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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Reviews: 1,513
Hads: 3,789
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ElijahRivera
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I pick up a 375 ml bottle for $5.75 with no freshness date and consumed it on 7/27/13. Might be a bit overpriced, but I was on a saison kick and couldn't get it anywhere else.

A- It poured a brilliant golden color with just a slight haze. Fluffy white head, active carbonation consisting of large bubbles, and lots of floating sediment.

S- Strong lemon aroma, some pepper and esters. Bready yeast and grains, and a mild tartness all combined in a delicate but stimulating olfactory journey.

T- Right away I got some sweet, mild, and soft grains, but that was quickly overcome by a dry, spicy, lemon, bitter finish. As I drank, the tartness and spicy lemon flavors continued to build.

M- Very effervescent, light bodied, dry, crisp mouthfeel that leaves a delightfully citrusy, funky, dry and bitter aftertaste on my palate.

O- Deliciously refreshing. This is the first time I've had Saison Dupont, and it lived up to the hype. Not a disappointment at all. I'm now convinced that the best setting to drink a farmhouse ale is on the second floor of a barn looking out over a Catskill Mountain horse pasture on a hot day in late July. (1,136 characters)

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

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Saison Dupont glass at Cafe Delerium in Brussels, Belgium just an hour after touring the Cantillon brewery (just a few miles away).

A Slightly cloudy, yellow orange translucent with nice 3 inch head. Nice, classic Saison look.

S Grains, yeast, nice soft saison smell. Very inviting as I have enjoyed most saisons that I have tried.

T Great, balanced saison with much flavor from the barley malt, yeasty grains and not much hops at all. Very nice. I may also taste some spicing in there that I find difficult to put my finger on as to which spices they are.

M Medium, very appropriate.

D Great. I could easily have many of these.

Notes: What a treat to have this at Cafe Delerium! (720 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The beer pours out a hazy orange-yellow with an absolutely massive head, excellent retention, and dynamite lacing. Truly a fantastic looking beer. The nose is quite complex. There are big musty notes, tart notes of lemon and orange, some floral notes, and some pepper.

The beer has a light body and firm mouthfeel. There is not much maltiness. This is all about sweet, tart, and hoppy. The flavor is nearly perfectly balanced between sweet fruit and sour fruit before everything dries up and the taste takes on notes of lemon and pepper. The finish is herbal and dry, like a pilsner.

This is a classic Saison, and it's easy to see why. I don't think I would suggest this to newbies. The herbal, hoppy nature might not appeal to an inexperienced palate. Fans of the style should love it. It's expensive, but sooner or later every BA must try this. You won't regret it. (918 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 edition, according to the cork. New selection available at John's Grocery. Poured beautifully into my new Duvel tulip (thanks, Mr. Chalice Whore!). Had a massive three finger fluffy head with great subsequent lacing. The head receded to a marshmallow dome in the middle of the tulip. Oh yeah, it's also a hazy golden straw color with what seems to be a sediment-free beer.

The smell needs a bit of warming up before it really starts to open up, but it never really seems to get to full throttle. Smells very spicy and yeasty. Very "belgian," to be cliche. It literally smells like a farmhouse. Makes me nostalgic of back home on the parent's farm, though that may sound quite redneck considering I'm from Iowa.

The taste is a bit funky, but not in a bad way. Spicy. Yeasty. Bready. A bit sweet; a bit bitter in the finish. It is quite dry as well. Remnicient of Ommegang Hennepin.

This is quite good. It is recommended with all grilled foods, according the bottle. Consequently, I have many Flemmish recipes that call for Dupont as an ingredient, so I will have to do some experimenting in the future. If you can get this beer and don't mind a bit of funk, definitely go for it. (1,192 characters)

Photo of mirish72
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ML as a treat. Popped the cork and this was almost like opening a bottle of champagne. Poured into a Chimay goblet. It pours a golden orange with an amazing white head. Incredible floral aroma with classic farmhouse funk. Overall this is one of my favorite beers, especially with a great meal, it is amazing in everyway. (335 characters)

Photo of berley31
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a huge, white, creamy and fluffy head that was very long lasting, and left some nice lacing on the glass. Body is a light orange color, and very hazy.

S: Very fruity aroma (orange, lemon). Some moderate spiciness, none of which in particular can be placed specifically (which is good). Just a touch of funkiness.

T: Very refreshing and light, some spiciness and high fruitiness in a perfect balance. Bit of hop bitterness that, along with the high carbonation, leads to a very dry finish.

M: Medium-light bodied, with high carbonation.

D: Probably the best Saison I have had yet... hands down. (612 characters)

Photo of doppelmeup
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a 750 ml bottle into tulip glasses. We had this with some Thai food, and it was a perfect match for the meal.

This beer rivaled Duvel for it's magnificent pillowy head. Thick foam towered in the glass, marked by giant moon craters. Excellent lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Aromas typical of Belgian ales. Fruity, with hints of banana and cloves and the distinct Belgian yeastiness.

Flavor was excellent. Fruity and slightly sweet to start off, with a clean, crisp slightly bitter finish to cleanse the palate. It went exceptionally well with our dinner.

Light, refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall, an excellent beer and the best example of the style I have had, barely edging out Hennepin. A superb choice for a dinner companion, especially with Thai food. (798 characters)

Photo of Beerzebub
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden color. Very clear until last glass. An inch of dense egg shell head that slowly forms sticky mountains and riverbeds as stiff as meringue. Huge 3D blobs of lace.

Smells of spicy yeast, grassy hops, ripe stone fruits and tropical fruits, apricot chutney, cheddar cheese, light toast, brine.

Tastes of complex fruity and spicy yeast with a slight sharp cheesy funk like cheddar, almost nondiscernible malt sweetness balancing perfectly with grassy hops. Finish is long, totally dry, grassy, slightly briny/minerally, refreshing.

Light bodied mouthfeel with wonderfully lively and finely textured carbonation. Very drinkable, even for a saison.

Great beer. Not just tasty, but so balanced and refreshing. (727 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml (cork dated 20007) poured into my big Gulden Draak tulip, Saison Dupont is a slightly hazy bronzed gold, with massive, dense off-white head that is painfully slow to recede, leaving rocky chunks of foam.

Smell is dry earth, sharp minerals and sour citrus, wheat providing a pithy zest. Classic.

Taste is also world class, this is the definitive Saison. Sharp and tart and full, yet finishing bone dry.

Mouthfeel is very creamy yet dry, with a lighter body, very nice. The mouthfeel is a million times better (as is this beer in general) from bottles rather then on draught.

Drinkability is very good, this is one of my favorites, a world classic. Paired tonight with grilled spring chinook, oysters and asparagus - perfect! Still, I generally prefer the fruitier saisons then the pepper of Dupont. (811 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork has 2.011 stamped on it, so I’m assuming/hoping that this is a fresh bottle. But really, who knows. Maybe it was bottled in February this year. Maybe its been sitting on display for almost 9 months. Maybe…it’s just beer. Whatever the case is, time and a green bottle has done nothing to diminish the appearance of the beer as it comes out a hazy golden straw color with a generous cloud of foam that doesn’t want to dissipate. Big, airy bubbles give off an aroma full of green apple zest and dampened straw. First taste coats the mouth with a bubbly, funky, inviting mix of pleasing, welcome flavors. I imagine green apple nectar, a light floral pollen-like delicate touch, mixed with a pleasing crisp and edgy acidity. Some damp straw, a dry finish, effervescent vitality. My only question is, can I have some more? With the moderate ABV and a 750 ml bottle all to my lonesome the answer is yes, yes I can. (920 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful cloudy pale yellow body that produces an large foamy white head. Head settles to an even 1 finger with perfect retention and becomes quite creamy (at least with my chimay chalice). The haze is so thick that the beer is nearly opaque and small yeast particles can be seen floating throughout.

S-A great blend of Belgian yeast, fruity citrus, and floral hop aromas balance very well. A light spiciness is also noted.

T- Lots of Belgian yeast upfront with a healthy dose of tart, fruity citrus. Fruitiness disappears for the finish and is replaced by a light hop flavor accompanied by mild bitterness while the bready yeast flavor remains the strong dominant character. A big bready yeast flavor lingers, with mild spiciness and bitterness.

M- Body is fairly light but packed full of yeast and its smoothness. Carbonation is high to medium. Smooth and creamy.

D- This is a great saison and I am very happy to have tried it. I will certainly have it again when I come across it again. One of my favorites from the style-at a near sessionable ABV. (1,059 characters)

Photo of Patrick999
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to reviewing this standby.

Cork pops out with pretty good force, as usual. Pours a cloudy gold, as this unfiltered beer should. Head is copious and Duvel-esque. It's perfect. This beer is ALIVE.

Once that cork comes out, you definitely smell this beer before the pour - you can't miss the pungent musty-sour farmhouse aromas, wheatgrass, and some nice sweet lemon cake. Great smell - one of those beers I could sniff all night.

Taste follows smell - at first, I get some lambic-esque sour mash taste, even a little puckery. That seems to smooth out as it warms, giving way to a lemony hop and briefly perceived sweetness. Alcohol seems a little aggressive for 6%. Carbonation is strong, and finish is dry.

Drinkability is very good, an awesome summer beer and a benchmark representative of the farmhouse style, much like Duvel and Belgian golden ales. One that I always like having around, a wonderful ale for Florida weather. (950 characters)

Photo of DIPAbrewer
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I tried this beer at Max's Taphouse in Fells point on draft. The appearance was excellent, sparkling golden color with a rocky off white head.
Dupont had a fruity snappy hop aroma.
It's taste was more than delicious, it was magnificent. Light and dry but full bodied at the same time, it could be the most drinkable and delicious ale on the planet.

I would highly recommend trying this beer. It is also great in bottles where it provided an even stronger aroma. On draft seasonally at Max's. I found it at Astor liquor in Laurel in 11.2 oz bottles. (550 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours an effervescent, hazy, dark yellow body with a runaway, foamy off-white head.

Smell: Yeasty, fresh-smelling aroma chock full of meadow flowers, juicy lemons, and cracked green peppercorns.

Taste: Bready, almost sourdough flavor with a touch of sweetness and bright burst of lemon citrus. Adept acidity. Hint of hay. Only a mild funkiness overall. There's a faint graininess as well as a prevalent peppery spiciness. Light hop bitterness. Finishes crisp with a final taste of the yeast character.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation. Lively mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Supreme drinkability and wonderfully refreshing. (650 characters)

Photo of mjtiernan
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a tulip. Best by 2/11 if I’m reading the stamp correctly.

A: A fairly gentle pour rendered an almost four finger head in the tulip glass. Body is golden with only a slight haze. Patches of lacing around the glass as you drink it.

S: Huge doses of earthy aroma. Tons of yeast. Light sweet fruit such as apple and pear. Some pepper and grassy hops. A good amount of wood and nutty characteristics. A touch of clove.

T: Complex and full flavored. The fruitiness comes through from the nose and the hops give a pronounced bite. The wood flavor is pleasant and stands out especially near the end. Not super funky, but enough to let you know it’s a saison.

M: Body is light and carb is high. It’s slightly less drinkable than many other saisons that I’ve had only because of it’s full flavors. You want to stop and think about what you’re tasting.

O: This is the second time I’ve had a Saison Dupont and it will be one that I go to again for pairing with meals or just something crisp and pleasant drink on its own. (1,054 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick 1/2 foamy 1/2 carbonated head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Strong clove and banana aroma; on the sweeter side. Has a good Belgium malty taste up front with a nice peppery, spicy hoppy finish. You do get some banana and cloves in there. Carbonation is high. Very good saison, but I would expect it from this beer. (372 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Ebenezer's on 6/10/11.

A - Hazy pale golden liquid with a finger's worth of puffy white foam that reduced to a thin film and deposited some steaks and spots of lacing around the glass.

S - Grassy and citrusy up front with plenty of lemon zest notes. Additionally, there's a good bit of spicy Belgian yeast, a hint of barnyard funk and a dose of candi sugar akin to a Tripel.

T - Bright, juicy citrus with a grassy hop bite and a hint of tart green apple gives the Saison a well-rounded flavor profile. Add a dash of lemon zest and some moderate barnyard funk and spicy yeast, and you get a delicious, spot-on representation of the style. Flavor blends a perfect amount of funk and bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate bristly carbonation. Finishes with light bitterness and a hint of sour funk on the palate, resulting in a fairly dry, crisp mouthfeel.

D - This ain't the standard benchmark Saison for nuthin'! (934 characters)

Photo of Axic10
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a fingers worth of fluffy white foam on top that takes a while to settle.

Smell: Heavy yeast/funk at the beginning followed by some hay/grass and tart sour fruit.

Taste: Belgian yeast with some nice funkiness. Tart sour apple with a semi-dry grassy hay aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and really refreshing.

Drinkability: An often overlooked Saison by me, but for the price and everyday availability, this is a real gem. This beer goes down great on a hot day such as today or even a cold winter evening. (626 characters)

Photo of gameface23
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange/yellow, slightly hazy with a great sized head that lasts the duration.

S: Complex is the first word that comes to mind. There is an underlying earthiness that is hard to describe.

T: Fruity and funky. I now understand why Saison Dupont is considered to by many to be the best Saison that there is.

M: Light/medium bodied. Finishes dry with just a lingering earthy hop bitterness.

D: Saisons were meant to be drank on hot summer days while working on a farm, and this exemplifies that. (506 characters)

Photo of aggiearcher13
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazy golden blonde with a rocky white head that hangs around through. Excellent lacing. Aroma is quite complex, more funk than I anticipated. Spicy, mostly white pepper. Lemongrass may be more prominent though. Flavor is outstanding, changes throughout the bottle both as the beer warms and as I pour the last yeast-laden dregs into it the glass. Just wonderful. Tart, spicy, herbal and a hint of lemongrass. Finishes bitter and dry. The most surprising aspect to me was how creamy the first sip was, which I attribute to the carbonation. Just a wonderful beer that I'll have any time I see it. (612 characters)

Photo of Brewji
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I know the season is over, but I didn't have time to write about this particular saison, which I ended up snapping up in the early Fall.

My girlfriend and I headed to Spud Shack Fry Co. for their delicious poutine, and because they have a selection of beer that isn't a plethora of North American econo-lagers. I don't normally review food in blogs, because I would look like a disgusting pig after the first month of posts, but the fries at Spud Shack are definitely worth a go.

The best part isn't actually their poutine (which is superb), but rather their custom dipping sauces. They have their own version of bacon mayonnaise which combined with their gravy and the Saison Dupont (ABV 6.5%), makes a human feel like they're in heaven.

From Brasserie Dupont in Belgium, this seasonal brew is raved about by hipsters all over the place. I think that this time, their thick-rimmed glasses and moustaches have got something right. But my average beer-appreciating personality will put Belgium's "finest" saison to the test:

The beer pours a beautiful golden colour, and has a crisp 1/4 inch of head that does not dissipate quickly. The aroma of citrus, and maybe melons? Maybe even banana peel? I don't know, but it's quite the mix.

On first sip, a little malt at first, then a little spice, and then the fruit kicks in. It's a smooth curve of tastes that flow one into the other. None overpowers the other, but each is just right. It's a delicate balance, and it's done quite well.

I thought that Granville Island did a good job with their saison, but then I tried this. This wins, hands-down. Comparing this brew to the saison from Granville Island is like comparing Pavel Bure to Mason Raymond. To each their own, right?

In the end, the suspender-strapped, vinyl-wielding hipsters were right. The Saison Dupont is the home-run of the Saison class. If you haven't had a chance to get your hands on one this year, stick around for next year's run! It's worth a bottle or two.

The Saison Dupont gets a cooler-than-cassette-tapes 9.0 / 10 -- or for those on BeerAdvocate, a 4.5 / 5 (2,088 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BB 06-2007. Great presentation with foreverlasting head and a deep golden beer that shows lots of haze.
Nose is very spicy, hoppy, litle aour and alcoholic and good yeastfruit remembering of pears. lots of wheatmalt are well detectable and overal just marvelous. As is taste that's dry, grassy, alcoholic and bitter. Pepper and other spices again well dosed and hard to say witch one's have been used, great dosation altogether. Perfect carbonisation that's high makes it to a perfect mouthfeel and yes this is one of the finest saisonbeers I've tasted so far. Very good drinkable and IMO a must have tried if your into belgium beers. (635 characters)

Photo of fightingirishcmk
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the best classic beers of the world, IMO.
A: Pours a deep golden orange, beautiful color with decent clarity. Head is biblical in proportion, stark white in color, long lasting, and left lacing all down the glass. Beautiful!
S: Sweet, citrus, lemony, grassy, and an earthy hop note
T: If I had to liken Saison Dupont to another style, it would be a Czech pilsener. Slightly sweet, crisp, floral, and an appropriate amount of bittering Goldings hops. Different from a pils because it has more of a citrus belgian character. Very dry as well. Delicious!
M: If I had one critique of this beer, I would say it is just a bit thin bodied.
D: The dryness just makes me want to keep drinking more. Not filling, tasty, and a perfect balance of hops, fruit, and malt. (764 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found this wonderful beer at Stumptown, a downtown Portland coffee bar(!) - on-tap(!!!). On a gorgeous late September afternoon, I felt like having one & paying homage to a strangely similar afternoon two weeks ago, sipping a Saison with friends at "La Caves Dupont" in Tourpes, Belgium.

A: Hazy golden honey color - glows in the sunlight. A fluffy one-finger+ snow white head, crowning near the rim of a small wine glass. Gorgeous lace.

S: MMM...wild yeast, bittering hops, lots of pepper and spice. Wheat and cloves, apple...even some bubblegum-sweet esters as it warms. A complex aroma, straight from the rich agricultural fields of the Hainaut region.

T: Initially, there's a soft sweetness of ripe melon and crisp, juicy apples and pears with that delicious rural yeastiness/maltiness. A zippy tang then kicks in, with pepper and spice, followed by a dry and lingering bitter hop finish. Simply delicious - the finish causes some salivation - may I have another sip? ANd another...and another...

M: Crisp carbonated mouthfeel and medium body. That dry finish clings right down the center of the tongue.

D: Perfect summer/fall beer...no wonder those French and Belgian field workers have enjoyed this so much over the centuries. An exceptional example of the style. Quenching and refreshing, this is one of THE saisons to try. Very highly recommended.

Some words of caution: when this beer is bottled in green glass, it MUST be kept in good conditions to avoid seriously nasty skunking. Fortunately, my most recent pour was on-tap, so it was in pristine condition. A few months ago, my wife and I split a bottle (or tried to...) of a Saison Dupont that was skunky to the point of undrinkability. Even at La Caves Dupont, the small pub directly across the street from the brewery, the saison began to get a skunky smell as it warmed in the sunshine while we enjoyed some on their back lawn. So beware and use extra care on this rather delicate beer! Enjoy! (1,965 characters)

Photo of phattysbox
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Gingerman in NYC, poured into 8oz tulip glass. Appears a golden color and slightly hazy.

Smells of earthy musty hops and phenols. There is an herbal spice to the nose that is quite pleasing. Belgian yeast strain very apparent as well throwing off clove.

Tastes phenomenal for a crisp refreshing saison. Mineral notes and some ripe fruit pull through followed cleansing phenols. I would say this brew has some grit to it - medium motufeel and lively carbonation.

Simply an awesome summer beer (498 characters)

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