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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,310 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,310
Reviews: 1,450
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 180
Gots: 232 | FT: 9
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-26-2002)
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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16oz pint, on tap at Ragtag Cinema, in Columbia, MO

Appearance: Hazy dark golden beer with hints of orange; lots of steady, streaming carbonation and a thick, ultra-creamy white head which is slow to fade and leaves some sticky Belgian lace. Just about perfect looking saison.

Smell: Vibrant! Huge hints of fruity bubblegum, spice, and other estery/yeasty goodness I'm having trouble identifying. Something phenolic in here, almost like a solvent, but yet pleasant. I know that sounds goofy, but this is crazy complex and quite nice.

Taste: Tons of somewhat slightly bitter lemon, spicy, medium-bitter herbal/grassy hops, green grass, hints of solventy phenols, some bitter orange, and just a hint of bone-dry malt. Quenching, dry, fairly hoppy, but not over the top. Beautiful summer beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, maybe light side of medium

Drinkability: High, especially considering the ridiculously hot weather we're currently having.

Conclusion: So glad to have finally gotten to try this. This and Hennepin are the two best saisons I've ever had. Which is better? I'd have to try them side by side I think.

BedetheVenerable, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of babaracas
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light amber with thick creamy cream-colored head that lasts for a while and leaves thick sheets of lace. Smell: a little lemon rind, spicy, leafy, pale candyish sweetness, a note of ripe banana, soft hay and grain. Taste: sweet, lemon, spicy, a little grassy, a soft tangyness, a little grainy. Mouthfeel: medium bodied, and as creamy as it could possibly be. This is stupidly drinkable. Sweeter, less hopped, and less funked than some very good American takes on the style. I could drink this stuff all day though, it's fantastic. 2010 bottling.

babaracas, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours an extremely large off-white head with thick lacing down the side. It is hazy with a golden orange color.

S: There is a yeasty aroma on the front with really fruit aromas on the back, some pear and maybe apple. Also an earthy/grass smell. Really nice.

T: There is a great lemon flavor and some spice. There is also an earth/grass flavor to it. The balance of sweet and bitter is great along with a slight funkiness.

M/D: Great mouthfeel, very crisp. This is a great warm weather beer, perfectly balanced.

mdaschaf, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of Daniell
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: poured into wine glasses. Very nice generous head. Good golden tripel colour. Like the lacing. 4.5

S: really nice fresh fruity aroma. Can't quite put my finger on what fruit(s) it is though. Smells of an orchard, of bananas and apples and honey. It's distinct from tripels I've had which predominantly taste of mango (which might be influenced by a chemical sulfur taste, not here). I like the fresh apples and apple juice. Of course you get the great smell of Belgian yeast also. 4.5

T: sweet, lovely fruit. A very very slight hint of bitterness at the back. This beer is just great. Also, inspired by other reviews, I should point out the "dryness" of the flavour also. Perhaps this is the "funk" or "barnyard" character mentioned in other reviews. For me I didn't notice any Bretty flavours. It just tasted like delicious fruit with some dryness. That may be because it's so well integrated. The dryness is so balancing. This one totally blows the mad brewer saison by James Squire's out of the water in every conceivable way. 4

M: Wow it feels great in the mouth too. So so creamy and good. 5

D: This beer is amazing. I could drink it all night. It's only 6.5% and I can get it relatively cheaply for imported beer. Such a good summer session drink. Wow. The flavours are so balanced- complexities come along with fruity moreishness. 5

Daniell, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-pours a dark hazy golden yellow with a dense creamy white head.

S-the nose is strong, grassy hops, notes of lemon with a light peppery aroma.

T-very spicy, lots of wheat, lemon, and coriander. grassy hops in the back adding a great balance.

M-smooth on the palate with a lot of carbonation balancing a nice medium body with a great crisp finish.

D-this is very easy to drink and so tasty. nice complexity with a great balance.

cpetrone84, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of jlandis
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chimay chalice.

A - Hazy and golden in color with plenty of white fluffy head.

S - Sharp hints of citrus with plenty of barnyard feel. A little bit of a skunky aroma, but that could be due to the green bottle.

T - I was pleasantly surprised to find that the skunky aroma didn't make it's way into the flavor. Earthy bitter hops with a solid funk, and dry tart fruit in the finish.

M - Solid carbonation with a fairly thin consistency. A very easy drinking experience.

D - Very enjoyable, but I'm glad I only had 1 750ml bottle. I'm glad that I tried it, but for the price ($8.99) I probably won't be purchasing this one again soon.

jlandis, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of grittybrews
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured a pale gold into a tulip with several fingers of frothy white head. Very pleasant aroma of peppery yeast, lemon, and hints of banana and clove.

Medium-high carbonation and a very light mouthfeel. Dry taste dominated by Belgian yeast and some nice banana sweetness with a bit of lemon on the finish. Light, balanced, and just a hint of funk to keep things interesting. Wasn't bowled over the first time I tried it, but this saison has really grown on me the last couple times.

grittybrews, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of jpittman80
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy orange with large white head that lasts with plenty of lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, a little horse and straw, citrus.

T - Pretty hoppy saison. Earthy and bitter. Hop quality combines nicely with the (ugh) horseblanket (we have to come up with a better descriptor, y'all). Sweet at first then finishes dry and hoppy.

M - Very bubbly on the tongue with a nice thin body. Maybe it's the carbonation making it appear this. Either way, it feels great.

D - Eh, I thought good at first, but now that I'm down to the end, I'd want it over soon. It's good, very dry. It loses points here because the carbonation's making me a little too burpy.

jpittman80, May 27, 2010
Photo of konadrinker
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good carbonation. Cloudy and straw yellow. Lots of foam. Great lacing effect. Head stays with beer thru the glass.

Smell: Yeast is the first thing I notice followed by a earthy barnyard aroma. Lots of girth and complexity in here. The spiciness and earth smell take over after a few whiffs.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Wonderful! Pretty thick despite the light color. Lots of pepper and honey with some lemon hops in the background. Great spicy/sweet ratio. The yeast comes through and makes this decently malty as well. Excellent.

Drinkability: A true sipper that fills your mouth and finishes wonderfully. Easy to drink a bomber by yourself. A fantastic farmhouse that I will definitely drink again.

konadrinker, May 22, 2010
Photo of StaveHooks
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured into over sized wine glass. Huge fluffy head. Cloudy neon burnt orange.

S - A slightly skunky aroma during the pour which vanishes into on apple orchard of earthy wet hay, lots of Belgian yeast, spicy grass and lots of floral.

T - Spicy tart apples, earthy yeast, lemony herbal zing, sour grain. Dry peppery finish with a heavy green pear aftertatse. The carbonation has some zip to it.

This is a very earthy, crisp, & dry Saison. For me this makes drinkability through the roof! The yeast is the cornerstone on this beer, with the spicy bitterness being the bricks and the sour dryness being the mortar. Although there is a lot more going on with this complex beer. A stellar beer. I wish I could get them in a six pack.

StaveHooks, May 21, 2010
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a stemmed Russian River glass.

A: Hazy straw to light golden colored with a foamy white head that simply does not settle. Lacing is very good. Carbonation is subtle.

S: Malty notes of bread dough, along with hints of banana, lemon zest, and earth. Some grassy, floral scents lie in the backround.

T: Much like the smell. Floral, with earthy tones, and has biscuity character. Banana, some citrus, and hints of dried pear mingle with grassy, floral tones. There is just a hint of woodiness in the backround.

M: Thick and chewy for this style. Full bodied mouthfeel, with a finish that lasts for some time.

D: This is a good Saison, although the hype is not all it's meant to be. Very drinkable, and worth a try. It's sure to quench any thirst.

WYVYRN527, May 20, 2010
Photo of hawks10
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into my Brooklyn tulip, not sure of the age of this bottle...

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a bit of orange...about two fingers of soft white head forms and slowly settles into a white haze that covers the beer, a tiny bit of lacing...

Very yeasty in the nose, light biscuit/breadiness, spicy, pepper and overall musty smell with a bit of funk, complex and very nice...

Earthy and slightly bready with a bit of pepper/spice...a slight sweetness momentarily takes hold but loses out again to the spicy yeast and musty/funk flavors...bitter throughout with a lingering grassy/floral taste...

Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Bubbly on the tongue, crisp with a very dry finish...

Pretty good saison, although I think I lean more towards those that end somewhat sweet...this one is a bit too dry in the finish for me, but still a very fine beer overall...

hawks10, May 18, 2010
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tulip served at TJ's in Paoli.

A: The saison is a hazy golden yellow, nestled underneath a full finger of dense white head. It is a little too full to be translucent.

S: A musty saison, the ale can't hide from its Belgian yeast side. Anise, light funk and pepper run wild.

T: Moreso than American saisons, this one relies on the its yeast to carry the taste. Luckily it is up to the task. Anise, tart fruits, sweet pear-like fruits and mild earthy hops define the flavor. The ale is very accessible, far earthier than many saisons.

M: The saison is fruity but assertive, a strong beer that isn't afraid of its delicate side. What? That isn't really informative? Well it sure sounds nice.

D: I need to drink this beer more often, it's a very solid saison.

akorsak, May 18, 2010
Photo of WhiteOak
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Hazy, pearlescent light straw yellow color. The huge, rocky, meringue foam leave lots of lovely, sticky, hanging lace.

S- Big, bright, alluring perfume of yeasty, spicy eau de Belgique, lemon biscotti, caramel. A great example of the type, where the yeast notes can be very refined. Gorgeous, almost indescribable aroma.

T- Very zesty and dry, dominated by a citrus rind mid-palate and a dry, hoppy finish. A bit too dry for me, however.

M, D- I wish there was more of a malt structure to complement the spectacular aroma, but the drinkability will be great for those who like the drier finish. CO2 was ideal.

WhiteOak, May 17, 2010
Photo of gatornation
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a slight hazy golden straw color with a hugh fluffy white head that recedes slowly to leave lots of clinging lace.. its light smelling in spice some clove and some fruit with slight yeast..the taste is outstanding its crisp and clean very refreshing with lemon and pepper notes lots of yeast and floral pairings for the palate some apple/melon and some hops round out this well balanced saison..the mouthfell is light but a saison is meant for the warmer months ..this is oh so drinkable and just a pleasure to the last drop..so drinkable and simple yet it is complex in the layers of flavor that are present...highly recommended

gatornation, May 15, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very bright beer. In looks, taste and feel.
Pours a slightly hazy, bright light gold with a 2 finger head. Clears up a bit as it sits. Lacing is nice and clean, not sticky.
Tight aroma, a tad weak. Spicy, bready, light. The light biscuit is present, sprinkled with coriander, orange zest, white pepper.

Taste follows the nose. Biscuit, spice, zest and dash of floral. It's quite a refreshing taste. I had it after a big meal, and it fit well.

Feel is just about perfect. Crisp and clean, spicy and smooth. I think a bit more carbonation would make it perfect, but this is just fine as is.

Great drinking. Didn't last long.

Mebuzzard, May 15, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good carbonation. Very active beer. Cloudy and straw yellow. Lots of foam. Great lacing effect.

Smell: Doesn't smell particularly strong to me. I don't get any distinct smells other than a strong presence of yeast. This stuff smell very earthy.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Wonderful! Pretty thick despite the light color. Lots of pepper and honey with some lemon hops in the background. Great spicy/sweet ratio. The yeast comes through and makes this decently malty as well. I definitely enjoyed sipping this, because the alcohol is really evident. The finish gives off a nice whiskey-like burn. Excellent.

Drinkability: A true sipper in my opinion due to strong taste.

Overall: If you told me that Saison Dupon had been bootlegged I'd probably believe you. It doesn't have much alcohol, but it packs a punch.

tjsdomer2, May 15, 2010
Photo of boss302
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison Dupont, on tap

A Small tight bubbles in the head. Thick on initial pour, but decreased with time and left a nice lace on the glass. The head covered the beer all the way to the end. Looks like a hefe, only not as thick. It is golden in color, very similar to a Czech pils.

S fruity and banana aroma, estery. I don't really smell any hops. No phenolics. It has a complex aroma that is hard to dissect. I will attribute that to the yeast, very pleasant.

T Nice malty flavor, has lots of flavor from the yeast. A little bite from the carbonation. Hops are more noticeable here than in the aroma. Good balance finishes clean.

M Medium to full body that is a little deceiving from the color. Though it is relatively high in alcohol (6.5abv), you can't really feel any dryness or tell while drinking.

O a great drinking beer, it is as refreshing as a German wheat beer but with more snap and bite. My favorite Saison, and the only one I can find on tap.

boss302, May 15, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at Dirty Franks in Columbus, Ohio.
A: Pale golden with a white collar and film.
S: Yeasty bread, strawberry farmhouse, spicy apricots, all in front of a honey apple sweetness.
T: Sweet rustic citrus and apple honey and strawberry. There is a lingering grassy bitterness.
M: Slightly syrupy, it ends dry and frothy.
D: Pretty good. About average for a saison.

ne0m00re, May 14, 2010
Photo of OskarL
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a huge head that settles into a one finger head that has great retention and leaves a lot of nice lacing.

Smells of pears, apples, citrus and earth-like notes.

Taste is earthy (hay like), a bit funky, apples, pears, citrus and some tartness the finish.

Medium body, medium crisp carbonation and dry.

OskarL, May 14, 2010
Photo of birchstick
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a golden yellow with a massive head. Nothing about its appearance made me excited to drink it.

S - Beautiful nose - a lot of sweet pears, tart apples and a lot of earth

T - starts off really sweet with a very tart apples, almost bitterly tart. This fades to some earth/dirt, then acidic orange peel and a little bit of a metallic taste lingers on the finish. Not a bad little saison.

M - Nice body, but a little watery. This also leaves a very dry finish.

D - this is a very good saison. Nice and fruity and earthy that leaves a dry finish, leaving you wanting more. I really enjoyed this classic for the style and will seek it out in the future.

birchstick, May 14, 2010
Photo of Krevee
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank 5/13/10
Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Bruery tulip

A - The initial pour produces quite a bit of white beautiful foamy head. The color is a hazy golden yellow. You can see carbonation bubbles. And there is a good looking lacing that stays as you drink.

S - Smell is very nice. The initial smell is that smell you expect from a Saison, the farmhouse aroma. I can smell hay, some spices and a bit of lemon citrus. There is also the smell of Belgian yeast. A very pleasant smelling beer. Nothing is overwhelming and it is very well balanced in smell.

T - The taste is similar to the smell. There is a slight bitterness all the way through. I can taste the Belgian flavors, but there is that nice sweet grainy flavor, very much like hay. I can also taste the citrus and the spice as well. Good flavor nice and balanced as well as complex.

M - As you would expect from a saison this beer is dry and refreshing. It is also a bit creamy in the mouth with ample amounts of carbonation.

D - A very pleasant beer that I would enjoy having in the summer. The ABV is a bit higher than the norm for the style but you don't taste it at all. A very easy drinking beer.

Overall a great saison and great example of the style. Tastes and smells great and is a good beer for the summer.

Krevee, May 14, 2010
Photo of kiddynamite920
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

kiddynamite920, May 13, 2010
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

OneDropSoup, May 13, 2010
Photo of Jcarrane
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jcarrane, May 13, 2010
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,310 ratings.