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Ratings: 3,732
Reviews: 1,521
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 226
Gots: 394 | 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 flayedandskinned
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of admiral
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic, classic beer that is truly worthy of it's great reputation.

Taste; clove, banana, spice and bubblegum with notes of white wine are the flavours that were predominate on the palate

Love the bottle with it's wine size and cork - an excellent beer to share with friends or someone special. Only slight criticism is it's lack of big aroma but everything else is brilliant and more than makes up for it

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Classic saison that arrived a pale straw with ample white head. Aroma was a bit subdued but yeasty esters and citrus were notable along with some herbs and peanut butter sweet malt. In the mouth, beer was a heady mix of orange spice tea, lemon, clove, white pepper, herbal perfume, apple, and cashew brittle, all integrated well with a dry bitter finish. Did not notice the funk that some describe. Pleasing combination of malt and spice with a dryness that evokes champagne and a surprising nuttiness.

Photo of FrostBlast
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Hazy straw yellow, some yeast deposit. Nice white head that goes way high in the glass but falls back down fast enough, leaving an above-average amount of lacing.

SMELL : First nose is acidic barnyard funk over a base of malts. Some herbs and spice. Second nose increases the malt presence, giving out yeasty note that remind me of an abbey tripel. Earthy, dusty notes as well. Third nose confirms the presence of abbey tripel resemblance, with some definite fruity banana notes. The hops are through and through, but extremely well integrated.

TASTE : Grassy hops, herbs, fresh cut grass. Some barnyard funk mixes up with the malts. Funny thing is, the nose blended the hops into the malts and left the barnyard funk appart. Now the taste splits the hops appart and blends the malts with the barnyard funk. There is even a slight barley sugar after taste that comes in, complementing nicely on the funk. Very pleasing.

MOUTHFEEL : Good carbonation, roundish feel with some sharpness from the acid barnyard funk and the grassy hops. Very well balanced.

OVERALL : Although I can easily understand why this beer is seen as a staple in the Saison style, it's not my favorite. Don't misunderstand me, I'd still have one of those as often as they come, but I've tasted some products, even within the Dupont brewery itself, that pleased me much more than this still very fine beer.

Photo of Profchaos20
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 4/26/13 11.2 OZ Bottle in snifter.

A - Pours a cloudy straw color with a three finger white fluffy head.

S - Spicy and citrus are the dominant aromas, notes of lemon and clove. Smells tart with light malt and hops.

T - Tart, spicy and Dry. Finishes with a bit of bitterness. Citrusy and peppery.

M - Very carbonated and light mouthfeel. Finishes dry, drinkable.

O - Very enjoyable, drinkable and tasty beer.

Photo of Bricelyn
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance was a hazy straw yellow with enough head to choke an elephant! On par for the brew I am told. Lots of rotten ripe fruit straight up the nose followed by classic belgian spice. Taste is much the same with a slight sour twang added to the mix! Lots of carb and a cool brew over all! Love the mini Champagne bottle!

Photo of ElijahRivera
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I pick up a 375 ml bottle for $5.75 with no freshness date and consumed it on 7/27/13. Might be a bit overpriced, but I was on a saison kick and couldn't get it anywhere else.

A- It poured a brilliant golden color with just a slight haze. Fluffy white head, active carbonation consisting of large bubbles, and lots of floating sediment.

S- Strong lemon aroma, some pepper and esters. Bready yeast and grains, and a mild tartness all combined in a delicate but stimulating olfactory journey.

T- Right away I got some sweet, mild, and soft grains, but that was quickly overcome by a dry, spicy, lemon, bitter finish. As I drank, the tartness and spicy lemon flavors continued to build.

M- Very effervescent, light bodied, dry, crisp mouthfeel that leaves a delightfully citrusy, funky, dry and bitter aftertaste on my palate.

O- Deliciously refreshing. This is the first time I've had Saison Dupont, and it lived up to the hype. Not a disappointment at all. I'm now convinced that the best setting to drink a farmhouse ale is on the second floor of a barn looking out over a Catskill Mountain horse pasture on a hot day in late July.

Photo of dacrza1
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

DATE TASTED: August 25, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... OCCASION: drafting while draughting--a perfect beer for a fantasy football draft!... APPEARANCE: pale, cloudy yellow heather body with a half-glass mushroom cloud of soft white head--as attractive as C.J. Spiller, my first rounder... AROMA: clean, grassy, lemony roundness with enough vanilla and citrus medley to complicate the nostrils ...PALATE: goodness, this is easy-drinking; a slightly warming finish does little to detract from the beer's pleasant front-end presence and sipability...TASTE: a touch of sourness denotes the citrus presence, while the overall flavor is soft hoppy goodness, like a freshly mown lawn wafting... OVERALL: after the Dogfish Head 60 yesterday and this today, I probably could retire from summer beer drinking; as I remembered it, a refreshing, almost euphoric bottle that makes one question the need for another night's drink; enough alcohol to be significant, weak enough to be enjoyed more than once...

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Yellow with some clarity. Lots of head and sticky lace.

S - Herbal and earthy, with some pear. Not catching any funk like a typical Saison

T - Like the smell, semi-sweet with apples and pears. NIce mix of hops and malts at the end. So smooth and well balanced.

M - Huge carbonation that sizzles in your mouth. Well done

O - A great beer. I would call it a Saison lite, because not much funky yeast like a typical farmhouse ale, but a damn good beer

Photo of REDAMI
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Course, foamy white head. Pale, slightly hazy gold color.

S - Damp straw, sharp citrus notes, and a little Belgian funk.

T - Light malts, bitter citrus (some grapefruit, some lemon) in the corners, very well balanced for a saison.

M - Crisp, light, effervescent, slightly dry, no single aspect stands out. Balanced and quite refreshing.

A great saison. A well balanced mix of tart, malt, bitter, and yeasty funk.

Photo of polloenfuego
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle into a snifter

A: golden hazy, with a good two to three finger head. Good retention.

S: grassy, earthy and musty. Some mild yeast aroma.

T: tart and citrusy.

M: medium carbonation with good feel. Dry finish.

O: my first true Belgian Saison, I have to say I appreciate this beer quite a bit. I found the taste and mouth feel to be more "natural" than the other saisons I have had. The finish was very nice and all in all this is a very impressive beer.

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this beer. 750 ml green long neck bottle served chilled into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for under $8 CDN.

Appearance - pale golden color, slightly opaque with a plethora of fizzling bubbles within. A three finger head coalesces on top of the beer, big and white, and doesn't relent it's hold on the beer for many minutes. Swaths of lacing drip down the in side of the glass.

Smell - yeasty, with a hint of some apple, pear and just a touch of orange and other citrus. Spicy and definitely peppery, perhaps some clove too. Complex and refined.

Taste - similar to the nose, although the fruits take a back seat to the wildness of the yeast and the slickness and pepper flavours. A touch of alcohol flavor dripped through, which was surprising, but still quite a tasty beer. Mild and even keeled bitterness throughout keeps the sweetness in check.

Mouthfeel - crazy lively carbonation, perhaps a bit excessive, medium light body and slightly off dry finish.

Overall - while it's not my favourite for the style, it's a great representation and should be on the short list of saisons to try for anyone entering craft beer. Great value for a top notch brew.

Photo of snaotheus
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked/caged bottle poured into a couple large snifters. Bottle code is L12178B.

Pours hazy yellow with a disturbingly large head. Lots of carbonation. Loud pop on removal of the cork. Head dissipates very slowly. Smell is strong, funky, light fruity.

Something about this taste is creamy. More of the funk, fruitiness. Kind of cidery.

Mouthfeel is effervescent. Overall, this is quite good.

Photo of Brew_42
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with giant fluffy head.

Smells like lemon grass and hay

Tastes citrusy and yeasty. Slight sourness and tartness but by no means overpowering.

Mouthfeel-Fairly carbonated. Great mouth feel.

Overall- One of my saison stand bys. Great beer

Photo of TrojanRB
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a large tulip glass. Cork reads 2012, was purchased at Total Wine in Redondo Beach in July 2013.

A: beautiful full gold hazy color, thick white head. Almost seems to glow.

S: clean smelling, with a little yeast

T: slightly citrus, a little sour. A little finish of pine

M: Very carbonated, but light feeling

Overall a very good beer for a hot summer afternoon. Light and refreshing

Photo of jpro
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from CBX. Cork reads 2012. Poured into a large tulip glass...

A: Pale, hazy gold; huge, 4-finger head of frothy suds; retention stands up well, leaving a few spots and rings of lace.

S: Grassy; Belgian yeast esters / clove; cracker.

T: Very light bready flavor; white pepper; some alcohol / fusel flavors, too. Not much funk or barnyard character.

M: Medium-bodied; high carbonation; has some zing to it, but not quite as dry as I was expecting.

O: A classic saison; pretty easy drinking and lightly refreshing.

Photo of JohnG190
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden with dense, rocky white head that fades to that classic "Belgian Lace" in the glass. Effervescent. Aromas of citrus fruit and black pepper dominate. Palate follows aroma, a nice combination of citrus fruity esters and peppery phenols. Soft malt backbone. Finishes very dry. Light body with heavy carbonation. Overall, a very refreshing, well-crafted farmhouse ale that might be the most food friendly beer out there!

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, super cloudy golden with fluffy as hell white head. Intense effervescence. Superb lacing and retention. Love the look of many saisons, but this one is as good as I've seen.

S- Some of the barnyard funk that you get with many of the style, lemon zest, slight clove and spices. Not quite as dank as some others of the style. A nice malt base lingers

T- Fruit, spice, and lots of clove. I seem to be picking up more bubble gum character than I'm used to in saison. Some grain, again, love the malt base of this one. Bitter finish that hangs around between sips.

M- Very crisp. Light body and extremely dry. Refreshing, but maybe a little less body than I prefer. Alcohol nowhere to be found.

O- I can dig it. A little different take on the style (clove) than I have had, but I can certainly see why it is a gold standard.

Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden amber hue with a medium lasting white frothy head. Aroma and Taste is sweet citrus, Belgian yeast, very fruity essence with some mild biscuit malt and bitter notes. Palate is medium body, crisp with lively carbonation, a sweet dry mouth feel. Finishes with a sweet fruity, Belgian yeast and citrus flavor with some biscuit malt, ending is mildly sweet and dry. Overall a very good, flavorful and enjoyable saison.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into A'chouffe tulip. Golden color pour with foamy white head. Aroma is somewhat not impressive...malty and grainy almost macro like, but still has nice saison typical spicy yeast notes. Taste is great. Malty with a great hop and yeast balance. Slight fruity notes, a bit spicey and all around balanced. All things desired in a saison are present at perfect balance. Awesome (nearly) perfect saison.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
The beer pours a fairly strong and vigorous white bubbly head. The beer itself is a hazy light orange with a hint of yellow.

Smell:
The hops provide an earthy smell to the beer and the sweet malts is noticeable under all that. The two combine to make a fairly nice smelling beer. The yeast also provides a slight biscuit smell as well.

Taste:
The earthy notes are still there but are joined by a citrus and slightly grapefruit taste. The biscuit taste also follows with a sweet finish. The malts are not very dominate but one can certainly find them complementing the more bitter flavors.

Mouthfeel:
Biting carbonation. The beer feels on the edge of being light bodied and medium bodied. The beer leaves a slightly dry aftertaste.

Overall:
A wonderful saison and one of my favorites. After drinking this beer, you will certainly understand why some people consider it the standard.

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.22/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a caged and corked 750 mL bottle into a tulip.
Appearance - dirty apple juice; scattered carbonation and a snow globe of sediment! Thick, bubbly white head; lacing is splendid!
Smell - I get a mix of banana bread, citrus fruit and bubble gum!
Taste - ripe dark fruit, banana, citrus fruit and bubble gum!
Feel - fairly light, but enough booze present to toughen it up. Nicely carbonated, some bitterness on the finish and delightfully refreshing!
Overall - fantastic brew that is a treat for anyone who enjoys a saison!

Photo of falloutsnow
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None, "L120390 10:33" on bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Dupont' saison is certainly a classic of the style, though a bit focused on darker/richer/heavier malt contributions than others in the style. Still, it has quite pleasant hop and malt character, along with some unique fruit esters and grassy/hay-like components. If focused, there are many different flavors with each sip of this beer. Certainly one to revisit at any time of the year, especially at a pleasant price for being an import.

Pours a voluminous (>4cm) tall head of eggshell-white foam with excellent retention of several minutes. The head settles to a thin (0.2cm) cap atop the body of the beer, residing for the entirety of the drinking session. Lacing is quite good, with patterns and bands adorning the entirety of the inner glass. Beer is a medium-dark orange color with a brownish hue, light bringing out brighter yellowish-orange hues. Carbonation is visible through the hazy (60-70% opaque) body, streaming up from the center of the glass.

Aroma is of heavy yeast, basement must, farmhouse hay, wet grains, and lightly caramelized malt sugars. Smells are good, somewhat "dark" with yeast and malt, less focused on brighter, fruitier elements, relative to others I've had recently.

Front of palate is sweet from pale malts with a slight caramelized malt sugar character, along with notable saison yeast and a bit of mealy apple, pear, and orange fruit flavors. Mid-palate is of saison yeast, musty farmhouse-stored hay, wet grains, a bit of mealy apple and pear flavor, slight honey, and mild hop bitterness. Back of palate finds heavier malt presence, particularly with a slight caramel and honey edge, heavy yeast presence, and mild-to-moderate hop bitterness. Aftertaste is of saison yeast, slight pepperiness, easily noticeable yet fairly mild hop bitterness that also lends a slight grapefruit/orange rind, and super mild grain flavors.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with high levels of carbonation that manager to never feel fizzy, but immediately produce a foamy, rich mouthfeel with each sip. Closes dry, with little stickiness lingering on the palate.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one delicious and easy-drinking beer. Lots going on, and not just a session drinker. I could drink this all summer long and not feel I'm just consuming malt, yeast, and hops. Just the right amount of bitterness and lots of flavor, flowers and fruits. This is one of my favorite Saison's. Excellent.

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

750 ml green bottle, when I popped the cork the foam came out like champagne, ran off for a good 3 minutes, praying there would actually be beer to taste afterward.

A - Tons of white bubbles, highly carbonated. Yellow golden color and cloudy, once the bubbles go almost no lacing.

S - Earthy smell, you make out the grains in the background. Barely detect any hops.

T - Phenolic, almost a raw grain flavor, ends slightly tart. A slight aftertaste of yeast.

M- Smooth, tart and carbonated. Very interesting.

Overall - A good introduction into this style, refreshing summer drink.

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,732 ratings.