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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,213 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,213
Reviews: 1,443
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 173
Gots: 211 | 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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drseamus

New York

2.93/5  rDev -30.1%

A slightly cloudy golden color with a thick white head. I was sure not to get any of the yeast on the initial pour. The aroma was slightly citrusy but with a sour note that almost smelled like the beer was bad. The flavor was not what I expected. Only a bit of citrus poked through the musty dry flavor. There was an abundance of bitterness. I actually had a hard time finishing the entire 750. Mouthfeel was pretty light but not a beer I'll drink again unless I go to back to belgium.

10-06-2007 15:28:54 | More by drseamus
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Halcyondays

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11.2 oz., 330 mL bottle,

A: Pours a sparkling, cloudy yellow, with a big, thick, white head, that just keeps coming, very frothy and billowy, cloud-like.

S: Very lemony, citrus, a bit of hops, also had a bit of a sour tint to it, with some white pepper, as well.

T: Very lemony upfront, strong citrus flavour, the hops a very noticable, very dry and earthy, grassy, especially for a Belgian beer, grassy, pretty straightforward in the flavours, not the most complex of beers, but all the flavours are very good and enjoyable.

M: Dry, very dry, medium-bodied, very refreshing, definitely a great summer quencher beer.

D: A great all-around beer, could do lots of things with it, from relaxing poolside or pairing it with a 5-course meal, very versatile beer, a tad pricey, but worth it every time.

10-04-2007 00:23:12 | More by Halcyondays
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JBogan

Nevada

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured a light golden color into my chilled glass with a generous 3 finger head. A large continuous stream of lively bubbles streamed from the center and fed the frothy foam which stuck nicely to the sides.

Citrus was the main attraction here, with a very refreshing aroma.

The taste was also mostly citrus with a good amount of hops. Not a beer which seemed to have much in the way of underlying tastes going on, it was all right up front.

Incredible mouth feel, the carbonation just kept coming.

A very drinkable beer, very clean and refreshing. My first time trying this but it won't be the last. Would even make a great session beer if not for the price, but it's also a perfect beer to break out a bottle or two for those special occasions.

09-27-2007 00:42:13 | More by JBogan
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dnichols

Washington

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

I poured a 375 ml bottle into a chilled Dupont Saison glass.

A: The body is a opaque, creamy and lemony yellow that is reminiscent of a lemon cream soda. The head was amazingly abundant…a full four fingers that continued to be generated for several minutes after I poured the beer into my glass. The head is bone white, sticky and it lasted forever. I prefer a little less head but the white head on the lemony body reminded me of my grandmothers lemon mirage pie…yummy.

S: The aroma is a perfumy floral complemented by a lemony citrus odor.

T: It is a bit tart and sour with a white pepper aftertaste. There is a mellow herbal sweetness with a bite of a lemon rind. There is a green grass bitter flavor that comes forward and dominates but the aggressive carbonation and lemony freshness clean the palate and leave a refreshing taste inviting the next sip.

M: It has a creamy smoothness despite the heavy bite of carbonation and dryness from the alcohol. This Saison is medium-bodied and very silky it reminds me of a Belgium Witbier.

D: This is nice smooth beer that went down quite well. It is a very drinkable Saison that is best suited for a mid-summer afternoon pool party

Comment: I enjoy Saisons as a change of pace from other Belgiums. This is a very refreshing beer that belongs in the lineup for summer parties and picnics.

09-16-2007 04:13:07 | More by dnichols
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Rudgers73

New York

4.9/5  rDev +16.9%

Poured into my Duvel tulip. The cage comes off and the cork almost flies out. The beer (poured slowly) fills about 1/4 of the glass and a huge billowing head takes up the rest. The carbonation is raging from the bottom laser etching supporting this beast of a rocky, soapy head. This is one magnificent looking beer. The smell really indicated how dry this beer is going to be. Smooth and spicy, there is yeast, citrus, and sweet bubblegum aromas. I have to wait a few minutes- even though it is in a tulip glass- to drink the beer because the head it so retentive and thick.
The flavor is very complex: The initial sip is incredibly dry and bitter, but after it sits on your tongue for a while the sticky-sweet, buttery flavors bleed out. There are flavors of grapes, melon, wheat, and bitter orange mixed within every sip. The aftertaste is like taffy with an overall earthy taste throughout then entire sip. Definite Belgian candi sugar, and lots of it to dry this out so much. Prickly and tingly give an effervescent mouthfeel that makes you want to keep sipping. As the sips continue there is more of a grapey-hoppy flavor. I can taste pure and fresh Goldings hops as it warms up which adds a certain metallic effect that is amplified by the dryness. As the beer goes from bitter, to sweet, back to a metallic bitterness it shows many dimensions. I am still staring at a big chunk of head that remains on the side of the glass for the entire session- crazy...
Overall, this is one unique and amazing beer. I wish it didn't cost so much because I feel that I should have a few before I can really grasp what is going on with the drink at different temps. It changes almost dynamically as temperature increases and the drink progresses.

Awesome beer.

09-16-2007 01:04:41 | More by Rudgers73
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joeysmokedporter

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured a 750 mL bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours golden, brownish-orange, hazy appearance, with a full, rocky, tightly beaded head and lacing.

S: unfortunately had a skunky aroma, after awhile the skunkiness flashed off and left it with a refreshing, citrus-fruit and slightly floral aroma.

T: Begins with a dried fruit, cherry-like flavor, combines with earthiness, then a clovy taste works its way in. Ends with an earthy, slightly mouth-watering bitterness. A very refreshing flavor. After awhile an orange citrus flavor is present in the beginning. Reminds me of a light tripel.

M: Very fluffy and light, adds to the refreshingness of the beer.

D: More drinkable than a tripel, nice flavor complexity balanced with a light mouthfeel makes for a refreshing beer. I could enjoy a number of these.

Edit: I was going to change my review because 3.85 seems awfully low for a beer this enjoyable. However, I noticed that other reviewers noticed the skunkiness. It is unfortunate that the shippers and distributors aren't helping but neither is the green bottle. I let my scoring stand but if you can let the skunkiness flash off then this is a great beer well worth drinking.

09-15-2007 01:48:41 | More by joeysmokedporter
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oelergud

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

Sunny, hazy translucent body. Huge white, fluffy and clinging head with great retention and beautiful lace, medium size bubbles.
Scent is yeast, earth, hay and grainy. Light honey and spiced hops. Abit of warmth really turns up the intensity of the malts.
Tastes like musty earth at first, then more hops come through and finally a sweet light honey flavor. The aftertaste is long and hoppy with some spice.
Medium-full body with some coating and a dry slightly puckering finish.
Pretty good drinkability but too high abv to be a thirstquencher.

-Oelergud

09-08-2007 18:29:56 | More by oelergud
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domtronzero

California

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

My favorite beer of all time. The standard benchmark for the Saison style. Highly recommended.

Pours lemony-yellow with a huge rocky, three finger massive head, leaving lacing all over the glass. Very inviting. Aroma is grassy/hoppy. Flavor is dry/herbal-hoppy/spicy with a very dry finish. Spicy notes in the aftertaste and a slight alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, easy to drink. Agian, my favorite beer, all around.

09-08-2007 06:53:00 | More by domtronzero
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BucBasil

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -11.7%

Appearance: After I uncaged the bottle, I thought the cork was going to come out itself. Poured into my tulip glass with a very inviting cloudy bright orange color. A 3 and a half finger white head built quickly on this one.

Smell: I wasn't impressed here at first but it kind of grew on me. At first it was comparable to a low grade pils, but then some nice citrus aromas started coming through. Eventually it just lost aroma altogether, turning into a clean inoffensive breath inwards. Confusing.

Taste: Nice and light with hints of citrus at first, some hoppiness comes through, but then it turns sour... literally. I'm not sure what to think about that change, but it wasn't bad. There is a grassy note in there somewhere and a bittering finish that adds just the right amount of bite. Refreshing after cooling off an hour or so after running.

Notes: What a strange brew this is. It's my first of the saison style, and probably won't be my last. My only complaint, and the thing that will probably keep me from buying this for wuite sometime is the hefty price that comes on a glass of this. It was about 6 dollars... Ouch.

09-06-2007 01:19:50 | More by BucBasil
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +9.3%

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A beautiful, honey-blonde ale pours into the glass with a monstrous, fluffy white head. Superb retention is fueled by a fervent carbonation, which bubbles up around small chunks of yeast. Lacing is clumpy, but visually appealing. The aroma packs notes of vanilla, honey, wheat bread, orange cream, an a bit of a warming "Band-aid" note. Very enticing on the whole.

Wow: this is delicious. Notes of wheat, fruit, and honey complement organic grasses, vanilla, coriander spice, and (not too) sweet malts. Some alcohol peeks through as well. Mouthfeel is crisp, a bit on the dry side, but bubbly and refreshing. A bitter bite on the end lets you know some spicy hops are at work. I'd probably have this beer every day if my liver and budget would allow it. Definitely a worthwhile Saison.

09-05-2007 03:48:25 | More by wagenvolks
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Maracuja

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours with a towering white head which takes quite some time to settle over the super yeast sedimented pale orangey-golden liquid. Nose is loaded with "horse blanket" aromas and fruitiness mingling with a light maltiness and yeastiness. The taste is wonderfully light bodied and hoppy, with lots of fruity overtones coupled with an effervescent carbonation makes this a very refreshing and tasty (and winning)combination. Thge finish is damm near perfect, with the fruity/sweet flavors morphing into a gorgeously hoppy, dry long finish...this is one outstanding Saison, if you see it, try it!

09-05-2007 01:21:53 | More by Maracuja
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -17.7%

750 ml bottle. Pours a murky brownish gold, with a big fizzy meringue -like white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is musty yeast, cloves and banana. There are some metallic skunky notes. As it warms, some peppery, floral notes and a little citrus come out.

The flavor is bready malts, yeast and a little fruit with a slightly bitter peppery finish. There are some skunky metallic notes. The mouthfeel is medium and extremely bubbly with a ton of carbonation (too much for me). As it warms, the mouthfeel smooths out a lot.

This is a tale of two beers. I sampled it after letting it sit out for a little while. I started pretty cold and it seemed pretty pedestrian (about a 6/10). As it warms, it smooths out and becomes more complex.

08-27-2007 05:30:28 | More by Beaver13
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Rainintheface

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

750ml bottle. cork says 2.006, I assume bottling year but I don't know. It's the high 90's here in Boston. Saison seemed a good choice.

A:cloudy and golden in color. abundance of carbonation and four finger white head that lingers well into drink. without exaggeration, one of the finest heads I've ever seen. foam clings to sides. 5.0 is a temptation but can't quite pull the trigger.

S: a rush of farmhouse aromas with pop of cork. earthy, musty, hops, lemons as well as a sourness

T: tart, a bit sour. grainy. slight peppery aftertaste

M: smooth and medium bodied, fizzy carbonation and dry finsh

D: very, very drinkable. great all around

Wow! Will fight with Hennepin for space in my shopping carriage.

08-25-2007 21:17:18 | More by Rainintheface
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kernalklink

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

Very good saison- i was apprehensive at first- the cork popped and all i could smell was skunk. I was pleasantly surprised that the taste was quite the opposite. The pour was light golden with a huge billowing head and great sustained lacing. Extremely light body, great carbonation and smooth going down. Very subtle belgian spiciness, grassy, earthy and very fresh. There is a slight yeasty sourness which helps round out the finish. Definately needs to be paired with some quality food, it can only make it better. This one transported me elsewhere, and what else can you ask of a good beer than that.

08-19-2007 21:11:43 | More by kernalklink
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jnelson54

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

It came corked in dark green glass. Watch your eyes as the cork pushed its way out as soon as I removed the wire cap. A huge creamy white head. The smell is thich with malt, yeast and spice. Classic belgium beer. The taste is nice with notes of yeast and spice with a slight hint of alchol. Very nice beer for a hot day by the grill.

08-19-2007 00:43:40 | More by jnelson54
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%

Large, corked bottle.
Beautiful, cloudy light golden, with a massive creamy head with good retention and lacing.
It is quite refreshing, but I found very little complexity. Earthy and grassy on the nose, earthy and grassy on the palate. Light but well carbonated.
Pleasant, but really quite short of spectacular.

08-18-2007 02:24:00 | More by brdc
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Jmamay22

New York

4.78/5  rDev +14.1%

Careful with this one as the cork started coming out on its own after removing its cage!

This beer pours a golden hazy yellow with a huge off white head. As pouring I can already smell the sour lemon and mustiness found in a typical saison. It is a very fruity musty scent that tells you you're in for a treat.

You have to wait a bit for the head to settle, but it remains huge as I take my first sip. First sip blows me away as it has greater depth than I've ever experienced in another saison. There are many layers of flavors that dramatically change with such quickness it is difficult to discern each and pick apart everything judiciously. It begins like a typical saison with a lemon zest taste and then moves to a peppery hop bitterness. The finish is dry, but the aftertaste develops a life of its own with full flavored bitterness unlike any other. Ample carbonation in this one does not detract from its flavor, but seems to warm the palate. Highly complex and drinkable brew. Everything you want in a saison taken to a new level.

08-12-2007 22:04:00 | More by Jmamay22
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Patrick999

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +8.1%

Finally got around to reviewing this standby.

Cork pops out with pretty good force, as usual. Pours a cloudy gold, as this unfiltered beer should. Head is copious and Duvel-esque. It's perfect. This beer is ALIVE.

Once that cork comes out, you definitely smell this beer before the pour - you can't miss the pungent musty-sour farmhouse aromas, wheatgrass, and some nice sweet lemon cake. Great smell - one of those beers I could sniff all night.

Taste follows smell - at first, I get some lambic-esque sour mash taste, even a little puckery. That seems to smooth out as it warms, giving way to a lemony hop and briefly perceived sweetness. Alcohol seems a little aggressive for 6%. Carbonation is strong, and finish is dry.

Drinkability is very good, an awesome summer beer and a benchmark representative of the farmhouse style, much like Duvel and Belgian golden ales. One that I always like having around, a wonderful ale for Florida weather.

08-07-2007 01:37:27 | More by Patrick999
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

750 ml bottle at The Farmhouse served in snifters.

A hoppy, but not so bitter belgian. The nose is funky hops, gotta love it, and the malt doesn't do much. It mostly provides a nice, sweet backbone. The grassy hops and farmhouse aromas dominate and carry through into the aftertaste. All the while, the carbonation provides a Duvel-like feel with a similar fluffy white head.

08-05-2007 02:18:58 | More by tempest
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bluegrassbrew

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

750ml bottle labled 2006 into a tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge pillowy white head. Leaves very nice lace.

Smell is striking! Hit me before I even got close to the glass. Sour citrus fruits and a distinct must.

Taste is just as strong. Citrus takes a back seat to pepper and funk. Very crisp yet complex.

Overall, highly drinkable. The perfect summer beer in my opinion. Very complex and tasty. When I think of this style, this is the beer that comes to mind.

08-01-2007 00:46:48 | More by bluegrassbrew
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pinotboy007

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

A splendid Belgian with that superb "barn hay" aroma that's simply too interesting to ignore. Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass and enjoyed watching the puffy, cloud-like head rise and gently fall. Lots of lacing, too. Did I mention the aroma?

There's a smooth, citrus chraracter to this whose taste insinuates it might be a distant cousin of Duvel, if such a thing is possible. Excellent mouthfeel and a splendidly crafted ale to enjoy out on the deck in the summer weather with grilled chicken (or not).

Which is we're I'm headed right now . . . .

07-31-2007 21:04:16 | More by pinotboy007
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maltysfalcon

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%

This beer pours exceptionally bubbly. I got ahead of myself and had to wait about 10 minutes for some of the head to subside to fill the glass properly. Very yellow in color with some cloudy yeasts evident. Very light, herbal and citrus nose. The flavors
mimic the nose. I heard one reviewer describe this as his "Desert Island Beer", but it is a little too hoppy for that in my opinion. However, it is undeniably a great summer beer: light, lemony and fresh.

07-30-2007 00:32:24 | More by maltysfalcon
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -9.8%

300ml bottle poured in a dimpled mug.

Hazy, murky dirty water - yellow in appearance. Big 2 inch merangue like head on the pour. Recedes to 1/2 inch with lots of sticky lacing.

Almost smells like champagne. Sharp spiciness with some cloves with that ever present Belgian yeast character.

Sharp flavour. Slightly sour with some funk. I really don't know how to describe this. Unique.

Tight bubbles, aggressively carbonated. Medium bodied with a slight sharpness to it.

A very interesting beer, and the first true example of the style I've had. Can't say it's my favourite, but an interesting experience.

07-28-2007 05:16:40 | More by Noxious26
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emerge077

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

12.7oz. mini-magnum. Printed 06 129 on label.

Extremely bubbly, the cork makes a forceful pop, with plenty of wispy smoke. Into an oversized Oerbier tulip, it cascades up and over the lip of the wide vessel. It reflects a deep, translucent orange tone. Delicate, fluffy foam hangs on the rim, lacing the glass for the duration of drinking it.

Doughy aroma, cracker, herbs, a certain herbal cannabis note at first. Bread, herbs, and grain huskiness meld into an attractive rustic bouquet.

Juicy at first, with a building dry, herbal character that builds, and remains long after the finish. Crackery, with clove, lemon peel, and hops. It's an extremely balanced blend that is deceptively simple at first. Dry aftertaste commands you to continue sipping until it's gone. Light herbal hop dances on the tongue for a long while. Perfect with Brie, aged Gruyere, or any number of cheeses.

07-28-2007 00:35:34 | More by emerge077
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

275ml bottle, Best Before 2008 and enjoyed July 2007 on a beautiful, saison filled afternoon at Volo.

Clear bodied but with many tiny yeast particles that stay perfectly suspended, in the same way stars dot a galaxy. No head minus a thin outline that would thicken every time I swirl and reach towards the center but never quite make it, then quickly recede back. Not far from the colour of apple juice, but really more of an apricot tone.

A yeasty aroma with cider-like notes of dried apple, fresh pear, and a hint of marmalade. A very musty character with faint notes of wheat. I believe both the must and fruit component is found in the yeast.

With a little age under it the mouthfeel has flattened out significantly, leading it to drink closer to the 6.5% it is. A little grainy on the finish. Very soft on the palate with the flavours lightly gracing the tongue.

It packs a fair bit of flavour for a style that is expected to be light. It taste a little like a cider, but I would not say in any way "fruity". The taste is dominated by a pungent blend of - not so much 'fruit' - but fruit rinds. Specifically: Apple -- skins. Orange -- rinds. Grapefruit -- peel. The wheat and yeast get easily confused as both are quite noticeable in the flavour. Spices? Yea, I think so, maybe...

I have trouble agreeing with those who hail this as one of the best examples of the Saison style. It is a fair (and somewhat excellent) representation but after trying it a few times now I would not boast it as a leading example. The style, to me, is one that encourages a little departure from the norm. Whether it's fair or not, I do in a small way hold against it, that the Saison Dupont really does little to transgress from (albeit a good one) a simple Belgian ale.

07-23-2007 18:04:25 | More by biegaman
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93 out of 100 based on 3,213 ratings.