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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,476 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,476
Reviews: 1,460
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 199
Gots: 274 | 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 bogus564
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of impending
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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

Photo of darklordlager
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of kiwanomelon
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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

From 750 ML bottle

Appearance: Huge creamy, light head. Slightly cloudy creamy wheat yellow. settles within 5 minutes to a light patchy/creamy head with good lacing.

Aroma: Fresh, creamy, floral, spicy, yeasty but not overly sweet nose. Hint of funk & Brett. Piquant & perfect. Underline Flavorful & Fresh.

Simply put, this nose IS Saison Dupont.

Palate: On the palate round & piquant, creamy & grainy, fleshy, but firm & refreshing. Some discreet acidity keeps the flavor & overall balance beautifully fresh. Dry softly bitter, fresh finish . . . Flawless & sneakily magnificent.

Mouthfeel: Lightness & weight, Sweet creaminess balanced by a refreshing graininess throughout. Dry, slightly earthy clean, fresh slightly hoppy finish. This all equals a Great mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Big & flavorful, but light on it's feet. No need to call it a sesh brew, but this has great drinkability.

This is GREAT BEER!

I think my body sees this stuff as food, & who am I to argue?!?

97 Points

BRAVO!

Photo of gyllstromk
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy pale golden with frothy head. Aroma is a quite fresh bouquet of anise, cloves, juniper, peaches, rosewater, and grass. Flavor has a clean character, with notes of lemon; slightly astringent, with a mild hop flavor, and a lightly sour finish. These combine for a refreshing character. Great summer (or anytime) beer!

Photo of AgentZero
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy yellow color with a nice head that receded to a small cap after a little bit.

S - Funk. Get some lemony-citrus and grass smell, a little more tart than most saisons in my experience. Not bad.

T - I am not a fan of saisons, but style into consideration, this is a very good one. Lemony citrus with a nice ratio of funk to it, a little bit tart, just like on the nose, which adds a pleasant depth. Leaves the mouth cleanly

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry finish.

D - Drinks pretty well, but for some reason couldn't bring myself to do #2.

Photo of hopsbreath
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Cloudy yellow body has several fingers of rocky snow white head. After a few minutes it dissipates to a very thin cap.

Smell is of earthy funk. The traditionalsm is apparent in the aroma. I know I'm going to like this a lot already.

Taste is of ripe lemon, bananas, funky musk, and farmyard straw. Its very nice and I like it enough to revisit it in the future.

Mouthfeel is rounded scrubbing bubbles. I keep going back to the glass for another sip. This goes down super easy and quickly disappears from my glass. Luckily its a 750 and I can pour another glass.

Definitely a must try for a fan of the style. I think I paid $9 for the bottle and consider that a deal.

Photo of Pittsburgh
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is my favorite Belgian beer I've had, and maybe my favorite of all time, or close to it. I know that is high praise, but this stuff is excellent.

Every sip is amazing, light, fluffy, but good flavor, refreshing as well, I could drink this all the time during the summer. Lemony-citrus flavor working, a slight bitterness to it as well, finishing a bit sour. Overall very well balanced, all flavors mesh together very well, you can definitely taste the yeast as well. Solid, solid beer.

Amazing pour and color as well. I've had a few of the American brewers version of a farmhouse ale, and this is a whole different ballgame. I want more.

Photo of geokills
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Even a deliberately delicate pour on this fresh bottle of hazy gold brew leads to a vigorous bright white head, taking several moments to settle into a manageable frothy cap that endured the entire session and produced intensive lacing waning to some lingering patches as the glass wares down. An herbal spicy aroma leads to a pleasantly moderate mix of malt and hops, sweet at first with a touch of sour citrus and mild bitterness finishing the flavor. Not terribly strong nor tremendously interesting, yet absolutely delicious all the same! Quite well suited for its intended purpose, a hot summer's day.

Photo of scottyshades
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome cork & cage bottle, measuring 12.7 oz. Almost needed a crowbar to get this cork out

A: Pours a cloudy golden/copper color with a small fizzly looking head. Lots of carbonation is noticeable. Retention is pretty good.

S: Impressive aroma; lots of pale malt notes, caramel and fruits, along with a very mild funk. Quite Belgian spicy and yeasty. Also, I get a lot of honey. Smells very refreshing and complex.

T: Wow, immediately greeted by a BIG dose of honey. Lemon and orange peel gives the peppery spices some balance. The flavor is pretty malt driven, with notes of caramel, and pale malts. Slight twang of bitterness, but not really noticeable.

MF/D: Alcohol is completely subdued, feel is creamy yet slightly fizzly (if that makes sense), definitely not dry, and fuller in body. The finish is a combination of honey and Belgian yeast characters. This beer is a little sweeter than others I have tried.

Notes: Awesome summer/hot weather beer, completely enjoyable, and I imagine that this would pair very well with seasoned chicken or spicy food.

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

Pours an almost transparent golden/light copper with an amazingly fluffy 3 finger head from an extremely gentle pour. The head would not go away and would leave chunks of foam on the glass for lacing, slight carbonation throughout. Wow.

It smells very similar to a Belgian ale, like a Tripel, there is a nice sweetness and some spiciness, with a interesting funk creeping around.

Tastes like the aroma, very reminiscent of a Tripel, some yeastiness with a delicate fruity sweetness at the end. Hard to describe, but very tasty ale.

Refreshing, even at warm temperatures it is still delicious, mouthfeel is light with little carbonation. Alcohol undetectable with a slight dry finish that called for more.

Very drinkable, drank the whole 750 mL bottle myself, light bodied and tasty. There was a slight warming from the alcohol. From what I've heard, Saison's should typically have less alcohol, but that didn't stop me from drinking this!

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into chalice

A: Pretty hazy butterscotch color, some floaties, head foams up then settles easily to .5F, not super dense

S: Not as overly earthy/yeasty as some others (namely Hennepin), has a bright yeast characteristic, some slight tart fruit can be detected, not peppery or spicy, nice and floral

T: Taste appears very similar to aroma right away, carbonation masks the taste as first but it settles down, bright yeasty flavor is present here too, but it has a slightly phenolic note, tart fruit is much less than in the aroma, bitterness comes in and plays with the floral notes from the aroma and brings some light floral hop flavors with a noticeable amount of bitterness, flavor fades and a lingering bitterness remains as the final flavor, malt sometimes detected as the beer warms, but it isn't big and is easily lost in the bigger flavors

M: Dry, carbonation is strong at first but fades pleasantly as the beer settles and warms, helps keep the beer nice and light which accents its bright flavors

D: High, lingering bitterness hurts a little but not much

Notes: This and Hennepin are two of the "best" (highest rated) saisons I have had. However, they are very distinct. Where Hennepin is almost dark and earthy with spicy notes, this is bright floral and almost fruity at times. This beer drinks exactly like the bottle says, starts floral and fruity and finishes light. This is definitely a great beer and if you like bright saisons, it is a must try.

Photo of philbe311
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A mammoth pure white head that is delicate, foamy and rich with a slightly rocky top... Excellent retention... A pale medium gold color... A slight haziness... Some foam clings to the glass...

S - A definite funk is abound... A touch of lemon zest... Pear... Some faint earthy hop presence... Grassy... A weak undercurrent of bubble gum... A trace scent of pepper...

T - Yeasty... Funky... Pears... Bubblegum... Slightly bready... A mild spicy mix on the finish of pepper and coriander lingers...

M - Medium bodied... Smooth... Slightly creamy... Just a subtle kiss of carbonation... Slightly chewy... Consistent sip after sip...

D - Quite quaffable... Easy drinking... A classic textbook Saison... Proves to be an excellent value as well...

Photo of TK5150
3.03/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cork says 2.009, don't know if that means anything or not.

A- Pours a murky light gold/yellow with a huge off-white head. Lacing runs down the side of the glass quickly as I swirl. The head recedes a bit after a few minutes.

S- Musty, old, dank. Wet horse/dog. A little malt in there. Not pulling these aromas off well.

T- Straw, acidic lemons, and spice. The spiciness is like coriander and/or grains of paradise. Musty. Some malty sweetness briefly appears before the finish. Again, has some elements that I would like if done well, but they're just not working for me.

M- Lighter side of medium bodied. Feels most thin towards the finish. A sharp, highly carbonated beer.

D- One 375 ml bottle is fine with me. Not the best beer. Lighter body helps the drinkability.

Overall, this reminds me A LOT of Sam Adams' Summer Ale, but with a little less spice, and more must. No need for me to have that or this again. Smuttynose's Farmhouse Ale is something I would get if I'm in the mood for a saison.

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

I've been waiting to review this one for a while....

Hazy golden body with carbonation showing itself with a big foaming head. It actually falls pretty quickly. The color is really nice. In the aroma, this one is all about the yeast and letting it shine. Nose is distinctly funky Belgian - it has that earthy barnyard aroma with a nice fruitiness, including pear and apple. The taste actually has a nice crisp maltiness holding it together with the yeast playing a more subtle role, adding some light fresh fruitiness. Carbonation is on the higher side, but really makes it refreshing. Plenty of body for a beer this dry. A subtle raw earthiness to it. Everything in the flavor is subtle, light and refreshing, yet delicious. Pretty hard to find a better summer beer than this.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of babaracas
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 rereview. Pours a hazy light amber with thick creamy white head that lasts for a while with rings of thick lace down the glass. Smell: dried sugared pineapple, nectarine note, candied lemon, lightly doughy, minerally, with herbal and cardamom notes. Taste: dried pineapple, dilute lemon, light cracker and sugary base with a lightly spicy and grassy hopping. Light-medium body, very creamy feel with a lightly sticky but drying and minerally finish. This is excellent and I should be picking this up more often.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Daniell
4.43/5  rDev +6%
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

Photo of cpetrone84
4.68/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of jlandis
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of grittybrews
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of jpittman80
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of konadrinker
4.68/5  rDev +12%
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.

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,476 ratings.