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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 3,515
Reviews: 1,471
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 205
Gots: 300 | 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 lhaqq
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
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
3.05/5  rDev -27%
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
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
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
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
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
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
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
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
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
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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

Appearence is that of a nice golden color with a large foamy white head.. The scent is creamy and banana like with a touch or coriander and spice. The carbonation content is quite high. The taste is the banana and coriander, a touch of lemon and some hoppiness. The drinkability is very high. This is an incredibly good saison, probably the best I've had.

Photo of ryrust5301
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A poured this into a large tulip glass, and man was it a thing of beauty. One of the most massive heads I have ever poured. The head shot all the way up, covering at least half the glass, and muffin topping over the lip. The body is a golden straw in color. Lacing looks like snow patches stuck to the sides of the glass. Almost perfect! After the head subsided somewhat, it left a whip cream looking thick head with a big chunk floating around in the middle.

Smell - Almost creamy and banana like in a hefe-weizen sort of way, but much spicier. Maybe a little lemon citrus, but damn is it spicy.

Taste & Mouthfeel - The first thing I can taste is a sharpe biting carbonation. Once again it's spicy and biting with a lemon twist to it. The lemon and hops give it a somewhat bitterness, but there is a smooth creaminess to the background. The spice is the winner in the flavor category. It gives it a firm backbone, and pops in your mouth keeping everything alive.

Drinkability - A standard bearer for the saison style. Wonderfully easy to drink, I can't help but to take gulp after gulp. Deep and flavorful with a gliding change in flavor as it goes from start to finish. This one will please even the most arrogant of palates.

Photo of drums4matt
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Scaldis tulip.

A - Poured a golden, cloudy bronze with a noticeably smaller white, puffy head than expected - MAYBE one finger. The color and activity of this beer is quite pleasing. While the head stayed a nice, opaquely laced layer over the beer, it didn't impress me like others in this style and no stick. After a moment to settle, there appears significant yeast sediment.

S - Aroma is good, not overly complex. It first gives off a banana/apple alcohol note with a sweet, candi sugar smell followed by some nice yeast and typically belgian clove notes brought together by a little sweet bread. Further olfactory exploration reveals just a hint of fresh hay with equal amounts of earthy barnyard notes.

T - Nice. At first the flavor has a sweetness that becomes yeasty and then drops off leaving a dry finish with just a hint of bitter. The upfront sweetness is subtly corny and heavy with candi sugar. This flavor lingers just enough to be layered by a touch of green hay and grain and finished off - very cleanly I might add - with just a faint touch of sour apple fusel. There are also hints at some buttery diacetyl - but they are only hinted at.

M - This is a nice, creamy smooth feeling beer. The carbonation is noticeable but simply enhances the creamy effervescent feel that, in a sense, brings this beer together fully. A bit slick even.

D - Drinkability is high. This finishes nice and clean but not with too much drying effect (bear in mind I love a dry-as-hell, bitter hop bomb). Really rather drinkable.

Photo of jimsimply
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 375ml bottle into pint glass.

Rich golden hue, cloudy, lots of carbonation piled into a robust head that faded very slowly.

Big yeast aromas, earthy with fruit undertones.

Taste is good, with tart grain and a musty character.

Smooth and light in the mouth, lingering dry, herbal quality in the finish.

Light and clean, certainly drinkable, this begs to be drunk at the height of summer, with jambalaya or fresh crawfish.

Photo of timmay41
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy golden/blond with a soft, one-finger bright white head

Smell: Everything Belgium--floral, yeasty, dirty, earthy

Taste: Sort of spicy, a lot complexity from the yeast, and some bite at the end. You kind of look at this beer, which appears usual, take a sip, and keep sipping because of the unexpected complexity.

M-Feel: Carbonated at the beginning, smooth.

Drinkability: If Barack Obama signs a bill into effect where I'm paid to drink this all day...

Photo of itcomesnpints
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I did a blind taste test of this next to Ommegang's Hennepin and the Lost Abbey's Red Barn Ale.

The pour is a cloudy yellow with a tall head of white. Decent lacing and retention.

Dupont has the most subtle aroma of the three, which was a bit of sign of things to come. Sour apples, cloves and pepper lightly rise to the nose.

The taste is the least sweet of the three and primarily consists of sour apples. Also cloves, anise, and that pepper again. I was not tremendously impressed with the taste, yet it did offer a complexity on the palate that I didn't find in the others.

High carbonation seems usual for saisons and doesn't cause any problems here. However, the aftertaste is bone dry and not to my liking.

An interesting beer that stood out from the pack, not in its superiority, but in it's uniqueness. My brother rated this his favorite of the three and it was my least. To each his own.

Photo of biggmike
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured an attractive golden color with a nice sumptuous head that dissipated slowly. Nice aroma that complex mix of fruit, spice, and hops. Fruitness is balanced by the hops bitterness. A bit of a dry mouthfeel. Drinkability is high on this one. Good Beer.

Photo of thekanna
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Birreria Paradiso in D.C.

Appearance: Gorgeous opaque golden color that almost glows with billowy, frothy head like clouds on a nice day. I know Duvel is the flagship Belgian golden ale, but in my opinion this should be it.

Smell: Like running in an Allegra commercial. Tulips, fresh cut grasses, hop fields, yeast, and just the slightest touch of lemon zest. Freshness all around.

Taste: Amazing. Citrus... like biting into a juicy lemon but with none of the associated sourness. Yeast, spices, hops... the flavor just explodes on your tongue. Finishes dry and overwhelmingly refreshing.

Overall: I can't think of any other beer that literally makes me want to go run in a field of dandelions. This beer has the imagery of a beautiful spring day associated with it (and no, I'm not drunk while writing this). Well done, Brasserie Dupont.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 3/26/2006 (750mL bottle):

Pours a cloudy yellow opaque colored body with a big white head, and decent lacing. Has an aroma of flowers, some hops, a subtle aroma. Flavor is reminiscent of Hoegaarden, very strong perfume. Frothy, warm, good mouthfeel.

Photo of WalrusJockey
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into Duvel tulips.

Appearance- cloudy honey-golden color. Decent amount of tiny floaties, full, thick, pure white head. Lacing is thick and clumpy and heavy.

Smell- citrus, hops, and a light grassy smell. Faint wafts of spice, fruits and yeast.

Taste- rich, juicy fruit, paired with several spices. Oranges and lemons seem to be the predominant fruits, but while their flavors are mouth-wateringly present, their sweetness is replaced with a hoppy bitterness. Swallow is yeast and a hint of alcohol into a dry, clean aftertaste, leaving the palate cleansed.

Mouthfeel- light, slightly juicy. Hops keep it crisp, and the aftertaste is clean and dry.

Drinkability- solo the drinkability isn't amazing, this is a 'with food' beer; but even alone I could drink a glass or two of this a week, no problem.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Great head with pretty lacing on a hazy, translucent, butterscotch/golden colored body.

S- Smell is of belgian yeasts, farmhouse blanket, and pilsner malts

T- Taste is good. Very intricate for a golden brew. Lots of odd flavors become noticeable when warmed

M- Good, clean, medium-body feeling

D- Extremely easy to drink

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

Reviewed on 8/16/08. Bottle, bottled 7/8/2007 (I think...well I'm sure about the 2007). Anyway, pours a cloudy orange with a huge thick white head. Aroma starts off a bit skunky with some stale wheat but becomes fruity by the end. Flavor is quite fruity: lots of melon, melon rind, lemon. Initial sharp spices followed by a slightly bitter and dry finish. Nice sourness from the lemon notes. Quite delicious. A top notch saison.
7/4/8/4/16 (3.9/5)

Photo of yesyouam
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Saison Dupont Vieille Provision is a cloudy, very sparkling golden ale with a lot of particles in it. It has a huge, white, foamy head that has great retention and lacing. As soon as the cork was popped, the room was filled with a funky, farty aroma. A closer sniff reveals leather, earth, hay, spices of some sort, fruit salad. There's a lot going on in that aroma. It is incredibly smooth and medium bodied. It japans the roof of the mouth and leaves the tongue dry. It dries up in a poof and leaves me thirsty for more. The flavor is pretty mellow, but still complex. It never gets sweet. It's almost umami. There is leather, apples, grass, citrus peel coriander... a bit of phenol. It's hard to pick it apart, as it's so well blended. There is a nice grassy bitterness at the finish. The whole flavor is tight and unique. It's very satisfying.
(rated Sep 4, 2008)

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

a:hazy nectar color. 1" pillow of white foam head with medium lifespan fed by brisk bubbling from the high level of carbonation.

a:earthy/musty/cellar/cork aroma that is mostly yeast derived. hint of orange. fairly strong urea note that is initially intrusive but mellows and becomes a filthy pleasure.

t:the yeast derived dull phenolics dominate. light fruit and moderate spice from yeast are nice. i can only sense pilsner malt. moderate hop bitterness lingers and a cameo of noble vs. styrian flavor can be found. alcohol is present but non-biting. the lingering yeast flavor changes from musty to cumin? to urine.

m:medium smooth mouthfeel and non-sharp for such a highly attenuated beer. high carbonation is soft.

o:very drinkable. strong phenols may be offensive to some. something about this beer reminds me of orval-sans-brett. i think that all of the spice in the beer is yeast derived but i'm not sure.

Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful gold with a slight haze. Big Fizzy head that dissipated fairly quick. A steady stream of bubbles. Overall the look of this beer in the glass really got me excited.

S: This had a definite wet horse must aroma, nicely followed by pears and light grapes; A good thing. The smell is clean and crisp and has a hint of herbal spice.

T: light and tart with a hint of funk at the end. Fruit is less apparent than the aroma suggests. Slightly disappointed but still a very nice flavor here.

M: bubbly tartness is apparent and very refreshing. A little watery though, not enough to really detract from the enjoyment.

D: very drinkable here, cant wait to bring this one poolside in the summer!

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,515 ratings.