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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Photo of pkeigs
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love this beer, a true classic, and a benchmark for Saisons.

Pours a nice color, with a lasting sticky 2 fingered head. This beer is amazing on tap, gets a little skunky for me out of the bottle.

Smells of summer, nice spicey, floral aroma. The yeast strain plays the part with the hops backing it up. Great peppery spice, lots of earth, maybe a little funky.

This beer is refreshing, perfect for a hot summer day, light floral hops balance out the yeast, the malt bill is secondary, but everything comes together to something great. Finishes dry and peppery, leaving me wanting more and more.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle. drank from my duvel tulip.

A- the cork comes out with a hiss and when i pour the bottle into my glass, i get a glowing golden orange colored body under a tall bright white head. the head takes its time falling, and leaves behind a wall of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice about the nose is that this bottle is skunky. damn green bottles. very powerful skunk. other than that i am able to pick up some light fruits and fresh cut grass.

T- the taste starts out with some pale malts and then moves into fresh lemon and light apricots. some white pepper moves in next. herbal, lemony, and grassy hops at the end.

M- the body is on the lighter side. the carbonation is on the higher side. very refreshing.

O- i liked the taste of the beer a lot. i with that i would have gotten a bottle with less of a skunked smell to it. ill pick it up again from a different store to see if my luck changes.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.17/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Gouden Carolus chalice. From notes. Reviewed 30 May 2011.

A: Bright white creamy/craggy head. Brilliant yellow. Carbonation is visible. Light and pleasant; cloudy but translucent. Traces of lace.

S: Lots of grain, maybe corn(?). Not impressed.

T: Sweet, pleasant, grainy, and dry. Honestly, it's less funky than other saisons, but it's sort of boring. Accessible, goodish, and disappointing.

M: Lightly dry...kinda yeasty. Vaguely spicy. A bit of pepper?

O: Decent beer, but again, boring. Would not have again. Recommended to people who "don't like saisons."

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Photo of jwhancher
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750 ml bottle to compare my Saison homebrew (still fermenting) to the one that sets the standard.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with massive foam white head. Lacing clings to the glass as the head fades. Spritzy- like carbonation that lends to some great aromas.

Smells of lemon, pear, and white grape. Tastes very similar to the aroma but with a subdued funky barnyard sourness.

Has an excellent mouthfeel. Very light and refreshing. Overall a very great beer; one that lives up to expectations.

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Photo of Mississipping
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow color with a massive white rocky head that keeps you company for much of the glass, receding very slowly.  Quite impressive lacing left behind.

S: Very lemony up front, along with bready yest, barnyard characteristics, and a nice peppery spiciness.  Large presence of straw/hay, grass, and plenty of pepper; subtle clove.  Lightly hopped, however, they are bright and floral. 

T: Quite yeasty and peppery to start things off.  The hay/grass and mustiness are a little more subtle, but are present throughout as well.  Tart finish where the lemon and hops become a little more apparent.  

M: Lighter side of medium with a quite a bit of carbonation making it tingly on the tongue, yet smooth and slightly creamy.  Nice drying finish that begs for another sip.

D: Excellent farmhouse ale that is complex, well-balanced, and very flavorful.  Really easy to put down and really, really enjoyable.  An excellent brew to have on this blazingly hot summer day.  

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Photo of chocosushi
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml -> Saison Dupont Glass
02.010 on cork.

A ~ After 2 twists on the cage the cork POPPED off without a hitch straight into my son's door leading to me rushing to the sink. Not a good way to start things. After letting it sit for 5 minutes, the pour still yielded excessive amounts of carbonation. Had to wait yet another 5 minutes to make a decent pour.
Head is Meringue-like with delicate, compacted carbonation. Flawless retention on the glass.

S ~ Very strong smell of lawnmower clippings, herbs, lemon peel & lemon Juice.

T ~ The grassy aroma follows through in a major way, taking on an herb quality & progressing into a semi-tart Lemon flavor that I love in a Saison. Dry Wheat, kumquat & haystack follow. There is a spice reminiscent of white pepper that adds a backdrop of depth. Wonderful.

M ~ Creamy carb that seemed excessive & aggressive at first, settling down into the perfect amount. Prickly & Spicy sensations that do nothing to take away from the initial Citric flavor profile.

D ~ A great Saison that I could & would drink everyday. I really need to try one fresh, as the exploding cork definitely knocked off some major points for me. Sad because it really is the perfect Saison; Easy to put down on these hot summer days, but with enough kick to make one want to savor. Standout & Stand-alone representation of the style.

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Photo of PRpitmaster
4.87/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a nice golden honey color, with a great head. smells of honey and spice, also hints of orange peel.
an explotion of fruity, and spicy herbal notes coat your palate, the carbonation refreshes and leaves a nice mouthfeel.
overall a great beer, too bad I don't have regular access to it, I wish I could drink it more often. Definately one that I will search for again and enjoy.

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

Look: the beer pours a amber-orange color, with a nice fluffy head.
Smell: Spicy and herbal hops, yeast, malts, fruity (orange)
Taste: Herbal, spicy and hoppy, grains and some sour citrus. The aftertaste is hoppy and dry.
Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation, crisp and firm bodied.
Overall: Nice beer. Will drink this one again

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Photo of keithmurray
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ML poured into a Duvel tulip

Appearance - cloudy, pale straw color with fluffy white head that wont disspate

smell - ginger, coriander, wheat, yeast, lemon rind

taste - lemons, limes, citrus, ginger, coriander, wheat

mouthfeel - lively, prickly carbonation, light to medium bodied, refreshing, slightly bitter/sour on the finish

overall - haven't had too many examples of this style, but this was a good beverage that i'm glad I tried

price point - $6.99 for a 750ML bottle

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Photo of 05Harley
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2.011 according to the cork!?

Purchased @ Johnsons Market Place, New Durham NH

Price - $5.99/ 12.7oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a lite shade of hazey yellow with a huge pillowy white head. Plenty of legs with lacing all over the walls of the glass. Some sand like sediment can be seen towards the end of the bottle due to the unfiltered characteristic.

Aroma is lemon, pepper and yeast with maybe some pineapple followed by some boot funk. There's definitely some grassy floral notes from the hops pulling through which adds to the complexity.

The taste is clean and refreshing with lemon, wheat and spices. There's a hint of granny smith apple tartness as well.

The mouthfeel is lite and crisp with plenty of carbonation and a slite tart feel. The beer starts out and finishes dry with some noticeable bitterness from the hops.

Overall the balance of this beer within the style is amazing. Nothing is overbearing making it an easy drink and just damn good. A perfect summer flavor.

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Photo of Beasticles
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy straw-golden with a lacy white 2 finger head. CO2 activity is readily visible in the glass, closer to champagne activity than a lager.

S- musky, citrusy, spicy

T- Pepper up front with sourdough and a subtle lemon finish. Spiciness really carries well throughout.

M- Light, quite carbonated, refreshing

O- Very few beers have made me react as immediately and as strongly as Saison DuPont. God, this is brilliant. I can't imagine a finer July evening sipper. I'm jonesing for a salmon steak or something.

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Photo of BigB415
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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 HopHead29
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Saison Dupont becker

A-Beer has big white fluffy head that leaves thick amounts of lacing. Color is a pale gold with very active carbonation.

S-sweet malty yeast with a faint fruitiness

T-zesty lime, followed by a mild tartness, finished with a bit of a dry pepperyness all with a grassy yeast background.

M-light and smooth

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Photo of orock25
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been very interested in everything Belgium lately and a saison is perfect for the summer months.

Appearance - Golden color with a white frothy head that fades quickly but bubble persist. cloudy clearity to be expected.

Smell - malty notes push through like a refreshing summer breeze. Can really smell the yeast.

Taste - Lemons is the first thing that comes to mind. Wild yeast flavor is very present and appealing.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and smooth. Again refreshing.

Overall - Fantastically refreshing beer. Perfect for summer.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- from the notes and 375 ml bottle
A - a large but quickly fading heads erupts on top of a cloudy yellow ale.
S - muted fruits and spices with a touch of yeast.
T - more spice in the taste then the smell. A solid background of grassy spices and yeast.
M - very carbonated (as evidenced by the cork pop and the feel) with a slightly dry lingering spice.
D - easy enough to drink
A fairly good saison but too pricey for the size and quality.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caged, corked and in bomber bottle - an easy off cork compared to many of those I've had recently. One easy twist and the beer was mine!

Huge creamy head that takes up better than a third of the glass, pillowing up in the middle and receding at the edges, white with hues of tan and orange. Slightly hazed golden.

Like wild flowers and fresh air, with a the hops being pretty reserved. Grassy and some lemony citrus too. Some skunk as well, but I cannot speak to the freshness of the beer.

Relatively dry, characteristically saison, with all of the farmy, citrus and hoppiness you might expect. What separates this from others is the balance achieved with each of those - not one of them overpowers the other. In the same respect, it is somewhat boring. Subtle skunk comes through here as well, but I'm not sure I can distinguish it from the farm.

There's a pop of carbonation on the tongue, delivering a mild burn - a bit too much for my taste.

No doubt a good beer, but after the marked hype around it being world class, I'm not sure I can agree.

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Photo of brouwer
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thought I would give a try to a Belgian Saison. This seemed like a good choice. So given a warm summer day this is a good choice.

The appearance is that of a modestly opaque carmel color. Two to three inch head with good lacing.

The smell is typical of belgian beer but somewhat faint.

Taste is mildly sweet fruity in flavor with rapid dissipation, mild bitter. The mouthfeel is pleasant with appropriate carbonation.

Overall a pleasing belgian but not on the level of a Trippel for my palate.

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Photo of litheum94
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Whole Foods. Served in a Russian River goblet.

Murky, dull golden body. Lace white head. Very rocky. Doesn't leave much on top, but it sure does leave some nice lacing.

Sharp aromas of lemon citrus. Corriander spicing. Earthy yeast, with a slight must. There's also a tart raspberry esque aroma. Light hopping, with aromas of grass. Rustic all around.

Carbonation attacks the tongue right away, making this a dry drink all the way through. Light spicing, giving a good coriander flavor without overpowering. Lemon twang and grassy hops. Cracker malt backbone, with some pepper and earthy yeast flavors. Finish is dry with citric sourness, again with just the right amount.

Easy to see how this is the benchmark of the style. This drinks amazingly well.

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Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

Poured a light cloudy yellow with a huge white fizzy head that was mostly diminishing but did leave enough residue to have fair lacing. The aroma was of a straw like malt, a nice dose of floral hops and a moldy yeast with notes of citrus and some spices. It tasted mildly bitter and acidic with hints of citrus and clove at first and finished a bitter-sour with a strong wheat note and with a nice dose of hops at the end. Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a rather fizzy carbonation. Overall a nice fit for the style, one of the better Farmhouse Ales I have tasted.

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Photo of alf212
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear golden body with a solid white head.

Smell: initially you get that funky barnyard smell wich turns into a nice sweet apple with a little banana

Taste: so if you're new to saisons I would try this out. It sets the bar on what a standard saison tastes like IMO. Very classic for it's style. Nothing crazy but it's done just right. Apple sourness with that typical banana clove combination.

Mouthfeel: extremely dry and carbonated. Very refreshing in The summer

Overall a must try for anybody especially those new to the style. Solid beer all around but again not spectacular out of this world level.

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

Big nasty billowing head that just won't quit. Nice clean aromas. Slight floral hop notes, some citrus, and a little malt in the background. I also notice the skunk aroma... reminds me of Corona...

Tastes good. Aggressive carbonation. Loads of citrus with a little bit of twang to it. Some fruity notes too. Has sort of a peppery zing with a slight bitter hit at the end.

Overall, I'm glad I tried it. A decent saison that I would probably try again if I can find it. However, there are plenty of American brewed saisons that are more readily available and are just as nice.

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Photo of jamescain
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a White Birch Champagne glass

Appearance: Straw/pale yellow with a fluffy white head about 2 inches thick that slowly recedes into a thick lacing over the top of the beer and finally to a thick ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Typical spicy saison aroma, coriander, orange, a hint of citrus and a nice yeasty earthiness in the background.

Taste: Slightly more bitter then I was expecting; however, that made it more enjoyable in my opinion. Spicy and yeasty with a hint of citrus and a touch of sourness.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, very lively with a refreshing dry/ lightly tart finish and lingering spiciness.

Overall: So far in my relatively young saison career, this is the best I have drunk. It is very well balanced and very easy to drink.

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Photo of alamere
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle into my Chimay chalice...

A - Beer pours a huge frothy white head and looks outstanding, is more clear than I recall from previous tastings. Lacing sticks around for awhile and clings to the glass. The last pour did pour a TON of sediment into the glass... but first two were rather perfect.

S - In a word, skunky. I've come to think that they must know when they put this beer in a clear light green bottle that it's going to have a bit of a skunky nose. There really isn't much in the nose of this beer beyond a skunkiness and maybe a touch of honey sweetness. I'm not as put off by a slight skunk to the smell as some... better not be any in the actual taste though!

T - as I suspected/hoped, the taste is herbal and earthy with a honey or apple like sweetness and none of the skunk of the nose in the actual taste of the beer. There is a sweetness but also a lingering tartness to the taste and they balance pretty perfectly. A great session beer in my opinion.. a spiciness and some phenolics from the yeast that are absolutely delightful.

M - Beer starts out fruity and smooth, is REALLY well carbonated, but finishes dry and quickly. The aftertaste that does linger on the palate is fantastic..

O - Well, there's not much to not like here.. minus the skunk in the nose, this is one great saison. Sessionable and probably would go with a ton of food that I like...

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loose lively champagne head that fades with no trails and a deep bright lemon yellow. Wildflowers, wax, lemon zest and cantaloupe on the nose - deep.
Yellow apple and pears with sponge cake up front, butterscotch in there, then an ester hit like Juicyfruit followed by big anise seed and fresh herb hops.
Mango finish and incredibly dry tightening linger. Crisp, light, very fizzy, some cling, no heat.

One of the most complex saisons I've tasted. Honey and spice make for a great summery profile. Rep is earned, but loses off the overall for the high-ish ABV.

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Photo of Cavery
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulips, 750ml shared with SundaySour

4th of July tasting!

A: Gold straw,light sun beams, with notable clarity. Light white soap sud foams at two fingers sits loftily over a very light body. A ring of bubbles forms around the edge of the glass as the foam dissipates.

S: Light bready biscuits, pear flesh, and traces of hay. This is a delicate barnyard. The yeast is so soft on the nose, yellow grasses and cut lemongrass. Some bamboo chutes chase the flavor of fresh peppery arugula.

T: Such subtle grassy notes. yellow grasses, faint ginger, and hay. The breadiness favors light crusts. There is no doughiness in the taste at all, it is clean and champagne like in its dryness. Cut greens make an appearance in the finish.

M: Soft light body that rolls in the mouth. Carbonation fizzes for a long time. This is like a champagne with the volume turned down. Soft spoken and complimentary of the flavor. This really is the knot that ties the theme of this beer together.

O: Solid, light, and very clean. I think this is about as clean of a saison as I've ever had. A sophisticated salad in a glass, versatile with great drinkability. I'm a big fan of this one, but the sophistication might tame the style to the point that it makes a departure. This would be an easy intro to beer styles for a champagne drinker.

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