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Foret - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

661 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%


Brewed by:
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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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Patrickbrusil

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting that this guy is USDA certified organic. My food in general is tasty when organic, so why not my beer?

Nice clean pour with a wonderful cork pop. A tall head dies down rather fast leaving nice lacing and the beer is a beautiful hazy golden color.

Smells of the quintessential "Belgian" yeast rounded out by honey and apples.

The taste is clean, crisp, and incredibly fresh. Semi dry finish with a slight yeast flare. This is very enjoyable. A little fruit zest here, a sweet tang of honey essence, and I'm in love.

Great mouthfeel that is well carbonated and carries great front to back.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 00:37:14 | More by Patrickbrusil
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rbd13

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive hazy gold with an enormous white foam head that leaves heavy lacing on the glass.
Bright fruit, ripe peaches, citrus, cloves, and an earthy spiciness are present on the nose, along with sweetbread yeast.
Again there are flavors of bright fruits, green apple, citrus, and spice with a nice light hop presence and bread dough on the finish.
Refreshing, crisp body with a full mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 13:10:19 | More by rbd13
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up for an italian BYO. It was a bonus to find a quality saison at the corner store for a nice dinner outside.

Unfortunately I had to use the water glasses from the restaurant for this beer.

Just like a typical belgian, there was a lot of head from the pour. The released esters smelled like fruit and seasoning. It was very refreshing. I thought I smelled apples and raisins.

I tasted the belgian yeast and some grassiness in the first sip. The aftertaste remained refreshing, and the bitterness only came through when the beer finally reached room temperature.

This is a great purchase for an evening outside. It paired well with the italian, and my wife enjoyed it with her clams.

You should pick up a bottle. Yup, I stand by that universal statement.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 23:16:29 | More by ummswimmin
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice saison hitting the right notes, and riding the organic branding.

Presentation: 750 ml corked green glass bottle. Front label with an illustration of a garden with some animals: unicorn, dog... Notes ingredients and the back label adds a paragraph with the general characteristic, intent, and pairings. Displays date of bottling (2010) on the trunk of the cork, and 7.5% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy straw to pale gold pour with a generous head that shows a sturdy retention, good surface memory and some lacing.

S - Fresh smell, lightly fruity, with a hoppy sense and an earthy yeasty hint.

T - Taste follows with a yeasty spiciness, grassy, citrus, freshly fruity...

M - Light-medium body with medium-high carbonation and an assertive dryness in particular around the finish.

O - Nice flow of a saison, good range although it could do with some more nuances but it does well in a rather straight forward manner.

Notes: While not extraordinary this sits better on my palate than their classic Dupont, not one of my favorite Saisons. And organic certification hype aside, I'd gladly cross paths with this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 19:18:08 | More by Daniellobo
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Kinsman

California

3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cork year says 2010 so this one it at least 5 months old.

Dark golden yellow color with a big and fluffy white head. Fades down to a more manageable size pretty quickly and stays there for a while.

Upon opening bottle the initial aroma was full of of skunky ammonia note that made me suspect a bottle gone bad. However the skunkiness quickly subsided and left behind a more familiar barnyard funk that you get in the flagship Saidon Dupont. Light honey-like sweetness and some malt backbone can be detected.

Taste was surprisingly lacking in complexity. Malts provide a slightly sweet bready character and the yeast provides some funk and phenols with a peppery note.

Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a medium body feel and a semi-dry finish. Overall, Foret is not a bad Saison. The funk however does seem to overpower the malts and the beer lacks the amazing diversity of flavors you get from Saison Dupont.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 23:46:52 | More by Kinsman
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle without a freshness date. Pours a rustic, hazed copper color with a frothy off-white head. Dark colored for a saison.

Nose of light fruits - pears galore. Bready grains provide a nice backdrop and has a soft yeasty aroma to it.

Earthier, sweeter pull than the infamous Saison DuPont. Plenty of alcohol and hop drying going on in the finish. Sharper flavor contrasts than I typically like in a saison....not exactly refreshing. Seems to lack the brightness and snappy, clean deliciousness of a DuPont. Although if it is farmhouse flavors you are seeking, this is your beer. Yeast plays a huge role in this beer and throws off lots of funky esters. Alot of character that just doesnt seem to make it through in American-brewed saisons. That said, I still find this a little disappointing considering Brasserie Dupont kicks out the quintessential example of the style in the lovely green and yellow checkered label.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 21:51:24 | More by twiggamortis420
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stercomm

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle.

A - hazy yellowish gold, fine 2 finger puffy head, very nice rentention

S - Getting banana, some funk, some citrus, lots going on here.

T - Nice taste, banana, yeasty malts, some sweetness, getting citrus and some apple on the finish.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation, coats the mouth nicely.

D - A very refreshing brew, great variety of tastes.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 17:41:04 | More by stercomm
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sk8man121

Maine

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into Allagash chalice.

A: Pours a semi-opaque gold with apricot highlights. 2-finger pillowy head with nice retention settles slightly and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Banana, delicate floral hops and slightly-sour apple in the nose. There's a skunky element to this that is very appealing.

T: Banana and spice up front, followed by Belgian yeast and citrus in the middle. Finish is full of apple cider notes, along with the aforementioned skunk. Very dry, and ideal for pairing with practically any type of food.

M: Carbonation is light on the tongue but very high, transforming an otherwise fairly-thin beer into pure cream. A very pleasurable sensation comes from drinking this.

O: This is not my first run in with this wonderful beer, nor is it anywhere near the last. When I think of a perfectly balanced saison, I think of Foret and its cousin, Saison Dupont. I have to say that I prefer Foret over the latter by just a hair, if only because I'm awestruck by the faint skunkiness this beer consistently portrays.

There is hardly a better balanced, more versatile saison on the shelves than Foret.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 00:48:16 | More by sk8man121
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LaCoursiere

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first time drinking a Saison.

A - Poured into a wineglass slowly without much of a head. A nice golden copper color that is slightly hazy. The beer is quite active with carbonation that maintains a nice collar and thin head in the middle. Very little lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Not a huge nose. It smells a little bit funky with honey, cherry and citrus notes. Very faint Belgian yeast aroma.

T - There is a honey sweetness up front with great bready malts in the middle with a nice mild bitter hop finish. There are notes of lemon pepper, cinnamon and clove. A little bit of alcohol comes through as well.

M - Very chewy with quite a bit of carbonation and slight alcohol warmth. Very pleasant.

D - As I mentioned this is my first time drinking this style. The thing I liked most about this beer was the slightly funky malty character and bitter flavors. The typical banana and clove notes you find in Belgians take a back seat to the earthy malt flavor, hop bitterness and peppery spice. A very unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 02:11:16 | More by LaCoursiere
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womencantsail

California

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a hazed golden straw color with a huge, rocky, white head.

S: There's a touch of skunk up front, but after the first sniff or two, I don't get it anymore. Lots of peppery phenols and spices. Mildly floral with some light fruits such as apples and lemons. Quite a bit of yeast with a bit of bready malts.

T: Sweet bread up front which is accompanied by a very strong yeast flavor. Some earthy funk with lots of grass. Mildly floral with a touch of tart lemon and lemon zest. Moderately spicy with plenty of pepper notes.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Of the Dupont saisons, this is probably my favorite. Nicely complex with lots of good flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 03:43:54 | More by womencantsail
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Sam21

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle purchased for ~$11. 2010 vintage. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance – Pours with a hazy orange body and large fluffy head. Great retention. Slowsly descends to a chunky buffer. Visibly effervescent.

Smell – Pale malt sweetness supported by a laundry list of characters. Grassy, earthy, musty, and a hint of skunk. There is also a spiciness underlying the sweetness bringing forth pepper and mint.

Taste – Yeast accented sweetness up front with spicy clove, banana esters, pear, subtle green apple, and an herbal bitterness. Earthy, rustic, and difficult to dissect. It starts with banana esters at the base. Spicy accents of clove and bold black peper. Finish is sweet and ends with a pronounced grassy and herbal bitterness. No shortage of peppery bite. I am noticing a slight skunkiness buried deeply in the finish, but it blends with the beer’s earthy notes. It may just be the grassy aromas.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with very full carbonation. Fluffy feel on the tongue.

Drinkability – This is a good beer, but doesn’t hold a flame to Saison Dupont. Rustic, earthy, and a bit raw and an overall enjoyable saison.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 00:51:11 | More by Sam21
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a tumbler at Pizza Paradiso DC.

Gold bodied in appearance sort of yellow/orange and a little cloudy. Foam white head doesn't stick around leaving a small collar eventually, and no lacing. Looks alright nice body.

Smell is kind of small. Muted lemon, and salty airy, nice but mostly closed.

Taste brings a little more. Slightly viscous with mild lemon tastes. Prickly carbonation with a small teeth coating effect. Slight floral aromas in the mouth and orange, even a mild pepper on the finish.

Overall not too bad, masking a high abv but really small in taste and flavor, feels alright but nothing much that seems to grab me while drinking this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2011 02:39:18 | More by smakawhat
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straw-yellow-gold, more clear than I expected. Great mother of pearl head, good lacing and retention.

Smell: Great spicy yeast, loads of lemon, light touch of funk, cloves, white pepper, banana, light funk

Taste: Very good saison, not Fantome perfect but very good. Lots of golden fruits like pears, apricots, and green apples. Also a nice spicy yeast of white pepper and clove.

Mouthfeel: Light, nice and creamy. Not quite perfect when you roll it on the tongue though.

Overall: Great saison, doesn't compare to Fantome but nothing does. Very enjoyable and complex. Drinks incredibly easily.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 00:01:49 | More by craytonic
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KingPuuChuu

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into "Better Beer Glass". Produces a spectacular head, which doesn't die down, and is very fluffy, similar to whipped cream.

Smells of yeast & apple cider, and a little bit of berry.

Flavor is very Belgium. Little sweet, definitely wheaty, some citrus, mild hops, and a little bit of alcohol.

Pretty dry, effervescent, and unlike Saison Dupont, this leaves me wanting more. I feel like I could drink a few bottles of this.

I wish I could get this on Tap!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 05:12:03 | More by KingPuuChuu
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DelMontiac

Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased the corked and caged green 750mL bottle at Brown's Bottle Shop in Stillwater, OK. Appears to be a date on it, but I can't decipher it. This bottle appears to have been stored on it's side for some time as there is a two inch wide trail of yeast clinging to the side of the bottle even though I stored it upright for at least three months.

Poured into a New Belgium globe, this saison is golden honey topped by a three fingers of peaked off-white froth, bubbles vary in size. The head tappers off to a manageable quarter inch and sticks all the way down the glass, nearly a solid sheet.

Aromas are nice. There is lemon-lime up front and bubble gum lingering in the background. Musty straw or grass also comes to mind.

Flavors are grassy with lemon zest, tart apple, mild hops, and slight alcohol at the finish. The indescribable funk for which saisons are known for is there. I can't place words on it. Bubble gum character is still there, but faint.

Typical feel of many Belgian brews - highly effervescent, refreshing on the palat, and oh so dry. Quite nice.

Overall this saison is enjoyable from start to finish. Definitely would seek this one out again down the road.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 00:47:36 | More by DelMontiac
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foret Organic Saison

Appearance: Pours hazy, straw colored into a dupont branded glass. Fizzy white head forms an inch thick and recedes to a fine layer. Some lace on the glass.

Smell: Grassy, hoppy, some yeast and sweet bread all emitted from the nose.

Taste: Belgian style yeast lending banana esters, some grass, hay, wheat and light citrus. Nice authentic clean flavors, like the fruity yeast esters. Appetizing dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Good depth of flavor and a clean dry finish.

Overall: A damn fine saison. Tasty, light and easy to drink overall. Possibly Dupont's finest saison.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 04:25:12 | More by Stinkypuss
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a deep golden orange color with minor sediment floaties. Produced a nice frothy white head. Solid retention behind it and lace.

(S)- A nice dry earthy clay up front. Lemon rind and a wheat-like depth.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A nice dry earthy clay with mildly tart lemon and wheat. Just a touch of funk in there.

(M)- A nice crisp carbonation level. Smooth and earthy with a nice profile. Only a very mild bitterness.

(D)- An excellent saison. Has a nice earth profile with good fruits. Coming from the same place that does Saison Dupont, I almost like and enjoy this one better.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 01:03:05 | More by sweemzander
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aeminter

Texas

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

A: Sort of a dirty straw color with some particulate matter. The head was really thick at first pour, but has dropped down to about half a centimeter.

S: Amazing fruit and floral aromas with a bit of lemon and spice in the background

T/M: Very effervescent...there is a definite malt presence...there are some lemon or citrus character and some spicy notes as well. There is a slight bitter edge, but it's not a bad thing. I think it helps even out the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 02:05:17 | More by aeminter
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Whoa. This is one crazy beer, and I knew it from the moment the bottle was opened: very strong aromas, I have never encountered a beer that smells so much like marijuana. It was so strong and pungent, I felt as though I were in a coffee house in Amsterdam.

It pours a thick butterscotch hue with an enormous head. But you don't even have to put your nose in the glass to get the pot aromas. There are also hints of hops and lemongrass in the nose, but I had to concentrate to smell anything beyond the pot. The mouth still has a strong marijuana/skunkweed presence, though I also taste wheat and hops.

I congratulate Brasserie Dupont for such a unique brew, but I struggled getting through the one glass (I was happy to be sharing the bottle), and don't really ever want to drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 14:57:23 | More by rinhaak
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generallee

New York

4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a green 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a freshness date however it was unreadable on my bottle. The abv is listed at 7.5%

Appearance: From the pour I got a tall slightly off white head over a cloudy deep golden amber body. It has lots of carbonation flowing up to the head which helps its retention. The head leaves sticky lacing behind which coats the glass as I drink.

Smell: The nose is full of classic Belgian funky/earthy yeast with some spicy notes, light citrus and estery sweetness.

Taste/Palate: It has a sweet grain malty bready base with some light toasted and nutty notes. Yeast spice and mild barnyard/basement funk notes mix in and out finishing on the tongue with some light floral hop flavor and bitterness. The palate has a solid medium feel with lots of soft but lively carbonation.

Notes: This is an Outstanding Saison with classic Belgian flavor and complexity all in a deceivingly drinkable package.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 17:48:47 | More by generallee
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JLeege

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance- pours a hazy golden orange color, with a large fluffy white head. Good retention and lace.

Smell- Caramel and honey dominate. Slight citrus and bit earthy, light pepper.

Taste- Doughy bready caramel and honey again, are completely dominating the palate. WTF? This is supposed to be a saison. Very slight citrus, pepper, and a little barnyard I guess. But next to no funk to this.

Mouthfeel- Lighter body, yet a bit sticky. High carbonation.

Overall- Saison Dupont is awesome, and this one was well, not so much. I wouldn't really call this dry, crisp, or refreshing. Saison is my favorite style, this one was not for me, at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 23:08:59 | More by JLeege
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nickhiller

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours thick and cloudy as a dark apricot with a hairline head and low visible carbonation.

S: honey, rosewater and minerals.

T: sweet roasted honey malt, whiskey, especially Bourbon, cigar, lots of smoke, like from a wood burning stove or a burning leaf pile, band aid, finish is like burnt toast or bitter chocolate without the cocoa flavor.

M: medium- to heavy-bodied, low carbonation,

D: surprisingly roasty and smoky for a Saison, my mouth tastes and feels like I just smoked a Cuban and downed a pint of bourbon. It's certainly interesting...

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 00:29:22 | More by nickhiller
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lionchow

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange-gold with a huge, lingering meringue like head.

Aroma is lemon and orange citrus, pears, bananas, a bit of tart funk, even a slight skunkiness, with a touch of rich earthy maltiness.

Flavor is more malty than expected. Has a slight bitterness as well. Spiciness is nice but not overdone with mellow pepper and citrus. A mild tartness melds well with the dry, but not bone dry finish to give a unique flavor. It has a nice funkiness as well. There are pears and apples in there too. Overall there are many flavors and points of interest that are well balanced.

Mouthfeel is interesting from the big carbonation level, the slight, lingering bitterness and dry finish.

Overall an excellent beer. Very unique and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 07:02:15 | More by lionchow
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DaveHS

California

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy golden raisin/orange color with 1 inch of fluffy white head that leaves streaks of attractive Belgian lace up and down the glass.

S-White pepper, fennel, farmhouse funk, herbs de provence, fresh raw steak. Very meaty aromas in general.

T/M-Deep, earthy funkiness, white pepper, hints of fruit ranging from mandarin orange to white grapes. Fairly herbaceous, with notes of fennel and coriander mid-palate. The finish is yeasty and fruity,lingering long after its gone.

D-I prefer this to the regular DuPont. A really great saison that I will revisit in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 19:06:17 | More by DaveHS
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harrymel

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008

A: Pours a light golden ale with a two finger head: fine and whispy in character. Recedes slowly to medium sheet of the same. Lacing is unbroken - seriously thick and persistent. Excellent clarity.

S: Grain, rice, farmhouse, earthy hops, corn, peppercorn, chamomile, jasmine. Excellent.

T: Corn dominant, but nonetheless fantastic. I am happy to put more of this in me. Grains, yeast, farmy flavors. Would pair with sharp cheddar.

M: Light body, light to medium carbonation. Coats the mouth in a light, airy manner.

D: This beer is refreshing, satisfying, and provides a nice feeling that beer can be both complex and simple. I feel like I should do out and buy the rest of this where I found it. So good.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 18:56:46 | More by harrymel
Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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