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Reviews: 1,509
Hads: 3,768
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 231
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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 Daniellobo
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A classic style, an iconic bottle, refreshing, a bit sour and tasty, although not tremendously memorable.

Presentation: 750 ml corked green glass bottle. Simple and almost countryside picnic design, back label offers a good paragraph on the general characteristics of the style, history and main characteristics. Displays date of bottling (2009) on the trunk of the cork, and Alc. by Vol. (6.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Straw color with a hazy tone and a yeasty sediment. Pours a very generous head that shows a sturdy retention and some lacing.

S - Fresh smell, lightly fruity, with a hoppy sense and some background funk.

T - A big tangy, bitterly hoppy and a touch of spice.

M - Light body, generously carbonated, rather dry...

D - Easy to drink. Refreshing but not too remarkable or pleasing.

Notes: It´s a decent beer that for me lingers too close to blah qualities. For all its hype and complexities it is too close to some funky European largers or their better Pilsner sisters. In fact primarily from the people I´ve shared the brew with, those that claimed that macro Euro lagers were their beer of choice seemed to be the most pleased by this ale, Maybe in that regard it is not too bad a beer to have people switching gears towards craft brews. Maybe it´s the icon reference for saisons but there are a few ahead of it within the style. (1,366 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a big, sticky white head. Lots of lacing.

Aroma: Musky and musty with some earth and grass. Spices present. Faint citrus.

Taste: Pretty complex - there's that musty, sour character from the nose, some citrus rind, earth, spices and maybe a little lemon.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry. Approachable despite the fairly complex flavor profile.

Overall: Classic beer. Not much to say about this one other than that it's the template for modern interpretations of a justifiably beloved style. I paired with lentil soup, bread and some tomme. (603 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, corked and caged...cork reads 2002 vintage. Pours out a very light orange color, with an enormous head that will no doubt retain until the end of time. The smell is something I don't really like. It smells a bit citrusy and spicy but has an acrid foul twang in it as well. Maybe thats the pig slop in the farmhouse. ;-)

Tastes very light and refreshing, and has the carbonated mouthfeel of a crisp Belgian ale. Not very high on complexity, but makes up for it in ease of drinkability. Flavors aren't really jumping out at you, and in fact seem to me to be hard to put a finger on anything specific. Grassy, earthy flavors are present, as well as some mild citrus notes. A great drinker, but not one if you're looking for loads of flavor. One of the few "don't think...drink" Belgian ales I have come across. Nonetheless, I like it and could see myself purchasing this again. Would probably make a nice introduction into the world of Belgian beers. (957 characters)

Photo of raynmoon
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

hazy white/orange with a fluffy head that won't go away.

Typical saison smell: breadiness, citrusy hops, some light funkiness from the yeast. Smells good though.

midly bitterup front and goes down smooth. Some breadiness in there, light citrus notes.

Super refreshing and tastey, but this bottle feels sort of old. That, or this is just decent. Well balanced though. (371 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a large white head that had excellant retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Large amount of tiny bubbles percolate throughout the beer. Lemongrass and pepper comes through in the aroma. Same pepper and lemon in the flavor. No funkiness whatsoever. Finishes dry,dry,dry. Seems a bit one dimensional in the taste. I thought the body and carbonation went very well together. Overall a good beer but it is not one the best Saisons out there. Easy drinking and refreshing. (504 characters)

Photo of waldowin
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color, with a hint of amber. Copious carbonation visible throughout. Head is a dense, small-celled foam that swarms out of the pour vigorously, and stays for ages, fading to a mottled cap. Lacing is thick and impressive.

Smell is of sour apples, lemongrass, toffee and a hint of sourdough.

Taste is pepper, toffee, plums, and a dry (and very slightly sour) finish. Carbonated but unobtrusively so.

A bottle is more than enough for me, don't know that I'd session this, but it's definitely an interesting and pleasing beer. (546 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy yellow color with a nice head that receded to a small cap after a little bit.

S - Funk. Get some lemony-citrus and grass smell, a little more tart than most saisons in my experience. Not bad.

T - I am not a fan of saisons, but style into consideration, this is a very good one. Lemony citrus with a nice ratio of funk to it, a little bit tart, just like on the nose, which adds a pleasant depth. Leaves the mouth cleanly

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry finish.

D - Drinks pretty well, but for some reason couldn't bring myself to do #2. (561 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into my Lost Abbey teku.

A: Hazy golden hue. Pours a giant, cascading, foamy, white head. Settles very slowly and unevenly, leaving behind a crater-ous look, and some dry, sticky residue. Eventually settles to a thin foam blanket. Thick spider web lacing.

S: Baked French bread with a strong peanutty character. Slight tones of hay, fermented fruit, and lemon citrus.

T: Very bready character. Accentuated with some say, pine, and faint hints of fermented raspberry.

M: Light and refreshing. Slightly pungent, sticky, papery aftertaste. A little dry.

D: Not much resistance.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Hazy hue, giant head, sticky leftovers as it settles, and plenty of lacing as you drink it down. Nose is heavy bread with some peanut and fermented fruit. Bready flavor with some pine bite, offset with some faint allegations of fruit. Dry, light, and papery. Overall, this is a really good quaff. (932 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm really starting to appreciate Saison's as refreshing summer beers. My favorites so far are Hennepin and Saison D'Epeautre because they have a lot more funk that this one, but I like the Dupont too.

Pours a hazy straw color with a BIG, delicate bubbly head and a lot of sediment from a corked and caged bottle into a pint glass. Head retention is very good and there are some thick patches of lacing on the side of the glass opposite to where I tip it up.

Aroma is fairly mild...grassy and lemony with just a hint of sour funk. Taste has some elements of pears and apples as well as the lemon....a bit grassy like a good lager too. The funkiness is there but very subdued. There is a spicy, pepper element as well which is nice.

Mouthfeel is light but rich enough, the pepper and carbonation make it nice and crisp.

Drinkability is good. A solid summer beer, a bit higher in octane than some Saisons, but definitely worthy of mass quantities. (949 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass, 2011 date.

This pours a hazy straw / pale yellow color with a large foamy head with good retention. The smell is slightly metallic or as another reviewer put it burnt rubber. Under that you get a nice sweet smelling smell, a little banana. The taste is pretty good, I do get a little banana, some peppery spices and a nice dry long finish. The feel is medium to light, lots of carbonation. Overall not bad something I'd probably try again. (489 characters)

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- from the notes and 375 ml bottle
A - a large but quickly fading heads erupts on top of a cloudy yellow ale.
S - muted fruits and spices with a touch of yeast.
T - more spice in the taste then the smell. A solid background of grassy spices and yeast.
M - very carbonated (as evidenced by the cork pop and the feel) with a slightly dry lingering spice.
D - easy enough to drink
A fairly good saison but too pricey for the size and quality. (439 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A simple, straightforward, classic saison that's easy drinking and pairs well with a wide variety of foods. Semi-clear yellow straw colored beer with a tremendous fluffy head that lasts for the duration of the glass. Aroma is nicely fruity and yeasty, a touch of sweetness and citrus.

Flavor is very much the same, light citrus and fruity sweetness, grass, just a trace of mustiness. Refreshing with good carbonation and a crisp clean finish.

Not super complex; an easy intro to the style and one many wine drinkers may appreciate. Would be a great everyday drinking beer if the price was a little lower. This one has been around forever and is style the standard for the style and better executed than many of the contemporary saisons on the market these days. (764 characters)

Photo of spoons
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a small bottle to a tulip

A golden body with lots of visual carbonation up the side of the glass. A towering shaving cream head that looks amazing and doesnt move. Stays along for the ride as well.

Smells grassy and herbal up front. A light touch of hops and a little spice.

The mouthfeel is pretty light on the tongue. A lot of yeast comes across and warms to deliver some sweetness. I like this beer a lot and no I wish it was the big bottle. Its light mouthfeel makes for a nice drinking beer event though the smell and taste are a little green in the way of herbalness.

Definitely recommend, will drink again, often in the summer. (652 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ML poured into a Duvel tulip

Appearance - cloudy, pale straw color with fluffy white head that wont disspate

smell - ginger, coriander, wheat, yeast, lemon rind

taste - lemons, limes, citrus, ginger, coriander, wheat

mouthfeel - lively, prickly carbonation, light to medium bodied, refreshing, slightly bitter/sour on the finish

overall - haven't had too many examples of this style, but this was a good beverage that i'm glad I tried

price point - $6.99 for a 750ML bottle (482 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Redbones.

This saison poured a hazy, golden color with white foam that settled but left some lacing on the glass. The smell was lightly fruity with some hops (reminiscent of DeRanke XX Bitter). The taste was hoppy with a mild horseblanket Brett flavor and a slightly bitter, hoppy finish. A pleasant flavor overall. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp with medium body and good carbonation, and a mildly lingering aftertaste. This was a nice beer, but seemed quite different than the way I remember this beer from a bottle. (540 characters)

Photo of SaucyA
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful, living and moving white head crowning a honey golden haze. Poured into a tulip, the head rises above the glass and settles into a tidy 1 finger ring of foam. Laces the glass.

S - Fruit candy, strawberries, apricot, quite yeasty. Slight metallic undertone. Wonderfully Belgian.

T - Fruity at the front with a dry finish. There's one quality I don't like about the aftertaste that's really throwing me off. I can't put my finger on it. The warmer it gets, the less the aftertaste occurs, and the flavors come together. Serve this at about 46-50 degrees to really jump into it.

M - Could be a little lighter. Good carbonation.

D - Good for a food pairing or a hot summer evening. Not sessionable.

Notes : I like this, but it's not a staple in the fridge. I'd buy another single of it, but it won't be for a while... I think JP's Bam Biere was a bigger hit with me. (883 characters)

Photo of gotbeer
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a green 750ml bomber of 2005 Saison Dupont.

It's appearance was really nice. Translucent amber with a nice rocky head that laced the glass. The smell was for lack of a better way to put it 'Belgian'. Very earthy smelling to me.

The taste was interesting. Lemon, some phenols, and a bitter taste of hops in the aftertaste. Very complex, and it tastes different as it warms to room temp, revealing different flavors.

The mouthfeel was crisp and sharp. Although this beer was sampled on a snowy day, I can see the drinkability being exceptional on a hot, summer day.

Probably a the classic saison. I would have it again, and reccomend it to others. For my money though, I'll probably stick to Hennepin more often. (731 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/16/08. Bottle, bottled 7/8/2007 (I think...well I'm sure about the 2007). Anyway, pours a cloudy orange with a huge thick white head. Aroma starts off a bit skunky with some stale wheat but becomes fruity by the end. Flavor is quite fruity: lots of melon, melon rind, lemon. Initial sharp spices followed by a slightly bitter and dry finish. Nice sourness from the lemon notes. Quite delicious. A top notch saison.
7/4/8/4/16 (3.9/5) (447 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp aroma is rich and fruity, more like a cider than a beer. It pours out a cloudy golden with a thick, off-white head. Flavor is fruity and crisp with hints of malt and just a trace of hops. Texture is lively, jazzy and jagged - it fairly dances on the tongue and on its way down the pipes. (293 characters)

Photo of elricorico
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (840 characters)

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2.009 on the cork

Aroma - Spice and coriander which is pretty much straight Belgian beer except there is an underlying earthy funk that comes through.

Appearance - Poured a golden yellow with a huge white head but no visible carbonation remained in the beer itself.

Taste - Sweet with a slight bitterness and a dry finish. This beer is refreshing and smooth a good summer drink.

Notes - Might be a great example of a Saison but maybe saisons aren't really my thing. (469 characters)

Photo of antilogic
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ beachwood bbq. Pours clear bronze, slight head. Aroma is saison - earth, yeast, foral hops.

Very drinkable, and a very standard saison - citrus, hops, yeast, spice, earth, slightly dry finish. Nothing jumping out to WOW me, but a good beer. (251 characters)

Photo of rhino110
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic Belgian Saison Ale which pours slightly cloudy to a brilliant golden color. A abundance of carbonation leaves a huge fluffy head which lasts much longer than most heads. Fabulous lacings remain while the ale is consumed. The taste is citrusy, crisp, dry and effervescent. The flavor is nicely balanced and ends with a slightly bitter finish - which in this case is a plus. The alcohol content is 6.5% which is a little higher than most saisons and is also a good thing. The ale came in a 75 cl bottle format. (518 characters)

Photo of Jcarrane
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a crisp, pale, golden color,two finger foamy head that seemed to dissipate quickly.Bitter, lemon,citrus, bouquet, slightly dank. Very approachable on the palate dry, crisp, and clean, with a light body and a pleasant finish, very refreshing! Crisp grassy notes,lemon citrus, and hops, seem to jump out at first, then settles into a nice mineral finish. I'd love to have this beer with some crab cakes on a summer night sitting on the patio. (456 characters)

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled February 2013
Poured into a Duvel glass.

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a hazy, pale gold with a voluminous, 3 fingers tall pure white head. The head is tightly bubbled and has outstanding retention. The head leaves plenty of splotchy lacing behind as it slowly recedes.

Aroma: (4)
Initially, you're struck buy a slightly skunky mustiness(thanks to the green glass that this classic Saison is bottled in), but soon some fresh cut grass and spicy orange rinds from the hops greet your nostrils. Underneath these refreshing hop aromatics are some fruity yeast phenols; mostly green pear, banana and clove. As the beer warms, a soft, sweetly bready malt backbone becomes apparent.

Taste: (3.75)
Spicy, orange forward hops spring on to your palate immediately, quickly followed by some additionally spice oriented yeast character; clove, banana and light pear. Just as the beer comes to grinding halt with it's dry finish, your palate is covered with a light coating of clean cracker like malt. The bone dry, bitter finish leaves long lingering notes of spicy clove, banana, pear and clean bready maltiness on your tongue. Despite the dry finish, the beer does leave your mouth a tad watery.

Mouthfeel: (3.75)
Light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall: (3.75)
A veritable classic. Saison Dupont is a great example of a saison; It is crisp, refreshing with a lively, spicy yeast character but overall, I feel that I have had much better saisons. Dupont definitely fires on all cylinders, but like the flavor profile drops out before it really hits it peak on your palate. I think Vietnamese and Thai food would pair beautifully with this beer. Highly recommended, if not just for a solid baseline to compare modern renditions of a Saison to. (1,749 characters)

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