Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl
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4.8/5 rDev +14.6%
This is one of the best tasting beers Ive ever tried.
It pours a luminescent glowing orange with a merangue like monster of a head that lasts forever. This rocky beast of a head leaves rocky ridges of lace behind. Trapped in the convection of carbonation bubbles are meteors of flocculated yeast. It really looks cool.
The aroma is an intense mix of tart orange, bitter hops, candy floss, wet earth and musty fruit compote. The incredible complexity of the aroma is doubled in the taste. It reveals different flavors with every sip. Its exceedingly dry and bitter yet delicately fruity and spicy. Its rare to come across a beer of this complexity. So crisp and refreshing. A mild acidity shows up in the finish, mingling seamlessly with the hops. Horse blanket, earth, pepper and diacytl dance subtly in the background throughout.
The mouthfeel is creamy with velvety carbonation bubbles. This is the ultimate summer beer. Better than any hefe or wit IMO. It goes great with Jerk Chicken wings too!
08-14-2005 21:36:09 | More by CAMRAhardliner
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
08/09/05- Purchased at Belltramo's in Menlo Park, CA
Presentation- 750ml green bottle with no freshness dates. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Orange-golden pour with a thick pock marked ultra white and creamy head. Good lacing as well.
Smell- Farmhouse stinky yeast along with some sour citrus scents.
Taste- Semi bitter lemon rind flavor with a nice sour background. Tart and tangy belgian yeast abounds.
Mouthfeel- Fairly high carbonation level, maybe a touch creamy.
Drinkability- My number #2 saison behind Fantome. Very easy drinking brew that I will try to keep on hand.
08-10-2005 21:26:53 | More by GClarkage
4.47/5 rDev +6.7%
I poured Saison Dupont from a Green 12.7 oz Champagne bottle, after a loud pop, careful to keep the noticeable black yeast strain in the bottle and down the sink. The beer poured to a pretty deep deep gold-orange color, with a large white frothy head.
When the head reached 2-3cm, I swirled the tulip, and immediately caught the scent of funkiness, some lemon, Belgian yeast and sugars, and peach. Some earthy barnyard smells, but very mild at best.
On initial taste, the first thing you notice is a great mouthfeel. The flavor seems to miss the toungue, hit the upper palate and cascade down your throat. Early on in the beer there is a skunky- funky bitterness. This recedes nicely, and the bitterness takes on a peach flavored aftertaste. That aftertaste is worth the price of admission right there. There is also wheat and grass and malt that hide right below the surface and peek through at times. The only distraction or drawback is perhaps my personal longing for some sweetness to balance out the bitterness- but that is not really a criticism.
Believe this. This may not be the best thing I ever had, but its damn close. I guess you would have to be a Hip-hop star to afford to keep bottles of this in your cooler, but if anyone who can afford it is listening, this is the tremendously complex and drinkable pay-off to all your hard work.
08-09-2005 11:38:46 | More by andjusticeforale
3.18/5 rDev -24.1%
Very disappointed in this saison. It's my new favorite style and I was expecting all sorts of the usual spices and sugars. Instead, I got lots of hops and bitters. Pours like a typical saison--yellow gold. Big foamy head. Spotty lace. Aroma is a bit hoppy. Blegian sugars come through as the initial flavor, but are quickly replaced with a surprising amount of hops. I can barely find any yeasty fruits, flavors or spices. While refreshingly crisp, it does not drink as smooth as I was expecting. It came across as much more like a bitter than a Belgian farm style ale. Mouth feel is crisp with a full body and malt heaviness that sits on the mouth.
08-05-2005 22:50:17 | More by MuddyFeet
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
Small 33cl bottle bought in ABS drinks in Winksele.
Appearance: The bottle made a serious hiss when opened. The brew itself poured a very hazy orange liquid with an incredibly big & pillowy head. I had to be careful not to pour the string of yeast that resided at the bottom of the bottle in the glass. Quite intresting as far as the looks are concerned.
Smell: Crisp spices; fruits; yeast; with some of that 'barnyard' aroma vaguely in the background. Involving and complex
Taste: Quite tart and yeasty. There's some kind of odd -but not out of place- sourness in there as well. Some fruity notes to bring you to a bitter finish.
Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Active carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Quite drinkable; although somehow I wouldn't want to be drinking this all night.
Conclusion: A tasty brew and one of the better saisons I've had thus far. It's certainly a lot better than it's bio counterpart, although I'm not quite sure if it really lives up to the hype.
08-05-2005 21:28:30 | More by Paddez
4.15/5 rDev -1%
I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this faithful staple, it is one of the rare quality imports widely available in Québec. And at ~6$
Appearance: Peachy orange, with an incredible pearly white meringue that frothed off like a bubble bath. Fantastic!
Smell: Saison 101: Corky, musky and yeasty, it smells like sourdough bread, shredded wheat, a crapload of spices and just enough booze to bring it all together.
Taste: Good carbonation and grainy, wheaty mouthfeel, the aftertaste is very yeasty, like dipping a freshly baked baguette in a little white wine and a zest of orange.
08-04-2005 00:30:48 | More by Goldorak
4.6/5 rDev +9.8%
750 ml bottle. This beer pours out hazy yellow with a huge, chunky head. Musty yeast smell with hops and zesty citrus. Somewhat tart fruit flavors, mostly apple and lemon. Peppery spiciness. Lots of flavor from the yeast. Bitter finish. High level of carbonation. This beer is supremely drinkable. It's no problem for one person to drink an entire 750 ml bottle. Everyone should try this beer at least once. It's a great introduction to saisons.
07-31-2005 21:38:11 | More by beveragecaptain
4.53/5 rDev +8.1%
Poured a brilliant golden color and left a nice full head of white lace. Head dissipated rather quickly and left traces of lacing.
The aroma was very complex; spicy musty hops, yeast, and horse blanket aroma. Crazy esters... apricot, peaches, figs. Malt underneath, and a slight vegetable aroma as well. Incredibly dynamic.
Taste? Outstanding. Very complex. Quite assertive in hop bitterness. Easy to drink and crisp. An experience to revel in.
Brilliant mouthfeel. Full, active carbonation, but with the softness of bottle-conditioning.
Very, very drinkable. Especially since its NYC and 97 degrees today. Thank you sir, may I have another?
07-30-2005 00:26:34 | More by Sixpoint
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
375ml corked bottle, served at Cafe Gollem, Amsterdam
Pours with a golden yellow body, cloudy. Big frothy head with nice retention
Smell, lots of fresh fruit, melon and pear springs to mind especially. Estery
Taste, refreshing and fruity. Esters once again, creamy mouthfeel. Little bit of malt on the finish
A really tasty beer, so much flavour
07-29-2005 19:59:12 | More by cypressbob
4.58/5 rDev +9.3%
Pours a slightly cloudy orangish gold with a furious level of carbonation and a strong white head. The cloudiness is probably my fault I got some yeast in the glass from the bottom of the bottle.
Smell is Belgian beer goodness, a Touch of coriander, some sweetness, a bit lemon and some apple. Also scents of honeysuckle and summer flowers.
Taste is mild sweetness and a good malt base. A bit of coriander and other spices, very peppery. Sharp bitterness in the aftertaste cleans of your tongue and makes your mouth salivate for more. Slightly acidic as if there was a bit of lemon in here. Damn tasty.
Mouthfeel is very good much like Champagne.
Super drinkable, too bad it is expensive and hard to find around here; guess I will have to make do with Hennepin. Absolutely recommended.
07-27-2005 02:45:30 | More by Zorro
4/5 rDev -4.5%
750ml green bottle.
App: Amazing pillowy, thick white head. Very active carbonation.
Smell: Dry fruityness. Alcohol comes through slightly. Musty grains are the dominant smell here.
Taste: Dry and musty up front. Alcohol warms through out. More alcohol than I was expecting from a listed 6.5% abv. Slight bitterness on back of tongue at finish. Aftertaste is bitter and residual alcohol.
MF: Lots of carbonation. Alcohol sting.
Drinkability: Very good. Light and flavorful. Non-intrusive
07-16-2005 22:16:09 | More by thinkbreakfast
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
Corked and caged green 12.7oz with 2.004 stamped on the cork poured into a tulip.
Pale , hazy gold with a massive (despite a gentle pour) head of big white bubbles that has great retention and clings to the glass in odd rocky lumps. It falls in a way that leaves an odd, uneven landscape. Even as it settles down to the 1 cm+ height it maintains until the end. Champagne like bubbles that never quit make it all happen.
Tangy citrus and sugary notes make up most of the nose, with some floral underneath.
Orange and quick malt upfront followed by a dry, but still juicy finish, but it has a lot of grain throughout. Good dose of chalky belgian yeast as well.
Mouthfeel is good for the style. Sessionable, and I can see why it's recommended as a dinner beer.
07-13-2005 06:23:15 | More by ypsifly
4.25/5 rDev +1.4%
Poured into my chalice a slightly hazy orange/gold with a mammouth white head that stuck like glue as to the sides of the glass as it took its times settling.Wow the tons of stuff going on aroma wise some definent barnyard funck hits right after popping the cork along with some lemon rind and even a light phenolic smokiness in there as well.Very refreshing ale to say the least here,hints of lemon and coriander with a leafy,herbal finish.Clean and fruity and oh so damn refreshing a true classic and a summer quencher I wish I had more.
07-12-2005 01:35:33 | More by oberon
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
33cl Bottle from the shop.belgianshop.com
Poured golden orange in colour with slight haziness... Head was very big and foamy with a slightly off white colour.
Aroma - Very citrusy. Peppery. Quite noticable smell of alcohol. Bitter notes. Slight hint of strawberry... Flowery...
Taste Lemony, very fresh. Slight pepperiness. Hint of cream. Quite a bitter sweet taste. Hints of apple...
Feel - Quite sharp and refreshing. Quite creamy aftertaste. Very drinkable..
Overall - an excellent and very refreshing beer...
07-11-2005 09:45:57 | More by mdagnew
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
Pours a hazy golden, huge fluffy white head and plenty of lace all around the glass. Nose is very citrusy, some buried malts, grass and earth, pleasant. Taste is very citrusy, some deep maltiness on the tongue, clean dry finish. Highly carbonated, but smooth and refreshing.
07-05-2005 01:28:18 | More by Viggo
4/5 rDev -4.5%
Pours a cloudy, golden-orange. Huge off-white frothy head that holds up forever. the nose airy with yeast and an outdoorsie, grassy kick. The taste is of yeast & bread with a earthy kick to it. Quite interesting. A long bitter finish with a pinch of tartness...almost a dry woodiness. Some fruit n spice linger as well. A light bodied beer with a mostly smooth & lively mouthfeel. Nice enough to have more than one...a good thirst quencher.
07-04-2005 19:05:09 | More by Popsinc
4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
Cloudy golden honey colour with a gigantic, fluffy white head. Lots of lacing. Lemony citrus aroma, a bit earthy, light spice, floral, mild yeastiness. Fruity (apple/pear) and earthy, slightly tart, hint of malt flavour and a bit spicy. Long, dry, bitter finish with some fruit carrying through. Light body, light astringency, generous, crisp carbonation, slightly creamy and slick mouthfeel. There's a lot going on here, but it stays quite refreshing and enjoyable.
07-03-2005 21:29:31 | More by DrJay
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
2.004 printed on the side of the cork.
A: Slightly hazy golden color. Lots of bubbles rising. Large head is now just a thin layer of suds.
S: Farmhouse indeed! Funky straw aroma dominates. Yeasty. Hints of lemon zest and just a whiff of a peppery spice.
T: Musty earthy taste. Faint sweetness creeps up on you like a memory you can't quite place. Very interesting. Flavors shift with some warmth, emphasizing a sweeter flavor with a lemony citrus tang.
M: Initially this was hugely carbonated but the fizz calms after some counter time. Alcohol is almost completely masked. Fairly light body.
D&N: I initially thought that the mag that ranked this beer number one was FOS, but they may not be far off the mark. Different from the stuff I've been drinking lately, pairs very well with the steaming bowl of split pea and bacon soup I'm enjoying. This is a really good beer. Best in the world? Nope. Worthy of praise? Definitely.
06-30-2005 05:44:44 | More by JackTheRipper
4.58/5 rDev +9.3%
2004 edition, according to the cork. New selection available at John's Grocery. Poured beautifully into my new Duvel tulip (thanks, Mr. Chalice Whore!). Had a massive three finger fluffy head with great subsequent lacing. The head receded to a marshmallow dome in the middle of the tulip. Oh yeah, it's also a hazy golden straw color with what seems to be a sediment-free beer.
The smell needs a bit of warming up before it really starts to open up, but it never really seems to get to full throttle. Smells very spicy and yeasty. Very "belgian," to be cliche. It literally smells like a farmhouse. Makes me nostalgic of back home on the parent's farm, though that may sound quite redneck considering I'm from Iowa.
The taste is a bit funky, but not in a bad way. Spicy. Yeasty. Bready. A bit sweet; a bit bitter in the finish. It is quite dry as well. Remnicient of Ommegang Hennepin.
This is quite good. It is recommended with all grilled foods, according the bottle. Consequently, I have many Flemmish recipes that call for Dupont as an ingredient, so I will have to do some experimenting in the future. If you can get this beer and don't mind a bit of funk, definitely go for it.
06-29-2005 06:44:01 | More by neonbrown82
4.18/5 rDev -0.2%
750 ml green bottle with no freshness date. The cork popped off like a bottle of good champagne, thankfully it was not a gusher.
A- Massive off-white head, very active carbonation ... pale golden cloudy color. This is good as the beer should never pour clear.
S- Very ripe pear, earthy cellar and a solid herbal backbone round out the nose.
T- Big herbal phenolic action upfront, dry grain and a mild tartness. A handful of malt character comes through with a clean grainy note. Touch of fruitiness, musty chalky yeast, herbal phenols and dry grain in the finish.
M- Incredibly smooth with a deep yet soft crispness.
Need a beer to clean the palate if not cut through some of the most flavorful cuisines ... this is the beer to do it.
06-29-2005 00:18:00 | More by Jason
District of Columbia
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
Cloudy, light orange pour with a fluffy white head that leaves plenty of lace behind.
Nice aroma of citrus, pepper and other spices.
Loaded with flavors, this ale changes as it passes through your mouth. Yeast, orange and lemon, great spiciness, a hint of hops and still room for a tiny amount of fruit sweetness. Each sip is the same but different. Excellent.
Mouthfeel is creamy, refreshing, crisp.
Would be very easy to have another, if I had more than one...
06-22-2005 20:31:51 | More by hungryghost
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
375 mL green bottle; caged/corked; 2.004 printed on cork.
Saison Dupont pours a hazy dark orange color into my tulip glass. A 1.5", off-white head forms, then slowly collapses upon itself. Minimal lacing. The aroma of this beer is wonderfully complex; it's like you've just wandered out of the brewery itself. There's citrus aroma, a slight earthy mustiness, and a general zestiness/spiciness that I can't really put my finger on.
The first taste that this beer gives off is somewhat tart, with a slight hint of candylike sweetness. After a bit, the citrus and flowerlike flavors become apparant, and the beer becomes moderately bitter. The mouthfeel is pretty dry for a beer. This saison is still very much alive; it's almost like you can feel the yeast continuing to ferment the beer. Finishes tart and moderately bitter; the slightest hint of alcohol can be found in the aftertaste.
This is a great summer beer; it is so pleasantly funky. It is a great introduction into the world of Belgian farmhouse ales.
06-20-2005 04:04:43 | More by swid
3.98/5 rDev -5%
This butterscotch colored brew pours with a tall thick head into my tulip glass. I am drinking the 11.2 oz corked and caged bottle at 48 degrees. The cork is dated 2.004.
There is a large amount of yeast in this bottle. I am debating whether to pour it all in the glass. I think I will for the first bottle and re-evaluate for the next.
I don't anything spectacular in the nose.
A tangy citrus brew with a medium tickling carbonation. A fairly straightforward beer. I would say a nice summertime thirst quencher.
06-19-2005 19:28:14 | More by TPSReports
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
Decanted from a 750mL, the cork states 2004...
It rests a creamy tangerine hue, boasting unfiltered cloudiness. Tenacious white head. Aroma contains lactose, some grainy malt, grass, and litte ripe fruit. Taste is full of pale malt, a little grainy in its presence. Slight cream flavor as well as some bananas, maybe apples as well. As the beer warms, an interesting sourness and fresh grass flavor become more apparent. Very brisk carbonation. In fact, the cork launched out of the bottle as soon as the cage was removed. Very interesting and drinkable.
06-19-2005 01:30:56 | More by BeerFink
3.8/5 rDev -9.3%
Nice golden unfiltred beer with a generous head that stayed the course, very foamy, lot of sediments floating around.
Smell: Unfortunately for me the green "champenoise" bottle did "skunked" the beer in smell but, just very shy. Some coriandre smells and spices are present.
Taste is a bit spicy, watery with a shy fruit note.
A bit dissapointed actually
06-18-2005 04:29:30 | More by 3Vandoo
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,246 ratings.