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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,285 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,285
Reviews: 1,449
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 179
Gots: 229 | 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 ommegangpbr
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%

I can see how/why this has been considered the standard for the style.
Purchased at the Beverage Depot in Flushing, NY.
I was a little concerned about the condition this beer would be in because of the green bottle and the relative lack of turnover of imports.. couldnt find a freshness date either.
My concerns melted away with a satisfying *pop*, (2005 boldly written on the cork) a thick creamy white head (which never quite goes away) and that familiar, comforting, farmhouse ale smell... slightly skunky and funky but in that good kind of way.
A good, soft blend of spices... pumpkin bread and carrot cake comes to mind.
The foam on this one is a great deal of fun to play with. It has no problem maintaining a smiley face.
Tart and smooth mouthfeel and deliciously drinkable.
$8.99 for 750mL is a tichy steep for my regular rotation... and Hennepin at $5 or less is similar and tasty in its own way...
yet a revist is schedualed.

ommegangpbr, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of OStrungT
4.93/5  rDev +17.7%

This beer pours a cloudy golden yellow, with a very thick, fluffly white head. The head fades very slowly leaving very thick laces. This beer has a slightly clove like aroma. I detect bananas, and a citrus aroma also. I also smell some lemon. It has a slightly hoppy aroma also. The alcohol is not apparent in the aroma. This beer has a stromg lemon taste to it. It has hints of pepper to it also. I can taste bananas also. The clove flavor is hidden, but if you look for it, you will notice it. This beer finishes dry. I think this beer tastes great. It is crisp and refreshing. It is light bodied and it goes down very smoothly. This beer is carbonated to perfection. It leaves a citrusy aftertaste. I think this beer is very drinkable. I could probably drink about a gallon of this beer by my self. If you ever see this beer, you need to get it. I will definately buy this beer again.

OStrungT, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%

My very first Saison. Poured out to a highly carbonated slightly hazy golden color. Major white foamy head would not stay down. Aromas of dough and grain are noted. Taste is uniquely dry and mellow; reminded me of some dry champagnes i've had in the past. Flavors of yeast, grain, burned malts, and some weak malt. Tart finish with some fruity flavors. Definitly different. Unlike anything I would call a belgian pale ale, as many have described this brew. Good mouthfeel is enhanced by the high level of carbonation. This is not an everyday brew; more or less a now and then treat. Mediocre drinkability. I will try some other beers of this style, and see how they compare. Worth a try.

Frozensoul327, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of texashammer
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%

yellow and hazy with moderate sediment; huge thick rocky white head, kind of fluffy. attractive.
nose is overwhelmingly yeast and citrus, like lemon. refreshing smell.
crisp and refreshing. light to medium body with quick dry finish. lots of yeast. has a bite to it.
this is not my style. I give it credit for quality and craftsmanship and being an interesting beer.

texashammer, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%

BB 06-2007. Great presentation with foreverlasting head and a deep golden beer that shows lots of haze.
Nose is very spicy, hoppy, litle aour and alcoholic and good yeastfruit remembering of pears. lots of wheatmalt are well detectable and overal just marvelous. As is taste that's dry, grassy, alcoholic and bitter. Pepper and other spices again well dosed and hard to say witch one's have been used, great dosation altogether. Perfect carbonisation that's high makes it to a perfect mouthfeel and yes this is one of the finest saisonbeers I've tasted so far. Very good drinkable and IMO a must have tried if your into belgium beers.

paterlodie, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -4.5%

750ml bottle, cork sez 2005. Pours a cloudy yellow with tons of foam, which lasts a very long time. Scents of fruits, reminds me of a hefe. Very nice taste with a light body, finishes clean and dry. This would make a very nice session beer, but the price is pretty steep. Really like this one, did not disappoint.

Wasatch, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of joedon
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

After all the recent hype about this beer, I was anxious to give it a try. It isn't widely availabe in my area but I found a 375ml bottle in a store I don't visit too often.

Poured with a huge cloudy white head. Lots and lots of foam! Maybe my glass wasn't perfectly clean(?) but the head seemed extraordinary. Lots of sticky lace, too. Pale yellow color with quite a bit of cloudy haze.

Aroma of yeast, sour citrus, and very little malt or spice.

Simple taste profile; slight hop bitterness with a citrusy tang. Finish with a little residual sweetness.

Very pleasant, drinkable beer but hardly the best I've ever tasted.

joedon, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of sacfly
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%

Pours a hazy light golden color. Huge bubbles in a thick foamy head. As I drink, the head turned into very fine bubbles. Sweet Belgian twang in the nose. Yeast, fruit and dough.

Stale bitterness in the first taste. Bitter, almost sour in the aftertaste well into the back of the tongue. Dry finish. Fruit. Hints of Muscat grapes and apple. Light body. As it warmed, I poured more of the 750ml into my glass and the spiciness of the yeast came out.

I have been told that this ids the standard of the style, but it seems more like a starting point. Something is missing. It is good, but could be taken is so many more interesting directions. Tastes too much (as is) like a stale Belgian pale ale.

sacfly, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow gold color with a thick moussy head at first pour and a storm of bubbles rising to maintain the head. The head actually grew after a few minutes to look like a volcanic island sitting in the middle of my glass. The head retained forever, and left a boat load of lace in its wake.

Aroma: Through the foam, I get a good deal of citrus and some biscuity malts. There is some noticeable spicy/citrusy hops contributing to the aroma also. There is a light grainy/wheaty aroma that becomes more noticeable as the beer warms up a bit.

Taste: Light and refreshing citrusy flavor profile is the first thing that you notice. There is some assertive hopping in this beer compared to other examples of Belgian beers. The finish is slightly dry and attenuated, and there is a slight alcoholic warmth lingering in the back of the throat with the citrus. As it warms up, the flavor profile mellows out and the citrus subsides to let the grain and spiciness play a bigger role in the profile.

Opinion: This is an amazing beer! It has a whole lot of backbone and flavor while being light enough to be consumed as a session beer. The flavor changes enough while you are drinking it, that if you don't like it...just wait a minute...it will change. This is a great beer, and I would highly recommend it!

SkeeterHawk, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of RugbyBeerRepeat
3.98/5  rDev -5%

One of my local bars serves this by the 374 ml bottle for nine bucks. This makes me love the beer. The beer pours with a medium to large head. Although thick, the head does not last as long as you would think. The color is a cloudy and pale tan. The taste is rich—hints of nut, not bitter but not smooth. If you let it sit in your mouth it will feel lighter as it warms. Overall, Saison Dupont is a fine beer to sip or drink.

RugbyBeerRepeat, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of krberg
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

750 ml 2k5
Cork pops out very loudly. Good thing I had a hold on it.

Much more pale than I had expected. Cloudy with a giant thick white head.

Tart honey smell with honey notes and some belgian yeast medicinal smells.

Light, very dry with a nice CO2 bite. Amazingly well balanced. A little sweetness pokes its head out to counter the dryness. Outstanding!

Thin and bubbly mouthfeel. Very thirst quenching.

6.5% with a nice light body makes this a great session beer.

krberg, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of mntlover
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours a hazy golden color with hints of amber sporting a big white head made up of small and large bubbles leaves lots of sticky lace.

Aroma is malty with fruit citrus some apples and spice, some earthy yeasts noted underneath.

Taste is light wheat malt like lots of citrus, lemony some spice clove, pepper and the earthy yeast again in the flavor. This one was a little funky but not as farmy wet horse blanket like as I was expecting hence the 3.5 overall pleasant though.

Mouthfeel is medium tilted to full side lots of flavor.

Drinkability is good nice enough enjoyable just not funky enough. Thanks go to movingshadow152 for this bottle.

mntlover, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of NClifestyle
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%

i had this beer along with a westmalle and a chimay that a friend had brought back from georgia. good that i had this one first, as i liked it least of the three, which is not a putdown at all. this is more of a summer beer than the others.
served from a corked, tall, green 12.7 fl oz bottle. pours up a hazy light orange color, with a champagne like head, tons of bubbles. head stayed around, lots of lace. smells of fruit, possible lemon or sweeter, maybe even a garden like smell. tasted about the same, with lemon becoming obvious, and a hint of alcohol on the sides of he mouth. somewhat wheaty taste, in a good way. great mouthfeel, nicely carbonated and tingly. dry but a very refreshing beer.

this is the first time i have ever tried a saison, and i've got a bottle of hennepin up next.

cheers...

NClifestyle, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of Sycodrummer
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%

Poured from the green 750ml bottle the pour yeilded a luscious three-finger deep white frothy head. Almost like cream on top of expresso, the head was light and airy and a pure white color. The beer itself was dark yellow color with hints of orange. Big chunks of lace clung to the glass throughout the duration of the sample. The three-finger head from the pour reduced down to about a half-finger and stayed there throughout the sample.

The aroma of the beer was quite complicated. Certainly no hops in the nose but also no overly conspicious malt. A soft citrus aroma indicative of oranges and corriander. Also a slight bit of clove perhaps and an ever so slight smell of alcohol.

The taste was rather full bodied for its color. Not overwhelming on the palate by any means but deceptively strong. Orange and citrus fruit were the innitial sensations and a champaign like white grape taste was also present. Ample carbonation offered a crispness to each sip that made the beer refreshing and all but made it slight tinge of alcohol not noticable.

Medium mody with a freshness and crispness on the palate.

Indeed very drinkable and enjoyable. I've only had two saisons from the bottle, this and Ommegang's offering. I much prefer this from bottle compared to Hennepin (although I thought that beer to be quite excellent on tap). Indeed this appears to me to be the perfect summer sipper. Not a beer to slam down after mowing the lawn in the summer, but rather one to sip and enjoy its complexities on a hot summer night.

Sycodrummer, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
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!

CAMRAhardliner, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
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.

GClarkage, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of andjusticeforale
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.

andjusticeforale, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
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.

MuddyFeet, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of Paddez
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.

Paddez, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of Goldorak
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.

Goldorak, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
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.

beveragecaptain, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of Sixpoint
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?

Sixpoint, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of cypressbob
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

cypressbob, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of Zorro
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.

Zorro, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of thinkbreakfast
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

thinkbreakfast, Jul 16, 2005
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,285 ratings.