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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,246 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,246
Reviews: 1,446
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 176
Gots: 219 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-26-2002)
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Thanks to angrybabboon for splitting the bottle.

Appearance: Huge off-white head. Massive even. Color is a light gold/copper. Very cloudy, almost ruddy. Nicely carbonated.

Smell: Pears, mellow hay, and a slight funk. Something akin to lemon zest as well. Earthy and floral. Very delicate. Yeasty. Surprisingly mellow, but complex enough to keep things interesting.

Taste: Yeast and earth. Delicate floral notes and a mealy pear-like flavor. Hints of lemon and funk on the back, but it's very clean. Herbal and floral in good measure. Powdery malts and a gritty yeast character.

Mouthfeel: Light with a solid, yet not intense, carbonation. Nice and dry on the finish.

Overall: Very easy drinking. Some minor funk and a delicate hand make this extremely approachable. It hits all the right characteristics for the style. Incredibly clean and light.

03-07-2012 20:44:15 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Served on-tap at Shady McGrady's into a snifter.

A - Pours cloudy straw yellow with a nice pillow of half finger tall head leaving little wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - I don't think the smokey bar helped this one much. I could barely make it out but I got some light Belgian yeast, ripe fruit, earthy funk and a solid herbal backbone.

T - Plenty of Belgian yeast and earthy funk mix well with some nice light fruitiness and a tiny bit of light malt. Not as spicy as I thought it would be but it is still in there. Finish has lots of lingering bready yeast. Still one of my all time favorite beers.

M - Medium-light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A pleasant mix of chewy and dry in the feel. Finish is very chewy with most of it lingering for some time after consumption.

D - Pretty high. One of the all time best, I could drink a few of these on a warm summer day no problem. It is light yet still complex and very tasty.

03-03-2011 16:44:32 | More by orangesol
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IPAcraig

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

One of the 21 beers I brought back from Belgium. Enjoying this while watching You, Me, & Dupree. The wife liked the movie, but not the beer.

25cl bottle poured into my De Garre Snifter.

A - Pours a nice hazy gold, with a two finger cloudy creamy head

S - Smells of sweet coriander with a bready yeast aroma. A tinge of sourness as well. Perhaps a touch of honey as well.

T - Doughy but sweet. Very subtle flavors, but there is a lot in there. The beer gets bolder as it warms. The yeast flavor is very "tripelish" and welcomed. A touch of sourness on the back of the tounge with a very faint bitterness as well.

M - Light and crisp, nicely carbonated; a lot, but not too much.

D - Excellent. This beer is extremely drinkable. A bit surprising they serve it in such small bottles.

06-19-2007 02:15:25 | More by IPAcraig
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hungryghost

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Cloudy, light orange pour with a fluffy white head that leaves plenty of lace behind.
Nice aroma of citrus, pepper and other spices.
Loaded with flavors, this ale changes as it passes through your mouth. Yeast, orange and lemon, great spiciness, a hint of hops and still room for a tiny amount of fruit sweetness. Each sip is the same but different. Excellent.
Mouthfeel is creamy, refreshing, crisp.
Would be very easy to have another, if I had more than one...

06-22-2005 20:31:51 | More by hungryghost
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JWU

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

12.7oz. bottle poured into a tulip

A- big smoke when it's uncorked, pours a cloudy gold/yellow with a HUGE white soapy, pillowy head. Beautiful.

S- Initially has some skunky aromas, but they dissipate. Pears, apples, belgian, spicy funk that reminds me of the way my Grandmother's basement used to smell.

T- A very well balanced pear, apple, yeasty funk, with a light bitterness on the back end. Nothing is in your face, but it all blends together nicely, and make for a complex and refreshing brew.

M- Light to medium, nice active carbonation (it's bottle conditioned after all). No metallic, or off putting tastes that translate over to the mouthfeel

O-Very nice, and very refreshing. Would make a great beer for a hot summer day.

12-02-2012 01:21:11 | More by JWU
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prosper

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a golden colour with a persistent dense head that leaves lots of lace.

Smells mostly of sticky-sweet malt and dried grasses, with some generous citrus-spice, and light 'belgian' character.

Taste is a balance of the sweet malt and fruity character with a neutral bitterness. Again, some faint belgian bubblegum and a vague phenolic finish. There's a lot of citrus character in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium light and spritzy. Finishes with a dry palate, but plenty of lingering IBU's and citrus.

07-19-2009 20:02:51 | More by prosper
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Revisiting this clasic farmhouse ale after a couple of seasons. I had forgotten how great one of these tart spicey fruity ales tastes on a hot summer day.

Poured a clouded honey color ale with the Dupont signature monstrous billowy cap. Lively with natural carbonation, lots of little yeast "floaters" in this drink.

Wonderful aroma of spice, mustiness and some sweet fruits. Chewy-musty malts mingle with pear-apricot some berry tastes, attenuated hop citrus and spices..finish is long but dry with lots of berry tastes...all this with very little trace of sweetness, but without being sour or astringent. A well made ale. Still tops for summer sipping...

06-15-2006 21:01:18 | More by pootz
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BeerManDan

California

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

When pouring this Saison from Dupont, the color was of a hazy golden brown in color with a medium about of foam and nice lace on the side of the glass. The smell of citrus with spritz filled the nose. The taste was of a zesty fruit (apple) nature. The simi-dry finish with the zest give this a well balance taste on the palate!

12-09-2004 00:02:46 | More by BeerManDan
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Fuller

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

cloudy pale yellow in color with a big, thick fluffy head that has good retention and leaves a lot of lacing all around the glass.

smell of citrus, mostly lemon. Also some grassy floral and spice.

Starts out sour with some fruity bitterness followed by some sweet maltiness and wheat flavors. All work great together to make a very smooth drink.

Excellent beer. Easy drinker. I will definitely be having this beer many, many more times.

07-02-2006 02:24:30 | More by Fuller
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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

375ml bottle poured into a goblet-style glass. Pours a murky gold. A thick, lustrous off-white head lingers on top. Good sticky lacing on the glass. Scents of yeast, pineapple, and some light peppery spiciness tingling the nose.

Carbonation level is moderate-to-high, but this beer doesn't feel harsh in any way. The finish is actually quite mellow and smooth. I notice some white pepper in the flavor along with some tart yeast, slightly puckering fruits, and mild wood notes on the back end. This is a great Saison. Took me much too long to try this one. Great beer.

08-09-2010 14:40:01 | More by Onenote81
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juanny

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

A great classic saison right out of Belgium. The bottle popped off like champagne revealing a nice opaque golden ale with plenty of carbonation. The nose had some earthy phenols with mild sweetness. I did not think of it smelling pear-like, but now that I see other people describe it that way I certainly agree.

Taste was very good, the earthy phenols from the Belgium yeast come out right away, along with a gentle dosage of hops, with leads to a somewhat wheaty, cleanly malted taste and finishes with the hint of fruity sweetness and earthy flavors again. This saison has a smooth satisfying mouthfeel and a real crisp, bubbly finish that makes you go "Ahhh!" and want some more.

This is not the must unique of flavor-laden saison out there, but has a fine balance and was a fine drink on a summer evening on the porch, I found.

06-24-2014 19:31:37 | More by juanny
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Nay

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Long lasting head. Hazy. Pilsner malty, bitter, peppery, touch of clove, phenolic aroma and some flavor. Tasty, but slight brett flavors lean toward pepper/sandpaper rather than refreshing slightly sourness. Full bodied, yet pretty dry for this alcohol level. Dangerously drinkable, but I'm a bit disappointed after seeing scores well above 90.

04-29-2012 01:54:44 | More by Nay
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Available in Vancouver in the big bottles ( better to cellar than the small versions) , this is a spicy take on the Saison. Lots of head tops a light gold body. The nose is all yeasty with citrus notes and the first sip is very assertive( You need to let the beer settle to really get the nuances of the finish). I like this version as it has body and finesse in one package and really shows well as a counterpoint to the malty, heavy dark beers.

01-07-2007 17:55:39 | More by canucklehead
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BigB415

California

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Pours cloudy yellow into my pint glass. Year 2011 or that's what the side of the cork says with "2.011"

S: Smells of fruit and citrus.

T: More fruit, citrus and a sour note too.

MF: The sourness lingers behind which is nice because it's not overpowering.

O: I really like it. It came highly recommended and I can see why. A nice fruity sour kick which is great on a hot day during the summer.

07-19-2011 04:11:17 | More by BigB415
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

This was not bad. I thought it was a typical Belgian, but it had this sweet finish which was a bit surprising.

Pale yellow color, not much head retention. Does anyone else note that when Belgians are served on tap, sometimes the head looks almost like a petri dish with cultures? There's little quantities of 'white' on there.

A bit yeasty, but then it gave me this soft slightly sweet finish that I've actually never experienced with a Belgian before. Not bad, but not the most amazing Belgian ever.

01-09-2003 20:18:41 | More by PatandDavid
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Mississipping

Mississippi

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow color with a massive white rocky head that keeps you company for much of the glass, receding very slowly.  Quite impressive lacing left behind.

S: Very lemony up front, along with bready yest, barnyard characteristics, and a nice peppery spiciness.  Large presence of straw/hay, grass, and plenty of pepper; subtle clove.  Lightly hopped, however, they are bright and floral. 

T: Quite yeasty and peppery to start things off.  The hay/grass and mustiness are a little more subtle, but are present throughout as well.  Tart finish where the lemon and hops become a little more apparent.  

M: Lighter side of medium with a quite a bit of carbonation making it tingly on the tongue, yet smooth and slightly creamy.  Nice drying finish that begs for another sip.

D: Excellent farmhouse ale that is complex, well-balanced, and very flavorful.  Really easy to put down and really, really enjoyable.  An excellent brew to have on this blazingly hot summer day.  

07-27-2011 21:56:10 | More by Mississipping
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TATTORSO

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Corked & caged 375 ml. forest green bottle into a 16 oz. Moretti goblet.

Corking produced a healthy *POP*. A careful, short pour produce a towering, foamy buttermilk colored head that peaked & lingered for some time. Spotty, moderate lace. A cloudy, apricot color.

Smells of ripe fruit, citrus rinds, peaches, fresh baked whole grain bread, fresh ground spices & cut flowers. There's the slightest hint of musty blanket "funk" that lingers in the background as the beer warms.

Initially the taste is sweet spices & moves quickly to a tart citrus taste with a sharp, peppery finish that builds as it dries. Very appealing & not too aggressive...not bitter & just sour enough with an earthy after taste & an ultimately dry finish.

The mouth is crisp & sparkling clean. That spicy pepper tingle is soooo refreshing! Modest warming on the swallow. Lighter bodied with a pleasing level of carbonation. Very clean presentation & finish.

Refreshing, approachable, affordable, & thirst quenching. Certainly worth revisiting again.

08-02-2008 20:24:37 | More by TATTORSO
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heygeebee

Australia

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

BB 2014

Won't really add much to this many reviews.

Fabulous pour, blast of a head fills a Duvel tulip.

Aromas as soon as the cap is lifted all The Right Stuff, yeast, lemon, a bit of cloves, a bit of funk and bit of sour.

Magnificently zesty as it goes down without being too sour. Carbonation dances on tongue.

Great beer for start of summer.

09-06-2012 09:27:03 | More by heygeebee
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Picked up a bottle of this in Totowa since I had never tried this before. I loved the cork and wire mesh top and even though this took a long time to down, this was completely worth it. This beer had a gorgeous cloudy golden hue and the textbook Saison taste that I expected from this, to go with the sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

This had a great pour to it that went beyond what I anticipated. The hue was golden and perfectly cloudy with one of the strongest and long-lasting heads that I've ever seen on a beer - hands down. Once I let it settle a bit and took a sip, there was a lot to process here. Banana, clove, grass, and straw all quietly vied for my attention. Underneath all of this was a lingering sourness that faded into a very funky and earthy aftertaste. Between that and the body, this took quite a while to drink.

The alcohol was a bit strong in this but almost undetectable underneath everything else that was going on. While this style of beer isn't quite for the novice, anyone who is a fan of this style ought to seek out and enjoy this as soon as possible. It's a textbook example of the style and worth the sight and sensory experience.

05-25-2012 20:01:51 | More by JerzDevl2000
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gory4d

New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a nice bright hay color into my tulip; the head is white and thin, with very large bubbles, and doesn't last long. The smell is pastoral: clover and grass and clay, with some notes of honey and peony. Taste comes on sweet and floral, with a sharp mineral tang to the finish; the yeast is very subtle though rich. It's quite an active beer in the mouth, leaving a good bit of foam to swallow after you think you're done, but feels very nice going down. The alcohol edge isn't too pronounced: it's easy to drink a few. A very nice example of the style.

09-07-2008 01:47:47 | More by gory4d
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jtell

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

A really tasty beer. Appearance is a hazy straw color that pours a real nice head. Head sticks around as well. Smell is really different. Yeasty and sort of musty. Taste is the same. Very unique, refreshing and really difficult to put a finger on. Mouthfeel is rich and carbonated. Drinkability is very good. The alcohol is low and the flavors are so unique that you keep going back for more. I would highly recommend this. They also make an organic version that is good.

09-19-2006 23:55:14 | More by jtell
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beertunes

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured into long stem wine glass (I didn't have my regular glassware available). Poured a cloudy medium yellow with just about a half-inch of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

Upon opening the bottle the aroma was strongly skunky. After pouring the skunk went away and I was left with a pleasant combination of yeast and spice in the nose. Not as earthy as I had expected. The flavors were almost exactly what I had expected. Very yeasty and spicy with a more earthy taste than the aroma had promised. A pleasant tangyness on the finish.

The body was light and well rounded. The beer had a very carbonated presence on the tongue and finished cleanly. Drinkability was very good, this makes a great companion for your afternoon's diversions.

If you're just discovering this style, this is a must drink. If you're familiar with this style, you know how great this beer is.

02-14-2010 18:36:58 | More by beertunes
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charlesbyrd

Mississippi

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from a 330 ml bottle, no freshness date, into a footed glass.

A: Whoa! Pours very hazy and honey in color. The head is massive and craggy with little flecks of sediment held in suspension. Super aggressive carbonation froths about below the surface of the liquid. The head lasts forever and leaves an impressive amount of lacing. Simply beautiful.

S: The aroma is salty and earthy at first, with notes of tart fruit flowing in and out. There are also hints of spice and yeasty bread.

T: Big and spicy at first, the grain backbone holds up well against the complex profile of chalky yeast, tart fruit, and herbal bitterness. It's like a wheat beer in reverse, in that all the big spicy notes come at the beginning, while the finish is very clean.

M: Very crisp carbonation, with a light to medium body. Very refreshing overall.

D: This is a wonderful beer overall and a great introduction to the saison style. The flavor is just a bit more subdued than others I've tried, but it's also more balanced and showcases more of the farmhouse funk I look forward to in a saison.

07-27-2010 15:39:43 | More by charlesbyrd
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HochFliegen

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Wow this beer had quite the head! It was huge very fluffy white and it had some serious staying power. As I drank the hazy copper liquid that bubbled from the depths of the glass the head trasnformed into a rocky, uneven, sticking to the sides of the glass well formed head.
The smell was very complex, hints of fruit, spice and yeast dominate. Im sure I missed something as this is one of the more complex scented beers Ive drank. Hints of strawberry, bubble gum and a light alcohol scent as well. Somewhat earthy as well.
On first taste it was quite dry and spicy. Very complex like the aroma. Tastes of green apple and a yeasty spice like flavor that is quite bitter in the aftertaste and dry as well. Lemon flavor as the beer warmed to room temp. now and slightly more alcohol flavor in the aftertaste as it warmed as well. It finishes really crisp and dry. Very much full bodied as the carbonation and overall profile leaves a very dominating experience in my memory.

03-06-2007 05:19:12 | More by HochFliegen
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,246 ratings.