Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl
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Ratings: 3,235 | Reviews: 1,445 | Display Reviews Only:
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
Serving type: 750ml corked bottle.
What a wonderful session beer! Nice and light and crisp, with the perfect amount of spice. Has a certain citrus characteristic to it that is difficult to place (hey, this is my first review!)
Poured slowly into a pint glass, yet this still generated massive amounts of head. As another reviewer said, head that sticks to the glass until the end. Very full aroma, strong clove scent.
Very drinkable. Before I knew it half of the bottle was gone.
Seems like a perfect companion for a hot summer day. Will buy again!
05-20-2008 02:39:05 | More by Ooter
4.3/5 rDev +2.6%
375ml bottle. Very cloudy yellow, lots of head and lacing. Smell is very light malt, bread, candy sugar, lemon citrus, lots of yeast. Taste is pretty similar, lots of citrus, herbs, very light malt, yeasty. Some interesting dry bitterness at the finish. Very coarse, high carbonation. All in all, this is just an incredibly clean, crisp, refreshing farmhouse ale. Great beer for hot weather.
05-20-2008 02:38:03 | More by PlaywrightSam
4.6/5 rDev +9.8%
750ml bottle with cork, purchased for 8.99 at Cedar Grove Wine and Liquors in Somerset, New Jersey
poured light goldens with a full inch of active head, good cling and foamy
smell was tart and yeasty, citrus
taste is just amazing, citrus again, sour apples or pear, yeast and funk
refreshing then dry, crispy bubbly bubbly bubbly snaps
very drinkable is wish there was more, i would drink it while baling hay or digging up beets
i had this with a salmon and warm vinaigrette salad and it went perfect, i imagine it would be good with many light foods
05-20-2008 02:10:45 | More by loosey
4.03/5 rDev -3.8%
I love Hennepin and I know this beer is supposed to be THE saison, but I always seem to judge saisons against Hennepin. Is this wrong.
This is pretty killer though. More clear than I was expecting, but very nice. Spicy and full of cloves. Very solid.
This is a very good saison, but I think I will stick with Hennepin. I definitely recommend it though.
05-18-2008 22:11:30 | More by AChamberlain
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
Pours out a golden color with a shitload of suds.
The suds stick to the glass for the entire drink.
Smell is wheat or hay with yeast and spices that are unmistakeable belgian in origin.
Taste is mild and has no bitterness at all.
I was wishing for just a tad of bitterness but this one just has a malty clove/corriander taste and it is a good thing.
Mouthfeel is very clean with just a dash of oil.
This is a good Farmhouse Saison and probably the best session one of the bunch.
05-18-2008 11:59:35 | More by peabody
4.3/5 rDev +2.6%
When chilled pours a very hazy golden with a huge white rocky head. The smell is slightly earthy with some banana. Taste is sharp, dry, earthy. Has some zing to it. Carbonation causes a bit of a bite mostly when it's colder but it warms to close to room temp it becomes a bit smoother. This bottle was aged probably about 8 months so it might have lost any sorta hop presence it had.
4.5 - 4 - 4- 3.5 - 4 = 4.05
Upgrading my rating after having this on tap at The Back Abbey in Claremont, CA. Came served in a nice little Saison Dupont Glass, probably about 10-12oz worth. The taste was even better and refreshing from what I remembered for the bottle I had, and the mouthfeel was about as good as I think it could be. Just really enjoyed this on tap.
05-18-2008 05:31:28 | More by MiScusi
4.18/5 rDev -0.2%
A: Pours a light golden color with the largest head I ever recall on a beer. The head retains very well leaving a good amount of lacing as the beer is consumed.
S: The farmhouse in the style is comes through in the aroma. It smells like a field of harvested grain that is slightly musty following a rain. A hint of Belgian yeast smell mixes in nicely.
T: It is very crisp with what seems like some sort of spicing that seems to add to the refreshing taste. There is a slight bitterness to it that disappears to a clean finish when consumed. This is one of the more tasty saisons I have had.
M: Very heavily carbonated as expected after the large aggressive head after the pour. It is thinner than I usually prefer from a beer, but I think its appropriate for the style. It has a nice clean finish.
D: The only thing that reduces the session characteristics of this one for me is the huge amount of carbonation.
05-18-2008 02:58:38 | More by GatorBeerNerd
4.97/5 rDev +18.6%
750ml bottle purchased for $8.99 on 4-27-7 at Tanasbourne Whole Foods.
The cork comes out easily by hand and there is a lot of force behind it. Love that sound. Immediately, there is the beautiful aroma of saison in the air.
The beer pours a hazy golden color with a towering, fluffy white head that displays great retention before collapsing on itself.
The aroma is outstanding. If I had to choose one beer based on aroma alone, this would be the one. I won't even attempt to pick it apart. Just perfect in every way.
Same with the taste. Just love that light yeasty skunk-weed funk, that light floral hop presence, the overall dryness that somehow manages to taste a bit sweet. Everything is in perfect harmony.
Champagne-like carbonation bubbles steadily emanate through the etched "D" of the Duvel tulip. The mouthfeel on this beer is dialed in perfectly. All things considered, this may be the most versatile beer I've ever had when it comes to pairing with food and different drinking moods.
This is easily my favorite sunny weather beer, and might just be my favorite beer overall. I'm amazed with it every time I stuff my nose down in the glass for another sip.
05-05-2008 20:59:34 | More by jakon
4.9/5 rDev +16.9%
This beer to me is akin to my first real crush as a youngster -- simultaneous feelings of giddiness, slightly embarrassed pleasure, poetic inspiration, delusions of heroic greatness, and a sense of being in love with the entire world.
There have been times when I have been brash enough to declare it my "single favorite beer," which, of course, flirts with bullshit, yet also flirts with Truth.
The taste and mouthfeel are completely quenching, and beg for another sip to follow. (and another, and another...) The long, complex, dry finish is perhaps my favorite single element.
Try this alongside a good (homemade or otherwise) crawfish étouffée, or other flavourful Cajun cuisine; also with Thai food (anything with peanut sauce and lime). You won't be disappointed with the pairing.
04-28-2008 18:05:25 | More by drperm
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
750ml bottle, caged and corked.
A: Poured cloudy brownish-yellow color with a ton of very lively head into a pint. The head fades a little but sticks around in a thick foam. Gave it a swirl for smell and the head regenerated itself, weird but impressive!
S: Hard to describe aside from wet field/grass with a tad of "skunk".
T: Hops are present without generating too much of an aggressive bitterness. Bit of spices. Fortunately, the wet grass smell does not appear in the taste.
M: Sharp, thoroughly cleansing. Slightly dry finish.
D: Easy to drink, carbonation could become a little bloating.
Overall, due to the cleansing feel, probably great with food. Not spectacular but still good.
04-26-2008 01:00:02 | More by santa109
3.73/5 rDev -11%
Appearance is golden in color with a thick head. Smell has an deep earthiness to it with spice and citrus. Taste is earthy, light with a big hit of carbonation with a bitter saline aftertaste, (reminding me of a club soda). mouthfeel is light and dry, not what I really expected, but still a good experience.
04-24-2008 02:19:59 | More by Bookseeb
4.08/5 rDev -2.6%
A: When poured from a bottle to a tulip glass, had a amber-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. Also some sediment floating around. Had a decent-sized head as well.
S: Typically (among saisons) funky barnyard smell, along with fruit, spices, malt. May have been slightly skunked (why would a high end brewery stoop to using green bottles?!).
T: Had the flavor of apples, coriander, malt, a bit of citrus. Well done and balanced.
M: Very vibrant level of carbonation, along with a smooth finish. Full-bodied, but not overwhelming.
D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. Saisons are a quirky style and Dupont has done well with this one.
04-22-2008 13:09:25 | More by avalon07
4.85/5 rDev +15.8%
750ml bottle poured into pnit glasses to share.
Golden brew carefully poured raises an astonishingly gigantic rocky, chunky head of foam that recedes slowly,. lac everywhere, beautiful. Aromas are fantastic, a lemony-herbal-spicy kaleidoscope of aromas, hit of funk, wonderful. Crisply effervescent and light on the tongue...just a gorgeous, fantastically drinkable, refreshing and crisp yet beguilingly complex brew. Lemons, apples, chamomile, coriander, wheat grass. A lovely interplay of sweetness up front giving way to a dance between tartness and bitterness that Makes the palate sing. One of my all time favorites, I am so happy to finally try this. It won't be my last...
04-21-2008 13:49:36 | More by kenito799
4.65/5 rDev +11%
This is one of my favorite beers. It has low alcohol content for a belgian beer (%6.5), but about average for this type. So, one can enjoy it for a while without getting smashed.
a- cloudy blond with a good head, the way it looks tells you something good is brewin' in your future
b- ah! The smell. This is the thing that really jumps at you. If you pour a glass and not notice the smell, either the beer is bad, or you are lacking the protrusion that should be in the middle of your face. It smells really delicious. Spicy, fruity, citruslike. Sooo good.
t- Well, something that smells so good, cannot taste that bad. And this baby tastes very good indeed. Peppery, fruity, malty, very very goody.
m- it feels nice and crisp, like something you would want to put in your mouth as often as you possibly could.
d- well, if I could afford it I would never stop drinking it, but then I would become 500 pound in a few months. So I guess it is a good thing this thing is 10 bucks a bottle.
04-20-2008 22:55:47 | More by delmet
4.25/5 rDev +1.4%
A crisp bitterness and slightly fruity, pepper-like flavors are found in this Belgian ale. Fairly light-bodied Saison DuPont is my choice as a favorite beer to quaff while sitting on my balcony on a warm summer day. A very dry crisp ale with a dry finish that always leaves you wanting some more. The addition of wheat makes the beer a bit smooth despite the high carbonation. A rare classic from Belgium that should be savored.
04-11-2008 14:21:15 | More by marcobrau
4.18/5 rDev -0.2%
The pour is the color of pale hazy golden hay, with a large and finely fluffy cloud white top. Funky, fruity, and phenolic smelling with hints of flowery sweetness. Dynamite mouthfeel full of fine, tickling carbonation. The taste has a soft sweetness upfront, with tart apple/pear fruitiness. Yeasty and funky with a peppery spice and a touch of bitterness lingers for just a bit in the finish. Very good. I am a big fan of this one.
04-08-2008 04:15:42 | More by Slynger
4.46/5 rDev +6.4%
I Poured this one from a 375ml green bottle into a Chimay goblet.
A= This brew poured a beautiful, slightly cloudy, light golden color with huge amounts of carbonation. Seriously, this is one of the most effervescent Belgian ales I have ever had - and that is saying something! The snow white head formed 3/4 inch at pouring and maintained at least half that throughout!
S= This beer has an interesting set of aromas - I get apples, dry leaves, and an earthy cellar smell that is in every way pleasant.
T= I love the taste of this beer, and that taste is all about restraint. Up front there is a bit of earthiness and light malt graininess. The finish is lightly tart without any of the vinegar taste I personally despise. Beyond that, this beer becomes a real chameleon. At times I get the classic Belgian yeastiness, and in the next swallow it seems absent. Other times I detect herbal notes or a musty dry yeast taste. At all times it is refreshing and delicious.
MF= I find this ale crisp, clean, and entirely refreshing. The high carbonation and the light body make this beer a delight.
D= The hype is justified! I will go a long way off the beaten path for more of this fine ale.
04-05-2008 05:44:49 | More by spointon
4/5 rDev -4.5%
I poured this into a Bordeaux wine glass from a 750ml bottle.
A: Pretty, cloudy golden color with fluffy white head.
S: A bit sour and spicy, slightly hoppy with a bit of lemon when it settles in.
T: Slight fruity/citrusy and hoppy in turns, but delicate and airy at the same time.
M: A bit fizzy and light, leaves a bit of a bitter aftertaste.
D: A light, tasty beer that would go well with food or as an after work drink to relax with.
04-03-2008 00:45:50 | More by Jerico
4.18/5 rDev -0.2%
A: Poured into a Corsendonk chalice, the head is immense, rivaling that of a Duvel. As the head fades, it is very noticeably rocky. The beer is a pale straw color with hints of orange.
S: A bit of crisp sourness up front with a faintly spicy orange note in the background.
T: Sweet and fruity up front, the hops kick around mid-mouth and blend to create a dry finish, reminiscent of oak-aged chardonnay with a beery flavor.
M: The carbonation is very fine, creating a velvety feel on the tongue.
D: An outstandingly refreshing beer for a warm day. This is a great thirst quencher that goes well with a wide range of foods (I'm pairing it with spicy turkey sausage).
04-02-2008 23:36:52 | More by ewright
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
A: Murky, somewhat blonde (reviewed not long after changing the draft). A nice, semi-foamy head, leaving a thin lacing around the rim.
S: Quite a big aroma of fresh fruit peel, pear, some little hints of clove, and a sweet spiciness.
T: A fresh fruit zest, especially pear and apple peel. A little bit of very light citrus (not really at all tart or puckering). A bit of grassiness, and perhaps some clove. Quite nice.
M: I'd like a touch more carbonation, but some of that may be a result of the tap change. A medium body, which is nice, though. Decent, all around.
D: While this tends to lean towards a little nicer to drink, I think I'd prefer it as a sipper over swigging.
03-29-2008 22:35:10 | More by Proteus93
3.88/5 rDev -7.4%
A - Beautiful, living and moving white head crowning a honey golden haze. Poured into a tulip, the head rises above the glass and settles into a tidy 1 finger ring of foam. Laces the glass.
S - Fruit candy, strawberries, apricot, quite yeasty. Slight metallic undertone. Wonderfully Belgian.
T - Fruity at the front with a dry finish. There's one quality I don't like about the aftertaste that's really throwing me off. I can't put my finger on it. The warmer it gets, the less the aftertaste occurs, and the flavors come together. Serve this at about 46-50 degrees to really jump into it.
M - Could be a little lighter. Good carbonation.
D - Good for a food pairing or a hot summer evening. Not sessionable.
Notes : I like this, but it's not a staple in the fridge. I'd buy another single of it, but it won't be for a while... I think JP's Bam Biere was a bigger hit with me.
03-29-2008 21:36:47 | More by SaucyA
3.33/5 rDev -20.5%
Sampled on 3-28-08
Pours a very cloudy and very fizzy pale gold. A massive white foam head sits on top, leaving no real lacing.
Smell is slightly skunky at first, and then a Belgian sweetness comes through. Subtle, but very enjoyable.
Taste is a bit of a surprise. I was expecting sweet Belgian, but this is very, very bitter. Almost too bitter. The subtle flavors that give the beer character are almost completely covered up.
Mouthfeel is good, maybe a bit too carbonated for the style.
Drinkability is decent, but the bitterness is just a shame.
Overall, I was hoping for alot more. Probably pretty good underneath, but just doesn't work.
03-29-2008 00:04:50 | More by BMoney575
4/5 rDev -4.5%
A: A nice light coloured beer with a large head. Not clear
S: Nice fruity malty smell to the beer
T: The taste has a mix of fruits and malts, which are quite complex. Every flavour that comes out is distinct from the other. There are fruity flavours mixed with the spicy Belgian malts.
M: A bit creamy with some carbonations
D: Not bad
03-23-2008 01:57:54 | More by swizzlenuts
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
From a bottle, this poured a cloudy gold with a nice foamy head and good lacing. Big nose of citrus, floral hops, and spices. Rich and delicious mouthfeel. Favors are wonderful with citrus, flowers, fruit, and hops. Slightly sour finish. Fantastic brew.
03-21-2008 21:05:49 | More by rkuhnel
3.73/5 rDev -11%
Saison, one of my least favorite styles from Belgium. Still, Saison duPont on the shelf and I'd never had it before so I'll give it a shot.
Pours a honey gold with a marshmallowy, meringue-like head of cream. Nice lacing as it trails down the glass.
spicey with subtle citrus, the yeast charcter is present but not overly prominent. The beer is a little too cold to be sure at this point.
Very crisp, very clean taste. Again, sbutle yeast character. I little tart, almost sour? Not sure if its acid I taste or if its the play off the high degree of carbonation...speaking of which...
this beer is highly carbonated and spunky in the glass. It is very light bodied but not watery. As the hallmark saison, this is the body against which all others should be measured.
Very nice overall. Again, not my fav. style, but given the givens....
03-09-2008 23:04:58 | More by calsbeek
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,235 ratings.