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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 3,595
Reviews: 1,487
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 213
Gots: 331 | FT: 9
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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 Portertime
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of TheMistler
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy gold, with a good amount of quickly arising, effervescent white head. Initially the head quickly dissipated, but a thumbs-width stuck around for quite a while.

Pungent and crisp nose. Some grass detected. Fruity and spicy, with something along the lines of mulled apple. Very complex. If I had had no desire to drink and finish this beer, I could have spent a long time sniffing it and identifying any number of notes.

As effervescent in initial mouthfeel as it was in appearance, becoming well-rounded, full-bodied but not overwhelming. Crisp and complex taste throughout, with notes I hadn't detected in the nose (unsurprisingly, given how much there is to smell and taste in this farmhouse ale). Fruit, with some nice tartness, and grain. Hops also not to be ignored.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After reading the recent style profile by Don Russell in BA magazine, I was excited to sample my first Saison. I was even more excited that on the same day as reading the article I found Saison DuPont on the local beer store where we were vacationing. Since the article featured this specific brand I thought we'd give it a shot.

I didn't see a date on the bottle but noticed the cork was marked 2.007. Not sure if this means this was bottled in 2007 or something different.

The first two/three pours of this farmhouse ale were a crystal clear and deep gold in color. The later pours became cloudier as the sediment on the bottom of the bottle became disturbed. The final pour was downright cloudy. There was a thick creamy beautiful head that appeared on the top of the beer and did stick around for some time.

A touch of lacing was left in the glass.

The aroma was very nice and really showcased a fruity (lemon), spicy and slightly grass like aroma.

Now I was concerned about "the funk" detailed in the article. Time to taste.
Where's the Funk?

I found the taste to be extremely nice and very "unfunk" like.

Peppery, slight fruit and a very fresh taste, quite refreshing and pleasant.
The slight clover flavor was not overpowering like some other Belgians that I don't enjoy. Also that great black pepper flavor combined with the tangy yeast notes and the slight hop bitterness linger for a short while after swallowing the beer.

Really enjoying this beer! Very nice crisp, refreshing mouth feel. I can see why this was considered a beer to be consumed in the summer months.

As I mentioned, the later pours became cloudier and much spicier with the flavor of black pepper. I actually liked this as well.

Really nice effort. Last night after dinner we chose another saison to try this evening. I will be back for more DuPont later this summer.

Photo of corey0212
4.68/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of brendan13
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a tulip glass a very cloudy dark golden/orange with almost an inch of fluffy white head that slowly falls away leaving lots of patchy lacing.
S - A very earthy, spicy aroma dominates with some ripe fruit touches.
T - Also very earthy in the taste. Some peach/pear hints and a slightly grainy, biscuity maltiness.
M - Light to medium bodied with a pretty high level of carbonation.
D - A very tasty, very refreshing Saison. 6.5%ABV is a bit high to make it a session beer but a few on a hot Summers day wouldn't be out of order. Then again tonight is a cold Winter night and it's still pretty good.

Photo of tdawgydog
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After reading about the Saison ales in the latest edition of Beer Advocate I decided that I had to try some. The most prominent of the Saison ales is this one Saison DuPont and now I know why. Poured a golden orange into my Leffe Chalice with noticeable yeast particles... Unfiltered indeed. The head was at least two fingers and it was retained throghout. The taste is fruitful and enjoyable. Crisp clean taste gives way to one of the better beers I have ever had. I will definitely be seeking this out again on my next trip to my beer store.

Photo of Murchmac
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ooo LaLa Saison. I fricking love this style now.

I drank this at a coffee shop out the bottle poured into a glass. I kinda only review beers at home, like a ritual, so forgive my crudeness.

I guess it looked yellow. Had a big head, cool looking.

I think it smelled earthy. I just smelled it once. It was hot out, I just wanted to sit outside and drink.

Tasted fricking amazing. Just the right amount of carbonation. Earthy, fruity, smooth. Like drinking jujubees.

Great aftertaste. This is one classic beer.

This beer is so good, How good is it? This beer is so good, you should drink it.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Available here via the SAQ, the provicial liquor commission. Poured in a "maredsous" chalise at 5-8 celcius.

A hazy orangish yellow ale huge white head, lacing and quite effervensent. Aroma of spice, yeast, and notes of citrus (lemon). Flavor of fresh dough, spice and esters from yeast. Dry finish and light body makes this a refreshing and incredibly quafable ale. Its a wonderful summer ale. At 6.5% abv, being bone dry and relatively light bodied, it hits my sweet spot!

Photo of John_M
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably should have reviewed this excellent beer long before now. Had on tap today at the Victoria Gastro pub in Columbia.

The beer pours a hazy orange tan color with very good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, but what I get is pretty good. There is some light honey, white pepper and citrus. The beer does not smell as if it will be super sweet. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose and this beer really is delicious. It is decidedly on the dry side, but with an excellent palate profile of pepper, citrus and honey. The flavors are quite pronounced; there's nothing reticent about the flavor of this beer. The beer has a fairly light mouthfeel with the alcohol well disguised. It's easy to drink and pretty refreshing.

One of my favorite saisons. This beer is just excellent.

Edit from 1/23/11. No change in score, but the beer is on tap at Max's today, and the bartender (Jason) served me a 32 ounce glass of this beer. That'll surely never happen again, and I thought that by itself was deserving of a short note.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12.9 ounce corked foil-cap bottle into a snifter at bespoke in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a slightly cloudy, yet rather vibrant golden yellow with some swirls of dark orange yeast and a glowing bottom.

S: Smells of ripe banana, pears and coriander, with a decided funky yeast and wheat aroma.

T: The taste is clean, crisp and flavorful. The phenol alcohol taste is masked well by sweet, lush citrus fruits and pear, along with banana and a nice spiciness like clove and allspice. It washes away dry and slightly bittersweet. Quite nice.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp, sweet, and slightly tart as well. Great for pairing with a slightly oily food.

D: This did just the trick for my plantain encrusted mahi-mahi, and I'm sure it would work just as well on its own. A really well crafted saison, complete with a complex fruity and spicy palate, with a great drying finish, perfect for pairing with meals.

I've been reluctant to splurge for the 750 mL bottle in stores, but I might have to, and bring it to a party where white wine drinkers and some shellfish might be served. I put my money on the Dupont!

Photo of cvstrickland
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml Champagne-style bottle sealed with a caged cork, poured into my tiny new Delerium Tremens tulip yields a bright hazy lemonade body crowned with a mighty stand of creamy, rocky white foam that retains at a fat finger and sticks lacing all over the inside of the glass.

Smell is fruity with an earthiness that speaks of freshly-tilled black soil, moldy fallen trees under a shady forest canopy, sedate cud-chewing livestock, and cold, clean water from a moss-lined well. Fresh cut hay and red clay notes lurk in the musty barnyard perfume, as does a refreshing waft of lemon peel.

The taste is so much more than fruity, which it is, bearing a profile of earthy, funky aromas that translate into solid flavors reminiscent of the smells. The drink is dry, crisp and refreshing, but defies such a simple characterization. Earthy mineral notes join with the damp flavor of fresh morel mushrooms to balance a touch of orange. A simple, mellow bitterness provides a touchstone for all the other tastes to play off of. The funk is always right there, but never overpowering. Complex.

Wonderfully drinkable, Saison Dupont is light, flavorful, and finishes clean.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden and hazy. Huge rocky head. Laces the whole way down. Head survives the whole way.

Smell - Huge nosefull of pale malts. Decent horse blanket.

Taste - Fresh baked bread. Grainy amd slightly salty. Piercing flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium to soft carbonation. Mostly smooth.

Drinkability - Great soft finish. Slightly on the chalky side.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle shared with my son, the evening of the first day of his new job. Congratulations, son.

Poured into tulips, clear light golden body under a huge white rocky head, with ample lacing. Head lasts well. Very pretty beer.

Smell is funky to the max, brett, bread dough, horse blanket, nice cracker malt. Mmmm, smells good and is quite intense -- smellable from across the room

Taste is very similar to the smell, only not quite so intense.

Mouthfeel is much richer than I had anticipated: nice and round.

Drinkability is good.

Photo of number1bum
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of theghost3
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saison Dupont pours a clear golden color with a very thick, fizzy white head. It smells of yeast, pear, citrus, sour hops, and a hint of champagne. The taste is complex--hops, pear, citrus, and herbal; there is some bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is very carbonated, it almost burns the inside of your mouth. This is a drinkable beer that can leave quite an impression but maybe not something I would drink every day.

Photo of BullCityB
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light amber into my tulip, the head is a big billowing cloud of white. Retention is quite good and it leaves a nice lace.

The aroma is intoxicating. It's odd, my first Saison to be honest. Simultaneously earthy, spicy, and fruity. Almost smells champagne like. Quite delicious once I adjusted.

The flavor opens with a fruitiness not unlike what you find in many pale, yeast-dominated Belgians. Pears and apples, not overly sweet, with a definite earthy spice at the end. The finish is quite dry and slightly bitter, with the only malt flavor being the touch of light grain. It's slightly less intense than I expected, but in the end, this is a 6.5% beer, and it's still quite good.

The mouthfeel is wonderful - nice and fluffy, not heavy in the least. With the refreshing flavor, beautiful mouthfeel, and moderate alcohol, I could get in trouble with this one!

My first Saison, and I'm not disappointed in the least. A delicious beer.

Photo of julian
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle purchased from QFC U-Village Seattle, WA

A: CRAZY 4 finger pearl white head with incredible retention and lacing! a nice golden straw color pour with good clarity and effervescence.

S: floral grassy bouquet with a slight sour lemon aroma. moderate yeast notes. mildly alcoholic.

T&M: very fizzy, this one bites back! very dry with a slight bitterness at first. tart citrus fruits, orange, lemon dominant with a balanced hop finish and sweet yeasty aftertaste. light spicing, almost peppery. dryness dissipates and becomes a warming smooth finish.

D: low-moderate ABV, slightly dry, somewhat tart. I think 1-2 of these in a session would do just fine, probably not more.

Photo of gwood
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a big bright white head that separated and started sheeting itself down the sides of my tulip.

Nose is peppered with yeast, bananas, apples, and lemons over a slight grain mixed with black pepper. Big yeast up front with herbal hop notes that are a bit heavy at times. More pepper and light fruits followed by a grainy dry finish that trails off cleanly.

The hard edges soften on the carbonation and the mouthfeel really smooths out as the beers warms a tad. Great beer on what was a 112F day. Drinkable for some many occasions.

Photo of Troy518
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a belgian style glass from Ommegang. Yeasty, earthy, sour aroma. Creamy mouthfeel with tons of carbonation. I could hardly get this poured before the bubbles started pouring out of the bottle. Taste is smooth with earthy and spicy flavors with a dry malt backbone. Aftertaste is a bit more bitter than Hennepin in my opinion. Will definitely purchase again.

($4.99, 375ml, Oliver's Bev., Albany, NY)

Photo of BretSikkink
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden-orange and hazy, served with about an inch of white head with great retention. Legs in great sheets down the glass. Very attractive.

Farmhouse-earthy, phenolic yeast character, with some lighter colored fruit aromas.

Yeast-driven, this one is a little better in the bottle I think, given the secondary conditioning that works so well with this style. Grainy, herbal, with big phenolic character. So full of flavor, without much to hang your hat on.

Finish is dry, crisp, very smooth. Not much lingering flavor, but it's very pleasant with the high carbonation balancing beautifully the relatively full body. Recommended.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

A - Hazy golden with 2 fingers of head. Decent retention and some great lacing.

S - A very peppery, salt, almost onion-like aroma prevails. Bubblegum in the background from the yeast.

T - Peppery, clove-like phenols hit early on. Taste sweetens a little with some fruity esters similar to a hefeweizen. Finish grows in sourness and bitterness, but it's not overwhelming.

M - Medium bodied with some moderate carbonation. Higher carbonation might be a slight improvement.

D - Very smooth and not nearly as intense as the smell would suggest. Fairly crisp and full of great savory flavors, somewhat unusual for any beer. Much softer than it's American cousin, Hennepin.

Photo of gfreed
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer with a meal of grilled salmon and shrimp at Scutra in Arlington, MA. An excellent beer (and restaurant) for the meal and for the warm summer night on which both were consumed. The waitress poured the beer straight into the bottom of a tall glass, which created a massive head that erupted with a bready, fruity aroma. The head dissolved quickly except for the final inch. The color of the beer is hazy yellow-orange, which is quite beautiful. The initial carbonation stings a bit and then disappears, leaving behind the flavors of clove, peaches, apples and whole-wheat bread. A bit of bitterness follows. Alcohol was lower than I expected, so having two was not a problem. Drinking this saison was absolute delight.

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's summertime in Texas and that means I drink a lot of saisons.
Saison Dupont is one of my favs.
Poured into a gimme wine glass. Substantial head. Lots of fluffy Belgian foam.
Scent is fruity , pears, but some funkiness also.
Taste: Fruity that fades to dryness, just the right amount of sour. Fine bubbles dance on my palate.
Mouthfeel: see above. very nice.
Drinkability : drinks like a 4%abv beer. Great beer for texas summers.

Photo of mwilbur
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 75 cL bottle into cervoise. Bottle opens with loud pop. Cork says 2005. No date on bottle.
A: Cloudy pale yellow with huge bubbly white head.
S: Strong herbal and earthy mineral notes.
T: Citrus hops, chalky earth tones. Hint of lemon. Medicinal herbs.
M: Light body, effervescent with carbonation, sour note at the end.
D: Very light, refreshing and drinkable. Nice summer beer...especially when paired with stronger foods. A little sour on the end...perhaps I cellared this one too long. Will have to try another.

Photo of masterkush
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,595 ratings.