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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3,434 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,434
Reviews: 1,456
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 192
Gots: 256 | FT: 10
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-26-2002)
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Photo of mithrascruor
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange/gold color. Big, dense, rich white head leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: Fruits (banana, peaches), yeast, and a bit of spices.

Taste: Quite spicy and yeasty, with a light bitter aftertaste. There's a bit of alcohol in the aftertaste, but it's well masked.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with soft carbonation and generally smooth.

Drinkability: The aftertaste with the bit of alcohol can linger for a while with can be a bit distracting after a while.

Quite an enjoyable and refreshing beer. I prefer the smell to the taste, but that fact doesn't detract too much. Definitely one to have again.

mithrascruor, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of kelticblood
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to abrandy snifter. Exceptional appearance. Huge flowing thick white head. Amazing head that has the look of vanilla icecream. Cloudy straw yellow color with bits of yeast floating around. Tons of thick lacing. The smell is very interesting. Has a very strong skunk smell. Smells like a strong lager. Has a belgian candy smell along with yeast notes. Strong lingering bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel also is wonderful. Perfect balance of carbonation that leaves a foamy texture in the mouth. The bitterness is a bit overpowering, rendering the taste one-sided, thus limiting it's review to a 4. Very unique and definately worth a try.

kelticblood, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of Rodan
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lightly cloudy golden color. This beer is really alive. The effervescence is tempestuous, but beautiful to observe. The label calls the head "rocky". I wouldn't disagree.

Smell: A little barnyard, some lemon.

Taste: There is a lot going on here. I get some of the horse blanket, and some pencil lead bitterness, but nearing the bottom of the glass there is a distinct rock candy presence. I have a feeling you could taste this beer a dozen times and find a different flavor note each time. I look forward to the next bottle.

It has a bit of an oily mouthfeel. It leaves you tasting this beer long after you put down the glass.

I'd like to try it with some food next time. It's nice on it's own, but it seems like a real food beer. Good stuff.

Rodan, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of cichief
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought two bottles of this in Mons, Belgium.

It pours a light straw color, cloudy, with a snow white head of thick foam. It smells of yeast and fresh baked bread, I can't wait to taste it. Wow, it tastes as fresh as any beer I've had. It is not very carbonated, with a bottle conditioned beer, this is what I hoped for. I would say this is in the top five beers I have ever tasted. So drinkable, this is what our ancestors called beer!

cichief, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a tulip glass, pours a beautiful light gold with a massive, frothy, fluffy white head, exceptional staying power, can bring it back easily with a swirl. Just a bit of dark sediment pairs with a lot of fine bubbling, fine carbonation for sure. The aroma is light and fine, sweet and citric, grasses, orange peel, quite delightful. And it gets even better, the citrus quite flavorful, lemon orange zesty, grassy hops again, more spices, corriander in particular. The mouth is lively, carbonated, light to medium, sweet and zesty to dry, nearly perfect for this beer. In all, to me this is the definition of its style, an exceptional beer, a classic, a favorite.

objectivemonkey, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle gifted by Fisherman34- thanks for the parting gift!! Cloudy peach colour with huge billowing white head and great lacing. Aroma is of belgian spices. Taste is quite spicy with hints of sour funk. I found it fairly hoppy and had a very dry finish. I noticed some woody flavours- mostly oak. This is one refreshing brew- I could quaffe many a bottle of this belgian treat.

oakbluff, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of lawrence76
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a classic beer. If I were only allowed one single beer to drink for the rest of my life, this one might be it.

Obviously its beautiful orange body and ferociously delitcate pure white head have been described many a time. I still dont get tired of popping a cork and slowly pouring one of these into a big glass.

Aroma is so subtle & complex, all over the place from earthy/musty hops to graininess, and overall yeasty & bready, with spicy esters mixing perfectly with the party.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully hard to pin down, at once dry and crisp, yet smooth and velvety almost in its percieved texture. Exquisite malt & grain backbone and sharp hop bite follows. Grassy, almost barn-yard aromas just detectible.

lawrence76, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of atsprings
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served a slightly hazy light orange with hardy any head. The aroma was of sweet fruits with some spice and hops. There was an interesting balance of sweetness with bitter spice, hops and yeast, it was a little on the bland side, however. The beer sat light on the tongue with a low carbonation. As far as saisons go, I'll stick with Henepin.

atsprings, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of beertastegood
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been a while since I have had this particular beer. Time to get reacquainted.

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a massive fluffy head that sinks to a whitecap and leaves thick lace on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: grassy, floral, lemon, musty, honey, grainy, tart...variety of aromas promise an interesting experience.

Taste: Citrus at first, followed by a strong mustiness, a nice bitter hop bite, and a wonderfully flowery hop flavor. Hint of grainy (wheat?) sweetness, then an intensely drying, hoppy, tangy, tart and bitter finish. Extremely thirst-quenching. Yeast-derived spiciness comes out as it warms up...they meld nicely with the rest of the senses.

Mouthfeel: very high carbonation and light body make this one go down easy. Drinkability is very high.

I had almost forgotten why I liked this style so much. I guess it is time for me to start brewing saisons again...

beertastegood, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of markaberrant
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in tulip glass.

Gentle pour nets a huge fluffy white head, which eventually turns rocky and sticks to the side of the glass. Colour bright orange, yet hazy. Effervescent. Beautiful.

Aroma is not overwhelming, but has pleasant citrus notes, most notably orange and pear, with just a bit of tartness. I don't smell any hops or spice.

Taste is mild funk tartness up front, moves to delicate soft malt in the middle, finishes with a bit of hop bitterness and some spicy yeast notes. Long lingering aftertaste.

I love a heavily carbonated beer that still has a "soft" mouthfeel. This one's got it. There is no hot alcohols, but the spicy yeast is pleasantly warming in the back of the throat.

Fabulously complex with a moderate alcohol level makes this a joy to drink. I'm glad I bought a 4-pack, because my homebrew Saison is just about finished.

This was my first commercial Saison (sorry Paddockwood, yours just doesn't count), and what a joy. As I mentioned, I brewed a Saison of my own last summer, and it compares very well (mine is only missing the funk), so I guess I did a good job.

markaberrant, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of psinderson
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in traditional glassware.

Appearance: Thin white head; clear light amber color.

Smell: Some citrus up front with a decent hop background. Nothing too special.

Taste: Nice hop bitterness; very light, clean and easy drinking.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium body. Clean, felt good.

Drinkability: Nice. Easy going down, clean.

psinderson, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of BigJTrucker
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle purchased from Market of Choice, Coburg Rd, Eugene, OR. Pours a cloudy unfiltered yellow, much like a hefeweizen. Thick creamy white head that settles fairly quickly to a foam on the surface that stays around.... Smellwise, it has a very lambic quality to it. Tastes quite nice, a bit grapefruity, slightly pungent, but still preety good. Mouthfeel is sort of fizzy. Swallow a drink of it and you feel a fizz moving to back of the throat slowly evaporating as you swallow. Altogether not too bad of a beer, i'm sure it's very typical of the style, but i'm not sure if i'd try this again or not.

BigJTrucker, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of HochFliegen
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow this beer had quite the head! It was huge very fluffy white and it had some serious staying power. As I drank the hazy copper liquid that bubbled from the depths of the glass the head trasnformed into a rocky, uneven, sticking to the sides of the glass well formed head.
The smell was very complex, hints of fruit, spice and yeast dominate. Im sure I missed something as this is one of the more complex scented beers Ive drank. Hints of strawberry, bubble gum and a light alcohol scent as well. Somewhat earthy as well.
On first taste it was quite dry and spicy. Very complex like the aroma. Tastes of green apple and a yeasty spice like flavor that is quite bitter in the aftertaste and dry as well. Lemon flavor as the beer warmed to room temp. now and slightly more alcohol flavor in the aftertaste as it warmed as well. It finishes really crisp and dry. Very much full bodied as the carbonation and overall profile leaves a very dominating experience in my memory.

HochFliegen, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boy this sucker, had some life in the bottle, as soon as it uncageed the cork (2.006) shot off! Never seen that before

Pours an effervescent straw/honey color with 1finger + of fluffy white head. Great head retention & fair lacing

S: Straw & fruit (apples & pears) & a little pepper

T: Appleskins and slight yeast twang up front. A slight lemony flavor follows along with some tartness. Some earthy &peppery notes from the yeast as this warms up. finiishes funky & fruitty with some lemony hops& very crisp

MF: Light & spritzy

Drinks very easy for the abv, not my favorite style, but does bring back fond memories of when I toured the brewery back in 92

russpowell, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the first saison I've ever had. It was quite tasty, although not necessarily my preferred style. Pours a very pale yellow opaque color, with noticeable yeast left in the bottle after the first pour. Amazing frothy white foam the can only be described as billowy. Best-looking beer I've ever seen. Nose is all citrus, mostly orange. Taste is likewise citrusy, more lemon now, with some yeasty flavor as well. Tastes like a really good hefeweizen. Feel is good medium body, with a nice solid aftertaste. Overall, not my preferred beer type, but fairly delicious nonetheless. I'd probably go for something darker, but if this one's available (and who knows how much longer it will be) I'd definitely grab it up.

soupyman10, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

BeerBelcher, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of vickersspitfire
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

WOW, Saison Dupont certainly has one hell of a terrific aroma that reminds me of lemons and oranges; just a very clean and citrus-like smell over all that’s very pleasing to the senses. It has a nice solid, feathery head that just seems to float over its wonderful light tan/blondish body (I wonder if I poured this one out right). It has a fresh snappish taste with some mild tartness to it.

vickersspitfire, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of joeack
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love this beer. Date on the cork 2006. Pours a golden yellow with a fluffy head that lets off that great funky smell. The taste is bready with sweet citrus aftertaste that hits the spot. I could drink this all day and every day. Exellent beer that I never get tired off.

joeack, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this on tap at Taco Mac in Lawrenceville, Georgia who would of thought? This brings up a question how long does it take this place to go thru a keg of this brew? I've had this beer many times in the bottle and the extra yeast really makes it exciting!
On tap it seemed a bit tame. The color was still a hazy pale gold.
The nose was full of herbal scents mixed with pears and wet earth.
The taste of dried grains and a spicy white pepper kick quickly smoothed out with a yeasty,citrusy finish.

athensbeermaster, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of meadhead
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thoroughly complex ale of
farmhouse goodness:
Citrus Lemon Pepper -Belgian Fruity Yeast - Grass Hop
smell and taste

Pours a two to
FIVE
finger head of billowy white foam
floating above a lemon yellow - clear body
(although mixing the residual yeast makes it slightly orange-ish)

The taste starts with the citrus-fruity yeast and ends
with a definitive grass hop dry bitterness
helped along by
a good bit of carbonation;
this ale has excellent drinkability
and an aftertaste that resurfaces
with all the elements
seems to hit a perfect balance for a saison ale of
complex taste
right carbonation
and drinkability of ABV

A well-made quality ale
good stuff

meadhead, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of drumline
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber, with a quickly dissipating head.

S: Bready and earthy yeast, pear, orange peel.

T/M: Nice creamy mouthfeel, with a medium to active carbonation. Taste mirrors a lot of the smell. Bready and earthy yeast flavors, pears and various citrus flavors...pepper. Nice dry hoppy finish.

Drinkability: Fantastic. I can finish off a 750ml bottle very easily, and enjoy every bit of it. The relatively low alcohol makes this a good (although expensive) session brew.

Amazing.

drumline, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of slyke
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saison Dupont pours a hazy golden orange with an ample rocky white head. The smell is of alcohol with a little citrus. The taste is similar with the citrus more prominent. The citrus is more of a sour flavor than tart, but not a detriment. A lingering aftertaste is present too. Mouthfeel is good. Drinkability is pretty good too. Since the beer came in a 750ml bottle, It is sessionable (what else are you going to do?), but this beer is a sipper. Plan on taking a couple of hours for this bottle of beer. Recommended.

slyke, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of faernt
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

faernt, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this at the Union Square Cafe. Pours a cloudy golden hue with a thick head that is retained quite well. A very nice looking beer.

Smell is of funk, but not funk in a bad way. Also perhaps some fruit like apples or pears.

Taste is crisp and assertive. The funk comes through at first then has a real dry finish. The yeast is distinctive.

Mouthfeel-Highly carbonated and dry, very refreshing.

D-Due to the unusual nature of the beast i am not sure i would session this.

This is a beer that goes very well with food. It was able to cut through the richness of my entree, braised veal cheeks with a cherry/veal jus.

sleazo, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
2.23/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a giant head that's frothy and foamy and hard to dissapate, it also has a good yellow and slightly cloudy color. The smell is slightly sweet brown sugar. Taste is sour and has a day old empty beer can finish to it. It's bitter harsh and barely tastes like a Saison at all. The mouthfeel is a little harsh with carbonation. Overall I will try again, just because of the name, but something went seriously wrong at John's with this bottle.

Erdinger2003, Jan 22, 2007
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
94 out of 100 based on 3,434 ratings.