Foret - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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90
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732 Ratings
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Ratings: 732
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 24
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAngel on 05-03-2002)
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Photo of Torps
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, golden yellow with a three finger white head. Really gorgeous saison. Excellent IMO.

Tangy yet sweet with an earthiness that reminds me of Orval. Sour apples, tart, banana and spices.. this reminds me of a dry brut. There's a bit of sourness and breadiness from the yeast. The aroma is still fairly sweet which brings a very nice balance between the aroma and taste.

The most important things for me in a saison is balance and drinkability and this has both in spades. Very enjoyable and organic to boot.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A cloudy, hazy golden color with some lighter hues amoungst the muck. A gorgous, soft white, high head is rightously slow to dissipate...just a perfect look for this style.

Soft and tangy wheat with tons of garden greens, herbs, corriander, spices, slight banana and some sour-dough malt.

Big, complex and very hearty flavors abound; yes, hearty and simple can be very complex in flavor. Very natural flavors of yummy, dry, golden wheat, complex herbal flavored yeast with some sour grapes and slight fruits in the back, white pepper, very clean feel, snappy, dry, lively and it really keeps you intersted to the fullest extent throughtout the life of this beer. Bonus points for it being Organic!!

Easily my favorite saison so far.

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

750ml bottle poured into a Sam Adam's laser etched glass.

Appearance: Pours a honey to hazy gold with a 2 finger white crown that displays good retention and lace.

Smell: Banana, wet grass, light amounts of brett lemon, and a small funk note.

Taste: Banana, a touch of spice (clove or cumin), a tiny dash of honey, and a hint of saison yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a touch pulpy, a bit undercarbonated imho.

Drinkability: Goes down easy but I'd like a touch more carbonation.

Drinkability: Sessionable.

Photo of philbe311
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Huge three fingers worth of slightly lopsided snow white head which is equal part creamy and frothy... Excellent retention... A hazy gold color with a faint orange hue present when raised to the light...

S - The barnyard funkiness is first and foremost... Zest from both oranges and lemons... Some hints of banana and bubblegum... A subtle presence of clove and other spices as well...

T - A mix of green apple and bosc pear... Earthy... Some lasting floral characteristics... Lemon zest... Notes of banana... A quick spicy hit of clove and pepper... Undertones and fluffy white bread... Minor notes of a pilsneresque hoppiness... Perhaps just the slightest touch of honey...

M - Lush to start... Slightly creamy... Exceedingly smooth... Seems to be slightly under carbonated... A quick tinge of bitterness... Turns dry on finish...

D - Insanely quaffable... Quite refreshing... An excellent brew from start to finish... A world class Saison... I highly recommend and will welcome in my glass without hesitation...

Photo of stephens101
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant orange into my Watou over-sized wine glass. A nice fluffy head rests gently on top and fades slowly with a little bit of lace left behind. A huge musty, alcoholic aroma rises out of the glass and permeates the surrounding area, which is a good thing. Further inspection reveals big malts and fruits, some straw and some burnt sugar. yeast and orange peel. Very complex, and very promising. Tastes fruity up front with an initially creamy mouth-feel which actually finishes dry. Some hop bitterness mingles with a hint of spiciness and it's all finished with a big malt backbone. After a few sips a nice alcohol warmth presents itself. Medium-bodied and highly drinkable, in the sense that there's plenty of taste, but it goes down lightly and without too much weighing on the old gut. Excellent!

Photo of shamrock1343
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have drank farmhouse beers from hoppy like Jolly Pumpkin's ES Bam to a sweeter one like Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale .

The smell gives the impression that the beer is sour. But it is well balanced and very drinkable.

I would highly recommend this beer.

Photo of BierFan
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Off-white head and a hazy peach colored body. It left behind some light lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast funk with a little bit of fruitiness.

Taste: Belgian yeast with a little tart fruitiness towards the end. Finishes with a modest spiciness from the hops.

Photo of gfreed
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orangish in the glass, with a neon-white head that last long enough to blast you in the face with yeast and dough, and a healthy nostril-filling dose of oranges and lemons with a little clove to boot. Plenty of all this in the taste, too, with emphasis on hoppy citrus tones that compete with, but are not overshadowed by, the bread. The spiciness from some cinnamon and more cloves provides a nice touch at the edges. Definitely a winner, but no surprise: it's from BD! Can't lose there.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into Duvel tulip at 45 degrees.

Hard-to-control pour, with a powerfully escalating bright white head. Tight bubbles. Decent lacing. Body is a half-opaque golden color, with tons of active carbonation flowing up.

Aromas kick off with an entire barn, complete with horses, hay, and a wet dog. Just a light citrus in the background.

Tight on the palate, with a good grassy bitterness. Citrus comes through much more in the flavor. Plenty of earthy aftertaste. Dry, dirty finish. Carbonation level is great.

Big points on the drinkability - although I wish there was a little more to the flavor. I will be getting another one of these soon.

Photo of bump8628
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green 750ml corked and caged bottle. The cork indicates that it was bottled in 2010.

Hazy gold with an enormous amount of white foam that chunks and laces everywhere that it touches.

Clean pilsner malt forms a base for the complex Dupont yeast, which gives off big peppery notes, hints of bubblegum, citrus peel, earthy mustiness, and some clove. Bitterness is firm and an earthy hoppiness contributes to the overall rustic character. The finish is ultra-dry and quenching, perfect for the style.

A slightly softer, more refined beer than Saison Dupont. Both are great in their own rights. This one is a top notch Saison.

Photo of hoplover82
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Saison, and I have to say that I am very impressed. I was expecting some stinky farm crazy beer, but I got this beautiful warm spring-like clean farm experiance.

A-Pours very hazy,(with some yeast particles) which is not bad imo, deep golden hay color with a creamy/rocky off white one finger head that does not dissapate at all and has great lacing.

S-The aroma is so beautiful I was taken back! Full of bright fruitiness like ripe peaches and grapes. Along with a hefty earthy/spicy hoppy nose which is always a plus in my book. Some sweet bread yeastiness in the back, but not too far in the back. Very complex and delightful.

T-The taste is much like the aroma but has a slight green apple bitter tang to it. Along with the fruit and earthy/spicy hops and that oh so sweet yeasty bread dough in the finish.

M-Very refreshing and crisp with a full body to boot! Slightly effervescent and dry in the finish.

D-Very drinkable indeed. I might go get some more of this along with exploring the style more in other offerings, especially for the summertime! But this is very delightful indeed.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork and caged 750ml. The cork shot across the room. 2.008 or possibly 2.o08 burned into the cork, I dont know if that means the year 2008 or not. If you see this review and know what that might denote send me a BM.

Anyway lets get to this beer.
A- Wild, uncontrollable head. Its super dense and it stands out WAY above the rim on my Unibroue tulip. I love this about a good saison. They make you wait to drink them. They command your reverence from the initial pour. Eventually enough I was able to get a decent amount of Foret in my glass to find that its an ever so slightly hazed medium gold with lots and lots of effervescence.

S- Very sweet and fruity. No real funk apparent here. Loads of apple and pear. Maybe a bit of lightly toasted malts. It smells to be delicately hopped. What hops come through in the smell give this beer a nice floral smell.

T- Yes, like I found in the nose there is biscuity and doughy malts. They hit you right up front. Not really what I expected from a saison. That classic apple and pear juiciness is there right after though. It finishes with that delicate hopping. Its actually a very similar finish to a good pilsner.

M- Really wet and juicy. Not really any dryness like other saisons. Any drying is not until well into the aftertaste. The carbonation is lower than what that insane head and effervescence would suggest.

D- Im beginning to absolutely love saisons. I think this summer will be my summer of saisons. This beer will probably make a come back for the summer but still its no Fantome.

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

Appearance is delightfully peach colored, completely hazy, with a small white head that left minimal lacing.

Odor is strongly Belgian yeast along with a little spice and hops.

This is a nice Belgian ale with a strong peppery spice! Mild citrus, lemons, yeast. The pepper is what really makes it stand out for me.

This is my first Saison style, which I am happy to get to try. I will look for more.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
90 out of 100 based on 732 ratings.