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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,213 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,213
Reviews: 1,443
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 172
Gots: 210 | FT: 9
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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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slyke

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Saison Dupont pours a hazy golden orange with an ample rocky white head. The smell is of alcohol with a little citrus. The taste is similar with the citrus more prominent. The citrus is more of a sour flavor than tart, but not a detriment. A lingering aftertaste is present too. Mouthfeel is good. Drinkability is pretty good too. Since the beer came in a 750ml bottle, It is sessionable (what else are you going to do?), but this beer is a sipper. Plan on taking a couple of hours for this bottle of beer. Recommended.

02-04-2007 22:06:37 | More by slyke
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faernt

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +12.6%

Ahh belches. My wife just walked through one and winced and called it "mossy" That's from a Saison DuPont. I have this beer around always. It's house beer. It rocks!!!

It pours big and rocky. It gets cloudy because of the rusty sludge in the bottom of the bottle. I've been told that there is iron oxide in the water at the brewery. It makes much food taste better. It smells a little old because I've been told they use aged hops. Try it sometime...put some hops in a bowl and leave them in your beer closet (or wherever you put beer) and smell them in a year. They smell different. So rusty water and old ingredients. And they still make a fantastic beer. It tastes great with food. Try it. It is on my top 10. Pass on rawish fish. It takes the smell up into taste. However, it is the best grilled salmon beer around.

01-27-2007 01:26:13 | More by faernt
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sleazo

New York

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

Had a bottle of this at the Union Square Cafe. Pours a cloudy golden hue with a thick head that is retained quite well. A very nice looking beer.

Smell is of funk, but not funk in a bad way. Also perhaps some fruit like apples or pears.

Taste is crisp and assertive. The funk comes through at first then has a real dry finish. The yeast is distinctive.

Mouthfeel-Highly carbonated and dry, very refreshing.

D-Due to the unusual nature of the beast i am not sure i would session this.

This is a beer that goes very well with food. It was able to cut through the richness of my entree, braised veal cheeks with a cherry/veal jus.

01-24-2007 02:06:40 | More by sleazo
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

2.23/5  rDev -46.8%

Pours a giant head that's frothy and foamy and hard to dissapate, it also has a good yellow and slightly cloudy color. The smell is slightly sweet brown sugar. Taste is sour and has a day old empty beer can finish to it. It's bitter harsh and barely tastes like a Saison at all. The mouthfeel is a little harsh with carbonation. Overall I will try again, just because of the name, but something went seriously wrong at John's with this bottle.

01-22-2007 21:35:08 | More by Erdinger2003
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours pale straw with a dull clarity. Frothy snow-white head quickly fills the glass and holds exceptionally well leaving stubborn barnacles of foamy lace. Some moderate Styrian aroma, and a solid skunky/spicy Saaz bouquet. Some soft wheat and mild medicinal aromas are also evident, with lambic yeast notes and faint pilsener malt in the background. Timid pale malt sweetness and sharp pilsener upfront, followed by zesty Styrian and Saaz flavor, perhaps a little light-struck. Then comes a tame but prominent farmhouse profile. Dry aftertaste with lingering skunk and noble bitterness while the farmhouse character remains apparent, but not overwhelming. Nearly perfect execution of the style. High carbonaion and ultra-thin body, almost champagne-like but with some wheat-like texture. Overall the mouthfeel is refreshing and light with a pleasenty acidic yeast character and spicy german hop backdrop. Finishes dry and funky but restrained enough to quench the thirst as well as supply ample sour flavor.

01-19-2007 06:06:45 | More by PBRstreetgang
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured from a 12.7oz caged and corked bottle into a Saison Dupont tumbler.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color. Huge, rocky eight finger head that towers over the rim of the glass, resembling the mashed potato, "this means something" sculpture from Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind. Active carbonation and some suspended sediment. Chunks and sheets of lace.

S: Belgian yeast, bready malt, lemon peel, and coriander

T: Tart and tangy lemon and other citrus flavors abound. A bready or crackery malt flavor comes in briefly. Other flavors noted are: coriander, pears, earthy & dirty barnyard, pepper, and fantastically spicy hops.

M: How is it that something as puckery as this can also be considered creamy?

D: An unbelievably satisfying and refreshing Saison. I could drink this beer forever. It posesses such excuisitly nuanced balance. Tart, sweet, funky, malty, spicy, and hoppy. Benchmark of the style IMO.

01-09-2007 23:20:43 | More by GbVDave
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Available in Vancouver in the big bottles ( better to cellar than the small versions) , this is a spicy take on the Saison. Lots of head tops a light gold body. The nose is all yeasty with citrus notes and the first sip is very assertive( You need to let the beer settle to really get the nuances of the finish). I like this version as it has body and finesse in one package and really shows well as a counterpoint to the malty, heavy dark beers.

01-07-2007 17:55:39 | More by canucklehead
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Onibubba

Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +5%

My second Saison. I much prefered this one. Beautiful cloudy yellow body and fluffy white head. Still having a hard time wrapping my head around the smells and tastes of these beers, but I do know that I like it. Yeasty? Sure, OK. Definately interested in checking out more beers in this style.

Quaffability of this beer is excellent. Mouthfeel too. I was deeply saddened that all I had to follow this up with was a Hennepin. I'll be buying this again in greater quantities.

I've edited my review for this outstanding beer. This has become a true favorite and is leading the way for this particular style, to my tastes anyway. I wish it were easier to get my hands on more Saisons, but I will have to be content with the occasional expensive road trip to Atlanta to stock up. I could drink this beer every day and be quite content...For a while anyway.

01-05-2007 21:17:29 | More by Onibubba
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Purchased a bottle at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Somerville

A: Pours with a vigourous white head, which drops to about a half inch. Pale light gold color. Visibly effervescent. Belgian lace.

S: Spicy peppery phenols predominate. Citrusy fruity esters up front as well. Underscored by a hoppy background.

T: Spicy throughout. Orange citrus esters very subdued. Slightly hoppy. Dry finish with a bitter slightly spice aftertaste.

MF: Light body. Very effervescent. Astringent.

D: Nice tart thirst quenching saison. Very drinkable. Let warm for a better taste.

01-05-2007 17:57:11 | More by Nipitato
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mpyle

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -15.3%

Monster white, moussey head. Good head retention. Color a pale gold, fairly clear.

Spicy citrus aroma, some malty sweetness.

Spicy hop bitterness dominates initially, then gets a bit softer and maltier midtongue. A bit more citrusy as the beer warmed.

Fairly light body, creamy despite the high carbonation. No alcohol warming or astringency.

A light, hoppy, spicy ale. Spicy character might get overwhelming, but the relatively light body makes it highly drinkable.

01-01-2007 02:02:39 | More by mpyle
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Gmann

New York

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. The color was slighty hazy golden orange color, beautiful rocky white head, left a lot of chunky lacing. The aroma was of spicy, pepper Beligan yeast. The taste is spicy Beligan yeast, coliander, a bit of hop bitterness in the end. It is well carbonated, creamy, finishes a bit dry. This is the only offering that I have had of this style but I do enjoy it. It is quite drinkable as I had a few of them at Roy's in NYC.

12-24-2006 03:50:02 | More by Gmann
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

33cl glass poured into a chalice, thanks to fisherman34 for this one.

Colour is glowing yellow-orange, lots of sediment in this one. Huge frothy head, a full inch that recedes a little and keeps up throughout the glass. Medium Carbonation. Smell is intense, very spicy, coriander and pepper predominately. Orange and lemon peel are evident, and a lovely yeasty funk. Let's dig in, shall we?

Sourness is the order of the day here, as that funky yeast comes into play right off the bat. That is followed by coriander seed, pepper and orange, lemon peel bitterness rounds things off. Very simple, but pleasant to be sure. Mouthfeel is quite thin-bodied and wet, and there's little here that could be called bitterness, just mildly sour. Carbonation is mellow. All in all a simple and quaffable brew, it slides down super easily. A very enjoyable Saison.

12-23-2006 01:40:11 | More by trevorwideman
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

This brew pours a glowing golden-orange color. The head is a billowy four inches in height. It never fully recedes, and thick chunks of lacing stick to all sides of the glass. The aroma is of yeast, lemon, and citrus. The taste is very earthy, with citrus and lemons in the background. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, this is a very solid saison, and I will certainly have it again.

12-21-2006 05:49:29 | More by KarlHungus
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Illinick

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

A: Extremely large, rocky white head that leaves tons of chunky lacing. Pale golden yellow with tons or rising carbonation.
S: Spiced pear, some tart apple, as well as earthy scents and a generic herbal smell.
T: Complex flavors of spiced fruit-pear and apple, some phenolic flavors, some earthy flavors and an herbal overtone. Dry grainy flavors as well and some champagne like flavors too. A light fresh tarness is found throughout.
MD: Mouthfilling and dry.
Overall: One of the best examples of the style. On par with Hennepin, but different in ways. If you like the style you'll love this one.

12-12-2006 21:05:37 | More by Illinick
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a cloudy, pale straw color with a MASSIVE head and loads and loads of big bubbles. Extremely active beer.

Smells like champagne....phenolic, pears, yeast, banana, clove, coriander, other fruitiness.

Taste is tart, phenolic, hints of pear, melon, coriander, and other fruitiness, finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is light and extremely carbonated.

Very drinkable, considering the tastiness and easy abv%.

12-03-2006 02:50:57 | More by Doomcifer
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Matthew

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a slightly cloudy pale golden color with a very nice fluffy white head with good lacing and great head retention.

Lots of yeast in the nose, earthy, slightly fruity, and some faint touches of alcohol and citrus.

Nice earthy flavors, grainy, slightly musty, dry yeast, and some warming alcohol in there as well. Very light hints of citrus, mainly lemon are present.

Nice crisp and fairly light mouthfeel with a nice level of carbonation for the style.

Probably the most drinkable saison I've had with the exception of hennepin, nice, crisp, complex, and flavorful.

11-24-2006 01:23:58 | More by Matthew
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Melchizedek

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a cloudy pale gold, with a big sticky head that holds onto the sides of the glass nicely.

Aroma is yeasty/phenolic with a distinct apple/pear fruitiness and a light spice. In the mouth, light and playfully carbonated with fruit flavors up front - some apricot comes into the mix as it warms - and a light grain texture with mild yeast, a light citric tartness and some final hop. Cleaner in the finish than the start.

I paired this with a Thanksgiving feast and have no regrets. Probably very versatile for pairing, and I was glad to have this as my introduction to the style.

11-24-2006 00:49:32 | More by Melchizedek
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Budlum

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -18.1%

Pouring this saison proves quite the challenge as it is prone to produce large amounts of head very quickly. Head retention and lacing are excellent. The body is a very hazy, pale yellow with glowing orange shades.

The nose presents a fresh, yeasty, citrus aroma with a contrasting oak smell. The citrus aromas of orange peel and lemon zest are quite refreshing.

A quick burst of lemon zest precedes a tasty black pepper and coriander spice flavor. Almost immediately, a strong yeast presence dominates with powerful earthy and oak tones. Unfortunately, the unbalanced yeast presentation does not serve this saison as well as it could.

The mouth presence is very balanced in carbonation and spiciness on the tongue. The large amounts of yeast tend to deaden the palate after a 750 mL bottle.

Drinkability is pretty good. Flavor content is nice and this could be a nice session beer if it weren't for the overpowering oak flavors. Much better when served on tap.

11-22-2006 07:11:11 | More by Budlum
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clabaugh

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -11.7%

Appearance: Pours a lovely golden pewter, with a fine cascading effect. A voluptuous, pillowy head colored a snowy white accumulates on top. Displays excellent retention, with lacing that appears generously in opaque sheets.

Smell: Mildly yeasty, with a raw barnyard character. Rich and wheaty, imbued with subtle floral notes. Faintly grapey.

Taste: Toasty oat flavor with an earthy, yeasty character. Implications of fruit ripening on the vine; apple, pear provide some tartness. Some residual bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Exquisite sensations. Pleasingly creamy and sumptuous. Caresses the palate and the tongue as well as any beer I've had the privilege to imbibe.

Drinkability: Only adequate flavor, and fairly filling. Successfully hides the 6.5% ABV. Just lacking that "craveability" that is so elusive to describe.

11-18-2006 06:17:18 | More by clabaugh
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vtfan77

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

A- Light amber with a gigantic, rocky white head that leaves big patches of lacing on the sides of the glass. Very nice looking beer.

S- A light maltiness is evident at first but is overpowered by the yeasty aromas. A bit of mustiness and lots of spiciness is evident, along with a bit of a banana fruitiness. Nice strong, Belgian aroma.

T- Taste is a lot like the smell, but pretty mild. A cracker-like maltiness is complemented by the peppery phenols and segues into a nice, crisp bitterness. A light sourness lingers on the finish as well.

M- Medium-thin on the mouthfeel, but well-carbonated and smooth.

D- The drinkability is very high. This is a nice quaffer, despite the somewhat high abv. This is only a 375 ml bottle, but I could have downed a 750 with ease.

I really liked this one. It's nice and crisp and would go well with any everyday cuisine (or just on its own, like I had it). Highly recommended, be sure to give this one a try.

11-07-2006 02:03:09 | More by vtfan77
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tboom29

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

This saison pours, like many, with a big, thick head that clings to the side of your glass. That is a good thing. The color was golden and rather cloudy.

The nose was full of spiciness and fruit. There was a slight hoppiness to it, and a little bit of malty biscuit in there as well.

The first thing I noticed was that this has a very dry finish, almost no aftertaste present. Lots of fruit and hops present in the front. Slight medicinal, though not unpleasant, coating leads to a medium mouthfeel. Lots of pepper and spiciness throughout, which is welcomed. This paired very nicely with an artichoke/prosciutto risotto. I'd recommend this to any saison fan.

10-31-2006 22:41:14 | More by tboom29
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%

Tuscan gold with a stationary storm of fine yeast. Several frenetic streams of equally fine bubbles can be seen making their way up to a fantastic looking head of impressively rocky foam that is darker than ivory, yet lighter than beige. Meandering fingers of sticky sea foam lace complete the picture of an outstanding looking saison.

The nose is spicy and fruity and funky... and I can't stop smelling it. There's an impressive amount of white pepper spiciness emanating from the glass; so much so that I'd consider it to be the aroma's signature characteristic. Lemongrass and lemon peel contribute even more facets to an already multi-faceted nose.

Saison Dupont is more boldly flavored than anticipated and I like it more than I thought I would as a result. The other interesting thing that seems always to be present in quality beer is that the flavor profile changes so dramatically from the start of each mouthful to the finish. I love it when beer is not only complex, but when its complexity changes kaleidoscopically from the sip to the swallow.

Great mixture of malt and hops with the latter winning by a landslide. This is an amazingly hoppy, amazingly bitter beer with a finish that is almost parching in its aridity. If Saison Dupont was champagne, it'd be brut. The hops are lemon zesty and grassy and spicy and herbal and dee-licious. Why did it take me so long to discover this treasure of a beer?

I keep going back and forth on the mouthfeel. There's plenty of carbonation, but the bubbles seem a thing apart from the beer rather than being buried deep within it where they can provide silkiness and buoyancy. That probably borders on nitpickiness and doesn't hamper my enjoyment in the least.

Saison Dupont is one of the world's best-known and most-loved Belgian farmhouse ales. As far as I'm concerned, after draining this bottle in record time and loving every single drop, it deserves whatever accolades it has earned over the years. And then some.

10-25-2006 13:34:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -1%

375 ml corked bottle

A-Beautiful golden straw body. Phenomenal white rocky head that lasted forever. Lively carbonation from bottom of glass. It truly looked like the epitome of what a great "text-book" beer should look like.

S-I love the earthy, grassy tones in beers and this one was not lacking. A wet hay and sweet Belgian yeast strain are predominant. It was very delicate with hints of floral softness.

T-Yeast was screaming in this. The spicy character of the strain matched well with the hop finish. This is definately a multi-layered beer that produced vastly different flavors with each sip.

M-Famously dry and refreshing.

D-Couldn't be beat on a hot day. The dryness may be a tad redundant to drink all night, but I surely would not complain.

Great beer for anyone, although I would still opt for Hennepin in this style category.

10-22-2006 23:06:10 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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doppelmeup

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured this from a 750 ml bottle into tulip glasses. We had this with some Thai food, and it was a perfect match for the meal.

This beer rivaled Duvel for it's magnificent pillowy head. Thick foam towered in the glass, marked by giant moon craters. Excellent lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Aromas typical of Belgian ales. Fruity, with hints of banana and cloves and the distinct Belgian yeastiness.

Flavor was excellent. Fruity and slightly sweet to start off, with a clean, crisp slightly bitter finish to cleanse the palate. It went exceptionally well with our dinner.

Light, refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall, an excellent beer and the best example of the style I have had, barely edging out Hennepin. A superb choice for a dinner companion, especially with Thai food.

10-20-2006 22:34:43 | More by doppelmeup
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Fugazme

Nebraska

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

From notes:

2005 on cork


Gold/straw in color... slightly cloudy with large carbonation effects.

1/2" white head with some staying power.

Aroma is good with peppery-orange overtone... slightly skunky underneath... spicy, lemony, and barnyardy.

A touch harsh on the first swallow... peppery... lager-like at points.

Overall a very good beer.

10-19-2006 15:10:43 | More by Fugazme
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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