Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 21
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle.I don't go to this style often but I thought this would be a good Sunday afternoon beer.Poured into a large tulip glass a clear honey color with a large blooming sticky white head that left two broken rings of lace as it settled slowly.Aromas of toasted grain,yeast,and some chalkiness,light herbal hop notes come into play as well.Yeasty with more chalkiness on the palate,slightly medicinal flavors to go along with herbal hops in the finish.Not bad but the yeast is a bit heavy handed for me,still it's not funky and barnyard-like so it works for me.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. 2011 vintage.

The beer pours a golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of grass and yeast with some light funk from the Belgian yeast. There is also a little bit of earth and some spiciness in the aroma.

The flavor is mainly made up of lighter malts, with some grass notes. There is also a strong Belgian yeast component to the flavor. I also get a little bit of orange citrus, I guess from the hops, but it is not too strong or prominent.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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 sevreng
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
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 hagbergl
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to find this on draft at Worcester, MA's own Armsby Abbey, a place that always has new and interesting beers on tap. Served at perfect temperature in a tulip glass.

Appearance (4.5/5): Straw-colored/golden and hazy. Huge carbonation visible. Creamy pure white head of about an inch protrudes slightly above the lip of the glass.

Smell (4.25/5): Classic Saison yeast aromas mesh with a beautifully fresh, grassy, noble hop smell. It is exactly what the name implies: a hopped up Saison Dupont. The sweet malt and mildly funky yeast work perfectly with the more aggressive, fresher hops to create an aroma that is still recognizable as a close cousin of the original Dupont.

Taste (4.5/5): The taste follows the nose. This is a much hoppier Saison Dupont. The extra hoppiness adds some graprefruity, piney flavors that you don't get in the original. The yeast plays less of a role in the overall taste, but still lends sufficient character to make it unmistakably related to the original Saison Dupont. I like the original a little better, as I'm not a huge fan of highly hopped saisons, but this one is excellent. The flavor profile reminds me a bit of De Ranke XX Bitter, though not quite as dry and bitter in the aftertaste. The hops round out in the end and you're left with a nice mix of yeastiness and hops, with the hops dominating only moderately.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): The mouthfeel on Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping is typical saison: a nice moderate effervescence with a refreshingly dry finish. The body is fairly light, though it's no feather weight. Smooth and easy to drink, it has a light creaminess to it that many of the best saisons achieve. Stellar.

Overall (4.5/5): Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping 2013 is a great take on the classic saison. It's obviously made specifically for the American market, filled as it is with hop heads like me. Suffice it to say, they hit it out of the park. It marries a more aggressive hop profile with the traditional saison yeast and malt bill to make a wonderfully fruity, fresh, and refreshing beer. Good stuff, for certain.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. 750 ml corked and caged brown (!) glass bottle. Served cold into a tulip glass on a hot summer day.

This year's vintage is brewed with Triskel hops. I've never heard for this type nor seen it in the local homebrew shop so it should be interesting to try.

Visually, this looks about right for an authentic Belgian Saison. It has a hazy yellow-orange color with visible suspended yeast and other sediment. It has thick white head but it settles fairly quickly and leaves no lace behind.

Aroma is extremely enjoyable on its own. Beautiful complexity and depth unlike anything I would expect to get locally. It has the funk of the yeast along with floral and citrusy hop character.

Flavor is tart and funky with a good dose of bitterness from those hops. A little sweet up front but it finishes very dry. Each sip digs a little deeper into the depths of this beer's flavor. There is some herbal and medicinal quality to it. Bitter like traditional hops but also a bit like aspirin. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel is light in body and assertively carbonated like most examples of this style.

Overall a really enjoyable Saison and one with trying at least once.

Photo of dirtylou
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, split

When the green bottles aren't skunked, it's really tough to beat a Saison Dupont, unless of course you dry hop the sh!t out of it. Clean and crisp, lovely esters, bright citrus, pepper, corriander, clove, peach. I really enjoyed this, and with a pretty reasonable price-point, should probably grab another.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage

pour was golden yellow, big thick white head. nice retention.

funky, spicy, yeasty, with a hint of citrus hops. pretty complex but light on the hops.

similar to nose. very yeasty and funky through out. some light spice and bite. hops are faint, barely noticeable.

light with a moderate bite, spice and flavor contributes to the bite, adds life. nice.

hops were bland, not sure when this is made but at some point it has dropped off. for the price, i'd just buy the regular saison.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
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 Gmann
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a big near explosive pure white head that slowly settles into a huge rocky head.

The aroma is quite yeasty, as the original. Nice balance between clove, green banana, lemon, and light farmhouse. Good twang. Not much from the hops. Basically has the same aroma as the original.

Again, quite yeasty with clove and hints of farmhouse. Nice lemon tartness and pepper spice from the hops. Slightly bready malt but quite light and dry; perfect. The new hop seems to marry nicely with the brew as I hardly taste a difference. Probably should have done a side by side. The taste is bright, floral and flavorful.

Nice light to moderate feel with very fizzy carbonation. Great hot weather brew as it drinks quite light.

Great beer though can't really tell the difference between the original without a side by side. i will re-review once I do that. Regardless, awesome beer.

Photo of cxr1037
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saison Dupont Cuvee Dry Hopping 2013. Got this bottle a little over a week ago. I feel I should have drank it sooner but oh well.

a - hazy golden with lots of head that eventually calms down nicely.

s - earthy, a little citrusy, floral. very nice fragrance.

t - i havent had regular Saison Dupont in some time, so it's hard for me to compare this against the original. but my cloudy memories indicate that i may like this more. tastes of straw, pepper, grass, yeast. there's a citrusy bitterness that i assume comes from the dry hopping. however, i felt there would have been a more pronounced hop flavor. perhaps this is because the hop flavors have already started to fade? very earthy finish.

m - lots of carbonation and bitterness that coats the mouth. feels very refreshing on this hot day.

o - as a huge fan of the style, i feel that Saison Dupont Cuvee Dry Hopping is better than the original, and one of the top saisons i've ever had. i was expecting more of the hop taste, but i can't very accurately remember the original. damn, looks like i'll have to go buy a bottle now! either way, top tier saison and worth a taste, especially if you have a regular dupont handy.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright dirty orangey color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of rustic Belgian malt with light funky ester and some dry Noble hops. Taste is quite complex and refreshing at the same time with light barnyard notes with some rustic malt and a dry hoppy aftertaste with light notes of cat’s urine. Body is full with great bottle-conditioning and some super good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with nice complexity and hoppy notes but good drinkability factor as well.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange, hazy, white head, fluffy, good retention.

Aroma: orange rind, lemon, grass, floral hops, zesty funk and musk, fruity yeast esters.

Taste: citrus, lemon, floral, grassy, herbal, tea leaves, funk, musk, fruity yeast notes.

Mouthfeel: crisp, well carbonated, prickly, medium body.

Photo of matthiasbrau
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ii'd been searching for this since the email from Vanberg & DeWulf in April, announcing its imminent arrival... but it was no where to be found, until today, when i found it on the shelf of my local bottle shop.

750-milliliter bottle, poured into my Saison Dupont glass. Glowing a hazy yellow-orange in the late-afternoon sun, this effervescent elixir is capped with three fingers of bone-white mousse; hoppy, peppery nose; Triskell hops are subtle, yet present; there is a smoothness and slightly lighter mouthfeel here typically not found in the regular Saison Dupont; paired quite well with bassa oreganata and citrus risotto; well worth seeking out if you are already a fan of Brasserie Dupont...or if you are looking for a reason to try this most magnificent of breweries.

$13.99 at Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY, but i do see it on for cheaper in NYC. I'll certainly be stocking up!

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance: light golden. Loads of small rising bubbles. Huge fluffy white head.
smell: a mixture of fruity, a touch of funk, a bit of pepper.
taste: much like the nose. interesting touch of malty sweetness though the finish is dry with a touch bitterness.
overall: Very strong, interesting beer. enough complexity to make it unique, enough simplicity to make it familiar. Nice I mean.

Photo of spicelab
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Magnum thanks to Adam@Platinum Liquor.

Cork bursts out with very little coaxing, but thankfully no gushing behind it. Murky orange-pear with a pillowy white head that forms strongly before falling with good spotty lace to a half-centimetre raised ring. Vigorous bead.

Despite the hopping, the yeast still leads the aroma, but the profile is much sharper and less doughy than the regular version. Orange marmalade, pear strudel, floral spice, dried grass, sweet melons, bubble-gum and mild barnyard funk.

Flavours bring more tart citrus into play, particularly grapefruit with added resiny bitterness creeping in later. Keeps it very clean, but at the same time mollifies the yeast expression a little.

Medium and quite syrupy, with carbonation less aggressive than it appears. Finish is a seamless integration of dry and bitter.

Although I prefer the original, there's plenty to like about the way the hopping tempers the potentially cloying aspects of the yeast profile. Will definitely buy this again.

Photo of TBoneJones
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a hazy Golden straw colour, with a large white head that retains and laces well.

S - Plenty od Hop and spice charachter.

T - Light eartyh flavours with heaps of hop and spice with a little lemon yeast and bitter on the finish/

M - Light to medium body fullish carbonation and a crispness.

O - A little more on offer than the regular Dupont and an excellent brew.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Fluffy white head, high retention on a hazy, golden body. Soapy lacing sticks to the glass. Aroma includes a lovely banana and bubblegum Dupont yeasty goodness, some wispy notes of hop bitterness and some sweet plantain notes. Taste is not as bitter as expected with the dry hopping but just a beautiful flavor, mainly banana, slight white pepper spiciness and some overripe plantain notes. Refreshing and silly drinkable. Amazingness by Dupont, of course, no surprise.

Photo of fmccormi
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 750ml/25.4oz cork-and-cage bottle to an oversized wineglass (my nice Tired Hands stemware—Ryan=awesome4E→). No clear bottle dating here—some code that says “L13071A” in white ink near the bottom-left corner of the label, but . . . eh? Either way, this only came into our market a few weeks ago, and it has been kept in a cooler or fridge since it arrived in the store. Plus with these BROWN glass bottles they’re using for this one, it should retain a somewhat more pristine hop character. Here’s hoping!

Appearance (3.5): A pretty gnarly three fingers of cream-colored foam rises off of the pour, bubbling away happily but overall rather slowly . . . it caps a perfectly hazy-but-not-cloudy orange-gold body. Retention is moderate, but the beer leaves almost no lacing on the way down, admittedly to my chagrin. Great appearance for a saison, but lacking lacing.

Smell (4.0): Classic saison notes to start, but on the fruity end of the spectrum: dry, dusty straw, pears, white grapes, apple juice, juicy orange tones, clove spiciness (no pepper or other spices, that I can pick up), and some rustic, fresh-baked multigrain bread for good measure.

Taste (4.25): Definitely more spice and more of that dusty hay on the palate: coriander, grains of paradise, clove, white pepper, and warm biscuits with honey. There’s some fruit, too: pears, white grapes again, just a tiiiny impression of honeydew melon, and some nice citrus zest / peel to balance things out. Edible flowers show up, too. A bit of grassiness. No booze detected, but the yeast leaves a rather clear impression with its esters and whatnot. The finish leaves strong floral, tart citrusy, and slightly grassy notes.

Mouthfeel (4.25): An unassuming carbonation, which feels soft and doesn’t tingle particularly much at first, but it foams easily and fully, with fat, soft bubbles all around the mouth before tingling toward the end. The body is medium weight, maybe on the light side of medium, and has a nice, moderately dry finish that feels quenching. Way too much so for a beer of this size (not that it’s that big, it’s just that 6.5% ABV will get to you quicker if you gulp it down the way I want to).

Overall (4.0): The Triskel hops in this beer, if I’m picking them up correctly, set an interesting tone that complements the traditional saison elements very well, with good floral and slightly fruity tones. Do they add some dimension not found in other saisons? No, probably not, but they are used well and with a degree restraint, which is a tasteful route in this case—some “farmhouse”/saison beers that seek hoppiness really don’t pull it off well, sometimes due to clashing flavors with the saison yeast esters, I think, but here everything works smoothly and in harmony. So kudos to Dupont for getting this one right. But overall, this is still just a very, very solid saison—which ain’t nothin’ to sneeze at. Yummo.

Photo of jmaharaj
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the 2013 Triskel dry hop. Pours the same cloudy light orange as the original. The head, although at first rocky, dissipates very quickly. not as pretty as the original. Smells absolutely wonderful. A beautiful swirl of candied malts and minty hops. There is a faint hint of fluoride and sea water. taste tends toward the original. bright and balanced. as with the original, this is a fantastic beer.

Photo of oline73
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

We had this on-tap at moeder lambic fontainas. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a two finger fluffy white head. The head leaves a layer on top of the pour with some nice lacing.

Smell: Slightly soapy, but not in a terrible way. Banana and herbal hop notes along with some mild alcohol.

Taste: Less strong than the smell. Herbal hops dominate with some Belgian yeast in the mix. A hint of fruit that reminds me of some citrus and banana.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly, fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The taste didn't quite live up to the smell, but I enjoyed it. More of the fruit notes coming out in the taste would have made it wonderful.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage
750ml, bought @ Whole Foods, Venice CA

Aroma mainly stone fruit, like peaches and apricots, balanced with spices, like white pepper and vanilla, a touch of grassiness. Can't detect any hop aroma, so it must be well integrated with the spicy and fruity contributions of the yeast. Dry, with a touch of bitterness in the finish.

Overall, a slightly more tropical version of Dupont, more fruit less funk. Excellent drinking.

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Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.