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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

Saison DupontSaison Dupont

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BA SCORE
93
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2,870 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2870
Reviews: 1424
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%


Brewed by:
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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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MJR

Missouri

5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review updated 01/22/06:

Scores upped to all 5's. Just a flawless, world-class beer. The standard bearer of the style. Possibly my number one desert island beer. Just untouchable stuff.

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2003-dated 750ml bottle

Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a massive, pure white, meringue-like head that explodes every time new liquid is introduced to the glass. Cobweb-like lacing. The aroma is grassy and earthy, with honey, peppery spiciness, phenolics, musty yeast, oranges and apricots, and flour-like malt. The flavor begins phenolic, with some white pepper spiciness. Midway, the other flavors foretold in the aroma appear: honey, musty and funky yeast, citrus (orange peel and lemon zest), and bready malt. All of these ride atop a rustic, earthy backbone. Hints of leather, iron, and hops towards the end. The finish is extremely dry and completely washes the palate clean. Crisp and clean in body, with a fairly light mouthfeel and huge acidic undercurrent. This fresh bottle is a bit young and rough compared to some of the older bottles of this I’ve had. Still one of the best examples of the saison style…a classic brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2002 20:40:12 | More by MJR
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Viking

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2000 Edition. Loud pop when uncorking gave me an indication of how highly carbonated this brew is. It poured a crystal clear pale gold, with massive trails of CO2. Huge, rocky head with great retention. Leaves thick, foamy trails on the glass. Smell is lightly fruity with a grassy and spicy smell. Moderately tart taste of apples with plenty of peppery spice and low bitterniss. Light, crisp mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish. Lingering aftertaste of tart apples.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2002 09:51:34 | More by Viking
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marc77

California

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The thick, fluffy, well retained white head w/ soft peaks tops a hazy dark golden hued brew. Musty yeast hits the nose at first, then is ensued by candied fruit sweetness, citrus rind, and tart pear at the end of the aroma. Cidery sweetness is perceived initially, but quickly yields to a capricious melange of honey, sugar coated lemon rind & rustic bready malt, w/ hints of green apple acetaldehyde and black licorice. Well attentuated and somewhat dry, with a spritzy, lively mouthfeel that complements the tart fruit notes. Hop bitterness is nearly lost, yet manages to offset sugary sweetness & accentuate the dryness of this brew. Finishes w/ a bready malt and fruit combination reminescent of tart orange marmalade on wheat bread. Saison Dupont is complex yet balanced, relatively light on the palate, and thus superlatively drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2002 07:31:53 | More by marc77
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Thrasher

Oregon

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

Golden ale with long lasting lace and continuous beads. Mild aroma with light malt hints. Round and spicy in the mouth, with soft malt character contrasted with hard water, almost metallic. Hops give the beer a good crispness and the yeast really lays it on thick. Slight euro-skunkiness from green bottle. Long lasting finish which draws out the best qualities in the flavor of this beer. This is not quite to my liking; the yeast is overbearing and the mouth is a little too frothy for me. However I cannot criticize the quality of this well-made beer; only my taste and my inexperience with the style are at fault.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2002 15:56:24 | More by Thrasher
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice fresh and spicy like a good saison should be, spicy almost peppery nose, with a bit of cloves and coriander in there aswell, i liked it a lot, spicy and not too over the top on the palate,very nice easy drinking saison.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2002 05:11:29 | More by rastaman
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big green bottle. A fun semi-hard pour yielded a fizzy third of a goblet head thats long-lasting. Almost a gold color, hazy and opaque. Slightly estery and fruity aroma. Pleasant sweet malt flavor, leaning toward the strawberry/banana, touch of black pepper. Lemony astringency toward the end. Finishes quite dry and a tad grassy, but the malt flavor is pretty robust initially. Pretty complex. I like this Saison style and give Dupont the thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2002 07:31:46 | More by ADR
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BKotch

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah, the complexity of a first-rate Belgian saison! Cloudy golden color, huge frothy head, nice lace. And then a very dry fruity-spicy nose and palate with a dry finish. Carbonation is on the high side. Everything comes together so well in this brew -- it's just incredibly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2002 18:48:24 | More by BKotch
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RaulMondesi

California

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresher than my baby mama's V Secrets out of the Kenmore Elite, Raul is feeling this one. Imagine being dirty and then taking a shower; yeah, now you are clean. Now, imagine taking a shower after already taking a shower, I mean, now we are talking cleaner than clean! And that's what Saison Dupont is: it's Nina Agdal, sprinkling a bit of spice on a pear.

Wooo! Just thinking about it Raul needs to take a shower!

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2014 10:33:10 | More by RaulMondesi
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Classic saison that arrived a pale straw with ample white head. Aroma was a bit subdued but yeasty esters and citrus were notable along with some herbs and peanut butter sweet malt. In the mouth, beer was a heady mix of orange spice tea, lemon, clove, white pepper, herbal perfume, apple, and cashew brittle, all integrated well with a dry bitter finish. Did not notice the funk that some describe. Pleasing combination of malt and spice with a dryness that evokes champagne and a surprising nuttiness.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2013 01:19:57 | More by CalgaryFMC
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Barley's Brewhaus out of a Dupont stange glass.

Appearance - A spongy one-finger head of orangish-white rests atop a body of apricot and amber. It's murky and impossible to see through, in spite of the thin cylinder of a glass. Solid retention and excellent lacing, leaving rings down the side of the glass marking the level of the liquid between each drink.

Smell - Belgian yeast, some faint funk, but overall a clean aroma with some elements of pepper and spice.

Taste - Amazingly balanced with notes of hop bitterness, more Belgian yeast giving way to phenolic characteristics, elements of citrus and herbal sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation with some resinous characteristics that leave a lingering pleasantness in the aftertaste. Entices you to take the next drink.

Overall, it's easy to see why this is one of the standard-bearers for the farmhouse style. I prefer my saisons to be a little more in-your-face, with some more funk and dankess. But this one is clearly versatile for multiple seasons and cuisines.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2013 05:55:45 | More by LambicPentameter
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

one of the classic saisons, and one ive been meaning to try again and review for awhile. i really enjoy this beer. its pale honey colored in appearance and a bit cloudy with an absolutely massive white foam head, like a giant snow bank. a big old white pillow that hardly subsides at all. the nose is delicate pitted fruit and a moderately spicy belgian yeast. wheat malt and yeast are the first two flavors i pick up, but there is a gentle summery sweetness in the back end with golden raisins, peaches, and wildflowers. amazing how all these subtleties come together in a beer that remains so light and airy. effervescent carbonation makes it feel even lighter in the mouth, and although the body isnt that light, it really feels like drinking a cloud. super sessionable in the summertime for sure, and a nice reminder in the winter that summer will come again, as it always does. one of the better widely available saisons out there.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2013 19:05:25 | More by StonedTrippin
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, served in a tulip

A hazy golden color with a fluffy paper white cap. Recedes in crater-like fashion, clinging to the sides the whole way down.

Aroma of flowers, banana, wet hay, clove, barnyard, rotten wood, and a touch of lemon. A touch of grassyness lays low. The barnyard funk is the most prominent.

On the palate, a soft fruitiness with some funk hits you first. Wet hay and lemons leading to some spice before some melon and barnyard come in for the finish. A touch of lingering funk/hoppy bitterness.

Medium body, smooth, and lush. Dry finish with lingering funk.

This is a damn fine saison. Classic profile with an added dose of welcome funk.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2012 20:05:14 | More by ColForbinBC
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Guden

Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On Tap at Pakhuis in Ghent, Belgium

A- Hazy golden with a white head of tiny bubbles that lasts and lasts leaving good lacing.

S- Crackers, decaying wood, pears and a touch of melon rind. Really nice, makes me think of summer.

T- Up front a sweet cracker sensation is quickly balanced with spice (white pepper, cardamom) and hops. Finish is peppery with lemon and a bit more of the honey dew melon character.

M- Thin and dry with medium carbonation. Perfect for the style and allows the flavors to dance around nicely.

D- An excellent beer. On tap it is delicious and was a welcome finish to my first day in Belgium.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2012 01:11:40 | More by Guden
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TullyBlanchard

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attention to the Rock and Roll Express: Double-A (Arn Anderson) and I are officially calling you out, brothers. Time and place is three weeks in Chattanooga, TN. Starrcade baby....and we are keepin' these belts.

The beer:
A pale golden color with a good white head. Smells sort of like a wheat beer. Very refreshing saison. A hint of citrus, clean finish. Something about the aftertaste reminds me of drinking champagne. Could have a lot of these.

80s/90s wrestler most likely to drink this beer:
The Model, Rick Martel.

Diamonds are forever.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2012 01:40:53 | More by TullyBlanchard
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 01:00:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Armsby Abbey.

A- Served from the tap into a signature DuPont slim glass that appears to hold about 12oz. Massive fluffy white head forms and has great retention. Each sip reveals distinct rings of lace.

S- This aroma basically defines classic Saison yeast to me. A great balance of fruity, floral and peppercorn spice notes. Certainly a bit of light malts and bread behind the yeast.

T- Follows the nose but some more complexity adds on here. Yeast lends a plethora of flavors like floral, spicy, raisin, pepper, coriander, herbal, banana and clove. It all blends very well. Like bread, cracker malt and hops balance it out. Hops are spicy, herbal and earthy.

MF- Dried out light body with smooth silky carbonation. Nice clean bitterness in the palate.

A true classic that took me long enough to review. Compare all Saison to this. I would have to say the tap was missing slight skunk the bottles can have.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2012 21:57:54 | More by cbutova
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draught at the Blue Monk in Buffalo.

Poured into a Dupont nonic glass. Murky golden, big billowing head with great retention and nice lacing.

Nose is pure saison delight: wheat, herbal hops, a bit of funk, spices, lemon zest and honey.

A damned tasty saison, light and refreshing on this hottest of days. Similar tasting notes as in the nose. Paired with a nice braised rib sandwich, which really brought out the honey flavour here. Not too funky, and the yeast is kept in check. Medium bodied, mild carbonation, sticky.

Just an all around delightful brew, and a great showcase of the style. Refreshing as all get out.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2012 18:45:04 | More by JohnnyBarman
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Milltown in Carrboro, NC.

Pour is that cloudy goodness that I expect. The smell isnt as robust as I thought it would be. Balanced, but lots of German Hefe (banana and bubble gum) esters.

The taste is balanced and drinkable. Good bit of those German Hefe flavors, but theres a hint of spiciness from the yeast to add another layer to it.

The scary part is that its drinkable, way too drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2012 02:41:12 | More by VncentLIFE
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socon67

New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pour looks quite a bit like ginger ale. Cloudy golden color with a bubbly white foam and visible carbonation.

S - Smells of earthy spice, musty straw, and sour fruits.

T - Not all that excited by this. The taste felt overly mellow, and had a bit of a sugary feel that seems a bit off as compared to the musty grains, citrus, and other components of a traditional saison.

M - Easily drinkable, but slightly thin. I was not interested in a second one, though it does pair well with light food.

O - Surprising to me, I felt it was a middle of the road example of the style. I'm curious if it not being bottled and having the sediment of yeast has a tangible affect. I'll pass on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2012 15:28:23 | More by socon67
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SLeffler27

New York

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fluffy, two-inch, white head lives long over a chill-hazed, golden straw beer, leaving lots of webbed lacing on a Saison Dupont pint glass.

Has a funky aroma, perhaps more barnyard, with pepper, coriander and clove. Floral notes come out as it warms.

Slightly sweet, followed by a touch of bitterness, mostly found in the finish. The flavors range from subtle to pronounced, and develop with each sip, unfolding new character. Overall, earthy.

Dry with a medium body and dry carbonation.

This is a true casual beer at its best. Dupont has the subtlety expected from this style and can easily be enjoyed with friends and good times.

Also had draught version one day earlier, which was more flavorful with deeper character. The best version of this beer is clearly via draught with the bottled version is a distant third place.

Serving type: growler

04-29-2012 21:17:23 | More by SLeffler27
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mptorpey

Delaware

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A:Light straw yellow wit a small white head that clings to the glass.

S: Some floral notes with a bit of grass and honey.

T: A very colplex beer with lots of spice and floral parts. Finish is long and a bit sweet.

M: Full bodied

O: A very complex beer that every sip can impart different tastes as it warms. Finish is long and has a bit of grasseness to it. Great spring time beer

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 04:46:59 | More by mptorpey
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JTSbeerislife

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a rather narrow style tulip but unmarked and slightly larger that those horrible “very tall and narrow” style tulips now in vogue across the known universe as far as I can tell.

Pours a rather thin head which reduces to a very thin film rapidly.
Beautiful golden grain kind of color, with a constant stream of fine bubble carbonation.

Very powerful, yeasty, distinct, French bread aroma hits you first, followed by golden malt. Very elegant and refined nose. Excellent.

Nice crisp entry on the palate of delicious, yeast dominated malt, and then as this ale warms the yeast backs off a little to allow the malt to come forward. Then the surprise! Superbly integrated hops (Belgium style) come into play. Medium full mouth feel and superb Champagne like carbonation finish it off. Delicious!

Long finish of yeast/malt/hops, with the yeast and hops dominating and lingering.

An excellent Saison. Very Champagne like in mouth feel and even some flavor components!
Lots of yeast action throughout especially the smell.
Big nose. A very enjoyable experience.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 01:09:53 | More by JTSbeerislife
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a stemmed vase, the beer is a hazy, opaque, yellow-gold coloring with a thick, foamy, small bubbled, bright white head about a half an inch thick. Aromas are yeasty, with hints of clove and floral highlights. Very light and spicy on the nose. Flavors are very spiced, with a solid clove profile along a citrus and bready blended foundation. Some lavendar and juniper highlights throughout...this beer is well balanced and extremely complex at the same time. Very good challenge to the palate. The aftertaste is clove spiced and toasty, and the light body leaves a sparse lacing on the glass. The finish is slightly lingering, but light and spicy. Good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 18:23:26 | More by GarthDanielson
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caryt

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at the Green Dragon (Portland, OR) in a Russian River tulip

A: Caramel opaque with a large fluffy white head the size of both of my thumbs.

S: Smells of delicious Belgian yeast with a very slight sweet fruit aroma

T: Smooth and yet very smooth, not an overbearing carbonation. This brew was blessed with a magnificent yeast

M: Light, slightly sweet and delicious.

O: First go at this Saison and very pleased. I went from a boozy saison to this refreshing goodness. Would suggest to anyone and will have again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2012 06:37:27 | More by caryt
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crvcac

California

4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap in La Jolla Village at a little place called the Public House.

Appearance - Hazy/golden yellow

Smell - Light notes of citrus - orange, lemon zest, earthiness and a touch of hops

Taste - citrus, earthiness, nice balance between malt and hops

Mouth-feel -one of the most refreshing, thirst quenching beers I have ever imbibed

Overall - Top shelf. the PERFECT beer to drink on a nice, sunny day

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 17:28:46 | More by crvcac
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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