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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 3,505
Reviews: 1,468
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 201
Gots: 293 | FT: 9
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-26-2002

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Photo of goatgoat
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first Belgian saison. I've really enjoyed American versions and am about to savor their predecessor. Cork reads 2008. 750ml bottle poured into a wine goblet.

Pours a hazy lemon/orange. A thick white creamy head falls slowly. Some sheeting of lace.
Aroma is light banana and moderate spice overlaid with a gentle mustiness.
Flavor is hard to pin down. Much less fruity than the other saisons I've had. A lack of sweetness. The musty side comes in pretty quickly and sticks around, lingering with a slight bitterness in the finish. Light fruits and spices are underneath. But every sip presents something new, especially as it warms. A slightly puckering tartness leads into the dry finish. Light body with pleasant carbonation. Nicely crisp.

Have to say, I like my American versions better. This is a good, delicious, tasty beer... but not as good as some produced right here in the U. S. of A.

Photo of BarrelO
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. I'm not entirely thrilled about dropping $16 on a four-pack, but my only other option was a 375ml green bottle, and I didn't want to run the risk of a skunked beer.

A: Hazy orange with a huge head that quickly fades.

S: Citrus and yeast.

T: Zesty lemony citrus and hoppy bitterness combine in a way that almost dares you to not be refreshed. Bready aftertaste.

M: Light with heavy carbonation.

T: Way too easy to put down. In fact, its drinkability might be its greatest weakness. It's too good to sip and savor, but the carbonation has a bloating effect if you drink too quickly. Anyway, this is outstanding as a summer thirst-quencher, an aperitif, or as an accompaniment to just about any dish.

Photo of Draughted
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Puts other Belgium beers to shame.

A - Color indicative of a wheat or other unfiltered beer. Golden with a lot of visible carbonation. Smooth head.

S - For whatever reason, the first note, to me, is bubble gum, sweet and skunky at the same time. Slight citrus notes.

T - Exceptionally smooth and delicate. There is a fruity flavor to the beer, has similarities to other wheat / hefeweizen brews. Almost impossible to drink slowly and truly appreciate the flaors.

M - Smooth and effervescent.

D - Other than the expensive imported price of almost $5 per 375 ml (12.4 oz), this beer would be a great six pack. Easy to drink and quickly becoming one of my favorite all-time.

Photo of droomyster
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. Bottled 2008 Tasted in Mid-March 2009

It has been years since I've had this beer and I am excited to finally try it again. Pours a beautiful hazy gold with hyperactive carbonation and crowned with a a thick white head. Smells very yeasty with light fruits and spices. The taste just blows me away. Saison Dupont is such an all-star that I hardly know where to begin. The first thing I notice is the way it makes me tongue tingle, followed by a sweet fruity and spicy blast not unlike that of a Belgian tripel just before a rush of orange zest hits the back palate and lingers on the finish. It's body is quite extraordinary -- tingly like I said but has a very substantial body that gradually breaks down and softens. An exceptional beer.

Photo of stephens101
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little skunk wafts up to the nose upon popping the cork, and sometimes that's not a bad thing, as long as it's not overwhelming. Looking at the bottle art, I imagine myself at a small cafe in Belgium drinking this one. Pours a dirty gold and finishes off with a dense off-white head. Retention is good, as it takes some time to fade. A few spots of lacing are left to and fro. Smells phenomenal, with fresh yeast, light fruits (green apples, pears) and diacetyls all moving in perfect balance around the nose. Tastes spicy and a bit sour with more light fruits, big malts, sweet bread and yeast. Goes down a bit dry and there's plenty of carbonation. Mouth-feel is medium. Enjoyed the hell out of this one.

Photo of gotweid
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the bottle into a weizen glass (the 2nd into a pint glass). Very hazy, cloudy and golden wheatish in color. Thick, rocky head 2 fingers thick and she stayed around quite a long time. Beautiful lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma of grass, grains and very fruity with a slight whif of hops. Better tasting than I imagined from the aroma. The Dupont has a slightly grainy, fruity taste to it with the slightest amount of light bitterness to it. As I drank it the fruitiness became more noticeable without killing or overcoming the hops. Mouthfeel is so very smooth, almost creamy with a decent amount of carbonation that offsets the dryness that is evident later on. Really alot going on with this beer. Extremely enjoyable and drinkable. Great session beer. You have to try this one.

Photo of SpruceFish
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: great golden hazy orange color

S: great floral smell i can defiantly smell that wild yeast and i really love it almost reminds me of the aroma of a Gueuze

T: great floral taste i can taste some great hops toward the end yet i cant discern much more out of it

M: light carbonation feels nice on the tongue

D: very smooth and yes i would defiantly have another

great beer i love beer with wild yeast this beer would great on a hot day yet its a bit pricy its defiantly worth getting at least once

Photo of fightingirishcmk
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the best classic beers of the world, IMO.
A: Pours a deep golden orange, beautiful color with decent clarity. Head is biblical in proportion, stark white in color, long lasting, and left lacing all down the glass. Beautiful!
S: Sweet, citrus, lemony, grassy, and an earthy hop note
T: If I had to liken Saison Dupont to another style, it would be a Czech pilsener. Slightly sweet, crisp, floral, and an appropriate amount of bittering Goldings hops. Different from a pils because it has more of a citrus belgian character. Very dry as well. Delicious!
M: If I had one critique of this beer, I would say it is just a bit thin bodied.
D: The dryness just makes me want to keep drinking more. Not filling, tasty, and a perfect balance of hops, fruit, and malt.

Photo of getkrunkhoe
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice golden haze,with carbonation very present.

Ar- Spiced, skunky, wheat notes.

T-clove, grain, bits of orange peel very citric. A very crisp and light beer.

MF-carbonation tickles the inside of the mouth, very crisp. Light and pleasant.

Had on tap @ Lucky Baldwins

P.S. Much better from the bottle.

Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is huge and foamy, with better retention than almost anything I've ever seen. The color is a cloudy golden amber.

The smell is earthy with notes of fruit and a light herbal tone.

The herbal tone is active up front in the taste, and tart fruity grains make for a delicious flavor. There is a light, pleasant peppery spiciness. Malt and grains are evident A lingering finish is dry, and fruity.

The feel is crisp and smooth. Carbonation is lively and the body is light to medium.

The is such a subtle complexity to this one that you really have to study it. Take your time; this one is a real pleasure. A fantastic offering that is easily a regular.

Photo of wiseguy142
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright yellow with lots of visible, rushing carbonation and in insane head. Both retention and lacing are excellent.

The first thing I noticed about the aroma when I popped the cork was it was skunked. I've kept this in the dark since I bought it so I blame the beer store. I doubt a Saison is supposed to smell skunked. It's interesting to see tha tthe gree bottles really do make a big difference. Other than the skunked aroma, you can pick up on light Belgian yeast. Lighter than you'd fin in a Dubble or anything. Very crisp and refreshing smelling.

Taste is.. hmm. I've been drinking stouts for the past few days so this is quite a change. Very light yet assertive, a bit of cardboard. Light.. like a half witbier/dubble with a refreshing fruityness like standing in the produce isle of the grocery store. Champagne-dry and finishing amazingly clean. It's actually scary how clean it finishes.. I've never had anything like it.

Super peppery and refreshing carbonation. Light to medium body. The subtle but different flavors give it a lot of drinkability since you're always sort of trying to figure out what the beer is about. This was sort of a different beer for me but I'm glad I got it.

Photo of GJ40
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a goblet. Purchased at the Butcher's Block in Sarasota, FL.

A - Light golden color with good clarity and a large white head.

S - Fruity and clean.

T - Dry and crisp with a mild spiciness. Well balanced with no harshness at all.

M - Very light and airy. Almost evaporates in your mouth.

D - A fantastic and extremely drinkable beer. A perfect Champagne substitute.

Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Backcounty in Nederland. Pours a hazy yellow with a lacy beige head. The nose has candy malts, citrus fruits and a bit of funky yeast. Taste is a bit more mellow, but still quite good. Very well balanced. Crisp medium body suits style. Would pair well with most any meal.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up at Smoker's Den in Bennington, VT.

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a three finger fluffy white head that seems to stick around forever. Some floaties dangle here and there as well. The spiderweb lacing makes this a superb looking brew. Aroma consists of banana, spicy hops, and strong yeasty goodness. Sweet floral perfume and some earth in the nose as well. Very enjoyable to sniff. Taste follows suit very well but a touch sweeter. Sweet apple, pear, and rhubarb with a grassy dry flavor. Midway some pepper and clove with a slight melon sweetness. Aftertaste is more dry with a bit of a citrus hop linger, very nice. Light body with a soft pillowy feel and an active carbonation, great representation of the style. This saison is too easy to drink, it's just a shame I only got a small bottle. Next time I'm getting the corked 750 ml bottle for sure. Probably one of the best saisons I've had to date.

Photo of Naugled
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle served in flute

A: Off white silky lacey head that diminishes in a few minutes. Light straw orange color, surprisingly clear. Slight hop aroma in the nose.
S: Mild pils malt smell
T: Hop bitterness is nicely balanced with the malt. Some earthiness in the background. Good hop aftertaste, lingers just long enough to be pleasant and wanted.
M: Med to light body, smooth
D: very drinkable but nothing to write home about.

This is a good example of a drinkable saison/session beer. Easy to drink and enjoy, but at $10 a bottle it is an expensive thirst quencher.

Photo of lhaqq
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: I love the bottle. I feel like I need to be on a picnic when I'm drinking it. Pours a soft cloudy straw orange-yellow body with a generous off-white head.
S: Grains, bananas, cloves.
T: A little less flavor than I was expecting after the smell. Begins more bitter than was expecting, too. Some green apple bitterness sneaks through, and it has a pretty dry finish.
M: Lively carbonation that doesn't dull down after the bottle's been open for awhile.
D: Split a 750ml with a friend; probably good as the carbonation makes it pretty filling.

Photo of larsee01
2.93/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml cork-top bottle poured into glass chalice. Cork says 2008.

A--Lotsa head. Looks like a serious BEER. Big bubbles yet foamy. Dark honey color with serious ascending carbonation. Little bit of yeast floaties.

S--Bready, smokey, touch of ripe banana. Cinnamon and clove spices, sour, mineraly. A whole lot going on here! A tip of the hat to the complex characters in the smell.

T--Surprisingly bitter up front. Hard, earthy mineral nature. A twinge of crisp apple fruitiness fortunately saves this from being one-sided. Aftertaste of light bread/crackers. Kind of a dish-soapy taste. It's the most accurate way I can describe it, but it's not overtly offensive.

M--Ok I suppose. Bitterness lends a dry nature. At 6.5 ABV it's nicely balanced between light and heavy.

D--I guess, bur I really don't like the bitterness of this beer.

Photo of uno99
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a stange glass ( a very long thin Pilsner flute) at Chauncey Smiths in London. A 250mL bottle which was beautiful in its own right.

A: due to the glass I was given i carefully poured down the side and got a nice wispy head when I poured into the middle. lots of little bubbles quickly rising. Good head retention, and when you swirl the glass it revives it even more.

S: slightly funky, very fruity and inviting. I could smell this beer from a few feet away as I was pouring. lifting it to your nose reveals the true character.

T: first thing I tasted was banana's. and I actually said out loud "whoah! banana's" Im happy to see other tasters noticing it as well. I also got a grassy lemmony note as well as slight tart yeast note. this was very complex... I wish I could have taken notes. A VERY refreshing beer to have after my lamb and Imperial Stout.

M: comes alive in the mouth with lots of carbonation which really does the beer justice.

D: I wanted more MoRe MORE! but I had to DRIVE DrIvE drive...:(

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

750ml corked & caged. It pours a cloudy gold with a dense, effervescent white head that leaves soft lacing. Smells of vanilla, butter, sharp spice, and a slight carob. VERY nice. The taste is dry, peppery, and slightly fruity. There are mild earthy tones and a whisp of band aid. The whole thing mixes very well. Mouthfeel is spot on, slippery and highly carbonated. Drinkability is very good. This bottle has met its match.

Photo of david131
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Clear and golden with a monstrous, craggy white head. Pretty good, but not much meat on its bones.

S- Very subtle, but pretty nice. There is lemon, grass, and just a hint of funk. Not as aromatic as I expected or remembered.

T- Sweet, grassy, a bit funky, and a bit sour. There is a distinct lemon flavor as well. A conglomeration of flavors that work really well together.

M- Creamy, but the carbonation keeps the flavors going and add to a nice mouthfeel.

D- A very enjoyable beer that is subtle, but the more of it I drink, the more it opens up. The lower ABV is most definitely appreciated and shoots the drinkability off the charts.

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

A - Poured a cloudy golden color that produced a massive head that retained throughout and coated the glass in a nice lace around the glass

S - Interesting...bananas and candy (first thing that comes to mind is the banana runts), yeast, alcohol, and cloves

T - Great bursts of banana, lemon, clove, bready yeasts, and spice. A very complex brew.

M - Very carbonated! with a decent body to it

D - A good saison, probably would rate higher if I hadn't had a certain saison at the tasting, but good none the less

Photo of damienblack
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Almost Duvelian in appearance, just a little paler. During pour, looks like a sparkling wine, lush carbonation and a frothy, billowey head quickly rising from the barren waste. Tiny particles of sediment the bubbles on their journey to the surface. Color is that of either a pale apple or a dark lemon. Soapy, sticky lacing. Smell is enchanting. Like I have a vinyard growing in my musty attic that's been sealed off for months. Slightly soapy, very musty without being dank, it's a tart and dry mustiness that I associate with a country home out on the farm, where vinting is done. Slightly peppery, more than a little yeasty, overtones of sour apple or pear. Intoxicating.

First thought: Upon the first sip, far more vinegary and soapy than anticipated. As I let it sit some, these flavors seem to mellow into the background a bit. Hints of spices I couldn't begin to name permeate throughout, backed by pale tart vineyard fruit, apple, pear, white grape. It's crisp, dry, light-bodied, all of those aspects full to character. But the aftertaste is where the negative aspects rise to full character. i get a very soapy and overly vinegaric finish, it's making me wonder if I got a bad bottle. I have limited experience with the genre at hand, but I don't think these qualities should be so present. If it weren't for them, it would be a very pleasant slight tartness providing a sour character, and that would make it very palatable. It really gives a hit to taste and drinkability, so I won't deduct them that low until I know what's up. will revise these scores if necessary after trying this beer again at a later date, to give it a more fair shake.

Photo of Contagion
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is a hazy pale straw color to it. Light passes through easily enough, but the cloudiness makes seeing through it near to impossible. When poured into a pint glass a dense off-white head forms about half an inch thick. It fades slowly and even at the end a nice ring is still around the edge of the glass, with a film over the top. A creamy lacing forms on the side of the glass.

When brought to the nose, the first thing you notice is a spicy mixture of clove and coriander. There is a sweet banana-like scent. A touch of yeast carries the rest of the scents and there is a slight white pepper accent to it that brings it all together. The flavor is spiciness with a mellow fruit and hop flavor. The fruit sweetness is balanced by hop bitterness that combines for a beer that isn't too sweet nor is it too bitter. The taste is rather refreshing with a mild aftertaste that lingers gently.

This is a light bodied beer. The carbonation provides a crisp bite. There is a creaminess to it that is pleasant on the tongue, but isn't thick or coating.

This is a pleasant beer to drink. It's light, flavorful and easy to drink. The sediment is a little disconcerting. In fact I would have given it a higher appearance if it wasn't for the sediment. This is an enjoyable beer to drink, and I would enjoy drinking this more on a hot summer day than on a gold winters evening.

Photo of Vixie
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy yellow with a small white head. Dissipates down a bit, but lingers.

I may have had an older bottle, as it had a skunky smell to it at first. Also was a bit floral with a lot of spicy notes.

Taste is floral and fruity, with quite a bit of spiciness. Also some banana and coriander.

Mouthfeel was decent, a high level of carbonation makes it more prominant.

Not a bad beer overall, but not the best of this style I've had either. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but wouldn't turn one down if offered either.

Photo of antilogic
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ beachwood bbq. Pours clear bronze, slight head. Aroma is saison - earth, yeast, foral hops.

Very drinkable, and a very standard saison - citrus, hops, yeast, spice, earth, slightly dry finish. Nothing jumping out to WOW me, but a good beer.

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,505 ratings.