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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 3,505
Reviews: 1,468
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 201
Gots: 293 | FT: 9
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-26-2002

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Photo of omnigrits
4.68/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of cwc
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of dstc
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of berley31
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of zoso1967
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of STEG
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
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

Photo of Kinsman
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of vkv822
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of nataku00
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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.

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,505 ratings.