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Foret - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 736
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 24
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAngel on 05-03-2002

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cork reads "2004." About half a dozen streamers of carbonation weave through this matte bronze liquid with dank goldenrod highlights. The off-white head is tight and controlled, consisting of bubbles that range in size from merely small to truly microscopic. The lacing isn't particularly impressive, though. Aromas are okay, suggesting an earthy blend of white bread dough and peach baby food with a finish of lemon pudding (?), but calling them subtle is a big understatement. So how is it that fir-tree hoppiness is slamming the back of my nose? Yeast is tangible in the nosefeel. Flavors involve twiggy, tarragon-like bitterness; citric peel and capers; but the palate itself seems remarkably subdued. Mouthfeel is carbonated to the point of being foamy. Neither as spicy as DuPont nor as quenching as Hennepin. I appreciate the thinking behind this organic brew, but the end result just isn't spirited enough to hold my interest.

Photo of santoslhalper
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a hazy orange with a huge, creamy white head.

Smell: The smell is a mix of grass, bitter hops, alcohol, and a slight sweet feel.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a bit more bitter than I like my saisons, but other than that it tastes great. It's smooth and refreshing, with spices, fruits, hops, and a warming alcohol presence. The mouthfeel is kinda thin and fizzy.

Drinkability and Overall: Not a bad Saison, but no Saison Dupont. It's not as drinkable as other saisons, but i could still enjoy this one for a while.

Photo of shapudding
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hand carried back from the brewery by a great friend!
Dated 11/2007, L04137/4
cloudy and orangey-yellow with a few bubbles seen rising up to a nice creamy froth of foamy head in a thick layering with some medium sized bubbles. Nicely cellard scents, malty and yeasty. Silky with a bit of bite at the end from the carbonation. Perfect amount of carbonation. Wonderfully dry. Great flavors. Bit of chardonnay, touch of red apple skin and grape skin. Just such great flavor and feel.

Photo of kiya
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first off, I love the shape and design/art of the bottle, very classic..

upon popping the top off the bottle I'm greeted with a strong floral and citrus scent that carries on into the glass.. pouring a strong and hefty bright white head atop a orange-ish/yellow ale the scents of bitter citrus and honeysuckle come wafting out of the glass.

the foamy head gives way to a rocky and substantial settling that lives through the duration of the ale in my glass, lacing very lightly down the sides of the glass.

given the strong citrus overtones I'm blown away by the depth in this beer....musty grapefruit, molasses, honeysuckle, and blood orange being the prominent flavors. there is no indication that this is a 7%+ abv beer, the flavors work so well together that you're not left with that astringent feeling after it goes down. let this one warm up, drinking it too cold won't do this ale justice...

I can drink a LOT of this... it's easily one of the best things I've had in months. if it wasn't around four dollars a bottle (11.2 oz.) I'd be buying much more of this.
run. drink this now.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a caged and corked 750ml bottle, the cork having "2004" imprinted on it. Poured into a chalice, Foret had a murky apricot color, some vibrant carbonation, and a thick white head that left webby lace behind.
The nose was quite potent, with a sharp funky, almost sour aroma. This settled down after a minute or two as my nose grew accustomed to it. Then I was able to smell a blast of clove and coriander, pale malts, yeasts, and some tropical fruit.
The taste was a complex blend of bready malt, hints of banana and mango, honey, clove, coriander, and white pepper. It had me thinking it was a bit like a jumped-up hefeweizen. The spiciness of this saison is readily prominant and is a pleasing counterpoint to the honey and fruit sweetness. Also has a puckering tartness and a light measure of that damp leather/wet hay sourness that I've got absolutely no problem with. The feel was medium-bodied, velvety smooth, and with a dry finish.
After having a glass by itself, I paired Foret up with some Fontina cheese, green grapes, and sea salt crackers. It was outstanding! Foret has an easy drinkability thanks to the plethora of flavors and the well-concealed alcohol content. Another stand-out offering from Brasserie Dupont.

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy deep golden color with a large off-white head, which soon collapses to scattered islands of foam. The lacing is excellent, adorning the glass walls with abundant patches of foam.

Aroma: Profoundly spicy and sweet aroma of coriander, bready yeast, phenol alcohol, honey, hops, and earthy notes.

Taste: Opens with a pronounced spicy character. A bitter orange peel note soon appears, this carries to the finish of the taste. Along the way, there are various light fruit notes of apples, pears, bananas. Unbelievably, there is a distinct pink bubble gum note in the middle of the taste, as the long forgotten Joe Bazooka returns. Finishes with a flush of tropical fruit flavors and a mild and lingering herbal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, and full, with the faintest hint of carbonation; quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very, very complex and pleasing beer, to be sipped and savored.

Presentation: Packaged in a 330 ml Euro-style brown glass longneck with a poptop crown. Served in a chalice glass.

Photo of bditty187
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, corked and caged (the cork was dated 2.0004).

Hazy, peachy gold in hue, when backlit the liquid is magnificent, it is like a sunset in a glass. The head was white in color; at the apex the foam was two fingers in height. The rocky mass of bubbles had great staying power, in fact a thin cap lasted the entire consumption. There was some subsequent lacing, it was spotty and unorganized, on top of that it didn’t cling all that well. Still, on the whole, this beer looks very appealing. Eye-candy. The nose is terrific. There is a tremendous rounded quality about the bouquet that I adore. The fruitiness is heavy on melons like honeydew and cantaloupe. I even find kisses of berries, apple cider, and oranges. In the mix is a good amount of natural smelling honey. Coriander. Juicy. Up to this point the aromas are very appealing and lovely to sniff. However there is nothing strong or funky about the nose. At the end that changes… for the better! At the back is a healthy does of phenols. Cloves. Medical aromas. Herbal. Yeasty funk like I am allergic to hay and mold while sitting in an abandon barn that once was home to broncos. Did I mention I was at this barn in the middle of the summer? Hell Yeah! The potency is moderate but it is very articulate. I like what it is saying. It says, “Drink me!” It is about time I do. The palate is interesting. In parts it is raw and aggressive and in other parts it is weak and fragile. Does that mean there is balance? I’m not sure. The weaker flavors are louder and the stronger flavors are secondary. It is hard to explain that the dominant flavors can’t outshine the secondary tastes. Odd. So what am I talking about? The fruity sensations like orange, cantaloupe, and apples are unimpressively tasty. They offer something to sink my teeth into but it is far from memorable. Unfortunately this is the strongest taste. I really like the raw honey flavor in the middle. This is followed by a blast of pepper, coriander, grass, and some bubblegum. Funky. There are medicinal qualities at the finish with kisses of alcoholic heat. The finish is fairly forceful but it fails to outshine the fruitiness. How odd! The aftertaste is a little bit of everything I mentioned above. At this point it is a little sweet. How interesting I’ve gone this far in the review without using the words “hops” or “malt.” Maybe this beer doesn’t have any! I’m joking. Or am I. No really, I’m joking. I like this beers flavor profile. Medium in body with fairly lively carbonation, the mouthfeel is very fitting for this beer. It is active yet lazy, it is assertive but restrained. It is crazy. It is odd. It is wacky just like the palate. It is a match made in heaven. Overall this Saison is a bit mellow but it is far from boring. I really liked this beer. Give me a hand of grapes and some mild cheddar cheese and I am one happy SOB! I purchased this beer in Minnesota, MN and “left it” in the cellar because, well, I forgot it was there. What a dope. Whatever, this beer is very good and I think I can get more in Iowa City (maybe Kansas City); regardless I will get more. I am a sucker for Saisons and this beer is a good rendition.

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

750 mL bottle.
Hazy, bright golden apricot with a fantastic, whipped, glass-slathering, rocky head. Awesome.
Nose is medicinal candied fruit, coriander, light earthy barnyard grass, citrus (orange?), and yeast. Taste starts off with lucious, candy-infused fruits (canned pears, pineapple, bananas). Smooth, and not overly sweet. Spice (coriander, orange/citrus zest), along with a slight grassy bitterness kicks in. Bitterness picks up into the finish. Very nice. Lively, carbonated mouthfeel with a medium body. Enjoyed this with some kumquat-glazed chicken and wild rice. Yummy.

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

This is Dupont's all-organic beer--the malt and hops were all produced organically.

my bottle was cork dated 2.0004 (so feb. 2004?)

appearance: hazy light honey orange with a quite thick, frothy head that keeps the beer capped all the way down.

smell: tangerine, hay, leather. there is also a strong similarity to the bubblegum and clove aroma from a hefe.

taste: good strong carbonation, like hennepin but even bubblier. citrus (tangerine), apricot, honey, white grape and green apple come through to varying degrees at first and settle into a bready malt flavor. alcohol is quite present and contributes to a very dry, mineral finish with earthy hop aftertaste. some very herbal, grassy flavors come out as it warms to room temperature (served at cellar temp), which adds a good bit to the flavor profile.

well hopped, with enough malt to keep things interesting, though not as complex as some saisons. it's missing that delicious really funky barnyard flavor that some saisons have, but it's fleeting sweetness and very dry hopiness make it, like all saisons, a great food beer. this one almost reminded me of orval at some points. i like the bone dry finish and healthy carbonation. not sure how i'd compare it with hennepin or saison dupont (which i havent had in a long time) but id say both of those are a bit more complex and on the sweeter and more rounded side, while this one is characterized more by the dryness, which makes it very appetizing.

all in all a nice beer and a good match with my chicken stuffed with goat cheese. I would think it would also be good with shellfish and other seafood.

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy golden color with a creamy white head that leave a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is yeasty, grassy, and a bit spicy. There is a bit of citrus fruits and pepper in the aroma as well. The flavor is peppery and yeasty with a bit of malt. The flavor is just not up there with the aroma. It is medium bodied and smooth drinking. It has a drying finish. Not too bad.

Photo of trancefishy
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this one pours out a straw colour with a big rocky head. aroma is very faint, and has just a hint of yeast. taste follows along, but doesn't give you more than a taste. bread, yeast, and a bunch of citrus. unfortunately, there are these 3 flavours, and not much else. very one dimensional. everything is kind of muddled together. good, but nothing great.

glad to have tried this once, i doubt i would have it again.

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

11.2 oz. bottle. Picked this up in Dallas I think. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: Poured a golden-orange color with a very light chill haze. The head easily rose up to two fingers and disappeared quickly. It was sticky, though, and left some nice lacing when it was still present.

Smell: Crisp and fruity with the smells of grapes, apples, and apricots. There was a solid, but not overpowering, malt base underneath. A light spicy alcohol component combined with some pepper to provide a bit of a bite on the nose. Smelled really good.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-boded, with more feel present than I expected. Very fuzzy due to the carbonation, but not rough at all.

Taste: Lightly fruity and grainy upfront, with the fruit becoming more sweet toward the finish. Also on the finish was a fairly strong alcohol component that lingered into the aftertaste. Apricot was left behind as all the other flavors died away.

The addition of some of the yeast from the bottom of the bottle really mellowed out the flavor and brought this beer from a 3.0 to a 3.5 in the taste catagory. It gained some spiciness and yeast flavors, as well as provided a little more depth. It also knocked down the alcohol flavor which I found to be distracting without the yeast.

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

Hazy light amber body with a sizeable and lasting head. There’s a lot of dried stone fruit in the aroma along with a hint of citrus. The flavor has the same fruit profile with something a little softer (pear maybe?). Toward the end you get a bit of dry hay malt despite the fact the rest of the beer is mildly sweet.

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

Yellow gold with a full white head and very active carbonation that leaves sheets of lace. Belgian yeasty spicy clove-like aroma and Saaz-like hop characteristics. Tastes much like it smells with banana flavor in the background and a peppery finish. Light-medium bodied with a dry finish and light alcohol tones.

Very enjoyabvle and would like to compare directly to Saison Dupont one day...

Label states: Organically Produced

Purchased: 12/19/03
Tasted: 11/13/04

($6.99 / 25.4 oz / 750ml corked and caged champagne style bottle)

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

Deeee-licious! Once I discovered that Hennepin (which I really like)is a Saison, I decided to try more of the style. I found the Dupont and the Foret on a beer run this weekend. My wife and I split the Foret tonight, and we both loved it. Clean, crisp, and tangy. Pours with a medium sized, fizzy head. Citrus notes, reasonably carbonated, but not too much so. Has a similar tartness to Duvel (in a way), which is my favorite. At least as good as the Hennepin, IMO. Great aroma leaps from the bottle, taste is just as good. I have the Dupont in the beer fridge. Can't wait to try it!

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

It pours a golden orange with a stiff white head into my chalice. The aroma is of corriander, cardamon, and citrus. There is also a bit of a skunky smell to it that may be a result of storage. I did not buy nor store the beer so I can't say if this is the case for sure.

The flavor is crisp with citrusy notes. Other flavors include cinnamon, and orange blossom. It sits very much like a Belgian trippel in the mouth. Very light and fluffy with well balanced carbonation. The only downfall to this bottle was the bittery skunky ending. I would have to chalk it up to poor storage and being light struck.

Photo of Goldorak
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orange/yellow, with thick white head that died down into lacing.

Smell: That fusty, somewhat wit-inspired spicy wheat smell most saisons have. Maybe a bit of clove, cardamone perhaps?

Taste: A strange mix of anis and orange, with light carbonation and decent mouthfeel. A very good saison that I'll definately try again.

Photo of nogoodreason
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brilliant, hazy gold with an eggshell head that fizzes anxiously and impatiently. Excellent lacing.

Scent is grassy and musty, with some undefinable spicy aspect. Not a big scent, a little underwhelming.

It hits your toungue with a warm, sugar cane sweetness fading to tart grass and lemons with a dirty, earhty finish. Beautiful spice in the middle, caromom maybe and a spike of white pepper. Some light fruity sweetness through out.

As it sits, it becomes creamy, and more well rounded with the white pepper holding back and the malt body becoming predominant. It retains it's earthyness as it goes.

A tart, earthy farmhouse ale. Real nice, real nice indeed.

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

Beautiful label design on the bottle with a nice champagne like pop when opened. It has great carbonation with a very straight forward honey-gold color and just the smallest bit of murkiness.

This one has a typical Belgian Saison aroma -reminds me of a tripel too--blonde floral with grassiness and a grape or wine like scent. Some malt on the nose too. Saison Dupont and this one smell and taste very similar to each other. The taste is a bubbly herbal lavender combo with honey and sour plums with starfruit or kiwi elements. It has a dry pear finish.
The mouthfeel is very fluffy, dry, and fruity. Exceptional.
Drinkabilty--Quite dangerous at 7.5%- very easy to have 4 or more of these especially with food and I beleive Foret would be extremely versatile in pairing with quite a variety of different foods.

Photo of rastaman
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, thanks to mat. Yeah, not bad, spicy, sour, yeasty and lemony.. No real problem with it, i guess it suffred from the competition it was up against that night, but not a bad beer by any stretch, some spicy, peppery, yeasty flavours throughout, not bad at all.

Photo of Bierman9
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another new offering shared with artied2 last Saturday night.
Poured medium golden, and was clear for most of its life, until the yeasties were added near the finish. Light, off-white head tops things, at about 1/4", and lasts well with good lacing action. Nose is lightly fruity, with mustiness very evident. Foret passes decently over the tongue, though it lacked a bit in body, being just under medium. Started tasting dry and crackery, then mango and other tropical-style fruit make a play for your attention. The mustiness makes an appearance here also, that saison-typical horse-blanket taste coming to the fore. Overall a decent bier...

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.8
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


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.

Photo of HardTarget
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml green bottle caged and corked, with 2.004 (don’t know what the . means) on the cork. Opened with a solid POP.
Aroma: Fruity, mostly apples, with a peppery spike, Belgian yeast, and a hint of horse blanket.
Appearance: Wow, that’s some head. Billowy, fluffy, starting to condense on itself forming a rocky landscape, clinging to the sides like it’s drowning. Body is a deep gold with a solid column of carbonation at the center of my Fischer tulip glass. Left clumps of foam on the side of my glass that look like I’ll need a wire brush to remove them.
Flavor: A mild malt taste, gentle fruit and pepper tastes, with a slightly funky finish, almost a cardboard but not unpleasant. Some alcohol tastes come through as well. Overall, a very subtle flavor, and somewhat like a wit minus coriander. I was expecting a more tart or sour flavor, but I’m not getting that.
Mouthfeel: Very bubbly, light-medium body, dry finish.
Overall Impression: Nice drinkability and I can see the refreshing qualities and can admire the mostly hidden alcohol. I was hoping for a more complex flavor, something really unique to help me identify “saison” in the future. All I got now is “wit – coriander”. Went well with my summer salad, a good thirst quencher.

Photo of jlervine
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork stamped 11/98, purchased 06/04 at Riverside in Chattanooga.

Poured a clear golden amber with a frothy white head that receded somewhat quickly to a thin layer of bubbles on the surface of the beer. The smell was of damp musty hay, hint of grassy hops, sweet malt, and a pleasant fruitiness. This beer is quite full-bodied with lots of residual sweetness balanced by a pleasant bitterness from the hops. A hint of mild spiciness from the yeast rounds out the flavor very nicely. Very tasty. I will buy more of this, and hopefully get fresher bottles - though, if they are even better than this package store methusala, I'll be beside myself!

Photo of ADR
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy and sedimented, color of darker pineapple juice in hue. Nice head, rising to an inch and generally creamy. Attractive lace on the glass. Slight farm aroma, notes of slightly spoiled wine and tart peach. Light and spritzy mouthfeel as most of the style. Lightly lemony and leathery in overall flavor with an impressive mid mouth bittering starting to seep in. The end note is diminished, a combination of very dry hopping and a very soft rounding down of the carbonation. Dry but subtle in the aftertaste. Maybe slightly more "blurred" than other Saisons but maybe more drinkable as well, without losing the hoppy hallmark that's usually typical.

Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
90 out of 100 based on 736 ratings.