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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,125 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,125
Reviews: 1,440
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 163
Gots: 187 | FT: 10
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a golden color with a nice finger and change of foam. There's a flurry of activity in the glass, like suspended yeast particles and rising streams of bubbles.

I'm impressed by the strength of the nose. I'm smelling fruits (mostly pear and lemon, maybe some green apple), spice, and the standard Siason funk. The spice and familiar Belgian yeast remind me of a tripel in a way.

The flavor isn't as bold to me as the aroma is. However, there are a lot of different flavors present. It's hard for me to decide which fruity flavor is the dominant one, but, if I had to pick, I'd probably say lemon. As soon as I say that, there's a funky pear in the finish. There's a grassy hop quality, too. I appreciate the complexity and the depth of the flavors, but they're not as pleasant as they are in the nose.

Highly carbonated, but it seems to be appropriate. Very dry finish. Body is on the lighter side. Crisp, zesty and refreshing. Good stuff, especially this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 01:28:45 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of BeerBelcher


4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer before, and I think this is the first saison I ever had. And I think it is a classic that really has defined this style. Since Michael Jackson called saison an "endangered style" a decade ago, it has experienced a revival, but it seems like Saison DuPont has been representing this style the whole time.

Appearance is a hazy yellow with very abundant head (like a Duvel). Aroma is of spice (clove?) and is delicious. Taste is extremely smooth and relatively uncomplicated. It is clovey and also very good. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. This beer is extremely drinkable. This beer is an uncomplicated classic responsible for (pardon the metaphor) saving its "endangered" species. This beer is much lighter than its American imitators (from the likes of Ommegang and Avery), but is truly excellent.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 14:41:42 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of CowsCanBark


4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy (unfiltered) pear hue with a bone-white three-finger fluffy head. Generous amounts of lacing are left on the glass.

Smell: Some hops, some skunk, medicinal/yeast qualities, almost a smokiness to it. Not really any "horseblanket" smell though.

Taste: Reminds me of the first farmhouse ale I had at McKenzie Brew Pub in PA. It's a bit tart and very fruity; you can taste various fruits, such as apricots and plums. Then there is a slightly medicinal flavor, I'm guessing the yeast (reminds me of Orval). Is this the flavor everyone refers to as "horse-blanket?" Because I can't discern any...barnyard flavors at all. No bitterness present, slightly watery.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to light body, high carbonation, watch out when you pour as it probably will overflow. Crisp.

Overall: Yet another saison that I am impressed with. No off-putting smells or flavors to me, no "horse-blanket" to be found here. Just delicious and crisp fruitiness with a definite tart bite. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 03:36:18 | More by CowsCanBark
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United Kingdom (England)

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pure golden sunflower in color; clear with active, champagne-like carbonation; fluffy white head retains pretty well and leaves wispy spots of lace.

Smell: Bubble gum, candy sugar, light hay and maple leaf notes. Sweet lemon-lime undertones, almost like 7-Up. Strawberries and peppery herbs.

Taste: Light and mellow. Bubble gum; blunt, resiny hops; apple juice. Pleasantly hoppy, dry but not acrid finish. I'd say it's not as complex as the nose, but it's still very good. A great susbstitute for a dry white wine when pairing with food or cooking.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp and smooth on the palate. Clean finish.

Drinkability: With a relatively low ABV and nice, light body, and refreshingly dry finish, this is an excellently sessionable summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 22:42:21 | More by soulgrowl
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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into its proper glass.

A: Hazy straw body with two inches of creamy, rocky tan head that rise precariously above the rim of the glass. Fantastic retention + lacing. Gorgeous.

S: Grainy malt, spicy phenols, and hugely grassy, herbal hops. Hay, green apple, and more white pepper. Excellent.

T: Dry + spicy, with some light graininess quickly giving way to intense peppery phenols, light appley tartness, and a profoundly bitter, herbal hoppy finish. Great stuff going on, but it's a little out of balance - too bitter, not complex enough with the yeast.

M: Light body explodes with carbonation. Hugely lively. Terrific.

O: The only times I've had this in the past it was horrifically skunky, so it was great to get a fresh, brown bottle in the country of origin. I can definitely see how the enormous skunk came to be, since this was probably the hoppiest Saison I've ever had - hoppy to a fault, actually, since I felt that the bitterness eventually outweighed everything else and took away from the beer's complexity. Still, this is a deservedly famous example of the style. Great beer.


Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 16:58:05 | More by woosterbill
Photo of MoreThanWine


4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice. Poured a massive 3" white velvet head with extremely long life and big merengue floaters. The body is a hazy raw sienna yellow color with a faint glow. It smells mildly of grass and grain. Taste is delightful with citrus, grapefruit, grass, grain, and a slow to reveal but long burn from a hops finish. There's a refreshing mouthfeel kind of like Perrier. A class act of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 08:48:34 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of Nerudamann


4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

Look - pale golden color, murky, with a ton of foam that dissipates and good medium...somewhat fast/somewhat slow speed. Foam itself is very thick and frothy. Lots of sediment floating around.

Smell - spicy and musky-smelling. Reminds me a bit of a good Bavarian lager.

Taste and Mouthfeel - tart at the forefront, sweet in the middle, and a bit bitter in the finish. Every time I smell and taste it, it reminds me of Germany...Bavaria in particular. I'm not sure why. Muskiness and lots of quality to the taste. Texture is well-balanced.

Overall - very interesting and good-tasting brew! This is one of the first times I've actually felt like I was drinking a European brew in the US. Would love to taste this ale fresh!!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 03:12:26 | More by Nerudamann
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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A-The bottle poured a cloudy yellow with a slight golden shimmer. The head was a full three fingers of creamy, thick off-white foam. Strong carbonation keeps the head alive for quite a while.

S-The small is mostly yeast and funk. There is touch of spice, some lemon, and other citrus notes in there. Not overly doughy or sweet. I thought the smell was a real highlight.

T-Mostly follows the smell. You get a yeasty, funky biscuit flavor, but the brew is not doughy like some yeasty (Belgian, especially) beers. There is a nice light undertone of spice, and a hint of lemon and other light fruits. I barely noticed the alcohol (unlike, for example, Tank 7, which I also enjoy).

M-The carbonation is very noticeable...big, chewy bubbles, but the beer is not heavy or oily. Definitely a summer drinker.

O-A nice archetype of a saison, which is one of my favorite styles of beer. The Dupont is drinkable, but complex enough to hold your interest.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 03:04:18 | More by spoony
Photo of StaveHooks


4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured into over sized wine glass. Huge fluffy head. Cloudy neon burnt orange.

S - A slightly skunky aroma during the pour which vanishes into on apple orchard of earthy wet hay, lots of Belgian yeast, spicy grass and lots of floral.

T - Spicy tart apples, earthy yeast, lemony herbal zing, sour grain. Dry peppery finish with a heavy green pear aftertatse. The carbonation has some zip to it.

This is a very earthy, crisp, & dry Saison. For me this makes drinkability through the roof! The yeast is the cornerstone on this beer, with the spicy bitterness being the bricks and the sour dryness being the mortar. Although there is a lot more going on with this complex beer. A stellar beer. I wish I could get them in a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 01:23:15 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of LambicPentameter


4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Barley's Brewhaus out of a Dupont stange glass.

Appearance - A spongy one-finger head of orangish-white rests atop a body of apricot and amber. It's murky and impossible to see through, in spite of the thin cylinder of a glass. Solid retention and excellent lacing, leaving rings down the side of the glass marking the level of the liquid between each drink.

Smell - Belgian yeast, some faint funk, but overall a clean aroma with some elements of pepper and spice.

Taste - Amazingly balanced with notes of hop bitterness, more Belgian yeast giving way to phenolic characteristics, elements of citrus and herbal sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation with some resinous characteristics that leave a lingering pleasantness in the aftertaste. Entices you to take the next drink.

Overall, it's easy to see why this is one of the standard-bearers for the farmhouse style. I prefer my saisons to be a little more in-your-face, with some more funk and dankess. But this one is clearly versatile for multiple seasons and cuisines.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2013 05:55:45 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of TheycallmeTim

New York

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle that reads "Unfiltered" and "Bottle Conditioned" into a Hennepin flute.

A--Cloudy honey-hued body that looks rich. Chunky three finger lively head with tons of big bubbles, like a foamy champagne, that cave it in from the inside out. Lots of foamy lacing all over the glass clung after each sip.

S--Yeast, yeast, and more yeast--redolent of the stuff with some alcohol sting behind it. Some subtle floral essences also rise up upon first pour, and pair with a smell I can only describe as a meadow of clover after it rains.

T--Wow. Two part experience here, as it rushed in with more yeast and floral character (hops? seems more like it's phenols) that tastes like the blossoms of fruit trees or their sap, more syrupy and like nectar than reminiscent of the fruit itself, only to finish very dry and clean. Has a wheat undertone throughout that I really enjoyed. Much, much less sweet than Hennepin, and more floral than spicy.

M--Holds up perfectly for the style. Packs a lot of flavor in without feeling heavy. Bright and crisp.

D--Excellent except for the ABV, which knocks things down a bit as I'd rather session this than go once and done.

Though there are many saisons out there, and almost as many good ones, I can see how this is the standard-bearer for the style. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 21:04:48 | More by TheycallmeTim
Photo of ElGordo


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Hazy golden body topped by a big, brilliant, puffy white head that has some staying power. Excellent carbonation flows up from the bottom in the Duvel vortex.
Spicy, complex aroma from the yeast includes notes of black pepper, grapefruit, and coriander, along with a hint of mustiness. Palate is mellow at first, with the Euro malt providing a nice sweetness. The spices kick in suddenly mid-palate, notes of coriander and pepper hopping to the forefront. Finish is sort of powdery-dry.
Body is nice, bubbly, and airy, again with a dry finish. Highly drinkable, this is an excellent, thirst-quenching ale that sets the standard for the saison style.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 05:30:02 | More by ElGordo
Photo of Southernbrew


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first experience with a Saison, have been meaning to try this one for a while.

Pours a lovely color I would describe as peachy. Head is quite big and it actually took a while for me to pour the beer.

Aroma is new to me. I had heard people talk about "horsey" aromas and now I understand what that means. Some pleasant lemony notes blended in as well.

Big carbonation is the name of the game with this and combines with a potent spiciness with hops. Becomes dry midway through and sweet fruit flavor begin to appear. Midway through the bottle it becomes smoother and dare I say creamy.

A sheer pleasure to drink. My first experience and certainly not my last. Delicious in the winter and my guess is even better in the spring or summer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2004 23:00:53 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of bashiba


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orangish yellow with a tremendously thick creamy white head that leaves tons of sticky lacing.

Smell is dominated by sweet yeast, spices, and crisp fruit odor.

Taste is dominated by crisp fruit flavors, granny smith apples, pears, and lemon flavors dominate with a touch of yeast flavor and a slight bit of bitter hops complimenting this beer very well.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry with tons of carbonation running through it.

Drinkability is very good on this great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 03:04:02 | More by bashiba
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy straw-gold with a soft pillowy white head that was pesistant leaving a nice light film lacing.

S: very fruity, with spicy citrus, sour oranges, lemons and a nice tart musky scent. The initial flavor was much the same with some spiciness, sour oranges, lemons. There was some sour fruitiness and a tangy spicing as well. The beer finished with dry and tart with some lemon grinds and a light floral hopping.

M: fizzy, champagne like, and dry. Fairly crisp, tart, lemony and refreshing.

D: a great drink for the summer time. Easy to consume and like.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 13:34:38 | More by beerthulhu
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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a sturdy beer with a definite taste that you do not have to guess on. It smells and tastes quite bitter, but if you take the time to enjoy it you will. However, if bitterness is not your thing, then this may be too much bite. It had a great gold color with a thick and foamy head and a noticeable amount of sediment in the bottom of the glass. The taste is similar to a strong hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 05:21:23 | More by femmebiere
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2 finger white overly churned mashed potatoes head. Carbed, unflitered golden straw.

S: Banana, clove, belgian yeast, lemon, spice.

T: Nice and sharp and refreshing. Really smooth. Not hoppy. Really citrusy. Cuts the heat really nicely. Lemon peel zesty bitterness.

M: Really carbed slight alcohol.

O: Really refreshing. I like the balance flavor. Really good. In terms of Saison this is my second favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 00:49:56 | More by JerseyKirk
Photo of jlindros


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how I got away without reviewing this for so long. Tap at Armsby Abbey.

Nice big fizzy head, 1 finger fades slowly with tons of lacing, slight hazy golden pilsner color.

Nose is typical saison, toasty malts, bready, light spices and lemony wheat, bit of candy sugar sweetness and belgian malts, light rustic farmhouse yeast.

Taste is similar, dry rustic farmhouse with sweetness of belgian malts and light candy sugar tease the palate, light lemon wheat grass, with a bit of a citrus flavor. Hints of spices from the yeast come with the crisp malty base, and a light bready malt undertone. Finish is crisp and dry, effervescent almost, with a bit more of the light citrus and farmhouse yeast flavors.

Mouth is med to slightly lighter bodied, crisp, and good carb.

Overall great, pretty much defines the style of saison, and this is probably the beer you can single out that has driven most other breweries on where to steer their saison.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 13:22:53 | More by jlindros
Photo of USCTrojanBrian


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a few times now. On tap at Victoria Gastro Pub (Columbia, Md.)

In a 20oz nonic, oddly, but it worked well for various reasons.

Refreshing, full-bodied and aromatic. I've had a love/hate thing going with Saison DuPont, and its biteyness and just something odd and off-putting in it always struggle with me. It was still there this time, but subdued and the natural aromatics and varied flavors that I love about saisons came through here.

Grassy and just a touch hoppy with sweetness and that great nose, good stuff. When it's cared for properly this is a thrill to drink and I was nearly thrilled this time. Nearly. I certainly didn't recoil as I sometimes do with Saison DuPont.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2008 03:37:42 | More by USCTrojanBrian
Photo of JanM


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell is sweet, alcoholic and yeasty. Kind of like white bread made with lots of sugar. The colour is hazy pale yellow, almost like cheap orange punch. The head is nice and thick, sprinkled with small nibblets of the yeast. The initial taste is very citric and yeasty. After a few seconds the bread and bitterness kicks in. Maybe a hint of some red berries in there too? It feels a bit dry on the tongue but it's a great summer beer. Perhaps a close cousin of a witbier?

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 20:01:27 | More by JanM
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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty beer from memory on tap, let's see how a 750 mL at home stacks up. Bought from a store with a big window in the front and a little bit of a skunky smell, but very minor so I can look past it. Has a green bottle anyways, so can't be that rare to see this.
Spicy smell, very appealing. Very carbonated, even visible in the glass. Golden color, very turbid. Must be the bubbles.
Sweet and spicy flavor, refreshing as usual. Hop aftertaste. Could and have drank a whole 750 mL at once so it is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 02:51:12 | More by dborginis
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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours hazy orange with golden highlights and a huge foamy ecru head. Little bits of unfiltered debris are sprinkled over the foam.

S - Floral, citrus zest, earthy yeast, and a faint faint funk.

T - Sweet, light citrus bite, yeasty, slight dry finish.

M - Very fizzy carbonation, slightly thinner than medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 18:25:08 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light hazy pale yellow color with a big white head. In the aroma, lemon zest and yeasty. In the taste, dry yeastiness and lemon zest, with a sweeter barnyard like earthiness. A smooth and light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry lemon yeastiness to a clean aftertaste. Clean and refreshing, nice blend of citrus and earth.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2010 15:01:08 | More by OWSLEY069
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Package: 750ml caged and corked bottle, labeled 6.5% ABV, Cork stamped 2002.

Cost: $4.49 at Total Wines

Presentation: tulip glass at 50º

Appearance: A pale cloudy yellow, almost like real lemonade. Medium-beaded carbonation. Monstrous, lively head that seems to have a life of its own! Even the most careful pour yields copious clouds of densely fulminating foam that shows no signs of giving ground below the ½” mark.

Smell: A forceful, barn-yard nose, with strong, herbaceous notes; fresh-cut hay, clover, and wildflowers. These sharp notes are only faintly counterbalanced by yeasty-bread smells and a hint of malt.

Taste: Spicily grassy notes with citrus undertones. One can imagine a mad-brewer sprinkling lemon zest, cumin, ground grains of paradise, and secret herbs into a light, golden brew This is an austere, astringent, faintly acidulous beer, that begs to be accompanied by food, especially rich cheeses, charcuterie, and olives. This has a short, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: As indicated by the head, this beer doesn’t lack for carbonation; but it is very fine and interesting on the palate, increasing the complexity of the beer. Body is a bit watery and thin however.

Drinkability: I think of this as a “French” beer, as it is almost more like wine than beer. Its relatively low ABV and light-bodied astringency makes this a very refreshing beer, while its complexity helps this stand above the ordinary.

Those of you who consider yourselves hop-heads ought to give this a try. While the hops are not on the order of an American IPA, its overall herbaceousness and austere, astringent style call to mind a variation on that theme. Also, an excellent, authentic example of the style and a good value for an imported, artisanal ale.

Bottom Line: A less-compromising version of Hennepin that would brighten the hottest of Summer days and highlight a fine meal.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2003 18:40:23 | More by Dantes
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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After looking at the other reviews people I've seen a lot of funk taste flying around so I am curious about that. Having this one chilled from a green bomber in my Duvel bubbler. Aromas of banana, coriander, lemon zest, and orange peel waft into my nazel cavities. Taste isn't too funky, maybe I could trick my mind by picturing a barnyard but not much of a petting zoo taste. I'm getting some earthy tastes like a Bordeaux and then the wit beer quality comes out but that's about it. A nice brew, good and summery. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 21:36:32 | More by Portertime
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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