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Reviews: 1,513
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rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
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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 Fcip78
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saison Dupont is standard of the style and a classic. All beer people should taste this at least once.

It pours a nice light yellow with a perfect white head (laces nicely in a glass). PLenty of big citrusy dry notes in the nose, then you take that first sip - Wow! Super yeasty, crisp and dry flavor and a nice finish. A world-class super-beer. (346 characters)

Photo of MJR
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review updated 01/22/06:

Scores upped to all 5's. Just a flawless, world-class beer. The standard bearer of the style. Possibly my number one desert island beer. Just untouchable stuff.

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2003-dated 750ml bottle

Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a massive, pure white, meringue-like head that explodes every time new liquid is introduced to the glass. Cobweb-like lacing. The aroma is grassy and earthy, with honey, peppery spiciness, phenolics, musty yeast, oranges and apricots, and flour-like malt. The flavor begins phenolic, with some white pepper spiciness. Midway, the other flavors foretold in the aroma appear: honey, musty and funky yeast, citrus (orange peel and lemon zest), and bready malt. All of these ride atop a rustic, earthy backbone. Hints of leather, iron, and hops towards the end. The finish is extremely dry and completely washes the palate clean. Crisp and clean in body, with a fairly light mouthfeel and huge acidic undercurrent. This fresh bottle is a bit young and rough compared to some of the older bottles of this I’ve had. Still one of the best examples of the saison style…a classic brew. (1,143 characters)

Photo of tmorgan003
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was able to try this at a local liquor store and was hooked on this saison ever since. The saison pours well with a good size head, has the cloudy unfiltered look you expect to find. The color is a nice golden color, overall it's a great easy drinking beer. (259 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have been enjoying this one for years, in fact it was one of my first Belgian beers over 20 years ago. Finally got around to reviewing it.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Pours a hazy gold with a huge, three fingered, frothy head. The stark white is very slow to drop, not sure if it ever will. Head is mainly made up of tiny bubbles when viewed through the side of the glass, on top, it looks like a very rocky meringue. Big, chunky lacing.

Aromas of lemons, lemon zest, peppery yeast. Earthy, with a touch of barnyard funk.

Flavors of peppery, signature yeast, tobacco, lemons and zest. Barnyard funk. Now I can name the difference between great American versions of saison and this classic, it's that touch of tobacco in the flavor profile. Good bite from the carbonation. Finish is short, with the lemony funk leaving its mark in the fade.

Mouthfeel is dry, not quite bone dry, with a spot on level of carbonation.

Overall, this is the saison that all others are measured. Enough said. (996 characters)

Photo of Frothboss
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a golden cloudy yellow with a darker yellow core. Head is white and rocky that reveals a nice lacing as it disipates. Smells nutty, yeasty with citrus undertones. Tastes dry, sour and nutty with a nice honey filled grassy earthy character. Mouthfeel is bubbly and light with a champagne quality. This is my favorite saison yet! Very tastey I will certainly drink this again....as soon as i can afford another bottle. o.O (434 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy pale orange with a nice rocky off-white head, very nice carbonation, and sheets of lace. Fruity, yeasty aroma with a trace of alcohol on the nose. Fruity citrusy flavor and lightly bitter with herbal notes and a light tartness. Light-medium bodied and airy but soft with a dry finish and warming alcohol effects. Does not taste as strong in the alcohol department as Hennepin hence my higher rating...

The classic Saison !!!

Label states: "Vieille Provision" & "Belgian Farmhouse Ale" & "Unfiltered" & "Bottle Conditioned"

Per M.J.- G.B.B. book: OG 13-13.5 Plato 1052-1054, All Pilsner malt, East Kent Goldings and Styrians hops.

Note: this beer was #18 in Stuart Kallen's "The 50 Greatest Beers in the World"

(25.4 oz / 750 ml corked & caged bottle) (770 characters)

Photo of brettski66
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfection in a glass. A "saisonnaire" must-have; Delicious, crisp, refreshing. Everything you love from a saison - clove, honey, orange, spice, and banana. Lightwieght and fluffy bubbles. TASTY. (199 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy gold/ straw yellow. Large frothy white head. Good lacing. High carbonation.

Spicy phenols in the aroma. Pepper and bubblegum along with some banana and clove Juicy fruit and orange zest. Mild hop aroma tending toward fruity and spicy. Graham cracker pilsner malt rounding things off.

Big juicy citrus fruit upfront in the flavor with peppery earthy yeast following. Crackery pilsner malt and spicy, floral hops. Chamomile and bubblegum. Firm bitterness and incredibly dry.

Highly carbonated with a surprising amount of body. Not heavy, but slick and velvety. Dry to the point of almost being tannic. Nice mineral water character. Long finish without being cloying.

Complex and refreshing. Very few beers seem to have this much fruity/spicy yeast character as well as being this bone dry. Simply wonderful. (821 characters)

Photo of silenius
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another tremendous beer we have here! Served in a 375ml bottle with the 2003 printed on the cork. 2004 also tasted. This is wonderful fresh or aged.

Champagne style cork comes out of the beer easily with a twist and a pop!

I poured the beer in a long narrow Utica Club Brewery .4L mug I bought in college. Unstoppable foamy head on this one. My first gulp was all foam as I tried to stem the rising head of beer! Bone white head with a cloudy glowing honeyed color to the beer. I can only see some limited carbonation this beer because it is so cloudy. Pouring in the yeast causes a nebula-like brown swirling to appear. A beautiful beer.

Smell is floral, grassy and herbal with some lemon rind citrus hint to it. Perhaps a hint of clove and lemon meringue pie character. A beautiful perfumed beer.

Taste is mellow smooth herbal sweetness with a slightly bitter lemon rind twist on the aftertaste. Incredible.

Mouthfeel is a creamy smoothness with no overt carbonation bite showing through. This beer goes down easily!

At 6.5 ABV I'll start too feel this after 2, but what a wonderful beer. The aftertaste makes me want to take sip after sip. I'm finishing this beer now and I wish this 375ml was a 750ml!

I appreciate this more in a tulip glass and every time I drink it I have to say "I love this beer!" out loud. My perfect beer. (1,339 characters)

Photo of Sam21
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage. 750ml bottle purchased for $8.99.

Appearance - Delicate pour yields a hazy golden body with highly active carbonation. Wonderfull fluffy eggshell white head that leaves chunky lacy all over the glass. A truly beautiful beer to behold.

Smell - Lemon rind, a hint of pepper, light clove, sweet malts, grassy hops, and light aromas of musty cellar and earth. Really balanced and hard to pick apart.

Taste - A nice backbone of malt sweetness sweetps across the tongue bringing with it pepper and clovey spice. Subtle hints if citrus fruit sit calmly underneath. The finish is both herbal and grassy with a moderate bitterness. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Light, fluffy, and unbelievably smooth. Effervescent to say the least.

Drinkability - The ultimate summer beer. Light bodied, complex, but easy to mentally digest. This is one of the most refreshing saisons that I have encountered. Definitely a leader of its category and a saison to judge all others by. Perfect in my book! (990 characters)

Photo of Northsider
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Fountainhead Chicago as part of Saison event.

What can I say? This is the perfect beer. Appearance was cloudy yellow with great white head and good lacing. Smell and taste was wheaty and citrusy.

Mouthfeel was as SMOOTH as I've ever tasted beer before. I could drink this all day long...my new favorite beer. BUY THIS BEER. (337 characters)

Photo of onewetpaw
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip.

The archetype of the style. Beautiful beer! Funky flavors and aroma are present along with some spice flavors. Subdued phenols are present, but nothing over the top.

A- Funky nose when you pop the top on this one. Smells like old leather and funky Brett. Mild spicy smells from the yeast.

A- Beautiful light to medium golden color. Thick white head that lasts for a long time.

F- Funky flavors come out immediately. Gentle phenolic flavors and mild spicy flavors. The malt takes a backseat on this one.

M- High carbonation. light without being thin. Crisp and cleansing on the palate.

O- Love it. The classic saison and for a reason. Easy to put away, but complex enough to make you think about the flavors. (739 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, 2005 vintage.

Served in a Duvel tulip between fridge and cellar temperature, over the course of an hour. Paired with fresh salmon for dinner.

Appearance- Pours a straw colored, slightly hazed gold into my glass... the huge, full, pillowy, marshmallow-like crown is an absolute marvel and a joy to admire. It foams up beautifully to four fingers, then slowly deflates from the outside in... creating a soft, eloquent mountain of foam. Layers of lacing remind us of where this beer once lived. Outstanding, phenomenal.

Smell- Grassy and spicy at the same time, the aromas incorporate so much of what a great saison should exhibit. Pepper, cut grass, a squeeze of lemon, hay, aged hops that have dried enough to quell the lupulins... and the overall nose of farm country. Perfection for the style, based on my experience.

Taste- I love this beer because, in part, it is a dazzling, superb manifestation of the brilliant, complex nose... all of the spiciness, dryness, pepperiness, it's all there. Better, it is balanced beyond words. Crisp and refreshing, yet totally food friendly... I have paired this with burgers and seafood, and nothing beats it. The bone dry finish is the clincher that really does it for me, though... sharp as a razor, and as clean as it gets.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Crisp and fantastically effervescent... the tightly structured bubbles foam gently in the mouth and create an ocean swell of perfection. The light, unassuming weight in the mouth only improves the drinkability with or without a meal.

Without question, this beer deserves the highest scores in all categories... because improving anything here seems impossible to me. In a word, *perfect*. (1,713 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Hazy Straw Yellow-Gold with explosive fluffy white head. Sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
Smell: Fresh, fruity, spicy, herbal
Taste: Beautiful complexity. At first I thought the malty sweetness was too much, but it fades into an earthy bitter dryness and a crisp finish. There are some subtle flavors going on here that defy description.
Feel: Effervescent, light, smooth

Overall: This saison disappeared too fast - it's too refreshing, too aromatic, and way too delicious. It drinks much easier than the ABV (6.5%) suggests. If only it weren't so darn expensive. The Ommegang Hennepin isn't too far behind, but I do think I liked this one more. (661 characters)

Photo of missdawn
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my go-to beers, a classic. Tonite I am pairing it with a true farm dinner, sourced 100% locally from produce I helped to grow and harvest.. Enjoying this brew as it was originally intended, a refreshment for harvesting farmers, is a real treat. The smell and flavours really came alive for me to the point of inspiring a review!

S - Poured the saison from a 750 ml bottle into a *gasp* 32 ounce mason jar. (I've had this beer enough times to experiment like this.) Folks, this opened the beer up like I've never experienced before! Lemon in the front then faint floral notes. A soapy scent followed.

A - A good head that held up a bit for such a wide vessel. Before settling totally as just a few bubbles lacing the surface of the drink, it was light and frothy. Cloudy golden and amber hues, the shading a bit light towards the bottom and sides of the glass.

T/M - Nice and balanced carbonation at every sip.. truly refreshing. Ever so slightly bitter but then, and I'm sure it has something to do with what I am eating (mostly potatoes and green beans), it opens to a lovely, creamy mouthful and taste. Nothing lingers, again, making for a really refreshing beverage. (1,180 characters)

Photo of jakon
4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle purchased for $8.99 on 4-27-7 at Tanasbourne Whole Foods.

The cork comes out easily by hand and there is a lot of force behind it. Love that sound. Immediately, there is the beautiful aroma of saison in the air.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a towering, fluffy white head that displays great retention before collapsing on itself.

The aroma is outstanding. If I had to choose one beer based on aroma alone, this would be the one. I won't even attempt to pick it apart. Just perfect in every way.

Same with the taste. Just love that light yeasty skunk-weed funk, that light floral hop presence, the overall dryness that somehow manages to taste a bit sweet. Everything is in perfect harmony.

Champagne-like carbonation bubbles steadily emanate through the etched "D" of the Duvel tulip. The mouthfeel on this beer is dialed in perfectly. All things considered, this may be the most versatile beer I've ever had when it comes to pairing with food and different drinking moods.

This is easily my favorite sunny weather beer, and might just be my favorite beer overall. I'm amazed with it every time I stuff my nose down in the glass for another sip. (1,179 characters)

Photo of horndecker
4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of Greggy
4.95/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- A very nice thick head that has enormous staying power. After finishing the entire brew, there was still a 2 finger head in my glass. The body is a nice hazy orange with nice sediment.

S- A get just the lightest skunk note but after that a very nice thick clove, grassiness, and some nice hops. The horse blanket isn't enormous on the nose, but it's there. Coriander and pepper spice also greet the nose. There is a distinct pear and apple note as well. Complex and delicous.

T- For a beer of only 6.5% this gem has a thick mouthfeel that sports notes of earth, hay, pear, light fresh apple, clove, yeastiness and a nice hop bite. The finish is long, dry, and complex.

M- A nice medium carbonation works well scrubbing the palate. The finish is wonderfully dry.

D- This is my answer for: "if you could only drink one beer for the rest of your life." Linked up nicely with the seafood quesodilla I was having at the time. (931 characters)

Photo of trevorjn06
4.95/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a yellow/golden color and is sparkling clear with a thick white head. As the head recedes it leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

The aromas are Pilsner malt, a mild tartness, apricots, peaches, yeast, mild spiciness and some earthy hops. From the smell you can detect how dry the beer is, it still has sweet fruity aromas but the malt and overall nose is quite dry.

Taste follows the nose quite a bit. It starts with crisp malt and yeast with some spice, this transitions into the fruits, peaches and apricots with some citrus. The finish is long, pleasantly dry and fruity with a touch of tartness.

Mouthfeel is fairly light with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall this is a very complex beer that is refreshing, dry and extremely complex. I have had many bottles of this and since it is bottle conditioned each one is different, though quite good. (871 characters)

Photo of WCBCFrank
4.94/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saison Dupont pours a foggy yellow - lots of super active carbonation! It bubbles up in a goblet releasing tons of banana, citrus, candy sugar aromas, and begging you to taste! Like a top-notch champagne, it bursts with flavor in the front and finishes delicious dry in the back. It is an earthy, complex and utterly delectable beer - highly recommended!

For the novice: A world-class beer to impress your in-laws with. Pay attention to the pour, don't rush this. Use a goblet or a wine glass.

Personally: Anytime Saison DuPont is on a menu, I almost always get it. It is simply one of my favorites. (601 characters)

Photo of markleyc06
4.94/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My ratings say it all. This is THE quintessential saison by which all other saisons are judged. Under style guidelines for saison....it should simply read "go drink a saison dupont".

A- Beautiful cloudy straw gold color with a massive soapy/frothy head!

S- Truly the pinnacle of this beer. Zesty citrus fruit esters with some grassy malts that blend together with a funky belgian yeasty smell that leaves you with something you just cant put your finger on, but you know you love it!

T- Just like it smells. Zesty citrus with a hearty pilsner malt backbone that blends together just right.

M- Second best part of this beer. Lots of carbonation but also a dry zest in this finish leaving your palate with a lingering "can't put your finger on it" taste that just makes you want to have more.

Overall- This is the most classic saison you can have as far as flavor and smell. Although it is high in alcohol for a "traditional" saison like was made in olden farming days of Belgium. But, nonetheless it is everything a saison was meant to be, which is: Thirst quenching, easy to drink, and extremely tasty. Truly one of the best beers out of belgium. (1,152 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy golden yellow, with a very thick, fluffly white head. The head fades very slowly leaving very thick laces. This beer has a slightly clove like aroma. I detect bananas, and a citrus aroma also. I also smell some lemon. It has a slightly hoppy aroma also. The alcohol is not apparent in the aroma. This beer has a stromg lemon taste to it. It has hints of pepper to it also. I can taste bananas also. The clove flavor is hidden, but if you look for it, you will notice it. This beer finishes dry. I think this beer tastes great. It is crisp and refreshing. It is light bodied and it goes down very smoothly. This beer is carbonated to perfection. It leaves a citrusy aftertaste. I think this beer is very drinkable. I could probably drink about a gallon of this beer by my self. If you ever see this beer, you need to get it. I will definately buy this beer again. (887 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a mildly hazy, light orange color with a huge, billowing white head. Fine-bubbled and long lasting, leaving plenty of sheet lacing on the glass.

Lemony, fruity, yeasty and zesty all describe the nose of this beer well. Grassy hops smell like hallertau to me. The overall aroma is kind of like a freshly opened bag of sour patch kids candy, maybe a few SweeTarts thrown in there as well. Just a bit of the expected farmhouse funkiness. The best saison I have ever smelled.

Refreshingly tart with a light malt presence and grassy hop notes. I could almost use a bit more funk in here, but then it would not be as refreshingly delicious as it is right now. Tastes a bit like chewing on a fresh hibiscus spring flower. Terrific beer, A+ all the way. I have bought more than a few Saison DuPonts over the years, and it seems to be a pretty fragile beer, as some off-flavors can make an appearance in some bottles. Why do they continue to use these green bottles?! But there is nothing quite so good as a perfect bottle of this liquid nectar. Nearly the perfect beer. (1,069 characters)

Photo of drperm
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer to me is akin to my first real crush as a youngster -- simultaneous feelings of giddiness, slightly embarrassed pleasure, poetic inspiration, delusions of heroic greatness, and a sense of being in love with the entire world.

There have been times when I have been brash enough to declare it my "single favorite beer," which, of course, flirts with bullshit, yet also flirts with Truth.

The taste and mouthfeel are completely quenching, and beg for another sip to follow. (and another, and another...) The long, complex, dry finish is perhaps my favorite single element.

Try this alongside a good (homemade or otherwise) crawfish étouffée, or other flavourful Cajun cuisine; also with Thai food (anything with peanut sauce and lime). You won't be disappointed with the pairing. (793 characters)

Photo of nortmand
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now that I've tried a variety of Saisons and can truly interpret what I'm experiencing, it's time for a re-review.

Pours about three quarters of a huge, fluffy marshmallow head. Beer is cloudier as you get to the bottom of the glass, but rich golden hued either way. Leaves incredible checkered lacing.

Rich, spicy yeast dominates the smell.Coriander is the dominate spice.

Lightly spicy flavor. Yeast characters and a bit of alcohol. Leaves a tingling bitterness way in the back of the throat.

This is a very fine beer, and is everything a saison should be. Hugely flavorful, but so indescribably drinkable at the same time. (637 characters)

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93 out of 100 based on 1,513 ratings.