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Foret - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

694 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 694
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 17
Gots: 31 | 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.

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Mistofminn

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle I got as the final piece to my mix six from Cellars, Roseville.

Pours a clear golden orange color with a large off-white head. A quick swirl of the last contents of the bottle, poured into the glass releases a very cloudy haze into the beer. Not a lot of carbonation going on. Lots of tiny pepper like floaties in there.

The nose is very yeasty and spicey. I get Belgian malts and hops, a nice citrus character, black pepper, a little bit of wheat or grain, and the lightest alcohol you could possibly imagine.

The taste is pretty much what you would expect, but a little more wheat-beer like than I expected. There is definitely a lot of (organic) wheat in this beer. Pretty unentertaining, not the typical farmhouse ale I'm used to.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, with a light lingering bitter aftertaste. Low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, a decent beer, nothing great. I've had far better Saisons but I've seen this around for a while now and figured (as I'm trying to be more green in my daily life) that it was worth a shot. I'll choose a different beer next time, but glad I got a chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 20:46:22 | More by Mistofminn
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jdklks

Nevada

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours an incredibly light gold that is bordering on pale white. the head is bursting with tiny white bubbles that disappear inconspicuously but leave a thick ring around the glass. the smell is of citrus fruits with a bready belgian yeasty smell that is pleasant, but perhaps over-bearing. something akin to banana is also apparent.

very interesting flavor. tons of multi-fruitiness, the combination of which makes the particular flavors difficult to grasp, but makes for an interesting complexity. banana is conspicuous by its subtlety (if that makes sense or is even possible). through the middle a mouth-watering peach and apricot sweetness gives way to a nice hop bitterness through the finish and well into the aftertaste that develops quite nicely on the palate long after you've taken a sip. a lot of spices are present, most notably clove, which isn't my favorite, but here it is done well, and is incorporated nicely with the other flavors.

the beer is exceedingly carbonated and very light. easy to drink, but unfortunately limited to 11.2 ounce bottles.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 04:47:39 | More by jdklks
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DawnL

New York

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale gold with lacing.

Soap bubble aroma - there's that banana.

Clove on the palate with a spice kick - like white pepper. It's actually reminding me a little of a Gruner Veltliner.

I like this brew.

Definitely drinkable - would pair well with oysters.

I was prepared for disappointment. I was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2009 00:08:55 | More by DawnL
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bold golden orange body, large fluffy white head that sticks around for a bit before fading away... nice spotty lacing.

S: Light lemon zest, yeast, wheat, grain, ever so slight alcohol

T: Clean lemon-yeast flavors dominate atop a grainy/wheaty body... not particularly funky/musty/earthy... instead its a very clean saison with a hell of a zing to it

M: Nice lively carbonation, light body and a dry, crisp finish

D: Top notch, very similar to the standard Saison Dupont, but perhaps a shade less robust... all and all, a refreshing saison that typifies why this style is a favorite of mine

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 17:14:18 | More by callmemickey
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with 2008 printed on the cork.

A - Bright, golden orange with a thick foamy white cap. Excellent retention with big chunks of lace left behind. Very hazy.

S - Surprisingly strong banana aroma with just a hint of white pepper backing it up. As it warms a strong wheat nose begins to come through. Belgian yeast is very present.

T - Very light and fruity with banana, lemon zest and some other citrus notes. A light spiciness is present as well.

M/D - Light and crisp, just like a saison should be. Very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 02:26:25 | More by ckeegan04
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with orange hues and a big rocky white head subsiding to a nice white lace.

Aromas consist of citrus zest, yeast, earthy notes, and clove and pepper.

Very nice palate featuring piney hops, citrus zest, pepper spice, and yeast.

Medium to light in body, with medium carbonation, and a nice dry finish with just a slight bite/burn at the end.

This is a tasty brew, great flavors traditional to the style, refreshing, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 01:10:36 | More by CHADMC3
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seanthornton152

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Belmont Station (best beer store EVER), 11.2 oz bottle, poured into KlienBrouwerij tulip glass.

Golden yellow body, light cloudiness, 2 thumb frothy head, head stays strong for a while then leaves a nice lace

Aroma offers - bread, spice, herbs, yeast; the aroma is wonderful, seems very fresh, reminds me of the early morning in farm country

Malts flavor initially, then yeast, spice...pretty funky, a light hop character, then a slight fruitiness on back of tongue.

Mouthfeel is thin, medium carbonation.

Wow! I believe my bottle is pretty fresh. This saison offers it all. Great Job!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 18:33:48 | More by seanthornton152
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml green bottle w cork and cage. cork is dated 2008. purchased directly from the case so as to avoid light exposure and skunking. tasted in mid-may 2009.

nearly clear golden straw honey color. first pours are relatively clear. big puffy white head, fades gradually to thin layer, constantly replenished by duvel tulip's laser etching. good lacing.

aroma is very similar to regular dupont. spicy, herbal, but also bready and malty. faint sulfurous note, but NOT skunk - more of a yeast and farmhouse note. very pleasant overall.

taste is maybe just a tad sweeter and fruitier than regular dupont. maybe less spicy? mild but pleasant phenols. moderate, crisp bitterness.

light to medium body, some astringency (from phenols?) into the finish, w crisp carbonation that also has moments of fluffiness and creaminess.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 19:12:00 | More by tai4ji2x
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect light yellow color with a small white head that sticks around and leaves excellent lacing. Aromas and tastes are perfect for a saison - lots of yeast and slightly spicy malt and hop balance up front. A ton of funk in the background - a strong "dirtiness" sitting in the back of your mouth for the duration of the drink. Feel is appropriate for the style. Really a big fan of this one - love the style, and this is a perfect, highly drinkable example.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2009 14:42:54 | More by soupyman10
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TheEremite

California

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on Tap at the Trappist in Oakland. Hazy yellow with a white head. Lots of hop aroma and a healthy dose of yeasty spice. Smells delightful. Drinks extremely easy for 7.5%. There is a substantial bitter hop/spice flavor that sticks in your mouth for a while. All said it's a nice beer. I would order it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2009 16:08:19 | More by TheEremite
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cudmud

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Produced about 2.5 fingers bright white foam that dissipated rather quickly. Poor to no lacing. This brew has a wonderful aroma of apples and pears. There is a huge taste of yeast, wich is followed by a pleasant belt of hops in the aftertase. This beer is quite lively on the tongue due a high level of carbonation. Overall, a highly reconmended brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 01:24:14 | More by cudmud
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adamette

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle purchased at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio for $9.99 into my Brewery Ommegang goblet.

A Great creamy white head, about 2 inches after vigorous pour. Body is an opaque brown orange body with visible sediment floating about. Great look, really. 5.0

S Grains, some malt and some spices. 4.0

T Really great, deep Saison with those malt, yeast and spice tastes. Hops are in the background as far as I can tell which is appropriate. This is a serious Saison, right on target for the style and delicious. There is a great distinctly Belgian yeast taste that I love as well. ABV is very well hidden to me. I cannot imagine this being improved. 5.0

M Creamy smooth head with a kick of some spices. 4.0

D Great. I will finish the bottle without any problem.

Notes: This might be my highest rated Saison (I did not check yet). Man am I glad that I found this at Heinen's. Anyone reading this who appreciates Saisons should seek this beer out, a real treat that would go with many, many foods but most especially some cheese and crackers, enjoyed with a view say from a balcony overlooking the farm where the grains were grown.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 03:29:58 | More by adamette
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy straw, pale yellow with a huge rocky white head with tight little bubbles stuck everywhere. A fingers worth of foam remains.

S - Lemon grass, spicy hops, yeasty, phenolic. fruity and citrus.

T - Slightly tart and maybe even a touch funky, fruity, spicy, lemon grass and citrus. Very similar to aroma.

M - Effervescent, light and well carbonated, refreshing.

D - Split this one with beerinator at a restaurant and enjoyed it so much that I had to purchase it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 21:54:46 | More by brewcrew76
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ajayma

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK. Murky straw-colored. Head is voluminous on first pour, but doesn't last past first several sips.

AROMA. Hops, lavender, clementines. Maybe even cinnamon?

TASTE. Leads off with notes of lavender, citrus, peach, and fresh hops. A crystal clean malt is barely perceptible. A spicy, peppery yeast character blooms pleasantly in the mouth, accompanied by a quick microscopic fizz. Finishes with a lingering slightly-medicinal hop bitterness.

AFTERMATH. This may be my favorite saison. It's light, refreshing, if you want, you could swill it. But you could just as well take it slow, letting the yeasty-bitter finish linger between sips, leaving room for contemplation. I would not mind stocking my fridge with this one for those long summer nights.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 05:52:13 | More by ajayma
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tyanow

California

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark yellow amberish cloudy (almost murky) look with a light looking frothy head that leaves very little lacing.

S - Earthy, with a bit of citrus, and a tiny bit of skunk. Typically skunk would turn me right off but it was so mild and hidden with the bursting aromas.

T - Grassy (though not as much as many Saisons), a touch of ginger, a note of lemon.

M - Medium body with tight bubble fizz and a warming finish.

D - For an organic Saison, I think this is top notch. For a general Saison, it is good but outstanding in any way.

I like it.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 19:24:25 | More by tyanow
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ShrLSU

Louisiana

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with a thin white head. Minimal lacing on the edges. Aromas of coriander, banana, orange peel, and some yeast funk. Taste is that of the smell. Creamy banana and nice orange hints. Very creamy gentle mouthfeel overall. Pretty drinkable overall but I have had better saisons.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 05:32:48 | More by ShrLSU
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ryrust5301

Louisiana

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Orange juice in beer form. A thick looking yellow orange, or maybe even hefe-weizen like. Fizzy white head the was of substantial size, which faded into a nice thin layered snow cap. I just can't get over how much this looks like Tropicana!

Smell - Has a spring time belgian golden ale sort of nose to it. Lots of orange peel, and sweet creaminess. Once again it has that resemblance to a hefe with a heavy banana scent and a touch of clove.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Seems like a blend between a belgian golden and a hefe if there ever was one. I don't know if this quite falls into the Saison category though. Heavy amounts of creamy banana are mixed in with an active yeast strain. Fair amount of pepper spice is there. Feel is a nice medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - A little to much like a hefe-weizen for my taste, and that affects the score a little here. An interesting drink, but if your looking for a true Sasion, you best look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 05:32:06 | More by ryrust5301
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Gish

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmm, it's been way too long since I've had a saison. Poured into a snifter.

A - Looks like honey with a lasting head. Good lacing as well.

S - Lemon, herbs, honey.

T - Similar to the smell. However, the spiciness kicks up a notch making for a very lively beer. Excellent stuff.

M - Lots of carbonation, very dry.

D - I'm sure some would disagree with me, but I find spicy beers like this to extremely drinkable. It's one of my favorite characteristics in a beer.

Overall an interesting and tangy brew. I think I might have liked Saison DuPont a bit more but it's been a few years. I will definitely be buying this one again!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 23:33:40 | More by Gish
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Don't panic, it's organic! Corked and caged 750 with vintage year 2008 into Ommegang chalice...

The classic meringue, almost bluish-white single-finger head tops the chalice and the patented lemon honey body of dry, balsa-wood austerity. Carbonation rises at moderate speed from the center stem upwards. Head provides decent staying power and very tight, thin yet style-specific lacing.

I'm not a big fan of Saaz. Yet this time it works perfectly. You have the raw grains, the minimal FG and huge yeast electricity along with huge Pilsener malt and a clean (rather than silage) Saaz hoppiness. Styrian Goldings may mellow this out a bit but this has such a clean and huge Pilsener character, if not for the citrus and slightly funky notes of the yeast strain it could pass as the best Pilsener on the face of the earth. Still, it's a pretty damn good Saison. Maybe a little too much Pilsener character and perhaps slight skunk but the dryness of this is excellent.

OK, skunkiness goes away. Such a solid, dry Saison with huge yeast electricity. Pilsener malt also provides a spring in its step. So friggin' crisp! Overabundance of Germanic characteristics with the huge Saaz and Pilsener malt quotient, which in a Pilsener would be annoying to me on its own, but it works so well here. Still, although extremely balanced it is a little too Pilsener-style heavy. Sort of like Foret is to (insert name of favorite Pilsener here) as to Stone Cali-Belgie is to Stone IPA - this to me is really a Pilsener with a Saison yeast strain. A good one, mind you, but still a little off-center style-wise.

The palate rolls more like a true, dry-@$$ Saison. Yeast electricity abounds and rolls with the spritely carbonation as a delivery device...even tossing in some salty character. Styrian Goldings hops come about more on the palate feel than in the taste, leaving a velvety texture to the otherwise dry balsa wood element that is one of the many signatures of this amazing style. Finish is crisp and brutally piney clean with huge spring in the step.

This is by no means a picture-perfect Saison due to the huge Saaz and Pilsener qualities but it's still a fine quaff and with warmth gets closer to the style benchmarks. Ain't no denying that it's a fun, crisp offering to truck down - a true summer treat, on-style or not. Wonder what brats would taste like when we boiled 'em in this $#!+? Probably like something awesome...

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 23:20:47 | More by IBUnit63
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david131

California

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very luminescent, cloudy orange liquid with a massive creamy white head that leaves amazing lacing as it works its way down the glass.

S- Some horse blanket funk, honey, flowers, bubble gum, and some strawberries.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma with just the slightest astringent quality on the tail end.

M- A very nice carbonation level in this and a pretty clean aftertaste, but slightly astringent.

D- A very nice example of the style and it hides the alcohol well. A great warm weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 01:59:58 | More by david131
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Traquairlover

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into tulips.

A = Translucent yellow with a large, billowy white head, great retention, medium lacing.

S = Funky sour smells right off the bat, some spice right afterwards but the sour, funky smell is the most prevalent aspect.

T = Not as sour tasting as it was smelling, this has a salty, peppery taste with a light dousing of lemon juice. Overall the taste is just a little too light though. It would go really well with a pan fried trout though.

M = Medium bodied, light mouthcoating.

D = This is actually a little too easy drinking, as though it were watered down Saison.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 17:40:37 | More by Traquairlover
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lehkost

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It seems that Dupont sees fit to brew every conceivable saison recipe under the sun, and good for them. Saison Dupont is an absolute classic, and revivals like Biere de Miel are a wonderful thing.

I was presented with a Maudite goblet for this bottle, and the beer poured fairly normally...none of the crazy effervescence of the Saison Dupont. Color is a bit more orangey than a lot of saisons, but definitely still straw-colored, I'd say.

As for the smell...and the taste...and I can't get over this, and I will soon pick up a bottle as soon as I can find one I'm reasonably sure is from a different batch...well, I don't pick up malt or spice notes so much as I do the distinct smell and taste of navy bean soup. This is really the only way I know to describe it.

The beer is not overly carbonated, not sweet, but really not so dry either. Again, the bean thing really kept me from being able to concentrate on more minute aspects of the nose and flavor.

I feel that, for a saison, this could use a bit more spice to offset the greater earthiness of the organic malt.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 16:26:24 | More by lehkost
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bonbini26

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ dba Manhattan

Served in a Duvel tulip glass, pours a hazy, golden straw yellow color, finished on top with thick, fluffy 3 finger white head. In the nose there is lemon, yeast, peppery notes. Taste is crisp, citrusy, spicy notes. Not one of the best saisons i've had, but respectable, a pretty easy drinking one on a hot day, has a pretty light body for the ABV. A complex, yet simple brew. Billed as an organic beer, i guess that is a plus if you are looking for that kind of thing.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2009 13:43:02 | More by bonbini26
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jujubeast6000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 4/21/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a very light colored body, yellow cloudy and fizzy. Big foamy fluffy head and big bubbles, very lasting, white. Aroma of spiciness, floralness too. Perfumy and very fragrant. Spicy fragrant taste. light and floral. Very tasty. Light and somewhat drying. Very tasty. Effervescent.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 01:09:04 | More by jujubeast6000
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BarrelO

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. It's Earth Day, so I might as well drink an organic beer.

A: Hazy light orange with a gigantic head that overwhelms the glass and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: A mixture of tartness and phenolic spiciness.

T: Fruitiness and phenols with just a hint of tart citrus. Reminiscent of Vieille Provision, but more subdued.

M: Light with lots of carbonation.

D: Rather good, but Vieille Provision is better. I'm glad I tried it, but I don't think I'll be seeking it out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 03:12:23 | More by BarrelO
Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
90 out of 100 based on 694 ratings.