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Reviews: 1,507
Hads: 3,765
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
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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 cpone
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellow/orange color with tons of head, 3 fingers in a Duvel tulip. Decent lacing.

S: Sour, wet straw smell - think farm on a dewy morning. Fruit, maybe orange, banana and spices like clove are also in there.

T: Sourness continues from nose to mouth. Spice and a tartness dominate. Sour finish but a lingering taste of, first from a beer for me but sweet corn, after the swallow.

M: Great carbonation and a medium feel.

D: Very refreshing on a hot day. It's a very drinkable beer. Had with some ceviche and paired very well. (544 characters)

Photo of BeerWatcher
3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Golden body, dominated by haziness. Massive white head that is really and truly just too much.
Aromas are light clove, some banana, light pepperiness.
Tastes are similar and with big Belgian yeast on the tongue.
In general, I have definitely had better Belgian beers, and with this bottle, have come to realize that i like North American Saisons better. (354 characters)

Photo of Fuller
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

cloudy pale yellow in color with a big, thick fluffy head that has good retention and leaves a lot of lacing all around the glass.

smell of citrus, mostly lemon. Also some grassy floral and spice.

Starts out sour with some fruity bitterness followed by some sweet maltiness and wheat flavors. All work great together to make a very smooth drink.

Excellent beer. Easy drinker. I will definitely be having this beer many, many more times. (489 characters)

Photo of antilogic
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ beachwood bbq. Pours clear bronze, slight head. Aroma is saison - earth, yeast, foral hops.

Very drinkable, and a very standard saison - citrus, hops, yeast, spice, earth, slightly dry finish. Nothing jumping out to WOW me, but a good beer. (251 characters)

Photo of abrethanson
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured this bottle against my Spring Hopper Saison as comparison.

A: Golden straw hue with excellent clarity. Active carbonation bubbles lifting to the fluffy white head. Pours very carbonated. Homebrew shares golden straw hue but clarity is hazy with fairly active carbonation. Dupont wins on giant foam head.

S: Dank and skunky per wife's comments. A little yeast and grassy / earthy notes. Homebrew is more robust / complex. Homebrew has more apparent notes of cloves and yeast breadiness to aroma. *I have no sense of smell.

T: That dank / funky aroma carries over nicely to flavors. Citrus, herbal, grassy, slight breadiness, and complimented very well by light hop bitterness notes sprinkled throughout. Sessionable as alcohol is hidden very well. Similar to smell - Homebrew is slightly more robust / filling with a more "homebrew" flavor. Yeast / breadiness flavors are also more apparent. Dupont finishes much dryer, lighter, and slightly more sessionable.

O: Dupont is the benchmark of a historical and inspiring beer. Great for the seasoned beer nerd or rookie just wanting something drinkable. Sessionable, well balanced, and just enough complexity to make it interesting & fun. Dupont is a legend but I think Spring Hopper Saison held up well and gives inspiration for the future! (1,299 characters)

Photo of scninmer08
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip.

Straw yellow with beautiful off-white three-finger head.

When I pulled the cork out, immediately I was hit with major skunkiness. Once I poured it into my tulip, the smell rounded out into an interesting blend of skunk and the normal funky yeast smell.

Taste begins with fruity, citrus notes accompanied by the funky backdrop throughout. The malt kicks in near the end, which was beautiful.

Creamy mouthfeel, great blend of carbonation and smoothness.

Overall, a wonderful saison, and the one that most likely comes closest to the ideal in terms of style. Definitely one I would enjoy again throughout the summer. (650 characters)

Photo of Tonmeister
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into a 16oz Goose Island Glass

Appearance: golden yellow, with a solid, thin, white head, and the lacing is consistently well when tilting the glass.

Smell: very fruity, earthly, yeasty.

Taste: fruity, lemon, apples, bananas, mango, pears, blended nicely with the earthy yeasts. Not bitter at all. It goes down very smooth.

Mouthfeel: the mouthfeel is thin and highly carbonated.

Overall, I think this is a great beer because its blended very well. It has a sour component, not really bitter, but it is also very sweet. It's so bubbly like drinking champagne, but it tastes better than champagne. This would be a great beer for a hot summer day or for new years. (683 characters)

Photo of NolateM
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a little Saison DuPont glass (didn't even look like a beerglass, I dunno what to call it). Appearance was a hazy yellow-gold, almost completely opaque, with a fantastic frothy head that diminished into a nice ring after a few sips. Lacing was pretty nice as well.

The aroma was sweet and sour, like apple cider and yeast.

The flavor was incredibly complex! I'm not normally into the really yeasty brews, but this one was an exception for me. There were flavors of peach and pear and apple cider, yeasty Belgianness (or Belgian yeastiness, whichever you like), black pepper, and a bit of clovey spice. Definitely a pretty tangy brew.

The beer left only a SLIGHTLY dry mouthfeel, and I could slightly taste the alcohol, but not too much. It's an excellent sipping beer. I had it right after a big ol' imperial pint glass of Sea Hag IPA, and the contrast was wonderful. It was like having a liqueur at the end of a meal. It cut through the hop bitterness of the IPA to leave a refreshing cidery aftertaste, though I'm not sure if I would have wanted another glass. I wouldn't PERSONALLY have it as a session beer, but I'd say it's the perfect after-beer.

$6 a glass (1,186 characters)

Photo of DIPAbrewer
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I tried this beer at Max's Taphouse in Fells point on draft. The appearance was excellent, sparkling golden color with a rocky off white head.
Dupont had a fruity snappy hop aroma.
It's taste was more than delicious, it was magnificent. Light and dry but full bodied at the same time, it could be the most drinkable and delicious ale on the planet.

I would highly recommend trying this beer. It is also great in bottles where it provided an even stronger aroma. On draft seasonally at Max's. I found it at Astor liquor in Laurel in 11.2 oz bottles. (550 characters)

Photo of GooberMcNutly
3.51/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottled opened all by it’s self when the wire was loosened. That is how carbonated this saison is. No gushing though. Hard to pour more than 1/2 glass without filling the rest with head. Solid pure white head with permanant Belgian lace on the glass.

Less fruity flavors than I would have expected. More like a champaigne than a beer, with a clean, ultra dry finish.

Cloudy body with no traces of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. (442 characters)

Photo of gwood
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of iasanlee
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A cloudy golden wheat color. Huge rocky head.

S- Lemons zest is the first scent. Yeast, and fruit.

T- Citrus and spice. I can taste pear, lemon, apple, and orange. Quite a crisp finish. Very well balanced.

M- A bit more than just medium bodied. Smooth and evidant carbonation.

D- Yummy. This is very drinkable. I loved every moment. (339 characters)

Photo of hossua34
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Radiant, alive-looking golden orange. Opaque, dense color. Has a generous head that lingers forever. Some flecks of visible sediment.

S - Candied oranges, yeast, anise and a touch of mint. Grapefruit hoppiness. Very complex smell. Unfortunately, also the slightest hint of a skunked smell. But not bad at all.

T - Flavor is buttery, oaky, yeasty oranges and alcohol. A little bit of a hoppy, citrusy tang.

M- Smooth and thick. Excellent mouthfeel.

D - Not as good as Hennepin, but still an excellent saison. Miles ahead of Grassroots Ale (gag me). The slight stench of skunk was a little bit disappointing - perhaps this would be even better if fresher? (662 characters)

Photo of fdkayti
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Super light, the color of whipped honey. Pretty hazy/cloudy. Thin head around the top.

S- Funky, almost skunky. Bready.

T- It reminds me of a dry champagne, kinda sweet and very refreshing. Some sour notes.

M- Good carbonation, almost fizzes in your mouth. Makes my mouth water for more. Thin but full at the same time, maybe due to the bubbliness.

O/D- My first saison and I think a great one to start with. Delicious and easy to put down. Try it! (456 characters)

Photo of santa109
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, caged and corked.

A: Poured cloudy brownish-yellow color with a ton of very lively head into a pint. The head fades a little but sticks around in a thick foam. Gave it a swirl for smell and the head regenerated itself, weird but impressive!

S: Hard to describe aside from wet field/grass with a tad of "skunk".

T: Hops are present without generating too much of an aggressive bitterness. Bit of spices. Fortunately, the wet grass smell does not appear in the taste.

M: Sharp, thoroughly cleansing. Slightly dry finish.

D: Easy to drink, carbonation could become a little bloating.

Overall, due to the cleansing feel, probably great with food. Not spectacular but still good. (695 characters)

Photo of Seru1
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poursed from a 4 pack bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Big Frothy white head, with a cloudy golden body. Little champagne like bubbles drift up to the top of the glass

Smell- Citrus and pear fruits begin at the bottom and get spicier and more floral as your nose nears the top of the glass.

Taste- Tangy citrus melds into earthy spiceyness thant lingers on the palate, pleasently dry showing a full range of hop character, but in my opinion this is definatly a food beer. A creamy ceaser salad really brings out a sweet apple tree fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel- I can almost feel it pop on my tongue, the flavor is pervading and long lasting.

Drinkability- Even if your not a hops fan, which I am not, there's alot to absorb here. With and without food this is a beautiful complex beer. I probably would buy this regularly, but I'd certainly include it on a tasting or for a beer dinner. (895 characters)

Photo of JAA
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a small wine glass(couldn't find my goblet).

Pours a vibrant golden yellow with what is usually an enormous pillowy white head, but this time i was very careful on the pour. Anyhow, the head didn't stick around very long this time.

Very lightly fruity on the nose, also quite strong in the Belgian yeasty odor.

Taste lightly fruity(apples or pears), a bit of pepper and of course, yeast.

Mouthfeel is spicy and well carbonated. overall pretty drinkable. I'll probably finish the bottle by myself tonight. (545 characters)

Photo of cwc
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is a winner. Certainly one of the most delicious beers I've tried recently, and how appropriate to try it on a hot Sunday afternoon in the hottest summer ever recorded in Japan. Okay, to the beer.

This came in a 750 ML bottle I picked up at Osakaya in Shinjuku. I intended to just drop by and grab a tulip glass when my wife said: "why don't we share a bottle of something?" Alright, who can refuse that offer?

The beer pours a hazy, golden colored beer, and I mean that in a good way. It looks delicious, it looks complex. It pours a mean head as well, I might add, which barely diminished after three or four minutes, which I found surprising. Even with just a bit left in the bottom of my glass, there's a fair amount of head and there's foam sticking to the sides of my glass.

I don't much smell out of this, but what I do smell is a fresh, slightly sweet, citrusy brew.

The taste is the real thing here. It's perfect in the sense that THIS is the taste you want on a hot summer afternoon: totally refreshing, subtle hop character, slightly sweet and all in the right balance. Wow.

Probably all too easy to drink, even with an ABV of 6.5% that's completely hidden. (1,186 characters)

Photo of saltydog
4.67/5  rDev +12%
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. (334 characters)

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

750ml green bottle.

App: Amazing pillowy, thick white head. Very active carbonation.

Smell: Dry fruityness. Alcohol comes through slightly. Musty grains are the dominant smell here.

Taste: Dry and musty up front. Alcohol warms through out. More alcohol than I was expecting from a listed 6.5% abv. Slight bitterness on back of tongue at finish. Aftertaste is bitter and residual alcohol.

MF: Lots of carbonation. Alcohol sting.

Drinkability: Very good. Light and flavorful. Non-intrusive (506 characters)

Photo of jenitivecase
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hauled this one back from Belgium. 33cl poured into a chalice.

A: Tan gold, and very murky. You can actually see the sediment swirling about after pouring. Gets a decent head with great retention - remains a solid layer atop the beer for quite a while.

S: Very acidic yet musty. Lots of farmyard in here - musty grass and hay with a nice aroma of apricots and bananas, as well. Kind of bready. Lots going on here.

T: Whoo! Lots of citrusy acidity up front, fading into a complex mixture of grass, malt, and lots of fruit. Spices, too - coriander and some nutmeg. Leaves the palate with a very nice aftertaste.

M: Very clean, but not entirely smooth. Medium to light bodied, with light carbonation. Leaves a crisp feeling in the mouth.

D: Drinkable, yet so intense and complex as to be slightly offputting. Definitely an enjoyable experience. (846 characters)

Photo of BittRnessabounds
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 addition based on the cork. Farmhouse ales are rapidly becoming my favorite style, and this particular offering did it's best to continue that trend. Nice color, not quite yellow, and not quite orange but certainly hazing with a nice topping of foam. The smell is very fresh and awakening, slightly fruity, but certainly refreshing and dominated by the yeast. The taste is a wonderful combination of the farmhouse yeast, some hops, sour fruit and tongue tickling spices. The aftertaste was very dry and long lasting. Overall a very pleasant beer, and i can't wait to enjoy during warmer weather when it was intended to be consumed. (636 characters)

Photo of soultrain
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Hennipen glass.

A-Hazy golden peachy beer. 2" head slowly settles. Yeast chunks abound, along with some tiny red flecks. Lacing is good for a saison.
S-Smells like really good yeast. Slightly skunky, in a good way.
T-Mild barnyard funk, very flowery hop presence, as it warms to room temp, it stays extremely delicious even with the slight whiffs of manure...it ingratiates itself to the palette with even final warm sips almost perfect.
M-Smooth, subtle, soft, sexy.
D-Off the hook. I can't see how anyone wouldn't like this.

CRUX: WORLD CLASS. Awsome. Extremely well crafted. Recommended! (614 characters)

Photo of Redteketed
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(T 11-01-2008 BB 06-2010)

Pale golden brew with huge lasting head.
Rich palate, first lots of spices, hops, malts and fruity, later some candy sugar and flowery elements.
Bitter taste, again malts, hops and spices.
Mild tartness, dry, medium strong, but light body, very very fizzy, like champagne.
long hopbitter, spicy aftertaste.
Very refreshing beer, as we say "fris en fruitig" (fresh and fruity) (402 characters)

Photo of fightingirishcmk
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the best classic beers of the world, IMO.
A: Pours a deep golden orange, beautiful color with decent clarity. Head is biblical in proportion, stark white in color, long lasting, and left lacing all down the glass. Beautiful!
S: Sweet, citrus, lemony, grassy, and an earthy hop note
T: If I had to liken Saison Dupont to another style, it would be a Czech pilsener. Slightly sweet, crisp, floral, and an appropriate amount of bittering Goldings hops. Different from a pils because it has more of a citrus belgian character. Very dry as well. Delicious!
M: If I had one critique of this beer, I would say it is just a bit thin bodied.
D: The dryness just makes me want to keep drinking more. Not filling, tasty, and a perfect balance of hops, fruit, and malt. (764 characters)

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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