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Foret - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

709 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 20
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAngel on 05-03-2002)
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Photo of HardTarget
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml green bottle caged and corked, with 2.004 (don’t know what the . means) on the cork. Opened with a solid POP.
Aroma: Fruity, mostly apples, with a peppery spike, Belgian yeast, and a hint of horse blanket.
Appearance: Wow, that’s some head. Billowy, fluffy, starting to condense on itself forming a rocky landscape, clinging to the sides like it’s drowning. Body is a deep gold with a solid column of carbonation at the center of my Fischer tulip glass. Left clumps of foam on the side of my glass that look like I’ll need a wire brush to remove them.
Flavor: A mild malt taste, gentle fruit and pepper tastes, with a slightly funky finish, almost a cardboard but not unpleasant. Some alcohol tastes come through as well. Overall, a very subtle flavor, and somewhat like a wit minus coriander. I was expecting a more tart or sour flavor, but I’m not getting that.
Mouthfeel: Very bubbly, light-medium body, dry finish.
Overall Impression: Nice drinkability and I can see the refreshing qualities and can admire the mostly hidden alcohol. I was hoping for a more complex flavor, something really unique to help me identify “saison” in the future. All I got now is “wit – coriander”. Went well with my summer salad, a good thirst quencher.

HardTarget, Jul 19, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light, cloudy yellow body with a giant head that went down slowly and laced the glass.

Smell – Thick, powdery mix of spices in this one. The light hops are present along with some malt, but mostly this is dominated by white pepper and other light spices.

Taste – The malt flavor is there, but again is is overrun by a powdery mix of light spices that seem to drown out the crispness of the hop flavors. There’s also a lime/lemon flavor that doesn’t go well with the ale.

Mouthfeel – Nice carbonation in accordance with the style.

Drinkability – This went down slow. It’s light, of course, but dull and overly spiced.

RoyalT, Sep 04, 2003
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11 ozer from C'est le Vin.

Light.

In one word, this beer is just light.

It’s aromas are right on: honey, straw, herbs, citrus, wheat…but they are light. One has to strain their nose to catch them.

The taste is correct: Grassy with a well hoped bitterness and bite…but this too is too light and overly subtle.

The Mouthfeel too has the alcohol, grainy texture, and spiciness like it ought too only not enough.

This beer is just too light.

Appearance wise, I can’t complain. There is a rich light golden hew with a beautiful lasting white head.

Drinkability is quite high. This beer goes down rather smoothly and quickly.


This is a fine beer and there is nothing wrong with it. I rather enjoyed it. But really…there is no reason or me to buy this one at twice the price of the Hennepin when that Saison is so much better.

DaPeculierDane, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

VeganUndead, Apr 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

TheBeard89, Mar 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

NWHopinator, Mar 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

PG2G, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of Paige
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Paige, Oct 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Rollzroyce21, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of jwat
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

jwat, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of emceecue
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

emceecue, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I popped the cork off a bottle that had date of 2009. Poured it into an oversized Weizen glass.
Appearance: Orange center that yellows around the edges. Two finger head with very nice webbed lacing.

Smell: Sweet breads and a bit of dry green apple. Nice and earthy.

Taste: A little heavy on the bread side, this does get a bit better as it sits (and the yeast settles.) Nice hops. Simple, but good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but still a little heavier then other Saisons I've tried.

Drink: I'd go for their standard, the Saison Dupont before I'd pick this up again. Not bad, just not good enough.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of sneaks2210
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

sneaks2210, Nov 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

brandonld23, Nov 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

OKCNittany, Jun 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

mpenning13, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of rinhaak
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Whoa. This is one crazy beer, and I knew it from the moment the bottle was opened: very strong aromas, I have never encountered a beer that smells so much like marijuana. It was so strong and pungent, I felt as though I were in a coffee house in Amsterdam.

It pours a thick butterscotch hue with an enormous head. But you don't even have to put your nose in the glass to get the pot aromas. There are also hints of hops and lemongrass in the nose, but I had to concentrate to smell anything beyond the pot. The mouth still has a strong marijuana/skunkweed presence, though I also taste wheat and hops.

I congratulate Brasserie Dupont for such a unique brew, but I struggled getting through the one glass (I was happy to be sharing the bottle), and don't really ever want to drink this again.

rinhaak, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's during their Belgian Independence celebration. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy light golden color that reminds me of pear juice. There is a layer of fluffy white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Very herbal and super yeasty. There is a mild sweetness in the background.

Taste: The herbal notes from the smell are there, but the yeast really dominates. Slightly tart and just a bit watery. Not overly interesting, but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit thin with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this one was a bit too watery and not very interesting. The smell was better than the taste.

oline73, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml green champagne magnum with no freshness date to be found other than the year 2002 on the cork which I assume it was the bottling year.

Appearance: Has a hazed golden cider hue, crackling carbonation leads to a fallen head though the lace sticks around.

Smell: Raw honey maltiness, brash grassy malt and hops, and herbal / earthy phenolic, cellar mustiness and yeast aromas all over the place. Suggestions of plums and mint come to mind as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Fluffy crisp on the palate, grassy from the grain and withered hop flavour. Hop bitterness is there but seems bigger only because it joins up with some medicinal phenols and a yeasty bite. Vague spicing and more grain in the mouth. Warming alcoholic esters are in tow but not without some fruitiness in hand. Touch vinous and lemony middle to end.

Notes: A simple beer, I expected a bit more. Rough around the edges showing some withdrawn complexities. There are other Saisons out there that are better.

Jason, Apr 13, 2003
Photo of Kinsman
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cork year says 2010 so this one it at least 5 months old.

Dark golden yellow color with a big and fluffy white head. Fades down to a more manageable size pretty quickly and stays there for a while.

Upon opening bottle the initial aroma was full of of skunky ammonia note that made me suspect a bottle gone bad. However the skunkiness quickly subsided and left behind a more familiar barnyard funk that you get in the flagship Saidon Dupont. Light honey-like sweetness and some malt backbone can be detected.

Taste was surprisingly lacking in complexity. Malts provide a slightly sweet bready character and the yeast provides some funk and phenols with a peppery note.

Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a medium body feel and a semi-dry finish. Overall, Foret is not a bad Saison. The funk however does seem to overpower the malts and the beer lacks the amazing diversity of flavors you get from Saison Dupont.

Kinsman, May 10, 2011
Photo of neonbrown82
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a beautiful looking Saison. Pours into the tulip to a golden straw color with what seems like no head at first, but right as it nears the choke-point in the tulip a cascading head begins to foam up and fill out the glass. Quite remarkable. Very hazy to the light with no visible carbonation or clumps of sediment.

The smell is good, but seems as if it could be a little bit more full. It is quite yeasty and flowery. Sweet like candi sugar, and funky like a belgian farmhouse. It seems to open up a bit as it warms, but never seems to take off.

The taste is incredibly funky. Starts off sweet but ends up horse hair funky in the finish. Has a little bit of a bite in the finish as well, whether due to the alcohol, that yeasty clove flavor, or the hop. It gets much more fruity and estery as it warms a bit, but is still not too pleasant.

The mouthfeel is a bit thick and smooth. Finishes moderately dry. This would be much more drinkable if it didn't taste like I was licking a horse with each drink. The late-finish is quite sweet like Saison Dupont, as is the initial taste, but every part in between seems a bit too funky to be too highly drinkable.

neonbrown82, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of pitasoup
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours hazy golden yellow. sediment was slightly stirred and there are a few chunkies flating. nice two fingers of foamy white head that is slow to subside.

S: fresh lemons and sweetness. belgian yeasts, almost cloying sweet, candi sugar? wheat, caramel, and dust as well

T: similar to the smell, lemony sweet, then wheat, a bit of hay and yeasty cloyingness. nothing exceptional. perhaps a bit of honey

M: thin body. slightly astringent carbonation that fades to gritty dry, little lingering mouthfeel.

O: an ok saison, easily poundable. too malty for my tastes.

pitasoup, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of bonbright7
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have been trying a lot of Belgian ales and beers lately and this jumped out at me at the Whole Foods yesterday with its off beat label that was different from the others.

The first taste was not what I expected as the foam rose 4" and the first bitter taste made me think of Beck's on draft. The other flavors gradually appeared of malt, grains, and of course...hops.

I let it sit for a while and came back to it to see what a little oxidation would do.

Nothing happened. My surprise.

Still, it tasted pretty good and I think it would match well with pork chops or a bbq'd ham and a healthy side of greens and corn bread.

bonbright7, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of Cubro
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%

Cubro, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Fugazme
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured well. I liked the thick, creamy white head that lasted throughout. Excellent lacing.

Was a bright gold and pretty cloudy. Nice.

Whiff was somewhat average. Some orange and apricot with a hint of grain. Slight hoppiness.

Definite hops present on the palate. A tad tinny aftertaste and even a bit dry.

Fugazme, Aug 17, 2005
Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
90 out of 100 based on 709 ratings.