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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,352 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,352
Reviews: 1,452
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 186
Gots: 240 | FT: 10
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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 dsa7783
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As perhaps one of the most widely known depictions of the Saison style, copped this 11.2 oz brew singly from Gary's in Madison... what an amazing sample! This is a world-class, top-notch brew, true to the style, and above and beyond the average by far... superb hazy, cloudy appearance with impressive foamy head that had some staying power... smell was full of fresh citrus and a powerful sweet aroma... taste was complete with grapefruits, lemon, and a wonderful, lucid, crisp, clear taste that delivered and left little to be desired... one of the better brews I've sampled... full of chracter, quality, and style... definitely a must-try... this beer commands respect and is definitely one of the best representations of the style... Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of mbrandon2w
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold, hazy. Yeast was disturbed some in transit.
Smells of citrus, light peppery and a little straw.
Had this while eating some shrimp pad thai, which is paired with excellently. The slight spiciness in the beer matched well with the food, then the citrus and carbonation came in to cool things down.
This went down quite easily, and I can see this going well with many other types of food, especially anything with a little spice, or on a nice warm day.

mbrandon2w, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured a hazy, bright, golden-yellow. I couldn't make out any sort of head, but there was a thin lace.

S- It had a lot of yeasty tones in the aroma. It made for a sweet and spicy scent.

T- It had the flavor I expected from the smell. It was wonderfully yeasty and spicy with a nice play between sweet and sour flavors.

M- There was a nice chewy and grainy feel to this beer.

D- It was an easy sipper. It had an interesting flavor, yet was quite refreshing.

GRPunk, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of stuckonhops
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

picked up this little jewel at stateline MD
(my first ever saison)

A-- pretty average golden color that fits with most of the belgian styles i have been enjoying recently. nice fluffy head that receded quickly but never did go all the way away.

S-- the smell is high on the fruity yeast side with malts peeking in. could be banana..pretty complex smell for me to pick out everything present..

T-- belgian yeast shines through beautifully...fruity and extery with just very small hints of hops to balance this one out very nicely...as with the smell the amount of tastes here i just cannot begin to describe yet...i will have to re-review again when i train my palate more

M-- very smooth and bubbly...fills your mouth and coats your tounge with taste...but it is not a sticky coating...just a full bodied taste..

D-- i could drink a few of these but would eventually have to switch styles to something very bitter since the belgian styles arent my favorite...but i enjoy having a few due to the complexity of the flavors and they arent usually as strong so i can have a few in a row...very tasty i will grab a 4 pack next time im out..

stuckonhops, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of Absumaster
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A golden yellow beer with a stabile huge head that does not disappear the entire glass.

Smell is malty with a bit of cork and a bit of moist cellar. Some hoppy notes too that are earthy.

Taste of anise and cork, interesting. A lot of tastes that are hard to describe, spicy with hints of clove and cinnamon, I am not sure. The hops are very much in balance with the yeast and malt. A nice gentle bitterness comes in after the yeast and complements the beer. Super balance and complex!

Absumaster, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of Redteketed
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(T 11-01-2008 BB 06-2010)

Pale golden brew with huge lasting head.
Rich palate, first lots of spices, hops, malts and fruity, later some candy sugar and flowery elements.
Bitter taste, again malts, hops and spices.
Mild tartness, dry, medium strong, but light body, very very fizzy, like champagne.
long hopbitter, spicy aftertaste.
Very refreshing beer, as we say "fris en fruitig" (fresh and fruity)

Redteketed, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of cookin420
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a wine glass with a late breakfast.

Hazy cider-like beer with a brilliant white head.

earthy and dry smelling, spicy, coriander/clove. Champagne grapes.

very mellow bittering, mellow malt as well that never becomes more present, even with temperature. Apples, alcohol and the yeast really is nice. Very dry Champagne-like yeast. Bouquet is mild compared to many belgians.


feels great on the tongue. A bit thin but that suits this dry brew well.

yes, they are drinkable

cookin420, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of wedge
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fully hazed orange, I couldn't avoid pouring the yeast. Fluffy, frothy white head leaves some nice rings on the glass as it drops to a thick whipped topping. The nose is herbal spicy yeast and a powdery sweetness. Dried bananas, yellow cake, and a hint of incense...perfectly Belgian. Flavors of bitter orange and light fruity yeast. Leafy hops and gentle sweetness. Medium-light bodied...smooth, seemingly getting creamier as its sits in the glass. Classic Belgian beer all around. A great choice anytime, very drinkable.

wedge, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 1/7/08 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bananas, spices, Belgian yeast, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is full of spice and Belgian yeast with a background of bananas. The malt character is thin and there's a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a long time, especially if you're in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of BeerLover729
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a hazy golden color with a foamy one finger head. This beer smells crisp and clean with a tart green apple finish. The taste is dry and has a mild astringent taste. Despite this, this beer would be a perfect compliment to a hot summer day (as traditionally intended), even though I am drinking it on a cold day in January. The crispness of this beer is seriously impressive. The carbonation is soft and provides a mellowness to compliment the borderline sourness of the beer. The body is light. This beer goes down very nicely, however the astringent and sour tastes create a struggle on some gulps. Very good beer.

BeerLover729, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of baggio
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage....didn't really mean to cellar this one but somehow i bought a 6-pack and forgot it way back in my pantry...

A: Golden orange with a huge head.

S: Yeast, Citrus, Clove, Fruit.

T: Spices, Grain, Phenols (banana), Yeast.

M: Dry with a solid malt backbone. Lots of flavors going on here. Medium carbonation with tiny bubbles.

I remember having this fresh and from what i can tell not very much has happened. It still tastes great and makes for an excellent thirst-quencher or a pairing with some spicy food. One of the better saisons i've come across. Recommended!

baggio, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of mhaws000
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-poured a very thick frothy head. Slowly receeded into a nice thin lace that lasted througout the beer. Nice hazy yellow-orange with some sediment floating around in the glass.

S-A definite citrus nose with alot of grassy hop odors as well.

T-Citrus with alot of banana and spice much like a hefeweizen or a wit. Not as overpowering as some of those can be though. A really nice balance of fruitiness and herbal bitterness.

M-Slightly syrupy with a nice level of carbonation to cut through. substantial enough body to be noticed but still crisp enough to be refreshing.

D-Good drinkability. This is the type of beer I would drink on a hot summer day. It is clean, crisp and has good quality flavors. There isnt really anything I would criticize about this beer at all.

mhaws000, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of dfillius
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, enjoyed with dahl soup.
A:Tame pour yields 3 fingers of head. Cloudy, beautiful gold color, some particles on bottom. The head is tight and shapely.
S: Fruity, estery alcohol. Grass-like hoppiness, and spicy raisin smells. Upon deep sniffing and contemplation I smell berry, maybe strawberry, and a phenolic banana and clove.
T: Crisp and fruity, like a bite of a cool apple. Definite tart apple taste.
M: Has a great level of carbonation, but finishes hard in the back, center of my tongue.
D: Refreshing!

dfillius, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of rodenbach99
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bouteille de 750ml avec bouchon de liège,

c'est une bière de belle couleur dorée pâle trouble avec un col blanc immense onctueux, elle possède un nez invitant classique d'ale belge, sa bouche est épicée, elle est piquante, et agréable. bonne bière

rodenbach99, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of arizcards
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at BevMo in late August for $4.99

Beer poured a beautiful cloudy pale yellow body that produced a large foamy white head. Nose is a great blend of Belgian yeast, fruity citrus, and floral hops. Taste is dominant of Belgian yeast upfront with fruity citrus finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and is extremely smooth. It is nicely carbonated. Overall drinkability is very good. This is a very good example of the style.

arizcards, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2005 vintage 750ml.

Had 3 of these in my cellar, figured Id pop one and see how its going. Poured into and oversize wine glass. In the bottle, this appeared much clearer than my 07.s. In the glass it is similar except that the head is twice the size and stays that way. Much skunkier, spicier smell than 07. Also much more carbonated. The cork hit the ceiling. The nose is absolutely dilectable for a farmhouse saison. sweet, spicy, fruity nose. The first sip is very fruity and smooth. The hop taste follows with almost a coriander, fruit taste and spicy tones, with slightly skunky mixtures ( It is in a green bottle!) the finish has reduced in bitterness with its two years of age. The mouthfeel is silkier than fresh bottles and the carbonation is more intense. Drinkability is very good. A pleasure to drink, a fine saison.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Saison pours a lovely murky golden color with an active foam head. The carbonation dances for quite a while. The lacing on the side of the glass resembles old school lace.

The aroma is yeasty and you can get a fruitiness in the nose.

The taste is slightly bitter and has a little bit malt to complement the earthy yeast flavor. It is a little dry in the mouth similar to a chardonnay. Overall a darn complex beer for a tyro like myself but very enjoyable and will buy again.

cswhitehorse, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of becktone
2.35/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought from Giant Eagle in Stow, Ohio.

Eye: Great head retention and lacing, almost too much, steady three fingers without really getting any smaller. Color is semi cloudy straw gold. Lacing also looks good. All in all pretty good looking.

Nose: Fuck! Think that this might be skunked. Perhaps thats just the way this is supposed to smell but I doubt it. Underneath a skunky aroma I smell some spices, damn looks like this might be a bit skunked. Damn it Giant Eagle! I've been wanting to try this beer for a long time and this is prolly the only place I've seen it. And Damn the Brasserie Dupont sprl for bottling in green glass. Underneath the skunk there is some nice spiciness, hard to get anything else from this.

Tongue: Not as spicy as I thought it would be. Pretty smooth all in all. To me this is bland in flavor, also its hard to get past the skunky aroma when taking a swig of this, just ruins the flavor, not that I'm getting much from it anyway. Little bit of hops in the flavor with some malt sweetness, not really impressed though.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Definitely not impressed by mouthfeel either. Very low carbonation, feels almost flat in the mouth, not very pleasing. This is one I might buy again, if only to give it a second chance, I'll be sure to get it from a place where I can see that it is stored properly. From what I can tell now this brew isn't all that great, not much flavor, and its not all that great. As a matter of fact, I am glad that I've had Hennepin before this; because if this were the first of the style I'd ever tasted I'd be turned off to it.

becktone, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of YonderWanderer
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a straw colored yellow with a nice layer of foam. Some carbonation is evident, while a decent bit of lacing is left behind.

S: Belgian yeast mingles with some fruity and citrus aromas. A hint of hops and spices come through as well.

T: Lots of Belgian yeast up front, creating a nice kind of farmhouse funk in this one. Some citrus and floral notes blend in as well, while a hint of spices linger on the outside.

M: Crisp and nicely carbonated.

D: This is one of the better saisons I've ever had, and it's tasty. Though I'm not a huge fan of the style, this is a damn fine one.

YonderWanderer, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful cloudy pale yellow body that produces an large foamy white head. Head settles to an even 1 finger with perfect retention and becomes quite creamy (at least with my chimay chalice). The haze is so thick that the beer is nearly opaque and small yeast particles can be seen floating throughout.

S-A great blend of Belgian yeast, fruity citrus, and floral hop aromas balance very well. A light spiciness is also noted.

T- Lots of Belgian yeast upfront with a healthy dose of tart, fruity citrus. Fruitiness disappears for the finish and is replaced by a light hop flavor accompanied by mild bitterness while the bready yeast flavor remains the strong dominant character. A big bready yeast flavor lingers, with mild spiciness and bitterness.

M- Body is fairly light but packed full of yeast and its smoothness. Carbonation is high to medium. Smooth and creamy.

D- This is a great saison and I am very happy to have tried it. I will certainly have it again when I come across it again. One of my favorites from the style-at a near sessionable ABV.

PittBeerGirl, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of Wonka
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cork dated 2004
sampled on 11-25-07

Appearance – lasting, frantic rush of carbonation through the golden straw body; rocky white head; chunky lace

Smell – exciting nose with a weave of Belgian sugar and spice along with pear/apple, hay and yeast; breathe it in throughout the glass and witness the evolution of balance

Flavor – prominent yeast; fruity tartness runs the full course; light grain and paper enter at the close; spice starts early and holds for the close; hops have been pushed back over the 3 years of aging

Mouthfeel & Drinkability – pleasant, consistent and mostly delicate (slight crisp) presence of carbonation which cleanses the palate; the carbonation and the lack of an expected dry close set the table for drinkability

The appearance, tartness and mouthfeel may have a staunch wine lover considering a bottle or two. Saison DuPont and broiled shrimp are a solid pairing.

Wonka, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of daftafne
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A friend and I split a 750 ml bottle of this at the hopleaf bar last night after a concert at the metro.

One must pour this beer unhurriedly, otherwise it will get a huge head that lingers forever. It poured a fantastic deep yellow/amber with plenty of constant fizz. I smelled some citrus and took a sip. Very bubbly in the mouth but pleasant. Tasted zesty with a little pepper and apple. I was expecting a lot more wild yeast flavors (like I have tasted in the Ommegang Omeggeddon) but they were very mild. This beer is really well-balanced and leaves your palette fairly quickly making you want more. Excellent.

daftafne, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours an effervescent, hazy, dark yellow body with a runaway, foamy off-white head.

Smell: Yeasty, fresh-smelling aroma chock full of meadow flowers, juicy lemons, and cracked green peppercorns.

Taste: Bready, almost sourdough flavor with a touch of sweetness and bright burst of lemon citrus. Adept acidity. Hint of hay. Only a mild funkiness overall. There's a faint graininess as well as a prevalent peppery spiciness. Light hop bitterness. Finishes crisp with a final taste of the yeast character.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation. Lively mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Supreme drinkability and wonderfully refreshing.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - 2007 batch poured into an IPA glass.

Poured a hazy pale straw color with a thick and luscious white head (be careful with your pour) and beautiful belgian lacing which adhered to the glass throughout the entire session. Floral smell with the presence of clove, wheat and hops. Somewhat thin, but not unpleasant mouthfeel; surprisingly little effervescence in the mouth considering the head. Taste of cloves, corriander and more floral/herbal undertones. Slightly bitter finish. Would make an excellent summer session beer.

Jwale73, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of ohoove
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- murky, dull golden yellow w/ asoapy white head and heavy, blotchy lacing
M- light and crisp with plenty of carb. yet coats the mouth nicely
S- coriander, yeasty, orange and clove
T- Apleasurable experience for sure. Taste copies the smell with a hop bitterness at the end and a pepper nip.
Overall a great selection ,especially while watching the Sox beat the Rox .

ohoove, Nov 10, 2007
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,352 ratings.