Saison Dupont | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl
Belgium | website

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 mrasskicktastic
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy lemon yellow with a nice head that takes it's time. Leaves clumps of lacing on the glass.

S - Cloves, white pepper and and a little banana and citrus. Strong odor!

T - A citrusy sour lemon taste accompanied by a hop bitterness that lingers to the finish.

M - Thin, a bit abrasive and refreshing at the same time. I wish that it were smoother.

D - It is pretty drinkable all around, More of champagne substitute than a table beer I suppose. A little too strong to session, but it could be done.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, poured into a tulip

A- pours a bright and hazy golden orange color with massive rocky and foamy head that still sits, five minutes after the pour, eventually leaving some lacing behind upon settling

S- musty basement, belgian yeast, pear and lemon, herbal aromas

T- ripe pear mixes with musty cellar & earthy/herbally notes, slightly sweet mid palate leads to phenolic notes on the finish with a hint of lemon

M- medium body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a smooth mouthfeel and a crisp finish, high drinkability

O- a classic of the style, not as bold as many of the new American versions, but super drinkable

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

A defining beer for the style. I feel like around half of the saison threads I've read in the homebrewing forum have been trying to mimic Dupont. I hadn't reviewed this, so I felt like I had to get it and put something up on BA. This beer didn't quite have the pop I wanted when I uncorked it... though there's still a good amount of carbonation. The cork says 2.010, so I'll take it that this beer is at least a year old. Poured it generously into my Great Divide balloon glass.

THe beer is just a shockingly clear golden hue. The head is characteristically bone white with great density. However, since this seems a bit undercarbonated, the head died down quickly. If it would have stayed longer, this could have hit 5 territory. I love the look of a solid saison.

The nose is skunk and funk. I think these have to be the Saaz hops talking. Some people call those hops peppery, but I just get skunk. At least I now know the taste and I'm starting to appreciate it for what it is. To go along with the skunk, there's a bit of a farmhouse funk that seems to blend together. They are interestingly similar and they make good complements. It's not perfectly appealing, but it's nice.

The taste is along the same lines. Lingering skunky bitterness. Complemented by a smoother funky farm flavor. There's also a dryness and sharpness in the body. It's almost like a strong lemongrass flavor (isn't all lemongrass strong?). Good carbonation (despite the bottle pressure) gives a tingly prick on my tongue. This stuff just flows down my throat.

I like this beer quite a bit. However, I will naturally downgrade anything that's this noble and Saazy. That said, this beer is still quite interesting and I'm happy to have it. I don't think it's the best saison I've had (I prefer Boulevard, Brooklyn and maybe Hennepin from what I've had), but it's definitely an interesting entry for my beer palate.

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Photo of DCon
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a 330ml/11.2 fl.oz. bottle of this brew from the Wolf Public House for $3 (employee discount). Porued from the non-labeled freshness dated bottle into a 16 oz. Founder's Pint Glass and this is my second time enjoying this brew.

Aroma- Has a low hop aroma from the start and VERY peppery. Not much fruitiness but could be wrong. Little bit of spice as well. Nice all around aroma.

Appearance- Pours a 5+ finger, frothy head that stays around for a great amount of time. Has a pale orange color body and leaves good sudsy lacing on the glass.

Flavor- Starts with good malt character and hints of fruit and spice along the way. Definitely has a lemon twist on the finish and very light bitterness. Nothing too serious here, just a fun drink.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High! Carbonation, and leaves a bit of hop on the palate but nothing else... Pretty boring here.

Overall Impression- All-around a good Saison but there are many more of these out there! Refreshing and highly carbonated, this one grabs your attention for the beginning of the drink but then finishes weak. Still will promote but am going to only be able to give this one a 4.0.

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

Appearance: Huge, frothy off-white head tops off a pale golden-colored hazy pour.

Smell: Some skunkiness underlies an otherwise-nice aroma of earthiness and freshly-cut herbs.

Taste: Lemony citrus character really comes through here, after I was unable to detect it at all in the nose - a pleasant surprise. Dry grainy finish. Medium-full bodied with spry effervescent carbonation dancing across your tongue. An excellent farmhouse ale.

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Photo of abrethanson
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured this bottle against my Spring Hopper Saison as comparison.

A: Golden straw hue with excellent clarity. Active carbonation bubbles lifting to the fluffy white head. Pours very carbonated. Homebrew shares golden straw hue but clarity is hazy with fairly active carbonation. Dupont wins on giant foam head.

S: Dank and skunky per wife's comments. A little yeast and grassy / earthy notes. Homebrew is more robust / complex. Homebrew has more apparent notes of cloves and yeast breadiness to aroma. *I have no sense of smell.

T: That dank / funky aroma carries over nicely to flavors. Citrus, herbal, grassy, slight breadiness, and complimented very well by light hop bitterness notes sprinkled throughout. Sessionable as alcohol is hidden very well. Similar to smell - Homebrew is slightly more robust / filling with a more "homebrew" flavor. Yeast / breadiness flavors are also more apparent. Dupont finishes much dryer, lighter, and slightly more sessionable.

O: Dupont is the benchmark of a historical and inspiring beer. Great for the seasoned beer nerd or rookie just wanting something drinkable. Sessionable, well balanced, and just enough complexity to make it interesting & fun. Dupont is a legend but I think Spring Hopper Saison held up well and gives inspiration for the future!

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

This is my first Belgian saison. I've really enjoyed American versions and am about to savor their predecessor. Cork reads 2008. 750ml bottle poured into a wine goblet.

Pours a hazy lemon/orange. A thick white creamy head falls slowly. Some sheeting of lace.
Aroma is light banana and moderate spice overlaid with a gentle mustiness.
Flavor is hard to pin down. Much less fruity than the other saisons I've had. A lack of sweetness. The musty side comes in pretty quickly and sticks around, lingering with a slight bitterness in the finish. Light fruits and spices are underneath. But every sip presents something new, especially as it warms. A slightly puckering tartness leads into the dry finish. Light body with pleasant carbonation. Nicely crisp.

Have to say, I like my American versions better. This is a good, delicious, tasty beer... but not as good as some produced right here in the U. S. of A.

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Photo of Derranged
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 750ml bottle into a Delirium Tremmens snifter/tulip..? Not sure exactly what glass it was. What was interesting was that the foam created this sort of volcano like shape.

A- A light pale Yellow/Gold, but the color of wine, not crappy adjunct lager.

S- This I did not care for, it smelled like skunky dry white wine

T- Tasted like white wine, with a slight hint of skunk, sweet aftertaste. Taste was definitely better than the smell

M- Fizzy and thin

D- At 6.5, I can drink bottles of this stuff easily.

This was more like a white wine to me than a beer. Still very tasty. However, Im not crazy about it being in a green bottle.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I'm sure this probably look pretty good, if I ever got to see the beer. The head sure is nice, thick and fluffy. But how am I supposed to drink a beer when most of my mug fills with foam?

Decenet spicy, saison smell. Malts, candy sugar. Traces of cloves. Quite zesty, with a bit of banana and other fruits in it. But faint...I think all the foam is dampening the smell?

Great flavour. Spicy malts with hop bitterness. Cloves, cinammon, candy sugar. Slightly sour.

Good mouthfeel. Right carbonation. Very drinkable, a true sipper.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Take Away bottle from the Station Hotel in Footscray. From notes.

A - Poured hazy light golden. Good carbonation. Nice two finger soapy head with no retention and a spot of lace.

S - Sweet and spicy with grass, lemon, and citrus. Hops and funk with Belgian yeast. When mixed with the hops the flavours are very interesting.

T - Sweet spice, citrus, hay. The spice is a little strong for my tastes but mixes well with the citrus/hay/hop notes.

M - Super dry in the finish with strong carbonation and a medium body.

O/D - With less spice it'd be quite a solid saison. Good though and very drinkable.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip glass

A - Pale yellow, cloudy with a fluffy white head that sticks around and laces

S - Grass, citrus, a bit earthy, almost raw and unrefined, alcohol is a bit present

T - Light lemony front with a semi sweet finish, yeast is a bit prevalent

M - Smooth, nice amount of carbonation leaves a clean palate

O - Very good and refreshing, I'll come back to this

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

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A-Glowing golden brew, hazy. Topped with a healthy bright off-white head, cloudy and huge off the pour and rocky as it slowly receded with thick lacing.

S-Spicy coriander and clove, semi-sweet matliness with a huge fruity presence.

T-Bready, biscuity maltiness forms a base for slight spicy characters, black peppery and with an herbal bitterness. Earthy, in a way minerally. This mixes with some subtle fruity characters. Finishes fruity and spicy, pretty dry.

M-High carabonation makes this brew surprisingly refreshing, with a moderate, springy body.

D-Tasty and, as I sai, surprisingly refreshing.

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

Had a bottle of this at the Union Square Cafe. Pours a cloudy golden hue with a thick head that is retained quite well. A very nice looking beer.

Smell is of funk, but not funk in a bad way. Also perhaps some fruit like apples or pears.

Taste is crisp and assertive. The funk comes through at first then has a real dry finish. The yeast is distinctive.

Mouthfeel-Highly carbonated and dry, very refreshing.

D-Due to the unusual nature of the beast i am not sure i would session this.

This is a beer that goes very well with food. It was able to cut through the richness of my entree, braised veal cheeks with a cherry/veal jus.

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Photo of kristenrae8
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A perfect Friday night treat.
Paired well with Fried Rice and Tofu.

The appearance is golden, heady, sediment present.

Smell: The smell was yeasty - I had some issues popping the cap on this one as it was a tight fitted bottlecap. Poured, this one had a bread smell.

The taste was good, well balanced, a little sour at first but then refreshing.

The mouthfeel was good, not overly carbonated, not too thin or thick for this style.

Overall this was a good beer, I bought it on a whim, - the price point is a little higher than my normal window at $19 for a 4 pack - but overall this was a favorable beer.

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Photo of Tripphop
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden color with fine carbonation. Nice lacing, fine bubble trails break after a good swirl. Very attractive and aromatic beer. Smells of grain and lemon zest. Very herbal and earthy, but fresh and citrusy at the same time. Flavor is very nice, upfront and good body and mouthfeel. Carbonation is a bit prickly, but subtle. Citrus fruits and bready malt linger on the finish. Overall a very reliable saison, but for the price range, ill stick with my DIPA's.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color that produced a huge 3+ fluffy white head with superb retention. Still around a 2+ even after several minutes.

(S)- A big lemon cream pie aroma even with the light biscuit-like crust and whipped cream on top. Behind all of that goodness is a honey-like grassiness that morphs into a dense forest of clay & yeast with just a hint of allspice or nutmeg.

(T)- Very very very dry with bits of lemon & cream. Finishes dry with a big bitter grassy kick with the influence of how much yeast you taste.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance with an overall good complexity & body, there is just so much yeast present in the texture & flavor profile.

(D)- A great farmhouse with all the right things going for it. My only complaint is how bitter it gets overtime from the yeast. I would gladly like to see more of this though in my fridge on the occasion when my mood for it fits.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a straw colored yellow with a nice layer of foam. Some carbonation is evident, while a decent bit of lacing is left behind.

S: Belgian yeast mingles with some fruity and citrus aromas. A hint of hops and spices come through as well.

T: Lots of Belgian yeast up front, creating a nice kind of farmhouse funk in this one. Some citrus and floral notes blend in as well, while a hint of spices linger on the outside.

M: Crisp and nicely carbonated.

D: This is one of the better saisons I've ever had, and it's tasty. Though I'm not a huge fan of the style, this is a damn fine one.

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Photo of john0721
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a goblet. Color: yellow Thick rocky white head. Slightly skunky, probably complements of the green bottle. Flavor: well balanced sweetness and hoppiness, some pepper like spiciness, with a nice dry finish.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a hazy honey hue with a voluminous lily-white head.

Smell -- Banana, clove, earthy yeast, lemon, apple, spice.

Taste -- Yeasty up front with banana, clove, faint spice, and a malt sweetness akin to ripe pears. It soon begins to dry out in the malt department and grassy hop notes begin to appear. A bit of vegetal bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Light in body with ample carbonation that is somewhere between prickly and fluffy; it feels like big bubbles popping on the tongue.

Drinkability -- Pretty good. Don't get me wrong, this is a wonderful beer, and certainly *the* textbook example of a Saison, but I didn't excite me or change the way I see the style as the talk around it would suggest. Great beer, must try, but keep your expectations grounded.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle shared with my son, the evening of the first day of his new job. Congratulations, son.

Poured into tulips, clear light golden body under a huge white rocky head, with ample lacing. Head lasts well. Very pretty beer.

Smell is funky to the max, brett, bread dough, horse blanket, nice cracker malt. Mmmm, smells good and is quite intense -- smellable from across the room

Taste is very similar to the smell, only not quite so intense.

Mouthfeel is much richer than I had anticipated: nice and round.

Drinkability is good.

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Photo of Phelps
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: the beer EXPLODES upon the popping of the cork; this is probably the loudest opening of a bottle I've ever experienced. Are my eardrums bleeding? After I get over the buzzing in my head, I notice the beer in my glass: a cloudy apricot-colored brew with a nice 1.5-finger head of creamy off-white foam. It eventually collapses to about half a finger, leaving full walls of lace in its wake.

S: lightly sweet, with apples, pears, clove, floral roses and a slight skunkiness. Why would anyone use green bottles?

T: pear juice, coriander, subtle honey and a crisp, lightly drying finish. A bit of funkiness is there as well, which a fellow drinker referred to as "farmer sweat."

M: medium-light in body, the beer's just a little runny, but the carbonation lightly massaging my tongue is pleasant and the crisp finish is nice.

D: a decent saison, Saison Dupont has light, enjoyable flavors that make it refreshing and great for a hot summer day. I bet this would pair nicely with some apple pie.

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Photo of sopor
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden foggy straw colored brew with a thick and creamy head sticking to my chalice. Smells of dry spicy hops with earhty grassy tones. Flavor has a very slightly sweet tone then dominated byt the same herbal, grassy, earthy tones from the nose with more hints of spice. Not overly dry, but almost nowhere near sweet overall. Light and frothy, Blegian-style. Drinkable, and not too high ABV, I'll pick this up again!

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Photo of MAB
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mine was a bit hazy, especially after the dregs of yeast were poured into the chalice at the end.
I had a brew that had tight, foamy, white lace that never went away. Carbonation remained active the entire time, as well.
Flavor-wise, it was pretty darned good. More bitter than I was expecting and less citrus-y and spicy than I was hoping for, yet, a decent beer all the same.
Not A- good, but a very nice beer, none the less.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours an orangish, pale color with a finger of off white head; effervescent bubbles; somewhat murky looking but still clear enough; decent enough retention but minimal lacing.

S: Malt, an undertone of banana and a touch of citrus and tanginess, along with a yeasty/bready aroma.

T: Mostly paleish malt, a little clove, pepper, banana, and graininess, finishing with a mild mostly dry bitterness.

M: Medium body, medium-high, slightly harsh carbonation.

O: A solid, reliable, refreshing saison. It won't wow you, but won't disappoint either.

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Photo of shortbus7
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a yellowish, hay colored beer with a crazy head. There was more head than beer, even after a careful pour.

S: Citrus and hay. Very barnyard like.

T: Yeast, some citrus, and grass. Very musty.

M: The carbonation is perfect. Smooth and light.

O: This is my first experience with farmhouse ales and I really enjoyed it. Hope there are many more to come.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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