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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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93
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3,145 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,145
Reviews: 1,442
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 165
Gots: 193 | FT: 10
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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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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I'm sure this probably look pretty good, if I ever got to see the beer. The head sure is nice, thick and fluffy. But how am I supposed to drink a beer when most of my mug fills with foam?

Decenet spicy, saison smell. Malts, candy sugar. Traces of cloves. Quite zesty, with a bit of banana and other fruits in it. But faint...I think all the foam is dampening the smell?

Great flavour. Spicy malts with hop bitterness. Cloves, cinammon, candy sugar. Slightly sour.

Good mouthfeel. Right carbonation. Very drinkable, a true sipper.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 05:04:59 | More by BDTyre
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nkurz129

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my second saison, first foreign, and I must say that I am a fan of the style. Pours very similar to a wheat beer with a lot of head, had to be careful of the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The smell was that of fruit and yeast, although whereas a wheat has a very distinct banana or citrus aroma, this was notably grape-like. The taste had little to no malt characteristics to it, and there was an unusual strong (but not overwhelming) level of carbonation. The taste was tart, not bitter, almost champagne-like.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 22:24:52 | More by nkurz129
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 ml corked bottle - 2005 on the cork.

Golden color with a huge creamy white head. The head just won't give up, it sticks around forever. When it finally does fall a little it leaves mountains and craters of sticky foam behind. For a pale beer, this looks incredibly appealing. Smell is peppery yeast. Taste like the smell with a pepper bite up front. There is some bready malt taste but no sweetness at all. Very dry and smokey. Finishes with a spicey aftertaste and some bitterness. There is just a touch of fruityness between the intitial pepper and the finishing dryness. This one is proof that a light colored beer dosn't have to lack taste. This one is full of complexity and enjoyable to drink. Thanks to maltygoodness for throwing this one in a trade.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 00:55:21 | More by beermanbrian
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martymoat

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured in a large snifter, pours a light cloudy copper, massive amounts of thick bubbly head, good head retention, settles out nicely and holds well except for a spot or to that can see through.

S: sweet smelling followed by a pepper hint, pilsner is what comes to mind

T: great sweet taste upfront with some subtle spicy notes, and good presence of bittering hop

M: mouth is bitter, with a slight tingling sensation at back of tongue, and a distinct yeast like after taste

D: tasty

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 02:14:29 | More by martymoat
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe the epidome of the style. A terrific beer--hands down. From the onset of a magical deep yellow glow with stark-white head retention, incredible rocky head retention, sprikled with peppery spices, and continuous lacing. Sweet and tart aromas with soft pilsner malts, yeast, bread, fruits, and hop spiciness. Tastes richly of sweet bready / fruity malts that bring out pears, berries, apples, and appricots. Spicy with peppery hops, bitterness, alcohol, and tartness. Smooth and light on the palate with a soft dry finish. Very clean with slight tart aftertaste. Mildly acidic and vineous throughout. One of the best beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 19:30:17 | More by BEERchitect
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NolateM

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a little Saison DuPont glass (didn't even look like a beerglass, I dunno what to call it). Appearance was a hazy yellow-gold, almost completely opaque, with a fantastic frothy head that diminished into a nice ring after a few sips. Lacing was pretty nice as well.

The aroma was sweet and sour, like apple cider and yeast.

The flavor was incredibly complex! I'm not normally into the really yeasty brews, but this one was an exception for me. There were flavors of peach and pear and apple cider, yeasty Belgianness (or Belgian yeastiness, whichever you like), black pepper, and a bit of clovey spice. Definitely a pretty tangy brew.

The beer left only a SLIGHTLY dry mouthfeel, and I could slightly taste the alcohol, but not too much. It's an excellent sipping beer. I had it right after a big ol' imperial pint glass of Sea Hag IPA, and the contrast was wonderful. It was like having a liqueur at the end of a meal. It cut through the hop bitterness of the IPA to leave a refreshing cidery aftertaste, though I'm not sure if I would have wanted another glass. I wouldn't PERSONALLY have it as a session beer, but I'd say it's the perfect after-beer.

$6 a glass

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2006 15:22:07 | More by NolateM
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Byeast

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is a green, corked and caged 750ml.

Appearance: After opening with a loud pop , the beer poured a slightly hazy , brilliant , darker gold , with a rocky and foamy white layer of head that lasted.

Smell: Some fruity esters (pear) , yeast , earth , slight herb.

Taste: Fruity at first , bit of pear and sweet yellow fruit , a slight tartness , powdery yeast , some soft grainy malt , and some spicy phenols.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth , crisp and clean in the finish.

Drinkability: Very tasty and refreshing. Definatly worth a try. Super drinkable and thirst quenching. Light , but with loads of unique , delicate qualities.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 01:58:01 | More by Byeast
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cproioi

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy fizzy yellow body with a white head that stood up with Belgian style lacing. The beer had a lovely yeasty aroma that was paired up with spicey notes that followed closely. The taste was largely of yeast and spices, but it also had hints of malts and a low balancing hops oil was presence. The medium-thin body had lively carbonated feel on the tounge and a refreshing crisp dry finish. This beer went down way too easily and left me wanting more of this style.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 01:26:49 | More by cproioi
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-orange, and it seems no matter what I do, it generates an enormous white head that climbs up and out of the glass. Would look good if I didn't have to fight with overflow each time I had a bottle.

The smell is full of citrus fruit tartness, and has a strong base of yeast to it. Pepper is apparant as well, and the overall effect is nice.

Taste runs from citrus to pepper quickly, with a touch of spicy alcohol and earthy flavour to the finish. The effect is fruity and light on the pallate, but not boring.

The body of this beer is quite light, and I wonder if all the carbonation burned itself out generating the giant head, as it comes off just a touch flat. Not bad, but not very exciting.

A tasty and easy to drink beer. Not one that breaks into my favorites, but not something I'd turn down if offered.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 02:25:24 | More by elricorico
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stephendr

California

3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold color – white thin head – harsh sour green apple, ginger - sour green apples, yeast dry chalk – light body – aftertaste slightly bitter, dry Gold color – white thin head – harsh sour green apple, ginger - sour green apples, yeast dry chalk – light body – aftertaste slightly bitter, dry

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 06:45:44 | More by stephendr
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rayjay

Hawaii

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork top that really pops off, but beer remains calm. Bready Belgian vapors leave the bottle.

Really impressive head, big and foamy. Lots of chunky sediment, so beware. Khaki colored and lightly hazy. Carbonation is light.

Their yeast makes the beer smell (and taste) very unique. Fresh baked bread, horseradish, and white wine.

Taste and smell are very similar. Noticably hoppy, mildly sweet and biting, and very refreshing. Great in a glass you can really stick your nose into.

One of my favorite Belgian beers out there. Never too thick or sweet, and very enjoyable. Pairs great with food; I ate mine with Thai food and it was the perfect match. I like this beer served right at cellar temp. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 19:40:07 | More by rayjay
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jettjon

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caged cork “pops” out announcing the pour from this 750ml bottle. Lemon nose is immediately evident upon uncorking. Into the cervoise, the huge, Champaign-like head overwhelms the pour, taking up 75% of the glass. The head is fed by a feverishly bubbling yellow-translucent pour. The head sticks around for a ridiculous amount of time and leaves huge chunks of foam and lacing behind. Be very careful on the pour or you’ll be waiting a long time to enjoy! Nose is powerful, no need to sniff around here. Lemon-rind citrus wafts up from the glass. Get down in there and you’ll smell coriander and yeast, making for a delightful, light nose, promising a fine light bodied beer. One of the best smelling beers I’ve encountered, and probably the best on a light bodied beer. Taste does not disappoint. Spicey coriander balanced against a minty flavor, then a rush of bitter on the finish, which fades away, leaving a clean mouth. Watery, highly carbonated, yet smooth mouthfeel, enjoyable. Drinkability is outstanding: great smell, great taste, goes down easy. The only down side is that it is really overly carbonated, so let it settle.

Overall: My second exposure to the Saison style, I was hugely impressed. Comparable to a great tripel or white ale. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 00:40:46 | More by jettjon
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gonzo138

Arizona

3.23/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a pale gold, has good typical thick white frothy head, typical for a belgian, the head retains well and laces nicely

S- Has a very tart, citric, spicey smell

T- Tart as well, some what bitter, more or less the same as the smell

M- Very dry, carbonation starts strong but subsides quickly, sticks to mouth

D- Dryness and bitterness affects drinkability. Had other saisons before, most not so bitter, had 2 bottles of dupont so far, still not really impressed

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 09:13:30 | More by gonzo138
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Orrshow

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a hazy straw yellow with a healthy amount of froth on the top. Lacing is quite abundant as it goes down.

Smell – The smell is nice. Grapefruit along with other citrus aromas arise prominently. There is also light pepper and yeast to go along.

Taste – At first when I sip I feel a dry sourness followed by a yeasty flavor. Pepper and other spices make an appearance as well. There is an apparent tart flavor that arises after this. Grapefruit, coriander, and orange are also present with a very slight hoppiness towards the end. The overall effect is nice.

Mouthfeel – Feels good. It’s silky, has subtle carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability – Great. This one could be savored or downed quickly.

I quite like this beer and it makes me much more interested in trying other Saisons.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 17:48:07 | More by Orrshow
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a translucent mustard/straw yellow with a huge, rocky, white head that faded into clumps of white froth. Beautiful lacing.

Aroma consisted of clove, all spice and honey (similar to a Belgian strong ale).

Taste, however, was radically different from the smell. Grassy and quite hoppy with a dry, somewhat bitter finish.

Carbonation was a bit much initially. The beer turned to fizz once it hit my tongue. Later, the beer settled down markedly.

Overall, a crisp and flavorful beer that can easily be substituted for a dry, white wine.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 22:13:40 | More by Damian
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Truth is this is not a preferred style of mine. However, I really enjoyed Saison Dupont much more than Hennipin.

Appearance: Cloudy orange with massive massive white head.

Smell: Yeast sour cat pee and peppercorn.

Taste: Very farmhouse. Citrusy and spicy zesty in the mouth. Some sweet malt contrasty all the spiciness. dry finish

Mouthfeel: Very active and zesty. Creamy and crisp.

Drinkability: This is as drinkable as the style would allow for me.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 06:31:00 | More by Phatz
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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow straw color; gets hazier when trugs are poured. A dense white rocky head is poured with excellent tracing. Aromas are packed with a little skunkiness (damn those green bottles), tons of esters, saaz hops. Flavors are of cardamom, anise, buttery diacetyl, and little hop bitterness. Finishes quite dry with lots of carbonation giving a good bite. This beer paired well with our salad, and would work great as an apperitif substituting for champagne. I wish I could get ahold of a fresher bottle that was stored better, but this beer represents a style that is perfect for the summer and an all around food pairing beverage.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 15:43:09 | More by dreadnatty08
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malthead

California

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice, cloudy gold color, with a huge, long-lasting, cratering head. Upon opening the bottle (gotta love the sheer entertainment value of corked & caged bottles...) I was greated with a huge whiff of skunk, which passed after a minute in the glass. Overall, though, the aroma was restrained - I may have served it too cold, but I doubt it. Tastes of apple, sourness, Both taste and aroma are funky, as per the style, but not nearly to the extent that I had expected/hoped. Good drinkability and mouthfeel, but overall I was disappointed with this beer. Perhaps I had an old bottle, but I just felt the beer was lacking character, and paled in comparison to Hennepen, the only other saison I've had. If I can find a definitely fresh sample I may try it again, but other than that, I doubt it.
After reading other reviews, I would agree that you can probably come up with a whole host of subtle flavors if you put your mind to it, but this bottle just didn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 03:52:15 | More by malthead
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soultrain

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Hennipen glass.

A-Hazy golden peachy beer. 2" head slowly settles. Yeast chunks abound, along with some tiny red flecks. Lacing is good for a saison.
S-Smells like really good yeast. Slightly skunky, in a good way.
T-Mild barnyard funk, very flowery hop presence, as it warms to room temp, it stays extremely delicious even with the slight whiffs of manure...it ingratiates itself to the palette with even final warm sips almost perfect.
M-Smooth, subtle, soft, sexy.
D-Off the hook. I can't see how anyone wouldn't like this.

CRUX: WORLD CLASS. Awsome. Extremely well crafted. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 16:10:16 | More by soultrain
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork says "2005"

This beer poured a golden straw with a huge swarm of bubbles sustaining a frothy white head. There’s tons of action here if you want to just sit back and watch.

Smells of dry spicy yeast, root beer and some earthy herbs. There’s also a prominent sweetness that cuts through, but just a little, that reminds me of corn syrup. There is also some wild flower aromas and a slight pine. This is amazingly complex and seamlessly blended.

The first thing in the taste that caught my attention was a little alcohol dryness. Getting over that, there’s a musky sour oak and a spicy yeast that dominates. Again, there’s that sweet corn syrup. There’s also a sweet, woody honey. In the finish, a slight sourness steps in with a woody dryness.

The mouth feel is light and creamy with a light playful carbonation.

This one’s definitely a thinking beer. There’s a whole lot going on here, so take your time for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 18:33:05 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Opened a 750ml bottle. The beer was a golden-orange color, with a slight haze from yeast. Head was white and huge. Lots of streaming bubbles. Aroma was yeast, lemon, and some type of spice. Taste was wonderful, tart with hint of peppermint, some very slight malt sweetness, and finally a finish of hop bitterness at the end. It was a very light body, slight alcohol warmth, refreshingly acidic and highly carbonated. I thought it was fantastic, and I would be happy to drink it anytime.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 21:00:13 | More by
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Fuller

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

cloudy pale yellow in color with a big, thick fluffy head that has good retention and leaves a lot of lacing all around the glass.

smell of citrus, mostly lemon. Also some grassy floral and spice.

Starts out sour with some fruity bitterness followed by some sweet maltiness and wheat flavors. All work great together to make a very smooth drink.

Excellent beer. Easy drinker. I will definitely be having this beer many, many more times.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 02:24:30 | More by Fuller
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BeerAmbassador

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice thick fluffy head with pretty good retention. Hazy yellow straw color, obviously cloudy as it is an unfiltered beer.

Yeasty aroma with some bananna (phenol alcohols?) and a tart floral scent.

Tart and floral with a peppery finish. Might be good with food as the tartness should cut through and cleanse the palate.

Overall a really good beer. This is the only real Saison I have tried (I have also had Avery 12 ) but I would like to try others to see how this compares.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 17:27:15 | More by BeerAmbassador
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instrumentality

California

1.68/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This was the first of two beers I tried as part of my sampling of bottled Belgian beers offered by BJ's in Burbank, and it was also my first saison. I commend them on their selection, but this one did not provide a pleasant experience.

Poured into a tulip glass, it revealed a light, golden, transparent hue, bubbly and with minimal head.

The odor was a sort of malty, biscuity, wet hay kind of smell. I got the impression that the term "farmhouse ale" alluded to the fact that the beer shared certain qualities with the inside of a barn.

The mouthfeel was heavy on the carbonation, mildly alcoholic, and left a nasty stale aftertaste.

It tasted malty, biscuity, and musty. I was immediately reminded of when I made the mistake of letting rain-soaked jeans sit folded for several days and then opened them up and took a good whiff.

I only finished this beer because I bought it at a restaurant and wanted to save face and get my money's worth to the best of my ability. I found this brew to be just a step above malt liquor, perhaps somewhere between a Colt 45 and a Rolling Rock. I'm hoping this is just a bad example of the style, but I'm apprehensive to continue my journey through the saison world.

I thought maybe the beer had gone bad, but I talked to the bartender and he said that while some people enjoy it, the overwhelming majority say something to the effect of it tasting like a wet sock. Maybe the whole case went bad...? I feel bad giving a beer that was actually trying to be good such a low rating, and I may try it again elsewhere just to be fair, but it won't be any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 18:06:25 | More by instrumentality
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cjgator3

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is ripe zesty citrus, spices, yeast and earthy hops. Taste is unbelievably smooth. A lot of the zesty citrus and spices are in the taste along with a dry yeasty and somewhat bitter finish. This is an absolutely fabulous brew! It is certainly one of my all time favorites and a benchmark for the saison style.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 03:58:30 | More by cjgator3
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,145 ratings.