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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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93
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3,080 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,080
Reviews: 1,438
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 161
Gots: 183 | FT: 11
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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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Cozzatoad

Italy

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle

A- Pale golden with some amber hints if seen through light, a little hazy. Awesome, big, perfectly white, huge-bubbled head that shows great retention troughout the very last sips and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass

S- Sweet delicate aroma of fruits (pear, lemon, orange peel) among a distinct wet grass feel, but more on the raw/earthy side of things (with yeast sure in the mix), as you'd expect in a saison. A slight hint of spiciness too

T- Malts are on the low side of things, bringing just a light dry grain note. Herbal notes upfront, with a grassy feel on the palate and a distinct though still delicate bitterness on the tongue, that has a lemonish and pleasantly spicy character to it. After lets say 1 second a strong fruitiness spreads out (pear, apple, citrus peel) and lingers on the palate in the aftertaste, without feeling excessively sweet

M- Medium in body; incredibly smooth despite a quite lively carbonation that brings a soft, delicate crispness. What is most amazing with this beer is that it somewhat manages to feel both sweet and bitter, but always perfectly in balance

O- I finished my 330ml really quickly, you just can't retrain from such great drinkabilty. An amazingly easy, but somehow deeply complex beer

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 14:13:03 | More by Cozzatoad
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

This is a really nice Saison, the pour was a golden color with some haziness to it with a white head on top that left a nice lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was of some sweet fresh grains and hints of wild flowers and honey. The taste was on the sweet side as well and made this very enjoyable in my opinion. The flavors come to life as the beer warms also. The mouthfeel was smooth and light but had enough body to it be enjoyable. Overall a really nice brew here, sure to please.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 21:36:25 | More by Knapp85
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.1/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've heard it is completely different on tap, and perhaps I got an old bottle, but I didn't enjoy this.

It poured a cloudy yellow with a huge fluffy, white head that faded fast but left nice lacing.

The aroma was of funk, earth, cooked vegetables, grass and lemon.

The taste was maltier than expected and the lemon that lingered seemed flat, the grass and earth were dominant and lingering funky notes stuck.

It was hard to finish. Again, perhaps I got a bad or old bottle. I'll try it again when I see it and perhaps give a different review.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 18:40:26 | More by JayS2629
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 07:15:31 | More by corby112
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projectflam86

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a huge rocky foam head that leaves spotty lacing.

S- Light citrus with a bit of barn yard must. Herbal with some spicy yeast scents.

T- Lemon grass and spice upfront with a very noticeable hop presence. A very dry malt like sweetness is there initially but the hops sweep it away. Still very herbal as the nose suggested, with some spice, pepper, and maybe the slightest bit of tartness.

M- Very carbonated and amazingly dry. This beer commands regular sips.

O- A very cool and interesting beer. The alcohol is well hidden and the dryness keeps you coming back for another taste. I wish I had bought more of this over the summer. This would have made plenty of lazy days in the sun that much better.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 00:27:27 | More by projectflam86
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Hopilator

Maine

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

Popped open a 750 ml, poured into a tulip glass. Beautiful white head, impressive carbonation bubbling up through it's light golden hue. Effervescent nose. Honey like sweetness, that is balanced by the beers CO2 level, which, tingles on the tip of the tongue. Very pleasant, especially on a late summer evening, right when you can sense the fall is coming. Could possibly define the style, at least for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 22:18:55 | More by Hopilator
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joecast

Australia

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been eyeing this one off for a while and finally picked one up. Here goes...

Golden yellow, hazy, medium high carbonation. Fluffy white head settles to a thick lace but no less than that.

Lots of yeast character but not overpowering. Spicy, grassy, refreshing. Very nice. Slight lemon. Not a lot of farmhouse, or at least the finkyness I expected to find some of.

More lemony yeast spice in the taste. So crisp and refreshing. Mild malt sits in the background offering support. Lots of character and depth but still light and accessible. A great mix.

Have not had much experience with saison but this will make me rethink that. Superb drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 09:11:13 | More by joecast
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argock

Virginia

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

Poured from 750mL green bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.99.

A: Hazy straw yellow with 2-3 finger stark white tightly-bubbled, frothy head with good retention with numerous blobs of lacing.

S: Lemongrass aroma with spicy herbal hops and light pale maltiness.

T: The pale maltiness is a lot more prominent in the flavor than in the aroma. The spicy, citrus lemon wave is very strong and dominates the flavor, but the mild yeasty notes provide an extra facet to this beer. White pepper in the finish increases the refreshing nature.

M: The carbonation is high but helps to provide a crispness that fits perfectly with the pale malt and citrus hoppiness.

O: I like this beer a lot more than I thought I would. It isn't my favorite style, but I see why people pick this up -- it is clean and complex with a effortless lightness that makes it a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 03:24:58 | More by argock
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.45/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2011 18:27:30 | More by smakawhat
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dcook11

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pale pale yellow with a thick two finger soapy white head. Sea foam like, whispy. Moderate carbonation. Some lacing.

S- Skunk, apple, belgian yeast, funk. Another smell is present but I cant place it.

T- Skunk, apple...very balanced.

M- Light bodied.

O- one of the best beers I have ever had. After trying this, I feel bad I waited so long to pick this offering up. Fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 23:37:08 | More by dcook11
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fo5s

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375mL bottle appropriately served in a Saison Dupont glass. Vintage 2011.

A- pours with a massive foamy head. Light golden, fairly clear due to pouring the first half of the bottle.

S- Grassy, slight hint of lemon. Some funk.

T- True to the smell. Funky and grassy. Not as dry as I remember.

M- Thin, more subdued than I'd expect given the lively head.

O- A very solid brew, and a classic example of the style. That said, not my favorite and there are better values out there that I like better.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 21:52:23 | More by fo5s
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows floral and herbal hops, something like coriander, doughy yeast and spicy phenols.
Similar flavours with doughy yeast, spicy notes, cooked vegetables and minerals leading to a dry finish.
Very high carbonation.
Pretty refreshing but I’m not impressed with the cooked vegie taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 01:15:01 | More by CrazyDavros
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DrewSnyc667

Massachusetts

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

Bottle into a tulip glass

A - Pale yellow, cloudy with a fluffy white head that sticks around and laces

S - Grass, citrus, a bit earthy, almost raw and unrefined, alcohol is a bit present

T - Light lemony front with a semi sweet finish, yeast is a bit prevalent

M - Smooth, nice amount of carbonation leaves a clean palate

O - Very good and refreshing, I'll come back to this

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 00:31:57 | More by DrewSnyc667
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33nickadams

Michigan

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

Beautiful, translucent, golden yellow hue, with 2 finger head that dissipates slowly. Plenty of streams of carbonation that rise to the top. Leaves nice lacing. Yeasty, citrusy smell and I get a hint of oak. The taste is fruity, some banana, some raisins and green apple that ends dry. Light mouthfeel that is well carbonated. Overall, one of the best saisons I've had. Perfect for a summer's day. I would get this again but for $20 a 4 pack, it might not be too often.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 00:08:07 | More by 33nickadams
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mactrail

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant sweetness is the first taste, followed by the Belgian rasp. Rather bitter aftertaste. Light body but nice carbonation on the tongue. Thirst-quenching and intriguing flavor, but nothing too wild. A thinner, sharper style of Saison. Hoppy bitterness gives a nice edge. Textbook Saison of the Belgian style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 04:59:20 | More by mactrail
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chefelf

New York

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

This was a nice farmhouse ale that poured a paler yellow than I would have thought with a considerable head. It was very light and acidic in taste and quite refreshing. While the Belgian yeast flavor was certainly there it was not as pronounced as in other Belgian ales I have had, though I am admittedly not very familiar with the farmhouse style.

A very nice summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 13:54:58 | More by chefelf
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DavidST

Texas

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass, 2011 date.

This pours a hazy straw / pale yellow color with a large foamy head with good retention. The smell is slightly metallic or as another reviewer put it burnt rubber. Under that you get a nice sweet smelling smell, a little banana. The taste is pretty good, I do get a little banana, some peppery spices and a nice dry long finish. The feel is medium to light, lots of carbonation. Overall not bad something I'd probably try again.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 03:05:57 | More by DavidST
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charlzm

California

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed at Lucky Baldwin's Trappist Pub and Cafe on Sunday, August 21st, 2011. Beer served in proper glassware.

Beer is a slightly cloudy, moderately deep yellow (almost orange) topped with a uniform skin of extremely fine white bubbles.

Aroma is powdery yeast and lemon.

Flavor is soft floral/powdery yeast up front, immediately followed by more bitterness than I had expected. Also noted: a slight orange flavor. A little acidic tartness towards the end. The bitterness lingers after the rest of the flavor is gone and then, a good second or two after swallowing, a light malt trace shows up (think pilsener malt).

Moderate mouthfeel.

Despite being less fruity and tart than expected, still a nice, refreshing beer marred only by (IMHO) by a slightly overenthusiastic bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 22:54:50 | More by charlzm
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

1.9/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

As best I can determine, I must have gotten a bad bottle because I was far from impressed. Hardly a fan of saisons, I found this to be an awful experience. The first hint of a problem occurred when the aroma smelled like burnt rubber. With the sense of smell and taste being closely associated, this was not a good start. The initial taste was very tart lemon. It was not just lemon juice, it was as though I was chewing on lemon rind. The aftertaste that followed was a gritty Flintstone vitamins lemon taste. Perhaps another way to explain the feeling would be a textured shandy.

Noting the high praise this saison received, I have trouble fathoming such a bad experience. I could not recommend this saison to another person unless of course I had a better experience with a future bottle. However, I would not buy that bottle with my money.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 21:05:47 | More by JohnnyHopps
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 printed on the cork of this 375ml bottle.

A: Sunny blonde in color, with a rocky, billowy pure white head, 2 fingers. Carbonation is streaming, effervescently up the sides of the glass.

S: Biscuits, bread and cracker malts, slight fruit-estery sweetness, yeast notes, faint citrus, herbal with a slight spice note.

T: Upfront Belgian yeast funk, slight fruitiness, cracked pepper, herbal hops.

M: Crisp, light to medium bodied, with lightly creamy texture and a smooth, dry finish.

D/O: Light, and crisp, this is extremely easy drinking and definitely deserving the title of one of the top-tier Farmouse Ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 16:03:07 | More by EgadBananas
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here goes: my first adventure into the world of saisons. I’ve had one or two before, mainly thanks to Goose Island, but I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Now that I’ve read up on the style, there’s only one thing I can do to get more acquainted with it: drink!

A: Now THAT’S a lot of foam. My glass is quickly filled with white suds as I pour, which disappear in a matter of minutes. Once the foam is gone, I’m left with just three fingers of actual beer. Wow, that head was volatile. What’s left is a great bit of bubbly lacing and a half-finger of white foam. It looks very lively. The body color is a pale, hazy gold; the whole thing sort of reminds me of sparkling white grape juice.

S: Now I’m starting to understand why so many people love saisons; this smells awesome! I can almost taste the creamy fruit textures, which are backed by bready, nutty, and grassy malts. It’s a deeply satisfying aroma. I can detect a slight skunk to it, too, which I’m enjoying more and more every time I smell it. The spices toward the back end are so nice – coriander, lavender, and just a hint of pepper. Very complex, very well-rounded, very inviting.

T: The flavors aren’t huge in the palate, but wow; they are good. First, that creamy malt that I could feel in the nose – it’s rich, in an apricot/peach preserve kind of way. Orange and lemon peel flavors are the brightest amongst the bitters, which consist primarily of very smooth, earthy hops. Warm spice tones are there throughout – pepper and nutmeg, mostly. And soon enough, that skunk arrives; that musty flavor that is so undeniably Belgian. I love it. The aftertaste is quite dry, as expected, with lingering hints of grapefruit, tangy hops, and even a taste of green tea.

M: Champagne, anyone? This beer is so crisp and bubbly, adding to the light character in a positive way. There’s a pretty significant warming sensation, too, which is odd for a beer with only 6.5% alcohol. It just ends up making it that much more enjoyable, though.

O: Saison style, here I come! I absolutely love this beer; if the others of this style are along these same lines, I’ll be more than happy to dive right in. Note to self for next time, though: buy a bigger bottle!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 01:51:01 | More by BarryMFBurton
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chuck19

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been told that Saison Dupont is the beer that you must judge every other Saison by. I would have to agree. The first thought when I opened was this beer was "Did I just open a dime bag"(Friend's comment). Again agreed. The beer is cloudy and had an average appearance. To be honest it looks like any cloudy wheat beer. The taste was what set this apart. Hints of lemon, but the rind part. Overall a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 01:46:42 | More by chuck19
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rchristensen

Massachusetts

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

750 ml bottle poured into a sniffer

A - Pours a cloudy yellow with an enormous 4 finger head. The head lingers and leaves moderate lacing.

S - Yeasty aromas dominate to start. Also able to pick up some fruity notes, citrus, as well as a faint hint of grain.

T - As was with the smell, the yeast flavors come to the front followed by mild citrus and a peppery spiceyness. The finish is quite dry, almost a champagne like quality.

M - Very crisp with good carbonation.

O - I find this beer to be very refreshing and a good example of the style. I am not sure I would search this out while looking for a Saison but it was certainly a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 23:50:53 | More by rchristensen
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spicelab

Australia

4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this many times, time to finally review. 750mL bottle into a Tripel Karmelit glass.

Golden straw, clear and bright. Towering rocky white head leaves good lace trails. Busy looking bead.

Apricot danish, golden delicious apples, rockmelon, kumquat, banana confectionery, touch of bitter rind and that distinctive floral spiciness from the Dupont yeast. Sublime. I could smell it for hours.

Very similar flavours, with perhaps a slightly increased citric sourness.

Syrupy and slightly sticky, with medium carbonation and a touch of astringency and (surprisingly) booze heat on the back palate.

Beer just doesn't get any better than this at 6.5% in my view. A veritable cacophany of aromas and flavours that work in unison brilliantly.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 08:04:05 | More by spicelab
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 3" white head that left a nice lacing over cloudy straw liquid that was quite carbonated.

S: Yeast and floral hops.

T: Yeast and floral hops with a slightly malty finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of medium carbonation.

O: Very drinkable Saison with an excellent appearance.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 05:25:17 | More by DaftCaskBC
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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