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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,884 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2884
Reviews: 1427
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl visit their website
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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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp aroma is rich and fruity, more like a cider than a beer. It pours out a cloudy golden with a thick, off-white head. Flavor is fruity and crisp with hints of malt and just a trace of hops. Texture is lively, jazzy and jagged - it fairly dances on the tongue and on its way down the pipes.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 01:45:51 | More by Cyberkedi
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avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: When poured from a bottle to a tulip glass, had a amber-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. Also some sediment floating around. Had a decent-sized head as well.

S: Typically (among saisons) funky barnyard smell, along with fruit, spices, malt. May have been slightly skunked (why would a high end brewery stoop to using green bottles?!).

T: Had the flavor of apples, coriander, malt, a bit of citrus. Well done and balanced.

M: Very vibrant level of carbonation, along with a smooth finish. Full-bodied, but not overwhelming.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. Saisons are a quirky style and Dupont has done well with this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 13:09:25 | More by avalon07
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

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

This poured a nice cloudy light gold with a nice head that settled into a fine layer with good lacing

The smell is all fruit for me...banana and apricot is what I sense.

The taste is very fruity with tones of banana, apricot and a bit of yeasty malty flavour. It's my first Saison and right off the bat, I really LIKE the style! ;^)

Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 22:34:56 | More by Bitterbill
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largadeer

California

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

Appearance - Straw-colored, hazy and full of sediment. Pours with several inches of thick foam that show no signs of fading.

Smell - The mild nose reveals grass and hay-like aromas mixed with notes of lemon and grapefruit.

Taste - Estery with flavors of banana and pineapple. Light acidity with a subtle spiciness. Notes of citrus come out more as the beer sits in the mouth. Extremely dry in the finish, with a lemon peel-like bitterness that remains on the palate for several minutes.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 01:29:42 | More by largadeer
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a mildly hazy, light orange color with a huge, billowing white head. Fine-bubbled and long lasting, leaving plenty of sheet lacing on the glass.

Lemony, fruity, yeasty and zesty all describe the nose of this beer well. Grassy hops smell like hallertau to me. The overall aroma is kind of like a freshly opened bag of sour patch kids candy, maybe a few SweeTarts thrown in there as well. Just a bit of the expected farmhouse funkiness. The best saison I have ever smelled.

Refreshingly tart with a light malt presence and grassy hop notes. I could almost use a bit more funk in here, but then it would not be as refreshingly delicious as it is right now. Tastes a bit like chewing on a fresh hibiscus spring flower. Terrific beer, A+ all the way. I have bought more than a few Saison DuPonts over the years, and it seems to be a pretty fragile beer, as some off-flavors can make an appearance in some bottles. Why do they continue to use these green bottles?! But there is nothing quite so good as a perfect bottle of this liquid nectar. Nearly the perfect beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 19:21:04 | More by twiggamortis420
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
6.5% ABV, 2.010 on the cork.

A - It's not a gusher but damn is this one full of carbonation! The tulip was quickly filled with dense white foam. Great retention kept us from enjoying it for quite a while but, as the foam loosened it left some pretty nice lace above the slightly hazy yellow beer.

S - Wafts of skunk come from the beer which makes me wonder, once again, why breweries insist on using green (and clear) glass. [The first bottle we tried months prior smelled like a skunk dropped ass beside us when we opened it.] Subtle spicy notes of coriander and white pepper with earthy clay and yeast. Hints of lemon grass through the finish.

T - Bland across the board, pale malts back up a faint spicy profile of lemon grass and peppery yeast. Very bland, almost like faintly flavored water, honestly.

M - High carbonation is spritzy in the light-bodied mouthfeel. This saison finishes dry with a touch of saltiness and a slight metallic feel.

O - While this beer isn't offensive in any way, it's completely lacking in flavor which makes it hard to believe it's worthy of the high score it's received. That leads me to question whether there's something wrong (besides a little skunk) with this bottle. And for attempt number two at purchasing bottles, neither the DTrain or I will every be buying one again for a re-review.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 11:54:47 | More by BeerFMAndy
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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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RoyalT

Ohio

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

Appearance – This Saison is a thing of beauty. The head rose up nicely on an easy pour, showed great retention, and even left some lacing as I drank it down. It was white as the driven snow. The body itself was that thick, slightly orange yellow that I’ve come to know and love.

Smell – This has some of the farm funk to it, but it’s really quite balanced. There’s a nice, easy yeast that soothes the nostrils. The spicing is actually more like a Tripel.

Taste – Ah, yes, quite the delicacy. The farmhouse character comes out a bit more at the taste, but it’s still balanced with yeast. The spices are powdery and very strong, again much like a Tripel or BSPA. The white pepper is prominent here.

Mouthfeel – This Saison is medium-bodied and very fluffy in the cheeks due to the wonderful carbonation. There’s a slight bit of drying at the end but it is super smooth.

Drinkability – Some Saisons can be tough to session, but this one is very smooth and went down quite well. It was one of the more drinkable examples of the style that I’ve had.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 02:13:04 | More by RoyalT
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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

375 ml bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a cloudy yellow/gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma smells like tropical fruit, cloves, earth and some Belgian funk. The taste is similar to the aroma, with the addition of some spicy hops, citrus, and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium. It's crisp, has good carbonation and a dry finish. Drinkability is good too, it's enjoyable to drink and I could have a few of these in a session with no problem. Overall I think this is a good overall saison, I'd definitely buy this again in the future. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 02:06:25 | More by bluejacket74
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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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DefenCorps

Oregon

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

11.2oz bottle into my Unibroue tulip

A: Clear golden yellow with a gorgeous, billowing head good retention. Tons of carbonation, with trails of whirling bubbles. Very pretty!

S: Fruity, floral, earthy and a hint of spice. Hints of orange and citrus, rose and jasmine aromas. Some mild pepper. Delicate stuff, this

T: Starts off sweet with a combination of fruit (peach and a hint of banana) and a hint of roses. A mild spice flavor kicks in with a hint of pepper and nutmeg. Dry on the finish with a mildly peppery component

M: Excellent carbonation, great drying finish

D: This is an immensely drinkable saison and one that shall feature often in my fridge!

Notes: This is an excellent representation of the style and better than the Cynicale that I had earlier today in that it's a lot more delicate and nuanced. Good stuff

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 01:36:02 | More by DefenCorps
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flagmantho

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 375mL corked bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy silvery-gold hue with plenty of apparent effervescence. Head is three fingers of pillowy, tenacious foam. The look here is just fantastic!

Smell: light pear and apple aromas atop a sweet, malty background. Along with this is a sharpness which imparts an edge without going too far, plus a little dank saison character which really rounds things out. This is simply a wonderful-smelling beer.

Taste: lightly sweet malt flavor with a peary, tripel-ey kind of character, with the light bite and mustiness sitting atop. This beer balances all of its many characteristics: mustiness with sourness, sweet malt with just the right earthy bitterness. Fantastico.

Mouthfeel: huge Belgian carbonation mixes with the medium body to create a delightful creaminess. Wonderful.

Drinkability: this is the best beer I've had in awhile. Why, oh why, did I buy the small bottle instead of the 750? This beer's balance and complexity make it one of the most drinkable beverages around.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 01:53:04 | More by flagmantho
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bark

Sweden

4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The colour is golden – orange, the liquid is a little hazy (the beer is bottle conditioned, but it was quite easy to decant it properly). The gigantic foam sinks slowly down to a three finger white compact head with a beautiful crater. The lacing is massive!

The smell is deep and generous: Lots of fruity, somewhat sour malt is mixed with a hint of alcohol, lots of fresh yeast, wheat dough, cookies, fresh herbs and flowers.

The taste is perfectly balanced, making it a very drinkable brew, even at 6.5%: Wheat dough, lots of fresh fruits, mild notes of yeast and boiled ham, and a hint of butterscotch. The aftertaste develops into a surprisingly bitter flavour with notes of spicy hops, some alcohol, bitter citric fruits and spices like cloves and cardamom.

The carbonation makes the flavours even better; it is quite strong but not sharp at all. They create a little foam in the mouth. The liquid is creamy.

A delicious brew!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 20:04:14 | More by bark
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TheLongBeachBum

California

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

Presentation: The last beer of the night, sampled during the BA Social held at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena on Saturday 12th October, 2003.

This was purchased in an 11.2 fl.oz bottle, a size which I have never seen before, but it had the instantly recognizable black, yellow and white checkered label.

Appearance: A marvelous blonde-gold color, with some hints of light amber when held to the light. Not so much cloudy, as just having a ‘milky haze’. Streamers populate the goblet, and disappear into the underside of the off-white large frothy head.

Nose: Light sweetness that wraps a rich yeasty farmyard odor. Massive fruity aspect in the ending. Very Dupont.

Taste: Wow. Once tasted – never forgotten, but it is always such a pleasure to drink this one again and be reminded. Light blonde beer beginnings, some pilsner like malts are immediately bombarded with lemon rind, spicy hops, pepper and a sweet-tartness. Bitter and dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy, lively, carbonated mouthfeel. Has a (surprisingly for 6.5%) warming alcohol feel at times. Lovely.

Drinkability: I will hold up my hand, and say that I think Saison’s are amongst some of the most enjoyable and quaffable of the styles available in Belgium. Excellent thirst quenching qualities – with a massive bold flavor profile, both classic Saison qualities – and this is no exception to the rule.

Overall: Dupont produce a classic Saison. It has it all, a farm brewery, with a history that goes back at least 150 years. But more importantly, for me at least, it has a very authentic yeast strain/mix that really adds depth and complexity. Excellent.

If you are not sure what a “classic” Saison is, or want a definition?
Visit the Dupont Website - and watch the 12 minute film.

Or, Think Saison – Drink Dupont. Then you’ll know for sure!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2003 22:05:03 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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jrallen34

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had a 750 ml and poured into a chalice.

It pours nice, gold in color witha a decent white head.

The aroma is let down to me, smells to me like a stale beer, a little sour.

The taste is very bland as well.

I would not drink this beer again, don't quite get the overall impression here.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 19:25:28 | More by jrallen34
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dgilks

Australia

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with visible yeast clusters. Huge marshmallow white head with great retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Spicy cinnamon and clove aroma with green apple. A little bit musty.

This initially hits as a well balanced beer. A spicy, well rounded flavour is followed immediately by solid bitterness. This is dry and just a little bit tart. Quite complex but with a number of flavours being clearly dominant and others struggling to get through.

Medium body and high carbonation create a refreshing, crisp beer.

Refreshing, tasty and interesting, Saison Dupont offers a lot to the punter. It is also a relatively good deal for the price.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 09:39:09 | More by dgilks
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2002 edition.
Murky golden hued with an explosive (off) white crown with plastic properties and duration. Huge and slow to fade.
Nose gives off more funk than Bootsy Collins. A whole lotta farm (hay, grass, must etc) and slight animal whafts. Lightly citric with subdued lemon-lime aroma, and a slight nod of cannabinoids.
Taste begins with a tempered peach fruitiness. This is less a featured flavor than a sacrificial lamb, as it is crushed under the fruity/spicy onslaught that occurs next. The flavors all materialize at once. I am confused and scared. Quivering, here goes:
Lime sourness is coupled with doughy yeast component. This is as stable as it gets. Lemon and pineapple fruity hues appear along with a hefty amount of juicy sour green apples. Spices enter, guns blazing. Rosemary, thyme, and cracked black pepper. They are all major players.
Ends quite dry with saltine cracker notes. Hops are big. Perhaps saaz and some sort of english variety (likely goldings). Drying. Leave the towel at home. Parched, bitter finish.
More please.
A solid medium bodied within the mouth. Carbonation is high without being obnoxious.
Effortlessly drinkable. Literally one of the most consumable brews I've encountered. Saison fans rejoice.
A great experiment on the limbic system (responsible for emotion and motivation within the brain). When does it shut down? Let me know...and enjoy the trials.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2002 23:43:16 | More by cokes
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nickfl

Florida

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

A - Three finger, rocky head that settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace in its wake. The body is gold and hazy.

S - Spicy, lots of pepper and a bit of pineapple. A hint of vanilla and herbal hops.

T - Lots of pepper and tropical fruit up front. The banana note is quickly replaced by big, herbal hop flavor, accompanied by balancing malt sweetness. The finish is herbal with moderate hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry, slightly astringent, finish.

D - Refreshing and easily drinkable. The earthy and spicy notes blend well with the herbal hop character. A true classic.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 03:01:55 | More by nickfl
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champ103

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a yellow straw color. A huge rocky and foamy head forms and sticks around. Some lace is left behind as the head finally settles.
S: Biscuit and doughy malt aromas. Some distinct yeast, clove, and citrus character as well. Very funky, musky, and earthy.
T: Biscuit and doughy malt again with a grassy and earthy taste. Clove, citrus, and banana flavors. Complex flavors that linger on. There is a little tartness as well.
M/D: This beer has a creamy medium body, not watery at all. Smooth and easy to drink. I can see this being I nice session beer (even though it is almost 7% ABV).

This is my first Saison. It is pretty much what I expected though. Some great biscuit and citrus flavors work well here, and I can see myself drinking this during the hot summer Texas days. This is a style I need to dive into more.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 03:56:28 | More by champ103
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blackie

Virginia

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

a: gorgeous in my westmalle chalice with a thick, frothy head that persists atop a hazed golden-amber beer

s: wonderfully spicy, crisp pilsen base with loads of white bread yeast, great hop profile - papery aged nobles with aromas of dried lemongrass, white flowers, apricot and white grape, extremely round and well balanced, not what I'd call funky - but the yeast and associated byproducts play a crucial role

m: carbonation full and lively while soft at the same time, light bodied without being thin

t: crisp pilsen malts with soft white bread yeasts, quite hoppy - noble hops give lemongrass and a solid bitterness in the finish, highly yeasty, fuzzy pit fruits

d: drinkability is huge, just a great saison overall

750 from WF Clarendon, paired with fresh parsley tarragon pasta, andouille sausage, and squash

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 00:50:04 | More by blackie
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a chalice style glass. The beer was slightly hazy, golden yellow color, with a huge head made up of incredibly small cells.

The smell was incredible, with grass and bubblegum (smelled a lot better than I make it sound). The flavor was fruity (mostly pear and peach) wiht bubblegum and a little hoppy and dry at the end. This is the first time I had it where it wasn't skunked. It was awesome.

Get this fresh if you can. It's a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 23:55:18 | More by TurdFurgison
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 01:35:28 | More by johnnnniee
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into its proper glass.

A: Hazy straw body with two inches of creamy, rocky tan head that rise precariously above the rim of the glass. Fantastic retention + lacing. Gorgeous.

S: Grainy malt, spicy phenols, and hugely grassy, herbal hops. Hay, green apple, and more white pepper. Excellent.

T: Dry + spicy, with some light graininess quickly giving way to intense peppery phenols, light appley tartness, and a profoundly bitter, herbal hoppy finish. Great stuff going on, but it's a little out of balance - too bitter, not complex enough with the yeast.

M: Light body explodes with carbonation. Hugely lively. Terrific.

O: The only times I've had this in the past it was horrifically skunky, so it was great to get a fresh, brown bottle in the country of origin. I can definitely see how the enormous skunk came to be, since this was probably the hoppiest Saison I've ever had - hoppy to a fault, actually, since I felt that the bitterness eventually outweighed everything else and took away from the beer's complexity. Still, this is a deservedly famous example of the style. Great beer.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 16:58:05 | More by woosterbill
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

THIS, ladies and gents, is THE quintessential farmhouse ale. Poured with a grand foamy, frothy, big, rocky head. Lots of lace. Aroma is very yeasty, citrusy, a hint bittersweet, spicy, peppery. Flavor is the same but bigger. Commercial description is accurate: does have a haze, a refreshilng fruitiness and a long dry finish. Finish also is a bit bitter. Perfect for the summer months as well as any freaking time you want. Beer Supreme. Could even be a session beer

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 00:47:16 | More by drpimento
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francisweizen

Arizona

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

On-tap at the Bier Circus, Brussels (Draught special of the day for 2 euro a glass I believe...)

This is a dark orangeish colour with a huge, white fluffy head of foam. Aromas are a bit funky and yeasty with a nice bready malt middle and a nice herbal/floral hop finish...The taste was fruity, with that malt in the middle and the drying hops providing a slight bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel was fluffy and smooth and the drinkability was excellent. I quite enjoyed this one on tap...much more so than in the bottle...

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2004 23:31:12 | More by francisweizen
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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