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Foret - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 745
Reviews: 453
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 23
Gots: 43 | 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 HalfFull
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large wine glass from a corked 750 ml. bottle, generating a rich and sticky cap of white foam. A slightly hazy amber hued golden yellow on the pour with strong retention and lacing.

Strong yeast presence on the nose with a touch of funk. Nice nose of summer fruit and a peppery/clove spice with a hint of lemon and some subtle grain and hop notes.

Spice conveys nicely to the taste and is enhanced by a lemon hop flavor. Firm carbonation keeps things interesting though the brew seems to be trying to get a bit thin, yet warming balances this trend in step. This yields a full and pleasant feel and masks the relatively firm ABV quite well. This would have paired well with today's mango salad.

Seems a bit subdued in subtleties vs. the standard Saison Dupont but is a worthy alternative and shares much of the yeast character with a touch more sweetness and alcohol.

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

Corked and caged 375ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Enjoyed on the balcony on a breezy Summer evening as part of my recent effort to switch to more season appropriate beer styles. I think this may be my first bottle but I've had this a number of times on draft over the years.

Body of the beer appears a little brighter than I remember from both the draft version and the last bottle of standard Saison Dupont I tried. A dense, almost kumquat, color. This is capped by a large, almost ridiculously well sustained, slightly off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Quite a beer to behold. Didn't really see much yeast in suspension until the final pour.

A nice blend of citrus fruitiness, spicy Belgian yeast, and some light hay on the nose. Very pleasant and inviting.

Sweet and fruity flavor seems a little more present on this than on the standard Dupont. Citrus is joined by yellow and green apples and a faint estery banana character. The grassy hop bitterness is a little more dialed back than I expected but it's still part of the mix here especially on the aftertaste. Spice character also lingers around. Wouldn't say the alcohol taste is aggressive but even before I found the 7.5% abv listed on the label it was pretty obvious this was no session Saison.

All around an extremely solid beer. I was under the impression this was simply an organic version of Duponts standard Saison so the differences really stood out. Hops aren't as present as I expected and the phenols seem to be more restrained. That said, all of Brasserie Dupont's products seem to have a little bottle variation so I can't say for certain to what extent the differences were caused by the organic hops and malt. Highly recommended for anyone who's interested in a bolder fruitier Saison.

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

It looks fantastic. It's a bright (color, not cloudiness) yellow/orange and has a large frothy head that is ever so slow going away.

It smells like a Czech Pils, probably with Saaz hops. It could also just be the herbs used in the brewing process, but either way it is extremely earthy smelling and I imagine it will be a rather "hot" beer. Very dry and a slight warming.

The beer exceeded my expectations on first taste. It's a very clean, not overpowering, smooth tasting beer. There is no overwhelming alcohol burn or one single ingredient that stands in front of another. Very well balanced. It's a very creamy, bubbly beer with a mild taste that is extremely earthy.

It has a slightly dry finish with a little residual sweetness. Very refreshing and delicious. Very smooth on the way down and I'll probably drink this one faster than planned...

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

Foret 750ml Saison from Grassroots Market Jax, FL
Stamped L081048 14 2B

Appearance is lemon golden with decent head and fluff.
Lemon spice semi tart aromas.
Tastes as it smells on a pale mild sweet pils malt.
Mouthfeel is creamy, bubbly, light, tart.

Enjoyable Saison. Period.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy dark straw yellow color with a dense white head with huge lace on the side.

S-light wet hay funkiness, faint notes of yeast and toasted grain, light earthy malt, herbal spice, lots of lemon behind.

T-more barnyard funkiness than the nose, lots of wet hay, earthy malts, light yeastiness, grassy and herbal spice with a fair amount of lemon behind.

M-syrupy and a little grainy, medium to light body, enough carbonation but i'd like more to balance the syrupy texture.

D-this is very tasty, lots of good things going on, the flavor doesn't quite have the bold tastes as the aroma did; but still great balance of flavors.

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

Hazy yellow-orange with an everlasting froth. Hops, citrus, malts, and a little sneaky funk in there.

The hops win out over the other flavors here, which left me a little disappointed. I was hoping for something a little more balanced or rich. But nothing can really stand up to the Fantome Saison in terms of complexity. I'm not penalizing the Dupont Foret at all, and it's a worthy beer.

Nice carbonation and medium/chewy mouthfeel. Not exactly something you'd bang back, but goes down nicely.

Photo of deapokid
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass:

This Saison is a light orange/yellow in color with the bubble and fizzle of a champagne. It maintains a thin head atop that boasts amazing retention and a firm coat of lacing. Looks quite elegant.

Scent is of the musky variety, accompanied by a hint of booze, a little banana, floral aromas and peppery spicing. This is pretty much the barnyard scent by which all others are judged.

Flavor is dry and dank with a certain sweetness that is bright and vibrant. It also features a hint of what might be wheat doughiness, grassy and natural flavoring and an ending that isn't too far from the funk of Brettanomyces (although I'm almost certain that's not an ingredient).

Liquid is tingly on the tongue, like a soft drink, with a sweetness that pops and a dryness culled from the muskiest wine cellar on Earth.

This exemplary farmhouse ale is supremely tasty and easy to drink. I moved from glass to glass like it was water. Bravo!

Photo of trevorjn06
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold/light orange with 2 fingers of white head that dissipates after a minute. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is pilsner malt, earthy barnyard funk, yeast, lemon, a bit of tartness, peaches and orange.

Flavor is light, sweet pilsner malt at first. In the middle is smooth citrusy malt and Saison funk/mustiness. The finish is lemon, a slight tartness and some tannin.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth.

Overall this is a smooth, good beer that falls short of it's counterpart Vieille Provision. It lacks the zest and lively character of this other brew and the bitterness is more mild, I miss it. This is still a good beer in it's own right.

Photo of jpoder
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cork and cage bottle poured into a snifter

This beer was definitely not Saison Dupont's flagship. not a bad beer by any stretch, but I have ultra high expectations coming from these guys. This kind of reminded me of pilsner urquell meets Duval.

a: hazy golden yellow. creamy white head dissipating into a lacing

s: grassy, yeasty, lemon, fresh hay, and classic S.D.P. smell no funk observed.

t: green apple, earthy, bitter hop (more than I would have expected). somehow it was malty (thus my pilsner urquell comparison), but still very dry finish.

m: very dry finsh. nice, sort of high carbonation.

d: could definitely drink a bunch of this! ...I'd rather drink the traditional Saison DuPont, though. I miss the slight sour, slight funk...perhaps if this was aged a while...

Photo of Reaper16
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle - dated 2008 - served into an Orval chalice

This beer is not really very pretty. A mostly-hazy pour of sunshine yellow that is pretty typical of the style. The head is really unimpressive. One finger of, like, an almost gray colored head forms and quickly dies. Lacing is nonexistent. Really, though, the head was a dark white. Almost gray.

Grassy hops and the lemony Dupont house character waft up from the glass first and foremost. Some musty aromas - old hay - are all this beer gets by the way of the funky side, which is a little surprising given that this bottle is a year-and-a-half to two years old. There is a curious element of subtle mint to the aroma. It is a herbal note that actually cools the nose. It is that playfulness that puts this beer into the 'good' range.

The beer is more complex than the aroma suggests; a rare turn of events. Foret brings the earthiness. Flavors of hay and dirt and a tiny bit of old cardboard (from oxidization, no doubt) amp up the ancient, earthy tastes. But there is brightness, too. Youth. The hops are floral and grassy and bitter like a beer of its age shouldn't be. It honestly suggests the flora growing on top of all that earth. What a narrative! The trace flavor of mint (phenolic?) can be found on the palate, too. It cuts through and highlights flavors (and makes the floral hops taste somewhat of toothpaste).

The mouthfeel is somewhat at odds with the flavors. It feels more than fine - appropriate body - but the sharp carbonation doesn't really mesh with the earthiness. The beer's curiosity and rather unique flavor profile makes for a nicely drinkable brew.

This is a great example of a Saison that showcases one aspect of the saison profile (earthiness, as opposed to fruitiness, sourness, funkiness, hoppiness, or phenolicness). Usually I prefer a saison to try and deftly hit as many of those possibilities as it can but this very earthy saison is really enjoyable. I think I love the narrative most of all. It uses USDA certified organic hops and barley and "filtered artisan well water." But the flavors also invoke nature and the circle of life. New growth is generated from the decay of the old. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. There is no nebulous scoring category of "artisticness" that I can rank this beer in but it would score highly in that category if I could.

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

12 oz brown bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours a murky pale gold with just a bit of copper, with a fluffy white head of about two fingers; nice retention and some really nice foamy lacing. It's about a 4.25 I think; just a bit too murky.

Nose carries light notes of apples, a bit of lemon, vanilla from the yeast, fresh hay in there as well, carrying just a bit of farmhouse funk.

Taste starts off with notes of earthy lemon and grassy hops, mild sweetness from smooth vanilla notes from the yeast, just a bit tangy, and hints of some musty, bretty barnyard. Mild grassy bitterness on the finish wrapped up with tangy yeast notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamier than expected, with a long, full finish.

Nicely drinkable, though the complexity fights off a bit of drinkability.

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured cloudy pale golden yellow in color with a finger-sized head. A light amount of carbonation is visible and there are some yeast particles floating near the bottom of the glass. The beer has good head retention and a thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There are earthy and musty aromas along with some notes of spices.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some notes of fruits.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate. There is a little bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very refreshing and easy to drink. Not a trace of alcohol is perceptible.

Photo of vidisad
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This organic beer is gold in color topped by a thick cream colored head that is produced by an solid amount of carbonation. The taste is light and refreshing, floral, with perhaps a hint of acidity in the finish. This is quite nice, light and refreshing with enough complexity to keep me interested in each sip.

Photo of Torps
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
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
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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
4.26/5  rDev +6%
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
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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
4.22/5  rDev +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
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
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
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
90 out of 100 based on 745 ratings.