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Foret - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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747 Ratings

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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 23
Gots: 47 | 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 KoG
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange body with a super fluffy white cap that make it hard to fill the glass. Lasts forever and laces in giant chunky rings.

Smell is musty with some yeast and some grain. Definate phenolic presence along with "the funk."

Tastes pretty well balanced, but the phenolic alcohol is just a bit too high. Somewhat marshmallowy with a light spicy orange rind on top of yeast and some lightly sweet malt.

A pretty decent saison, but not my favorite. Needs a bit of toning down in some areas.

Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a bright hazy orange/yellow body with a choppy matte white head.

The nose was a mix of yeast, lemon zest, orange, fruit, a very German weis (minus the banana) yeast smell. Really a beautiful summery wheat beer smell.

Very spice hop finish. Very organic tasting. Dry with a very strong astringent taste. Wheat, dull black pepper, malt, lemon zest, natural leafiness. Hints of mint and natural herbs. There’s actually a sort of dirty leaf taste that’s nicely fitting for the farmhouse flavor. A pretty big astringent hop bitterness but without a big hop taste.

Pretty nice saison, sort of a bigger more astringent earthy version of saison dupont. Not as fruity as saison dupont, but overall a really nice beer.

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

Caged & corked Forêt magnum. Fills a narrow tulip with light amber orange golden hues topped with a statuesque frothy mountainous 2” headcap that holds firm meringue with a pour dimple. Full of champagne like tiny bubbles rising up.

Second pour is rife with suspended particles.

Aromatic nose of hay, slightly phenolic, superlative exquisite horse blanket.

First swigs: Leather and astringent tea tannins, giving way to dusty dry light lemon orange lingering finish. Some detectable esters and delicate vanilla malts ease in and out of the Foret. Yeasty flavors mixed with some latent clove spices but only slightly. Rather clean aftertaste with some pepper and yeasty dough remnants.

Light to medium body with just another shushy soft carbonation.

Last swigs: Peppery yeasty dough with a touch of honey and cushy. Good if you like authentic saisons, but not gonna light up your sky if you don’t. More harsh vegetal mineral tones than the staple Saison Dupont which I prefer.
The scents are farmhouse saison that all others are judged. Recommend pouring this with some bottom bottle scrod to get the full taste.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a beautiful looking Saison. Pours into the tulip to a golden straw color with what seems like no head at first, but right as it nears the choke-point in the tulip a cascading head begins to foam up and fill out the glass. Quite remarkable. Very hazy to the light with no visible carbonation or clumps of sediment.

The smell is good, but seems as if it could be a little bit more full. It is quite yeasty and flowery. Sweet like candi sugar, and funky like a belgian farmhouse. It seems to open up a bit as it warms, but never seems to take off.

The taste is incredibly funky. Starts off sweet but ends up horse hair funky in the finish. Has a little bit of a bite in the finish as well, whether due to the alcohol, that yeasty clove flavor, or the hop. It gets much more fruity and estery as it warms a bit, but is still not too pleasant.

The mouthfeel is a bit thick and smooth. Finishes moderately dry. This would be much more drinkable if it didn't taste like I was licking a horse with each drink. The late-finish is quite sweet like Saison Dupont, as is the initial taste, but every part in between seems a bit too funky to be too highly drinkable.

Photo of Hunter
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first Saison, so far as I know. How appropriate I sample it on the Summer Solstice, having just read the description of the style.

Soft pour results in a highly carbonated brew hazy gold in color, with a head of thin, wispy bubbles that still manage to linger a satisfyingly long time.

Aroma is reminiscent of my beloved Belgian Tripels...light, spicy, with notes of candi sugar, malt, and citrus. Alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste is...bland. Initial notes of alcoholic heat, spicy citrus give way to the sharp bite of carbonation and then nothing. Reminds of Perrier a bit. After warming the palate detects some hop, but the alcohol begins to dominate too much.

Aftertaste is clean, leaving tongue scoured and ready for another taste.

Drinkable, to be sure, but cost prohibitive. Maybe I just don't like the style? If I'm gonna pay that much I'll stick with Chimay.

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

Hazy straw yellow in color with a massive fluffy off-white head that lasts forever. Even the last half glassfull proudly wears a rocky blob of dense foam. Lace looks like it's been applied with a putty knife.

Summertime aromas of lemon zest, oranges, grapes, fresh cut grass, herbals, and earthy, rock-like minerality.

Flavors explode from my tulip. Lemon, green apple, lots of fresh cut hay and green vegetation, grape skins, pear, crushed rocks, and a notable hop finish make this an excellent saison.

Body is medium dense with a crisp, yet airy texture accented by rolling carbonation. Crisp and dry, yet fruity and full. Very excellent beer.

Photo of Skidz
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out hazy pale straw and sits cloudy light gold with a massive creamy white head that holds strong and leaves generous amounts of lace around the glass and a thick capping the whole way down.

Smells thick and musty with a bit fruity core. Oranges, tangerines, white grapes, lemon zest and apricots. Soothing crackery yeast coats the nostrils. Tart and sour in the back of the throat...this is going to be good.

Tastes lightly sweet up front with some fruity esters coming through initially. Sweet orange peel and grapes with hints of honeysuckle floating around. Thick yeasty pallate pushes flavors of dusty wooden floors. Mild tartness comes out near the medium-bittered finish. Faint alcholic warming glow pushes its way up later on.

Smooth and creamy in the mouth, soft and refreshing all the way. Medium-light in body.

Another nice Saison from DuPont, this lived up to my expectations. Sitting in my 80 degree house with humidity nearing 70% and it's almost 10 in the evening, you can be assured this helped to ease the pain.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not really impressed with this ale. When poured, the color was of a hazy wheat and foam was of a medium tight nature with very little lace. The smell of spice with a hint of fruit filled the nose. The taste was mostly of spice, especially corriander. Drank it was it was 40 degress and 50 degress. When a little warmer, the flavor seem to be of a fruity taste, of orange blossom's. But for me, it was just average all around.

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

05/18/05- Purchased at Whole Foods in Sacramento.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a cool looking label I have always enjoyed looking at. No dating to be found. Poured into my Stone Levitation glass.

Appearance- Golden almost yellowish lemonade looking in color. Pours with a monstrous head which almost rises up and over my glass. Above average lacing here.

Smell- Very reminicent of other saison brews I have had in the past. Has that sour lemony scent, maybe the funky horse barn scent as well. Either way, I am learning to like this scent more and more.

Taste- Not as sour as expected. More of a sweet taste with maybe just a tinge of sourness. Tastes a bit more like a wit than a saison. Lots of spices (cloves, corriander) and lots of lemon and orange peel flavors as well. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation. A bit cloying and sugary, but still goes down nicely.

Drinkability- I've put off buying a bottle of this because all I've seen in the past was the 750ml bottles for $8.99 and upwards. Plus I have heard things to make me believe that this bottle was not worth paying the price and lacks the presence of better saisons. Well, I can see where they come from as this tasted a bit more like a wit to me, and it doesn't compare to Fantome Saison, which is my favorite saison to date, but overall it's pretty damn tasty and wouldn't mind snagging a few of these bad boys and putting them away for those nice summer family picnics or something. Tasty and fullfilling.

Photo of WetCoaster
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Soft, creamy, somewhat cloudy egg yolk gold. Pure white head with good, but not great, retention, Moderate carbonation. Thin sheets on the glass wall.

Smell: Earthy, sweet, spiced, rich. Saaz hop sharpness over a clove-spiced bread base. Bit of honey as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I hear angels singing, a pure white light surrounds me -- perfect. A golden mouthful of tart, ripe fruit, a bit cider-like. There is a distinct sweetness for a base, slightly bready, slightly honeyed. In the finish, a rush of pilsner hops balance things beautifully, and a slightly peppery, slightly medicinal herbiness come to the fore. Orange peel lingers. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, but still finds a way to be a bit chewy.

Drinkability: As I drink this, I can't help but imagine a mellow, breezy afternoon picnic in the hills overlooking the Pacific, the sun giving the oaks and grass a golden glow, so nice... so nice... Uh, oh, very drinkable, and a decent deal to boot. Good stuff.

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

very enjoyable, and had the desireable yeast and carbonation characteristics of the other Duponts I have had. Refreshing and lasting peppery aftertaste. Somewhat sweet fruity and acidic, with a spiciness. Pours actively carbonated and significant yeast before settling. Amber.

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
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
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
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
4.3/5  rDev +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
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
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
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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)

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Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
90 out of 100 based on 747 ratings.