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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,293 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,293
Reviews: 1,449
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 179
Gots: 229 | 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 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
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Saison pours a lovely murky golden color with an active foam head. The carbonation dances for quite a while. The lacing on the side of the glass resembles old school lace.

The aroma is yeasty and you can get a fruitiness in the nose.

The taste is slightly bitter and has a little bit malt to complement the earthy yeast flavor. It is a little dry in the mouth similar to a chardonnay. Overall a darn complex beer for a tyro like myself but very enjoyable and will buy again.

cswhitehorse, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of becktone
2.35/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought from Giant Eagle in Stow, Ohio.

Eye: Great head retention and lacing, almost too much, steady three fingers without really getting any smaller. Color is semi cloudy straw gold. Lacing also looks good. All in all pretty good looking.

Nose: Fuck! Think that this might be skunked. Perhaps thats just the way this is supposed to smell but I doubt it. Underneath a skunky aroma I smell some spices, damn looks like this might be a bit skunked. Damn it Giant Eagle! I've been wanting to try this beer for a long time and this is prolly the only place I've seen it. And Damn the Brasserie Dupont sprl for bottling in green glass. Underneath the skunk there is some nice spiciness, hard to get anything else from this.

Tongue: Not as spicy as I thought it would be. Pretty smooth all in all. To me this is bland in flavor, also its hard to get past the skunky aroma when taking a swig of this, just ruins the flavor, not that I'm getting much from it anyway. Little bit of hops in the flavor with some malt sweetness, not really impressed though.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Definitely not impressed by mouthfeel either. Very low carbonation, feels almost flat in the mouth, not very pleasing. This is one I might buy again, if only to give it a second chance, I'll be sure to get it from a place where I can see that it is stored properly. From what I can tell now this brew isn't all that great, not much flavor, and its not all that great. As a matter of fact, I am glad that I've had Hennepin before this; because if this were the first of the style I'd ever tasted I'd be turned off to it.

becktone, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of YonderWanderer
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a straw colored yellow with a nice layer of foam. Some carbonation is evident, while a decent bit of lacing is left behind.

S: Belgian yeast mingles with some fruity and citrus aromas. A hint of hops and spices come through as well.

T: Lots of Belgian yeast up front, creating a nice kind of farmhouse funk in this one. Some citrus and floral notes blend in as well, while a hint of spices linger on the outside.

M: Crisp and nicely carbonated.

D: This is one of the better saisons I've ever had, and it's tasty. Though I'm not a huge fan of the style, this is a damn fine one.

YonderWanderer, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful cloudy pale yellow body that produces an large foamy white head. Head settles to an even 1 finger with perfect retention and becomes quite creamy (at least with my chimay chalice). The haze is so thick that the beer is nearly opaque and small yeast particles can be seen floating throughout.

S-A great blend of Belgian yeast, fruity citrus, and floral hop aromas balance very well. A light spiciness is also noted.

T- Lots of Belgian yeast upfront with a healthy dose of tart, fruity citrus. Fruitiness disappears for the finish and is replaced by a light hop flavor accompanied by mild bitterness while the bready yeast flavor remains the strong dominant character. A big bready yeast flavor lingers, with mild spiciness and bitterness.

M- Body is fairly light but packed full of yeast and its smoothness. Carbonation is high to medium. Smooth and creamy.

D- This is a great saison and I am very happy to have tried it. I will certainly have it again when I come across it again. One of my favorites from the style-at a near sessionable ABV.

PittBeerGirl, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of Wonka
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cork dated 2004
sampled on 11-25-07

Appearance – lasting, frantic rush of carbonation through the golden straw body; rocky white head; chunky lace

Smell – exciting nose with a weave of Belgian sugar and spice along with pear/apple, hay and yeast; breathe it in throughout the glass and witness the evolution of balance

Flavor – prominent yeast; fruity tartness runs the full course; light grain and paper enter at the close; spice starts early and holds for the close; hops have been pushed back over the 3 years of aging

Mouthfeel & Drinkability – pleasant, consistent and mostly delicate (slight crisp) presence of carbonation which cleanses the palate; the carbonation and the lack of an expected dry close set the table for drinkability

The appearance, tartness and mouthfeel may have a staunch wine lover considering a bottle or two. Saison DuPont and broiled shrimp are a solid pairing.

Wonka, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of daftafne
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A friend and I split a 750 ml bottle of this at the hopleaf bar last night after a concert at the metro.

One must pour this beer unhurriedly, otherwise it will get a huge head that lingers forever. It poured a fantastic deep yellow/amber with plenty of constant fizz. I smelled some citrus and took a sip. Very bubbly in the mouth but pleasant. Tasted zesty with a little pepper and apple. I was expecting a lot more wild yeast flavors (like I have tasted in the Ommegang Omeggeddon) but they were very mild. This beer is really well-balanced and leaves your palette fairly quickly making you want more. Excellent.

daftafne, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours an effervescent, hazy, dark yellow body with a runaway, foamy off-white head.

Smell: Yeasty, fresh-smelling aroma chock full of meadow flowers, juicy lemons, and cracked green peppercorns.

Taste: Bready, almost sourdough flavor with a touch of sweetness and bright burst of lemon citrus. Adept acidity. Hint of hay. Only a mild funkiness overall. There's a faint graininess as well as a prevalent peppery spiciness. Light hop bitterness. Finishes crisp with a final taste of the yeast character.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation. Lively mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Supreme drinkability and wonderfully refreshing.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - 2007 batch poured into an IPA glass.

Poured a hazy pale straw color with a thick and luscious white head (be careful with your pour) and beautiful belgian lacing which adhered to the glass throughout the entire session. Floral smell with the presence of clove, wheat and hops. Somewhat thin, but not unpleasant mouthfeel; surprisingly little effervescence in the mouth considering the head. Taste of cloves, corriander and more floral/herbal undertones. Slightly bitter finish. Would make an excellent summer session beer.

Jwale73, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of ohoove
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- murky, dull golden yellow w/ asoapy white head and heavy, blotchy lacing
M- light and crisp with plenty of carb. yet coats the mouth nicely
S- coriander, yeasty, orange and clove
T- Apleasurable experience for sure. Taste copies the smell with a hop bitterness at the end and a pepper nip.
Overall a great selection ,especially while watching the Sox beat the Rox .

ohoove, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

492 reviews as of my posting. Short take - I agree with the consenus this is a good / great beer. All I was missing from my session was a warm summer day and an outdoor cafe table to make it perfect. Some basics for more detail
A - slightly hazy yellow, cascades of bubbles flowing up the glas that never end and a frothy white head that lasts forever.
S - A complex spicy / farmhouse yeast character with a sweetness malt and fruity aroma.
T - follows the nose but with a wonderful complexity and dryness
M - medium bodied, tons of carbonation, dry herbal finish.
D - So well done it's easy to enjoy a 750ml and feel satisfied and refreshed. Nice to not be knocked off my feet as some of the higher ABV boundry pushing beers are wont to do.

barleywinebrewer, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ahh, memories of visiting the Dupont pub...I won't waste review space with the story, let's just say the locals as colorful as they are friendly.

This is one hot-mama of a beer. She's got a big billowy hairdo, like meringue and built of a variety of bubble sizes. Carbonation is healthy, feeding that amazing cap. Her skin is an entrancing rusty gold that has an almost hypnotic glow, also exhibiting beautiful clarity. She is draped in finest lace. Ahem...back to earth.

Aroma is definitely musty farmhouse: earth, hay, grass, apple, pear, mustard seed, pilsner malts (not sure that's the malt used, but it has a similar smell). Alcohol and white pepper get through, but these are mild, allowing the more subtle components a chance to shine.

Begins fruity (pear, peach, green apple, grapefruit), with a slightly sour yeasty kick. A peppery heat runs through the flavor, having seemingly nothing to do with the alcohol content, which is modest at 6.5%. Hops have a sharp but controlled bitterness like a great Czech pils. Malts are grainy and bready, superbly balanced against the hops and various spicy elements. Finishes a bit tart, but it didn't seem as prominent as it warmed.

Mouthfeel is buoyant and airy, with plenty of energetic action thanks to the unending carbonation. Impressive dryness, which leaves you yearning for another sip immediately after the previous one goes down.

Great stuff. It's not overly extreme or complicated, but it does have depth and excellent drinkability. This would be most heavenly after doing some hard physical labor in the summertime, but I'll take it on a chilly autumn day like today, or just about anytime.

Metalmonk, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Short bottle, 2.006 on cork, served in a glass goblet. I kept any sediment in the bottle with a gentle pour, as I don't like anything floating in my beer.

A - clear, golden color with a fluffy white head that left a bunch of lacing on the glass. Tiny bubbles kept rising from the bottom which kept the head steady.

S - some fruity sourness in the nose, apple, white grape and a hint of yeast.

T - light refreshing taste similar to a Spumante but finish is dry with a slight bitter bite.

M - light bodied, crisp carbonation.

D - not a brew to be 'chugged' but a glass or two is an enjoyable drinking experience.

Final Note: I can see how drinking too many beers like this might turn one into a 'beer snob', but I highly recommend trying this at least once.

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle with 2 2007 stamped on the cork. An orange color with a beautiful thick white head. Fruity aroma, mostly apple. a little yeast also. A nice fruity taste, again the yeast, and a dry, somewhat bitter finish. A good session beer, fun to drink.

lordofthewiens, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No chalice so have to use a trusty pint glass.

Beer pours a pale, grainy color with a decent amount of head that leaves thick lacing. I decided to let the beer warm up before trying it. Aroma is rich and spicy with faint hints of raisin. Taste is very light at first with only the spice and raisin showing through. Goes down smooth. A second sip confirms the smoothness and maltiness. I feel that the beer isn't as strong as I hoped and it just seems unimpressive to me. Not bad but I'll definitely revisit down the road.

Brad007, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I undid the wiring holding the cork and it shot out and this beer poured a crazy ass head. It has a murky yellowish brown color.

Smell is of pear and some light green apple.

Smell is of sweet citrus. Some pear and apple come out. Some yeasty musty funk comes out and the beer finishes dry.

Nice carbonation on the beer. Crisp mouthfeel.

This makes for a decent session. I expected a little more. I actually found a bottle of this after I had traded for it, so I'll try the traded version after this and see if it is any different.

jasonjlewis, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of crwills
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a case of these (24x250mL) bottles, because I thought I remembered really liking it back when I first had it (previously from the large corked bottle). I've been somewhat disappointed. The three I've had so far haven't been bad, per se, but they haven't blown me away.

Anyway, this beer pours a slighly cloudy medium-golden into a small Sinha glass. Huge fluffy head that I have to fight to prevent it from overflowing. Pretty decent looking, in fact. Aroma is restrained, mildly sour, and fruity. Very little of that barnyard flavour I'd been expecting, and more spicy. Mouthfeel is much more light and spritzy than I remembered, and that may be the biggest disappointment. Flavour is peppery, spicy, mildly sour, with a little bit of lemon but none of the funk I want to see in a farmhouse ale. Still, it's fairly refreshing if that's what you're looking for. The aftertaste is a little on the tart side, but fairly clean. I'll definitely get through the case, but might not make it a regular purchase.

crwills, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of DIPAbrewer
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I tried this beer at Max's Taphouse in Fells point on draft. The appearance was excellent, sparkling golden color with a rocky off white head.
Dupont had a fruity snappy hop aroma.
It's taste was more than delicious, it was magnificent. Light and dry but full bodied at the same time, it could be the most drinkable and delicious ale on the planet.

I would highly recommend trying this beer. It is also great in bottles where it provided an even stronger aroma. On draft seasonally at Max's. I found it at Astor liquor in Laurel in 11.2 oz bottles.

DIPAbrewer, Oct 20, 2007
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,293 ratings.