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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 Digimaika2
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(4.0) A: Attractive cloudy copper with a billowing and bubbly marshmallow-like head. Very good retention and patches of foam cling to the glass as this recedes.

(4.5) S: Incredible. Banana, lemon, grapefruit, honey, cloves, pepper, belgian yeast, and barnyard elements including dry grasses and woodchips. Wonderful floral notes come across well. A varied and complex aroma.

(4.5) T: Dry grasses, honey, tropical and citrus fruits, peppery cracker, cloves, and leaning towards herbal rather than floral elements. Wide assortment of flavours that work superbly together. Very good balance with just enough dry, bitter, and sweet characteristics.

(4.5) M: Medium bodied with moderate/spritzy carbonation (both are bang on). Texture is slightly oily with some chewy character.

(4.5) D: Superb farmhouse and a must try for fans of the style. Very good complexity and superb balance are both qualities that stand out for me.

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Photo of ZAP
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apricot clored....hazy....fizzy, frothy 1/2 inch egg white head...nose is musty but sweet....tight carbonation...fizzy almost, but creamy at the same time...body is medium light...taste is earthy...sweet fruity notes at first but very dry on the finish...Should have saved this for Thanksgiving...it would have paired nicely with the meal...

Very enjoyable...justt kind of hard to describe the flavor and aroma...tfour words...musty...earthy...fruity..enjoyable..

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not being a huge saison fan, this brew is delish. Very soft, delicate flavors. Mild banana and clove, farmhouse Funk is there but subtle. Medium soft feel with a crisp finish. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Jsteez
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at Galmegi Brewery in Busan, South Korea. It came out with a nice white creamy 2 finger fluffy head. A murky orange/copper color; sticky lace on the glass. It smelled quite fruity and estery: banana, slight clove, some spice; a bit of pineapple and pear, too.
Took a sip: smooth with a juicy frontend, light banana cream, pineapple, tropical fruit, pears, black pepper and a spicy/dry/bitter backbone; with just a hint of clove to round things out. The body is light and easy going; so smooth. I can't even describe it. Very easy to drink. Nicely balanced beer! I love this.

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Photo of MikeB20
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: 11.2oz brown bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy gold with orange highlights and a two finger white head. A little sediment in the glass but you have to hold it up to the light to see it.

S: Smells like a barnyard with some wonderful sweet floral and tart fruity notes. Earthy as well. I find it to be very inviting for a Belgian, I want to taste this beer.

T: A nice light grainy malt base with some tart fruit in the finish. There's a little yeast at the end after the other flavors have faded. Refreshing.

M: Very light and very carbonated with a dry finish. Super easy to drink and it's a smooth as can be.

O: This is a really nice Saison. It hits on what I'd expect from a one, barnyard, tart fruit and flowers, dry and easy drinking, it's all there. This is a very refreshing beer that I'll gladly seek out in the hotter months. I love Belgian's and this is one of my favorites.

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Photo of CaptKirkles
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was suggested as a 'beginners Saison' as I am just getting into the style and I was quite impressed.

A - A very light hazy straw color with a good amount of fluffy head with good lacing
S - Spicy and yeasty with some grass in the background. Very appealing and seemed to be in style
T - A good mix of spiciness and sweetness. A little dry but refreshing.
M - Crisp and light. The carbonation made this very refreshing.
D - Very drinkable. I look forward to this again with the upcoming summer. A bottle won't knock you over but set you just right.

Served from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing like a 750ml bottle of Belgian beer to make a lovely, festive "pop" upon being cracked open. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Produces a golden amber color almost reminiscent of champagne with an enormous head, yet the second, yeastier pour was cloudier, far more carbonated (and we're talking about tons of carbonation razing the glass), as well as floaties everywhere near the bottom. Carbonation seemed to last forever, no matter how much this warmed up. Truly fantastic.

The smell is all over the place, but as expected from a farmhouse ale, this is extremely phenolic, sourish, and definitely tarty. There's aromas present of apricots, white grapes, coriander, and woody aromas underneath no doubt produced by the sour smells. Other than that, the yeastiness is unbelievable here, with a strong, aged aroma that reminds me of oude guezes. Beyond the the yeasty smell, there's a sweet aroma, which almost seems like the sugar that the yeast is currently snaking on. Alive (literally) and very lively, this is one of the nicest perfumed Belgian ales I've had in quite a while.

The flavor is equally complex, yet there are several ways in which it can be pinned down. There's a primary attack on the senses with malts, and then some dried hops (which become exponentially more noticeable as this warms up), and finally, an alcoholic finish. Primarily, the apricots are everlasting in this beer, and it is very reminiscent of fruit tarts, as well as intense lemon rinds. It's very pleasant, but for the first time I'm claiming that this is better cold, as it masks the hoppiness that throws these flavors off balance as it warms up. Nevertheless, this is a *perfect* drinking experience when it comes to feel, as it's yeasty and thick, as well as heavily carbonated, which comforts the palate underneath the intense sour and bitter flavors. Thick and bready, it's wonderfully welcoming and seems to have a lasting aftertaste for quite a while.

In short, versatile. Pop it open during a formal celebration, or open while kicking back on the porch on a sunny day, or sit by the fire on a freezing day with cheese and bread... No matter what occasion, Saison Dupont will be apropos. This is a fantastic beer unlike any I've had, and being far less overwhelming in sourness compared to others, as well as a balanced ABV, it's very likely to be visited again many times over.

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Photo of Shaw
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a lovely blond color with a very foamy head and massive carbonation. This stuff is fizzy.

It has a wonderul spicy aroma, similar to other Belgian beers I've had. Very nice. The taste is very good, too. It is crisp with a bitter twang and a hint of sour, musty flavors. There are also very light fruit and malt flavors mixed in.

The body is wonderfully light. I see why this is a beer meant for summer. It's almost cloud-like. Excellent.

This is a great beer. I will definatly have to have some more of it and introduce my beer buddies to this great style.

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Photo of beertastegood
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been a while since I have had this particular beer. Time to get reacquainted.

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a massive fluffy head that sinks to a whitecap and leaves thick lace on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: grassy, floral, lemon, musty, honey, grainy, tart...variety of aromas promise an interesting experience.

Taste: Citrus at first, followed by a strong mustiness, a nice bitter hop bite, and a wonderfully flowery hop flavor. Hint of grainy (wheat?) sweetness, then an intensely drying, hoppy, tangy, tart and bitter finish. Extremely thirst-quenching. Yeast-derived spiciness comes out as it warms up...they meld nicely with the rest of the senses.

Mouthfeel: very high carbonation and light body make this one go down easy. Drinkability is very high.

I had almost forgotten why I liked this style so much. I guess it is time for me to start brewing saisons again...

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Photo of sponberg
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If there's a better looking beer in a glass, I'd like to see it - cloudy gold-amber with a huge, rocky head. Yeasty, estery, fruity aroma.

I just love this beer - fruit, esters, alcohol warmth, a slight citric crispness... BelgianBeers described the flavors & mouthfeel very well, so all I will add is this: A bottle of this beer (OK, two bottles), a good sized slab of a really good Brie or other soft ripened cheese, some freshly picked apples (Macintosh or Macoun), and a loaf of crusty artisanal bread... what else would you need?

OK, maybe a bottle of this and a bottle of Southampton saison. For variety.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Saison Dupont is almost the standard to what a saison should taste like. It is light, crisp, with a plesant spicyness in the finish that is the characteristic of the yeast. A lot of breweries try to mess with and make saisons extreem but noting is like a great traditional style. I have yet to like one that deviates from the simple feel of this beer. It's a little expensive for a light crisp beer but it's imported so what do you expect. Wish it could be cheaper. Would keep it around a lot more.

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Photo of BKotch
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah, the complexity of a first-rate Belgian saison! Cloudy golden color, huge frothy head, nice lace. And then a very dry fruity-spicy nose and palate with a dry finish. Carbonation is on the high side. Everything comes together so well in this brew -- it's just incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly cloudy bright yellow with a voluminous off white head of tightly packed bubbles. The head erupts up from the liquid to make a beautiful towering pillow of rocky foam, and leaves beautiful lace in its wake. The Aroma is wonderful. Fruity and funky with a pleasant graininess. Green apple, pear, citrus, a perfume of floral and herbal aromas and white pepper all mingle in my nostrils. The flavor seems to be both delicate and robust at the same time. It has a tart and slightly lactic attack that gives way to a wonderful grainy malt profile. Herbal hops and notes of pear and citrus also mingle about in my mouth. Peppery spice and lemon grass are also there, and I find it hard to describe all the flavors as they seem to transform as I sip. The body is on the light side of medium and mouthfeel is full of carbonation. It is a bit tingly on the tongue, but at the same time it's also smooth. Super drinkable and super delicious. The first time I bought this beer it was skunked and it scared me away for awhile, but tasting it now, I think it is worth the risk.

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Photo of Murchmac
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ooo LaLa Saison. I fricking love this style now.

I drank this at a coffee shop out the bottle poured into a glass. I kinda only review beers at home, like a ritual, so forgive my crudeness.

I guess it looked yellow. Had a big head, cool looking.

I think it smelled earthy. I just smelled it once. It was hot out, I just wanted to sit outside and drink.

Tasted fricking amazing. Just the right amount of carbonation. Earthy, fruity, smooth. Like drinking jujubees.

Great aftertaste. This is one classic beer.

This beer is so good, How good is it? This beer is so good, you should drink it.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a light shade of yellow with a very foamy ad puffy white head. Looks great

S- smells very spicy and grassy. Pretty much...it smells like a saison should

T- tastes very fresh, if that makes sense. Lots of grass and spice coming out of this one

M- very light body, not overwhelming at all

O- absolutely fantastic. Perfect for a warm summer day

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is never around the area in bottle format so it was pure delight to find it on-tap.

In the proper glassware, this beer actualizes a golden canary with a fluffy dollop of head that lasts, lingers, and leaves great lace rings.

The aroma of this beer is enticingly tart; lemony, filled with crisp hop zest, with a slightly spicy yeast profile.

This beer is a delicious saison: it is amazingly light and zingy on the mouth but also delightfully substantial. The lemon flavors abound in harmony with a peppery spice content...and the lingeringly powerful hop-bite just makes it more drinkable by the end of the glass.

The mouthfeel is almost bitingly carbonated but underneath is a dry, addictively smooth pucker of lemon and lime. Damned drinkable...hope I can find this again sometime.

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Photo of jculler82
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured to a Duvel tulip, the beer is a slightly hazy pale gold, with a towering white head that seems like it is going to hang around a while.

Smells of Belgian yeast, i.e. some clove, a slight mustiness, and some lemon. Smells good.

Taste is wonderful. Blend of lemon and orange citrus peel, some clove, hints of bubblegum, grape, and more lemon. Finishes very dry, in fact it is a hard beer to review because just as you start to notice the flavors, they disappear and you're left with a clean pallet. Extremely refreshing Saison.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style, very dry, but not too thin. Perfect beer for the weather in the 90's we've been having.

Exceptionally drinkable, might be the combination of today's heat and the refreshing, dry nature of this beer. I don't typically like to give 5's, but I don't see how a beer could be any more drinkable. Best Saison I've had yet.

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Photo of haz77
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a tulip. Golden straw in colour and slightly hazy with a bit of yeast suspended in it. Massive tight, white head which slowly falls to about a finger thick leaving behind clumps of lacing. Carbonation looks to be medium.

S - Grass, peppery citrus, a little bit of phenols, yeast, fruit.

T - Crisp, peppery lemon, funky yeast. Restrained hops kick in towards the end. Alcohol is masked for the most part, only coming through in the aftertaste.

M - Really nice medium-to-high carbonation. Smooth and well balanced

D - Goes down very easily.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: The last beer of the night, sampled during the BA Social held at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena on Saturday 12th October, 2003.

This was purchased in an 11.2 fl.oz bottle, a size which I have never seen before, but it had the instantly recognizable black, yellow and white checkered label.

Appearance: A marvelous blonde-gold color, with some hints of light amber when held to the light. Not so much cloudy, as just having a ‘milky haze’. Streamers populate the goblet, and disappear into the underside of the off-white large frothy head.

Nose: Light sweetness that wraps a rich yeasty farmyard odor. Massive fruity aspect in the ending. Very Dupont.

Taste: Wow. Once tasted – never forgotten, but it is always such a pleasure to drink this one again and be reminded. Light blonde beer beginnings, some pilsner like malts are immediately bombarded with lemon rind, spicy hops, pepper and a sweet-tartness. Bitter and dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy, lively, carbonated mouthfeel. Has a (surprisingly for 6.5%) warming alcohol feel at times. Lovely.

Drinkability: I will hold up my hand, and say that I think Saison’s are amongst some of the most enjoyable and quaffable of the styles available in Belgium. Excellent thirst quenching qualities – with a massive bold flavor profile, both classic Saison qualities – and this is no exception to the rule.

Overall: Dupont produce a classic Saison. It has it all, a farm brewery, with a history that goes back at least 150 years. But more importantly, for me at least, it has a very authentic yeast strain/mix that really adds depth and complexity. Excellent.

If you are not sure what a “classic” Saison is, or want a definition?
Visit the Dupont Website - and watch the 12 minute film.

Or, Think Saison – Drink Dupont. Then you’ll know for sure!

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours pale straw with a dull clarity. Frothy snow-white head quickly fills the glass and holds exceptionally well leaving stubborn barnacles of foamy lace. Some moderate Styrian aroma, and a solid skunky/spicy Saaz bouquet. Some soft wheat and mild medicinal aromas are also evident, with lambic yeast notes and faint pilsener malt in the background. Timid pale malt sweetness and sharp pilsener upfront, followed by zesty Styrian and Saaz flavor, perhaps a little light-struck. Then comes a tame but prominent farmhouse profile. Dry aftertaste with lingering skunk and noble bitterness while the farmhouse character remains apparent, but not overwhelming. Nearly perfect execution of the style. High carbonaion and ultra-thin body, almost champagne-like but with some wheat-like texture. Overall the mouthfeel is refreshing and light with a pleasenty acidic yeast character and spicy german hop backdrop. Finishes dry and funky but restrained enough to quench the thirst as well as supply ample sour flavor.

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Photo of soultrain
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Hennipen glass.

A-Hazy golden peachy beer. 2" head slowly settles. Yeast chunks abound, along with some tiny red flecks. Lacing is good for a saison.
S-Smells like really good yeast. Slightly skunky, in a good way.
T-Mild barnyard funk, very flowery hop presence, as it warms to room temp, it stays extremely delicious even with the slight whiffs of manure...it ingratiates itself to the palette with even final warm sips almost perfect.
M-Smooth, subtle, soft, sexy.
D-Off the hook. I can't see how anyone wouldn't like this.

CRUX: WORLD CLASS. Awsome. Extremely well crafted. Recommended!

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saison Dupont - from Brasserie Dupont sprl
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
ABV: 6.50 %, reviewed 4/18/09, 750ml bottle > Duvel tulip glass
A 5.0 - AWESOME in appearance! Excellent pillowtop head with amazing rentention and lace! Cloudy honey in color with noticebale sediment chunks that settle to the bottom of the glass.
S 4.5 - Tart notes with clove accents. Some pepper and hop notes sneak in the aroma dance.
T 4.5 - Dry and semi tart as expected for a Saison. Yeast taste is present. Citrus and hop notes are present.
MF 4.0 - medium in body, high in carobonation.
D 4.5 - A good solid example of a Saison with nice dry body and character. ABV is a a bit lower than some Saisons @ 6.5, so this a a nice sessionable brew. A fair price for a Belgian at $8 for a 750ml bottle @ Broudy's.

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Photo of caryt
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at the Green Dragon (Portland, OR) in a Russian River tulip

A: Caramel opaque with a large fluffy white head the size of both of my thumbs.

S: Smells of delicious Belgian yeast with a very slight sweet fruit aroma

T: Smooth and yet very smooth, not an overbearing carbonation. This brew was blessed with a magnificent yeast

M: Light, slightly sweet and delicious.

O: First go at this Saison and very pleased. I went from a boozy saison to this refreshing goodness. Would suggest to anyone and will have again.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This corked popped on it's own as soon as the cage was untwisted....good thing I didn't have my face in the line of fire.
Talk about carbonation....I poured carefully to not creat a huge head...but it rises and makes an ice cream cone look as it gets above the rim....amazing . This the is a 2006 bottle.
The smell is funky , musty barn with a bit of citrus and spice.
The taste is almost tart....lot's of complexity...some barely sweet malt....funk, citrus , hints of honey and banana...black pepper...grass...a nice bitterness that runs through from beginning to end. Very dry clean finish with a bitter aftertaste.
Always great....easy to get through a 750ml. A classic.

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Photo of mschrei
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to try this one. Poured a very thick and quickly dissipating head. Cloudy orange gold color with a sea of sediment. It has the farmhouse funk on the smell, but it's not overpowering. Same with the taste, very smooth and refreshing. A truly great beer, one I will definitely buy again. Many times, probably.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,098 ratings.
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