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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,469 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,469
Reviews: 1,458
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 195
Gots: 264 | 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 89Vision
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of chickenm
4.14/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Onenote81
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
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...

Photo of scott451
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light hazy pale yellow color with a big white head. In the aroma, lemon zest and yeasty. In the taste, dry yeastiness and lemon zest, with a sweeter barnyard like earthiness. A smooth and light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry lemon yeastiness to a clean aftertaste. Clean and refreshing, nice blend of citrus and earth.

Photo of larryi86
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- A nice hazy light cooper color with a three finger white head.

S- Malts, spices, lemon, and a semi-funky yeast smell.

T- Full and complex. Malts with lots of spice and lemon and a funky, but good, yeast finish.

M- Smooth, refreshing, with a light to medium body.

D- Refreshing and easy to drink. A great beer for the summer time.

Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into DFH Shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a dark lemony yellow with an expected huge billowing white head that eventually collapsed in slow motion under its own weight. Head retention was great, and a thick rocky layer stayed the whole beer through and left huge chucks of sticky rocky lace down the sides.
S: Big notes of lemon citrus and spicy yeast. Smells peppery with a touch of clove.
T: Very complicated. Lots of lemongrass, citrus, lemon zest, white pepper, dough, bubblegum, grassy hops, barnyard hay, peach, banana, caramel and apricot. Every sip I take yields new flavors! Very earthy and herbal hop flavor balance and mix with the sweet maltiness. Finish is sweet and doughy with a hint of peach and banana. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
M: Creamy soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel and medium body make this a very drinkable beer. Finish is crisp and refreshing.
D: A true classic. What a wonderfully refreshing and crisp beer. Great complex flavors are bold but not overwhelming. Not much to detract from this great beer!

Photo of Duttonic
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from an 11.2oz bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

A- Cloudy/hazy, light orange hue, two fingers of bleach-white head.

S- Grass/fresh cut hay, orange, lemon, honey, floral, & sweet.

T/M- Fruity/sweet, light, clean/crisp/dry finish, bubbly, great aftertaste.

D- Amazing. I'm glad I found this and bought it on a whim. I was not disappointed in the least with this impulse buy. Get it when you find it. The only downside is the price.

Photo of vdread
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saison Dupont pours a hazy pale orange color with a huge frothy head.

smell is musky, earthy, strong with white pepper, slightly fruity.

taste is distinct with farmhouse funk, with citrus fruit and white pepper being the most pronounced tastes. spicy and tart, it's also very slightly sweet and low to moderately bitter.

the body is light to medium, ending dry. there is a nice lingering bitterness

not an every day drinker, but i thoroughly enjoyed this 750ml bottle.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at a tasting. Poured into snifter.
A: A bright, haze is poured with mild sediment. The head is like an erupting volcano, a dull white in color.
S:The aroma is a typical farmhouse aroma, with a bit of skunk. More notes of gum and candy than skunk.
T/M: Having tried many Saison / Farmhouse ales, I feel this one is very skunky on the taste, I have read of skunked bottles of this, so I will not act as if this is the true sensation of the ale. The notes of taffy and gum are subtle, but very pleasant. A nice silky mouthfeel, but a touch grainy.
D: Not an over the top Saison, but a very good one none the less. I feel I may have gotten a bad bottle, so I am hoping to get another and hope that this skunky taste is a aftermath thought. I will try again and hopefully edit my reveiw. This is how it stands as of now.

Photo of azorie
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass at refer temps

A: Fantastic yellow-orange color, with a massive 2 inch head and that left lacing own the glass after about 5 minutes. Lots of bubbles and no yeast floaties.

S: Tart apple and citrus, with that bread Brett yeast nose. Spicy hops and malt blend that remind me of flowers and passion fruit.

T: ah so fine this is the gold standard of Saisons.
Sharp spicy front end of cirtus and apples, with some herbs and that brett bite. All blends so well with the hop bite and malt sweetness. Very complex beer that changes a tad every year due to the terrior etc.

M: medium body, lots of carbonation

T: smooth beer and no hint of 6.5 abv, easy as hell to drink a full 750 solo

Photo of charlesbyrd
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle, no freshness date, into a footed glass.

A: Whoa! Pours very hazy and honey in color. The head is massive and craggy with little flecks of sediment held in suspension. Super aggressive carbonation froths about below the surface of the liquid. The head lasts forever and leaves an impressive amount of lacing. Simply beautiful.

S: The aroma is salty and earthy at first, with notes of tart fruit flowing in and out. There are also hints of spice and yeasty bread.

T: Big and spicy at first, the grain backbone holds up well against the complex profile of chalky yeast, tart fruit, and herbal bitterness. It's like a wheat beer in reverse, in that all the big spicy notes come at the beginning, while the finish is very clean.

M: Very crisp carbonation, with a light to medium body. Very refreshing overall.

D: This is a wonderful beer overall and a great introduction to the saison style. The flavor is just a bit more subdued than others I've tried, but it's also more balanced and showcases more of the farmhouse funk I look forward to in a saison.

Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

 

33 cl bottle poured into my karmeliet glass

A-Glowing golden brew, hazy. Topped with a healthy bright off-white head, slowly receded with thick lacing.

S-Spicy coriander and clove, semi-sweet matliness with a huge fruity presence.

T-Bready, biscuity maltiness forms a base for slight spicy characters, black peppery and with an herbal bitterness. Earthy, subtle fruity characters. Finishes fruity and spicy, pretty dry.

M-High carabonation makes this brew surprisingly refreshing, with a moderate, springy body.

D- very tasty brew

Photo of DoctorDog
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml bottle into a wine glass.

A- Hazy golden/straw. Pours with 2+ fingers of white head, which fade slowly, leaving ample lacing.

S- Peppery, spicy notes, lemon peel, and Belgian yeast.

T- Lightly spicy/peppery, mild pear/apple fruity sweetness, distinct "Belgian yeast." Nice profile.

M- Crisp with moderately high carbonation. Medium to slightly light feel.

D- Good. Quite easy drinking; solid on all fronts.

Future outlook: Happy to have again, and would like to try with some age on it.

Photo of pinkwheels
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at Ormsby's in Atlanta GA. I've had it plenty of times in the bottle as well. It pours with nice hazy yellow golden color with a good amout of head. It has nice a nice crisp flavor with a touch of floral and fruitness and with a bit funky sour yeasty flavor (but it's very balanced). Overall it's very dry and crisp and delicious.

Photo of robbyc1
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A quintessential saison, I have had this many times and count it as one of my favorites and sessionables of all time. Although a high at 6.5% for a true session beer, it has a lightness that overcomes.

Cloudy and golden haze, a complex and interesting look that is essential for this style.

Explosive nose of complex earthiness, fruitiness (pears, tea, plums), with a slightly funky backbone. The flavor can't quite match the nose, although it reflects the same flavors, it's dry and grainy and herbally, with the fruitiness holding court. Absolutely clean and dry and crisp finish.

A highly drinkable example, their seasonal version with a higher abv punches through the flavor profile, but this version is the year round choice with only a few contenders, - highly recommended.

Photo of bristol2120
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750 ml bottle. Pours a semi-opaque golden with a substantial head that persists leaving about a one inch layer of foam and significant lacing. Aroma is not overpowering, and features a very pleasant hops tartness and green apples upfront, with notes of maltiness present in the background. Taste features more muted tartness and green apples, along with a bit of "barnyard" presence. Decent mouthfeel, featuring a restrained level of carbonation. I'm not overly familiar with this particular style, or Belgian products in general, but I'm impressed by its smoothness, and excellent drinkability.

Photo of elliot23
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Easy to polish off one of these by yourself.

A. The head is straight redonkulous! Nice and white, very rocky, with great lacing and retention. The color is like a misty golden morning. Nice!

S. Funky, straight up. I get earth, grass, wet barn, and some sour funk that I can't put my finger on. A little bit of a turn of with that.

T. Glorious. I use this Saison as a bench mark for all others with this style. Great balance and spiciness. Very crisp flavors of sour fruits. A good hop bitterness finishes this out.

M. A nice strong carbonation. Very crisp. This one has a great lingering finish. A somewhat light beer.

D. I could probably put back to 750mm bottles without breaking a sweat. This is one of the more perfect beers for all occasions.

Photo of washingtonydc
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of KAP1356
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
94 out of 100 based on 3,469 ratings.