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Foret - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

726 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 726
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 22
Gots: 35 | 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 Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very enjoyable, and had the desireable yeast and carbonation characteristics of the other Duponts I have had. Refreshing and lasting peppery aftertaste. Somewhat sweet fruity and acidic, with a spiciness. Pours actively carbonated and significant yeast before settling. Amber.

Sammy, May 06, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

t0rin0, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with spice and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

djrn2, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

acurtis, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Thorpe429, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured cloudy pale golden yellow in color with a finger-sized head. A light amount of carbonation is visible and there are some yeast particles floating near the bottom of the glass. The beer has good head retention and a thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There are earthy and musty aromas along with some notes of spices.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some notes of fruits.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate. There is a little bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very refreshing and easy to drink. Not a trace of alcohol is perceptible.

metter98, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

GRG1313, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy goldenstraw capped by a three-fingered head that leaves several strands of lace

Smell: It took a while for the skunkiness to fade away but once it does, the aromatics blend bready and spicy tones with a stone fruit character

Taste: Bready flavors, up front, with honey and fruity tones (apple and pear) developing along with a range of spices (coriander and, to a lesser extent, cumin) and a hint of yeasty funk; in the finish, the honey offsets the dryness, creating a nice blend, along with the spices and yeasty funk

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: If only this beer wasn't packaged in a green bottle, it would be so much better; still a very good beer but it really is hindered by the skunk

brentk56, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Some beers defy styles and become legendarily world class on their own unique merrit. Duponts Saisons do this, and Foret is no exception

This classy Belgian Saison is bursting with a hazy glow of deep golden straw that draws excessive lace and retention. Sediments of yeast soon settle on the bottom of the glass and further fuel the appetizing appearance.

Aromas are chocked full of cantied fruits- juicy to the core apples, pears, appricots, passion fruit, and mild bananas are all well represented. Honey, powdered sugar, and sweet grains provide the perfect base for the fruits and spices from yeast.

The honey-soaked fruits continue in taste, along with the supple bready sweet flavor of pilsner malt and thin honey. The developing spicy and pungent earthy flavors of grass, herbs, white pepper, corriander, and light brine all give a rustic rawness to taste. Hop bitterness comes into play very late with almost an after thought of lemongrass and woody bark.

Early malt creaminess is exacerbated by the abundance of carbonation, creating an expansive and airy feel that culminates into an evaporative disolvance just before finsih. The beer seems to vanish just before the attempt to swallow, creating the epidome of drinkability and digestability. Absolutely effortless to the palate and stomach for a warming and welcoming session.

Nearly the ideal Saison that's sure to win over lovers of dry white wines and earthy Belgain Ales.

BEERchitect, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty yellow/beige color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma of bready yeast with some nice floral Belgian malt notes but not as many hops as the vieille provision. Taste was a nice combination between some floral Belgian malt with some bready yeast which also provided a slightly spicy finish. Full body with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Another great beer from this fine brewery.

Phyl21ca, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strangely pristine summer squash gold. Shouldn't a saison have at least some visible yeast? And shouldn't a Belgian ale contain more than the occasional, fine bubble? Doesn't matter apparently because Foret has a wonderful looking lid that does the style proud. It's closer to ivory than to ecru, is impressively rocky and is so sticky that it deposits thick chunks of pocked lace on roughly half of the available glass.

The nose is bold and beautiful with loads of sweet and sour fruit and a whiz-bang yeast strain that is some kind of spicy. It's odd, but this is the second non-hefe weizen that I've had in the past week that had banana esters in the nose. A bananarific, clovey, white peppery, complex aroma. What's not to love?

Foret is one of the more in-your-face saisons in recent memory. Not one member of the flavor profile is relegated to the background. It's as if they all got together and said 'everybody's equal here, now let's go and kick a little taste bud ass'. Tart apples and pears combine with sweet banana, intensely floral hops, the aforementioned spicy yeast and alcohol. That last one is a bit too prominent, but when there's this much flavor exuberance, I don't mind a bit.

I love the fact that banana is so noticeable; it's almost like a secret ingredient that puts this beer over the top in terms of originality and multi-fruit complexity. It'd be pretty cool if Brasserie Dupont used a hefe weizen yeast, but I seriously doubt it. Whatever yeast strain they used is impressively peppery; my mouth continues to buzz long after each mouthful has gone to its reward. I'm sure the hops, the carbonation and the alcohol have something do with that effect as well.

I can't quite put my finger on why, but the mouthfeel isn't quite up to the lofty standard set by the aroma and the flavor. There's nothing really wrong with it (light-medium, generously carbonated), it just isn't special. It hardly matters though because I'm enjoying the beer thoroughly with a 'merely good' mouthfeel.

Foret is French for forest, which should be easy to figure out due to the bucolic scene depicted on the label. It's too bad that this lively little Belgian ale doesn't come in 750 ml bottles like just about every other saison in existence (or if it does, it's too bad that I ended up with this puny 11.2 ouncer) because it's a corker of a beer that disappeared waaay too quickly.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

ygtbsm94, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

jaydoc, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a hazed golden straw color with a huge, rocky, white head.

S: There's a touch of skunk up front, but after the first sniff or two, I don't get it anymore. Lots of peppery phenols and spices. Mildly floral with some light fruits such as apples and lemons. Quite a bit of yeast with a bit of bready malts.

T: Sweet bread up front which is accompanied by a very strong yeast flavor. Some earthy funk with lots of grass. Mildly floral with a touch of tart lemon and lemon zest. Moderately spicy with plenty of pepper notes.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Of the Dupont saisons, this is probably my favorite. Nicely complex with lots of good flavors.

womencantsail, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured for me as the Farmhouse in Emmaus. The beer was a nice golden color, hazy and not see through at all. The smell is a little funy but its mostly grainy and has a light amount of hops. The taste is also grainy and has a nice amount of Belgian yeast on the flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated, leaving just a light bubbly bite on the tongue. Overall I found this to be a pretty good Farmhouse Ale.

Knapp85, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - $8.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out an effervescent, clouded, rustic orange body with a large, lasting, oh-so airy, white head.

Smell: Soft, sweet-toned barley with a hint of honey-coated cookies and fresh Also some notable notes of both spice and flowers.

Taste: Ah, the gentle taste of sweetish barley featuring notes of cookie crumbs, white bread, and wildflower honey. Hint of orange and lemon citrus flavors begin the emerge. Slight, slender florals welcome in a light spiciness though very, very little bitterness. Finishes quite crisp and somewhat sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Keenly drinkable like the standard version, though, I would say this is just a tad sweeter. Usually, Saison Dupont is my go-to beer for Thanksgiving dinner, but I thought I'd mix it up a bit this year. It all worked out well, I'd say.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really liked the nice golden color of this ale,with nice big rocky head that left nice lace.Very fresh and citruisy smel with a little yeast in the background.Fresh taste with some hoppiness to it,thirst quenching and very easy to drink.I do believe this is a organic ale wich makes it even better.

oberon, Feb 27, 2003
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice, mellow saison. Cloudy straw-colored, pillowy white head. The nose is similar to the taste; dry, citric, some yeasty funk in the background. Much heavier on the malt than the hops. Sweetness comes out more as it warms up. Not the most complex saison out there, but very drinkable stuff - pretty light and easy on the palate, but still very flavorful.

largadeer, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orangy tone, plenty of sticky foam that laces the glass well. Smell is of sweet candi sugar, earthy cannabis, and peach or apricot.

Tastes slightly sweet, countered by earthy herbal notes, drying in the finish. Mouthfeel is slightly chalky, but effervescent, and more "wet" that Saison Dupont. A distant, muted relation to Fantome. Very drinkable, perfect for a sunny day outdoors...

2008: 11.2 oz. bottle. Seemed a bit more thin, bland and metallic that what I remember from the 750 bottle reviewed above. There was a sweetness and alcoholic dryness to it, but it was missing the subtle fruit mentioned above.

emerge077, May 06, 2007
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

JAHMUR, Jan 04, 2012
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Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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