Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 6.01%
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Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage with Triskel hops.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, chalk, spice, yeast, honey, and slight funk and earthy floral aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, yeast, and earthy and citrus hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with lots of varied aromas and flavors that all work together to contribute to the high drinkability of this one. (682 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a magnum at the De Heeren 20th Anniversary party during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Luckily I was the first of the day to order this one so I got to watch them pop open the magnum. Very cool. Served in a mini snifter.

Poured a nice slightly-hazed golden-straw color with a good white head and quite a bit of lacing. Really long-lasting head, actually.

The nose and flavor were both pretty similar to the regular version but with an extra bit of hop character. Light pepper and a bit of earthiness. Good floral hop character throughout.

Light body and quite dry with a nice bitterness in the finish. Crisp carbonation. Glad I was able to find this one. (690 characters)

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 (755 characters)

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

Bringing light to the notion that farmhouse ales are supposed to be peppery, dry and hoppy, Its a fantastic demonstration to those beer makers and beer drinkers of sweeter or fruitier Saison.

The classy ale pours with a hazy golden-rod color that's just a shade deeper than champagne. Speaking of which, its racing carbonation looks the part of sparkling wine as those bubble rush to the top to fuel a stark-white and lathering head. Strong retention yields a network of webbing patterns on the glass.

Bright floral aromas give the nose a mildly fruity-hop accent that highlights the ready-made esters of apple, orange, and lemon with its grapefruity contributions. The fruit bounces off spicy yeast notes of white pepper, light cumin and clove. All this layers upon a earthy straw-like malt scent.

Light on sweetness, its dry maltiness is of damp hay, grain and water crackers. Pulling ahead of the fruit are the spices that take center stage. Its peppery middle is laced with earthy cumin before its straw-like hop bitterness sets in. White grapefruit put the final touches on what is lemony, orange-like and cidery leading up to a minerally-dry finish.

Bone-dry from start to finish, the beer's short-lived cracker-like character is easily wisped away by its expressive effervescence. The bubbles pang off the tongue and carry a spicy warmth with it. Playful acidity gives a dry white wine mouthfeel to close.

Cuvee Dry-Hopped is simply an added layer of aromatics and impressioned taste that gives rise to the already hoppy Saison. These ales are generally much more liberally hopped than most brewers and drinkers will typically give credit. It's great that Dupont highlights this notion with this famous farmhouse ale. (1,729 characters)

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. (554 characters)

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. (565 characters)

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. (708 characters)

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

On-tap 8/26/13 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, wheat, citrus, bananas, spice, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of bananas, citrus and mild spices. Then some breadiness comes in from wheat, Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice Saison to drink for a very long time. (836 characters)

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. (519 characters)

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- (2,968 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 bottling. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big orange zest, lemon zest, pear, herbal, floral, coriander, grass, pepper, clove, hay, bread, light funk, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of orange zest, lemon zest, pear, clove, pepper, herbal, coriander, floral, grass, hay, bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, coriander, grass, bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of citrus hops with fruity/spicy yeast esters; with a nice spiciness over fruitiness flavor balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp, smooth, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent saison. Great balance and complexity of hop and yeast flavors; very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,387 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,426 characters)

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. (546 characters)

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. (1,624 characters)

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. (541 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

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. (619 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Great, chunky bubble head towers above the glass. Ok retention and low lace. Bright, hazy golden wheat body.

S - Lemon cookies, white oak, biscotti, dry honey, banana.

T - Bright acidity, bitter lemon rinds, banana, honey, woody grass.

M - High carbonation up front, but quickly fades giving way to a smooth medium frame.

O - A solid saison, but imho not as good as the timeless saison archetype of the base beer. (423 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. This is the 2013 cuvée.

Appearance: golden yellow hue with a moderate haze and a strong effervescence. Head pours three fingers of frothy ivory foam; quite attractive.

Smell: lightly sweet malt with a nice, grassy funk and a subdued hop character. Everything is very subtle, but this is an exceedingly well-balanced beer. I like it.

Taste: everything in the flavor is basically each element from the aroma turned up a few notches. First is the malt, which develops a rich character and not too much sweetness; then there's the funk which exhibits more fresh grassiness and a hint of tartness. The hop character is noble and a bit earthy, and exceedingly smooth with a rather high bitterness. For all of this, the beer is, as before, extremely well-balanced and delightful to drink. Woo!

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and a pretty massive, satisfying creaminess. Kudos!

Overall: this is one damn fine beer. I would be delighted to drink this every day if I could. (1,044 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 6.19.13
2013 Vintage

A - Pours a cloudy medium orange with a huge off-white foamy head with good retention.

S - Belgian yeast, grassy, very subtle.

T - Hoppy grass and citrus, Belgian saison, nice.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - Belgian saison with lots of soft hop flavors, great. (320 characters)

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. (327 characters)

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

On tap at Apex last night.

A clear yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose has a light citrus character along with honey, freshly spun cotton candy, delicate earthy, floral and fresh. Rustic, grainy with an enjoyable. Excellent. (267 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beer Deluxe.

A - Poured a hazy golden colour. Good carbonation with a two finger thick white head. Good rings of lace and a film of retention.

S - Good fruity hop. Nice combo of Belgian yeast and citrussy hop. Really nice grass and candi sugar playing together there as well. Good stuff.

T - Belgian yeast. A fair bit of spice. Citrus hop and grass.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, creamy body and a really dry in the finish.

O/D - Not too shabby. Hoppy version of the original without the funk. The hop addition is nice but the spice was still a bit strong and it didn't really blow me away. Still a good one, but not worth the price tag. (661 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am so glad to see this in Houston. Dry hopped with Triskel and Yeoman hops, and it comes in a brown bottle.

A: Pours a beautifully hazy golden/orange color. A dense, two finger, and rocky white head forms with infinite retention. Rings of lace are left behind.
S: Perfectly earthy, and rustic in the nose. That great Belgian funk, obviously without Brett. Floral, peppery, grassy, orange rind. Lots of character here that works perfectly.
T: Again, a near perfect marriage of earthy, rustic, funky yeast and peppery like flavors with the great hop character. Floral, grassy, hops with the more fruity orange and lemon. Cracker and cereal grains round out the malty flavors. Excellent.
M/D: A medium body with great carbonation. Very effervescent, crisp, dry, refreshing, and smooth at the same time. Almost delicate. What a treat to drink. I wish the bottle would never end.

It is a treat indeed to try a saison with these kind of hops. Triskel and Yeoman, which I don't think I have had either before. Not only that, but the delicate and amazingly subtle character of this beauty. A great funk, hop, and malt character (without the "wild yeast"). One of the best IMO. (1,173 characters)

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. (490 characters)

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Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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