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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
93
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3,285 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,285
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 haazer
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pour yields a thick foamy white head. The brew is a fizzy carbonated concoction, gold and hazy yellow. The head settles to a nice white cap. Seems to have some sediment.

S- Fruity aroma in the front of nose. Fruits include apples, banana and some citrus. I do smell some hay and little funk notes. Slight tingle of phenols.

T- Taste starts as the nose did with fruit on the palatte first but only briefly. It moves to very earthy flavors is how I'd describe it. It is somewhat of a dry floral taste. The finish is incredibly crisp and dry.

M- Fairly crisp, astringent and dry. Very nice carbonation felt on the tongue. Body is light to medium, which helps the drinkability because of the dryness.

O- A complex beer. Add more funk and sour and this would remind me of the oude gueze I had recently. Looking forward to more saisons. This is worth a try and will have again.

haazer, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Prime16
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Off white head - body had the color of a thinned out glass of Ruby Red Grapefruit juice.

S: earthy, Belgian yeast, clove and banana.

T: Bready, yeast, warm spice-pepper.

M: Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.

O: Great beer for a warm summer day.

Prime16, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of OakedCanuck
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into snifter

This beer pours a hazy late day sun yellow with nice fluffy white head. Some sedimentation, perhaps from the pour job. Smell and flavour are much the same. Lots of fruits, banana, green apple, some white grape and strongest of all lemon rind (both nose and palate). Some background clove spices and pepper along with unmistakable yeast (no surprise there). Nice and light, crisp, refreshing. Overall a good beer especially in the summer.

OakedCanuck, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of rarbring
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is faintly clouded, pals straw colored, a big head that settles slowly and leaves good lacing. Good curtains.

The smell is lovely, fruits, oranges, pine-apple, apples, spices, cardamom, clove.

Staring sweet, fructose, then bitter oranges, peaches, ripe apples, spicy notes, ginger, cardamom, pepper. A good bitter lemon zest character.

Low carbonation, a rather light body, smooth texture, a dry finish.

Nice, well done, goes well with a moldy Tallegio and hard bread.

rarbring, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of NODAK
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately, out of the bottle it was initially quite skunky. Damn green bottles. Once poured though, it settled into a nice, mildly fruity sweet aroma with soft spiciness.

Pours a hazy golden color in the glass with a pretty nice head.

Taste is very nice. It can be difficult to tell all the Belgian styles apart, but this stands out a bit. It has a good upfront fruitiness to it (banana) with a healthy but restrained clove spice profile. A tiny bit of yeast shows up next, with a grain note that disappears a the beer is being consumed. Decent grassy bitterness on the back, but not stinging or puckering at all. Just a nice finish.

Awesome, one of the classic beers of this style for good reason. Highly enjoyable.

NODAK, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of TenHornsProud
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow/orange, slightly cloudy.

Taste is yeast forward with subtle spice (pepper).

High carbonation and dry finish make this the perfect drink after working outside or to drink with most foods.

Highly drinkable and a perfect example of the style, as it is simple with enough subtle yeast complexity to make it worth coming back to.

TenHornsProud, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Family Dog in Atlanta. I was shocked to see I hadn’t reviewed this beer.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with hints of grass. Also present are mild amounts of green apples and leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as robust. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by slight green apple and pear flavors. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors fade a bit and grassy and leafy hops flavors work their way into things. The light malts and hops carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I consider this beer quintessential for the style. Nothing overdone and with everything in its place. Worth a shot.

glid02, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of damndirtyape
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle (no date) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Translucent/cloudy golden yellow beer with some orange highlights. Massive bubbling going on through the beer the whole time. Some of the yeast sediment made it through and while it mars the appearance a bit, it can be overlooked. The beer poured a massive white foamy head that took forever to dissipate so I could pour the rest of the bottle in over a very slow pour in an effort to keep the sediment in. Big persistent strands of lacing all over the place in sheets and strands. Good looking beer other than the sediment.

Smell: Orange citrus, fruit, and with a swirl, hops that were a mix of cut grass, faint skunk, and grapefruit. As the foam died down more yeast and fresh baked bread starts to show up. Interesting smelling beer.

Taste: There is a definite orange/citrus/ruby-red grapefruit thing going on here. These sour citrus flavors dominate, followed by some bready flavors in the middle. The end is a mix of bread moving into a crisp bitter finish. Once again, a very interesting beer.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation that cleans the tongue after every drink, but doesn't scour it. Really just perfect in carbonation. The rest of the mouthfeel leaves a crisp and clean finish, maybe a little dry, but if I wait a minute I'll notice a little bit of something clinging to my teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: When I first poured this and only got a lot of foam I wasn't sure, since the only tastes I was getting were a few drops of sour citrus, but once the beer settled down a bit and I could catch everything, I can see why people rave about this style. Definitely a good beer for a warm spring evening, and it would work really well in the summer. I feel though that I need to have it with food though. By itself it's good....but I keep wanting something to eat with it. Definitely a sipping and savoring beer, despite its warm weather quenching quality. Definitely a good beer that I'll have to revisit sometime.

damndirtyape, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of BigMike
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light tangerine color. Very hazy with an off white head of about 2 fingers.

S: After popping the cork all i could say was Heineken. I am overwhelmed with skunk. AFter pouring it and letting it sit for a few minutes most of the skunk disappears. The Belgian yeast component takes over. Lot's of spice like clove and tons of lemon zest.

T: Lot's of Belgian yeast. Lot's of lemon zest and citrus. A touch of grassiness.

M: Nice refreshing mouthfeel. Very dry and easy to drink.

Overall: A nice light and easy to drink saison. The green bottle has got to go. Most of The skunkiness faded after a while but just enough lingered to throw the flavor off a bit. Minus the green bottle this beer would be awesome and very reliable.

BigMike, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of craytonic
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Great peach-apricot hazy pour, enormous craggy foam head, good lacing. Loud pop upon opening it.

Smell: Very lemony and spicy, nice light subtle funk. I get white pepper, coriander, sweet grass , hay

Taste: Similar to the smell, lemon and pepper/coriander/clove spice with sweet grass, hay and a light funk. I get some golden ruits like peach, apricot and green apples also.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, very creamy

Drinkability: Very refereshing and enjoyable; this is an awesome beer. Not quite fantome but widely available.

craytonic, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of KingPuuChuu
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer.
Poured from an 11oz bottle with a beautiful gold with a huge fluffy head. That's right, I just used fluffy. Imagine a light fluffy cloud of beer.

Very fragrant. The yeast comes out with a hefty clovey smell, along with some hop character.

Clean flavor. Crisp, malty, a little bit of lemon. Easily drinkable. Mouthfeel is wonderful, as it stays consistently bubbly, which keeps the unfiltered yeast flowing around. Alcohol is 6.5, so it doesn't hit you at all, though I could see myself only having one big bottle

The only negative is that this is in a green bottle, so I can taste some oxidation.

Other than that, this is a spectacular beer.

KingPuuChuu, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought that it would be nice to anticipate the beginning of summer with my first saison of 2011. And this is the classic example of a saison... afterall, then started making them since before America became a nation.

This was a cute little, 11.2 ounce bottle. It was served with a classic tall pilsner glass with a little taper at the top. Since a poured a little aggressively, there was a lot of head. I must have mispoured (four and a half inches of head). Then I stared at my glass longingly as the beer held the head for a long time. I didn't get to drink for something like five minutes. It was a good punishment.

I spent the five minutes just smelling the bouquet for awhile. It was floral with some nice, light spices.

The flavor had a clean, refreshing flavor. It was light on the malt and hops. There was some fruitness in the flavor. It was very drinkable down to a clean finish.

The beer had a nice golden color with brown particulates (it is unfiltered). The brown flakes swirl around the glass in a nice motion. Eventually these flakes settle into the bottom of the glass.

At the end there was no lacing on the glass. I should continue the great history of this beer by buying another bottle soon.

ummswimmin, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of pmlondrigan
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle split with buddies. So often I get light struck bottles of this, thank goodness this wasn't one. Perfect stram yellow, just oh so hazy. Tiny bubbles cruise to the top of the glass under a dense whipped cream head. Sheets upon sheets of lacing cascade down the glass. Spicy, zesty and peppery aroma, just a hint of farmhouse. Simple and well presented flavors here backed by a basic malt bill of pils. Grassy noble hops make there presence known and then that great yeast. Spicey and earthy with highlights of citrus and coriander. Real well attenuated, dry. When one gets a good bottle of dupont there really isn't much better.

pmlondrigan, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Cylinsier
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75 cl

Pours hazy gold with thick white head. Good retention.

Smells of grassy fresh grains, brett yeast and citrus.

Tastes of tart citrus, fresh grains, a bit of hops, some esters and coriander.

Medium body with mild carbonation.

Very good farmhouse, easy to drink and tastes great, would definitely seek out again.

Cylinsier, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of eclaycamp
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jumping right back into the Saisons with one of the most well-known examples of the style in Saison Dupont. 750 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass. Light golden color with a fizzy head that forms quickly and dissipates almost as fast. I get a lot of sour tartness in the nose, with a white grape funkiness going on along with some slight skunkiness. This one has been in my fridge since purchase, but I get this earthy basement smell out of it. First taste takes me by surprise, but in a good way. Mouthfeel is nice and dry, with a good, almost sour bitterness. Taste is light and lemony, with some earthy hops giving it a nice musky feel. Towards the end of the drink I get this pepper sweet - almost green pepper - note. This thing would be great on a warm summer day. It's not sweet like other saisons can be, and the bone dry finish literally makes the mouth water. Overall a very nice saison and one I won't be afraid to reach for in the future.

eclaycamp, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
6.5% ABV, 2.010 on the cork.

A - It's not a gusher but damn is this one full of carbonation! The tulip was quickly filled with dense white foam. Great retention kept us from enjoying it for quite a while but, as the foam loosened it left some pretty nice lace above the slightly hazy yellow beer.

S - Wafts of skunk come from the beer which makes me wonder, once again, why breweries insist on using green (and clear) glass. [The first bottle we tried months prior smelled like a skunk dropped ass beside us when we opened it.] Subtle spicy notes of coriander and white pepper with earthy clay and yeast. Hints of lemon grass through the finish.

T - Bland across the board, pale malts back up a faint spicy profile of lemon grass and peppery yeast. Very bland, almost like faintly flavored water, honestly.

M - High carbonation is spritzy in the light-bodied mouthfeel. This saison finishes dry with a touch of saltiness and a slight metallic feel.

O - While this beer isn't offensive in any way, it's completely lacking in flavor which makes it hard to believe it's worthy of the high score it's received. That leads me to question whether there's something wrong (besides a little skunk) with this bottle. And for attempt number two at purchasing bottles, neither the DTrain or I will every be buying one again for a re-review.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of cobrarax
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy bright yellow with a rich white foam that dissipates slowly, leaving rich lacings.

S: Malty, a little sour with some spices as well. Orange zest and clove. I also catch the strange note of tjälknöl, which is a swedish dish made of moose steak. It might be juniper.

T: Great freshness with hints of citrus fruits, a really subtle hint of pineapple juice and freshly harvested carrots and some belgian-styled yeast flavour as well. Fresh grass and pepper in the aftertaste, which sticks around for a while. Perfectly rounded bitterness. Some alcohol hints.

M: Very refreshing. Clean and fresh flavours which goes over to a quite dry aftertaste. Highly drinkable, and a perfect summer ale.

cobrarax, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of MufflnMan
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Thirsty Monk. What a unique beer. Cloudy green/golden color with a huge lacy head that just doesn't quit. Smells like a farm... tastes like a farm. Grassy/herbal notes all over the place with a little bit of sour and malt in the background. Very smooth and silky in the mouth. Felt like a took a trip on a tractor with this one... the quintessential saison.

MufflnMan, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a green glass 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Troubadour tulip. 2010 vintage judging from the cork.

Cloudy jonquil liquid topped by a mountain of ivory merengue - incredibly rocky, dense, stiff peaks form a maze of caverns from one side of the glass to the other. Thick rich 3-D lacing looks like a family of ghostly caterpillars or ring of albino slugs. Superior retention.

A mix of bread, phenols, and farmhouse notes from the yeast - backed by a clean (Pils?) malt base in the nose. Slight floral and lactic notes (buttermilk, lemon, and rennet) as well.

Tart, yeasty palate entry suggestive of fermenting hay, white grapes, underripe pears, and green apple skins. Some slight floral and honey notes are here as well, but are overtaken by a wave of moderate grassy bitterness. Dry spicy finish with a few hints of resurgent funk and fruit.

Medium-bodied, slick, creamy, very effervescent, and refreshing.

A masterful example of the style; tart, funky, yet well balanced. Complex enough for the connoisseur, but still approachable for the novice. While there are a few saisons I personally prefer to this one, I can't deny Dupont's flagship ale remains a bellwether.

augustgarage, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of echdk3
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A_Cloudy amber orange, bright and lively. Bright white healthy head.

S_Very strong floral, a little woody.

T_Musty and herbal. Great fit to the Belgain Farmhouse style. Enjoyed with a Fourme D'Ambert raw milk cheese.

M_Super dry, makes my cheeks pucker and my tongue tingle.

echdk3, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of claspada
2.73/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aromas of some light Belgian yeast, ripe citrus fruit, earthy funk and a solid herbal backbone.
The taste follows the nose with grainy pilsner malt, understated spiciness from the hops of the Belgian yeast, lemon zest, some grassy/herbal qualities, a bit sour/tangy and certainly quite dry.
Mouthfeel is full despite the lackluster malt profile. Higher carbonation but appropriate for the style. This is not the most flavorful saison in existence, but it is true to style. This is just too boring for my liking overall. I can appreciate how it's a "perfect" example of the style, but the traditional style is lackluster for my taste.

claspada, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this on the recommendation of a beer guy at my local.

Pours a light golden hazy into my pint glass. Shit ton of LARGE bubbles for the head. Stays a good 1 finger deep throughout the session.

Fresh cut grassy with a little pepper on the nose. Smells very lager-y.

Tasty. Crisp biscuits with a hint of floral hops that emerge secondarily. Honestly, this tastes like a hopped-up lager (PUN INTENDED). Spicy, peppery. Fun.

Good mouthfeel. Quite carbonated, but it works for the style.

Over all, the beer is good. One of my first Saisons, so maybe I was expecting something more. I think I may have imbibed it too cold, definitely warm up to cellar temperatures before drinking this. I look forward to trying this again.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of CharlieMurphy
2.15/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Took literally 15 minutes for the half pint pillow of head to fall below an inch. Poured very light, lighter than light amber, grain-like color

S: Honestly smells like an AAL, growing increasingly disappointed, as I thought this beer would be much heartier

T: Tastes much better than it smells. Like a light champagney Saison vs. Coors light. Still kind of reminds me of Amstel Light. Very subdued funk, champagne, and some lingering tin taste like a canned beer or beer that was cracked and sat out overnight. Maybe this has sat a little past its prime? I doubt it though.

M: Light carbonation, carbon pillow mouthfeel, especially at the beginning. Lacks body, lacks funk.

O: Overall, this was a terrible use of $8. If it was cheaper the overall score would be better. This beer is just nothing special imo, will not get again.

CharlieMurphy, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of r3o
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a pale straw color, cloudy, with a white head, lots of bubbles. The smell is mostly a musty, mold-like, that kind of follow with the taste, just a bit of malt. It has a dry-medium body with lots of carbonation, very crisp. I enjoyed it very much, but would have like to capture more layers of flavor.

r3o, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of Casey10
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a really nice brew that I have eyed for a long time not sure why I never tried it I guess I thought I would get around to it. Glad I did.

This is a wonderfull brew with a lace white head lots of lacing the smell is herb like. The taste follows and is similar with that Belgian sugar like taste in the background.

Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit peppery and overall this is a great verison of the style and a must have for those seeking a saison if a Fantome is not able to be found.

Casey10, Mar 30, 2011
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,285 ratings.