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Reviews: 1,518
Hads: 3,811
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 239
Gots: 427 | FT: 12
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-26-2002

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pouring a cellar temp750 ml bottle into a snifter. The beer pours a bright, clear gold hue with a fluffy, finely packed bleached white head of 3 cm foaming up and fading gradually to a sturdy surface layer. Aroma is grainy malt, some bready yeast, a bit of light fruit with pear and apricot. I also get a bit of white grape on a fairly complex and appealing nose.
First sip reveals an average to light body with fine fizzy carbonation. Crisp clean physical presence that actually leaves a tingle on my palate after each sip.
Flavor is sweet and fruity with white grapes and bready yeast. I also get some dry musty character that lingers on my palate and dries out my throat on each swallow.
Very easy to drink, and causing quite a few burps after each swallow.
Nice enjoyable crisp yet slightly funky belgian brew. I enjoy this one and would recommend to others.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresher than my baby mama's V Secrets out of the Kenmore Elite, Raul is feeling this one. Imagine being dirty and then taking a shower; yeah, now you are clean. Now, imagine taking a shower after already taking a shower, I mean, now we are talking cleaner than clean! And that's what Saison Dupont is: it's Nina Agdal, sprinkling a bit of spice on a pear.

Wooo! Just thinking about it Raul needs to take a shower!

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy light golden colored with an inch thick dense off white head of foam. Brussels lacing. Vibrant carbonation. Aroma is of saison yeast with peppery spicy notes. Slight hints of pear. The mouth is moderately carbonated and crisp. The flavor is of pale malt and gentle spice notes from the saison yeast. The overall impression is lots of flavor from something so subtle and smooth.

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Photo of ac22rush
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden with massive head and typical belgian lacing. Effervescent

Smells of fruit, spiciness but more like peppercorn probably more from the yeast than the hops which give a slight floral noble hop aroma. Very subtle sour/acidity.

Tastes fruity and spicy strong flavor throughout. Hops are there once again with classic noble hop flavors floral, spicy, clean. The first sip is extremely refreshing and relaxing. The mouthfeel is light to medium with champagne like carbonation early and it mellows out and becomes quite smooth.

What else can be said? Saison Dupont is a benchmark saison brewed to perfection. I love this beer perfect if you've never tried a saison and perfect for a hot summer day. Cheers!

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Photo of randallpink
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a hazy pale amber colour, one inch bubbly white head, average lacing, mostly lasting head (always about a half centimetre covering the beer), big bubbles constantly rising

S - belgian yeast, champagne, spicy and floral scents, bready malt, bubble gum, slight banana and clove, orange, light coriander, light alcohol, amazing scent

T - Lemony citrus, yeasty, spicy, very fruity, bubblegum, orange, some apple, pear, some banana, earthy finish

M - Light to medium mouthfeel, high carbonation, round and astringent up front, average dry finish with tongue coating maltiness lingering, not too fizzy but sharp tasting

O - my first Saison and although i have nothing else to base it on, I loved it! will definitely be looking into some other ones to try. i loved the fruitiness of this one and there seemed to be a very bubblegum smell and taste which was pleasant. anything belgian screams my name

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Photo of fourstringer
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL corked & caged bottle into a Duvel Tulip with a light hand. No specific date on the bottle, but the cork read 2.013 after it damn near put a hole in the ceiling. Fire in the hole!

A: Cloudy, golden yellow-orange with 2.5 fingers of clean, white head. Good retention with little floes remaining on the surface. Moderate lacing.

S: Relatively mellow Belgian yeast with a touch of earthy funk. Light grass. Good fruit notes - a little apple, pear, banana. Touch of spice.

T: Faintly sweet initially with development of a balanced hop bitterness. Rather dry finish. Floral, earth. Traces of vanilla. No significant alcohol presence.

M: Highly effervescent, but very smooth. Makes for a great fullness that seems to burst on the palate. No prickliness.

O: Fantastic & classic saison. Haven't had this one for a while. Today it seemed to drink a bit more like a Belgian pale than I remember. Dry & crisp with a satisfying depth. Always a pleaser.


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Photo of BWED
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Towering white head on top of a hazy golden orange body. The head retains perfectly with loads of lacing.

S- Bready malt backbone. Fruity and earthy notes. Overripe apricot, but that's a good thing. That musty character comes out, too, but not so strong. Depth is great. Complexity is sure there.

T- That bready backbone starts out. Some fruity flavors come in. The funk is more apparent in the flavor, but still not overwhelming.

M- Light, sharp bite of carbonation, leads into a slower finish. Some dryness.

O- Really tasty. Sharp and light. Something that makes you think.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick 1/2 foamy 1/2 carbonated head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Strong clove and banana aroma; on the sweeter side. Has a good Belgium malty taste up front with a nice peppery, spicy hoppy finish. You do get some banana and cloves in there. Carbonation is high. Very good saison, but I would expect it from this beer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml cork and cage bottle poured into a tulip.

A: The cork pops off with a lively jolt, and even a gentle pour yields a towering rocky white head. Retention is awesome. Plenty of sticky lacing. The liquid itself is a dull golden color with a good amount of haze. Textbook saison appearance.

S: The malt base smells of soft, gentle grains and freshly baked bread. Slight lemony tartness. Yeasty and doughy, soft clovey phenol and peppery spice. Good dose of grassy and dry herbal hopping, somewhat floral as well. Very multi-dimensional.

T: Soft grains, bread, subtle hints of toast. Delicate lemony tartness. Very yeasty. Restrained must and even a little funk, a bit chalky. White pepper. Spicy alcohol is very subtle. Vague fleshy fruit. Hops pack a solid bitter punch toward the back end, and bring herbal, peppery, and grassy tastes of their own.

M: Light in body. Creamy and frothy in texture. Gentle scrubbing carbonation. Mild hop astringency and some ghostly alcohol warmth.

O: Saison Dupont is the quintessential example of the Saison/Farmhouse ale. Many have tried to mimic it, but few are truly worthy of standing in its company. Needless to say, this is an absolute must-drink for any true beer geek. Pairing options are endless, but salads and lighter fare are easy choices. White fish and chicken as well, along with a multitude of different herb and spice combos. Fried portobello mushrooms just popped into my head too, maybe play up the funk a little bit. It's very versatile, as it won't overwhelm the more delicate dishes, but can cut through bolder flavors and richer textures as well.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours apple juice orange. Strong frothy head with sporadic lacing.

Apple, pear, some floral notes.

Belgian spices, orange peel, dry oaky taste with floral elements. Taste is dominantly dry and bitter - tastes a bit aged.

Lots of carbonation. ABV is well handled.

Well rounded little Saison. Unique and satisfying.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a very effervescent off-white head that pours big and delicious and clumpily settles while staying big and delicious. Fabulous retention; splotchy lacing. Beautiful.

Clover, honey, hay, a fresh breeze. A Saison, basically. Very floral and subtly sweet.

Fresh and very dry. Floral sweetness and some lingering tea flavors, but it definitely is not as sweet as it smells. Very good.

Sharp and well-carbonated with the light body you would expect from a Saison. Slow but clean finish. Really nice.

Admittedly, I like Saisons and this IS the prototypical Farmhouse Ale; but man, oh man.

First, it comes in a nice-looking bottle with a nice, non-kitschy/gimmicky presentation (it is European, after all); it pours beautifully and is as close to perfect as can be in my opinion.
Its big, creamy, almost cartoonish head sticks around and even starts to look beat up as you drink it. But hell, if you want a big head again, just swirl it twice and enjoy your two inches of perfect froth.
It smells like haying and was generally quite delicious to the nose (mine at least). Fresh and sweet it is completely a summer beer. Nothing sweltering about its sweetness; but, the flavor seemed (to me at least) both contrary and complimentary to the nose. While it smells sweet, it is backed up with a very strong earthy background from the hops (I assume) that was surprising to me based on the smell, but wasn't out of place.
Overall, a really fine beer in general and a near-perfect Saison.
Would love to try again, any time; Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Mavigo
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Came in a green "champagne" style 750ml bottle. Served in a chalice.

A: Pours a rich gold color with ample, voluminous soapy off white head that stands a few minutes before dissipating to a thin sheet with minimal lacing.

S: Has a champagne effervescence, smells a bit dry but also sweet. Grapes, honey, yeast, hops, spices, permeates the aroma.

T: Is a bit dry, slight sweetness but is a bit bitter as well, has good amount of hops too it, but i can also pick up on yeast, hops, citrus peels, white grapes.

M: Has a medium body with good amounts of carbonation, has a champagne feel to it.

O: This was good, but it was quite pricey. Not sure if it was worth the money to me but it was a pretty good saison though I do prefer the darker Belgian varieties.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Brewji
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I know the season is over, but I didn't have time to write about this particular saison, which I ended up snapping up in the early Fall.

My girlfriend and I headed to Spud Shack Fry Co. for their delicious poutine, and because they have a selection of beer that isn't a plethora of North American econo-lagers. I don't normally review food in blogs, because I would look like a disgusting pig after the first month of posts, but the fries at Spud Shack are definitely worth a go.

The best part isn't actually their poutine (which is superb), but rather their custom dipping sauces. They have their own version of bacon mayonnaise which combined with their gravy and the Saison Dupont (ABV 6.5%), makes a human feel like they're in heaven.

From Brasserie Dupont in Belgium, this seasonal brew is raved about by hipsters all over the place. I think that this time, their thick-rimmed glasses and moustaches have got something right. But my average beer-appreciating personality will put Belgium's "finest" saison to the test:

The beer pours a beautiful golden colour, and has a crisp 1/4 inch of head that does not dissipate quickly. The aroma of citrus, and maybe melons? Maybe even banana peel? I don't know, but it's quite the mix.

On first sip, a little malt at first, then a little spice, and then the fruit kicks in. It's a smooth curve of tastes that flow one into the other. None overpowers the other, but each is just right. It's a delicate balance, and it's done quite well.

I thought that Granville Island did a good job with their saison, but then I tried this. This wins, hands-down. Comparing this brew to the saison from Granville Island is like comparing Pavel Bure to Mason Raymond. To each their own, right?

In the end, the suspender-strapped, vinyl-wielding hipsters were right. The Saison Dupont is the home-run of the Saison class. If you haven't had a chance to get your hands on one this year, stick around for next year's run! It's worth a bottle or two.

The Saison Dupont gets a cooler-than-cassette-tapes 9.0 / 10 -- or for those on BeerAdvocate, a 4.5 / 5

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An iconic beer I am drinking thanks to mtomlins, as I missed the LCBO release this year and therefore the chance to tick it off my "beer bucket list". Not a beer style I choose often, but that may well change if this is released in Ontario again next year - this is an excellent saison.

Pours a dusty golden colour with amber hues in the deepest part of this stemmed tulip. Has a reasonable white head that doesn't leave as much lacing as I'd expected. Delightful aroma of bananas and biscuity bread, with enough spiciness to be interesting but not overwhelmingly cloved. Well balanced taste features the Belgian yeast more prevalently, but is again not unpleasantly one dimensional. There are enough malted grains to support the banana and coriander without being overpowered, and a respectably clean bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours an orangish, pale color with a finger of off white head; effervescent bubbles; somewhat murky looking but still clear enough; decent enough retention but minimal lacing.

S: Malt, an undertone of banana and a touch of citrus and tanginess, along with a yeasty/bready aroma.

T: Mostly paleish malt, a little clove, pepper, banana, and graininess, finishing with a mild mostly dry bitterness.

M: Medium body, medium-high, slightly harsh carbonation.

O: A solid, reliable, refreshing saison. It won't wow you, but won't disappoint either.

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Photo of Dope
3.29/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cork and cage shoots off while I'm still untwisting the wire. Nearly got me in the eye. They should put a warning label on this damn thing. Anyway, after losing a bunch of the bottle to the countertops and floor I finally got it poured. Pours a really pale sort of burnt orange with lots of grainy sediment. Enormous frothy white head. Huge island of foam sticks around forever. Just little dustings of lacing stick around once the head finally dissipates.

S: Lots of citrus, melon and burning plastic. Sweet grainy malt backing it up.

T: Citrusy up front with a decent bit of grass maybe? Lots of cloves melding with some sweet grainy malt towards the finish. Kinda bitter with decent spiciness in the finish and aftertaste. Lots of cloves lingering too. Get that burning plastic taste between sips.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Kinda grainy from all the floaties. Bleh.

O: It's a burning tire saison. Most of the flavors and smells are pretty good but it's kinda hard to overcome the burning tires. Meh. It loses points for trying to kill me too.

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Photo of vze33jng
4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

(Amateur Reviewer)
I find this beer to be nearly perfect, as saison is my favorite style right now. The only detractor to me, is how impossible it is to pour off the bottle without 40% to 70% head. This beer is so obviously made using champagne yeast, I believe Nitro-glycerin might be less reactive. Other than that, everything about this beer is dead on.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork has 2.011 stamped on it, so I’m assuming/hoping that this is a fresh bottle. But really, who knows. Maybe it was bottled in February this year. Maybe its been sitting on display for almost 9 months. Maybe…it’s just beer. Whatever the case is, time and a green bottle has done nothing to diminish the appearance of the beer as it comes out a hazy golden straw color with a generous cloud of foam that doesn’t want to dissipate. Big, airy bubbles give off an aroma full of green apple zest and dampened straw. First taste coats the mouth with a bubbly, funky, inviting mix of pleasing, welcome flavors. I imagine green apple nectar, a light floral pollen-like delicate touch, mixed with a pleasing crisp and edgy acidity. Some damp straw, a dry finish, effervescent vitality. My only question is, can I have some more? With the moderate ABV and a 750 ml bottle all to my lonesome the answer is yes, yes I can.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison Dupont Vieille Provision has a very thick, frothy, off-white head, a cloudy, yellow-gold appearance, with lively bubble streams, fine (and, not so fine) tan particles roiling about, and heavy lacing left behind. When the bottom contents are swished and poured in, a gray cloud is seen slowly descending in the glass. The aroma was of a slight skunk, but I mostly got a pungent, sweet, bready, yeasty smell, and the flavor was of yeasty, white bread, a touch of coriander, a shadow of banana, white bread crust, candi sugar, and, of course, strong barley malt and prominent hop bitterness (not unlike a pilsener bitterness). Mouthfeel is medium and prickly, and Saison Dupont finishes semi-dry, refreshing, thirst quenching, and drinkable. Overall, this is outstanding.


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Photo of flyingpig
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from Utobeer, London (£3.20):
Golden amber with a huge, foamy white head that holds great & leaves some lacing.

Yeast and lots of tart with some lemon and citrus notes too but the yeast seems to dominate. There is some spice and earthy notes plus a little clove. Initially this one was too strong with too much yeast coming through but soon settles.

Tarty with some lemon and citrus coming through as well as the spice from the nose. A definite Belgian yeast taste that is coupled with some lighter fruit flavours such as apple and the like.

Strongly carbonated as a lot of the style seem to be. The beer has a light body and is quite tarty but also refreshing and crisp with a strong citrus tang to proceedings and the alcohol is well hidden.

A really nice beer with a good balance but one that must be given time to settle down first before drinking it.

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Photo of Dapuma
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very crisp dry beer, with a bit of hopiness on the background - overall very drink able

In my opinion this is the Saison beer to base all comparisons off of - the more farmhouse ale's I try the more I come back to this particular beer - I would not mind quite so many IBU and have a bit less hopiness on the back end

Champagne like and I agree with other review that it is a nice way to cut high fat content foods like Pork Belly

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Photo of flayedandskinned
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled February 2013
Poured into a Duvel glass.

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a hazy, pale gold with a voluminous, 3 fingers tall pure white head. The head is tightly bubbled and has outstanding retention. The head leaves plenty of splotchy lacing behind as it slowly recedes.

Aroma: (4)
Initially, you're struck buy a slightly skunky mustiness(thanks to the green glass that this classic Saison is bottled in), but soon some fresh cut grass and spicy orange rinds from the hops greet your nostrils. Underneath these refreshing hop aromatics are some fruity yeast phenols; mostly green pear, banana and clove. As the beer warms, a soft, sweetly bready malt backbone becomes apparent.

Taste: (3.75)
Spicy, orange forward hops spring on to your palate immediately, quickly followed by some additionally spice oriented yeast character; clove, banana and light pear. Just as the beer comes to grinding halt with it's dry finish, your palate is covered with a light coating of clean cracker like malt. The bone dry, bitter finish leaves long lingering notes of spicy clove, banana, pear and clean bready maltiness on your tongue. Despite the dry finish, the beer does leave your mouth a tad watery.

Mouthfeel: (3.75)
Light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall: (3.75)
A veritable classic. Saison Dupont is a great example of a saison; It is crisp, refreshing with a lively, spicy yeast character but overall, I feel that I have had much better saisons. Dupont definitely fires on all cylinders, but like the flavor profile drops out before it really hits it peak on your palate. I think Vietnamese and Thai food would pair beautifully with this beer. Highly recommended, if not just for a solid baseline to compare modern renditions of a Saison to.

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Photo of admiral
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic, classic beer that is truly worthy of it's great reputation.

Taste; clove, banana, spice and bubblegum with notes of white wine are the flavours that were predominate on the palate

Love the bottle with it's wine size and cork - an excellent beer to share with friends or someone special. Only slight criticism is it's lack of big aroma but everything else is brilliant and more than makes up for it

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Classic saison that arrived a pale straw with ample white head. Aroma was a bit subdued but yeasty esters and citrus were notable along with some herbs and peanut butter sweet malt. In the mouth, beer was a heady mix of orange spice tea, lemon, clove, white pepper, herbal perfume, apple, and cashew brittle, all integrated well with a dry bitter finish. Did not notice the funk that some describe. Pleasing combination of malt and spice with a dryness that evokes champagne and a surprising nuttiness.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,518 ratings.