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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
93
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3,294 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,294
Reviews: 1,449
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 179
Gots: 229 | FT: 9
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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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Photo of rel
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this accompanied with some simply seasoned scallops, spicy shrimp, and a lemony spring salad. Really good pairing...

Amazing pour on this beer. Very thick and fluffy white head with long retention and lacing all over the glass. Almost soapy in its ability to linger and stick to the glass.

The smell is very citrusy, specfically lemon, and heavily spiced. There is also a funky beer smell.

The taste is again very lemony, with the spices working out well... at this point I can taste some noble hop and mild malts perfectly balanced so that they practically cancel each other out and allow the lemons and spice to dominate.

The mouthfeel is a bit sour, but very refreshing. High levels of carbonation and light.

A very simple yet sophisticated beer to go along with light meals.

rel, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of RickS95
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden straw color, just thick enough to be hazy. If you look close, you can see not only a HUGE white head on top (that literally grows and grows), but lots of carbonation going on inside the beer.

The smell of these things never gets old to me. Fruity, funky Belgian yeast is like smelling perfection. If you try hard, you can pick up some peppery spice as well. (By now, the beer has been in the glass for 5-6 minutes and the head has yet to fall; for the second time ever I've had to wipe my forehead with my finger and swirl it around just to get the head to dissipate).

Tastes like it smells, only the pepper and bready yeast dominate. Hints of peach/apricot, something citrus comes through from the funky yeast.

Medium-bodied with a mouthfeel picking up spicy, tart, sweet, dry notes; with a clean finish.

Beers like this really make me appreciate the style. I wish there was a bit more alcohol, but this is a solid beer.

RickS95, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of KDawg
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a bordeaux stem. Poured a nice lighter gold color with a foamy head

Very aromatic and deep aromas of citrus', asian spices, fresh picked oranges and a slight hint of funk

Really good medium feel. Polished with really good flavors of citrus' and some bits of oranges

This is the standard bearer of the style and it didn't let down. A more classy saison with the aromas really making the beer. It's a more fresh style and its very good

KDawg, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of UTCengOwl
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A defining beer for the style. I feel like around half of the saison threads I've read in the homebrewing forum have been trying to mimic Dupont. I hadn't reviewed this, so I felt like I had to get it and put something up on BA. This beer didn't quite have the pop I wanted when I uncorked it... though there's still a good amount of carbonation. The cork says 2.010, so I'll take it that this beer is at least a year old. Poured it generously into my Great Divide balloon glass.

THe beer is just a shockingly clear golden hue. The head is characteristically bone white with great density. However, since this seems a bit undercarbonated, the head died down quickly. If it would have stayed longer, this could have hit 5 territory. I love the look of a solid saison.

The nose is skunk and funk. I think these have to be the Saaz hops talking. Some people call those hops peppery, but I just get skunk. At least I now know the taste and I'm starting to appreciate it for what it is. To go along with the skunk, there's a bit of a farmhouse funk that seems to blend together. They are interestingly similar and they make good complements. It's not perfectly appealing, but it's nice.

The taste is along the same lines. Lingering skunky bitterness. Complemented by a smoother funky farm flavor. There's also a dryness and sharpness in the body. It's almost like a strong lemongrass flavor (isn't all lemongrass strong?). Good carbonation (despite the bottle pressure) gives a tingly prick on my tongue. This stuff just flows down my throat.

I like this beer quite a bit. However, I will naturally downgrade anything that's this noble and Saazy. That said, this beer is still quite interesting and I'm happy to have it. I don't think it's the best saison I've had (I prefer Boulevard, Brooklyn and maybe Hennepin from what I've had), but it's definitely an interesting entry for my beer palate.

UTCengOwl, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of DaveBlack
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: HUGE head on this beer, by far the most remarkable quality of the appearance. The beer itself is a hazy, straw yellow color, the enormous 4 finger white head is thick and solid with a almost infinite retention and a good amount of lacing.

S:Once you get past the head to actually smell the beer it is yeasty, with lemon peel and grains.

T: Nice tasting beer. Yeast is definitely heavy and brings a slight banana taste, but there is also a lot of spiciness, some grassiness and a lot of lemon flavor. The distinct bitterness of the beer actually reminds me more of lemon pith than lemon peel, which inexplicably works.

M: Light with a lot of carbonation. Finishes smooth.

O: I am always a fan of the saison style, and this is certainly no exception. Easy drinking, very refreshing and brings a lot of flavor. Certainly worth a finding a bottle or two. or three..

DaveBlack, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of snpub540
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice hazy pale gold hue with an off white head. It leaves some clingy lacing on the glass.

Aroma is fruity esters, some hay, and orange peel. A little spice and earthiness in there too.

Flavor is slightly sweet upfront and then a nice earthy yeast note followed by some black pepper and a super dry finish. Very crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is crisp. This beer has a great amount of flavor going on as well as being very refreshing and easy drinking. I could put a couple of these down.

snpub540, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of shortbus7
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a yellowish, hay colored beer with a crazy head. There was more head than beer, even after a careful pour.

S: Citrus and hay. Very barnyard like.

T: Yeast, some citrus, and grass. Very musty.

M: The carbonation is perfect. Smooth and light.

O: This is my first experience with farmhouse ales and I really enjoyed it. Hope there are many more to come.

shortbus7, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of skypup
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Three bottles purchased in Brugge, Belgium

.33L bottle poured into a Saison Du Pont glass.

A - Pours a cloudy pale gold. Incredible head, had to pour bottle in three steps. Visible particulates in the glass. Little lacing.

S - touch of citrus fruits, freshly cut grass, definite yeast.

T - Complex yeast and a mellows to a citrus and slightly sour finish. Slight bitterness and hops.

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation

D - Great beer, one of my favorites.

skypup, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of Paincane
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip glass. Corrk reads 2.011. Hazy pale golden colt with frothy white three finger head with good retention and ring of soapy lace.
S: Citrus, yeast, floral and musty aromas that intensify as it warms.
T: Ever so brief initial lemony sweetness is noted but quickly cedes to tart bitterness at finish.
M: Crisp, dry with clean finish. Light to medium bodied. Tartness is pronounced but not sour. Moderate carbonation.
O: Excellent example of farmhouse ale. Not my favorite style but must be appreciated for what it is. Very drinkable. Enjoyed it.

Paincane, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of AlohaRicky
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12 Oz bottle

A. Nice rich frothy head.

S. A little tart and funky

T. Clean and crisp with a tangy aftertaste that stays with you for hours. Very Dry

M. Nice and crisp.

O. Great beer. Worth the $5.00 price tag for the sour aftertaste that stays with you.

Great Beer!!!

AlohaRicky, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of missdawn
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my go-to beers, a classic. Tonite I am pairing it with a true farm dinner, sourced 100% locally from produce I helped to grow and harvest.. Enjoying this brew as it was originally intended, a refreshment for harvesting farmers, is a real treat. The smell and flavours really came alive for me to the point of inspiring a review!

S - Poured the saison from a 750 ml bottle into a *gasp* 32 ounce mason jar. (I've had this beer enough times to experiment like this.) Folks, this opened the beer up like I've never experienced before! Lemon in the front then faint floral notes. A soapy scent followed.

A - A good head that held up a bit for such a wide vessel. Before settling totally as just a few bubbles lacing the surface of the drink, it was light and frothy. Cloudy golden and amber hues, the shading a bit light towards the bottom and sides of the glass.

T/M - Nice and balanced carbonation at every sip.. truly refreshing. Ever so slightly bitter but then, and I'm sure it has something to do with what I am eating (mostly potatoes and green beans), it opens to a lovely, creamy mouthful and taste. Nothing lingers, again, making for a really refreshing beverage.

missdawn, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy yellowish color with fast rising bubbles leaving a white blanket on the top

S: A little musty, fruity with accents of apple peel, lemon, and yeast.

T: Opens with a lemon, hay element, little funk giving way to subtle undercurrents of light fruit sweetness and spices, finishes with a quite Earthy bitterness.

M: Smooth and quite full, with light, soft carbonation, light booze sting

O: Truly excellent, super easy to drink, a beer to be savored and among my favorites

barleywinefiend, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of syrupjoe
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml poured into tulip.

Pours a three finger foamy, luscious, eggy off-white head.

Nose is skunky, farmy, yeasty, and lemony.

This beer is very dry, bitter, and tastes of lemon, pepper, and sweet marmalade.

It's incredibly crisp, quite dry, but very balanced.

Overall very enjoyable to drink - something I will definitely seek out in the future!

syrupjoe, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger, rapidly dissipating head.

S: a little bid medicie-like with fruity and spicey aroma notes.

T: spicey and fruity but a very palatable saison. This one isn't too fancy. A standard saison. Yeast character is not very complex.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: a standard saison. Neither memorable or forgettable.

kylehay2004, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of Cozzatoad
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

Cozzatoad, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
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.

JayS2629, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
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.

projectflam86, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of Hopilator
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.

Hopilator, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of joecast
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.

joecast, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of argock
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.

argock, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
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.

smakawhat, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of dcook11
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.

dcook11, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of fo5s
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.

fo5s, Aug 27, 2011
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,294 ratings.