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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 3,593
Reviews: 1,487
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 213
Gots: 330 | 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 hossua34
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Radiant, alive-looking golden orange. Opaque, dense color. Has a generous head that lingers forever. Some flecks of visible sediment.

S - Candied oranges, yeast, anise and a touch of mint. Grapefruit hoppiness. Very complex smell. Unfortunately, also the slightest hint of a skunked smell. But not bad at all.

T - Flavor is buttery, oaky, yeasty oranges and alcohol. A little bit of a hoppy, citrusy tang.

M- Smooth and thick. Excellent mouthfeel.

D - Not as good as Hennepin, but still an excellent saison. Miles ahead of Grassroots Ale (gag me). The slight stench of skunk was a little bit disappointing - perhaps this would be even better if fresher?

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

RE-REVIEW

this was a newly-arrived 750ml bottle, from julios' recent shipment. taken straight from the case, to avoid skunking. tasted in early/mid may 2009.

just HAD to re-visit the review, because this bottle was GREAT!

appearance score needs readjusting (i was too harsh before anyway). clear when decanted properly. lacing is better.

no skunk in the aroma. floral, herbal, fruity and grassy, with gentle farmhouse character, spice and phenols. complex and lovely.

the standard bearer for saisons. (i love fantome, but it's far more inconsistent from bottle to bottle. and even at its best, fantome is somewhat of an acquired taste.)

that said, you HAVE to get this straight from the case, and keep it away from the light. that green bottle is the bane of dupont's existence, even if they still can't bring themselves to admit it.

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OLD REVIEW 7-10-2008

750ml bottle, cork dated 2008, poured into tulip.

hazy golden straw color, decent head which slowly fades to a thin layer with puffy center. leaves a couple thin but solid rings of lace.

starts out with musty, earthy aroma and grassy hop. there might be a micro-trace of "skunk", but luckily the spice (clove? pepper?) and fruity character, plus yeast and bready malts overcome this handily.

flavor is very complex, with some pear fruitiness and hint of phenols. hay and barn funk mingle with the herbal hop bitterness, spicy yeastiness (again, pepper?) and sweet toasted malts.

very smooth and relatively substantial in feel, with an even smoother finish. moderate carbonation gives lift and yet more body, but with crispness that is refreshing.

i hope someday they can let go of tradition and move to brown glass. except for the rare occasions of being totally and genuinely skunked, it is usually always good but nonetheless still seems to have consistency issues. "every bottle is different", garrett oliver says, having had hundreds of samples to refer to. for some this might be charming, but for me it is worrisome. i'd hate to have people experience an "off" or skunked bottle and be turned off the style (or off of good/artisanal beer altogether)

A-4.0
S-4.0
T-4.5
M-4.5
D-4.5

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

Pours a gorgeous hazy orange into the tulip with much pillowy white head; lots of carbonation bubbles stream up the side of the glass. Smell after pour is very citrusy with a strong lemon pepper aroma, while clove and an herbal note take over.

Plenty of clove and grassiness in the taste as well, with a spicy, lemon hop zip that finishes very cleanly. Some tart apple and apricot flavor rounds things out. More bitterness than I expected, but it's not an unwelcome attribute.

Finally, a tremendously light, crisp mouthfeel and clean flavors make Saison Dupont very easy to drink.

Photo of WCBCFrank
4.94/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saison Dupont pours a foggy yellow - lots of super active carbonation! It bubbles up in a goblet releasing tons of banana, citrus, candy sugar aromas, and begging you to taste! Like a top-notch champagne, it bursts with flavor in the front and finishes delicious dry in the back. It is an earthy, complex and utterly delectable beer - highly recommended!

For the novice: A world-class beer to impress your in-laws with. Pay attention to the pour, don't rush this. Use a goblet or a wine glass.

Personally: Anytime Saison DuPont is on a menu, I almost always get it. It is simply one of my favorites.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with huge fluffy white head. Retention is very decent, some sticky lacing left behind.

Very earthy aroma with a decent amount of spice to it. Cloves smell is slightly dominate up front along with a bit of pepper. A somewhat earthy or grassy aroma sits just behind that.

Taste starts with a good amount of maltiness up front which is soon followed by a very grassy hop flavor. Slight lemon zest flavor but the fruit stops there. Much less fruit flavor than anticipated. Very balanced with the malt and hops seemingly tied together with the spiciness.

Very crisp and dry. Light bodied with very lively carbonation.

Tremendously drinkable. Terrific beer for a warm summer day, flavors would also work very well during the crisp fall weather. Very enjoyable.

Photo of jdubjacket
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this at the local liquor store the other day and cracked it open after a day of work.

Pours a hazy yellow color with minimal head and a good amount of lacing.

Earthy smell...slightly grassy.

Taste is citrusy, grassy, earthy. Malts and hops a both somewhat subdued but the beer is definitely balanced.

Overall, a good saison. Glad I picked it up.

Photo of jrallen34
2.49/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had a 750 ml and poured into a chalice.

It pours nice, gold in color witha a decent white head.

The aroma is let down to me, smells to me like a stale beer, a little sour.

The taste is very bland as well.

I would not drink this beer again, don't quite get the overall impression here.

Photo of Spidey13
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saison Dupont pours a cloudy yellow with some yeasties floating around in it. A big, fluffy, white head sits on top. It smells very lemony and a bit yeasty. There is some grassiness in there, too.

The flavor also has those lemony notes to it with some pilsner malt flavor. There is some hop bitterness on the back with a bit of sourness. The mouthfeel is medium/thin with very high carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice, refreshing summer beer.

Photo of prosper
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden colour with a persistent dense head that leaves lots of lace.

Smells mostly of sticky-sweet malt and dried grasses, with some generous citrus-spice, and light 'belgian' character.

Taste is a balance of the sweet malt and fruity character with a neutral bitterness. Again, some faint belgian bubblegum and a vague phenolic finish. There's a lot of citrus character in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium light and spritzy. Finishes with a dry palate, but plenty of lingering IBU's and citrus.

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

Has a massive white billowing head, 3/4 glass full. Very thick looking and rusty, lots of small sediment...makes we want to drink it.

Has a bready, yeasty smell. Some citrus..lemon smell. Some would call a funky smell.

A smorgasboard of flavors: bitter and sour upfront. Lots of bready yeast. Unique and intriguing.

Medium mouthfeel and a little oily and bitter.

Overall this is a very interesting brew and the 1st true Saison I have had. I will definately try it again.

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.37/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice hazy sediment ridden, creamy orange color. Moderate thick rich head and tons of soapy lacing.

Smells sweet and fruity. Nice light Belgian yeast aroma, tiny bit of funkiness and alcohol floating around in there as well. A soft apple aroma contributes to the fruitiness of the smell.

The taste is not nearly as sweet as the smell. Toasty and somewhat phenolic, sweetness reminds me of brown sugar. Good tiny amount of dry funk as well, not by any means overpowering.

Mouthfeel is very balanced, surprisingly dry with a dump truck full of carbonation.

Drinkability is fair, one 750 will polish me off. I really like this one, but I am far from loving it.

Photo of tronester
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a hint of orange. A super creamy, soft white head crowns the beer. Smells of an aromatic Belgian yeast strain. Taste is quite dry, flavors from spices, and a grassy, earthy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, high carbonation. Quite drinkable, a good Saison that I would get again.

Photo of therica
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very fine offering, given to me as a gift.

The look is really nice-- a sort of rich orangish gold, with a hefty fluffy lathery white head.

The smell was amazingly nice. It reminded me of a lot of the really decent old local beers of decades ago. Very herbal-spicy musty hops florals.

Taste was great, although I was surprised that it didn't seem to match the scent very much. A great combination of hops bitters and complementing sweetness, with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Great mouth-feel, very clean.

Very drinkable.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured in snifter.

Pours a deep cloudy amber color with a small head. Nice citrus nose with a bit of sweetness and tart to it. Very Pleasant.

Very interesting taste. Clean and sharp with a taste that lingers. Leaved an odd taste but it's surprisingly good. Very different and somewhat pungent. I have to say this is quite good for the style, worth checking out!

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

At Gingerman in NYC, poured into 8oz tulip glass. Appears a golden color and slightly hazy.

Smells of earthy musty hops and phenols. There is an herbal spice to the nose that is quite pleasing. Belgian yeast strain very apparent as well throwing off clove.

Tastes phenomenal for a crisp refreshing saison. Mineral notes and some ripe fruit pull through followed cleansing phenols. I would say this brew has some grit to it - medium motufeel and lively carbonation.

Simply an awesome summer beer

Photo of Foxtrot
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My very first Saison.

Poured a nice golden honey hue with a great big white foamy head, with ample retention and lacing. Superb carbonation added to its fantastic cap with very fine bubble action.

Aroma's are dominated by heavy yeast with some light sweetness, and spice notes to curb out the heavy yeast tones. Very light, but fantastic to observe by nose.

Taste was a big test to my palate. The flavors had changed so rapidly that I wasn't able to pin point a flavor until about half-way through the bottle. Yeasty, herbal spices form much of the taste, with grassy lemon notes following to a nice crisp bitter finish. This beer was more bolder than I thought it would be. Sometimes it's nice to have a pleasant surprise.

Mouthfeel was terrific due to the fine carbonation, really gives this beer that extra "pop".

This is a good beer with a high drinkability. The carbonation was on par, the flavor's where not cloying at anytime whatsoever, and the moderate ABV. makes this hard to beat as a good session summer beer. Cheers!

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

Pours a nice golden color with a beautiful rocky white head. Ive seen the head on this beer easily be 2 inches. It has a meringue-like consistenty.

Smells of lemongrass with a nice bready malt aroma. I love the aromas coming off this beer. It smells very herbal and you can smell the spicy yeast in the background.

Taste is similiar spectacular. Tastes like a really nice pilsner beer at first sip and as you move the beer around in your mouth you get all the spicy character from the yeast. Its also quite hoppy, but not in an American APA way. Its very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is sort of creamy but also fizzy as you can feel the carbonation in your mouth. Every sip inviting you back for more.

Drinkability is superb. Very refreshing, especially on a hot summer day and we have alot of those where I live. Everything about this beer is outstanding.

Photo of juju7
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a ridiculously big head. But what a head! Like a meringue, could've eaten it with a spoon. Laced thickly all the way to the end. Spicy Belgian yeast notes on the nose with a little earthiness in the background. Follows through with the same vibe on the palate. highly carbonated. Alcohol hangs a little at the back but not unpleasant. Always enjoyable.

Photo of adamette
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Saison Dupont glass at Cafe Delerium in Brussels, Belgium just an hour after touring the Cantillon brewery (just a few miles away).

A Slightly cloudy, yellow orange translucent with nice 3 inch head. Nice, classic Saison look.

S Grains, yeast, nice soft saison smell. Very inviting as I have enjoyed most saisons that I have tried.

T Great, balanced saison with much flavor from the barley malt, yeasty grains and not much hops at all. Very nice. I may also taste some spicing in there that I find difficult to put my finger on as to which spices they are.

M Medium, very appropriate.

D Great. I could easily have many of these.

Notes: What a treat to have this at Cafe Delerium!

Photo of schmitter
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice cloudly gold, one finger head. Pleasantely skunky smell. Great lacing. Spicy finish, slightly hops up front. Citrus smell and taste is there. Oakey with a bitter linger in the mouth. "I thought I'd only see you once in a while"

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

Bottle into red wine glass. 2009 on the cork. 50 degrees and up.

Pours murky pale orangey-gold, with a stout 1.5 finger white head that settles ever so slowly into a dense cap. Clings desperately to the walls of the glass, reluctant to budge a millimeter. Gorgeous spidery but solid lacing sticks to the glass. Beautiful beer.

Nose is grassy and lemony, sitting on top of a grainy base that hints at honey, with an herbal note lending an earthy turn to the whole experience.

Taste is dry and delicious - herbal and dry up front, mild lemony tartness, with cereal malt sweetness that hints at honey coming out right before the dry, grassy finish, which carries a bit more of that lemony citric tartness. Beautifully put together once it gets up to the right temp. Earthy herbal bitterness a bit too dominating when too cold.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with a relaxed carbonation. very nice most of the time, but gets just a hair watery in patches. Dryness dominates throughout.

Drinkability is very nice, once it hits that temperature sweet spot. Not wearing, refreshing but full, complex but with an integrated maturity that's very satisfying.

Photo of campbellj21
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Belgian Tulip

A: Golden/Yellow Opaque with a 2 inch thick head that reduces to a nice cap that stays with the beer and leaves a little lacing.

S: Spicy/Grassy with a little clove coming through. Very pleasant aroma, great to just take in a huge breath before every drink.

T: Spicy at the start finishing with a little fruitiness and leaveing just a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Mild body with good carb, goes down well.

D: Excellent beer to have on a nice mild sunny day. A little high ABV to be considered session, but if you have nothing to do, I could see drinking a good number of these. Excellent Saison.

Photo of beveritt
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from an 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Label is a green background with a yellow and white checked field bordered in red, very iconic. No clear freshness date, although there is a code inked on the front label.

Appearance: Pours with 3 fingers of nearly pure white head. This settles extremely slowly leaving behind spotty areas of lacing. The beer itself is a hazy honey with a dense stream of bubbles rushing up from the nucleation site. Non compact sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Honey sweet malt with an underlying tartness of citrus. Hints of nutty earthiness.

Taste: Slightly sweet and honey like upfront, though still light and crisp. Sour and tart near the finish. Some mild hop bitterness lingers after the sip.

Mouthfeel: Average to slightly lower than average carbonation level. Body is excellent.

Drinkability: A classic beer that I have waited to long to sample. My wife brought this home from Chicago for me, knowing enough about what I have had to pick something up that I haven't.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a mildly hazy, light orange color with a huge, billowing white head. Fine-bubbled and long lasting, leaving plenty of sheet lacing on the glass.

Lemony, fruity, yeasty and zesty all describe the nose of this beer well. Grassy hops smell like hallertau to me. The overall aroma is kind of like a freshly opened bag of sour patch kids candy, maybe a few SweeTarts thrown in there as well. Just a bit of the expected farmhouse funkiness. The best saison I have ever smelled.

Refreshingly tart with a light malt presence and grassy hop notes. I could almost use a bit more funk in here, but then it would not be as refreshingly delicious as it is right now. Tastes a bit like chewing on a fresh hibiscus spring flower. Terrific beer, A+ all the way. I have bought more than a few Saison DuPonts over the years, and it seems to be a pretty fragile beer, as some off-flavors can make an appearance in some bottles. Why do they continue to use these green bottles?! But there is nothing quite so good as a perfect bottle of this liquid nectar. Nearly the perfect beer.

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

On tap at Stone. Nice gold color with a cap of thick white froth. Subtle spicy aroma, cloves and pepper, lemons, and grain. Flavor is similar with a grainy base, lemony wheat notes, and a dry, peppery finish. Perfect balance and interplay between flavors are what make this the quintessential saison. Refreshing and drinkable.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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