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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%
Wants: 236
Gots: 420 | FT: 12
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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 chocosushi
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml -> Saison Dupont Glass
02.010 on cork.

A ~ After 2 twists on the cage the cork POPPED off without a hitch straight into my son's door leading to me rushing to the sink. Not a good way to start things. After letting it sit for 5 minutes, the pour still yielded excessive amounts of carbonation. Had to wait yet another 5 minutes to make a decent pour.
Head is Meringue-like with delicate, compacted carbonation. Flawless retention on the glass.

S ~ Very strong smell of lawnmower clippings, herbs, lemon peel & lemon Juice.

T ~ The grassy aroma follows through in a major way, taking on an herb quality & progressing into a semi-tart Lemon flavor that I love in a Saison. Dry Wheat, kumquat & haystack follow. There is a spice reminiscent of white pepper that adds a backdrop of depth. Wonderful.

M ~ Creamy carb that seemed excessive & aggressive at first, settling down into the perfect amount. Prickly & Spicy sensations that do nothing to take away from the initial Citric flavor profile.

D ~ A great Saison that I could & would drink everyday. I really need to try one fresh, as the exploding cork definitely knocked off some major points for me. Sad because it really is the perfect Saison; Easy to put down on these hot summer days, but with enough kick to make one want to savor. Standout & Stand-alone representation of the style. (1,353 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can see how/why this has been considered the standard for the style.
Purchased at the Beverage Depot in Flushing, NY.
I was a little concerned about the condition this beer would be in because of the green bottle and the relative lack of turnover of imports.. couldnt find a freshness date either.
My concerns melted away with a satisfying *pop*, (2005 boldly written on the cork) a thick creamy white head (which never quite goes away) and that familiar, comforting, farmhouse ale smell... slightly skunky and funky but in that good kind of way.
A good, soft blend of spices... pumpkin bread and carrot cake comes to mind.
The foam on this one is a great deal of fun to play with. It has no problem maintaining a smiley face.
Tart and smooth mouthfeel and deliciously drinkable.
$8.99 for 750mL is a tichy steep for my regular rotation... and Hennepin at $5 or less is similar and tasty in its own way...
yet a revist is schedualed. (943 characters)

Photo of STEG
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours semi opaque into a snifter. Yellow orange hue in color. White fluffy head stays pretty constant. 

Smell has funk, yeast, citrus, and tropical fruit. Not bad but it still can't unseat fantome as my favorite.

Up front you get spices, namely corriander and pepper. Funk and citrusy hops are also present. As the taste falls away you get yeasty white breadiness. 

Mouthfeel is prickly and well carbonated with a crisp dry finish

Drinkability is very good given the abv. The dryness also helps and keeps you wanting more (527 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy golden in appearance with a slight orange tint to it. A medium sized frothy white head sits on top and has good staying power. Aroma is musty and cotton candy like. Very sweet. Grapes seem to be present on the nose as well. Flavors of horse blanket, must and hop bitterness are prominent. The sweet character detected on the nose really takes a backseat in the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is airy and effervescent. Not too carbonated as to hinder the drinkability. Body is about medium. Nice little farmhouse ale here. (525 characters)

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a nice golden, cloudy colour with a small head.

The taste starts of quite light and fruity, with a hint of citrus, very summery, before turning slightly heavier with hops and a small amount of bitterness coming through, finishing off with a crisp finish, reminiscent of champagne actually.

Very complex, perfect for the summer, I can't wait to have this one again. (424 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i am blown away every time i have this one. benchmark awesome. slight haze to the burnt gold color. white head that holds forever and leaves beautiful lace. nose is shining, pure, clean, bready pilsner malt, earthy, floral, herbal hops, citrus, spice, grass, lemongrass, and a funky (but subdued) skunky/pot kind of thing. taste is a superbly balanced melange of all of the above with a dry and peppery finish. fluffy mouthfeel with just enough tingle/prickle to zip it up and add a bit of a refreshing quality. this would be one of my desert island beers. awesome. a timeless classic for real. i never get sick of this beer. (625 characters)

Photo of ac22rush
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden with massive head and typical belgian lacing. Effervescent

Smells of fruit, spiciness but more like peppercorn probably more from the yeast than the hops which give a slight floral noble hop aroma. Very subtle sour/acidity.

Tastes fruity and spicy strong flavor throughout. Hops are there once again with classic noble hop flavors floral, spicy, clean. The first sip is extremely refreshing and relaxing. The mouthfeel is light to medium with champagne like carbonation early and it mellows out and becomes quite smooth.

What else can be said? Saison Dupont is a benchmark saison brewed to perfection. I love this beer perfect if you've never tried a saison and perfect for a hot summer day. Cheers! (712 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy dark gold with a huge billowy three finger white head. Thick foam and lacing lasts throughout the drink. Very, very impressive.

Aroma is everything a Saison should be. Loads of spicy Belgian yeast along with some peach and white bread. Orange and coriander along with some floral notes. The spiciness just really pops from this beer.

The flavor is much along the same lines as the aroma. Tons of spice with touches of orange, coriander, and peach. Really nice bready notes from the malt throughout. More pepper towards the finish. Mouthfeel is very light and spritzy with just a hint of sweetness in the finish; very quaffable.

Overall, this is the textbook definition of what a Saison should be. Pretty much the defining beer for the style and one of my all time favorite beers. (824 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A:
Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a very effervescent off-white head that pours big and delicious and clumpily settles while staying big and delicious. Fabulous retention; splotchy lacing. Beautiful.

S:
Clover, honey, hay, a fresh breeze. A Saison, basically. Very floral and subtly sweet.

T:
Fresh and very dry. Floral sweetness and some lingering tea flavors, but it definitely is not as sweet as it smells. Very good.

M:
Sharp and well-carbonated with the light body you would expect from a Saison. Slow but clean finish. Really nice.

O:
Admittedly, I like Saisons and this IS the prototypical Farmhouse Ale; but man, oh man.

First, it comes in a nice-looking bottle with a nice, non-kitschy/gimmicky presentation (it is European, after all); it pours beautifully and is as close to perfect as can be in my opinion.
Its big, creamy, almost cartoonish head sticks around and even starts to look beat up as you drink it. But hell, if you want a big head again, just swirl it twice and enjoy your two inches of perfect froth.
It smells like haying and was generally quite delicious to the nose (mine at least). Fresh and sweet it is completely a summer beer. Nothing sweltering about its sweetness; but, the flavor seemed (to me at least) both contrary and complimentary to the nose. While it smells sweet, it is backed up with a very strong earthy background from the hops (I assume) that was surprising to me based on the smell, but wasn't out of place.
Overall, a really fine beer in general and a near-perfect Saison.
Would love to try again, any time; Worth seeking out. (1,583 characters)

Photo of Guden
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On Tap at Pakhuis in Ghent, Belgium

A- Hazy golden with a white head of tiny bubbles that lasts and lasts leaving good lacing.

S- Crackers, decaying wood, pears and a touch of melon rind. Really nice, makes me think of summer.

T- Up front a sweet cracker sensation is quickly balanced with spice (white pepper, cardamom) and hops. Finish is peppery with lemon and a bit more of the honey dew melon character.

M- Thin and dry with medium carbonation. Perfect for the style and allows the flavors to dance around nicely.

D- An excellent beer. On tap it is delicious and was a welcome finish to my first day in Belgium. (621 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is ripe zesty citrus, spices, yeast and earthy hops. Taste is unbelievably smooth. A lot of the zesty citrus and spices are in the taste along with a dry yeasty and somewhat bitter finish. This is an absolutely fabulous brew! It is certainly one of my all time favorites and a benchmark for the saison style. (314 characters)

Photo of bditty187
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy, peachy-honey yellow hue, sparse white head, awfully small. I assume the gasses from the bottle were released prematurely as the bartender open the 12-ounce bottle and it took the waitress a moment too long to bring me the sample. I am angered and disappointed. No lace was produced either as the beer was removed from the glass, speaking of glass it was a straight-sided pint glass! Curse the Dundee Dell! The nose is tart, earthy, peppery, grassy and very lively. The potency is respectable, welcoming for sure. The palate is everything you want in a Saison and then some. Tart and lively upfront with earthiness, fresh cut grass, hay, horse blankets, pepper, grapes, traces of white wine, pears, a hint of green apple peel, undercurrents of indescribable loveliness. The carbonation is lively enough to play up the taste and refresh at the same time. Medium in body, smaller than I expected but it has a very workable mouthfeel. Dry finish yet fruity and juicy. This is a great beverage, absolutely wonderful, it doesn’t hurt I love this style of beer. If I were stuck on a desert island this would be the beer of choice. This is a ‘must try’ for every serious beer drinker. Awesome. (1,194 characters)

Photo of Pwnasaur90
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I feel like reviewing such a huge beer as Saison Dupont is a little bit worthless because everyone and their grandmother has reviewed this beer.

It should be noted, that I drank this beer from a brown bottle, not a green.

Appearance: Light, golden straw color and a huuuge, light and foamy head. IF you give it a bout 5 hours, the head will slowly start to whittle down.

Aroma: Very interesting; earthy, grass notes, tart, and the slightest bit of funk, pale malt that smells a little of straw.

Taste: Even more interesting. The ester is the main champion in this beer, followed by earthy, grassy components. Finishes very smoothly and leaves a nice, crisp taste.

Overall: A wonderful saison. Definitely deserves all the praise that it has received. If you are new to saisons and looking for one to try, let it be this one. (832 characters)

Photo of campbellj21
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Belgian Tulip

A: Golden/Yellow Opaque with a 2 inch thick head that reduces to a nice cap that stays with the beer and leaves a little lacing.

S: Spicy/Grassy with a little clove coming through. Very pleasant aroma, great to just take in a huge breath before every drink.

T: Spicy at the start finishing with a little fruitiness and leaveing just a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Mild body with good carb, goes down well.

D: Excellent beer to have on a nice mild sunny day. A little high ABV to be considered session, but if you have nothing to do, I could see drinking a good number of these. Excellent Saison. (646 characters)

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. brown bottle.

Pours a hazy gold/prange color, with a huge, billowing white head. Great lacing, and there is enough head to keep very good retention.

The aroma is delicate, but still deep. The first thing to jump out is an orange/lemon peel fruitiness from the yeast. This yeast produces some really interesting aromas, the fruit rinds, as well as the more typical Belgian fruitiness, and a subtle, farmhouse funk to it. There also seems to be a small amount of hoppiness that adds a grassy aspect.

The taste is very lively, with some of the orange/lemon flavors coming back, as well as some thick yeastiness. The back end is very dry, with a moderate level of bitterness. The body is very dry, with an appropriatley high level of carbonation. This beer is fun to drink, and is a champ with food. (807 characters)

Photo of match1112
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: cloudy straw color, an average pour results in a four finger white bubbly soap lookin head, with moderate lacing (more like lumping).

s: slight apple and bananna. lots of yeast, lots of spice and some bready earth tones.

t: bananna and yeast up front. turns peppery, then slightly tart apple with a dry finish.

m: medium body with excellent carbonation. finishes smooth and dry.

o: an excellent beer, cant believe i waited so long to try this. (450 characters)

Photo of omnigrits
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought it was about time I tried this fabled saison, and I haven't been disappointed. Poured from a cork-and-cage bottle into tulip gives a pale golden, slightly hazy brew with a massive white head of foam that's taking a long time to subside.

The aroma is promising - earthy, musty, Belgian yeast, and before I take a sip I can tell that this is going to be a dry beer.

The first sip is worth the wait; fruity, crisp, herbal, earthy, slightly tart, dry, not much malt, bitter finish. It's a very complex, full-flavoured and well-balanced beer. Some beers will have a lot going on as this one does but they'll be a mess - all over the place with no cohesion. This one pulls it off and does so in spades. Really, really well done. (734 characters)

Photo of choyhosoi
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A-Pours a cloudy yellow/brown. Has an excellent head when poured correctly and it will linger for awhile.

S-It has a sweet/sour kind of aroma.

T/M-This is a smooth ale that will be a definite add to my collection. It has no bitterness or aftertaste just perfect.

D-If I could buy a keg I would. Try one you won't be dissapointed. (373 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy dandelion yellow brew topped by a huge four finger rocky white head. Tiny bubbles rise to the top, explode and form tiny holes in the center of this white mountain of foam. The head recedes to a thin cap eventually, leaving lots of really nice honeycomb lace down the sides of the glass.

S - I could smell the yeast as soon as I popped the cork, and once poured the room becomes redolent of spring flowers and yeasty freshly baked bread. Sticking my nose in the glass, I smell flowers, pear, and crisp apple wedges drizzled in honey with a squeeze of lemon juice. I also smell crusty baguettes and yogurt (the unflavored sour kind).

T - Sweet summer fruits at first...apple, pear, honeydew melon. Then some bitter yeast comes in with some Belgian complexity before being cleaned from the palate by a bigger hop flavor than I was expecting. Initially honeyed, the long finish is peppery with nutty cashew and sunflower seed flavor left in my mouth after I swallow.

M - Tingly carbonation and dry yeast up front, then a sweetness kicks in mid-palate before being replaced by a mildly acidic bitterness, and after swallowing I'm left with a uniquely slick and waxy feeling.

D - Sweet, tart, fruity, complex, and thirst quenching. You couldn't ask for a more drinkable beer...except maybe if it were a bit cheaper. (1,333 characters)

Photo of KMcG
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy, straw yellow, 2 fingers of head and steady stream of carbonation bubbles. 

Smell: Lemon and spice with some apple tones. 

Taste: Complex.  The Belgian yeast is obvious; however, there are subtle hints of white grape and citrus.  The  tartness that is experienced midway in the taste has grapefruit and pepper essence. 

The mouthfeel has medium body with strong carbonation. The finish is dry and crisp. Perfect for summer. I can easily see why this often considered among the top brews in the world.  (528 characters)

Photo of timtheenchanta
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden pale straw color topped by a very large white froth that clings to the glass down to the last sip. Apparently these bubbles aren't going to stop rising until I finish the bottle. Sounds like a good bottle! Let's get to it.

Delightful farmhouse smell. Loads of peppery alcohol along with some light horse blanket and lemony citrus.

WOOO! That's an aggressive peppery taste. This one is all in your face. There's a sweet fruity taste to it (perhaps peach or cantalope). Nice yeast flavor and a very dry finish. Lots of carbonation gives this beer a very solid feel and a crisp finish. (595 characters)

Photo of spicelab
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this many times, time to finally review. 750mL bottle into a Tripel Karmelit glass.

Golden straw, clear and bright. Towering rocky white head leaves good lace trails. Busy looking bead.

Apricot danish, golden delicious apples, rockmelon, kumquat, banana confectionery, touch of bitter rind and that distinctive floral spiciness from the Dupont yeast. Sublime. I could smell it for hours.

Very similar flavours, with perhaps a slightly increased citric sourness.

Syrupy and slightly sticky, with medium carbonation and a touch of astringency and (surprisingly) booze heat on the back palate.

Beer just doesn't get any better than this at 6.5% in my view. A veritable cacophany of aromas and flavours that work in unison brilliantly. (740 characters)

Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new and exciting style of beer for me. It pours a hazy yellow color and has a thick foamy head. It has sour yeasty aroma that good Belgian beers all have in common. It's sour, spicy and has a very dry finish. It is very complex, yet very refreshing style of beer. this is my first Saison and I am liking the style already. I don't think the Belgians are capable of brewing a bad beer. (386 characters)

Photo of saltydog
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at 't Rusteel in Belgium. Appearance: Golden yellow, clear, big head, but fades rapidly. Aroma: Spicy, big hop presence. Nice "mustiness" from cork. Flavor: Crisp hops, nice malt character in background, and good, earthy, cork character. Finish: crisp and tart. Some oxidation, but mostly seems beneficial to beer's complexity. (334 characters)

Photo of delmet
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers. It has low alcohol content for a belgian beer (%6.5), but about average for this type. So, one can enjoy it for a while without getting smashed.

a- cloudy blond with a good head, the way it looks tells you something good is brewin' in your future

b- ah! The smell. This is the thing that really jumps at you. If you pour a glass and not notice the smell, either the beer is bad, or you are lacking the protrusion that should be in the middle of your face. It smells really delicious. Spicy, fruity, citruslike. Sooo good.

t- Well, something that smells so good, cannot taste that bad. And this baby tastes very good indeed. Peppery, fruity, malty, very very goody.

m- it feels nice and crisp, like something you would want to put in your mouth as often as you possibly could.

d- well, if I could afford it I would never stop drinking it, but then I would become 500 pound in a few months. So I guess it is a good thing this thing is 10 bucks a bottle. (990 characters)

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,513 ratings.