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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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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 18
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: richmof on 05-12-2010)
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of LambicPentameter
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.

Photo of herman77
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of kojevergas
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-

Photo of wyatt13
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Bockerdoppel91
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
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.

Photo of LostHighway
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MusicaleMike
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of doremite
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of strongaf
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of EgadBananas
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.

Photo of cxr1037
4.19/5  rDev +1%
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 SFACRKnight
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of smutty33
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of justintcoons
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2013.
On-tap poured into a Vieille Provision Saison Dupont Glass.

Hazy gold with a short white head.

Lemongrass, grains, citrus and a light funk.

Caramel and honey covered grains. Lemongrass and orange marmalade. Touches of peach, tangerine, bubblegum and a couple pine needles. Moderate farmhouse yeastiness with dried hay, barnyard and a sprinkle of white pepper.

Light-medium bodied, crisp, clean and dry.

An excellent Belgian Saison with an added hop kick.

Photo of Profchaos20
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Quafftastic
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Goulash
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
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 homebrewhawk
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
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 randylangford
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.