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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,475 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,475
Reviews: 1,458
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 195
Gots: 269 | 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 kernalklink
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good saison- i was apprehensive at first- the cork popped and all i could smell was skunk. I was pleasantly surprised that the taste was quite the opposite. The pour was light golden with a huge billowing head and great sustained lacing. Extremely light body, great carbonation and smooth going down. Very subtle belgian spiciness, grassy, earthy and very fresh. There is a slight yeasty sourness which helps round out the finish. Definately needs to be paired with some quality food, it can only make it better. This one transported me elsewhere, and what else can you ask of a good beer than that.

Photo of jnelson54
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It came corked in dark green glass. Watch your eyes as the cork pushed its way out as soon as I removed the wire cap. A huge creamy white head. The smell is thich with malt, yeast and spice. Classic belgium beer. The taste is nice with notes of yeast and spice with a slight hint of alchol. Very nice beer for a hot day by the grill.

Photo of brdc
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large, corked bottle.
Beautiful, cloudy light golden, with a massive creamy head with good retention and lacing.
It is quite refreshing, but I found very little complexity. Earthy and grassy on the nose, earthy and grassy on the palate. Light but well carbonated.
Pleasant, but really quite short of spectacular.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Careful with this one as the cork started coming out on its own after removing its cage!

This beer pours a golden hazy yellow with a huge off white head. As pouring I can already smell the sour lemon and mustiness found in a typical saison. It is a very fruity musty scent that tells you you're in for a treat.

You have to wait a bit for the head to settle, but it remains huge as I take my first sip. First sip blows me away as it has greater depth than I've ever experienced in another saison. There are many layers of flavors that dramatically change with such quickness it is difficult to discern each and pick apart everything judiciously. It begins like a typical saison with a lemon zest taste and then moves to a peppery hop bitterness. The finish is dry, but the aftertaste develops a life of its own with full flavored bitterness unlike any other. Ample carbonation in this one does not detract from its flavor, but seems to warm the palate. Highly complex and drinkable brew. Everything you want in a saison taken to a new level.

Photo of Patrick999
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to reviewing this standby.

Cork pops out with pretty good force, as usual. Pours a cloudy gold, as this unfiltered beer should. Head is copious and Duvel-esque. It's perfect. This beer is ALIVE.

Once that cork comes out, you definitely smell this beer before the pour - you can't miss the pungent musty-sour farmhouse aromas, wheatgrass, and some nice sweet lemon cake. Great smell - one of those beers I could sniff all night.

Taste follows smell - at first, I get some lambic-esque sour mash taste, even a little puckery. That seems to smooth out as it warms, giving way to a lemony hop and briefly perceived sweetness. Alcohol seems a little aggressive for 6%. Carbonation is strong, and finish is dry.

Drinkability is very good, an awesome summer beer and a benchmark representative of the farmhouse style, much like Duvel and Belgian golden ales. One that I always like having around, a wonderful ale for Florida weather.

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

750 ml bottle at The Farmhouse served in snifters.

A hoppy, but not so bitter belgian. The nose is funky hops, gotta love it, and the malt doesn't do much. It mostly provides a nice, sweet backbone. The grassy hops and farmhouse aromas dominate and carry through into the aftertaste. All the while, the carbonation provides a Duvel-like feel with a similar fluffy white head.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle labled 2006 into a tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge pillowy white head. Leaves very nice lace.

Smell is striking! Hit me before I even got close to the glass. Sour citrus fruits and a distinct must.

Taste is just as strong. Citrus takes a back seat to pepper and funk. Very crisp yet complex.

Overall, highly drinkable. The perfect summer beer in my opinion. Very complex and tasty. When I think of this style, this is the beer that comes to mind.

Photo of pinotboy007
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A splendid Belgian with that superb "barn hay" aroma that's simply too interesting to ignore. Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass and enjoyed watching the puffy, cloud-like head rise and gently fall. Lots of lacing, too. Did I mention the aroma?

There's a smooth, citrus chraracter to this whose taste insinuates it might be a distant cousin of Duvel, if such a thing is possible. Excellent mouthfeel and a splendidly crafted ale to enjoy out on the deck in the summer weather with grilled chicken (or not).

Which is we're I'm headed right now . . . .

Photo of maltysfalcon
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours exceptionally bubbly. I got ahead of myself and had to wait about 10 minutes for some of the head to subside to fill the glass properly. Very yellow in color with some cloudy yeasts evident. Very light, herbal and citrus nose. The flavors
mimic the nose. I heard one reviewer describe this as his "Desert Island Beer", but it is a little too hoppy for that in my opinion. However, it is undeniably a great summer beer: light, lemony and fresh.

Photo of Noxious26
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

300ml bottle poured in a dimpled mug.

Hazy, murky dirty water - yellow in appearance. Big 2 inch merangue like head on the pour. Recedes to 1/2 inch with lots of sticky lacing.

Almost smells like champagne. Sharp spiciness with some cloves with that ever present Belgian yeast character.

Sharp flavour. Slightly sour with some funk. I really don't know how to describe this. Unique.

Tight bubbles, aggressively carbonated. Medium bodied with a slight sharpness to it.

A very interesting beer, and the first true example of the style I've had. Can't say it's my favourite, but an interesting experience.

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz. mini-magnum. Printed 06 129 on label.

Extremely bubbly, the cork makes a forceful pop, with plenty of wispy smoke. Into an oversized Oerbier tulip, it cascades up and over the lip of the wide vessel. It reflects a deep, translucent orange tone. Delicate, fluffy foam hangs on the rim, lacing the glass for the duration of drinking it.

Doughy aroma, cracker, herbs, a certain herbal cannabis note at first. Bread, herbs, and grain huskiness meld into an attractive rustic bouquet.

Juicy at first, with a building dry, herbal character that builds, and remains long after the finish. Crackery, with clove, lemon peel, and hops. It's an extremely balanced blend that is deceptively simple at first. Dry aftertaste commands you to continue sipping until it's gone. Light herbal hop dances on the tongue for a long while. Perfect with Brie, aged Gruyere, or any number of cheeses.

Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

275ml bottle, Best Before 2008 and enjoyed July 2007 on a beautiful, saison filled afternoon at Volo.

Clear bodied but with many tiny yeast particles that stay perfectly suspended, in the same way stars dot a galaxy. No head minus a thin outline that would thicken every time I swirl and reach towards the center but never quite make it, then quickly recede back. Not far from the colour of apple juice, but really more of an apricot tone.

A yeasty aroma with cider-like notes of dried apple, fresh pear, and a hint of marmalade. A very musty character with faint notes of wheat. I believe both the must and fruit component is found in the yeast.

With a little age under it the mouthfeel has flattened out significantly, leading it to drink closer to the 6.5% it is. A little grainy on the finish. Very soft on the palate with the flavours lightly gracing the tongue.

It packs a fair bit of flavour for a style that is expected to be light. It taste a little like a cider, but I would not say in any way "fruity". The taste is dominated by a pungent blend of - not so much 'fruit' - but fruit rinds. Specifically: Apple -- skins. Orange -- rinds. Grapefruit -- peel. The wheat and yeast get easily confused as both are quite noticeable in the flavour. Spices? Yea, I think so, maybe...

I have trouble agreeing with those who hail this as one of the best examples of the Saison style. It is a fair (and somewhat excellent) representation but after trying it a few times now I would not boast it as a leading example. The style, to me, is one that encourages a little departure from the norm. Whether it's fair or not, I do in a small way hold against it, that the Saison Dupont really does little to transgress from (albeit a good one) a simple Belgian ale.

Photo of ElGordo
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Hazy golden body topped by a big, brilliant, puffy white head that has some staying power. Excellent carbonation flows up from the bottom in the Duvel vortex.
Spicy, complex aroma from the yeast includes notes of black pepper, grapefruit, and coriander, along with a hint of mustiness. Palate is mellow at first, with the Euro malt providing a nice sweetness. The spices kick in suddenly mid-palate, notes of coriander and pepper hopping to the forefront. Finish is sort of powdery-dry.
Body is nice, bubbly, and airy, again with a dry finish. Highly drinkable, this is an excellent, thirst-quenching ale that sets the standard for the saison style.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Cloudy and yellow with a light head.

S – Light and floral. The aroma is very mild.

T – This is a delicate beer that is very well balanced. It is somewhat sweet and floral.

M – Once again this is a mild beer that has a light/medium mouthfeel.

D – This beer is quite easy to drink it is very smooth and well balanced.

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

2006 bottle.

Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle. Cork came out easier than any other bottle I have ever had. Very little effort to get this one opened.

Beer is a bright gold color, slightly hazy, with a huge white fluffy head.

Smell is incredibly spicy. Super pungent, a bit skunked maybe? A bit of a resin like aroma and some pepper as well. Powerful stuff!

The flavor really is an interesting contrast to the aroma. This is actually smooth, silky, and creamy. Exceptional mouthfeel. Flavors are spicy, yet subtle with a nice touch of hoppy bitterness on the crisp zesty finish.

Excellent Saison. A nice crisp and clean summer beer that packs a lot of flavor. Super drinkable, and enjoyable in the warm Redding weather.

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

So the famous Dupont arrives in Alberta, coming in the single 330ml brown bottle. Simple labelling here, dark green mostly except for some white and red. Very little information on the beer itself, save the ABV and the location in Belgium. The beer from Tourpes pours into my chalice a cloudy peach/nectarine hue, with a two finger cream-coloured head, chunky, pillowy, and fine-bubbled. Yes very cloudy beer indeed, with soft little tiny chunks floating freely. The aroma reminds me of a combination of Tripel Karmeliet with Kwak, which to me is an exceptional thing. Very soft malts, a little butterscotch, massive hits of bitter yeast, some metallic notes, ripened fruit, especially prunes and peaches, figs, and definitely some touches of lime even. The malt asserts itself the more the beer warms, and by room temperature the soft caramel aromas mixed with the yeast and buttery fruits make an excellent overall impression on the nose. Sensational. I'll say it again: very similar to Tripel Karmeliet's aroma. The taste is a little bit of a chameleon, equal parts tart and bitter. In fact it is much more bitter than I anticipated. The finish is all iron-like metal and plenty of grainy hops. Extremely effervescent mouthfeel; easy to see why this would be quenching on a warm day on the farm. Absolutely classic Belgian yeast taste, giving the dryness of Saaz with the flavour of Fuggles. Very classic taste, but all in all, for me personally, I was expecting a fuller and sweeter taste. As it stands, every point is flawless. It just doesn't excite my tastebuds overmuch. Still this is a classic example of the saison style, and I am glad it is finally available here locally. Prosit!

Photo of saintwarrick
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another beer for my Unibroue tulip glass. Pours a nice hazy gold with a big champagne-style head that is very yeasty; head reminds me of a hefe weizen. Smell is very yeasty while the taste has apples and a nice peppery spike that gives it a good kick. You can definitely pick out that Belgian yeast in the taste.

Great stuff, quite drinkable, though the alcohol does catch up with you eventually.

Photo of IPAcraig
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the 21 beers I brought back from Belgium. Enjoying this while watching You, Me, & Dupree. The wife liked the movie, but not the beer.

25cl bottle poured into my De Garre Snifter.

A - Pours a nice hazy gold, with a two finger cloudy creamy head

S - Smells of sweet coriander with a bready yeast aroma. A tinge of sourness as well. Perhaps a touch of honey as well.

T - Doughy but sweet. Very subtle flavors, but there is a lot in there. The beer gets bolder as it warms. The yeast flavor is very "tripelish" and welcomed. A touch of sourness on the back of the tounge with a very faint bitterness as well.

M - Light and crisp, nicely carbonated; a lot, but not too much.

D - Excellent. This beer is extremely drinkable. A bit surprising they serve it in such small bottles.

Photo of neenerzig
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank this recently on my Florida vacation. The first beer of this style that I am reviewing, and quite possibly the first beer of this style that I have ever drank. A 12.7 oz bottle with a cork poured into a tumbler/pint glass. This beer pours a cloudy, medium golden color. The head is about 1/2 inch thick when poured. Settles to a fairly thin surface layer with a nice white ring lining the inside of the glass and some okay lacing. Some wheat and fruity aromas such as apple, grapefruit, and citrus along with some spice are all present. Sweet fruity and wheat/malt flavors are all present followed by a bit of spice. Apple, grapefruit and citrus are all present, rounded out by a bit of hops. Has a crisp and smooth, full bodied mouthfeel with heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in the way a good beer should be. I would definitely drink this beer again.

Eric

Photo of Zraly
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a beer chalice. Frothy white head with a cloudy, pale golden hue. Big smells of earth, flowers, and fruit.

Very complex in its flavor profile, mostly due to the interplay of fruitiness and earth flavors. Dry and bright finish. A nice bubbly mouthfeel that helps even out the wildness of some of the yeasty flavors. Interesting and something to be savored and appreciated for its roots in traditional Belgian beer culture.

Pairs divinely with a nice blue cheese.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

Photo of shadow1961
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
94 out of 100 based on 3,475 ratings.