Foret - Brasserie Dupont sprl
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5/5 rDev +24.1%
This is a wonderful beer to enjoy on a nice summer day. Especially after some time in the garden, similar to the farmers of age that the saison was often brewed.
It bursts with beautiful Saaz hops, overwhelming the senses before you even get to a glass. It is sharp and herbal, with wonderful hop aroma. The basic malts of this saison are perfectly balanced with adjunct sugar, and the bitterness is well suited for the fruity, spicy and earthy characteristics of the yeast.
This beer really demonstrates a restrained and sensible use of ingredients that many American brewers could learn from. It is powerful and pungent, warming and herbal, delicate and complex.
Oh...and it is organic! = no pesticides and chemicals in the water that my homebrew comes from.
06-27-2011 03:14:51 | More by bahbhorner
5/5 rDev +24.1%
750 mL Bottle. Enjoyed this one with my Easter 2008 dinner: Roasted duck (marinated with orange puree and rosemary) with caramelized onions, saffron rice with peas, and a balsamic reduction, and rosemary sourdough rolls. Equally amazing with dessert: homemade sweet ricotta tart.
Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass, forming a huge foamy/rocky head. This beer is beautiful: the color of gold, hay at sunrise, and strong chamomile tea, with bubbles a-plenty rising from the bottom of the glass.
On the nose, this ale continues to unfold a plethora of offerings the longer I linger -- burnt sugar, caramel, grass and hay, almonds, cardamom, and (my favorite), boxwoods after a summer rain.
The taste picks up right where the nose leaves off: almonds, spice, white pepper, raw unrefined sugar and caramel, with a tart (almost mild citrus) twist. Superb!!
Nor does the palate disappoint: even thought the beer is slightly sweet on the tongue, the palate is cava-dry and bubbly. Wonderful stuff.
Overall: More, please!!! And, it's organic, to boot.
03-24-2008 16:01:44 | More by drperm
5/5 rDev +24.1%
Wow, I cannot believe how much I love this beer. The perfect Saison. The spicy freshness of the hops really jump right out and refresh you with their bitter but smooth descent down your gullet. It is rich, smooth, and refreshing at the same time; no easy feat. The flavors in this beer are anything but subtle. They jump right out, but are followed by a very mellow aftertaste that balances it out perfectly. There's a lot of citrus and banana in this beer. It's very spicy and has a nice hoppy bitterness.
04-12-2008 02:01:57 | More by abriggs1
5/5 rDev +24.1%
Enjoyed at The Room, South Beach; reviewed from notes a couple hours later. Poured into two relatively shallow wine glasses for me and a female friend. Cloudy, sparkling gold with great head and lacing.
Aroma is outstanding - mostly a sweet apple and mango with just a little sweaty-sock character.
Taste - very impressive indeed. Redolent of apple cider without being sweet, also champagne grapes and a slight tartness. There's also a good bit of hop going on here, especially if you get a fresh bottle. Pepper. All the complexities pull together so well.
Mouthfeel is crisp and sparkling, without ever becoming heavy. It goes without saying that this beer is absolutely spot-on dry, but not at all chalky.
Drinkability is exceptional, as is this beer. It's so complex and substantive, yet feels so light and refreshing. I can't believe no one has given this a straight 5.0 yet. Granted, if I'd had this at home, alone, I might not have been inclined to give this straight 5s, so perhaps this rating is in part a product of the company I kept and general environment in which I sampled this beer...but I'll be damned if this didn't strike me as beer perfection.
I expected a near-clone of Saison Dupont, but this was not really all that similar, to tell you the truth. Foret is something else entirely...more peppery, a little more hoppy, and the really cool thing is, you don't have to search the world over to find a bottle. I can only imagine how well this will pair with a sharp cheese....in fact, I vow not to drink this again until I have a cheese that will do it justice.
Edit: I keep coming back to this, looking to revise my perfect score downward. I can't do it. In fact, I like each bottle more than the last. Easily the best organic beer on the planet. And, you think it's good by itself? Try pairing it with something. Which cuisine, you might ask? Pretty much any. Seriously. I even paired this with an authentic Key Lime Pie once, and it worked exceedingly well. Damn, it's that good....such a good "food beer" as well as an amazing drinker by itself. This is still the tightest (even though every bottle seems slightly different), most enjoyable beer I've ever had. There are many great beers in this style that happens to be my favorite, but *this* is the one I reach for when I'm really feelin' fine.
I should add, whether you get an aged bottle or a fresh bottle, both are very good in their own way. Really hoppy fresh, cidery with some attic quality aged. You can't go wrong. One of my favorite beers.
11-25-2007 06:58:49 | More by Patrick999
District of Columbia
4.95/5 rDev +22.8%
don't let the hazy, cloudy appearance fool you!! big head, and perfectly carbonated... this brew gives off the aromas that get my gears turning... i smell earthy, peppery, lemony.... even barnyard animally... i know it sounds wierd, but this one evokes memories of smells that remind me of the best days of my life... summertime, harvest time... goes incredibally well (in my opinion) with sharp cheese ( queso valdeon, 5 year cheddar, gouda, funky soft french stuff), chicken, pizza and everything else unsweet... def not an appertif. don't sleep on this one - especially when it's fresh
06-04-2007 03:35:15 | More by timtim
4.93/5 rDev +22.3%
Pours a cloudy amber color with a thick head, but not much lacing. Smell is amazing; grass, fruit, pepper, spices? I could smell this beer for hours. Taste is very refreshing, dry and very, very flavorful with a nice hop smack at the end. Each sips begs another. Mouthfeel is rich, very lively and rich carbonation coats the mouth nicely. Not a session beer, but the aroma and taste are so amazing, I could drink this every day, all day (I don't). A fabulous beer and fantastic representative of the Saison style; it doesn't get any better for me.
01-18-2009 22:26:14 | More by BeTheBall
4.83/5 rDev +19.9%
Hand carried back from the brewery by a great friend!
Dated 11/2007, L04137/4
cloudy and orangey-yellow with a few bubbles seen rising up to a nice creamy froth of foamy head in a thick layering with some medium sized bubbles. Nicely cellard scents, malty and yeasty. Silky with a bit of bite at the end from the carbonation. Perfect amount of carbonation. Wonderfully dry. Great flavors. Bit of chardonnay, touch of red apple skin and grape skin. Just such great flavor and feel.
03-20-2005 21:12:47 | More by shapudding
4.83/5 rDev +19.9%
Pours a hazy golden color with a thick and rocky white head. Nose is fruity and floral with a strong spiciness. Fresh fruit and ripe banana come though in the taste up front with notes of a bread-like sweetness to follow. There is also a bit of a citrus and peppery kick to it. Its quite smooth and refreshing. This is a great beer.
12-05-2002 15:38:58 | More by Morris729
4.8/5 rDev +19.1%
The first pour into my Speigelau wineglass created a froathy foamy white cloud that reeked of beautiful scents. Super tight bubbles grew up over the top of the rim. Herbal and full of nature, this Saison stays true to the cloudy tart one-of-a-kind taste that I love. Being a wine guy, this style of beer intrigues me - perhaps because the sentiment is that Dupont's original yeast strain is purported to be a red wine yeast that has developed over time.
The mouthfeel is gritty and real. Why filter out all the goodness. This beer is nourishing without feeling heavy. Particles of goodness were heavy on the last pour.
Overall - Fantastic.
07-04-2011 01:15:33 | More by kgwine
4.75/5 rDev +17.9%
Appearance- This beer poured a nice hazy, straw color with a huge, fluffy white head. Head retention and lacing were great!
Smell- Wonderful fruit aroma- peaches, bananas, apricot, lemon, coriander and maybe a hint of tart pineapple. Also a nice earthy yeast smell with hints of alcohol.
Taste- Very similar to the nose but with an added peppery spice and grassy hoppiness. A very nicely balanced beer.
Mouthfeel- A nice crisp, smooth body with high carbonation.
Overall- A fantastic beer that is very true to style. This beer is awesome for those hot summers as it is light and refreshing.
08-16-2008 16:41:41 | More by Beerbuddha
Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
90 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.