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Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Reviews: 107
Hads: 525
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 22
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of ShanePB
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Murky orange body, huge fluffy white head. Great lacing. Aromas of spice, pepper, yeast, stale hops. Flavor is not much different from the non-dry hopped version to be honest. Faint dry hop does change the flavor a bit, but otherwise a bit of bubblegum, yeast and grain.

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Photo of Jason
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml green bottle, sample from the importer.

Towering white head, leaves a beautiful trail of lacing down the glass. Hop haze is nearly murky, not a fan of that. Sweet herbal hop resin, very floral in the nose with hints of dried grass, bubble gum, and nutty yeast. Big kiss of herbal hop, very dry palate. Yeast, slightly mealy, grassy, and husky. Dried apples, nutty yeast, phenols, hop oil, lemon rind, and hay linger. Much prefer the original though it was fun to give this a try.

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Photo of justinp444
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage. Poured into a tulip in has a massive amount of carbonation leading to a 3 inch + white head of various sized bubbles and a orange mango colored body. Smell is papaya, orange, hay, banana, light biscuit malt, and earth. Taste is more mango, tropical fruit, citrus, mirabelle plum, some banana, apple, hay, Belgian yeast esters, grass, biscuit malt, and earth. Has a very nice crisp yet soft mouth feel and a moderate body.

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Photo of lmaduells
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A big surprise. I liked beer. Fresh, powerful, with a point of imbalance thank you very much. Maybe a little too much gas, but also a persistent foam amazing. A bitter taste at the end of the mouth, persistent and very nice. A beer for summer and retain repeat.

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Photo of Doderlein_Bacillus
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange colour with huge fluffy/creamy head. Lots of lace. Aroma is spices, yeast, some fruit and earth. Flavour is earth, a bit meaty, spices, zest and lots of yeast. An excellently balanced whole with a very filling palate.

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Photo of Auraan
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review based on the 2014 vintage. Poured a gorgeous cloudy golden body with 3 fingers of thick, foamy white head that receded to a nice cap of white foam. Overall impression of appearance is of an amazing saison. Scents of lemon zest and juice upfront, giving way to medium-high phenolic aromas of white pepper with just a touch of clove and light hints of wild funk and a medium-light hop presence that is floral and spicy in character and a light bready wheat malt in the background. Overall impression of aroma is of a very nice dry saison, that showcases a high level of lemon and peppery character without the sweet citrus of sweeter examples of the style. The Challenger hops add a light floral presence though they are not massively different from the Golding hops normally used at this point in the vintage's life. Flavor begins dry with moderate bitterness and notes of lemon zest and white pepper upfront with a light funkiness and hop-derived notes of floral, further peppery and earthy quality and a light malt sweetness adding balance in the background. Middle picks up on dryness with lemon zest beginning to give way to more pronounced flavors of white pepper and floral, earthy, herbal, spicy hops and a musty funk. Finish is dry with notes of white and black pepper and medium-light levels of floral, herbal, peppery hop-derived character and a light touch of warming alcohol and lemon zest. Aftertaste is dry with notes of earthy, herbal, floral hops and peppery notes. Overall impression of flavor is of an excellent dry saison. Not too far off from the basic Saison Dupont, but still quite pleasant in its refreshing overall character. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with high, effervescent carbonation and a refreshing tartness. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of the perfect saison. Overall this is a very nice saison on the dry side of the style. Aroma and flavor are both quite refreshing and this is aided by mouthfeel. The hop variety used is difficult to discern but that may be due to the age of the bottle. However it is still an excellent beer and one of the best examples of the style.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a wine glass from a 750mL at Artichoke Cafe in Albuquerque, NM.

Cloudy straw-colored liquid with a substantial frothy, pale white head.

Smell and taste are similar and show case a dryer yeasty floral flavor and touches of grassy and slightly citrusy hops. Noticeable bitterness but tame by American standards. A strong malt presence and I found myself tasting something akin to cotton candy at times. There's a lot to like here.

Great beer.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a frothy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of hay and some grainy malts.

Tastes of the grainy malts layered with hops and spice. Malts lead off with a grainy sweetness. This gives way to a bit of apple fruitiness followed by lemony hops along with some citrus. Spiciness comes towards the back end with notes of clove and pepper as well as some earthiness. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty, but I wouldn't say it was better than the original.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a mostly cloudy golden color with a decent head, good size bubbles, and a very light lacing.

Smell: A light malt, a little spice, and yeast, but not much hops which is fine by me. A bit light.

Taste: Now I can taste the hops along with a little spice.

Mouthfeel: Very dry, slightly bitter.

Drinkability: A decent saison, but I This is nowhere near as good as Dupont’s Avec Les Bons Voeux, which I drank side by side. Still a decent saison nonetheless.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beatiful hazy, amber colored beer with a foamy, white head.

Nose: Hoppy, floral, Belgian yeast, banana, grass, hay, pear and apple.
Taste: Wow! An explosion of orange, grapefruit, apple, citrus, herbs, some spice and banana. Sweet malt in the background.
Body: Medium body and carbonation. Dry finish.

An amazing beer!

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Photo of aleigator
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange-golden hazy color, with a stable, froth head.

Aromas form a wild melange of slightly musty yeast upfront, containing notes of funk and spices, against grassy, herbal fresh hops. In comparison, hops seem to be a little less intense than the yeast, and therefore underline the typical Dupont qualities in a very interesting way. Hops turn more complex, as the beer warms up, revealing a fruity kiwi note, which has a gentle, refeshing sting to it, among herbs, primarily defined by turnip cabbage and onion.

Hop character from the aromas is convertable to the taste, with a hint of fruitiness added, mostly papaya and lime. They are present on the palate from the very beginning, starting with herbal qualities, balanced by very soft white-bread yeast, guided by a fitting, slightly metallic carbonation. Hops are by no means as present or aggressive as they tend to be in IPAs, because in this brew they get bedded among a distinctive yeast foundation. While loosing some of its uncompromising bitter-punch, they interact very well with the dough, slightly spiced yeast, creating an enjoyable complexity. This is still without a doubt a Dupont beer, but the dry-hopping is throughout convincing, herbs and grass along tropical notes add a new dimension to the beer, which is outstanding on its own already. The medium hop bitterness adds to the taste from the beginning till the end, while it finds a worthy counterpart in the peppery yeast spiciness. The taste finds its peak, when cardamom, clove and raw onion blend together wrapped up by garden herbs and bready malts.

Finishes slightly metallic, due to the lively carbonation which seems to swallow all other tastes for a split-second, then sweeter, biscuity malts become noteable, accompanied by tropical fruits. Very refreshing, with the typical Dupont mouthfeel, defined by an incredible smoothness and drinking beyond thirst.

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Photo of Dragyourbone1
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Saison Dupont Belgian Farmhouse Ale - dry hopping
2014 edition- English Challenger Hops
Given as a present a few months ago. From fridge to chalice glass...after carefully and slowly opening the cage and cork. - It's all part of the drama.
Update note: It looks like there are other posts for this brew but from other years. There is subtle variety in the hops used each release and may make the comparisons a bit off.

A - Golden Honey tone with a two-finger thick frosty head - beautiful lacing.
Lots of seemingly endless carbonation. Some thickness. Looks nice when light shines into it.

S - Sweet aroma like being in a garden in late spring. Citrus, honey, slight butterscotch, and I'm not sure what else - quite complex, but very earthy... some yeasty scent as well.

T - After a few minutes the head retention minimized to a 1/4 inch frost with one large chuck bit of foam - like a iceberg sitting in the middle. Citrus notes - orange, grapefruit and other un-named flavors, though a bit less than the nose anticipates.

M - The first few tastes there was a nice fullness (due mainly to the head) that dissipated with a bit of zesty carbonation. Very mild tartness and surprisingly dry finish.
Quite thin were the tastes towards the middle of the glass, but fullness returned at the last few quafs mainly due to the remaining head. Carbonation is quite persistent. Leave on tongue and feel the fizzle.

O- 2014 was a good year for this Saison. I'll need to try their regular offering sometime soon. The apperance in the chalice was classic. The floral and citrus nose was enticing. Very light. Very drinkable. And at 6.5 ABV very sociable. High marks. Definite buy.

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Photo of Wanne
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It pours a hazy yellow, slightly orange colour with a white dense head. A combination of grass, hay, barnyard and herbal accents compose the aroma. These reappear in the taste, but with a sharp bitterness. Unfortunately, the taste vanishes rapidly, but there is a light taste of apple that lingers around. Very good beer, but would have loved it if the taste didn't disappear so quickly.

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Photo of AGust82
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I removed the cork very carefully from a 48 deg bottle that had been sitting calm for 3 weeks. It volcanoed out after about 5 seconds and sat in my sink continuing to foam up and out of the bottle for 30 minutes. I hope yours goes better.

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Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

On tap at the Bier Stein the other day. The beer menu that this relies on challenger hops.

The beer pour a solid gold color with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose, you get some noticeable honey, light clove and dry citrus. The flavor profile is more of the same, but it's incredible how much flavor this beer delivers on a light, dry, lightly bitter frame. Drinkability is exceptional... but for the hefty price tag, I could happily drink this all night long.

The words DuPont an saison are pretty much synonymous. When I think saison, I think Dupont This is another example why. Great stuff.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Vine and Barley Palm City. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy yellow body. Huge white head. Nice lacing.

Smell - Hops are kinda lemony. Grassy. Some doughy pale malts. Phenolic and yeasty.

Taste - The phenolic flavors are much more prominent. Banana and clove. Very yeasty. The pale malts give it a bit of sweetness. Grassy hops come back in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, but feels kinda heavy at first. Well carbonated.

Overall - Better as it warmed. The more dynamic flavors justified sweetness as it got warmer.

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Photo of bnes09
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh, floral and honey aroma. Lighter malt on the palate with a mild apple sweetness. Spices creep in with a ginger and medicinal quality. Well balanced, oily, leafy hops. Lighter bodied. Highly carbonated. Dry finish. Even after a year in the bottle this beer tastes incredibly fresh.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%

Pour is a darker amber, completely hazed, with tons of tight white head. Nose is heavily sulfuric, a fair bit of pale malt and decent grain presence with a bit of doughiness behind. Peppery with a little soapy hops and grassy notes. Taste is a bit grassier, grain and malt is much more subdued but also far less sulfuric. Flavor is pale malt, cleaner grain, juicy fruit esters. Sulfuric notes mid to rear palate, faint pepper, grassy hops. Quite a dry finish, high carb, lighter body.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. 2014 edition with the Challenger hop.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Huge white head that takes up most of the glass and slowly recedes. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian aroma with good hints of barnyard funk and fruit. Belgian yeast with hints of farmhouse funk, peppers, and clove. Bready malt hints of wheat, straw, hay, grains, biscuit, and cracker. Good hints of citrus with some lemon zest, mango, and orange along with other dried fruit hints of pear, banana, and green apple. Sweet hints of Belgian candied sugar. Earthy and floral hop presence with good hints of grass. A very good Saison aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma previews, a nicely fruity, yeasty, and spicy Belgian taste with big notes of funk and fruit esters. Upfront Belgian yeast with notes of farmhouse funk, clove, and white and black peppers. Bready malt with good notes of wheat, grains, straw, hay, biscuit, and crackers. Good taste of citrus fruit with notes of lemon, orange, mango, and grapefruit. Classic Belgian fruit notes of banana, pear, and green apple. Sweet notes of candied sugar. Backing presence of floral and earthy hops with grassy hop notes. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Nicely juicy, spicy, and drying on the finish.

Overall: A very good twist on a great Belgian Saison. The extra dry hopping adds some nice citrus fruit and floral notes.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: In a 12-oz goblet, this was a straw-colored beer, quite cloudy, with a substantial head for the glass size.
S: Very nice aroma, with a lot of floral hop notes, and a yeasty spiciness.
T: Pure Dupont, the brewery that introduced me to saisons: bitterness up front is moderately high, with loads of floral, earthy hop flavor. Lots of clovey yeast notes, and a well-rounded light fruitiness. Finish is dry with lingering spiciness.
M: Lots of carbonation, very spritzy mouthfeel.

Very top notch beer!

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Thanks for sharing, Alan.

A: Golden, opaque with a white one finger head that dissipates down to foam. Thick lacing.

S: Citrus (oranges and lemons), pine hops.

T: Smooth, semi-sweet. Summery. Oranges lead the citrus attack with light pepper in the background. A low bitter finish.

M: Light to medium with low carbonation.

O: A tamed-down version of the regular Saison Dupont. For the price ($31 for the growler), it wasn't just spectacular like I was expecting. Just OK.

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Photo of larryi86
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, 2014, poured into a teku

A- A hazy golden color with a four finger white head.

S- Floral hops, some citrus, lemon, light fruits, slightly funky yeast, some bready malts, touch of peppercorns.

T- Citrus and floral hops combined with hints of lemons and a nice sweet bready malt backbone, finish is better, earthy, hints of pepper, slightly funky. Very nice balance between the Saison flavors and the hops.

S- Smooth crisp, dry medium body.

O- A great beer, very happy I was able to find this. As a fan of both Saisons and hoppy beers, I love what it is going on with this beer. This is a most try for anyone likes Saisons and IPAs.

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Photo of rdickey
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The beer features a slightly cloudy, pale gold body topped with a fluffy white head. The head sticks around for a respectable amount of time, and as it drops it leaves sheets of uniform white lacing.

Smell: A hefty dose of lemony citrus gives me a bit of a surprise, but I realized that I wasn’t paying attention to the label and the fact that this year’s dry hopping addition is challenger hops. The nose is filled out with white pepper and what I would call a traditional saison yeast scent.

Taste: It is certainly more hop forward than the traditional Saison Dupont, and I am now regretting not having purchased one of those so I could engage in a head-to-head comparison. The citrus continues to make things interesting, the white pepper sticks around and is joined by coriander, and a slight funk shows up. It’s not full-on funk, more like a hint of grass and earth. It finishes fairly bitter but clean.

Mouthfeel: This one is relatively highly carbonated and, despite the big hop profile, feels quite light in the mouth.

Drinkability: Quite high, and perfect for a summer day.

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Photo of sevreng
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Cuvee. 750ml bottle purchased at Shadyside Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh, PA on 7/7/14. Poured into tulip.

A - Hazy golden hue with wonderful rocky head on pour. Head dissipates slowly, lacing is superb.

S - Very mild yeast characteristics of banana and cream balanced with a light citrus/lemon note.

T - Light but full malts and a nice balance of saison funkiness complimented by vegetal hops and finishes very dry from both the high attenuation and challenger hops. The hops become more evident as the glass warms, interesting twist on a great saison.

M - Zippy carbonation lightening a full body, refreshing and satisfying as a saison should be.

O - Nice variant of a good beer. I may borrow this idea for my own house saison next year.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle

Beautiful deep golden color; opaque. Huge amount of light to medium carbonation; lots of bubbles. Large off-white head with good retention; when it dies down a thick layer of foam remains on the surface of the beer along with some lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma has a citrus quality combined with a light hoppy smell. Very appealing and invites you to have a drink.

Taste starts off somewhat acidic with a citrus flavor, (think grapefruit), then the taste progresses to a smooth light hoppy flavor with a dry finish. Very refreshing and enjoyable.

Medium body, smooth carbonation that provides a very mild fizziness with a dry finish. Very nice.

Overall a very nice beer to drink slowly and savor. While this style of beer tends to not favorite of mine, I found that I really enjoyed this beer.

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