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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
93
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3,354 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,354
Reviews: 1,452
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 186
Gots: 240 | FT: 10
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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 santoslhalper
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a golden yellow with huge, pillowy white head that leaves great lacing. Stunning to look at.

Smell: The smell is a very raw smell. The malts are pronounced, but they don't smell like modern malts. They have a very old world quality to them I really can't describe.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is yeasty and bready, with an odd amount of bitterness. It tastes very primitive, but I feel that's the beauty of it. This is a classic tasting beer. The balance is impeccable, and leads into a thin but creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a wonderful brew. I was lucky enought o enjoy many good Belgian beers tonight, and this one was one of the best. It has such a rustic feel to it that makes it wonderful. It's simple, it's solid, and it's a damn tasty beer.

santoslhalper, Mar 03, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle. I let this one stand outside the fridge for about 15 minutes, to take the cold off. When tasted, it's actually almost warm.

Pours a very pale yellow, with a slighly cloudy haze, a minor amount of carbonation in my gueuze tumbler adds to the haze. But overall, still fairly clear. The head on this is pretty massive, very white, with large bubbles on the glass and fine white bubbles in the middle. The head raised at least an inch above the top of the glass, but never threatened to fall over the side. Pretty. Pretty amazing, actually.

Aroma is dry, sharp, crisp, and slighly earthy/organic. Hops are there, some bright sour fruit (lime?). At first, not exactly pleasant to this American raised on sweets and salts. But after giving it some thought, it really is nice.

Flavor is dry, and the most prominant flavor is the sharp bite (sharp, slighly sour-bitter, and organic) at the end.

Mouthfeel moderate, as it should be for a dry style. Drinkability is lower than other scores because, to be honest, this is not a big drinking beer. I've tried a couple of times, and been glad to do so, and it is interesting, but not something I'm excited to drink frequently.

Dukeofearl, Mar 02, 2005
Photo of IceAce
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cork reads 2.004 and bottle shows a full finger of sediment at bottom.

Body is 12 carat gold with excellent clarity when yeasties remain undecanted. Full finger of fluffy white long-lasting foam peeks out the top of the tulip glass. Nose is sweet with bubblegum, alcohol esters, and a hint of barnyard funkiness.

Entry is positively riveting with zippy carbonation enveloping the tongue and the subtle effects of malt amd bubblegum dance happily within the mouth. Alcohol peeks through during midtaste, with the finish providing a fruity sweet tang complimented with crisp saaz hops. The dryness upon closure reminds this taster of sparkling wine.

Simply the gold standard for the Saison style.

IceAce, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of trancefishy
2.05/5  rDev -51%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

appearance is a nice light yellow, tons of carbonation, and a giant fluffy head.

aroma is a good yeasty breadiness, some citric and spicy notes as well.

taste is "oh my god what is wrong with this?". at first it's sweet, tasty, belgian goodness. not but a second or two after, there is this sharp, metallic, chalky taste. i'm not talking subtle, i'm talking "did a mouse piss in my beer glass when it was in the cupboard" kind of taste (it's actually clean..). I didn't pour any yeast into the glass. this is really a shame. it almost seems like it would or did taste good at some point.


to continue with the review, the carbonation is too heavy.

well, if i see this again, i will have to get it, because this must just be a bad bottle.

trancefishy, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy yellow-brown color with numerous streams of small, fast rising bubbles; these propel flakes of sediment in their journey from the bottom to the top of the glass, whereupon they descend, to repeat the cycle anew. The head is off-white, and of a moderate size, and retains superbly. There is an abundance of thick, broken lace.

Aroma: Musty, fruity aroma with accents of apple peel, lemon, and yeast.

Taste: Opens with rather sour malt notes, giving way to subtle undercurrents of light fruit sweetness and spices, finishes with a quite earthy bitterness. There is an herbal hop note that appears at the end of the taste, and lingers long afterward, only gradually fading away.

Mouth feel: Smooth and quite full, with light, soft carbonation, which plays across the tongue; the alcohol is surprisingly warming for its low content.

Drinkability/notes: Truly excellent, a beer to be savored.

Presentation: Packaged in an 11.2 ounce Euro-style longneck with a pop-top crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Feb 20, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very cloudy, yellow-orange color, with chunks of yeast floating throughout (though I was pretty careful when pouring).

Aroma: Highly spicy, notes of clove and anise. Earthy hop nose too, though someone faint.

Taste: Musty and quite earthy bitterness with lots of phenols. Plenty of dry, grassy hop flavor and bitterness. Slight fruitiness. Finishes tart and very very dry.

Body: Lots of carbonation, with a spritzy, effervescent mouthfeel.

A wonderfully hoppy Belgian ale with some nice complexity.

allengarvin, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of pjwilson
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't like this beer as much as i thought i would, this is my first saison which may mean i don't like the style that much as others are saying this the standard to which others are judged. The foam is just too much. There's great foamy beers like Piraat but this is just a step over the top. The carbonation seems to domintate all aspects of the taste. It's like champange but much more intense. I poured it into a wine glass and when the glass 1/3 full of beer the rest is complete foam which holds for minutes. So it took a good 6 or 7 pours to finish the bottle. Then you burp 100 times. For that matter the smell is not very pleasant. Now that said this is a pretty tasty, good beer. The taste itself is certainly the high lite. I would try it once to see if you like it.(since many do) It's just that there many better belgians(duvel or piraat, to name two that are similar in color) out there that cost the same. (6.99)

pjwilson, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of HogHill
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 edition of the 750.

Appearance: Like many Belgians, this one poured a hazy golden, more on the yellow end than orange.

Smell: The froth laden head carried an aroma of sweet fruit and light malts, hops are difficult to identify here.

Taste:It tastes tart like a saison should, there is a mild spice coupled with a citrus flavor and that farmhouse yeast flavor.


Mouthfeel: This beer is quite fizzy in the mouth, and a bit dry, but refreshing nonetheless.

One of the better beers that I have sampled in this style.

HogHill, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of gentlebubbles
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle-conditioned. 2004 on the cork.

Tumbling cumulus of pure white towers above brilliantly clear gold.

Brisk, cut-hay scent.

Barely sweet hints of orange and apricot with a bit of earthy funk that unfolds into herbal savour when taken with food (or at least it worked that way with tonight's chicken-chickpea dinner.) Sometimes I think I get a bit of black pepper.

Sharp carbonation that efficiently cleanses the palate.

Some resin in the finish that develops into a very dry orange-rind character.

It's hard to rate the drinkability, as I don't care for it on its own, but it make a wonderful companion to food. I'm a little disappointed that I'm not getting more out of it, aside from a strange certainty of quintessence.

gentlebubbles, Feb 04, 2005
Photo of gbontrag
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

57F.
Clean smelling -- fresh cut green honey dew, calendula, farm meadow in the morning.
I call froth like this 'beer meringue', most definitely. Goldenrod.
It's floral, fruity....carambola (starfruit) kiwi. Sticky, bitter....green banana. Saison grass, and dry finish. Quite wonderful and refreshing.

gbontrag, Jan 31, 2005
Photo of dgallina
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served a hazy and nearly opaque pale yellow color with a sturdy soapy white head and nearly endless lace. Smells of citrus and apples with a little bit of intermingled farmhouse funk. The flavors start with lots of citrus, but are quickly balanced by tart lemon peel and spice with a touch of yeasty funk. Finish is long and wonderfully dry. The carbonation is stupendous and helps make the beer particularly quenching; dry and light in the mouth. Excellent drinkability as well. Could easily have a few before noticing the empty glasses and headiness.

dgallina, Jan 19, 2005
Photo of putnam
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"2.004"
Yellow liquid, greyed by suspended particles. A thick white dish of foam on top.
Aromas of honey, butter, toast and cool minerals. Pepper, sunned grasses, split grains and curdled cream can also be gleaned from the aromas.
On the palate it posesses husky grip, supported by sharply defined fizz. Earthy perfumes continue to intermix with bold, ropy tannins. Floral Chenin Blanc fruits are joined by green tea flavors.
Long, lingering bitterness and abundant nectar.

putnam, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of Padron4KM
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml green bottle. Pours a cloudy, pale golden yellow color with a huge, frothy soapy head. Lively carbonation.
Froth slowly recedes and leaves lots of chunky, sticky lace in it’s wake.
Aroma is Yeasty, funky, soft cheese, a little sour note and a touch of fruity banana hiding way down deep.
Flavor is delicate, lemony and sweet and earthy with a long, lightly lemony bitter finish.

Padron4KM, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of inebrius
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A flaxen streaming liquid under layers of stiff foam radiates scents of the earth. A gift basket of aroma: lavender salts, forest honey, radish greens and apple butter packed in handfuls of fresh mown hay. My nose is all wet with puffy froth. Exceptionally balanced flavors reminiscent of that perfect after dinner salad of bitter greens, toasted sunflower seeds, farmer's cheese and dried cranberries in a light citrus vinaigrette.

When you've finished, use what's left of the head as a replacement for whipped cream on your fresh blackberries. I love it.

inebrius, Jan 13, 2005
Photo of SaucyJack
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Moan & Dove. I've loved Saison Dupont for years in the bottle and was thrilled to see it on the chalkboard at the pub. I wasn't disappointed, though I'd probably score the bottled version a bit higher.

The beer poured a little cloudy, in an enticing kind of way. It had that earthy, barnyard aroma that I expected, but it tasted just a bit sweeter than I remembered from the bottle. The hops were present but to the extent of the bottled version. There was a slight hint of oxidation, but overall, this is one of the best draft beers you're likely to find in this country. A definite winner, but better, I think, in the bottle.

SaucyJack, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of soper2000
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a long period of waiting I finally got my hands on a bottle. 2004 bottling.

The cork explodes off with aggression hinting at the intense carbonation that this bad boy contained. Pours a beautiful light orange with a huge fluffy head. Intense pepper notes dominate the nose. A background aroma of wet hay slowly fades in balancing well with the pepper before a slight smell of apples develop. Taste is clean and crisp with pepper, fruit, and hay. Very quenching. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. This is an excellent excellent beer. I will be returning.

soper2000, Jan 02, 2005
Photo of MrBen
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first taste of a Saison. I prefer the strong dark ales, tripels, and quadrupels from Belgium -- but this was a nice change of pace. Fine presenation in the caged/corked bottle. Color was nothing to write home about, and nose in the bottle wasn't too groundbreaking. However, taste and mouthfeel were very good. Crisp, refreshing, and with notes of citrus. A fairly drastic departure from my Belgian favorites. Saison Dupont is good for cleansing the palette, and I'll probably buy this one again.

MrBen, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy bright orange-yellow with a massive white head, stiff as whipped cream. (Cork shot across the room and it took several pours to fill the glass.) Aroma is strong and yeasty, an element of sweet grain with a pleasing sourness.

Taste is delicate and bready, more yeast and a sort of musty nature like an old farmhouse. Dry with some slight citrus tones, some white pepper, maybe coriander. Faint traces of lemongrass and honey, leaves a little acidity in the aftertaste. Tastes like summer.

Mouthfeel is thin but lively and sparkly with carbonation; drinkability is high. Probably not sweet enough for non-beer lovers but makes a very good champaigne substitute.

assurbanipaul, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of Southernbrew
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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 -9.6%
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 +18.9%
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 +1%
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 -1.9%
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 +4.1%
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 +1%
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
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,354 ratings.