Saison Dupont | Brasserie Dupont sprl

Saison DupontSaison Dupont
BA SCORE
4.18/5
4,221 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:
#1,184
Reviews:
1,628
Ratings:
4,221
pDev:
10.53%
Bros Score:
4.18
 
 
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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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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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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 4,221 ratings
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