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Foret - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Reviews: 452
Hads: 763
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 26
Gots: 53 | 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 breakingbland
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a corked 375 ml green bottle into a Pilsner (it's all I had at the time while camping in the wilds of FL). 

Appearance: Poured a cloudy golden color. Big 2-finger, slightly off-white head that stays and actually keeps growing as it's fed by a very active fine effervescence. 

Aroma: Not much. But a slight bit of Belgian spice was detected. Maybe a hint of skunkiness.

Taste: Robust, sturdy maltiness with some Belgian sourness and spice. Some breadiness and caramel. The hops are forward in the form of a flowery presence and linger somewhat. (No skunkiness was detected in the taste.)

Mouthfeel: A medium-fine carbonation. Medium body. 

Overall: A nice, very classy beer. I'm a sucker for anything that's "farmhouse"! I prefer a little more funk and spice and less hop forwardness in a Belgian. This seems to be toward the "champagne" end of the Saison spectrum just as is their Saison Dupont. Foret is, however, a bit more robust than the Dupont, and for that reason, I'd get Foret again.  (1,014 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.11/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

C&C bottle opened with a nice pop. The pour is lively with more than half a glass of head which disappears quickly and leaves heavy lacing. The nose is funky! Plenty of sulfuric/skunky notes along with heavy cereal grains and a light lemony hops. The taste fruity up front with lemon, sugar, and grain. This is followed by a mellow tartness that provides a bit of a bite. Behind the bite is more evidence of the sulfur notes which leaves an off putting flavor on the palate. Mouthfeel is high with carbonation and moderate in the body department. Overall, this Saison has funk, but the funk is not in the form that I can enjoy. This is one that I will avoid in the future. (672 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 DenverLogan
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From corked bottle...poured into smaller duvel chalice.
Pours a gold color with significant head with lace.
Aroma of horseblanket, funky melon rind, slight sweet malt, sourdough bread and light Italian herbs.
Big carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of funky tropical melon rind, slight black pepper, amber malts, and field flower flavors, however you define them! When you get into the farm artisan styles of brew the relative quality of flavors and enjoyment varies...we each have our own expectations, desires and tolerance. This is a wonderful brew, and fresh from the brewery is lovely, but shipped here to Colorado it also is wonderful. Very different from the regular Saison Dupont and more complex...a challenging but lovely farmhouse type brew. (751 characters)

Photo of silverking
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a very hazy orange. The off white head is very thick with excellent retention and it leaves gorgeous lacing down the sides of the glass. It smells yeasty and musty. green apple and delicate hints of some tropical fruit as well. The taste is lighter than expected, and a little on the sweet side. The yeast is detectable, but it is toned down. It's sweet up front with hints of candied fruits that eventually becomes slightly tart. Fresh, juicy apple with a slightly dissapointing yeast undertone appear mid-palate. The finish has an ever so slight herbal hoppy bitterness. It has a lighter mouthfeel and the carbanation is pleasantly gentle. If you haven't tried this already, pick up a bottle. (703 characters)

Photo of VanHopper69
3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy golden with huge off white head that dissipates and leave some lacing down the glass. Lots of yeast smell in this one, maybe a little funk. Taste is light with decent hops flavor. Mouthfeel is light due the the abundant carbonation. Overall I've had better, but this isn't the worst. (294 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: overly huge, off-white head...crystalline, sticky, rocky, sudsy...at a glance, still...slow degradation - poured sort of clear, at first...sediment took over, rendering the golden ale so cloudy

S: sugar-coated dried fruit (pineapple, apple) - totally of DuPont - saffron-spicy, floral phenolics

T: musty, multigrain cracker - flowery/leafy, dirty-earthy - the stale-ish malt seems old or muted or not of the highest quality - can't get past the "off-ness" - tart and bitter citrus peel aftertaste, with some graham cracker thrown in

F: nothing to criticize too harshly here - has that soft carbonation and body, light effervescence - finishes dry and almost clean...a little grit

O: well, while this IS one of the better organic brews I've had, the green bottle (always on the top shelf, directly underneath the overhead bright lights) has to effect something while the quality of the malts come into question - otherwise, this compares favorably to the Saison Dupont - this is worth picking up, especially if you're the type who wants to support organic products (1,070 characters)

Photo of Beelzebeer
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

250ml bottle, dated 11/10/10. I bought it summer of 2012, so that gives me nothing.

A - Pale straw yellow, thin bubbly head, keeping with the style

S - Funk, wheat, booze

T - Less funk than in the taste.. Similar to an imperial wheat with some funk, and some bitterness. But with a thinner body.

M - Medium thin feel with a little too much carbonation. It's overwhelming the taste.

O - Pretty good! I think I'm getting more into saisons. (445 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Cork says 2010.

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a full inch of white head that retains quite well, taking its time to reduce to an 1/8 inch head. Fluffy non-resilient lacing.

S- Lemony aroma that's slightly effervescent and has notes of hay and barnyard. A bit skunky but that's to be expected considering how long it's been sitting in green glass.

T- Has a typical saison flavor but is toned down in the yeast department. More of an alcohol-tinged sweetness on display. Somewhat glassy flavor and a tad bitter. Also some spice in the aftertaste.

M- Very crisp and tight. Bursting with high carbonation and a light body.

O- Very good but not the best I've had from Dupont. I feel like the alcohol is too noticeable. (773 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Slightly cloudy, orange-yellow pour, with a fluffy white head that retained well and coated the glass with lacing. Flowers and lots of wet funk in the nose, pale malts, Belgian yeast. The taste wasn't nearly as funky as the aroma led me to believe it would be, floral, grassy, light toasted bread, sweet with honey and pale malts, notes of citrus and light spice. While the nose was a bit heavy on the funk, this beer was pretty smooth, light-medium in body, and quite drinkable overall. I haven't been impressed by many (if any) Dupont beers, but this one was not bad. (607 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange colour with a very large white head. Head fades at a steady pace, leaving lots of lace.

Nose contains yeast, some white pepper and some fruit- primarily banana.

Taste is very nice. Contains a mix of yeast with a slight hint of funk, fruit (peach, pear, banana) and some light spice flavours (a bit of clove, some pepper). A bit of grass. Yum.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Very smooth and soft.

Overall, quite nice. Another good beer from this brewery. (482 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$6.50 for a 33cL bottle. Almost fully-emptied into a Corsendonk tulip in one pour.

Pours a murky goldenrod blonde with a great big fluffy white head that has the consistency of loosely-beaten egg whites. Swatchy lacing.

Yeasty and peppery nose with standout clove and some light fruity sweetness coming from notes of pear and whitehouse cherry. Not as spicy as I'd expect, but subtle peppery spices are apparent. Has a golden ale character to it. Aged hops seem to want to break through, although this aroma is barely evident.

Some phenols and medicinal flavors are noted, and are somewhat disruptive. But, pear and banana and orange are just a few of the fruit flavors peering out over a very dominating farmhouse-style Belgian yeast. Lots of clove and mixed nuts with a hint of black pepper. A soft and mellowed flavor yields to a rosewater-like alcohol that carries the finish with a lump of light warmth. Some eucalyptus or cough medicine flavors in here, too. Foret isn't knocking me off my stool, but it's still pretty tasty.

Great mouthfeel includes the creamy-smooth texture of the body, a little bit of viscosity (which doesn't harm this particular saison), some crumpling carbonation that likes to spread the beer out in the mouth without tickling it, and a round and even swallow (complete with 7.5% worth of alcohol by volume).

Not too shabby, but I don't need my Saison Dupont to be Certified Organic. I still prefer the original to this take. (1,461 characters)

Photo of garuda
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy golden/orange, thin white head has little retention and little lacing.

S/T - Slight yeast funk up front, honey sweetness mid palate, finishing with a nice herbal hop bite. Some pine and lemon citrus as well.

M - Light/medium body, crisp carbonation and dry finish.

O - Taste and aroma seem subdued. I expected a little better from Dupont (352 characters)

Photo of MarioM
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a SN tulip.

A: Huge carbonation and white fluffy white head. Golden color with slight haze but the bottle was shaken up a bit prior to opening.

S: Smells slightly floral, earthy and smooth fruitiness. Almost like a Fantome at a distance. Once you get your nose in the glass its more phenolic with slight banana and very grassy, almost lemon grass.

T: Very refreshing, balanced with moderate spice and yeast character. Does not taste like a 7.5 abv brew, way too drinkable.

M: Dry and great lingering bitterness. High carbonation and slight alcohol warmth but definitely refreshing and drinkable.

O: A great beer but I do prefer the standard saison by Dupont. This has a more interesting aroma from a distance but very similar to its more common brother, the standard saison. I would still recommend trying this or making it your go to replacement for the standard saison when not available. (925 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Champagne style bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours pale pale yellow, almost white, with thick white foam. Grips the side. Citrussy smell an strong. Chalky. Taste is a thin wit, lots of citrus, very strong carbonation. Smooth, flavorful, and a mellow hop finish. Solid.

Expected this to be a wit not a Saison. (315 characters)

Photo of IsaacmanTX
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Poured from a 750 into a frosted mug (I know, but make due with what you have) with a thick off white 4 fingers of head.

Smell: The aroma is first and foremost a beautiful yeast, followed smoothly by orange zest, spice and coriander.

Taste: a tangy yeast forefront followed by citrus, a hint floral, and just the right sourness at the end.

Mouthfeel: medium body, perhaps a hint heavy, that is still strikingly crisp thanks to great carbonation that keeps this beer lively throughout. (I actually had to make 4 pours to have more than %60 of my mug beer instead of head)

Overall: this is, quite possibly, exactly what I am looking for in a saison. I would not hesitate to build a meal paired specifically for enjoying this saison to its fullest. (762 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip

The body sits a hazy pale yellow color with a thick two finger paper white cap. The cap is thick and recedes slowly. Huge sip marks line the inside of the glass.

Notes of earth, pepper, and grass hit me off the bat. Some underlying apple, pear, and dry straw. Very subtle, the grassy earthy notes are the most prominent.

Soft earthy notes and pepper throughout. An herbal/medicinal flavor through the middle with a light fruitiness in the finish before a drying rush. The finish is clean and crisp. This guy nails the style extremely well. Nothing overpowers, everything plays nice together. Well-balanced and refreshing.

Light bodied with high carbonation. Smooth feel, a tad creamy before a touch of prickly funk breaks through here and there.

Spot on saison. Just tremendously balanced in all facets. (834 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 printed on the cork. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 3 finger fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to thick cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big orange zest, lemon zest, pepper, coriander, earth, clove, pear, wheat, grass, hay, bread, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance. Taste of big lemon, orange zest, pepper, clove, pear, wheat, bread, grass, hay, coriander, earth, herbal, floral, and big yeast spiciness. Light wheat tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange zest, wheat, pepper, clove, coriander, bread, earth, grass, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor complexity and balance; very crisp and fairly dry finish; no cloying flavors at all. Great malt flavor to spiciness balance as well. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy, chalky, and fairly prickly and crisp mouthfeel that is excellent. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely world class saision. Insane balance and complexity of flavors; extremely crisp and smooth to sip on. I am going to have to revisit the normal Saision Dupont soon to compare; this is apparently the organically brewed version of that. WOW. (1,390 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful straw yellow with a little gold touching its edges. The head pours big, smooth and frothy, and it lasts, leaving short sticky walls of fat lacing on the sides. The beer smells big and funky, practically skunked, but very strongly of hay and barnyard funk. Lemon bread sits nicely below the funk, giving it an almost biscuity scent. The esters seem citrusy as well, but overall this smell is all about the barnyard funk. On the taste, the beer is wonderfully simple in its complexity… if that makes sense. The beer starts with a nice light fruit flavor that moves into the wonderful barnyard funk mixed with some light biscuit, before opening up into some lovely hay and citrus fruits with lemon, orange peel, and slight pineapple playing on the tongue with a nice light pepper. Mouthfeel is fiercely prickly and effervescent, but that works with this beer and helps to prepare the tongue for the thick lasting ooze on the tip while the back of the throat dries out and begs for more. Overall this is a fantastic example of a to-the-tee saison. It has all the hall marks of the style from the citrus, to the pepper, to the distinguished barnyard funk. This is worth a try for any saison lover out there, and for any beer lovers looking for a classic example of the saison. (1,300 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Vieille Provisions Saison Dupont Willi glass. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a two finger white head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, spices, floral, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, floral, grain, banana, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. This was a pretty good example of the style. Lots of the right flavors in all the right places. It did have a nice balance going on as well with the floral and banana aspect going on. I really wish this would have carried over into the aroma some as it was a little light. Worth trying if you are a fan of the style as it was pretty nice, but I wouldn’t make it my first. (835 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1517th Review on BA
Bottle to Stemmed Tulip
375ml

No bottle date
Purchased at Clems, San Diego. $7.99

App- A clearer looking yellow/orange/gold liquid. A big 3-1/2 finger white fizzy head that falls to a great amount of cling and lace. A good looking back lit and shiny beer. A fuller creamy and gold beer.

Smell- It really is more of a golden ale than a saison. More buttery and fuller withouth the yeast and spice background aromas. It was nice but needed more.

Taste- It was okay. Better than average. Its a big and thick golden ale with more thick malts and a bit of off lemon and a little bitter. Wouldnt really call this a Saison though. Needs to town down the golden and amp up the wheat/spice combo.

Mouth- Way too thick of a body on this one. A fuller medium with a somewhat medium carbonation. The residual flavors are malty and buttery.

Drink- I had heard good things about this but didnt live up to the hype for me. (933 characters)

Photo of Willytee3
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375m Bottle poured into red wine glass.

Large foamy head, pillowy, heavy lacing with 1 finger remaining throughout drink.
Pours a cloudy burnt orange.

Smells of pleasant grain, earthy and pungent with raw truffle, wheat and hint of flower and bread crust.

Tastes slightly sour, bread like and of brett. Touch of grapefruit bitter with small bubble carbonation that carries the bitter around the edges with a hibiscus like flower. Finishes on light grain character & sour gains as it warms up.

Overall a great organic offering that I like slightly more than the traditional Saison DuPont. (592 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to scott for hosting a mini-tasting and pulling this treat out.

a - brew poured a hazy yellow orange with 2 fingers of nice foamy head.

s - grassy and earthy. Some pilsner and lager malt smells.

t - tangy. nice. earthy with some orange peel.

m - smooth and easy drinker. lively carbonation. a bit fizzy.

o - this was a nice surprise. really enjoyable. tasty. would definitely have again.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from cork-and-caged 375ml GREEN bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stemware, yet again—hard to beat). There’s some bottling info, but I’m not sure what exactly it means (“L101010 15:21”) because to me that’d say October 10, 2010, but that doesn’t seem right. Bought this just about three or four weeks ago. Guess we’ll find out!

Appearance (4.5): The body is a cloudy orange-honey color, and very attractive, while the head pretty quickly gets up to about three or four fingers of very fluffy, bone-white foam that eventually dies out to a chubby disk of foam (looks like a very pale cookie) floating in the middle of the surfact, with an equally chubby ring around the edge of the glass. Some fat globs of foam constitute lacing in the form of rings around the glass. Very nice-looking beer, all things considered.

Smell (4.0): Classic saison. Like, the definition of. A good dose of white pepper, some coriander, apple- and pear-sweetness (but pretty subtle, really), and some yellow straw underneath for good measure. Pepper becomes more noticeable as it sits.

Taste (4.0): Nice spice and somewhat fruit funk lead the way on this beer. Not brett funk, but traditional-saison-yeast-straw-like-and-slightly-earthy kind of funk. Big difference. Spices are more white pepper, a little black pepper, maybe grains of paradise (which I could only say after having done the Ommegang tour about four times), and very light coriander. There’s a nice, surprisingly sweet, pear-like fruitiness that sustains the body of this beer, and it’s a very nice touch! Saisons shouldn’t be all spice and funk, so I dig it. The finish is medium-length, slightly spicy, slightly sweet, and JUST barely grassy in the back—well done. Just a little skunk, not bad. Nothing blows me away here, but everything is spot-on for the style.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Nice, active but smooth carbonation keeps the beer foaming and tingling as it goes down. The body is exactly medium- in heft, and it has a dry, slightly spicy finish. Very nicely done.

Overall (4.0): As with the taste rating, nothing about this beer REALLY blows me away but everything is done well, and very well at that. Classic saison, true to style (of the non-bretty varieties), and just very even-handed and well-done. Great job, can’t wait to try other Duponts in the future! (2,361 characters)

Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
90 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.