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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,280 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,280
Reviews: 1,449
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 179
Gots: 227 | 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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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

Split a small bottle between two people, poured into a large wine glass.

A: Bottles top pops off like champagne. This brew pours with a huge amount of head, lots of yeast comes out on top, looks kind of strange sitting there on the top of the brew.

S: Nose is very strong yeast with a little wheat smell in there along with champagne as well.

T & M: Starts off with a very refreshing lemon malt flavor and then a champagne like flavor kicks in that tingles the tongue and the rest of the mouth. Very carbonated and refreshing. Finishes a tad citrusy and sour. Alcholol flavor is just slightly detected.

D: I have ready some reports that say this is the "best beer in the world". I wouldn't go as far as to say that, but this is defenitely a very distinctive brew (I have never heard of another brewery who brews this exact style), refreshing, not too strong, and something every beer enthusiast should try.

AustinBeerLvr, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of shivtim
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

This beer has a nice slightly hazy orange/straw color combination with a good head that lingers and then leaves good lacing. Nose is yeast, wheat, orange, and hints of white pepper and lemon. Taste is great, with an earthy/clay yeast flavor and bits of hoppy goodness. Some spices come through as well as citrus. Mouthfeel is quite good, very full and frothy. Highly drinkable. Excellent example of a saison.

shivtim, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of travelfrog
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

I had this on tap at my favorite pizza pub, served in a traditional Belgian ale glass.

Appearance was excellent -- pale gold in color, with a full, creamy head.

Aroma was unremarkable... but I've been suffering from hayfever of late, so I gave the brew the benefit of the doubt.

Flavor was excellent, with a full spectrum of sweet-bitter flavor coming through. Pleasant mandarin orange aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was fine -- substantial and creamy with no acidic qualities whatsoever.

The brew was very drinkable. I also noticed some of my colleagues (even those who aren't fond of strong-tasting beer) were ordering a second (and some even a third!) glass.

travelfrog, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Saison Dupont pours out a rocky head over a cloudy
yellow brew. That head collapses to a disk of foam, and
the nose is fruit, light malt, and Belgian yeast. The flavor
is light malt and citrus, with an herbal hop finish. The
mouthfeel is light, crisp, and slightly tart. Altogether a
nice experience. Offer it to your wine- loving pals when
they drop by the house.

shadow1961, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

The appearance was cloudy and bright yellow. It had a superb head; white and pillowy. The taste was slightly spicy and a little fruity.This beer was very easy to drink and I am sure it is probably good on a hot day. The only problem for me is the price. $9 is a little too much for me to spend on what amounts to two average ABV beers. This would be nice if it were in a $10 six pack.

ArrogantB, May 29, 2007
Photo of bosco7
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%

Hazy pale copper color with massive rocky head. The lacing is so beautiful and words don't do it justice.

Grassy, earthy hop, spicy yeast and lemon zest in the nose.

Orange and lemon zest upfront quickly followed by a blast of spicey hop flavors. Nice amount of clean bitterness to end the experience.

Well attenuated with lots of carbonation. Extremely drinkable (too bad a 750mL bottle costs $9.50). Paired with mussels and french fries (traditional Belgian meal).

bosco7, May 26, 2007
Photo of Hammarby
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

A: Golden with a white frothy head that stays.
S: Coriander, a bit phenolic (plastic) aromas, red berries.
T: Coriander, yeast, bitterness, slight alcoholic sting. Yeast, bitterness and alcohol in the aftertaste. Some sweetness as well (honey).
M: Moderate carboration, tiny bubbles, just below medium body.

The alcoholic presence in the taste builds up and become more and more evident, but pleasant. This one worked it's way into my heart. Wasn't too impressed at first, almost in love two glasses later.

Hammarby, May 23, 2007
Photo of kajerm
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

On tap at the Map Room. Pours cloudy gold with a large white head that quickly fades without much lacing.

The aroma is very light and slightly fruity, with some light malts and noble hops. I can't pick up more than a trace of acidity or Brett character.

The flavor opens up with lemon citric flavor. Light malts show up mid-palate, and restrained noble hop flavors appear on the finish. Some tartness is present, but it's very slight. There might be some phenols lurking in here too, but all the flavors are so light that it's hard to tell.

Mouthfeel is light and moderately heavily carbonated.

Very drinkable, but ultimately too boring for me. I like a more assertive beer than this, but I don't know that I can blame Dupont specifically for this-- I've had the same issues with other Saisons I've tried. People go on and on about the complexity here, but I'm willing to be crass and unsophisticated about this one; it's just not bold enough or surprising enough for me.

kajerm, May 20, 2007
Photo of techdiver
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a massive head that dissipates very slowly leaving a substantial cap.

Grassy, herbal, citrusy nose with hop background.

Complex taste that grows on you. Really well balanced, malt and hops come together well in a brew that displays characteristics from tart, to bitter, and with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp with good carbonation that refreshes well.

Drinkability good as a easy drinking, lower ABV Belgian should be.

techdiver, May 20, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
4.65/5  rDev +11%

A - Hazy dandelion yellow brew topped by a huge four finger rocky white head. Tiny bubbles rise to the top, explode and form tiny holes in the center of this white mountain of foam. The head recedes to a thin cap eventually, leaving lots of really nice honeycomb lace down the sides of the glass.

S - I could smell the yeast as soon as I popped the cork, and once poured the room becomes redolent of spring flowers and yeasty freshly baked bread. Sticking my nose in the glass, I smell flowers, pear, and crisp apple wedges drizzled in honey with a squeeze of lemon juice. I also smell crusty baguettes and yogurt (the unflavored sour kind).

T - Sweet summer fruits at first...apple, pear, honeydew melon. Then some bitter yeast comes in with some Belgian complexity before being cleaned from the palate by a bigger hop flavor than I was expecting. Initially honeyed, the long finish is peppery with nutty cashew and sunflower seed flavor left in my mouth after I swallow.

M - Tingly carbonation and dry yeast up front, then a sweetness kicks in mid-palate before being replaced by a mildly acidic bitterness, and after swallowing I'm left with a uniquely slick and waxy feeling.

D - Sweet, tart, fruity, complex, and thirst quenching. You couldn't ask for a more drinkable beer...except maybe if it were a bit cheaper.

pmcadamis, May 18, 2007
Photo of JanM
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

The smell is sweet, alcoholic and yeasty. Kind of like white bread made with lots of sugar. The colour is hazy pale yellow, almost like cheap orange punch. The head is nice and thick, sprinkled with small nibblets of the yeast. The initial taste is very citric and yeasty. After a few seconds the bread and bitterness kicks in. Maybe a hint of some red berries in there too? It feels a bit dry on the tongue but it's a great summer beer. Perhaps a close cousin of a witbier?

JanM, May 16, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%

had this on-tap at the hopleaf, and it poured a clear straw yellow/light orange. the bouqet was somewhat subtle, maybe it was because i was drinking this between some stronger, hoppier beers. it definitely had the unique aromas of belgian yeasts going on, smelled very much like a duvel. also some light bready notes and vegetal/grassy aromas. taste was just a hint of malt sweetness and a moderate amount of hops mixed in. light in body and spritzy carbonation but not artificially so. medium finish. would try it again if the price is right.

MrMcGibblets, May 14, 2007
Photo of Hautacam
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%

This corked popped on it's own as soon as the cage was untwisted....good thing I didn't have my face in the line of fire.
Talk about carbonation....I poured carefully to not creat a huge head...but it rises and makes an ice cream cone look as it gets above the rim....amazing . This the is a 2006 bottle.
The smell is funky , musty barn with a bit of citrus and spice.
The taste is almost tart....lot's of complexity...some barely sweet malt....funk, citrus , hints of honey and banana...black pepper...grass...a nice bitterness that runs through from beginning to end. Very dry clean finish with a bitter aftertaste.
Always great....easy to get through a 750ml. A classic.

Hautacam, May 12, 2007
Photo of RedBeerchetta
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%

A - Dark gold, orange, cloudy, beautiful whipped cream head that's easy to recreate with a swirl of the glass. Makes you want a "got milk" mustache as soon as it's poured.

S - Yeast, alcohol, biscuits, grass.

T - Vanilla, apricot, hint of nutmeg, sweet cream, pineapple. Really nice, mellow blend of flavors. Good balance of spiciness and sweetness.

M - Light, but creamy feel on the middle and sides of tongue. Perfect light carbonation. Slides down like ice cream.

D - I could definitley have a couple of these, though maybe a bit too filling for more than that. I will probably finish this 750ml bottle!

I'm a new and eager student of Belgian beers and I am loving using this as my study. I don't see how this beer could dissapoint anyone!

RedBeerchetta, May 12, 2007
Photo of bark
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%

The colour is golden – orange, the liquid is a little hazy (the beer is bottle conditioned, but it was quite easy to decant it properly). The gigantic foam sinks slowly down to a three finger white compact head with a beautiful crater. The lacing is massive!

The smell is deep and generous: Lots of fruity, somewhat sour malt is mixed with a hint of alcohol, lots of fresh yeast, wheat dough, cookies, fresh herbs and flowers.

The taste is perfectly balanced, making it a very drinkable brew, even at 6.5%: Wheat dough, lots of fresh fruits, mild notes of yeast and boiled ham, and a hint of butterscotch. The aftertaste develops into a surprisingly bitter flavour with notes of spicy hops, some alcohol, bitter citric fruits and spices like cloves and cardamom.

The carbonation makes the flavours even better; it is quite strong but not sharp at all. They create a little foam in the mouth. The liquid is creamy.

A delicious brew!

bark, May 06, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

A- light orange with cream colored head, cloudy with a little lace.

S- floral. almost nothing but perfume, a mixed bouquet of lavender, lilac, yeast, citrus, alcohol and honey. wonderful and complex. after the glass is empty, it smelled like wheat grain.

T- suprisingly bitter. only a hint of malt, but mostly grapefruit, yeast. white bread, alcohol, lemon, and some piney hops. very long and sour in the finish. leaves a bitter citrus and a slightly tinny taste behind.

M- medium thin, with medium carbonation. lingering astringency in the finish.

D- average. too strong, bitter and sour to merit a higher score.

Judging by other reviews, this beer must be better from a bottle!

khiasmus, May 03, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a hazy golden wih a clean white head and goood lacing. Lots of sediment. The smells are of lemon, brie cheese, and light barnyard. The taste is complex, with more of the same that are in the aroma, but a lingering bitterness that doesn't seem to come from hops, maybe a slght minerality as well. More farmhouse and brie flavors here, and while there is a touch of tartness, its pretty slight and is not at all the predominant flavor. A crisp, subtle beer with complex flavors that are restrained enough for it to be a real quencher. Very nice as always.

Georgiabeer, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of sabrills70
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

12.7oz green coked and caged bottle with no freshness date. Pours a cloudy medium yellow with a huge white head, decent longevity and great lace. Smells of sweet honey and citrus - mainly grapefruit. Somewhat yeasty smelling with a decent pilsner like hop aroma. Lots of grapefruit flavors mixed with slight honey. Slight yeastyness and a decent hop flavor and bitterness. High carbonation. Clean and easy drinking. A nice Saison

sabrills70, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of Beerzebub
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%

Bright golden color. Very clear until last glass. An inch of dense egg shell head that slowly forms sticky mountains and riverbeds as stiff as meringue. Huge 3D blobs of lace.

Smells of spicy yeast, grassy hops, ripe stone fruits and tropical fruits, apricot chutney, cheddar cheese, light toast, brine.

Tastes of complex fruity and spicy yeast with a slight sharp cheesy funk like cheddar, almost nondiscernible malt sweetness balancing perfectly with grassy hops. Finish is long, totally dry, grassy, slightly briny/minerally, refreshing.

Light bodied mouthfeel with wonderfully lively and finely textured carbonation. Very drinkable, even for a saison.

Great beer. Not just tasty, but so balanced and refreshing.

Beerzebub, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of Abita45
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured into a pilsner glass, this beer has a silty, opaque, straw yellow appearance and a yeasty, grassy aroma. It pours with a foamy, heavy head and quite a bit of lacing. It has a relatively light taste with fairly pronounced floral and yeasty flavor and only mild hoppiness. Earthy and somewhat citrus, it is well balanced all the way around and for as silty in appearance as it is, it has a crisp taste and medium carbonation.

This is a really good overall beer and good example of the style.

Abita45, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of tigerdoc
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours cloudy and golden yellow with frothy head, the head remains about 1/8 inch thoughout. Carbonation is champagne like, very effervescent. The aroma is very complex spicy and citrus, a little floral. Flavor is equally as complex with mild bitterness, nice sweetness, and various spice flavors. Medium bodied with fairly high alcohol content. Very drinkable, but definately one to savor. A classic beer!

tigerdoc, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

375 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange/gold color. Big, dense, rich white head leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: Fruits (banana, peaches), yeast, and a bit of spices.

Taste: Quite spicy and yeasty, with a light bitter aftertaste. There's a bit of alcohol in the aftertaste, but it's well masked.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with soft carbonation and generally smooth.

Drinkability: The aftertaste with the bit of alcohol can linger for a while with can be a bit distracting after a while.

Quite an enjoyable and refreshing beer. I prefer the smell to the taste, but that fact doesn't detract too much. Definitely one to have again.

mithrascruor, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of kelticblood
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured in to abrandy snifter. Exceptional appearance. Huge flowing thick white head. Amazing head that has the look of vanilla icecream. Cloudy straw yellow color with bits of yeast floating around. Tons of thick lacing. The smell is very interesting. Has a very strong skunk smell. Smells like a strong lager. Has a belgian candy smell along with yeast notes. Strong lingering bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel also is wonderful. Perfect balance of carbonation that leaves a foamy texture in the mouth. The bitterness is a bit overpowering, rendering the taste one-sided, thus limiting it's review to a 4. Very unique and definately worth a try.

kelticblood, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of Rodan
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance: Lightly cloudy golden color. This beer is really alive. The effervescence is tempestuous, but beautiful to observe. The label calls the head "rocky". I wouldn't disagree.

Smell: A little barnyard, some lemon.

Taste: There is a lot going on here. I get some of the horse blanket, and some pencil lead bitterness, but nearing the bottom of the glass there is a distinct rock candy presence. I have a feeling you could taste this beer a dozen times and find a different flavor note each time. I look forward to the next bottle.

It has a bit of an oily mouthfeel. It leaves you tasting this beer long after you put down the glass.

I'd like to try it with some food next time. It's nice on it's own, but it seems like a real food beer. Good stuff.

Rodan, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of cichief
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%

I bought two bottles of this in Mons, Belgium.

It pours a light straw color, cloudy, with a snow white head of thick foam. It smells of yeast and fresh baked bread, I can't wait to taste it. Wow, it tastes as fresh as any beer I've had. It is not very carbonated, with a bottle conditioned beer, this is what I hoped for. I would say this is in the top five beers I have ever tasted. So drinkable, this is what our ancestors called beer!

cichief, Mar 31, 2007
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,280 ratings.