Saison Dupont | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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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 charlzm
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed at Lucky Baldwin's Trappist Pub and Cafe on Sunday, August 21st, 2011. Beer served in proper glassware.

Beer is a slightly cloudy, moderately deep yellow (almost orange) topped with a uniform skin of extremely fine white bubbles.

Aroma is powdery yeast and lemon.

Flavor is soft floral/powdery yeast up front, immediately followed by more bitterness than I had expected. Also noted: a slight orange flavor. A little acidic tartness towards the end. The bitterness lingers after the rest of the flavor is gone and then, a good second or two after swallowing, a light malt trace shows up (think pilsener malt).

Moderate mouthfeel.

Despite being less fruity and tart than expected, still a nice, refreshing beer marred only by (IMHO) by a slightly overenthusiastic bitterness.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oooh she pretty! Fills up the cup with a hazy and almost lumpy white head with a variety of bubbles to it. Aroma was plenty of that dupont saison strain yeast, floral gardens, and just every lemon, banana, clove, coriander, grass type of descriptor. Complex yet the standard benchmark.

Taste packs a lot of flavor into a relatively thin kind of body. Lots of carbonation but appropriate especially if you're wisely drinking this in the summertime. Very dry with a mild barnyard meets wet grass and hay kind of think. Super mild tart.

A classic and a nice reprieve from a lot of wild ales calling themselves saisons stateside.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, bacterial funk, earthy malt, yeast, hint of smoke, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Saison/Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, hint of earthy malt, hint of smoke, slight citrus, slight hops, and sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy yellow-orange color with two fingers of head. There is nice lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of citrus, grass, hay, and a hint of white grapes. Very Pleasant. The taste starts with just a tad of tart acidity. Bits of lemon and orange peel, not very many hops present. The aftertaste is slightly metallic. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and thick. The drinkability is also fairly good. A unique Saison.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the green 750ml bottle the pour yeilded a luscious three-finger deep white frothy head. Almost like cream on top of expresso, the head was light and airy and a pure white color. The beer itself was dark yellow color with hints of orange. Big chunks of lace clung to the glass throughout the duration of the sample. The three-finger head from the pour reduced down to about a half-finger and stayed there throughout the sample.

The aroma of the beer was quite complicated. Certainly no hops in the nose but also no overly conspicious malt. A soft citrus aroma indicative of oranges and corriander. Also a slight bit of clove perhaps and an ever so slight smell of alcohol.

The taste was rather full bodied for its color. Not overwhelming on the palate by any means but deceptively strong. Orange and citrus fruit were the innitial sensations and a champaign like white grape taste was also present. Ample carbonation offered a crispness to each sip that made the beer refreshing and all but made it slight tinge of alcohol not noticable.

Medium mody with a freshness and crispness on the palate.

Indeed very drinkable and enjoyable. I've only had two saisons from the bottle, this and Ommegang's offering. I much prefer this from bottle compared to Hennepin (although I thought that beer to be quite excellent on tap). Indeed this appears to me to be the perfect summer sipper. Not a beer to slam down after mowing the lawn in the summer, but rather one to sip and enjoy its complexities on a hot summer night.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle with 2 2007 stamped on the cork. An orange color with a beautiful thick white head. Fruity aroma, mostly apple. a little yeast also. A nice fruity taste, again the yeast, and a dry, somewhat bitter finish. A good session beer, fun to drink.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz green bottle, corked and caged, from Steve's on University here in Madison.

Pours a light golden yellow with a finger of snow-white cream in my chalice. Nose is all clove and spice with some citric astringency and a faint skunk. Taste is dominated by the clove as well with a hearty dose of yeast and citrus and banana taking a supporting role. Mouthfeel is airy and tongue-tickling. A nice, refreshing saison, went well with a garlic cream and chicken pizza. Not mind-blowing, but well-executed.

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Photo of MrBen
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first taste of a Saison. I prefer the strong dark ales, tripels, and quadrupels from Belgium -- but this was a nice change of pace. Fine presenation in the caged/corked bottle. Color was nothing to write home about, and nose in the bottle wasn't too groundbreaking. However, taste and mouthfeel were very good. Crisp, refreshing, and with notes of citrus. A fairly drastic departure from my Belgian favorites. Saison Dupont is good for cleansing the palette, and I'll probably buy this one again.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into a tulip glass.

Poured a hazy yellow/orange color with a big head of white foam. The thick lacing clung to the glass as a small amount of sediment danced in the ample carbonation. The smell was a yeasty/bready aroma with hints of pear, green apple, fresh cut grass and spice. This ale had a slight taste of sourdough bread followed by a slightly citric frutiness. It finished off dry and slightly bitter. Excellent example of this style of farmhouse ale.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazed yellow color. Giant, growing frothy head. Head retains forever but surprisingly doesn't leave too much lacing.

S-Grass and lemons. Yeast and a musty aromas. Light spices with some pepper. Sturdy aroma that displays that 'hard to describe' aroma of a Saison.

T-Lighter than expected. Grass and hay and other farm-like flavors. Barnyard funk is found too. Lemony citrus and Beligan yeast. Enjoyable flavor albeit a bit too mellow for my taste. But man does it go down quick and easy.

M-Lighter bodied. Bunches of carbonation. Grassy aftertaste lingers for a bit. Very drinkable due to the feel and body.

O/D-I can see why this is such a popular Saison. I enjoyed it but was not taken back by the flavor. Solid but it lacks something in my opinion. Still a great drink, especially for those new to the style.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Stuffed Sandwich

A: Peach/golden hazy color. Head is solid, 1/4 inch layer of whipped cream on top of the body

S: Lots of funk. Earthy with citrus, spice, malt and bread dough.

T: Lots of various flavors. Citrusy and spicey with touches of pineapple and honey suckle. Somewhat musty with grass and biscuit. Touch of bitterness towards the end.

M: Lightly spritzy and fitting for the style

D: I actually wasn't a fan of this beer in the bottle. The tap was a different story.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle gifted by Fisherman34- thanks for the parting gift!! Cloudy peach colour with huge billowing white head and great lacing. Aroma is of belgian spices. Taste is quite spicy with hints of sour funk. I found it fairly hoppy and had a very dry finish. I noticed some woody flavours- mostly oak. This is one refreshing brew- I could quaffe many a bottle of this belgian treat.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 375ml.

A big pop makes me think this one is gonna be a foam over but the foam stops at the bottle mouth. After about 5 minutes I pour this into my faithful Duvel tulip which reveals a 2+" head and very hazy yellow with somewhat of a brown tint. Fragrance is very floral with some sweetness that resembles
a light strawberry. Taste is a bit metallic and as others have said a tart apple is detectable. Mouthfeel is a bit dry with no carbonation which was expected with the head and the carbonation bubbles lacing the glass. Great
offering which could go with many food combinations.

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Photo of hopsbreath
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Cloudy yellow body has several fingers of rocky snow white head. After a few minutes it dissipates to a very thin cap.

Smell is of earthy funk. The traditionalsm is apparent in the aroma. I know I'm going to like this a lot already.

Taste is of ripe lemon, bananas, funky musk, and farmyard straw. Its very nice and I like it enough to revisit it in the future.

Mouthfeel is rounded scrubbing bubbles. I keep going back to the glass for another sip. This goes down super easy and quickly disappears from my glass. Luckily its a 750 and I can pour another glass.

Definitely a must try for a fan of the style. I think I paid $9 for the bottle and consider that a deal.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle. I let this one stand outside the fridge for about 15 minutes, to take the cold off. When tasted, it's actually almost warm.

Pours a very pale yellow, with a slighly cloudy haze, a minor amount of carbonation in my gueuze tumbler adds to the haze. But overall, still fairly clear. The head on this is pretty massive, very white, with large bubbles on the glass and fine white bubbles in the middle. The head raised at least an inch above the top of the glass, but never threatened to fall over the side. Pretty. Pretty amazing, actually.

Aroma is dry, sharp, crisp, and slighly earthy/organic. Hops are there, some bright sour fruit (lime?). At first, not exactly pleasant to this American raised on sweets and salts. But after giving it some thought, it really is nice.

Flavor is dry, and the most prominant flavor is the sharp bite (sharp, slighly sour-bitter, and organic) at the end.

Mouthfeel moderate, as it should be for a dry style. Drinkability is lower than other scores because, to be honest, this is not a big drinking beer. I've tried a couple of times, and been glad to do so, and it is interesting, but not something I'm excited to drink frequently.

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Photo of maltysfalcon
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours exceptionally bubbly. I got ahead of myself and had to wait about 10 minutes for some of the head to subside to fill the glass properly. Very yellow in color with some cloudy yeasts evident. Very light, herbal and citrus nose. The flavors
mimic the nose. I heard one reviewer describe this as his "Desert Island Beer", but it is a little too hoppy for that in my opinion. However, it is undeniably a great summer beer: light, lemony and fresh.

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Photo of Naugled
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle served in flute

A: Off white silky lacey head that diminishes in a few minutes. Light straw orange color, surprisingly clear. Slight hop aroma in the nose.
S: Mild pils malt smell
T: Hop bitterness is nicely balanced with the malt. Some earthiness in the background. Good hop aftertaste, lingers just long enough to be pleasant and wanted.
M: Med to light body, smooth
D: very drinkable but nothing to write home about.

This is a good example of a drinkable saison/session beer. Easy to drink and enjoy, but at $10 a bottle it is an expensive thirst quencher.

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Photo of frazbri
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy straw gold with a billowing white head. The initial aroma was skunked, but that quickly dissapated. The mouthfeel was bright and light. Flavor of lemon zest and citrus finished with oak and a little alcohol warmth.

I was a little worried about the condition of this beer when I pulled the cork. That skunk smell hit, but fortunately didn't last. While Saison Dupont did not fully meet my expectations, it is a very fine beer. I will revisit this beer in the future.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One word to describe this beer: Chaotic. It's all over the place, but it all comes together in the end.

This brew is packed with wide ranging flavors and aromas. Grainy breads, tart fruits, spices, citrus peels, all brought together with a decent amount of bitterness and heavy duty carbonation.

A bit acidic feeling, sort of like orange juice on an empty stomach. Altogether a solid beer worthy of trying.

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Photo of beergoot
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very fizzy, golden hued body; rocky, thick, sticky white head. Mild citrus and spice aroma; orange peels. Tart and bitter flavor with just a touch of malt sweetness; lemons; yeasty breadiness. Medium bodied; mostly dry finish.

A fine, nicely balanced farmhouse ale. Citrus and floral flavors ebb and flow within each sip while a good tart bitterness adds enough counterpoint to things. This makes a nice beer for a light seafood or veggie meal and would make a fine deep summer thirst quencher at the end of the day. Very nice.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours apple juice orange. Strong frothy head with sporadic lacing.

Apple, pear, some floral notes.

Belgian spices, orange peel, dry oaky taste with floral elements. Taste is dominantly dry and bitter - tastes a bit aged.

Lots of carbonation. ABV is well handled.

Well rounded little Saison. Unique and satisfying.

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Photo of EnemyWithin
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on Sept 1, 2010.
Recommend by employee at Firefly Wines & Liquor in Vancouver, BC.

Appearance: Pours yellow-gold color with a slight haziness. Has about 1 1/2 inch thick white head to it.

Smell: Somewhat yeasty initially with a mild earthiness. Has hints of lemon and florals.

Taste: Light and crisp with a bit of sweet malt and hint of bitterness. Subtle and balanced in its flavors. Dryness consistent with the style.

Mouthfeel: Moderate level of carbonation, with very tiny bubbles, almost champagne-like. Crisp and balanced dryness in finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, and especially refreshing. Initially, I felt a little underwhelm by this offering, but as I continued with the bottle, the flavors grew on me. I found it to be great with food, such as pasta or chicken or salad.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A classic style, an iconic bottle, refreshing, a bit sour and tasty, although not tremendously memorable.

Presentation: 750 ml corked green glass bottle. Simple and almost countryside picnic design, back label offers a good paragraph on the general characteristics of the style, history and main characteristics. Displays date of bottling (2009) on the trunk of the cork, and Alc. by Vol. (6.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Straw color with a hazy tone and a yeasty sediment. Pours a very generous head that shows a sturdy retention and some lacing.

S - Fresh smell, lightly fruity, with a hoppy sense and some background funk.

T - A big tangy, bitterly hoppy and a touch of spice.

M - Light body, generously carbonated, rather dry...

D - Easy to drink. Refreshing but not too remarkable or pleasing.

Notes: It´s a decent beer that for me lingers too close to blah qualities. For all its hype and complexities it is too close to some funky European largers or their better Pilsner sisters. In fact primarily from the people I´ve shared the brew with, those that claimed that macro Euro lagers were their beer of choice seemed to be the most pleased by this ale, Maybe in that regard it is not too bad a beer to have people switching gears towards craft brews. Maybe it´s the icon reference for saisons but there are a few ahead of it within the style.

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Photo of illpass78
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a big, sticky white head. Lots of lacing.

Aroma: Musky and musty with some earth and grass. Spices present. Faint citrus.

Taste: Pretty complex - there's that musty, sour character from the nose, some citrus rind, earth, spices and maybe a little lemon.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry. Approachable despite the fairly complex flavor profile.

Overall: Classic beer. Not much to say about this one other than that it's the template for modern interpretations of a justifiably beloved style. I paired with lentil soup, bread and some tomme.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, corked and caged...cork reads 2002 vintage. Pours out a very light orange color, with an enormous head that will no doubt retain until the end of time. The smell is something I don't really like. It smells a bit citrusy and spicy but has an acrid foul twang in it as well. Maybe thats the pig slop in the farmhouse. ;-)

Tastes very light and refreshing, and has the carbonated mouthfeel of a crisp Belgian ale. Not very high on complexity, but makes up for it in ease of drinkability. Flavors aren't really jumping out at you, and in fact seem to me to be hard to put a finger on anything specific. Grassy, earthy flavors are present, as well as some mild citrus notes. A great drinker, but not one if you're looking for loads of flavor. One of the few "don't think...drink" Belgian ales I have come across. Nonetheless, I like it and could see myself purchasing this again. Would probably make a nice introduction into the world of Belgian beers.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,070 ratings.
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