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Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 19
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: richmof on 05-12-2010

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Ratings: 466 | Reviews: 96
Photo of aleigator
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Dragyourbone1
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of Wanne
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of AGust82
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of bnes09
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

Photo of allengarvin
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Photo of brewskifan55
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of larryi86
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of rdickey
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of sevreng
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of sprat1960
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle.

A: Pours a hazy gold. Enormous and effervescent off-white head. Top notch head retention, huge island of foam and almost continuous walls of lacing. Almost perfect.

S: Nice bright citrus with some pears and apples. White pepper and some bready malt. A little floral aspect to it too.

T: Oh yeah, definitely floral up front, you can really get that challenger hop aspect here. Floral with white pepper and light citrus. Very light pears too. Lots more flowers in the middle, leading into a really grainy sort of finish. Light bitterness with drying white pepper, flowers and a hint of citrus in the aftertaste. You get quick little bursts of sweet orange here and there too. Quite nice.

M: Medium bodied, dry and lightly bitter. Aftertaste almost a touch chalky.

O: I wasn't a huge fan of the regular saison dupont but this was quite nice. Lightly bitter, lightly dry and lots of flowers and citrus. Makes for a nice crisp and easy drinking saison with some surprisingly bold flavors at the same time.

Photo of thierrynantes
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (37,5 cl) purchased from La Cervoiserie, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : dark golden color, with white foam head (not persistent).
Smell : hops, spices and yeasty aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : herbal and yeasty flavors leading to a dry and spicy finish.
Overall : a good beer in the Belgian style Saison.

Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I recently purchased the 2014 vintage more out of curiosity than anything else.

From the bottle: "Vielle Provision"; Unfiltered"; "Bottle Conditioned"; "Belgian Farmhouse Ale"; "Cuvee Dry Hopping 2014"; "Every year, Dupont's Master Brewer, Olivier Dedeycker, makes a special dry-hopped version of the brewery's famous Saison Dupont. This lets him take advantage of different hop varieties each season. For 2014, he chose the famous English hop, CHALLENGER, renowned for its balance of of bittering and aromatic qualities. Importantly, they were cultivated in Belgium by the farm that supplies Olivier's Golding hops. Using only hop flowers (no pellets, please), he added them to the late boil and dry hopped in cold maturation. The result is 'a super-refreshing Saison with accentuated floral, spice, and citrus hop notes. Cheers!'"

Having popped the cork, I utilized a VERY gentle pour for the initial pour. My sometime drinking buddy, Sam Knocken, was over to help share the bottle. I got a skim of bone-white head as the result, but not much more than that. Color was a cloudy golden-yellow (SRM = > 2, ~ 4 -5 ). Ihad company over, so the bashful trio of Croesus, Mammon and MIdas did not show up. The nose had a great black pepper spiciness, accompanied by a pleasant mustiness, underlain by a brilliant earthiness. Mouthfeel was very effervescent and the hops gave the standard saison flavor much more of a lemon-citrusy bite. Finish really evinced a tartness not usually found in the style. It was especially lemony, but there was also a grapefruit-like bitterness, also. Very dry and quite refreshing as a whole.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Note: 2014 Vintage with Challenger Hops

A: Pours a cloudy medium straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass + surface of the beer along with some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy off-white head that very slowly reduce to a full finger thick pillowy layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grassy/hay-like funkiness with lighter aromas of pale malts, citrus/lemon rind, and spices (white pepper and coriander) with the distinct aroma of saison yeast. Lighter notes of floral and spicy hops.

T: Upfront the beer is earthy with a light to moderate flavor of slightly chalky pale malts. That is followed by light flavors of citrus/lemon rind and hay-like barnyard funkiness. There is a moderate flavor of spices (white pepper and coriander) from the yeast and the hops. Light flavors of floral hops add a light amount of lingering bitterness to the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp and slightly prickly. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and paired wonderfully with my grilled lamb, roasted potatoes, and greens dinner tonight. Earthy with citrus and spices is just up my alley. Looking forward to trying next year's version with a different hop.

Photo of FFreak
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fabulous Belgian saison. A hazy golden yellow with a persistent white head and champagne-like bubbles, nice lacing. A sweet tangy aroma with citrus, sweet malt and some spice.. with just a hint of dry hopping. Taste is incredibly well balanced. It has ample body, but is still light and refreshing...my taste buds just cried out for more. I love this beer. It's now my standard by which all non-soured saisons will be compared.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 750 ml bottle into tall tulips.
Pours blonde and hazy with generous frothy head, lots of bubbles rise from bottom of the glass.
Aromas are perfect, tangy, yeasty and utterly saison.
taste is lighter than aroma, very quenching.
Mouthfeel is clean and dry, very nice.
Overall, this is an aromatic and quenching saison. Delicious!

Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy orangish gold with a yeasty, funky, spicy bitter floral hop elements along with tropical fruits. Smooth beer thanks to yeast and well-carbonated so it is crisp and light and the hop bitterness is evident on the end. Tropical fruit like flavor sweetness sticks around in the beer as well as some funky sour notes for a well-balanced and crafted beer.

Photo of brurevu
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately I can’t speak to the effect of the dry-hopping as I have not had the original Saison Dupont and this bottle has aged a bit so the hops may have faded. The bottle opened with a celebratory Pop that was and exciting start. The beer is un-filtered and bottle conditioned so I was delicate with the initial pour so as not to have a glass overflowing with foam. The beer poured a hazy golden straw color with a significant effervescent white head. The aroma was bright and fruity with notes of pear and cherries over the Belgian yeast and cloves although I didn’t detect much from the hops. The initial taste was heavy on the Belgian yeast and spices with a bit of funk that faded into a dry and fruity finish. The pear, apple and hint of cherries were well hidden underneath the typical saison flavors and really accentuated the beer. The bottle conditioning gave the Saison Dupont a vibrant mouthfeel that let the brew finish bright and dry. This was a standout Saison.

Photo of Johnbenco34
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

this ale pours well with a bunch of carbonation so easy on the pour guys and girls. Best served in a tulip glass to allow the bouquet of hop aroma stand out.

A- Hazy almost like a hefewiezen with a very low clarity, Straw gold in color so an srm reading of under 5. A creamy long last bright whitehead that last a good while. the foam is so puffy you cant help it but grab a spoon and eat the dam thing lol. great lacing left along the sides after every sip.

S- WIth the help of Yeoman and Target hops this saison has great bouquet of citrusy lemon zesty, and a delightful grassy and earthy spices like coriander and curacao peel(spicer than orange peel and more astringic ,puckery). THe yeast also produces the overall esters and sour notes( Belgium strain).

T- Thanks to the Belgium yeast you get great sour note that is well balance by the hop bittering finish. esters and earthy herbal, grainlike zesty lemon with a sour and spicey taste. very refreshing saison. Acceptbale sour note well balanced by hop bitterness and spice.

M- Well carbonated yeast is similar to a champagne yeast but less bubbles and more puffy like whip cream over sweet potato pie. Medium bodyed flavor and texture with a crispy dry hoppy finish that is acceptable for even your everyday pilsner enthusiast.

O- Slight mouth drying sour well balanced by the high alpha acids of the all putpose and bittering use of hops (yeoman bittering, Targets all purpose) the ibus are low but presentable.

pww- I would pair this guy with the same foods you would pair an expensive sauvingnon blanc. great with light bodied seafood dishes and salads and suhi and a classis german sausage like a wiesswurt

thanks guys for reading and now go get one and cheers my friends and if you like this style I would recommend a less sour ale like a hefewiesen which leans towards banana and clove aromas and flavors.

Photo of TBoneJones
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

DuPont Cuvée Dry Hopping 2013
Hazy golden, crisp yet robust in appearance with the expected high head of soapy white foam.
Immediate hay, some funk, malts. Nice but not strong.
This drinks well. First sip is an unusual dip into the barnyard, spices are in there in a peppery way, and then a bittersweet mouthful of the unusual hops involved with this brew; nice combo of the English and French variety used (detailed as per the label). There's also the bubblegum taste aspect i enjoy that appears in certain belgium styles. If anything there seems a dimension missing in the taste, but one which only prevents this beer from being both complex and delicious, as opposed to delicious, which it is.
Feels incredibly smooth, creamy, and of medium carbonation. Highly drinkable off the bat. A sharp finishing taste.

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Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping from Brasserie Dupont sprl
92 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.