Saison Dupont | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Saison DupontSaison Dupont

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Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

Picked up at Smoker's Den in Bennington, VT.

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a three finger fluffy white head that seems to stick around forever. Some floaties dangle here and there as well. The spiderweb lacing makes this a superb looking brew. Aroma consists of banana, spicy hops, and strong yeasty goodness. Sweet floral perfume and some earth in the nose as well. Very enjoyable to sniff. Taste follows suit very well but a touch sweeter. Sweet apple, pear, and rhubarb with a grassy dry flavor. Midway some pepper and clove with a slight melon sweetness. Aftertaste is more dry with a bit of a citrus hop linger, very nice. Light body with a soft pillowy feel and an active carbonation, great representation of the style. This saison is too easy to drink, it's just a shame I only got a small bottle. Next time I'm getting the corked 750 ml bottle for sure. Probably one of the best saisons I've had to date.

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

Saison Dupont Vieille Provision
12.7 oz green bottle with a caged cork
Cork reads 2.004
Served in a Chimay chalice

Pours a cloudy mustard yellow. Ultra fluffy head that has the consistency of shaving cream. Incredible sticky lace webbing all over the glass.

Whiffs apples, lemon zest, hops and funk. Belgian yeast with a spicy feature in the background. Very pleasant to the nose.

Creamy mouthfeel and prickly carbonation with hints of black pepper, lemon and cloves. Earthy and complex different flavors bursting through with each sip. Citrus acid presence with a smooth and perfectly carbonated presence. So incredibly drinkable and multi dimensional.

This is a great beer. Recommended.

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

Cork reads 2.004 and bottle shows a full finger of sediment at bottom.

Body is 12 carat gold with excellent clarity when yeasties remain undecanted. Full finger of fluffy white long-lasting foam peeks out the top of the tulip glass. Nose is sweet with bubblegum, alcohol esters, and a hint of barnyard funkiness.

Entry is positively riveting with zippy carbonation enveloping the tongue and the subtle effects of malt amd bubblegum dance happily within the mouth. Alcohol peeks through during midtaste, with the finish providing a fruity sweet tang complimented with crisp saaz hops. The dryness upon closure reminds this taster of sparkling wine.

Simply the gold standard for the Saison style.

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

11.2 oz., 330 mL bottle,

A: Pours a sparkling, cloudy yellow, with a big, thick, white head, that just keeps coming, very frothy and billowy, cloud-like.

S: Very lemony, citrus, a bit of hops, also had a bit of a sour tint to it, with some white pepper, as well.

T: Very lemony upfront, strong citrus flavour, the hops a very noticable, very dry and earthy, grassy, especially for a Belgian beer, grassy, pretty straightforward in the flavours, not the most complex of beers, but all the flavours are very good and enjoyable.

M: Dry, very dry, medium-bodied, very refreshing, definitely a great summer quencher beer.

D: A great all-around beer, could do lots of things with it, from relaxing poolside or pairing it with a 5-course meal, very versatile beer, a tad pricey, but worth it every time.

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Photo of Auraan
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous cloudy golden body with one and a half fingers of thick, foamy head. Overall impression of appearance is of a nice saison, very true to form. Scents of light tea, moderate levels of honey, light dank, cellar-like aromas, high levels of floral hops with some herbal character, spicy phenols at a moderate level with notes of clove and white pepper, sweet, fruity aromas, particularly orange and tangerine at high levels. Overall impression of flavor is of a fantastic saison. It captures the fruity character of the style nicely, with a good hit of phenols and a nice presence of hops, true to the style. A good, classic saison that is quite nice. Flavor begins lightly dry with notes of honey and medium-high levels of floral, herbal hops with medium-light notes of lemon zest, light phenols with a white pepper character and a bit of fruity esters with an orange quality. Middle is lightly dry with notes of honey, spicy phenols with notes of white pepper, herbal hops and a light hint of alcohol. Finish is dry with notes of herbal hops, some spicy hops, notes of white pepper, softly sweet malt and a light lemon zest and orange zest character. Aftertaste is dry with notes of herbal and spicy hops and a bit of white pepper. Overall impression of flavor is of a classic saison, nothing off, fantastic, balanced and true to style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with effervescent carbonation, some prickly tartness and an overall drying feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of an excellent true to style saison. Quite nice. Overall this is an amazing saison. It has a wonderful aroma and flavor, truly fitting the style, and a mouthfeel that compliments the flavor.

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Photo of HabiMendes
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The orange smell steps out right away from the beautiful sunny glass. The taste also brings the oranges, together with subtle floral tones. I can notice a black pepper tone, but strongly associated with the aroma, while taking the sip. The end is dry, with a well-balanced hop bitterness. This is a beer with character.

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Opened it and could hear the carbonation, very bubbly. Very smooth to drink from start to finish. This is definitely a beer to drink again and again.

The smell was sweet and the first sip was as good as last. I could see drinking this on a hot summer day while hanging out with friends.

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Photo of gmossii
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

I am new to Saisons but from the moment that I popped the cork, I had a feeling I was in for something special from its smell. It has a yeasty yet citrus-like scent. It's kind of ugly in a glass with particulates floating in the glass, but the flavor is tart and bitter all at once. This is a bold-flavored beer that won't be for everyone but I find it crisp and refreshing. It's my current obsession.

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Photo of bum732
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Grassy, spicy, white pepper, oak almost, rich, pilsner malt.

L: Huge carbonated white head, solid lacing, good retention. Cloudy dark orange yellow.

T: Semi-sweet pils malt, with some white pepper. Some clove and other spicing. Medium low spicy bitterness leading to additional rich maltiness. Finishes light and dry, crisp.

M: Medium bodied, rich and crisp at the same time.

There is a reason this is the benchmark for this style. Rich without being heavy, enough dryness to keep it crisp. Great layers of spice and flavor.

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Photo of edbeered
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a hazy, almost opaque yellow color, with a 1/2 inch white head and substantial lacing on the glass. The smell is tart and lemony. The taste has a smooth yeasty component, as well as a lemony flavor with a hint of green apple tartness and a nice hop bite at the end. The flavors blend effortlessly. The mouthfeel is appropriately light. This beer is very easy to drink, especially in hot weather. A classic example of the style.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison Dupont 33cl into medium chalice

Slightly hazed gold with yellow highlights. Two finger foamy white
head. Solid retention and nice sticking lace.

Nose is intensely fruity with banana, yellow pears, apricot, chalk,
dry yeast. Elegant and powerful all at once. My wife commented on the
aroma from two feet away.

Palette is tangy, earthy, musty, pears, yeast, clove phenols, biting
citric bitter and sharply dry finish. Any sweetness in this beer is a
mind trick, as it is very well attenuated. The finish is earthy,
bitter, crisp, and quite long.

Mouthfeel starts off creamy, then a rush of powerful carbonation
spreads the wealth around throughout the palette.

Too bad I didn't buy a 750ml of this, but then I guess I would take it
for granted and kill it quick. This is so easy drinking, but I'll take
it slow so I can enjoy.

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Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: gorgeous in my westmalle chalice with a thick, frothy head that persists atop a hazed golden-amber beer

s: wonderfully spicy, crisp pilsen base with loads of white bread yeast, great hop profile - papery aged nobles with aromas of dried lemongrass, white flowers, apricot and white grape, extremely round and well balanced, not what I'd call funky - but the yeast and associated byproducts play a crucial role

m: carbonation full and lively while soft at the same time, light bodied without being thin

t: crisp pilsen malts with soft white bread yeasts, quite hoppy - noble hops give lemongrass and a solid bitterness in the finish, highly yeasty, fuzzy pit fruits

d: drinkability is huge, just a great saison overall

750 from WF Clarendon, paired with fresh parsley tarragon pasta, andouille sausage, and squash

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Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This may be the most classic example of a farmhouse ale one can find. Smooth, with a bit of a peppery note and mildly floral and slightly funky yeast notes. Carbonation is bright but not too fizzy. White wine and lemon notes at the finish. Overall a wonderfully drinkable beer.

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Photo of beerweevil
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer was offered to me as the "o.g. saison." I could believe this beer has inspired a brewer or two. It's an exhilirating balance of complex, spicy bitterness, light sweetness, and a uique and forward acidity. I look forward to drinking more.

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Photo of gatornation
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a slight hazy golden straw color with a hugh fluffy white head that recedes slowly to leave lots of clinging lace.. its light smelling in spice some clove and some fruit with slight yeast..the taste is outstanding its crisp and clean very refreshing with lemon and pepper notes lots of yeast and floral pairings for the palate some apple/melon and some hops round out this well balanced saison..the mouthfell is light but a saison is meant for the warmer months ..this is oh so drinkable and just a pleasure to the last drinkable and simple yet it is complex in the layers of flavor that are present...highly recommended

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Photo of atr2605
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy straw color with a thick foamy head with excellent retention and nice lacing that clings to the glass
S-super grassy, spicy pepper, wheat,yeasty, some malt sweetness in the background
T-green grassy bitterness mixes with a wheat/malty flavor and finishes very dry with a nice spiciness throughout
M-light bodied, dry, crisp, high carbonation
O-absolutely fantastic saison. great complexity and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of RedBeerchetta
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark gold, orange, cloudy, beautiful whipped cream head that's easy to recreate with a swirl of the glass. Makes you want a "got milk" mustache as soon as it's poured.

S - Yeast, alcohol, biscuits, grass.

T - Vanilla, apricot, hint of nutmeg, sweet cream, pineapple. Really nice, mellow blend of flavors. Good balance of spiciness and sweetness.

M - Light, but creamy feel on the middle and sides of tongue. Perfect light carbonation. Slides down like ice cream.

D - I could definitley have a couple of these, though maybe a bit too filling for more than that. I will probably finish this 750ml bottle!

I'm a new and eager student of Belgian beers and I am loving using this as my study. I don't see how this beer could dissapoint anyone!

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Photo of jiggahertz
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw yellow with a enormous head after a slow pour. Head dissipates extremely slowly, lacing throughout.

S: Sweet berries, honey, wheat.

T: Tartness up front, sweet malt to follow. Complex dry finish, great hops characteristic.

M: high carbonation, light bodied

D: I want more, complexity, easy drinking, what more can you ask for.

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Photo of rodney45
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: Beer three in my saison quest.

A: Hazy Persian orange or deep saffron, with a paper white, creamy head that hangs around quite a while. beautiful lacing.

S: Plisner malt, wheat, coriander, pear, and granny smith apple.

T: first notes are of beligian spices, such as corriander, turmeric, and orange zest, Bartlett pear, and granny smith apple. Secondary profile, is malt. Predominantly Pilsner, wheat, and maybe a hint of pale. Tertiary profile is of peach, slight hop bitterness. Finish is dry and speaks of a distinct belgian yeast.

M: Light and refeshing, light body, high carbonation.

O: Wow, what a great beer. Had a little skunk to it, because i left it out for a few weeks on my counter to make my beer geek friends jealous. I blame myself, not the beer.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison tasting with a friend while brewing today...

Review from notes...

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance-Large frothy 4 finger head and a slightly hazy yellowish/orange body. Nice head retention and nice lacing.

Smell-Lemony goodness, some spice, and some farmhouse funk. Also got some biscuity malts. Extremely inviting.

Taste-Follows the aroma. Sweet and Rich, but not overwhelming to where it gets to be too much. Lemon citrus upfront and a light hop finish. Funk is there throughout entire sip. Got some slight apple in there as well. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, lots of carbonation. very Smooth and refreshing and very easy to drink.

Overall-This turned out to be my favorite by far out of the 3 Saisons I had(Hennepin, Collete). I really wish more saison's came in 4 or 6 packs. Great beer

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Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/09/05- Purchased at Belltramo's in Menlo Park, CA

Presentation- 750ml green bottle with no freshness dates. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Orange-golden pour with a thick pock marked ultra white and creamy head. Good lacing as well.

Smell- Farmhouse stinky yeast along with some sour citrus scents.

Taste- Semi bitter lemon rind flavor with a nice sour background. Tart and tangy belgian yeast abounds.

Mouthfeel- Fairly high carbonation level, maybe a touch creamy.

Drinkability- My number #2 saison behind Fantome. Very easy drinking brew that I will try to keep on hand.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been getting in to Saisons. Time to try this classic again.

A - Pours a bright clear light-yellow with a four finger fluffy head. Great big bubbles.

S - Mainly earthy, with some citrus and floral aspects as well. Deep, complex, and delicious smelling.

T&M - Very complex and very light at the same time, which makes it a winner. The carbonation and acidity make the spicy, grassy flavors dance on the palate. That sounds a bit fancy, but this is a fancy beer. Mmm...

D - I always buy the little bottle and wish I had the big bottle. If only it didn't need to be imported, I'd drink this with almost every meal. This one lives up to the reputation.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml cork and cage bottle poured into a tulip.

A: The cork pops off with a lively jolt, and even a gentle pour yields a towering rocky white head. Retention is awesome. Plenty of sticky lacing. The liquid itself is a dull golden color with a good amount of haze. Textbook saison appearance.

S: The malt base smells of soft, gentle grains and freshly baked bread. Slight lemony tartness. Yeasty and doughy, soft clovey phenol and peppery spice. Good dose of grassy and dry herbal hopping, somewhat floral as well. Very multi-dimensional.

T: Soft grains, bread, subtle hints of toast. Delicate lemony tartness. Very yeasty. Restrained must and even a little funk, a bit chalky. White pepper. Spicy alcohol is very subtle. Vague fleshy fruit. Hops pack a solid bitter punch toward the back end, and bring herbal, peppery, and grassy tastes of their own.

M: Light in body. Creamy and frothy in texture. Gentle scrubbing carbonation. Mild hop astringency and some ghostly alcohol warmth.

O: Saison Dupont is the quintessential example of the Saison/Farmhouse ale. Many have tried to mimic it, but few are truly worthy of standing in its company. Needless to say, this is an absolute must-drink for any true beer geek. Pairing options are endless, but salads and lighter fare are easy choices. White fish and chicken as well, along with a multitude of different herb and spice combos. Fried portobello mushrooms just popped into my head too, maybe play up the funk a little bit. It's very versatile, as it won't overwhelm the more delicate dishes, but can cut through bolder flavors and richer textures as well.

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Photo of AdamBRalston
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Bottle - Kind of toned down for the beer inside
Appearance: This one is definitely cloudy, hazy. Pours a thick foamy head about 2 inches. Swirling the contents before the last 1/4 pour increases substantially. Foam lasts a loooooong time.
Smell: It was cold when I poured it. But the aroma is subtle. No floral notes. Smells clean, with mild funky
Taste: I've seen some reviews that state this beer is hoppy. Don't believe it. This is not an IPA, it is very crisp and clean to the palate. Taste warms after the first sip in the mouth. Rich flavors but subtle - country farm, butter
Mouthfeel: Crisp. Clean. Fresh. Light. Not much of an aftertaste
Overall: VERY balanced flavor, just about everyone will love this. Would buy again and plan on it.

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Photo of ryrust5301
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A poured this into a large tulip glass, and man was it a thing of beauty. One of the most massive heads I have ever poured. The head shot all the way up, covering at least half the glass, and muffin topping over the lip. The body is a golden straw in color. Lacing looks like snow patches stuck to the sides of the glass. Almost perfect! After the head subsided somewhat, it left a whip cream looking thick head with a big chunk floating around in the middle.

Smell - Almost creamy and banana like in a hefe-weizen sort of way, but much spicier. Maybe a little lemon citrus, but damn is it spicy.

Taste & Mouthfeel - The first thing I can taste is a sharpe biting carbonation. Once again it's spicy and biting with a lemon twist to it. The lemon and hops give it a somewhat bitterness, but there is a smooth creaminess to the background. The spice is the winner in the flavor category. It gives it a firm backbone, and pops in your mouth keeping everything alive.

Drinkability - A standard bearer for the saison style. Wonderfully easy to drink, I can't help but to take gulp after gulp. Deep and flavorful with a gliding change in flavor as it goes from start to finish. This one will please even the most arrogant of palates.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,127 ratings.
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