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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Reviews: 1,513
Hads: 3,788
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 236
Gots: 417 | FT: 12
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Belgium

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 Slatetank
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this corked/caged bottle at Cafe Bruges in Carlisle, PA. Poured chilled into a willybecker.

A - A hazy light gold like lemon juice w a neverending frothy whipped cap w/ very large bubbles

S - the smell of lemons and floral hops w/ spice esters from the yeast and citrus zest

M - Spicy and medium bodied w/ low carbonation and gentle sweetness. The texture is light w/ a citrus tang

T - A mild apple/lemon zest flavor w/ plenty of yeast in the taste w/ pepper and light herbal accents. The flavor has a mild tropical note w/ hint of lemony pineapple and leafy spiced hops. The taste of a mild golden pear is noted in the finish

D - A very traditional example - A classic of the style. It has high drinkability even though it might not be my first choice in saisons it is very enjoyable. (796 characters)

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

750 ml green bottle with no freshness date. The cork popped off like a bottle of good champagne, thankfully it was not a gusher.

A- Massive off-white head, very active carbonation ... pale golden cloudy color. This is good as the beer should never pour clear.

S- Very ripe pear, earthy cellar and a solid herbal backbone round out the nose.

T- Big herbal phenolic action upfront, dry grain and a mild tartness. A handful of malt character comes through with a clean grainy note. Touch of fruitiness, musty chalky yeast, herbal phenols and dry grain in the finish.

M- Incredibly smooth with a deep yet soft crispness.

Need a beer to clean the palate if not cut through some of the most flavorful cuisines ... this is the beer to do it. (749 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded gold with a white head. Funky and smooth nose. Flavor is a magnificent combo of yeast, citrus and funk. It's beautiful. Feel has a smooth liquid end and the carbonation has a bit of a sharp bite. Overall smooth though. There's a reason why this is the standard for saisons. Don't know the reason? Try it and you'll see. (335 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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 (669 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
1.24/5  rDev -70.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

First had: bottle at Monk's, Philly, PA

Lots of people not only like this beer, but they REALLY like it. I don't see why. Maybe I've just had "bad bottles" (green bottles strike again?), I don't really know.

The beer itself looks innocent enough, pouring a nice hazy, bronze-yellow with a healthy puff of head. But it smells like a compost heap. Maybe some lemon notes coming through, but that just makes it smell like compost with lemon on it. It tastes like rotting hay and manure. Seriously like manure. And the aftertaste is of--you guessed it--manure. I've had other farmhouse ales, and they didn't taste like someone added rotted hay and the fecal output of a horse during the brewing process, which is all I really get from this, and there's just no two ways about it. Funk is good, hay is good; I don't mind those qualities in a beer. But not horse crap, seriously. I've tried: I've choked this down on the occasions I've ordered it, but really...not good...quite simply not a good beer. There's no complexity here, and if there is, well, I'm sorry but I just can't detect it within the overbearing manure. I would almost prefer a Bud to this. Sorry. Start bottling it correctly, and then we'll talk higher ratings. (1,225 characters)

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

Appearance: A clouded golden orange sunburst tone, awesome effervescent white fine bubbled head, lacing is entricate clings to my glass the whole way. Aroma: Mild hints of citrus and tropical fruit, along with a musty farmhouse funk just heavenly cloves and spices thrown into the mix. Taste: Staple of the Saison style, creamy fruit tinged edge with pale malts and a great wild flavor of spices, peppery notes, and herbal tea like finish the clovey aspect is great all in all very solid brew. Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, tickles the senses and coats the palate with a fine slightly syrupy film. Drinkability: Effortless summer session ale complex and refreshing what more can you ask for. (696 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overwhelming head. Starts with a 10 to 1 ratio of foam to liquid. As it settles, some flashes of lace remain on the glass. Lumpy. The liquid is hazy with a green tinge to the straw color. Large chunks of lace after each sip.

Earthy and sour, like a touch of lemon. Here's something unusual--I smell cooked meat (pork?). Don't know why...

Strong barnyard flavor. Quite sour, which remains long after the swallow. Relatively thin bodied, highly carbonated. There's a bit of light pepper on the edge. There's also a touch of chalk, thyme and hop bitterness. Complex. (565 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, straw yellow color, creamy, bone-white froth atop.
Aroma, a great heady blend of citrus and spice, probably coriander and clove in the lead. Feels quite a bit like a wit, too, with that wheaten element riding high.
Taste: warm, wonderful, spicy texture, smooths out after, but never flags in flavor. Citrus and spice carries through, with plenty of lemon zest and a drizzle of orange, plus loads of yeasty contributions and a never-ending spicy kick.
Thirst-quenching all the way, ending in a crisp, dry finish. Light bodied, but abundant with character.
Damned tasty! A great summery ale, tres sophisticated and quaffable, to boot! (642 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this today at Rick's for $8.99. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a very hazy pale yellow color with three fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head has great retention and lasts for a long time, and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of earthy notes, funk, lemons, citrus hops, Belgian yeast, and some spices. As it warms up, definitely getting more citrus and lemons, which is nice. Mixes well with the light funk.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, bready malts, cloves, pepper, earthy notes, grass, and light funk. No real citrus here like the nose, but it is still very nice. A little heavier on the spices and pepper so if you like that in saisons, you'd probably really like this taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, overall a pretty good mouthfeel.

o - Overall a great saison; one of the better ones I've had. I found the taste was pretty heavy on pepper and spices, so if you like that in saisons, you'll probably love this one. Not as funky as say Fantome Saison, but considering how easily available this is, well worth buying. (1,183 characters)

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/1/2012. Pours hazy bright golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon, apple, pear, pepper, clove, straw, hay, floral, earth, wheat, light leather, and funky yeast esters. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, pepper, clove, straw, hay, grass, earth, floral, light leather, and lightly funky yeast spiciness. Fair amount of earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, straw, wheat, hay, earth, and lightly funky yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor complexity and balance; with zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick and fairly crisp and foamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent saison! Great flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth to sip on this the high carbonation. A highly enjoyable offering as expected. (1,198 characters)

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

Served on-tap at Shady McGrady's into a snifter.

A - Pours cloudy straw yellow with a nice pillow of half finger tall head leaving little wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - I don't think the smokey bar helped this one much. I could barely make it out but I got some light Belgian yeast, ripe fruit, earthy funk and a solid herbal backbone.

T - Plenty of Belgian yeast and earthy funk mix well with some nice light fruitiness and a tiny bit of light malt. Not as spicy as I thought it would be but it is still in there. Finish has lots of lingering bready yeast. Still one of my all time favorite beers.

M - Medium-light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A pleasant mix of chewy and dry in the feel. Finish is very chewy with most of it lingering for some time after consumption.

D - Pretty high. One of the all time best, I could drink a few of these on a warm summer day no problem. It is light yet still complex and very tasty. (944 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.
Poured a cloudy yellow with a very, large white head that did settle down a bit, but remained solid.
The smell was lemony with noticeable - but not overwhelming - hop presence.
The taste was citrusy - especially lemon and a bit of orange, yeasty and had moderate hoppiness. The flavors were very well-balanced.
The mouthfeel was light, dry and slightly creamy. The flavors didn't stick around long - but was very refreshing.
This is an excellent choice for a barbeque on a hot day. (513 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is straw yellow and completely hazy. Forms a thick white head of small and medium bubbles, tons of lacing, carbonation is moderate to high and steady. Looks good.

Nice smell, a little sulfur but not much. Smells pretty good.

Medium body, sweet first and then some bitterness. Almost a Duvel like feeling to it. As the beer warms up there is more subtly to the flavors, more sulfur, more sour. Great mouthfeel, great drinkability. I really like this beer. Its probably one of the nicest and readily available saisons on the market. (578 characters)

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

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer starts with a two finger tall soapy white head that reduces by about 75% over time but there is always some head retention. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Grassy/hay like smells with some spices and lemon. The yeast is very detectable but there is a certain complexity to it. Slight hints of funk in the aroma but nothing overpowering.

T: Floral and light fruit flavors (pear + apple) along with lemon and funk in the finish. Lots of earthy/grassy flavors as well and some subtle hints of spices/pepper.

M: Light bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Dry on the finish.

O: One of my favorite saisons and truly a classic example of the style. Great flavor, smell, and mouthfeel. This is a beer that I have over and over and never tire of... I think I will have to go replenish my supply soon. Easy to drink and very sessionable. Pairs great with meals. (967 characters)

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours an extremely large off-white head with thick lacing down the side. It is hazy with a golden orange color.

S: There is a yeasty aroma on the front with really fruit aromas on the back, some pear and maybe apple. Also an earthy/grass smell. Really nice.

T: There is a great lemon flavor and some spice. There is also an earth/grass flavor to it. The balance of sweet and bitter is great along with a slight funkiness.

M/D: Great mouthfeel, very crisp. This is a great warm weather beer, perfectly balanced. (563 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades. The aroma is great. It has a light pale malt scent with a very fruity Belgian yeast finish. The taste is good. It has a pale malt flavor with a fruity yeast finish. It goes down easy and finishes dry, yet refreshing. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine saison. It has a superior aroma and good taste; a good drinker. (463 characters)

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

Review from notes taken 3/24/10

On tap at Al's served in a classy little saison dupont glass. Pours a hazy golden color with a finger of white head. A solid curtain of lace clings all over the glass. Nose is citrus and spices akin to clove. Taste is on par with the aroma: citrus, clove and yeast primarily. Finishes slightly dry with a bit of hop bitterness. Light feel and modestly carbonated, it is quite drinkable. As it warms, a bit of pear or light fruit blended with grain comes through and is left in the mouth. (520 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
1.82/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a good amount of skunkyness in it, with some wheat and grain notes mixed in. The flavor is unfortunately the same. This is yet another skunked Saison Dupont. This is the third separate bottle I have purchased in an attempt to rate this beer fairly, but after wasting $25+ on skunked beers, I have come to the conclusion that if the brewer is dumb enough to put a beer in a green bottle, they deserve a horrible rating if the beer is skunked. Other than the skunked notes, there is a little citrus and spice. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Overall, a gross, yet I can’t say unexpected, beer. Shame on me for buying bottles three times. (714 characters)

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

The beer appears mostly clear and orange hued. Rapid effervescence is teeming from the base of the goblet, reminiscent of an ocean storm. The head is gargantuan, appearing pure white and resembling a cumulus cloud perched atop the nectar. 

The aroma offers hops, grass, lemons, lemon zest, yeast.

Nice flavor. Well balanced, with yeast and grass flavors leading the way. Citrus and mild hops add depth. A touch of coriander in there as well. The beer finishes with a moderate bitterness. Just a bit funky, but not that much.

Light to medium bodied and pretty easy to drink. Smooth on the palate with a balance of yeast and hop components.

A good saison, and one I would have again. (687 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/09/05- Purchased at Belltramo's in Menlo Park, CA

Presentation- 750ml green bottle with no freshness dates. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Orange-golden pour with a thick pock marked ultra white and creamy head. Good lacing as well.

Smell- Farmhouse stinky yeast along with some sour citrus scents.

Taste- Semi bitter lemon rind flavor with a nice sour background. Tart and tangy belgian yeast abounds.

Mouthfeel- Fairly high carbonation level, maybe a touch creamy.

Drinkability- My number #2 saison behind Fantome. Very easy drinking brew that I will try to keep on hand. (604 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a corked & caged bottle a few nights ago at a bar, but I felt compelled to revisit this beer for a formal review.

From the bottle: "Brewed at one of Europe's last farmhouse breweries, in Hainaut province, Saison Dupont is a 4 star, world classic example of of the Belgian Saison style. This increasingly rare specialty originated before the age of refrigeration as a beer to be brewed in winter for summer drinking. The style required a beer sturdy enough to age in the bottle but refreshing enough to be enjoyed in warm weather. Saison Dupont fits this description perfectly, it has a big, fruity bouquet, and dense head. The taste starts fruity but ends dry and very clean with a light, refreshing finish."

I used a gentle pour as per the brewery who I e-mailed for directions. They like the lees to remain in the bottle as long as possible, if not infinitely. My motto since childhood has been "Waste not, want not" and so I usually reserve that last pout for yours truly. I poured into a champagne flute from the Seabee Ball in 1998 and damned if it did not look like champagne. It was a golden-yellow color under a puffy head of bone-white head that slowly fell, leaving a touch of lacing in its wake. The effervescence was unending and I just gazed at its beauty, enthralled. The nose was fruity in a berry field sort of way with an underlying mustiness of newspapers stored in the attic. Mouthfeel was thin-to medium and the flavor was initially vinous, giving way to a dusty, musty tartness. Holy spit in the ocean, Batman! This was deelish and I could totally see it as the champagne toast at my never-to-be wedding since no one will ever have me as more than an amusing lover. Finish was bone-dry and I think that this might act as a nice panty peeler. I must try it out on some femmes in the near future ... (1,827 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 Bottling, Sampled June 2004
The aroma is lemony, sharp, and musty all at the same time. It is very well carbonated and just dances around as it effervesces on my tongue. The taste is lightly sweet, yet is quite dry in the finish. This is definitely well hopped as it has a nice balancing bitterness in the finish. The taste has some light lemon notes as well hints of ginger, and herbs. The beer is really quite dry, despite the sweetness that I detected early on. This beer is light and refreshing, yet complex and interesting. This is just a great beer, and one of my favorite styles right now.


2003 bottle, Sampled January, 2004
It is very well carbonated as the cork just explodes from the bottle with only a little prompting. This beer is a hazy orange yellow colored brew, which, is topped by a prodigious white head. The head is long lasting and turns to a cratered rocky surface over time. As I pour I get a strong light struck character in the aroma. The main aroma in the glass is of grain. The light struck character is, thankfully, quite muted in the taste. The beer has a sharp grassy-grain character to it, which is quite good and make me think of a nice hay field in Belgium. There is a slight sweetness and a balancing bitter hop finish. It is a fairly dry beer overall, and has very little fruitiness to it. The middle of this beer has a certain sharp spiciness to it. Overall, though this beer is fairly mellow, the flavors are well integrated and flow one into the other. I like this beer; a quality, good farm-house beer. (1,553 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle into a tulip style glass. A grabbed a small bottle of this sucka. I have not had this in years.

Saison Dupont, the pinnacle of the style, Saison gold with some light yellow twinges on the sides. A nice bubble bath of frothy suds grace the top, the clinging to the glass came in globs. A nice amount of activity rising up. Lively beer.

Smell is a nice mix of floral and grassy scents balanced out with light fruit and honeysuckle. Pale malt comes up with light bread in a toasty way. I get some melon and apple, and some more hay with warming. Straight and to the point.

The smaller darker bottle may have fared better during it's travels than the standard big green bottle, I enjoyed this more than in the past. Nice simple saison with no bells or whistles, but bif flavor. A mix of begian yeast, earthy hops, a small spice characteristic, and light fruits. As it warms these blend expertly.

Saison Dupont has a nice light body with active carb. The flavor rolls through the mouth linger a bit and dissipate, leaving a mild grassy taste afterwards. Easy to take down, with the light alcohol, easy to take down quicker. Easy drinking right here. If it was available in an affordable six pack this would be a no brainer. (1,231 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at the Ginger man, one of my all time favorites a treat on draft. Poured cloudy light orange with a well developed puffy head, dissolving slowly to a tiny bubble film . This one leaves a ton of lacing. Nose is a load of spice, pepper mostly, also yeast, musty, and earth. Medium bodied and a fair amount of prickly carbonation noted. Flavors of cracked pepper, yeast, earth. Tart in the finish, fresh and crisp. great stuff. (433 characters)

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

11.2 oz., 330 mL bottle,

A: Pours a sparkling, cloudy yellow, with a big, thick, white head, that just keeps coming, very frothy and billowy, cloud-like.

S: Very lemony, citrus, a bit of hops, also had a bit of a sour tint to it, with some white pepper, as well.

T: Very lemony upfront, strong citrus flavour, the hops a very noticable, very dry and earthy, grassy, especially for a Belgian beer, grassy, pretty straightforward in the flavours, not the most complex of beers, but all the flavours are very good and enjoyable.

M: Dry, very dry, medium-bodied, very refreshing, definitely a great summer quencher beer.

D: A great all-around beer, could do lots of things with it, from relaxing poolside or pairing it with a 5-course meal, very versatile beer, a tad pricey, but worth it every time. (801 characters)

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,513 ratings.