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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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111 Reviews
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Reviews: 111
Hads: 538
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 17.79%
Wants: 22
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
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.

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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.

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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.

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

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)

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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.

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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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

A: Clear orange body with an inch of dense eggshell head. Great retention, ok lace.

S: Super fresh, aromatic mix of hops and yeast. Grassy, leafy, and lightly fruity hops get top billing, with some spicy phenols and faint breadiness. Amazing.

T: Spicy up front, mainly from the hops, followed by a distinct almond flavor that's fascinating. Herbal, resinous hops on the cleanly bitter finish. Delicious.

M: Super frothy, creamy in the end. Great.

O: I love the original, largely for its hoppy component, so this is even more amazing. Just like Duvel Tripel Hop is a step up from an already wonderful beer, so too Cuvee Dry Hopping provides a major improvement. Get some.


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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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a flight at the Brass Tap in Gainesville. Light yellow pour with fluffy white head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of pears and funky yeast, a good bit of grassiness. Flavor is funk, dust, hops, pears, apples. Easy drinking, somewhat effervescent, and light mouthfeel with a dry finish. A very nice beer.

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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.

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

2013 vintage. Dry-hopped with the Triskel hop.

Beer is cloudy golden with a large snow-white head. Good retention.

Nose contains yeast as the dominant smell, but also lemon, light fruits and floral notes. Spicy and peppery. Very good.

A stronger hop bitterness in comparison to the regular Saison Dupont is immediately apparent. Then are the classic flavours: yeast, pepper, spice, bread and light fruits. Finishes dry. Really good.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated. Dry.

Overall, great. The dry-hopping provides a bit more depth and complexity to a classic. Really tasty stuff.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Beer pours straw yellow with a slight haze, possibly from dry hopping or from the yeast. The head is strong with large bubbles.

The aroma is typical of a saison, there is a hint of acidity and funk, some wheat and straw aromas, a little hint of hops, but nothing that is hitting me in the face too much. The dry hopping either happened too long ago or was subtle.

The flavor is crisp and refreshing. A little bit of wheat, a slightly hoppy finish. Just enough to leave your palate clean and wanting another sip.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall this is a really nice beer. I like that is is dry, refreshing, and just a little bit funky. Dupont, as usual, has hit a home run.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Triskel version. Poured from a 750ml bottle to a Moinette Chalice. Looks like came out sometime in May 2013.

A - Slightly hazy straw gold. Eggshell colored head, keeps a constant presence on top of beer. Decent lacing.

S - Band-aid, horse blanket, stone fruits, pepper. Complex. Nice.

T - Band-aid, pepper, and horse-blanket Belgian funk upfront, sweetens out mid-palate w/ some nice peach, apricot flavors. Some hibiscus (from the Triskel hops)? Dries out nicely at the end. All the flavors are well balanced and go together awesomely.

M - Light and crisp. Medium body which coats mouth just enough to let all the flavors come across. Medium carbonation.

O - Great beer. All the great aspects of a Belgian IPA w/ some great stone fruit notes from a good Tripel or Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Great Belgian yeast presence (band-aid, horse blanket). I haven't had regular Saison Dupont for awhile. I need to definitely revisit it.

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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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a duvel tulip. 2013 vintage, dry hopped with triskel.

A: Cloudy lemon yellow in color. Three fingers of foamy white head retain extremely well. Lacing forms a thick collar as well as leaving intermittent foamy patches on the glass.

S: doughy and biscuit malt. Very yeast forward with aromas of soft chalk and white pepper. Tropical esters of starfruit. Floral hops also divulge traces of pear and apple blossom.

T: Very yeasty, as in the nose. Light chalk, white pepper, and other vague spicing. Subtle tropical esters in the background. Very slight tartness, and a bit of that musty “old book” type of thing adds an approachable rustic element. Hops are predominantly floral, though there is a very slight herbal character and a kiss of pear and apple blossom. Finishes with a wonderful marriage of floral hops and rustic yeast.

M: Light in body. Very creamy and smooth with a delicate supporting carbonation. Very nice.

O This was a treat to drink. It’s everything you know and love about Saison Dupont, but with a nice complimentary hopping. A beautiful beer.

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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.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. 750 ml corked and caged brown (!) glass bottle. Served cold into a tulip glass on a hot summer day.

This year's vintage is brewed with Triskel hops. I've never heard for this type nor seen it in the local homebrew shop so it should be interesting to try.

Visually, this looks about right for an authentic Belgian Saison. It has a hazy yellow-orange color with visible suspended yeast and other sediment. It has thick white head but it settles fairly quickly and leaves no lace behind.

Aroma is extremely enjoyable on its own. Beautiful complexity and depth unlike anything I would expect to get locally. It has the funk of the yeast along with floral and citrusy hop character.

Flavor is tart and funky with a good dose of bitterness from those hops. A little sweet up front but it finishes very dry. Each sip digs a little deeper into the depths of this beer's flavor. There is some herbal and medicinal quality to it. Bitter like traditional hops but also a bit like aspirin. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel is light in body and assertively carbonated like most examples of this style.

Overall a really enjoyable Saison and one with trying at least once.

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Photo of cbutova
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage/edition reviewed from notes on July 7th.

A- Pint glass pour with a golden-light orange body. Foamy and somewhat frothy head to about two fingers. Decent head retention and a small cloud and ring leaving patchy lace. Cloudy yeast haze throughout.

S- A nice lemon and peppery spicy nose with some grassy, spicy and floral hop character. Coriander, orange peel are here but mostly the clean and crisp DuPont strain shines.

T- The classic DuPont with some added hop character. The hops to me are grassy, spicy, floral with some citrus peel kick. Clean and plentiful saison yeast attributes of spiciness, lemon pepper and farmhouse feel.

MF- Light and dried out body but not watery. Higher end spritzy carbonation with a bit of a foamy and creamy feeling to it all. Light hop bitterness in the finish.

Again, basically the classic DuPont beer with some nice added citrus and spicy hop character coming into play. It all blends nicely and the two main attributes come together as one rather than just yeast and then hops.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Once again, hats off to mr. cbutova.

Color is murky dull orange. White head -> thick ring.

Nose hints towards a well-balanced beer. Earthy, farm, yeast, lemon, some grapefruit and lighter fruits.

Taste is where it really opens nicely. Grapefruit, earthy, grassy, floral hops with maybe some peach there. Good farm, biscuit, yeast backing. Hops are a bit more subdued than expected but bring nice flavor and meld well.

Good mouthfeel just like the base beer, good foaminess, tasty and drinkable, low bitterness.

Pretty awesome, it is hard to beat the base beer for me as far as saisons go but this is a nice variation. Hops are of a notable variety and definitely make their presence known without overtaking.

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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.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Fluffy white head, high retention on a hazy, golden body. Soapy lacing sticks to the glass. Aroma includes a lovely banana and bubblegum Dupont yeasty goodness, some wispy notes of hop bitterness and some sweet plantain notes. Taste is not as bitter as expected with the dry hopping but just a beautiful flavor, mainly banana, slight white pepper spiciness and some overripe plantain notes. Refreshing and silly drinkable. Amazingness by Dupont, of course, no surprise.

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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.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, 2013 vintage but unknown bottling date, poured into my The Bruery tulip glass, drank over one hour.

Apperance: 3/3 - straw yellow color, murky c/w BJCP style requirements, big, frothy white head dissipates into one finger head, small-to-moderate alcohol legs

Aroma: 9/12 - lots of lemon peel, tangerine and other fruity esters (coriander, clove); some bready/biscuity notes are also detectable but much more subdued than the citrus, no alcohol detectable and, even though it claims to be dry hopped, I don't detect an dramatic hop aroma (and certainly not much beyond the traditional Saison Dupont)

Flavor: 18/20 - typical refreshing citrus flavors throughout the flavor profile, minimal bitterness, very little alcohol

Mouthfeel: 4/5 - moderate body; little alcohol (surprising that it's 6.5%),moderate-to-high carbonation expected for style

Overall Impression: 9/10 - Saison Dupont is the paragon farmhouse ale/saison for me, and I'm happy to have finally had a chance to review it here; it hits on all the high points of the style, especially the refreshing admixture of citrus and Belgian yeast esters; however, I don't taste much hop presence at all, and, to be honest, if I drank it side--by-side with the traditional non-dry hopped recipe, I doubt that I'd be able to pick them apart


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Photo of fmccormi
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 750ml/25.4oz cork-and-cage bottle to an oversized wineglass (my nice Tired Hands stemware—Ryan=awesome4E→). No clear bottle dating here—some code that says “L13071A” in white ink near the bottom-left corner of the label, but . . . eh? Either way, this only came into our market a few weeks ago, and it has been kept in a cooler or fridge since it arrived in the store. Plus with these BROWN glass bottles they’re using for this one, it should retain a somewhat more pristine hop character. Here’s hoping!

Appearance (3.5): A pretty gnarly three fingers of cream-colored foam rises off of the pour, bubbling away happily but overall rather slowly . . . it caps a perfectly hazy-but-not-cloudy orange-gold body. Retention is moderate, but the beer leaves almost no lacing on the way down, admittedly to my chagrin. Great appearance for a saison, but lacking lacing.

Smell (4.0): Classic saison notes to start, but on the fruity end of the spectrum: dry, dusty straw, pears, white grapes, apple juice, juicy orange tones, clove spiciness (no pepper or other spices, that I can pick up), and some rustic, fresh-baked multigrain bread for good measure.

Taste (4.25): Definitely more spice and more of that dusty hay on the palate: coriander, grains of paradise, clove, white pepper, and warm biscuits with honey. There’s some fruit, too: pears, white grapes again, just a tiiiny impression of honeydew melon, and some nice citrus zest / peel to balance things out. Edible flowers show up, too. A bit of grassiness. No booze detected, but the yeast leaves a rather clear impression with its esters and whatnot. The finish leaves strong floral, tart citrusy, and slightly grassy notes.

Mouthfeel (4.25): An unassuming carbonation, which feels soft and doesn’t tingle particularly much at first, but it foams easily and fully, with fat, soft bubbles all around the mouth before tingling toward the end. The body is medium weight, maybe on the light side of medium, and has a nice, moderately dry finish that feels quenching. Way too much so for a beer of this size (not that it’s that big, it’s just that 6.5% ABV will get to you quicker if you gulp it down the way I want to).

Overall (4.0): The Triskel hops in this beer, if I’m picking them up correctly, set an interesting tone that complements the traditional saison elements very well, with good floral and slightly fruity tones. Do they add some dimension not found in other saisons? No, probably not, but they are used well and with a degree restraint, which is a tasteful route in this case—some “farmhouse”/saison beers that seek hoppiness really don’t pull it off well, sometimes due to clashing flavors with the saison yeast esters, I think, but here everything works smoothly and in harmony. So kudos to Dupont for getting this one right. But overall, this is still just a very, very solid saison—which ain’t nothin’ to sneeze at. Yummo.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The haziness is quite beautiful, in my opinion. A uniform two finger head of a white shade forms with a frothy texture. Retention is good, though the head doesn't leave much (if any) lacing on the glass.

S: There's a really epic fruitiness on the aroma, filled with both citrus, stone fruits, and even some cherries. I also enjoy the grassy, sulfury hop profile here; but I think it kind of conceals all the fruits somewhat. Still, the nose is very solid - I blame a case of the allergies here.

T: I can definitely taste the hops here. They finish the brew with an herbal tone, to go with the fruit esters clustered on the front end. In addition, there's also a notable mintyness to close the flavor profile out; similar to the mint I pick up in DFH's 90 Minute. Complexity is muted but noticeable with concentration - I like that the focus here is on subtle suggestions of flavor rather than heavy-handed punches in the face. The same minor complaint I had on the aroma fits here, as well: while the hops are very well balanced within the fruit esters and the malt backbone, I also think they conceal the fruitiness a bit more than I'd like. Very, very good otherwise.

M: It finishes fairly clean and bone dry, without being harshly astringent. Combined with the lively fizz, it makes this one really easy to drink, not to mention refreshing. I could do with a bit less yeastiness, but that's nitpicking from yours truly more than an actual flaw.

O: I'm beginning to question whether or not I really like saisons that much - objectively, though, this is excellent, even fantastic. The hop profile is balanced beautifully within the all of the other notes. Subjectively, the yeast tends to bother me after about 1/2 the bottle is finished. Eh, who cares. A must try for anyone who enjoys the style.

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Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping from Brasserie Dupont sprl
92 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.