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Ratings: 3,548
Reviews: 1,475
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 206
Gots: 311 | FT: 9
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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 Rayek
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Falling Rock in Denver. Served in a goblet.

A: Cloudy gold with a dense white cap. The head slowly settles to a thin film. A generous lace is left behind.

S: Mild, but pleasant. Straw, lemon and biscuits dominate. As the beer warms, a light barnyard funkiness comes through.

T: Light and well refined. Dry biscuit like malts start things out. Bitterness is very light and brings a bit of coriander and lemon. A light sourdough flavor hits at the end.

M: The medium-light body is grainy and has very soft carbonation.

D: This is a nice Saison. It's light and goes down easily. Not as funky as some examples of the style, but quite enjoyable. I'm glad I finally had it.

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2.009 on the cork

Aroma - Spice and coriander which is pretty much straight Belgian beer except there is an underlying earthy funk that comes through.

Appearance - Poured a golden yellow with a huge white head but no visible carbonation remained in the beer itself.

Taste - Sweet with a slight bitterness and a dry finish. This beer is refreshing and smooth a good summer drink.

Notes - Might be a great example of a Saison but maybe saisons aren't really my thing.

Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm really starting to appreciate Saison's as refreshing summer beers. My favorites so far are Hennepin and Saison D'Epeautre because they have a lot more funk that this one, but I like the Dupont too.

Pours a hazy straw color with a BIG, delicate bubbly head and a lot of sediment from a corked and caged bottle into a pint glass. Head retention is very good and there are some thick patches of lacing on the side of the glass opposite to where I tip it up.

Aroma is fairly mild...grassy and lemony with just a hint of sour funk. Taste has some elements of pears and apples as well as the lemon....a bit grassy like a good lager too. The funkiness is there but very subdued. There is a spicy, pepper element as well which is nice.

Mouthfeel is light but rich enough, the pepper and carbonation make it nice and crisp.

Drinkability is good. A solid summer beer, a bit higher in octane than some Saisons, but definitely worthy of mass quantities.

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

bottle poured into Unibroue tulip
Hazy yellow and obviously unfiltered. Nose is of yeast, bready, funky. Pour revealed a huge, long-lasting head. Taste was sweet, light and funky. Lemon, pear and green apple up-front with a grassy taste and some pepper.
The mouthfeel is medium and dry.There is lots of carbonation obvious in the feel. This beer clearly gets better as it warms. For me, this is a perfect example of the style. I love the way it goes with most foods as well.

Photo of bump8628
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL green corked and caged bottle.

The gentlest of pours yields four fingers of creamy, mousse-like, white foam that collapses after some time and leaves huge chunks of lace on the tulip glass.

Musky, earthy, peppery, and spicy on the nose with background notes of lemon rind, bubblegum, and more flavor complexities than I can express. It even has a faint note of onion and garlic, which is quite pleasant.

The biggest difference in the taste from the aroma is the dry, bitter, mineral/salt character that plays a huge part in the flavor profile. The mineral edge is accompanied by a big, peppery spiciness, notes of fruity bubblegum and pear, earthy, dirty musk, and tart lemon peel. Hop bitterness is firm and the hops add even more complexity with a raw, herbal, grassy, leafy flavor.

One of the driest beers on Earth, which along with the bracing bitterness makes this a super refreshing beer. So complex, unique, and interesting, this is still the unmatched quintessential example of a Saison. One of my favorites.

Photo of rawthar
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on 4/9 at Half Moon Saloon in Kennett Square.

A- Cloudy unfiltered consistency, a mustard yellow, with a finger of white fluffy head with some serious staying power.

S- Unmistakable Belgian sour aroma, with a hint of sweetness high in the nasal passage.

T- Less sour than the smell, more tart and dry, sort of like beer malts crossed with a cranberry.

M- Thick and creamy with lots of heavy duty mouth coating.

D- Though I'm not a big time Belgian beer drinker, I can see this being a staple for those who really appreciate the style. I'm dinging this on drinkability primarily due to the steep price - $10.50/bottle.

I won't claim that I rate purely against style, because I found this a great representative of a style I don't particularly enjoy.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This might be one of the quintessential saisons. I dont know why I took so long to try it. The cork says 2.009.

A- I like the presentation here. The yellow and green cage is a very nice touch. The labels on these Belgian beers are never held on very well though. The back label fell off as I was pouring and the front label peeled off very easily.
This beer has one of those huge great billowing heads that I love about a good saison. The body is moderately hazed and a light, glowing gold color.

S- Strong smelling. I could smell a grassy, slightly funky uriney smell once it was poured into my glass. Upon closer investigation the nose is full of lemon, grass, light hops and a slight earthy funk/mustiness.

T- Tart and sour at times. Lots of grass, lemon, sharp piney hops. There is a slight skunk taste towards the end.

M- Light and bubbly like a saison should be. Very dry and fairly clean finishing.

D- This is a pretty good warm weather brew but it is not my favorite saison. I dont think Fantome can be dethroned.

Photo of CaptKirkles
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was suggested as a 'beginners Saison' as I am just getting into the style and I was quite impressed.

A - A very light hazy straw color with a good amount of fluffy head with good lacing
S - Spicy and yeasty with some grass in the background. Very appealing and seemed to be in style
T - A good mix of spiciness and sweetness. A little dry but refreshing.
M - Crisp and light. The carbonation made this very refreshing.
D - Very drinkable. I look forward to this again with the upcoming summer. A bottle won't knock you over but set you just right.

Served from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison Dupont 33cl into medium chalice

Slightly hazed gold with yellow highlights. Two finger foamy white
head. Solid retention and nice sticking lace.

Nose is intensely fruity with banana, yellow pears, apricot, chalk,
dry yeast. Elegant and powerful all at once. My wife commented on the
aroma from two feet away.

Palette is tangy, earthy, musty, pears, yeast, clove phenols, biting
citric bitter and sharply dry finish. Any sweetness in this beer is a
mind trick, as it is very well attenuated. The finish is earthy,
bitter, crisp, and quite long.

Mouthfeel starts off creamy, then a rush of powerful carbonation
spreads the wealth around throughout the palette.

Too bad I didn't buy a 750ml of this, but then I guess I would take it
for granted and kill it quick. This is so easy drinking, but I'll take
it slow so I can enjoy.

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from 750mL into Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a nice golden/straw that is a little bit murky. As with any good Belgian, a nice big pillowy head, about two and a half finger's worth. Leaves some great lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A big burst of Belgian yeast with some fruity notes in there. Some candy sugar to go along with some lemon and a little bit of orange.

T- Like the nose, a lot of yeast up front with some candy sugar in there as well. Grassy notes with a little bit of lemon.

M- A medium bodied beer that is crisp and has a good amount of carbonation. Pretty clean and the carbonation tickles the tongue just a bit.

D- I can see why the bottle says it was made for summer. Easy drinking with good flavor but nothing overpowering. A good definition for the style although it seems saisons seem to be all over the board.

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

Poured into a tumbler.

A - Very nice bright golden straw color with some good yellow haze and a nice 1 inch head that is very dense and nice and sticky. Very similar to the bottled version.

S - Very nice fruit sweet smells along with a nice yeast aroma as expected. Smells very fresh and grassy almost funky. Nice grain and some hop as well.

T - Tart fruit hints of front that mellow out into a nice malty and grainy sweetness. Some wine and pear hints as well as some clove round out the sweet profile. Similar to the bottle but fresher still and a little sweeter but still with a nice bitter and dry finish. Very delicious.

M - Nice and fluffy mouthfeel medium body with nice profile and good CO2. Refreshing and very drinkable and nice ABV.

Photo of jampics2
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Winking Lizard. Hazy straw colored beer with one finger of white head in a goblet. Looks nice, cloudy, and full of taste!

Smell is nice, really nice! Belgian yeasty esters, lemon, corriander. Surprisingly little if any funkyness. This sure isn't like the New Years Dupont.

Initially sweet taste. Candy sugar, clove and corriander, sweet grain - fruity at first and finishes dry. A touch of band-aid funk in the finish. Really good saison, but I like the funked up versions better.

Mouthfeel is good, but carb is high. That seems to enhance the dry finish's feel.

Great beer, could use a bit more funk, but this was good. Glad to have sampled.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white frothy head that leaves enough lacing on the glass.

Smells of yeast funk and mild sweetness.

Tastes of the yeast funk with some mild fruit tones and spice. Funk is tame, but still present. Notes of lemon zest are very evident as this fruitiness combines with a sour edge. Spices are complementary and add to the overall experience.

Mouthfeel is medium light with a foamy amount of carbonation.

Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This may be the most classic example of a farmhouse ale one can find. Smooth, with a bit of a peppery note and mildly floral and slightly funky yeast notes. Carbonation is bright but not too fizzy. White wine and lemon notes at the finish. Overall a wonderfully drinkable beer.

Photo of tjinohio
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a wine glass.

Appearance: A lovely golden orange with a plentiful head.

Smell: Nice fruity esters in keeping with the style. A beautiful smelling beer, much like that of a white wine,perhaps a Liebfraumilch

Taste: Starts very fruity and ends quite dry. It is easy to see why the Saison style is equated with summer. During summer evening out on the deck, this beer would be quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, clean, light.

Drinkability: This is an exceptionally drinkable beer. I, for one, am glad that the Saison is experiencing a revival.

Photo of Stunner97
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- good amount of bubbles and carbonation stream the glass, nice looking small bubbles, thick white bellowing head, murky orange to yellow color, nice overall look for the style

smell- spiceness, yeast, corriander, spice, fruity and citrus nose, with a nice spice

taste- good mix of dryness and hops on the finish, nice yeast spice flavor, almost slight sourness, very complex and enjoyable,

Mouthfeel- very light crisp and well carbonated

Drinkability- HIGHLY DRINKABLE, this would be an amazing summer time beer and its just so clean and palate cleansing, would go amazing I think with just so many meals, its a very tasty and easy drinking beverage, one I would certainly recommend again, its complex yet simple and thats a good thing, will be a beer i will definitely visit again,

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

Hazy tawny golden color with some bone white head. Great retention and lacing. Smell is good with some tart and acidic citrus notes. Bready malt and some musty yeastiness as well. Taste follows suit, some citrus notes, with a decent malt backbone to back it up. Creamy and full-bodied, this one is not over-carbonated, like many American versions of the style. Great drinkability, the theme of this one is balance and melding of flavors. A bit reserved, I missed some of the funkiness that others talk about.

Photo of Estranged
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

my .02 cents on arguably belgium's leading saison style...

a: semi-opaque, cloudy straw color. very fine carbonation, and a fluffy bright, white head.

s: lemon and corriander pop into the nose.

t: tartness, and lip-puckering lemon are noted, and a disappointingly mellow bitter/citrusy hop finish is barely present.

mf: softs and smooth. a sharp, bubbly finsh like champagne.

d: sweet and delicious, like lemonade on a hot day. but there is only so much acidity one can take- sessionably, but not all day long.

Photo of zoso493
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a green 750 ml corked and caged bottle into an Ommegang flute. This is my first saison so let's see how it goes.

Appearance: Poured a very pale but extremely attractive golden-straw color with a massive four-finger, fluffy head. The head falls over itself quickly but has decent retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. Right off the bat you can see that this is an very highly carbonated beer.

Smell: There is a lot of goodness going on in the smell. It almost smells like a Czech pilsner mixed with a barnyard. It's got some traditional grains up front with a big mix of hay and farmhouse scents. Backing all this up is a nice, bright fruit profile of zesty lemon and possibly even some orange peel.

Taste: The taste doesn't disappoint after the wonderful smell. It's got all that barnyard character to it, while still retain some of the orchard tastes. The grains are still present, though perhaps not as much as in the nose and the taste is capped by a slight but refreshing hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This is a very highly carbonated beer as the style calls for (so I'm told), but there's just something askew that I can't put my finger on. Still, I can have no real complains as the mouthfeel as very adequate for the taste.

Drinkability: This is a really drinkable beer as it's light-bodied, highly carbonated, fairly low in ABV and very tasty. This would be a superior brew to drink on a hot summer's day. I cracked this open because it was the first really warm day of the year (I'd been saving it for such an occasion) and it didn't disappoint. This is 750 is going to go down really quickly.

Overall, this is an excellent brew and a really good introduction to the style for me. It's a great fusion between a light drinkable beer and some traditional, funky Belgian farmhouse tastes. I can't wait to get my hands on some more saisons to see how they stack up, because this is a great beer.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is straw yellow and completely hazy. Forms a thick white head of small and medium bubbles, tons of lacing, carbonation is moderate to high and steady. Looks good.

Nice smell, a little sulfur but not much. Smells pretty good.

Medium body, sweet first and then some bitterness. Almost a Duvel like feeling to it. As the beer warms up there is more subtly to the flavors, more sulfur, more sour. Great mouthfeel, great drinkability. I really like this beer. Its probably one of the nicest and readily available saisons on the market.

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

a - poured a one finger thick fluffy and almost soapy off-white head into a tulip. the body was hazy and gold.
s - yeasty, cloying, metallic with a hint of flowers.
t - spicy and sweet.
m - medium and bubbly.
d - intense on the palate but in a good way.

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

750ml into a Samichlaus tulip.

A: Glowing gold is a foamy head. Like a cloud sitting on sunshine.

S: Wow, very organic smelling beer. It takes me back to childhood days on my Grandparents' farm. Very floral and earthy.

T: Light, but not watery or boring. This is what I think of when I think Saison. It is a beautiful, complex work of art, with florals and spices up front and a slight Belgian yeast funk taste riding straight through the beer.

M: Much like I would expect, this beer is almost fluffy in the mouth. The high carbonation coupled with the relatively light body make this one a pleasure to drink.

D: Oh, yeah. I could see this being a go-to ale in the hot summer months. It refreshes, rather than wears out, the palate. I can't say enough about the good qualities of this beer, highly recommended.

Photo of GilGarp
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL green glass bottle, served cold into a chalice.

Saison Dupont is a hazy yellow-orange color with thick white head. The head sticks around forever leaving thick lace on the glass.

Aroma is wonderful and complex like a saison should be. Great floral smells with slight sour and funk. There's a little spice in there too, maybe some pepper. Really nice.

Flavor is excellent too. Nice balance of complex flavors always seems to be a hallmark of the saison style and this beer has that quality for sure. Wonderful spice, funk, sour, and floral flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with medium-full carbonation.

Overall an excellent version of the saison style. Everything it should be.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saoson Dupont 6.5% alcohol Belgian Farmhouse Ale. Poured into German Becker.(22oz.) 750ml bottle cork date 02/2009. Cellered since 01/02/2010.

A- Pours a yellow to slighly tinted orange in the middle of the fluid with heavy haze and loose sediment floating freely. Massive carbonation dances in the glass with beautiful two plus inch head that stays around for the whole beer that looks like active yeast fermenting. Leaves pillows of thick lacing up and down glass.

S- Fresh Belgian yeast with hints of grassy hops upfront. Second is a mixture of lemon zest and a slight scent of tart apple.

T-M- Taste is bold with thick flavors of warm hay, acidic grass, crisp grains and funky yeast. All and all a nice taste for the style, light but heavily drinkable. Notes of lemon and slight fresh apple peel are in the backbone of this brew. Mouthfeel is light to medium due to the dry and acidic feel that tingles and dances over the tongue with plenty of carbonation rolling with it.

D- Hell yeah its drinkable but for the price drinkable on the right occation like an into to friends or a high end dinner to freshin the palete with rich foods.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the glass this looks a honied, murky brownish orange, topped by a thick bubbly head that sticks around and looks healthy and fresh right until the very end.

The aroma is yeasty and musty with pale malts and some notes of apples and pears and lemongrass. Um. Fairly unimpressive, actually.

The taste is so light yet lively and complex, dry with an underlying layer of white pepper throughout balanced against a light fruitiness with a tart though punchy finish and a herbal bitter aftertaste that zeroes out the palate nicely. What malt I can detect is a little grainy. There's some definite barnyard funk and earthiness to this one. Alcohol is a little more detectable than would be ideal. All of these aspects work well together but yet there's something not completely jibing here for me.

Well attenuated, dry, crisp and refreshing yet smooth.

Overall I think it's a hallmark of the style, but I would hope in the sense that it allows a foundation for others to build on and refine rather than duplicate, as there's a sort of disharmony at the root of this beer for me.

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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