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4.18/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl
Belgium
brasserie-dupont.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 02-26-2002

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Photo of hop_junkie
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarrettFM
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dzu
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.33 bottle into tulip.
L: Turbid light-amber with a massive white foam head.
S: Belgian yeasts, citrus.
T: Complex taste, light fruits and berries, honey.
F: Medium body and high carbonation.
O: Incredible balanced saison! Multidimensional taste.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can't believe that I have never reviewed this beer...

From a 750ml bottle.

Deep hazy orange with a voluminous snow white head. Big chunky lace on the glass and lots of sediment settles at the bottom of the glass. Lots of citrus in the nose. Lemon and orange rind, some understated coriander.

Body is thinner than I expected. Bitterness present throughout, a sweet spiciness but muted from when fresh. Some lemony and orange rind citrus. Lightly earthy and yeasty. Crisp mouthfeel. Sweet spice in the finish.

A favorite.

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Photo of badbeer
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow color, almost like a macro, but is unfiltered and has an awesome creamy head that lasts throughout. Herbal scents, citrus, and spice making up aroma. Has a graininess and yeasty type flavors initially, with more subtleties similar to the aroma finishing off the taste, really put together well. Almost medium bodied, with lighter carbonation than expected. Really enjoyable beer, good for many occasions I'm sure.

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Photo of Byeast
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is a green, corked and caged 750ml.

Appearance: After opening with a loud pop , the beer poured a slightly hazy , brilliant , darker gold , with a rocky and foamy white layer of head that lasted.

Smell: Some fruity esters (pear) , yeast , earth , slight herb.

Taste: Fruity at first , bit of pear and sweet yellow fruit , a slight tartness , powdery yeast , some soft grainy malt , and some spicy phenols.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth , crisp and clean in the finish.

Drinkability: Very tasty and refreshing. Definatly worth a try. Super drinkable and thirst quenching. Light , but with loads of unique , delicate qualities.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a green glass 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Troubadour tulip. 2010 vintage judging from the cork.

Cloudy jonquil liquid topped by a mountain of ivory merengue - incredibly rocky, dense, stiff peaks form a maze of caverns from one side of the glass to the other. Thick rich 3-D lacing looks like a family of ghostly caterpillars or ring of albino slugs. Superior retention.

A mix of bread, phenols, and farmhouse notes from the yeast - backed by a clean (Pils?) malt base in the nose. Slight floral and lactic notes (buttermilk, lemon, and rennet) as well.

Tart, yeasty palate entry suggestive of fermenting hay, white grapes, underripe pears, and green apple skins. Some slight floral and honey notes are here as well, but are overtaken by a wave of moderate grassy bitterness. Dry spicy finish with a few hints of resurgent funk and fruit.

Medium-bodied, slick, creamy, very effervescent, and refreshing.

A masterful example of the style; tart, funky, yet well balanced. Complex enough for the connoisseur, but still approachable for the novice. While there are a few saisons I personally prefer to this one, I can't deny Dupont's flagship ale remains a bellwether.

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Photo of rieg21
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of BrownBottle
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrismattlin
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eluvah
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drtth
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a cloudy antique gold color with a 1 ½" fluffy white head that recedes slowly. There are rings and legs of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass and sipping creates sheets and legs and small patches of lacing, some of which cling to the side and some of which slide back down to the liquid. Even mid-way through the beer there is still a 1/8" layer of foam covering the liquid.

Smell: The aroma manages to be a mixture of lemon zest, a hint of clove, and a bit of grassiness and earthiness all at the same time

Taste: The flavors are dominated by the lemon zest, some peppery spiciness and the grassy/earthy bitterness all but concealing some sweetness in the background. The sweetness is just enough to keep the bitterness under control but not to break it up or interfere with it.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light bodied and softly creamy, almost prickly, with active fine carbonation. The finish is quite long and begins with some almost sweetness to the lemon zest but then the grassy/earthy bitterness takes over as the dryness goes on fading slowly but taking a long time to be gone.

Drinkability: This is a top notch beer that deserves its fame. I definitely wanted to keep sipping this beer and will definitely be including it on my shopping list in the future. This would be perfect for drinking on a warm summer evening while relaxing after a busy day.

28 Apr., 2015

Tonight I'm putting this beer to the test. The bottle I'm drinking was purchased in July of 2013 and the date coding indicates it was bottled at the end of Mar., in 2013. Its been in my basement cache since the July when it was purchased. While there it went through the seasns at no lower that 55 and no higher than 70. So what has happened with this beer under those conditions in the two years since bottling?

The things in my 2010 review and are pretty much what I would have said when about the beer when the bottle was much fresher, shortly after purchase.

The Appearance of the beer is very much the same as described above.

The aroma is faint and seems less complex than what is described in my review. Now it just seems slightly musty or earthy but there's not much else going on.

The favors have definitely changed over the two years in the bottle. There's no lemon zest and not much sweetness here, however, there's also no cardboard type flavors one might expect with oxidation, so in that regard the beer has held up well. There is still some background bitterness but it seems unlikely that its from 2 year old hops and it seems more prominent than it should be.

The mouth feel is pretty much unchanged but the finish is just sort of there without much going on as first the slight sweeness and then the bitterness fade to flavorless dryness.

This beer is till drinkable but it has clearly lost most of its complexity and flavors. I'm thinking that this is definitely not a beer I want to cellar for more than about a year. Which is pretty much what I expected but wanted to be able to try out what happens to the beer.

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Photo of KoG
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this in Ashland when I was up there for the Shakespear festival, corked and caged, 2004 bottling.

Hazy Amber/Orange hue with a GIGANTIC head that just doesn't want to go away. When it finally settles a bit, large white chunks of lace adorn the sides of the glass. Very, very tasty looking.

Smell is apples with some spice. Bit of phenol alcohol, but not much. Very pleasing, even detected a hint of something that reminded me of marshmallow a few times.

Taste is crisp, somewhat cidery with some bitterness. Drys out on the end a bit much, but very nice indeed. when warming up it becomes more cidery and dry. Better when chilled just a bit.

A very nice Saison and one that may be in the cards again if I can find it and at a reasonable price.

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Photo of Bferber
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KarlHungus
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a glowing golden-orange color. The head is a billowy four inches in height. It never fully recedes, and thick chunks of lacing stick to all sides of the glass. The aroma is of yeast, lemon, and citrus. The taste is very earthy, with citrus and lemons in the background. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, this is a very solid saison, and I will certainly have it again.

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Photo of travelfrog
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at my favorite pizza pub, served in a traditional Belgian ale glass.

Appearance was excellent -- pale gold in color, with a full, creamy head.

Aroma was unremarkable... but I've been suffering from hayfever of late, so I gave the brew the benefit of the doubt.

Flavor was excellent, with a full spectrum of sweet-bitter flavor coming through. Pleasant mandarin orange aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was fine -- substantial and creamy with no acidic qualities whatsoever.

The brew was very drinkable. I also noticed some of my colleagues (even those who aren't fond of strong-tasting beer) were ordering a second (and some even a third!) glass.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely deeo golden straw yellow, slightly hazy, but clear enough that I can see a massive rush of bubbles up through the glass. Huge frothy white head that almost overflows the glass, even without a vigorous pour. That head is incredibly persistent, and leaves huge gobs of lacing.

Smell is fruity, but heavy on the spicy yeast. Fruits are a mix of citrus and stone fruit - sweet lemons and light peaches. The yeast is pungent, with some mild pepper. Also has a bit of that hefeweizen banana-and-clove aroma. Quite nice.

Taste is a great balance of rich, yeasty, pungent flavor with a light spice, topped by a bit of fruit. Hard to describe, as the components are all integrated in a way that makes it more than the sum of its parts.

Mouthfeel is spot-on. Carbonation feels a little high for me, but everything else is good. Dries out quickly, leaving just a touch of bitterness to linger.

A very solid saison. Definitely on the earthy/pungent/spicy side, but with enough fruit to brighten things up. It's a great example of the level of complexity that can be achieved with saisons. There's a whole lot going on, but none of it knocks you over. And it's one of the prettier beers I've encountered.

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Photo of HopHead29
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Saison Dupont becker

A-Beer has big white fluffy head that leaves thick amounts of lacing. Color is a pale gold with very active carbonation.

S-sweet malty yeast with a faint fruitiness

T-zesty lime, followed by a mild tartness, finished with a bit of a dry pepperyness all with a grassy yeast background.

M-light and smooth

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally cracked the 750 mL bottle of Saison Dupont that I had been saving to celebrate getting hired for my first full-time "real world" job.

Poured into my Duvel glass, it has a cloudy orange color with a huge, fluffy, white head that seems to just explode out of the bottle. I think the head would have stayed there forever if I didn't take my first sip. Very nice looking beer!

The aroma was complex with lots of pepper and spice mixed in with some citrus. It carries over to the flavor which is fruity, spicey, and herby and it all culminates in a dry finish with a hop bite. Very drinkable and refreshing. It was an excellent pairing for a turkey & ham on whole wheat sandwich that I made for lunch.

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Photo of giorgia
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review taken many times over the past few years.

11.2oz brown bottle with a classic shape much like a Rochefort bottle. an even better label with artwork that just fits this style and brewery. Classic with yellow and white checkered over top a dark green background. I fell in love with this bottle. Poured into a stemmed Belgian tulip glass. A thinner tulip with just a touch of flare at the top.

A - golden yellow with a copper tone to it. Fluffy white head poured massive even with a slow pour and eventually clumped it's way into a white fluffy pillow of white stickiness.

S - ripe pear, apple, and even hints of peach give off a semi tartness up front. Wonderful funky yeast notes wrap themselves around classic farmhouse spices for an exceptional aroma. Maybe even the greatest of all farmhouse aromas

T - flavor starts with more of that great Dupont yeast with some funkiness to it. Lemon drops and a soft peach backbone really flow well together. The fruitiness borders tart apple notes but also leans toward citrus notes. A real fresh taste even with the farmhouse funk. The malts and fine yeast really let you jump into such a complex saison with joy.

M - medium bodied farmhouse ale with texture as good as it comes with the style. This is reason for so many inspirations of farmhouse ales all over the states. It's smooth but carbonated yet overwhelmingly refreshing.

O - I love saison dupont and try to pick a few up on a regular basis. Just a staple for what a great saison can be. If you can get this I suggest you do so. This is a bottle of greatness

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Photo of JDWVURx
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy peach-colored body with a thick and frothy off-white head. Enough transparency to see carbonation bubbles in the body coming up from the bottom.

S- Fruity and peppery aromas come through n a big way. I get pear, some citrus, a hint of banana, spicy/peppery yeast. Also a hint of an earthy aroma.

T- Lots of sweet fruity flavors at the beginning and then at the end. The middle has the earthy yeasty flavors with the slightest hint of funk.

M- Medium-high carbonation with a medium body. The finish is very dry, but has the crisp fruitiness at the same time.

O- This is a great saison. Almost has a flavor profile similar to some tripels, but has big flavor and is quenching.

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Photo of bobsy
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The appearance is simply amazing. A rich light gold body support a huge head of whipped egg white that refuses to die. Its surface is rocky and it leaves huge globs of foam on the edge of the glass. Think of a Duvel or Orval and you're somewhat approaching the majesty.

The beer falters somewhat in the aroma in regards that it is merely excellent instead of amazing. Its got some nice light citrus and fruit, a touch of grass, some coriander and mild funk. Not a world beater, but it has me intrigued.

Little deviation is found in the flavour, and it follows the aroma quite strictly. A nice citrus character permeates, with a light graininess, some hay, mild barnyard and grass. In the middle of the tongue its pleasant, but not spectacular. On the edges it works magic. An assertive bitterness becomes apparent, and a huge drying character lingers at the side of the mouth. Once the sip is gone, a long mix of citrus and coriander lingers behind.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally soft and smooth. It reminded me of when we went to a small sake distillery, and the brewer had us try the well water, which he claimed was the secret behind the great taste of his offerings. It was so incredibly soft in the mouth that I can't deny him wrong, and Dupont is the same.

Saison Dupont is a measuring stick for the style. Its THE classic saison, and while its not the best saison in my eyes, it is totally deserving of all the praise its received. Several aspects of this beer are simply stellar: the appearance is great, the mouthfeel is incredible and the drinkability is through the roof.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the color of hay with a masssive white crown on top. It just came off the truck today, so I don't know if that has anything to do with the Everest of foam or not. Some sulfur going on in the nose, which lightly detracts from the abundance of earth and barnyard packed within the walls of my glass. Crisp and clean, very lively on the palate. The egginess dies down shortly but never quite goes away, not that this is a bad thing in this particular beer. I'm lovin' it. Ba da ba ba ba m*the^[email protected]#$r. Rustic farmhouse flavors to the max; finishing with a note of zesty lemon and peppery hop spice.

Sheer elegance. Try to make sure and get a fresh one, or at least one from the back of the shelf as far away from light as possible, I think it can skunk a little.

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Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 4,233 ratings
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