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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 3,507
Reviews: 1,468
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 201
Gots: 297 | 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 gueuzeonhigh
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
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
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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
3.68/5  rDev -12%
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.

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

Pours a hazy golden, cloudy with sediment, with a fluffy yellowish head that laces well. Smells somewhat musty, with some sourness and spiciness. Taste was much hoppier than expected, with lots of grapefruit and orange peel. Mouthfeel was quite dry, refreshing, with a barely noticeable high ABV. This is definitely a summer beer as any Saison should be.

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

This pours a hazy, almost opaque yellow color, with a 1/2 inch white head and substantial lacing on the glass. The smell is tart and lemony. The taste has a smooth yeasty component, as well as a lemony flavor with a hint of green apple tartness and a nice hop bite at the end. The flavors blend effortlessly. The mouthfeel is appropriately light. This beer is very easy to drink, especially in hot weather. A classic example of the style.

Photo of Cresant
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this undated 375 ml green bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. On the cork was printed - 2005.

Crisp white head was four fingers tall. Body was the color of grapefruit juice. Cloudy from yeast. Lacey. Cap of foam lasted throughout the drink.

I got a whiff of Sprite when I uncorked this bottle. Aroma was floral and perfumey (in a good way). Mildly earthy smell presented later.

Straight from the beer refrigerator the taste was tart. Sweetness intertwined with the pleasant tartness. Apple cider. The beer almost doesn't warm because I was drinking it so quickly. Fast because of the interesting and complex flavors and because it was so tasty and quenching. Hops asserted themselves somewhat when it did warm. Grapefruit pith hints in the long tangy finish.

Mouthfeel was zesty, mouthfilling, yet only moderately carbonated.

Very enjoyable beer. Very drinkable and interesting. I am becoming a big fan of saisons.

Photo of kimcgolf
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer reminded me an awful lot of Duvel, but niot quite as good. Poured to a highly carbonated golden yellow, with thick pilowy white head that lasted the entire beer, and left excellent lacing. Aroma was floral with hints of grass and citrus. Flavor was a very good hodge-podge of many flavors..floral, grassy, some fruit, hint of spice and yeast. Left a very good, smooth finish. Not necessarily my favorite style, but this was a damn good beer.

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 375ml.

A big pop makes me think this one is gonna be a foam over but the foam stops at the bottle mouth. After about 5 minutes I pour this into my faithful Duvel tulip which reveals a 2+" head and very hazy yellow with somewhat of a brown tint. Fragrance is very floral with some sweetness that resembles
a light strawberry. Taste is a bit metallic and as others have said a tart apple is detectable. Mouthfeel is a bit dry with no carbonation which was expected with the head and the carbonation bubbles lacing the glass. Great
offering which could go with many food combinations.

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

It pours a golden yellow, hazy, bright, and very carbonated. Three fingers of tight, voluminous white head swell and sustain close to interminably. Splatters of lacing flip the inside of the glass.

The aroma is at once sweet, fruity, and slightly funky, with wheat, tart esters of apple, banana, and a candy sugar touch. Clove spice winds throughout along with a noble hop pepperiness.

Upon tasting, the sweet grain tart and fruity, with green apple, some sugar, and a a slight grassy note. The yeast pushes further with a slightly sour dough aura, and more pepper comes about via the hops. An overseeing crispness dries out whatever remains of any sweetness, and an earthy bitterness lingers lightly in the finish. It is a crisp, refreshing, stylistic classic that is very satisfying.

A bit north of light bodied, the carbonation joins the grain and peppery hops to leave a fine memory, if one that's a touch fleeting.

This isn't the first saison I've had, and not my favorite, but I am more than willing to give a hearty nod to one of the paradigms of its style. The crisp, dry refreshing nature is very notable, but for some reason what appears a reasonable ABV seems to pack more of a wallop than I expected. Perhaps because it goes down as smoothly as it does, but still, that's a warrantable quality. The bottom line here is, sometimes tradition is all that, and this beer is one of those times.

Photo of BDTyre
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I'm sure this probably look pretty good, if I ever got to see the beer. The head sure is nice, thick and fluffy. But how am I supposed to drink a beer when most of my mug fills with foam?

Decenet spicy, saison smell. Malts, candy sugar. Traces of cloves. Quite zesty, with a bit of banana and other fruits in it. But faint...I think all the foam is dampening the smell?

Great flavour. Spicy malts with hop bitterness. Cloves, cinammon, candy sugar. Slightly sour.

Good mouthfeel. Right carbonation. Very drinkable, a true sipper.

Photo of nkurz129
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my second saison, first foreign, and I must say that I am a fan of the style. Pours very similar to a wheat beer with a lot of head, had to be careful of the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The smell was that of fruit and yeast, although whereas a wheat has a very distinct banana or citrus aroma, this was notably grape-like. The taste had little to no malt characteristics to it, and there was an unusual strong (but not overwhelming) level of carbonation. The taste was tart, not bitter, almost champagne-like.

Photo of beermanbrian
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 ml corked bottle - 2005 on the cork.

Golden color with a huge creamy white head. The head just won't give up, it sticks around forever. When it finally does fall a little it leaves mountains and craters of sticky foam behind. For a pale beer, this looks incredibly appealing. Smell is peppery yeast. Taste like the smell with a pepper bite up front. There is some bready malt taste but no sweetness at all. Very dry and smokey. Finishes with a spicey aftertaste and some bitterness. There is just a touch of fruityness between the intitial pepper and the finishing dryness. This one is proof that a light colored beer dosn't have to lack taste. This one is full of complexity and enjoyable to drink. Thanks to maltygoodness for throwing this one in a trade.

Photo of martymoat
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured in a large snifter, pours a light cloudy copper, massive amounts of thick bubbly head, good head retention, settles out nicely and holds well except for a spot or to that can see through.

S: sweet smelling followed by a pepper hint, pilsner is what comes to mind

T: great sweet taste upfront with some subtle spicy notes, and good presence of bittering hop

M: mouth is bitter, with a slight tingling sensation at back of tongue, and a distinct yeast like after taste

D: tasty

Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe the epidome of the style. A terrific beer--hands down. From the onset of a magical deep yellow glow with stark-white head retention, incredible rocky head retention, sprikled with peppery spices, and continuous lacing. Sweet and tart aromas with soft pilsner malts, yeast, bread, fruits, and hop spiciness. Tastes richly of sweet bready / fruity malts that bring out pears, berries, apples, and appricots. Spicy with peppery hops, bitterness, alcohol, and tartness. Smooth and light on the palate with a soft dry finish. Very clean with slight tart aftertaste. Mildly acidic and vineous throughout. One of the best beers out there.

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

Poured into a little Saison DuPont glass (didn't even look like a beerglass, I dunno what to call it). Appearance was a hazy yellow-gold, almost completely opaque, with a fantastic frothy head that diminished into a nice ring after a few sips. Lacing was pretty nice as well.

The aroma was sweet and sour, like apple cider and yeast.

The flavor was incredibly complex! I'm not normally into the really yeasty brews, but this one was an exception for me. There were flavors of peach and pear and apple cider, yeasty Belgianness (or Belgian yeastiness, whichever you like), black pepper, and a bit of clovey spice. Definitely a pretty tangy brew.

The beer left only a SLIGHTLY dry mouthfeel, and I could slightly taste the alcohol, but not too much. It's an excellent sipping beer. I had it right after a big ol' imperial pint glass of Sea Hag IPA, and the contrast was wonderful. It was like having a liqueur at the end of a meal. It cut through the hop bitterness of the IPA to leave a refreshing cidery aftertaste, though I'm not sure if I would have wanted another glass. I wouldn't PERSONALLY have it as a session beer, but I'd say it's the perfect after-beer.

$6 a glass

Photo of Byeast
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is a green, corked and caged 750ml.

Appearance: After opening with a loud pop , the beer poured a slightly hazy , brilliant , darker gold , with a rocky and foamy white layer of head that lasted.

Smell: Some fruity esters (pear) , yeast , earth , slight herb.

Taste: Fruity at first , bit of pear and sweet yellow fruit , a slight tartness , powdery yeast , some soft grainy malt , and some spicy phenols.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth , crisp and clean in the finish.

Drinkability: Very tasty and refreshing. Definatly worth a try. Super drinkable and thirst quenching. Light , but with loads of unique , delicate qualities.

Photo of cproioi
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy fizzy yellow body with a white head that stood up with Belgian style lacing. The beer had a lovely yeasty aroma that was paired up with spicey notes that followed closely. The taste was largely of yeast and spices, but it also had hints of malts and a low balancing hops oil was presence. The medium-thin body had lively carbonated feel on the tounge and a refreshing crisp dry finish. This beer went down way too easily and left me wanting more of this style.

Photo of elricorico
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-orange, and it seems no matter what I do, it generates an enormous white head that climbs up and out of the glass. Would look good if I didn't have to fight with overflow each time I had a bottle.

The smell is full of citrus fruit tartness, and has a strong base of yeast to it. Pepper is apparant as well, and the overall effect is nice.

Taste runs from citrus to pepper quickly, with a touch of spicy alcohol and earthy flavour to the finish. The effect is fruity and light on the pallate, but not boring.

The body of this beer is quite light, and I wonder if all the carbonation burned itself out generating the giant head, as it comes off just a touch flat. Not bad, but not very exciting.

A tasty and easy to drink beer. Not one that breaks into my favorites, but not something I'd turn down if offered.

Photo of stephendr
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold color – white thin head – harsh sour green apple, ginger - sour green apples, yeast dry chalk – light body – aftertaste slightly bitter, dry Gold color – white thin head – harsh sour green apple, ginger - sour green apples, yeast dry chalk – light body – aftertaste slightly bitter, dry

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

Cork top that really pops off, but beer remains calm. Bready Belgian vapors leave the bottle.

Really impressive head, big and foamy. Lots of chunky sediment, so beware. Khaki colored and lightly hazy. Carbonation is light.

Their yeast makes the beer smell (and taste) very unique. Fresh baked bread, horseradish, and white wine.

Taste and smell are very similar. Noticably hoppy, mildly sweet and biting, and very refreshing. Great in a glass you can really stick your nose into.

One of my favorite Belgian beers out there. Never too thick or sweet, and very enjoyable. Pairs great with food; I ate mine with Thai food and it was the perfect match. I like this beer served right at cellar temp. Cheers!

Photo of jettjon
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caged cork “pops” out announcing the pour from this 750ml bottle. Lemon nose is immediately evident upon uncorking. Into the cervoise, the huge, Champaign-like head overwhelms the pour, taking up 75% of the glass. The head is fed by a feverishly bubbling yellow-translucent pour. The head sticks around for a ridiculous amount of time and leaves huge chunks of foam and lacing behind. Be very careful on the pour or you’ll be waiting a long time to enjoy! Nose is powerful, no need to sniff around here. Lemon-rind citrus wafts up from the glass. Get down in there and you’ll smell coriander and yeast, making for a delightful, light nose, promising a fine light bodied beer. One of the best smelling beers I’ve encountered, and probably the best on a light bodied beer. Taste does not disappoint. Spicey coriander balanced against a minty flavor, then a rush of bitter on the finish, which fades away, leaving a clean mouth. Watery, highly carbonated, yet smooth mouthfeel, enjoyable. Drinkability is outstanding: great smell, great taste, goes down easy. The only down side is that it is really overly carbonated, so let it settle.

Overall: My second exposure to the Saison style, I was hugely impressed. Comparable to a great tripel or white ale. Highly recommended.

Photo of gonzo138
3.27/5  rDev -21.8%
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

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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