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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,286 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,286
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 EnemyWithin
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on Sept 1, 2010.
Recommend by employee at Firefly Wines & Liquor in Vancouver, BC.

Appearance: Pours yellow-gold color with a slight haziness. Has about 1 1/2 inch thick white head to it.

Smell: Somewhat yeasty initially with a mild earthiness. Has hints of lemon and florals.

Taste: Light and crisp with a bit of sweet malt and hint of bitterness. Subtle and balanced in its flavors. Dryness consistent with the style.

Mouthfeel: Moderate level of carbonation, with very tiny bubbles, almost champagne-like. Crisp and balanced dryness in finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, and especially refreshing. Initially, I felt a little underwhelm by this offering, but as I continued with the bottle, the flavors grew on me. I found it to be great with food, such as pasta or chicken or salad.

EnemyWithin, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a hazy honey hue with a voluminous lily-white head.

Smell -- Banana, clove, earthy yeast, lemon, apple, spice.

Taste -- Yeasty up front with banana, clove, faint spice, and a malt sweetness akin to ripe pears. It soon begins to dry out in the malt department and grassy hop notes begin to appear. A bit of vegetal bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Light in body with ample carbonation that is somewhere between prickly and fluffy; it feels like big bubbles popping on the tongue.

Drinkability -- Pretty good. Don't get me wrong, this is a wonderful beer, and certainly *the* textbook example of a Saison, but I didn't excite me or change the way I see the style as the talk around it would suggest. Great beer, must try, but keep your expectations grounded.

yeahnatenelson, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of sogrady
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like @carpezytha, I prefer the Saison D'Erpe-Mere personally, but the Dupont has the advantage of being much more widely distributed and thus far easier to find.

And while the aroma can be a bit off-putting for some bottles - far more sour than the taste - the beer itself is warm, complex and very drinkable. Spicy, with just a hint of bitterness at the finish.

A really perfect beer for a summer or even early fall day, the Dupont is a very credible, easy to find saison.

sogrady, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of aggiearcher13
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazy golden blonde with a rocky white head that hangs around through. Excellent lacing. Aroma is quite complex, more funk than I anticipated. Spicy, mostly white pepper. Lemongrass may be more prominent though. Flavor is outstanding, changes throughout the bottle both as the beer warms and as I pour the last yeast-laden dregs into it the glass. Just wonderful. Tart, spicy, herbal and a hint of lemongrass. Finishes bitter and dry. The most surprising aspect to me was how creamy the first sip was, which I attribute to the carbonation. Just a wonderful beer that I'll have any time I see it.

aggiearcher13, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of carpezytha
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick dense head, slowly deflating. CLoudy golden body.
S: Baryard aroma with citrus
T: Pine, citrus, loquat, sourdough, cantaloupe rind, all very complex but fleeting clean finish.
M: Very effervescent, good mouthfeel.
D: Very drinkable.

My favorite is still Saison D'Erpe-Mere.

carpezytha, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of snogglethorpe
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure I really get the whole "saison" thing -- this beer didn't really seem all that different than many other (non-saison) Belgian beers. Still, it's a solid and tasty beer.

The head is ridiculous, even pouring carefully I had to wait quite a while to even get room in my glass to get a decent quantity of beer... it's a light slightly cloudy golden color.

The smell is dominated by Belgian yeast. The initial taste is remarkably soft without being weak, very yeasty, with a subtle fruity note, a little tartness/sourness, and a slight but definite bitter hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and slightly oily; despite the huge head, the carbonation is just right (again, think "soft"). The initially subtle sour/tart note remains in the aftertaste -- I drank it about 2 hours ago and I can still taste it!

The lingering impression is the softness, and a sense of well-balanced, and subtle, quality and drinkability. It's not a bold beer, but one which seduces you...

snogglethorpe, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of omnigrits
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought it was about time I tried this fabled saison, and I haven't been disappointed. Poured from a cork-and-cage bottle into tulip gives a pale golden, slightly hazy brew with a massive white head of foam that's taking a long time to subside.

The aroma is promising - earthy, musty, Belgian yeast, and before I take a sip I can tell that this is going to be a dry beer.

The first sip is worth the wait; fruity, crisp, herbal, earthy, slightly tart, dry, not much malt, bitter finish. It's a very complex, full-flavoured and well-balanced beer. Some beers will have a lot going on as this one does but they'll be a mess - all over the place with no cohesion. This one pulls it off and does so in spades. Really, really well done.

omnigrits, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of cwc
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is a winner. Certainly one of the most delicious beers I've tried recently, and how appropriate to try it on a hot Sunday afternoon in the hottest summer ever recorded in Japan. Okay, to the beer.

This came in a 750 ML bottle I picked up at Osakaya in Shinjuku. I intended to just drop by and grab a tulip glass when my wife said: "why don't we share a bottle of something?" Alright, who can refuse that offer?

The beer pours a hazy, golden colored beer, and I mean that in a good way. It looks delicious, it looks complex. It pours a mean head as well, I might add, which barely diminished after three or four minutes, which I found surprising. Even with just a bit left in the bottom of my glass, there's a fair amount of head and there's foam sticking to the sides of my glass.

I don't much smell out of this, but what I do smell is a fresh, slightly sweet, citrusy brew.

The taste is the real thing here. It's perfect in the sense that THIS is the taste you want on a hot summer afternoon: totally refreshing, subtle hop character, slightly sweet and all in the right balance. Wow.

Probably all too easy to drink, even with an ABV of 6.5% that's completely hidden.

cwc, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of dstc
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oh so slightly hazy gold with a full, bubbly head. Head falls slow. Sticky lace.

Fruity yet farmhouse aroma. Bit earthy and a bit musty. Nice smell.

Taste is awesome. Fruity grains with a malt background and just the right amount of funk. Bit tart ending dry and clean.

Awesome mouthfeel. Smooth yet biting and sharp on the tongue.

Truly a great beer. Refreshing and so darn easy to drink.

dstc, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of berley31
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a huge, white, creamy and fluffy head that was very long lasting, and left some nice lacing on the glass. Body is a light orange color, and very hazy.

S: Very fruity aroma (orange, lemon). Some moderate spiciness, none of which in particular can be placed specifically (which is good). Just a touch of funkiness.

T: Very refreshing and light, some spiciness and high fruitiness in a perfect balance. Bit of hop bitterness that, along with the high carbonation, leads to a very dry finish.

M: Medium-light bodied, with high carbonation.

D: Probably the best Saison I have had yet... hands down.

berley31, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly cloudy bright yellow with a voluminous off white head of tightly packed bubbles. The head erupts up from the liquid to make a beautiful towering pillow of rocky foam, and leaves beautiful lace in its wake. The Aroma is wonderful. Fruity and funky with a pleasant graininess. Green apple, pear, citrus, a perfume of floral and herbal aromas and white pepper all mingle in my nostrils. The flavor seems to be both delicate and robust at the same time. It has a tart and slightly lactic attack that gives way to a wonderful grainy malt profile. Herbal hops and notes of pear and citrus also mingle about in my mouth. Peppery spice and lemon grass are also there, and I find it hard to describe all the flavors as they seem to transform as I sip. The body is on the light side of medium and mouthfeel is full of carbonation. It is a bit tingly on the tongue, but at the same time it's also smooth. Super drinkable and super delicious. The first time I bought this beer it was skunked and it scared me away for awhile, but tasting it now, I think it is worth the risk.

zoso1967, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of STEG
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours semi opaque into a snifter. Yellow orange hue in color. White fluffy head stays pretty constant. 

Smell has funk, yeast, citrus, and tropical fruit. Not bad but it still can't unseat fantome as my favorite.

Up front you get spices, namely corriander and pepper. Funk and citrusy hops are also present. As the taste falls away you get yeasty white breadiness. 

Mouthfeel is prickly and well carbonated with a crisp dry finish

Drinkability is very good given the abv. The dryness also helps and keeps you wanting more

STEG, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of Kinsman
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had the chance to spend the weekend down at the Cape at a friends, so I enjoyed this while sitting out in the sun on a nice summer Saturday.

I picked this up at Grain and Vine in Hyannis, which itself was a nice store to visit. I didn't bring any of my usual glasses with me, so I found a wine glass as a nice substitute to pour this into. Poured a nice hazy orange with a good yeast presence in the body. Capped by a moderately thick and slightly sticky white head.

Aroma provides a good bit of funk and spice, even before you pour it. A bit peppery and also a little bit of a citrusy aroma are well complemented by the musty hay aroma.

Flavor compliments the aroma well, being a bit sweeter than the aroma would suggest. A good lemon with white pepper flavor followed by a nice yeast presence. As the beer warms, the slight hop bitterness starts to come through.

A nice bubbly medium weight feel in the mouth. Smooth and crisp, perfect for a summer afternoon. Overall a very enjoyable summer saison that deserves to be right up there with the best of them.

Kinsman, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle at fridge temp poured into a bulb style glass. 2009 on the cork.

pours a very cloudy, very yeasty pale yellow color with a huge white soapy velvety head that left a little light brown yeast on top from the end of the bottle. great retention. lots of chunks within. decent lace.

crisp lemony citrus aroma dominates. phenolic, spicy belgian yeast. a little skunky. a touch herbal/ funky/ musty.

the crisp lemon citrus blends with the phenolic, slightly spicy belgian yeast. herbal and earthy, even a little musty/funky tasting. maybe a touch of hops and hop bitterness noticeable. dry finish.

light crisp refreshing, watery body, but also full bodied and full flavored at the same time. very nice.

drinks pretty good, could be sessionable, but the price wouldnt make that too logical.

this is a really great authentic saison, but just fell a little short of my expectations. i will definatly revisit this again however.

dogfishandi, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of vkv822
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into tulip.

Pours a pale slightly cloudy straw yellow with a light amount of yeast particles suspended throughout. The head is of beautiful soap bubble-esque white foam that leaves thick bubbly lacing.

The aroma is a of light herbal yeasts, with pleasant fruit notes. There is a definite musty, skunky undertone.

The taste follows the aroma fairly well, with very nice notes of herbal yeasts and crisp fruit notes. The are also some grassy hop notes as well. The skunky notes I picked up in the aroma are nowhere near as present thankfully.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly strong carbonation and a very enjoyable, crisp dry finish.

I really enjoyed this beer. A perfect pair for the hot weather today. I now understand why this is considered by many the quintessential saison.

vkv822, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of nataku00
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a bottle. Bright but cloudy orange in color, with about two fingers worth of pure white fluffy head. The head does start to decrease fairly quickly, leaving only a half a finger of head after a few minutes of not moving the glass. Streams of carbonation throughout the glass.

Smells like banana, slight citrusy, coriander, and some slight funkiness. Very fruity, yeasty smell primarily, almost like banana bread with orange peel.

Taking a sip, a bit spice and funk upfront. As you move toward swallowing, flavor is fruit and then the flavor disappears. Very clean finish, from a light bodied beer. The carbonation attacks your tongue initially, but it isn't the uncomfortable type of bubbly that you would get with say soda or champagne. The carbonation does a very good job of cleansing your palate.

Very well balanced beer, very refreshing, and lives up to its original goal of being a good summer beer. The way a sip of this beer can cleanse your palate, this would go very well with bbq.

nataku00, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bright golden straw color, cloudy, with an enormous, sizeable white head that wants to stick around until the end of time. Absolutely beautiful in the glass.

Smell is a bit funky and skunky and in a good way, it leaves you guessing about the beer. There are some citrus notes, and really earthy, spicy yeasts nipping at my nose.

The taste really goes far and beyond the misleading smell. This beer is packed with flavor, full of citrusy lemon zest, and bright, tangy, slightly sour hops. An absolutely, amazingly perfect beer. If there were an ideal summer beer, this is surely it.

This ale is really crisp to a T. Very refreshing, more dry than sweet and saturating. really brightens the pallet with a complex array of flavors ready to be introduced to the senses.

Outstanding drinkability, i don't think I could ever have enough of this. Get this if you can you will not regret it, you'll drink it again and again.

wolfinthemirror, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of 89Vision
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice.

As a disclaimer, I haven't had many saisons yet, so I'm not all too familiar with the style. However, with all the type surrounding this beer, I was a little disappointed.

When poured into a glass, the beer is a heavy yellowish orange color, with a pretty damn big head. I wasn't all that impressed with the look of the beer itself, but the head was nice.. thick, and stayed around for a while.

The aroma was fairly mild, though after uncorking the bottle, I caught a whiff, and was intrigued. Vinous, woody, yeast, and a hint of fruit, though I couldn't put my finger on specifics. At first taste, I was a little disappointed though. Reminds me of a hefe than a saison (although as I said earlier, my experience with saisons is limited). A little spiciness, the usual funkiness, a little fruitiness, though I was expect more of a hop profile. Don't get me wrong, I can't really find any real faults with the beer, but I'm having trouble seeing the greatness in it.

89Vision, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of rapidsequence
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green corked 750 ml bottle. $8 from Pints O' Plenty.

Appearance: Slightly hazy lemony yellow with an absolutely huge rocky head. The head subsides to a reasonable level and leaves some stringy and spotty lacing.

Smell: Pears and apples, slightly musty yeast, spice and pepper.

Taste: Very spicy and peppery with a slight sweet fruity flavor. Yeasty from the middle through the finish with a tartness and a slight finishing bitterness that really dries it out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Despite this beer being so highly carbonated, instead of feeling overly sharp and tingly, its actually a little soft with a slight creaminess. Finishes crisp and dry.

Drinkability: Tasty, complex, and refreshing. Easy drinking. Comes in a sharing size bottle, but is just as well a single serving.

rapidsequence, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a stemless wine glass.

Pours a very nice slightly orange but mostly yellow color with a big foamy head and a nice light amount of lacing. Aroma Has a slight tinge of spunkiness to it. Bitter lemon and some spicy white pepper come through. Also has a big lemony oily aroma that is intriguing. ReaLoy floral flavors with some rose pedal, white asparagus and some pink peppercorns on the tip of the tongue. Has a nice bitter mid palate and subtle sweetness on the finish to balance out this saison. Slight skunky notes of hot rubber and some bacon fat but still tasty. These green bottles need to go. The mouthfeel is very nice, smooth carbonation and crisp finish. Food friendly also. Drinkability falls just above average for me because it's not the most delicious beer but with the occasion and meal this works.

Augustiner719, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the color of hay with a masssive white crown on top. It just came off the truck today, so I don't know if that has anything to do with the Everest of foam or not. Some sulfur going on in the nose, which lightly detracts from the abundance of earth and barnyard packed within the walls of my glass. Crisp and clean, very lively on the palate. The egginess dies down shortly but never quite goes away, not that this is a bad thing in this particular beer. I'm lovin' it. Ba da ba ba ba m*the^fu@#$r. Rustic farmhouse flavors to the max; finishing with a note of zesty lemon and peppery hop spice.

Sheer elegance. Try to make sure and get a fresh one, or at least one from the back of the shelf as far away from light as possible, I think it can skunk a little.

brownbeer, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of chickenm
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked bottle poured into a tulip glass. Great appearance: hazy deep golden color with a massive white head that has excellent retention. Funky aroma with earth, mustiness, yeast, and citrus. The flavor has yeast and citrus with some spices and a little earthiness. Well carbonated, fairly light body, and a dry finish. Very drinkable, this is a great saison.

chickenm, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a goblet-style glass. Pours a murky gold. A thick, lustrous off-white head lingers on top. Good sticky lacing on the glass. Scents of yeast, pineapple, and some light peppery spiciness tingling the nose.

Carbonation level is moderate-to-high, but this beer doesn't feel harsh in any way. The finish is actually quite mellow and smooth. I notice some white pepper in the flavor along with some tart yeast, slightly puckering fruits, and mild wood notes on the back end. This is a great Saison. Took me much too long to try this one. Great beer.

Onenote81, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 25.4oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

Appearance: Pours hazy pale golden in color with a massive, frothy white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves behind many thick spots of lace.

Smell: Has everything a saison should have- mostly citrus and earthy notes, backed up by spice and a slight bit of grassiness.

Taste: Begins with zesty citric flavors and spice, finishing with earthy yeast and a balanced hop profile. The spice lingers throughout the brew.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with sharp carbonation and a crisp, refreshing, and slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: I really like saisons, and I really like this saison. As I had heard, this is the benchmark of the style. I cannot believe I put off buying this beer for so long...

Mosstrooper, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of scott451
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Fluffy white head on a slightly hazy gold. Head soon diminishes to a thin layer. Active carbonation.

Smells include a mild lemon up front and some slightly fruity herbal notes.

Very slight earthy mid-notes. Slightly sour tart finish. Lots of subtle complexity. You get a different taste with every sip.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and crisp Drinkability is very good. A very well balanced combination of tartness and carbonation makes for a very refreshing drink on a hot day.

scott451, Aug 09, 2010
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,286 ratings.