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Ratings: 3,476
Reviews: 1,460
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 198
Gots: 274 | 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 KarlHungus
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a glowing golden-orange color. The head is a billowy four inches in height. It never fully recedes, and thick chunks of lacing stick to all sides of the glass. The aroma is of yeast, lemon, and citrus. The taste is very earthy, with citrus and lemons in the background. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, this is a very solid saison, and I will certainly have it again.

Photo of Illinick
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Extremely large, rocky white head that leaves tons of chunky lacing. Pale golden yellow with tons or rising carbonation.
S: Spiced pear, some tart apple, as well as earthy scents and a generic herbal smell.
T: Complex flavors of spiced fruit-pear and apple, some phenolic flavors, some earthy flavors and an herbal overtone. Dry grainy flavors as well and some champagne like flavors too. A light fresh tarness is found throughout.
MD: Mouthfilling and dry.
Overall: One of the best examples of the style. On par with Hennepin, but different in ways. If you like the style you'll love this one.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, pale straw color with a MASSIVE head and loads and loads of big bubbles. Extremely active beer.

Smells like champagne....phenolic, pears, yeast, banana, clove, coriander, other fruitiness.

Taste is tart, phenolic, hints of pear, melon, coriander, and other fruitiness, finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is light and extremely carbonated.

Very drinkable, considering the tastiness and easy abv%.

Photo of Matthew
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy pale golden color with a very nice fluffy white head with good lacing and great head retention.

Lots of yeast in the nose, earthy, slightly fruity, and some faint touches of alcohol and citrus.

Nice earthy flavors, grainy, slightly musty, dry yeast, and some warming alcohol in there as well. Very light hints of citrus, mainly lemon are present.

Nice crisp and fairly light mouthfeel with a nice level of carbonation for the style.

Probably the most drinkable saison I've had with the exception of hennepin, nice, crisp, complex, and flavorful.

Photo of Melchizedek
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale gold, with a big sticky head that holds onto the sides of the glass nicely.

Aroma is yeasty/phenolic with a distinct apple/pear fruitiness and a light spice. In the mouth, light and playfully carbonated with fruit flavors up front - some apricot comes into the mix as it warms - and a light grain texture with mild yeast, a light citric tartness and some final hop. Cleaner in the finish than the start.

I paired this with a Thanksgiving feast and have no regrets. Probably very versatile for pairing, and I was glad to have this as my introduction to the style.

Photo of Budlum
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring this saison proves quite the challenge as it is prone to produce large amounts of head very quickly. Head retention and lacing are excellent. The body is a very hazy, pale yellow with glowing orange shades.

The nose presents a fresh, yeasty, citrus aroma with a contrasting oak smell. The citrus aromas of orange peel and lemon zest are quite refreshing.

A quick burst of lemon zest precedes a tasty black pepper and coriander spice flavor. Almost immediately, a strong yeast presence dominates with powerful earthy and oak tones. Unfortunately, the unbalanced yeast presentation does not serve this saison as well as it could.

The mouth presence is very balanced in carbonation and spiciness on the tongue. The large amounts of yeast tend to deaden the palate after a 750 mL bottle.

Drinkability is pretty good. Flavor content is nice and this could be a nice session beer if it weren't for the overpowering oak flavors. Much better when served on tap.

Photo of clabaugh
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a lovely golden pewter, with a fine cascading effect. A voluptuous, pillowy head colored a snowy white accumulates on top. Displays excellent retention, with lacing that appears generously in opaque sheets.

Smell: Mildly yeasty, with a raw barnyard character. Rich and wheaty, imbued with subtle floral notes. Faintly grapey.

Taste: Toasty oat flavor with an earthy, yeasty character. Implications of fruit ripening on the vine; apple, pear provide some tartness. Some residual bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Exquisite sensations. Pleasingly creamy and sumptuous. Caresses the palate and the tongue as well as any beer I've had the privilege to imbibe.

Drinkability: Only adequate flavor, and fairly filling. Successfully hides the 6.5% ABV. Just lacking that "craveability" that is so elusive to describe.

Photo of vtfan77
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light amber with a gigantic, rocky white head that leaves big patches of lacing on the sides of the glass. Very nice looking beer.

S- A light maltiness is evident at first but is overpowered by the yeasty aromas. A bit of mustiness and lots of spiciness is evident, along with a bit of a banana fruitiness. Nice strong, Belgian aroma.

T- Taste is a lot like the smell, but pretty mild. A cracker-like maltiness is complemented by the peppery phenols and segues into a nice, crisp bitterness. A light sourness lingers on the finish as well.

M- Medium-thin on the mouthfeel, but well-carbonated and smooth.

D- The drinkability is very high. This is a nice quaffer, despite the somewhat high abv. This is only a 375 ml bottle, but I could have downed a 750 with ease.

I really liked this one. It's nice and crisp and would go well with any everyday cuisine (or just on its own, like I had it). Highly recommended, be sure to give this one a try.

Photo of tboom29
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This saison pours, like many, with a big, thick head that clings to the side of your glass. That is a good thing. The color was golden and rather cloudy.

The nose was full of spiciness and fruit. There was a slight hoppiness to it, and a little bit of malty biscuit in there as well.

The first thing I noticed was that this has a very dry finish, almost no aftertaste present. Lots of fruit and hops present in the front. Slight medicinal, though not unpleasant, coating leads to a medium mouthfeel. Lots of pepper and spiciness throughout, which is welcomed. This paired very nicely with an artichoke/prosciutto risotto. I'd recommend this to any saison fan.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tuscan gold with a stationary storm of fine yeast. Several frenetic streams of equally fine bubbles can be seen making their way up to a fantastic looking head of impressively rocky foam that is darker than ivory, yet lighter than beige. Meandering fingers of sticky sea foam lace complete the picture of an outstanding looking saison.

The nose is spicy and fruity and funky... and I can't stop smelling it. There's an impressive amount of white pepper spiciness emanating from the glass; so much so that I'd consider it to be the aroma's signature characteristic. Lemongrass and lemon peel contribute even more facets to an already multi-faceted nose.

Saison Dupont is more boldly flavored than anticipated and I like it more than I thought I would as a result. The other interesting thing that seems always to be present in quality beer is that the flavor profile changes so dramatically from the start of each mouthful to the finish. I love it when beer is not only complex, but when its complexity changes kaleidoscopically from the sip to the swallow.

Great mixture of malt and hops with the latter winning by a landslide. This is an amazingly hoppy, amazingly bitter beer with a finish that is almost parching in its aridity. If Saison Dupont was champagne, it'd be brut. The hops are lemon zesty and grassy and spicy and herbal and dee-licious. Why did it take me so long to discover this treasure of a beer?

I keep going back and forth on the mouthfeel. There's plenty of carbonation, but the bubbles seem a thing apart from the beer rather than being buried deep within it where they can provide silkiness and buoyancy. That probably borders on nitpickiness and doesn't hamper my enjoyment in the least.

Saison Dupont is one of the world's best-known and most-loved Belgian farmhouse ales. As far as I'm concerned, after draining this bottle in record time and loving every single drop, it deserves whatever accolades it has earned over the years. And then some.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml corked bottle

A-Beautiful golden straw body. Phenomenal white rocky head that lasted forever. Lively carbonation from bottom of glass. It truly looked like the epitome of what a great "text-book" beer should look like.

S-I love the earthy, grassy tones in beers and this one was not lacking. A wet hay and sweet Belgian yeast strain are predominant. It was very delicate with hints of floral softness.

T-Yeast was screaming in this. The spicy character of the strain matched well with the hop finish. This is definately a multi-layered beer that produced vastly different flavors with each sip.

M-Famously dry and refreshing.

D-Couldn't be beat on a hot day. The dryness may be a tad redundant to drink all night, but I surely would not complain.

Great beer for anyone, although I would still opt for Hennepin in this style category.

Photo of doppelmeup
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a 750 ml bottle into tulip glasses. We had this with some Thai food, and it was a perfect match for the meal.

This beer rivaled Duvel for it's magnificent pillowy head. Thick foam towered in the glass, marked by giant moon craters. Excellent lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Aromas typical of Belgian ales. Fruity, with hints of banana and cloves and the distinct Belgian yeastiness.

Flavor was excellent. Fruity and slightly sweet to start off, with a clean, crisp slightly bitter finish to cleanse the palate. It went exceptionally well with our dinner.

Light, refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall, an excellent beer and the best example of the style I have had, barely edging out Hennepin. A superb choice for a dinner companion, especially with Thai food.

Photo of Fugazme
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

2005 on cork


Gold/straw in color... slightly cloudy with large carbonation effects.

1/2" white head with some staying power.

Aroma is good with peppery-orange overtone... slightly skunky underneath... spicy, lemony, and barnyardy.

A touch harsh on the first swallow... peppery... lager-like at points.

Overall a very good beer.

Photo of bonbright7
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This saison poured well to golden cloud in my 50cl glass which brought out a big head, even with a slow tilted pour. I raised the glass for the flowing aromas of lemons, apples, and hops.


The first taste was very similar to other saisons I had poured before and the tart fruit flavors moved to the front. I liked the lightness of the style after having a Westmalle Dubbel in the same glass only minutes before.

I thought this would be good with grilled pork chops or a white meat hero.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 Fl oz. Green bottle>Tulip glass

AP: Pours an extremely active and bubbly Pale/straw golden color with a massive 4" tall head that is light, fluffy and frothy and displays good retention. There are some mighty fine sticky legs.

Nose: Wheaty, yeasty, oaty, slightly fruity with some olive hints.

Taste: A wheaty and yeasty dominated taste at first followed by a leafy, semi-bitter hop. The taste has some nice complexity for being so simple.

MF: Light and delicate feel, very active and packs a good bite going down...seems to dance on the palate with grace. The Mungo frothy head creates a smooth effect.

DA: Feels good, looks good, easy to drink and very tastey, easily one of my favorite brews for this style.

Photo of calinative68
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Idaho to try another Saison style, as I love Hennepin by Ommegang.
Pour is a golden color and a decent white head.
Smell is slight citrus with almost no hint of any alcohol.
Noticable carbonation. Crisp, mild and goes down easy with no aftertaste.l
Great drinkability, would be great in the summertime!
Recommended.

Photo of guinnessfan
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml green bottle poured into a hotel glass, I was on vacation and didn't bring a correct glass :(

A: Cloudy golden straw color with a 1 1/2 finger fluffy white head, good retention and lacing throughout the glass. Small chunks of yeast on the beer.

S: Slight old/musty citrus, but not in a bad way. Virtually no alcohol smell.

T: Sweetness reminds me of a hefe without the spice. I cannot taste any spice or pepper at all, like some have stated. Kind of like champagne, without the vinegar.

M: Refreshing, mild, bubbly with carbonation. No real aftertaste at all

D: Great drinkability, light, refreshing, slightly crisp makes this a nice summertime elixer.

I am new to Belgians, especially Farmhouses. I like the style so far, and I will be seeking other Farmhouses/Saisons for future endeavors. A very enjoyable ale.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer didn't pop its own cork. It required some coaxing. But it released itself with a satisfying pop!
It pours a hazy straw with a super foamy, white head. The smell of a saison can be noted from across the room, and Dupont is no exception. Crisp, sharp, acidic, fruity, wild yeasty smell. The taste is all that, but smooth. It tastes well aged and well rounded. A sweet beginning, with all the fruity yeast undertones you hope for in a Belgian. But then the acidic bite comes. But not too powerfully. It's still nice and drinkable. Nothing for anyone to be afraid of.

Photo of GooberMcNutly
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottled opened all by it’s self when the wire was loosened. That is how carbonated this saison is. No gushing though. Hard to pour more than 1/2 glass without filling the rest with head. Solid pure white head with permanant Belgian lace on the glass.

Less fruity flavors than I would have expected. More like a champaigne than a beer, with a clean, ultra dry finish.

Cloudy body with no traces of yeast in the bottom of the bottle.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I knew that this beer was an active one—releasing the cork’s bridle let the cork break free of the bottle.
Careful and slow removal of the cork kept the beer docile and withing the confines of the bottle.

It poured a translucent turbid straw color. Even though I handled the bottle carefully the act of pouring the beer dislodged the bottle conditioning yeast.

The zesty head burst forth with a thick almost meringue like straw white sculpture that endured to the point where I had to “trim” it with a spoon.

The nose was a mild waft of yeast and fruity hops.

Flavor burst on my palate with the same fruity and bitter hops note but minus the yeast. Perhaps this is the flavor profile of a Saison—alas I was unable to compare another Saison for comparison sake. I would have liked more “ingredients” to the flavor—maybe the yeast notes that I noticed in the aroma.

The beer’s flavor dissipated quickly almost with a linear drop to nothing.

The finish was clean.

The mouthfeel was cordial and the 6% alcohol content gives this beer a ready drinkability.

The label claims this beer style was crafted to be a refreshing summertime drink. Given the flavor profile I believe it. I’m certain it would make a delightful summertime diversion.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found this wonderful beer at Stumptown, a downtown Portland coffee bar(!) - on-tap(!!!). On a gorgeous late September afternoon, I felt like having one & paying homage to a strangely similar afternoon two weeks ago, sipping a Saison with friends at "La Caves Dupont" in Tourpes, Belgium.

A: Hazy golden honey color - glows in the sunlight. A fluffy one-finger+ snow white head, crowning near the rim of a small wine glass. Gorgeous lace.

S: MMM...wild yeast, bittering hops, lots of pepper and spice. Wheat and cloves, apple...even some bubblegum-sweet esters as it warms. A complex aroma, straight from the rich agricultural fields of the Hainaut region.

T: Initially, there's a soft sweetness of ripe melon and crisp, juicy apples and pears with that delicious rural yeastiness/maltiness. A zippy tang then kicks in, with pepper and spice, followed by a dry and lingering bitter hop finish. Simply delicious - the finish causes some salivation - may I have another sip? ANd another...and another...

M: Crisp carbonated mouthfeel and medium body. That dry finish clings right down the center of the tongue.

D: Perfect summer/fall beer...no wonder those French and Belgian field workers have enjoyed this so much over the centuries. An exceptional example of the style. Quenching and refreshing, this is one of THE saisons to try. Very highly recommended.

Some words of caution: when this beer is bottled in green glass, it MUST be kept in good conditions to avoid seriously nasty skunking. Fortunately, my most recent pour was on-tap, so it was in pristine condition. A few months ago, my wife and I split a bottle (or tried to...) of a Saison Dupont that was skunky to the point of undrinkability. Even at La Caves Dupont, the small pub directly across the street from the brewery, the saison began to get a skunky smell as it warmed in the sunshine while we enjoyed some on their back lawn. So beware and use extra care on this rather delicate beer! Enjoy!

Photo of dblinkhorn
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 375ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours an eggshell rough soapy head. Has good retention and it takes a while to recede to a layer of lace on top of the brew. Excellent lacing on the way down...there are literally chunks of head stuck to the side of my glass.The beer is a pale straw yellow with a touch of orange. There is some debris from the yeast conditioning and naturally the beer is a bit hazy from this.

Smell - Pear, apple, and some plantain notes are present as the fruit characteristic. Prominent clove spiciness is present. A deep and rich, but subdued, raw malt character sets the foundation of the smell. Some dry floral/fruity hops is present. Little alcohol presence.

Taste - This stuff basically tastes exactly as it smells. The presence of banana reminds me a lot of some of the lighter German wheat beers. The fruitiness is of light summer fruits, as opposed to the darker ripened fruits of a dark ale. The clove spices come through more powerfully on the tongue than in the nose. Again there is a nice fruity/floral hop character that is tied with a raw but rich malt character. It has a small alcohol burn throughout the taste. The finish has moderate earthiness with some malt and fruits lingering.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, but on the lighter side of that classification. Has a high level of carbonation, but it goes well with this style. Decent smoothness, but nothing to write home about.

Drinkability - Excellent lightness of flavors, good carbonation. I could easily drink a couple more of these babies.

A great farmhouse ale. I am really loving the apple and bear flavor with a nice clove accent on it. The malt character works to balance this well. Definitely a high-quality saison here. A must have.

Photo of jtell
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really tasty beer. Appearance is a hazy straw color that pours a real nice head. Head sticks around as well. Smell is really different. Yeasty and sort of musty. Taste is the same. Very unique, refreshing and really difficult to put a finger on. Mouthfeel is rich and carbonated. Drinkability is very good. The alcohol is low and the flavors are so unique that you keep going back for more. I would highly recommend this. They also make an organic version that is good.

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

A fluffy, egg-white head rose atop a cloudy golden body as I poured this into a wine goblet. There was a lot for my nose to decipher: grapefruit, black pepper and yeast were the most apparent aromas coming from this complex brew.

The taste started sweet and fruity — with an almost banana-like quality you expect in a hefe. It gave way to a citric grapefruit sensation in the middle and finished spicy and peppery.

I discovered this light-bodied, nicely carbonated brew toward the end of our (too short) summer, and I'm looking forward to sipping it on a few hot days next year.

Photo of zjungleist
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly cloudy yellow with a great frothy white head. The smell is citrusy with a musty sweetness. The taste was a little off balance. I would say this is a bit on the hoppy side for a saison, and the yeasty, basement-like flavors were a bit overpowering as well. I got hints of other complexities, perhaps some bitter apples and sour oranges, but the hop/yeast flavors pushed them aside. Mouthfeel was light with champagn bubbles. Overall, not my favorite, but a fair example of the style.

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,476 ratings.