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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,438 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,438
Reviews: 1,456
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 190
Gots: 258 | FT: 10
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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 CHSLBrew
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A-Glowing golden brew, hazy. Topped with a healthy bright off-white head, cloudy and huge off the pour and rocky as it 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, in a way minerally. This mixes with some subtle fruity characters. Finishes fruity and spicy, pretty dry.

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

D-Tasty and, as I sai, surprisingly refreshing.

CHSLBrew, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of Ryan011235
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 8/26/09

A - Pale & very hazy gold in color. Poured a two finger head riddled with bubbles. It settled some but remaind fluffy. Pretty good retention throughout. Rather impressive lacing.

S - Upon initial smell it seemed very grassy, similar to a humid prairie. A closer whiff reveals spices - clove & ginger, hints of fruit - sweet apple & white grapes. A spot of cinnamon in there, too.

T - The taste upfront follows closely the nose; grassy - wheat & hay. Warmth of the beer makes apparent an interesting malt character that resembles fresh baked bread that is immediately toasted. Spicy clove. A dab of orange peel.

M - Reasonably zesty carbonation. Medium, yet dense, mouth feel. Kind of gritty (though not resiny). At times the beer boarders on loitering. Hmm, strange...

D - I am kind of iffy with this beer. I liked it enough, but something didn't fully click. For me, the aroma was the high-point by far. I'm glad I tried it but am in no hurry to drink another.

Ryan011235, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a picturesque saison. The color is a hazy shade of golden straw with some visible sediment. The head is big and billowing with nice retention leaving lacing on its way down.

The smell is complex and pleasant. Notes of spice, floral hops, grainy malt and that Belgian yeast all compliment each other in a bouquet of farmhouse aromas.

The taste is similar to the smell. Grainy pale malt presence up front that gives way to floral spices and earthy hops in the middle and a dry yeasty finish that is a bit spicy and tart, but not overmuch so. The carbonation lends itself to a crisp and refreshing feel.

Overall this is a great representation of the style, with no alcohol presences and the right balance between the other flavors.

ClevoPiwo, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, tart malt, earthy malt, yeast, and grain. Fits the style of a Saison/Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, grain, slight citrus, slight hops, and tart malt.

Tone, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this corked/caged bottle at Cafe Bruges in Carlisle, PA. Poured chilled into a willybecker.

A - A hazy light gold like lemon juice w a neverending frothy whipped cap w/ very large bubbles

S - the smell of lemons and floral hops w/ spice esters from the yeast and citrus zest

M - Spicy and medium bodied w/ low carbonation and gentle sweetness. The texture is light w/ a citrus tang

T - A mild apple/lemon zest flavor w/ plenty of yeast in the taste w/ pepper and light herbal accents. The flavor has a mild tropical note w/ hint of lemony pineapple and leafy spiced hops. The taste of a mild golden pear is noted in the finish

D - A very traditional example - A classic of the style. It has high drinkability even though it might not be my first choice in saisons it is very enjoyable.

Slatetank, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of dgilks
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with visible yeast clusters. Huge marshmallow white head with great retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Spicy cinnamon and clove aroma with green apple. A little bit musty.

This initially hits as a well balanced beer. A spicy, well rounded flavour is followed immediately by solid bitterness. This is dry and just a little bit tart. Quite complex but with a number of flavours being clearly dominant and others struggling to get through.

Medium body and high carbonation create a refreshing, crisp beer.

Refreshing, tasty and interesting, Saison Dupont offers a lot to the punter. It is also a relatively good deal for the price.

dgilks, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of RyWill
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy and pale golden color. Huge white head that sticks around as you drink.

Smell - Fruit, citrus and otherwise, spice, and earthy tones that give it a particularly refreshing smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel - The spices certainly come through, along with belgian yeast and a really nice balance between the hops and malt. Mouthfeel is really crisp, dry, and clean. Definitely lighter bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - On a hot day or otherwise drinking a 750ml of this is not hard. Definitely like it as a beer to transition from summer to fall.

While not as funky as other saisons this will always be up there for me as it was the first saison I ever tried (I can't believe I haven't reviewed it until now) and continue to go back to.

RyWill, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of thepeter
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden with a big beautiful billowy head that stuck around the entire time and left a nice lacing.

S - Yeast, lemon, apples, white pepper and a bit of hops

T - Nice balance between the yeast, lemon peel/rind, and hops. Little bit of peppery kick and a dry hop finish.

D&M - Dry light bodied and very refreshing. While it made me very gassy, I could drink it all day.

thepeter, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of vrazionale
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Cork reads: 2009.

A - Light orange, slightly hazy body with a rocky, rough head formation.

S - Ginger, orange, green apple, bready yeast, wildflowers, lemon. Lots of bright, sunshiney flavors here. These are well-complemented by a tinge of damp earth, mushrooms, and basement musk.

T - The spices are the most prominent flavor I'm picking up. Ginger, coriander, white pepper, sage, basil. It has a distinct yeasty character as well. There is some hop bitterness, but it is very slight, and often takes a back seat to the fruity and floral qualities of the hop character.

M - Terrifically effervescent, with a full-bodied bready yeast feel that is a nice counterpoint to the bright acidity and electric effervescence.

D - This brew is positively delicious. One of the best widely-available saisons out there. This brew is such a wonderful beer to pair with food - anything from fried food to fresh goat's milk cheese, from risotto to spicy Thai food, this brew has you covered. If you haven't yet tried this brew, do yourself a favor, and crack open a bottle.

vrazionale, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of daledeee
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A true farmhouse ale!!

Pours a cloudy yellow orange with very profuse white head. Nose was skunky at first and I thought it was a loser. I looked at the green bottle and said, not again. As the beer sat a couple minutes the nose settled down and was a nice blend of farm,yeast, citrus, and hops.

Taste is nice with Belgian hops citrus, bread and yeast. There is a lot going on here.

Mouthfeel is very nicely carbonated but not dry on the finish. The hops leave a nice flavor on the back of the tongue. Very nice stuff.

daledeee, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of benclimbs
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The classic, can't believe I haven't had it till now

Pours yellow golden opaque with a sizable merangue head

Smell is sour ripe fruit, bread and cloves - wonderful

Taste is very simple and without many gears but quite good. light, a touch sweet and bready, dominant pears with a little hop bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is on par with other great saisons

Notes -
A very nice, drinkable balanced saison

benclimbs, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of cudmud
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After pouring into a tulip, the brew produced a nice rocky head with two fingers of foam. Likwise, there is plenty of lace produced by the head. This beer has a pleasant appricot color.

The aroma is the strong point to this beer. There is a powerful smell of bread, malt, and yeast. In addition, the hops add a flower-like component to the brew.

This beer feels creamy in my mouth and tastes of bread. The hops add a nice spicy, bitter facet to the beer.

The beer has a nice mouthfeel due to the level of carbonation. The drinkability is spot on

cudmud, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of hobojon
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

App- orange/gold straw. some yeast chunks, but acceptable. white head laces and stays.

Aroma- strong esters. tart, earthy, lots of acids. nobel hops- very floral. bready, wheat.

Taste- dry and tart. very smooth hop bitterness and resin. clean. funky and delicious. balance between malt, hops, and yeast is superb. citrus.

M- high carb. dry. clean. light body.

D- very good. this could be a beer that I drink anytime.

hobojon, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of cpone
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellow/orange color with tons of head, 3 fingers in a Duvel tulip. Decent lacing.

S: Sour, wet straw smell - think farm on a dewy morning. Fruit, maybe orange, banana and spices like clove are also in there.

T: Sourness continues from nose to mouth. Spice and a tartness dominate. Sour finish but a lingering taste of, first from a beer for me but sweet corn, after the swallow.

M: Great carbonation and a medium feel.

D: Very refreshing on a hot day. It's a very drinkable beer. Had with some ceviche and paired very well.

cpone, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of apbarwood
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Fluffy whitish head, hazy golden color.

Smell- Pears, apples, spices. Subtle yet complex.

Taste- Wonderful blend of dried pears and green apples with an array of spices and a strong barnyard quality. Good hops and a nice yeasty, malty underprinning.

Mouthfeel- Nicely carbonated and light on the tongue, bracingly dry. Feels almost like a bone-dry, full-bodied champagne but with a pleasant yeasty heft.

Drinkabilitiy- By itself it was slightly disappointing as I'd heard great things about this beer, but it was breathtaking with dinner. The spicy notes in the beer blending beautifully with the spices in the food and the fruity flavors were perfect with the juices in the chicken I had. It seemed to have a match for any flavor I could throw at it. Definitely do it with food. It was amazing.

apbarwood, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of gameface23
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange/yellow, slightly hazy with a great sized head that lasts the duration.

S: Complex is the first word that comes to mind. There is an underlying earthiness that is hard to describe.

T: Fruity and funky. I now understand why Saison Dupont is considered to by many to be the best Saison that there is.

M: Light/medium bodied. Finishes dry with just a lingering earthy hop bitterness.

D: Saisons were meant to be drank on hot summer days while working on a farm, and this exemplifies that.

gameface23, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of cvaypai
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to goblet.

Appearance - Golden orange with tons of suspended yeast, some is large other is small. Poured with a 1 finger creamy head.

Smell - Smells very funky and bready, getting some sour fruits out of it, cherry and pears, very estery with that ever familiar belgian smell.

Taste - Wow this one is great, I love the taste, cherries comes right through the sweet bready malt, but yet has a nice hop presence on the end to pale it out and make it very enjoyable. A bit of citrus in the finish. Very wonderful.

Mouthfeel - This one feels good in the mouth. Just the right amount of carbonation and consistency. This is a winner.

Drinkability - Fairly good, I could drink a few of these but maybe just a bit sweet. A few and I would be feeling great though, nice beer for the summer.

Another great belgian.

cvaypai, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of mhatters
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 75cl cork finished bottle into a tulip glass

Pours a straw golden color with a huge, thick white head - lots of strength in the head

Grass in the nose, citrus - lemon a hint of lime, spicy with a base note of earthiness and grains

Crisp, dry, the spice comes up first then graininess, then citrus. The finish is fresh, green, with a bit of phenol.

Lovely feel, a bit oily, with a dry finish, carnoation is perfection.

A great beer, especially good in the summer, session-able, a classic typecast

mhatters, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of 1759Girl
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance> Looks like unflitered cider. Warm yellow with a big vanilla head. Very cloudy. Lively. Great.

Smell> Smells like a farm. Spicey nose. cereal. This is how Saisons should smell. Excellent.

Taste>Fantastic saison! Sharp start, forward Belgian taste, then a little bit of alcohol heat in the hang, only to be smoothed out with clove.

Mouthfeel> Effervescent . Thin. Comme çi, comme ça

Drinkability> Very drinkable!

1759Girl, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of hossua34
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Radiant, alive-looking golden orange. Opaque, dense color. Has a generous head that lingers forever. Some flecks of visible sediment.

S - Candied oranges, yeast, anise and a touch of mint. Grapefruit hoppiness. Very complex smell. Unfortunately, also the slightest hint of a skunked smell. But not bad at all.

T - Flavor is buttery, oaky, yeasty oranges and alcohol. A little bit of a hoppy, citrusy tang.

M- Smooth and thick. Excellent mouthfeel.

D - Not as good as Hennepin, but still an excellent saison. Miles ahead of Grassroots Ale (gag me). The slight stench of skunk was a little bit disappointing - perhaps this would be even better if fresher?

hossua34, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

RE-REVIEW

this was a newly-arrived 750ml bottle, from julios' recent shipment. taken straight from the case, to avoid skunking. tasted in early/mid may 2009.

just HAD to re-visit the review, because this bottle was GREAT!

appearance score needs readjusting (i was too harsh before anyway). clear when decanted properly. lacing is better.

no skunk in the aroma. floral, herbal, fruity and grassy, with gentle farmhouse character, spice and phenols. complex and lovely.

the standard bearer for saisons. (i love fantome, but it's far more inconsistent from bottle to bottle. and even at its best, fantome is somewhat of an acquired taste.)

that said, you HAVE to get this straight from the case, and keep it away from the light. that green bottle is the bane of dupont's existence, even if they still can't bring themselves to admit it.

>>>>>>>>>>>>
OLD REVIEW 7-10-2008

750ml bottle, cork dated 2008, poured into tulip.

hazy golden straw color, decent head which slowly fades to a thin layer with puffy center. leaves a couple thin but solid rings of lace.

starts out with musty, earthy aroma and grassy hop. there might be a micro-trace of "skunk", but luckily the spice (clove? pepper?) and fruity character, plus yeast and bready malts overcome this handily.

flavor is very complex, with some pear fruitiness and hint of phenols. hay and barn funk mingle with the herbal hop bitterness, spicy yeastiness (again, pepper?) and sweet toasted malts.

very smooth and relatively substantial in feel, with an even smoother finish. moderate carbonation gives lift and yet more body, but with crispness that is refreshing.

i hope someday they can let go of tradition and move to brown glass. except for the rare occasions of being totally and genuinely skunked, it is usually always good but nonetheless still seems to have consistency issues. "every bottle is different", garrett oliver says, having had hundreds of samples to refer to. for some this might be charming, but for me it is worrisome. i'd hate to have people experience an "off" or skunked bottle and be turned off the style (or off of good/artisanal beer altogether)

A-4.0
S-4.0
T-4.5
M-4.5
D-4.5

tai4ji2x, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of Riccymon
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous hazy orange into the tulip with much pillowy white head; lots of carbonation bubbles stream up the side of the glass. Smell after pour is very citrusy with a strong lemon pepper aroma, while clove and an herbal note take over.

Plenty of clove and grassiness in the taste as well, with a spicy, lemon hop zip that finishes very cleanly. Some tart apple and apricot flavor rounds things out. More bitterness than I expected, but it's not an unwelcome attribute.

Finally, a tremendously light, crisp mouthfeel and clean flavors make Saison Dupont very easy to drink.

Riccymon, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of WCBCFrank
4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saison Dupont pours a foggy yellow - lots of super active carbonation! It bubbles up in a goblet releasing tons of banana, citrus, candy sugar aromas, and begging you to taste! Like a top-notch champagne, it bursts with flavor in the front and finishes delicious dry in the back. It is an earthy, complex and utterly delectable beer - highly recommended!

For the novice: A world-class beer to impress your in-laws with. Pay attention to the pour, don't rush this. Use a goblet or a wine glass.

Personally: Anytime Saison DuPont is on a menu, I almost always get it. It is simply one of my favorites.

WCBCFrank, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of kzoobrew
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with huge fluffy white head. Retention is very decent, some sticky lacing left behind.

Very earthy aroma with a decent amount of spice to it. Cloves smell is slightly dominate up front along with a bit of pepper. A somewhat earthy or grassy aroma sits just behind that.

Taste starts with a good amount of maltiness up front which is soon followed by a very grassy hop flavor. Slight lemon zest flavor but the fruit stops there. Much less fruit flavor than anticipated. Very balanced with the malt and hops seemingly tied together with the spiciness.

Very crisp and dry. Light bodied with very lively carbonation.

Tremendously drinkable. Terrific beer for a warm summer day, flavors would also work very well during the crisp fall weather. Very enjoyable.

kzoobrew, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of jdubjacket
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this at the local liquor store the other day and cracked it open after a day of work.

Pours a hazy yellow color with minimal head and a good amount of lacing.

Earthy smell...slightly grassy.

Taste is citrusy, grassy, earthy. Malts and hops a both somewhat subdued but the beer is definitely balanced.

Overall, a good saison. Glad I picked it up.

jdubjacket, Jul 26, 2009
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
94 out of 100 based on 3,438 ratings.