Saison Dupont | Brasserie Dupont sprl

Saison DupontSaison Dupont
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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:
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Added by kbub6f on 02-26-2002

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Photo of charlzm
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed at Lucky Baldwin's Trappist Pub and Cafe on Sunday, August 21st, 2011. Beer served in proper glassware.

Beer is a slightly cloudy, moderately deep yellow (almost orange) topped with a uniform skin of extremely fine white bubbles.

Aroma is powdery yeast and lemon.

Flavor is soft floral/powdery yeast up front, immediately followed by more bitterness than I had expected. Also noted: a slight orange flavor. A little acidic tartness towards the end. The bitterness lingers after the rest of the flavor is gone and then, a good second or two after swallowing, a light malt trace shows up (think pilsener malt).

Moderate mouthfeel.

Despite being less fruity and tart than expected, still a nice, refreshing beer marred only by (IMHO) by a slightly overenthusiastic bitterness.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
1.86/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

As best I can determine, I must have gotten a bad bottle because I was far from impressed. Hardly a fan of saisons, I found this to be an awful experience. The first hint of a problem occurred when the aroma smelled like burnt rubber. With the sense of smell and taste being closely associated, this was not a good start. The initial taste was very tart lemon. It was not just lemon juice, it was as though I was chewing on lemon rind. The aftertaste that followed was a gritty Flintstone vitamins lemon taste. Perhaps another way to explain the feeling would be a textured shandy.

Noting the high praise this saison received, I have trouble fathoming such a bad experience. I could not recommend this saison to another person unless of course I had a better experience with a future bottle. However, I would not buy that bottle with my money.

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

2011 printed on the cork of this 375ml bottle.

A: Sunny blonde in color, with a rocky, billowy pure white head, 2 fingers. Carbonation is streaming, effervescently up the sides of the glass.

S: Biscuits, bread and cracker malts, slight fruit-estery sweetness, yeast notes, faint citrus, herbal with a slight spice note.

T: Upfront Belgian yeast funk, slight fruitiness, cracked pepper, herbal hops.

M: Crisp, light to medium bodied, with lightly creamy texture and a smooth, dry finish.

D/O: Light, and crisp, this is extremely easy drinking and definitely deserving the title of one of the top-tier Farmouse Ales.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here goes: my first adventure into the world of saisons. I’ve had one or two before, mainly thanks to Goose Island, but I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Now that I’ve read up on the style, there’s only one thing I can do to get more acquainted with it: drink!

A: Now THAT’S a lot of foam. My glass is quickly filled with white suds as I pour, which disappear in a matter of minutes. Once the foam is gone, I’m left with just three fingers of actual beer. Wow, that head was volatile. What’s left is a great bit of bubbly lacing and a half-finger of white foam. It looks very lively. The body color is a pale, hazy gold; the whole thing sort of reminds me of sparkling white grape juice.

S: Now I’m starting to understand why so many people love saisons; this smells awesome! I can almost taste the creamy fruit textures, which are backed by bready, nutty, and grassy malts. It’s a deeply satisfying aroma. I can detect a slight skunk to it, too, which I’m enjoying more and more every time I smell it. The spices toward the back end are so nice – coriander, lavender, and just a hint of pepper. Very complex, very well-rounded, very inviting.

T: The flavors aren’t huge in the palate, but wow; they are good. First, that creamy malt that I could feel in the nose – it’s rich, in an apricot/peach preserve kind of way. Orange and lemon peel flavors are the brightest amongst the bitters, which consist primarily of very smooth, earthy hops. Warm spice tones are there throughout – pepper and nutmeg, mostly. And soon enough, that skunk arrives; that musty flavor that is so undeniably Belgian. I love it. The aftertaste is quite dry, as expected, with lingering hints of grapefruit, tangy hops, and even a taste of green tea.

M: Champagne, anyone? This beer is so crisp and bubbly, adding to the light character in a positive way. There’s a pretty significant warming sensation, too, which is odd for a beer with only 6.5% alcohol. It just ends up making it that much more enjoyable, though.

O: Saison style, here I come! I absolutely love this beer; if the others of this style are along these same lines, I’ll be more than happy to dive right in. Note to self for next time, though: buy a bigger bottle!

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Photo of chuck19
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been told that Saison Dupont is the beer that you must judge every other Saison by. I would have to agree. The first thought when I opened was this beer was "Did I just open a dime bag"(Friend's comment). Again agreed. The beer is cloudy and had an average appearance. To be honest it looks like any cloudy wheat beer. The taste was what set this apart. Hints of lemon, but the rind part. Overall a solid beer.

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Photo of rchristensen
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a sniffer

A - Pours a cloudy yellow with an enormous 4 finger head. The head lingers and leaves moderate lacing.

S - Yeasty aromas dominate to start. Also able to pick up some fruity notes, citrus, as well as a faint hint of grain.

T - As was with the smell, the yeast flavors come to the front followed by mild citrus and a peppery spiceyness. The finish is quite dry, almost a champagne like quality.

M - Very crisp with good carbonation.

O - I find this beer to be very refreshing and a good example of the style. I am not sure I would search this out while looking for a Saison but it was certainly a good beer.

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

Had this many times, time to finally review. 750mL bottle into a Tripel Karmelit glass.

Golden straw, clear and bright. Towering rocky white head leaves good lace trails. Busy looking bead.

Apricot danish, golden delicious apples, rockmelon, kumquat, banana confectionery, touch of bitter rind and that distinctive floral spiciness from the Dupont yeast. Sublime. I could smell it for hours.

Very similar flavours, with perhaps a slightly increased citric sourness.

Syrupy and slightly sticky, with medium carbonation and a touch of astringency and (surprisingly) booze heat on the back palate.

Beer just doesn't get any better than this at 6.5% in my view. A veritable cacophany of aromas and flavours that work in unison brilliantly.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 3" white head that left a nice lacing over cloudy straw liquid that was quite carbonated.

S: Yeast and floral hops.

T: Yeast and floral hops with a slightly malty finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of medium carbonation.

O: Very drinkable Saison with an excellent appearance.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy yellow straw color with a huge white head. The smell was the low point of the drinking experience be wise it was in a green bottle and had a heinekin esk smell. The flavor was good lightly spicy and earthy. The mouthfeel was light bodied and very high carbonation, when I was pulling out the cork I did not have a good grip and when I gave it a quarter of a turn it shot out and ricochet from the kitchen through the dining room and into the living room. Overall it's a good beer just not the best for the style

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Photo of DCon
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a 330ml/11.2 fl.oz. bottle of this brew from the Wolf Public House for $3 (employee discount). Porued from the non-labeled freshness dated bottle into a 16 oz. Founder's Pint Glass and this is my second time enjoying this brew.

Aroma- Has a low hop aroma from the start and VERY peppery. Not much fruitiness but could be wrong. Little bit of spice as well. Nice all around aroma.

Appearance- Pours a 5+ finger, frothy head that stays around for a great amount of time. Has a pale orange color body and leaves good sudsy lacing on the glass.

Flavor- Starts with good malt character and hints of fruit and spice along the way. Definitely has a lemon twist on the finish and very light bitterness. Nothing too serious here, just a fun drink.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High! Carbonation, and leaves a bit of hop on the palate but nothing else... Pretty boring here.

Overall Impression- All-around a good Saison but there are many more of these out there! Refreshing and highly carbonated, this one grabs your attention for the beginning of the drink but then finishes weak. Still will promote but am going to only be able to give this one a 4.0.

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a thick white foam head that has excellent retention. There is some spotty lacing.

S: Yeast stands out the most and it is quite potent. There is also some lemons, unripe fruits in the form of malic acid and some bready malts.

T: Starts off quite yeasty on the front with a little mix of bready malt. The citrus and green apples taste comes out in the middle. The backend is where the lemons come through more. There is also a hint of coriander. Very refreshing.

M: Nice and refreshing. There is a decent amount of carbonation. Leaves a slight yeast and citrus taste on the palate.

O: This is a refreshing Saison. Not overly complex, but quite thirst quenching. Would enjoy more of these on a warm day.

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Photo of IPA35
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really hazy blonde colour with a tiny white head.

Belgian yeast! Spice, banana, lemon and sour apple indeed. Slighly musty. Quite good.

This beer is fruity and quite tart. Not much bitterness in there only in the aftertaste really. The musty flavour is trademark of the style as far as I understand. The malt is a bit grainy. Quite refreshing and drinkable.

The mouthfeel is quite thin with good carbonation.

Overall an interesting brew and the most common Saison available.

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Photo of match1112
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: cloudy straw color, an average pour results in a four finger white bubbly soap lookin head, with moderate lacing (more like lumping).

s: slight apple and bananna. lots of yeast, lots of spice and some bready earth tones.

t: bananna and yeast up front. turns peppery, then slightly tart apple with a dry finish.

m: medium body with excellent carbonation. finishes smooth and dry.

o: an excellent beer, cant believe i waited so long to try this.

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

Appearance: Hazy, straw yellow, 2 fingers of head and steady stream of carbonation bubbles. 

Smell: Lemon and spice with some apple tones. 

Taste: Complex.  The Belgian yeast is obvious; however, there are subtle hints of white grape and citrus.  The  tartness that is experienced midway in the taste has grapefruit and pepper essence. 

The mouthfeel has medium body with strong carbonation. The finish is dry and crisp. Perfect for summer. I can easily see why this often considered among the top brews in the world. 

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Photo of zimm421
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a tulip. As the cap is cracked, a nice burst of carbonation shoots out and the foam begins to hit the mouth of the bottle. The pour gives a white, 3+ finger head that is sudsy, foamy and beautiful. It leaves beautiful lacing and lasts forever. The beer itself is a cloudy golden-orange color.

The nose is full of yeast and grain as well as lemon and some spices, specifically some black pepper. There are some grassy notes as well, very interesting. The taste is great. Grainy, with lemon, spices and even some tart apple flavors. Very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, very crisp and clean with good amounts of carbonation, as evidenced by the head and the pop of the cap. Overall, this is a good brew. Easy to drink, flavorful and easy to enjoy. Something that I can see non-beer geeks enjoying, yet something we all like as well.

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

A fluff white head, specks of beige from yeast particles, golden yellow body with cloudiness and carbonation.

A fruity estery aroma from the apple trees or grape vines...surprisingly boozy and filled with a sour yeasty quality.

The flavor is high esters, high apple, really reliant on the yeast. Sour but not too much so, a touch astringent and very bitter on the back end, possibly from the pucker of the yeast. While not sounding delicious, the parts come together for an awesome ride.

High carbonation, Saison, blah blah. Like it should be, I guess.

Fairly tasty and pretty boisterous. I have had some tame Saisons, I think beer companies that produce the style are afraid to produce them true to form...Dupont is unafraid.

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

750 mL bottle, 2011.

A: Hazy yellow with a vague orange tinge. Occasional suspended yeast particles. Tall, light, persistent head.

S: Yeasty, grass, some black pepper and a hint of lemon.

T: Mildly sour, on the dry side. More present lemon and pepper flavors than the aroma, but still with the yeastiness. Some sweet fruitiness, maybe grape juice flavor.
 
M: High carbonation, light on the tongue. Dry.

O: Very drinkable, perfect for the hot summer day I bought it on. The sour dryness, light fruit and high carbonation definitely make it easily quaffable. I've had a little mixed success with this beer before, some bottles being better than others, but overall it is a unique and enjoyable exemplar of the style.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a light shade of yellow with a very foamy ad puffy white head. Looks great

S- smells very spicy and grassy. Pretty much...it smells like a saison should

T- tastes very fresh, if that makes sense. Lots of grass and spice coming out of this one

M- very light body, not overwhelming at all

O- absolutely fantastic. Perfect for a warm summer day

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml. 2010 bottle aged in my basement. Carbonation resembling champagne. Crystal clear straw color with white head. Smells of zesty Belgian yeast, and pilsner malt - has a nice clean aroma. Well balanced simple flavors, dry/crisp finish. Light graininess into a peppery/lemon yeast character. Impressive looking, easy drinking beer. Lots of subtle flavors. They are good in the summer, I seem to drink a couple every year.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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 KickInTheChalice
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fountainhead. Served in a Saison Dupont branded stange.

Appearance: An elegant golden beer with visible suspended yeast particles and a tightly wound white creamy cap arrives in a branded stange. Very nice appearance.

Smell: The focus of the aroma is the white pepper notes from the yeast. Lemongrass, some lemon zest, a bit of clove, and a hint of French country field make their way into the aroma as well.

Taste: Bready malt up front with just the slightest hint of sweetness. White pepper really powers the flavor in each sip, from start to finish. As my palate debates the nuances of the flavor, some clove and peppercorn come through as well. Toward the end of the sip the hops really get going. A nice blend of grassy and lemon zest hoppiness gives this a nice character. Some fresh cut hay provides some added country character.

Mouthfeel: I go back and forth debating the carbonation. It feels creamy on my tongue, but it does not really clear the flavor and residue from my mouth like crisp, hoppy beers do. It has a light to medium body and is pretty clean for the style.

Overall: Saison is not my go-to style by any means, but this had a refreshing flavor, a nice complexity, and some hop power to boot. Definitely worth drinking on a warm summer day.

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Photo of Northsider
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Fountainhead Chicago as part of Saison event.

What can I say? This is the perfect beer. Appearance was cloudy yellow with great white head and good lacing. Smell and taste was wheaty and citrusy.

Mouthfeel was as SMOOTH as I've ever tasted beer before. I could drink this all day long...my new favorite beer. BUY THIS BEER.

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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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