Saison Dupont | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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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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4.18
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Photo of hmf05
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark straw, cloudy color with a huge pillow white head

S: A nice funky smell with a ton of grass and lemon. Pretty earthy smelling as well with a balanced clove spiciness

T: Nice and crisp. I get some grassiness up front with a pronounced lemon rind flavor. The hops are there throughout, but nothing over the top. A pretty dry finish, but not long or unpleasant

M: Good carbonation with medium viscosity.

D: Extremely drinkable

O: The prototypical Saison. There's nothing unique about it, but it's flavorful, refreshing, and perfect for a hot day in South Florida.

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

I will admit that this was my first taste of a saison, and going in I had absolutely zero expectations. With that being said...WOW was/is this stuff GREAT!! I think this will be my go to beer while relaxing in my pool this summer.
A... was wonderful, nice and hazy, with a large creamy head, and excellent lacing.
S...Again wonderful, I cant really describe it, but it smells great.
T...The taste is extremely easy, yet hoppy, with hints of pine, citrus. Very good and drinkable .
M...Felt as good on the palate the first sip as it did on the last.
Overall...
I will be enjoying these quite often during the summer months. I'm a big fan of Strong ales, and this is a great break for me, especially when its warm outside.

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Photo of hiku7
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caveat: This is my first saison.

My wife and I split a 750ml bottle, poured into tulip glasses.
Pours a cloudy yellow to gold with a towering white foamy head that leaves foamy lacing. Pours highly carbonated, almost like champagne.

The dominant aroma is lemon, followed by a slightly phenolic very attractive yeastiness. Taste follows suit, with a lemon and just the right amount of phenolic yeastiness. The highlight of this beer is a spicy, peppery finish. Mild tartness adds a lot to the finish.

Mouthfeel is fizzy, crisp and dry, with a bit of chewy graininess during each mouthful. Overall, very good, very refreshing.

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Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Cascade Saison Fest. Fun event, wish I was able to stay longer to enjoy the variety.

Pours murky, cloudy, and wheaty-looking. Not great, reminds me of a german hefeweizen.

Nose is citrus and dry straw. Smells refreshing and crisp.

Very clean and refreshing on the palate. Light and bubbly, could easily drink several.

Excellent for the style, there is a reason this is considered an archetype.

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

Picked up a 375ml bottle from Cork in NE PDX @ a reasonable cost. Heard a lot about this beer.

A: The description on the bottle is right. A "rocky" head that is substantial, disipates slowly, & leaves serious lacing. A dark straw color. Not transparent with lots of little bubbles & some yeast sediment left in the bottom of my Birra Moretti wine style glass.

S: An agressive smell that has some funk upfront followed by some floral/grassy smells intermingling with a yeasty nose.

T: A nice dry balanced flavor with citrus notes.

M: Nice carbonation feel on the palate. Not too dense or too full. Easy to put back.

O: I can understand why this beer is looked highly upon. Quite affordable & quite approachable too!

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

375 corked and caged bottle served in a snifter.

pours a slightly cloudy golden-yellow tone yielding a massive (3" at least) creamy white head. excellent retention and lacing in abundance. great looking saison.

relatively fragrant nose opens with a waft of skunk, but as others have noted, this seems to dissipate quickly, paving the way for notes of citrus, apple, belgian yeast and some floral/grassy characters in the background.

more of the same in the taste. green apples, citrus, the yeast and floral presence. a touch of spice/pepper. nothing transcendent, but a very nice flavor profile nonetheless.

crisp, medium-light mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

overall, a flavorful, crisp, and refreshing beer. a great summer brew.

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Photo of jgagne
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- beautiful looking beer. A Golden slightly murky body with an exceptional robust white head.

S-The strong almost overwhelming smell garners a citrus smell with slight spice undertones.

T- The taste begins with strong spice that grabs your palates attention. Then effortlessly transitions to a sweet citrus flavor.

M-Medium carbonation with light feel to the body.

O-One of my favorite beers. I have had it several times now and it still makes me excited when it is first poured into the glass. A wonderful beer that should be tried by any beer enthusiast

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

Another one I picked up in Belgium. Didn't know that I liked Saisons untill recently. I really liked this one. The kids were in bed and I enjoyed this with the Mrs in the hotel room.

Out of a 750ml into a Stella glass (all that we had in the hotel room)

It came out hazy golden yellow. Great two finger head.

Smells of loads of spices, bready yeasty notes, fruits, honey and floral notes.

Splash... a bit of barnyard funk and hop on top of everything the nose promised.

A great medium to full body. Nice amount of carbonation.

If you like Saisons get this one. It refreshing and wonderfully complex. Highly recomended.

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Photo of ludachris
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its glowing apricot body with straw yellow highlights spells spring. Just over a finger's worth of fluffy white head is perched on top. Bits of sediment drop to the bottom of the glass and stay there, making themselves visible only when held up to the light.

Right when I popped the cork I got a nose full of skunk but thankfully that doesn't last for long. Now, the more whiffs I take the more fruit I pick up such as sweet Anjou pears and soft tangerines. The Belgian yeast only compliments these sweet notes. Fresh cut grass and hay add density to the nose.

Soft and gentle Anjou and tangerine nestle themselves on the middle of the tongue. Their presence is pleasant but not extended. Fresh grass and hints of hay push the sweetness out of the way and move to the sides of the mouth. The grassy notes continue into the finish and become more pungent and earthy. After exhaling, a cracker-like character is apparent and does well at not letting the grassy character become too assertive. The yeast doesn't play a major part in the taste but provides a nice base from start to finish.

I'm content with calling this light bodied even though it does have a bit more depth. The balance between the grassy/hay side and the fruity/yeasty side is fantastic and I really appreciate this. There's a great level of carbonation; cleaning out the palate and leaving me with an enjoyably dry finish.

From start to finish, this is a wonderful Saison. I'm glad I was able to try such a traditional take on the style. Like nearly every other Saison I've had, it took me some time to appreciate its nuances and complexities and that's pleasurable in itself.

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

A: Pours hazy pale golden with a massive white head that very slowly dissipates into great lacings.

S: Floral hops with lots of fruity notes; green apple and lemons and other citric fruits. Rich in spices. Smell just like a Saison should.

T: Spices, leather, bread. Lots of pepper and vey rich in floral hops; which gives it a fruityness. Green apples and citric notes.

M: A sour bitterness lingers for quite some time in the aftertaste. Body is mild and carbonation moderate. Smooth!

O: I'm a sucker for Saisons, and this one is quite nice. Very refreshing!

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

Nice gold cloudy haze with about a finger and half worth of head. Very aromatic smell, with hints of spice and flowers, a spring kind of aroma. Very fruity in taste with a hint of spice and a zing in the end. The zing in the end makes you want more of this beer.

Something I would personally drink during the spring and maybe early summer. Also something I would suggest for most people who want try different beers.

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

A: Really nice appearance from this beer. Poured into a stemless oversized wine glass. HUGE head on this beer, really frothy and bubbly. Nice blonde color, not too much sediment, really nice shine.

S: Smells amazing, really lovely aroma. Fruity, very yeasty with hints of spice and maybe some citrus. I could stick my nose in the glass all day.

T: Good flavor, very good representative of a belgian farmhouse. Lots of yeast flavor, spice and some mild fruit. The back end flavors are also quite nice, doesn't get sour or tangy as I've noticed from other beers of the same style.

M: Feels okay, pretty sharp going down at the end, but overall very smooth, not overly bubbly, but its almost a little too devoid of textures or feelings.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, everything about it was good from the flavor to the price. I would certainly recommend this to someone who is a bit tired of drinking Duvel all the time.

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Photo of Tripphop
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden color with fine carbonation. Nice lacing, fine bubble trails break after a good swirl. Very attractive and aromatic beer. Smells of grain and lemon zest. Very herbal and earthy, but fresh and citrusy at the same time. Flavor is very nice, upfront and good body and mouthfeel. Carbonation is a bit prickly, but subtle. Citrus fruits and bready malt linger on the finish. Overall a very reliable saison, but for the price range, ill stick with my DIPA's.

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Photo of jera1350
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to ding the appearance a few points here due to way too much foam. The body is a cloudy pale yellow and the head is just massive even though I poured this slow as hell. I want to drink it now, but have to wait for the everlasting head to recede a bit. Awesome head and retention halfway through the beer, with lots of sticky lace.

The smell is amazing. Huge robust fruit presence, belgian yeast, a little wet hay and honey malt.

Light malt, touch of honey, fruity, some lightly spicy hops and just a wee bit of wet hay. Not very funky though, which I appreciate. A nice bit of complexity, but very drinkable at the same time.

Light-medium body, soft carbonation, very dry finishing. Smooth overall.

Have to say that I really enjoy this. Probably the best of the style for me. So drinkable and refreshing, but complex at the same time. Definitely will enjoy this again as the weather warms.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden straw color with a large white head that takes quite some time before it goes down. Scent is nice farmhouse funk with a bit of skunkiness. There is also a lot of fruit and bread aromas. Taste is just like it smells, except with some pleasant bitterness. The citrus really comes through in the taste with the barnyard funk. Some grainy flavors with a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is nice and medium-bodied with a smooth, crisp finish. Drinkability is quite high, especially on a warm summer day. Overall, I absolutely love saisons, however, this is not my absolute favorite. It is up there though in the top 10 or 20.

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Photo of t420o
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured carefully still produces a big, frothy head that lasts throughout. Golden, hazy color that has a slight amount of beautiful sediment floating in it.

S- Almost like a Brut Champagne. Fruity and dry. Tart green apple, strawberry, blackberry, grassy, peppery

T- Fruity with a slightly dry finish. Green apple, slight lemon, strawberry, other ripe berries. Malty-yeast balance is excellent

M- light, dry, and airy. Good carbonation level

Overall- I really enjoyed this beer. It isn't often that I like beers this much that taste this light, but the beautiful dry fruity taste was excellent

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

Poured from a bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

Look - pale golden color, murky, with a ton of foam that dissipates and good medium...somewhat fast/somewhat slow speed. Foam itself is very thick and frothy. Lots of sediment floating around.

Smell - spicy and musky-smelling. Reminds me a bit of a good Bavarian lager.

Taste and Mouthfeel - tart at the forefront, sweet in the middle, and a bit bitter in the finish. Every time I smell and taste it, it reminds me of Germany...Bavaria in particular. I'm not sure why. Muskiness and lots of quality to the taste. Texture is well-balanced.

Overall - very interesting and good-tasting brew! This is one of the first times I've actually felt like I was drinking a European brew in the US. Would love to taste this ale fresh!!

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Photo of tewaris
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into three Saison Dupont glasses.

Golden amber and seemingly clear, Dupont pours with an "off-the-hook" Belgian head that took forever to settle and left killer lacing on the glasses. Perfect looks. Upon closer inspection, very fine yeast is seen suspended in the liquid.

The aroma is dominated by hops - herbal notes (Euro hops), spices, and a little funk. Lemony notes upon warmth.

Not nearly as complex as Fantôme in taste, the hops overwhelm this one. Malt-yeast complexity wavers; although some fruity esters, and citrus character that's not from the hops, are felt upon warmth.

Finishes real dry and is always crisp with high carbonation... nice! Very drinkable with moderate alcohol, I quite like this one although I would take Fantôme over it. Any day.

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

A: Vibrant gold, with very slight haze, thick head that is a "dirty" white.

S: Very floral, sharp fruit notes, burst of lemon, some funky yeast.

T: Bready, but light, odd combination. Fresh lemon and herbs. Peppery and piney bitterness. Crisp, not overly fruity.

M: Decent carbonation, but maybe a touch too much. Rather thin.

O/D: It's tasty and "a classic," but better things have been done with the style. Maybe it's different out of a bottle.

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

On tap poured into a tulip.

A: Light golden yellow, strong fingers and lacing. Good head retention.

S: Fruity, earthy, pleasant aroma.

T: Various fruits and spices. Earthy middle with a semi dry finish. Every taste was better than the first.

M: Perfect carbonation off the tap. Medium bodied, pleasant on the tongue and cheeks.

O: A great, great Saison.

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Photo of haazer
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pour yields a thick foamy white head. The brew is a fizzy carbonated concoction, gold and hazy yellow. The head settles to a nice white cap. Seems to have some sediment.

S- Fruity aroma in the front of nose. Fruits include apples, banana and some citrus. I do smell some hay and little funk notes. Slight tingle of phenols.

T- Taste starts as the nose did with fruit on the palatte first but only briefly. It moves to very earthy flavors is how I'd describe it. It is somewhat of a dry floral taste. The finish is incredibly crisp and dry.

M- Fairly crisp, astringent and dry. Very nice carbonation felt on the tongue. Body is light to medium, which helps the drinkability because of the dryness.

O- A complex beer. Add more funk and sour and this would remind me of the oude gueze I had recently. Looking forward to more saisons. This is worth a try and will have again.

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Photo of Prime16
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Off white head - body had the color of a thinned out glass of Ruby Red Grapefruit juice.

S: earthy, Belgian yeast, clove and banana.

T: Bready, yeast, warm spice-pepper.

M: Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.

O: Great beer for a warm summer day.

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

750ml bottle into snifter

This beer pours a hazy late day sun yellow with nice fluffy white head. Some sedimentation, perhaps from the pour job. Smell and flavour are much the same. Lots of fruits, banana, green apple, some white grape and strongest of all lemon rind (both nose and palate). Some background clove spices and pepper along with unmistakable yeast (no surprise there). Nice and light, crisp, refreshing. Overall a good beer especially in the summer.

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Photo of rarbring
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is faintly clouded, pals straw colored, a big head that settles slowly and leaves good lacing. Good curtains.

The smell is lovely, fruits, oranges, pine-apple, apples, spices, cardamom, clove.

Staring sweet, fructose, then bitter oranges, peaches, ripe apples, spicy notes, ginger, cardamom, pepper. A good bitter lemon zest character.

Low carbonation, a rather light body, smooth texture, a dry finish.

Nice, well done, goes well with a moldy Tallegio and hard bread.

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

Unfortunately, out of the bottle it was initially quite skunky. Damn green bottles. Once poured though, it settled into a nice, mildly fruity sweet aroma with soft spiciness.

Pours a hazy golden color in the glass with a pretty nice head.

Taste is very nice. It can be difficult to tell all the Belgian styles apart, but this stands out a bit. It has a good upfront fruitiness to it (banana) with a healthy but restrained clove spice profile. A tiny bit of yeast shows up next, with a grain note that disappears a the beer is being consumed. Decent grassy bitterness on the back, but not stinging or puckering at all. Just a nice finish.

Awesome, one of the classic beers of this style for good reason. Highly enjoyable.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.18 out of 5 based on 4,201 ratings.
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