Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry HoppingSaison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping

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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 21
Gots: 47 | 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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Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

"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?

High B-

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good but not great, particularly at nine dollars a glass. Muted nose, subtle taste, thin body... refreshing and drinkable, but underwhelming

Photo of taylor714914
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Johnbenco34
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
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 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 Knuckles_Nuclear
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bomber poured into a nonic. Big, fluffy head that settled into a low but firm cap with not much lacing. Poured a rich golden color with plenty of carbonation.

At the nose, I caught notes of pears with citrus/floral hints and a yeasty finish. Perhaps some unidentifiable spices. Not much of a hoppy aroma.

Body and mouthfeel was clean and smooth. The flavor was well-balanced, not much different than the original Saison Dupont, obviously with a more pronounced hoppy presence. A great saison, but I prefer the original, as I like creamy maltiness over a hopped-up brew every time.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
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 mactrail
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown. Color is a hazy mid-amber in the nonic. Dry yet fruity. A warm Hefeweizen sweetness sneaks in. The Belgian yeastiness provides a rich chaos of murky, mineral flavors and ends on a dry austere note. Not so much aroma, just hint of yeasty funk.

Comparing this to the regular Saison Dupont, the hops here add just a little bitterness in the aftertaste, but not much more than the regular version. A more subtle and nice use of what are reported to be Triskel hops from the masters.

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 brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a characteristically Belgian head; the liquid is a very hazy goldenrod color; thick strands of lace line the tulip

Smell: Doughy malt with a hint of banana; coriander, cumin and white pepper; hard to discern the hops in the aroma

Taste: Doughy, up front, with the mid-palate bringing coriander, cumin and white pepper, along with that hint of banana; the hops don't really add much, with just a hint of white grapefruit and lychee in the otherwise dry finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Maybe these hops are fading as the year drags on, but I am finding that they don't add much to please my palate; I think I greatly prefer the original version which is one of my favorite Saisons

Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

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 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 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 woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
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 MattSweatshirt
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden orange with a large white head.

The aroma is lightly fruity and big on the floral hop notes and that lovely Dupont yeast.

Slightly sweet and bready. Floral, grassy, orange fruitiness, and musty yeast.

Sharp and prickly on the tongue. Dry and lighter side of medium bodied.

Pretty good but doesn't do it for me quite like the regular version.

Photo of Sludgeman
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In a Dupont glass at Brasserie Beck. Vintage 2013.

A good beer but don't pay attention to the description. Not getting the floral and citrus aromas, nor the creamy smoothness.

A - cloudy pale golden with a nice 2-finger off-white rocky head, dissipates to a substantial lasting layer.

S - A stronger than average barnyard funk, yeasty-slight fresh bread aroma.

T - Light maltiness with a herbal bitterness.

MF - Light bodied. Crisp with a lasting bitter finish.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013. 750ml bottle corked and caged served in a Tank 7 tulip. Poured a hazy light gold with two fingers of tight bubbled head. Yeast aroma to start, not in a Belgian spicy way. Hops came through in the aroma later. Light bodied, dry and crisp with a bit of a hop bite. Some citrus. Very drinkable.

Photo of scottfrie
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. 2013.

A: Pours a cloudy apricot color with an absolutely huge, billowing, off-white head that grew as it sat in the glass instead of subsiding. Head took forever to slowly fad into a thick, dense film with that was well retained but only left decent lace.
S: Dry peppery Belgian yeast notes mix with clean wheat and farmyard straw. Hops are herbal and leafy with a hint of citrus and fruit.
T: More cracked grains and peppery yeast notes follow the nose with more flavors of citrus and stone fruits in the finish. The aftertaste is full of peach, leafy hops, and is slightly bitter and spicy.
M: Medium body, fluffy carbonation with a soft mouthfeel but watery finish.
O: A very solid saison. I haven’t had the original in a while but this didn’t seem overly hoppy to me.

Photo of babaracas
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 version with Triskel. Pours a murky amber with soapy white head, fast fading to a thin ring, just a few blobs of lace behind. Smell: herbal (oregano, thyme area), stone fruit, sweet orange, light breadiness. Taste: doughy, sage, lemon, pepper note, sticky note-quite-ripe plum. Not as fruity as the aroma. Medium-plus bodied with ample carbonation, fluffy feel, drying and spicy finish. Nice, but there are plenty of better hop-focused saisons out there.

Photo of Wanne
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
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 richmof
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Moeder Lambic, so I am not sure of the ABV. Poured into its own glass, it looks very similar to the standard Saison Dupont. Hazy, cloudy golden colour, with a frothy head that retains.

Grassy earthy hops on the nose and also a bit of yeast. The grassy, citric hops follow through on the palate, opening to an earthy, aromatic spiceyness but never really delivers on its hop-promise. You also get a bit of the lactic yeast. All in all a typical saison. This being a limited edition dry hopped version, I assumed it would be much more hoppy than it actually is.

Could definitely drink a few.

NB This is a limited edition variation on the standard Saison Dupont that has been brought out in 2010.

Photo of seand
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy pale amber with quite a bit of bubbly white head. This dissipates to a foam fairly quickly, leaving a few spots of lacing.

S: Dense yeasty floral sweetness. Quite pleasant.

T: Lightly fruit notes over a base of malt, and lightly grainy throughout. Finish is very interesting, hoppy and citric and still sweet, and lasts for quite a while.

M: Medium body, medium to high prickly carbonation.

Overall, a nice drinking, tasty, and not too strong beer. It's a very nice example of the style with a bit of a hoppy twist.

Photo of dasenebler
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8/24/13
Dupont Cuvee Dry Hop '13
750mL, no dates

Hazy glowing orange. Nice white head. Excellent retention, spots of lace. (4.5)

Aroma has some floral hop, yeast funk, light sulfur, and phenol. (3.5)

Very dry and yeasty. Malt flavor takes a back seat to earthy, floral hops and yeast notes of phenol, light styrene, and rustic, barny funk. Fruit in the middle. Nice hop subtlety but not "hoppy" in the American sense. Finish is bone dry. Effervescent carb, great bitterness. A very refreshing Saison that would pair with a wide variety of cheeses and lighter fare. (4, 4.5)

Very good, but I don't see it as an improvement on the standard Dupont aside from the brown bottle, which prevents light-struck flavors far better than the usual green bottles the Brasserie uses for packaging. I wasn't expecting that the hops would be more apparent in flavor than aroma.(4)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 2013-vintage 750 mL bottle into a Westbrook pint glass.

A: Light orangish copper, quite haze. Big fluffy white head atop medium levels of visible carbonation.

S: Light malt, yeasty, light apple and citrus fruitiness, and hints of barnyard grasses.

T: Light malt, tangy barnyard, some horse blanket, earthy yeasty fruit esters, with floral hops that remind me of dandelion greens with moderate bitterness. Finishes fairly dry.

M: Light to medium body, good carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is well-hidden.

O: Not bad but honestly nothing exciting. The sweet yeast esters are a challenging counterpoint to the funk and hop bitterness. Glad to have tried it but not something I'd go back for.

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.

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