earthy, with citrus and lemons in the background. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, this is a very solid saison, and I will certainly have it again.

Photo of Illinick
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Extremely large, rocky white head that leaves tons of chunky lacing. Pale golden yellow with tons or rising carbonation.
S: Spiced pear, some tart apple, as well as earthy scents and a generic herbal smell.
T: Complex flavors of spiced fruit-pear and apple, some phenolic flavors, some earthy flavors and an herbal overtone. Dry grainy flavors as well and some champagne like flavors too. A light fresh tarness is found throughout.
MD: Mouthfilling and dry.
Overall: One of the best examples of the style. On par with Hennepin, but different in ways. If you like the style you'll love this one.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, pale straw color with a MASSIVE head and loads and loads of big bubbles. Extremely active beer.

Smells like champagne....phenolic, pears, yeast, banana, clove, coriander, other fruitiness.

Taste is tart, phenolic, hints of pear, melon, coriander, and other fruitiness, finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is light and extremely carbonated.

Very drinkable, considering the tastiness and easy abv%.

Photo of Matthew
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy pale golden color with a very nice fluffy white head with good lacing and great head retention.

Lots of yeast in the nose, earthy, slightly fruity, and some faint touches of alcohol and citrus.

Nice earthy flavors, grainy, slightly musty, dry yeast, and some warming alcohol in there as well. Very light hints of citrus, mainly lemon are present.

Nice crisp and fairly light mouthfeel with a nice level of carbonation for the style.

Probably the most drinkable saison I've had with the exception of hennepin, nice, crisp, complex, and flavorful.

Photo of Melchizedek
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale gold, with a big sticky head that holds onto the sides of the glass nicely.

Aroma is yeasty/phenolic with a distinct apple/pear fruitiness and a light spice. In the mouth, light and playfully carbonated with fruit flavors up front - some apricot comes into the mix as it warms - and a light grain texture with mild yeast, a light citric tartness and some final hop. Cleaner in the finish than the start.

I paired this with a Thanksgiving feast and have no regrets. Probably very versatile for pairing, and I was glad to have this as my introduction to the style.

Photo of Budlum
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
94 out of 100 based on 3,470 ratings.