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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,347 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,347
Reviews: 1,452
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 184
Gots: 240 | FT: 10
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-26-2002)
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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
Photo of CrazyDavros
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.

CrazyDavros, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of DrewSnyc667
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

DrewSnyc667, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of 33nickadams
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.

33nickadams, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of mactrail
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.

mactrail, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of chefelf
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.

chefelf, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of DavidST
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.

DavidST, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of charlzm
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.

charlzm, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of JohnnyHopps
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.

JohnnyHopps, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
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.

EgadBananas, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
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!

BarryMFBurton, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of chuck19
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.

chuck19, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of rchristensen
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.

rchristensen, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of spicelab
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.

spicelab, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
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.

DaftCaskBC, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy yellow straw color with a huge white head. The smell was the low point of the drinking experience be wise it was in a green bottle and had a heinekin esk smell. The flavor was good lightly spicy and earthy. The mouthfeel was light bodied and very high carbonation, when I was pulling out the cork I did not have a good grip and when I gave it a quarter of a turn it shot out and ricochet from the kitchen through the dining room and into the living room. Overall it's a good beer just not the best for the style

rowingbrewer, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of DCon
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a 330ml/11.2 fl.oz. bottle of this brew from the Wolf Public House for $3 (employee discount). Porued from the non-labeled freshness dated bottle into a 16 oz. Founder's Pint Glass and this is my second time enjoying this brew.

Aroma- Has a low hop aroma from the start and VERY peppery. Not much fruitiness but could be wrong. Little bit of spice as well. Nice all around aroma.

Appearance- Pours a 5+ finger, frothy head that stays around for a great amount of time. Has a pale orange color body and leaves good sudsy lacing on the glass.

Flavor- Starts with good malt character and hints of fruit and spice along the way. Definitely has a lemon twist on the finish and very light bitterness. Nothing too serious here, just a fun drink.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High! Carbonation, and leaves a bit of hop on the palate but nothing else... Pretty boring here.

Overall Impression- All-around a good Saison but there are many more of these out there! Refreshing and highly carbonated, this one grabs your attention for the beginning of the drink but then finishes weak. Still will promote but am going to only be able to give this one a 4.0.

DCon, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a thick white foam head that has excellent retention. There is some spotty lacing.

S: Yeast stands out the most and it is quite potent. There is also some lemons, unripe fruits in the form of malic acid and some bready malts.

T: Starts off quite yeasty on the front with a little mix of bready malt. The citrus and green apples taste comes out in the middle. The backend is where the lemons come through more. There is also a hint of coriander. Very refreshing.

M: Nice and refreshing. There is a decent amount of carbonation. Leaves a slight yeast and citrus taste on the palate.

O: This is a refreshing Saison. Not overly complex, but quite thirst quenching. Would enjoy more of these on a warm day.

IronCitySteve, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of IPA35
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really hazy blonde colour with a tiny white head.

Belgian yeast! Spice, banana, lemon and sour apple indeed. Slighly musty. Quite good.

This beer is fruity and quite tart. Not much bitterness in there only in the aftertaste really. The musty flavour is trademark of the style as far as I understand. The malt is a bit grainy. Quite refreshing and drinkable.

The mouthfeel is quite thin with good carbonation.

Overall an interesting brew and the most common Saison available.

IPA35, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of match1112
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: cloudy straw color, an average pour results in a four finger white bubbly soap lookin head, with moderate lacing (more like lumping).

s: slight apple and bananna. lots of yeast, lots of spice and some bready earth tones.

t: bananna and yeast up front. turns peppery, then slightly tart apple with a dry finish.

m: medium body with excellent carbonation. finishes smooth and dry.

o: an excellent beer, cant believe i waited so long to try this.

match1112, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of KMcG
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy, straw yellow, 2 fingers of head and steady stream of carbonation bubbles. 

Smell: Lemon and spice with some apple tones. 

Taste: Complex.  The Belgian yeast is obvious; however, there are subtle hints of white grape and citrus.  The  tartness that is experienced midway in the taste has grapefruit and pepper essence. 

The mouthfeel has medium body with strong carbonation. The finish is dry and crisp. Perfect for summer. I can easily see why this often considered among the top brews in the world. 

KMcG, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of zimm421
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a tulip. As the cap is cracked, a nice burst of carbonation shoots out and the foam begins to hit the mouth of the bottle. The pour gives a white, 3+ finger head that is sudsy, foamy and beautiful. It leaves beautiful lacing and lasts forever. The beer itself is a cloudy golden-orange color.

The nose is full of yeast and grain as well as lemon and some spices, specifically some black pepper. There are some grassy notes as well, very interesting. The taste is great. Grainy, with lemon, spices and even some tart apple flavors. Very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, very crisp and clean with good amounts of carbonation, as evidenced by the head and the pop of the cap. Overall, this is a good brew. Easy to drink, flavorful and easy to enjoy. Something that I can see non-beer geeks enjoying, yet something we all like as well.

zimm421, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of cnally
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fluff white head, specks of beige from yeast particles, golden yellow body with cloudiness and carbonation.

A fruity estery aroma from the apple trees or grape vines...surprisingly boozy and filled with a sour yeasty quality.

The flavor is high esters, high apple, really reliant on the yeast. Sour but not too much so, a touch astringent and very bitter on the back end, possibly from the pucker of the yeast. While not sounding delicious, the parts come together for an awesome ride.

High carbonation, Saison, blah blah. Like it should be, I guess.

Fairly tasty and pretty boisterous. I have had some tame Saisons, I think beer companies that produce the style are afraid to produce them true to form...Dupont is unafraid.

cnally, Aug 08, 2011
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,347 ratings.