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Foret - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

714 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 20
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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 augustgarage
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Troubadour tulip. With the time change and mercury rising into the 80s, I would say Spring has sprung - time for another saison.

Mikado yellow with amber highlights, cloudy and coated by a thick flurry of ivory which comes to a firm point of merengue in the center of the glass. The lacing looks like a zen painting of falling snow. Superior retention.

Raw milk, lavendar, wildflowers, along with a faint sour note, and a heaping pinch of coriander and pepper in the nose.

The yeast is center-stage on the palate: funky, tart, and spicy all at once. Some sweet clean malt adds balance, but is washed away in the finish by the cleansing light bitterness of hops and the zesty spice from the yeast. Faint "barnyard" elements filter in and out, adding complexity.

Rich, creamy, medium-bodied, effervescent, and zippy all at once. Quite refreshing, a good balance between rustic and refined - another solid ale from Dupont.

augustgarage, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle at the Winking Lizard.

Looks great. A nice orangeish brown beer with a huge head of fluffy foam.

Smells of yeasty esters and slight malt. Yeast gives the impression of banana, green apple, clove. Earthy hops and some spices as well. Smells like it's going to be sweet. Really nice nose on this one, but lacking the complexities of other saisons I would rate a 5.

Taste is good. Nice mild brett gives just enough depth and is wild without being sweaty horseblanket hair over the top funk. Yeast gives some great flavors - coriander and clove, green apple and lemon, and some great earthyness that holds this down. Hops are present and grassy. Malt is light and slightly bready.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice carb and sufficient body for the style.

Overall, this is a good saison, but Dupont does better and this is more of a nice gateway. It's a real saison, not some filtered chick beer from a macro masquerading as a saison. But it's not the best out there. The regular Dupont and the Avec are much better. Drink but do not seek.

jampics2, Mar 09, 2010
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 macpapi
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml green bottle.

Foret appears a hszy orange-yellow color with a nice and full white head. There is quite a bit of rising bubble activity in the glass and a very nice lace.

Crisp malty aroma with hints of funk and pepper. There is a very strong presence of citrus (mainly orange) at the back of the smell.

Taste is full, crisp and malty. There is also a good deal of citrus, hop and funk here. Peppering spices are very prominent as well. Quite a bit going on here.

The feel is a mix of good malt balance to go along with hops. This is a full-bodied and complex beer with a nice presence.

Overall, this is a very nice and flavorful beer. It has a lot of complexity and balance. At the same time, it isn't overwhelming alcohol wise. A really enjoyable beer to savor on many occasions.

macpapi, Feb 28, 2010
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 hwwty4
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a corked and caged 750ml into my Hennepin globe. This beer pours a hazy butternut squash with a massive 4-inch fluffy white head that lasts for days and leaves lacing for miles. Brasserie Dupont really knows what a Saison is supposed to look like and how to craft a Saison to look exactly like what they want. The aroma is rather intense. Sour green apple skins mixed with pear, a bit of grassy hops, and lemon zest. Also whatever strain of yeast was used put off some serious spicy notes with lots of white pepper, a bit of coriander and a bit of clove. Probably the most unexpected component to the nose was the amount of banana that was present. When my wife took a sip it was the first thing she noticed. Makes me wonder if there is some kind of connection between a hefe yeast and the one(s) that was used to ferment/condition this one. The flavor is just as intense as the nose. Big, bold flavors are abound but equally work well meshed together. Big spice up front, with coriander, clove, and white pepper. Lots of fruit presence. Lemon zest, orange peel, green apples and over ripe pears. The hops definitely take a back seat in this Saison but there this just a bit of grass and hay. Also there is a bit of earth and funk along with it. The last component is just a bit of green bottle funk that actually adds another layer to the complexity of this beer. The mouthfeel is light, with a crisp carbonation finishing with just a bit of dryness. This is a great beer. Dupont really knows how to make a Saison.

hwwty4, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ormsby's in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of musty pears and green apples with good amounts of pepper-like spices. Also present are mild amounts of bready malts.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Bready light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by earthy and slightly tart pear and green apple flavors. Midway through the sip good amounts of spices enter into things and carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid saison but nothing really stood out. Not worth seeking out but definitely worth a shot.

glid02, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of bminor7
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 from who knows where, have had this one around a long time.

A - slightly hazy straw color. craemy foam settles to edges but remains stable.

S - weizeny wheat, light citrus/banana scent. a bit of fruity funkiness in there too.

T - light malts. tripel-like in complexity without the strong ABV. sweet fruitiness. a sourness exists also. candi sugar detectable. a good balance and example of the style. hops are faded from age.

M - crisp mouthfeel.

D - good, accessible yet delicate malt and hop flavors. fresher, would be even better for a hop-head like myself. but I won't knock it since I'm the one that waited to drink it anyway.

really well-rounded beer! definitely worth revisiting.

bminor7, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of gatornation
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden wheat semi-hazed color with a fluffy white head that does recede with sticky lacing..the smell is clove,apples ,pears and pepper and spice nothing strong just pleasant the taste is good its a fruit and clove start with other fruits like plum and fig followed by some nice hops and malt and yeast..i found this to be highly drinkable and a tasty saison that was well balanced and flavorful.. a nice place to start for a Belgian for a first time or to revisit as i do from time to time

gatornation, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of caresville
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- amber, goldenrod pour with a carbonated white head. tiny bit of lacing.

s- pears, oranges, nutmeg, cinnamon, blades of grass, straw, yeasty also.

t&m- almost tangy, very orangey, tad bit of hops. hard to put my finger on the exact taste. if i could fuse potato bread, with oranges and a tractor full of straw and hay, this would be it. sounds weird but its very appealing to me.

d- pretty easy going down for 7.5% i like this one alot. im drinking it at room temp right now and im really looking forward to the next one being chilled. good beer to slowly introduce people into the vast world of delicious belgian beers.

caresville, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of jneiswender
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Served at fridge temperature.

A-Creamy sponge head, cloudy lemon body.

S-clove, lemon, black pepper and spice.

T-bubble gum front, spice, hop bitterness in the finish.

M-highly carbonated.

D-great food beer. However, maybe too assertive for drinking by itself.

jneiswender, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden body wiht a gushing, sticky head. Earthy, dirty, woody are among the aromas I noticed along with some funky yeast and both sweet and sour fruit notes like grape/cherries and citric. Really light and sweet the beer passes over the tongue smoothly. A light sugar sweetness combines with mild fruit notes like citrus and grape for a well-balanced ale that has a tad sour, dry backbite that perfectly complements the drink. A great beer to sip.

clayrock81, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of irishking1977
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy gold. A gigantic white head with ample lacing. What a Saison should appear to be.

S: Woah. Smells like freshly cut grass. That's the first thing I thought of. Upon further inspection, there is also a hints of lemons and yeast.

T: Very sweet and citrusy with a slight bitter finish. Mild fresh baked bread quality at the finish as well. Very nicely balanced.

M: Highly carbonated and slightly slick, creamy and oily.

D: One of the best saisons I've had. A good brew as a summer quencher, yet strong enough for the colder months as well.

irishking1977, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of ClavisAurea
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small bottle in a snifter glass

Appearance: honey amber with a thick head

Nose: peppery, complex and spicy, pears and apricots

Taste: peppery, hops bitterness, watery to begin with, as it warms it matured into the Saison style I love with alcohol notes

I started reviewing this beer when it was still fairly cold. Wait for it to warm up a bit and enjoy.

ClavisAurea, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second Saison, and first true Belgian one.
Has a light gold or dark straw color to it and has a head that if poured correctly is nice and large.
Smells like a lager but a good one.
Tastes like a good lager, well made even if it is not made the same way. Has an apple ester taste.

I like this beer a lot and would drink it again.

Spineypanda, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of Telix
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes. I had this on draft at Birreria Paradiso in DC a few months back.

A: A cloudy, soft peach color with a thin, bubbly head that dissipated fairly quickly.

S: Mildly fruity with pear and peach aromas, no acid to speak of.

T: A very light feel in the mouth, with crisp light bitterness. This gives way to the creamy fruitiness.

M: Creamy, effervescent, nice enough but nothing exemplary. It's not too present in the mouth.

D: Very drinkable, excellently refreshing, crisp and fruity. Nothing mind-blowing, but solid.

Telix, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked & caged.

Farmhouse funk exploded into my nose as soon as I popped the cap. Grassy hay, maybe some Saaz? Smells big, funky awesome. Poured a cloudy orange with a puffy white head.

Taste is a bit more refined. Nice farmhouse funk, but not overpowering, with a clean kiss of hops. Imminently drinkable, thoroughly enjoyable. Good beer.

RockyTopHeel, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of kpoole25
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle had a pretty good layer of dust on it at the local wine/beer superstore. Bought it anyways since I've never had a farmhouse ale. Poured to glass. Gentle pour brought on a thick white head. Very aromatic but hard to pinpoint what I'm getting, maybe some yeast and funk, a little sharpness that I like. Very unique flavor, but again I like it. Mostly getting malt and a little sour, a little starchy flavor, but not the sweetness I thought I'd get, finishes quite dry. I wouldn't consider this a "big" beer but I get almost no alcohol flavors despite being 7.5%, quite a trick. This was very interesting, I'd like to try more of this style.

kpoole25, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
2.4/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1

750ml corked and caged bottle (green, sadly) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy orange-gold body beneath a lofty head of white foam; mediocre retention and wet, spotty lace.

S: Huge wave of skunk follows directly upon the removal of the cork (digression: I got this bottle as a replacement for two consecutive skunked bottles of Saison Dupont; I know for a fact that the store stores them properly, so I have to chalk repeated defects up to the brewery's ridiculous choice of green bottles; hence, I'm going to review this third bottle from them as is). Skunk fills the room and lingers far from the glass; direct inhalation from the glass only augments the torture (although it does suggest that were the brew not skunked, it might smell damn good).

T: Light spice, fruity Belgian yeast, and a richly complex aftertaste that dies away into a bitter, skunky finish. This has potential to be a truly amazing saison, but delivers only a disappointingly mixed result.

M: Smooth, medium body, and a huge amount of lively, refreshing carbonation. Very nice.

D: This is a chore to make it though, both because of the skunk and the disappointment that accompanies it. It really flirts with being a drainpour - but it does taste acceptable.

Notes: I feel kind of bad reviewing a beer I know to be off (which is why I declined to review both of the Saison Duponts that led up to this); however, upon further consideration, I've decided that importing a beer in a green bottle is just asking for skunk. Therefore, I've decided that this bottle deserves to be reviewed - and if I ever come across another skunked bottle of SD, I'll review it, too. Please, please give the green bottles a rest. This skunkage is not a coincidence.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Dec 06, 2009
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 fightingwords
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle stored very carefully.

A--slighty cloudy golden color, big chunky white head, fizzy and sticky.

S--bright yeasty nose. Smells of esters and earth grains. Slighty tart but no barnyard here.

T--surisingly fresh tasting. Good malt character, sweet fruit almost like a pear,a little spicy with a classic tart finish. Get an herbacious and dirty after taste not uncommon with the style.

M--full bodied for a saison, crisp feel highly carbonated. The finish is slow but I don't find it annoying.

D--very good. Interesting drink, evolves with every sip.

Very sturdy and impressive for being aged so long. Have had this many times all of varying ages and it drinks as well at 2 years as it does at 6 months. This beer is a classic.

fightingwords, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of erz316
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 floz bottle into la chouffe snifter

brownish dark orange body with a bright white head of one finger. quite turbid, good lacing. sweet fruity smell, malty and a good yeast portion, but lacking some potency. has some really dry ethanol alcohol taste in the finish, but the overall taste is like a less juicy tripel: it has the same sweetness, but less of that yeasty body. the aftertaste has a big bitter component that lasts a couple of seconds; tastes likes bitter astringent hops. good carbonation, and a well balanced body.

erz316, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of champ103
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange color. A huge rocky white head forms with great retention. A sheet of lace is left behind as the foam recedes.
S: Lots of layers in the nose. A huge funky horse blanket aroma up front that I love. Yeast, fruity esters of ripe apples and pears. Floral, grassy, and spicy aromas. All very sharp.
T: Funky horse blanket and yeast again. Fruity esters, floral, and grassy. A light bitterness lingers on. Like the nose, lots of layers.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, dry and refreshing. Just as a Saison should be. This is so easy to drink. The bottle is gone in no time.

Very traditional, and I love it. Dupont knows how to make Saisons. I highly recommend this.

champ103, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large corked and caged bottle, poured into a tulip.

Shiny golden beer, somewhat hazy, fluffy, thick white head with good retention and lacing.
Nice nose includes multiples fruits, spices, yeastiness, mild funkiness.
Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, easy to drink.
This is mostly dry, but has some tart and sweet fruit touches, peppery spiciness, grains and herbs.
Quite nice, complex and interesting, even though I am not a big fan of farmhouse ales.

brdc, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a stemmed tulip glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a hazy golden yellow with a thin cap of a white head that recedes quickly leaving a small ring of foam around the glass. At first sipping leaves some sparse lacing but soon even that is gone.

Smell: Aroma is subtle and definite with citrus (lemon), banana and apples along with sweetness from the malt all mingled together with spicy, peppery yeast and a touch of earthiness.

Taste: The flavors are mostly what would be expected from the nose. There is a peppery yeasty character mingled with fruity citrus and some sweet and spicy herbal flavors.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium-bodied and softly creamy with persistent gentle prickly carbonation. The finish is long with dry earthy bitterness predominating to the end

Drinkability: This may well be the best organic beer I've had a chance to taste. It has excellent drinkability. I could easily sit and have this beer all evening and will definitely be looking for this again. It may not be the best saison around but it will do nicely until that one comes along.

drtth, Sep 28, 2009
Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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