Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping - Brasserie Dupont sprl
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3.88/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2014 16:02:18 | More by woodychandler
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-05-2014 23:35:00 | More by dbrauneis
Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping from Brasserie Dupont sprl
92 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.