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Reviews: 452
Hads: 758
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 23
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAngel on 05-03-2002

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Photo of bahbhorner
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (763 characters)

Photo of drperm
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (1,047 characters)

Photo of abriggs1
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (506 characters)

Photo of Patrick999
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (2,533 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.95/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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 (588 characters)

Photo of BeTheBall
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (547 characters)

Photo of shapudding
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (483 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. It’s quite smooth and refreshing. This is a great beer. (334 characters)

Photo of kgwine
4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (642 characters)

Photo of ryandurka
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

smooth drinking 7.5 percent booze. i like it. nice for refreshing taste and light appearance. i love the bits of seasoning, which look like pepper, floating in the beer. tastes like a mix of a belgian blonde beer and a wheat/white beer. i would buy this beer again. i do recommend this beer to anyone looking to try something a bit different. i split the bottle 3 ways with my wife an mother and we were all super happy and enjoyed this brew. (442 characters)

Photo of kenito799
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Dark golden color. The foamy white head that is raised is monumental in scope, gigantic, rocky, leaving huge rings of foamy lace, as it slowly recedes an island remains in the center of the glass.

Aroma is beguilingly complex, sour, fruity, floral, fresh and lemony. Band aids...a touch of funk...bananas...lemons...cloves... a light, fresh complexity that is a fresh crisp counterpoint to the dark, vinous complexity found in the best quadrupels.

This beer hits the tongue with a full-on flavor assault, equal parts tart and bitter, yet with an underlying sweet fruitiness. At the same time it is light and crisp with lively carbonation that massages the taste buds, stimulating the tongue to accept all the flavor. Candi sugar at first, then banana, tart apples, grapefruity hoppiness and a long bitter finish of lemon peel and spicy, peppery cloves, alcohol heat saturating and pickling the tongue. This tart lemony finish makes this an astoundingly good food beer to match the richest and most strongly flavored dishes...I am dying for gooey gruyere-coated something or other.

A wonderful true Belgian Saison. I am really looking forward to exploring the other Dupont offerings. (1,229 characters)

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (595 characters)

Photo of roan22
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent, organic saison from Belgium. I love it with food, or without. And I love the label SO MUCH! It has to be my favorite beer label.

Appearance is a sunshine orange yellow color, with some yeast sediment and other floaties. Nice thick layer of foam, stays around a while. Nice lacing.

Aroma is a reviving fresh spicy citrus mixed with belgian funk.

Taste is a semi-tart, fruity, light effervescent ale...with a definite belgian funk note, required in a saison to be good. Also there is a subtle bitterness which I can only attribute to hops. No other saison can really boast this quality..Troegs Scratch 14 maybe comes closest. MM spicy pepper noted too.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Tops for all saisons, the bottle disappears fast! Does not disappoint in any way. Tastes very professionally brewed. Alcohol is a nice 7.5%..yet its crisp, refreshing even. Very drinkable for me, especially when eating!

Truthfully, whenever I dine out at fancier BYO restaurants..I always bring a saison in a cork and cage. Everyone from the waiter, to the surrounding patrons, is curious about what the bottle is..and watches me uncork, pour and enjoy this wonderful BEER. They are jealous that they didn't think to bring anything other than wine with them! Haha kidding :P

Similar saisons would Troegs Scratch 14, Saison DuPont and Southampton Saison Deluxe. Cheers! (1,374 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

cork says 2012 with a 9 below it, not sure what the 9 means. The month maybe? Either way relatively fresh. Hazy faded gold with a billowing craggy and sticky white head. Sweet melon fruits covered in honey dew, yeast, faint banana and bubble gum notes on the nose.

Soft medium body with brisk but fading carbonation. Sweet fruitness followed by soft honey and herbal flavors and a nice malty sweetness. There is a significant hop herbal hop snap that comes along on the back end of the tongue with a bit of alcohol and yeast bite that cuts the sweetness so briskly for a smooth and refreshing finish. A simple beer but with extraordinary flavors that go well together and flavors that come from both sweet malts, yeast, and hops. A lot of stuff working very well together. Super dry finish, very nice. (802 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250 ml bottle which states that the only ingredients are malts, hops and sugar and that this is nonfiltered organic beer.

White thin head which disappears almost entirely. Slightly opaque honey color.

Amazing citrus and apples, yeast, hops and sour bubble gum aroma that is just huge.

This beer is way more complex than James Joyce's Ulysses.
Bitterness overcomming the underlaying sourness, a touch of caramel and toasted campagnia bread. There is almost none of the fruit that was on the nose, which is replaced with a disarming earthiness. The alcohol and sourness are intertwined so that the 7.5% seems nothing but lovely.

The high acidity makes this beer relatively light on the palate and a joy to drink. (725 characters)

Photo of MikeReed
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A great beer from one of the world's best breweries. Nice Appearance. Perfect amount of carbonation and lacing. Lots of funk in the nose. True to the style from beginning to end. I can't think of a better organic beer. I will be revisiting this one real soon! (So many beers, so little time!) (292 characters)

Photo of nbree00
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful golden-orange color thats so cloudy it looks like its on nitrogen, deep creamy haze to it. I really enjoy the fact that many Belgians are unfiltered.

S: Smells of honey and a trace of apples.

T: A hint of sweetness up front, which leads to grassy pale malt and honey flavors, and a hoppiness that adds a particularly dry finish.

M: Feel is quite velvety with an almost creamy texture.

D: I personally find Saisons to be the most drinkable of the Belgians, and this one is no different. I could easily put back several of these. Witch is interesting considering its a relatively high 7.5% ABV, its also 100% organic how can you lose! (657 characters)

Photo of geexploitation
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours perfectly clear the first pour from a 750ml bottle, with a soft, fine white head that sticks to the glass. Very aromatic, with lots of fruity esters (orange blossom) and spicy notes (nutmeg) that match up with pale malts, styrian hops and a bit of a yeasty note. It's the Dupont yeast strain all the way. On the palate, big, juicy carbonation with fine, pin-prick bubbles fills the mouth. Hop bitterness is pronounced but not over-powering. Sumptuous fruits (oranges again) and a hint of bubblegum round things out. There are plenty of sweet flavors in there, but the beer remains dry thanks to the high hop content and the relatively light body. Spot-on for the saison style and full of delectable flavors, this is very good stuff. As a bonus, I'm not a big follower of organic beers by any means, but from the limited number of them that I've had, this is easily the best one. (884 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle (cork dated 2007) poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Foret is a hazy gold with lots of lazy steamers and a massive hite head that is very rocky as it settles, leaving heavy, chunky lace. Yep, this is what I envision when I think of my perfect looking beer.

Smell is strong noble hop spiciness, soft honey like malt and peppery dupont esters. Earthy and mineral laden.

Taste is nice, classic saison, dry and musty, spicy hops and esters. Dry, dusty yeast, but a nice malt backbone that some of the others lack, perhaps not the most depth, but so damn good. Super smooth.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, though not as much as some, with a medium light body and high effervescence.

Drinkability is very good. This is my favorite style of beer, and this is a classic example from the definitive farmhouse brewery.
I haven't had this brew in a while, and I'm really glad I revisited it - picked the perfect day as well, sitting in my backyard on a nice summer Friday evening with gorgeous weather. (1,016 characters)

Photo of hoplover82
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Saison, and I have to say that I am very impressed. I was expecting some stinky farm crazy beer, but I got this beautiful warm spring-like clean farm experiance.

A-Pours very hazy,(with some yeast particles) which is not bad imo, deep golden hay color with a creamy/rocky off white one finger head that does not dissapate at all and has great lacing.

S-The aroma is so beautiful I was taken back! Full of bright fruitiness like ripe peaches and grapes. Along with a hefty earthy/spicy hoppy nose which is always a plus in my book. Some sweet bread yeastiness in the back, but not too far in the back. Very complex and delightful.

T-The taste is much like the aroma but has a slight green apple bitter tang to it. Along with the fruit and earthy/spicy hops and that oh so sweet yeasty bread dough in the finish.

M-Very refreshing and crisp with a full body to boot! Slightly effervescent and dry in the finish.

D-Very drinkable indeed. I might go get some more of this along with exploring the style more in other offerings, especially for the summertime! But this is very delightful indeed. (1,116 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2002.
The ring is set with an attractive hazed-up golden with plenty of yeast flecks. Royal white crown as expected.
Nose is a three way battle between farmy funk, spicy zest and fruit phenols. Alcohol is the referee.
Round 1: Initially, the fruitness comes out swinging. Notes of apricots, pineapple and melon. Ding....
Round 2: Fruit is left with a swollen, bleeding eye as the bready graininess connects with a series of roundhouse rights. Ding...
Round 3: Spice dominates. Cracked black pepper and clove score tons of points on the judges cards. Ding...
Round 4: Straight off the farm, some yeasty, earthy hues struggle to retain the belt, and make an aggressive statement. They use a full arsenal of musty, animal-like moves. The other flavors may not ever recover from this decisive ass-whooping. Ding....Ding...DING.

The drying hops act as the trainer, as they arrive to wipe things up and provide a palatte cleansing dryness. Effective and assertive.
Middleweight in size. The crowd expresses its enthusiasm in the form of rapidly accending, tiny bubbles.
Replays of this melee will be shown again and again, as the drinkability never seems to decrease. (1,173 characters)

Photo of Filosoof
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is nice! Maybe the best blond I know.

L: a cloudy; golden look; great top with a solid top;
S: lots of smells to smell! Malt, Hemp/cannabis; touch of sweetness; spinach; flowery;
T: nice hops and malt; different taste elements I cannot describe: interesting! Wet stone (?), smoky. This a beer to explore...
M; great, round feeling, the just alcohol, all places of the mouth are being touched;
O: this is how a blond beer should be. That's why I give a 5 for overall/style.

I will drink this many times in the future. I'm sure! (533 characters)

Photo of cubedbee
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, no date evident, poured into a tulip, pours a hazy glowing apricot with a mammoth three finger off-white head which lingers for a long time, at least 5 minutes until it's subsided enough for a sip. Which isn't all bad, since the aroma is enough to enjoy on it's own, a pleasant earthy, yeasty, slightly spicey background, infused with all sorts of fruits, from mango to coconut to lemon to strawberry--it's wonderful and complex and slightly different with every whiff. Taste is absolutely brimming with that same fruitiness, a great light banquet of orange, melon, banana, berry, coconut--a slight bit of honey sweetness all giving way to a big clove and pepper spiceyness. Finishes with a lingering fruity yeast, making you want to come back for more. Medium bodied with a smooth and absolutely creamy feel, this is so easy to drink. I love the original Saison Du Pont, but this organic beer is absolutely superb, and I will definitely have to do a side by side tasting in the future. (1,001 characters)

Photo of Cresant
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my 400th review. Poured this 750 mL dark green bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Cork said 2005. The body was a pale banana yellow. Lightly murky on the initial pour. Four+ fingers of pithy white head left clumps of lace and remained throughout the drink. Murkier on the second pour.

Smell was a clean yeasty crispness. Apples and pears.

Taste was creamy yet clean. Lightly funky. Bright but not sharp. Granny Smith apples. Very well balanced. Very drinkable. Not the usual chalky yeastiness of many Belgian ales.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Both rounded smoothness and a zippy light sizzle on the tongue. A very nice Saison. (641 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yellow gold with a full white head and very active carbonation that leaves sheets of lace. Belgian yeasty spicy clove-like aroma and Saaz-like hop characteristics. Tastes much like it smells with banana flavor in the background and a peppery finish. Light-medium bodied with a dry finish and light alcohol tones.

Very enjoyabvle and would like to compare directly to Saison Dupont one day...

Label states: Organically Produced

Purchased: 12/19/03
Tasted: 11/13/04

($6.99 / 25.4 oz / 750ml corked and caged champagne style bottle) (542 characters)

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90 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.