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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Reviews: 1,518
Hads: 3,812
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 239
Gots: 430 | FT: 12
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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 willjschmidt
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip glass.

A: Pours a light golden color with a big pillowy white head.

S: Light spice with a bit of yeast. White pepper, a bit funky.

T: The gold standard for saisons. Light spices such as white pepper and coriander. Slightly fruity in the form of green apples, pears, and sour lemon. Very hoppy, over the nice soft malt base. Very dry in the finish. Only slightly sour and a hint of funkiness from the yeast.

M: Light bodied, highly carbonated.

D: An excellent saison, probably the best in the world. A truly excellent beer.

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Photo of bump8628
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL green corked and caged bottle.

The gentlest of pours yields four fingers of creamy, mousse-like, white foam that collapses after some time and leaves huge chunks of lace on the tulip glass.

Musky, earthy, peppery, and spicy on the nose with background notes of lemon rind, bubblegum, and more flavor complexities than I can express. It even has a faint note of onion and garlic, which is quite pleasant.

The biggest difference in the taste from the aroma is the dry, bitter, mineral/salt character that plays a huge part in the flavor profile. The mineral edge is accompanied by a big, peppery spiciness, notes of fruity bubblegum and pear, earthy, dirty musk, and tart lemon peel. Hop bitterness is firm and the hops add even more complexity with a raw, herbal, grassy, leafy flavor.

One of the driest beers on Earth, which along with the bracing bitterness makes this a super refreshing beer. So complex, unique, and interesting, this is still the unmatched quintessential example of a Saison. One of my favorites.

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Photo of denver10
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours dirty golden yellow with a white head. Cloudy, definitely unfiltered. Aroma is rustic graininess and peppery with some grassy hops thrown in. Flavor follows suit. Mouthfeel is thin, crisp, an quite dry. Overall, fantastic saison. Definitely a leading example of the style. Worth all its hype.

I rate this a 4.65

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Photo of KingPuuChuu
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer.
Poured from an 11oz bottle with a beautiful gold with a huge fluffy head. That's right, I just used fluffy. Imagine a light fluffy cloud of beer.

Very fragrant. The yeast comes out with a hefty clovey smell, along with some hop character.

Clean flavor. Crisp, malty, a little bit of lemon. Easily drinkable. Mouthfeel is wonderful, as it stays consistently bubbly, which keeps the unfiltered yeast flowing around. Alcohol is 6.5, so it doesn't hit you at all, though I could see myself only having one big bottle

The only negative is that this is in a green bottle, so I can taste some oxidation.

Other than that, this is a spectacular beer.

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Photo of ArrogantBastage
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the small green 375ml bottle into an Ommegang flute.

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a thick, rocky head lofting up to the brim of the glass once poured. Loads of carbonation in this beer that keeps the head lingering for a long time. No lacing present through the session.

S: Complex aroma, layers of husky grains, yeast, slight funk, and spicy phenols are captivating and enticing.

T: Follows the aroma starting with a nice husky grain and then the spicy flavors take over and dominate half way through. Afterwards the finish dries out and a nice bitterness lingers briefly and then vanishes leaving the palette cleansed. Definitely refreshing.

M: Loads of prickly carbonation help this beer from feeling too thin.

D: This beer is easily drinkable and it's very easy to have more than one or two in an evening. The alcohol content is lower than most other Belgians making it easy to enjoy several. Definitely recommended to those that appreciate the style

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Photo of brewdenver
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a tulip.

A: Light golden yellow, strong fingers and lacing. Good head retention.

S: Fruity, earthy, pleasant aroma.

T: Various fruits and spices. Earthy middle with a semi dry finish. Every taste was better than the first.

M: Perfect carbonation off the tap. Medium bodied, pleasant on the tongue and cheeks.

O: A great, great Saison.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before date of 09/2013

Opening the bottle results in foam trying to overflow a bit. Beer is quickly transferred to the glass where it is a hazy, dirty gold color with tons of white head. Head settles down to about a finger.

Nose consists of a light citrus character, as well as a light scent of yeast. Also a slight hint of spice.

Flavor contains yeast and a bit of citrus at the start. There is a bit of sweetness in the middle. It finishes out slightly spicy and dry.

I've had Saison Dupont a few times now, and every time has been pretty amazing.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No weak spot on this beer (just leave a sediment in the bottle and don't pour it in the glass). It reminded me of witbier (colour), Belgian pale ales, tripels and even Orval and gueuze. Refreshing and light, yet full of taste. Citrusy, mild funky, grassy...

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Photo of tdawgydog
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After reading about the Saison ales in the latest edition of Beer Advocate I decided that I had to try some. The most prominent of the Saison ales is this one Saison DuPont and now I know why. Poured a golden orange into my Leffe Chalice with noticeable yeast particles... Unfiltered indeed. The head was at least two fingers and it was retained throghout. The taste is fruitful and enjoyable. Crisp clean taste gives way to one of the better beers I have ever had. I will definitely be seeking this out again on my next trip to my beer store.

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Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml/25.4 fl. oz.

A - Hazy golden-yellow with a huge white head. Bubbles up quickly and fades into thick piles of foam. Slight head retention but no lacing at all. Without a careful, delicate pour the head builds very quickly and very tall.

S - Light, refreshing fruits. Dry citrus comes to mind, especially lemon. Of course the funky, farmhouse, Belgian nose is pervasive.

T - Awesome. Refreshing, crisp fruit. Hay, yeast, and other barn-like flavors. Earthy. Hard to describe but very enjoyable.

M - Ample carbonation provides a clean, crisp bite. Becomes funkier and drier as the beer warms. I'd have to say, a much more refreshing and overall enjoyable beer when it's at a cooler temperature. As it nears room temperature I guess it's better for us beer enthusiasts who want to search for different layers in the nose and taste.

As a relative "novice" to funky and sour Belgian ales, this was a great introduction. I've had several American versions of Saison's and nothing comes close to this. But I guess that's the point. They all give their own interpretation of the original Belgian Farmhouse ales that are just fantastic. I cannot wait to delve deeper into this style of beer, especially the Belgian versions.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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...

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison Dupont was decanted into an Ommegang goblet, and came out a slightly hazy gold color, with a lovely pillow like white head. Smell has citrus fruit such as lemons and oranges, hints of earth and soil, and a mild bit of funk. Taste has more earthy funk, some cheese ash bitterness, grapefruit, more spicy pepper, overall very complex flavors. Mouthfeel starts off with a heavy carbonation that starts off rather sweet, and changes course to leave the palate on a dry and bitter note. Good drinking with this beer; I could go through a bottle very easily. This is a great conversation piece of a beer, and amongst the best for the style. Went well with some lamb tips. Cheers

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy yellowish color with fast rising bubbles leaving a white blanket on the top

S: A little musty, fruity with accents of apple peel, lemon, and yeast.

T: Opens with a lemon, hay element, little funk giving way to subtle undercurrents of light fruit sweetness and spices, finishes with a quite Earthy bitterness.

M: Smooth and quite full, with light, soft carbonation, light booze sting

O: Truly excellent, super easy to drink, a beer to be savored and among my favorites

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Photo of rkuhnel
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle, this poured a cloudy gold with a nice foamy head and good lacing. Big nose of citrus, floral hops, and spices. Rich and delicious mouthfeel. Favors are wonderful with citrus, flowers, fruit, and hops. Slightly sour finish. Fantastic brew.

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Photo of chiefydawg
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy, pale orange body. Near-extreme carbonation pushes tiny bubbles to form a tall, compact, snow-white head. Not a stellar lacing, but it is there.

Citrusy, dusty/earthy, with some champagne-type fruitiness hits the nose initially. Little Belgian yeast follows, and some ripe pear just begins to peek as it warms to the room. Clean and refreshing scent.

Unripe fruitiness and citrus peel greet the tongue, accentuated by the unexpected level of hop bitterness. Then a dusty, white peppery yeast gets into the mix right away. As it warms, there is a somehow pleasant soap taste. Tad of dry grain. No detection of any flaws or even much alcohol, though that can be felt.

Shockingly creamy, and a joy to roll around the chops. This high level of carbonation and attenuated dryness just doesn't make this seem possible - but here it is. Although the alcohol taste is very subdued, it is sensed through the feel of the swallow and subsequent breath. Finishes dry and palate cleansing, leaving one begging for another sip.

I love this Belgian Ale. I drink a lot of beers, but do not wind up with Saisons often enough due to location. I think if had my druthers, I would keep kegs of this one around for daily consumption. Masterful work of art here in complexity and drinkability.

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Photo of CCalvert
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I will admit that this was my first taste of a saison, and going in I had absolutely zero expectations. With that being said...WOW was/is this stuff GREAT!! I think this will be my go to beer while relaxing in my pool this summer.
A... was wonderful, nice and hazy, with a large creamy head, and excellent lacing.
S...Again wonderful, I cant really describe it, but it smells great.
T...The taste is extremely easy, yet hoppy, with hints of pine, citrus. Very good and drinkable .
M...Felt as good on the palate the first sip as it did on the last.
I will be enjoying these quite often during the summer months. I'm a big fan of Strong ales, and this is a great break for me, especially when its warm outside.

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance> Looks like unflitered cider. Warm yellow with a big vanilla head. Very cloudy. Lively. Great.

Smell> Smells like a farm. Spicey nose. cereal. This is how Saisons should smell. Excellent.

Taste>Fantastic saison! Sharp start, forward Belgian taste, then a little bit of alcohol heat in the hang, only to be smoothed out with clove.

Mouthfeel> Effervescent . Thin. Comme çi, comme ça

Drinkability> Very drinkable!

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Photo of aleigator
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

The pour yields a medium golden body that starts out mostly clear, but becomes increasingly cloudy with each pour. A foamy, huge, head holds strong, fading very slowly.

On the nose, grassy herbs come across slightly funky belgian yeast and pale, bready malts.

The actual taste differs a lot from the aromas. It evokes a much warmer feeling on the palate, than the aromas revealed, due to soft yeast, straw, peppery hints, tart lemon, pear and spices. Has an incredibly smooth mouthfeel, which is just outraging soft on the palate, with added complexity from the slightly biting, savory spices among peppery notes and lively, metallic carbonation. Pleasant, floral hops act as an enjoyable counterpart, with the addition of earthy malts, to the sweeter spices. The palate is simply perfect, substantial and round up front, finishing very dry and lightly fizzy. Outstanding well balances beer, which is close to perfection in taste with a particular complex body.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured a pale gold into a tulip with several fingers of frothy white head. Very pleasant aroma of peppery yeast, lemon, and hints of banana and clove.

Medium-high carbonation and a very light mouthfeel. Dry taste dominated by Belgian yeast and some nice banana sweetness with a bit of lemon on the finish. Light, balanced, and just a hint of funk to keep things interesting. Wasn't bowled over the first time I tried it, but this saison has really grown on me the last couple times.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL green glass bottle, served cold into a chalice.

Saison Dupont is a hazy yellow-orange color with thick white head. The head sticks around forever leaving thick lace on the glass.

Aroma is wonderful and complex like a saison should be. Great floral smells with slight sour and funk. There's a little spice in there too, maybe some pepper. Really nice.

Flavor is excellent too. Nice balance of complex flavors always seems to be a hallmark of the saison style and this beer has that quality for sure. Wonderful spice, funk, sour, and floral flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with medium-full carbonation.

Overall an excellent version of the saison style. Everything it should be.

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Photo of hobojon
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

App- orange/gold straw. some yeast chunks, but acceptable. white head laces and stays.

Aroma- strong esters. tart, earthy, lots of acids. nobel hops- very floral. bready, wheat.

Taste- dry and tart. very smooth hop bitterness and resin. clean. funky and delicious. balance between malt, hops, and yeast is superb. citrus.

M- high carb. dry. clean. light body.

D- very good. this could be a beer that I drink anytime.

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Photo of uno99
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a stange glass ( a very long thin Pilsner flute) at Chauncey Smiths in London. A 250mL bottle which was beautiful in its own right.

A: due to the glass I was given i carefully poured down the side and got a nice wispy head when I poured into the middle. lots of little bubbles quickly rising. Good head retention, and when you swirl the glass it revives it even more.

S: slightly funky, very fruity and inviting. I could smell this beer from a few feet away as I was pouring. lifting it to your nose reveals the true character.

T: first thing I tasted was banana's. and I actually said out loud "whoah! banana's" Im happy to see other tasters noticing it as well. I also got a grassy lemmony note as well as slight tart yeast note. this was very complex... I wish I could have taken notes. A VERY refreshing beer to have after my lamb and Imperial Stout.

M: comes alive in the mouth with lots of carbonation which really does the beer justice.

D: I wanted more MoRe MORE! but I had to DRIVE DrIvE drive...:(

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a brilliant golden color and left a nice full head of white lace. Head dissipated rather quickly and left traces of lacing.

The aroma was very complex; spicy musty hops, yeast, and horse blanket aroma. Crazy esters... apricot, peaches, figs. Malt underneath, and a slight vegetable aroma as well. Incredibly dynamic.

Taste? Outstanding. Very complex. Quite assertive in hop bitterness. Easy to drink and crisp. An experience to revel in.

Brilliant mouthfeel. Full, active carbonation, but with the softness of bottle-conditioning.

Very, very drinkable. Especially since its NYC and 97 degrees today. Thank you sir, may I have another?

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4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Opened a 750ml bottle. The beer was a golden-orange color, with a slight haze from yeast. Head was white and huge. Lots of streaming bubbles. Aroma was yeast, lemon, and some type of spice. Taste was wonderful, tart with hint of peppermint, some very slight malt sweetness, and finally a finish of hop bitterness at the end. It was a very light body, slight alcohol warmth, refreshingly acidic and highly carbonated. I thought it was fantastic, and I would be happy to drink it anytime.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,518 ratings.