Saison Dupont | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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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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1,583
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4,069
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
17.03%
 
 
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Photo of gustogasmic
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a amber-straw with insanely animated, quick carbonation-- tiny bubbles. Yeast can be seen bouncing off the chamagney bubble-columns. Awesome 2" fluffy head forms, white with the slightest pinkness. Luscious. Lacing is medium-low and clumpy, unlike the alcohol/ sugar twirls and lines of a high-ABV sipper. This nice head persists and stays above 1/4" in size for the entire drink.

Smells like "farmhouse character"... straw and grass, with sweet light fruits- apple and pear, particularly, with a slight hoppy grapefruit quality.

Taste is the same, very nuanced, subtle, and yeast-forward with a funky and barely bitter leave. The mouthfeel is perfect for this-- pillowy, lightweight, bubbly as hell but soft: completely devoid of the soda pop or champagne carbonation "bite," despite a comparable amount of bubbles. Big sips come very nicely through the head.

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Photo of phattysbox
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Gingerman in NYC, poured into 8oz tulip glass. Appears a golden color and slightly hazy.

Smells of earthy musty hops and phenols. There is an herbal spice to the nose that is quite pleasing. Belgian yeast strain very apparent as well throwing off clove.

Tastes phenomenal for a crisp refreshing saison. Mineral notes and some ripe fruit pull through followed cleansing phenols. I would say this brew has some grit to it - medium motufeel and lively carbonation.

Simply an awesome summer beer

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Photo of bohemiandonut
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. Let's get to it:

SD pours like a madman. Enticingly golden and cloudy with populations of CO2 positively bursting forth into what can only be described as a whipped cream mountain of head. It's hard to get even a few ounces into the New Belgium snifter I'm using without an absolute Alpine formation of foam arguing its way onto your counter-top.

Smell is lightly lemony and grassy. Barnyard character is subdued to say the least. This is not a Parliamentary earthquake of funk by any means. That said, one is almost relieved not to be rolling around in soiled hay with this beer and can instead sit with it casually beside the farmhouse, reflecting on the endless floral layers wafting through the airy sweetness of the mouthfeel.

Okay, that was a long sentence. But this is a gentle ale that almost comes across as kind. There is certainly a soul here. I might even say I feel a warm and cleansing wind, inexorably bound to length and age.

Oh God so many spirits to become! Such mountains to ascend! I am young remember that you devils! I am young but you will not take me now! I have many more Saisons to drink, and I have yet to see the Alps.

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Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip.

A-Bubbly dark gold with a finger and half of cream white head that fades to a crown. Visible lacing.

S-Smells very light and refreshing, fruity sweet, hints of grain, coriander and fresh grass.

T-Wow, very light and refreshing hops followed by a banana caramel malt sweetness. Some light spicy herbal notes and straw in the middle.

M-Medium bubbly mouthfeel, very champagne-like, smooth.

O-I've been trying more saisons this summer and this might be my favorite. This is a must try if you like saisons.

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Photo of hmf05
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark straw, cloudy color with a huge pillow white head

S: A nice funky smell with a ton of grass and lemon. Pretty earthy smelling as well with a balanced clove spiciness

T: Nice and crisp. I get some grassiness up front with a pronounced lemon rind flavor. The hops are there throughout, but nothing over the top. A pretty dry finish, but not long or unpleasant

M: Good carbonation with medium viscosity.

D: Extremely drinkable

O: The prototypical Saison. There's nothing unique about it, but it's flavorful, refreshing, and perfect for a hot day in South Florida.

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Photo of BeerLover729
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a hazy golden color with a foamy one finger head. This beer smells crisp and clean with a tart green apple finish. The taste is dry and has a mild astringent taste. Despite this, this beer would be a perfect compliment to a hot summer day (as traditionally intended), even though I am drinking it on a cold day in January. The crispness of this beer is seriously impressive. The carbonation is soft and provides a mellowness to compliment the borderline sourness of the beer. The body is light. This beer goes down very nicely, however the astringent and sour tastes create a struggle on some gulps. Very good beer.

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

This butterscotch colored brew pours with a tall thick head into my tulip glass. I am drinking the 11.2 oz corked and caged bottle at 48 degrees. The cork is dated 2.004.

There is a large amount of yeast in this bottle. I am debating whether to pour it all in the glass. I think I will for the first bottle and re-evaluate for the next.

I don't anything spectacular in the nose.

A tangy citrus brew with a medium tickling carbonation. A fairly straightforward beer. I would say a nice summertime thirst quencher.

cheers

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle purchased from Whole Foods and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. Just a fabulous beer all the way around. Can't find anything to knock about it. Will be a warm weather staple of mine for as long as I am able to find it.

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Photo of ablaze
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes:

Had this with pad thai last week, which worked very well.

Golden straw, creamy white head, great clarity with carbonation bubbles throughout.

Strong buttery-hay scent with mild fruit.

Creamy, butter taste, slightly nutty. Soft lemons, some malt, golden delicious apples, light toffee, pears, medium body with good carbonation. Crisp, clean, refreshing, and flavourful.

I love this beer! Could drink on any given day, preferably a sunny afternoon. Would like to go for a robust chicken salad. Good reputation and understandably so.

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Photo of BeerWatcher
3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Golden body, dominated by haziness. Massive white head that is really and truly just too much.
Aromas are light clove, some banana, light pepperiness.
Tastes are similar and with big Belgian yeast on the tongue.
In general, I have definitely had better Belgian beers, and with this bottle, have come to realize that i like North American Saisons better.

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Photo of krberg
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml 2k5
Cork pops out very loudly. Good thing I had a hold on it.

Much more pale than I had expected. Cloudy with a giant thick white head.

Tart honey smell with honey notes and some belgian yeast medicinal smells.

Light, very dry with a nice CO2 bite. Amazingly well balanced. A little sweetness pokes its head out to counter the dryness. Outstanding!

Thin and bubbly mouthfeel. Very thirst quenching.

6.5% with a nice light body makes this a great session beer.

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Photo of beerfairy
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle

A: Heavy Foam, golden color with lots of carbination. Lots of foamy lacing.

S: Earthy tones with a hint of clove.

T: Bitter, fruity with a lingering detergent taste

M: Crisp

D: Can't get past the detergent taste. Doesn't seem right for the style. maybe a bad batch? Will have to try it again someday.

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Photo of Med
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very attractive hazy pale color with a white frothy head that never fully diminishes. Lacing is very good.

S - Earthiness and yeast with some sweetness underneath. A little bit of wet blanket is here.

T - Lots of flavors going here. Funky throughout but starts with some underlying sour-sweet like a little green apple. earth in the middle and a slightly tart finish that stays.

M - Creamy with fantastic carbonation. This just dances on the tongue. Wonderful.

D - I love this beer. Enough said.

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

A: Pours a hazy yellow/orange color with tons of head, 3 fingers in a Duvel tulip. Decent lacing.

S: Sour, wet straw smell - think farm on a dewy morning. Fruit, maybe orange, banana and spices like clove are also in there.

T: Sourness continues from nose to mouth. Spice and a tartness dominate. Sour finish but a lingering taste of, first from a beer for me but sweet corn, after the swallow.

M: Great carbonation and a medium feel.

D: Very refreshing on a hot day. It's a very drinkable beer. Had with some ceviche and paired very well.

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Photo of scninmer08
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip.

Straw yellow with beautiful off-white three-finger head.

When I pulled the cork out, immediately I was hit with major skunkiness. Once I poured it into my tulip, the smell rounded out into an interesting blend of skunk and the normal funky yeast smell.

Taste begins with fruity, citrus notes accompanied by the funky backdrop throughout. The malt kicks in near the end, which was beautiful.

Creamy mouthfeel, great blend of carbonation and smoothness.

Overall, a wonderful saison, and the one that most likely comes closest to the ideal in terms of style. Definitely one I would enjoy again throughout the summer.

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Photo of Fuller
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

cloudy pale yellow in color with a big, thick fluffy head that has good retention and leaves a lot of lacing all around the glass.

smell of citrus, mostly lemon. Also some grassy floral and spice.

Starts out sour with some fruity bitterness followed by some sweet maltiness and wheat flavors. All work great together to make a very smooth drink.

Excellent beer. Easy drinker. I will definitely be having this beer many, many more times.

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Photo of antilogic
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ beachwood bbq. Pours clear bronze, slight head. Aroma is saison - earth, yeast, foral hops.

Very drinkable, and a very standard saison - citrus, hops, yeast, spice, earth, slightly dry finish. Nothing jumping out to WOW me, but a good beer.

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Photo of abrethanson
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured this bottle against my Spring Hopper Saison as comparison.

A: Golden straw hue with excellent clarity. Active carbonation bubbles lifting to the fluffy white head. Pours very carbonated. Homebrew shares golden straw hue but clarity is hazy with fairly active carbonation. Dupont wins on giant foam head.

S: Dank and skunky per wife's comments. A little yeast and grassy / earthy notes. Homebrew is more robust / complex. Homebrew has more apparent notes of cloves and yeast breadiness to aroma. *I have no sense of smell.

T: That dank / funky aroma carries over nicely to flavors. Citrus, herbal, grassy, slight breadiness, and complimented very well by light hop bitterness notes sprinkled throughout. Sessionable as alcohol is hidden very well. Similar to smell - Homebrew is slightly more robust / filling with a more "homebrew" flavor. Yeast / breadiness flavors are also more apparent. Dupont finishes much dryer, lighter, and slightly more sessionable.

O: Dupont is the benchmark of a historical and inspiring beer. Great for the seasoned beer nerd or rookie just wanting something drinkable. Sessionable, well balanced, and just enough complexity to make it interesting & fun. Dupont is a legend but I think Spring Hopper Saison held up well and gives inspiration for the future!

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Photo of Tonmeister
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into a 16oz Goose Island Glass

Appearance: golden yellow, with a solid, thin, white head, and the lacing is consistently well when tilting the glass.

Smell: very fruity, earthly, yeasty.

Taste: fruity, lemon, apples, bananas, mango, pears, blended nicely with the earthy yeasts. Not bitter at all. It goes down very smooth.

Mouthfeel: the mouthfeel is thin and highly carbonated.

Overall, I think this is a great beer because its blended very well. It has a sour component, not really bitter, but it is also very sweet. It's so bubbly like drinking champagne, but it tastes better than champagne. This would be a great beer for a hot summer day or for new years.

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Photo of NolateM
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a little Saison DuPont glass (didn't even look like a beerglass, I dunno what to call it). Appearance was a hazy yellow-gold, almost completely opaque, with a fantastic frothy head that diminished into a nice ring after a few sips. Lacing was pretty nice as well.

The aroma was sweet and sour, like apple cider and yeast.

The flavor was incredibly complex! I'm not normally into the really yeasty brews, but this one was an exception for me. There were flavors of peach and pear and apple cider, yeasty Belgianness (or Belgian yeastiness, whichever you like), black pepper, and a bit of clovey spice. Definitely a pretty tangy brew.

The beer left only a SLIGHTLY dry mouthfeel, and I could slightly taste the alcohol, but not too much. It's an excellent sipping beer. I had it right after a big ol' imperial pint glass of Sea Hag IPA, and the contrast was wonderful. It was like having a liqueur at the end of a meal. It cut through the hop bitterness of the IPA to leave a refreshing cidery aftertaste, though I'm not sure if I would have wanted another glass. I wouldn't PERSONALLY have it as a session beer, but I'd say it's the perfect after-beer.

$6 a glass

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Photo of DIPAbrewer
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I tried this beer at Max's Taphouse in Fells point on draft. The appearance was excellent, sparkling golden color with a rocky off white head.
Dupont had a fruity snappy hop aroma.
It's taste was more than delicious, it was magnificent. Light and dry but full bodied at the same time, it could be the most drinkable and delicious ale on the planet.

I would highly recommend trying this beer. It is also great in bottles where it provided an even stronger aroma. On draft seasonally at Max's. I found it at Astor liquor in Laurel in 11.2 oz bottles.

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Photo of Wanne
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Color is golden and clear, huge head that quickly vanishes. Aroma of malt, citrus and even a little frankincense. There's a nice and subtile bitterness in the taste, which makes it an enjoyable, thirst-quenching beer.

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Photo of GooberMcNutly
3.51/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottled opened all by it’s self when the wire was loosened. That is how carbonated this saison is. No gushing though. Hard to pour more than 1/2 glass without filling the rest with head. Solid pure white head with permanant Belgian lace on the glass.

Less fruity flavors than I would have expected. More like a champaigne than a beer, with a clean, ultra dry finish.

Cloudy body with no traces of yeast in the bottom of the bottle.

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Photo of gwood
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a big bright white head that separated and started sheeting itself down the sides of my tulip.

Nose is peppered with yeast, bananas, apples, and lemons over a slight grain mixed with black pepper. Big yeast up front with herbal hop notes that are a bit heavy at times. More pepper and light fruits followed by a grainy dry finish that trails off cleanly.

The hard edges soften on the carbonation and the mouthfeel really smooths out as the beers warms a tad. Great beer on what was a 112F day. Drinkable for some many occasions.

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Photo of iasanlee
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A cloudy golden wheat color. Huge rocky head.

S- Lemons zest is the first scent. Yeast, and fruit.

T- Citrus and spice. I can taste pear, lemon, apple, and orange. Quite a crisp finish. Very well balanced.

M- A bit more than just medium bodied. Smooth and evidant carbonation.

D- Yummy. This is very drinkable. I loved every moment.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,069 ratings.
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