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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,511 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,511
Reviews: 1,470
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 201
Gots: 296 | FT: 9
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Belgium

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 StevenBilodeau
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
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
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
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
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
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
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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
2.72/5  rDev -34.9%
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
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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

Pours a hazy golden yellow out of the bottle with a big foamy white head that has has great retention. The aroma is complex with some fruity herbal smells up front and a little funky backend. There is a slight citrus flavor to the VERY effervescent beer. A little lemon and some herbs. Very refreshing and drinkable. I could make this a session beer.

Photo of kpoole25
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle to glass, champagne type cork kinda fun to pop. Pours with a ton of foam, almost a gusher, looks cloudy dark yellow, smells earthy and a little grainy. Taste is fairly big but not necessarily malty nor hoppy, sort of starchy or grainy, maybe funky. I liked it. Good drinkability after you get your bearings, this has a pretty unique flavor.

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

dimpled goblet
55*

A failry clean, smell of skunk hints before i finished the pour. Very yellow, almost neon red bull. Very white head, nice lace that lingers on the suface after it receeds

S wow. green bottle did its thing. nice spice/floral aromas with hoppiness

T bitter hop up front, very pleasant. skunk at the end, but adds not distracts to the beer. lots of freshness, long finish

M coating, hits the sides of the tounge for flavor

D stylistically very nice. a cleaner saison with skunky flare, but very very enjoyable and continued to grow on me

Photo of CampusCrew
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Golden pale with crazy good head retention, nice and cloudy, I can see some yeasty floaties. Huge champagne like carbonation.

smell: herbal and some citrus, getting some lime I think

taste: earthy and herbal flavor. not an overpowering beer, low hop/bitterness if any. The aftertaste is like lime to me. pleasant

mouthfeel: light bodied.

drinkability: great beer an maybe the perfect macro transitional beer.

Photo of hwwty4
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally sitting down to review this classic. Poured a corked and caged 375 into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a hazy golden straw with a big fluffy white head leaving just a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is big and fruity up front. Ripe fruits like apples and pears are in the forefront leading to light hay, damp earth with a light grassy hop. The flavor follows suit with ripe apple and pears coming through up front. Musty earth, light grass, hay and just a bit of aspirin on the finish. The mouthfeel is light and finishes just a bit sweeter then I would have liked. I really much prefer a dry finish to a Saison, nonetheless this is a wonderful example of a ture Belgian Saison.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an over-sized red wine glass. Saison Dupont produces a thick white head over a golden honey body. Mostly clear with lots of small bubbles racing upwards to sustain the thick head.

The aroma is that of a well produced Belgian. Yeasty, malty, with some spice reminiscent of corriander. A little nutty.

The first sip is a mixture of creamy white head, smooth malts and just a bit of spice. After another sip I can tell that this is perfection. The malt profile is at first sweet, but refined. Never overwhelming in its sweetness. Boardering more on a bready, somewhat nutty profile. Corriander, but lightly added and a few squeezes of citrus, make the flavor full yet extremely refreshing.

Mouthfeel is super smooth. The creamy head stays constant and mixes with every sip, creating an excellent body.

Drinkability is through the roof and at 6.5%, you could drink quite a bit of this. So enjoyable to drink.

In short, this is the quintessential Saison / Farmhouse ale. The best I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. Saison Dupont's strength is in the perfect balance of its flavor profile. Delicious and refreshing. Simply a classic.

Photo of abuliarose
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass after a nice loud pop and some sexy fumes. Pours a rich golden color with an inch-thick head and vibrant bubbling. I can't imagine it looking any better. Smells like canned sweet corn with a little citrus and funk. Good smells for a saison.

The head takes awhile to die down and leaves a bit of lacing as it goes. Tastes a little sour and a little like Green Giant canned whole kernel sweet corn (not the creamed style stuff). Hints of funk. I don't know if anyone's ever pinpointed the "funk" taste, but if you've ever had raw cow's milk or better yet stuck your face under an udder, the funk is the flavor that is not the milk taste. To me, anyway. Slight citrus notes and an ever so gentle bitterness round out the tastes; it's not overly complex, but it's well done. Bubbles are acidic, fine and effervescent, lightening an already light body and filling the mouth without too much piercing. Because it's not overly sweet, it's a little more drying and just a tad grainier on the aftertaste. That said, it's still perfectly drinkable and I would prefer it to champagne any day.

All in all, this quite an upstanding Saison. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of sweemzander
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color that produced a huge 3+ fluffy white head with superb retention. Still around a 2+ even after several minutes.

(S)- A big lemon cream pie aroma even with the light biscuit-like crust and whipped cream on top. Behind all of that goodness is a honey-like grassiness that morphs into a dense forest of clay & yeast with just a hint of allspice or nutmeg.

(T)- Very very very dry with bits of lemon & cream. Finishes dry with a big bitter grassy kick with the influence of how much yeast you taste.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance with an overall good complexity & body, there is just so much yeast present in the texture & flavor profile.

(D)- A great farmhouse with all the right things going for it. My only complaint is how bitter it gets overtime from the yeast. I would gladly like to see more of this though in my fridge on the occasion when my mood for it fits.

Photo of natelocc787
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great example and great appearance. nice thick chunky rings of lace are left after the big creamy, frothy head dies down. Golden orange body, lots of lemon peel, grassy, herbal notes in the nose which is otherwise dominated by yeast. The taste is well done; spicy with a big clove and coriander backing, peppery with banana and fresh cut golden apples. Mouthfeel is spritzy, crisp and refreshing. Good beer, would have earned higher scores if the yeast wasn't as prevalent.

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

A - Murky, light gold. NIce white thick head. Some cling lace.

S - Sea brine, sour apple, acid notes.

T - Yum. Taste follows smell, but with lots of caramel malt mixed in.

M - Very carbed, good coating and balance.

D - Nice enough for a time. I like it.

Photo of morebeergood
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml half bottle into two tulip glasses. Huge white head forms from the start. Looks like meringue, so thick and fluffy. Body was hazy yellow and cloudy. Smell was lemony and pine-like. Taste was tart and refreshing. The citrus flavor gave this beer a nice tang, but the mouthfeel of this farmhouse ale really balanced things well. It was so smooth, light, crisp, and mellow. Not overpowering though, so it paired well with a variety of cheeses. A very flavorful and classic example of a Belgian saison.

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

I poured from a 750 ml bottle and poured it into several wine glasses(I shared it with non-beer drinking friends at a dinner party). It is a hazy, cloudy gold with a massive , long lasting, white head. Lemon zest is prevalent on the nose, along with a hint of spiciness. The flavor was as good as advertised, lemony, spicy, with a drying finish. The beer is highly carbonated, medium/light in body and it goes great with any food. Everyone who tried it agreed, it is a damn fine brew.

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,511 ratings.