1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Foret - Brasserie Dupont sprl

Not Rated.
ForetForet

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

713 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 713
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 20
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl visit their website
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Foret Alström Bros
Ratings: 713 | Reviews: 446 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of zeff80
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, fizzy, golden-yellow color with a small, white, short-lived head. Little lacing.

S - It smelled a little skunky - not good - like a euro lager. Also, some lemon notes hidden underneath it.

T - It had a tart flavor from the lemon. Good Belgian yeast and light caramel maltiness.

M - It was sharp and fizzy. A light to medium bodied beer with a warming quality.

D - This is an okay saison. I did not enjoy the aroma, but it tasted okay.

zeff80, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting more from this organic version of a saison from the makers of the brilliant Saison Dupont. Unfortunately, this version disappointed me.

Although I sampled a long-stored and refrigerated bottle, the carbonation immediately brought up the yeast sediment and it poured a very hazy gold with an orange cast and billowing swirls of effervescent bubbles beneath a huge head of rocky off-white foam. The head retention was more than impressive (it held a small cap throughout the entire glass) and it left some excellent lacing (beautiful jagged rings and walls). Its candyish nose was quite welcoming, but a bit deceptive as the flavor was actually much less sweet, balanced by a bold hop bitterness and flavor. The mouthfeel was light and airy, and quite smooth with just a gentle caress on the tongue considering its zesty effervescence. In the flavor, some candyish and honey-like malt was over-shadowed by a brisk bitterness, leafy hop flavor, and a slap of spice. It finished dry with a mild, grainy-sweet note, a touch of light phenolic (plastic/smoke), and a lingering delicate spiciness.

NeroFiddled, Oct 01, 2003
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

awesome stuff, an organic version of the famous dupont saison. hazy goldenrod colored beer with a brassy glimmer and an inch and a half of frothing white head. i smell the sugar in this immediately, candy sugar in its rawest form, not all the way fermented out, but not too sweet either, a lot like a tripel on the nose, but the yeast is far more interesting. classic belgian saison strain gives the farmhouse profile without ever getting into the funky or weird zone. i highly appreciate the malt depth on this, its sturdy wheat, with some body, and again with a touch of residual sugar. a well refined yet very rustic ale, id love to culture some of this yeast for a brew of my own. great effervescence in the feel even though though the body is heavier than a lot of american examples of the style. yeast and sugar dual in the finish, this may change over time as we know these two ingredients are not stable together. great beer, especially for the price, props for being organic. even though its supposed to be the same, this is appreciably different (and superior) from the regular saison dupont.

StonedTrippin, Apr 09, 2014
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 nickfl
4/5  rDev -0.5%

nickfl, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -0.5%

RblWthACoz, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bronze (settles out nicely)with a 3 fingers+ fluffy white head. Great lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Apple skins, leather yeast & pepper, plus lemon as it warms

T: Sour apples, lemon, & peppery hops up front. Some fruityness & alcohol as it warms. Finshses dry, tart & lemony

MF: Spritzy & light. A little overcarbonated

Drinks pretty good, about average as far a saisons go, Goes down too easy during this colorado hail storm! A good effort, but a tad over priced $9.50 for 750ML bottle IMO

russpowell, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Wine source -enjoyed chilled from my Ommegang tulip, shared with tenderbranson69. The cork shot off like it was fired from a weapon and left a loud *Pop*! louder than any champagne uncorking I have heard and left a mark on the ceiling too.

The color is straw golden with deep hazed translucent clarity with thick unending creamy cap, it just piles up in the glass if not poured slowly. A musty smell up front with light mown hay and herbal dank earthy green hops with some malt which gives the impression of a toasted baguette. There is a slight fruit tinge from the yeast which brings along some melon and tropical fruit. A gentle malt tinge and spice up front leads to strong hoppy notes which are mildly bitter with heavy yeast presence and light tang w/ almost vinous grapeskin type tannin with a moderately spicey middle and moderately creamy notes with light tinge of dry malt. The light alcohol and super-high carbonation add to the mouthfeel and give it some levity with pretty dry finish and so gassy it almost gave me indigestion.

This saison is tangy/spicy with mildly hoppy noble flavor with slight melon and white grape from the yeast and mild tea-like flavor with the wheat taste coming forward mid-taste which gives a slight citrus tang and hint of grassy character comes in toward the finish with slight dustiness from the yeast and an almost cracker-like malt toastiness. Overall I enjoyed this beer a lot, a very good saison with plenty of that trademark DuPont character which is very fresh and has a nice hoppy flavor with plenty of drinkability to spare, it refreshes and the dry body is something I am fond of , pretty great for the style.

Slatetank, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: a hazy, straw-golden color, with a thick, cloud-fluffy-white head.
Aroma: big lemon, a touch of sourness, and seemingly a bit off...I'm getting suspicious already whether I have a poorly handled bottle...the floaties detected later only widened that suspicion...
Taste: hoppy, vibrant, with a crisp, citrusy flavor.
Light body, adequate texture, simple and very tasty, with that lemony aspect dominant. The pleasant, sparkling citric flavor rings through and out in the finish.
Oddly, though, the flavor lags off some, and begins to taste of cardboard, feels stale...again, I wonder if something's wrong...but that's not a major element of my enjoyment of this drink, in fact, it popped up, then receded, and I finished the remainder of this 750ml bottle with a lack of complaints.
Again, though, I found myself wishing that an "organic" beer would mean one that really tasted fantastic, not just pretty good.

feloniousmonk, Jul 06, 2003
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 Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Rifugium, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent with a banana/ clove aroma and a fruity Belgian yeast finish. The taste is good. It has a spicey pale malt flavor with a bit of pepper undertones and a slight hop character. It goes down smooth and finishes with a fruity Belgian yeast aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a fine saison. It is true to style and full of spicey flavor.

WesWes, Jun 20, 2004
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

mendvicdog, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer ours a murky yellow color with a small white head. Not a very attractive beer. The aroma is light funk with some strong citrus lemon notes. The flavor is lemon, funk, Belgian yeast and some nice sweetness. A relatively funky saison. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Mora2000, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cage-corked bottle - poured into a tulip glass.

Pours all head (white) despite slow, careful, pour. In time, the head descends - revealing a pale, clouded, somewhat lifeless (little in way of rising bubbles), darkish yellow body. For such a head, not much lacing sticks.

The smell is grassy, musty, lemony and honey-ish.

The taste is of honey sweetness with tart lemon. There is a metallic tinge and a mustiness leaning more towards mildew than barnyard. It's not bad - but lacks the lemony zest of Saison DuPont or other classic saisons. As it progresses, it gets a touch soapy. It has a slightly bitter-ish, but wet, finish.

Despite the head, the carbonation is mild on the palate, giving it a certain watery thinness, though the carbonation does become a bit more noticeable in the throat - not really a characteristic that thrills me.

This seems like a "wanna be" Saison Dupont (although - I know - same brewery). I don't know if "organic" has anything to do with it, but it is just a shadow of the true classic. Not bad, but unless you are really "green" no reason to get this with so many more satisfying saisons out there.

jwc215, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -0.5%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Straw color, slight cloudiness

Strong skunky aroma. Oh no, another green bottle. I'll try to evaluate this without that in mind. Unfortunately, I really cannot detect any other aromas. I imagine that the smell is deserving of a much better score than I can give here.

Again, the skunkiness shows up. Beyond that, this is a crisp ale with good malt flavor. Good body with very high carbonation. The aftertaste is very dry.

I'd love to try this in a fresher condition, it has hints of delicacy that cannot be perceived in this condition.

smcolw, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork Date 2003, Sampled April 2004
Pours brilliantly clear, and a full gold color. The beer is topped by a thick cream colored head that is produced by an incredible amount of carbonation. Aromas of grain and a floral characteristic reminiscent of a field of blooming weeds (both soft and sharp floral aromatics competing for attention). The taste is light and refreshing, with perhaps a hint of acidity in the finish. The ample carbonation prickles my tongue. There is a light grainy sweetness up front, but the finish is quite dry. Quite nice, with a good amount of character derived from the yeast. I get notes of pepper, grass, tropical fruit, pineapple, clove, and a herbal character. This is quite nice, light and refreshing with enough complexity to keep me interested in each sip.

Gueuzedude, Apr 08, 2004
Photo of Halcyondays
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy translucent orange-yellow, with a mild white head, but white extensive full lacing, nice to see.

S: Earthy notes indicative of this style, grass, hop resin, sweet malt.

T: Flowery hops and earth, maltiness is sweet and bready, some yeast complexity, mild apple. Standard saison flavour, good, but nothing too exciting.

M: Mild carbonation, fairly light-bodied for its alcohol content, creamy, rustic.

D: Another tasty if not ovrwhelming saison from Dupont, would be a really good food beer, I'd have again on-tap, but wouldn't pop the 9 bucks for a bottle.

Halcyondays, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

05/18/05- Purchased at Whole Foods in Sacramento.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a cool looking label I have always enjoyed looking at. No dating to be found. Poured into my Stone Levitation glass.

Appearance- Golden almost yellowish lemonade looking in color. Pours with a monstrous head which almost rises up and over my glass. Above average lacing here.

Smell- Very reminicent of other saison brews I have had in the past. Has that sour lemony scent, maybe the funky horse barn scent as well. Either way, I am learning to like this scent more and more.

Taste- Not as sour as expected. More of a sweet taste with maybe just a tinge of sourness. Tastes a bit more like a wit than a saison. Lots of spices (cloves, corriander) and lots of lemon and orange peel flavors as well. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation. A bit cloying and sugary, but still goes down nicely.

Drinkability- I've put off buying a bottle of this because all I've seen in the past was the 750ml bottles for $8.99 and upwards. Plus I have heard things to make me believe that this bottle was not worth paying the price and lacks the presence of better saisons. Well, I can see where they come from as this tasted a bit more like a wit to me, and it doesn't compare to Fantome Saison, which is my favorite saison to date, but overall it's pretty damn tasty and wouldn't mind snagging a few of these bad boys and putting them away for those nice summer family picnics or something. Tasty and fullfilling.

GClarkage, May 19, 2005
Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a thick foamy white head that settles into a thin lace. Fruity, hoppy aroma with a nice woodsy, pine scent. Very crisp golden ale with hints of apple, and pear up front with a nice dry hoppy finish. Very quaffable with the ABV very well hidden. Highly recommended.

corby112, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

orangesol, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Whole Foods Soma in San Francisco.

Pours a dull yellow colour, extremely hazed with decent weight and fine carbonation to the body. Head is a solid meringue of white, with some lemon tinged colouring to it. Overall, it looks very solid.

Earthy, aromatic characters on the nose. A touch of sulphur, some mushroom, along with sharped characters of sawn wood and resin. It's very pleasant.

Light, earthy entry again: mushroom, soil, but clean and brusque. Smooth mid-palate, with a clean, velvety character through the centre and some estery notes from the yeast. Finish is extremely smooth and supple.

Feel is amazing. Soft, smooth and light. Delicate but structural. Lovely.

Overall, this is a really gorgeous beer. Smooth, lovely and amazingly drinkable. It's velvety, it's caressing, it's calming. Wonderful stuff.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large bottle, with cork and cage. Pours cloudy orangy amber, lifting a massive white head. Good retention, dissolving to a tiny bubble film. Leaves much well scattered lacing. Nose of spice, yeast, corriander. Soft mouthfeel. A hint of a mettalic note. Otherwise typical saison flavors of pepper, must, earthyness and a nice dry finish. Love this style, but this take on it is just so so. Still worth trying and enjoying with BBQ, and summer fare.

Billolick, Aug 06, 2004
Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
90 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.