Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping - Brasserie Dupont sprl
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3.49/5 rDev -16.1%
"Cuvée Dry Hopping 2013." Unfiltered. Bottle conditioned. Imported by Vanberg & Dewulf. "This year's dry hop is TRISKEL from Alsace, bred from the French Strisselspalt and English Yeoman hops." 6.5% ABV confirmed. 750ml brown glass bottle with attractive no-nonsense label and hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork acquired locally in SoCal and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof; Dupont is vying with Fantome for the best brewer of saisons in my book.
Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a three finger wide head of white colour; lightly dull. No real creaminess or frothiness. Okay thickness. Retention is good, about 6 minutes. Lacing is poor; thin, uneven, and inconsistent.
Body colour is a glowing pale orange-copper. Semitransparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Spot-on for the style overall. But far from great.
Sm: Inviting evocative floral hop notes with intriguing soft citrus. Lemon. Lovely complementary funky brettanomyces; that's delightful. Lightly fruity. Clove. The dominant floral notes are really fantastic here; I can't tell if it's just the floral hop profile or if there are actual flowers incorporated as well. No alcohol is detectable. Pale malts. Light dough/bready character. I'm not getting much in the way of peppery notes - something I always look for in saisons. An attractive aroma for the style. Moderately strong.
T: Delightfully floral. Pale malts and bready malts comprise the foundation. Hop profile is entirely floral. Brettanomyces yeast lends a nice funkiness throughout without overdoing it. Some subtle lemon - especially on the climax. Even a bit of tartness on the climax - just a bit. Clove. No peppery notes. It's very pleasant and enjoyable, but it lacks the deep complexity and subtlety I've come to associate and expect with/from the best saisons.
Restrained citrus. Clean barley. Farmhouse/barnyard hay/straw. Grassy. Lightly grainy. Some subtle spices beyond the clove that I lack the ability to identify.
Very well balanced throughout. I like it. No off-flavours.
Mf: Too smooth and too wet. Refreshing. Light and easy on the palate. Fairly soft. Suits the flavour profile well. It's a bit thin, though. Good presence on the palate. Facilitates delivery of the flavours nicely.
The smoothness, wetness, and lack of sufficient thickness/body are what hold this beer back the most.
Dr: Quite drinkable. Hides its ABV well. A solid saison, but I hoped for better from Dupont. The mouthfeel needs work. It's a good saison, but's far from great. I'd like to try this again either from previous years or next year when a different hop is used for dry-hopping. Maybe we should have separate listings for each year since the hops change?
06-22-2013 21:35:28 | More by kojevergas
3.6/5 rDev -13.5%
Cracked the 2013 Dry Hopped S.D. and poured it into a Duvel tulip glass.
Pours with a huge fluffy white head, reminiscent of Duvel in fact. Much larger head than previous Saison Dupont Bottles.
Smell was light and refreshing, slight yeasty nose with a hint of lemon peel and the slightest touch of sourness.
Taste was all saison, with notes of pepper, dusty yeast, hay, orange and lemon peel, and hop acids. The yeasty finish is very similar to the house yeast weyerbacher uses.
Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but the carbonation was spot on.
Overall, this was an ok beer. It wasn't as good as the Saison Dupont, and personally i wouldn't seek it out again. Glad I tried it since I'm a huge saison fan, but think it falls just a bit short.
06-30-2013 17:25:07 | More by taylor714914
3.68/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
01-21-2014 23:52:59 | More by Johnbenco34
Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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