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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,433 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,433
Reviews: 1,456
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 190
Gots: 256 | FT: 10
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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 gonzo138
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a pale gold, has good typical thick white frothy head, typical for a belgian, the head retains well and laces nicely

S- Has a very tart, citric, spicey smell

T- Tart as well, some what bitter, more or less the same as the smell

M- Very dry, carbonation starts strong but subsides quickly, sticks to mouth

D- Dryness and bitterness affects drinkability. Had other saisons before, most not so bitter, had 2 bottles of dupont so far, still not really impressed

gonzo138, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of Orrshow
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a hazy straw yellow with a healthy amount of froth on the top. Lacing is quite abundant as it goes down.

Smell – The smell is nice. Grapefruit along with other citrus aromas arise prominently. There is also light pepper and yeast to go along.

Taste – At first when I sip I feel a dry sourness followed by a yeasty flavor. Pepper and other spices make an appearance as well. There is an apparent tart flavor that arises after this. Grapefruit, coriander, and orange are also present with a very slight hoppiness towards the end. The overall effect is nice.

Mouthfeel – Feels good. It’s silky, has subtle carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability – Great. This one could be savored or downed quickly.

I quite like this beer and it makes me much more interested in trying other Saisons.

Orrshow, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of Damian
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a translucent mustard/straw yellow with a huge, rocky, white head that faded into clumps of white froth. Beautiful lacing.

Aroma consisted of clove, all spice and honey (similar to a Belgian strong ale).

Taste, however, was radically different from the smell. Grassy and quite hoppy with a dry, somewhat bitter finish.

Carbonation was a bit much initially. The beer turned to fizz once it hit my tongue. Later, the beer settled down markedly.

Overall, a crisp and flavorful beer that can easily be substituted for a dry, white wine.

Damian, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Truth is this is not a preferred style of mine. However, I really enjoyed Saison Dupont much more than Hennipin.

Appearance: Cloudy orange with massive massive white head.

Smell: Yeast sour cat pee and peppercorn.

Taste: Very farmhouse. Citrusy and spicy zesty in the mouth. Some sweet malt contrasty all the spiciness. dry finish

Mouthfeel: Very active and zesty. Creamy and crisp.

Drinkability: This is as drinkable as the style would allow for me.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow straw color; gets hazier when trugs are poured. A dense white rocky head is poured with excellent tracing. Aromas are packed with a little skunkiness (damn those green bottles), tons of esters, saaz hops. Flavors are of cardamom, anise, buttery diacetyl, and little hop bitterness. Finishes quite dry with lots of carbonation giving a good bite. This beer paired well with our salad, and would work great as an apperitif substituting for champagne. I wish I could get ahold of a fresher bottle that was stored better, but this beer represents a style that is perfect for the summer and an all around food pairing beverage.

dreadnatty08, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of malthead
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice, cloudy gold color, with a huge, long-lasting, cratering head. Upon opening the bottle (gotta love the sheer entertainment value of corked & caged bottles...) I was greated with a huge whiff of skunk, which passed after a minute in the glass. Overall, though, the aroma was restrained - I may have served it too cold, but I doubt it. Tastes of apple, sourness, Both taste and aroma are funky, as per the style, but not nearly to the extent that I had expected/hoped. Good drinkability and mouthfeel, but overall I was disappointed with this beer. Perhaps I had an old bottle, but I just felt the beer was lacking character, and paled in comparison to Hennepen, the only other saison I've had. If I can find a definitely fresh sample I may try it again, but other than that, I doubt it.
After reading other reviews, I would agree that you can probably come up with a whole host of subtle flavors if you put your mind to it, but this bottle just didn't do it for me.

malthead, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of soultrain
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Hennipen glass.

A-Hazy golden peachy beer. 2" head slowly settles. Yeast chunks abound, along with some tiny red flecks. Lacing is good for a saison.
S-Smells like really good yeast. Slightly skunky, in a good way.
T-Mild barnyard funk, very flowery hop presence, as it warms to room temp, it stays extremely delicious even with the slight whiffs of manure...it ingratiates itself to the palette with even final warm sips almost perfect.
M-Smooth, subtle, soft, sexy.
D-Off the hook. I can't see how anyone wouldn't like this.

CRUX: WORLD CLASS. Awsome. Extremely well crafted. Recommended!

soultrain, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork says "2005"

This beer poured a golden straw with a huge swarm of bubbles sustaining a frothy white head. There’s tons of action here if you want to just sit back and watch.

Smells of dry spicy yeast, root beer and some earthy herbs. There’s also a prominent sweetness that cuts through, but just a little, that reminds me of corn syrup. There is also some wild flower aromas and a slight pine. This is amazingly complex and seamlessly blended.

The first thing in the taste that caught my attention was a little alcohol dryness. Getting over that, there’s a musky sour oak and a spicy yeast that dominates. Again, there’s that sweet corn syrup. There’s also a sweet, woody honey. In the finish, a slight sourness steps in with a woody dryness.

The mouth feel is light and creamy with a light playful carbonation.

This one’s definitely a thinking beer. There’s a whole lot going on here, so take your time for sure.

DarkerTheBetter, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Opened a 750ml bottle. The beer was a golden-orange color, with a slight haze from yeast. Head was white and huge. Lots of streaming bubbles. Aroma was yeast, lemon, and some type of spice. Taste was wonderful, tart with hint of peppermint, some very slight malt sweetness, and finally a finish of hop bitterness at the end. It was a very light body, slight alcohol warmth, refreshingly acidic and highly carbonated. I thought it was fantastic, and I would be happy to drink it anytime.

, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of Fuller
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

cloudy pale yellow in color with a big, thick fluffy head that has good retention and leaves a lot of lacing all around the glass.

smell of citrus, mostly lemon. Also some grassy floral and spice.

Starts out sour with some fruity bitterness followed by some sweet maltiness and wheat flavors. All work great together to make a very smooth drink.

Excellent beer. Easy drinker. I will definitely be having this beer many, many more times.

Fuller, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice thick fluffy head with pretty good retention. Hazy yellow straw color, obviously cloudy as it is an unfiltered beer.

Yeasty aroma with some bananna (phenol alcohols?) and a tart floral scent.

Tart and floral with a peppery finish. Might be good with food as the tartness should cut through and cleanse the palate.

Overall a really good beer. This is the only real Saison I have tried (I have also had Avery 12 ) but I would like to try others to see how this compares.

BeerAmbassador, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of instrumentality
1.68/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This was the first of two beers I tried as part of my sampling of bottled Belgian beers offered by BJ's in Burbank, and it was also my first saison. I commend them on their selection, but this one did not provide a pleasant experience.

Poured into a tulip glass, it revealed a light, golden, transparent hue, bubbly and with minimal head.

The odor was a sort of malty, biscuity, wet hay kind of smell. I got the impression that the term "farmhouse ale" alluded to the fact that the beer shared certain qualities with the inside of a barn.

The mouthfeel was heavy on the carbonation, mildly alcoholic, and left a nasty stale aftertaste.

It tasted malty, biscuity, and musty. I was immediately reminded of when I made the mistake of letting rain-soaked jeans sit folded for several days and then opened them up and took a good whiff.

I only finished this beer because I bought it at a restaurant and wanted to save face and get my money's worth to the best of my ability. I found this brew to be just a step above malt liquor, perhaps somewhere between a Colt 45 and a Rolling Rock. I'm hoping this is just a bad example of the style, but I'm apprehensive to continue my journey through the saison world.

I thought maybe the beer had gone bad, but I talked to the bartender and he said that while some people enjoy it, the overwhelming majority say something to the effect of it tasting like a wet sock. Maybe the whole case went bad...? I feel bad giving a beer that was actually trying to be good such a low rating, and I may try it again elsewhere just to be fair, but it won't be any time soon.

instrumentality, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is ripe zesty citrus, spices, yeast and earthy hops. Taste is unbelievably smooth. A lot of the zesty citrus and spices are in the taste along with a dry yeasty and somewhat bitter finish. This is an absolutely fabulous brew! It is certainly one of my all time favorites and a benchmark for the saison style.

cjgator3, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of GregoryVII
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The appearance was an intense straw color verging on gold coupled with a fluffy lacing head. The aroma had a subdued spiciness to it with light notes of fruity ester and a tocuh of sour and olive. There is a solid background of pilsner malt in this beer to balance the fresh spicy, zesty character of the hops. Very light hints of citrus lemon are present, balanced by a peppery sharpness. The beer is deep and balanced. There is a dry, long finish. The mouthfeel was medium and appropriate. Great totality of a beer.

GregoryVII, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of edskirk3
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Continuing in my recent mini-obsession with Saison, I bought this 750mL bottle a week and a half ago. I recognized it from the Great Beer Guide. The bottle is green glass and is corked. Printed on the cork is a '2.005' and a '7.' July 2005? In any case, it seems fresh.

It opened with a pretty loud 'pop' and poured cloudy orange-gold with a thick, long lasting, tightly beaded white head. I mean these are fine, tight beads. It looks textbook in my Orval glass. Excellent, excellent carbonation. After a long while, there is sediment at the bottom of the glass.

The aroma I can describe very specifically as this sparkling apple cider that I once got as a wedding favor. There is also some light hop and farmhouse notes. I love that the farmhouse funk isn't overpowering at all (i.e. it's not medicinal). I am also reminded of pears. Not the fruit, but the rind. It's very crisp altogether. VERY crisp. The finish is especially dry and only slightly bitter. There is no warming from alcohol whatsoever. Mouthfeel is light and, once again, crisp. Alcohol is a little high for me to drink this stuff regularly... maybe every two weeks if I really wanted to.

Gotta love those Belgians. Saison Dupont is a classic, and THE example whenever you're talking about the style. I could have this for the Fourth every year... or Bastille Day or whatever they do in Belgium.

... it's July 21 for them, I think.

edskirk3, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of soulgrowl
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pure golden sunflower in color; clear with active, champagne-like carbonation; fluffy white head retains pretty well and leaves wispy spots of lace.

Smell: Bubble gum, candy sugar, light hay and maple leaf notes. Sweet lemon-lime undertones, almost like 7-Up. Strawberries and peppery herbs.

Taste: Light and mellow. Bubble gum; blunt, resiny hops; apple juice. Pleasantly hoppy, dry but not acrid finish. I'd say it's not as complex as the nose, but it's still very good. A great susbstitute for a dry white wine when pairing with food or cooking.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp and smooth on the palate. Clean finish.

Drinkability: With a relatively low ABV and nice, light body, and refreshingly dry finish, this is an excellently sessionable summer beer.

soulgrowl, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of jwc215
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.
Poured a cloudy yellow with a very, large white head that did settle down a bit, but remained solid.
The smell was lemony with noticeable - but not overwhelming - hop presence.
The taste was citrusy - especially lemon and a bit of orange, yeasty and had moderate hoppiness. The flavors were very well-balanced.
The mouthfeel was light, dry and slightly creamy. The flavors didn't stick around long - but was very refreshing.
This is an excellent choice for a barbeque on a hot day.

jwc215, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of pootz
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting this clasic farmhouse ale after a couple of seasons. I had forgotten how great one of these tart spicey fruity ales tastes on a hot summer day.

Poured a clouded honey color ale with the Dupont signature monstrous billowy cap. Lively with natural carbonation, lots of little yeast "floaters" in this drink.

Wonderful aroma of spice, mustiness and some sweet fruits. Chewy-musty malts mingle with pear-apricot some berry tastes, attenuated hop citrus and spices..finish is long but dry with lots of berry tastes...all this with very little trace of sweetness, but without being sour or astringent. A well made ale. Still tops for summer sipping...

pootz, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of orsulacp
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a nice cloudy straw yellow with a creamy white head. The body showed very active carbonation. The aroma was mostly fruits, pear, some bannana and a general yeasty musty smell. The taste was fruity pears, oranges, with a nice crisp spicy bite. The mouthfeel was intitally creamy then the carbonation washes everything away. Overall very good, I had this as an after dinner beer but it would be better with a meal.

orsulacp, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2005

Pours a hazy straw, much like the color of a lemon candy, with a gigantic, foamy head. As it recedes, it leaves raised lacing along the glass. Smells candy-sweet with some grain and coriander. Big yeast aromas along with herbal hops. Taste is of fruity esters mixed with grain, spices, and yeast. Herbal hop flavors run throughout. There is a mixture of a sour twang and muddled bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly, yet it has a creaminess to it. Dry. Nearly ideal. Highly drinkable, and would be perfect if this had a little more funk character.

goochpunch, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison Dupont poured from a 375 ml. green glass bottle with a brewed into my tulip glass.

I might have overly vigorously poured this beer, the head reach a white height of over three inches of big bubbled, craggy goodness. Lively carbonation endlessly zinged up through the slightly cloudy, dull yellow liquid. Saison Dupont left intermittent rings of fine lacing around the glass. The beer's nose was of spices with fine touches of citrussy fruitiness. The beer's taste was light, summery, and citrussy, with hints of spices with a dry, almost crisp finish. This is a drinkable beer, that I enjoyed at a slightly cooler than cellar temperature. This is a beer for the summer months, with some nice cheese. Quite refreshing.

edmundfitzoil, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of jhu1995
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy, golden color with an enormous, fluffy white head. Loads of explosive carbonation rising to the surface. Smell was very earthy - spicy, peppery, and somewhat fruity. Taste followed suit with mild spiciness. Clean, crisp, and dry on the palate. Very easy to drink. Refreshing.

jhu1995, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, 2005 vintage.

Served in a Duvel tulip between fridge and cellar temperature, over the course of an hour. Paired with fresh salmon for dinner.

Appearance- Pours a straw colored, slightly hazed gold into my glass... the huge, full, pillowy, marshmallow-like crown is an absolute marvel and a joy to admire. It foams up beautifully to four fingers, then slowly deflates from the outside in... creating a soft, eloquent mountain of foam. Layers of lacing remind us of where this beer once lived. Outstanding, phenomenal.

Smell- Grassy and spicy at the same time, the aromas incorporate so much of what a great saison should exhibit. Pepper, cut grass, a squeeze of lemon, hay, aged hops that have dried enough to quell the lupulins... and the overall nose of farm country. Perfection for the style, based on my experience.

Taste- I love this beer because, in part, it is a dazzling, superb manifestation of the brilliant, complex nose... all of the spiciness, dryness, pepperiness, it's all there. Better, it is balanced beyond words. Crisp and refreshing, yet totally food friendly... I have paired this with burgers and seafood, and nothing beats it. The bone dry finish is the clincher that really does it for me, though... sharp as a razor, and as clean as it gets.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Crisp and fantastically effervescent... the tightly structured bubbles foam gently in the mouth and create an ocean swell of perfection. The light, unassuming weight in the mouth only improves the drinkability with or without a meal.

Without question, this beer deserves the highest scores in all categories... because improving anything here seems impossible to me. In a word, *perfect*.

yelterdow, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a wine glass from the 750mL Bottle.

This beer pours a staw colored gold with a frothy white head and decent retention and lacing. The smell is of belgian yeast and subtle citrus and grape aromas. The flavor also takes on these characteristics with the addition of some spiciness. Very nice mouthfeel, thick enough, nice bottle conditioning. Overall a highly drinkable saison, glad to find it at the greenville, sc whole foods.

MSchae1017, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a chalice style glass. The beer was slightly hazy, golden yellow color, with a huge head made up of incredibly small cells.

The smell was incredible, with grass and bubblegum (smelled a lot better than I make it sound). The flavor was fruity (mostly pear and peach) wiht bubblegum and a little hoppy and dry at the end. This is the first time I had it where it wasn't skunked. It was awesome.

Get this fresh if you can. It's a very good beer.

TurdFurgison, Jun 09, 2006
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
94 out of 100 based on 3,433 ratings.