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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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445 Ratings
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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 18
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle in a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass. From the 2013 batch, so it's pretty fresh.

Appearance - Apricot and coppery-orange colored body that is quite hazy from the unfiltered process. Bone white head of two fingers with large, frothy bubbles. Dissipates to a quarter-finger of foamy film atop the liquid. Lacing is faint to nonexistent.

Smell - Floral hops are the dominant aroma, with some sweetness and phenols, almost like an echo of banana bread. The yeast pokes through as well, along with hints of incense and lavender.

Taste - More floral notes, but less sweet than the smell. Some decent bitterness from the dry hopping, and Dupont's house yeast makes its presence known. Bready, crackers and faint lemon zest.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and bright, with a light body and a dry finish.

Overall a wonderful summertime saison. The hoppiness reminds me of some American takes on the classic Belgian/French style. I would drink this more often if it was easier to get.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
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-

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Batch. Served in a Saison DuPont glass.

Appears as an unfiltered, rich golden peach colored beer, highly effervescent, topped by a thick and tight white head. Could use more head retention, and maybe I was expecting more because of the dry-hopping.

Very fresh and dry aroma, delicate, floral, with notes of lilies, lilac, and honeysuckle. A very fine aroma.

Great mix of qualities. Up front is a burst of carbonation mixed with floral hops and cracker malt. Finishes with a delicate lasting bitterness. Bubbly. Rich saison yeast characteristics leave their mark with notes of lemons and peaches. A little spice in the finish. Floral hop notes throughout. Very appetizing and a wonderful country ale.

An excellent version of the classic saison with a restrained, delicate, yet complex palette. Very complimentary of the base beer and has all of the rustic yeasty/earthy flavors with a great dry hop character right up front. A must-try beer for the season.

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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping from Brasserie Dupont sprl
92 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.