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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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93
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3,342 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,342
Reviews: 1,452
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 184
Gots: 240 | 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 tdawgydog
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After reading about the Saison ales in the latest edition of Beer Advocate I decided that I had to try some. The most prominent of the Saison ales is this one Saison DuPont and now I know why. Poured a golden orange into my Leffe Chalice with noticeable yeast particles... Unfiltered indeed. The head was at least two fingers and it was retained throghout. The taste is fruitful and enjoyable. Crisp clean taste gives way to one of the better beers I have ever had. I will definitely be seeking this out again on my next trip to my beer store.

tdawgydog, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ooo LaLa Saison. I fricking love this style now.

I drank this at a coffee shop out the bottle poured into a glass. I kinda only review beers at home, like a ritual, so forgive my crudeness.

I guess it looked yellow. Had a big head, cool looking.

I think it smelled earthy. I just smelled it once. It was hot out, I just wanted to sit outside and drink.

Tasted fricking amazing. Just the right amount of carbonation. Earthy, fruity, smooth. Like drinking jujubees.

Great aftertaste. This is one classic beer.

This beer is so good, How good is it? This beer is so good, you should drink it.

Murchmac, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of bloberglawp
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Available here via the SAQ, the provicial liquor commission. Poured in a "maredsous" chalise at 5-8 celcius.

A hazy orangish yellow ale huge white head, lacing and quite effervensent. Aroma of spice, yeast, and notes of citrus (lemon). Flavor of fresh dough, spice and esters from yeast. Dry finish and light body makes this a refreshing and incredibly quafable ale. Its a wonderful summer ale. At 6.5% abv, being bone dry and relatively light bodied, it hits my sweet spot!

bloberglawp, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably should have reviewed this excellent beer long before now. Had on tap today at the Victoria Gastro pub in Columbia.

The beer pours a hazy orange tan color with very good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, but what I get is pretty good. There is some light honey, white pepper and citrus. The beer does not smell as if it will be super sweet. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose and this beer really is delicious. It is decidedly on the dry side, but with an excellent palate profile of pepper, citrus and honey. The flavors are quite pronounced; there's nothing reticent about the flavor of this beer. The beer has a fairly light mouthfeel with the alcohol well disguised. It's easy to drink and pretty refreshing.

One of my favorite saisons. This beer is just excellent.

Edit from 1/23/11. No change in score, but the beer is on tap at Max's today, and the bartender (Jason) served me a 32 ounce glass of this beer. That'll surely never happen again, and I thought that by itself was deserving of a short note.

John_M, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12.9 ounce corked foil-cap bottle into a snifter at bespoke in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a slightly cloudy, yet rather vibrant golden yellow with some swirls of dark orange yeast and a glowing bottom.

S: Smells of ripe banana, pears and coriander, with a decided funky yeast and wheat aroma.

T: The taste is clean, crisp and flavorful. The phenol alcohol taste is masked well by sweet, lush citrus fruits and pear, along with banana and a nice spiciness like clove and allspice. It washes away dry and slightly bittersweet. Quite nice.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp, sweet, and slightly tart as well. Great for pairing with a slightly oily food.

D: This did just the trick for my plantain encrusted mahi-mahi, and I'm sure it would work just as well on its own. A really well crafted saison, complete with a complex fruity and spicy palate, with a great drying finish, perfect for pairing with meals.

I've been reluctant to splurge for the 750 mL bottle in stores, but I might have to, and bring it to a party where white wine drinkers and some shellfish might be served. I put my money on the Dupont!

Gambrinus1184, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml Champagne-style bottle sealed with a caged cork, poured into my tiny new Delerium Tremens tulip yields a bright hazy lemonade body crowned with a mighty stand of creamy, rocky white foam that retains at a fat finger and sticks lacing all over the inside of the glass.

Smell is fruity with an earthiness that speaks of freshly-tilled black soil, moldy fallen trees under a shady forest canopy, sedate cud-chewing livestock, and cold, clean water from a moss-lined well. Fresh cut hay and red clay notes lurk in the musty barnyard perfume, as does a refreshing waft of lemon peel.

The taste is so much more than fruity, which it is, bearing a profile of earthy, funky aromas that translate into solid flavors reminiscent of the smells. The drink is dry, crisp and refreshing, but defies such a simple characterization. Earthy mineral notes join with the damp flavor of fresh morel mushrooms to balance a touch of orange. A simple, mellow bitterness provides a touchstone for all the other tastes to play off of. The funk is always right there, but never overpowering. Complex.

Wonderfully drinkable, Saison Dupont is light, flavorful, and finishes clean.

cvstrickland, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of gonzo46and2
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden and hazy. Huge rocky head. Laces the whole way down. Head survives the whole way.

Smell - Huge nosefull of pale malts. Decent horse blanket.

Taste - Fresh baked bread. Grainy amd slightly salty. Piercing flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium to soft carbonation. Mostly smooth.

Drinkability - Great soft finish. Slightly on the chalky side.

gonzo46and2, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle shared with my son, the evening of the first day of his new job. Congratulations, son.

Poured into tulips, clear light golden body under a huge white rocky head, with ample lacing. Head lasts well. Very pretty beer.

Smell is funky to the max, brett, bread dough, horse blanket, nice cracker malt. Mmmm, smells good and is quite intense -- smellable from across the room

Taste is very similar to the smell, only not quite so intense.

Mouthfeel is much richer than I had anticipated: nice and round.

Drinkability is good.

ColoradoBobs, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of number1bum
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow color, just a bit of chill haze that disappears soon enough, and a massive, billowing near-white head. Head leaves a mess of stick on the sides of the glass as it recedes to a pretty thick, chunky lace on top.

Smell is eminently complex, with some funky farmhouse aromas going on, yeast, some malt sweetness, toasty grain, herbal hops, some fruit and spice. Every sniff delivers something new.

The taste is also quite complex and evolves from mouthful to mouthful and as it warms. There is a light malt sweetness and toasty/grain flavor that underlies the rest, including yeast, floral and fruity hops, a bit of spice. There is a splash of herbal and earthy hop bitterness toward the end that lingers into the finish. Finish is also pretty dry as is the mouthfeel overall, which is also crisp and light in the mouth. Exceptional.

This is a fantastic beer. I could drink this damn near all night. I enjoyed every drop and will gladly come back for more. Highly recommended.

number1bum, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of theghost3
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saison Dupont pours a clear golden color with a very thick, fizzy white head. It smells of yeast, pear, citrus, sour hops, and a hint of champagne. The taste is complex--hops, pear, citrus, and herbal; there is some bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is very carbonated, it almost burns the inside of your mouth. This is a drinkable beer that can leave quite an impression but maybe not something I would drink every day.

theghost3, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of BullCityB
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light amber into my tulip, the head is a big billowing cloud of white. Retention is quite good and it leaves a nice lace.

The aroma is intoxicating. It's odd, my first Saison to be honest. Simultaneously earthy, spicy, and fruity. Almost smells champagne like. Quite delicious once I adjusted.

The flavor opens with a fruitiness not unlike what you find in many pale, yeast-dominated Belgians. Pears and apples, not overly sweet, with a definite earthy spice at the end. The finish is quite dry and slightly bitter, with the only malt flavor being the touch of light grain. It's slightly less intense than I expected, but in the end, this is a 6.5% beer, and it's still quite good.

The mouthfeel is wonderful - nice and fluffy, not heavy in the least. With the refreshing flavor, beautiful mouthfeel, and moderate alcohol, I could get in trouble with this one!

My first Saison, and I'm not disappointed in the least. A delicious beer.

BullCityB, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of julian
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle purchased from QFC U-Village Seattle, WA

A: CRAZY 4 finger pearl white head with incredible retention and lacing! a nice golden straw color pour with good clarity and effervescence.

S: floral grassy bouquet with a slight sour lemon aroma. moderate yeast notes. mildly alcoholic.

T&M: very fizzy, this one bites back! very dry with a slight bitterness at first. tart citrus fruits, orange, lemon dominant with a balanced hop finish and sweet yeasty aftertaste. light spicing, almost peppery. dryness dissipates and becomes a warming smooth finish.

D: low-moderate ABV, slightly dry, somewhat tart. I think 1-2 of these in a session would do just fine, probably not more.

julian, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of gwood
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a big bright white head that separated and started sheeting itself down the sides of my tulip.

Nose is peppered with yeast, bananas, apples, and lemons over a slight grain mixed with black pepper. Big yeast up front with herbal hop notes that are a bit heavy at times. More pepper and light fruits followed by a grainy dry finish that trails off cleanly.

The hard edges soften on the carbonation and the mouthfeel really smooths out as the beers warms a tad. Great beer on what was a 112F day. Drinkable for some many occasions.

gwood, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of Troy518
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a belgian style glass from Ommegang. Yeasty, earthy, sour aroma. Creamy mouthfeel with tons of carbonation. I could hardly get this poured before the bubbles started pouring out of the bottle. Taste is smooth with earthy and spicy flavors with a dry malt backbone. Aftertaste is a bit more bitter than Hennepin in my opinion. Will definitely purchase again.

($4.99, 375ml, Oliver's Bev., Albany, NY)

Troy518, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden-orange and hazy, served with about an inch of white head with great retention. Legs in great sheets down the glass. Very attractive.

Farmhouse-earthy, phenolic yeast character, with some lighter colored fruit aromas.

Yeast-driven, this one is a little better in the bottle I think, given the secondary conditioning that works so well with this style. Grainy, herbal, with big phenolic character. So full of flavor, without much to hang your hat on.

Finish is dry, crisp, very smooth. Not much lingering flavor, but it's very pleasant with the high carbonation balancing beautifully the relatively full body. Recommended.

BretSikkink, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

A - Hazy golden with 2 fingers of head. Decent retention and some great lacing.

S - A very peppery, salt, almost onion-like aroma prevails. Bubblegum in the background from the yeast.

T - Peppery, clove-like phenols hit early on. Taste sweetens a little with some fruity esters similar to a hefeweizen. Finish grows in sourness and bitterness, but it's not overwhelming.

M - Medium bodied with some moderate carbonation. Higher carbonation might be a slight improvement.

D - Very smooth and not nearly as intense as the smell would suggest. Fairly crisp and full of great savory flavors, somewhat unusual for any beer. Much softer than it's American cousin, Hennepin.

PatrickJR, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of gfreed
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer with a meal of grilled salmon and shrimp at Scutra in Arlington, MA. An excellent beer (and restaurant) for the meal and for the warm summer night on which both were consumed. The waitress poured the beer straight into the bottom of a tall glass, which created a massive head that erupted with a bready, fruity aroma. The head dissolved quickly except for the final inch. The color of the beer is hazy yellow-orange, which is quite beautiful. The initial carbonation stings a bit and then disappears, leaving behind the flavors of clove, peaches, apples and whole-wheat bread. A bit of bitterness follows. Alcohol was lower than I expected, so having two was not a problem. Drinking this saison was absolute delight.

gfreed, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of JonathanL7890
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's summertime in Texas and that means I drink a lot of saisons.
Saison Dupont is one of my favs.
Poured into a gimme wine glass. Substantial head. Lots of fluffy Belgian foam.
Scent is fruity , pears, but some funkiness also.
Taste: Fruity that fades to dryness, just the right amount of sour. Fine bubbles dance on my palate.
Mouthfeel: see above. very nice.
Drinkability : drinks like a 4%abv beer. Great beer for texas summers.

JonathanL7890, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of mwilbur
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 75 cL bottle into cervoise. Bottle opens with loud pop. Cork says 2005. No date on bottle.
A: Cloudy pale yellow with huge bubbly white head.
S: Strong herbal and earthy mineral notes.
T: Citrus hops, chalky earth tones. Hint of lemon. Medicinal herbs.
M: Light body, effervescent with carbonation, sour note at the end.
D: Very light, refreshing and drinkable. Nice summer beer...especially when paired with stronger foods. A little sour on the end...perhaps I cellared this one too long. Will have to try another.

mwilbur, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of masterkush
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet from a bomber.

Fine head, starts off large and reduces to a constant centimeter or so which stays consistent throughout the beer. The beer itself is a lovely cloudy golden color which I expect from the style and is a fine color.

The smell is fantastic. It simply envokes the feeling a farmhouse ale. A dank musty scent with earthy undertones, this is one of the beers that I feel transcends the style.

The taste is equally impressive. I can't place a malt or hop taste specifically, it blends together so nicely. Again an earthy, dank taste. Not any detectable spices, this is a pure Saison. A bit of pepper on the after taste, but nothing like that of Fantome's Printemps which I feel is the ultimate peppery saison.

The mouthfeel is great, a light carbonated fell which just asks to be swished around a bit before consuming. A bit on the watery side, but the carbonation makes up for it, and a little watery is expected for the style.

I could drink this beer all night. It's low ABV, wonderful flavor and scents, and great mouthfeel make this a worthwhile indulgence.

A superb example of the style. This is one of those beers that goes beyond being a tasty beverage and can transport you to the farmhouses of belgium. A great treat to drink in the backyard on a starry summer night, I would recommend as a must try to anyone who is a fan of the style.

masterkush, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Three finger, rocky head that settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace in its wake. The body is gold and hazy.

S - Spicy, lots of pepper and a bit of pineapple. A hint of vanilla and herbal hops.

T - Lots of pepper and tropical fruit up front. The banana note is quickly replaced by big, herbal hop flavor, accompanied by balancing malt sweetness. The finish is herbal with moderate hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry, slightly astringent, finish.

D - Refreshing and easily drinkable. The earthy and spicy notes blend well with the herbal hop character. A true classic.

nickfl, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml corked bottle served in a Duvel glass. Poured a pale gold with a huge white head. Clove and citrus in the aroma with some burnt sugar. Lots of spicy flavors. Light body, spritzy mouthfeel. Dry finish. Yeast seems to add more spice. Very refreshing. Nice beer.

homebrewhawk, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of Kraken
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from corked and caged 750ml bottle into a very large Red wine glass. Careful pour yields a nice 3 finger pure white head with very nice retention. As head diminishes leaves a moderate lacing on sides of glass. Beer pours a very nice almost transparent straw amber. Smells of light malt, slight candy sweetness and a bit of pepper. Taste of light sweet malt b, hints of candy sugar, nice hop bitterness in finish. Finishes very dry which is nice on a hot day. I was expecting some slight fruit esters however none have come through. Solid mouthfeel, not too thin or cloying. Drinkablity is also solid as this is not a heavy beer, or overly alcoholic. Over all this is a very nice beer as reflected in my rating and serves as a solid introduction to a brewer I have not previously sampled. I will be looking for more dupont products in the future.

Kraken, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of Med
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very attractive hazy pale color with a white frothy head that never fully diminishes. Lacing is very good.

S - Earthiness and yeast with some sweetness underneath. A little bit of wet blanket is here.

T - Lots of flavors going here. Funky throughout but starts with some underlying sour-sweet like a little green apple. earth in the middle and a slightly tart finish that stays.

M - Creamy with fantastic carbonation. This just dances on the tongue. Wonderful.

D - I love this beer. Enough said.

Med, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of ledemie
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

mug: temp 50

A: nice and hazzy

S: fruity and refreshing, raisin, hoppy

M: nice, medium body, refreshing

t: good, a good Saison, the balance of hop yeast and Malt is weel balanced

D: I am sure I will get me some again, I did like it, I would hope that they make some smaller bottles

ledemie, May 29, 2008
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,342 ratings.