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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Reviews: 1,527
Hads: 3,835
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 249
Gots: 457 | FT: 12
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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 ppoitras
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged, cork denotes 2003.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big pillowy 2" slightly off-white head above the golden brew. Furious effervescence makes head sno-cone above the sides of the glass soon after pouring. Head lasts FOREVER, laces excellently with heavy foam, and aroma has the slight funk going on, but somewhat nondescript. Taste is of pale malt, with spices kicking it up soon after, and throughout the rest of the taste experience. Mouthfeel is extra smooth and drinkability excellent. Check it out if hops are your thing.

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Photo of ZAP
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apricot clored....hazy....fizzy, frothy 1/2 inch egg white head...nose is musty but sweet....tight carbonation...fizzy almost, but creamy at the same time...body is medium light...taste is earthy...sweet fruity notes at first but very dry on the finish...Should have saved this for Thanksgiving...it would have paired nicely with the meal...

Very enjoyable...justt kind of hard to describe the flavor and aroma...tfour words...musty...earthy...fruity..enjoyable..

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Photo of Beersignal
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely one of my top 10 brews, especially lately. Saison Dupont is, in my opinion, the standard by which other saisons should be judged.

The beer pours out a beautiful slightly cloudy golden yellow tinged with apricot. The monstrous, rocky, snow white head seems to challenge the effects of time and easily lasts until the very last sip, leaving hefty clumps of foam sticking to the sides of the glass.

This sample might have been a bit to cool initially but some warming allowed the yeastiness and peppery spiciness to express themselves through a veil of earthy hop resins. Very enticing. I take my first sip.

A fine bead ushers in this medium bodied but firmly textured and drying beer. Up front, notes of malt and peppery mint saunter by and are followed by hints of pears and bananas. Quickly they are dominated by a solid earthy and leafy bitterness that reminds one of autum (that's why I seem to enjoy this so much at this time of year). A long and elegant aftertaste lingers 'til the next sip and you discover what a superb beer this is all over again.

Thank god the SAQ still has some bottles of this on their shelves. At $6 a magnum, it's probably the best beer deal going these days, and with the SAQ strike going on now I better enjoy this one fully... it might be awhile before I get another bottle.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a slightly hazy yellow beer with a big head.

The aroma was sweet and fruity (apples and pears) with a hint of hoppiness.

The taste was slightly sweet, not as sweet as the aroma would lead one to believe. There was some fruitiness, also apples and pears. It was somewhat hoppy, with herbal tones, and was quite fizzy.

This was a pleasant beer to try, and the only one of this style I have been able to find. I was satisfied.

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Photo of skybluewater
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky golden color, with yeast floating in it. There's a huge head that lasts forever and leaves quite a bit of lace. Smells quite funky, with a fresh Belgian ale scent. Tastes rather like a Duvel, but not as "full" a mouthfeel, with more spice (pepper). It's also a bit sour, which is actually nice.

Overall, this is a darn good beer, although it might be better for the warmer months. The only drawback is the price: $5 for a 12.7 oz bottle!

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Photo of carln26
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer presented a hazy golden color with a thick dense head fed by champagne bubbles. Frothy, snowy lace left on the glass. An aroma of malty roasted grains balanced by fruit, hints of apples. The smell of this beer reminds me of a wonderful brewing process. Medium malt character up front with a mild hop finish. A distinct sourness comes late (after a few minutes. Fresh, light mouth feel, very drinkable.

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Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at the Ginger man, one of my all time favorites a treat on draft. Poured cloudy light orange with a well developed puffy head, dissolving slowly to a tiny bubble film . This one leaves a ton of lacing. Nose is a load of spice, pepper mostly, also yeast, musty, and earth. Medium bodied and a fair amount of prickly carbonation noted. Flavors of cracked pepper, yeast, earth. Tart in the finish, fresh and crisp. great stuff.

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Photo of Skidz
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out pale yellow and sits light gold in the glass with a big fluffy white head with some yeast sediment in the glass.

Smells sweet and malty with pairing of orange zest and lemon. Dry and yeast body with some spicy hop undertones.

Taste is bitter and dry up front but moves into a light fruity sweetness. Alcohol blends into the sweets and warms the back of the mouth. Finishes bitter with some extended malty sweetness and lingering spiciness.

Medium body with strong and full carbonation. Well bittereed and dry.

As it was, it made for a good summer celebration beer, but is good for consuming anytime.

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Photo of filabrazilia
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden with an unbelievably cumulus-like head that lingers like an impending storm front. I cannot get over the size of this head.

This smells like a classic Saison--fruity sweet, spicy and chock full of aromatic delight. There is a hint of alcohol in the nose that balances out the aroma nicely.

The flavor is wonderful. There are hints of citrus, pepper and alcohol that blend together completely. This is what I expect when I drink a Saison.

The mouthfeel is robust yet mellow, complex yet simple. This is a mid-bodied beer that is easily drinkable after a warm summer day. However, it is complex enough to be consumed as a semi-winter warmer.

This was a very good beer. We don't have enough opportunity to enjoy this style of beer. Saison Dupont is a great example of the style. I wish all beers were this good.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy hell. This one pours a fluffy white, with just a little bit of hazy peachy-orange color underneath to show there is beer in there, not just head. Seriously, there is about 4 fingers of head, and its not going anywhere. The nose is nice and zesty lemon with a great fruity sweetness in there as well. I have to let this sit to see if I can get the head to go down, or I will have foam all up in my moustache. The flavor is really nice. There is a tartness that carries through the entire beer, but there is also a nice citrusy sweetness in there too. Very nice. The beer is moderately thick, not too heavy for the flavor. A good balance. I can see why people like this beer. Its not my favorite style, but I can only have one favorite now can't I...I could kick back with a bottle of this again, easily.

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Photo of jvajda
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Enormous fluffy head and peach like body. Almost fuzzy looking.
Smell: Fresh lemon and grassiness.
Taste:Fresh and light start then big malty body and carbonation. Sweet and full body Finish is buttery smooth with a slight bitterness, This is a very refreshing beer. Very light dryness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Buttery smooth.
Drinkability: Highly drinkable, great beer.

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Photo of Crosling
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Nose of spices, banana peel, tangerine, orange, spices, bready malt and herbs.

Pleasant, great for the style flavor profile, with notes of banana bread, bready malts, light fruits (green apples), a bit of tartness and perhaps some spicing, coriander if I am not mistaken.


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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"2.003" says the cork. On the pour, a head of pure white rushes up to fill half the goblet. Beer is the color of bronzed honey with highlights of pure gold; highly translucent and full of lilting carbonation. A swirl of the glass leaves slothful lace oozing back towards the surface of the liquid. Quite a looker, until later in the bottle... when I start getting loads of sediment, no matter how gentle the pour. Crisp, hoppy aromas of new-mown grass with grated lemon zest and pickled ginger; soft, rice wafery maltiness. Nosefeel is almost too light to be considered "floral." Flavors are neatly balanced, everything drenched in coolness: lemon juice wetnesses give way to an assertive, spicy body of white pepper, coriander, ginger; nectarine-pit bitterness; vigorously dry, hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is wet--wetter than water--on the tongue, but somehow finishes warm, bitter, and refreshing. Good drinkability overall, but I was beginning to feel some palate fatigue after 750ml of the stuff. Delicacy is absolutely the focus of this brew. I preferred this when I had it on tap, but this sample simply reinforced my notion that this is the archetype for the style. This paired very nicely indeed with orange-glazed salmon and asparagus frittata.

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Photo of frazbri
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy straw gold with a billowing white head. The initial aroma was skunked, but that quickly dissapated. The mouthfeel was bright and light. Flavor of lemon zest and citrus finished with oak and a little alcohol warmth.

I was a little worried about the condition of this beer when I pulled the cork. That skunk smell hit, but fortunately didn't last. While Saison Dupont did not fully meet my expectations, it is a very fine beer. I will revisit this beer in the future.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A classic, a must try, but nothing exceptional. A lot of foam from aggressive conditioning, pouring out over table and taking several moments to calm down. Refreshing in summer, easy drink but not bold rather very grassy. Some coriander and cloves spice and apple honey. Ranked down a bit in another bottle of 10 months later, bit more barnyard did not affect it, rather found it only above average brew.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great opportunity to try this one on tap at The Drafting Room in Springhouse PA.

Hazy orange, cloudy hued taunt tight halo head ring into a basic tulip glass.

Light mellow blends of oranges, apples, bananas and a bit of cloves, followed by a bit of bready indiscernable yeast.

Delicate balance of fruity blends that touch upon bananas, cherries, lemons, oranges, sweet and zero aftertaste. Complex & delightful.

Crisp and medium full bodoed.

Last swigs: Warmed up, esters and spices show up more-so. From what folks say, this is a rare treat on draught, and even better in bottles. Quite a complex tongue taster.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of necoadam
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked date was 2003 so this was kinda young. But still tasted oh so good. Poured out a bright orange/deep gold color with a nice amount of head that lasted all the way through. Smell consisted of a variety of items. Spicies, hay-like aromas, and some fruits in the backround as well, but the fruit was quite strong. Taste was quite flavorful. Lots of citrus notes in this beer with some spiciness in the backround. Yeast and some slight hops show up at the end with a tart-like finish that lasts into the aftertaste. Quite nice. Nothing was overwhelming which was nice to see. Mouthfeel was on the border of light-medium. Perhaps I should buy a bottle and age it to see what differences will show up. Pick this up for sure.

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Photo of brentk56
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy lemonade yellow color with a prodigious white, fine-bubbled head; rafts of lacing

Smell: Lemons and cloves, yeasty, with a bit of banana, dill and some wet hay

Taste: Light but complex; a bit of herbacious, lemony sweetness up front; after the swallow, the herbal elements grow as does a piney, resinous bitterness that is followed by a dry, peppery finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and refreshing; nicely carbonated

Drinkability: Very drinkable but extremely complex; great for warmer days when you want something thirst quenching

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sweet Saisons and summer make a refreshing and relaxing pair. I picked up this bottle at Trader Joe's and enjoyed the sweet golden sunset of a brew, that capped it self nicely with dissipating white head. The brew balanced sweetness with spices with a combination that was both light and bold. The pleasant dry finish helped it pair well with an unidentified soft cheese. Most excellent.

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Photo of Suds
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a corked 750 ml bottle. There was intense pressure behind that cork…Pow!!
The appearance of this beer is simply spectacular. The head is firm, thick, long-lasting, and glowing-white. It sits atop a cloudy, milky, yellow liquid. Bubble rise constantly through the liquid, and yeast float throughout. The aroma has a notable lemon and orange quality, mixed with yeast and a spiciness. The taste starts moderately sweet, with the citrus continuing. By the mid-taste, the beer dries out a little, and it finishes very clean and crisp. It’s extraordinarily refreshing.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl capped bottle simply called "Saison Dupont" (bought in Norway), "Vieille Provision" is apparently used only for the corked bottle, otherwise it must be the same beer. Hazy golden beer with a large head. Lovely farmhouse aroma with spices and tobacco. Spicy and "authentic" farmbrew flavour, which unfortunately soon is overpowered by a strange medicinal bitterness on the the back of my tongue - I’m not sure how much of this bitterness comes from the hops and how much comes from dead yeast cells. This bitterness dominates the long aftertaste

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Photo of tjd25
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glittering golden color body, incredibly active. The head is intense and lasting forever. It faded faster on the side, and started to look like the tower of a sand castle, but with a smooth whipped egg consistency. The smell is yeasty, fresh and very hoppy. Peppery and spicy too. The taste is enjoyable, dry and hoppy but still very round and yeasty with citric notes of orange peel and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is creamy and round, and the hops last on the palate. A good summer beer. Nice.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a caged and corked 750ml bottle. Cork had "2-004" stamped on it. Poured into a goblet, this saison had a light amber, almost champagne-like color, vigorous carbonation, and a blooming frothy white head that quickly receded but had a never-say-die preseverence. Very nice to look at.
The nose was vaguely fruity but the main component was a combination of yeasty, dusty malt notes and a sharp herbal aroma. Some hints of citrus also played around the periphery.
The taste was rather like a tripel. Some real faint fruit-inspired sweetness up front, a mild malt base with that dusty flavor transitioning over from the nose, and finishing with the soft spiciness of coriander and white pepper and a bolder, harsher herbal bite. The feel was light treading toward medium in body, round and creamy, thanks to the abundant carbonation.
Overall, this saison was quite drinkable, especially on a night with temps in the 80's. Saison Dupont rates the reputation it has garnered.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Vancouver, my first saison sample, and highly recommended. Poured from a small brown 250 ml bottle, best before date on the back label is 04/2006. Massive chunky white head on the pour into a tulip glass, the foam rose so high above the lip of the glass that it eventually formed a saison nipple as a crown. Hazy pale golden coloured body, intense carbonation. Pepper, corainder and citrus on the nose, some sweet malt and candi sugar as well. Through the billowing foam it seems to have a cotton candy sweetness to it, it suits the texture, that's for sure. Intensely sweet flavour up front, definitely cotton candy, strawberry licorice, citrusy towards the middle, and the spices popping up near the finish: pepper, coriander, bitter orange peel. Floral sweetness on the aftertaste, some clover honey. A small sample to make a decent impression from. The mouthfeel is smooth like mylar, a frictionless plastic texture that slides through the mouth. I'd drink another of these just to get part 2 of the experience, hopefully in a larger serving. Otherwise my glass of this saison disappeared far too quickly.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dupont is the most well-balanced of all the Belgian saisons. Its coriander complements the live citrus. The star of this beer, however, is the meditative hopping which lends beautiful funky herbal notes on the nose, a peppery leafiness on the palate, and a dry finish that calmly accentuates the coriander, keeping this beer from being cloying. The malt is very liquid with a midpalate fullness that is both quenching and filling. Archetypal.

Relax, relax.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,527 ratings.