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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 3,553
Reviews: 1,478
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 206
Gots: 314 | 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 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 BrewCaveDweller
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 tylerstravis
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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

definately one of my favorite summer beers.

pours up a great looking orange-peel color with a huge, frothy white head. aromas of lemon, yeast, white pepper. taste of citrus, spices, some mellow tones. possibly the yeast. nice, bubbly carbo. very dry finish.

definately a great Saison!

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

bottle-conditioned. 2004 on the cork.

Tumbling cumulus of pure white towers above brilliantly clear gold.

Brisk, cut-hay scent.

Barely sweet hints of orange and apricot with a bit of earthy funk that unfolds into herbal savour when taken with food (or at least it worked that way with tonight's chicken-chickpea dinner.) Sometimes I think I get a bit of black pepper.

Sharp carbonation that efficiently cleanses the palate.

Some resin in the finish that develops into a very dry orange-rind character.

It's hard to rate the drinkability, as I don't care for it on its own, but it make a wonderful companion to food. I'm a little disappointed that I'm not getting more out of it, aside from a strange certainty of quintessence.

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

750ml bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged, cork denotes 2003.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big pillowy 2" slightly off-white head above the golden brew. Furious effervescence makes head sno-cone above the sides of the glass soon after pouring. Head lasts FOREVER, laces excellently with heavy foam, and aroma has the slight funk going on, but somewhat nondescript. Taste is of pale malt, with spices kicking it up soon after, and throughout the rest of the taste experience. Mouthfeel is extra smooth and drinkability excellent. Check it out if hops are your thing.

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

I had a corked & caged bottle a few nights ago at a bar, but I felt compelled to revisit this beer for a formal review.

From the bottle: "Brewed at one of Europe's last farmhouse breweries, in Hainaut province, Saison Dupont is a 4 star, world classic example of of the Belgian Saison style. This increasingly rare specialty originated before the age of refrigeration as a beer to be brewed in winter for summer drinking. The style required a beer sturdy enough to age in the bottle but refreshing enough to be enjoyed in warm weather. Saison Dupont fits this description perfectly, it has a big, fruity bouquet, and dense head. The taste starts fruity but ends dry and very clean with a light, refreshing finish."

I used a gentle pour as per the brewery who I e-mailed for directions. They like the lees to remain in the bottle as long as possible, if not infinitely. My motto since childhood has been "Waste not, want not" and so I usually reserve that last pout for yours truly. I poured into a champagne flute from the Seabee Ball in 1998 and damned if it did not look like champagne. It was a golden-yellow color under a puffy head of bone-white head that slowly fell, leaving a touch of lacing in its wake. The effervescence was unending and I just gazed at its beauty, enthralled. The nose was fruity in a berry field sort of way with an underlying mustiness of newspapers stored in the attic. Mouthfeel was thin-to medium and the flavor was initially vinous, giving way to a dusty, musty tartness. Holy spit in the ocean, Batman! This was deelish and I could totally see it as the champagne toast at my never-to-be wedding since no one will ever have me as more than an amusing lover. Finish was bone-dry and I think that this might act as a nice panty peeler. I must try it out on some femmes in the near future ...

Photo of bort11
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip. Tall fluffy white head, great legs but only spots of lacing. Color is a murky and hazy golden yellow. Even through thehace carbonation jumps from the bottom of the glass.

Smell has a dried green apple tartness with a slight sour funk. There is some more green aromas. Parsley and celery. Taste is rightfully fruity, yet very dry. There are pear skins and coriander. Still a bit of horse blanket funkiness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a bone dry finish. This is great for the summer.

Blipped "Time of the Season" by The Zombies. It's a classic!

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

From a corked 750 ml bottle. There was intense pressure behind that cork…Pow!!
The appearance of this beer is simply spectacular. The head is firm, thick, long-lasting, and glowing-white. It sits atop a cloudy, milky, yellow liquid. Bubble rise constantly through the liquid, and yeast float throughout. The aroma has a notable lemon and orange quality, mixed with yeast and a spiciness. The taste starts moderately sweet, with the citrus continuing. By the mid-taste, the beer dries out a little, and it finishes very clean and crisp. It’s extraordinarily refreshing.

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

Poured into a wine glass after a nice loud pop and some sexy fumes. Pours a rich golden color with an inch-thick head and vibrant bubbling. I can't imagine it looking any better. Smells like canned sweet corn with a little citrus and funk. Good smells for a saison.

The head takes awhile to die down and leaves a bit of lacing as it goes. Tastes a little sour and a little like Green Giant canned whole kernel sweet corn (not the creamed style stuff). Hints of funk. I don't know if anyone's ever pinpointed the "funk" taste, but if you've ever had raw cow's milk or better yet stuck your face under an udder, the funk is the flavor that is not the milk taste. To me, anyway. Slight citrus notes and an ever so gentle bitterness round out the tastes; it's not overly complex, but it's well done. Bubbles are acidic, fine and effervescent, lightening an already light body and filling the mouth without too much piercing. Because it's not overly sweet, it's a little more drying and just a tad grainier on the aftertaste. That said, it's still perfectly drinkable and I would prefer it to champagne any day.

All in all, this quite an upstanding Saison. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of toothirsty
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JTuomi
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle (bb 12/2016) into a tulip. Clear pale golden color with some sediment floating around. Medium white head that settles down pretty quickly, leaving some lacings.
Malty smell with fruit, spice and a hint of lemon. Taste begins with sweet malts followed by wheaty tartness with notes of pepper and hops. Finishes with a dry and bitter spicy aftertaste. Medium-light mouthfeel and carbonation, a bit watery mouthfeel. Very drinkable. A good refreshing beer for a hot summer day. Would have again.

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

Pop the cork.

Pours out a light yellow straw with a huge bright white head. Very smooth mouthfeel as the brew goes down. Spice and yeast flavors are there. More on the tart side of sweet. Complex flavors are well balance to a nice yum. I'm wishing I bought the 750ml bottle over the 375ml bottle. Oh well, always a next time. So glad this brew is finally available in VT!

Photo of humuloner22
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I guess its the season of Saison. I have seen them popping up by American brewers for the last month or so. My first intro to this style was a few years back and it was interesting. At first I thought it had gone bad. The funk man! I realized later that it is common for Belgian and Belgian style beers to have this earthy funkiness and this beer is no different.

Look: Color is golden with lots of carbonation, when I opened it the suds just kept pouring out like champagne.

Smell: There you have it, it catches you there at least it does me. One think I have learned to appreciate of Belgian beers is that herbal funky smell.

Taste: Very drinkable, smooth, and not too boozy for 6.5% although in the times in which we live that is not all that much alcohol. Fruity, funky, with some bitterness, but not very much at all. The bottle gives more of a history rather than what it contains, nevertheless the history lesson is interesting.

Overall impression is I do like this style and could drink more of it. I like the clove, tropical fruit, and funk mix. Its also very smooth which makes it a warmer weather beverage. This is supposed to be the quintessence of the style and I do like that about it. Some of the American breweries that are making the style are mucking it up with all these herbal additions, leave the yeast to do the job my friends and it should speak for itself. This is a good overall beer.

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

Corked and caged green 12.7oz with 2.004 stamped on the cork poured into a tulip.

Pale , hazy gold with a massive (despite a gentle pour) head of big white bubbles that has great retention and clings to the glass in odd rocky lumps. It falls in a way that leaves an odd, uneven landscape. Even as it settles down to the 1 cm+ height it maintains until the end. Champagne like bubbles that never quit make it all happen.

Tangy citrus and sugary notes make up most of the nose, with some floral underneath.

Orange and quick malt upfront followed by a dry, but still juicy finish, but it has a lot of grain throughout. Good dose of chalky belgian yeast as well.

Mouthfeel is good for the style. Sessionable, and I can see why it's recommended as a dinner beer.

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

Sunny, hazy translucent body. Huge white, fluffy and clinging head with great retention and beautiful lace, medium size bubbles.
Scent is yeast, earth, hay and grainy. Light honey and spiced hops. Abit of warmth really turns up the intensity of the malts.
Tastes like musty earth at first, then more hops come through and finally a sweet light honey flavor. The aftertaste is long and hoppy with some spice.
Medium-full body with some coating and a dry slightly puckering finish.
Pretty good drinkability but too high abv to be a thirstquencher.

-Oelergud

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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