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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,351 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,351
Reviews: 1,452
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 185
Gots: 240 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of swid
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL green bottle; caged/corked; 2.004 printed on cork.

Saison Dupont pours a hazy dark orange color into my tulip glass. A 1.5", off-white head forms, then slowly collapses upon itself. Minimal lacing. The aroma of this beer is wonderfully complex; it's like you've just wandered out of the brewery itself. There's citrus aroma, a slight earthy mustiness, and a general zestiness/spiciness that I can't really put my finger on.

The first taste that this beer gives off is somewhat tart, with a slight hint of candylike sweetness. After a bit, the citrus and flowerlike flavors become apparant, and the beer becomes moderately bitter. The mouthfeel is pretty dry for a beer. This saison is still very much alive; it's almost like you can feel the yeast continuing to ferment the beer. Finishes tart and moderately bitter; the slightest hint of alcohol can be found in the aftertaste.

This is a great summer beer; it is so pleasantly funky. It is a great introduction into the world of Belgian farmhouse ales.

swid, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of TPSReports
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This butterscotch colored brew pours with a tall thick head into my tulip glass. I am drinking the 11.2 oz corked and caged bottle at 48 degrees. The cork is dated 2.004.

There is a large amount of yeast in this bottle. I am debating whether to pour it all in the glass. I think I will for the first bottle and re-evaluate for the next.

I don't anything spectacular in the nose.

A tangy citrus brew with a medium tickling carbonation. A fairly straightforward beer. I would say a nice summertime thirst quencher.

cheers

TPSReports, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 750mL, the cork states 2004...

It rests a creamy tangerine hue, boasting unfiltered cloudiness. Tenacious white head. Aroma contains lactose, some grainy malt, grass, and litte ripe fruit. Taste is full of pale malt, a little grainy in its presence. Slight cream flavor as well as some bananas, maybe apples as well. As the beer warms, an interesting sourness and fresh grass flavor become more apparent. Very brisk carbonation. In fact, the cork launched out of the bottle as soon as the cage was removed. Very interesting and drinkable.

BeerFink, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of 3Vandoo
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden unfiltred beer with a generous head that stayed the course, very foamy, lot of sediments floating around.

Smell: Unfortunately for me the green "champenoise" bottle did "skunked" the beer in smell but, just very shy. Some coriandre smells and spices are present.

Taste is a bit spicy, watery with a shy fruit note.

A bit dissapointed actually

3Vandoo, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of Andreji
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't say I was absolutely stunned by saison dupont- after the whole hype I was on when someone finally brought it from the states for me- but still found it to be a decent beer.

I had the bottle laying down and could see the yeast settle at the bottom. when I poured it it also came out, but I like that. a bit opaque but very bright, between a bronze and an orange tone. the head- massive and strongly retentive- was a creamy white topping. nice.

The smell was the first thing I thought for it as for the taste: duvel. bordeline sweet but dry, a bit of alcohol, fruity and complex. a bit wheaty.

The taste can be described basically the same way....except it had a very dry finish. kind of a big contrast for me, because all-in-all i was expecting what I'd think was a "classic" belgian sort of finish. I'm no hophead, and this finish was strong enough for me.

Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad, it just seemed like a bit of a crossover between a belgian pale and an american pale. anders, the beer was rather good, just not one I'll be asking for [that often].

Andreji, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new and exciting style of beer for me. It pours a hazy yellow color and has a thick foamy head. It has sour yeasty aroma that good Belgian beers all have in common. It's sour, spicy and has a very dry finish. It is very complex, yet very refreshing style of beer. this is my first Saison and I am liking the style already. I don't think the Belgians are capable of brewing a bad beer.

RushLimbmalt, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of maggotbrain
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a hazy golden color with a massive white head. The head died down to form a thick cap that stuck around from the first sip to the last. As I drank, thick webs of lace formed down the walls of my Duvel tulip glass.

The beer smelled sour, in a good way. Very rustic.

The taste was initially dry with a mild tangy sourness, and then a moderate hoppy bitterness took over to finish.

The mouthfeel was good—medium body with a high level of carbonation.

The drinkability of this beer was quite high. It went down easy and was very refreshing. This is something that I will defiantly be buying again as the summer heats up.

maggotbrain, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of KoG
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this in Ashland when I was up there for the Shakespear festival, corked and caged, 2004 bottling.

Hazy Amber/Orange hue with a GIGANTIC head that just doesn't want to go away. When it finally settles a bit, large white chunks of lace adorn the sides of the glass. Very, very tasty looking.

Smell is apples with some spice. Bit of phenol alcohol, but not much. Very pleasing, even detected a hint of something that reminded me of marshmallow a few times.

Taste is crisp, somewhat cidery with some bitterness. Drys out on the end a bit much, but very nice indeed. when warming up it becomes more cidery and dry. Better when chilled just a bit.

A very nice Saison and one that may be in the cards again if I can find it and at a reasonable price.

KoG, May 25, 2005
Photo of fizzyfred
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, golden hazy color with an strong head. This was a 2004 and the age was apparent right away in the aroma. Very nice, spicy nose with a combination of lemon and pepper. The taste is very refreshing and this is one of the best saisons I've had. Nice mild, spicy flavor that's very refreshing.

fizzyfred, May 23, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last time I had this was at the Moan and Dove's Second Anniversary party, free beer all afternoon. Needless to say, I'd had a few that day and maybe perhaps wasn't in the best state of mind to review, so now with this new re-reviewing process I'll give it a second try, this time from a bottle, at home.
Cork says 2004. Pours a light, clear, yellow orange color with a huge lasting head, white as snow. There's a good amount of peppery spice in the nose, as well as some pale malts and herbal hop presence. Taste is really sublte. I might look for a little more pizazz, but this mellow profile suits the beer well. Lots of yeasty bread tastes, as well as the previously mentioned herbal hop spicyness and pepper. A little fruity too, like apples or pears. Light but sturdy mouthfeel. Super refreshing, making for high drinkability. A great beer for the warmer months, and a classic saison.

twelvsies, May 18, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Downtown for keeping this one on the shelves.
Pours a cloudy golden color w/ two full fingers of bright white head.
The aroma is faint, but nice...hint of lemons, bread, and malt.
Taste is enjoyable...very refreshing. Buttery w/ a slight citrus tinge.
Not detecting any spice at this point...we'll see once it warms up a bit.
Surprised to detect the alcohol in the taste, but it does show up minimally in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is not thin and is highly carbonated.
The perfect style to enjoy on a warm spring/summer's day.

warriorsoul, May 17, 2005
Photo of Shiredave
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like the sound of "Farmhouse Ale" better than I do Saison. It just conjures up a better image of sitting in an old stone house enjoying this beer with platters of cheeses, fresh crusty bread and roasted meats, a fire in the hearth and happy people enjoying good company.
Dupont pours a bright golden orange color, steady carbonation supports a thick, frothy head that leaves huge clumps of lace all around. Hazy from the added bottle yeast, it leaves a bit of grainy sedement in the glass.
The aroma is crisp and musty, fruity and sugary all at once. Its like a lemon lolly pop dipped in vanilla... with a wet dog at your side.
Flavors are subtle but complex - a mix of ripe fruit and pepper. Tastes to me like lemon pound cake rolled in powdered white pepper. Lush and bready up front with fuzzy effervescence that carries a peppery dryness to blend in smartly and compliment the sweet fruity base.
Medium/light bodied with soft spice additions that round out the hoppy, dry finish. Great paired w/ seafood, cheese fondue or cornish hen.
A true Classic and WAY underrated!

Shiredave, May 11, 2005
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not only of my favorite beers, one of the best beers of the saison style.

This beer is downright fabulous for matching with food. Goes great with spicy, Asian foods, bbq. For more on this, check out Garrett Oliver's tome on matching beer and food.

Poured golden with a wonderfully thick head which wouldn't go down.

Typical Belgian spices with much more flavors going on. Hoppiness in there to give it a refreshing finish.

Can't get enough.

You should try to have a 750mL bottle of this and Hennepin on hands at all times for any BYOB you may go to.

GeoffFromSJ, May 07, 2005
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

UncleJimbo, May 03, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This Saison is a thing of beauty. The head rose up nicely on an easy pour, showed great retention, and even left some lacing as I drank it down. It was white as the driven snow. The body itself was that thick, slightly orange yellow that I’ve come to know and love.

Smell – This has some of the farm funk to it, but it’s really quite balanced. There’s a nice, easy yeast that soothes the nostrils. The spicing is actually more like a Tripel.

Taste – Ah, yes, quite the delicacy. The farmhouse character comes out a bit more at the taste, but it’s still balanced with yeast. The spices are powdery and very strong, again much like a Tripel or BSPA. The white pepper is prominent here.

Mouthfeel – This Saison is medium-bodied and very fluffy in the cheeks due to the wonderful carbonation. There’s a slight bit of drying at the end but it is super smooth.

Drinkability – Some Saisons can be tough to session, but this one is very smooth and went down quite well. It was one of the more drinkable examples of the style that I’ve had.

RoyalT, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

75 cl green bottle with wire cage and cork. The cork shot itself out like a rocket after the cage was removed!

Poured a cloudy straw with huge white head. Very clingy froth.

I was burned by the green bottle, this bastard was skunked. Underneath the badness: tart green apple and a funky earthiness.

Creamy malt body quickly goes super dry with a barnyard spunk. Sparkling, crisp carbonation. Peppery alcohol.

Too bad this was light struck. I'll go through a more deliberate selection for my next bottle.

Shultzerdugen, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of WetCoaster
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy, chalky apricot gold. Massive, glorious Duvelesque head. Nearly endless retention; eventually breaks down to a few rocky icebergs of froth. Foamy sheets of lace. Strong, fine carbonation.

Smell: At first, a curious Saaz hops pilsner aroma. Next, sweetness; honey mixed with lemon, orange and apple juice. Spicy, white pepper yeast. A bit floral as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Strong yeast spiceiness off the bat. Then, the journey begins. Starts a bit bready/biscuity and far more hoppy than you might expect. As that fades, a bit of candylike sweetness, juicy fruit flavors and mild herbal flavors emerge. Finishes surprisingly dry. There's also a touch of solvent/alcohol. The mouthfeel is fairly light, a bit coating and champagne crisp. Seems to sweeten up a bit as it warms, which is odd, and depending on which foods you pair it with, certain flavors will stand out.

Drinkability: Perhaps a bit yeast heavy, and definitely on the dry side of the saison family, but overall crisp, tight, controlled, complex and refreshing -- just as it should be.

(Pairs really well with sushi, BTW.)

WetCoaster, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of oggg
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Briens, served in a slightly in the non-descript Saison Dupont glass which is sorta like a pint glass but it bows back inward at the top and it's smaller overall. Understated (not a gaudy chalice)

This beer came to be with a soft white head atop a slightly hazy golden brew. Barnhouse and spice and lemon in the nose. Very nice. Highly fizzy. More yeastiness and some delicate citrus. Lovely spiciness. Very solid hop bitterness up front gives way to a nice warming maltiness. Clean dry finish. Smooth. Alcohol subtle. It's a bit fizzy, which I guess is ok for the style but it gets a little gassy. But that's just nitpicking.

Overall: definitely a winner of a saison.

oggg, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of Shaw
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a lovely blond color with a very foamy head and massive carbonation. This stuff is fizzy.

It has a wonderul spicy aroma, similar to other Belgian beers I've had. Very nice. The taste is very good, too. It is crisp with a bitter twang and a hint of sour, musty flavors. There are also very light fruit and malt flavors mixed in.

The body is wonderfully light. I see why this is a beer meant for summer. It's almost cloud-like. Excellent.

This is a great beer. I will definatly have to have some more of it and introduce my beer buddies to this great style.

Shaw, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of Barraclou
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml (26oz) "champagne wine" bottle. 6.5% ABV

Appearance: A cloudy white / pale yellow colour with way too much white foam. When correctly poured, I got 2/3 foam head on a 1/3 fluid body. It dissappeared slowly.

Smell: A mix of yeast and alcohol.

Taste: It is very balanced. Yeast, bread, bitter hops tastes with some citrus (lemon) in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Excellent thin and creamy mouthfeel. It is easy to drink and very tasty.

Drinkability: Maybe because that's my first saison style beer, but I think that I didn't found all the qualities of this product yet. I didn't dislike what I drank.

Barraclou, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of bruachan
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

not much of a saison connoisseur but this one was nice. huge fluffy head that dropped but never dissappeared. classic belgian rings on the surface

very yeasty aroma with freshly cut hay. slight citrus notes?
again, very yeasty with some lemony tartness. hop bitterness and pepper picks up as the beer warms in my glass

as a relative newbie to the style i can see the "farmhouse" elements. not sure if i would praise the smell of wet hay in my APAs. not too strong, so it's a good session beer

bruachan, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've only had a few examples of the style, but I think I'm getting the knack of it. Pale gold pour with a big white head, nice yeasty smell with a strong sour note to it. Incredibly balanced flavor; the yeasty funk is still there like I'd expect from a saison, but the spice flavor is there. Relatively subdued, but still packs a lot of punch. The citrus lemon flavors are a really nice touch. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing...this one is a keeper.

whartontallboy, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a golden yellow with huge, pillowy white head that leaves great lacing. Stunning to look at.

Smell: The smell is a very raw smell. The malts are pronounced, but they don't smell like modern malts. They have a very old world quality to them I really can't describe.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is yeasty and bready, with an odd amount of bitterness. It tastes very primitive, but I feel that's the beauty of it. This is a classic tasting beer. The balance is impeccable, and leads into a thin but creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a wonderful brew. I was lucky enought o enjoy many good Belgian beers tonight, and this one was one of the best. It has such a rustic feel to it that makes it wonderful. It's simple, it's solid, and it's a damn tasty beer.

santoslhalper, Mar 03, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle. I let this one stand outside the fridge for about 15 minutes, to take the cold off. When tasted, it's actually almost warm.

Pours a very pale yellow, with a slighly cloudy haze, a minor amount of carbonation in my gueuze tumbler adds to the haze. But overall, still fairly clear. The head on this is pretty massive, very white, with large bubbles on the glass and fine white bubbles in the middle. The head raised at least an inch above the top of the glass, but never threatened to fall over the side. Pretty. Pretty amazing, actually.

Aroma is dry, sharp, crisp, and slighly earthy/organic. Hops are there, some bright sour fruit (lime?). At first, not exactly pleasant to this American raised on sweets and salts. But after giving it some thought, it really is nice.

Flavor is dry, and the most prominant flavor is the sharp bite (sharp, slighly sour-bitter, and organic) at the end.

Mouthfeel moderate, as it should be for a dry style. Drinkability is lower than other scores because, to be honest, this is not a big drinking beer. I've tried a couple of times, and been glad to do so, and it is interesting, but not something I'm excited to drink frequently.

Dukeofearl, Mar 02, 2005
Photo of IceAce
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cork reads 2.004 and bottle shows a full finger of sediment at bottom.

Body is 12 carat gold with excellent clarity when yeasties remain undecanted. Full finger of fluffy white long-lasting foam peeks out the top of the tulip glass. Nose is sweet with bubblegum, alcohol esters, and a hint of barnyard funkiness.

Entry is positively riveting with zippy carbonation enveloping the tongue and the subtle effects of malt amd bubblegum dance happily within the mouth. Alcohol peeks through during midtaste, with the finish providing a fruity sweet tang complimented with crisp saaz hops. The dryness upon closure reminds this taster of sparkling wine.

Simply the gold standard for the Saison style.

IceAce, Mar 01, 2005
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,351 ratings.