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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,429 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,429
Reviews: 1,456
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 190
Gots: 254 | FT: 10
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-26-2002)
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Photo of Foxtrot
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My very first Saison.

Poured a nice golden honey hue with a great big white foamy head, with ample retention and lacing. Superb carbonation added to its fantastic cap with very fine bubble action.

Aroma's are dominated by heavy yeast with some light sweetness, and spice notes to curb out the heavy yeast tones. Very light, but fantastic to observe by nose.

Taste was a big test to my palate. The flavors had changed so rapidly that I wasn't able to pin point a flavor until about half-way through the bottle. Yeasty, herbal spices form much of the taste, with grassy lemon notes following to a nice crisp bitter finish. This beer was more bolder than I thought it would be. Sometimes it's nice to have a pleasant surprise.

Mouthfeel was terrific due to the fine carbonation, really gives this beer that extra "pop".

This is a good beer with a high drinkability. The carbonation was on par, the flavor's where not cloying at anytime whatsoever, and the moderate ABV. makes this hard to beat as a good session summer beer. Cheers!

Foxtrot, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of DubBrewer
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice golden color with a beautiful rocky white head. Ive seen the head on this beer easily be 2 inches. It has a meringue-like consistenty.

Smells of lemongrass with a nice bready malt aroma. I love the aromas coming off this beer. It smells very herbal and you can smell the spicy yeast in the background.

Taste is similiar spectacular. Tastes like a really nice pilsner beer at first sip and as you move the beer around in your mouth you get all the spicy character from the yeast. Its also quite hoppy, but not in an American APA way. Its very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is sort of creamy but also fizzy as you can feel the carbonation in your mouth. Every sip inviting you back for more.

Drinkability is superb. Very refreshing, especially on a hot summer day and we have alot of those where I live. Everything about this beer is outstanding.

DubBrewer, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of juju7
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a ridiculously big head. But what a head! Like a meringue, could've eaten it with a spoon. Laced thickly all the way to the end. Spicy Belgian yeast notes on the nose with a little earthiness in the background. Follows through with the same vibe on the palate. highly carbonated. Alcohol hangs a little at the back but not unpleasant. Always enjoyable.

juju7, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Saison Dupont glass at Cafe Delerium in Brussels, Belgium just an hour after touring the Cantillon brewery (just a few miles away).

A Slightly cloudy, yellow orange translucent with nice 3 inch head. Nice, classic Saison look.

S Grains, yeast, nice soft saison smell. Very inviting as I have enjoyed most saisons that I have tried.

T Great, balanced saison with much flavor from the barley malt, yeasty grains and not much hops at all. Very nice. I may also taste some spicing in there that I find difficult to put my finger on as to which spices they are.

M Medium, very appropriate.

D Great. I could easily have many of these.

Notes: What a treat to have this at Cafe Delerium!

adamette, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of schmitter
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice cloudly gold, one finger head. Pleasantely skunky smell. Great lacing. Spicy finish, slightly hops up front. Citrus smell and taste is there. Oakey with a bitter linger in the mouth. "I thought I'd only see you once in a while"

schmitter, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into red wine glass. 2009 on the cork. 50 degrees and up.

Pours murky pale orangey-gold, with a stout 1.5 finger white head that settles ever so slowly into a dense cap. Clings desperately to the walls of the glass, reluctant to budge a millimeter. Gorgeous spidery but solid lacing sticks to the glass. Beautiful beer.

Nose is grassy and lemony, sitting on top of a grainy base that hints at honey, with an herbal note lending an earthy turn to the whole experience.

Taste is dry and delicious - herbal and dry up front, mild lemony tartness, with cereal malt sweetness that hints at honey coming out right before the dry, grassy finish, which carries a bit more of that lemony citric tartness. Beautifully put together once it gets up to the right temp. Earthy herbal bitterness a bit too dominating when too cold.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with a relaxed carbonation. very nice most of the time, but gets just a hair watery in patches. Dryness dominates throughout.

Drinkability is very nice, once it hits that temperature sweet spot. Not wearing, refreshing but full, complex but with an integrated maturity that's very satisfying.

JohnQVegas, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of campbellj21
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Belgian Tulip

A: Golden/Yellow Opaque with a 2 inch thick head that reduces to a nice cap that stays with the beer and leaves a little lacing.

S: Spicy/Grassy with a little clove coming through. Very pleasant aroma, great to just take in a huge breath before every drink.

T: Spicy at the start finishing with a little fruitiness and leaveing just a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Mild body with good carb, goes down well.

D: Excellent beer to have on a nice mild sunny day. A little high ABV to be considered session, but if you have nothing to do, I could see drinking a good number of these. Excellent Saison.

campbellj21, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of beveritt
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from an 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Label is a green background with a yellow and white checked field bordered in red, very iconic. No clear freshness date, although there is a code inked on the front label.

Appearance: Pours with 3 fingers of nearly pure white head. This settles extremely slowly leaving behind spotty areas of lacing. The beer itself is a hazy honey with a dense stream of bubbles rushing up from the nucleation site. Non compact sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Honey sweet malt with an underlying tartness of citrus. Hints of nutty earthiness.

Taste: Slightly sweet and honey like upfront, though still light and crisp. Sour and tart near the finish. Some mild hop bitterness lingers after the sip.

Mouthfeel: Average to slightly lower than average carbonation level. Body is excellent.

Drinkability: A classic beer that I have waited to long to sample. My wife brought this home from Chicago for me, knowing enough about what I have had to pick something up that I haven't.

beveritt, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a mildly hazy, light orange color with a huge, billowing white head. Fine-bubbled and long lasting, leaving plenty of sheet lacing on the glass.

Lemony, fruity, yeasty and zesty all describe the nose of this beer well. Grassy hops smell like hallertau to me. The overall aroma is kind of like a freshly opened bag of sour patch kids candy, maybe a few SweeTarts thrown in there as well. Just a bit of the expected farmhouse funkiness. The best saison I have ever smelled.

Refreshingly tart with a light malt presence and grassy hop notes. I could almost use a bit more funk in here, but then it would not be as refreshingly delicious as it is right now. Tastes a bit like chewing on a fresh hibiscus spring flower. Terrific beer, A+ all the way. I have bought more than a few Saison DuPonts over the years, and it seems to be a pretty fragile beer, as some off-flavors can make an appearance in some bottles. Why do they continue to use these green bottles?! But there is nothing quite so good as a perfect bottle of this liquid nectar. Nearly the perfect beer.

twiggamortis420, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of illidurit
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stone. Nice gold color with a cap of thick white froth. Subtle spicy aroma, cloves and pepper, lemons, and grain. Flavor is similar with a grainy base, lemony wheat notes, and a dry, peppery finish. Perfect balance and interplay between flavors are what make this the quintessential saison. Refreshing and drinkable.

illidurit, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of bort11
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip. Tall fluffy white head, great legs but only spots of lacing. Color is a murky and hazy golden yellow. Even through thehace carbonation jumps from the bottom of the glass.

Smell has a dried green apple tartness with a slight sour funk. There is some more green aromas. Parsley and celery. Taste is rightfully fruity, yet very dry. There are pear skins and coriander. Still a bit of horse blanket funkiness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a bone dry finish. This is great for the summer.

Blipped "Time of the Season" by The Zombies. It's a classic!

bort11, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of billshmeinke
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Heineken pint glass

A: Pours murky gold with a 3 finger head. The head remains throughout (about 2 cm). Very impressive lacing.

S: Smells of green apple, some sweetness accompanied with spice, and some yeasty funk.

T: Sour green apple, biscuit, funky belgian yeast and spice.

M: Pretty highly carbonated, but nice. The mouthfeel adds to the spice. It is also quite refreshing as one would expect a saison to be.

D: Easy drink. It's great, try it.

billshmeinke, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of jwheeler85
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Had a peachy - amber opaque color to it. Was very fizzy when poured and developed a thick white head.

S- A little difficult to find the words for the aromas here. Definitely something that reminds me or green apples and maybe a little grapefruitiness. There is also a slight malt smell with some spices in the background.

T- Starts off a bit biscuity and sour. Some citrus flavors and yeast funkiness kick in mid way through.

M- Medium bodied and thick, almost chewy feeling. Medium to low carbonation.

D- Refreshing, yet I can only drink one 750ml at a time because it is a bit heavy feeling.

jwheeler85, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of pants678
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a cloudy, translucent orange-gold color with a white, single finger head that maintains well and seems rather bubbly.

I get coriander and onion from the smell. Strong tones of citrus, almost tart, and hints of honey.

Tastes much like it smells, minus that last bit about the honey. Not getting that sugary sweet bit, sharply and tightly carbonated but dissipates quickly from the tongue leaving just slight aftertaste. It's fruity, but again not sweet, almost a wheat consistency that's spiced like a fall seasonal.

Carbonation combines flavors, but there's not so much complexity for savoring. It's stronger toward the middle and very light.

The clean finish.

pants678, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold body with great carbonation for a frothy, two-finger head that died slowly and left some lace. A very sharp, semi-pungent spice and clove smell with some eart/grassiness and a good amount of fruit and yeast in the background of the aroma. Great smoothness that is balanced with a well-carb'd crispness. Yeast and bread malt make the beer somewhat chewey and creamy and there is a little bit of sweetness derived from the fruit flavoring. I can taste pear, apple, orange; there are some good fruti tastes in here and the beer finishes slightly dry thanks to hops and little funkiness in it as well. An excellent beer to pour a few glasses for you and a couple of friends to sip on.

clayrock81, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Saison Dupont glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow with Champagne-like bubbles and head, and some lacing.

Smell: Citrus, banana, spice, overall Belgian funkiness.

Taste: Peppery, with strong citrus and fruit notes. Nice hop bitterness comes through to the end.

Feel: Light body with relatively high carbonation. Very dry and wine-like.

Drinkability: Exceedingly refreshing and easy to drink, but with loads of flavor.

bsp77, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a golden color with a nice finger and change of foam. There's a flurry of activity in the glass, like suspended yeast particles and rising streams of bubbles.

I'm impressed by the strength of the nose. I'm smelling fruits (mostly pear and lemon, maybe some green apple), spice, and the standard Siason funk. The spice and familiar Belgian yeast remind me of a tripel in a way.

The flavor isn't as bold to me as the aroma is. However, there are a lot of different flavors present. It's hard for me to decide which fruity flavor is the dominant one, but, if I had to pick, I'd probably say lemon. As soon as I say that, there's a funky pear in the finish. There's a grassy hop quality, too. I appreciate the complexity and the depth of the flavors, but they're not as pleasant as they are in the nose.

Highly carbonated, but it seems to be appropriate. Very dry finish. Body is on the lighter side. Crisp, zesty and refreshing. Good stuff, especially this time of year.

Gyle41386, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of PsychoJedi
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice shade of gold, but filmy. Really nice head. The smell is a fresh smell this is by no means watered down. Taste is awesome. Really clean, fresh, and un-watered down taste. Goes down smooth with no bite or aftertaste even trying really hard to tell. I paid $7.50 in a specialty store in Alabama for this bottle (most I have paid for a bottle in a store as of this date) and I am not disappointed at all. The bottle with the corked top is no marketing scheme. Has the year on it for some reference to its freshness which taste fresh. I am really going to enjoy drinking this beer!

**Edit**

Turns out the bottle I bought for so much was a larger version of the same beer in my frig. I will give the small, cheaper priced, bottle to my girlfriend to try.

PsychoJedi, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of joepais
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 2008 bottle poured into my Allagash challis produced a nice size white head that lasted a good amount of time then it turned to a nice lace. The body was a wonderful hazy golden yellow in color

There is quite a bit of hops in the nose in this one. Then some great fruit aromas come through as well. The flavors follow the nose but also a nice spiciness as well. The feel in your mouth is medium with excellent carbonation for your tongue

An easy to drink Saison I really enjoyed with my meal. I conceder this a great go to brew for the summer season

joepais, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of ChopperSmith
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a 750ml bottle into a standard pint glass. Cloudy golden color with a nice head that retained for a good while.

Smell - A wonderful funky yeasty smell that is probably the best nose of all farmhouse style Saison's that I've tried. A good floral scent as well.

Taste - Slightly sweet floral and citrus flavors and really yeasty and slightly dry. A good earthy tasting brew.

Mouth feel - Relatively lower carbonation and a good smooth and creamy feel on the tongue.

Drinkability - This is definitely one of my favorites, if not THE favorite, of the Saison Farmhouse ales. Delicious, earthy, yeasty, funky, and all in the best possible usage of the terms. This is a very drinkable ale that never disappoints.

ChopperSmith, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Seru1
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poursed from a 4 pack bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Big Frothy white head, with a cloudy golden body. Little champagne like bubbles drift up to the top of the glass

Smell- Citrus and pear fruits begin at the bottom and get spicier and more floral as your nose nears the top of the glass.

Taste- Tangy citrus melds into earthy spiceyness thant lingers on the palate, pleasently dry showing a full range of hop character, but in my opinion this is definatly a food beer. A creamy ceaser salad really brings out a sweet apple tree fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel- I can almost feel it pop on my tongue, the flavor is pervading and long lasting.

Drinkability- Even if your not a hops fan, which I am not, there's alot to absorb here. With and without food this is a beautiful complex beer. I probably would buy this regularly, but I'd certainly include it on a tasting or for a beer dinner.

Seru1, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of EatsTacos
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, cloudy golden yellow with a thick and frothy head.

Smell: Hops come through quite well but don't take over. Fruits reminding me of apples and pears, with a lot of spicey Belgian yeast character

Taste: Everything works well together. Begins moderately sour and fruity and moves into an earthy and spicey yeast flavour. Hoppy bitterness cleanses the palate in the finish which is very dry. Refreshing and not overpowering, but complex enough to keep you interested for a long, long time

Mouthfeel: Medium and soft carbonation with a medium body

EatsTacos, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This puppy was hard to find by name... glad I didn't try to 'add' a beer! Bottle.. purchased at Cost Plus World Market on a room temp. shelf location.

- Love the year stamp on the inside of the cork... which opened with a bang! Huge inch of bubbly white head... and a great creamy light-yellow lemon zest of a color... so true to its nature.

- Seriously a nice hop scent from afar.. now up close.. holy pungent hops and sweet nectar.. bit of Belgian yeast there... slight lemon zest... and mega hops... did not expect the hop explosion at all... seriously reminds me of the Hop Wallop I cracked some time ago,,,,

- Clear, smooth... Belgian yeast.. light banana.. lemon zest and herb.. and clean hop aroma... skunky.. earthy.. and good!

- Crisp... not oily, not bitter... seriously wonderful... a cleansing...

- Over carbonated really... would love to drink more in a shot as the bottle is rather large... but I'd be afraid of belching up enough foam that it would look like a crazy bubble-scene from the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory... but the flavor is great..

Docer, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of fitzy84
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, burnt orange appearance with a large, fluffy head narrates this beautiful drink. Good retention and sticky lacing on the sides. Very yeasty aromas with hints of floral and honey. Taste is a bit thin, but a palate cleanser indeed. A dry drink with a solid crispness. Overall, a great saison.

fitzy84, May 31, 2009
Photo of Philabeerphia
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz caged and corked beer presented in one of my favorite bottles. inspiring... begs to be poured using a heavy fist tilting from high on the neck of this green bottle. Already I feel just a bit like I am sitting on a stone wall on a French farm. I split this beer with my wife, and we each pour the contents into a tulip glass. A straight pour. Head is intense, blossoms taller than two, almost three fingers, with decent retention that eventually gives way and almost disappears altogether. Golden straw color, clouded at first by yeast suspended onto the fine bubbling that eventually settles and brings some clarity. Lacing retains low viscosity, flowing quickly back into the glass.

Nose is predominately a super dry champagne yeast, mixed with a solid hit of funky mud. muted, dry and neutral, reminds me of an animal sheltered under a thick shell - this nose is hiding a complex organism. Only heavy inhalation reveals a bit of citric bite.

Man this taste is supreme. One of the most subtly complex beers I've come across. Starts out crisp with larger bubbles of carbonation. Orange zest becomes alcohol drenched pears and tart apples. Opens onto the tongue with a surprising amount of bready, mealy banana yeast, and pale malts. It seems that the carbonation has grown fuller and softer. Some refreshing orchard fruit - but still overripe and fusel - creeps back in as it works its way towards the back of the mouth, and then swallows with just enough of a hop bite to leave a lingering puddle of bitterness at both corners of my mouth. Along with this, there is a fair amount of alcohol heat left behind.
Mouthfeel is dry, drawn out with a bounty of mid sized carbonation bubbles that lend at times a crisp, then soft feel. Overall it is zesty, light bodied and moves well. It is never boring, stays refreshing and very drinkable. One of the standard bearers in my mind, even though it might not be the apex of the style.

Philabeerphia, May 27, 2009
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
94 out of 100 based on 3,429 ratings.