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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,285 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,285
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 ypsifly
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged green 12.7oz with 2.004 stamped on the cork poured into a tulip.

Pale , hazy gold with a massive (despite a gentle pour) head of big white bubbles that has great retention and clings to the glass in odd rocky lumps. It falls in a way that leaves an odd, uneven landscape. Even as it settles down to the 1 cm+ height it maintains until the end. Champagne like bubbles that never quit make it all happen.

Tangy citrus and sugary notes make up most of the nose, with some floral underneath.

Orange and quick malt upfront followed by a dry, but still juicy finish, but it has a lot of grain throughout. Good dose of chalky belgian yeast as well.

Mouthfeel is good for the style. Sessionable, and I can see why it's recommended as a dinner beer.

ypsifly, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my chalice a slightly hazy orange/gold with a mammouth white head that stuck like glue as to the sides of the glass as it took its times settling.Wow the tons of stuff going on aroma wise some definent barnyard funck hits right after popping the cork along with some lemon rind and even a light phenolic smokiness in there as well.Very refreshing ale to say the least here,hints of lemon and coriander with a leafy,herbal finish.Clean and fruity and oh so damn refreshing a true classic and a summer quencher I wish I had more.

oberon, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl Bottle from the shop.belgianshop.com

Poured golden orange in colour with slight haziness... Head was very big and foamy with a slightly off white colour.

Aroma - Very citrusy. Peppery. Quite noticable smell of alcohol. Bitter notes. Slight hint of strawberry... Flowery...

Taste – Lemony, very fresh. Slight pepperiness. Hint of cream. Quite a bitter sweet taste. Hints of apple...

Feel - Quite sharp and refreshing. Quite creamy aftertaste. Very drinkable..

Overall - an excellent and very refreshing beer...

mdagnew, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden, huge fluffy white head and plenty of lace all around the glass. Nose is very citrusy, some buried malts, grass and earth, pleasant. Taste is very citrusy, some deep maltiness on the tongue, clean dry finish. Highly carbonated, but smooth and refreshing.

Viggo, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden-orange. Huge off-white frothy head that holds up forever. the nose airy with yeast and an outdoorsie, grassy kick. The taste is of yeast & bread with a earthy kick to it. Quite interesting. A long bitter finish with a pinch of tartness...almost a dry woodiness. Some fruit n spice linger as well. A light bodied beer with a mostly smooth & lively mouthfeel. Nice enough to have more than one...a good thirst quencher.

Popsinc, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of DrJay
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden honey colour with a gigantic, fluffy white head. Lots of lacing. Lemony citrus aroma, a bit earthy, light spice, floral, mild yeastiness. Fruity (apple/pear) and earthy, slightly tart, hint of malt flavour and a bit spicy. Long, dry, bitter finish with some fruit carrying through. Light body, light astringency, generous, crisp carbonation, slightly creamy and slick mouthfeel. There's a lot going on here, but it stays quite refreshing and enjoyable.

DrJay, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of JackTheRipper
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2.004 printed on the side of the cork.

A: Slightly hazy golden color. Lots of bubbles rising. Large head is now just a thin layer of suds.

S: Farmhouse indeed! Funky straw aroma dominates. Yeasty. Hints of lemon zest and just a whiff of a peppery spice.

T: Musty earthy taste. Faint sweetness creeps up on you like a memory you can't quite place. Very interesting. Flavors shift with some warmth, emphasizing a sweeter flavor with a lemony citrus tang.

M: Initially this was hugely carbonated but the fizz calms after some counter time. Alcohol is almost completely masked. Fairly light body.

D&N: I initially thought that the mag that ranked this beer number one was FOS, but they may not be far off the mark. Different from the stuff I've been drinking lately, pairs very well with the steaming bowl of split pea and bacon soup I'm enjoying. This is a really good beer. Best in the world? Nope. Worthy of praise? Definitely.

JackTheRipper, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 edition, according to the cork. New selection available at John's Grocery. Poured beautifully into my new Duvel tulip (thanks, Mr. Chalice Whore!). Had a massive three finger fluffy head with great subsequent lacing. The head receded to a marshmallow dome in the middle of the tulip. Oh yeah, it's also a hazy golden straw color with what seems to be a sediment-free beer.

The smell needs a bit of warming up before it really starts to open up, but it never really seems to get to full throttle. Smells very spicy and yeasty. Very "belgian," to be cliche. It literally smells like a farmhouse. Makes me nostalgic of back home on the parent's farm, though that may sound quite redneck considering I'm from Iowa.

The taste is a bit funky, but not in a bad way. Spicy. Yeasty. Bready. A bit sweet; a bit bitter in the finish. It is quite dry as well. Remnicient of Ommegang Hennepin.

This is quite good. It is recommended with all grilled foods, according the bottle. Consequently, I have many Flemmish recipes that call for Dupont as an ingredient, so I will have to do some experimenting in the future. If you can get this beer and don't mind a bit of funk, definitely go for it.

neonbrown82, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml green bottle with no freshness date. The cork popped off like a bottle of good champagne, thankfully it was not a gusher.

A- Massive off-white head, very active carbonation ... pale golden cloudy color. This is good as the beer should never pour clear.

S- Very ripe pear, earthy cellar and a solid herbal backbone round out the nose.

T- Big herbal phenolic action upfront, dry grain and a mild tartness. A handful of malt character comes through with a clean grainy note. Touch of fruitiness, musty chalky yeast, herbal phenols and dry grain in the finish.

M- Incredibly smooth with a deep yet soft crispness.

Need a beer to clean the palate if not cut through some of the most flavorful cuisines ... this is the beer to do it.

Jason, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of hungryghost
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, light orange pour with a fluffy white head that leaves plenty of lace behind.
Nice aroma of citrus, pepper and other spices.
Loaded with flavors, this ale changes as it passes through your mouth. Yeast, orange and lemon, great spiciness, a hint of hops and still room for a tiny amount of fruit sweetness. Each sip is the same but different. Excellent.
Mouthfeel is creamy, refreshing, crisp.
Would be very easy to have another, if I had more than one...

hungryghost, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of swid
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL green bottle; caged/corked; 2.004 printed on cork.

Saison Dupont pours a hazy dark orange color into my tulip glass. A 1.5", off-white head forms, then slowly collapses upon itself. Minimal lacing. The aroma of this beer is wonderfully complex; it's like you've just wandered out of the brewery itself. There's citrus aroma, a slight earthy mustiness, and a general zestiness/spiciness that I can't really put my finger on.

The first taste that this beer gives off is somewhat tart, with a slight hint of candylike sweetness. After a bit, the citrus and flowerlike flavors become apparant, and the beer becomes moderately bitter. The mouthfeel is pretty dry for a beer. This saison is still very much alive; it's almost like you can feel the yeast continuing to ferment the beer. Finishes tart and moderately bitter; the slightest hint of alcohol can be found in the aftertaste.

This is a great summer beer; it is so pleasantly funky. It is a great introduction into the world of Belgian farmhouse ales.

swid, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of TPSReports
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This butterscotch colored brew pours with a tall thick head into my tulip glass. I am drinking the 11.2 oz corked and caged bottle at 48 degrees. The cork is dated 2.004.

There is a large amount of yeast in this bottle. I am debating whether to pour it all in the glass. I think I will for the first bottle and re-evaluate for the next.

I don't anything spectacular in the nose.

A tangy citrus brew with a medium tickling carbonation. A fairly straightforward beer. I would say a nice summertime thirst quencher.

cheers

TPSReports, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 750mL, the cork states 2004...

It rests a creamy tangerine hue, boasting unfiltered cloudiness. Tenacious white head. Aroma contains lactose, some grainy malt, grass, and litte ripe fruit. Taste is full of pale malt, a little grainy in its presence. Slight cream flavor as well as some bananas, maybe apples as well. As the beer warms, an interesting sourness and fresh grass flavor become more apparent. Very brisk carbonation. In fact, the cork launched out of the bottle as soon as the cage was removed. Very interesting and drinkable.

BeerFink, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of 3Vandoo
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden unfiltred beer with a generous head that stayed the course, very foamy, lot of sediments floating around.

Smell: Unfortunately for me the green "champenoise" bottle did "skunked" the beer in smell but, just very shy. Some coriandre smells and spices are present.

Taste is a bit spicy, watery with a shy fruit note.

A bit dissapointed actually

3Vandoo, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of Andreji
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't say I was absolutely stunned by saison dupont- after the whole hype I was on when someone finally brought it from the states for me- but still found it to be a decent beer.

I had the bottle laying down and could see the yeast settle at the bottom. when I poured it it also came out, but I like that. a bit opaque but very bright, between a bronze and an orange tone. the head- massive and strongly retentive- was a creamy white topping. nice.

The smell was the first thing I thought for it as for the taste: duvel. bordeline sweet but dry, a bit of alcohol, fruity and complex. a bit wheaty.

The taste can be described basically the same way....except it had a very dry finish. kind of a big contrast for me, because all-in-all i was expecting what I'd think was a "classic" belgian sort of finish. I'm no hophead, and this finish was strong enough for me.

Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad, it just seemed like a bit of a crossover between a belgian pale and an american pale. anders, the beer was rather good, just not one I'll be asking for [that often].

Andreji, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new and exciting style of beer for me. It pours a hazy yellow color and has a thick foamy head. It has sour yeasty aroma that good Belgian beers all have in common. It's sour, spicy and has a very dry finish. It is very complex, yet very refreshing style of beer. this is my first Saison and I am liking the style already. I don't think the Belgians are capable of brewing a bad beer.

RushLimbmalt, Jun 04, 2005
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 KoG
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this in Ashland when I was up there for the Shakespear festival, corked and caged, 2004 bottling.

Hazy Amber/Orange hue with a GIGANTIC head that just doesn't want to go away. When it finally settles a bit, large white chunks of lace adorn the sides of the glass. Very, very tasty looking.

Smell is apples with some spice. Bit of phenol alcohol, but not much. Very pleasing, even detected a hint of something that reminded me of marshmallow a few times.

Taste is crisp, somewhat cidery with some bitterness. Drys out on the end a bit much, but very nice indeed. when warming up it becomes more cidery and dry. Better when chilled just a bit.

A very nice Saison and one that may be in the cards again if I can find it and at a reasonable price.

KoG, May 25, 2005
Photo of fizzyfred
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, golden hazy color with an strong head. This was a 2004 and the age was apparent right away in the aroma. Very nice, spicy nose with a combination of lemon and pepper. The taste is very refreshing and this is one of the best saisons I've had. Nice mild, spicy flavor that's very refreshing.

fizzyfred, May 22, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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 warriorsoul
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Downtown for keeping this one on the shelves.
Pours a cloudy golden color w/ two full fingers of bright white head.
The aroma is faint, but nice...hint of lemons, bread, and malt.
Taste is enjoyable...very refreshing. Buttery w/ a slight citrus tinge.
Not detecting any spice at this point...we'll see once it warms up a bit.
Surprised to detect the alcohol in the taste, but it does show up minimally in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is not thin and is highly carbonated.
The perfect style to enjoy on a warm spring/summer's day.

warriorsoul, May 17, 2005
Photo of Shiredave
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like the sound of "Farmhouse Ale" better than I do Saison. It just conjures up a better image of sitting in an old stone house enjoying this beer with platters of cheeses, fresh crusty bread and roasted meats, a fire in the hearth and happy people enjoying good company.
Dupont pours a bright golden orange color, steady carbonation supports a thick, frothy head that leaves huge clumps of lace all around. Hazy from the added bottle yeast, it leaves a bit of grainy sedement in the glass.
The aroma is crisp and musty, fruity and sugary all at once. Its like a lemon lolly pop dipped in vanilla... with a wet dog at your side.
Flavors are subtle but complex - a mix of ripe fruit and pepper. Tastes to me like lemon pound cake rolled in powdered white pepper. Lush and bready up front with fuzzy effervescence that carries a peppery dryness to blend in smartly and compliment the sweet fruity base.
Medium/light bodied with soft spice additions that round out the hoppy, dry finish. Great paired w/ seafood, cheese fondue or cornish hen.
A true Classic and WAY underrated!

Shiredave, May 11, 2005
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not only of my favorite beers, one of the best beers of the saison style.

This beer is downright fabulous for matching with food. Goes great with spicy, Asian foods, bbq. For more on this, check out Garrett Oliver's tome on matching beer and food.

Poured golden with a wonderfully thick head which wouldn't go down.

Typical Belgian spices with much more flavors going on. Hoppiness in there to give it a refreshing finish.

Can't get enough.

You should try to have a 750mL bottle of this and Hennepin on hands at all times for any BYOB you may go to.

GeoffFromSJ, May 07, 2005
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Redbones.

This saison poured a hazy, golden color with white foam that settled but left some lacing on the glass. The smell was lightly fruity with some hops (reminiscent of DeRanke XX Bitter). The taste was hoppy with a mild horseblanket Brett flavor and a slightly bitter, hoppy finish. A pleasant flavor overall. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp with medium body and good carbonation, and a mildly lingering aftertaste. This was a nice beer, but seemed quite different than the way I remember this beer from a bottle.

UncleJimbo, May 03, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This Saison is a thing of beauty. The head rose up nicely on an easy pour, showed great retention, and even left some lacing as I drank it down. It was white as the driven snow. The body itself was that thick, slightly orange yellow that I’ve come to know and love.

Smell – This has some of the farm funk to it, but it’s really quite balanced. There’s a nice, easy yeast that soothes the nostrils. The spicing is actually more like a Tripel.

Taste – Ah, yes, quite the delicacy. The farmhouse character comes out a bit more at the taste, but it’s still balanced with yeast. The spices are powdery and very strong, again much like a Tripel or BSPA. The white pepper is prominent here.

Mouthfeel – This Saison is medium-bodied and very fluffy in the cheeks due to the wonderful carbonation. There’s a slight bit of drying at the end but it is super smooth.

Drinkability – Some Saisons can be tough to session, but this one is very smooth and went down quite well. It was one of the more drinkable examples of the style that I’ve had.

RoyalT, Apr 20, 2005
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,285 ratings.