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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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93
outstanding

3,310 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,310
Reviews: 1,450
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 180
Gots: 232 | 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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Photo of Douglas14
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a flat golden color with a huge pillow-like, thick white head. The aroma is of citrus, sweet sugary candies, slight hops, and some funkiness. The taste is more complex: tart fruits - grapes, lemon, orange - definite funk, and just enough hops to accompany the sweetness of this beer. It has a light body and finishes somewhat dry. Great beer...definitely an outstanding Saison!

Douglas14, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

What's so great about farmhouse ale? Well I'm about to find out. On to the beer:

A- Cloudy blonde, topped by a big rocky head.

S- Drying tartness. Touch of phenolic and bubblegum.

T- Lightly flavored and very dry. Maybe too dry. It gets better as it warms because it becomes more flavorful. Mixed fruits and medicinal flavors stand out the most. Dash of spice in the aftertaste.

M- Firm, the carbonation is melded very well with the beer.

D- I can sip and enjoy this one.

Not bad, but I expected a better experience. My question of what's so great about farmhouse ale remains unanswered at this point.

DoubleJ, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A three finger plus off white head easily reaches the rim of the glass without effort. The body is a hazy dark golden straw colored hue. A breakup of lace is left around the glass as the lace receeds. Nose has distinct piney notes stacked on top of fresh wheat notes and noticeable hop characteristics. Yeasty fruit laced notes are also there. At first sip you get a slight instense of sour that quickly yields to a mineral and spicey balance that is all over the tongue. Very crisp and well rounded with lots of fresh veggie notes all wraped around nice dry fruity tones. Dryness is inhanced by a soft hop profile and slight bitterness. This beer gets even more mellow and much better as it warms. Mouthfeel is very clean and oh so drinkable. The more I drink good Saisons, the more I like them. This one is very very good.

SPLITGRIN, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had been looking forward to trying, Eulogy of Philly seemed appropriate.

375ml bottle poured into large chalice.

A: Golden/hazy/Belgian. Pillowy head with constant lacing. Nice appearance.

S: Pure sweet fruits with some malt and yeast that matches in the aroma. Banana the most dominant.

T: Both tartness and bitterness. All the malts, fruits, sugars, and floral flavors well balanced. Hops in the aftertaste make an appearance later on. Sour and yeasts are what you are left with- textbook saison to someone like myself that is newer to the style.

M: Thin bodied with a yeast coating. No burn or stickiness.

D: Not my favorite style but have been enjoying more as of late. This one was great with garlic mussels and the perfect match. Easily could have several in a sitting as it doesnt become boring. Summertime would be good for this one.

marcpal, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of ojclark
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow-orange with slight haze. Lots of carbonation. Large, lasting, off-white, rocky head. Some sediment. Lemony, spicy aroma with some yeasty, musty notes. Sharp, cirtic, spicy, bitter flavor. Long bitter/sour finish. Strong peppery phenol notes in flavor and finish. Light body. Very dry palate and finish. Very refreshing, effervescent mouthfeel.

ojclark, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of RickSawyer
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured f/ 750 ml bottle into snifter. Pillowy, puffed two finger head floats to the top. Lemon zest with some earth, a touch of farmy/leathery smell. Taste is wonderful! Crisp sour green apples, some fresh soil earthyness, sweet green grapes, mixed with a champaign-esque mouthfeel. Wonderful!

RickSawyer, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of iasanlee
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A cloudy golden wheat color. Huge rocky head.

S- Lemons zest is the first scent. Yeast, and fruit.

T- Citrus and spice. I can taste pear, lemon, apple, and orange. Quite a crisp finish. Very well balanced.

M- A bit more than just medium bodied. Smooth and evidant carbonation.

D- Yummy. This is very drinkable. I loved every moment.

iasanlee, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison Dupont pours two full fingers of white fluff atop a cloudy yellow-orange body. The smell starts as a bit of a letdown, with the notorious green-bottle skunkiness striking even this gem. Yet it quickly recedes, leaving lots of hopped goodness and some fruit; good, all in all. The taste is very impressive--orange, a hint of lemon, and some apricot carry the fruit load, with hops never out of reach, and a surprising amount of spice (pepper, ginger) given that my amateurish nose didn't detect them. Well carbonated, this is a terrific beer, and I'm darn glad I finally got around to trying it. It's bold, complex, but smooth and easy on the palate.

Certainly very well recommended.

Gehrig, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Straw-colored, hazy and full of sediment. Pours with several inches of thick foam that show no signs of fading.

Smell - The mild nose reveals grass and hay-like aromas mixed with notes of lemon and grapefruit.

Taste - Estery with flavors of banana and pineapple. Light acidity with a subtle spiciness. Notes of citrus come out more as the beer sits in the mouth. Extremely dry in the finish, with a lemon peel-like bitterness that remains on the palate for several minutes.

largadeer, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As perhaps one of the most widely known depictions of the Saison style, copped this 11.2 oz brew singly from Gary's in Madison... what an amazing sample! This is a world-class, top-notch brew, true to the style, and above and beyond the average by far... superb hazy, cloudy appearance with impressive foamy head that had some staying power... smell was full of fresh citrus and a powerful sweet aroma... taste was complete with grapefruits, lemon, and a wonderful, lucid, crisp, clear taste that delivered and left little to be desired... one of the better brews I've sampled... full of chracter, quality, and style... definitely a must-try... this beer commands respect and is definitely one of the best representations of the style... Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of mbrandon2w
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold, hazy. Yeast was disturbed some in transit.
Smells of citrus, light peppery and a little straw.
Had this while eating some shrimp pad thai, which is paired with excellently. The slight spiciness in the beer matched well with the food, then the citrus and carbonation came in to cool things down.
This went down quite easily, and I can see this going well with many other types of food, especially anything with a little spice, or on a nice warm day.

mbrandon2w, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured a hazy, bright, golden-yellow. I couldn't make out any sort of head, but there was a thin lace.

S- It had a lot of yeasty tones in the aroma. It made for a sweet and spicy scent.

T- It had the flavor I expected from the smell. It was wonderfully yeasty and spicy with a nice play between sweet and sour flavors.

M- There was a nice chewy and grainy feel to this beer.

D- It was an easy sipper. It had an interesting flavor, yet was quite refreshing.

GRPunk, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of stuckonhops
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

picked up this little jewel at stateline MD
(my first ever saison)

A-- pretty average golden color that fits with most of the belgian styles i have been enjoying recently. nice fluffy head that receded quickly but never did go all the way away.

S-- the smell is high on the fruity yeast side with malts peeking in. could be banana..pretty complex smell for me to pick out everything present..

T-- belgian yeast shines through beautifully...fruity and extery with just very small hints of hops to balance this one out very nicely...as with the smell the amount of tastes here i just cannot begin to describe yet...i will have to re-review again when i train my palate more

M-- very smooth and bubbly...fills your mouth and coats your tounge with taste...but it is not a sticky coating...just a full bodied taste..

D-- i could drink a few of these but would eventually have to switch styles to something very bitter since the belgian styles arent my favorite...but i enjoy having a few due to the complexity of the flavors and they arent usually as strong so i can have a few in a row...very tasty i will grab a 4 pack next time im out..

stuckonhops, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of Absumaster
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A golden yellow beer with a stabile huge head that does not disappear the entire glass.

Smell is malty with a bit of cork and a bit of moist cellar. Some hoppy notes too that are earthy.

Taste of anise and cork, interesting. A lot of tastes that are hard to describe, spicy with hints of clove and cinnamon, I am not sure. The hops are very much in balance with the yeast and malt. A nice gentle bitterness comes in after the yeast and complements the beer. Super balance and complex!

Absumaster, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of Redteketed
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(T 11-01-2008 BB 06-2010)

Pale golden brew with huge lasting head.
Rich palate, first lots of spices, hops, malts and fruity, later some candy sugar and flowery elements.
Bitter taste, again malts, hops and spices.
Mild tartness, dry, medium strong, but light body, very very fizzy, like champagne.
long hopbitter, spicy aftertaste.
Very refreshing beer, as we say "fris en fruitig" (fresh and fruity)

Redteketed, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of cookin420
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a wine glass with a late breakfast.

Hazy cider-like beer with a brilliant white head.

earthy and dry smelling, spicy, coriander/clove. Champagne grapes.

very mellow bittering, mellow malt as well that never becomes more present, even with temperature. Apples, alcohol and the yeast really is nice. Very dry Champagne-like yeast. Bouquet is mild compared to many belgians.


feels great on the tongue. A bit thin but that suits this dry brew well.

yes, they are drinkable

cookin420, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of wedge
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fully hazed orange, I couldn't avoid pouring the yeast. Fluffy, frothy white head leaves some nice rings on the glass as it drops to a thick whipped topping. The nose is herbal spicy yeast and a powdery sweetness. Dried bananas, yellow cake, and a hint of incense...perfectly Belgian. Flavors of bitter orange and light fruity yeast. Leafy hops and gentle sweetness. Medium-light bodied...smooth, seemingly getting creamier as its sits in the glass. Classic Belgian beer all around. A great choice anytime, very drinkable.

wedge, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 1/7/08 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bananas, spices, Belgian yeast, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is full of spice and Belgian yeast with a background of bananas. The malt character is thin and there's a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a long time, especially if you're in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of BeerLover729
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a hazy golden color with a foamy one finger head. This beer smells crisp and clean with a tart green apple finish. The taste is dry and has a mild astringent taste. Despite this, this beer would be a perfect compliment to a hot summer day (as traditionally intended), even though I am drinking it on a cold day in January. The crispness of this beer is seriously impressive. The carbonation is soft and provides a mellowness to compliment the borderline sourness of the beer. The body is light. This beer goes down very nicely, however the astringent and sour tastes create a struggle on some gulps. Very good beer.

BeerLover729, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of baggio
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage....didn't really mean to cellar this one but somehow i bought a 6-pack and forgot it way back in my pantry...

A: Golden orange with a huge head.

S: Yeast, Citrus, Clove, Fruit.

T: Spices, Grain, Phenols (banana), Yeast.

M: Dry with a solid malt backbone. Lots of flavors going on here. Medium carbonation with tiny bubbles.

I remember having this fresh and from what i can tell not very much has happened. It still tastes great and makes for an excellent thirst-quencher or a pairing with some spicy food. One of the better saisons i've come across. Recommended!

baggio, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of mhaws000
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-poured a very thick frothy head. Slowly receeded into a nice thin lace that lasted througout the beer. Nice hazy yellow-orange with some sediment floating around in the glass.

S-A definite citrus nose with alot of grassy hop odors as well.

T-Citrus with alot of banana and spice much like a hefeweizen or a wit. Not as overpowering as some of those can be though. A really nice balance of fruitiness and herbal bitterness.

M-Slightly syrupy with a nice level of carbonation to cut through. substantial enough body to be noticed but still crisp enough to be refreshing.

D-Good drinkability. This is the type of beer I would drink on a hot summer day. It is clean, crisp and has good quality flavors. There isnt really anything I would criticize about this beer at all.

mhaws000, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of dfillius
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, enjoyed with dahl soup.
A:Tame pour yields 3 fingers of head. Cloudy, beautiful gold color, some particles on bottom. The head is tight and shapely.
S: Fruity, estery alcohol. Grass-like hoppiness, and spicy raisin smells. Upon deep sniffing and contemplation I smell berry, maybe strawberry, and a phenolic banana and clove.
T: Crisp and fruity, like a bite of a cool apple. Definite tart apple taste.
M: Has a great level of carbonation, but finishes hard in the back, center of my tongue.
D: Refreshing!

dfillius, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of rodenbach99
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bouteille de 750ml avec bouchon de liège,

c'est une bière de belle couleur dorée pâle trouble avec un col blanc immense onctueux, elle possède un nez invitant classique d'ale belge, sa bouche est épicée, elle est piquante, et agréable. bonne bière

rodenbach99, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of arizcards
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at BevMo in late August for $4.99

Beer poured a beautiful cloudy pale yellow body that produced a large foamy white head. Nose is a great blend of Belgian yeast, fruity citrus, and floral hops. Taste is dominant of Belgian yeast upfront with fruity citrus finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and is extremely smooth. It is nicely carbonated. Overall drinkability is very good. This is a very good example of the style.

arizcards, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2005 vintage 750ml.

Had 3 of these in my cellar, figured Id pop one and see how its going. Poured into and oversize wine glass. In the bottle, this appeared much clearer than my 07.s. In the glass it is similar except that the head is twice the size and stays that way. Much skunkier, spicier smell than 07. Also much more carbonated. The cork hit the ceiling. The nose is absolutely dilectable for a farmhouse saison. sweet, spicy, fruity nose. The first sip is very fruity and smooth. The hop taste follows with almost a coriander, fruit taste and spicy tones, with slightly skunky mixtures ( It is in a green bottle!) the finish has reduced in bitterness with its two years of age. The mouthfeel is silkier than fresh bottles and the carbonation is more intense. Drinkability is very good. A pleasure to drink, a fine saison.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 17, 2007
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,310 ratings.