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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,354 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,354
Reviews: 1,452
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 187
Gots: 240 | FT: 10
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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 DeadGuyRyan
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice honey like golden and blond yellow very cloudy with a large bright white head that clings to the glass the whole time.

Smell very spicy earthy, citrus,wheat and grain as well. Very strong aroma.

Taste of zesty lemon notes smooth on the palate very dry finish. Incredibly easy to drink with alot of different characteristics through out.

Mouth feel is carbonated and medium body goes down pretty dry.

Not very familiar with Saison style beers but I really enjoyed the earthy spicy characteristics. I will be drinking this again and would suggest to anyone interested in belgian beer.

DeadGuyRyan, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of HagueBrook
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A very nice golden color, but a bit darker below the head. Nice thick head which took a few minutes to melt down with good lacing along the glass.

S- Not much of anything besides some grassy smell. A little wheat.

T- A bit of pepper as noted by others. Definitely a dry finish.

M- Smooth and easy on the palate.

D- Very drinkable. This would be great on a summer night. The lower ABV makes it more drinkable than other Belgian brews.

Serving type: bottle

HagueBrook, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml. Bottled in 2010, drank in early 2011

A - Pours the color of opaque hay, with a thick, creamy, white head. The head settles into rocky peaks, and holds up with fantastic retention. Great lacing throughout the drink.

S - Lemon, bananas, chewing gum, pine, lemongrass, thyme. Some earthy straw on the backend.

T - Lemon zest, soft malt, and candied ginger up front. Honey-like sweetness. Some pine and orange rind mid profile. A touch of tangy toasted marshmallows in the finish.

M - Outstanding smoothness and balance. Medium body. Well carbonated. Semi-dry finish.

D - Great flavor and a super smooth profile. The carbonation is refreshing, and the body doesn't force you to do too much heavy lifting.

vfgccp, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of bohemiandonut
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. Let's get to it:

SD pours like a madman. Enticingly golden and cloudy with populations of CO2 positively bursting forth into what can only be described as a whipped cream mountain of head. It's hard to get even a few ounces into the New Belgium snifter I'm using without an absolute Alpine formation of foam arguing its way onto your counter-top.

Smell is lightly lemony and grassy. Barnyard character is subdued to say the least. This is not a Parliamentary earthquake of funk by any means. That said, one is almost relieved not to be rolling around in soiled hay with this beer and can instead sit with it casually beside the farmhouse, reflecting on the endless floral layers wafting through the airy sweetness of the mouthfeel.

Okay, that was a long sentence. But this is a gentle ale that almost comes across as kind. There is certainly a soul here. I might even say I feel a warm and cleansing wind, inexorably bound to length and age.

Oh God so many spirits to become! Such mountains to ascend! I am young remember that you devils! I am young but you will not take me now! I have many more Saisons to drink, and I have yet to see the Alps.

bohemiandonut, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of gwguest
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz bottle into a Boulevard Tank 7 tulipish glass. No bottle date to be found.

Pours a hazy golden straw body with a tremendous white head. The foam is comprised of tiny bubbles that just refuse to die. As the foam slowly dissipates, it leaves behind the most beautiful rocky shape and sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. It's an agonizing wait to drink this beer, but it's beautiful to look at.

The aroma is just as stunning. It's just kaleidoscope of grassy, lemon, tart, musty and yet somehow fresh aromas that dance in and out. It's difficult to pin one aroma down before the next one is fluttering past.

Finally getting to drink this, it's just as fantastic across the palate as it is the nose. There's a much more discernible hop contribution on the palate than in the nose. A lot of the same flavors from the nose show up in the mouth along with a little black pepper taste. This is fantastic.

Mouthfeel is predictably light and 'scrubby' from all the carbonation. Refreshing and light.

Drinkability wise, I could drink a ton of this. However, there's so much happening that I really think that my palate would fatigue after two. That probably wouldn't stop me from having more.

Overall, this beer blew away my expectations and really makes me want to get a few more saisons under my belt. However, out of the 10 or so that I've tried, this one is by far my favorite. Fantastic.

gwguest, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of TheSarge
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been waiting a long time to try this beer out. I'll go ahead and use a Duvel tulip for this one...

Pours with massive amounts of light fluffy white head. The body is hazy and full of lively carbonation action, and is orangish gold in color.

In the aroma I detect golden delicious apples, pear, spicy notes, and a tinge of sourness.

Taste wise it's not as tart as I imagined. There is a lot of fruitiness in the way of pear, which lends to the dry mouth feel that goes along with the brew.

Again a very dry brew, but refreshing at the same time, and I'm very pleased to have tried this brew.

TheSarge, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of ozmodium
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml corked bottle from Brewery Creek, poured into my Stella tulip

Hugely carbonated this stuff really foams up with a pretty whispy head that dies down quite quickly leaving some nice clouds and lacing. Careful when pouring this stuff. Even tho i knew what to expect, I still made a mess of my countertop! The actual liquid that ends up in the glass in a cloudy light orangey yellow. TONNES of little effervescent bubbles and insane amounts of lacing as the level in the glass goes down. Pretty stuff!

Black pepper, traditional earthy saison/Duvel-esque funk, bitter orange on the nose. Smells bready, and a bit fruity, sweet.

Tastes sour and dry, spicy, with just he right amount of bitter. Black pepper, bananas, rich wheaty malty goodness!

Really bouncy with the CO2 here. Let this stuff calm down for a few minutes before swilling it back, tho, and it hits all the right spots in your mouth.

Watch out the 6.5% ABV is hidden really well. Tho as it warms up a bit in a glass you start to get a sense for the relatively high ABV. Good stuff here, I'd buy this again, and share it with any one who appreciates good brews.

ozmodium, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of mechamifune
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Delirium Tulip...

Pours a murky golden yellow with a huge white head (despite my attempt at a careful pour). Looks all together pleasant and good for the style.

Smell is a whole lot of funk and some earthy/grassy/barnyard stuff going on (wait... does that qualify as funk too?). Some light fruitiness lingers.... an interesting smell but I don't know how inviting it all is.

Taste is pretty in line with the smell. A lot of funk going on, finishing a little dry and with a little bit of hop bite. Some light fruit notes emerge as you get through the pour. Taste though is dominated by the grassy/funky notes. Not bad alltogether, but I struggle to find a note in the taste profile that truly makes me want to go back for more, though by the same token there is nothing unpleasant either.

Mouthfeel is very full with a lot of carbonation (again, to style). Finishes dry and pleasant. Drinkability is average for style. The funk notes are not unpleasant but for me they just don't lend themselves to high drinkability. Not a heavy beer per se, but beers with this much carbonation are difficult for me drink a lot of.

In that sense its a little hard to guage this beer.... I think that to style its not a bad beer at all, but I'm really just not a huge fan of the more funky, earthy saisons, as I find myself enjoying "cleaner" takes on the style(hennepin, saison de buff for examples sake). So i'd say if you are a fan of this style of saison or beers with a lot of funk notes, go for it. If you're not, this beer is not going to change your mind.

mechamifune, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, 2010 on the cork.

Hugely foamy, with a meringue head that took up most of the glass. The beer is hazed nearly to opacity and the color is rich yellow, like sunshine. It is yellow, not orange tinted.

Soft chalky, fruity yeast. The overall impression is light grassiness and pilsener malt; a very fresh, pure beer smell.

Very subtle flavors of the same light chalky, fruity yeast. Pilsener and Belgian light malts with a dry finish. Grassy, slightly fragrant hops and pear or apple.

The mouthfeel is saved from wateriness by spritzing carbonation. The thinness isn't justified by dryness.

I can see how it's currently the seventh ranked Saison on Beeradvocate. It's subtle, crisp, and would be even more of a joy on a hot day.

brewerburgundy, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of SykDoc
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a clear straw color with significant carbonation. A two inch off-white head forms and reduces fairly quickly to a nice lacing.

The aroma is very earthy with some grass, lemon, yeast, and spice components. Solid overall, but nothing overwhelming.

The taste is again a combination of lemon zest, grass and eathy notes combined with a bit of pepper. Nicely bitter.

The mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with a gentle but smooth carbonation. Smooth and refreshing with a nice dryness at the finish.

Overall, this is a good beer. The components a solid and you can enjoy it, but it is hard for me to have more than one.

SykDoc, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of csiewert
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold color with a finger of foamy head that doesn't linger very long. The aroma is very sweet and the taste mirrors this. The taste is of bubblegum and fruity notes with little to no hoppy notes at all. The mouthfeel is very smooth and it finishes clean. This would be a great beer in the summertime.

csiewert, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of foogerd
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Somewhat cloudy golden yellow body with a white tightly packed one inch head. Nice lacing left over after the head eventually dies down.

S- Smelled almost like a pilsner at first. Sharp spices came in followed by yeast. Not much of an nose here.

T- Phenols totally dominate the taste of this brew. The beer then takes a turn with pepper and yeast. A bit bland from what im used to in this category. Very dry finish.

M- Fresh smoothness.

D- Very refreshing Ive seen better mainly from Fantome, I still cant deny this being a solid very drinkable brew.

foogerd, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of Overlord
2.17/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with about a quarter inch of white foam head. Bit yellowish, but looks pretty good.

Smells like sickly sweet, malt liquorish-esque booze. Some hints of spices and ... coriander/cloves??? in the aroma. This smells pretty bad.

Taste is similarly awful. Struggling to get through the first half of the bottle. Too sweet. Kind of a bready/biscuit-y grain alcohol presence with some very distracting and strong spices (overload on the perfume-y spices) and some astringent fresh cut grass/hay aftertaste. Pretty dry, pretty undrinkab.e

I find the score for this beer entirely inexplicable.

Overlord, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of punkrkr27
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw colored pour with some sediment and a gigantic, rocky, white head. The aroma is light, floral, and delicately sweet. There's the classic Belgian esters in the nose which lend light notes of banana, bubblegum and clove but also a hint of phenol that adds a peppery note. I get some faint hints of lemon and orange peel along with a soft, wheaty malt. The flavor is as equally light and delicate as the aroma. There's some slight herbal, floral bitterness balanced out by hints of pepper, cracked wheat, lemon, banana and clove. The body has a medium to thin mouth feel with loads of lively carbonation and a dry, clean finish.

punkrkr27, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of StlHopHead77
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a super hazy,golden orange with a firm,pillowy,three-finger,snow white crown that retained an excellent body and finally left consistent islands of lacing on the glass.

S-Sharp yeast driven notes on the nose of white pepper,wet hay,clove and overripe lemon but also bright,fresh stonefruit and musty funk.

T-Super complex and gorgeous.Funky,earthy notes of dried flowers,must and minerals but also white pepper,Meyer lemon,clove and fresh wheat.

M-Great creaminess,slight tartness and perfect lively carbonation.

D-Really superb beer with an amazing level of drinkability.

StlHopHead77, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of pioppo
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Gold yellow with medium carbonation. The foam is white, fine and very persistent.

S - In first citrus (lemon in particular). But there's also a scent of white fruit like apple. A little of honey a some herbaceous by hop.

T - All the sensations that come from the nose return also in the mouth. There's a good aftertaste of bitter.

M - Very dry beer, but it's not completely what I expected. It's not one of the best belgian beers i've drinked..

D - Alcohol it's wisely balanced by bitter and fruity, so this beer results very drinkable!!

pioppo, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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 +8.9%
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 -4.8%
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 +0.5%
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 +7.2%
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 +10.8%
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 +19.6%
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 +10%
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 +19.6%
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
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,354 ratings.