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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
93
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3,288 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,288
Reviews: 1,449
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 179
Gots: 229 | 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 TATTORSO
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked & caged 375 ml. forest green bottle into a 16 oz. Moretti goblet.

Corking produced a healthy *POP*. A careful, short pour produce a towering, foamy buttermilk colored head that peaked & lingered for some time. Spotty, moderate lace. A cloudy, apricot color.

Smells of ripe fruit, citrus rinds, peaches, fresh baked whole grain bread, fresh ground spices & cut flowers. There's the slightest hint of musty blanket "funk" that lingers in the background as the beer warms.

Initially the taste is sweet spices & moves quickly to a tart citrus taste with a sharp, peppery finish that builds as it dries. Very appealing & not too aggressive...not bitter & just sour enough with an earthy after taste & an ultimately dry finish.

The mouth is crisp & sparkling clean. That spicy pepper tingle is soooo refreshing! Modest warming on the swallow. Lighter bodied with a pleasing level of carbonation. Very clean presentation & finish.

Refreshing, approachable, affordable, & thirst quenching. Certainly worth revisiting again.

TATTORSO, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of tonistruth
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- cloudy but a bubbly golden beer, huge fluffy white head with amazing or annoying retent, you chose

S- floral and medicinal

T- mild fruity malt characters, some pear, mellow citrus, well balanced, earthy and grainy as well. spicy hints at finish

M- smooth with a dry finish and after

D- great example of saison and very enjoyable/drinkable, but not my favorite. recommended for style

tonistruth, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12.7 oz. green bottle into a tulip glass.

Appears a slightly hazy golden yellow with a big white three finger head that continues to climb over the rim of the glass. Giant sheets of lace down the side of the glass.

Up front the aroma has a bit of a skunky smell, perhaps from being in a green bottle. After that there is some spicy cloves, a bit of bubble gum, and the sweet aroma of candi sugar.

The taste presents a similar display. Starts out spicy and gradually some sweetness slips in and now the skunky note is on the finish mingling around with earthy/herbal hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, high carbonation makes it nice and smooth.

I was a bit disappointed, but I think the green bottle might have something to do with it. I just can't figure out why anyone would use a green bottle when we all know that it does the beer harm.

roadhouse, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- A very nice thick head that has enormous staying power. After finishing the entire brew, there was still a 2 finger head in my glass. The body is a nice hazy orange with nice sediment.

S- A get just the lightest skunk note but after that a very nice thick clove, grassiness, and some nice hops. The horse blanket isn't enormous on the nose, but it's there. Coriander and pepper spice also greet the nose. There is a distinct pear and apple note as well. Complex and delicous.

T- For a beer of only 6.5% this gem has a thick mouthfeel that sports notes of earth, hay, pear, light fresh apple, clove, yeastiness and a nice hop bite. The finish is long, dry, and complex.

M- A nice medium carbonation works well scrubbing the palate. The finish is wonderfully dry.

D- This is my answer for: "if you could only drink one beer for the rest of your life." Linked up nicely with the seafood quesodilla I was having at the time.

Greggy, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A light golden yellow with a large, foamy ivory-colored head that settles slowly, leaving some impressive waves of sudsy lace on the glass. Wonderful appearance.

S: Lots of clove-like spice aromas with some slight lemon, fruity notes of apple and pear. Very strong and complex aroma.

T&M: Very grassy/hay-like flavor that's interwoven with some slightly fruity notes in the middle. Not as complex and intricate as Hennepin, the other saison I've experienced. The finish is dry, with loads of grassy, herbal hops. Mouthfeel is pleasant with some brisk, tingling carbonation.

D: Rather drinkable, but perhaps not as refreshing as Hennepin. Still a solid saison, though.

BamaBeerBuff, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of bigbelcher
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beautiful beer pours a hazy orange color with extremely good head retention and belgian lacing. There is some light pepper and citrus aroma and an earthy bready belgian yeast aroma. The flavors replicate the aroma and this beer really is a world class example of the style. It is decidedly on the dry side, but with an excellent palate profile of pepper, citrus and honey. The beer has a fairly good mouthfeel for a beer with a lot of wheat in it. It's easy to drink and pretty refreshing.

bigbelcher, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

That old familiar hop sulfur hits me first, watering my mouth for a Euro Lager. Then the yeast rolls in and summons deeper want for a sip. Slightly sour, somewhat grainy/grassy, hints of phenols, and pleasant maltiness.

Yellow-orange apricot hue, foggy translucence, nice creamy/foamy head with moderate retention.

Tart and dry, with a grainy demeanor. Sip, slosh. More tartness associated with yeast phenols and a grassiness that I take to be the earthy/leafy side of hops. Fairly sharp carbonation and dry, powdery mouthfeel. Deeper Belgian yeast colors come to focus - a little horseblanket/barnyard, medicinal suggestions. Pretty stiff bitterness near the end finishes the beer dry.

More peppery than spicy. Earthy hops subside more in the aftertaste with a ghostly presence. I never really got the fruitiness.

Paired with some big-holed Swiss and Indian tandoori bread. The bitter edge of the cheese works well with the similarly bitter edge of the beer. The two make one another taste so much better and the bread is just good. Really, I can't recall Swiss ever tasting so good.

MrHungryMonkey, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle

A: Deep golden under a big white head. Good retention but little lacing.

S: Sweet and fruity. A bit of funk and bread and a little floral character.

T: Sweet and very bready. Funky, hint of yeast, bit of warm alcohol. Mild bitterness in the finish.

M/D: Smooth on the tongue, carbonation is contained well. Decent drinkability. A good saison. Not as good as I thought it would be, but still good.

NCSUdo, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into my Unibroue tulip

A: Clear golden yellow with a gorgeous, billowing head good retention. Tons of carbonation, with trails of whirling bubbles. Very pretty!

S: Fruity, floral, earthy and a hint of spice. Hints of orange and citrus, rose and jasmine aromas. Some mild pepper. Delicate stuff, this

T: Starts off sweet with a combination of fruit (peach and a hint of banana) and a hint of roses. A mild spice flavor kicks in with a hint of pepper and nutmeg. Dry on the finish with a mildly peppery component

M: Excellent carbonation, great drying finish

D: This is an immensely drinkable saison and one that shall feature often in my fridge!

Notes: This is an excellent representation of the style and better than the Cynicale that I had earlier today in that it's a lot more delicate and nuanced. Good stuff

DefenCorps, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into a tulip glass.

Poured a hazy yellow/orange color with a big head of white foam. The thick lacing clung to the glass as a small amount of sediment danced in the ample carbonation. The smell was a yeasty/bready aroma with hints of pear, green apple, fresh cut grass and spice. This ale had a slight taste of sourdough bread followed by a slightly citric frutiness. It finished off dry and slightly bitter. Excellent example of this style of farmhouse ale.

nasty15108, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of gmcfarre
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL corked bottle poured into Saison Dupont glass
Cork is dated 2005

A - A careful pour reveals a pale blonde yellow color with a large 2-inch frothy white head that lasts and lasts. Tons of carbo bubbles streams rise up from the bottom of the glass. Lacing is excellent.

S - Great earthy, powdery yeast scent. Green apple comes to mind complete with good tartness. Spicy, well-rounded and hard to describe. Overall, its complex, earthy, spicey and fruity.

T - Starts with minimal sweetness but with strong tart green apple. A bit of yeasty funkiness. Very earthy. Dry mid-palate and at the finish. Complex and tasty.

M - High carbonation and a bit chalky. Light to medium body with a dry and still tingling finish.

D - A beautifully balanced saison that for whatever reason I found incredibly hard to pin down and describe. Very drinkable, I imagine it would pair wonderfully with a wide array of food. A must try.

gmcfarre, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at hopleaf in chicago, served with some muscles and frites

appearance: served in a nice tulip-goblet, full-bright golden peach body, white cascading caps with moderate retention

smell: funky, peachy, fruity, white pepper

taste: one of the flagships of the style for sure...the funk is under control and matched with highly potent peach/apricot fruity sweetness and a kicking white pepper spice...very well hopped with an emphasis on dry citrus

mouthfeel: active carbonation, bubbly and lively - sacrifices just a smidget of drinkability

drinkability: strong

dirtylou, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of burnstar
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours cloudy bright gold with a huge everlasting fluffy white head. Spicy yeasty earthy aroma. Lemons and apples. Spicy as well. Taste is somewhat sweet with some spiciness, fruit, and earthy flavors coming through. Finishes dry with some herbal hoppiness. Well balanced and quite complex. Above all really delicious. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Amazingly drinkable. I love this one. An awesome beer.

burnstar, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of paytoplay
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, Has anyone ever confused this with a hefeweizen? Color and palate seem very similar. I've had this beer plenty of times but my 1st rating of it when the beer is in front of me. Aroma is captivating. Some slight bitter and off flavors on the finish. Floral, hay, summer day in the mountains cool refreshing type of beer, yet still showing a lot of hops. Could see how this could be considered the model all other Saison's are produced from. There is a weight and concentration I can't remember any other Saison having. I believe the cork was branded with the year, 2008. Very nice feature.

paytoplay, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: huge fluffy white heads rests a upon a cloudy peach/orange body. Plenty of sediment floating around the bottom.

s: herbal, earthy, champagne-like aroma.

t: herbal and grainy upfront. fruity and slightly tart in the middle. dry and yeasty with a moderate bitterness in the finish.

m: very smooth with champagne-like carbonation.

d: full-flavored, yet still subtle. very complex. great example of the style. easy to see why it has such a great reputation.

BradLikesBrew, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of Beerbuddha
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Free sample bottle from distributor poured into a wine glass:

Appearance- This beer poured into the glass a hazy orange amber color with a nice fluffy white head. Sediment could be seen floating throughout glass. Lacing was present throughout the beer.

Smell - Huge earthy aroma, barnyard mustiness with bananas and cloves present as well.

Taste - Nice earthy taste with great citrus and banana flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with medium high carbonation

Overall - A great tasty beer! I really enjoyed this beer a lot and can't wait to get another bottle.

Beerbuddha, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy golden yellow in color. Huge white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S - Tart fruity aroma. Smell of pear and lemon. Little bit of that funk as well. Very aromatic beer.

T - Tart lemony taste primarily. Hints of other fruits as well.

M/D - Chewy and crisp feel. Very easy drinking beer.

ckeegan04, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of Portertime
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After looking at the other reviews people I've seen a lot of funk taste flying around so I am curious about that. Having this one chilled from a green bomber in my Duvel bubbler. Aromas of banana, coriander, lemon zest, and orange peel waft into my nazel cavities. Taste isn't too funky, maybe I could trick my mind by picturing a barnyard but not much of a petting zoo taste. I'm getting some earthy tastes like a Bordeaux and then the wit beer quality comes out but that's about it. A nice brew, good and summery. Cheers!

Portertime, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of TheMistler
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy gold, with a good amount of quickly arising, effervescent white head. Initially the head quickly dissipated, but a thumbs-width stuck around for quite a while.

Pungent and crisp nose. Some grass detected. Fruity and spicy, with something along the lines of mulled apple. Very complex. If I had had no desire to drink and finish this beer, I could have spent a long time sniffing it and identifying any number of notes.

As effervescent in initial mouthfeel as it was in appearance, becoming well-rounded, full-bodied but not overwhelming. Crisp and complex taste throughout, with notes I hadn't detected in the nose (unsurprisingly, given how much there is to smell and taste in this farmhouse ale). Fruit, with some nice tartness, and grain. Hops also not to be ignored.

TheMistler, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After reading the recent style profile by Don Russell in BA magazine, I was excited to sample my first Saison. I was even more excited that on the same day as reading the article I found Saison DuPont on the local beer store where we were vacationing. Since the article featured this specific brand I thought we'd give it a shot.

I didn't see a date on the bottle but noticed the cork was marked 2.007. Not sure if this means this was bottled in 2007 or something different.

The first two/three pours of this farmhouse ale were a crystal clear and deep gold in color. The later pours became cloudier as the sediment on the bottom of the bottle became disturbed. The final pour was downright cloudy. There was a thick creamy beautiful head that appeared on the top of the beer and did stick around for some time.

A touch of lacing was left in the glass.

The aroma was very nice and really showcased a fruity (lemon), spicy and slightly grass like aroma.

Now I was concerned about "the funk" detailed in the article. Time to taste.
Where's the Funk?

I found the taste to be extremely nice and very "unfunk" like.

Peppery, slight fruit and a very fresh taste, quite refreshing and pleasant.
The slight clover flavor was not overpowering like some other Belgians that I don't enjoy. Also that great black pepper flavor combined with the tangy yeast notes and the slight hop bitterness linger for a short while after swallowing the beer.

Really enjoying this beer! Very nice crisp, refreshing mouth feel. I can see why this was considered a beer to be consumed in the summer months.

As I mentioned, the later pours became cloudier and much spicier with the flavor of black pepper. I actually liked this as well.

Really nice effort. Last night after dinner we chose another saison to try this evening. I will be back for more DuPont later this summer.

Reagan1984, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a super-hazed glowing orange color, big fluffy white head slowly dissipates and leaves pretty good lacing on the glass, lots and lots of tiny floaties roaming around. Smells spicy, earthen, some faint lemon and pepper, great aromas on this beer. Taste is wheaty, some pear and citrus, more pepper, some slight bitter lemon. Really refreshing, incredibly crisp and dry, really hitting the spot on a muggy July night. Seems like a really good representation of the style... a total classic, and I can see why this one is so highly rated.

corey0212, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of brendan13
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a tulip glass a very cloudy dark golden/orange with almost an inch of fluffy white head that slowly falls away leaving lots of patchy lacing.
S - A very earthy, spicy aroma dominates with some ripe fruit touches.
T - Also very earthy in the taste. Some peach/pear hints and a slightly grainy, biscuity maltiness.
M - Light to medium bodied with a pretty high level of carbonation.
D - A very tasty, very refreshing Saison. 6.5%ABV is a bit high to make it a session beer but a few on a hot Summers day wouldn't be out of order. Then again tonight is a cold Winter night and it's still pretty good.

brendan13, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of tdawgydog
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After reading about the Saison ales in the latest edition of Beer Advocate I decided that I had to try some. The most prominent of the Saison ales is this one Saison DuPont and now I know why. Poured a golden orange into my Leffe Chalice with noticeable yeast particles... Unfiltered indeed. The head was at least two fingers and it was retained throghout. The taste is fruitful and enjoyable. Crisp clean taste gives way to one of the better beers I have ever had. I will definitely be seeking this out again on my next trip to my beer store.

tdawgydog, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ooo LaLa Saison. I fricking love this style now.

I drank this at a coffee shop out the bottle poured into a glass. I kinda only review beers at home, like a ritual, so forgive my crudeness.

I guess it looked yellow. Had a big head, cool looking.

I think it smelled earthy. I just smelled it once. It was hot out, I just wanted to sit outside and drink.

Tasted fricking amazing. Just the right amount of carbonation. Earthy, fruity, smooth. Like drinking jujubees.

Great aftertaste. This is one classic beer.

This beer is so good, How good is it? This beer is so good, you should drink it.

Murchmac, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of bloberglawp
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Available here via the SAQ, the provicial liquor commission. Poured in a "maredsous" chalise at 5-8 celcius.

A hazy orangish yellow ale huge white head, lacing and quite effervensent. Aroma of spice, yeast, and notes of citrus (lemon). Flavor of fresh dough, spice and esters from yeast. Dry finish and light body makes this a refreshing and incredibly quafable ale. Its a wonderful summer ale. At 6.5% abv, being bone dry and relatively light bodied, it hits my sweet spot!

bloberglawp, Jul 04, 2008
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,288 ratings.