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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
93
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3,288 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,288
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 russwbeck
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a huge, dense white head. Almost spills over the top of my Duvel Tulip. The head actually recedes pretty quickly, however, and only laces minimally.

S: The smell is earthy, with a nice fruitiness. The funk isn't really overpowering.

T: Nice spiciness up front, floral and earthy. That gives way to a nice light finish.

MF: Light and really refreshing! I can see why these beer is so highly regarded.

D: I can't even begin to describe the drinkability of this guy. I will definitely be coming back to it when the heat and humidity rear their ugly heads.

russwbeck, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a nice two fingers of thick frothy slightly off-white head. The head has pretty decent retention and some nice lacing left behind.

S - Aroma is a mix of some nice lemon aroma, some wheat elements, and some nice yeasty scents. Just a touch of spiciness and funk mixed in also.

T - Starts off with some light citrus flavor and some wheat flavor with a touch of spices. In the middle, a nice yeast flavor with just a touch of hop bitterness comes through. The finish has a nice balance of fruit and wheat flavor with a touch of spices (coriander/clove) that lingers nicely. Very well balanced flavor.

M - Medium light bodied with a fairly decent amount of carbonation. Really fills the mouth when drinking and stays super smooth and crisp. Semi-dry finish is really nice.

D - Super drinkable. Despite a slightly above average ABV, stays super smooth. Very balanced taste and mouthfeel. Very crisp and smooth. Excellent beer.

ngeunit1, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of ryantaussig
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Good color. Slight haze. Retention not great. Lacing moderate.

S: Good fruitiness and some yeasty esters. Some horse blanket, but not too much overall funk.

T: Good in the style. Quite mild on the spiciness, with good fruit character.

M: Slight graininess from yeast.

ryantaussig, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a golden straw color into a generic pilsner glass. About two fingers of slight tan head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates at a medium pace leaving slight lacing. Lots of little champagne like bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

Smell - I've had a skunked one of these before so this aroma is much better. Spices at the forefront with white pepper, green apples, slight barnyard funk, and other citrus notes.

Taste - Similar to the nose but with more floral, herbal, and hop flavor than first smelled. A bit sweeter than I remember and not as much barnyard funk, accordingly. Peppery finish with green apple flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium to lighter bodied. Prickly carbonation. Finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - Quaffable. A good saison though I would still pick up any of the JP varieties over this.

SpdKilz, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, long time coming, this one...so into the solid-ass Michelob chalice it goes!

This brew pours a hazy pale golden yellow colour, with a ton of thick, rising foamy white head, that when it eventually settles, leaves random splotches of fuzzy lace around the glass.

It smells of soft, sweet, almost sugary barley malt, an additional zesty wheat graininess, overripe banana, citrus, clove, white pepper, and spicy, musky yeast. The taste is fruity malt - apple, mostly, and a redux of the aroma - a harmonious blend of banana chips, subtle citrus, bridled spice, earthy yeast, and a bit of dry barnyard straw hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite tender, yet a tad frothy at the same time, the body a heady medium weight, for the style, fairly smooth, and somewhat diffidently creamy. It finishes on the sweet side - soft, clean, and malty, with some lingering yeast and spice notes, and just a hint of warming alcohol.

A lovely, lulling standard bearer for the style, something one just has to experience, as I'm sure I haven't done it justice via this description. This shows all those upstarts how it's done, how a steady touch can deftly balance all of the subtle, intermingling flavours.

biboergosum, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of timtim
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i am blown away every time i have this one. benchmark awesome. slight haze to the burnt gold color. white head that holds forever and leaves beautiful lace. nose is shining, pure, clean, bready pilsner malt, earthy, floral, herbal hops, citrus, spice, grass, lemongrass, and a funky (but subdued) skunky/pot kind of thing. taste is a superbly balanced melange of all of the above with a dry and peppery finish. fluffy mouthfeel with just enough tingle/prickle to zip it up and add a bit of a refreshing quality. this would be one of my desert island beers. awesome. a timeless classic for real. i never get sick of this beer.

timtim, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of tmorgan003
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was able to try this at a local liquor store and was hooked on this saison ever since. The saison pours well with a good size head, has the cloudy unfiltered look you expect to find. The color is a nice golden color, overall it's a great easy drinking beer.

tmorgan003, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of PintPiner
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is complex, peppery spice, hint of malt and a whiff of orange.

Big white light foamy head that gradually subsides.

Pale golden color and lots of carbonation.

Flavor starts with a creamy malt, then a slight spicy tang. Very crisp and dry. Soft and drinkable. Mouthfeel similar to champagne.

PintPiner, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Frothboss
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a golden cloudy yellow with a darker yellow core. Head is white and rocky that reveals a nice lacing as it disipates. Smells nutty, yeasty with citrus undertones. Tastes dry, sour and nutty with a nice honey filled grassy earthy character. Mouthfeel is bubbly and light with a champagne quality. This is my favorite saison yet! Very tastey I will certainly drink this again....as soon as i can afford another bottle. o.O

Frothboss, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes made on 12/5/10.

Dupont pours a cloudy gold with a touch of orange into a large snifter. An off-white head debuts at a height of three fingers. This head is densely packed with tiny bubbles and it recedes very slowly. A little sediment resides in the beer and carbonation bubbles race to the top of my glass. The lacing is quite frothy, thick, and sticky.

Fresh aromas of crisp apple, pear, clove, cinammon, banana, kiwi, and a little pepper abound in this brew. The smell harkens a memory of of dew on fragrant leaves.

The initial taste is very fresh and biting on the palate with notes of Granny Smith apple, pear, and clove that just explode all over my palate. Wow, that is just a blast of freshness. After that initial pop, a mellower influence of banana and kiwi flavors settle on my tongue, along with a bit of subtle malt and and gently bitter hops.

The carbonation makes this mouthfeel truly great. The beer simply cascades with an effervescent sparkle from the front to back of my palate. It then transitions to a mellow, light to medium-bodied feel on my tongue. The finish is refreshingly crisp, biting, and dry.

Saison Dupont is a beer that I will keep enjoying over time. It is so flavorful and refreshing, and is a standout example of the style.

TCHopCraver, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of Jimmys
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 750 into a 0.5L Becker.

A: Bubbly, big fluffy white head towers over a hazy golden straw, yellow body. CO2 streaming from the bottom of the glass. Poured carefully, but still have a little yeast in suspension.

S: Chalk, fruity yeast, grapes, very mild hop aroma.

T: Fruity yeast powers initial gulp. Cactus? A lot going on here. A little salty/spicey finish with a lingering pear/alcohol. Dry.

M: Bubbly, but not overbearing.

D: I know this is typically a summer brew, but throwing one down during the first winter snow wasn't the worst idea I've ever had.

Jimmys, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of mikeg67
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first saison. 750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a thin white lasting head. Lively carbonation and nice lacing. Aroma is very complex of spicy hops, biscuit malt, sweet fruit and citrus. Full body, very tangy mouth-feel. Peppery hops on the palate are balanced by biscuit malt and sweet fruit with hints of citrus. Finish is long and complex. Great beer.

mikeg67, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 375mL corked bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy silvery-gold hue with plenty of apparent effervescence. Head is three fingers of pillowy, tenacious foam. The look here is just fantastic!

Smell: light pear and apple aromas atop a sweet, malty background. Along with this is a sharpness which imparts an edge without going too far, plus a little dank saison character which really rounds things out. This is simply a wonderful-smelling beer.

Taste: lightly sweet malt flavor with a peary, tripel-ey kind of character, with the light bite and mustiness sitting atop. This beer balances all of its many characteristics: mustiness with sourness, sweet malt with just the right earthy bitterness. Fantastico.

Mouthfeel: huge Belgian carbonation mixes with the medium body to create a delightful creaminess. Wonderful.

Drinkability: this is the best beer I've had in awhile. Why, oh why, did I buy the small bottle instead of the 750? This beer's balance and complexity make it one of the most drinkable beverages around.

flagmantho, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of nniicckkww
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a champagne type bottle into a chalice glass. Gotta pour this one very slowly as the head becomes massive quickly and can get out of hand. Champagne like carbonation with a rocky head that lasts and lasts. Spicy aroma with some fruit in the nose. Hazy golden color. Clean and crisp. Refreshing. Spicy taste and light lively mouthfeel. This beer is complex. Slight banana flavor also. One of my favorite beers.

So drinkable and refreshing. I want to have this after a long hot day working on the farm.

nniicckkww, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw color with good haze. Clean white thick 1" head at pour settling to a even 1'8" cover. Very light belgian spice with just a touch of pepper to aroma, pick up some faint lemon. High, fuzzy carbonation, making for a ver crisp finish on the swallow. Tingles the toungue. MAkes for some nice lacing on the glass. Light Malt. Very clean, Light and refreshing mouthfeel. light malty sugar with lemon in aftertaste. Very well done. I like the carbonation left on the back of the tougue at the end. Slight dryness on the finish with pale citrus peel feel. Feeling in the back of your mouth light and tart, could have a bit of a peppery effect. Not really picking up on the big sour that some get, but a great example of style. Seems simple enough while also being complex. very good.

despainmakesbeer, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of herman77
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy straw yellow with a bone white head with lots of fine bubbles. Decent lacing.

S: Light fruitiness and spice. Green apples, pepper and a bit of lemon.

T: Light, but pretty complex. Predominately a light fruity tartness with green apples and pear. A bit of herbal flavor, a touch of hops. Dry, slightly peppery finish with a bit of alcohol to it.

M: Lighter body. Active carbonation. Feels really good.

D: I like it. Would definitely try this one again. Have only had a few Saisons before, but this one seems classic and the best, how a Saison should be.

herman77, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Prospero
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. The beer is deep gold in color, cloudy with a small amount of carbonation. The head was frothy and had great retention and lacing. The nose had a strong aroma of citrus & coriander, hints of grapefruit. The beer is medium-bodied, slightly sour to start, but evens off as the hints of citrus & fruit come forward, finishes with a dry aftertaste. Pretty true to the saison style possibly a bit more sour aftertaste than most. Still an excellent saison.

Prospero, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of IronLover
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Every aspect of this beer improved as it warmed up outside the fridge for 15 minutes or so. Murky, dark, golden yellow with an orange hue. Poured with a big foamy, fizzy white head. Yeast and citrus orange and lemon aromas with a hint of corriander. On the light side of medium bodied with fizzy carbonation and lots of wet lacings. Yeast, orange and lemon flavors in the beginning that lead to a spicy, peppery middle that lingers through the yeasty, tarty/sour finish. Lots of character and easy to drink.

IronLover, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of paulys55
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork popped and the bubbly rose as this treat entered my wine glass. Cloudy yellow body with a tall lively head. Crisp, dry citrus and spicy fruits with a little puckering effect on the mouth. If I was disappointed that the pub was out of the Fantome I had ordered, that disappointment quickly faded as I took my first sip of this very drinkable and quite affordable brew.

paulys55, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of Metropole
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nice clear golden-orange color with a nice finger of white head. The head had good retention and leaves a nice lacing circle all the way through.

S - Very sweet aroma, with some nice lemon peel and other fruit elements. There is also some nice yeast smell with a touch of pepper.

T - Very nice sweet lemon flavors start off the beer. This is joined by the nice smooth pale malt flavor and some yeast flavor. These elements stay very well balanced. At the end, there is a bit of pepper that stays around a bit after the finish.

M - Medium to medium-light bodied with just enough carbonation. The beer feels really nice and smooth throughout and the mouthfeel at the finish, which is very crisp and just a tad dry from the pepper taste, is really nice.

D - Very drinkable beer. The flavors are fairly complex but very well balanced. The beer overall is super smooth and refreshing.

Metropole, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of papat444
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at my father-in-law's last night and shared with him and my brother-in-law.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle best before 02/2012.

Appearance: Massive white foam that is a bit disconcerting but can't knock it too much as it was in the car trunk. Nice yellow body follows and there's much retention and the head looks whipped.

Smell: Some green apple and cloves. I was a bit worried about infection but the overall aroma is very aromatic which dissipates my worries a little.

Taste: Sharp pepper with cloves. Very spice-like without being too harsh.

Mouthfeel: Feels very alive, lots of carbonation and a good feel overall.

Drinkability: I would certainly try this again, especially to share!

Overall: A very nice saison that is worth the attention it gets.

papat444, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 330ml bottle at Kawa Espresso Bar in Calgary, fantastic beer selection
A - lighty hazy golden and extremely bubbly with a tower of fluffy white head that lasted forever, beautiful!
S - pear & pineapple with light grains and a medicinal odour
T - strong phenolic with sweet fruits, a crisp grainy malt and a herbal note
M - very crisp, smooth, with a tart semi dry finish
D - strong and well balanced in flavour, crispy and smooth, and great looking to boot

joemcgrath27, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of vandemonian
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saison Dupont has an orange colour and a huge head that lasts a long time. After it was poured I smelled cloves, orange peel and some yeast. This beer has a warm, malty taste with hints of orange peel. It has a spicy clove finish. My bottle was quite carbonated and so it has a nice presence in the mouth. This is a very nice beer.

vandemonian, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of NorCalYeti
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taste- sweet, citrus hop character, dry, refreshing, bitter hops, pepper

color- light gold

clarity- hazy

smell- muted tones, floral, sweet hop character, belgian yeast notes, earth, sulfer in the end

body- well balanced, hoppy bite at the front of the tongue, bitter-malt finish, medium-body and length finish

appearance- huge ice cream-like frothy white head, light lace, nice carbonation when agitated

overall impression- classic saison style...a bit sour and malty in the finish which is the only criticism. familiar friend and a go to beer year round

notes and comments- great warm weather beer, food versatile

glassware: tulip

NorCalYeti, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of CHickman
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange with a massive 2 finger cloudy / creamy white head that lasted a while and left very good lacing; a layer of foam settled on top and stuck around; a really nice looking beer and exactly what a saison should look like.

Smells of yeast, sweet malt, orange peel, coriander, pepper, cinnamon, light lemon, grass, hay, fruit and some wheat; very nice and very typical Belgian aroma with that slight funky smell.

Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, orange peel, fruit, coriander, light brown sugar, pepper, cinnamon, lemon, grass, hay, piney hops, light toasted grains, light spices and some wheat; really nice malty flavor and balance, the hops and sweetness wrap it into a delicious beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and silky smooth, with very light to no carbonation, a medium body and a dry finish.

Very tasty and quite drinkable, this is a very good beer that went down easy with no signs of the alcohol and no funky aftertaste.

CHickman, Nov 21, 2010
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,288 ratings.