Saison Dupont | Brasserie Dupont sprl

Saison DupontSaison Dupont
BA SCORE
4.18/5
4,219 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,182
Reviews:
1,628
Ratings:
4,219
pDev:
10.53%
Bros Score:
4.18
 
 
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overwhelming head. Starts with a 10 to 1 ratio of foam to liquid. As it settles, some flashes of lace remain on the glass. Lumpy. The liquid is hazy with a green tinge to the straw color. Large chunks of lace after each sip.

Earthy and sour, like a touch of lemon. Here's something unusual--I smell cooked meat (pork?). Don't know why...

Strong barnyard flavor. Quite sour, which remains long after the swallow. Relatively thin bodied, highly carbonated. There's a bit of light pepper on the edge. There's also a touch of chalk, thyme and hop bitterness. Complex.

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Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boy this sucker, had some life in the bottle, as soon as it uncageed the cork (2.006) shot off! Never seen that before

Pours an effervescent straw/honey color with 1finger + of fluffy white head. Great head retention & fair lacing

S: Straw & fruit (apples & pears) & a little pepper

T: Appleskins and slight yeast twang up front. A slight lemony flavor follows along with some tartness. Some earthy &peppery notes from the yeast as this warms up. finiishes funky & fruitty with some lemony hops& very crisp

MF: Light & spritzy

Drinks very easy for the abv, not my favorite style, but does bring back fond memories of when I toured the brewery back in 92

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours an effervescent, hazy, dark yellow body with a runaway, foamy off-white head.

Smell: Yeasty, fresh-smelling aroma chock full of meadow flowers, juicy lemons, and cracked green peppercorns.

Taste: Bready, almost sourdough flavor with a touch of sweetness and bright burst of lemon citrus. Adept acidity. Hint of hay. Only a mild funkiness overall. There's a faint graininess as well as a prevalent peppery spiciness. Light hop bitterness. Finishes crisp with a final taste of the yeast character.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation. Lively mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Supreme drinkability and wonderfully refreshing.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a corked & caged bottle a few nights ago at a bar, but I felt compelled to revisit this beer for a formal review.

From the bottle: "Brewed at one of Europe's last farmhouse breweries, in Hainaut province, Saison Dupont is a 4 star, world classic example of of the Belgian Saison style. This increasingly rare specialty originated before the age of refrigeration as a beer to be brewed in winter for summer drinking. The style required a beer sturdy enough to age in the bottle but refreshing enough to be enjoyed in warm weather. Saison Dupont fits this description perfectly, it has a big, fruity bouquet, and dense head. The taste starts fruity but ends dry and very clean with a light, refreshing finish."

I used a gentle pour as per the brewery who I e-mailed for directions. They like the lees to remain in the bottle as long as possible, if not infinitely. My motto since childhood has been "Waste not, want not" and so I usually reserve that last pout for yours truly. I poured into a champagne flute from the Seabee Ball in 1998 and damned if it did not look like champagne. It was a golden-yellow color under a puffy head of bone-white head that slowly fell, leaving a touch of lacing in its wake. The effervescence was unending and I just gazed at its beauty, enthralled. The nose was fruity in a berry field sort of way with an underlying mustiness of newspapers stored in the attic. Mouthfeel was thin-to medium and the flavor was initially vinous, giving way to a dusty, musty tartness. Holy spit in the ocean, Batman! This was deelish and I could totally see it as the champagne toast at my never-to-be wedding since no one will ever have me as more than an amusing lover. Finish was bone-dry and I think that this might act as a nice panty peeler. I must try it out on some femmes in the near future ...

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours an extremely large off-white head with thick lacing down the side. It is hazy with a golden orange color.

S: There is a yeasty aroma on the front with really fruit aromas on the back, some pear and maybe apple. Also an earthy/grass smell. Really nice.

T: There is a great lemon flavor and some spice. There is also an earth/grass flavor to it. The balance of sweet and bitter is great along with a slight funkiness.

M/D: Great mouthfeel, very crisp. This is a great warm weather beer, perfectly balanced.

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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tuscan gold with a stationary storm of fine yeast. Several frenetic streams of equally fine bubbles can be seen making their way up to a fantastic looking head of impressively rocky foam that is darker than ivory, yet lighter than beige. Meandering fingers of sticky sea foam lace complete the picture of an outstanding looking saison.

The nose is spicy and fruity and funky... and I can't stop smelling it. There's an impressive amount of white pepper spiciness emanating from the glass; so much so that I'd consider it to be the aroma's signature characteristic. Lemongrass and lemon peel contribute even more facets to an already multi-faceted nose.

Saison Dupont is more boldly flavored than anticipated and I like it more than I thought I would as a result. The other interesting thing that seems always to be present in quality beer is that the flavor profile changes so dramatically from the start of each mouthful to the finish. I love it when beer is not only complex, but when its complexity changes kaleidoscopically from the sip to the swallow.

Great mixture of malt and hops with the latter winning by a landslide. This is an amazingly hoppy, amazingly bitter beer with a finish that is almost parching in its aridity. If Saison Dupont was champagne, it'd be brut. The hops are lemon zesty and grassy and spicy and herbal and dee-licious. Why did it take me so long to discover this treasure of a beer?

I keep going back and forth on the mouthfeel. There's plenty of carbonation, but the bubbles seem a thing apart from the beer rather than being buried deep within it where they can provide silkiness and buoyancy. That probably borders on nitpickiness and doesn't hamper my enjoyment in the least.

Saison Dupont is one of the world's best-known and most-loved Belgian farmhouse ales. As far as I'm concerned, after draining this bottle in record time and loving every single drop, it deserves whatever accolades it has earned over the years. And then some.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml green bottle with no freshness date. The cork popped off like a bottle of good champagne, thankfully it was not a gusher.

A- Massive off-white head, very active carbonation ... pale golden cloudy color. This is good as the beer should never pour clear.

S- Very ripe pear, earthy cellar and a solid herbal backbone round out the nose.

T- Big herbal phenolic action upfront, dry grain and a mild tartness. A handful of malt character comes through with a clean grainy note. Touch of fruitiness, musty chalky yeast, herbal phenols and dry grain in the finish.

M- Incredibly smooth with a deep yet soft crispness.

Need a beer to clean the palate if not cut through some of the most flavorful cuisines ... this is the beer to do it.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this today at Rick's for $8.99. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a very hazy pale yellow color with three fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head has great retention and lasts for a long time, and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of earthy notes, funk, lemons, citrus hops, Belgian yeast, and some spices. As it warms up, definitely getting more citrus and lemons, which is nice. Mixes well with the light funk.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, bready malts, cloves, pepper, earthy notes, grass, and light funk. No real citrus here like the nose, but it is still very nice. A little heavier on the spices and pepper so if you like that in saisons, you'd probably really like this taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, overall a pretty good mouthfeel.

o - Overall a great saison; one of the better ones I've had. I found the taste was pretty heavy on pepper and spices, so if you like that in saisons, you'll probably love this one. Not as funky as say Fantome Saison, but considering how easily available this is, well worth buying.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up in Spartanburg a couple of months ago. Nice little place had this sitting on the shelf for clearance of all of things. So I definitely had to pick this one up and get it back to the house. Served at a nice fifty degree temperature, this one was poured into a snifter.

Very nice and extremely hazy golden yellow color came through immediately. Lots of sediment in here now as well. Huge carbonation profile could be seen with lots of chains of bubbles cascading up to the top of the glass to reinforce the huge champagne like head that came over the top of it. Lots of side glass lacing and a copious foam that would not quit. Very nice aroma here, lots of light grain, hints of grass, light lemon and a touch of grape. Nice airy smell gave way to a very nice flavor. Very light, and perfect for this summer day. First way was a slightly tart fresh grass like flavor. Some hints of peaches, pears, and a touch of tartness as well. Very nice light cereal grain flavor in the middle which became a touch bready as it warmed. Long finish of dried out bitter earthy notes and a touch of light fruit. Slightly sour on the tongue after a few moments. Fantastic carbonation kept it feeling very light and refreshing and this bottle was no issue at all to finish off as the profile was light, low abv and a wonderful bit of carbonation.

Overall I really thought this was a fantastic beer. Nice four year vintage really helped this and if it was ever really sour it has been significantly mellowed with time and the overall balance of it was really just quite nice. I was glad there were two on the shelf, as this has held up very nicely and it would be a pleasure to have it again.

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4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this corked/caged bottle at Cafe Bruges in Carlisle, PA. Poured chilled into a willybecker.

A - A hazy light gold like lemon juice w a neverending frothy whipped cap w/ very large bubbles

S - the smell of lemons and floral hops w/ spice esters from the yeast and citrus zest

M - Spicy and medium bodied w/ low carbonation and gentle sweetness. The texture is light w/ a citrus tang

T - A mild apple/lemon zest flavor w/ plenty of yeast in the taste w/ pepper and light herbal accents. The flavor has a mild tropical note w/ hint of lemony pineapple and leafy spiced hops. The taste of a mild golden pear is noted in the finish

D - A very traditional example - A classic of the style. It has high drinkability even though it might not be my first choice in saisons it is very enjoyable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Vine & Barley Stuart. Hazy pale yellow. Smells of grassy hops and strong banana yeast aromas. Tastes much the same. Grassy hop throughout. Sweet, doughy bread flavor. Yeasty finish with banana and a little more grassiness. Medium body. One of the standards of the style in my book.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of orangesol
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Shady McGrady's into a snifter.

A - Pours cloudy straw yellow with a nice pillow of half finger tall head leaving little wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - I don't think the smokey bar helped this one much. I could barely make it out but I got some light Belgian yeast, ripe fruit, earthy funk and a solid herbal backbone.

T - Plenty of Belgian yeast and earthy funk mix well with some nice light fruitiness and a tiny bit of light malt. Not as spicy as I thought it would be but it is still in there. Finish has lots of lingering bready yeast. Still one of my all time favorite beers.

M - Medium-light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A pleasant mix of chewy and dry in the feel. Finish is very chewy with most of it lingering for some time after consumption.

D - Pretty high. One of the all time best, I could drink a few of these on a warm summer day no problem. It is light yet still complex and very tasty.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally got around to buying a bottle and reviewing this one.

A: A hazy goldenrod color with a very, very fluffy white head.

S: There is a lot of spice: pepper and clove for the most part. There is a nice bit of lemon and a mild funkiness.

T: A lot of spice is present up front--clove and pepper--followed by a mild sweetness from the malt and a bit of funk and citrus. The finish has a mild hop bitterness.

M: The beer is crisp, light, and dry on the tongue. The carbonation is abundant and helps to keep the beer nice and refreshing.

D: I can see why this one is so popular. A wonderful Saison, and one that would be perfect for a warm afternoon.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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