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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Reviews: 1,513
Hads: 3,788
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 236
Gots: 419 | FT: 12
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Belgium

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 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.

Prost! (979 characters)

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. (629 characters)

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. (372 characters)

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. (1,613 characters)

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. (317 characters)

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

A:
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.

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

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

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

O:
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. (1,583 characters)

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. (764 characters)

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. (390 characters)

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 (2,088 characters)

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. (828 characters)

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. (561 characters)

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. (1,056 characters)

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. (356 characters)

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. (920 characters)

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.

RJT (781 characters)

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. (873 characters)

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 (434 characters)

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. (1,749 characters)

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 (412 characters)

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. (502 characters)

Photo of FrostBlast
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Hazy straw yellow, some yeast deposit. Nice white head that goes way high in the glass but falls back down fast enough, leaving an above-average amount of lacing.

SMELL : First nose is acidic barnyard funk over a base of malts. Some herbs and spice. Second nose increases the malt presence, giving out yeasty note that remind me of an abbey tripel. Earthy, dusty notes as well. Third nose confirms the presence of abbey tripel resemblance, with some definite fruity banana notes. The hops are through and through, but extremely well integrated.

TASTE : Grassy hops, herbs, fresh cut grass. Some barnyard funk mixes up with the malts. Funny thing is, the nose blended the hops into the malts and left the barnyard funk appart. Now the taste splits the hops appart and blends the malts with the barnyard funk. There is even a slight barley sugar after taste that comes in, complementing nicely on the funk. Very pleasing.

MOUTHFEEL : Good carbonation, roundish feel with some sharpness from the acid barnyard funk and the grassy hops. Very well balanced.

OVERALL : Although I can easily understand why this beer is seen as a staple in the Saison style, it's not my favorite. Don't misunderstand me, I'd still have one of those as often as they come, but I've tasted some products, even within the Dupont brewery itself, that pleased me much more than this still very fine beer. (1,508 characters)

Photo of Profchaos20
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 4/26/13 11.2 OZ Bottle in snifter.

A - Pours a cloudy straw color with a three finger white fluffy head.

S - Spicy and citrus are the dominant aromas, notes of lemon and clove. Smells tart with light malt and hops.

T - Tart, spicy and Dry. Finishes with a bit of bitterness. Citrusy and peppery.

M - Very carbonated and light mouthfeel. Finishes dry, drinkable.

O - Very enjoyable, drinkable and tasty beer. (421 characters)

Photo of Bricelyn
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance was a hazy straw yellow with enough head to choke an elephant! On par for the brew I am told. Lots of rotten ripe fruit straight up the nose followed by classic belgian spice. Taste is much the same with a slight sour twang added to the mix! Lots of carb and a cool brew over all! Love the mini Champagne bottle! (323 characters)

Photo of ElijahRivera
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I pick up a 375 ml bottle for $5.75 with no freshness date and consumed it on 7/27/13. Might be a bit overpriced, but I was on a saison kick and couldn't get it anywhere else.

A- It poured a brilliant golden color with just a slight haze. Fluffy white head, active carbonation consisting of large bubbles, and lots of floating sediment.

S- Strong lemon aroma, some pepper and esters. Bready yeast and grains, and a mild tartness all combined in a delicate but stimulating olfactory journey.

T- Right away I got some sweet, mild, and soft grains, but that was quickly overcome by a dry, spicy, lemon, bitter finish. As I drank, the tartness and spicy lemon flavors continued to build.

M- Very effervescent, light bodied, dry, crisp mouthfeel that leaves a delightfully citrusy, funky, dry and bitter aftertaste on my palate.

O- Deliciously refreshing. This is the first time I've had Saison Dupont, and it lived up to the hype. Not a disappointment at all. I'm now convinced that the best setting to drink a farmhouse ale is on the second floor of a barn looking out over a Catskill Mountain horse pasture on a hot day in late July. (1,136 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

DATE TASTED: August 25, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... OCCASION: drafting while draughting--a perfect beer for a fantasy football draft!... APPEARANCE: pale, cloudy yellow heather body with a half-glass mushroom cloud of soft white head--as attractive as C.J. Spiller, my first rounder... AROMA: clean, grassy, lemony roundness with enough vanilla and citrus medley to complicate the nostrils ...PALATE: goodness, this is easy-drinking; a slightly warming finish does little to detract from the beer's pleasant front-end presence and sipability...TASTE: a touch of sourness denotes the citrus presence, while the overall flavor is soft hoppy goodness, like a freshly mown lawn wafting... OVERALL: after the Dogfish Head 60 yesterday and this today, I probably could retire from summer beer drinking; as I remembered it, a refreshing, almost euphoric bottle that makes one question the need for another night's drink; enough alcohol to be significant, weak enough to be enjoyed more than once... (1,000 characters)

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,513 ratings.