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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-26-2002)
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Photo of Southernbrew
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first experience with a Saison, have been meaning to try this one for a while.

Pours a lovely color I would describe as peachy. Head is quite big and it actually took a while for me to pour the beer.

Aroma is new to me. I had heard people talk about "horsey" aromas and now I understand what that means. Some pleasant lemony notes blended in as well.

Big carbonation is the name of the game with this and combines with a potent spiciness with hops. Becomes dry midway through and sweet fruit flavor begin to appear. Midway through the bottle it becomes smoother and dare I say creamy.

A sheer pleasure to drink. My first experience and certainly not my last. Delicious in the winter and my guess is even better in the spring or summer.

Southernbrew, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of Citadel82
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good summer beer. Not bad in the winter either. Pair it with spicy asian food.

Serving was a 750 ml bottle.

Poured a hazy pale gold with a monster of a head that withdrew fairly quickly leaving scattered clumps of lace.

Smell was cloves,apples and floral notes.

Taste was spicy and fruity with hints of green apples and some hints of fresh bread dough,

Mouthfeel was full bodied with fine carbonation.

Very drinkable, I suspect it is an even better brew with food.

Citadel82, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of horndecker
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite things about this brew is that there seem to be slight variations from bottle to bottle, all of them good. Of course this could be my imagination and what I had for dinner that night, but still....

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle, a classic label, a huge unruly pillowy off white head gets all rocky and lasts forever. Cloudy golden hue with a spinning flume of carbonation up the center.

The first whiff is funky old socks mixed with that orange poked with a few dozen cloves that makes your closet smell nice. Spice and citrus follows. As does farmyard funk.

The taste is citric, oranges, malt, spice, then a bitterness, herbal and satisfying. Occasionally a little smoky, just a hint.

Lovely stuff.

Drinkable, yes.

horndecker, Dec 18, 2004
Photo of Crotor
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours cloudy, effervescent, and golden into my tulip glass. The dense head lingers with delightful lacing.

The beer has an excellent, spicy (think pepper) hop nose - almost pilsnerish (saaz?) There are also hints of fruit and phenols in the aroma.

In the mouth there's plenty of mobile, crisp, light malt. The mouthfeel is prickly and effervescent. I'm surprised by how big the hops are - didn't expect that, though this is my first venture into saisons. Much like the aroma, the taste is spicy and crisp - supremely enjoyable and interesting. Like a Belgian strong pale ale (think Duvel) only spicier and earthier. You can just tell while drinking this that this is an historic beverage.

This is and amazingly light, pleasant, and drinkable ale for the size. If this is indicative of the style, saison may soon become one of my favorite styles.

Crotor, Dec 14, 2004
Photo of BeerManDan
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When pouring this Saison from Dupont, the color was of a hazy golden brown in color with a medium about of foam and nice lace on the side of the glass. The smell of citrus with spritz filled the nose. The taste was of a zesty fruit (apple) nature. The simi-dry finish with the zest give this a well balance taste on the palate!

BeerManDan, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This came in a 750ml bottle. Pours out a clear yellow with a lot of bubbles rushing up from the bottom of the glass. A fluffy white head erupts from the pour to peak over the top of the glass but luckily not on to the floor. The head maintained for most of the session leaving fluffy rings of lace around the glass. Aroma was filled with a doughy malt, yeast and a funkiness. There were also notes of sweet fruit and a bit of spiciness. The taste was quite malty with a spicy backdrop. Notes of biscuity malt and sweet fruit were intermingling. The taste ends on an earthy bitter dry note. Mouthfeel was light to medium with a very well carbonated feel to it. Drinkability is great it is very crisp and enjoyable with a complex flavor. This has definitely peaked my interest in the style, good stuff.

meathookjones, Dec 08, 2004
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very nice, although I thought the Foret was a little better. This one is more delicate, and a bit more subtle. Nonetheless, this is a wonderful beer (and goes great with food). Nice foamy head, which continues to coat the beer and glass all the way to the finish. Great balance, perfect with appetizers.

JohnnyDuvel, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of Troyone
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in a 12.7 oz. bottle, after removing the cage I stepped away to throw it in the trash. I heard a pop and bang the cork blew off and hit the cieling, do not even know where it is. Pours with a huge 4 or 5 inch head the color is similar to a hazy apple juice color with lots of carbonation action. Bit into the froth several times to consume the magically disappearing (once in mouth) cotton candy with the taste of sweet wheat beer.
The smell is not significant with a hint of sweet wheat beer.
The taste has great signs of wheat and sweetness of wheat mixed with an even carbonation.
Mouthfeel is comfortable not too syrupy with an even carbonation throughout to the limited aftertaste.
The drinkability is good maybe not a session beer but a good changeup and refresher.

Troyone, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged, cork denotes 2003.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big pillowy 2" slightly off-white head above the golden brew. Furious effervescence makes head sno-cone above the sides of the glass soon after pouring. Head lasts FOREVER, laces excellently with heavy foam, and aroma has the slight funk going on, but somewhat nondescript. Taste is of pale malt, with spices kicking it up soon after, and throughout the rest of the taste experience. Mouthfeel is extra smooth and drinkability excellent. Check it out if hops are your thing.

ppoitras, Nov 27, 2004
Photo of ZAP
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apricot clored....hazy....fizzy, frothy 1/2 inch egg white head...nose is musty but sweet....tight carbonation...fizzy almost, but creamy at the same time...body is medium light...taste is earthy...sweet fruity notes at first but very dry on the finish...Should have saved this for Thanksgiving...it would have paired nicely with the meal...

Very enjoyable...justt kind of hard to describe the flavor and aroma...tfour words...musty...earthy...fruity..enjoyable..

ZAP, Nov 25, 2004
Photo of Beersignal
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely one of my top 10 brews, especially lately. Saison Dupont is, in my opinion, the standard by which other saisons should be judged.

The beer pours out a beautiful slightly cloudy golden yellow tinged with apricot. The monstrous, rocky, snow white head seems to challenge the effects of time and easily lasts until the very last sip, leaving hefty clumps of foam sticking to the sides of the glass.

This sample might have been a bit to cool initially but some warming allowed the yeastiness and peppery spiciness to express themselves through a veil of earthy hop resins. Very enticing. I take my first sip.

A fine bead ushers in this medium bodied but firmly textured and drying beer. Up front, notes of malt and peppery mint saunter by and are followed by hints of pears and bananas. Quickly they are dominated by a solid earthy and leafy bitterness that reminds one of autum (that's why I seem to enjoy this so much at this time of year). A long and elegant aftertaste lingers 'til the next sip and you discover what a superb beer this is all over again.

Thank god the SAQ still has some bottles of this on their shelves. At $6 a magnum, it's probably the best beer deal going these days, and with the SAQ strike going on now I better enjoy this one fully... it might be awhile before I get another bottle.

Beersignal, Nov 23, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a slightly hazy yellow beer with a big head.

The aroma was sweet and fruity (apples and pears) with a hint of hoppiness.

The taste was slightly sweet, not as sweet as the aroma would lead one to believe. There was some fruitiness, also apples and pears. It was somewhat hoppy, with herbal tones, and was quite fizzy.

This was a pleasant beer to try, and the only one of this style I have been able to find. I was satisfied.

connecticutpoet, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of skybluewater
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky golden color, with yeast floating in it. There's a huge head that lasts forever and leaves quite a bit of lace. Smells quite funky, with a fresh Belgian ale scent. Tastes rather like a Duvel, but not as "full" a mouthfeel, with more spice (pepper). It's also a bit sour, which is actually nice.

Overall, this is a darn good beer, although it might be better for the warmer months. The only drawback is the price: $5 for a 12.7 oz bottle!

skybluewater, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of carln26
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer presented a hazy golden color with a thick dense head fed by champagne bubbles. Frothy, snowy lace left on the glass. An aroma of malty roasted grains balanced by fruit, hints of apples. The smell of this beer reminds me of a wonderful brewing process. Medium malt character up front with a mild hop finish. A distinct sourness comes late (after a few minutes. Fresh, light mouth feel, very drinkable.

carln26, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at the Ginger man, one of my all time favorites a treat on draft. Poured cloudy light orange with a well developed puffy head, dissolving slowly to a tiny bubble film . This one leaves a ton of lacing. Nose is a load of spice, pepper mostly, also yeast, musty, and earth. Medium bodied and a fair amount of prickly carbonation noted. Flavors of cracked pepper, yeast, earth. Tart in the finish, fresh and crisp. great stuff.

Billolick, Oct 23, 2004
Photo of Skidz
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out pale yellow and sits light gold in the glass with a big fluffy white head with some yeast sediment in the glass.

Smells sweet and malty with pairing of orange zest and lemon. Dry and yeast body with some spicy hop undertones.

Taste is bitter and dry up front but moves into a light fruity sweetness. Alcohol blends into the sweets and warms the back of the mouth. Finishes bitter with some extended malty sweetness and lingering spiciness.

Medium body with strong and full carbonation. Well bittereed and dry.

As it was, it made for a good summer celebration beer, but is good for consuming anytime.

Skidz, Oct 22, 2004
Photo of filabrazilia
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden with an unbelievably cumulus-like head that lingers like an impending storm front. I cannot get over the size of this head.

This smells like a classic Saison--fruity sweet, spicy and chock full of aromatic delight. There is a hint of alcohol in the nose that balances out the aroma nicely.

The flavor is wonderful. There are hints of citrus, pepper and alcohol that blend together completely. This is what I expect when I drink a Saison.

The mouthfeel is robust yet mellow, complex yet simple. This is a mid-bodied beer that is easily drinkable after a warm summer day. However, it is complex enough to be consumed as a semi-winter warmer.

This was a very good beer. We don't have enough opportunity to enjoy this style of beer. Saison Dupont is a great example of the style. I wish all beers were this good.

filabrazilia, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy hell. This one pours a fluffy white, with just a little bit of hazy peachy-orange color underneath to show there is beer in there, not just head. Seriously, there is about 4 fingers of head, and its not going anywhere. The nose is nice and zesty lemon with a great fruity sweetness in there as well. I have to let this sit to see if I can get the head to go down, or I will have foam all up in my moustache. The flavor is really nice. There is a tartness that carries through the entire beer, but there is also a nice citrusy sweetness in there too. Very nice. The beer is moderately thick, not too heavy for the flavor. A good balance. I can see why people like this beer. Its not my favorite style, but I can only have one favorite now can't I...I could kick back with a bottle of this again, easily.

kmpitz2, Oct 06, 2004
Photo of jvajda
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Enormous fluffy head and peach like body. Almost fuzzy looking.
Smell: Fresh lemon and grassiness.
Taste:Fresh and light start then big malty body and carbonation. Sweet and full body Finish is buttery smooth with a slight bitterness, This is a very refreshing beer. Very light dryness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Buttery smooth.
Drinkability: Highly drinkable, great beer.

jvajda, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of Crosling
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden.

Nose of spices, banana peel, tangerine, orange, spices, bready malt and herbs.

Pleasant, great for the style flavor profile, with notes of banana bread, bready malts, light fruits (green apples), a bit of tartness and perhaps some spicing, coriander if I am not mistaken.

Lovely.

Crosling, Sep 30, 2004
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"2.003" says the cork. On the pour, a head of pure white rushes up to fill half the goblet. Beer is the color of bronzed honey with highlights of pure gold; highly translucent and full of lilting carbonation. A swirl of the glass leaves slothful lace oozing back towards the surface of the liquid. Quite a looker, until later in the bottle... when I start getting loads of sediment, no matter how gentle the pour. Crisp, hoppy aromas of new-mown grass with grated lemon zest and pickled ginger; soft, rice wafery maltiness. Nosefeel is almost too light to be considered "floral." Flavors are neatly balanced, everything drenched in coolness: lemon juice wetnesses give way to an assertive, spicy body of white pepper, coriander, ginger; nectarine-pit bitterness; vigorously dry, hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is wet--wetter than water--on the tongue, but somehow finishes warm, bitter, and refreshing. Good drinkability overall, but I was beginning to feel some palate fatigue after 750ml of the stuff. Delicacy is absolutely the focus of this brew. I preferred this when I had it on tap, but this sample simply reinforced my notion that this is the archetype for the style. This paired very nicely indeed with orange-glazed salmon and asparagus frittata.

NearerMyBeerToMe, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of frazbri
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy straw gold with a billowing white head. The initial aroma was skunked, but that quickly dissapated. The mouthfeel was bright and light. Flavor of lemon zest and citrus finished with oak and a little alcohol warmth.

I was a little worried about the condition of this beer when I pulled the cork. That skunk smell hit, but fortunately didn't last. While Saison Dupont did not fully meet my expectations, it is a very fine beer. I will revisit this beer in the future.

frazbri, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A classic, a must try, but nothing exceptional. A lot of foam from aggressive conditioning, pouring out over table and taking several moments to calm down. Refreshing in summer, easy drink but not bold rather very grassy. Some coriander and cloves spice and apple honey. Ranked down a bit in another bottle of 10 months later, bit more barnyard did not affect it, rather found it only above average brew.

Sammy, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great opportunity to try this one on tap at The Drafting Room in Springhouse PA.

Hazy orange, cloudy hued taunt tight halo head ring into a basic tulip glass.

Light mellow blends of oranges, apples, bananas and a bit of cloves, followed by a bit of bready indiscernable yeast.

Delicate balance of fruity blends that touch upon bananas, cherries, lemons, oranges, sweet and zero aftertaste. Complex & delightful.

Crisp and medium full bodoed.

Last swigs: Warmed up, esters and spices show up more-so. From what folks say, this is a rare treat on draught, and even better in bottles. Quite a complex tongue taster.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Aug 24, 2004
Photo of necoadam
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked date was 2003 so this was kinda young. But still tasted oh so good. Poured out a bright orange/deep gold color with a nice amount of head that lasted all the way through. Smell consisted of a variety of items. Spicies, hay-like aromas, and some fruits in the backround as well, but the fruit was quite strong. Taste was quite flavorful. Lots of citrus notes in this beer with some spiciness in the backround. Yeast and some slight hops show up at the end with a tart-like finish that lasts into the aftertaste. Quite nice. Nothing was overwhelming which was nice to see. Mouthfeel was on the border of light-medium. Perhaps I should buy a bottle and age it to see what differences will show up. Pick this up for sure.

necoadam, Aug 18, 2004
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,285 ratings.