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Ratings: 3,473
Reviews: 1,458
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 195
Gots: 268 | 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 tigg924
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: cloudy, gold in color, one inch head, high carbonation, some brown sediment

Smell: wet grass, lemon, herbs, and pepper

Taste: wet grass, lemon, belgain spice, and pepper

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, a bit bitter/sour

Drinkability: I could see how people would love this beer, but it is not my thing. The funk is really present and so are the Belgian spices. At times this tastes like a witbier. The beer is complex and is worth a try. I am just not likely to get it for the price.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Excellent gold with a lighter straw around the edges. I got a 3 1/2 finger head with superior retention. Nice webbed lacing. (Half done and the lacing still reaches the top of the mug.)

Smell: I have yeast and bread for sure. A very dry pear(? maybe ?) very earthy and interesting. It is a very inviting smell, "Come on over, drink me down buddy." I certainly will sir, I certainly will.

Taste: Smooth, tart fruit and sweet bread (not sweetbreads, but sweet tasting bread.) It is very balanced taste. Aftertaste lingers for a bit and stays pretty mellow.

Mouthfeel: Just how you would want it to be. Moderate carbonation and very very smooth. Not too syrupy going down. One of my favorite things about this Saison.

Drinkability: All day, every day (lol). I think this is a great beer for ANYBODY. I could never get tired of it. I've even thought about sticking a few in my cellar to see how they turn out with a bit of age. Mmmm Mmmm delicious!

Photo of Vengeance526
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a very large fluffy white head that sticks around the entire time and leaves a lot of fine lacing.

Refreshing aroma of pear and light hints of lemon along with a subtle touch of pepper in the back. Also a good bit of yeast in the background.

Taste starts again with some fresh pear notes upfront followed closely by some lemon, pepper and cloves. A little grassy towards the end with some yeast and honey in the finish.

Light to medium body, crisp and refreshing all around. This is a classic saison, great for hot days especially but enjoyable any time of year. Extremely drinkable and something I never get tired of.

Photo of Cmack15
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The classic mother of all saisons. You owe to yourself and beergeeks everywhere to at least try this. A superb offering from the mecca of beer Belgium. Great in the heat or cold months of the year. Good with almost any type of food also. This ia a beer that you should always have on stock. Highly reccomend this to all.

Photo of BierFan
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: The head constitutes about half the beer after the poor. White and fluffy. Hazy golden yellow body. Great carbonation.

Smell: Earthy with a slight brett sourness. Apples and spicy yeast.

Taste: Crisp and clean taste. Spicy yeast character. Slight fresh tart apple fruitiness.

Photo of Reaper16
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours out of the green bottle a pale shade of straw yellow. The body is very hazy from yeast and (presumably) wheat; this is definitely and unfiltered beer. The white head was pretty voluminous at three fingers. It is nice and pillowy on top but doesn't cling to the glass much.

Lots of cracker malt and tangy wheat and brewing spices waft up from the glass. There is a ton of damp hay along with some banana esters. As it warms the beer's funkiness develops; it takes on something of a bandaid left out in a pigpen. Maybe a touch of apricot & bubblegum smell as the beer warms. Scratch that, definitely some apricot/stonefruit. Lovely.

Man, is this the textbook saison or what? Grassy hay spritzed with lemon up front, hoppy, with a rounded, rubbery taste in the middle and nailed home with zippy malt flavors, anise and yeast funk. So much earthiness, so much expression of yeast. It finishes dry with a lasting, astringent, earthy aftertaste that commands another sip.

Saison Dupont is prickly with carbonation, and medium-light bodied. It carries every flavor to their fullest potential and makes for a beer that you can drink throughout the whole meal. Keep it flowing, too, it has a light enough ABV % at 6.5 that you can consume a couple of bottles if you wish. This is such a refreshing beer in the summertime, yet holds up as a sipper with complexity here in the winter. It is also perhaps the most versatile beer to pair with food; saisons are great for all kinds of foods and this is perhaps the quintessential saison. It is impossible to be more versatile than this beer; it is supremely drinkable.

This is the saison that other saisons are compared to; this is the benchmark for the style. For good reason, too. Everything that saison lovers enjoy about Belgian farmhouse ales is here in some capacity. And while I've had better saisons -- some that add Brettonamyces, some that up the hops -- this is a staple of my fridge, a beer with few peers.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden color with a very large off-white head with a long retention.

S - Fruity (apple, pear, lemon) as well as an herbal/spiced scent. Yeasty and a barnyard/orchard type smell.

T - Follows the nose fairly well. Mix of malt and hop with it leaning more towards the hops, which have an herbal and grassy flavor. This mixes and matches with the fruitiness (same as aroma) and the spiced flavors (mostly clove and peppery).

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Light, dry, and crisp.

D - The complex flavors along with the mouthfeel make this a pretty drinkable beer. The combination of dry and spiced flavors, may make it a bit more difficult to drink a number of these, but it is pretty refreshing.

Notes: Lots of different flavors with the taste on your tongue changing every sip you take.

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

Saison Dupont "Vielle Provision" says the bottle, and the cork proclaims "2009" edition.

Appearance: Light yellow in color with a large soapy head that stays around the whole time. The head on this beer is remarkable and deserves recognition. A slew of little bubbles rising through the beer. At first the beer was fairly clear but later I swirled some yeast in and the beer became cloudy.

Smell: Yeasty aroma with some hay/barnyard elements.

Taste: Once again, quite yeasty and minerally. A flash of sweetness, followed by a noble hop bitterness, imparted by saaz/tettnang hops though I am not sure which is used. The finish is very clean and the balance of this beer is well done. Funky fresh...

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a smooth finish, clean with some dusty yeast lingering.

Drinkability: A pleasant saison that is definately foreign to my taste buds. Pretty much spot on for the style. If I had more of this beer, I'd be happier.

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

Poured into long stem wine glass (I didn't have my regular glassware available). Poured a cloudy medium yellow with just about a half-inch of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

Upon opening the bottle the aroma was strongly skunky. After pouring the skunk went away and I was left with a pleasant combination of yeast and spice in the nose. Not as earthy as I had expected. The flavors were almost exactly what I had expected. Very yeasty and spicy with a more earthy taste than the aroma had promised. A pleasant tangyness on the finish.

The body was light and well rounded. The beer had a very carbonated presence on the tongue and finished cleanly. Drinkability was very good, this makes a great companion for your afternoon's diversions.

If you're just discovering this style, this is a must drink. If you're familiar with this style, you know how great this beer is.

Photo of klkatz
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Went out on a pre-valentines/Valentines meal with the wife. Went to Parc, in Philadelphia, so I had to venture out from my favorite types of beer to assimilate to the Parc culture. Saison Dupont, veille provision fit the bill.

It's a belgian style farmhouse ale... so you'd expect some cloudiness in the color - this had it. It was blonde in color with a head about 1.5/2 fingers deep. The film stuck around for the entire session.

You'd expect a belgian/wheat style taste... it had it...

And you'd expect a decent drinkability... this had it. It was dry and refreshing.. exactly how the waiter described it.

The bottle itself recommends that it goes well with ANY grilled food. I went with the trout, it went well.

decent for it's beer type, but I'd be okay not getting this again.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged and corked bottle into my Duvel tulip the beer is lightly clouded golden yellow. The stark white head quickly reaches three fingers and I have to stop pouring in order to keep it in the glass. Amazing lace is left behind after settling. Lace you can't even see through.

The aroma is a bold mix of fruits and spices. Lemons, oranges, apples and pears are blended with black pepper and clove. The yeast is on full blast as well along with wet grass and a definite funk.

The flavor starts with a full dose of belgian yeast. This is followed by a dry tart fruitiness. Light lemons and apples. Just a touch of banana/bubble gum. Hops are present for sure. It has a sort pilsner like feeling. A nice funky finish.

Medium body with above average carbonation. Dry in the finish. Sort of gritty.

Overall this is one of the classics. All other saisons get measured up to this one. A great measuring stick in my opinion.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

GLASS: Oversized Wine Glass
TEMP: Approx 45 Degrees

This pours a hazy, golden, yellow color that makes me think of hay. A finger and a half of thick, fluffy, white foam sits on top. The retention is good and it leaves some nice lacing, of varying degrees, down the side of the glass.

A big yeasty presence is prominent, but it's in a clean, almost mellow, sort of way. Nice notes of hay and cut grass. Pears, green apples, lemons and light tropical fruit notes are also here.

Follows the nose, almost exactly. Lots of grains combine with the nice yeastiness. A good amount of fruit notes bring a bit of sweetness along with some notes of 'peel/skin' tartness. There is a nice touch of banana. Some moderate spice notes creep in close to the end and help this one finish slightly more to the dry side.

This one has a medium, almost qualifying as full, body to it. It has a mild-to-medium level of carbonation. This helps it stay light and crisp, yet gives it a slight touch of creaminess, which helps it stay interesting.

This is very drinkable. It's light, crisp and very refreshing. The 6.5%abv helps you be able to keep this in 'session' territory.
An excellent example of the style.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed this beer. I had it today at our beer tasting at my work, Wines Unlimited and it had an entire array of exotic flavors. When I looked at the beer in my tasting glass, It looked yellowish, with hints of green reflection glow. Good head, and retention. The smell was intense and could be smelled at least 3 feet away. It smelled of grass, hops, skunk, and I caught a note of sweetness in the smell. Then I drank it slowly, the flavors really explode on the palate and lingers well after the consumption. This I think is a world class beer.

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

From a 750mL bottle this beer pours a clear golden hue, with one of those big ol' Belgian heads. Clumpy, rocky and beautiful. Huge lacing.

Aroma is funky and spicy. Unique and pungent.

Flavor is mellow compared to aroma, with notes of clove, grapefruit and vanilla. More funky and spicy than fruity, with a good dose of bitterness. Not sweet, but dry. Kind of reminds me of a baby Duvel. Brilliant creamy moutfeel, and very drinkable and refreshing at 6.5 percent. The classic Saison.

Photo of jbowers56
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks amazing. Huge off white head. Cloudy kind of straw/golden colour.

Interesting nose. Sharp spicnyess mixes well with a distinct pear estery quality.

Spicy, fruity, herby. Lovely!!

Smooth, yet very carbonated.

Each sip leaves me wanting more - this bottle will be no problem to polish off!

Photo of joshstevens87
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-pours a pale blonde with a very generous white head that sticks around and leaves lacing all over the glass
S-a slightly sweet nose with a really prounced spicyness with a hint of yeast in the background
T-a nice sweetness with a hint of fruits (bananas, apples and pear maybe) with a nice spicyness to compliment the flavor in absence of any hop presence very resreshing
M-rather light body and very little carbonation makes this beer extremely easy to drink with a yeasty spicyness to make this very refreshing
D-this beer is a perfect refresher and could easily be enjoyed all night (though it's not really widely available in the states but if it was i would definately drink this on a regular basis

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

G - This session we drank out of tulips for the fellas and flutes for the ladies.

A - Pours a golden yellow straw hue, between translucent with particulates to cloudy or opaque depending on how much is left in the bottle or how agitated the brew is, it has a nice foamy head, and good lacing, especially in the flute.

S - Aromas of hay, cut grass, bready grain or semolina pasta, mango.

T - This beer evolves through a wonderful array of flavors; from initial grain, hay, and bitter hop, to breadiness and dry hops, to ripe fruits, sweet estery banana and nutty flavors; this beer is a (subtle) flavor bomb. And at the end of the bottle, the yeast at the bottom is the most delicious.

M - The feel is refreshing and crisp with a dry finish.

D - Perfect for almost any occasion, widely palatable, great for pairing.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Disclaimer: this was my first saison, so I didn't know exactly what to expect.

Pours into a pint glass a translucent straw yellow with a billowing white head and and amazing lacing that last throughout the drink.

Smells a bit of cider, sour green apples, and yeasty. A bit of lemons.

Tastes fairly tart, though sometimes with a slight watery taste. Green apples and sharp carbonation with just the tiniest alcoholic sweetness. The tartness lingers in the aftertaste for a bit.

The mouthfeel is pretty great. Smooth and medium with nice grainy characteristics. All in all a very easy to drink brew. I think i'm becoming a fan of the saison style.

Photo of taigor
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a regular glass.

A - Poured hazy yellow straw color with high head that slowly dissipated leaving lacing all around the glass.

S - Yeast and grass mostly. Smelled like a farm.

T - Starts off with fruits and some sours that slowly transform into yeast and hoppy bitterness at the end.

M - Light bodied with lots of carbonation.

D - Very good and light, easygoing as well.

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

01/22/2010
750 ml bottle poured into Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass.

A: Poured a super murky golden color with big, three-inch head that evened out at the rim of the glass.

S: Lots of yeast. Dank and musty barn smell. Some citrus. Farmhouse to a T.

T: Stars off with some semi-dry citrus notes, malty midway, and finishes dry.

M: Pretty nice and refreshing.

D: Saison Dupont was the first Farmhouse Ale I tried a little over 3 years ago. Still holds up to my first impressions. Like this one a lot.

Photo of Offa
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is outstanding and I think the best Saison, to me, that I've had so far, with a lot of flavour, great balance, complexity, and high drinkability.

Cloudy gold, it has a huge, faintly off-white head steadily shrinking to a permanent, foamy, rocky thin head and leaving a little weak lace.

Aroma is lemon, a lot of yeast, herbs, pear, banana, and hay.

Taste is slightly tart-sweet, with lemon, spicey herb, yeast, a lot of grain, some hay, pear, faint hint of banana. It has light spicey bitterness that comes up near the finish and lingers to join the mostly sweet-tart character. Feel is slightly oily but not very, and also a bit lively. It has anisy-herbal-peppery qualities that come through a lot but are restrained and balanced with the other elements. It is dry but not too dry.

Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely light golden-orange with a billowy white head. The head sticks around for the duration and leaves some chunky lacing.

Aroma is a bit o' funk with some herbal and fruity qualities. It's actually kinda hard to put my finger on anything specific. The smell is interesting, that's for sure.

The funk is nowhere to be found in the flavor. There's a nice mild apple/pear flavor and good spice from the yeast.

Mouthfeel is crisp and drier than dry. Very good.

Drinkability is wicked high. I could drink this by the bucketful during the summer.

Photo of meeekyh
2.75/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a (green) 750 into a Belgian style beer glass.

I am afraid this one is a bit skunked... I am sure it is not too bad, and as such I will see what I can find to review anyway.

Head is very white and full, leaving a nice lacing.
Color is pale gold, very clear beer.

Smell is initially the aforementioned skunk... followed by malt, hop and a bit of anise.

Taste is malt, hop and, sadly, a bit of skunk. There is more going on but I am afraid this review will be on the tainted side, like this bottle.

Mouthfeel is medium body and high carbonation.

When I tried this beer before it was great. Bright, clean and inviting. I will be sure to review this one again.

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

The appearance is simply amazing. A rich light gold body support a huge head of whipped egg white that refuses to die. Its surface is rocky and it leaves huge globs of foam on the edge of the glass. Think of a Duvel or Orval and you're somewhat approaching the majesty.

The beer falters somewhat in the aroma in regards that it is merely excellent instead of amazing. Its got some nice light citrus and fruit, a touch of grass, some coriander and mild funk. Not a world beater, but it has me intrigued.

Little deviation is found in the flavour, and it follows the aroma quite strictly. A nice citrus character permeates, with a light graininess, some hay, mild barnyard and grass. In the middle of the tongue its pleasant, but not spectacular. On the edges it works magic. An assertive bitterness becomes apparent, and a huge drying character lingers at the side of the mouth. Once the sip is gone, a long mix of citrus and coriander lingers behind.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally soft and smooth. It reminded me of when we went to a small sake distillery, and the brewer had us try the well water, which he claimed was the secret behind the great taste of his offerings. It was so incredibly soft in the mouth that I can't deny him wrong, and Dupont is the same.

Saison Dupont is a measuring stick for the style. Its THE classic saison, and while its not the best saison in my eyes, it is totally deserving of all the praise its received. Several aspects of this beer are simply stellar: the appearance is great, the mouthfeel is incredible and the drinkability is through the roof.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A classic style, an iconic bottle, refreshing, a bit sour and tasty, although not tremendously memorable.

Presentation: 750 ml corked green glass bottle. Simple and almost countryside picnic design, back label offers a good paragraph on the general characteristics of the style, history and main characteristics. Displays date of bottling (2009) on the trunk of the cork, and Alc. by Vol. (6.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Straw color with a hazy tone and a yeasty sediment. Pours a very generous head that shows a sturdy retention and some lacing.

S - Fresh smell, lightly fruity, with a hoppy sense and some background funk.

T - A big tangy, bitterly hoppy and a touch of spice.

M - Light body, generously carbonated, rather dry...

D - Easy to drink. Refreshing but not too remarkable or pleasing.

Notes: It´s a decent beer that for me lingers too close to blah qualities. For all its hype and complexities it is too close to some funky European largers or their better Pilsner sisters. In fact primarily from the people I´ve shared the brew with, those that claimed that macro Euro lagers were their beer of choice seemed to be the most pleased by this ale, Maybe in that regard it is not too bad a beer to have people switching gears towards craft brews. Maybe it´s the icon reference for saisons but there are a few ahead of it within the style.

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
94 out of 100 based on 3,473 ratings.