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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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2,863 Ratings
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Ratings: 2863
Reviews: 1423
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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allengarvin

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very cloudy, yellow-orange color, with chunks of yeast floating throughout (though I was pretty careful when pouring).

Aroma: Highly spicy, notes of clove and anise. Earthy hop nose too, though someone faint.

Taste: Musty and quite earthy bitterness with lots of phenols. Plenty of dry, grassy hop flavor and bitterness. Slight fruitiness. Finishes tart and very very dry.

Body: Lots of carbonation, with a spritzy, effervescent mouthfeel.

A wonderfully hoppy Belgian ale with some nice complexity.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2005 18:43:06 | More by allengarvin
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pjwilson

California

3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't like this beer as much as i thought i would, this is my first saison which may mean i don't like the style that much as others are saying this the standard to which others are judged. The foam is just too much. There's great foamy beers like Piraat but this is just a step over the top. The carbonation seems to domintate all aspects of the taste. It's like champange but much more intense. I poured it into a wine glass and when the glass 1/3 full of beer the rest is complete foam which holds for minutes. So it took a good 6 or 7 pours to finish the bottle. Then you burp 100 times. For that matter the smell is not very pleasant. Now that said this is a pretty tasty, good beer. The taste itself is certainly the high lite. I would try it once to see if you like it.(since many do) It's just that there many better belgians(duvel or piraat, to name two that are similar in color) out there that cost the same. (6.99)

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2005 06:33:46 | More by pjwilson
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HogHill

Massachusetts

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

2004 edition of the 750.

Appearance: Like many Belgians, this one poured a hazy golden, more on the yellow end than orange.

Smell: The froth laden head carried an aroma of sweet fruit and light malts, hops are difficult to identify here.

Taste:It tastes tart like a saison should, there is a mild spice coupled with a citrus flavor and that farmhouse yeast flavor.


Mouthfeel: This beer is quite fizzy in the mouth, and a bit dry, but refreshing nonetheless.

One of the better beers that I have sampled in this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2005 00:42:50 | More by HogHill
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gentlebubbles

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle-conditioned. 2004 on the cork.

Tumbling cumulus of pure white towers above brilliantly clear gold.

Brisk, cut-hay scent.

Barely sweet hints of orange and apricot with a bit of earthy funk that unfolds into herbal savour when taken with food (or at least it worked that way with tonight's chicken-chickpea dinner.) Sometimes I think I get a bit of black pepper.

Sharp carbonation that efficiently cleanses the palate.

Some resin in the finish that develops into a very dry orange-rind character.

It's hard to rate the drinkability, as I don't care for it on its own, but it make a wonderful companion to food. I'm a little disappointed that I'm not getting more out of it, aside from a strange certainty of quintessence.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2005 23:14:55 | More by gentlebubbles
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gbontrag

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

57F.
Clean smelling -- fresh cut green honey dew, calendula, farm meadow in the morning.
I call froth like this 'beer meringue', most definitely. Goldenrod.
It's floral, fruity....carambola (starfruit) kiwi. Sticky, bitter....green banana. Saison grass, and dry finish. Quite wonderful and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2005 01:26:36 | More by gbontrag
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dgallina

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served a hazy and nearly opaque pale yellow color with a sturdy soapy white head and nearly endless lace. Smells of citrus and apples with a little bit of intermingled farmhouse funk. The flavors start with lots of citrus, but are quickly balanced by tart lemon peel and spice with a touch of yeasty funk. Finish is long and wonderfully dry. The carbonation is stupendous and helps make the beer particularly quenching; dry and light in the mouth. Excellent drinkability as well. Could easily have a few before noticing the empty glasses and headiness.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2005 02:41:46 | More by dgallina
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putnam

Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"2.004"
Yellow liquid, greyed by suspended particles. A thick white dish of foam on top.
Aromas of honey, butter, toast and cool minerals. Pepper, sunned grasses, split grains and curdled cream can also be gleaned from the aromas.
On the palate it posesses husky grip, supported by sharply defined fizz. Earthy perfumes continue to intermix with bold, ropy tannins. Floral Chenin Blanc fruits are joined by green tea flavors.
Long, lingering bitterness and abundant nectar.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 22:52:23 | More by putnam
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Padron4KM

Arizona

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml green bottle. Pours a cloudy, pale golden yellow color with a huge, frothy soapy head. Lively carbonation.
Froth slowly recedes and leaves lots of chunky, sticky lace in it’s wake.
Aroma is Yeasty, funky, soft cheese, a little sour note and a touch of fruity banana hiding way down deep.
Flavor is delicate, lemony and sweet and earthy with a long, lightly lemony bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 06:26:50 | More by Padron4KM
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inebrius

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A flaxen streaming liquid under layers of stiff foam radiates scents of the earth. A gift basket of aroma: lavender salts, forest honey, radish greens and apple butter packed in handfuls of fresh mown hay. My nose is all wet with puffy froth. Exceptionally balanced flavors reminiscent of that perfect after dinner salad of bitter greens, toasted sunflower seeds, farmer's cheese and dried cranberries in a light citrus vinaigrette.

When you've finished, use what's left of the head as a replacement for whipped cream on your fresh blackberries. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2005 03:23:08 | More by inebrius
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SaucyJack

New York

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Moan & Dove. I've loved Saison Dupont for years in the bottle and was thrilled to see it on the chalkboard at the pub. I wasn't disappointed, though I'd probably score the bottled version a bit higher.

The beer poured a little cloudy, in an enticing kind of way. It had that earthy, barnyard aroma that I expected, but it tasted just a bit sweeter than I remembered from the bottle. The hops were present but to the extent of the bottled version. There was a slight hint of oxidation, but overall, this is one of the best draft beers you're likely to find in this country. A definite winner, but better, I think, in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2005 17:13:25 | More by SaucyJack
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soper2000

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a long period of waiting I finally got my hands on a bottle. 2004 bottling.

The cork explodes off with aggression hinting at the intense carbonation that this bad boy contained. Pours a beautiful light orange with a huge fluffy head. Intense pepper notes dominate the nose. A background aroma of wet hay slowly fades in balancing well with the pepper before a slight smell of apples develop. Taste is clean and crisp with pepper, fruit, and hay. Very quenching. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. This is an excellent excellent beer. I will be returning.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2005 19:06:35 | More by soper2000
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MrBen

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first taste of a Saison. I prefer the strong dark ales, tripels, and quadrupels from Belgium -- but this was a nice change of pace. Fine presenation in the caged/corked bottle. Color was nothing to write home about, and nose in the bottle wasn't too groundbreaking. However, taste and mouthfeel were very good. Crisp, refreshing, and with notes of citrus. A fairly drastic departure from my Belgian favorites. Saison Dupont is good for cleansing the palette, and I'll probably buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2005 13:49:34 | More by MrBen
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assurbanipaul

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy bright orange-yellow with a massive white head, stiff as whipped cream. (Cork shot across the room and it took several pours to fill the glass.) Aroma is strong and yeasty, an element of sweet grain with a pleasing sourness.

Taste is delicate and bready, more yeast and a sort of musty nature like an old farmhouse. Dry with some slight citrus tones, some white pepper, maybe coriander. Faint traces of lemongrass and honey, leaves a little acidity in the aftertaste. Tastes like summer.

Mouthfeel is thin but lively and sparkly with carbonation; drinkability is high. Probably not sweet enough for non-beer lovers but makes a very good champaigne substitute.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2005 02:32:02 | More by assurbanipaul
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Southernbrew

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first experience with a Saison, have been meaning to try this one for a while.

Pours a lovely color I would describe as peachy. Head is quite big and it actually took a while for me to pour the beer.

Aroma is new to me. I had heard people talk about "horsey" aromas and now I understand what that means. Some pleasant lemony notes blended in as well.

Big carbonation is the name of the game with this and combines with a potent spiciness with hops. Becomes dry midway through and sweet fruit flavor begin to appear. Midway through the bottle it becomes smoother and dare I say creamy.

A sheer pleasure to drink. My first experience and certainly not my last. Delicious in the winter and my guess is even better in the spring or summer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2004 23:00:53 | More by Southernbrew
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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good summer beer. Not bad in the winter either. Pair it with spicy asian food.

Serving was a 750 ml bottle.

Poured a hazy pale gold with a monster of a head that withdrew fairly quickly leaving scattered clumps of lace.

Smell was cloves,apples and floral notes.

Taste was spicy and fruity with hints of green apples and some hints of fresh bread dough,

Mouthfeel was full bodied with fine carbonation.

Very drinkable, I suspect it is an even better brew with food.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2004 00:41:58 | More by Citadel82
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horndecker

New Jersey

4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite things about this brew is that there seem to be slight variations from bottle to bottle, all of them good. Of course this could be my imagination and what I had for dinner that night, but still....

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle, a classic label, a huge unruly pillowy off white head gets all rocky and lasts forever. Cloudy golden hue with a spinning flume of carbonation up the center.

The first whiff is funky old socks mixed with that orange poked with a few dozen cloves that makes your closet smell nice. Spice and citrus follows. As does farmyard funk.

The taste is citric, oranges, malt, spice, then a bitterness, herbal and satisfying. Occasionally a little smoky, just a hint.

Lovely stuff.

Drinkable, yes.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2004 05:17:49 | More by horndecker
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Crotor

California

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours cloudy, effervescent, and golden into my tulip glass. The dense head lingers with delightful lacing.

The beer has an excellent, spicy (think pepper) hop nose - almost pilsnerish (saaz?) There are also hints of fruit and phenols in the aroma.

In the mouth there's plenty of mobile, crisp, light malt. The mouthfeel is prickly and effervescent. I'm surprised by how big the hops are - didn't expect that, though this is my first venture into saisons. Much like the aroma, the taste is spicy and crisp - supremely enjoyable and interesting. Like a Belgian strong pale ale (think Duvel) only spicier and earthier. You can just tell while drinking this that this is an historic beverage.

This is and amazingly light, pleasant, and drinkable ale for the size. If this is indicative of the style, saison may soon become one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 01:12:58 | More by Crotor
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BeerManDan

California

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

When pouring this Saison from Dupont, the color was of a hazy golden brown in color with a medium about of foam and nice lace on the side of the glass. The smell of citrus with spritz filled the nose. The taste was of a zesty fruit (apple) nature. The simi-dry finish with the zest give this a well balance taste on the palate!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2004 00:02:46 | More by BeerManDan
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meathookjones

Virginia

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

This came in a 750ml bottle. Pours out a clear yellow with a lot of bubbles rushing up from the bottom of the glass. A fluffy white head erupts from the pour to peak over the top of the glass but luckily not on to the floor. The head maintained for most of the session leaving fluffy rings of lace around the glass. Aroma was filled with a doughy malt, yeast and a funkiness. There were also notes of sweet fruit and a bit of spiciness. The taste was quite malty with a spicy backdrop. Notes of biscuity malt and sweet fruit were intermingling. The taste ends on an earthy bitter dry note. Mouthfeel was light to medium with a very well carbonated feel to it. Drinkability is great it is very crisp and enjoyable with a complex flavor. This has definitely peaked my interest in the style, good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2004 19:16:07 | More by meathookjones
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very nice, although I thought the Foret was a little better. This one is more delicate, and a bit more subtle. Nonetheless, this is a wonderful beer (and goes great with food). Nice foamy head, which continues to coat the beer and glass all the way to the finish. Great balance, perfect with appetizers.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2004 01:37:54 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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Troyone

California

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

Purchased in a 12.7 oz. bottle, after removing the cage I stepped away to throw it in the trash. I heard a pop and bang the cork blew off and hit the cieling, do not even know where it is. Pours with a huge 4 or 5 inch head the color is similar to a hazy apple juice color with lots of carbonation action. Bit into the froth several times to consume the magically disappearing (once in mouth) cotton candy with the taste of sweet wheat beer.
The smell is not significant with a hint of sweet wheat beer.
The taste has great signs of wheat and sweetness of wheat mixed with an even carbonation.
Mouthfeel is comfortable not too syrupy with an even carbonation throughout to the limited aftertaste.
The drinkability is good maybe not a session beer but a good changeup and refresher.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2004 10:13:27 | More by Troyone
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged, cork denotes 2003.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big pillowy 2" slightly off-white head above the golden brew. Furious effervescence makes head sno-cone above the sides of the glass soon after pouring. Head lasts FOREVER, laces excellently with heavy foam, and aroma has the slight funk going on, but somewhat nondescript. Taste is of pale malt, with spices kicking it up soon after, and throughout the rest of the taste experience. Mouthfeel is extra smooth and drinkability excellent. Check it out if hops are your thing.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2004 00:33:02 | More by ppoitras
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apricot clored....hazy....fizzy, frothy 1/2 inch egg white head...nose is musty but sweet....tight carbonation...fizzy almost, but creamy at the same time...body is medium light...taste is earthy...sweet fruity notes at first but very dry on the finish...Should have saved this for Thanksgiving...it would have paired nicely with the meal...

Very enjoyable...justt kind of hard to describe the flavor and aroma...tfour words...musty...earthy...fruity..enjoyable..

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2004 05:46:57 | More by ZAP
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Beersignal

Quebec (Canada)

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

Definitely one of my top 10 brews, especially lately. Saison Dupont is, in my opinion, the standard by which other saisons should be judged.

The beer pours out a beautiful slightly cloudy golden yellow tinged with apricot. The monstrous, rocky, snow white head seems to challenge the effects of time and easily lasts until the very last sip, leaving hefty clumps of foam sticking to the sides of the glass.

This sample might have been a bit to cool initially but some warming allowed the yeastiness and peppery spiciness to express themselves through a veil of earthy hop resins. Very enticing. I take my first sip.

A fine bead ushers in this medium bodied but firmly textured and drying beer. Up front, notes of malt and peppery mint saunter by and are followed by hints of pears and bananas. Quickly they are dominated by a solid earthy and leafy bitterness that reminds one of autum (that's why I seem to enjoy this so much at this time of year). A long and elegant aftertaste lingers 'til the next sip and you discover what a superb beer this is all over again.

Thank god the SAQ still has some bottles of this on their shelves. At $6 a magnum, it's probably the best beer deal going these days, and with the SAQ strike going on now I better enjoy this one fully... it might be awhile before I get another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2004 01:11:10 | More by Beersignal
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

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

This was a slightly hazy yellow beer with a big head.

The aroma was sweet and fruity (apples and pears) with a hint of hoppiness.

The taste was slightly sweet, not as sweet as the aroma would lead one to believe. There was some fruitiness, also apples and pears. It was somewhat hoppy, with herbal tones, and was quite fizzy.

This was a pleasant beer to try, and the only one of this style I have been able to find. I was satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 05:19:24 | More by connecticutpoet
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 2,863 ratings.