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

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4.17
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Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The funk was strong with this one. It tasted of straw and grains, citrus herbs and flowers and again the barnyard funk was everywhere. Unfortunately some of the funk tasted of soap which does nothing for me.

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Photo of jmd1978
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy pale yellow color with 2 inches of white head. Nose is bready, yeast, some fruit notes. Taste is yeast, spice, pepper, pear, lemon, and a little biscuity malt. Finish is crisp and light. I'm new to the saisons but this one is. My favorite by far. Can drink these all day!

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Photo of spoons
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a small bottle to a tulip

A golden body with lots of visual carbonation up the side of the glass. A towering shaving cream head that looks amazing and doesnt move. Stays along for the ride as well.

Smells grassy and herbal up front. A light touch of hops and a little spice.

The mouthfeel is pretty light on the tongue. A lot of yeast comes across and warms to deliver some sweetness. I like this beer a lot and no I wish it was the big bottle. Its light mouthfeel makes for a nice drinking beer event though the smell and taste are a little green in the way of herbalness.

Definitely recommend, will drink again, often in the summer.

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Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a picturesque saison. The color is a hazy shade of golden straw with some visible sediment. The head is big and billowing with nice retention leaving lacing on its way down.

The smell is complex and pleasant. Notes of spice, floral hops, grainy malt and that Belgian yeast all compliment each other in a bouquet of farmhouse aromas.

The taste is similar to the smell. Grainy pale malt presence up front that gives way to floral spices and earthy hops in the middle and a dry yeasty finish that is a bit spicy and tart, but not overmuch so. The carbonation lends itself to a crisp and refreshing feel.

Overall this is a great representation of the style, with no alcohol presences and the right balance between the other flavors.

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Photo of Agent1
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Quite literally, it does not get any better than this as far as Saisons go. Impressive bright, white head. Very active. Golden yellow. Slight haze. Very appealing.

Smell - Strong lemon peel, mango, candied apple, vanilla and plenty of coriander. Very zesty. Slightly skunk, which always works great with a Saison. Nice dry Saaz characteristic. Nice bready, yeast aroma. Refreshing.

Taste - Nice, clean lemon notes, pineapple, grapefruit, bitter herbs, very floral with flowers and marigolds, mango, green apple, grass/ bitter grains, orange peel. Beautiful use of pale malts. Nice clean sugars.

Mouthfeel - Very balanced. You can feel this all over the palate. Crisp and a wonderful use of carbonation. Dry and bubbly, like champagne. Amazing.

Overall - Excellent Saison. BOOM. Brasserie Dupont nails it. Easily one of their best.

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Photo of ojclark
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow-orange with slight haze. Lots of carbonation. Large, lasting, off-white, rocky head. Some sediment. Lemony, spicy aroma with some yeasty, musty notes. Sharp, cirtic, spicy, bitter flavor. Long bitter/sour finish. Strong peppery phenol notes in flavor and finish. Light body. Very dry palate and finish. Very refreshing, effervescent mouthfeel.

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Photo of Duttonic
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from an 11.2oz bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

A- Cloudy/hazy, light orange hue, two fingers of bleach-white head.

S- Grass/fresh cut hay, orange, lemon, honey, floral, & sweet.

T/M- Fruity/sweet, light, clean/crisp/dry finish, bubbly, great aftertaste.

D- Amazing. I'm glad I found this and bought it on a whim. I was not disappointed in the least with this impulse buy. Get it when you find it. The only downside is the price.

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Photo of BigB415
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy yellow into my pint glass. Year 2011 or that's what the side of the cork says with "2.011"

S: Smells of fruit and citrus.

T: More fruit, citrus and a sour note too.

MF: The sourness lingers behind which is nice because it's not overpowering.

O: I really like it. It came highly recommended and I can see why. A nice fruity sour kick which is great on a hot day during the summer.

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Photo of Abita45
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass, this beer has a silty, opaque, straw yellow appearance and a yeasty, grassy aroma. It pours with a foamy, heavy head and quite a bit of lacing. It has a relatively light taste with fairly pronounced floral and yeasty flavor and only mild hoppiness. Earthy and somewhat citrus, it is well balanced all the way around and for as silty in appearance as it is, it has a crisp taste and medium carbonation.

This is a really good overall beer and good example of the style.

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Photo of akdo
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is opaque and golden. It has a two-finger head. As you drink it, the head recedes to a thin layer that doesn't budge. As for its nose, it has a slight but bearable skunkiness. It doesn't smell like fresh grass complemented with acidic fruits unlike a Sauvignon blanc.

Once the beer is about to enter into our wind pipe, the skunky taste dissipates in favour of the bitterness which is akin to a spice that is a notch below black pepper.

Despite its watery texture, which is what one should expect, I didn't feel a refreshing effect in my mouth. In fact, I have tasted a Saison that is more refreshing and citrusy than Dupont's. However, if I was looking for a beer that is easy to drink, I would pick a Saison over a lager. Overall, it is the best Saison I have tasted because I like its look and the beer doesn't become flat after a few minutes.

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Photo of larsee01
3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml cork-top bottle poured into glass chalice. Cork says 2008.

A--Lotsa head. Looks like a serious BEER. Big bubbles yet foamy. Dark honey color with serious ascending carbonation. Little bit of yeast floaties.

S--Bready, smokey, touch of ripe banana. Cinnamon and clove spices, sour, mineraly. A whole lot going on here! A tip of the hat to the complex characters in the smell.

T--Surprisingly bitter up front. Hard, earthy mineral nature. A twinge of crisp apple fruitiness fortunately saves this from being one-sided. Aftertaste of light bread/crackers. Kind of a dish-soapy taste. It's the most accurate way I can describe it, but it's not overtly offensive.

M--Ok I suppose. Bitterness lends a dry nature. At 6.5 ABV it's nicely balanced between light and heavy.

D--I guess, bur I really don't like the bitterness of this beer.

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Photo of ohoove
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- murky, dull golden yellow w/ asoapy white head and heavy, blotchy lacing
M- light and crisp with plenty of carb. yet coats the mouth nicely
S- coriander, yeasty, orange and clove
T- Apleasurable experience for sure. Taste copies the smell with a hop bitterness at the end and a pepper nip.
Overall a great selection ,especially while watching the Sox beat the Rox .

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Photo of randallpink
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a hazy pale amber colour, one inch bubbly white head, average lacing, mostly lasting head (always about a half centimetre covering the beer), big bubbles constantly rising

S - belgian yeast, champagne, spicy and floral scents, bready malt, bubble gum, slight banana and clove, orange, light coriander, light alcohol, amazing scent

T - Lemony citrus, yeasty, spicy, very fruity, bubblegum, orange, some apple, pear, some banana, earthy finish

M - Light to medium mouthfeel, high carbonation, round and astringent up front, average dry finish with tongue coating maltiness lingering, not too fizzy but sharp tasting

O - my first Saison and although i have nothing else to base it on, I loved it! will definitely be looking into some other ones to try. i loved the fruitiness of this one and there seemed to be a very bubblegum smell and taste which was pleasant. anything belgian screams my name

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Photo of trancefishy
2.22/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

appearance is a nice light yellow, tons of carbonation, and a giant fluffy head.

aroma is a good yeasty breadiness, some citric and spicy notes as well.

taste is "oh my god what is wrong with this?". at first it's sweet, tasty, belgian goodness. not but a second or two after, there is this sharp, metallic, chalky taste. i'm not talking subtle, i'm talking "did a mouse piss in my beer glass when it was in the cupboard" kind of taste (it's actually clean..). I didn't pour any yeast into the glass. this is really a shame. it almost seems like it would or did taste good at some point.


to continue with the review, the carbonation is too heavy.

well, if i see this again, i will have to get it, because this must just be a bad bottle.

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Photo of ryantaussig
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Good color. Slight haze. Retention not great. Lacing moderate.

S: Good fruitiness and some yeasty esters. Some horse blanket, but not too much overall funk.

T: Good in the style. Quite mild on the spiciness, with good fruit character.

M: Slight graininess from yeast.

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Photo of klkatz
3.26/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Went out on a pre-valentines/Valentines meal with the wife. Went to Parc, in Philadelphia, so I had to venture out from my favorite types of beer to assimilate to the Parc culture. Saison Dupont, veille provision fit the bill.

It's a belgian style farmhouse ale... so you'd expect some cloudiness in the color - this had it. It was blonde in color with a head about 1.5/2 fingers deep. The film stuck around for the entire session.

You'd expect a belgian/wheat style taste... it had it...

And you'd expect a decent drinkability... this had it. It was dry and refreshing.. exactly how the waiter described it.

The bottle itself recommends that it goes well with ANY grilled food. I went with the trout, it went well.

decent for it's beer type, but I'd be okay not getting this again.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a tulip at BJ's Willowbrook (Houston). Beautiful champagne-like bubbles and a head that just lasts forever. The nose is spicy and a little phenolic but dominated by a bready aroma that reminded me of Belgian waffles in Belgium (which is unlike anything I have had in the U.S). The high carbonation level makes it feel light and racy in the mouth. Goes down almost too easy on a hot Texas day...danger Phil Robinson! One of the first saisons I tried and though I have had a few since that were more interesting, this is a great example of the style and it's the beer I have used as a benchmark for many years, much like SNPA for American pale ale.

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Photo of greid
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.
This funk taste is growing on me, and I'm accepting it open armed. Lots of grass and citrus on the nose (if you look past the funk).

The aroma is inverted for the taste as the citrus is quick ignored for the grass/funk in the beer's finish.

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Photo of fo5s
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375mL bottle appropriately served in a Saison Dupont glass. Vintage 2011.

A- pours with a massive foamy head. Light golden, fairly clear due to pouring the first half of the bottle.

S- Grassy, slight hint of lemon. Some funk.

T- True to the smell. Funky and grassy. Not as dry as I remember.

M- Thin, more subdued than I'd expect given the lively head.

O- A very solid brew, and a classic example of the style. That said, not my favorite and there are better values out there that I like better.

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Photo of Vec2267
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy pale yellow, prodigious stick foam, beautiful stuff

S - musty (wet hay) at the pop of the cork (and quite a pop), coriander dominates as the beer settles

T - coriander, grain, ginger, fruity but quite dry

M - light and crisp

O - the musty funk adds a delicate twang to this beer, very complex, well integrated, nothing dominates

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Photo of Goldfish19
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~ Purchased this 12.7 oz bottle from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. The pour is cloudy yellow with a huge frothy white head that lingers around for a while. What a fantastic smell! It's funky, citrusy, and a little spicy. Taste is the same. It's somewhat complex, but also smooth, very refreshing, and well-balanced. A must try! ~

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Photo of WCBCFrank
4.94/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saison Dupont pours a foggy yellow - lots of super active carbonation! It bubbles up in a goblet releasing tons of banana, citrus, candy sugar aromas, and begging you to taste! Like a top-notch champagne, it bursts with flavor in the front and finishes delicious dry in the back. It is an earthy, complex and utterly delectable beer - highly recommended!

For the novice: A world-class beer to impress your in-laws with. Pay attention to the pour, don't rush this. Use a goblet or a wine glass.

Personally: Anytime Saison DuPont is on a menu, I almost always get it. It is simply one of my favorites.

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Photo of rawthar
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on 4/9 at Half Moon Saloon in Kennett Square.

A- Cloudy unfiltered consistency, a mustard yellow, with a finger of white fluffy head with some serious staying power.

S- Unmistakable Belgian sour aroma, with a hint of sweetness high in the nasal passage.

T- Less sour than the smell, more tart and dry, sort of like beer malts crossed with a cranberry.

M- Thick and creamy with lots of heavy duty mouth coating.

D- Though I'm not a big time Belgian beer drinker, I can see this being a staple for those who really appreciate the style. I'm dinging this on drinkability primarily due to the steep price - $10.50/bottle.

I won't claim that I rate purely against style, because I found this a great representative of a style I don't particularly enjoy.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4/5  rDev -4.1%

A: Pours blonde and thoroughly clear, heavily carbonated, fluffy head (3/3)
S: Strong yeastful spiciness with subtle fruitiness (9/12)
T: Pretty solid “barnyard” and fruity flavor turns toward a bitter and slightly sour finish. I can even detect something like banana as I rest between sips. (16/20)
F: Very carbonated and light-bodied. Finish dries out the whole tongue (5/5)
O: A very drinkable beer. Not an incredibly exciting beer, but it does what it does very well. (7/10)
40/50

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Photo of kdog630
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a special function at a local beer bar. A cloudy, straw colored pour with a decent head. The aroma had citrus and light malty overtones. Flavors are oranges and a certain tartness, but very smooth. Excellent mouthfeel and finish. Letting it warm in your hands only adds to the flavors you can experience.

This is an excellent beer. It would have been nice to have more than on glass of it. Even Mrs. Kdog enjoyed it.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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