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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,118 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,118
Reviews: 1,438
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 163
Gots: 186 | 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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byrd

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Loud champagne “pop” when removing the cork. Huge spritzy head that reduces quite slowly. Big tart aroma with some notes of white wine notes. Aroma is also dry and woody with earthy, musty notes. Tart apples are also on the nose. Lace is very sticky and forms a curved bowl from the surface up to the sides of the glass. Nice golden hue with a very slight haze. The start is smooth, quite malty, and somewhat fruity with notes of peach and sour apple. Quick hit of considerable carbonation is soon to follow. Carbonation lends to a rather fluffy mouthfeel. Spice notes come out in the middle – clove being the most noticeable. The finish is tart and dry with malt undertones still noticeable. First saison that I’ve tried. Very drinkable and enjoyable, but I’m not sure that I notice the “farminess” that some folks notice other then the mustiness up front.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2003 19:59:45 | More by byrd
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle from Down Town Liquors in Somerville, MA.

Pours a slightly cloudy light yellow color. The head is good size with many different size bubbles. The smell has some hints of citrus and straw. The taste is citrus, then bitter in the middle and then ends on a dry note.

Explosive in the mouth as it wakes up your taste buds. Kind of leaves my tongue tingling. Very nice. Not sure what style of glass I should have used. I went with a chalice.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2003 01:21:23 | More by CharlesRiver
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saltydog

New York

4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at 't Rusteel in Belgium. Appearance: Golden yellow, clear, big head, but fades rapidly. Aroma: Spicy, big hop presence. Nice "mustiness" from cork. Flavor: Crisp hops, nice malt character in background, and good, earthy, cork character. Finish: crisp and tart. Some oxidation, but mostly seems beneficial to beer's complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2003 03:26:58 | More by saltydog
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: The last beer of the night, sampled during the BA Social held at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena on Saturday 12th October, 2003.

This was purchased in an 11.2 fl.oz bottle, a size which I have never seen before, but it had the instantly recognizable black, yellow and white checkered label.

Appearance: A marvelous blonde-gold color, with some hints of light amber when held to the light. Not so much cloudy, as just having a ‘milky haze’. Streamers populate the goblet, and disappear into the underside of the off-white large frothy head.

Nose: Light sweetness that wraps a rich yeasty farmyard odor. Massive fruity aspect in the ending. Very Dupont.

Taste: Wow. Once tasted – never forgotten, but it is always such a pleasure to drink this one again and be reminded. Light blonde beer beginnings, some pilsner like malts are immediately bombarded with lemon rind, spicy hops, pepper and a sweet-tartness. Bitter and dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy, lively, carbonated mouthfeel. Has a (surprisingly for 6.5%) warming alcohol feel at times. Lovely.

Drinkability: I will hold up my hand, and say that I think Saison’s are amongst some of the most enjoyable and quaffable of the styles available in Belgium. Excellent thirst quenching qualities – with a massive bold flavor profile, both classic Saison qualities – and this is no exception to the rule.

Overall: Dupont produce a classic Saison. It has it all, a farm brewery, with a history that goes back at least 150 years. But more importantly, for me at least, it has a very authentic yeast strain/mix that really adds depth and complexity. Excellent.

If you are not sure what a “classic” Saison is, or want a definition?
Visit the Dupont Website - and watch the 12 minute film.

Or, Think Saison – Drink Dupont. Then you’ll know for sure!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2003 22:05:03 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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frank4sail

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2003 release indicated on the hoppy smelling cork. Rich, creamy, thick, cloud like head on initial pour that stays lovinly dense and sticky in the goblet as you sip. Fruity, yeasty nose with a twang of sweetness. Beautiful straw orange hazy look w=ith tons of little bubble action in the goblet. Initally bold and fruity upfront on the tongue this then complexly turns dry and slightly hoppy on the finish on the back of the tongue. A truly thurst quenching brew. Medium to thicker marshmellow mouth coat of malt love. Great lookin' and drinkable this is a great starter beer for a night of good food and good brews.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2003 16:30:10 | More by frank4sail
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sponberg

New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If there's a better looking beer in a glass, I'd like to see it - cloudy gold-amber with a huge, rocky head. Yeasty, estery, fruity aroma.

I just love this beer - fruit, esters, alcohol warmth, a slight citric crispness... BelgianBeers described the flavors & mouthfeel very well, so all I will add is this: A bottle of this beer (OK, two bottles), a good sized slab of a really good Brie or other soft ripened cheese, some freshly picked apples (Macintosh or Macoun), and a loaf of crusty artisanal bread... what else would you need?

OK, maybe a bottle of this and a bottle of Southampton saison. For variety.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2003 01:37:13 | More by sponberg
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clvand0

Kentucky

2.63/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was my first saison style beer. It poured a dark golden color with a thick head that stuck around for a while and left a little lacing on the glass. Quite a few floaties in the glass. The aroma was sort of yeasty and grainy with some fruits in the back, but not really very interesting. The flavor was a little too acidic for my tastes. There was also some sweet malt and a little fruity taste, but the acid taste made it out to be not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2003 18:16:21 | More by clvand0
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mzwolinski

California

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, yellowish orange in appearance, with a thin white head. Grapefruit, yeasty aroma. Flavor is fruity and fairly acidic throughout, with a surprisingly yeasty presence and a clean finish. Perhaps a bit of woody flavor in there too? Dry, lightish body, this beer packs the hops, but delivers them in a fairly novel and intriguing way. Props!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 05:27:12 | More by mzwolinski
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours nice and full with a descent head that lasts and a nice lace. It has a golden color and the smell is fruity and rich. It has a nice full body that possesses abundant carbonation. The taste is somewhat sour and citrus and has a bit more hops than expected; it is not sweet enough for my taste to help contrast some of the other flavors. The finish is very dry with a strong bite that stays with you.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2003 03:12:14 | More by SeanChouffe
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dmarch

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golen in color with a high level of carbonation and a large white head. Aroma is of spice and citrus. Taste is of lime and spices with a slight sourness. Finishes with dry with a yeasty flavor. I'm not too familiar with the style, but this was a very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2003 23:52:59 | More by dmarch
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RBorsato

Virginia

5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy pale orange with a nice rocky off-white head, very nice carbonation, and sheets of lace. Fruity, yeasty aroma with a trace of alcohol on the nose. Fruity citrusy flavor and lightly bitter with herbal notes and a light tartness. Light-medium bodied and airy but soft with a dry finish and warming alcohol effects. Does not taste as strong in the alcohol department as Hennepin hence my higher rating...

The classic Saison !!!

Label states: "Vieille Provision" & "Belgian Farmhouse Ale" & "Unfiltered" & "Bottle Conditioned"

Per M.J.- G.B.B. book: OG 13-13.5 Plato 1052-1054, All Pilsner malt, East Kent Goldings and Styrians hops.

Note: this beer was #18 in Stuart Kallen's "The 50 Greatest Beers in the World"

(25.4 oz / 750 ml corked & caged bottle)

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2003 16:12:06 | More by RBorsato
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Reverand

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellowish, straw colored beer with a nice flully white head. Really good Belgian lace, as to be expected since it comes from Belgium. Very aromatic with hints of fruit, earthy tones, citrus with a hint of pepper.
Taste wise this was fantastic. A crisp summer ale that definitely quenches your thirst. Dry, crisp wih a certain snap in the taste makes this brew a must have.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2003 08:06:00 | More by Reverand
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, corked and caged...cork reads 2002 vintage. Pours out a very light orange color, with an enormous head that will no doubt retain until the end of time. The smell is something I don't really like. It smells a bit citrusy and spicy but has an acrid foul twang in it as well. Maybe thats the pig slop in the farmhouse. ;-)

Tastes very light and refreshing, and has the carbonated mouthfeel of a crisp Belgian ale. Not very high on complexity, but makes up for it in ease of drinkability. Flavors aren't really jumping out at you, and in fact seem to me to be hard to put a finger on anything specific. Grassy, earthy flavors are present, as well as some mild citrus notes. A great drinker, but not one if you're looking for loads of flavor. One of the few "don't think...drink" Belgian ales I have come across. Nonetheless, I like it and could see myself purchasing this again. Would probably make a nice introduction into the world of Belgian beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 16:33:33 | More by IrishRedRock
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very light straw colored brew with a massive, never-dying white head on top. The glass is covered in sticky sheets of lace as you go through it. Yeasty aroma with citrus hints and fruity sweetness. It also has some pale malts in there.

A very crisp brew for the summer. Citrus notes make it refreshing, and the tingly carbonation is great, but it is at times overpowering. The flavor is not at all that impressive. It has a nice pale grainy character with lots of yeast flavor. The mouthfeel and drinkability are the real winners in this brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2003 09:14:52 | More by ElGuapo
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SamuraiJack

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The benchmark for the style. A marvelous summer beer - perfect for an evening with some friends in the backyard, eating sausage and cheese.

First pour shows a cloudy and hazed pale gold-yellow. The head is huge and frothing. Dense and sticky and seemingly out of control in the glass.

The aromas are lovely with strong floral and herbal notes riding on the undercurrent of funky horseblanket yeast and warm french bread. Perhaps a bit unbalanced, which stops it from deserving a higher score.

Initial tastes are herbaceous and citric. I taste fresh cut grass, lemon, some graperfruit notes and a strong hop bite. Very sharp and slightly acid in flavour. Very refreshing and clean, leading to a tart and dry finish with little aftertaste.

This is a beer you could seriously session drink - which might be dangerous (grin). A lovely and refreshing beer and one I will try to have with more regularity.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2003 23:20:24 | More by SamuraiJack
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Realale

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy gold. Enormous rocky head slowly settles to a 1" rocky cap, but it erupts again every time a bit of beer is added to the glass.

Nose is citric (lemon/lime) with a bit of brett, a touch of spiciness (coriander/pepper) and a crunchy maltiness.

Mouthfilling on the palate, with a touch of citrus, the spices and a hint of phenolic character. Very good length, and a refreshing finish courtesy of the big, but well-balanced acidity. Outstanding stuff.

Cork cryptically stamped 2.002.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2003 10:44:19 | More by Realale
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aracauna

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very attractive beer. Bright golden streams tiny bubbles champagne-like. Large-bubbled head is pure white and robust. Elegant and best suited for an elegant glass. Bright flavor is citrusy, mildly estery and I occasionly picked up cheesey notes. The light body is prickly with carbonation, but not unpleasantly so.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2003 23:31:38 | More by aracauna
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maltydog

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this Saison in in a green 750 ml corked bottle. According to the cork, it was a 2001 vintage. I was concerned about the ale being light struck because of the green bottle, but the first smell dissipated these fears. The nose was slightly fruity with a background note of earthiness. The appearance was pure sunlight in a glass! A spun gold, effervescent body sat under a dense, rocky, white head that would not have looked out of place with a cherry placed atop of it! The head lasted the whold way to the last sip...talk about excellent head retention. The flavor was every bit as substantial as the head. An intense assault of tart hops backed by a fruitty maltiness that dissipates into a long, tart (almost lemony...if that's a word :) ) finish. I found this flavor to be both refreshing and exhilarating. What an excellent summer ale!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 09:30:31 | More by maltydog
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the42ndtourist

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL corked bottle, best before 10/2007, bottle conditioned.

Skunked. DAMMIT. I was really anticipating this, and you can even detect the goodness through the [strong] spoilt notes.

Pours out golden (like a canadian lager/ale - who can tell the difference with the macros...), with a large white head that doesn't last nearly long enough. I'll attribute this to the light-affected condition of the bottle.

Poured once without yeast, then with. First pouring dominated by skunk, some buttery diacetyls accompany, with a nice hop presence following up. The most obvious hop presence I've noticed in a belgian-style ale to date. Second pour, similar to the first, with some wonderful bready yeast notes. You have to look, but under the skunk this could be a good beer.

Very perky mouthfeel, I had great hopes for this beer. I still do, too. As soon as I get a good bottle, this review will be fixed.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2003 19:11:23 | More by the42ndtourist
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GreenCard

Oregon

4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 750 mL GREEN champagne bottle purchased from Papago Brewing Company in Scottsdale, AZ. The cork says 2002.

Appearance: golden/straw colored, irradescent (really picks up the light and glows), dense off-white rocky head, SUPER head retention and resilient lacing, the head lays there like whip-cream for a long, long time

Aroma: a spicy/peppery aroma, potent floral hoppiness, slightly citrusy

Flavor: mellow malty/honey-like sweetness and a smooth smooth hop flavor, reserved bitterness in the flavor-break and finish, spicy esters, finishes semi-dry, bitterness stays on the lips from contacting the foamy head

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, tingly/spritzy carbonation, slight astringency felt on teeth, really wakes up your palette

Drinkability: very refreshing and drinkable, would be a great lawn-mower beer for beer conisseurs with lawns

Additional notes: this is one of my favorite beers and has inspired my current foray into saisons. Even skunked to hell (yeah, damn green bottles), this beer is remarkable and lusciously tasty. If I could find a bottle that had NEVER seen even the dimmest beam of light, I think I would immediately transcend to beer heaven.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2003 19:31:26 | More by GreenCard
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant, deep golden color with a creamy white head. Has a high level of carbonation. The aroma is spicy, grainy, with hints of clove. The flavor is sweet, fruity, and spicy; it then flows to a dry, hoppy finish. It is a relatively light bodied, easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2003 12:04:13 | More by BeerBuilder
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a towering white head which takes quite some time to settle over the super yeast sedimented pale orangey-golden liquid. Nose is loaded with "horse blanket" aromas and fruitiness mingling with a light maltiness and yeastiness. The taste is wonderfully light bodied and hoppy, with lots of fruity overtones coupled with an effervescent carbonation makes this a very refreshing and tasty (and winning)combination. Thge finish is damm near perfect, with the fruity/sweet flavors morphing into a gorgeously hoppy, dry long finish...this is one outstanding Saison, if you see it, try it!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2003 16:59:51 | More by beerluvr
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Dantes

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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goz

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a hazy golden peach color, with a monsterous thick white head. Head dissipates slowly to a good clinging lace, lots of tiny bubbles race to the top to help keep the consistent head and lacing. Aroma is grassy, sour (lemon), and moderately yeasty. Flavor is sweet, then sour, acidic, and a mild bitterness at the end. Body is medium in strength, very dry in the finish, and strongly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2003 14:44:48 | More by goz
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kbub6f

New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), three days in my fridge, reviewed 42F-50F.

This beer has a HUGE white dense head with thick lacing that completely coats the inside of the glass. The beer is dark yellow with loads of bubbles that cling to the glass. There is a fine swirl of sediment.

The nose is spicy, yeasty, light with some citrus.

The front is malty with some citrus and spice. The middle is a little thin and light and bitters toward the finish, which is quite dry, a little metallic when cold. A pleasant sourness gives the finish a nice personality. Overall, a very good drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2003 19:17:28 | More by kbub6f
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,118 ratings.