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Reviews: 1,506
Hads: 3,759
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 6.47%
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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 Tsar_Riga
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Clear golden beer, with a persistent white head that laces moderately.

S - Funky fruit, with a slight acrid note, but substantial malt and bready yeast, as well. A line of sweet honey, too.

T - Malt comes in first, a honeyed cracker flavor, middle brightening fruit, of gala apples, closing with subtle clove and allspice and a subtle bitter bite.

M - Clean, crisp, extremely easy to drink.

O - There are reasons why the classics are the classics. This is such a pure, clean rendition of the farmhouse style. I loved it, and will add it to my regular rotation. (568 characters)

Photo of JTuomi
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle (bb 12/2016) into a tulip. Clear pale golden color with some sediment floating around. Medium white head that settles down pretty quickly, leaving some lacings.
Malty smell with fruit, spice and a hint of lemon. Taste begins with sweet malts followed by wheaty tartness with notes of pepper and hops. Finishes with a dry and bitter spicy aftertaste. Medium-light mouthfeel and carbonation, a bit watery mouthfeel. Very drinkable. A good refreshing beer for a hot summer day. Would have again. (505 characters)

Photo of JulioH
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the classic saison no doubt. Taste is a bit more bitter than sour, but the beer itself is so easy to drink that the bitterness makes the beer very refreshing. Light body, nice amount of hops, clear and definitively a lambic trace.

Carbonation is also good, medium size bubbles and not overly carbonated. (312 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, poured into a tulip

A- pours a bright and hazy golden orange color with massive rocky and foamy head that still sits, five minutes after the pour, eventually leaving some lacing behind upon settling

S- musty basement, belgian yeast, pear and lemon, herbal aromas

T- ripe pear mixes with musty cellar & earthy/herbally notes, slightly sweet mid palate leads to phenolic notes on the finish with a hint of lemon

M- medium body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a smooth mouthfeel and a crisp finish, high drinkability

O- a classic of the style, not as bold as many of the new American versions, but super drinkable (640 characters)

Photo of welldigger888
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a hay like pale golden hue that is hazed out with a huge rocky snow white head that last all the way down glass leaving blankets of lacing as consumed.

Wonderful faint funk with a peppery hint that finishes with a candy sweet nose.

Easily approachable funk with peppery notes a yeasty subtle flavor that brings some pineapple like candy that goes down like honey dew vine water.

Quenching dry easy to drink brew well worth finding a good example.

Cork was dated 2/13 with NO skunky oxidized hop flavors or aromas. LOVED it! (534 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - golden hue, lightly hazy, with a nice amount of fluffy white head.

S - on the nose I get citrus, and a little farmhouse funk.

T - citrus, hay, a little grass, and funk with citrus.

M - smooth, yet there is enough substance to it to make it a little chewy.

O - one of the better saisons I've had. I highly recommend trying this if you have not already. (360 characters)

Photo of pgfault
1.12/5  rDev -73.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

750ml green bottle was skunked. While most will hang this on the retailer, Specs in this case, there's absolutely no excuse for brewers to use green glass!!

Naturally, the appearance wasn't affected by the light exposure, but everything else was. Upon first opening, I could tell the beer was bad. There are hints that there was something good in there at one point, but not any more. I finished a half pint and dumped the rest.

Never again!! (446 characters)

Photo of abrethanson
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured this bottle against my Spring Hopper Saison as comparison.

A: Golden straw hue with excellent clarity. Active carbonation bubbles lifting to the fluffy white head. Pours very carbonated. Homebrew shares golden straw hue but clarity is hazy with fairly active carbonation. Dupont wins on giant foam head.

S: Dank and skunky per wife's comments. A little yeast and grassy / earthy notes. Homebrew is more robust / complex. Homebrew has more apparent notes of cloves and yeast breadiness to aroma. *I have no sense of smell.

T: That dank / funky aroma carries over nicely to flavors. Citrus, herbal, grassy, slight breadiness, and complimented very well by light hop bitterness notes sprinkled throughout. Sessionable as alcohol is hidden very well. Similar to smell - Homebrew is slightly more robust / filling with a more "homebrew" flavor. Yeast / breadiness flavors are also more apparent. Dupont finishes much dryer, lighter, and slightly more sessionable.

O: Dupont is the benchmark of a historical and inspiring beer. Great for the seasoned beer nerd or rookie just wanting something drinkable. Sessionable, well balanced, and just enough complexity to make it interesting & fun. Dupont is a legend but I think Spring Hopper Saison held up well and gives inspiration for the future! (1,299 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I guess its the season of Saison. I have seen them popping up by American brewers for the last month or so. My first intro to this style was a few years back and it was interesting. At first I thought it had gone bad. The funk man! I realized later that it is common for Belgian and Belgian style beers to have this earthy funkiness and this beer is no different.

Look: Color is golden with lots of carbonation, when I opened it the suds just kept pouring out like champagne.

Smell: There you have it, it catches you there at least it does me. One think I have learned to appreciate of Belgian beers is that herbal funky smell.

Taste: Very drinkable, smooth, and not too boozy for 6.5% although in the times in which we live that is not all that much alcohol. Fruity, funky, with some bitterness, but not very much at all. The bottle gives more of a history rather than what it contains, nevertheless the history lesson is interesting.

Overall impression is I do like this style and could drink more of it. I like the clove, tropical fruit, and funk mix. Its also very smooth which makes it a warmer weather beverage. This is supposed to be the quintessence of the style and I do like that about it. Some of the American breweries that are making the style are mucking it up with all these herbal additions, leave the yeast to do the job my friends and it should speak for itself. This is a good overall beer. (1,416 characters)

Photo of Brisket
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy golden straw color with a huge white head with good retention. Yeast flecks stay suspended for quite awhile.

S- Belgian yeast, banana, slight clove, some spice; quite nice.

T- Belgian yeast, phenolic funkiness, finishes with a lemony tartness.

M- Crisp with carbonation bite. Relatively light body.

O- Great beer, refreshing with a lot of yeast spiciness. Great example of the style. (398 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 375 ML bottle into an oversized wine glass. Slow pour immediately results in massive foamy head, which retains quite well and left a couple nice rings of lace on the glass. Massive carbonation aids the head retention significantly. The beer is a cloudy, golden straw color. There are some small flecks of yeast that fallout eventually.

S - Wonderful aroma. Nice yeast characteristics of banana and clove. Little bit of breadiness. Some nice herbal hops.

T - Follows the nose, but a bit more subtle and subdued. Flavors progress from hops to yeast to mild breadiness. Also throw in a touch of pepper spiciness.

M - Soft and medium bodied. Nothing exceptional, but very nice all the same. Small tingle on the finish.

O - Great beer, no question. Unfortunately at $6 retail for the bottle that I purchased, the value is not here on this one. Only slightly better than some more reasonably priced Saisons that I have enjoyed in the past. (955 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a frothy two-finger head. Earthy bread, hay and grape fill the nose. Those tastes, along with a bit of fruit and barnyard funk predominate the taste. Medium mouth with a fair amount of carbonation Crisp. This isn't my favorite saison, but it's very enjoyable. (283 characters)

Photo of alexsrollins
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First ever beer review.. lets go!

12.7oz green bottle poured into a tulip

A - pours a murky pale golden color reminiscent of hay. Strong persistent bubbles up to a nice big clean head that quickly dies down to next to nothing. Very slight swirling brings the head right back.

S - Not being prejudice against the green bottle but this thing is skunked. Strong upfront skunkiness that is hard to get past, cost it a point or so. Nice belgian yeast character with light undertones of banana and some spicy alcohol shine through though and improves a lot as it warms up. I get some vegetal hop aromas, kind of grassy.

T - Nice and citrusy/yeasty with that spicy alcohol. A touch of banana and spice. Firm dry bitterness that lingers just a tad, balancing out the slight upfront sweetness.

M - Creamy with a slight carbonation bite. Almost acidic, but not unpleasant at all.

O - Great beer, even being skunked. Or maybe I am just not too familiar with the style and Saisons are supposed to have a strong skunk aroma? I would definitely be interested in trying another bottle to maybe see its full potential. (1,108 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pouring a cellar temp750 ml bottle into a snifter. The beer pours a bright, clear gold hue with a fluffy, finely packed bleached white head of 3 cm foaming up and fading gradually to a sturdy surface layer. Aroma is grainy malt, some bready yeast, a bit of light fruit with pear and apricot. I also get a bit of white grape on a fairly complex and appealing nose.
First sip reveals an average to light body with fine fizzy carbonation. Crisp clean physical presence that actually leaves a tingle on my palate after each sip.
Flavor is sweet and fruity with white grapes and bready yeast. I also get some dry musty character that lingers on my palate and dries out my throat on each swallow.
Very easy to drink, and causing quite a few burps after each swallow.
Nice enjoyable crisp yet slightly funky belgian brew. I enjoy this one and would recommend to others. (863 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresher than my baby mama's V Secrets out of the Kenmore Elite, Raul is feeling this one. Imagine being dirty and then taking a shower; yeah, now you are clean. Now, imagine taking a shower after already taking a shower, I mean, now we are talking cleaner than clean! And that's what Saison Dupont is: it's Nina Agdal, sprinkling a bit of spice on a pear.

Wooo! Just thinking about it Raul needs to take a shower! (414 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy light golden colored with an inch thick dense off white head of foam. Brussels lacing. Vibrant carbonation. Aroma is of saison yeast with peppery spicy notes. Slight hints of pear. The mouth is moderately carbonated and crisp. The flavor is of pale malt and gentle spice notes from the saison yeast. The overall impression is lots of flavor from something so subtle and smooth. (382 characters)

Photo of ac22rush
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden with massive head and typical belgian lacing. Effervescent

Smells of fruit, spiciness but more like peppercorn probably more from the yeast than the hops which give a slight floral noble hop aroma. Very subtle sour/acidity.

Tastes fruity and spicy strong flavor throughout. Hops are there once again with classic noble hop flavors floral, spicy, clean. The first sip is extremely refreshing and relaxing. The mouthfeel is light to medium with champagne like carbonation early and it mellows out and becomes quite smooth.

What else can be said? Saison Dupont is a benchmark saison brewed to perfection. I love this beer perfect if you've never tried a saison and perfect for a hot summer day. Cheers! (712 characters)

Photo of randallpink
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a hazy pale amber colour, one inch bubbly white head, average lacing, mostly lasting head (always about a half centimetre covering the beer), big bubbles constantly rising

S - belgian yeast, champagne, spicy and floral scents, bready malt, bubble gum, slight banana and clove, orange, light coriander, light alcohol, amazing scent

T - Lemony citrus, yeasty, spicy, very fruity, bubblegum, orange, some apple, pear, some banana, earthy finish

M - Light to medium mouthfeel, high carbonation, round and astringent up front, average dry finish with tongue coating maltiness lingering, not too fizzy but sharp tasting

O - my first Saison and although i have nothing else to base it on, I loved it! will definitely be looking into some other ones to try. i loved the fruitiness of this one and there seemed to be a very bubblegum smell and taste which was pleasant. anything belgian screams my name (907 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL corked & caged bottle into a Duvel Tulip with a light hand. No specific date on the bottle, but the cork read 2.013 after it damn near put a hole in the ceiling. Fire in the hole!

A: Cloudy, golden yellow-orange with 2.5 fingers of clean, white head. Good retention with little floes remaining on the surface. Moderate lacing.

S: Relatively mellow Belgian yeast with a touch of earthy funk. Light grass. Good fruit notes - a little apple, pear, banana. Touch of spice.

T: Faintly sweet initially with development of a balanced hop bitterness. Rather dry finish. Floral, earth. Traces of vanilla. No significant alcohol presence.

M: Highly effervescent, but very smooth. Makes for a great fullness that seems to burst on the palate. No prickliness.

O: Fantastic & classic saison. Haven't had this one for a while. Today it seemed to drink a bit more like a Belgian pale than I remember. Dry & crisp with a satisfying depth. Always a pleaser.

Prost! (979 characters)

Photo of BWED
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Towering white head on top of a hazy golden orange body. The head retains perfectly with loads of lacing.

S- Bready malt backbone. Fruity and earthy notes. Overripe apricot, but that's a good thing. That musty character comes out, too, but not so strong. Depth is great. Complexity is sure there.

T- That bready backbone starts out. Some fruity flavors come in. The funk is more apparent in the flavor, but still not overwhelming.

M- Light, sharp bite of carbonation, leads into a slower finish. Some dryness.

O- Really tasty. Sharp and light. Something that makes you think. (629 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick 1/2 foamy 1/2 carbonated head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Strong clove and banana aroma; on the sweeter side. Has a good Belgium malty taste up front with a nice peppery, spicy hoppy finish. You do get some banana and cloves in there. Carbonation is high. Very good saison, but I would expect it from this beer. (372 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml cork and cage bottle poured into a tulip.

A: The cork pops off with a lively jolt, and even a gentle pour yields a towering rocky white head. Retention is awesome. Plenty of sticky lacing. The liquid itself is a dull golden color with a good amount of haze. Textbook saison appearance.

S: The malt base smells of soft, gentle grains and freshly baked bread. Slight lemony tartness. Yeasty and doughy, soft clovey phenol and peppery spice. Good dose of grassy and dry herbal hopping, somewhat floral as well. Very multi-dimensional.

T: Soft grains, bread, subtle hints of toast. Delicate lemony tartness. Very yeasty. Restrained must and even a little funk, a bit chalky. White pepper. Spicy alcohol is very subtle. Vague fleshy fruit. Hops pack a solid bitter punch toward the back end, and bring herbal, peppery, and grassy tastes of their own.

M: Light in body. Creamy and frothy in texture. Gentle scrubbing carbonation. Mild hop astringency and some ghostly alcohol warmth.

O: Saison Dupont is the quintessential example of the Saison/Farmhouse ale. Many have tried to mimic it, but few are truly worthy of standing in its company. Needless to say, this is an absolute must-drink for any true beer geek. Pairing options are endless, but salads and lighter fare are easy choices. White fish and chicken as well, along with a multitude of different herb and spice combos. Fried portobello mushrooms just popped into my head too, maybe play up the funk a little bit. It's very versatile, as it won't overwhelm the more delicate dishes, but can cut through bolder flavors and richer textures as well. (1,613 characters)

Photo of ptykozoon
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours apple juice orange. Strong frothy head with sporadic lacing.

Apple, pear, some floral notes.

Belgian spices, orange peel, dry oaky taste with floral elements. Taste is dominantly dry and bitter - tastes a bit aged.

Lots of carbonation. ABV is well handled.

Well rounded little Saison. Unique and satisfying. (317 characters)

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

A:
Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a very effervescent off-white head that pours big and delicious and clumpily settles while staying big and delicious. Fabulous retention; splotchy lacing. Beautiful.

S:
Clover, honey, hay, a fresh breeze. A Saison, basically. Very floral and subtly sweet.

T:
Fresh and very dry. Floral sweetness and some lingering tea flavors, but it definitely is not as sweet as it smells. Very good.

M:
Sharp and well-carbonated with the light body you would expect from a Saison. Slow but clean finish. Really nice.

O:
Admittedly, I like Saisons and this IS the prototypical Farmhouse Ale; but man, oh man.

First, it comes in a nice-looking bottle with a nice, non-kitschy/gimmicky presentation (it is European, after all); it pours beautifully and is as close to perfect as can be in my opinion.
Its big, creamy, almost cartoonish head sticks around and even starts to look beat up as you drink it. But hell, if you want a big head again, just swirl it twice and enjoy your two inches of perfect froth.
It smells like haying and was generally quite delicious to the nose (mine at least). Fresh and sweet it is completely a summer beer. Nothing sweltering about its sweetness; but, the flavor seemed (to me at least) both contrary and complimentary to the nose. While it smells sweet, it is backed up with a very strong earthy background from the hops (I assume) that was surprising to me based on the smell, but wasn't out of place.
Overall, a really fine beer in general and a near-perfect Saison.
Would love to try again, any time; Worth seeking out. (1,583 characters)

Photo of Mavigo
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Came in a green "champagne" style 750ml bottle. Served in a chalice.

A: Pours a rich gold color with ample, voluminous soapy off white head that stands a few minutes before dissipating to a thin sheet with minimal lacing.

S: Has a champagne effervescence, smells a bit dry but also sweet. Grapes, honey, yeast, hops, spices, permeates the aroma.

T: Is a bit dry, slight sweetness but is a bit bitter as well, has good amount of hops too it, but i can also pick up on yeast, hops, citrus peels, white grapes.

M: Has a medium body with good amounts of carbonation, has a champagne feel to it.

O: This was good, but it was quite pricey. Not sure if it was worth the money to me but it was a pretty good saison though I do prefer the darker Belgian varieties. (764 characters)

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,506 ratings.