Saison Dupont | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Saison DupontSaison Dupont
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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
Reviews:
1,598
Ratings:
4,135
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
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Photo of Derek
3.13/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Openned Oct. 4, 2005. Best before 01/2008.

A: Copper-gold, nice white head, but very little retention. Still makes some nice lace though!

S: Grassy, herbal.

T: Spicy yeast flavour, very dry, sharp bitterness. Tartness is only barely detectable. Very rustic & unrefined. I realize this is part of the style, but it just wasn't harmonious... it's like all the instruments were there, but they were playing off-key.

M: Light body, moderately high carbonation.

D: While it hides the alcohol well, there's a bit of a bite, and I don't find it all that pleasant.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours hazy pale golden with a massive white head that very slowly dissipates into great lacings.

S: Floral hops with lots of fruity notes; green apple and lemons and other citric fruits. Rich in spices. Smell just like a Saison should.

T: Spices, leather, bread. Lots of pepper and vey rich in floral hops; which gives it a fruityness. Green apples and citric notes.

M: A sour bitterness lingers for quite some time in the aftertaste. Body is mild and carbonation moderate. Smooth!

O: I'm a sucker for Saisons, and this one is quite nice. Very refreshing!

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Photo of clayrock81
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold body with great carbonation for a frothy, two-finger head that died slowly and left some lace. A very sharp, semi-pungent spice and clove smell with some eart/grassiness and a good amount of fruit and yeast in the background of the aroma. Great smoothness that is balanced with a well-carb'd crispness. Yeast and bread malt make the beer somewhat chewey and creamy and there is a little bit of sweetness derived from the fruit flavoring. I can taste pear, apple, orange; there are some good fruti tastes in here and the beer finishes slightly dry thanks to hops and little funkiness in it as well. An excellent beer to pour a few glasses for you and a couple of friends to sip on.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is ripe zesty citrus, spices, yeast and earthy hops. Taste is unbelievably smooth. A lot of the zesty citrus and spices are in the taste along with a dry yeasty and somewhat bitter finish. This is an absolutely fabulous brew! It is certainly one of my all time favorites and a benchmark for the saison style.

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

750ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy yellow colour with a large size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Bread, lemon zest and juice, green grapes, yeast, spices

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste lemon zest and juice mixed with bread/yeast and some coriander and cloves. There is also some white grape juice flavour and some hints of bananas. It finishes with a tart bready aftertaste.

Overall – There is definitely a lot going on with this beer in the taste and smell department. It's up there with one of the best smelling beers I've had so far. Very fresh and aromatic. I was surprised at how tart the flavour was at first, but it really grew on me as I progressed through the bottle. It's a fantastic beer that is a must try.

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

A: Poured a cloudy straw-gold with a soft pillowy white head that was pesistant leaving a nice light film lacing.

S: very fruity, with spicy citrus, sour oranges, lemons and a nice tart musky scent. The initial flavor was much the same with some spiciness, sour oranges, lemons. There was some sour fruitiness and a tangy spicing as well. The beer finished with dry and tart with some lemon grinds and a light floral hopping.

M: fizzy, champagne like, and dry. Fairly crisp, tart, lemony and refreshing.

D: a great drink for the summer time. Easy to consume and like.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tapered 375ml green bottle, caged and cork. Cork comes out with a satisfying "thunk", leaving a little wisp of released carbon dioxide.

Cloudy pale straw body, with a deliciously foaming head of rocky white bubbles. Small amounts of tiny bead swelling up the sides of the glass. Looks very tasty.

Wonderful organic skunkiness on the nose - earthy mulch, straw, and a floral note of fresh crushed lemon myrtle. Underlying this is the classic Belgian yeast character, giving a sweet sweaty, tomato kind of smell. Just a wonderful nose, and so different to many other styles of beer. Very pleasant indeed.

Nice entry, slightly sour, with a gritty yeast backbone. Mellows later to a bittersweet floral note, with even a hint of pepper or spice. Finishes very dry, and what with the sour character lingering around the back of your mouth leaves it amazingly refreshing. Mouthfeel is great, a wonderful sparkling effervescence which just plays perfectly with the sour characters on the palate.

What a wonderful drop of beer, surely one of the most drinkable and refreshing brews I've ever tasted. A truly delectable and extremely tasty beer. Wonderful.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nice cloudy light gold with a nice head that settled into a fine layer with good lacing

The smell is all fruit for me...banana and apricot is what I sense.

The taste is very fruity with tones of banana, apricot and a bit of yeasty malty flavour. It's my first Saison and right off the bat, I really LIKE the style! ;^)

Highly recommended.

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Photo of corby112
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale golden yellow with a two finger frothy, pillowy white head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into lasting cap/ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, musty aroma with lots of funky barnyard character along with hints of yeast, zesty spice and light fruit. Lots of earthy grass and straw along with hints of bread, apple and pear. Great nose on this beer which is a perfect amalgam of sweet and earthy notes.

Medium bodied with lots of tight carbonation up front giving way to some zesty spice, bread and earthy/funky saison yeast. Slight vegetal presence with hints of grass, hay, straw and soil followed by bread, apple and other light fruit notes. Slight champagne like effervescence that lingers before settling into a sweet and slightly tart, dry finish. Complex and well balanced with an excellently masked ABV resulting in an extremely quaffable beer. Possibly the best example of the style.

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

A: Poured a hazy yellowish color with fast rising bubbles leaving a white blanket on the top

S: A little musty, fruity with accents of apple peel, lemon, and yeast.

T: Opens with a lemon, hay element, little funk giving way to subtle undercurrents of light fruit sweetness and spices, finishes with a quite Earthy bitterness.

M: Smooth and quite full, with light, soft carbonation, light booze sting

O: Truly excellent, super easy to drink, a beer to be savored and among my favorites

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

A: Cloudy straw yellow color. Poured a huge 4 finger white head that sat like mereangue on top. Excellent retention. All kinds of stick lace patches. Decanted continually.

S: Light yeast funk. Sweet and sour fruits more prominent with a little warming. Peppery spice.

T: Tart, but malt balances up front. Sour fruit and peppery spices set it right up until the lingering bitter finish.

M: Light-to-medium body. Ample carbonation. Runs the gamut from sweet to sour to crisp to dry, especially in the finish.

D: Easy to drink and refreshing; not too sour. Has an interesting and striking balance.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color that produced a huge 3+ fluffy white head with superb retention. Still around a 2+ even after several minutes.

(S)- A big lemon cream pie aroma even with the light biscuit-like crust and whipped cream on top. Behind all of that goodness is a honey-like grassiness that morphs into a dense forest of clay & yeast with just a hint of allspice or nutmeg.

(T)- Very very very dry with bits of lemon & cream. Finishes dry with a big bitter grassy kick with the influence of how much yeast you taste.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance with an overall good complexity & body, there is just so much yeast present in the texture & flavor profile.

(D)- A great farmhouse with all the right things going for it. My only complaint is how bitter it gets overtime from the yeast. I would gladly like to see more of this though in my fridge on the occasion when my mood for it fits.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oooh she pretty! Fills up the cup with a hazy and almost lumpy white head with a variety of bubbles to it. Aroma was plenty of that dupont saison strain yeast, floral gardens, and just every lemon, banana, clove, coriander, grass type of descriptor. Complex yet the standard benchmark.

Taste packs a lot of flavor into a relatively thin kind of body. Lots of carbonation but appropriate especially if you're wisely drinking this in the summertime. Very dry with a mild barnyard meets wet grass and hay kind of think. Super mild tart.

A classic and a nice reprieve from a lot of wild ales calling themselves saisons stateside.

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

Poured into long stem wine glass (I didn't have my regular glassware available). Poured a cloudy medium yellow with just about a half-inch of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

Upon opening the bottle the aroma was strongly skunky. After pouring the skunk went away and I was left with a pleasant combination of yeast and spice in the nose. Not as earthy as I had expected. The flavors were almost exactly what I had expected. Very yeasty and spicy with a more earthy taste than the aroma had promised. A pleasant tangyness on the finish.

The body was light and well rounded. The beer had a very carbonated presence on the tongue and finished cleanly. Drinkability was very good, this makes a great companion for your afternoon's diversions.

If you're just discovering this style, this is a must drink. If you're familiar with this style, you know how great this beer is.

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

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pours a hazy straw yellow with a thick white head that laces until the finish.

S- Slight hints of sourness in the beginning gave way to some slightly sweet floral notes with a faint spiciness in the finish.

T- This beer has a nice gentle sour note in the that was followed by soft malt and wheat flavors. There was a punch of grapefruit and a faint salty and spicy flavor to the finish.

M- medium light mouthfeel with some fizziness and a faint astringent quality.

D- This beer is a smooth light beer with good complexity. It feels like the same malt bill as American light lagers but with a yeast that adds so much complexity that has a wonderful taste.

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

A tulip served at TJ's in Paoli.

A: The saison is a hazy golden yellow, nestled underneath a full finger of dense white head. It is a little too full to be translucent.

S: A musty saison, the ale can't hide from its Belgian yeast side. Anise, light funk and pepper run wild.

T: Moreso than American saisons, this one relies on the its yeast to carry the taste. Luckily it is up to the task. Anise, tart fruits, sweet pear-like fruits and mild earthy hops define the flavor. The ale is very accessible, far earthier than many saisons.

M: The saison is fruity but assertive, a strong beer that isn't afraid of its delicate side. What? That isn't really informative? Well it sure sounds nice.

D: I need to drink this beer more often, it's a very solid saison.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 12/1/12

A hazy pale golden yellow with lots of tiny bubbles feeding a large bone white head that hangs around for ages slowly falling to an island leaving big chunks of random lace

S lots of spicy yeast with some cereal and peppery lemon, some white fleshed fruit and a little bubblegum, take that with a grain of salt because I'm smelling bubblegum in everything lately and I checked the beard for gum (no gum)

T flavors still solid but not as strong, not as fruity but perhaps more spice

M if the bubbles were any bigger this would be a foamy mess, but their pinpricks and make it feel creamy, yeasty aftertaste

O great stuff here and its easy too forget this is a strong beer because it goes down quick and has nothing in the way of booze

I want to say this would be a nice summer brew but I'd be broke and wasted by 3oclock. I can see myself drinking this again very soon

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle.

Pours a pale yellow with a huge head. The smell is extremely yeasty/floral and funky. The taste has a ton of funkiness on the palate and ends very dry...very very dry. Because of this its not very drinkable to me. It has a light body with very high carbonation.

Overall cant say i enjoy this beer very much. I know it gets some high reviews but i just dont see it that way.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine style glass. No freshness date.

A- And she's a gusher! Pours a cloudy straw-like color with a towering two finger fizzy head that retains a good while before dropping to a 1/4 inch head. Fluffy, yet non-sticky, lacing.

S- Lemony and tart smelling, with a good deal of yeast aroma and a hint of oxidation.

T- Strong and funky with plenty of lactic acid producing a pronounced tartness. Tropical fruit notes abound including pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, and kumquat. Faint notes of leather and barnyard.

M- Much of the enjoyment comes from the mouthfeel since the sharp and dry feel plays off of the tightness of the high carbonation yet has a light body to balance.

O- The quintessential farmhouse ale. If you want to find out whether or not you like saisons, try this first.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazed yellow color. Giant, growing frothy head. Head retains forever but surprisingly doesn't leave too much lacing.

S-Grass and lemons. Yeast and a musty aromas. Light spices with some pepper. Sturdy aroma that displays that 'hard to describe' aroma of a Saison.

T-Lighter than expected. Grass and hay and other farm-like flavors. Barnyard funk is found too. Lemony citrus and Beligan yeast. Enjoyable flavor albeit a bit too mellow for my taste. But man does it go down quick and easy.

M-Lighter bodied. Bunches of carbonation. Grassy aftertaste lingers for a bit. Very drinkable due to the feel and body.

O/D-I can see why this is such a popular Saison. I enjoyed it but was not taken back by the flavor. Solid but it lacks something in my opinion. Still a great drink, especially for those new to the style.

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Photo of barczar
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with particulates floating throughout and a large, puffy 2 inch ivory head that slowly dissipates, leaving little lacing.

Mustiness, pear, tangerine, and coriander form the initial aroma. There's lots of belgian yeast character. Lemon, floral hops, and a touch of horse blanket emerge.

Lemon, belgian yeast, and earthiness open the flavor profile, with a fairly beast malt backbone kicking in mid palate, with peppery notes closing out the finish, which is decidedly dry.

Body is moderate, with spritzy carbonation providing a refreshing mouthfeel.

Fruity, earthy, and dry, this is definitely a refreshing beer. It's a bit more earthy and dry than I prefer, but great example of the style.

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Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy pale orange with a nice rocky off-white head, very nice carbonation, and sheets of lace. Fruity, yeasty aroma with a trace of alcohol on the nose. Fruity citrusy flavor and lightly bitter with herbal notes and a light tartness. Light-medium bodied and airy but soft with a dry finish and warming alcohol effects. Does not taste as strong in the alcohol department as Hennepin hence my higher rating...

The classic Saison !!!

Label states: "Vieille Provision" & "Belgian Farmhouse Ale" & "Unfiltered" & "Bottle Conditioned"

Per M.J.- G.B.B. book: OG 13-13.5 Plato 1052-1054, All Pilsner malt, East Kent Goldings and Styrians hops.

Note: this beer was #18 in Stuart Kallen's "The 50 Greatest Beers in the World"

(25.4 oz / 750 ml corked & caged bottle)

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

A - golden hue, lightly hazy, with a nice amount of fluffy white head.

S - on the nose I get citrus, and a little farmhouse funk.

T - citrus, hay, a little grass, and funk with citrus.

M - smooth, yet there is enough substance to it to make it a little chewy.

O - one of the better saisons I've had. I highly recommend trying this if you have not already.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a cloudy yellow/gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma smells like tropical fruit, cloves, earth and some Belgian funk. The taste is similar to the aroma, with the addition of some spicy hops, citrus, and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium. It's crisp, has good carbonation and a dry finish. Drinkability is good too, it's enjoyable to drink and I could have a few of these in a session with no problem. Overall I think this is a good overall saison, I'd definitely buy this again in the future. Recommended.

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Photo of pat61
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The iconic Saison Dupont pours hazy gold under a 2” persistent white foam cap that provides intricate lace. A light fruit, pineapple nose combines with light bread aromas and a trace of well ripened fruit. It starts crisp and dry on the plate with a trace of fruit – primarily orange – that becomes more prominent as it warms seasoned with spice and a hint of sweetness over biscuity malt. A moderate hop accent brings it together on the finish. It has medium to medium high carbonation and a refreshing, medium body. If you get a good one, the large green 75 cl bottles are better the brown 33 cl ones but about one in 4 of the larger bottles is skunky.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,135 ratings.
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