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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,213 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,213
Reviews: 1,443
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 173
Gots: 211 | 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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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

750 ml into Duvel tulip.

A: Nice golden, light copper color. Hints of yellow glisten around the edges. Carbonation is high I suppose. Head blossomed up to about two inches of rich, fluffy bubbles. Beginning to stick to the glass on it's retreat down towards the nectar beneath.

S: Cork smelled very citrusy and fruity. Smells very sweet and full of lemon and lemongrass aromas. A bit tart as well. A bit of the Belgian yeast comes through in a grainy smell. A bit grassy and earthy. A good bit of the banana and spice notes from traditional Belgian yeast is present. Lemon and peppery greens come through the most.

T: Flavor is a bit tart with some grainy, bready type flavors. Good citrus bite. The banana shows up on the palate as well. Good yeast flavor and some grassy notes behind it. Good balance of flavors here, just enough bitterness to keep the crispness high.

M: Was expecting more twang from the citrus notes on the nose. It is actually quite smooth and the carbonation moderately low.

D: Fantastic on this hot day, perfect summer beer for all occasions. Alcohol is low enough to make it drinkable. Very refreshing in character.

05-13-2010 19:25:16 | More by kiddynamite920
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Clean straw-gold body, clear with loads of nucleation under mountainous white head. Leaves sticky patches of lacing. Great color & composition.

Dry champagne smell, lemon, hints of pineapple & pepper.

Taste is clean malts, biscuity at first, with some orange & lemon tang. Grassy & herbal notes, as well flinty/mineral. There's a tea-like "leafiness." Actually reminds me of a heavier pale ale with an added herbal quality. Pretty dry for a saison, in my experience.

Medium-bodied, but with a light, spritzy freshness. Smooth.

Tasty & well-made, but still feels pretty full to me. Definitely one I'd go for repeatedly, but two in a sitting would probably be my limit.

05-13-2010 11:34:26 | More by OneDropSoup
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Jcarrane

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

This beer pours a crisp, pale, golden color,two finger foamy head that seemed to dissipate quickly.Bitter, lemon,citrus, bouquet, slightly dank. Very approachable on the palate dry, crisp, and clean, with a light body and a pleasant finish, very refreshing! Crisp grassy notes,lemon citrus, and hops, seem to jump out at first, then settles into a nice mineral finish. I'd love to have this beer with some crab cakes on a summer night sitting on the patio.

05-12-2010 23:00:25 | More by Jcarrane
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spoons

California

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured from a small bottle to a tulip

A golden body with lots of visual carbonation up the side of the glass. A towering shaving cream head that looks amazing and doesnt move. Stays along for the ride as well.

Smells grassy and herbal up front. A light touch of hops and a little spice.

The mouthfeel is pretty light on the tongue. A lot of yeast comes across and warms to deliver some sweetness. I like this beer a lot and no I wish it was the big bottle. Its light mouthfeel makes for a nice drinking beer event though the smell and taste are a little green in the way of herbalness.

Definitely recommend, will drink again, often in the summer.

05-11-2010 18:34:59 | More by spoons
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washburnkid

New York

4.85/5  rDev +15.8%

Thanks to a very generous dgb3 for this bottle!

A: Massive frothy white head over a hazy light golden yellow. Sediment is floating all around, and there's wonderful retention as well as patches of fluffy lacing.
S: Grainy, musty, and sour. A nice balance on the nose of earth and fruit (specifically sour apple and pear).
T/M: Spiciness is notable right away. It's very prominent on the palate. Other flavors that come in after are a very mild tartness and some fresh grain. Straw and dirty funk. Bitter herbals wait until the end of the sip for their big entrance, but they sure are prominent! Mouthfeel is light and very very crisp.
D: Shared this beer with my dad and some fruit flies. It was so so tasty and refreshing. I can't wait to get my hands on more!

05-11-2010 03:47:18 | More by washburnkid
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

A- Orange and very hazy, poured a giant head that appears off whtie with random lacing on tulip glass...

S- Obvious smell of the belgium yeast, some citrus coming through in nose, and slightly floral aroma to round everything out.

T/M- Tastes of a belgium ale- very sweet, malty, and brett flavors. There is an orange flavor towards the middle of the tongue that goes into a dry feel. Peppery phenols present subtly throughout. Bitterness then sourness round out the overall taste and mouthfeel. Very smooth and medium bodied make this a great beer to drink.

D- Very drinkable beer. Has all the components of a great saison without being too overpowering... Love this beer

05-08-2010 03:38:38 | More by TheGordianKnot
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dougofthefuture

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

I've been getting in to Saisons. Time to try this classic again.

A - Pours a bright clear light-yellow with a four finger fluffy head. Great big bubbles.

S - Mainly earthy, with some citrus and floral aspects as well. Deep, complex, and delicious smelling.

T&M - Very complex and very light at the same time, which makes it a winner. The carbonation and acidity make the spicy, grassy flavors dance on the palate. That sounds a bit fancy, but this is a fancy beer. Mmm...

D - I always buy the little bottle and wish I had the big bottle. If only it didn't need to be imported, I'd drink this with almost every meal. This one lives up to the reputation.

05-07-2010 01:59:04 | More by dougofthefuture
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours golden with a big fluffy cake-like head that is high at the center and deteriorating at the sides. Gobs of lace, slight haze, and tons of tiny rising bubbles. Wonderful.

Scents of yeast, chalky earth, coarse grain, some mustiness.

Light alcohol in the first part of the sip. Grain husk, bitter fruit, like an unripe pear, some grassiness, clearing to a light, pleasant bitter finish. Well done.

A fair body and tons of bubbles. Just right. The foamy head adds character and alters your mouthfeel as well. Good stuff.

Wow, this must be awesome with food. Alone, even with the lighter edge, you must sip. And this is good, as it prolongs the enjoyment. Absolutely worth the try.

05-07-2010 01:16:39 | More by OtherShoe2
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Jemonster

California

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%

A: This beer looks like a hefe weizen, but more substantial and cloudy with a bit of floating yeast. The white head is foamier than average and leaves behind a sticky lacing. S: Really funky, armpitlike... but with a sweetness. Bold is the best word for it. The smell is almost intimidating at first. T: The most dominant to me is a sweet wheat bread flavor, followed by a slight alcohol sting, muskyness, then a lingering bitterness. Not as much as an IPA, but still agressive. M: The best thing about this beer for me. Very nice. Feels round and slightly viscous, coating my mouth with the strong flavor. Nice refreshing small bubbled carbonation. D: I really don't think I would want to drink more than one of these. Very powerful flavor. For me, this is a sampling, sipping beer. Reviewed from phone, so forgive the format.

05-03-2010 03:08:55 | More by Jemonster
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cosmicevan

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured from 750mL into ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a golden honey with champagne like bubbles and a thick generous bubbly head with tight but slippery lacing.

S - Citric notes, wheat.

T - Spicey with a touch of bitterness. Same citric and wheat notes are in the flavor, but in the background.

M - Leaves my mouth feeling tingly. Has a bit of a sour aftertaste.

D - One of my favorite styles. I prefer my Saisons a bit sweeter, but this is a very balanced and wonderful Saison, especially for those who find some of them a bit on the sweet side.

05-02-2010 20:16:00 | More by cosmicevan
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Naugros

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

Pour this slowly, especially if using a snifter or tulip glass as the head immediately rises, 3-4 fingers thick and billowy off-white. The light golden, orange color is beautifully hazy, as is consistent with this style. Bands of lace follow your progress and the head slowly dissipates as you drink, leaving a white film across the top.

As you pop the cork (helped by the nice carbonation), the Belgian yeast strains tickle your nose. Blow the foam aside to get a whiff of the beer in the glass and the herbal tones of the yeast come out to play and you'll get a preview of the spice.

The yeast is the forefront of the taste with a little cardamom (at the top of the palate) backed up by a slight orange blossom honey sweetness on the tip of your tongue. There is a minor buttery quality, presumably from the presence of some diacetyl. There's a sourness that hits the back of your mouth that ties everything together. So much going on but well-balanced and the epitome of the style. Judge all saisons against this one!

The carbonation that helped you pull the cork continues to be assertive in your mouth, but not overly so. It's also got a creamy feel to it. I can't really explain how it can be carbonated and creamy, but it is. Despite all that's going it manages a crisp mouthfeel.

Forget witbiers for the summer, I'd rather take one of these down after mowing the lawn. Refreshing and complex, I could drink this until I couldn't make it back to the fridge any more.

05-02-2010 19:26:50 | More by Naugros
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

Review from notes taken 3/24/10

On tap at Al's served in a classy little saison dupont glass. Pours a hazy golden color with a finger of white head. A solid curtain of lace clings all over the glass. Nose is citrus and spices akin to clove. Taste is on par with the aroma: citrus, clove and yeast primarily. Finishes slightly dry with a bit of hop bitterness. Light feel and modestly carbonated, it is quite drinkable. As it warms, a bit of pear or light fruit blended with grain comes through and is left in the mouth.

04-28-2010 19:18:00 | More by stakem
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djbreezy

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Review from tasting notes. Poured from a bottle into a stemmed glass.

appearance - poured a light golden color with a substantial foamy head

smell - yeast and clove, citrus notes

taste - dominant yeast and bready flavors, clove, biscuity, citrus

mouthfeel - medium/light with strong but not overpowering carbonation, slightly dry finish

drinkability - refreshing, complex, balanced

04-26-2010 05:14:55 | More by djbreezy
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a cloudy antique gold color with a 1 ½" fluffy white head that recedes slowly. There are rings and legs of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass and sipping creates sheets and legs and small patches of lacing, some of which cling to the side and some of which slide back down to the liquid. Even mid-way through the beer there is still a 1/8" layer of foam covering the liquid.

Smell: The aroma manages to a mixture of lemon zest, a hint of clove, and a bit of grassiness and earthiness all at the same time

Taste: The flavors are dominated by the lemon zest, some peppery spiciness and the grassy/earthy bitterness all but concealing some sweetness in the background. The sweetness is just enough to keep the bitterness under control but not to break it up or interfere with it.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light bodied and softly creamy, almost prickly, with active fine carbonation. The finish is quite long and begins with some almost sweetness to the lemon zest but then the grassy/earthy bitterness takes over as the dryness goes on fading slowly but taking a long time to be gone.

Drinkability: This is a top notch beer that deserves its fame. I definitely wanted to keep sipping this beer and will definitely be including it on my shopping list in the future. This would be perfect for drinking on a warm summer evening while relaxing after a busy day.

04-24-2010 00:44:31 | More by drtth
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mstyne

New York

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

Caged and corked large green glass bottle. Big aroma after popping the cork which did not disappoint in the sound department. Substaintial head and solid carbonation. Nice lacing. Almost an earthy kind of smell to this brew. Starts a bit fruity but ends with a dry finish. A great beer.

04-24-2010 00:05:51 | More by mstyne
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Rayek

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.5%

On-tap at Falling Rock in Denver. Served in a goblet.

A: Cloudy gold with a dense white cap. The head slowly settles to a thin film. A generous lace is left behind.

S: Mild, but pleasant. Straw, lemon and biscuits dominate. As the beer warms, a light barnyard funkiness comes through.

T: Light and well refined. Dry biscuit like malts start things out. Bitterness is very light and brings a bit of coriander and lemon. A light sourdough flavor hits at the end.

M: The medium-light body is grainy and has very soft carbonation.

D: This is a nice Saison. It's light and goes down easily. Not as funky as some examples of the style, but quite enjoyable. I'm glad I finally had it.

04-23-2010 04:06:39 | More by Rayek
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jwhawkins81

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%

2.009 on the cork

Aroma - Spice and coriander which is pretty much straight Belgian beer except there is an underlying earthy funk that comes through.

Appearance - Poured a golden yellow with a huge white head but no visible carbonation remained in the beer itself.

Taste - Sweet with a slight bitterness and a dry finish. This beer is refreshing and smooth a good summer drink.

Notes - Might be a great example of a Saison but maybe saisons aren't really my thing.

04-18-2010 13:05:39 | More by jwhawkins81
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JayQue

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

I'm really starting to appreciate Saison's as refreshing summer beers. My favorites so far are Hennepin and Saison D'Epeautre because they have a lot more funk that this one, but I like the Dupont too.

Pours a hazy straw color with a BIG, delicate bubbly head and a lot of sediment from a corked and caged bottle into a pint glass. Head retention is very good and there are some thick patches of lacing on the side of the glass opposite to where I tip it up.

Aroma is fairly mild...grassy and lemony with just a hint of sour funk. Taste has some elements of pears and apples as well as the lemon....a bit grassy like a good lager too. The funkiness is there but very subdued. There is a spicy, pepper element as well which is nice.

Mouthfeel is light but rich enough, the pepper and carbonation make it nice and crisp.

Drinkability is good. A solid summer beer, a bit higher in octane than some Saisons, but definitely worthy of mass quantities.

04-16-2010 22:41:38 | More by JayQue
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regspeir

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

bottle poured into Unibroue tulip
Hazy yellow and obviously unfiltered. Nose is of yeast, bready, funky. Pour revealed a huge, long-lasting head. Taste was sweet, light and funky. Lemon, pear and green apple up-front with a grassy taste and some pepper.
The mouthfeel is medium and dry.There is lots of carbonation obvious in the feel. This beer clearly gets better as it warms. For me, this is a perfect example of the style. I love the way it goes with most foods as well.

04-15-2010 23:25:20 | More by regspeir
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%

750mL green corked and caged bottle.

The gentlest of pours yields four fingers of creamy, mousse-like, white foam that collapses after some time and leaves huge chunks of lace on the tulip glass.

Musky, earthy, peppery, and spicy on the nose with background notes of lemon rind, bubblegum, and more flavor complexities than I can express. It even has a faint note of onion and garlic, which is quite pleasant.

The biggest difference in the taste from the aroma is the dry, bitter, mineral/salt character that plays a huge part in the flavor profile. The mineral edge is accompanied by a big, peppery spiciness, notes of fruity bubblegum and pear, earthy, dirty musk, and tart lemon peel. Hop bitterness is firm and the hops add even more complexity with a raw, herbal, grassy, leafy flavor.

One of the driest beers on Earth, which along with the bracing bitterness makes this a super refreshing beer. So complex, unique, and interesting, this is still the unmatched quintessential example of a Saison. One of my favorites.

04-12-2010 21:15:29 | More by bump8628
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rawthar

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -16.9%

Had on 4/9 at Half Moon Saloon in Kennett Square.

A- Cloudy unfiltered consistency, a mustard yellow, with a finger of white fluffy head with some serious staying power.

S- Unmistakable Belgian sour aroma, with a hint of sweetness high in the nasal passage.

T- Less sour than the smell, more tart and dry, sort of like beer malts crossed with a cranberry.

M- Thick and creamy with lots of heavy duty mouth coating.

D- Though I'm not a big time Belgian beer drinker, I can see this being a staple for those who really appreciate the style. I'm dinging this on drinkability primarily due to the steep price - $10.50/bottle.

I won't claim that I rate purely against style, because I found this a great representative of a style I don't particularly enjoy.

04-12-2010 01:16:23 | More by rawthar
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

This might be one of the quintessential saisons. I dont know why I took so long to try it. The cork says 2.009.

A- I like the presentation here. The yellow and green cage is a very nice touch. The labels on these Belgian beers are never held on very well though. The back label fell off as I was pouring and the front label peeled off very easily.
This beer has one of those huge great billowing heads that I love about a good saison. The body is moderately hazed and a light, glowing gold color.

S- Strong smelling. I could smell a grassy, slightly funky uriney smell once it was poured into my glass. Upon closer investigation the nose is full of lemon, grass, light hops and a slight earthy funk/mustiness.

T- Tart and sour at times. Lots of grass, lemon, sharp piney hops. There is a slight skunk taste towards the end.

M- Light and bubbly like a saison should be. Very dry and fairly clean finishing.

D- This is a pretty good warm weather brew but it is not my favorite saison. I dont think Fantome can be dethroned.

04-11-2010 22:03:06 | More by MbpBugeye
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CaptKirkles

New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%

This was suggested as a 'beginners Saison' as I am just getting into the style and I was quite impressed.

A - A very light hazy straw color with a good amount of fluffy head with good lacing
S - Spicy and yeasty with some grass in the background. Very appealing and seemed to be in style
T - A good mix of spiciness and sweetness. A little dry but refreshing.
M - Crisp and light. The carbonation made this very refreshing.
D - Very drinkable. I look forward to this again with the upcoming summer. A bottle won't knock you over but set you just right.

Served from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

04-08-2010 16:01:12 | More by CaptKirkles
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Flashsp2

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Saison Dupont 33cl into medium chalice

Slightly hazed gold with yellow highlights. Two finger foamy white
head. Solid retention and nice sticking lace.

Nose is intensely fruity with banana, yellow pears, apricot, chalk,
dry yeast. Elegant and powerful all at once. My wife commented on the
aroma from two feet away.

Palette is tangy, earthy, musty, pears, yeast, clove phenols, biting
citric bitter and sharply dry finish. Any sweetness in this beer is a
mind trick, as it is very well attenuated. The finish is earthy,
bitter, crisp, and quite long.

Mouthfeel starts off creamy, then a rush of powerful carbonation
spreads the wealth around throughout the palette.

Too bad I didn't buy a 750ml of this, but then I guess I would take it
for granted and kill it quick. This is so easy drinking, but I'll take
it slow so I can enjoy.

04-06-2010 16:24:04 | More by Flashsp2
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -12.2%

Pour from 750mL into Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a nice golden/straw that is a little bit murky. As with any good Belgian, a nice big pillowy head, about two and a half finger's worth. Leaves some great lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A big burst of Belgian yeast with some fruity notes in there. Some candy sugar to go along with some lemon and a little bit of orange.

T- Like the nose, a lot of yeast up front with some candy sugar in there as well. Grassy notes with a little bit of lemon.

M- A medium bodied beer that is crisp and has a good amount of carbonation. Pretty clean and the carbonation tickles the tongue just a bit.

D- I can see why the bottle says it was made for summer. Easy drinking with good flavor but nothing overpowering. A good definition for the style although it seems saisons seem to be all over the board.

04-04-2010 03:35:57 | More by Wisconsinality
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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