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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 3,550
Reviews: 1,475
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 206
Gots: 313 | 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 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.

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

Appearance: The beer poured with a huge head, slightly off white head with a very hazy lighter copper, honey colored. Terrific lacing.

Smell: Funky spice and citrus with a tiny bit of sweetness.

Taste: Complex spicy peppery flavor, with a bitter slight sourness and citrus. It also has a very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied with a ton of carbonation that works.

Drinkability: The complex taste keeps you interested, but the higher carbonation and dry, crisp finish lets you drink it down. A very enjoyable first experience with with Brasserie Dupont.

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally got around to buying a bottle and reviewing this one.

A: A hazy goldenrod color with a very, very fluffy white head.

S: There is a lot of spice: pepper and clove for the most part. There is a nice bit of lemon and a mild funkiness.

T: A lot of spice is present up front--clove and pepper--followed by a mild sweetness from the malt and a bit of funk and citrus. The finish has a mild hop bitterness.

M: The beer is crisp, light, and dry on the tongue. The carbonation is abundant and helps to keep the beer nice and refreshing.

D: I can see why this one is so popular. A wonderful Saison, and one that would be perfect for a warm afternoon.

Photo of Amalak
2.88/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I had this out of a corked 25.4 ounce bottle.
A- It has a big, thick bubbly head with a good amount of lacing. Extremely bubbly (small), gold, clear.
S- It has something of a sour pilsner scent.
T- It has a vegetable maltiness to it. Kind of lagery, with an ale aftertaste. Some bitterness, expecially in the aftertaste. For an $11 bottle, I expect a more sophisticated taste.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to thank my wonderful girlfriend for supplying this beer. I can't believe it took me this long to try this one. Thanks, Melissa.

A: This bottle almost forces the cork out of my hand as I try and pour it. It opens with a loud sound somewhere between a crack and a pop. The beer pours an extremely cloudy and hazy golden straw color. Head forms an inch thick and remains intact for the entire drink. Streams of carbonation bubbles cascade upwards into the thick and inviting foam. Lacing comes in thick rings and gobs.

S: As soon as I open this beer a strong funky horseblanket aroma erupts from the bottle into my nostrils. Once this beer is decanted, though, the smell really mellows out. Banana and apricot esters flow freely. They are juxtaposed against a spicy, peppery, farmhouse yeast character. They all blend together seamlessly and serenade my nostrils.

T: The encore to the aroma is the incredible flavor of this beer. There is no secret as to why many consider this one of the defining representations of the Saison style. Peppery spices combine nicely with the yeast and fruity esters. The middle to the end of the flavor adds a nice dryness, reminiscent of a tripel, but this one is contributed to by the sourdough bready malts. There is a slight farmhouse funk in the middle and in the finish, rounding out this beer nicely.

M/D: Light to medium in texture, the feel of this beer evolves with temperature and time it has been poured. Initially, there is a strong effervescent feel, but as the beer warms and sits exposed to air, the beer turns smooth and almost silky, finishing nice and dry. There is a lot of great stuff going on with this beer. Every overlying feature that I was looking for in the flavor was there, and they all went together in a near perfect balance. I would drink a full 750mL bottle by myself if I could, but I guess I don't mind sharing either.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One word to describe this beer: Chaotic. It's all over the place, but it all comes together in the end.

This brew is packed with wide ranging flavors and aromas. Grainy breads, tart fruits, spices, citrus peels, all brought together with a decent amount of bitterness and heavy duty carbonation.

A bit acidic feeling, sort of like orange juice on an empty stomach. Altogether a solid beer worthy of trying.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Tulip.

A. Massive 3 finger head of frothy white bubbles. Opens with a very loud Pop. Very good retention. Just a little lacing. Nice golden color.

S. Spices, malt, fruit, yeast, quite a bit of funk when first opened. Peppery quality.

T. Spice, pepper, fruity, peaches, apricot, not overly sweet. I had remembered more complexit of flavors when had on tap.

M. Medium/low bodied. Dry. Well carbonated and refreshing.

D. Not as much complexity as I remeber it from the last time I had it on tap. A refreshing beer and very drinkable. Will have to seek it out on tap again to see if it was like I remembered.

Photo of Walken
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brasserie Dupont: Saison (Cork: 2009) (Tasted 12/08/09)
375 ml. bottle, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Soft pour, holy moly, it seems as if there's a mountain in my glass. Oh, nevermind, it's just the head on this beer. Eggshell white peak of meringue-ish foam atop a seat of soapy bubbles atop a hazy, straw colored beer. Retention is stellar, there's still about two inches of foam as I drink.
Odor: An intense array of aroma. Sharp, musty funk up front, earthy/floral hops, orange peel in the middle, soft grainy pils malt and richness in the background.
Consistency: Lightish body, carbonation is firm but not biting, somewhat creamy.
Flavor: Earthy, slightly citric bitter hop strikes first, complimented by spicy yeast. Rough grainy pils malt middle, some barnyardy musty yeast there too, slight sourness around the edges. Finish is bone freaking dry, hops linger.

Classic for a reason.

Photo of Goldfish19
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~ Purchased this 12.7 oz bottle from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. The pour is cloudy yellow with a huge frothy white head that lingers around for a while. What a fantastic smell! It's funky, citrusy, and a little spicy. Taste is the same. It's somewhat complex, but also smooth, very refreshing, and well-balanced. A must try! ~

Photo of hosehead83
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7oz. bottle with "2009" printed on the cork into a wine goblet
Orange/straw colored and hazy with a huge cloud deck of foam
Aroma-Spicy, distinctive Belgian ale funkiness, fruity
Taste-Fruity,peppery, spicy, clove notes-Abit different with each sip-A dry, tasty finish-Very drinkable and refreshing
Overall, one of the premier examples of the Saison/Farmhouse style.

Photo of buschbeer
2.11/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I poured into a pint glass. There is very little trouble getting a huge head on this one. I got a giant white fluffy head that hung around for the duration. I'm not sure what is going on with this beer. It smells and tastes like soap. It is a 750ml bottle so I poured in two different glasses and still got this taste and smell. Huge disappointment. I will have to revisit this one. It may have been on the shelf too long. Maybe I just don't like it.

Santé!

Photo of thecarster1
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- 750ml corked bottle poured into a small pint glass, two inch thick very dense stark white head that had the best retention i've ever seen (this is one of the first real belgian beers i've had), head fades to a crater of head that stays around the whole beer long, hazy orange gold coloring, very attractive.

s- dry, grapey/winey sweetness, tart green apple, grassy, i didn't pick up too much funk.

t- fruity, citric, grapey, tart green apple, finishes very dry with a ever so slight tinge of alcohol, very interesting beer, my first saison.

m- very light with a bit of effervescent.

d- very good, i paired this with thanksgiving dinner, the lightness went very well and didn't conflict with any of the flavors, this was my first saison and i really enjoyed it, it's not an everyday beer but i'd drink it again for sure.

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,550 ratings.