Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

Not Rated.
Saison DupontSaison Dupont

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,730 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,730
Reviews: 1,521
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 225
Gots: 394 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-26-2002

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (20) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Saison Dupont Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,730 | Reviews: 1,521
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: cloves, yeasty

taste: yeasty, cloves, bananas

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth, crisp, refreshing

drinkability: a very easy to drink beer, reminds me of summer.

Cheers,

The cpj

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

on tap at hopleaf in chicago, served with some muscles and frites

appearance: served in a nice tulip-goblet, full-bright golden peach body, white cascading caps with moderate retention

smell: funky, peachy, fruity, white pepper

taste: one of the flagships of the style for sure...the funk is under control and matched with highly potent peach/apricot fruity sweetness and a kicking white pepper spice...very well hopped with an emphasis on dry citrus

mouthfeel: active carbonation, bubbly and lively - sacrifices just a smidget of drinkability

drinkability: strong

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: When poured from a bottle to a tulip glass, had a amber-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. Also some sediment floating around. Had a decent-sized head as well.

S: Typically (among saisons) funky barnyard smell, along with fruit, spices, malt. May have been slightly skunked (why would a high end brewery stoop to using green bottles?!).

T: Had the flavor of apples, coriander, malt, a bit of citrus. Well done and balanced.

M: Very vibrant level of carbonation, along with a smooth finish. Full-bodied, but not overwhelming.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. Saisons are a quirky style and Dupont has done well with this one.

Photo of dgilks
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with visible yeast clusters. Huge marshmallow white head with great retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Spicy cinnamon and clove aroma with green apple. A little bit musty.

This initially hits as a well balanced beer. A spicy, well rounded flavour is followed immediately by solid bitterness. This is dry and just a little bit tart. Quite complex but with a number of flavours being clearly dominant and others struggling to get through.

Medium body and high carbonation create a refreshing, crisp beer.

Refreshing, tasty and interesting, Saison Dupont offers a lot to the punter. It is also a relatively good deal for the price.

Photo of ccrida
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml (cork dated 20007) poured into my big Gulden Draak tulip, Saison Dupont is a slightly hazy bronzed gold, with massive, dense off-white head that is painfully slow to recede, leaving rocky chunks of foam.

Smell is dry earth, sharp minerals and sour citrus, wheat providing a pithy zest. Classic.

Taste is also world class, this is the definitive Saison. Sharp and tart and full, yet finishing bone dry.

Mouthfeel is very creamy yet dry, with a lighter body, very nice. The mouthfeel is a million times better (as is this beer in general) from bottles rather then on draught.

Drinkability is very good, this is one of my favorites, a world classic. Paired tonight with grilled spring chinook, oysters and asparagus - perfect! Still, I generally prefer the fruitier saisons then the pepper of Dupont.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into my Unibroue tulip

A: Clear golden yellow with a gorgeous, billowing head good retention. Tons of carbonation, with trails of whirling bubbles. Very pretty!

S: Fruity, floral, earthy and a hint of spice. Hints of orange and citrus, rose and jasmine aromas. Some mild pepper. Delicate stuff, this

T: Starts off sweet with a combination of fruit (peach and a hint of banana) and a hint of roses. A mild spice flavor kicks in with a hint of pepper and nutmeg. Dry on the finish with a mildly peppery component

M: Excellent carbonation, great drying finish

D: This is an immensely drinkable saison and one that shall feature often in my fridge!

Notes: This is an excellent representation of the style and better than the Cynicale that I had earlier today in that it's a lot more delicate and nuanced. Good stuff

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
6.5% ABV, 2.010 on the cork.

A - It's not a gusher but damn is this one full of carbonation! The tulip was quickly filled with dense white foam. Great retention kept us from enjoying it for quite a while but, as the foam loosened it left some pretty nice lace above the slightly hazy yellow beer.

S - Wafts of skunk come from the beer which makes me wonder, once again, why breweries insist on using green (and clear) glass. [The first bottle we tried months prior smelled like a skunk dropped ass beside us when we opened it.] Subtle spicy notes of coriander and white pepper with earthy clay and yeast. Hints of lemon grass through the finish.

T - Bland across the board, pale malts back up a faint spicy profile of lemon grass and peppery yeast. Very bland, almost like faintly flavored water, honestly.

M - High carbonation is spritzy in the light-bodied mouthfeel. This saison finishes dry with a touch of saltiness and a slight metallic feel.

O - While this beer isn't offensive in any way, it's completely lacking in flavor which makes it hard to believe it's worthy of the high score it's received. That leads me to question whether there's something wrong (besides a little skunk) with this bottle. And for attempt number two at purchasing bottles, neither the DTrain or I will every be buying one again for a re-review.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp aroma is rich and fruity, more like a cider than a beer. It pours out a cloudy golden with a thick, off-white head. Flavor is fruity and crisp with hints of malt and just a trace of hops. Texture is lively, jazzy and jagged - it fairly dances on the tongue and on its way down the pipes.

Photo of clayrock81
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold body with great carbonation for a frothy, two-finger head that died slowly and left some lace. A very sharp, semi-pungent spice and clove smell with some eart/grassiness and a good amount of fruit and yeast in the background of the aroma. Great smoothness that is balanced with a well-carb'd crispness. Yeast and bread malt make the beer somewhat chewey and creamy and there is a little bit of sweetness derived from the fruit flavoring. I can taste pear, apple, orange; there are some good fruti tastes in here and the beer finishes slightly dry thanks to hops and little funkiness in it as well. An excellent beer to pour a few glasses for you and a couple of friends to sip on.

Photo of barnzy78
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, no apparent freshness date
A - very cloudy, pale straw with a tall white head that holds great retention
S - fruity, grassy, spicy, wheat, Belgian yeast
T - very complex: fruity & spicy Belgian yeast, earthy & grassy hops, citrus zest; refreshing
M - medium body, higher carbonation
O - great farmhouse/saison! I'll have to drink it again sometime soon.

Photo of tbeckett
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Take Away bottle from the Station Hotel in Footscray. From notes.

A - Poured hazy light golden. Good carbonation. Nice two finger soapy head with no retention and a spot of lace.

S - Sweet and spicy with grass, lemon, and citrus. Hops and funk with Belgian yeast. When mixed with the hops the flavours are very interesting.

T - Sweet spice, citrus, hay. The spice is a little strong for my tastes but mixes well with the citrus/hay/hop notes.

M - Super dry in the finish with strong carbonation and a medium body.

O/D - With less spice it'd be quite a solid saison. Good though and very drinkable.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a mildly hazy, light orange color with a huge, billowing white head. Fine-bubbled and long lasting, leaving plenty of sheet lacing on the glass.

Lemony, fruity, yeasty and zesty all describe the nose of this beer well. Grassy hops smell like hallertau to me. The overall aroma is kind of like a freshly opened bag of sour patch kids candy, maybe a few SweeTarts thrown in there as well. Just a bit of the expected farmhouse funkiness. The best saison I have ever smelled.

Refreshingly tart with a light malt presence and grassy hop notes. I could almost use a bit more funk in here, but then it would not be as refreshingly delicious as it is right now. Tastes a bit like chewing on a fresh hibiscus spring flower. Terrific beer, A+ all the way. I have bought more than a few Saison DuPonts over the years, and it seems to be a pretty fragile beer, as some off-flavors can make an appearance in some bottles. Why do they continue to use these green bottles?! But there is nothing quite so good as a perfect bottle of this liquid nectar. Nearly the perfect beer.

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - 2007 batch poured into an IPA glass.

Poured a hazy pale straw color with a thick and luscious white head (be careful with your pour) and beautiful belgian lacing which adhered to the glass throughout the entire session. Floral smell with the presence of clove, wheat and hops. Somewhat thin, but not unpleasant mouthfeel; surprisingly little effervescence in the mouth considering the head. Taste of cloves, corriander and more floral/herbal undertones. Slightly bitter finish. Would make an excellent summer session beer.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazed yellow color. Giant, growing frothy head. Head retains forever but surprisingly doesn't leave too much lacing.

S-Grass and lemons. Yeast and a musty aromas. Light spices with some pepper. Sturdy aroma that displays that 'hard to describe' aroma of a Saison.

T-Lighter than expected. Grass and hay and other farm-like flavors. Barnyard funk is found too. Lemony citrus and Beligan yeast. Enjoyable flavor albeit a bit too mellow for my taste. But man does it go down quick and easy.

M-Lighter bodied. Bunches of carbonation. Grassy aftertaste lingers for a bit. Very drinkable due to the feel and body.

O/D-I can see why this is such a popular Saison. I enjoyed it but was not taken back by the flavor. Solid but it lacks something in my opinion. Still a great drink, especially for those new to the style.

Photo of champ103
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a stunningly hazed straw yellow color. A huge rocky and foamy head forms and sticks around. Rings of lace is left behind as the head finally settles.
S: Biscuit and doughy malt aromas. Some distinct yeast, clove, and citrus character as well. Peppery, slight phenolic, and musty/earthy. Grassy, lemon rind and orange peal. Incredible.
T: Biscuit and doughy malt again with a grassy, citrus hop bite and earthy taste. Clove, citrus, and banana esters. Complex flavors that linger on. Musty, earthy, and just beautiful.
M/O: A light to medium body. Beautifully carbonated. Crisp, effervescent, incredibly smooth, and dry. There are not very many beers that I actually crave, but this is one of them. Amazing in just about every respect, and one I always come back to.

I will say it again, just beautiful and what every Saison should be. A style and beer that I have been incredibly intrigued with from the beginning, and that obsession still continues. A masterpiece.

Photo of Brenden
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is huge and foamy, with better retention than almost anything I've ever seen. The color is a cloudy golden amber.

The smell is earthy with notes of fruit and a light herbal tone.

The herbal tone is active up front in the taste, and tart fruity grains make for a delicious flavor. There is a light, pleasant peppery spiciness. Malt and grains are evident A lingering finish is dry, and fruity.

The feel is crisp and smooth. Carbonation is lively and the body is light to medium.

The is such a subtle complexity to this one that you really have to study it. Take your time; this one is a real pleasure. A fantastic offering that is easily a regular.

Photo of ZAP
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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..

Photo of Dogbrick
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jul 9th, 2004: The beer is a cloudy gold color with a medium thick and fluffy white head. The green bottle may be to blame for the skunkyness that enveloped the sweet fruit and yeast in the aroma. Light-bodied and very carbonated, with an earthy mix of tart fruit and sweet spice flavors. However, the flavor falls off very quickly for some reason. The finish is lightly sweet and has a touch of pepper. Overall this beer is decent with only a couple shortcomings, but I think the green bottle and travel did it some harm. At any rate I thought the now-defunct Quarryman version was a lot better.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, served in a tulip

A hazy golden color with a fluffy paper white cap. Recedes in crater-like fashion, clinging to the sides the whole way down.

Aroma of flowers, banana, wet hay, clove, barnyard, rotten wood, and a touch of lemon. A touch of grassyness lays low. The barnyard funk is the most prominent.

On the palate, a soft fruitiness with some funk hits you first. Wet hay and lemons leading to some spice before some melon and barnyard come in for the finish. A touch of lingering funk/hoppy bitterness.

Medium body, smooth, and lush. Dry finish with lingering funk.

This is a damn fine saison. Classic profile with an added dose of welcome funk.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-pours a dark hazy golden yellow with a dense creamy white head.

S-the nose is strong, grassy hops, notes of lemon with a light peppery aroma.

T-very spicy, lots of wheat, lemon, and coriander. grassy hops in the back adding a great balance.

M-smooth on the palate with a lot of carbonation balancing a nice medium body with a great crisp finish.

D-this is very easy to drink and so tasty. nice complexity with a great balance.

Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a monsterous poof of soapy, foamy white head, minutes go by before i can finnish the pour. Scent is of bready yeast, hints of grahmn cracker, grassy, lemmony, spicy and herbal hops all present in the nose. Taste is slightly less agressive then the scent dictates, but still bold fr the style. The grassy, lemmony, spicy and herbal hops dominate the palate while a backbone of nice bready yeasts and clean malts provide the backbone... a touch of alcohol and some muddled, earthyness pop up from sip to sip. For all the carbonationation, the beer stll has a slight bit of body to it, nice, clean and dry finnish with a slight herbal aftertaste. A very nice and complex saison, one i would love to try again.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light hazy pale yellow color with a big white head. In the aroma, lemon zest and yeasty. In the taste, dry yeastiness and lemon zest, with a sweeter barnyard like earthiness. A smooth and light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry lemon yeastiness to a clean aftertaste. Clean and refreshing, nice blend of citrus and earth.

Photo of AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy yellow color with a nice head that receded to a small cap after a little bit.

S - Funk. Get some lemony-citrus and grass smell, a little more tart than most saisons in my experience. Not bad.

T - I am not a fan of saisons, but style into consideration, this is a very good one. Lemony citrus with a nice ratio of funk to it, a little bit tart, just like on the nose, which adds a pleasant depth. Leaves the mouth cleanly

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry finish.

D - Drinks pretty well, but for some reason couldn't bring myself to do #2.

Photo of tavernjef
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Conglomerate of murky gel-like haze of light golden yellow with a tall suspended dense white head of firmly settling froth, slowly dwindles down to a thick puffy haze that remains present, lacing in inkblot sheets. Smell is subdued and mellow with light fruity citrus peels and quite floral in its sweetness with an overall dry wood character adding a nice earthyness with dried grassy and musty yeast notes. Taste is a nice meld of complexing little bits of sharp wheat tones that playfully dart around the palate leaving trails of spices, grasses, dulled citrus peels, musty yeast, wood and earthy tones that leaves a real interesting dryness thats milding smooth and long with its own complexities lending nice frothy wheat malts and some mild hop bittering tones. Nice finish, very calm, smooth, lengthy, and subtle with drying tones. Nice airy carbonation upfront that builds quickly to a nice little grab and fullness midway, and finishes dry remaining smooth and kinda tingly/spritzy the whole way through. The drinkability is nice, just a nudge of to much carbonation for me but still a winner in my book.

Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +19.6%
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)

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,730 ratings.