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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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93
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1,513 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,513
Hads: 3,789
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 236
Gots: 419 | FT: 12
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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 hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No weak spot on this beer (just leave a sediment in the bottle and don't pour it in the glass). It reminded me of witbier (colour), Belgian pale ales, tripels and even Orval and gueuze. Refreshing and light, yet full of taste. Citrusy, mild funky, grassy... (257 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The iconic Saison Dupont pours hazy gold under a 2” persistent white foam cap that provides intricate lace. A light fruit, pineapple nose combines with light bread aromas and a trace of well ripened fruit. It starts crisp and dry on the plate with a trace of fruit – primarily orange – that becomes more prominent as it warms seasoned with spice and a hint of sweetness over biscuity malt. A moderate hop accent brings it together on the finish. It has medium to medium high carbonation and a refreshing, medium body. If you get a good one, the large green 75 cl bottles are better the brown 33 cl ones but about one in 4 of the larger bottles is skunky. (661 characters)

Photo of IKR
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden-yellow with a generous white head that slowly subsided. Good looking beer.

Smell: Hay/grassy notes, mild barnyard funk, and mild fruity notes.

Taste: Mild nondescript fruit notes, mild grassy/hay notes, and mild funk notes. The beer finishes dry with the grassy/hay notes.

Mouth-feel: Light-bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. true to the style.

Overall: Prototypical Saison. Classic taste with a light body and dry finish. (475 characters)

Photo of Richardp
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: golden pale amber, with large fluffy head that dissipates to leave a lot of lacing, hint of cloudiness

Smell: Bread, honey, water cracker, with a hint of lemon

Taste: Crisp and maybe a little too dry, good blend of bread and malt

Feel: A little thin on the palate, dry and slightly fury on the finish.

Overall: Started out good, but there's a dry flavour that s a bit too bold. Still very good, and drinkable. (421 characters)

Photo of FFreak
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into tall tulip glass. A slightly hazy pale yellow with some reddish tones, four finger pure white head that mostly persists but slowly dissipates leaving tons of lacing, champagne-like bubbles. Aroma is of yeast, bread, crackers, and just a hint of citrus (lemon). Taste is of bread and crackers, yeast, some citrus, and eventually some spice. Mouth is clean and dry, super refreshing. Overall, a classic saison and a perfect thirst quencher. (455 characters)

Photo of john0721
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a goblet. Color: yellow Thick rocky white head. Slightly skunky, probably complements of the green bottle. Flavor: well balanced sweetness and hoppiness, some pepper like spiciness, with a nice dry finish. (231 characters)

Photo of denver10
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours dirty golden yellow with a white head. Cloudy, definitely unfiltered. Aroma is rustic graininess and peppery with some grassy hops thrown in. Flavor follows suit. Mouthfeel is thin, crisp, an quite dry. Overall, fantastic saison. Definitely a leading example of the style. Worth all its hype.

I rate this a 4.65 (319 characters)

Photo of ctjoumas
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Slightly cloudy light golden color. Smell is of bananas and citrus. Taste has banana/hefeweizen notes with a clean finish. Enjoyable refreshing beer but nothing special. (169 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12.7 oz bottle (green glass? seriously?), poured into a tulip at approximately 45 degrees F.

A: Pours a hazy pale straw gold, with an immense two-fists-of-fingers billowy white head. Little bits of oddness drift through the brew, eventually settling on the glass somewhere like tiny freckles. Columns of bubbles rush from the bottom of the glass as though it were an aquifer running through a volcanic vent zone. Lacing would be considered, as I believe the term goes these days, "cray-cray".

S: The nose has some barnyard-style funk to it, complete with a mix of fresh grass and floral scents. There's some breadiness in the aroma as well.

T: This tastes much like it smells, opening with a mixture of light biscuit and funk, before shading into an overgrown meadow filled with grass and wildflowers. Tones of faint citrus and pollen make themselves known through the middle. The finish is quite dry, and leaves a lingering bitterness along side some slight black pepper presence. I get not much fruit character, nor much tartness - I am, however, sensitive to hop flavors, so it is possible any such notes are obscured by the grass and floral aspects to this beer.

M: Light-bodied and heavily carbonated.

O: I'll open this part by restating my disclaimer that I am overly sensitive to hop flavors, and as such, my reviews likely do not apply to the majority. This beer is a tad heavy on the hops for my taste, obscuring most of the malt profile and likely much of the yeast complexity as well. This drank closer to a hoppy wheat ale than a saison for me. Other folks will likely find this to be balanced and more complex. (1,629 characters)

Photo of Malt_Man
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Served cool from 330ml bottle into Saison Regal glass.

A) Light lager colour, lots and lots of small bubbles, thick white head and lots of small floaty bits! Looks great.

S) Light lagery malts and Belgian yeast. Appetising.

T) Ooh yeah. Deep malty flavour with a Saars hops type bitterness that hangs on in the aftertaste. The Belgian yeasts give it the fragrant flavour.

M) Fizzy and satisfying.

O) Only my second saison, but I have liked them both - will definitely try some more when the opportunity arises. (519 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

The pour yields a medium golden body that starts out mostly clear, but becomes increasingly cloudy with each pour. A foamy, huge, head holds strong, fading very slowly.

On the nose, grassy herbs come across slightly funky belgian yeast and pale, bready malts.

The actual taste differs a lot from the aromas. It evokes a much warmer feeling on the palate, than the aromas revealed, due to soft yeast, straw, peppery hints, tart lemon, pear and spices. Has an incredibly smooth mouthfeel, which is just outraging soft on the palate, with added complexity from the slightly biting, savory spices among peppery notes and lively, metallic carbonation. Pleasant, floral hops act as an enjoyable counterpart, with the addition of earthy malts, to the sweeter spices. The palate is simply perfect, substantial and round up front, finishing very dry and lightly fizzy. Outstanding well balances beer, which is close to perfection in taste with a particular complex body. (965 characters)

Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured a slightly cloudy golden color, with a thick, foamy white head. Has a very floral aroma, with hints of citrus. Taste is hard to describe but is quite good, refreshing, and very crisp, with a hint of sweetness. A bit of spiciness on the finish. Moderate carbonation and a thinner mouth feel. A great beer. (311 characters)

Photo of AdamBRalston
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Bottle - Kind of toned down for the beer inside
Appearance: This one is definitely cloudy, hazy. Pours a thick foamy head about 2 inches. Swirling the contents before the last 1/4 pour increases substantially. Foam lasts a loooooong time.
Smell: It was cold when I poured it. But the aroma is subtle. No floral notes. Smells clean, with mild funky
Taste: I've seen some reviews that state this beer is hoppy. Don't believe it. This is not an IPA, it is very crisp and clean to the palate. Taste warms after the first sip in the mouth. Rich flavors but subtle - country farm, butter
Mouthfeel: Crisp. Clean. Fresh. Light. Not much of an aftertaste
Overall: VERY balanced flavor, just about everyone will love this. Would buy again and plan on it. (745 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Bottle
Appearance: straw-yellow with a slight haze. Thick, foamy, lumpy head.
Smell: esters of banana. Skunk.
Taste: light malt. Estery, banana. Slight hop bitterness with a low black pepper finish.
Mouthfeel: high carbonation. Medium body. Dry. Crisp.
Overall: great Saison. Well balanced. Would buy again. (321 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
4/5  rDev -4.1%

A: Pours blonde and thoroughly clear, heavily carbonated, fluffy head (3/3)
S: Strong yeastful spiciness with subtle fruitiness (9/12)
T: Pretty solid “barnyard” and fruity flavor turns toward a bitter and slightly sour finish. I can even detect something like banana as I rest between sips. (16/20)
F: Very carbonated and light-bodied. Finish dries out the whole tongue (5/5)
O: A very drinkable beer. Not an incredibly exciting beer, but it does what it does very well. (7/10)
40/50 (492 characters)

Photo of smanders
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Appearance: cloudy amber with dense foamy head., almost like real lemonade. Medium-beaded carbonation. Monstrous, lively head that seems to have a life of its own! Even the most careful pour yields copious clouds of densely fulminating foam that shows no signs of giving ground below the ½” mark.

Smell: big herbs, hay, and yeast. I feel like I'm on a farm!

Taste: Spiciness with fruity/citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: lots o' carbonation with a crisp, light finish.

Drinkability: medium to high. This is a very complex beer that may promote discussion or arguments while enjoying.

Overall: one of the must-haves of the saison style. (635 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

August 31, 2014

25.4 oz (750 ml) bottle; snifter

A – Massive foamy white head, 1 ½ to 2 inches. Five minutes later it's almost all still there, big and craggy still in the glass. Medium gold to orange in color. Light haze.

S – Unfortunately, my bottle got lightstruck / skunked. Going to try to smell through it. Some non-light-caused funk, sweetness, perhaps lemon. Maybe a taste of lime even.

T – Very earthy, lots of citrus, and some pepper. This is an incredibly refreshing beer. No sweetness. Nice acidity balanced by the high carbonation level. Would go really well with spicy, citrusy food. Very light on malt and hop flavors (or more likely just really well balanced), but still very flavorful.

M – Highly carbonated, tons of thick, luscious bubbles on the tongue and on the finish. A real thirst-quencher. Very light and refreshing.

O – Not going to hold the skunking against it, as I’m seeing that it’s pretty common to this beer. I sure wish they would reconsider the green bottles, though. I understand why this is THE classic example of a saison. From the big foamy pour to the quenching finish, this is a solid, great beer all-around. (1,177 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a bright golden yellow with a massive pillowy fluffy white head. Highly carbonated. Smells massively of graphite and iron with a dash of grass and a crisp autumn day. Tastes mellow and of fresh milky oats and grains. Finishes with grAssy earthiness. Not a bright green grass taste, but more of a dusty grey dried out grass in late summer. After a few sips some of the earthiness melts away and just leaves a mellow sweetness with a very mild caramel sugar. Pretty darn tasty. I expected this to be a little more delicate, but still refreshing. For being widely regarded as the best saison ever, I think my expectations were a little high. (644 characters)

Photo of aj_tuna
1.59/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

I bought this with very high expectations. I let it chill for a few days before opening it. When I did open it it was skunked and tasted like an old Heineken which is not what this should taste like. Very disappointed but it was probably stored improperly so I will give another chance but from a different store. (313 characters)

Photo of endovelico
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose: An intense, polished aroma with a moderate barnyard character. Citrusy, acetic, grainy and fruity.

Mouth: The mouth is rich and complex with a puckering bite to it. Profile closely follows the nose. Pleasantly hopped and only moderately carbonic.

Overall: Enjoyable, refreshing, complex, brisk and intense; This legend did not disappoint although it's a beer that does requires some patience to deconstruct and understand. (430 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy dark gold with a huge billowy three finger white head. Thick foam and lacing lasts throughout the drink. Very, very impressive.

Aroma is everything a Saison should be. Loads of spicy Belgian yeast along with some peach and white bread. Orange and coriander along with some floral notes. The spiciness just really pops from this beer.

The flavor is much along the same lines as the aroma. Tons of spice with touches of orange, coriander, and peach. Really nice bready notes from the malt throughout. More pepper towards the finish. Mouthfeel is very light and spritzy with just a hint of sweetness in the finish; very quaffable.

Overall, this is the textbook definition of what a Saison should be. Pretty much the defining beer for the style and one of my all time favorite beers. (824 characters)

Photo of Renaissance_Man
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pored from a 375ml bottle into a Riedel Stemmed Tulip whilst watching the Soccer World Cup.
This is an awesome ale.
It poured a cloudy golden colour with a two finger head.
Initially it smelled herbaceous which I guess is a good thing for a farmhouse ale.
The first taste revealed the high yeast and almost 'strong ale' characteristics.
As the beer warmed in the glass it started to open up in complexity. I could detect citrus hints of grapefruit and honey on the mid pallet and some pepper on the back pallet.
The beer had a creamy mouth feel with a dry finish.
I can see why this beer in one of the bench mark saisons. I am glad I had the opportunity to drink it. If you like this style then you need to put it on your must drink list. (738 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was good. Dry and herbal and somewhat spicy. Straw colored, visible floaters, slightly hazy. White head with persistent lace. Hops were a nice backdrop to some fruitiness and malt. Very clean and crisp. Somewhat of an apple cider crispness in the taste and slight apple in the nose. Pretty drinkable, alcohol pretty well hidden. Smooth mouthfeel. Overall this was good and interesting. (390 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed yellow amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a nice level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a nice mix of sweet, grain, and sour funk. There are nice sweeter Belgian aromas of a banana and light citrus smell with lots of Belgian pale malt aromas. A yeasty smell is there as well as well as a good showing of funk, taking on a mix of green apple and hay. With these aromas, there is also a light smell of spice and a bit of sour lemon. Overall very inviting.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet fruity flavor with lots of orange and a bit of peach, pear and apricot as well. Along with these sweeter fruits are some flavors of candied sugar and a sweet-and sour green apple taste. Right upfront there is also a light bready flavor which fades slightly as the flavor advances. While the bready fades, other flavors take its place with some yeasty and banana flavors joining the profile. Some spice flavors and a bit of lemon later come to the tongue and more toward the end a decent haylike and grassy flavor join the taste profile as well, creating a nice mix of sweet and sour-funk flavors to linger on the tongue at the end of the taste.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thin with a carbonation level that is slightly higher. The thinner body and higher carbonation are fantastic for the sweet and funked flavor of the brew, giving an overall very crisp and drinkable feel.

Overall – This is a quite nice saison with a great drinkability and a fantastic fruity sweet-yet nicely soured and funked flavor. Rather refreshing, crisp, and delicious. (1,756 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Pours a light straw yellow with two finger white head plenty sticky lacing.

S: Slight earthy funk and yeast esters. Lemon and a bit of peppery spice.

T: Lemon, lime, and cracker malt followed by pepper and hop bite

M: Crisp and very light.

O: Very nice saison. Certainly one of the main stays for the style. (323 characters)

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,513 ratings.