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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,280 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,280
Reviews: 1,449
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 179
Gots: 227 | FT: 9
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-26-2002)
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Photo of therica
4.15/5  rDev -1%

A very fine offering, given to me as a gift.

The look is really nice-- a sort of rich orangish gold, with a hefty fluffy lathery white head.

The smell was amazingly nice. It reminded me of a lot of the really decent old local beers of decades ago. Very herbal-spicy musty hops florals.

Taste was great, although I was surprised that it didn't seem to match the scent very much. A great combination of hops bitters and complementing sweetness, with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Great mouth-feel, very clean.

Very drinkable.

therica, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.15/5  rDev -1%

375 ml corked bottle

A-Beautiful golden straw body. Phenomenal white rocky head that lasted forever. Lively carbonation from bottom of glass. It truly looked like the epitome of what a great "text-book" beer should look like.

S-I love the earthy, grassy tones in beers and this one was not lacking. A wet hay and sweet Belgian yeast strain are predominant. It was very delicate with hints of floral softness.

T-Yeast was screaming in this. The spicy character of the strain matched well with the hop finish. This is definately a multi-layered beer that produced vastly different flavors with each sip.

M-Famously dry and refreshing.

D-Couldn't be beat on a hot day. The dryness may be a tad redundant to drink all night, but I surely would not complain.

Great beer for anyone, although I would still opt for Hennepin in this style category.

ALESwhatCURESya, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.15/5  rDev -1%

Hazy tawny golden color with some bone white head. Great retention and lacing. Smell is good with some tart and acidic citrus notes. Bready malt and some musty yeastiness as well. Taste follows suit, some citrus notes, with a decent malt backbone to back it up. Creamy and full-bodied, this one is not over-carbonated, like many American versions of the style. Great drinkability, the theme of this one is balance and melding of flavors. A bit reserved, I missed some of the funkiness that others talk about.

LordAdmNelson, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -1%

Poured a cloudy gold body with great carbonation for a frothy, two-finger head that died slowly and left some lace. A very sharp, semi-pungent spice and clove smell with some eart/grassiness and a good amount of fruit and yeast in the background of the aroma. Great smoothness that is balanced with a well-carb'd crispness. Yeast and bread malt make the beer somewhat chewey and creamy and there is a little bit of sweetness derived from the fruit flavoring. I can taste pear, apple, orange; there are some good fruti tastes in here and the beer finishes slightly dry thanks to hops and little funkiness in it as well. An excellent beer to pour a few glasses for you and a couple of friends to sip on.

clayrock81, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of argock
4.15/5  rDev -1%

Poured from 750mL green bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.99.

A: Hazy straw yellow with 2-3 finger stark white tightly-bubbled, frothy head with good retention with numerous blobs of lacing.

S: Lemongrass aroma with spicy herbal hops and light pale maltiness.

T: The pale maltiness is a lot more prominent in the flavor than in the aroma. The spicy, citrus lemon wave is very strong and dominates the flavor, but the mild yeasty notes provide an extra facet to this beer. White pepper in the finish increases the refreshing nature.

M: The carbonation is high but helps to provide a crispness that fits perfectly with the pale malt and citrus hoppiness.

O: I like this beer a lot more than I thought I would. It isn't my favorite style, but I see why people pick this up -- it is clean and complex with a effortless lightness that makes it a pleasure to drink.

argock, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of mhatters
4.15/5  rDev -1%

Poured from a 75cl cork finished bottle into a tulip glass

Pours a straw golden color with a huge, thick white head - lots of strength in the head

Grass in the nose, citrus - lemon a hint of lime, spicy with a base note of earthiness and grains

Crisp, dry, the spice comes up first then graininess, then citrus. The finish is fresh, green, with a bit of phenol.

Lovely feel, a bit oily, with a dry finish, carnoation is perfection.

A great beer, especially good in the summer, session-able, a classic typecast

mhatters, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of calinative68
4.15/5  rDev -1%

Picked this up in Idaho to try another Saison style, as I love Hennepin by Ommegang.
Pour is a golden color and a decent white head.
Smell is slight citrus with almost no hint of any alcohol.
Noticable carbonation. Crisp, mild and goes down easy with no aftertaste.l
Great drinkability, would be great in the summertime!
Recommended.

calinative68, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of dave750
4.15/5  rDev -1%

Hazy straw color with a tall, thick head that lasts forever and leaves a fine lace. The aroma is of apple cider with honey malt arriving as it warms.
Starts with a strong bitter hop and citrusy tart flavor that continues to the end. An underlying bread-like flavor emerges at mid-taste. Fades with a biting hop spiciness and a toasted malt influence ending with a lingering bitter chocolate taste. Carbonation a touch too high for my liking. Excellent balance bias toward hops. Medium body.
An easy drinking enjoyable brew that would go down a smoother if there was just a little less carbonation

dave750, Jul 23, 2004
Photo of nickss
4.15/5  rDev -1%

Pours a gorgeous straw yellow with a monumentally large and thick head... very rocky with generous lacing... active carbonation.

Big yeasty farmhouse aroma, coupled with a tinge of citrus and a touch of malt.

Crisp, yeasty malt flavour.... not as complex as I remember it being, but still wonderfully light and refreshing.

Crisp, tight mouthfeel with a touch of spice... nice.

Extremely drinkable and refreshing... Probably my favourite Saison that I've had the chance to sample.

nickss, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of mortarit
4.15/5  rDev -1%

This looks like it going to be my highest rating but it's my favorite beer.

I was impressed with the head on this one, can I say the whole glass just about it. It really has that cloud like texture to it. Puffy and thick where it clings to the side walls.

Taste like a water down tripel wich is good because I really haven't gotten into them yet. To harsh for me. So the taste is smooth and really goes down well.

Bottle was a 375ml/ 12.7 oz. with a wired cage.

Cloudy, light golden look

I only got one of these but I will remember. I need to get some more of these beauty.

mortarit, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of MDDMD
4.15/5  rDev -1%

A-hazy golden color with a fluffy white head and good lacing

S-yeast, Lemon zest, slight sweetness

T-yeasty bread, Lemon, hints of sweetness, nice funk

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, nice crisp mouth feel

O-a crisp and refreshing Saison with good flavor and balance

MDDMD, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of greid
4.15/5  rDev -1%

Poured into a snifter.
This funk taste is growing on me, and I'm accepting it open armed. Lots of grass and citrus on the nose (if you look past the funk).

The aroma is inverted for the taste as the citrus is quick ignored for the grass/funk in the beer's finish.

greid, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of ChadQuest
4.15/5  rDev -1%

Looks very exceptional, perfection for the style, massive pillowy head that is over an inch tall, chunky and more lace then victoria. Body is a semi hazy golden color that looks mouth watering.
This is an older bottle, and i was initially hesitant about buying it because i was worried about skunking, but i think this one is doing well, it has gotten quite funky by now for a saison, there are pears and apples, wet hay, and dusty back country roads.
Flavors after this much time have gotten really clean and dry, light crisp fruits, pepper, something in here reminds me of chamomile, light funk here, not as prominent as the aroma.
Mouthfeel is very dry and well attenuated, the age of this one most likely contributed.

ChadQuest, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed yellow amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a nice level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a nice mix of sweet, grain, and sour funk. There are nice sweeter Belgian aromas of a banana and light citrus smell with lots of Belgian pale malt aromas. A yeasty smell is there as well as well as a good showing of funk, taking on a mix of green apple and hay. With these aromas, there is also a light smell of spice and a bit of sour lemon. Overall very inviting.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet fruity flavor with lots of orange and a bit of peach, pear and apricot as well. Along with these sweeter fruits are some flavors of candied sugar and a sweet-and sour green apple taste. Right upfront there is also a light bready flavor which fades slightly as the flavor advances. While the bready fades, other flavors take its place with some yeasty and banana flavors joining the profile. Some spice flavors and a bit of lemon later come to the tongue and more toward the end a decent haylike and grassy flavor join the taste profile as well, creating a nice mix of sweet and sour-funk flavors to linger on the tongue at the end of the taste.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thin with a carbonation level that is slightly higher. The thinner body and higher carbonation are fantastic for the sweet and funked flavor of the brew, giving an overall very crisp and drinkable feel.

Overall – This is a quite nice saison with a great drinkability and a fantastic fruity sweet-yet nicely soured and funked flavor. Rather refreshing, crisp, and delicious.

Darkmagus82, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of jpro
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%

750mL bottle from CBX. Cork reads 2012. Poured into a large tulip glass...

A: Pale, hazy gold; huge, 4-finger head of frothy suds; retention stands up well, leaving a few spots and rings of lace.

S: Grassy; Belgian yeast esters / clove; cracker.

T: Very light bready flavor; white pepper; some alcohol / fusel flavors, too. Not much funk or barnyard character.

M: Medium-bodied; high carbonation; has some zing to it, but not quite as dry as I was expecting.

O: A classic saison; pretty easy drinking and lightly refreshing.

jpro, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of SmashPants
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%

Bottle: big solid green 750mL champagne-style bottle, a standard and plain Belgian label.

Appearance: very light golden yellow in colour, with fine carbonation and a big fluffy head that drops to a nice cap. Almost like champagne, funnily enough.

Aroma: plenty of earthy, herbal and floral characters on the nose - very different (this is my first Saison). Some light citric backing.

Taste: very different, but quite nice. Again with the dominant earthy and floral characteristics, with some lemon citric hops and some funky Belgian hops ( I assume these are wild?).

Aftertaste: hangs around nicely - a good beer for a slow session.

Mouth feel: light to medium in body with a somewhat higher carbonation than I was expecting. Goes down easily.

Overall: this was my first Saison - I have had Krieks and Lambics before, but I think Saison suits me a little better. Also, considering the size of the bottle (750mL), the ABV (6.5%) and the price (approx AU$12-13 a bottle in 2013) it is actually quite decent value. Not cheap, but I don't expect a specialty Belgian ale to be cheap by any means. This one is worth it.

SmashPants, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of snaotheus
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%

750ml corked/caged bottle poured into a couple large snifters. Bottle code is L12178B.

Pours hazy yellow with a disturbingly large head. Lots of carbonation. Loud pop on removal of the cork. Head dissipates very slowly. Smell is strong, funky, light fruity.

Something about this taste is creamy. More of the funk, fruitiness. Kind of cidery.

Mouthfeel is effervescent. Overall, this is quite good.

snaotheus, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of popery
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a dull gold, rich. Medium cloudy but easy to see through. Big white head. Good lacing, retention. The aroma is sweet, fresh malt with pepper and fruit, pears, apricots, peaches, apples. Yeasty edge, almost lager-ish in tone. Clean and dry. The taste starts with fruity malt sweetness and dries out with yeast and spice flavors. Pepper and earth. Very refreshing. Light mineral, floral hops. Crisp feel. Effervescent. Light on the palate. This is a classic saison, and it has a refreshing and clean flavor. Easy to drink and quite good, though not necessarily my favorite take despite the importance of the beer.

popery, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

750 ml green bottle with no freshness date. The cork popped off like a bottle of good champagne, thankfully it was not a gusher.

A- Massive off-white head, very active carbonation ... pale golden cloudy color. This is good as the beer should never pour clear.

S- Very ripe pear, earthy cellar and a solid herbal backbone round out the nose.

T- Big herbal phenolic action upfront, dry grain and a mild tartness. A handful of malt character comes through with a clean grainy note. Touch of fruitiness, musty chalky yeast, herbal phenols and dry grain in the finish.

M- Incredibly smooth with a deep yet soft crispness.

Need a beer to clean the palate if not cut through some of the most flavorful cuisines ... this is the beer to do it.

Jason, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of mdaschaf
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours an extremely large off-white head with thick lacing down the side. It is hazy with a golden orange color.

S: There is a yeasty aroma on the front with really fruit aromas on the back, some pear and maybe apple. Also an earthy/grass smell. Really nice.

T: There is a great lemon flavor and some spice. There is also an earth/grass flavor to it. The balance of sweet and bitter is great along with a slight funkiness.

M/D: Great mouthfeel, very crisp. This is a great warm weather beer, perfectly balanced.

mdaschaf, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

12.7 Fl oz. Green bottle>Tulip glass

AP: Pours an extremely active and bubbly Pale/straw golden color with a massive 4" tall head that is light, fluffy and frothy and displays good retention. There are some mighty fine sticky legs.

Nose: Wheaty, yeasty, oaty, slightly fruity with some olive hints.

Taste: A wheaty and yeasty dominated taste at first followed by a leafy, semi-bitter hop. The taste has some nice complexity for being so simple.

MF: Light and delicate feel, very active and packs a good bite going down...seems to dance on the palate with grace. The Mungo frothy head creates a smooth effect.

DA: Feels good, looks good, easy to drink and very tastey, easily one of my favorite brews for this style.

GratefulBeerGuy, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

750 ml bottle at The Farmhouse served in snifters.

A hoppy, but not so bitter belgian. The nose is funky hops, gotta love it, and the malt doesn't do much. It mostly provides a nice, sweet backbone. The grassy hops and farmhouse aromas dominate and carry through into the aftertaste. All the while, the carbonation provides a Duvel-like feel with a similar fluffy white head.

tempest, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of 33nickadams
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

Beautiful, translucent, golden yellow hue, with 2 finger head that dissipates slowly. Plenty of streams of carbonation that rise to the top. Leaves nice lacing. Yeasty, citrusy smell and I get a hint of oak. The taste is fruity, some banana, some raisins and green apple that ends dry. Light mouthfeel that is well carbonated. Overall, one of the best saisons I've had. Perfect for a summer's day. I would get this again but for $20 a 4 pack, it might not be too often.

33nickadams, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of hooliganlife
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

pours a dirty straw yellow with a massive fluffy head

lots of funk with a hint of bitter citrus. a slight skunky scent.

a tad sweet through out with a strong funky backbone and a hint of spice. more sweet up front and spicy in the back.

nice moderate carbonation

overall delicious although a tad too sweet. i could however drink this all day and all night.

hooliganlife, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of ewright
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

A: Poured into a Corsendonk chalice, the head is immense, rivaling that of a Duvel. As the head fades, it is very noticeably rocky. The beer is a pale straw color with hints of orange.

S: A bit of crisp sourness up front with a faintly spicy orange note in the background.

T: Sweet and fruity up front, the hops kick around mid-mouth and blend to create a dry finish, reminiscent of oak-aged chardonnay with a beery flavor.

M: The carbonation is very fine, creating a velvety feel on the tongue.

D: An outstandingly refreshing beer for a warm day. This is a great thirst quencher that goes well with a wide range of foods (I'm pairing it with spicy turkey sausage).

ewright, Apr 02, 2008
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,280 ratings.