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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,294 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,294
Reviews: 1,449
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 179
Gots: 229 | 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 asabreed
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into my oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with tons of bubbles. But the real treat is the head that bubbles up like the world's going to end. Huge lumps of lacing on the glass and around the head. Pretty indomitable.

Smell: Big ripe fruit, earthy Belgian yeast, mild phenols and funkiness, and lots of citrus zest. Balanced, aromatic, awakening, and awesome.

Taste: Dry but full at first, with the zest and yeast coming through. The yeast, I think, provides some chalkiness and adds to the fullness. The finish is total overripe fruit, though combined with tons of dryness, which is also pretty awesome.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, slightly creamy, smooth, and fairly highly carbonated. But since the carbonation, if this makes sense, isn't too spread out and more coming together, it combines to the good, rich thickness of the beer, when as you look at it you may initially think it's going to be overly bubble and astringent.

Drinkability: Hell yes. Highly drinkable, extremely complex, with a great combination of sweetness and dryness. It's a bit expensive, and I'm drinking this by itself. However, I imagine with certain meals this would do nothing but enhance the flavors of the food and also the brew. And if you don't want the 750 ml bottle you could always try the smaller one like I did.

asabreed, Jan 26, 2006
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.

bashiba, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours lemon yellow and hazy. The head is a monstrous cloud that leaves slight lacing as it dissipates.

Smell is crisp and citrusy with a strong yeast aroma. Definite spice notes consisting of corriander and pepper.

Taste is fresh citrus, lemon grass, with spice character that is much stronger than in the nose and lingers after the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth.

This is pleasantly drinkable brew. I would definitely have another.

Blakaeris, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of murphysbleachers
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle, into a Gouden Carolus goblet:
Appearance: Slightly hazy, golden yellow/orange color. Fluffy white head. Lacing down the side as I drink.
Smell: Black pepper, citrus, fruity yeast; complex and enticing.
Taste: Dry, peppery, crisp and refreshing. Hops evident in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Active carbonation added to the crisp taste.
Drinkability: Went down way too easy for 6.5%. Not the first time I've had it, but every time I do I know why they say this is a classic of the style. Excellent beer.

murphysbleachers, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of masikon
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brouwer's cafe in Seattle. Fills the proper glassware with a somewhat thick marigold yellow that can't be seen through and a nice white head. Nose is fruity and intense, you can smell this beer from quite a distance, fruity aroma...also some herbal notes...some green tea-like notes were detected somewhere in the profile. Taste was big and medicinal but not off-putting at all, the yeast is very present but in a slightly different character....somewhat heavy and definitely rustic. This is my first saison and i really enjoyed it, I love trying all these new somewhat obscure beer styles and realizing how damn good beer can be.

masikon, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of edchef1850
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .375 ml champagne split bottle, cloudy, hazy yellow color in my glass with a thick foamy head, smells of citrus, slight astringance, a sour odor,mmm i cant wait to taste. Wow, this is some good stuff, a lightly sweet and wonderfully sour flavor, this beer is not afraid to be what it is. I love the farmhouse ale style and Saison Dupont is at the top of my list. A wonderfully refreshing beer, the .375 ml is not quite enough of this stuff for me, but i wouldnt drink it all night. A crusty baguette, and some ripe cheeses, sitting under an awning at a nice cafe sipping on some Saison Dupont, now thats a heavanly scenario!!

edchef1850, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy lemon yellow with a nice head that takes it's time. Leaves clumps of lacing on the glass.

S - Cloves, white pepper and and a little banana and citrus. Strong odor!

T - A citrusy sour lemon taste accompanied by a hop bitterness that lingers to the finish.

M - Thin, a bit abrasive and refreshing at the same time. I wish that it were smoother.

D - It is pretty drinkable all around, More of champagne substitute than a table beer I suppose. A little too strong to session, but it could be done.

mrasskicktastic, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of warchez
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, a corked beer is always a treat. The heavy bottle makes it feel like you've really got something special, presents just like a good bottle of champagne.
Aroma: classic belgian sweet and tangy odor. If it wasn't belgian you'd swear it was mildly infect with something
Appearence: the head is strong and pillowy. Even pouring carfully still give 4 inches or more of head, which is appropriate.
The yellow unfiltered color was somewhat un impressive. The beer seemed to sit between unfiltered and filters in its depth of haze, just didn't seem right. Tickels the nose.
Taste: nice sweet and tart. lemony with pepper like overnotes. No hop presence really. Bright and clean.
Mouthfeel: A bit drier than I would have expected. tartness dries the tongue abit. No lasting coating, good crisp finish
Overall: Fantastic beer. Would drink one, but only one, at a session. Went well with grilled steak tips, green beans and yellow rice.

warchez, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of mynie
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

mynie, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of sopor
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden foggy straw colored brew with a thick and creamy head sticking to my chalice. Smells of dry spicy hops with earhty grassy tones. Flavor has a very slightly sweet tone then dominated byt the same herbal, grassy, earthy tones from the nose with more hints of spice. Not overly dry, but almost nowhere near sweet overall. Light and frothy, Blegian-style. Drinkable, and not too high ABV, I'll pick this up again!

sopor, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours with a tremendous head, so watch out.The color is a yellow straw with tons of carbonation.The smell is very spice filled,with citrus and coriander.The taste,like the smell,is very much spice filled with an aftertaste of sweet malt.A good balanced and light m/f make this a really good beer.This is one beer that I will try again,although I would have rated this higher,but I'm not a big saison fan.

jmz62565, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saison Dupont is golden with good carbonation. Head is large and fluffy. The aroma is of a sweet malt and tangy spice. The taste is of sweet, grainy malt meets citrus and spices. Orange peel flavor is obvious, but I'm not quite sure what contributes the spiciness. A little earthy flavor is also in the mix. Finish is somewhat tart and thirst quinching. Saison Dupont is a great beer all-around, highly recommended.

Gagnonsux, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of shippos
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage
popped the cork with a good pop, poured into a glass with a lot of lively foam and bubbles. nice hazy straw yellow color with a cream colored head. hard to get a full pour with this one straight outa the fridge.
spicy aroma with a hint of mustiness, hint of warm juice thats been sitting out for hours, pepper
taste is very rind like, dry and pithy with a little sour grapefruit. nice body, not heavy carbonation cuts through it and any remaining sugar in this beer makes it unnoticeable, very refreshing. does have a nice slightly sweet fruit taste in the finish...very very drinkable!

shippos, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a flute, pours a light golden color, slightly hazy, a finger of off white head decent retention and very good lacing. Nose is very yeasty, slightly tart, with green apple and citrus Taste is a nice light malt with some slightly tart fruit notes, a bit of yeast, and a slightly spicey finish. Very smooth and refreshing, this has a nice high carbonation and a crisp dry finish. Nice beer to have on tap, a very sessionable and tasty beer.

cubedbee, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Frisco's, served in a 0.3L tulip.
Pours a hazy golden with a big two fingered white head. Solid retention and excellent lacing. Streams of carbonation along the sides.

Very clean "Belgian" aromas of the brew. Mostly yeastiness with some citrus themes as well.

This is probably better for the masses on tap, since it loses some of its zing. Very smooth light bodied brew. The pepper, coriander and citrus flavors are here, they are just sharing space in your mouth. Very tart and dry, but extremely drinkable.

Dithyramb, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of funkengruven
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a light amber with a quick forming head leaving slight lacing. Sediment is present, however suspended. Smell is dry, with traces of coriander. Taste is good, dry and clean, with traces of coriander and citrus, quite bold. Mouthfeel is smooth, slight carbonation, not overly bitter. Quite drinkable, would get again if they didn't discontinue this at the LCBO. Have one more bottle that I'll be sure to hold onto for a while.

funkengruven, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Green 750 with nice label. Corks pops off with a little less luster than I like. Only flew about 4 ft before falling. I like to bounce em off the ceiling and around the room.

Appearance – Straw like, cloudy, thick, sticky, lasting, near perfect white head.

Nose – Grain, damp hay, lemon, big Beligian yeasties, earth, and rotten pears. Also rather herby, including thyme.

Taste – Complicated enough to please me. Blends nice amounts of earth, citrus fruits, herbs, grains, damp grasses, chalk, and lots of yeast.

Mouthfeel – Wow. It seems to balance tart, sour, and bitter evenly and doesn’t go overboard on any of them. Crisp front with a smooth finish. Nice.

Drinkability – Supreme. Where did that bottle go?

DaPeculierDane, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of nortmand
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now that I've tried a variety of Saisons and can truly interpret what I'm experiencing, it's time for a re-review.

Pours about three quarters of a huge, fluffy marshmallow head. Beer is cloudier as you get to the bottom of the glass, but rich golden hued either way. Leaves incredible checkered lacing.

Rich, spicy yeast dominates the smell.Coriander is the dominate spice.

Lightly spicy flavor. Yeast characters and a bit of alcohol. Leaves a tingling bitterness way in the back of the throat.

This is a very fine beer, and is everything a saison should be. Hugely flavorful, but so indescribably drinkable at the same time.

nortmand, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of gotbeer
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a green 750ml bomber of 2005 Saison Dupont.

It's appearance was really nice. Translucent amber with a nice rocky head that laced the glass. The smell was for lack of a better way to put it 'Belgian'. Very earthy smelling to me.

The taste was interesting. Lemon, some phenols, and a bitter taste of hops in the aftertaste. Very complex, and it tastes different as it warms to room temp, revealing different flavors.

The mouthfeel was crisp and sharp. Although this beer was sampled on a snowy day, I can see the drinkability being exceptional on a hot, summer day.

Probably a the classic saison. I would have it again, and reccomend it to others. For my money though, I'll probably stick to Hennepin more often.

gotbeer, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of jekemp
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Saison Dupont was a small splurge on my part when I picked it up after work last night, It came in a 750 ml bottle that was corked. The cork was removed with great ease (bouncing off the ceiling..) and upon pouring the bee into a glass, I discovered a beautiful unfiltered yellow amber ale with a very light head of foam. The aroma was a menagery of botanicals and hops with hints of citrus. Overall the taste was a little on the dry side but I found this beer to be an absolute treat. I think would love to drink one of these chilled on a hot summer day.

jekemp, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of granger10
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This classic Saison poured a brilliant golden color with a daunting foamy, airy white head. The head is huge in stature and holds up for quite some time. Tons of lacing. Looks like a tornado is rising from the top of the liquid. The beer is also somewhat hazy.

Aroma of yeast and bready flavors hit my nose first. Lemon peel and maybe some orange are in there as well. There's a woody earthiness lying underneath along with hints of vanilla.

The flavors in this beer are light yet the whole structure is quite thick. A honey sweetness seems noticeable. Floral and earthy hops are there but quite light. The yeast really stands out with bready flavors and fruity esters. Starts out sweet and finishes with a peppery dryness.

Thick in the mouth yet foamy as well. Light flavors make this easily quaffable yet the mouthfeel and body make this more of a sipper. Very well done. New flavors were coming with each sip. Definitely one of the benchmarks for Saisons.

granger10, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of atigerlife
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle dated 2004.

This is the second time I have had this beer, but it is my only Saison so I can not compare it to others in this style.

Poured a huge, fluffy head. Very long lasting. Color is an opaque golden straw. Beautiful beer to look at.

The aroma is fruity/spicy. Light yeast. The taste is interesting and hard to pin down. Seem to evolve as I was drinking it. Very gentle with no overpowering hops. Some fruitiness and wheat, and a light sweetness in the background.

Quite pleasant in the mouth. Rather creamy and slightly dry. This reminded me of other Belgian ales I've drunk, but "friendlier." The lower alcohol content and softer taste makes it very versatile with food and quite drinkable. I would defnitely have this again [if I hadn't just drunk my two bottles from my last trip to the mainland!].

atigerlife, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml green bottle, and on tap the previous week. I'm reviewing the on-tap version because it was considerably better.

Formed a nice egg color head and massive carbonation that supported the head endlessly. slight haze and straw to golden in color.

Some light fruits in the aroma. Grounded by a hop presence that combined gives it a gritty smell. Little skunk presence but as it warmed its non-existent.

Rather spicy and grassy in the initial taste, dry, some grain balanced with some hop bitter middle. Not much malt to speak of but its in the background trying to get out. Finishes dry.

Notes: It's a decent offering. Not one I'll seek out. Price per quality ratio is lacking.

DogFood11, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of Bonhoeffer
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight 4s. Definitely a very good beer, but it just didn't tip the scales to outstanding.

I think this is what Ommegang was shooting for with Hennepin, as i'd had Hennepin on multiple occasions before ever getting a sip of this, and that's what this reminded me of.

Only this is a bit deeper and more complex than Hennepin. Something sort of woodsy here. Doug nailed it, there's hint of tree bark in here. Lightly spicy.

I prefer saisons with at least a hint of sourness, and this had none. But of course it was still a pleasure to drink last brew day.

Bonhoeffer, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of GreenWBush
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is never around the area in bottle format so it was pure delight to find it on-tap.

In the proper glassware, this beer actualizes a golden canary with a fluffy dollop of head that lasts, lingers, and leaves great lace rings.

The aroma of this beer is enticingly tart; lemony, filled with crisp hop zest, with a slightly spicy yeast profile.

This beer is a delicious saison: it is amazingly light and zingy on the mouth but also delightfully substantial. The lemon flavors abound in harmony with a peppery spice content...and the lingeringly powerful hop-bite just makes it more drinkable by the end of the glass.

The mouthfeel is almost bitingly carbonated but underneath is a dry, addictively smooth pucker of lemon and lime. Damned drinkable...hope I can find this again sometime.

GreenWBush, Oct 29, 2005
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,294 ratings.