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93
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3,723 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,723
Reviews: 1,519
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 226
Gots: 391 | FT: 12
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-26-2002

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saison Dupont "Vielle Provision" says the bottle, and the cork proclaims "2009" edition.

Appearance: Light yellow in color with a large soapy head that stays around the whole time. The head on this beer is remarkable and deserves recognition. A slew of little bubbles rising through the beer. At first the beer was fairly clear but later I swirled some yeast in and the beer became cloudy.

Smell: Yeasty aroma with some hay/barnyard elements.

Taste: Once again, quite yeasty and minerally. A flash of sweetness, followed by a noble hop bitterness, imparted by saaz/tettnang hops though I am not sure which is used. The finish is very clean and the balance of this beer is well done. Funky fresh...

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a smooth finish, clean with some dusty yeast lingering.

Drinkability: A pleasant saison that is definately foreign to my taste buds. Pretty much spot on for the style. If I had more of this beer, I'd be happier.

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

A very bright beer. In looks, taste and feel.
Pours a slightly hazy, bright light gold with a 2 finger head. Clears up a bit as it sits. Lacing is nice and clean, not sticky.
Tight aroma, a tad weak. Spicy, bready, light. The light biscuit is present, sprinkled with coriander, orange zest, white pepper.

Taste follows the nose. Biscuit, spice, zest and dash of floral. It's quite a refreshing taste. I had it after a big meal, and it fit well.

Feel is just about perfect. Crisp and clean, spicy and smooth. I think a bit more carbonation would make it perfect, but this is just fine as is.

Great drinking. Didn't last long.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

What's so great about farmhouse ale? Well I'm about to find out. On to the beer:

A- Cloudy blonde, topped by a big rocky head.

S- Drying tartness. Touch of phenolic and bubblegum.

T- Lightly flavored and very dry. Maybe too dry. It gets better as it warms because it becomes more flavorful. Mixed fruits and medicinal flavors stand out the most. Dash of spice in the aftertaste.

M- Firm, the carbonation is melded very well with the beer.

D- I can sip and enjoy this one.

Not bad, but I expected a better experience. My question of what's so great about farmhouse ale remains unanswered at this point.

Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle at The Farmhouse served in snifters.

A hoppy, but not so bitter belgian. The nose is funky hops, gotta love it, and the malt doesn't do much. It mostly provides a nice, sweet backbone. The grassy hops and farmhouse aromas dominate and carry through into the aftertaste. All the while, the carbonation provides a Duvel-like feel with a similar fluffy white head.

Photo of smakawhat
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a tumbler at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC. Time to finally check this out on tap.

A white soapy head very lively with dull gray like yellow/brown pale amber color that falls normally. A good white colar is left while drinking but body is kind of murky.

Nose is a very dense earth, soil, it feels like fresh tilled dirt. Mild chlorophyl and resin, with a big giant lemon zest. This is a totally different animal on tap than from the bottle.

Taste brings a cold dense cut grass power mixed with a little hint of heat. Lively texture hints of carbonation that does not take away from the taste. An absolute rip your face off finish of lemon peel zest and grass on the aftertaste.

Overall a perfect introduction to the style, without a shocking sour or seriously funky jarring front. A different animal on tap compared to its green bottled brother.

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

Pours a hazy golden wih a clean white head and goood lacing. Lots of sediment. The smells are of lemon, brie cheese, and light barnyard. The taste is complex, with more of the same that are in the aroma, but a lingering bitterness that doesn't seem to come from hops, maybe a slght minerality as well. More farmhouse and brie flavors here, and while there is a touch of tartness, its pretty slight and is not at all the predominant flavor. A crisp, subtle beer with complex flavors that are restrained enough for it to be a real quencher. Very nice as always.

Photo of corby112
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale golden yellow with a two finger frothy, pillowy white head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into lasting cap/ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, musty aroma with lots of funky barnyard character along with hints of yeast, zesty spice and light fruit. Lots of earthy grass and straw along with hints of bread, apple and pear. Great nose on this beer which is a perfect amalgam of sweet and earthy notes.

Medium bodied with lots of tight carbonation up front giving way to some zesty spice, bread and earthy/funky saison yeast. Slight vegetal presence with hints of grass, hay, straw and soil followed by bread, apple and other light fruit notes. Slight champagne like effervescence that lingers before settling into a sweet and slightly tart, dry finish. Complex and well balanced with an excellently masked ABV resulting in an extremely quaffable beer. Possibly the best example of the style.

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

Tapered 375ml green bottle, caged and cork. Cork comes out with a satisfying "thunk", leaving a little wisp of released carbon dioxide.

Cloudy pale straw body, with a deliciously foaming head of rocky white bubbles. Small amounts of tiny bead swelling up the sides of the glass. Looks very tasty.

Wonderful organic skunkiness on the nose - earthy mulch, straw, and a floral note of fresh crushed lemon myrtle. Underlying this is the classic Belgian yeast character, giving a sweet sweaty, tomato kind of smell. Just a wonderful nose, and so different to many other styles of beer. Very pleasant indeed.

Nice entry, slightly sour, with a gritty yeast backbone. Mellows later to a bittersweet floral note, with even a hint of pepper or spice. Finishes very dry, and what with the sour character lingering around the back of your mouth leaves it amazingly refreshing. Mouthfeel is great, a wonderful sparkling effervescence which just plays perfectly with the sour characters on the palate.

What a wonderful drop of beer, surely one of the most drinkable and refreshing brews I've ever tasted. A truly delectable and extremely tasty beer. Wonderful.

Photo of Zorro
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly cloudy orangish gold with a furious level of carbonation and a strong white head. The cloudiness is probably my fault I got some yeast in the glass from the bottom of the bottle.

Smell is Belgian beer goodness, a Touch of coriander, some sweetness, a bit lemon and some apple. Also scents of honeysuckle and summer flowers.

Taste is mild sweetness and a good malt base. A bit of coriander and other spices, very peppery. Sharp bitterness in the aftertaste cleans of your tongue and makes your mouth salivate for more. Slightly acidic as if there was a bit of lemon in here. Damn tasty.

Mouthfeel is very good much like Champagne.

Super drinkable, too bad it is expensive and hard to find around here; guess I will have to make do with Hennepin. Absolutely recommended.

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

A: Poured a hazy yellowish color with fast rising bubbles leaving a white blanket on the top

S: A little musty, fruity with accents of apple peel, lemon, and yeast.

T: Opens with a lemon, hay element, little funk giving way to subtle undercurrents of light fruit sweetness and spices, finishes with a quite Earthy bitterness.

M: Smooth and quite full, with light, soft carbonation, light booze sting

O: Truly excellent, super easy to drink, a beer to be savored and among my favorites

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

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pours a hazy straw yellow with a thick white head that laces until the finish.

S- Slight hints of sourness in the beginning gave way to some slightly sweet floral notes with a faint spiciness in the finish.

T- This beer has a nice gentle sour note in the that was followed by soft malt and wheat flavors. There was a punch of grapefruit and a faint salty and spicy flavor to the finish.

M- medium light mouthfeel with some fizziness and a faint astringent quality.

D- This beer is a smooth light beer with good complexity. It feels like the same malt bill as American light lagers but with a yeast that adds so much complexity that has a wonderful taste.

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

Probably should have reviewed this excellent beer long before now. Had on tap today at the Victoria Gastro pub in Columbia.

The beer pours a hazy orange tan color with very good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, but what I get is pretty good. There is some light honey, white pepper and citrus. The beer does not smell as if it will be super sweet. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose and this beer really is delicious. It is decidedly on the dry side, but with an excellent palate profile of pepper, citrus and honey. The flavors are quite pronounced; there's nothing reticent about the flavor of this beer. The beer has a fairly light mouthfeel with the alcohol well disguised. It's easy to drink and pretty refreshing.

One of my favorite saisons. This beer is just excellent.

Edit from 1/23/11. No change in score, but the beer is on tap at Max's today, and the bartender (Jason) served me a 32 ounce glass of this beer. That'll surely never happen again, and I thought that by itself was deserving of a short note.

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

A tulip served at TJ's in Paoli.

A: The saison is a hazy golden yellow, nestled underneath a full finger of dense white head. It is a little too full to be translucent.

S: A musty saison, the ale can't hide from its Belgian yeast side. Anise, light funk and pepper run wild.

T: Moreso than American saisons, this one relies on the its yeast to carry the taste. Luckily it is up to the task. Anise, tart fruits, sweet pear-like fruits and mild earthy hops define the flavor. The ale is very accessible, far earthier than many saisons.

M: The saison is fruity but assertive, a strong beer that isn't afraid of its delicate side. What? That isn't really informative? Well it sure sounds nice.

D: I need to drink this beer more often, it's a very solid saison.

Photo of biegaman
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For me, Saison may be the ultimate warm-weather beer. It's fitting then that Saison Dupont, widely hailed as the style's best, have a complexion like a bright, sunny summer day. Dainty bubbles dance in a continuous loop. Yet haziness lends it some weight, as does a head so thick it resembles a king size memory foam mattress.

Soon as I opened the bottle an intense puff of skunk smell filled the air - light strikes again! I guess even great brewers have to be reminded not to use green glass. Luckily the sulfur scent tapers and closer inspections unearth aromas of overripe orchard fruits, grass, and cereal grain.

Spice really strikes on the palate; the yeast fires off peppery phenols like roman candles. Prickly carbonation, medium-high citrusy acidity and a not-exactly-hidden 6.5% alcohol compound the kick. But there's very little heat in the finish - it fades into the background of lightly honeyed cereal grain, allowing flavours of apricot and pear to come to the fore.

It feels crazy that such a zesty, yeasty and fruity beer could also be called "creamy" but, in fact, that's a good way to describe this mouthfeel. (Hell it's probably that solid finger's worth of foam!) Both soft and substantial, it offers casual and quick drinkability but has the nuances to slow consumption.

I can proclaim with complete certainty that among the best Saison I've tried was a bottle labeled "Saison Dupont Vieille Provision". However, I can also say that this beer has struck me, as often as not, as a merely good (not great) representation of the style. Not sure how to account for the discrepancy except to suggest that 'fresher is better'. But I'd strongly recommend it either way.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Eb's I'm surprised I haven't rated this before.
Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a bubbly white head with moderate retention. Smells of earthy spicy and funky; lemony and fruity with a carbonic acid thing going on. The flavor is complex with pepper and earth and tart lemony fruit and light sweet non descript fruit. Medium to light body with spirited level of carbonation and a bubbly mouthfeel. Nice light refreshing fruity and tart ale.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.42/5  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.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle.

Pours a pale yellow with a huge head. The smell is extremely yeasty/floral and funky. The taste has a ton of funkiness on the palate and ends very dry...very very dry. Because of this its not very drinkable to me. It has a light body with very high carbonation.

Overall cant say i enjoy this beer very much. I know it gets some high reviews but i just dont see it that way.

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

750ml bottle, cork sez 2005. Pours a cloudy yellow with tons of foam, which lasts a very long time. Scents of fruits, reminds me of a hefe. Very nice taste with a light body, finishes clean and dry. This would make a very nice session beer, but the price is pretty steep. Really like this one, did not disappoint.

Photo of ppoitras
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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

Bottle dates L121118 poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Cloudy golden yellow with 3 generous fingers of white head that slowly reduced to a finger. Good lacing.

S - Clove and Belgian yeast up front with some spice and bready malts rounding out the nose.

T - Mix of spice, cloves and Belgian yeast up front with a touch of bready malt sweetness and some floral notes rounding out the palate. A long, dry finish. Well balanced.

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

A: Poured a cloudy straw-gold with a soft pillowy white head that was pesistant leaving a nice light film lacing.

S: very fruity, with spicy citrus, sour oranges, lemons and a nice tart musky scent. The initial flavor was much the same with some spiciness, sour oranges, lemons. There was some sour fruitiness and a tangy spicing as well. The beer finished with dry and tart with some lemon grinds and a light floral hopping.

M: fizzy, champagne like, and dry. Fairly crisp, tart, lemony and refreshing.

D: a great drink for the summer time. Easy to consume and like.

Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A simple, straightforward, classic saison that's easy drinking and pairs well with a wide variety of foods. Semi-clear yellow straw colored beer with a tremendous fluffy head that lasts for the duration of the glass. Aroma is nicely fruity and yeasty, a touch of sweetness and citrus.

Flavor is very much the same, light citrus and fruity sweetness, grass, just a trace of mustiness. Refreshing with good carbonation and a crisp clean finish.

Not super complex; an easy intro to the style and one many wine drinkers may appreciate. Would be a great everyday drinking beer if the price was a little lower. This one has been around forever and is style the standard for the style and better executed than many of the contemporary saisons on the market these days.

Photo of vfgccp
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml. Bottled in 2010, drank in early 2011

A - Pours the color of opaque hay, with a thick, creamy, white head. The head settles into rocky peaks, and holds up with fantastic retention. Great lacing throughout the drink.

S - Lemon, bananas, chewing gum, pine, lemongrass, thyme. Some earthy straw on the backend.

T - Lemon zest, soft malt, and candied ginger up front. Honey-like sweetness. Some pine and orange rind mid profile. A touch of tangy toasted marshmallows in the finish.

M - Outstanding smoothness and balance. Medium body. Well carbonated. Semi-dry finish.

D - Great flavor and a super smooth profile. The carbonation is refreshing, and the body doesn't force you to do too much heavy lifting.

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

Poured into long stem wine glass (I didn't have my regular glassware available). Poured a cloudy medium yellow with just about a half-inch of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

Upon opening the bottle the aroma was strongly skunky. After pouring the skunk went away and I was left with a pleasant combination of yeast and spice in the nose. Not as earthy as I had expected. The flavors were almost exactly what I had expected. Very yeasty and spicy with a more earthy taste than the aroma had promised. A pleasant tangyness on the finish.

The body was light and well rounded. The beer had a very carbonated presence on the tongue and finished cleanly. Drinkability was very good, this makes a great companion for your afternoon's diversions.

If you're just discovering this style, this is a must drink. If you're familiar with this style, you know how great this beer is.

Photo of aasher
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle.

This one pours a light bodied opaque light gold in color with a one finger white head that sticks to the side of the glass. The nose is light and yeasty with orange peel, lemon rhind, aged hops, Belgian yeast, and a light floral character. The flavors too, are light and citrusy. There is a light orange sweetness followed by the lemon bitterness, a touch of corn, old hops, and light hibiscus and tea. I would say I prefer the nose a little more. It drinks very light and is definitely sessionable and easy to drink. This would be great for warmer weather. Overall this is a fine saison and one that at $10 is a must try.

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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