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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 3,515
Reviews: 1,471
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 205
Gots: 300 | FT: 9
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-26-2002

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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
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
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
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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
3.93/5  rDev -6%
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
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of bosco7
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy pale copper color with massive rocky head. The lacing is so beautiful and words don't do it justice.

Grassy, earthy hop, spicy yeast and lemon zest in the nose.

Orange and lemon zest upfront quickly followed by a blast of spicey hop flavors. Nice amount of clean bitterness to end the experience.

Well attenuated with lots of carbonation. Extremely drinkable (too bad a 750mL bottle costs $9.50). Paired with mussels and french fries (traditional Belgian meal).

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

A: Golden with a white frothy head that stays.
S: Coriander, a bit phenolic (plastic) aromas, red berries.
T: Coriander, yeast, bitterness, slight alcoholic sting. Yeast, bitterness and alcohol in the aftertaste. Some sweetness as well (honey).
M: Moderate carboration, tiny bubbles, just below medium body.

The alcoholic presence in the taste builds up and become more and more evident, but pleasant. This one worked it's way into my heart. Wasn't too impressed at first, almost in love two glasses later.

Photo of kajerm
3.26/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Map Room. Pours cloudy gold with a large white head that quickly fades without much lacing.

The aroma is very light and slightly fruity, with some light malts and noble hops. I can't pick up more than a trace of acidity or Brett character.

The flavor opens up with lemon citric flavor. Light malts show up mid-palate, and restrained noble hop flavors appear on the finish. Some tartness is present, but it's very slight. There might be some phenols lurking in here too, but all the flavors are so light that it's hard to tell.

Mouthfeel is light and moderately heavily carbonated.

Very drinkable, but ultimately too boring for me. I like a more assertive beer than this, but I don't know that I can blame Dupont specifically for this-- I've had the same issues with other Saisons I've tried. People go on and on about the complexity here, but I'm willing to be crass and unsophisticated about this one; it's just not bold enough or surprising enough for me.

Photo of techdiver
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a massive head that dissipates very slowly leaving a substantial cap.

Grassy, herbal, citrusy nose with hop background.

Complex taste that grows on you. Really well balanced, malt and hops come together well in a brew that displays characteristics from tart, to bitter, and with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp with good carbonation that refreshes well.

Drinkability good as a easy drinking, lower ABV Belgian should be.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy dandelion yellow brew topped by a huge four finger rocky white head. Tiny bubbles rise to the top, explode and form tiny holes in the center of this white mountain of foam. The head recedes to a thin cap eventually, leaving lots of really nice honeycomb lace down the sides of the glass.

S - I could smell the yeast as soon as I popped the cork, and once poured the room becomes redolent of spring flowers and yeasty freshly baked bread. Sticking my nose in the glass, I smell flowers, pear, and crisp apple wedges drizzled in honey with a squeeze of lemon juice. I also smell crusty baguettes and yogurt (the unflavored sour kind).

T - Sweet summer fruits at first...apple, pear, honeydew melon. Then some bitter yeast comes in with some Belgian complexity before being cleaned from the palate by a bigger hop flavor than I was expecting. Initially honeyed, the long finish is peppery with nutty cashew and sunflower seed flavor left in my mouth after I swallow.

M - Tingly carbonation and dry yeast up front, then a sweetness kicks in mid-palate before being replaced by a mildly acidic bitterness, and after swallowing I'm left with a uniquely slick and waxy feeling.

D - Sweet, tart, fruity, complex, and thirst quenching. You couldn't ask for a more drinkable beer...except maybe if it were a bit cheaper.

Photo of JanM
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell is sweet, alcoholic and yeasty. Kind of like white bread made with lots of sugar. The colour is hazy pale yellow, almost like cheap orange punch. The head is nice and thick, sprinkled with small nibblets of the yeast. The initial taste is very citric and yeasty. After a few seconds the bread and bitterness kicks in. Maybe a hint of some red berries in there too? It feels a bit dry on the tongue but it's a great summer beer. Perhaps a close cousin of a witbier?

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this on-tap at the hopleaf, and it poured a clear straw yellow/light orange. the bouqet was somewhat subtle, maybe it was because i was drinking this between some stronger, hoppier beers. it definitely had the unique aromas of belgian yeasts going on, smelled very much like a duvel. also some light bready notes and vegetal/grassy aromas. taste was just a hint of malt sweetness and a moderate amount of hops mixed in. light in body and spritzy carbonation but not artificially so. medium finish. would try it again if the price is right.

Photo of Hautacam
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This corked popped on it's own as soon as the cage was untwisted....good thing I didn't have my face in the line of fire.
Talk about carbonation....I poured carefully to not creat a huge head...but it rises and makes an ice cream cone look as it gets above the rim....amazing . This the is a 2006 bottle.
The smell is funky , musty barn with a bit of citrus and spice.
The taste is almost tart....lot's of complexity...some barely sweet malt....funk, citrus , hints of honey and banana...black pepper...grass...a nice bitterness that runs through from beginning to end. Very dry clean finish with a bitter aftertaste.
Always great....easy to get through a 750ml. A classic.

Photo of RedBeerchetta
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark gold, orange, cloudy, beautiful whipped cream head that's easy to recreate with a swirl of the glass. Makes you want a "got milk" mustache as soon as it's poured.

S - Yeast, alcohol, biscuits, grass.

T - Vanilla, apricot, hint of nutmeg, sweet cream, pineapple. Really nice, mellow blend of flavors. Good balance of spiciness and sweetness.

M - Light, but creamy feel on the middle and sides of tongue. Perfect light carbonation. Slides down like ice cream.

D - I could definitley have a couple of these, though maybe a bit too filling for more than that. I will probably finish this 750ml bottle!

I'm a new and eager student of Belgian beers and I am loving using this as my study. I don't see how this beer could dissapoint anyone!

Photo of bark
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The colour is golden – orange, the liquid is a little hazy (the beer is bottle conditioned, but it was quite easy to decant it properly). The gigantic foam sinks slowly down to a three finger white compact head with a beautiful crater. The lacing is massive!

The smell is deep and generous: Lots of fruity, somewhat sour malt is mixed with a hint of alcohol, lots of fresh yeast, wheat dough, cookies, fresh herbs and flowers.

The taste is perfectly balanced, making it a very drinkable brew, even at 6.5%: Wheat dough, lots of fresh fruits, mild notes of yeast and boiled ham, and a hint of butterscotch. The aftertaste develops into a surprisingly bitter flavour with notes of spicy hops, some alcohol, bitter citric fruits and spices like cloves and cardamom.

The carbonation makes the flavours even better; it is quite strong but not sharp at all. They create a little foam in the mouth. The liquid is creamy.

A delicious brew!

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,515 ratings.