Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl
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3.9/5 rDev -6.9%
Sampled on-tap at Redbones.
This saison poured a hazy, golden color with white foam that settled but left some lacing on the glass. The smell was lightly fruity with some hops (reminiscent of DeRanke XX Bitter). The taste was hoppy with a mild horseblanket Brett flavor and a slightly bitter, hoppy finish. A pleasant flavor overall. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp with medium body and good carbonation, and a mildly lingering aftertaste. This was a nice beer, but seemed quite different than the way I remember this beer from a bottle.
05-03-2005 03:57:12 | More by UncleJimbo
4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
Appearance This Saison is a thing of beauty. The head rose up nicely on an easy pour, showed great retention, and even left some lacing as I drank it down. It was white as the driven snow. The body itself was that thick, slightly orange yellow that Ive come to know and love.
Smell This has some of the farm funk to it, but its really quite balanced. Theres a nice, easy yeast that soothes the nostrils. The spicing is actually more like a Tripel.
Taste Ah, yes, quite the delicacy. The farmhouse character comes out a bit more at the taste, but its still balanced with yeast. The spices are powdery and very strong, again much like a Tripel or BSPA. The white pepper is prominent here.
Mouthfeel This Saison is medium-bodied and very fluffy in the cheeks due to the wonderful carbonation. Theres a slight bit of drying at the end but it is super smooth.
Drinkability Some Saisons can be tough to session, but this one is very smooth and went down quite well. It was one of the more drinkable examples of the style that Ive had.
04-20-2005 02:13:04 | More by RoyalT
3.45/5 rDev -17.7%
75 cl green bottle with wire cage and cork. The cork shot itself out like a rocket after the cage was removed!
Poured a cloudy straw with huge white head. Very clingy froth.
I was burned by the green bottle, this bastard was skunked. Underneath the badness: tart green apple and a funky earthiness.
Creamy malt body quickly goes super dry with a barnyard spunk. Sparkling, crisp carbonation. Peppery alcohol.
Too bad this was light struck. I'll go through a more deliberate selection for my next bottle.
04-19-2005 01:03:02 | More by Shultzerdugen
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
Appearance: Cloudy, chalky apricot gold. Massive, glorious Duvelesque head. Nearly endless retention; eventually breaks down to a few rocky icebergs of froth. Foamy sheets of lace. Strong, fine carbonation.
Smell: At first, a curious Saaz hops pilsner aroma. Next, sweetness; honey mixed with lemon, orange and apple juice. Spicy, white pepper yeast. A bit floral as well.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Strong yeast spiceiness off the bat. Then, the journey begins. Starts a bit bready/biscuity and far more hoppy than you might expect. As that fades, a bit of candylike sweetness, juicy fruit flavors and mild herbal flavors emerge. Finishes surprisingly dry. There's also a touch of solvent/alcohol. The mouthfeel is fairly light, a bit coating and champagne crisp. Seems to sweeten up a bit as it warms, which is odd, and depending on which foods you pair it with, certain flavors will stand out.
Drinkability: Perhaps a bit yeast heavy, and definitely on the dry side of the saison family, but overall crisp, tight, controlled, complex and refreshing -- just as it should be.
(Pairs really well with sushi, BTW.)
04-14-2005 06:19:13 | More by WetCoaster
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
On tap at O'Briens, served in a slightly in the non-descript Saison Dupont glass which is sorta like a pint glass but it bows back inward at the top and it's smaller overall. Understated (not a gaudy chalice)
This beer came to be with a soft white head atop a slightly hazy golden brew. Barnhouse and spice and lemon in the nose. Very nice. Highly fizzy. More yeastiness and some delicate citrus. Lovely spiciness. Very solid hop bitterness up front gives way to a nice warming maltiness. Clean dry finish. Smooth. Alcohol subtle. It's a bit fizzy, which I guess is ok for the style but it gets a little gassy. But that's just nitpicking.
Overall: definitely a winner of a saison.
04-09-2005 22:56:44 | More by oggg
4.47/5 rDev +6.7%
This pours a lovely blond color with a very foamy head and massive carbonation. This stuff is fizzy.
It has a wonderul spicy aroma, similar to other Belgian beers I've had. Very nice. The taste is very good, too. It is crisp with a bitter twang and a hint of sour, musty flavors. There are also very light fruit and malt flavors mixed in.
The body is wonderfully light. I see why this is a beer meant for summer. It's almost cloud-like. Excellent.
This is a great beer. I will definatly have to have some more of it and introduce my beer buddies to this great style.
04-09-2005 05:55:20 | More by Shaw
3.83/5 rDev -8.6%
Presentation: 750ml (26oz) "champagne wine" bottle. 6.5% ABV
Appearance: A cloudy white / pale yellow colour with way too much white foam. When correctly poured, I got 2/3 foam head on a 1/3 fluid body. It dissappeared slowly.
Smell: A mix of yeast and alcohol.
Taste: It is very balanced. Yeast, bread, bitter hops tastes with some citrus (lemon) in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Excellent thin and creamy mouthfeel. It is easy to drink and very tasty.
Drinkability: Maybe because that's my first saison style beer, but I think that I didn't found all the qualities of this product yet. I didn't dislike what I drank.
04-03-2005 04:53:30 | More by Barraclou
District of Columbia
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
not much of a saison connoisseur but this one was nice. huge fluffy head that dropped but never dissappeared. classic belgian rings on the surface
very yeasty aroma with freshly cut hay. slight citrus notes?
again, very yeasty with some lemony tartness. hop bitterness and pepper picks up as the beer warms in my glass
as a relative newbie to the style i can see the "farmhouse" elements. not sure if i would praise the smell of wet hay in my APAs. not too strong, so it's a good session beer
03-27-2005 02:37:40 | More by bruachan
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
I've only had a few examples of the style, but I think I'm getting the knack of it. Pale gold pour with a big white head, nice yeasty smell with a strong sour note to it. Incredibly balanced flavor; the yeasty funk is still there like I'd expect from a saison, but the spice flavor is there. Relatively subdued, but still packs a lot of punch. The citrus lemon flavors are a really nice touch. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing...this one is a keeper.
03-25-2005 23:22:15 | More by whartontallboy
4.3/5 rDev +2.6%
Appearence: Pours a golden yellow with huge, pillowy white head that leaves great lacing. Stunning to look at.
Smell: The smell is a very raw smell. The malts are pronounced, but they don't smell like modern malts. They have a very old world quality to them I really can't describe.
Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is yeasty and bready, with an odd amount of bitterness. It tastes very primitive, but I feel that's the beauty of it. This is a classic tasting beer. The balance is impeccable, and leads into a thin but creamy mouthfeel.
Drinkability and Overall: This is a wonderful brew. I was lucky enought o enjoy many good Belgian beers tonight, and this one was one of the best. It has such a rustic feel to it that makes it wonderful. It's simple, it's solid, and it's a damn tasty beer.
03-03-2005 03:20:13 | More by santoslhalper
3.9/5 rDev -6.9%
375 ml bottle. I let this one stand outside the fridge for about 15 minutes, to take the cold off. When tasted, it's actually almost warm.
Pours a very pale yellow, with a slighly cloudy haze, a minor amount of carbonation in my gueuze tumbler adds to the haze. But overall, still fairly clear. The head on this is pretty massive, very white, with large bubbles on the glass and fine white bubbles in the middle. The head raised at least an inch above the top of the glass, but never threatened to fall over the side. Pretty. Pretty amazing, actually.
Aroma is dry, sharp, crisp, and slighly earthy/organic. Hops are there, some bright sour fruit (lime?). At first, not exactly pleasant to this American raised on sweets and salts. But after giving it some thought, it really is nice.
Flavor is dry, and the most prominant flavor is the sharp bite (sharp, slighly sour-bitter, and organic) at the end.
Mouthfeel moderate, as it should be for a dry style. Drinkability is lower than other scores because, to be honest, this is not a big drinking beer. I've tried a couple of times, and been glad to do so, and it is interesting, but not something I'm excited to drink frequently.
03-02-2005 02:33:01 | More by Dukeofearl
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
Cork reads 2.004 and bottle shows a full finger of sediment at bottom.
Body is 12 carat gold with excellent clarity when yeasties remain undecanted. Full finger of fluffy white long-lasting foam peeks out the top of the tulip glass. Nose is sweet with bubblegum, alcohol esters, and a hint of barnyard funkiness.
Entry is positively riveting with zippy carbonation enveloping the tongue and the subtle effects of malt amd bubblegum dance happily within the mouth. Alcohol peeks through during midtaste, with the finish providing a fruity sweet tang complimented with crisp saaz hops. The dryness upon closure reminds this taster of sparkling wine.
Simply the gold standard for the Saison style.
03-01-2005 14:57:38 | More by IceAce
2.05/5 rDev -51.1%
appearance is a nice light yellow, tons of carbonation, and a giant fluffy head.
aroma is a good yeasty breadiness, some citric and spicy notes as well.
taste is "oh my god what is wrong with this?". at first it's sweet, tasty, belgian goodness. not but a second or two after, there is this sharp, metallic, chalky taste. i'm not talking subtle, i'm talking "did a mouse piss in my beer glass when it was in the cupboard" kind of taste (it's actually clean..). I didn't pour any yeast into the glass. this is really a shame. it almost seems like it would or did taste good at some point.
to continue with the review, the carbonation is too heavy.
well, if i see this again, i will have to get it, because this must just be a bad bottle.
03-01-2005 04:29:49 | More by trancefishy
4/5 rDev -4.5%
Appearance: Hazy yellow-brown color with numerous streams of small, fast rising bubbles; these propel flakes of sediment in their journey from the bottom to the top of the glass, whereupon they descend, to repeat the cycle anew. The head is off-white, and of a moderate size, and retains superbly. There is an abundance of thick, broken lace.
Aroma: Musty, fruity aroma with accents of apple peel, lemon, and yeast.
Taste: Opens with rather sour malt notes, giving way to subtle undercurrents of light fruit sweetness and spices, finishes with a quite earthy bitterness. There is an herbal hop note that appears at the end of the taste, and lingers long afterward, only gradually fading away.
Mouth feel: Smooth and quite full, with light, soft carbonation, which plays across the tongue; the alcohol is surprisingly warming for its low content.
Drinkability/notes: Truly excellent, a beer to be savored.
Presentation: Packaged in an 11.2 ounce Euro-style longneck with a pop-top crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.
02-20-2005 14:49:07 | More by Pegasus
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
Appearance: Very cloudy, yellow-orange color, with chunks of yeast floating throughout (though I was pretty careful when pouring).
Aroma: Highly spicy, notes of clove and anise. Earthy hop nose too, though someone faint.
Taste: Musty and quite earthy bitterness with lots of phenols. Plenty of dry, grassy hop flavor and bitterness. Slight fruitiness. Finishes tart and very very dry.
Body: Lots of carbonation, with a spritzy, effervescent mouthfeel.
A wonderfully hoppy Belgian ale with some nice complexity.
02-16-2005 18:43:06 | More by allengarvin
3.78/5 rDev -9.8%
I didn't like this beer as much as i thought i would, this is my first saison which may mean i don't like the style that much as others are saying this the standard to which others are judged. The foam is just too much. There's great foamy beers like Piraat but this is just a step over the top. The carbonation seems to domintate all aspects of the taste. It's like champange but much more intense. I poured it into a wine glass and when the glass 1/3 full of beer the rest is complete foam which holds for minutes. So it took a good 6 or 7 pours to finish the bottle. Then you burp 100 times. For that matter the smell is not very pleasant. Now that said this is a pretty tasty, good beer. The taste itself is certainly the high lite. I would try it once to see if you like it.(since many do) It's just that there many better belgians(duvel or piraat, to name two that are similar in color) out there that cost the same. (6.99)
02-16-2005 06:33:46 | More by pjwilson
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
2004 edition of the 750.
Appearance: Like many Belgians, this one poured a hazy golden, more on the yellow end than orange.
Smell: The froth laden head carried an aroma of sweet fruit and light malts, hops are difficult to identify here.
Taste:It tastes tart like a saison should, there is a mild spice coupled with a citrus flavor and that farmhouse yeast flavor.
Mouthfeel: This beer is quite fizzy in the mouth, and a bit dry, but refreshing nonetheless.
One of the better beers that I have sampled in this style.
02-08-2005 00:42:50 | More by HogHill
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
bottle-conditioned. 2004 on the cork.
Tumbling cumulus of pure white towers above brilliantly clear gold.
Brisk, cut-hay scent.
Barely sweet hints of orange and apricot with a bit of earthy funk that unfolds into herbal savour when taken with food (or at least it worked that way with tonight's chicken-chickpea dinner.) Sometimes I think I get a bit of black pepper.
Sharp carbonation that efficiently cleanses the palate.
Some resin in the finish that develops into a very dry orange-rind character.
It's hard to rate the drinkability, as I don't care for it on its own, but it make a wonderful companion to food. I'm a little disappointed that I'm not getting more out of it, aside from a strange certainty of quintessence.
02-04-2005 23:14:55 | More by gentlebubbles
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
Clean smelling -- fresh cut green honey dew, calendula, farm meadow in the morning.
I call froth like this 'beer meringue', most definitely. Goldenrod.
It's floral, fruity....carambola (starfruit) kiwi. Sticky, bitter....green banana. Saison grass, and dry finish. Quite wonderful and refreshing.
01-31-2005 01:26:36 | More by gbontrag
4.47/5 rDev +6.7%
Served a hazy and nearly opaque pale yellow color with a sturdy soapy white head and nearly endless lace. Smells of citrus and apples with a little bit of intermingled farmhouse funk. The flavors start with lots of citrus, but are quickly balanced by tart lemon peel and spice with a touch of yeasty funk. Finish is long and wonderfully dry. The carbonation is stupendous and helps make the beer particularly quenching; dry and light in the mouth. Excellent drinkability as well. Could easily have a few before noticing the empty glasses and headiness.
01-19-2005 02:41:46 | More by dgallina
4.8/5 rDev +14.6%
Yellow liquid, greyed by suspended particles. A thick white dish of foam on top.
Aromas of honey, butter, toast and cool minerals. Pepper, sunned grasses, split grains and curdled cream can also be gleaned from the aromas.
On the palate it posesses husky grip, supported by sharply defined fizz. Earthy perfumes continue to intermix with bold, ropy tannins. Floral Chenin Blanc fruits are joined by green tea flavors.
Long, lingering bitterness and abundant nectar.
01-18-2005 22:52:23 | More by putnam
4.35/5 rDev +3.8%
750 ml green bottle. Pours a cloudy, pale golden yellow color with a huge, frothy soapy head. Lively carbonation.
Froth slowly recedes and leaves lots of chunky, sticky lace in its wake.
Aroma is Yeasty, funky, soft cheese, a little sour note and a touch of fruity banana hiding way down deep.
Flavor is delicate, lemony and sweet and earthy with a long, lightly lemony bitter finish.
01-15-2005 06:26:50 | More by Padron4KM
4.75/5 rDev +13.4%
A flaxen streaming liquid under layers of stiff foam radiates scents of the earth. A gift basket of aroma: lavender salts, forest honey, radish greens and apple butter packed in handfuls of fresh mown hay. My nose is all wet with puffy froth. Exceptionally balanced flavors reminiscent of that perfect after dinner salad of bitter greens, toasted sunflower seeds, farmer's cheese and dried cranberries in a light citrus vinaigrette.
When you've finished, use what's left of the head as a replacement for whipped cream on your fresh blackberries. I love it.
01-13-2005 03:23:08 | More by inebrius
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
On tap at the Moan & Dove. I've loved Saison Dupont for years in the bottle and was thrilled to see it on the chalkboard at the pub. I wasn't disappointed, though I'd probably score the bottled version a bit higher.
The beer poured a little cloudy, in an enticing kind of way. It had that earthy, barnyard aroma that I expected, but it tasted just a bit sweeter than I remembered from the bottle. The hops were present but to the extent of the bottled version. There was a slight hint of oxidation, but overall, this is one of the best draft beers you're likely to find in this country. A definite winner, but better, I think, in the bottle.
01-08-2005 17:13:25 | More by SaucyJack
4.47/5 rDev +6.7%
After a long period of waiting I finally got my hands on a bottle. 2004 bottling.
The cork explodes off with aggression hinting at the intense carbonation that this bad boy contained. Pours a beautiful light orange with a huge fluffy head. Intense pepper notes dominate the nose. A background aroma of wet hay slowly fades in balancing well with the pepper before a slight smell of apples develop. Taste is clean and crisp with pepper, fruit, and hay. Very quenching. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. This is an excellent excellent beer. I will be returning.
01-02-2005 19:06:35 | More by soper2000
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,212 ratings.