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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 3,561
Reviews: 1,481
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 209
Gots: 317 | FT: 9
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-26-2002

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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.

Photo of tpd975
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer I really like but have never taken the time to rate.

A: Pours a slightly murky straw yellow hue with a tall puffy white head. Excellent retention with nice chunks of lace.

S: Nice fresh lemon with strong Belgian yeast. Subtle notes of hay and funk.

T: Citric for sure, nice blast of yeast for balance. Light spice and a touch of Saison tartness. The more I drink I pick up and a light sour dough bread type flavor. Solid Saison.

M: On the lighter side of medium, real crisp carbonation.

D: Good. I like this beer alot. The price tag keeps me coming back for me.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this one is a hazy gold. The head is one finger with a white color. Light lacing on the sides, medium alcoholic legs.

I can smell Belgian yeast funk, lemon peel, wheat grass. Smells are very medium to an effect where they blend very well and are not over powering.

The taste is a Belgian yeast paired many citrus flavors, like orange peel and an earthy lemon grass taste as well.

The beer is easily drinkable. I drank my bottle fairly fast. I am glad I picked up a bottle and will do so again in the future.

J

Photo of medic25
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip from a 750ml bottle. The earthy aroma was pretty apparent even as I poured my first glass; color is a slightly hazy orange with a huge frothy head. I got the same foam on the last glass that I did on the first, and the lacing lingered nicely. Aroma is a strong one; tough to pin down, but the best way to describe it would be the hay/barnyard aroma I associate with Saisons. Taste is a little strong, a little acerbic, pleasant but I've tasted others I prefer. Very dry finish; definitely a palate cleanser. I've always thought of this as the "standard" for the style, but to be honest I'd rather have a Hennepin.

Photo of deapokid
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a champagne flute.

Liquid is a thin, glowing yellow with a vibrant carbonation. Head is initially large, but fizzles quickly. Lacing is attractively wrapped around the base of the glass.

Aromas range from dry lemon zest to tart fruits; basically the textbook farmhouse aroma. Thankfully, it has a delightfully musky odor that makes this style so appealing.

Banana esthers, liberal spicing and coriander open - almost as if this were a witbier - followed by a heavy dose of dryness, which is much more resonant than most of this style. It seems to move from polar opposites (flavor wise) at an astounding rate. It's good, but definitely needs to find a balance.

The tingle of the carbonation and the spicing are quite the opening, but the concluding dryness is a bit too strong, but not enough to take away from the preceding feel.

As it warms, some of the unbalanced characteristics seem to temper, but I must wholeheartedly admit that I've always found this Saison a bit disappointing, despite its reputation.

Photo of Schmaltzy
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours murky straw gold that has a ridiculous amount of head, I was pouring unhurriedly and yet half my glass was head that left some slight lacing.

S-slight funkyness first, bread, hay smell, lemon, I can definately smell the lemon grass aforementioned, definate funk.

T-not as strong as the smell. Nice smooth citrus flavors but not overpowering with a nice smooth bready yeast flavor and some subtle barnyard/hay tastes.

M-definate light mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation that actually is a good thing, I feel that this beer needs the heavy carbonation to keep that light crisp flavor and not overpower the barnyard flavors.

D-very easy to drink, not overpowering but I feel like I need more in the taste department, if the taste was as good as the smell it would be much better.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky golden straw color that engulfs the glass with head with a careful pour. Wasn't careful enough I guess. Sticky lacing left down the glass as it finally subsides.

Smell was band aid funk, lemon grass, some more funk, some orange peel, some more lemon grass, and another helping of funk to round it off. Nice citrus character as well. Farmhouse goodness, for sure.

The taste is not quite as funky as the smell would suggest. In fact, this is quite subdued which is a positive because it makes for a refreshing, drinkable brew...and it is also a negative because I'd like a little more stinky citrus in my nostrils. What can I say though, this is just damn refreshing and mighty fine tasting. One of the "cleanest" saisons I've tried. Doesn't quite have enough punch to be at home with my favorites of the style though.

Mouthfeel is medium/light with a bit of carbonation sting. On par with how the style should be. Drinkability is very high due to the refreshing and clean nature of it. If I were only drinking one glass I would rather have a Fantome Saison, but for a session you can send this one my way any time. Good beer.

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

A: Yellow haze with lasting half inch head. Brown sediment at the bottom of the bottle that fell on top of the white head.

S: Bread, grass, unknown spice
T: Grassy bread with biscuits flavor. Sweet coriander? spice flavor. Slight bitter bite at the end
M/D: Light summer drinker imo, tasty and very easy to drink. Im sure a few of these would go down easily.

Photo of UA8
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a billowing white head that recedes leaving chunky lacing down the sides of the glass.

S- Biscuity yeast and malts, lemon, a touch of an herbal honey note.

T- Leads with semi sweet honey esq malts, midpalate has various fruit and lemony notes. Finishes with a lightly bitter herbal note.

M- Light crisp and refreshing with a balanced carbonation that carries the flavors smoothly over the palate.

D- Quite the tasty and refreshing beer. Very easy to drink maybe a bit too easy.

Photo of berkey
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a chalice. From 10/13/09 notes.

Forms a smallish but very stubborn foamy white head. Body is a bright yet very hazy golden color. Leaves some uneven spotty lacing.

Primary aromas are of Belgian yeast, tart apples, spice, some great earthy notes, oak, and a slight musty character. There's also some herbal grassy hops in the background.

More tart apple and spice flavors from the aroma along with the same earthiness. Some dry and faintly funky notes in here as well. Aftertaste includes some spice, hops, and a slightly phenolic quality that becomes less noticeable as it goes.

Feel is very nice. Medium carbonation compliments the grainy texture and pleasant dry qualities.

Overall one of the better Saison's I've tried and a great value. Just might become a regular in the fridge.

Photo of Stew1284
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a cloudy golden look. Smells great like the typical Belgian style ale. The taste is good, the hops and tartness provide great flavor. It's hard to put the beer down. Mouthfeel is nice, good carbonation. Drinkability is also good. I just drank one and I think I need another.

Photo of supercolter
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is good. Some small head and nice lacing. Smell is good nice hops and upfront spicing that packs a bit of a punch. Taste is pretty good but a little less balanced than I thought it would be. It's good, but I prefer Hennipen. Mouthfeel is nice, medium in body. Drinkability is good as well.

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

A cloudy, golden-yellow body that has a few particles floating around in it. A giant white head is made of of large bubbles and therefore sinks pretty quickly, but also retains a nice cap throughout the drink. Thick, sticky lacing.

The aroma has a spicy, coriander type character to it, with some light fruitiness in the background. Peaches, apricots, maybe a bit of green apple. The strongest part of the aroma is a tart, funky yeast aroma.

In the flavor, the tartness is once again the strongest element. A slight green apple tartness is overshadowed by a spicy, old-hay like flavor, which is great. A light fruitiness is still in the background along with a touch of sugary sweetness.

The mouthfeel is solid for a saison; moderate body that explodes with a ton of carbonation on the tongue.

Saison Dupont is a classic, and it is no surprise that it is a great saison with great drinkability.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A-Glowing golden brew, hazy. Topped with a healthy bright off-white head, cloudy and huge off the pour and rocky as it slowly receded with thick lacing.

S-Spicy coriander and clove, semi-sweet matliness with a huge fruity presence.

T-Bready, biscuity maltiness forms a base for slight spicy characters, black peppery and with an herbal bitterness. Earthy, in a way minerally. This mixes with some subtle fruity characters. Finishes fruity and spicy, pretty dry.

M-High carabonation makes this brew surprisingly refreshing, with a moderate, springy body.

D-Tasty and, as I sai, surprisingly refreshing.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 8/26/09

A - Pale & very hazy gold in color. Poured a two finger head riddled with bubbles. It settled some but remaind fluffy. Pretty good retention throughout. Rather impressive lacing.

S - Upon initial smell it seemed very grassy, similar to a humid prairie. A closer whiff reveals spices - clove & ginger, hints of fruit - sweet apple & white grapes. A spot of cinnamon in there, too.

T - The taste upfront follows closely the nose; grassy - wheat & hay. Warmth of the beer makes apparent an interesting malt character that resembles fresh baked bread that is immediately toasted. Spicy clove. A dab of orange peel.

M - Reasonably zesty carbonation. Medium, yet dense, mouth feel. Kind of gritty (though not resiny). At times the beer boarders on loitering. Hmm, strange...

D - I am kind of iffy with this beer. I liked it enough, but something didn't fully click. For me, the aroma was the high-point by far. I'm glad I tried it but am in no hurry to drink another.

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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