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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 litheum94
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Whole Foods. Served in a Russian River goblet.

Murky, dull golden body. Lace white head. Very rocky. Doesn't leave much on top, but it sure does leave some nice lacing.

Sharp aromas of lemon citrus. Corriander spicing. Earthy yeast, with a slight must. There's also a tart raspberry esque aroma. Light hopping, with aromas of grass. Rustic all around.

Carbonation attacks the tongue right away, making this a dry drink all the way through. Light spicing, giving a good coriander flavor without overpowering. Lemon twang and grassy hops. Cracker malt backbone, with some pepper and earthy yeast flavors. Finish is dry with citric sourness, again with just the right amount.

Easy to see how this is the benchmark of the style. This drinks amazingly well. (770 characters)

Photo of number1bum
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow color, just a bit of chill haze that disappears soon enough, and a massive, billowing near-white head. Head leaves a mess of stick on the sides of the glass as it recedes to a pretty thick, chunky lace on top.

Smell is eminently complex, with some funky farmhouse aromas going on, yeast, some malt sweetness, toasty grain, herbal hops, some fruit and spice. Every sniff delivers something new.

The taste is also quite complex and evolves from mouthful to mouthful and as it warms. There is a light malt sweetness and toasty/grain flavor that underlies the rest, including yeast, floral and fruity hops, a bit of spice. There is a splash of herbal and earthy hop bitterness toward the end that lingers into the finish. Finish is also pretty dry as is the mouthfeel overall, which is also crisp and light in the mouth. Exceptional.

This is a fantastic beer. I could drink this damn near all night. I enjoyed every drop and will gladly come back for more. Highly recommended. (995 characters)

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

Poured from 25.4oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

Appearance: Pours hazy pale golden in color with a massive, frothy white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves behind many thick spots of lace.

Smell: Has everything a saison should have- mostly citrus and earthy notes, backed up by spice and a slight bit of grassiness.

Taste: Begins with zesty citric flavors and spice, finishing with earthy yeast and a balanced hop profile. The spice lingers throughout the brew.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with sharp carbonation and a crisp, refreshing, and slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: I really like saisons, and I really like this saison. As I had heard, this is the benchmark of the style. I cannot believe I put off buying this beer for so long... (773 characters)

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

Poured into a New Belgium goblet from a bomber.

Fine head, starts off large and reduces to a constant centimeter or so which stays consistent throughout the beer. The beer itself is a lovely cloudy golden color which I expect from the style and is a fine color.

The smell is fantastic. It simply envokes the feeling a farmhouse ale. A dank musty scent with earthy undertones, this is one of the beers that I feel transcends the style.

The taste is equally impressive. I can't place a malt or hop taste specifically, it blends together so nicely. Again an earthy, dank taste. Not any detectable spices, this is a pure Saison. A bit of pepper on the after taste, but nothing like that of Fantome's Printemps which I feel is the ultimate peppery saison.

The mouthfeel is great, a light carbonated fell which just asks to be swished around a bit before consuming. A bit on the watery side, but the carbonation makes up for it, and a little watery is expected for the style.

I could drink this beer all night. It's low ABV, wonderful flavor and scents, and great mouthfeel make this a worthwhile indulgence.

A superb example of the style. This is one of those beers that goes beyond being a tasty beverage and can transport you to the farmhouses of belgium. A great treat to drink in the backyard on a starry summer night, I would recommend as a must try to anyone who is a fan of the style. (1,392 characters)

Photo of Roman5150
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

bottle into Duvel glass

appearance: pale cloudy golden yellow, 1 finger white head

smell: smells like the barnyard funk, earthy/fruity sweet nectar, grapes, coriander, orange peel, pineapple, citrus, exotic spices, one crazy smelling beer that's for sure

taste: very dry and sweet, has a tart fruitiness to it but it's very well balanced, drinks very smoothly. Getting a lot of apple and grape, with some more subtle citrus/grapefruit notes.

mouthfeel: pretty decent carbonation, has the feel of wine/champagne more so than beer

overall: Haven't had many Saisons, but this one is absolutely amazing and is so well balanced, this would be my first choice for best representation of the style. (697 characters)

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

a - a crisp caramel with a very thick head. There is a nice haze to it with bubbles dancing through it.

s - This is one of those beers where the nose can actually be said to be bursting. There are a myriad of notes coming through including apples, apricots, and anise.

t- There is a lot going on with this beer. It is very fruity, but not in a bad way at all. The taste sits very well on the palate, and there is a very subtle hop flavor to it.

M- When we opened the bottle and it popped like champagne, I knew what we were tearing in to. There is a lot of carbonation, which brings-out some of the fruit notes to it.

O- My wife is a huge fan of saisons, so this beer was a little bit of a surprise. Most of the saisons we've had are from American brewers, so what we came to realize as we drank it was that this beer is what a saison is supposed to taste like (not that there are not many very good American versions). We had it with Mexican food, and it was great. I cannot wait to have this beer in the summer with some of the fresh summer flavors. (1,055 characters)

Photo of techdiver
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a massive head that dissipates very slowly leaving a substantial cap.

Grassy, herbal, citrusy nose with hop background.

Complex taste that grows on you. Really well balanced, malt and hops come together well in a brew that displays characteristics from tart, to bitter, and with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp with good carbonation that refreshes well.

Drinkability good as a easy drinking, lower ABV Belgian should be. (467 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 750 mL GREEN champagne bottle purchased from Papago Brewing Company in Scottsdale, AZ. The cork says 2002.

Appearance: golden/straw colored, irradescent (really picks up the light and glows), dense off-white rocky head, SUPER head retention and resilient lacing, the head lays there like whip-cream for a long, long time

Aroma: a spicy/peppery aroma, potent floral hoppiness, slightly citrusy

Flavor: mellow malty/honey-like sweetness and a smooth smooth hop flavor, reserved bitterness in the flavor-break and finish, spicy esters, finishes semi-dry, bitterness stays on the lips from contacting the foamy head

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, tingly/spritzy carbonation, slight astringency felt on teeth, really wakes up your palette

Drinkability: very refreshing and drinkable, would be a great lawn-mower beer for beer conisseurs with lawns

Additional notes: this is one of my favorite beers and has inspired my current foray into saisons. Even skunked to hell (yeah, damn green bottles), this beer is remarkable and lusciously tasty. If I could find a bottle that had NEVER seen even the dimmest beam of light, I think I would immediately transcend to beer heaven. (1,187 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-pours a dark hazy golden yellow with a dense creamy white head.

S-the nose is strong, grassy hops, notes of lemon with a light peppery aroma.

T-very spicy, lots of wheat, lemon, and coriander. grassy hops in the back adding a great balance.

M-smooth on the palate with a lot of carbonation balancing a nice medium body with a great crisp finish.

D-this is very easy to drink and so tasty. nice complexity with a great balance. (432 characters)

Photo of Pittsburgh
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is my favorite Belgian beer I've had, and maybe my favorite of all time, or close to it. I know that is high praise, but this stuff is excellent.

Every sip is amazing, light, fluffy, but good flavor, refreshing as well, I could drink this all the time during the summer. Lemony-citrus flavor working, a slight bitterness to it as well, finishing a bit sour. Overall very well balanced, all flavors mesh together very well, you can definitely taste the yeast as well. Solid, solid beer.

Amazing pour and color as well. I've had a few of the American brewers version of a farmhouse ale, and this is a whole different ballgame. I want more. (649 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Excellent gold with a lighter straw around the edges. I got a 3 1/2 finger head with superior retention. Nice webbed lacing. (Half done and the lacing still reaches the top of the mug.)

Smell: I have yeast and bread for sure. A very dry pear(? maybe ?) very earthy and interesting. It is a very inviting smell, "Come on over, drink me down buddy." I certainly will sir, I certainly will.

Taste: Smooth, tart fruit and sweet bread (not sweetbreads, but sweet tasting bread.) It is very balanced taste. Aftertaste lingers for a bit and stays pretty mellow.

Mouthfeel: Just how you would want it to be. Moderate carbonation and very very smooth. Not too syrupy going down. One of my favorite things about this Saison.

Drinkability: All day, every day (lol). I think this is a great beer for ANYBODY. I could never get tired of it. I've even thought about sticking a few in my cellar to see how they turn out with a bit of age. Mmmm Mmmm delicious! (954 characters)

Photo of corey0212
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a super-hazed glowing orange color, big fluffy white head slowly dissipates and leaves pretty good lacing on the glass, lots and lots of tiny floaties roaming around. Smells spicy, earthen, some faint lemon and pepper, great aromas on this beer. Taste is wheaty, some pear and citrus, more pepper, some slight bitter lemon. Really refreshing, incredibly crisp and dry, really hitting the spot on a muggy July night. Seems like a really good representation of the style... a total classic, and I can see why this one is so highly rated. (541 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an over-sized red wine glass. Saison Dupont produces a thick white head over a golden honey body. Mostly clear with lots of small bubbles racing upwards to sustain the thick head.

The aroma is that of a well produced Belgian. Yeasty, malty, with some spice reminiscent of corriander. A little nutty.

The first sip is a mixture of creamy white head, smooth malts and just a bit of spice. After another sip I can tell that this is perfection. The malt profile is at first sweet, but refined. Never overwhelming in its sweetness. Boardering more on a bready, somewhat nutty profile. Corriander, but lightly added and a few squeezes of citrus, make the flavor full yet extremely refreshing.

Mouthfeel is super smooth. The creamy head stays constant and mixes with every sip, creating an excellent body.

Drinkability is through the roof and at 6.5%, you could drink quite a bit of this. So enjoyable to drink.

In short, this is the quintessential Saison / Farmhouse ale. The best I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. Saison Dupont's strength is in the perfect balance of its flavor profile. Delicious and refreshing. Simply a classic. (1,151 characters)

Photo of honkey
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 750 mL bottle into a Saison Dupont tumbler courtesy of Vanberg & Dewulf

Appearance: golden straw color, with HUGE white head. Naturally cloudy. Can't get over how awesome this head is.

Smell: earthy smell. Touch of hops with a slight funkiness.

Taste: Yes please! Nice funkiness from the yeast really compliments the touch of hops flavor. Bitter aftertaste. Much better than the skunked bottle I had a few weeks ago.

Mouthfeel: light with high carbonation

Drinkability: could easily drink this 750 mL by myself. I am sharing with a friend however... I should have been greedy! (586 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Classy bottle. Classier pour. Honey gold like the skin of a naive island girl. I very big man in American, baby. You come with me I make you very rich.

Smells like skunk, but it works. German pilsner green bottle smell--light and fruity--mixed with good spicy saison spice, white pepper especially.

Taste is a suprisingly wonderful mixture of the flavors mentioned in the nose, fruity skunk up front giving way to saison spice, white pepper and citrus. Great. Seriously, this is all that's great in the world of green bottle summer poundin' beers mixed with all that's great in the world of Saisons.

This is an excellent, flavorful beer that's actually refreshing. I could down a twelve pack of this in the summer. Take a couple of bottles with me while I hiking, that sort of thing. Excellent. (804 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2005 vintage 750ml.

Had 3 of these in my cellar, figured Id pop one and see how its going. Poured into and oversize wine glass. In the bottle, this appeared much clearer than my 07.s. In the glass it is similar except that the head is twice the size and stays that way. Much skunkier, spicier smell than 07. Also much more carbonated. The cork hit the ceiling. The nose is absolutely dilectable for a farmhouse saison. sweet, spicy, fruity nose. The first sip is very fruity and smooth. The hop taste follows with almost a coriander, fruit taste and spicy tones, with slightly skunky mixtures ( It is in a green bottle!) the finish has reduced in bitterness with its two years of age. The mouthfeel is silkier than fresh bottles and the carbonation is more intense. Drinkability is very good. A pleasure to drink, a fine saison. (829 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a stunningly hazed straw yellow color. A huge rocky and foamy head forms and sticks around. Rings of lace is left behind as the head finally settles.
S: Biscuit and doughy malt aromas. Some distinct yeast, clove, and citrus character as well. Peppery, slight phenolic, and musty/earthy. Grassy, lemon rind and orange peal. Incredible.
T: Biscuit and doughy malt again with a grassy, citrus hop bite and earthy taste. Clove, citrus, and banana esters. Complex flavors that linger on. Musty, earthy, and just beautiful.
M/O: A light to medium body. Beautifully carbonated. Crisp, effervescent, incredibly smooth, and dry. There are not very many beers that I actually crave, but this is one of them. Amazing in just about every respect, and one I always come back to.

I will say it again, just beautiful and what every Saison should be. A style and beer that I have been incredibly intrigued with from the beginning, and that obsession still continues. A masterpiece. (983 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The iconic Saison Dupont pours hazy gold under a 2” persistent white foam cap that provides intricate lace. A light fruit, pineapple nose combines with light bread aromas and a trace of well ripened fruit. It starts crisp and dry on the plate with a trace of fruit – primarily orange – that becomes more prominent as it warms seasoned with spice and a hint of sweetness over biscuity malt. A moderate hop accent brings it together on the finish. It has medium to medium high carbonation and a refreshing, medium body. If you get a good one, the large green 75 cl bottles are better the brown 33 cl ones but about one in 4 of the larger bottles is skunky. (661 characters)

Photo of azorie
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass at refer temps

A: Fantastic yellow-orange color, with a massive 2 inch head and that left lacing own the glass after about 5 minutes. Lots of bubbles and no yeast floaties.

S: Tart apple and citrus, with that bread Brett yeast nose. Spicy hops and malt blend that remind me of flowers and passion fruit.

T: ah so fine this is the gold standard of Saisons.
Sharp spicy front end of cirtus and apples, with some herbs and that brett bite. All blends so well with the hop bite and malt sweetness. Very complex beer that changes a tad every year due to the terrior etc.

M: medium body, lots of carbonation

T: smooth beer and no hint of 6.5 abv, easy as hell to drink a full 750 solo (709 characters)

Photo of Wreckoncile
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip

A - Pours a hazy gold color with a fluffy 2 finger foam the takes some time to dissipate and leaves a little lacing around the glass. A touch of sediment found near the bottom of the glass upon pouring. Bright and beautiful appearance.

S - A strong lemongrass note right up front with a tart note of belgian funk to round out the nose. The pale malt smell lingers underneath that earthy funk throughout.

T - The lemon and grassy flavors dominate, but also a note of banana and even some white grape. The first sip was almost champagne like in its grape note, but the lemon and earthy/grassy flavor covers it quickly. A slightly tart finish with some trademark funkiness.

M - Dry, and yet crisp and refreshing. That champagne quality detected in the taste was even more apparent in the mouthfeel given the bubbly and dry aspect of this beer.

O - This is generally considered among the signature widely available saisons and for good reason. My only gripe with it is that its dryness prevents it from being that ideal thirst-quenching choice, which is what a "farmhouse" ale always strikes me as needing. But it's a trivial ding as overall this is a finely made saison. (1,212 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.
Poured a cloudy yellow with a very, large white head that did settle down a bit, but remained solid.
The smell was lemony with noticeable - but not overwhelming - hop presence.
The taste was citrusy - especially lemon and a bit of orange, yeasty and had moderate hoppiness. The flavors were very well-balanced.
The mouthfeel was light, dry and slightly creamy. The flavors didn't stick around long - but was very refreshing.
This is an excellent choice for a barbeque on a hot day. (513 characters)

Photo of faernt
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh belches. My wife just walked through one and winced and called it "mossy" That's from a Saison DuPont. I have this beer around always. It's house beer. It rocks!!!

It pours big and rocky. It gets cloudy because of the rusty sludge in the bottom of the bottle. I've been told that there is iron oxide in the water at the brewery. It makes much food taste better. It smells a little old because I've been told they use aged hops. Try it sometime...put some hops in a bowl and leave them in your beer closet (or wherever you put beer) and smell them in a year. They smell different. So rusty water and old ingredients. And they still make a fantastic beer. It tastes great with food. Try it. It is on my top 10. Pass on rawish fish. It takes the smell up into taste. However, it is the best grilled salmon beer around. (822 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light golden yellow, voluminous white head that dissipates slowly and leaves tons of lacing

Smell: Ripe pear, herbs, and a very earthy yeast. Very complex

Taste: Earthy and spicy, herbal, a little fruity, with a little tartness. Also very complex, hard to hit on all the flavors

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, high carbonation, very smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a semi dry finish

Overall: An outstanding brew, completely different from Ommegang's Hennepin, which is the only Saison I've had before this. Both are good, but far apart, and I like this better. This really blew me away on how complex and great it is. (636 characters)

Photo of AlohaRicky
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12 Oz bottle

A. Nice rich frothy head.

S. A little tart and funky

T. Clean and crisp with a tangy aftertaste that stays with you for hours. Very Dry

M. Nice and crisp.

O. Great beer. Worth the $5.00 price tag for the sour aftertaste that stays with you.

Great Beer!!! (283 characters)

Photo of ausonius
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 750 ML bottle

Appearance: Huge creamy, light head. Slightly cloudy creamy wheat yellow. settles within 5 minutes to a light patchy/creamy head with good lacing.

Aroma: Fresh, creamy, floral, spicy, yeasty but not overly sweet nose. Hint of funk & Brett. Piquant & perfect. Underline Flavorful & Fresh.

Simply put, this nose IS Saison Dupont.

Palate: On the palate round & piquant, creamy & grainy, fleshy, but firm & refreshing. Some discreet acidity keeps the flavor & overall balance beautifully fresh. Dry softly bitter, fresh finish . . . Flawless & sneakily magnificent.

Mouthfeel: Lightness & weight, Sweet creaminess balanced by a refreshing graininess throughout. Dry, slightly earthy clean, fresh slightly hoppy finish. This all equals a Great mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Big & flavorful, but light on it's feet. No need to call it a sesh brew, but this has great drinkability.

This is GREAT BEER!

I think my body sees this stuff as food, & who am I to argue?!?

97 Points

BRAVO! (999 characters)

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