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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 3,515
Reviews: 1,471
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 205
Gots: 300 | FT: 9
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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 IBUnit63
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 corked and caged - 2008 date. Strong pop of the cork and into the trusty Ommegang chalice it goes...

Pours a classic lemon-honey color with a 1/2-finger head or so - that typical tight, wispy, yeasty Saison bluish tinge. Carbonation is present and bubbles up slowly from the bottom. Head burns off shortly to reveal thin yeast wisps.

Am enjoying the slight ginger spice along with some enjoyable candi sugar. There's a solid synergy with slight pine of noble hops, minor sour funkiness and a hearty dose of yeast electricity. There's a slight Saaz-ish silage scent but it's not a huge detraction.

Definitely an Old World standard. The carbonation mellows a little bit in taste with a touch of Saaz hoppiness that links up with the acidity for that slight silage taste. Spicing of ginger and coriander is faint and austere. The yeast really cleaned everything up in here - even the candi sugar is rather faint. I enjoy the hell out of an extra-dry saison. With warmth a little spice and candi sugar come back, making this nice and balanced. Carbonation becomes more of a factor and becomes the tie that binds.

This is what we expect from a standard Saison - dryness, slight acidity and lively carbonation, yielding a bit of spriteliness. Pine hop and sourness work well together to balance a dryer sweetness. Finish is long and lively. With a little warmth, the sourness meshes with the Saaz silage to make more of a tight, puckering feel.

One of the good ones and again, a solid Old World standard. Maybe a little too much Saaz for my taste but this one is extremely bright and clean. Well-done to say the least.

Photo of Absumaster
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A golden yellow beer with a stabile huge head that does not disappear the entire glass.

Smell is malty with a bit of cork and a bit of moist cellar. Some hoppy notes too that are earthy.

Taste of anise and cork, interesting. A lot of tastes that are hard to describe, spicy with hints of clove and cinnamon, I am not sure. The hops are very much in balance with the yeast and malt. A nice gentle bitterness comes in after the yeast and complements the beer. Super balance and complex!

Photo of SaucyJack
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Moan & Dove. I've loved Saison Dupont for years in the bottle and was thrilled to see it on the chalkboard at the pub. I wasn't disappointed, though I'd probably score the bottled version a bit higher.

The beer poured a little cloudy, in an enticing kind of way. It had that earthy, barnyard aroma that I expected, but it tasted just a bit sweeter than I remembered from the bottle. The hops were present but to the extent of the bottled version. There was a slight hint of oxidation, but overall, this is one of the best draft beers you're likely to find in this country. A definite winner, but better, I think, in the bottle.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

That old familiar hop sulfur hits me first, watering my mouth for a Euro Lager. Then the yeast rolls in and summons deeper want for a sip. Slightly sour, somewhat grainy/grassy, hints of phenols, and pleasant maltiness.

Yellow-orange apricot hue, foggy translucence, nice creamy/foamy head with moderate retention.

Tart and dry, with a grainy demeanor. Sip, slosh. More tartness associated with yeast phenols and a grassiness that I take to be the earthy/leafy side of hops. Fairly sharp carbonation and dry, powdery mouthfeel. Deeper Belgian yeast colors come to focus - a little horseblanket/barnyard, medicinal suggestions. Pretty stiff bitterness near the end finishes the beer dry.

More peppery than spicy. Earthy hops subside more in the aftertaste with a ghostly presence. I never really got the fruitiness.

Paired with some big-holed Swiss and Indian tandoori bread. The bitter edge of the cheese works well with the similarly bitter edge of the beer. The two make one another taste so much better and the bread is just good. Really, I can't recall Swiss ever tasting so good.

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"2.003" says the cork. On the pour, a head of pure white rushes up to fill half the goblet. Beer is the color of bronzed honey with highlights of pure gold; highly translucent and full of lilting carbonation. A swirl of the glass leaves slothful lace oozing back towards the surface of the liquid. Quite a looker, until later in the bottle... when I start getting loads of sediment, no matter how gentle the pour. Crisp, hoppy aromas of new-mown grass with grated lemon zest and pickled ginger; soft, rice wafery maltiness. Nosefeel is almost too light to be considered "floral." Flavors are neatly balanced, everything drenched in coolness: lemon juice wetnesses give way to an assertive, spicy body of white pepper, coriander, ginger; nectarine-pit bitterness; vigorously dry, hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is wet--wetter than water--on the tongue, but somehow finishes warm, bitter, and refreshing. Good drinkability overall, but I was beginning to feel some palate fatigue after 750ml of the stuff. Delicacy is absolutely the focus of this brew. I preferred this when I had it on tap, but this sample simply reinforced my notion that this is the archetype for the style. This paired very nicely indeed with orange-glazed salmon and asparagus frittata.

Photo of Cavery
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulips, 750ml shared with SundaySour

4th of July tasting!

A: Gold straw,light sun beams, with notable clarity. Light white soap sud foams at two fingers sits loftily over a very light body. A ring of bubbles forms around the edge of the glass as the foam dissipates.

S: Light bready biscuits, pear flesh, and traces of hay. This is a delicate barnyard. The yeast is so soft on the nose, yellow grasses and cut lemongrass. Some bamboo chutes chase the flavor of fresh peppery arugula.

T: Such subtle grassy notes. yellow grasses, faint ginger, and hay. The breadiness favors light crusts. There is no doughiness in the taste at all, it is clean and champagne like in its dryness. Cut greens make an appearance in the finish.

M: Soft light body that rolls in the mouth. Carbonation fizzes for a long time. This is like a champagne with the volume turned down. Soft spoken and complimentary of the flavor. This really is the knot that ties the theme of this beer together.

O: Solid, light, and very clean. I think this is about as clean of a saison as I've ever had. A sophisticated salad in a glass, versatile with great drinkability. I'm a big fan of this one, but the sophistication might tame the style to the point that it makes a departure. This would be an easy intro to beer styles for a champagne drinker.

Photo of AChamberlain
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love Hennepin and I know this beer is supposed to be THE saison, but I always seem to judge saisons against Hennepin. Is this wrong.

This is pretty killer though. More clear than I was expecting, but very nice. Spicy and full of cloves. Very solid.

This is a very good saison, but I think I will stick with Hennepin. I definitely recommend it though.

Photo of Cmack15
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The classic mother of all saisons. You owe to yourself and beergeeks everywhere to at least try this. A superb offering from the mecca of beer Belgium. Great in the heat or cold months of the year. Good with almost any type of food also. This ia a beer that you should always have on stock. Highly reccomend this to all.

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 kdog630
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a special function at a local beer bar. A cloudy, straw colored pour with a decent head. The aroma had citrus and light malty overtones. Flavors are oranges and a certain tartness, but very smooth. Excellent mouthfeel and finish. Letting it warm in your hands only adds to the flavors you can experience.

This is an excellent beer. It would have been nice to have more than on glass of it. Even Mrs. Kdog enjoyed it.

Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden, huge fluffy white head and plenty of lace all around the glass. Nose is very citrusy, some buried malts, grass and earth, pleasant. Taste is very citrusy, some deep maltiness on the tongue, clean dry finish. Highly carbonated, but smooth and refreshing.

Photo of SykDoc
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a clear straw color with significant carbonation. A two inch off-white head forms and reduces fairly quickly to a nice lacing.

The aroma is very earthy with some grass, lemon, yeast, and spice components. Solid overall, but nothing overwhelming.

The taste is again a combination of lemon zest, grass and eathy notes combined with a bit of pepper. Nicely bitter.

The mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with a gentle but smooth carbonation. Smooth and refreshing with a nice dryness at the finish.

Overall, this is a good beer. The components a solid and you can enjoy it, but it is hard for me to have more than one.

Photo of aubuc1
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle dated 2007 poured in to a goblet.

hazy, clear golden with a thick white head.

Smell is sweet funk. Some pepper and citrus.

Taste is slightly sour and spicy while still a little funky.

Great tasting, drinking beer that is a complete classic.

Photo of brouwer
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thought I would give a try to a Belgian Saison. This seemed like a good choice. So given a warm summer day this is a good choice.

The appearance is that of a modestly opaque carmel color. Two to three inch head with good lacing.

The smell is typical of belgian beer but somewhat faint.

Taste is mildly sweet fruity in flavor with rapid dissipation, mild bitter. The mouthfeel is pleasant with appropriate carbonation.

Overall a pleasing belgian but not on the level of a Trippel for my palate.

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.

Photo of jfclark
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour from 12 oz bottle.

A: nice golden color, clear appearance. Light head that lasts. Some yeast particles.

S: definitely fruity smell

T: refreshing taste - light but plenty of favor.

M: mediumish mouthfeel.

Overall, an enjoyable beer, will have again.

Photo of jlandis
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chimay chalice.

A - Hazy and golden in color with plenty of white fluffy head.

S - Sharp hints of citrus with plenty of barnyard feel. A little bit of a skunky aroma, but that could be due to the green bottle.

T - I was pleasantly surprised to find that the skunky aroma didn't make it's way into the flavor. Earthy bitter hops with a solid funk, and dry tart fruit in the finish.

M - Solid carbonation with a fairly thin consistency. A very easy drinking experience.

D - Very enjoyable, but I'm glad I only had 1 750ml bottle. I'm glad that I tried it, but for the price ($8.99) I probably won't be purchasing this one again soon.

Photo of TATTORSO
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of r3o
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a pale straw color, cloudy, with a white head, lots of bubbles. The smell is mostly a musty, mold-like, that kind of follow with the taste, just a bit of malt. It has a dry-medium body with lots of carbonation, very crisp. I enjoyed it very much, but would have like to capture more layers of flavor.

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass. Cork on this says 2.010, hopefully it doesn't mean the year 2010

Appearance - Cloudy Dark Yellow and with just a tiny bit of sediment. Like Ommegang Saison, this has a very tall voluminous head that clocks in around 5 fingers in width. The big difference here is that the head retention is quite shorter and more soapy, whereas Ommegang has a fluffy head and very good head retention. However, it does have quite a bit of lacing along the sides

Smell - Lemon Zest, Grassiness, Yeasts/Biscuits, Barley, and Malts. This is a very earthy smelling Saison, so earthy in fact that it reminds me of a Pilsener.

Taste - Sweet Yeasts, Bready/Biscuits, Lemons, Floral Hops, Barley and Malts. Smells like a Pilsener but tastes like a Saison, this was a pleasant surprise. Flavors blend together fairly well and give it a nice smoothness, though I was expecting more of a malty kick. Aftertaste is mildly grassy with some yeasty notes.

Mouthfeel - This one has a light body and virtually no carbonation. Feels light yet refreshing, which is impressive considering it's ABV.

Overall - Trying a Belgian Saison for the first time and I'm impressed with it. Aside from the fact it lacked a strong malty backbone, I have to say it was really good. I say it's definitely worth checking out if you're into Saisons and looking for something just a bit different.

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saison Dupont is golden with good carbonation. Head is large and fluffy. The aroma is of a sweet malt and tangy spice. The taste is of sweet, grainy malt meets citrus and spices. Orange peel flavor is obvious, but I'm not quite sure what contributes the spiciness. A little earthy flavor is also in the mix. Finish is somewhat tart and thirst quinching. Saison Dupont is a great beer all-around, highly recommended.

Photo of ummswimmin
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought that it would be nice to anticipate the beginning of summer with my first saison of 2011. And this is the classic example of a saison... afterall, then started making them since before America became a nation.

This was a cute little, 11.2 ounce bottle. It was served with a classic tall pilsner glass with a little taper at the top. Since a poured a little aggressively, there was a lot of head. I must have mispoured (four and a half inches of head). Then I stared at my glass longingly as the beer held the head for a long time. I didn't get to drink for something like five minutes. It was a good punishment.

I spent the five minutes just smelling the bouquet for awhile. It was floral with some nice, light spices.

The flavor had a clean, refreshing flavor. It was light on the malt and hops. There was some fruitness in the flavor. It was very drinkable down to a clean finish.

The beer had a nice golden color with brown particulates (it is unfiltered). The brown flakes swirl around the glass in a nice motion. Eventually these flakes settle into the bottom of the glass.

At the end there was no lacing on the glass. I should continue the great history of this beer by buying another bottle soon.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a big pure white head with decent retention and ok lacing. Smell is a bit subdued, but shows wheat characteristics, with some green apple. Not bad.

Taste is nice. Wheat, spice, green apple, some grassy notes. A touchof sour to start it out, but a nice fruity hop profile. Lemony citrus. Tasty brew.

Very nice crisp mouthfeel makes this a perfect warm weather beer. Delicious.

Photo of kernalklink
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good saison- i was apprehensive at first- the cork popped and all i could smell was skunk. I was pleasantly surprised that the taste was quite the opposite. The pour was light golden with a huge billowing head and great sustained lacing. Extremely light body, great carbonation and smooth going down. Very subtle belgian spiciness, grassy, earthy and very fresh. There is a slight yeasty sourness which helps round out the finish. Definately needs to be paired with some quality food, it can only make it better. This one transported me elsewhere, and what else can you ask of a good beer than that.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I undid the wiring holding the cork and it shot out and this beer poured a crazy ass head. It has a murky yellowish brown color.

Smell is of pear and some light green apple.

Smell is of sweet citrus. Some pear and apple come out. Some yeasty musty funk comes out and the beer finishes dry.

Nice carbonation on the beer. Crisp mouthfeel.

This makes for a decent session. I expected a little more. I actually found a bottle of this after I had traded for it, so I'll try the traded version after this and see if it is any different.

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,515 ratings.