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Ratings: 2861
Reviews: 1423
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%


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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-26-2002)
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ngandhi

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dupont is the most well-balanced of all the Belgian saisons. Its coriander complements the live citrus. The star of this beer, however, is the meditative hopping which lends beautiful funky herbal notes on the nose, a peppery leafiness on the palate, and a dry finish that calmly accentuates the coriander, keeping this beer from being cloying. The malt is very liquid with a midpalate fullness that is both quenching and filling. Archetypal.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2004 21:31:24 | More by ngandhi
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dave750

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw color with a tall, thick head that lasts forever and leaves a fine lace. The aroma is of apple cider with honey malt arriving as it warms.
Starts with a strong bitter hop and citrusy tart flavor that continues to the end. An underlying bread-like flavor emerges at mid-taste. Fades with a biting hop spiciness and a toasted malt influence ending with a lingering bitter chocolate taste. Carbonation a touch too high for my liking. Excellent balance bias toward hops. Medium body.
An easy drinking enjoyable brew that would go down a smoother if there was just a little less carbonation

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2004 22:40:30 | More by dave750
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WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades. The aroma is great. It has a light pale malt scent with a very fruity Belgian yeast finish. The taste is good. It has a pale malt flavor with a fruity yeast finish. It goes down easy and finishes dry, yet refreshing. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine saison. It has a superior aroma and good taste; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2004 21:39:17 | More by WesWes
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mickeymac

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle with one of my favorite labels, it pours hazy gold with a touch of peach. A big, billowy white head develops immediately and diminishes but never goes away completely. The smell is classic musty barnyard with some herbs and peppery spices. Spice and herbs abound in the taste, but a bit of dry fruity sweetness becomes more apparent after it sits a while. This Saison goes down like a dream and is always worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 05:21:03 | More by mickeymac
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jul 9th, 2004: The beer is a cloudy gold color with a medium thick and fluffy white head. The green bottle may be to blame for the skunkyness that enveloped the sweet fruit and yeast in the aroma. Light-bodied and very carbonated, with an earthy mix of tart fruit and sweet spice flavors. However, the flavor falls off very quickly for some reason. The finish is lightly sweet and has a touch of pepper. Overall this beer is decent with only a couple shortcomings, but I think the green bottle and travel did it some harm. At any rate I thought the now-defunct Quarryman version was a lot better.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2004 04:36:08 | More by Dogbrick
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pale golden look with the effervescent carbonation is clearly evocative of Champagne. The crowning creamy head atop the brew is very handsome and displays incredible longevity and adorns the glass with a solid coat of lace. The aroma is floral, citric, and earthy. The taste is very delicate sweet tart rhubarb and lemon peel with horseradish spiciness on the back of the tongue. The middle is crisply hopped with a dry mouthfeel. The end is a bit tropical with hints of banana and other fruity esters. Light and tangy, with a sunny disposition. This brew will always be welcome in my glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2004 04:29:05 | More by rajendra82
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xgrigorix

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green 750 ml bottle, corked & caged. Cork designates it as 2003 vintage.

Bright hazy yellow. Topped by an incredible, white mousse like head, that retains pretty well.

Bright fruity aroma, intense herbal notes, & a nifty bit of barnyardy funk.

Sweetness up front, some interesting fruitiness. Loads of spicy yeast character, along with some sour barnyard funk flavours. Dry herb flavoured finish. Light-medium body, rugged carbonation. Quite refreshing & quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2004 17:19:49 | More by xgrigorix
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, straw yellow color, creamy, bone-white froth atop.
Aroma, a great heady blend of citrus and spice, probably coriander and clove in the lead. Feels quite a bit like a wit, too, with that wheaten element riding high.
Taste: warm, wonderful, spicy texture, smooths out after, but never flags in flavor. Citrus and spice carries through, with plenty of lemon zest and a drizzle of orange, plus loads of yeasty contributions and a never-ending spicy kick.
Thirst-quenching all the way, ending in a crisp, dry finish. Light bodied, but abundant with character.
Damned tasty! A great summery ale, tres sophisticated and quaffable, to boot!

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2004 06:13:40 | More by feloniousmonk
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silenius

Illinois

5/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2004 20:34:27 | More by silenius
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the tap pours a hazy orange cloudy liquid whit a wonderful thick, fluffy head. The head was present for just about the duration of this brew. There was a great amount of lace on the goblet it was served in. Smell was slightly herbal, fruity and the traditional Belgian "yeasty" smell. This beer was sweet in the beginning, followed by a tart fruit flavor, with a touch of spice in the end. Light body with moderate carbonation. Overall, this was refreshing, and a treat. I had debated over trying this before, but when I saw it on tap at Max's on Broadway in Baltimore, I had to do it. And I am glad I did.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2004 01:15:13 | More by Bierguy5
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured slightly hazy medium orange with a rocky white head that laced the glass.

The aroma was spicy with a sweetness complexity and a farmhouse/belgian character from the yeast. A fruity aroma was also present.

The flavor was crisp and dry with a farmhouse ale yeast character and a spicy dryness that lasts. The complexity of the flavor is mixed with a substantial hop bittering

The finish was dry with pepper spiciness well into the aftertaste. The body was medium to medium light but the carbonation was high.

12.7 ounce bottle. Unknown dating...L031012/4 on bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2004 20:48:19 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a huge clear golden brew (after the cork blew out of that one) with a huge head with medium retention. Aroma is a mix of spice and malts with some citrus flavour being omnipresent. Taste is like a good Belgian ale with again the citrus flavour really coming out of that one. Carbonation is good with excellent medium body. Overall, a very good example of the saison style. The only downside is that the green bottle doesn’t seem to keep the beer very well. I’ve had too many bad past experience of this beer being skunked. I have another bottle of that batch that I will try to age.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2004 15:08:59 | More by Phyl21ca
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deejaydan

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice straw color. Has a decent, lasting head, and tons of lacing. A slight acidic smell, some spices in the nose. Tastes bright in the mouth, with a lingering tartness. I think I finally understand what people mean when they talk about the "horse blanket" smell of some belgian beers. I like some belgians, and hate others. This is one that I could drink for a night.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2004 16:48:15 | More by deejaydan
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL green glass bottle that has a cork stamped with 2003. Yeast swirled into the last glass, strengthened flavors to an extent.

Apperance: In a tulip glass, this beer pours a nice golden orange color with a nice 3" head of white fluff. Looks quite nice. Also, the energetic pop of the cork added to the overall appearance. Watch out!

Smell: The smell is a mixture of many things. Very earthen smells permeate: yeast, some sour phenols give a lemon like twang. Funky and musty.

Taste: Move over witbier, I've found my new summer love! This beer has an incredible profile. It blends slightly sweet fruit esters with slighty tart phenols all wrapped together with doughy yeasts and spices. First tastes of sour apples, lemons, nectarines give way to faint tart medicinal afterthoughts. The yeast strain is perfect, and this gives quite a unique 'raw' feeling. A pleasant and refreshing quaff.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful. Very active carbonation dances across the tongue, nice and light drinking.

Drinkability: Great. I wish I could buy more of these, but they're sort of pricey where I'm at. Really great though. Drink it on your porch as the summer sun sets and know true happiness.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2004 22:44:46 | More by 99bottles
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Sixpack595

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beutifull beer with a huge white cap of dense white foam.Clear or cloudy depending on the pour amber body. Aroma is faint, spicy and a bit musty. Flavor is zesty with a tart acidity, spicy hops and alcohol, and a bit of fruityness that sneaks out every so often. Strong bitterness and a crisp dry finish. May not be the tastiest beer, but the complexity and depth of flavor make for a very rengaging brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2004 04:09:34 | More by Sixpack595
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Jon

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

75cl bottled 2002.

This aged bottle really shouldn't have surprised me, but it did.

Hazed goldenrod with one of the most expansive heads I've seen from a two-year-old bottle. Thick, chunky rings of lace permeate the tumbler glass. Unreal.

Herbal, grassy, yeasty, and funky lambic-like aromas fill the air. Dried apples and trails of earthy hops linger, as well.

Still hoppy after two years in the bottle. The flavor of this beer, to me, is best described as a blend of a superbly aged Cantillon Iris and an aged and softened Orval with a trace of DeRanke XX Bitter. Essentially a blend of the hoppy beers of Belgium with age. Wonderful. Hoppy, earthy, citric. Fruity yet dry on the finish with apple and clove hints.

Wonderfully carbonated; smooth and elegant. Full-bodied, but seemingly light.

To say this saison is refreshing would be an understatement. Fresh Saison Dupont is fantastic... world class. Two-year-old, bottle conditioned Saison Dupont is really something else. While I didn't think this bottle would hold up extremely well, it more than exceeded my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2004 02:44:42 | More by Jon
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yeagerbm

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky hazy yellow with dense white head and brown sediment accumilation at the bottom of my belgian glass. Had a good fruity smell, with pineapple and banana along with alcohol. Similar in taste with maybe some lemony twang to it. Some characteristics as the hefeweizens but with more citrusy alcohol notes. very flavorful and drinkable with a good buzzing alcohol kick.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2004 20:49:17 | More by yeagerbm
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

This beer poured a thick white head with a hazy yellow body. There were a few dark bits floating around the haze.

The nose was a mix of soft fruit, manure, phenols, banana, garbage, apples and some pears.

The taste was medium to light bodied. Smooth and easy drinking with a slight graininess. Light malt taste, a sourness, slight dirt, shit, banana, fruit, phenols. What really sticks out in this beer is the bitterness. Not crazy bitter, but bitter enough to slightly dominate. It reminds me a lot of a tart german hefeweizen with a phenolic/shit/barnyard sort of smell. Surprisingly tasty though.

Overall it’s really great farmhouse ale. It reminds me a lot of de ranke XX bitter. I could drink this beer all day.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2004 08:41:46 | More by taez555
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 750 mL bottle, into a tulip glass. The color was golden, with a wispy white head. The smell was flowery and fruity, with a very slight funkiness. The taste was somewhat sour, with hints of a nice estery taste, and a strong yeasty flavor. Mouthfeel was well-carbonated. As for drinkability, especially with the relatively low ABV, I could have several of these.

Though I prefer Fantome by a nose, Saison duPont seems to be the more consistent product of the two. Needless to say, I'd be happy drinking either one. I'd been looking forward to trying duPont for a while, since I'd first seen it in the cooler at Burgh's, and it's certainly convinced me of the merits of farmhouse beers, which I may have passed over looking for doubles/triples/quads. A great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 22:52:08 | More by beergeek279
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shirfan

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly yeast-hazed golden yellow, with an enormous fluffy white head.

Aroma of candy apples, strawberries, and a slightly heavier grain note.

Taste is a mixture of peppery lemon and a modest malt background. Some grassy tones come through; not overly sweet or yeasty. A little sour in the finish, this is, as the bottle explains, a belgian that would work as a summer beer. Not too heavy, but still drawing much flavor yeast.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 22:00:52 | More by shirfan
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Bier Circus, Brussels (Draught special of the day for 2 euro a glass I believe...)

This is a dark orangeish colour with a huge, white fluffy head of foam. Aromas are a bit funky and yeasty with a nice bready malt middle and a nice herbal/floral hop finish...The taste was fruity, with that malt in the middle and the drying hops providing a slight bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel was fluffy and smooth and the drinkability was excellent. I quite enjoyed this one on tap...much more so than in the bottle...

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2004 23:31:12 | More by francisweizen
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ark57

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours an orange-gold with a sligth haze and a creamy head. It has an earthy, citrus hop aroma. It is spicy with some orange and earthy notes. It finishes with a dry, bitterness that is slightly sour and very refreshing. One of the best Saisons available.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2004 14:28:17 | More by ark57
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle pours a hazy, golden yellow, with a white head that is surprisingly short, but has excellent retention and leaves respectable patches of lace. Aroma is overripe bananas in the beginning, with an idyllic grassy meadow and earthy farmyard in the background. Citrusy pineapple comes on strong toward the end. Mouthfeel is fizzy and smooth. Taste is pleasantly complex, with citrus fruits like pineapple and mandarin orange in the leading role. Tart and sweet/dry, with some rock candy sweetness balanced by some floral hoppiness, and the earthy yeastiness. Pale malts hold everything together for a very pleasant experience.
This is a highly enjoyable Belgian Saison. I regret that I didn't buy as many of these as my wallet could have spared. I look forward to having some more of these farmhouse Belgian ales.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2004 01:20:38 | More by merlin48
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HiroProtagonist

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison Dupont was served from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle, dating from 2003 as printed on the cork, which popped with force! In a Duvel tulip, the beer was hazy and yellow-orange golden, and was topped by an enormous whipped rocky white head that left super clingy and thick lacing. The nose was extremely robust, laced with woody spice (horseblanket...clove? bitter orange peel?) and pineapple-fruity esters, and capped by a sharp hop (Golding?) bouquet that struggled to be heard over the crowd. The predominant spice in the nose is the same dominant spice in the nose of Abbaye de Rocs. Tasting the beer revealed a fluffy, dry, and delicate malt base that is quickly overshadowed by a lightly spicy, crisp pineappley acidic transition into a very powerful zippy orange-peel citric dry bitter finish that lingers. The overall effect is a refreshing yet very tasty and satisfying experience. The crisp dryness of the body and the citric-bitter finish contributes significantly to the drinkability of such a full flavored summer brew. An excellent piece of work this saison is.

Note: This beer pairs very well with full-flavored soft stinky cheese smeared on slices of French baguette.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2004 04:13:33 | More by HiroProtagonist
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marburg

Michigan

4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If I were a beer photographer -- a food fluffer or something -- I would photograph this beer for virtually every photo I ever took. It's proud, expansive, clingy white head is THE posterchild for head on a beer. And oh yeah, that hazed gold-orange liquid with fairly vigorous carbonation isn't too bad looking either.

First aromatic impression is made immediately following the loud "pop" of the cork -- bits of almost-lambic funk hit the nostrils before anything else. Followed by a lemony, peppery, wet feel muted by yeast.

Fruity and peppery from the get go. Finishes lightly bitter -- kind of a farmhouse straw sort of bitter -- and with a bit of dryness. Seems a bit different with each sip. Bitterness evolves into an alcoholic intensity.

An excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2004 00:52:03 | More by marburg
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