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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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94
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3,437 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,437
Reviews: 1,456
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 190
Gots: 257 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Even observed through its green bottle, it appears cloudy - once poured, a golden, cloudy liquid, highly carbonated as witnessed from the overly-voluminous fizzy, poppy, and spongy white head that thrusts up in the glass; foamy, rocky - looks like a cloudy champagne altogether, however, with excellent head retention and lacing

a floral, fruited, and distinctly "Belgian" bouquet - almost apple, grassy/herbal - sweet and champagne-like - stink of yeast and vaguely hoppy - slowly a medicinal, rubbing alcohol scent cuts through, however, not off-putting - fairly "straight-forward" aroma, if that makes sense

initially slightly tart and fruity as heck on the palate - alcohol delicately surges after - vaguely honey-ish malt develops midway, dragging with it a mildly grainy flavor - the excellent spicy (phenolic) and floral nuances from the interplay of the yeast and alcohol are the central focus - only slightly off-balanced toward the warm alcohol

it drinks light and effervescent, but not necessarily thin nor viscous in any way - pretty darn sharp and dry in the finish - tartness and carb spikes the tongue and causes a couple vicious belches - but this is insanely drinkable, though perhaps lacking a little body for my taste

I can see where this is considered a benchmark of the style - The bold spiciness and strong floral character throughout certainly sets it apart (as a style in and of itself) within the realm of Belgian ales - at the very least, Saison Dupont seems to stand as a base example from which variations and embellishments and experiments (could) spring forth

Bouleboubier, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Rodan
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lightly cloudy golden color. This beer is really alive. The effervescence is tempestuous, but beautiful to observe. The label calls the head "rocky". I wouldn't disagree.

Smell: A little barnyard, some lemon.

Taste: There is a lot going on here. I get some of the horse blanket, and some pencil lead bitterness, but nearing the bottom of the glass there is a distinct rock candy presence. I have a feeling you could taste this beer a dozen times and find a different flavor note each time. I look forward to the next bottle.

It has a bit of an oily mouthfeel. It leaves you tasting this beer long after you put down the glass.

I'd like to try it with some food next time. It's nice on it's own, but it seems like a real food beer. Good stuff.

Rodan, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of JTuomi
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

JTuomi, May 24, 2014
Photo of haazer
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pour yields a thick foamy white head. The brew is a fizzy carbonated concoction, gold and hazy yellow. The head settles to a nice white cap. Seems to have some sediment.

S- Fruity aroma in the front of nose. Fruits include apples, banana and some citrus. I do smell some hay and little funk notes. Slight tingle of phenols.

T- Taste starts as the nose did with fruit on the palatte first but only briefly. It moves to very earthy flavors is how I'd describe it. It is somewhat of a dry floral taste. The finish is incredibly crisp and dry.

M- Fairly crisp, astringent and dry. Very nice carbonation felt on the tongue. Body is light to medium, which helps the drinkability because of the dryness.

O- A complex beer. Add more funk and sour and this would remind me of the oude gueze I had recently. Looking forward to more saisons. This is worth a try and will have again.

haazer, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of IPA35
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really hazy blonde colour with a tiny white head.

Belgian yeast! Spice, banana, lemon and sour apple indeed. Slighly musty. Quite good.

This beer is fruity and quite tart. Not much bitterness in there only in the aftertaste really. The musty flavour is trademark of the style as far as I understand. The malt is a bit grainy. Quite refreshing and drinkable.

The mouthfeel is quite thin with good carbonation.

Overall an interesting brew and the most common Saison available.

IPA35, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of jgippe
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

jgippe, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of scottum
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

scottum, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of humuloner22
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

humuloner22, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of mmess65
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

mmess65, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of EkimGram
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: 330mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Colour is a hazy yellow-orange with a thin wispy head. No visible carbonation.

Smell: A nice and mellow, musty yeast aromas is the most prominent backed by some malts that are sweet, and a certain, fruity tartness.

Taste: Very clean and crisp flavours of spice, yeast, malt, and bitter alcohol in that order. Aftertaste lingers as a bitter yeast. Finishes dry.

Overall: I was a little underwhelmed with the flavours of this brew but they weren't bad by any means. This beer is incredibly balanced and the whole thing develops as it gets closer to room temperature.

EkimGram, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of kri1
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Head- large once poured, minimal after rest, lots of trace
Carbonation - High carbonation
On the Nose - flowery, perhaps orange buds, hoppy taste
On the Tongue - sweet after taste, left over yeast in contents leave a small bitterness to the beer, very dry, but not particularly bitter, citrusy.
Low alcohol content

Very light and smooth beer, light mouthfeel, but lingering taste of the yeast making it minorly bitter upon swallowing

Classic Belgium farmhouse ale
Brewed in November aged till March and then opened in the following summer.

kri1, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Abita45
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass, this beer has a silty, opaque, straw yellow appearance and a yeasty, grassy aroma. It pours with a foamy, heavy head and quite a bit of lacing. It has a relatively light taste with fairly pronounced floral and yeasty flavor and only mild hoppiness. Earthy and somewhat citrus, it is well balanced all the way around and for as silty in appearance as it is, it has a crisp taste and medium carbonation.

This is a really good overall beer and good example of the style.

Abita45, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of DoctorDog
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml bottle into a wine glass.

A- Hazy golden/straw. Pours with 2+ fingers of white head, which fade slowly, leaving ample lacing.

S- Peppery, spicy notes, lemon peel, and Belgian yeast.

T- Lightly spicy/peppery, mild pear/apple fruity sweetness, distinct "Belgian yeast." Nice profile.

M- Crisp with moderately high carbonation. Medium to slightly light feel.

D- Good. Quite easy drinking; solid on all fronts.

Future outlook: Happy to have again, and would like to try with some age on it.

DoctorDog, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of orsulacp
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a nice cloudy straw yellow with a creamy white head. The body showed very active carbonation. The aroma was mostly fruits, pear, some bannana and a general yeasty musty smell. The taste was fruity pears, oranges, with a nice crisp spicy bite. The mouthfeel was intitally creamy then the carbonation washes everything away. Overall very good, I had this as an after dinner beer but it would be better with a meal.

orsulacp, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of DelMontiac
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This GREEN (strangely enough) 750 mL bottel was dated 02/10. Poured a hazy light honey golden lemon color. Attentive, slow, even pour yielded a massive snow-white head that hangs on for the duration of the glass. Bubbles ranging in sizes from 1cm to microscopic. This head has super strength like you could walk on it! It forms very interesting peaks with each sip. Lacing is 3D, cloudlike, thick, peaked, and clumped with areas of total clearing. Literally looks like fluffy clouds drifting by.

Aroma: Lemon/lime zest out of the shute. Grapefruit at the end of the breath. Some sweetness with honey-like traits. Quite pleasant. Mouth-watering, no doubt.

Taste: The lemon/lime on the palate as well. Sweet and sour at the same time. Some slightly bitter hoppy notes on the finish. I thought it would be more pungent, but still nice.

Mouthfeel: One word - creamy. Micro bubbles make this very nice on the palate. Bursting with bubbles. Goes down like ice cream. I dig.

Drinkability: Very refreshing. The high carbonation of this Saison will not leave your gut with much room if drinking from a bomber. Enjoyable, nonetheless.

Overall: Get some. No regrets. Good price.

DelMontiac, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with particulates floating throughout and a large, puffy 2 inch ivory head that slowly dissipates, leaving little lacing.

Mustiness, pear, tangerine, and coriander form the initial aroma. There's lots of belgian yeast character. Lemon, floral hops, and a touch of horse blanket emerge.

Lemon, belgian yeast, and earthiness open the flavor profile, with a fairly beast malt backbone kicking in mid palate, with peppery notes closing out the finish, which is decidedly dry.

Body is moderate, with spritzy carbonation providing a refreshing mouthfeel.

Fruity, earthy, and dry, this is definitely a refreshing beer. It's a bit more earthy and dry than I prefer, but great example of the style.

barczar, May 19, 2013
Photo of ablaze
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes:

Had this with pad thai last week, which worked very well.

Golden straw, creamy white head, great clarity with carbonation bubbles throughout.

Strong buttery-hay scent with mild fruit.

Creamy, butter taste, slightly nutty. Soft lemons, some malt, golden delicious apples, light toffee, pears, medium body with good carbonation. Crisp, clean, refreshing, and flavourful.

I love this beer! Could drink on any given day, preferably a sunny afternoon. Would like to go for a robust chicken salad. Good reputation and understandably so.

ablaze, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of mstyne
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked large green glass bottle. Big aroma after popping the cork which did not disappoint in the sound department. Substaintial head and solid carbonation. Nice lacing. Almost an earthy kind of smell to this brew. Starts a bit fruity but ends with a dry finish. A great beer.

mstyne, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of jettjon
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caged cork “pops” out announcing the pour from this 750ml bottle. Lemon nose is immediately evident upon uncorking. Into the cervoise, the huge, Champaign-like head overwhelms the pour, taking up 75% of the glass. The head is fed by a feverishly bubbling yellow-translucent pour. The head sticks around for a ridiculous amount of time and leaves huge chunks of foam and lacing behind. Be very careful on the pour or you’ll be waiting a long time to enjoy! Nose is powerful, no need to sniff around here. Lemon-rind citrus wafts up from the glass. Get down in there and you’ll smell coriander and yeast, making for a delightful, light nose, promising a fine light bodied beer. One of the best smelling beers I’ve encountered, and probably the best on a light bodied beer. Taste does not disappoint. Spicey coriander balanced against a minty flavor, then a rush of bitter on the finish, which fades away, leaving a clean mouth. Watery, highly carbonated, yet smooth mouthfeel, enjoyable. Drinkability is outstanding: great smell, great taste, goes down easy. The only down side is that it is really overly carbonated, so let it settle.

Overall: My second exposure to the Saison style, I was hugely impressed. Comparable to a great tripel or white ale. Highly recommended.

jettjon, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of jera1350
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to ding the appearance a few points here due to way too much foam. The body is a cloudy pale yellow and the head is just massive even though I poured this slow as hell. I want to drink it now, but have to wait for the everlasting head to recede a bit. Awesome head and retention halfway through the beer, with lots of sticky lace.

The smell is amazing. Huge robust fruit presence, belgian yeast, a little wet hay and honey malt.

Light malt, touch of honey, fruity, some lightly spicy hops and just a wee bit of wet hay. Not very funky though, which I appreciate. A nice bit of complexity, but very drinkable at the same time.

Light-medium body, soft carbonation, very dry finishing. Smooth overall.

Have to say that I really enjoy this. Probably the best of the style for me. So drinkable and refreshing, but complex at the same time. Definitely will enjoy this again as the weather warms.

jera1350, May 04, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden straw color with a large white head that takes quite some time before it goes down. Scent is nice farmhouse funk with a bit of skunkiness. There is also a lot of fruit and bread aromas. Taste is just like it smells, except with some pleasant bitterness. The citrus really comes through in the taste with the barnyard funk. Some grainy flavors with a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is nice and medium-bodied with a smooth, crisp finish. Drinkability is quite high, especially on a warm summer day. Overall, I absolutely love saisons, however, this is not my absolute favorite. It is up there though in the top 10 or 20.

DovaliHops, May 03, 2011
Photo of pmlondrigan
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle split with buddies. So often I get light struck bottles of this, thank goodness this wasn't one. Perfect stram yellow, just oh so hazy. Tiny bubbles cruise to the top of the glass under a dense whipped cream head. Sheets upon sheets of lacing cascade down the glass. Spicy, zesty and peppery aroma, just a hint of farmhouse. Simple and well presented flavors here backed by a basic malt bill of pils. Grassy noble hops make there presence known and then that great yeast. Spicey and earthy with highlights of citrus and coriander. Real well attenuated, dry. When one gets a good bottle of dupont there really isn't much better.

pmlondrigan, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I knew that this beer was an active one—releasing the cork’s bridle let the cork break free of the bottle.
Careful and slow removal of the cork kept the beer docile and withing the confines of the bottle.

It poured a translucent turbid straw color. Even though I handled the bottle carefully the act of pouring the beer dislodged the bottle conditioning yeast.

The zesty head burst forth with a thick almost meringue like straw white sculpture that endured to the point where I had to “trim” it with a spoon.

The nose was a mild waft of yeast and fruity hops.

Flavor burst on my palate with the same fruity and bitter hops note but minus the yeast. Perhaps this is the flavor profile of a Saison—alas I was unable to compare another Saison for comparison sake. I would have liked more “ingredients” to the flavor—maybe the yeast notes that I noticed in the aroma.

The beer’s flavor dissipated quickly almost with a linear drop to nothing.

The finish was clean.

The mouthfeel was cordial and the 6% alcohol content gives this beer a ready drinkability.

The label claims this beer style was crafted to be a refreshing summertime drink. Given the flavor profile I believe it. I’m certain it would make a delightful summertime diversion.

gueuzeonhigh, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of ADR
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big green bottle. A fun semi-hard pour yielded a fizzy third of a goblet head thats long-lasting. Almost a gold color, hazy and opaque. Slightly estery and fruity aroma. Pleasant sweet malt flavor, leaning toward the strawberry/banana, touch of black pepper. Lemony astringency toward the end. Finishes quite dry and a tad grassy, but the malt flavor is pretty robust initially. Pretty complex. I like this Saison style and give Dupont the thumbs up.

ADR, May 02, 2002
Photo of Melchizedek
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale gold, with a big sticky head that holds onto the sides of the glass nicely.

Aroma is yeasty/phenolic with a distinct apple/pear fruitiness and a light spice. In the mouth, light and playfully carbonated with fruit flavors up front - some apricot comes into the mix as it warms - and a light grain texture with mild yeast, a light citric tartness and some final hop. Cleaner in the finish than the start.

I paired this with a Thanksgiving feast and have no regrets. Probably very versatile for pairing, and I was glad to have this as my introduction to the style.

Melchizedek, Nov 24, 2006
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
94 out of 100 based on 3,437 ratings.