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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl
Belgium
brasserie-dupont.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at one of Europe's last farmhouse breweries, Saison Dupont is a 4-star, world classic example of the Belgian Saison style. Blond in color with a big rocky head, Saison Dupont is dry and refreshing. Great with all grilled foods.

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#2,528
Reviews:
1,675
Ratings:
4,366
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,675 | Ratings: 4,366
Photo of OlaB
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color that leaves a really big top of white creamy head that dissolves slowly and leaves some thick lacings.
The aroma is of oranges, lemons,apples honey, yeast , grass,spices and floral hops. The flavour start of fruity with some bready notes in the back, then it quickly transit to more dry with strong notes of spices and floral notes in the flavour. The finish also add on some slight bitternes with a decent lenght in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth with a high carbonation and light body.
A really good authentic saison. Perfect for a hot day like today. Enjoyable taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Squire
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light to medium hazy gold color with beautiful white cap and lacing.

The aroma first hit me with the tart sharpness of wild cherries followed by ripe yellow fruit.

Taste on entry is far, far less tart and sharp as the scent indicated. Actually it's a very rounded and sophisticated presentation redolent of of ripe fruit that strikes me as more pear than banana but going in that general direction. Hoppiness is restrained and the fruit is backed by some spicy stuff such as clove. There's no hint of alcohol that I can detect.by

Medium texture with higher than average carbonation.

This beer manages to be simple and complex, very low key without upfront kick you in the teeth flavors, rather a more subtle approach that both impresses and pleases.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle L419A, 11 2017. DFH Tulip.

A: bright, brassy, slightly hazy gold with three fingers of frothy, foamy head and roiling carbonation that bubbled over when I opened it. Head lasted well, leaving a thick island of foam in the middle of the glass, but I was surprised there was no lacing to speak of.

S: grainy, wheaty, slightly phenolic nose. Smells super light and refreshing, like a sunny summer afternoon (it was rainy today...). With time, as it warmed up, more spicy phenols presented on the nose, but I never got the expected fruitiness. After it warmed I got a bit of fresh lemon custard, perhaps.

T: arrives dry and crisp, with that same wheaty character carrying over on the palate. Spicy phenols present in the middle with a touch of alcohol, and then it ends in a crisp and dry finish. A little fruit presents toward the end and carries on to the finish; perhaps nectarine or white peach? Getting the last bit with the sediment transforms this into a monstrously bitter and phenolic show. Better without, imho.

M: lighter side of mid weight with very high carbonation making it feel lighter. Slightly slick on the finish.

O: All told, a much milder beer than I was expecting. Except for after I disturbed the sediment, this was much milder than any of the American Saisons I’ve tried. I only see the 750’s and draft around here; I might be inclined to buy it more if I could get smaller bottles. Dangerously drinkable at 6.5%, but I think I prefer Hennepin and Apex Predator.

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Photo of marcbosch
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Light orange, tending to cloudy. Big foamy head which disappeared rather quickly.
Smell: some acidity, a bit of horse/Wet dog. I'm not a huge expert of the style but I like it.
Taste: entrance is surprisingly weak. Begins bready and fruity (banana perhaps), leaving a citrus aftertaste. Some funk as well. Still it's a bit lacking, given the smell which promised more funk within.
Feel: light and dry, as expected and appreciated. High carbonation
Overall: refreshing, complex enough, overall very enjoyable.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Champagne golden straw appearance with aroma and flavors of funk, sweet, dry lemon, hops, fruit, and grass with a dry crisp finish. Aged 18 months and was very refreshing.

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Photo of brew-Ed
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look:
Straw pale gold, not as cloudy as expected. Light one finger head, no lacing.
Smell:
Light fruit, some funk, fresh.
Taste:
Bread, light fruit.
Feel:
Medium body, carbonation packs a punch, clean, dry.
Overall:
Great beer, really enjoyed, don't know why I overlooked this one for so long.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - hazy orange with a slight white head
Smell - sweet orange very earthy and very Belgium
Taste - very earthy slight orange kind of bubblegummy
Feel - dry medium body with a creamy light carbonation
Overall - so different fantastic farmhouse saison

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 375ml bottle into glass. Stamped bottling information is 'L15171A 09:46:41'.
Cloudy, pale gold colored body. Three finger fizzy head, settles to white cap. Spots of lacing.
Aroma of bread, fresh hay, and fruity esters.
Taste starts with the bread and hay, and goes to the sweet fruit.
Good supporting carbonation, rather dry finish.
Like smelling a late spring day after grass is cut down into hay.

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Photo of Nass
2.49/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

This will be my first and last saison/farmhouse ale. I like Belgian sour ales but the saison/farmhouse style of beer is just too much for my palate to handle. Too barnyard funky for my taste buds to handle. I don't know I guess barnard funk is not my thing. Cheers! C-

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Photo of gvickery
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very hard to find in my area and quite pricey. $17 for a 4 pack of 11.2 oz bottles, yikes. It is a medium golden color with a slight haze. It has a head that appears almost solid that never seems to disappate. There is a constant stream of tiny bubbles coming up from the bottom. The smell is slightly sweet with some estery clove and banana that you get from a Hefeweizen. It also has some malty grain and fresh cut grass as well. The initial taste is similar to a Hefeweizen but then you get a barnyard type of hay flavor followed by some hop bitterness that reminds me of an ipa. The bitterness subsided and it finishes fairly dry. It doesn’t get much more complex than this. I still prefer Tank 7. Glad I tried it, might try it again if I can catch it on sale.

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Photo of amesetz
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally. Ventured to City Beer store and grabbed one of these bad boys. Recommended by a coworker and glad I picked it up. Such a clean authentic yeast profile. Had plenty of saisons before and this is like a gathering of all the best parts of all the others. Just the look of it is amazing. Looks like the head will retain for hours (it will be in my belly too quickly to actually test that, though).

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 ounce corked and caged bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "bottled on" date "11 2016".

APPEARANCE: pours a gorgeous hazy, straw color with billowing white head, I was not careful on the first pour and it was more than four fingers, highly carbonated like champagne, world class retention, there is moderate lacing on the glass, does not get much better than this.

SMELL: brown sugar, bread, fruity, some banana and wet hay.

TASTE: initially sweet and fruity then bread and some understated farmhouse funk, finishes dry.

PALATE: medium body and highly carbonated.

OVERALL: this is a world class Saison, there is none better than this that I have found so far, I nearly gave this a perfect score on appearance, I never give perfect scores because do not believe in perfection, this beer made me waver, it smelled wonderful and the taste was spectacular, this beer has the "farmhouse funk" you expect from this style but it's understated so the fruity taste dominates and it finishes dry, I also appreciate that the ABV is 6.5%, I will have this again very soon and will recommend to everyone I know who likes this style.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a three finger white head that slowly dissipates to a thick cap with heavy lacing. Aroma of grainy malt, green apple, earthy and lightly white vinous. Flavor follows with grainy malt with light huskiness, apple, a hint of lemon, saison yeast, lightly earthy with light grassy and floral hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A classic saison from an ancient brewery, this is beautifully made and true to style. The grainy malt changes flavor over the taste, first with wheat and grain, then light fruit flavors and finally light hopping. Many years ago, after I gave up on saisons after having a few domestic ones that lean to tartness, I happened on a Dupont saison (don't remember the exact one, could have been this one) and my eyes were opened to the more traditional grain based, lightly funky versions of farmhouse ales. I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this one before, but it is great to revisit it. Really refreshing and flavorful.

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Photo of ctmiami
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy light amber color, the nose is amazing, coffee and cacao, is that crazy or what. The taste adds some hint of caramel. This is really good beer. Pricey but worth it . Rather drink this and leave my children less. Nicely crafted beer

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Photo of JimKal
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a significant head typical os saisons. Very pleasant to look at in the glass. The taste seems to hit my sweet spot, not over the top. If it weren’t for the cost this could be a daily favorite. Not overly aromatic but you can tell your drinking a saison before the first taste.

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Photo of thebeers
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pale yellow with a finger of relatively short-lived, bright white head.

A floral hop bouquet with soap and hint of fruity sweetness in the aroma.

More soap and floral hops up front in the taste. Muted cider-like sweetness mingles with a fairly strong earthy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Full bodied with a prickly, very highly carbonated feel that cleanses the palate.

The dull hoppy bitterness of this always catches me off guard. Not my favorite saison, but its standing as the classic in the style against which others are judged is still well-deserved.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the benchmark for Saisons. Pairs perfectly with any food. Has a great dry finish. If you haven’t had this beer try it now. Perfect balance of earthiness, spice, floral flavors and citrus.

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Photo of nordsee
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look:
- semi hazy golden color, very beautiful!

Smell:
- fruity, floral, citrus, yeasty

Taste
- follows nose: fruits, citrus, yeast, bit floral, notes of coriander
- slightly bitter aftertaste
- smooth in mouth with a somewhat dry finish

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a hazy golden color with a nice head. The head lasts for a good long while. Nose is yeasty and slightly fruity. Taste is on the dry side (which I desire tonight) and is even slightly bitter, although definitely thirst quenching. Yum!

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Photo of eberesford
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours misty gold with a large, frothy, surprisingly stable head and thick lacing. Aroma: yeasty, grainy, fruity (esther), spicy. Flavour: banana, honey, passionfruit, clove spice, grassy, some alcohol warmth, the length and complexity are astonishing and each mouthful seems to release new flavours. Because this beer is so dry it is not overly full in the mouth despite this complexity.

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Photo of Jtee
4.86/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

LATEST REVIEW:

From a 330ml bottle served almost straight from the fridge at 11 degrees Celsius into a white wine glass (trying something new). Best before date: March 2020.

Look: The beer pours a clear gold with 3cm of dense, white head that fades into a thick cap within 2+ minutes. Decent lacing and good overall retention. Effervescent.

Smell: Moderate strength and well-balanced – all the ingredients manage to make an appearance without taking away from each other. Prominent esters and phenols. The esters have a tropical (banana) and stonefruit (ripe apple) character while the phenols are sweet (vanilla) and peppery. The hops have a spicy and floral nobleness to them along with grainy, soft pale malts playing a supportive role. Soft acidity. The amount of layers in the nose is mind-boggling; sometimes it's hard to figure out where one ingredient starts and another begins.

Taste: Follows the aroma seamlessly. Strong and well-balanced with a bit of tartness. The notes are the same as the aroma – I have very little to add in terms of flavour. The finish is rather lengthy (even though very dry) with moderate intensity and balance leaning towards bitter.

Feel: Medium body with high carbonation. Creamy yet prickly with tons of life and presence on the palate. Dry with a pleasant touch of alcohol warmth.

Overall: Wonderful world-class beer featuring excellent craftsmanship and drinkability as well as exquisite balance and complexity. A must-try. I'll absolutely drink this again.


PREVIOUS REVIEW: L/4.25, S/4.5, T/4.5, F/4.5, O/4.5

From a 330ml bottle served straight from the fridge at 10 degrees Celsius into an oversized wine glass. Best before date: 03/2020.

Look: The beer pours a slightly veiled gold with 7cm of dense, white head that settles into a solid cap in 4+ minutes. Decent lacing and good overall retention.

Smell: Moderate strength and sharp. Fruity (citrus, banana) and spicy (clove-like) yeast funk with grainy, wheaty malts.

Taste: Moderate strength, well-balanced, and tart. Fruity and spicy with soft, grainy malts. The finish is medium in length and intensity, leaning towards bitter, and dry.

Feel: Medium body with high carbonation. Crisp, prickly, and drying with faint alcohol warming.

Overall: Outstanding. Refreshing with nuanced Belgian yeast character. High drinkability for those warm summer days. Classic, must-try example of the style.

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

A nice saison, although I find it a bit too carbonated and even bitter.
I would not hesitate to have this again, as it's clearly better than most beers on the market, but I beg to differ that this is anywhere near the best in this style.

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Photo of LeRose
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It has been in the house for at least a year, but if that is a bad thing, the beer didn't get the memo. Beautiful pour, moderately cloudy, huge dense white head that persisted through consumption after falling to a thin layer of bubbles.

Smells of pears, yeast, earthiness, herbs and spicy phenolics. Very herbal, hidden sweetness.

The taste is an amazing, controlled, mixture. Opens big with the phenolics and yeasty character. Sweetness shows underneath, brightened by a brief flash of sour. The grain base dries things out a bit, then some peppery spice notes come in at the end. There is a fantastic earthiness that connects all the elements together, and the spicy notes of clove linger pleasantly after the sip.

The feel is of a medium bodied beer and extremely smooth for the style.

Overall, this is a must try beer for anyone who is a fan of the farmhouse or wild ale category. Excellent example of the potential of this style, recommended.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, cloudy orange with a foamy, frothy head. Head rises to 2 fingers of stark white foam with a easy-going pour, and retains throughout the entire consumption time of the beer. Very little lacing left behind. Aroma is bready, biscuit malts, with clove, and nutmeg. Little yeast spice as well. Flavor profile is bready, biscuit malts with a large, but soothing flavor profile. Clove, nutmeg, yeast spice esters all make themselves known throughout the beer, with the final lingering notes being the spices. Mouth feel is smooth and velvety, with a medium thickness. Overall, a well crafted, straight-forward saison. Not much to get distracted with, just a well executed beer.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 375mL bottle.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 4,366 ratings