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Foret | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Brasserie Dupont sprl
Belgium | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAngel on 05-03-2002

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Photo of Plughfish
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Loud pop of the cork. Pours a cloudy golden color. A thick rocky white head forms on top. I notice quite a bit of sediment floating about in my glass. Aroma has citrusy, grassy notes to it. The taste reveals some the slight hop taste, earthy tones and lemony tartness as expected from a saison. I do detect some spice, perhaps some peppery flavors. This is a smooth and refreshing example of the style. A very good beer.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is dense, creamy-white with a remarkable flat top. Foam caves in slowly. There are gobs of thick lacing: walls of foam. The beer's color is a hazy orange-gold. Nice. Intense spiciness in the buttery, fruity, orangey nose. Tangy fruit in the front... is that banana? Thick butter in the middle leads to an extremely bitter finish showing light nuts and pepper. Aftertaste is a little soapy. That bitter finish tames some as you go, leaving a good, strong, spicy beer.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy light amber with white one-finger highy carbonated head. Very effervescent leaving some decent lace.
Aroma of heavy bread and wheat.
Flavor of light caramel malt and a heavy grain, wheat and spicy notes.
Mouthfeel is light and airy with lightly spiced grainy finish.
Drinkability is pretty good. Very light and one dimensional but highly refreshing.

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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.

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Photo of Lupe
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a rocky off-white head. Very good head retention and excellent lacing. Sweet aroma of honey and malt with subtle spiciness in the backround. Taste was not as sweet as the nose, the malt is nicely balanced by a sharp, but not overpowering hop flavor. Some spice and earthy notes are also present, and the alcohol peeks through just a bit. Light on the tounge and very smooth. Quite drinkable but it seems like something was missing, pretty good though. After trying this one, I see more Saisons in my future.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed burnt orange with a massive noisey white head. The aroma consists of a light lemon twang with yeast, and spices. The taste is that of sweet fruit, spices from light hops, and finishes in the middle of dry and sweet. The body is light to medium and drinks down fairly easy for a beverage with this ABV. This would pair well with certain meals. Op uw gezonheid!

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Photo of BierReise
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Poured a golden orange with a thick fluffy head that settled down to a thin dense and creamy layer of foam. Aroma is spicy with notes of vanilla ,apple and a bit of clove. Yeast is also noticable and adding to what is already a quite complex aroma. Some funky sour fruit in there also. This one is all over the map. Body is medium and very smooth. Flavor is fruity with a bit of apple and spices in the mix. Yeast adds a bit of complexity to the overall flavor.

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Photo of pbrian
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2.002 on cork. Yeast cake/chunks of yeast adorn the side(?) of the bottle. Yeasty orangy gold with huge white head and fast-rising champagne-like bubbles. Nice thick layering afterwards. Nice yeasty/spicy aroma with sweet honeyed malts and earthy/musty hops. Flavor and mouthfeel just don't hold up to what I would expect from Dupont. There's the earthy hopiness up front, a little sweet, orangy(?) maltiness in the middle and a little musty skankiness at the end. Overall finishes kind of thin. Nearing the end of this 750, I'm feeling kinda parched. Wasn't a saison first created to quench the thirst of farmhands? Whatever. I'm enjoying this beer but it's not one of my favorite saisons.

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Photo of scottum
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pop the cork. Cork reads 2003.

Pours a hazed slightly orange amber with a huge white head. Tastes sharp and spicey. Flavor is complex, but centered on the spicey bite. Mouthfeel is well rounded leading this to be an easy drinking Belgian. So glad to see organic beers in the market.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 Edition, 750ml bottle. The pour reveals a coudy golden/yellow body, topped by a tight, whipped cream like head of pure, white foam. Aromas are subtle, yet complex and amazing. Honey (honeysuckle), various spices (pepper), fresh apples, citrus fruits, and sugar all come to mind. The taste is excellent as well. Light, fruity, peppery, and sweet (like honey). This brew does not dissapoint. The mouthfeel is light and lively, and the drinkability level of this ale is pretty damn magnificent. Geez, can this brewery turn out a bad beer? The Dupont family truly know how to craft a fine ale. This is just one more in their already magnificent portfolio.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250 ml bottle which states that the only ingredients are malts, hops and sugar and that this is nonfiltered organic beer.

White thin head which disappears almost entirely. Slightly opaque honey color.

Amazing citrus and apples, yeast, hops and sour bubble gum aroma that is just huge.

This beer is way more complex than James Joyce's Ulysses.
Bitterness overcomming the underlaying sourness, a touch of caramel and toasted campagnia bread. There is almost none of the fruit that was on the nose, which is replaced with a disarming earthiness. The alcohol and sourness are intertwined so that the 7.5% seems nothing but lovely.

The high acidity makes this beer relatively light on the palate and a joy to drink.

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

~12 celsius, trappist glass First, this is one of the numerous incredible top belgians sent to me by Tampa's rock'a Matt'a. Trust me Matt, they're all drunk in adequate ceremonies! / Dupont Forêt (which wears a pretty curious label...) spreads a dark golden hue, cloudy with an extremely complex aroma to die for. No exageration: I probably spent 30+ minutes sniffing it all in all in the ~45 minutes it took to drink the glass. Basically, it smells very sweet with plenty of little hard to spot characteristics among which stood out the meringue on top my my mother's lemon pie. Very complex and great sniffing as I said, yeasty with notes of vanilla, lichen? pencil shavings woodiness. I had not really thought much about fruit character until the first sip in which I discern peaches and frivolous acid green apples. It's grassy, sweet, woody (foret=forest) with a balancing mild/restrained bitterness in the finish paired with a light astringency. Body is very onctuous, sensual. Sensational, approaching the terrific Beatrix which I loved.

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

Best by: 11/04
25cl-250 ml bottle
onge filterd bier
This beer poured a cloudy lemon/yellow/gold color that when held to the light was well carbonated. The head that was formed was super fluffy, white in color, and the consistency was sticky and dense, and it lasted for the whole glass, only falling a little. Great lace, sticky as the foam that it comes from, it was in thick sheet form to very delicate sheets and lace. The aromas were of ripened fruits (apples pears), some fresh hops, wheat and its grains, some malt. Over all impression was earthy for the most. The tastes started off sweet, malts, fruits (apples, pears), wheat grains and a hint of a lemon rind in the middle and as it started to finish the hops, earth tones yeast and a tad of alcohol became present finished off with the prominent dry earthiness. The after taste was lite, wheat and hops. The body was light. Over all impression was earthy, wheaty, and organic. A simple beer but it can stand on its own very well. This was my first organic beer, and I must say that I rather enjoyed it and will try again.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 bottle, big green and with a healthy dose of yeast in the bottom. this baby poured out a beautiful orange/golden sunset with a HUGE white bubbly head that finally died to a rocky floating boulder that left a lace throughout the drinking experiance. scents of lemon zest, light fruity/floral hops and yeast all rise up with a grassy overtone. the beer is light, crisp and dry with bubbles that just dance in your mouth. lemon and very light earthy flavors start it off ending with a nice drying hop bite that leaves your mouth watering. raw yet refined and deadly in its drinkability. a damn fine beer, i will be going back for seconds, thirds, fourths and so on....

paid $5.99 for a 750ml

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Photo of GreenCard
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy straw/gold/orange, a thin (but resilient) layer of pure-white head, some lacing

Aroma: over-ripe fruit (apples? pears?), wheaty, faintly dusty, wisp of hops, yeast, oranges

Flavor: slightly sweet/bready malt base followed by a citrus tanginess and then a soapy/grapefruit-rind bitterness, but these flavors seem to strike all at once; a peculiar flavor as it seems one-dimensional and complex at the same time; similar character to eating a grapefruit (without being sour) and in the end the bitterness is just a bit too acrid

Mouthfeel: llight body, gentle carbonation, creamy, abv well-hidden

Overall Impression: I'm a huge fan of Br. Dupont and, as such, I would have liked to rate this beer higher, but this one was a bit disappointing. Not because it's bad, it just doesn't quite agree with me. But perhaps this eency-weency 25cl bottle of it just doesn't give much chance to taste it!

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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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light, cloudy yellow body with a giant head that went down slowly and laced the glass.

Smell – Thick, powdery mix of spices in this one. The light hops are present along with some malt, but mostly this is dominated by white pepper and other light spices.

Taste – The malt flavor is there, but again is is overrun by a powdery mix of light spices that seem to drown out the crispness of the hop flavors. There’s also a lime/lemon flavor that doesn’t go well with the ale.

Mouthfeel – Nice carbonation in accordance with the style.

Drinkability – This went down slow. It’s light, of course, but dull and overly spiced.

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Photo of hyuga
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a big, dense white head. Nice looking beer. Some farmhouse/horse blanket aromas with sour yeast and fruity esters. Not especially impressive. As for the flavors, a doughy malt and yeast combination dominates along with a good deal of fruitiness, mostly apricot and plum. Hops show up on the edges of the tongue. There's just a little barnyard in there. Plum-skin bitterness hits in the dry finish and coats the mouth in the aftertaste. Smooth in the front, but a bit sharp in the back. Not a bad saison, but not the best. Still very drinkable and enjoyable.

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

The beer pours a quite sibylline orange color with the head unpresumptuous in size, the texture creamy and the color a bright white. The lace formed is a quite “Chumpy” and melds well with the glass. Nose is a bit vinous, with malt undertones, crisp and citrus fresh, quite appealing to the eyes and the schnozzle with the start thickly malt and slightly sweet with the top slender in its feel to the palate. Finish is tart, strikingly acidic, hops are present but understated, tart and dry lingering aftertaste, and Saison’s have become a new favorite style, a quite quaffable brew.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium orange color. Large head. Aroma is malty, earthy, musty and citrusy. Very complex. A medium bodied saisson. Malts are bready, cookie dough, fruity and spicy. High bret, I bet. Barnyardish. Big, bright Belgian yeasts. Fruity, peaches and bananas. Mildly spicy. Very tasty. Smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly spicy.

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Photo of granger10
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish yellow color with a nice sized head that dissipates slowly. Aroma of hoppy fruit and spices. Taste shows me some floral hops that control the flow of flavors. Other flavors are earthy grain malts and peppery spices. Finishes with a hop kick and some more spice which seems to be cardamom this time. This is a well crafted brew, esp. for an organic, but the style just doesn't seem that great to me.

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

This is a good beer that falls shy of greatness. I love saisons and Flemish golden ales and Biere-de-gardes and farmhouse ales and so on, but this is an average in that category. Still above average as a beer all around I guess. I never loved Saison Dupont and that's a world class brew; this is not but has the added appeal of being organic. Opaque peachy golden with lots of bubbles, little lasting head. Aroma of yeast, spice, and fruit. A fair amount of Euro-skunkiness from the green bottle that lingered, even in aftertaste. The malt profile is very soft, buttery, weiss-like, but the hops kick in quite sharply and set off the equally prickly yeast. Finish is spicy, peppery, cleansing. Went very nicely with a sharp irish cheese but did not advance to the next stage of transcendence. I'll drink this again, sure, but I'm not giving it a whole hearted recommendation.

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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.

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Photo of marburg
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous pour. Cloudy and slightly orange. The head is simply awe-inspiring as it forms dense, billowing, white clouds in the glass; I think the Foret head spends its off-hours modeling on beer websites. The beer itself has a great deal of sediment in it. I swear that the bottom of my class looked the mouth of the Mississippi River -- silty as all hell.

Aroma is of sweetened pears with might be hints of orange peel and peppery spiciness. An alcoholic wind sweeps over it all, giving the beer its real weapon to assault the senses. The alcohol is obvious on the palate as well -- but in a pleasant way as the midpoint between pear/mango and some plastic-like bitterness at the finish.

The taste was more or less what I expected, and it's a little weak up front -- not quite as great as some other Belgians. But it's still quite good and pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Jason
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
90 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.