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Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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93
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3,283 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,283
Reviews: 1,449
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 179
Gots: 229 | FT: 9
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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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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Dylsey, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Krisjl
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Krisjl, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of DubBrewer
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%

Pours a nice golden color with a beautiful rocky white head. Ive seen the head on this beer easily be 2 inches. It has a meringue-like consistenty.

Smells of lemongrass with a nice bready malt aroma. I love the aromas coming off this beer. It smells very herbal and you can smell the spicy yeast in the background.

Taste is similiar spectacular. Tastes like a really nice pilsner beer at first sip and as you move the beer around in your mouth you get all the spicy character from the yeast. Its also quite hoppy, but not in an American APA way. Its very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is sort of creamy but also fizzy as you can feel the carbonation in your mouth. Every sip inviting you back for more.

Drinkability is superb. Very refreshing, especially on a hot summer day and we have alot of those where I live. Everything about this beer is outstanding.

DubBrewer, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of Draughted
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%

Puts other Belgium beers to shame.

A - Color indicative of a wheat or other unfiltered beer. Golden with a lot of visible carbonation. Smooth head.

S - For whatever reason, the first note, to me, is bubble gum, sweet and skunky at the same time. Slight citrus notes.

T - Exceptionally smooth and delicate. There is a fruity flavor to the beer, has similarities to other wheat / hefeweizen brews. Almost impossible to drink slowly and truly appreciate the flaors.

M - Smooth and effervescent.

D - Other than the expensive imported price of almost $5 per 375 ml (12.4 oz), this beer would be a great six pack. Easy to drink and quickly becoming one of my favorite all-time.

Draughted, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of dyoung3
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

Appearance: Very hackneyed phrase but head dominates on the pour. Extremely light bright white bubbles with loads of carbonation (perhaps even more so after being in my backpack after a long bike ride from Whole Foods). Hazy yellow with no visible signs of yeast.

Smell: Citrus with a slight Belgian yeast presence. Hop character not very pronounced at all. A bit of barnyard funk.

Taste: Quite refreshing although the hop content was a little more than what I expected; perhaps I'm not that familiar with the Saison style especially if this is considered a standard among the industry. Very solid beer.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light mouthfeel considering the 6.5% ABV. I suppose this is a welcome feature but it sneaks up on you nonetheless. Carbonation is clearly evident and adds a significantly to the beer-drinking experience.

Overall: Definitely would buy this beer again but not before I tried other Saisons. Incredibly enjoyable but I admittedly would prefer a little more malt character to balance out the hops or alternatively lower the hop level.

dyoung3, May 27, 2011
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4.88/5  rDev +16.5%

puertobrewing, Saturday at 10:10 PM
Photo of JoshuaC
5/5  rDev +19.3%

JoshuaC, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of todd101
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

todd101, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of evsinger
4/5  rDev -4.5%

evsinger, Today at 03:43 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

powerlaces, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of Renaissance_Man
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Pored from a 375ml bottle into a Riedel Stemmed Tulip whilst watching the Soccer World Cup.
This is an awesome ale.
It poured a cloudy golden colour with a two finger head.
Initially it smelled herbaceous which I guess is a good thing for a farmhouse ale.
The first taste revealed the high yeast and almost 'strong ale' characteristics.
As the beer warmed in the glass it started to open up in complexity. I could detect citrus hints of grapefruit and honey on the mid pallet and some pepper on the back pallet.
The beer had a creamy mouth feel with a dry finish.
I can see why this beer in one of the bench mark saisons. I am glad I had the opportunity to drink it. If you like this style then you need to put it on your must drink list.

Renaissance_Man, Jul 24, 2014
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4.92/5  rDev +17.4%

Philippe1960, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of PintPiner
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

The aroma is complex, peppery spice, hint of malt and a whiff of orange.

Big white light foamy head that gradually subsides.

Pale golden color and lots of carbonation.

Flavor starts with a creamy malt, then a slight spicy tang. Very crisp and dry. Soft and drinkable. Mouthfeel similar to champagne.

PintPiner, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of washingtonydc
4.4/5  rDev +5%

It's July 21st, the national holiday of Belgium--the day in 1831 when Leopold I donned the crown as the first king of Belgium. Of course, this doesn't prevent the Flemish from celebrating their own day earlier in July to mark the defeat of the French in the 14th century. Nor does it prevent the Walloons from celebrating in September to mark the defeat of the Dutch in 1830. But Belgium, somehow, balances this--this accidental unity as a sovereign nation comprised of disparate factions.

This of course, is by way of introducing Saison Dupont--a beer that, like Belgium, has much going on, but in the end, is perfectly balanced. Poured from a caged and corked 750ml bottle, it appears like a hazy golden fleece capped with a thick, supple white head. It gives off aroma of yeasty breads and tart fruits--grapefruit and lemon--and finishes with a hint of sweetness. The initial taste is also of bread, but is soon given over to grass. Just as a faint tinge of barnyard enters and promises a full-on funk, it's quickly balanced by a malty sweetness. Then, like that, it finishes cleanly. The finish is like a kiss of cotton candy: a little sweetness dissolves into crisp nothing. It has a light, refreshing mouthfeel with strong carbonation. Its drinkability is impressive--only 6.5%, this can be enjoyed in lengthy sessions, whether sitting under the sun or holed up inside.

Saison Dupont is a standout Belgian beer not just for its taste and quality, but also because it characterizes the nation itself--never straying too far into one camp (whether it be funk or sweetness, Flanders or Wallonia), it somehow travels down the middle in an impressive balancing act.

washingtonydc, Jul 22, 2010
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

One of my go-to beers, a classic. Tonite I am pairing it with a true farm dinner, sourced 100% locally from produce I helped to grow and harvest.. Enjoying this brew as it was originally intended, a refreshment for harvesting farmers, is a real treat. The smell and flavours really came alive for me to the point of inspiring a review!

S - Poured the saison from a 750 ml bottle into a *gasp* 32 ounce mason jar. (I've had this beer enough times to experiment like this.) Folks, this opened the beer up like I've never experienced before! Lemon in the front then faint floral notes. A soapy scent followed.

A - A good head that held up a bit for such a wide vessel. Before settling totally as just a few bubbles lacing the surface of the drink, it was light and frothy. Cloudy golden and amber hues, the shading a bit light towards the bottom and sides of the glass.

T/M - Nice and balanced carbonation at every sip.. truly refreshing. Ever so slightly bitter but then, and I'm sure it has something to do with what I am eating (mostly potatoes and green beans), it opens to a lovely, creamy mouthful and taste. Nothing lingers, again, making for a really refreshing beverage.

missdawn, Sep 20, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +6.7%

This was suggested as a 'beginners Saison' as I am just getting into the style and I was quite impressed.

A - A very light hazy straw color with a good amount of fluffy head with good lacing
S - Spicy and yeasty with some grass in the background. Very appealing and seemed to be in style
T - A good mix of spiciness and sweetness. A little dry but refreshing.
M - Crisp and light. The carbonation made this very refreshing.
D - Very drinkable. I look forward to this again with the upcoming summer. A bottle won't knock you over but set you just right.

Served from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

CaptKirkles, Apr 08, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

Been very interested in everything Belgium lately and a saison is perfect for the summer months.

Appearance - Golden color with a white frothy head that fades quickly but bubble persist. cloudy clearity to be expected.

Smell - malty notes push through like a refreshing summer breeze. Can really smell the yeast.

Taste - Lemons is the first thing that comes to mind. Wild yeast flavor is very present and appealing.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and smooth. Again refreshing.

Overall - Fantastically refreshing beer. Perfect for summer.

orock25, Jul 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

woodmike, Jun 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

fakehat, Jan 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

maddox716, Oct 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Maceyka, Jan 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

code2driver, May 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

WandaMarie, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Brewji
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%

I know the season is over, but I didn't have time to write about this particular saison, which I ended up snapping up in the early Fall.

My girlfriend and I headed to Spud Shack Fry Co. for their delicious poutine, and because they have a selection of beer that isn't a plethora of North American econo-lagers. I don't normally review food in blogs, because I would look like a disgusting pig after the first month of posts, but the fries at Spud Shack are definitely worth a go.

The best part isn't actually their poutine (which is superb), but rather their custom dipping sauces. They have their own version of bacon mayonnaise which combined with their gravy and the Saison Dupont (ABV 6.5%), makes a human feel like they're in heaven.

From Brasserie Dupont in Belgium, this seasonal brew is raved about by hipsters all over the place. I think that this time, their thick-rimmed glasses and moustaches have got something right. But my average beer-appreciating personality will put Belgium's "finest" saison to the test:

The beer pours a beautiful golden colour, and has a crisp 1/4 inch of head that does not dissipate quickly. The aroma of citrus, and maybe melons? Maybe even banana peel? I don't know, but it's quite the mix.

On first sip, a little malt at first, then a little spice, and then the fruit kicks in. It's a smooth curve of tastes that flow one into the other. None overpowers the other, but each is just right. It's a delicate balance, and it's done quite well.

I thought that Granville Island did a good job with their saison, but then I tried this. This wins, hands-down. Comparing this brew to the saison from Granville Island is like comparing Pavel Bure to Mason Raymond. To each their own, right?

In the end, the suspender-strapped, vinyl-wielding hipsters were right. The Saison Dupont is the home-run of the Saison class. If you haven't had a chance to get your hands on one this year, stick around for next year's run! It's worth a bottle or two.

The Saison Dupont gets a cooler-than-cassette-tapes 9.0 / 10 -- or for those on BeerAdvocate, a 4.5 / 5

Brewji, Nov 28, 2013
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4.79/5  rDev +14.3%

THIS is what beer should always taste like. Smooth, flavorful, but always crisp and refreshing at the finish. Very strong, fruity and citrus flavors up front, mixed with a heavy wheat body. The finish is pure summer hefeweizen. The Belgium people know beer like no other. I am in awe of this simple, yet powerful, brew.

tomakeanend, May 22, 2013
Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 3,283 ratings.