Saison Dupont | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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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:
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Added by kbub6f on 02-26-2002

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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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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison tasting with a friend while brewing today...

Review from notes...

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance-Large frothy 4 finger head and a slightly hazy yellowish/orange body. Nice head retention and nice lacing.

Smell-Lemony goodness, some spice, and some farmhouse funk. Also got some biscuity malts. Extremely inviting.

Taste-Follows the aroma. Sweet and Rich, but not overwhelming to where it gets to be too much. Lemon citrus upfront and a light hop finish. Funk is there throughout entire sip. Got some slight apple in there as well. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, lots of carbonation. very Smooth and refreshing and very easy to drink.

Overall-This turned out to be my favorite by far out of the 3 Saisons I had(Hennepin, Collete). I really wish more saison's came in 4 or 6 packs. Great beer

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was poured from the tap, not sure how long it had been on tap or when it was brewed.

The beer was a warm orange color and hazy with a white head that soon fell back into the glass.

Their was little hop aroma and the beer smelled like warm bread dough. As it warmed notes of lemon grass and citrus appeared.

The beer was sweet, full bodied, and tasted of bread dough and wheat.

It was a very enjoyable and refreshing beer. Not sure I would pay the crazy cost for the beer again but i am glad to have enjoyed it at least once.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

first time i ever tried this style of beer and once i had it i decided i needed to go out and try many more saisons especiallyt the local ones and see what this is all about

when i popped open the bottle of saison dupont there was a mini explosion huge pop sound then the beer came cascading over the top of the bottle so i quickly poured it into the glass

the beer was hazy and very bubbly it had a huge head right on top of it and it came all the way bursting over the top

the aroma was not that intense i just got a little bit of some rustic smell in it and some mineral smell as well

the mouthfeel was outstanding very carbonated and refreshing i liked it alot

overall this is a great style of beer and it prompted me to try lots of other examples from other breweries i really like the saison style

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Photo of ncfranklin
3.27/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Tulip

A: Deep burnt orange. Lots of floaters throughout, like brown specks. 1 finger off white head.

S: Some spiceyness, orange citrus, lemon and a biscuit sweetness.

T: A light spice up front, before caving to a wealth of malt. This can't be right. Bad tastes of dirt and grass come in the finish.

M: Thicker than the style should be, not overly refreshing or carbonated.

D: Bad bottle maybe? The floaters cause issues? Overall a cruddy brew. Will make sure to try again later and re-review if needed.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

587th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
330ML
@BJ's West Covina

App- When you pour this its a very striking balance of orange and yellow. A nice one finger head forms and the you get the stick that slides down the glass. One of the better reps of the style, good but not the best

Smell- Right off the bat, you get why they call it a farmhouse, smells of dried grass and some hay. A little yeasty and some pepper.

Taste- Its one of the classics of the style that has a ton of reviews because its easy to drink, tastes good and welcomes people to a new style. This has a similar profile to the nose with a funk, yeast and pepper.

Mouth- Medium bodied but nearly light and a nice medium carbonation but smacks you with a nice dry residual flavor.

Drink- Overall, this is a very well done saison, its flavorful, dry and balanced. Flavors are a bit muted and thats the only knock besides the app being a little lacking on head for style.

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Photo of prototypic
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saison Dupont pours a pale straw color. It’s extremely hazy, even after a careful pour. Carbonation looks rather active. It produced a white head that stands about three fingers tall. Retention is very good. It never completely dissipates, and leaves a sticky coat of lace clinging to the glass.

The nose is good. It could use a little more strength, but not much. It smells very earthy and grainy throughout. There’s a musky side to it, as well, but it’s secondary. Belgian yeast is noted, and has imparted a really nice spicy twist. Pepper and clove are definitely there. It smells a bit more hoppy than I expected. They smell grassy and a little floral. Noble hops? I believe so. Alcohol is not a factor at all.

The flavor is nothing short of tremendous. Belgian yeast hits first and starts things off extremely well. It does have a nice pepper flavor, with just a touch of clove. It’s followed by grassy, grainy, and light musky notes. It all works extremely well together. There might be a light herbal flavor, but it’s nothing vegetal. Hops add some pizzazz. They are grassy and floral. Alcohol really isn’t noticeable. It finishes dry with a grassy hop flavor.

Saison Dupont has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is active and perhaps a little buzzy. Nonetheless, it’s very crisp and refreshing. Oh…and it goes down far too easily. I’m trying to slow down, but I can’t.

Saison Dupont is a classic. No doubt about it. It might not be the world’s best Saison, but it’s definitely up there in the top tier. I’m a big fan of the flashy hop presence and its crisp, refreshing bite. This is a fantastic summer ale if there ever were one. Yeah, the nose could use a little more muscle and the body could be a little bigger. Those are small chinks in its armor though. If you’re in the market for a great Saison, give this one a shot.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into its proper glass.

A: Hazy straw body with two inches of creamy, rocky tan head that rise precariously above the rim of the glass. Fantastic retention + lacing. Gorgeous.

S: Grainy malt, spicy phenols, and hugely grassy, herbal hops. Hay, green apple, and more white pepper. Excellent.

T: Dry + spicy, with some light graininess quickly giving way to intense peppery phenols, light appley tartness, and a profoundly bitter, herbal hoppy finish. Great stuff going on, but it's a little out of balance - too bitter, not complex enough with the yeast.

M: Light body explodes with carbonation. Hugely lively. Terrific.

O: The only times I've had this in the past it was horrifically skunky, so it was great to get a fresh, brown bottle in the country of origin. I can definitely see how the enormous skunk came to be, since this was probably the hoppiest Saison I've ever had - hoppy to a fault, actually, since I felt that the bitterness eventually outweighed everything else and took away from the beer's complexity. Still, this is a deservedly famous example of the style. Great beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of MadCat
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light golden yellow, voluminous white head that dissipates slowly and leaves tons of lacing

Smell: Ripe pear, herbs, and a very earthy yeast. Very complex

Taste: Earthy and spicy, herbal, a little fruity, with a little tartness. Also very complex, hard to hit on all the flavors

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, high carbonation, very smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a semi dry finish

Overall: An outstanding brew, completely different from Ommegang's Hennepin, which is the only Saison I've had before this. Both are good, but far apart, and I like this better. This really blew me away on how complex and great it is.

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Photo of BeerMarshall
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly my new favorite lighter colored beer.

A: Golden, cloudy, exuberant carbonation and strong head retention.
S: Starts with a hint of skunkiness, but this aroma quickly gave way.
T: Spicy, slightly peppery.
M: Nice dry finish
O: Excellent beer. I was pleasantly surprised. I heard a lot of hype about this beer and read about it in Farmhouse Brews. I think it lives up to the hype. Expensive, but so is every belgian specialty ale. Definitely will drink again.

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Photo of JJBlanche
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden, cloudy with a large head that recedes slowly. Nice looking.

S: The first hit I get right out of the bottle nose is that Heineken smell of semi-skunk...the result of alpha acid exposure to light (from the green glass 750ml). Fortunately that just seemed like the initial burst from the uncorking, and it mellows into something nicer. Mild spice, some sweetness, but still a little skunk in the background. Get amber bottles (like pictured here on Beer Advocate) if you can.

T: Better than it smells. Starts off kind of grassy, fading into mild alcohols, then some pleasant fruit on the upper palate. Kind of earthy and boozy. I like it. Gets better as it warms.

M: Bites just enough up front from carbonation, then gets slick. Tis good.

O: This is a pretty rad beer. Unique, but at this price there're other brews I'd probably rather buy. I could see myself ordering it if I'm in the right mood...and it's pretty classy when it comes down to it. Get it to impress a lady.

Also had this on tap (I think it was on tap) at Father's Office in Culver City. Was better than the bottle I got at Whole Foods.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the craft beer outlet for this one. This one really doesn't come into the immediate area and why I don't know.Poured into my snifter dogfish head glass and a very hazy gold with a great white heading.Lacing all over the glass.

What an aroma my wife was sitting at her lap top when she asked "Did you spark up a doobie" and I concur. A very heavy marijuana like aroma came through at first. A second very hoppy aroma came through as well. Very odd for a belgian brew.

A heavy citrus aroma first touches down to get them tastebuds watering. A more of an earthy and pronounced medicinal aftertaste finishes it off.Sorry to say doesn't really taste like marijuana.

Medium bodied and crisp. Great carbonation with a slight seltzer and peppery linger in the mouth for a tick.

A nice saison but I did think the flavors were a bit dialed down. Not saying it was a bad beer I just seem to expect a bit more.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Ebenezer's on 6/10/11.

A - Hazy pale golden liquid with a finger's worth of puffy white foam that reduced to a thin film and deposited some steaks and spots of lacing around the glass.

S - Grassy and citrusy up front with plenty of lemon zest notes. Additionally, there's a good bit of spicy Belgian yeast, a hint of barnyard funk and a dose of candi sugar akin to a Tripel.

T - Bright, juicy citrus with a grassy hop bite and a hint of tart green apple gives the Saison a well-rounded flavor profile. Add a dash of lemon zest and some moderate barnyard funk and spicy yeast, and you get a delicious, spot-on representation of the style. Flavor blends a perfect amount of funk and bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate bristly carbonation. Finishes with light bitterness and a hint of sour funk on the palate, resulting in a fairly dry, crisp mouthfeel.

D - This ain't the standard benchmark Saison for nuthin'!

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Photo of Rifugium
1.24/5  rDev -70.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

First had: bottle at Monk's, Philly, PA

Lots of people not only like this beer, but they REALLY like it. I don't see why. Maybe I've just had "bad bottles" (green bottles strike again?), I don't really know.

The beer itself looks innocent enough, pouring a nice hazy, bronze-yellow with a healthy puff of head. But it smells like a compost heap. Maybe some lemon notes coming through, but that just makes it smell like compost with lemon on it. It tastes like rotting hay and manure. Seriously like manure. And the aftertaste is of--you guessed it--manure. I've had other farmhouse ales, and they didn't taste like someone added rotted hay and the fecal output of a horse during the brewing process, which is all I really get from this, and there's just no two ways about it. Funk is good, hay is good; I don't mind those qualities in a beer. But not horse crap, seriously. I've tried: I've choked this down on the occasions I've ordered it, but really...not good...quite simply not a good beer. There's no complexity here, and if there is, well, I'm sorry but I just can't detect it within the overbearing manure. I would almost prefer a Bud to this. Sorry. Start bottling it correctly, and then we'll talk higher ratings.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.18 out of 5 based on 4,199 ratings.
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