Saison Dupont | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Saison DupontSaison Dupont
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 02-26-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,165
Reviews:
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Avg:
4.18
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
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Photo of ethanmc12
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of oso
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Brushkanna
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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 BeerTruth
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
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 RMelyon
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Joecaddie
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of touchmeimsac
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of alostplot
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 2005 on the cork.

Pours a rather pale straw color with a thick shaving cream head. Head lessens a bit, but maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

What a complex aroma! Bready with some spicy and peppery notes. Has a bit of a skunky hop aroma blended in with just a slight smokiness.

Bready immediately upfront followed by a slight peppery taste. A slight bitterness sets in with the taste of skunky hops which lingers as it finishes quite dry.

Creamy texture, abundant carbonation.

Nice drinking saison. I'll suck down this 750 without a second thought...

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color with tons of carbonation. Carbonation feeds a tall, soapy, sticky, white head. After a minute or so, head has consolidated to something a little more creamy, but retains a steady 1-finger height throughout entire sesh. THICK, web-like lacing.

Smell: Sour yeast, bready malts, some orange peel and apple, and some alcoholic dryness (reminds me of gin) in the finish.

Taste: Bready malts and some mild sourness. Yeast gives it an apple cider-like flavor. Citrus and spices in there as well. Overall, taste is very subtle. A very pleasant, and very dry, draws me back for more.

Mouthfeel: Talk about creamy - Damn! That is one fine head! Carbonation not nearly as high as anticipated. Light-medium body and very clean/crisp.

Drinkability: So, I don't drink saisons much, but this is a style I could see myself getting into. I really like the dry finish and subtle flavors. Mouthfeel is fantastic. This would make a great session beer.

Note: So I tried to avoid getting the yeast from the bottom of the bottle into my cup, but I got greedy and spilled just a bit in there. I'm not really sure how I'm 'supposed' to enjoy this beer (yeast or not), so if somebody knows please BM me.

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Photo of KG710
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of harryhops
3.04/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of cuvtcuv
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Photo of dipso123
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of BeastLU
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of adam42381
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Philcassella
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenCard
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 750 mL GREEN champagne bottle purchased from Papago Brewing Company in Scottsdale, AZ. The cork says 2002.

Appearance: golden/straw colored, irradescent (really picks up the light and glows), dense off-white rocky head, SUPER head retention and resilient lacing, the head lays there like whip-cream for a long, long time

Aroma: a spicy/peppery aroma, potent floral hoppiness, slightly citrusy

Flavor: mellow malty/honey-like sweetness and a smooth smooth hop flavor, reserved bitterness in the flavor-break and finish, spicy esters, finishes semi-dry, bitterness stays on the lips from contacting the foamy head

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, tingly/spritzy carbonation, slight astringency felt on teeth, really wakes up your palette

Drinkability: very refreshing and drinkable, would be a great lawn-mower beer for beer conisseurs with lawns

Additional notes: this is one of my favorite beers and has inspired my current foray into saisons. Even skunked to hell (yeah, damn green bottles), this beer is remarkable and lusciously tasty. If I could find a bottle that had NEVER seen even the dimmest beam of light, I think I would immediately transcend to beer heaven.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of birdsellam
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a caged and corked 750ml bottle. Cork had "2-004" stamped on it. Poured into a goblet, this saison had a light amber, almost champagne-like color, vigorous carbonation, and a blooming frothy white head that quickly receded but had a never-say-die preseverence. Very nice to look at.
The nose was vaguely fruity but the main component was a combination of yeasty, dusty malt notes and a sharp herbal aroma. Some hints of citrus also played around the periphery.
The taste was rather like a tripel. Some real faint fruit-inspired sweetness up front, a mild malt base with that dusty flavor transitioning over from the nose, and finishing with the soft spiciness of coriander and white pepper and a bolder, harsher herbal bite. The feel was light treading toward medium in body, round and creamy, thanks to the abundant carbonation.
Overall, this saison was quite drinkable, especially on a night with temps in the 80's. Saison Dupont rates the reputation it has garnered.

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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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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.18 out of 5 based on 4,165 ratings.
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