Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl
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4.72/5 rDev +12.6%
2003 Bottling, Sampled June 2004
The aroma is lemony, sharp, and musty all at the same time. It is very well carbonated and just dances around as it effervesces on my tongue. The taste is lightly sweet, yet is quite dry in the finish. This is definitely well hopped as it has a nice balancing bitterness in the finish. The taste has some light lemon notes as well hints of ginger, and herbs. The beer is really quite dry, despite the sweetness that I detected early on. This beer is light and refreshing, yet complex and interesting. This is just a great beer, and one of my favorite styles right now.
2003 bottle, Sampled January, 2004
It is very well carbonated as the cork just explodes from the bottle with only a little prompting. This beer is a hazy orange yellow colored brew, which, is topped by a prodigious white head. The head is long lasting and turns to a cratered rocky surface over time. As I pour I get a strong light struck character in the aroma. The main aroma in the glass is of grain. The light struck character is, thankfully, quite muted in the taste. The beer has a sharp grassy-grain character to it, which is quite good and make me think of a nice hay field in Belgium. There is a slight sweetness and a balancing bitter hop finish. It is a fairly dry beer overall, and has very little fruitiness to it. The middle of this beer has a certain sharp spiciness to it. Overall, though this beer is fairly mellow, the flavors are well integrated and flow one into the other. I like this beer; a quality, good farm-house beer.
01-22-2004 02:02:58 | More by Gueuzedude
3.75/5 rDev -10.5%
Overwhelming head. Starts with a 10 to 1 ratio of foam to liquid. As it settles, some flashes of lace remain on the glass. Lumpy. The liquid is hazy with a green tinge to the straw color. Large chunks of lace after each sip.
Earthy and sour, like a touch of lemon. Here's something unusual--I smell cooked meat (pork?). Don't know why...
Strong barnyard flavor. Quite sour, which remains long after the swallow. Relatively thin bodied, highly carbonated. There's a bit of light pepper on the edge. There's also a touch of chalk, thyme and hop bitterness. Complex.
09-10-2012 00:40:42 | More by smcolw
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
11.2 oz., 330 mL bottle,
A: Pours a sparkling, cloudy yellow, with a big, thick, white head, that just keeps coming, very frothy and billowy, cloud-like.
S: Very lemony, citrus, a bit of hops, also had a bit of a sour tint to it, with some white pepper, as well.
T: Very lemony upfront, strong citrus flavour, the hops a very noticable, very dry and earthy, grassy, especially for a Belgian beer, grassy, pretty straightforward in the flavours, not the most complex of beers, but all the flavours are very good and enjoyable.
M: Dry, very dry, medium-bodied, very refreshing, definitely a great summer quencher beer.
D: A great all-around beer, could do lots of things with it, from relaxing poolside or pairing it with a 5-course meal, very versatile beer, a tad pricey, but worth it every time.
10-04-2007 00:23:12 | More by Halcyondays
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
08/09/05- Purchased at Belltramo's in Menlo Park, CA
Presentation- 750ml green bottle with no freshness dates. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Orange-golden pour with a thick pock marked ultra white and creamy head. Good lacing as well.
Smell- Farmhouse stinky yeast along with some sour citrus scents.
Taste- Semi bitter lemon rind flavor with a nice sour background. Tart and tangy belgian yeast abounds.
Mouthfeel- Fairly high carbonation level, maybe a touch creamy.
Drinkability- My number #2 saison behind Fantome. Very easy drinking brew that I will try to keep on hand.
08-10-2005 21:26:53 | More by GClarkage
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
09-12-2011 07:15:31 | More by corby112
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
I had a corked & caged bottle a few nights ago at a bar, but I felt compelled to revisit this beer for a formal review.
From the bottle: "Brewed at one of Europe's last farmhouse breweries, in Hainaut province, Saison Dupont is a 4 star, world classic example of of the Belgian Saison style. This increasingly rare specialty originated before the age of refrigeration as a beer to be brewed in winter for summer drinking. The style required a beer sturdy enough to age in the bottle but refreshing enough to be enjoyed in warm weather. Saison Dupont fits this description perfectly, it has a big, fruity bouquet, and dense head. The taste starts fruity but ends dry and very clean with a light, refreshing finish."
I used a gentle pour as per the brewery who I e-mailed for directions. They like the lees to remain in the bottle as long as possible, if not infinitely. My motto since childhood has been "Waste not, want not" and so I usually reserve that last pout for yours truly. I poured into a champagne flute from the Seabee Ball in 1998 and damned if it did not look like champagne. It was a golden-yellow color under a puffy head of bone-white head that slowly fell, leaving a touch of lacing in its wake. The effervescence was unending and I just gazed at its beauty, enthralled. The nose was fruity in a berry field sort of way with an underlying mustiness of newspapers stored in the attic. Mouthfeel was thin-to medium and the flavor was initially vinous, giving way to a dusty, musty tartness. Holy spit in the ocean, Batman! This was deelish and I could totally see it as the champagne toast at my never-to-be wedding since no one will ever have me as more than an amusing lover. Finish was bone-dry and I think that this might act as a nice panty peeler. I must try it out on some femmes in the near future ...
11-21-2011 00:07:42 | More by woodychandler
4.25/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
09-27-2008 21:54:40 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.18/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
08-05-2007 02:18:58 | More by tempest
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
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
09-20-2011 02:49:03 | More by barleywinefiend
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
Served on-tap at Shady McGrady's into a snifter.
A - Pours cloudy straw yellow with a nice pillow of half finger tall head leaving little wisps of lacing down the glass.
S - I don't think the smokey bar helped this one much. I could barely make it out but I got some light Belgian yeast, ripe fruit, earthy funk and a solid herbal backbone.
T - Plenty of Belgian yeast and earthy funk mix well with some nice light fruitiness and a tiny bit of light malt. Not as spicy as I thought it would be but it is still in there. Finish has lots of lingering bready yeast. Still one of my all time favorite beers.
M - Medium-light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A pleasant mix of chewy and dry in the feel. Finish is very chewy with most of it lingering for some time after consumption.
D - Pretty high. One of the all time best, I could drink a few of these on a warm summer day no problem. It is light yet still complex and very tasty.
03-03-2011 16:44:32 | More by orangesol
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
04-29-2007 16:45:56 | More by Georgiabeer
4.03/5 rDev -3.8%
Review from notes taken 3/24/10
On tap at Al's served in a classy little saison dupont glass. Pours a hazy golden color with a finger of white head. A solid curtain of lace clings all over the glass. Nose is citrus and spices akin to clove. Taste is on par with the aroma: citrus, clove and yeast primarily. Finishes slightly dry with a bit of hop bitterness. Light feel and modestly carbonated, it is quite drinkable. As it warms, a bit of pear or light fruit blended with grain comes through and is left in the mouth.
04-28-2010 19:18:00 | More by stakem
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
on draft at the Ginger man, one of my all time favorites a treat on draft. Poured cloudy light orange with a well developed puffy head, dissolving slowly to a tiny bubble film . This one leaves a ton of lacing. Nose is a load of spice, pepper mostly, also yeast, musty, and earth. Medium bodied and a fair amount of prickly carbonation noted. Flavors of cracked pepper, yeast, earth. Tart in the finish, fresh and crisp. great stuff.
10-23-2004 13:59:55 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
05-18-2010 01:11:38 | More by akorsak
4.35/5 rDev +3.8%
A: Pours a hazy straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer starts with a two finger tall soapy white head that reduces by about 75% over time but there is always some head retention. Significant lacing is observed.
S: Grassy/hay like smells with some spices and lemon. The yeast is very detectable but there is a certain complexity to it. Slight hints of funk in the aroma but nothing overpowering.
T: Floral and light fruit flavors (pear + apple) along with lemon and funk in the finish. Lots of earthy/grassy flavors as well and some subtle hints of spices/pepper.
M: Light bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Dry on the finish.
O: One of my favorite saisons and truly a classic example of the style. Great flavor, smell, and mouthfeel. This is a beer that I have over and over and never tire of... I think I will have to go replenish my supply soon. Easy to drink and very sessionable. Pairs great with meals.
03-09-2012 21:50:12 | More by dbrauneis
4.03/5 rDev -3.8%
(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.
10-13-2005 00:08:57 | More by rhoadsrage
4.58/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
07-27-2005 02:45:30 | More by Zorro
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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