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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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93
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3,347 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,347
Reviews: 1,452
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 184
Gots: 240 | FT: 10
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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 washingtonydc
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's July 21st, the national holiday of Belgium--the day in 1831 when Leopold I donned the crown as the first king of Belgium. Of course, this doesn't prevent the Flemish from celebrating their own day earlier in July to mark the defeat of the French in the 14th century. Nor does it prevent the Walloons from celebrating in September to mark the defeat of the Dutch in 1830. But Belgium, somehow, balances this--this accidental unity as a sovereign nation comprised of disparate factions.

This of course, is by way of introducing Saison Dupont--a beer that, like Belgium, has much going on, but in the end, is perfectly balanced. Poured from a caged and corked 750ml bottle, it appears like a hazy golden fleece capped with a thick, supple white head. It gives off aroma of yeasty breads and tart fruits--grapefruit and lemon--and finishes with a hint of sweetness. The initial taste is also of bread, but is soon given over to grass. Just as a faint tinge of barnyard enters and promises a full-on funk, it's quickly balanced by a malty sweetness. Then, like that, it finishes cleanly. The finish is like a kiss of cotton candy: a little sweetness dissolves into crisp nothing. It has a light, refreshing mouthfeel with strong carbonation. Its drinkability is impressive--only 6.5%, this can be enjoyed in lengthy sessions, whether sitting under the sun or holed up inside.

Saison Dupont is a standout Belgian beer not just for its taste and quality, but also because it characterizes the nation itself--never straying too far into one camp (whether it be funk or sweetness, Flanders or Wallonia), it somehow travels down the middle in an impressive balancing act.

washingtonydc, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of OlRasputin989
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from corked 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip...

A: Pours a hazy, rich old gold color with a huge creamy head that slowly dissipates turning into peaks and valleys of big suds, while leaving big globs of lacing along the side of the glass

S: butter, spicy, earthy and herbal hops. the pilsner malts are also very noticeable along with some fruity aromas (white grapes, green apples)

T: starts with a bready, champagne-like fruitiness, then a long finish that is very spicy and bitter hops with a white grape and saltine cracker flavor.

M: light-medium body that begins very full and fluffy then quickly becomes crisp and very dry

Overall, a very hoppy and earthy saison that is very straightforward and refreshing, and really keeps to style and purpose: a refreshing beer to soothe the soul after a long and hot day at work.

OlRasputin989, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of KAP1356
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle dated "2.010" on the cork into my Duvel tulip glass...

A - Poured a very hazy yellow/golden straw color with a pretty massive 3 finger pure white head that sits and sits and sits like a fluffy cloud.

S - Yeasty, grassy, earthy aromas mixed with lemon peel and some peppery spice. There's a great slight must aroma too that adds to the earty notes in the nose.

T - Taste doesn't exactly follow the nose, and instead is less sweet and less citrusy than expected. There is that great barnyard funk that is so commonplace with this style; truly adds a great earth-like component. There are soke spices here as well; pepper, clove, coriander perhaps? The lemon and yeast sit more towards the front of the palate with a great earthy, hay taste toward the back ofthe palate

M - Fantastic. Even for how carbonated it is, it is still smooth and refreshing with a nice dry finish. Not too bubbly, but not too thin either. Just great.

D - Outstanding, just a really amazingly easy to drink beer. So refreshing and a perfect way to end another scorcher. Clean, crisp, everything I would want in a saison.

KAP1356, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy straw yellow color. Poured a huge 4 finger white head that sat like mereangue on top. Excellent retention. All kinds of stick lace patches. Decanted continually.

S: Light yeast funk. Sweet and sour fruits more prominent with a little warming. Peppery spice.

T: Tart, but malt balances up front. Sour fruit and peppery spices set it right up until the lingering bitter finish.

M: Light-to-medium body. Ample carbonation. Runs the gamut from sweet to sour to crisp to dry, especially in the finish.

D: Easy to drink and refreshing; not too sour. Has an interesting and striking balance.

Haybeerman, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Axic10
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a fingers worth of fluffy white foam on top that takes a while to settle.

Smell: Heavy yeast/funk at the beginning followed by some hay/grass and tart sour fruit.

Taste: Belgian yeast with some nice funkiness. Tart sour apple with a semi-dry grassy hay aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and really refreshing.

Drinkability: An often overlooked Saison by me, but for the price and everyday availability, this is a real gem. This beer goes down great on a hot day such as today or even a cold winter evening.

Axic10, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of jculler82
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured to a Duvel tulip, the beer is a slightly hazy pale gold, with a towering white head that seems like it is going to hang around a while.

Smells of Belgian yeast, i.e. some clove, a slight mustiness, and some lemon. Smells good.

Taste is wonderful. Blend of lemon and orange citrus peel, some clove, hints of bubblegum, grape, and more lemon. Finishes very dry, in fact it is a hard beer to review because just as you start to notice the flavors, they disappear and you're left with a clean pallet. Extremely refreshing Saison.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style, very dry, but not too thin. Perfect beer for the weather in the 90's we've been having.

Exceptionally drinkable, might be the combination of today's heat and the refreshing, dry nature of this beer. I don't typically like to give 5's, but I don't see how a beer could be any more drinkable. Best Saison I've had yet.

jculler82, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of alkchrios
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A..cloudy.. almost appears like a hefe.. very small head
S. Coriander right off the bat.. smells like a hoeggarden.. very earthy and floral
T. Slight bitter bite. Burnt sugars yet still sweet like a barley wine
M. Very nice bite...nice and carbonated at room temp..leaves a nice hoppy feel in your mouth.
D. This is a great beer.. but as someone who loves a nice hop and malty bite.. I dont think Ill make much of an effort to get this again.

cheers

alkchrios, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy straw yellow in color and poured with a three finger white head that slowly died down but never quite disappeared. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are musty aromas of yeast and spices in the nose, along with some subtle hints of sour fruits.
T: The taste is somewhat tart and has a good balance between grainy malts, sour fruit, peppery spices and a mild amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and there is some dryness, particularly in the finish.
D: The beer is very refreshing and relatively easy to drink. It's a perfect beer for the summer months.

metter98, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of hardy008
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with 4 fingers of large white head. There is a lot of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Looks very good. The aroma has lemon, coriander, yeast, orange, and pepper. Smells somewhat sweet.

The taste is not as sweet as the aroma made me think it might be. Lemon, lemon zest, pepper, orange and yeast are all present. Very nice.

High carbonation, dry, light bodied, and refreshing. I enjoyed this beer a lot.

hardy008, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of MAB
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mine was a bit hazy, especially after the dregs of yeast were poured into the chalice at the end.
I had a brew that had tight, foamy, white lace that never went away. Carbonation remained active the entire time, as well.
Flavor-wise, it was pretty darned good. More bitter than I was expecting and less citrus-y and spicy than I was hoping for, yet, a decent beer all the same.
Not A- good, but a very nice beer, none the less.

MAB, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of jeffthecheff
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. brown bottle.

Pours a hazy gold/prange color, with a huge, billowing white head. Great lacing, and there is enough head to keep very good retention.

The aroma is delicate, but still deep. The first thing to jump out is an orange/lemon peel fruitiness from the yeast. This yeast produces some really interesting aromas, the fruit rinds, as well as the more typical Belgian fruitiness, and a subtle, farmhouse funk to it. There also seems to be a small amount of hoppiness that adds a grassy aspect.

The taste is very lively, with some of the orange/lemon flavors coming back, as well as some thick yeastiness. The back end is very dry, with a moderate level of bitterness. The body is very dry, with an appropriatley high level of carbonation. This beer is fun to drink, and is a champ with food.

jeffthecheff, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of DIM
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: This was a hazy, bright golden color. It was bottle conditioned to the point of being difficult to pour. I don't like glasses full of foam.

s: Perfect, this is the saison smell I had in my head that I couldn't find anywhere. What took me so long to try this?! Spicy elements, barnyardy funky elements, some fruity phenols, surprisingly assertive hoppiness, and the overall fresh zestiness make me reluctant to drink this because you can't smell an empty glass.

d: Mouth puckeringly dry overall, I love it! Perfect balance of funk, spice, and citrus. The finish is a long, lingering bitter spice note.

m: Light, spritzy, and very refreshing.

d: I found the perfect saison at long last.

DIM, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of TommyW
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Hazy gold with a big, bubbly head that sticks in patches.

S- A floral and slightly herbal hop aroma with some sweet notes of granny smith apples. Touch of barnyard comes out as the beer warms a little.

T- A great transition of sweet to tart in the middle; merging the fruity sweetness of sour apple and pear into the tartness of sour apples, some mellow spice and a earthy yeast character. The finish is dry/tart.

M- Medium body with a nice bubbly carbonation.

D- An excellent beer to cleanse the palate or just sip on a hot day.

TommyW, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of JDH2000
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked 375ml bottle poured into chalices.

A- beautiful golden/slight orange color and slightly cloudy with white head.

S- I'm immediately hit with floral and fruity (apricots and peaches) notes followed by the pilsner malts.

T- First I taste the crispness of the pilsner malts followed by some yeast and spices. The taste rounds out with the fruits (apricots and peaches again and a little citrus).

M- light bodied with a good bit of carbonation to keep things interesting.

D- With its dry and complex flavor, I want to think this has a higher ABV than it really does. Knowing that, I could easily down several on a nice hot day.

JDH2000, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of jpoder
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

awesome classic Saison...of course.

a: slightly hazy yellow

s: yeast, hay, hop flower

t: delicious! this beer is so complex, I get different tastes each sip. runs the range of beer...malty, hoppy, hay, bubblegum, slightly tart.

m: bone dry finish...but somehow sweet upfront.

d: awesome.

what a great beer! seems to be some inconsistency between bottles. I think it can be attributed to poor handling in shipping. always a great beer, but some bottles seem to be better than others.

jpoder, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a classic character that hit every good quality of a saison in one form or another. very middle of the road in possible flavors... from the very musty farm herbal to the very fruity spice. nose is funk, and belgian yeast. nice traditional look of straw murky... even from a tap. palate of very delicate sweet with floral qualities. some citrus that transforms with the help of the must into something bitter dry. but mild. anise, and lavender... the bitterness of grass. the sweetness of roses... the must of hot straw in the barn. great. a must.

rtepiak, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of maddogruss
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a hazy, dark yellow/slightly golden body with a thick, white head with excellent retention and lacing along the glass.

S: A slightly lemon smell with some olive notes and a slight sourness.

T: A nice, banana taste with a slight bitterness and sourness to it. Some olive tastes were noted in the aftertaste with some earthy and slightly sour notes. A nice, dry finish with each sip.

M: A smooth, medium bodied, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that was nice on the palette.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination that was nice for the style. A nice Saison overall that was crisp and a nice beer to have on a cooler, summer night.

maddogruss, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of cdizinno
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml green bottle as pictured with no freshness date. The cork popped off like a bottle of good champagne.

A: Fluffy off-white head, bubbly carbonation like champagne. Hazy, pale golden color.

S: Fruity, earthy, and herbal.

T&M: Big herbal, tangy phenolic upfront. Dry tartness throughout. Some malt and fruit characters with mild bitterness. Light to medium bodied.

Decent saison, but fairly tart and bitter. I still like Hennepin best and look forward to trying a Fantome in the future.

cdizinno, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a monsterous poof of soapy, foamy white head, minutes go by before i can finnish the pour. Scent is of bready yeast, hints of grahmn cracker, grassy, lemmony, spicy and herbal hops all present in the nose. Taste is slightly less agressive then the scent dictates, but still bold fr the style. The grassy, lemmony, spicy and herbal hops dominate the palate while a backbone of nice bready yeasts and clean malts provide the backbone... a touch of alcohol and some muddled, earthyness pop up from sip to sip. For all the carbonationation, the beer stll has a slight bit of body to it, nice, clean and dry finnish with a slight herbal aftertaste. A very nice and complex saison, one i would love to try again.

rfgetz, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: gorgeous in my westmalle chalice with a thick, frothy head that persists atop a hazed golden-amber beer

s: wonderfully spicy, crisp pilsen base with loads of white bread yeast, great hop profile - papery aged nobles with aromas of dried lemongrass, white flowers, apricot and white grape, extremely round and well balanced, not what I'd call funky - but the yeast and associated byproducts play a crucial role

m: carbonation full and lively while soft at the same time, light bodied without being thin

t: crisp pilsen malts with soft white bread yeasts, quite hoppy - noble hops give lemongrass and a solid bitterness in the finish, highly yeasty, fuzzy pit fruits

d: drinkability is huge, just a great saison overall

750 from WF Clarendon, paired with fresh parsley tarragon pasta, andouille sausage, and squash

blackie, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of trevorjn06
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a yellow/golden color and is sparkling clear with a thick white head. As the head recedes it leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

The aromas are Pilsner malt, a mild tartness, apricots, peaches, yeast, mild spiciness and some earthy hops. From the smell you can detect how dry the beer is, it still has sweet fruity aromas but the malt and overall nose is quite dry.

Taste follows the nose quite a bit. It starts with crisp malt and yeast with some spice, this transitions into the fruits, peaches and apricots with some citrus. The finish is long, pleasantly dry and fruity with a touch of tartness.

Mouthfeel is fairly light with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall this is a very complex beer that is refreshing, dry and extremely complex. I have had many bottles of this and since it is bottle conditioned each one is different, though quite good.

trevorjn06, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of bogus564
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a high pilsner glass. It gave a very nice cloudy golden color.

The head was quite massive, with, instead of even lacing, foam clouds. Had I been thinking, I'd have photographed it, as it's unique to my experience.

What hits your nose immediately is a hoppy aroma, which I find pleasing.

Taste-wise - There's a bit of a fruity taste, but it's hiding behind the hops, which clearly dominate. You can catch the maltiness in the aftertaste, which does a good job of evening out the hoppy feel.

The beer is nicely drinkable. I'd say that it would go very well with simple fare, like your standard burger and fries, or perhaps a chicken parm sub.

bogus564, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of impending
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a tulip. Opens with an impressive pffft as if we are celebrating something special which in this case is simply this brew. Pours a hazy orange mango color. Massive head slowly recedes leaving clumps of clouds hanging, not lacing, clouds !

Saison scent, as complex as any can be.

Just the right amount of tart with a clean dry finish. Key for me is the phenols as they are very much part of the defining flavor but don't veer towards the medicinal variety.

Farmhouse Ale, I like how that sounds, very inviting !
cheers
jd

impending, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of darklordlager
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful, slightly opaque, medium golden. Enormous light yellow head that show fantastic retention.

S: Pale malt, slight tartness, pepper, orange peel, lemon. Light skunky aroma.

T: Apricot, peach, and orange peel. Esters that pair well with the high carbonation.

M: Well carbonated, which works well with this particular beer.

D: Very light and fluffy. Slightly sweet up front, drying out and becoming tart and a bit chalky in the finish.

darklordlager, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of kiwanomelon
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Initial impression: picture-perfect Belgian. Appearance was a cloudy yellow-gold. No head, no lacing, but that was probably due to the pour.

Smell was hard to define--brassy, earthy (but not grassy), and spicy. Tasted almost like a pilsner on the first sip (malt upfront, hops in the back), spicy, hoppy, and sharp. Evaporated off the tongue quickly, leaving a refreshing and bitter aftertaste.

Excellent beer.

kiwanomelon, Jun 25, 2010
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,347 ratings.