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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

Saison DupontSaison Dupont

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BA SCORE
93
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2,881 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2881
Reviews: 1425
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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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
The beer pours a fairly strong and vigorous white bubbly head. The beer itself is a hazy light orange with a hint of yellow.

Smell:
The hops provide an earthy smell to the beer and the sweet malts is noticeable under all that. The two combine to make a fairly nice smelling beer. The yeast also provides a slight biscuit smell as well.

Taste:
The earthy notes are still there but are joined by a citrus and slightly grapefruit taste. The biscuit taste also follows with a sweet finish. The malts are not very dominate but one can certainly find them complementing the more bitter flavors.

Mouthfeel:
Biting carbonation. The beer feels on the edge of being light bodied and medium bodied. The beer leaves a slightly dry aftertaste.

Overall:
A wonderful saison and one of my favorites. After drinking this beer, you will certainly understand why some people consider it the standard.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 13:53:31 | More by HattedClassic
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None, "L120390 10:33" on bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Dupont' saison is certainly a classic of the style, though a bit focused on darker/richer/heavier malt contributions than others in the style. Still, it has quite pleasant hop and malt character, along with some unique fruit esters and grassy/hay-like components. If focused, there are many different flavors with each sip of this beer. Certainly one to revisit at any time of the year, especially at a pleasant price for being an import.

Pours a voluminous (>4cm) tall head of eggshell-white foam with excellent retention of several minutes. The head settles to a thin (0.2cm) cap atop the body of the beer, residing for the entirety of the drinking session. Lacing is quite good, with patterns and bands adorning the entirety of the inner glass. Beer is a medium-dark orange color with a brownish hue, light bringing out brighter yellowish-orange hues. Carbonation is visible through the hazy (60-70% opaque) body, streaming up from the center of the glass.

Aroma is of heavy yeast, basement must, farmhouse hay, wet grains, and lightly caramelized malt sugars. Smells are good, somewhat "dark" with yeast and malt, less focused on brighter, fruitier elements, relative to others I've had recently.

Front of palate is sweet from pale malts with a slight caramelized malt sugar character, along with notable saison yeast and a bit of mealy apple, pear, and orange fruit flavors. Mid-palate is of saison yeast, musty farmhouse-stored hay, wet grains, a bit of mealy apple and pear flavor, slight honey, and mild hop bitterness. Back of palate finds heavier malt presence, particularly with a slight caramel and honey edge, heavy yeast presence, and mild-to-moderate hop bitterness. Aftertaste is of saison yeast, slight pepperiness, easily noticeable yet fairly mild hop bitterness that also lends a slight grapefruit/orange rind, and super mild grain flavors.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with high levels of carbonation that manager to never feel fizzy, but immediately produce a foamy, rich mouthfeel with each sip. Closes dry, with little stickiness lingering on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 15:15:57 | More by falloutsnow
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one delicious and easy-drinking beer. Lots going on, and not just a session drinker. I could drink this all summer long and not feel I'm just consuming malt, yeast, and hops. Just the right amount of bitterness and lots of flavor, flowers and fruits. This is one of my favorite Saison's. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 03:55:32 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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beyah

Maine

4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml green bottle, when I popped the cork the foam came out like champagne, ran off for a good 3 minutes, praying there would actually be beer to taste afterward.

A - Tons of white bubbles, highly carbonated. Yellow golden color and cloudy, once the bubbles go almost no lacing.

S - Earthy smell, you make out the grains in the background. Barely detect any hops.

T - Phenolic, almost a raw grain flavor, ends slightly tart. A slight aftertaste of yeast.

M- Smooth, tart and carbonated. Very interesting.

Overall - A good introduction into this style, refreshing summer drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 23:39:13 | More by beyah
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MeneerBeerSnob

District of Columbia

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip.

A-Bubbly dark gold with a finger and half of cream white head that fades to a crown. Visible lacing.

S-Smells very light and refreshing, fruity sweet, hints of grain, coriander and fresh grass.

T-Wow, very light and refreshing hops followed by a banana caramel malt sweetness. Some light spicy herbal notes and straw in the middle.

M-Medium bubbly mouthfeel, very champagne-like, smooth.

O-I've been trying more saisons this summer and this might be my favorite. This is a must try if you like saisons.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 00:58:27 | More by MeneerBeerSnob
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Eeroomnhoj

Virginia

4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Opened it and could hear the carbonation, very bubbly. Very smooth to drink from start to finish. This is definitely a beer to drink again and again.

The smell was sweet and the first sip was as good as last. I could see drinking this on a hot summer day while hanging out with friends.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 00:09:37 | More by Eeroomnhoj
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, golden-amber in color; head was thick and white, with fair retention and decent lacing.

S: Complex, fairly strong without overpowering the nose. Grain presence is slight. There's a mix of several fruity aromas, and I can't identify all of them (but grapes, pears, and citrus are all present, and maybe a whiff of banana. Spicy notes of white pepper and more are also in there.

T: This ones skips right over the sweet malts. There's a brief moment of dry, grain flavor, then the tartness hits and overwhelms the palate like a crashing wave -- I detect tart grapes, bergamot, and grapefruit, the last of these becoming more pronounced in the finish, even taking on the bitter flavor of grapefruit rind. As if fades, just dry bitterness remains.

M: Crisp, fairly-well carbonated, but with a touch of astringency in the dry finish.

O: A moderately strong-flavored beer that would likely pair well with a full-bodied French cheese (memo to me for next time...) The dry, bitter finish detracted a little from the experience, but overall it was worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 03:27:22 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Cloudy; orangish body with a good sized head

Aroma: Spicy; malty; citrusy notes

Taste: tart fruit and spicy hops in the start and mid; finishes fairly dry

Remarks: A little too dry and bitter for me.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:11:57 | More by IchLiebeBier
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Tonmeister

Georgia

4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into a 16oz Goose Island Glass

Appearance: golden yellow, with a solid, thin, white head, and the lacing is consistently well when tilting the glass.

Smell: very fruity, earthly, yeasty.

Taste: fruity, lemon, apples, bananas, mango, pears, blended nicely with the earthy yeasts. Not bitter at all. It goes down very smooth.

Mouthfeel: the mouthfeel is thin and highly carbonated.

Overall, I think this is a great beer because its blended very well. It has a sour component, not really bitter, but it is also very sweet. It's so bubbly like drinking champagne, but it tastes better than champagne. This would be a great beer for a hot summer day or for new years.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 04:12:59 | More by Tonmeister
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Roman5150

Spain

4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

bottle into Duvel glass

appearance: pale cloudy golden yellow, 1 finger white head

smell: smells like the barnyard funk, earthy/fruity sweet nectar, grapes, coriander, orange peel, pineapple, citrus, exotic spices, one crazy smelling beer that's for sure

taste: very dry and sweet, has a tart fruitiness to it but it's very well balanced, drinks very smoothly. Getting a lot of apple and grape, with some more subtle citrus/grapefruit notes.

mouthfeel: pretty decent carbonation, has the feel of wine/champagne more so than beer

overall: Haven't had many Saisons, but this one is absolutely amazing and is so well balanced, this would be my first choice for best representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 04:06:25 | More by Roman5150
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Agent1

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Quite literally, it does not get any better than this as far as Saisons go. Impressive bright, white head. Very active. Golden yellow. Slight haze. Very appealing.

Smell - Strong lemon peel, mango, candied apple, vanilla and plenty of coriander. Very zesty. Slightly skunk, which always works great with a Saison. Nice dry Saaz characteristic. Nice bready, yeast aroma. Refreshing.

Taste - Nice, clean lemon notes, pineapple, grapefruit, bitter herbs, very floral with flowers and marigolds, mango, green apple, grass/ bitter grains, orange peel. Beautiful use of pale malts. Nice clean sugars.

Mouthfeel - Very balanced. You can feel this all over the palate. Crisp and a wonderful use of carbonation. Dry and bubbly, like champagne. Amazing.

Overall - Excellent Saison. BOOM. Brasserie Dupont nails it. Easily one of their best.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 03:17:36 | More by Agent1
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jordanmiller

Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Before this, I've only had experience with Ommegang's Hennepin, and a local Saison.

A - Appearance seems very light with an almost unfiltered or either highly carbonated look to it

S - I never understood the term "farmhouse ale" until I gave this a whiff. WOW, You can really get a whiff of funky leather and what one in a rural area like mine would consider a farmhouse-y like scent!

T - Very, very light on the tongue, I wouldn't say overly carbonated, but it's very very bubbly on the tongue. Lots of funk lingers on the tongue after tasting, I can't quite put where the other tastes are coming from, but it's very light and very refreshing.

M - Incredibly light and bubbly, very refreshing

O - The best Saison I've tasted so far, I'm just upset that a style that's so gorgeous is so difficult to find varieties of in Pennsylvania!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 07:37:36 | More by jordanmiller
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Part of b-day bash of saisons.
Very different than the Am. versions also sampled. Subtler and also more thirst quenching.
Soft overall aroma. Less sweet. Some fruit and a stronger pale malt base.
Huge full white head. Very pale body. Thick head and lots of lacing.
More malt forward with a moderately paced dryness that grows to quite prominent and seems to come directly from the strong tartness. Closest to a lemon taste.
Full and effervescent and yet smooth.
More subtle, but also rather complex. Really a good thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 00:10:24 | More by garymuchow
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 5.22.13

L12132C
14.51.45

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a huge off-white foamy head with good retention.

S - Lemon, wheat, floral, a bit skunky.

T - Bannana, light wheat, subtle lemon, wild grass and flowers.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Soft and light saison with some nice floral tones.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 04:32:25 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Pwnasaur90

Washington

4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I feel like reviewing such a huge beer as Saison Dupont is a little bit worthless because everyone and their grandmother has reviewed this beer.

It should be noted, that I drank this beer from a brown bottle, not a green.

Appearance: Light, golden straw color and a huuuge, light and foamy head. IF you give it a bout 5 hours, the head will slowly start to whittle down.

Aroma: Very interesting; earthy, grass notes, tart, and the slightest bit of funk, pale malt that smells a little of straw.

Taste: Even more interesting. The ester is the main champion in this beer, followed by earthy, grassy components. Finishes very smoothly and leaves a nice, crisp taste.

Overall: A wonderful saison. Definitely deserves all the praise that it has received. If you are new to saisons and looking for one to try, let it be this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 18:50:15 | More by Pwnasaur90
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

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

A- Cloudy peach-colored body with a thick and frothy off-white head. Enough transparency to see carbonation bubbles in the body coming up from the bottom.

S- Fruity and peppery aromas come through n a big way. I get pear, some citrus, a hint of banana, spicy/peppery yeast. Also a hint of an earthy aroma.

T- Lots of sweet fruity flavors at the beginning and then at the end. The middle has the earthy yeasty flavors with the slightest hint of funk.

M- Medium-high carbonation with a medium body. The finish is very dry, but has the crisp fruitiness at the same time.

O- This is a great saison. Almost has a flavor profile similar to some tripels, but has big flavor and is quenching.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 22:48:52 | More by stephenjmoore
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ckollias

Maryland

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours an extremely cloudy yellow-orange hue with a thick, frothy, white head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a solid lace.

S: Fruity aroma – lots of lemon with an orange zest.

T: Spicy yeast flavor with some fruity notes that finishes on the dry side.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Really good saison brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 02:19:00 | More by ckollias
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Luiz0930

California

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my first time having a Belgium Saison style and the closest i can compare it to is champagne. Not a Cheap bottle of Champagne but a good style. This is mouth filling carbonation, the taste is a bit funky (just like a champagne) however you get this taste of coriander maybe some citrus flavor fruits and no taste of alcohol what so ever. This is a great beer to try, pick it up!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 05:18:37 | More by Luiz0930
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gr0g

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden straw colored and hazy with a pillowy-soft, tall head that lasts forever. Aroma is very peppery at first, with yeast coming in afterwards. There's a fair amount of musty cellar aroma, after which a green apple note develops. Fortunately, there's no skunk at all, which is always a concern with a green bottle.

Dry through and through. Simple and straightforward - pilsner malt, old world hops, and soft, vigorous carbonation blending to create a very refreshing beer. The yeast adds some nice complexity by imparting some earthiness. Slight acidity. Vigorously carbonated with minimal harshness.

Very straightforward and refreshing while still being interestingly complex, Saison DuPont is a must try if you have even the slightest interest in Belgian-style ales.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 17:13:32 | More by gr0g
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tomakeanend

California

4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

THIS is what beer should always taste like. Smooth, flavorful, but always crisp and refreshing at the finish. Very strong, fruity and citrus flavors up front, mixed with a heavy wheat body. The finish is pure summer hefeweizen. The Belgium people know beer like no other. I am in awe of this simple, yet powerful, brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 01:58:32 | More by tomakeanend
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barczar

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with particulates floating throughout and a large, puffy 2 inch ivory head that slowly dissipates, leaving little lacing.

Mustiness, pear, tangerine, and coriander form the initial aroma. There's lots of belgian yeast character. Lemon, floral hops, and a touch of horse blanket emerge.

Lemon, belgian yeast, and earthiness open the flavor profile, with a fairly beast malt backbone kicking in mid palate, with peppery notes closing out the finish, which is decidedly dry.

Body is moderate, with spritzy carbonation providing a refreshing mouthfeel.

Fruity, earthy, and dry, this is definitely a refreshing beer. It's a bit more earthy and dry than I prefer, but great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 21:02:54 | More by barczar
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy pale orange colour, thumb of head with solid retention and some nice sporadic lacing.

S - Heavy skunk, fruity citrus, orange rind, hints of spice with pepper, coriander and lemon on the finish.

T - Much like the nose, the heavy skunk unfortunately dominates, the sour citrus comes through alongside some funky yeast, with a lemon iced tea and hints of lemon drops with a peppered finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - I had read that there could be infected or skunky batch floating around the LCBO, and unfortunately I think I was subject to this aforementioned group. That being said, a flavourful brew was detectable amidst the skunk. I would give this brew another chance, but unfortunately I know my local LCBO likely won't be privy to another batch.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 02:37:17 | More by andrenaline
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EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best Before end of 06/2015
A:big fluffy head, golden honey
S: direct, fresh citrus rind, unripe peach, pear
T: so delicate and fresh without any off character right through to the end. Like it dances high on the palate. The flavour is not broad or overly complex. Like tasting a young Pinot Noir. Amazing that a beer could be so delicate. Just a touch of bitterness in the finish.
M: very light bodied and fresh. Carbonation is tight and well balanced like champagne.
O: I wish I would have let this beer age longer. It tastes tight and "hard" now and would perhaps broaden with some age. Still, a wonderfully delicate beer. It went perfect with our fusili with fresh uncooked tomato, basil, garlic sauce & pine nuts.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 02:51:25 | More by EspressoGuy
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dar482

New York

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The color is a golden orange color with a slight haze and a big fluffy head.

The aroma has some lemon, hay, and grass.

The flavor is great. Super refreshing citrus and grassiness then a biscuit maltiness wonderful dry finish of lemon peel and funky. It lingers strongly with the bitterness. It’s almost like an IPA hoppiness. Reminds me a lot of Lil Sumpin Sumpin with a round citrus and then that strong bitterness.

The beer is just wonderful. I can only compare it to Sofie and Hennepin. I would compare it more to Hennepin, but this wins. The dry wonderful finish is lovely. I would enjoy having this on a hot day or with something spicy or seafood.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 02:10:46 | More by dar482
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle.

Big fluffy white head of three fingers' height perched atop a sudsy hazed straw-blonde beer. There are micro-floaties that stay near the bottom of the glass.

Peppery lemon citrus and almost-funky Belgian yeast. Hints of pear, almond, and white sage. Herbal aromas are quite appealing. Bright, but only as bright as the yeast allows.

In the taste, the floral notes are more amplified. Assorted citrus, pink peppercorn, white grape dryness, chalky yeast, nuttiness, herbal spice, Bosc pear, and mild soapiness. Great balance between quiet fruit zestiness and yeasty and malt dryness.

Nice feel, overall. Dry carbonic element with a spiciness. Body holds up at medium. Enjoying sipping it.

An incredible saison. One of the best.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 02:24:52 | More by thecheapies
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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