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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 02-26-2002

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4,165
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Avg:
4.18
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
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Photo of cobrarax
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy bright yellow with a rich white foam that dissipates slowly, leaving rich lacings.

S: Malty, a little sour with some spices as well. Orange zest and clove. I also catch the strange note of tjälknöl, which is a swedish dish made of moose steak. It might be juniper.

T: Great freshness with hints of citrus fruits, a really subtle hint of pineapple juice and freshly harvested carrots and some belgian-styled yeast flavour as well. Fresh grass and pepper in the aftertaste, which sticks around for a while. Perfectly rounded bitterness. Some alcohol hints.

M: Very refreshing. Clean and fresh flavours which goes over to a quite dry aftertaste. Highly drinkable, and a perfect summer ale.

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Photo of MufflnMan
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Thirsty Monk. What a unique beer. Cloudy green/golden color with a huge lacy head that just doesn't quit. Smells like a farm... tastes like a farm. Grassy/herbal notes all over the place with a little bit of sour and malt in the background. Very smooth and silky in the mouth. Felt like a took a trip on a tractor with this one... the quintessential saison.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a green glass 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Troubadour tulip. 2010 vintage judging from the cork.

Cloudy jonquil liquid topped by a mountain of ivory merengue - incredibly rocky, dense, stiff peaks form a maze of caverns from one side of the glass to the other. Thick rich 3-D lacing looks like a family of ghostly caterpillars or ring of albino slugs. Superior retention.

A mix of bread, phenols, and farmhouse notes from the yeast - backed by a clean (Pils?) malt base in the nose. Slight floral and lactic notes (buttermilk, lemon, and rennet) as well.

Tart, yeasty palate entry suggestive of fermenting hay, white grapes, underripe pears, and green apple skins. Some slight floral and honey notes are here as well, but are overtaken by a wave of moderate grassy bitterness. Dry spicy finish with a few hints of resurgent funk and fruit.

Medium-bodied, slick, creamy, very effervescent, and refreshing.

A masterful example of the style; tart, funky, yet well balanced. Complex enough for the connoisseur, but still approachable for the novice. While there are a few saisons I personally prefer to this one, I can't deny Dupont's flagship ale remains a bellwether.

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Photo of echdk3
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A_Cloudy amber orange, bright and lively. Bright white healthy head.

S_Very strong floral, a little woody.

T_Musty and herbal. Great fit to the Belgain Farmhouse style. Enjoyed with a Fourme D'Ambert raw milk cheese.

M_Super dry, makes my cheeks pucker and my tongue tingle.

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Photo of claspada
2.76/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aromas of some light Belgian yeast, ripe citrus fruit, earthy funk and a solid herbal backbone.
The taste follows the nose with grainy pilsner malt, understated spiciness from the hops of the Belgian yeast, lemon zest, some grassy/herbal qualities, a bit sour/tangy and certainly quite dry.
Mouthfeel is full despite the lackluster malt profile. Higher carbonation but appropriate for the style. This is not the most flavorful saison in existence, but it is true to style. This is just too boring for my liking overall. I can appreciate how it's a "perfect" example of the style, but the traditional style is lackluster for my taste.

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

Bought this on the recommendation of a beer guy at my local.

Pours a light golden hazy into my pint glass. Shit ton of LARGE bubbles for the head. Stays a good 1 finger deep throughout the session.

Fresh cut grassy with a little pepper on the nose. Smells very lager-y.

Tasty. Crisp biscuits with a hint of floral hops that emerge secondarily. Honestly, this tastes like a hopped-up lager (PUN INTENDED). Spicy, peppery. Fun.

Good mouthfeel. Quite carbonated, but it works for the style.

Over all, the beer is good. One of my first Saisons, so maybe I was expecting something more. I think I may have imbibed it too cold, definitely warm up to cellar temperatures before drinking this. I look forward to trying this again.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
2.1/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Took literally 15 minutes for the half pint pillow of head to fall below an inch. Poured very light, lighter than light amber, grain-like color

S: Honestly smells like an AAL, growing increasingly disappointed, as I thought this beer would be much heartier

T: Tastes much better than it smells. Like a light champagney Saison vs. Coors light. Still kind of reminds me of Amstel Light. Very subdued funk, champagne, and some lingering tin taste like a canned beer or beer that was cracked and sat out overnight. Maybe this has sat a little past its prime? I doubt it though.

M: Light carbonation, carbon pillow mouthfeel, especially at the beginning. Lacks body, lacks funk.

O: Overall, this was a terrible use of $8. If it was cheaper the overall score would be better. This beer is just nothing special imo, will not get again.

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Photo of r3o
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a pale straw color, cloudy, with a white head, lots of bubbles. The smell is mostly a musty, mold-like, that kind of follow with the taste, just a bit of malt. It has a dry-medium body with lots of carbonation, very crisp. I enjoyed it very much, but would have like to capture more layers of flavor.

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Photo of Casey10
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a really nice brew that I have eyed for a long time not sure why I never tried it I guess I thought I would get around to it. Glad I did.

This is a wonderfull brew with a lace white head lots of lacing the smell is herb like. The taste follows and is similar with that Belgian sugar like taste in the background.

Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit peppery and overall this is a great verison of the style and a must have for those seeking a saison if a Fantome is not able to be found.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure when this was bottled, just recently picked it up from the bottle shop but there's not exactly the highest demand for this stuff in Alabama so who knows how old it is. Poured into a DFH snifter. Enjoyed on 03/30/11.

A - Good looking saison. Pale straw cloudy yellow with a huge white head which takes forever to dissipate. Leaves pretty good lacing down the sides.

S - Typical saison aroma. Very enjoyable, nothing outstanding though. Belgian yeast, peppery spice, some alcohol, bready malts, bananas, cloves.

T - Similar to the aroma. Spicy with some bready malts and a light, crisp hoppiness. Belgian yeast is there as well with some banana notes. Finish is nice and dry with some lingering spiciness and those bready malts again. I like this a lot, just nothing overly unique about it.

M - Mouthfeel is excellent. Pretty creamy through the middle with enough carb to keep the finish nice and dry.

O - Overall I really enjoy this beer. I've had it on tap a couple times, this was my first out of the bottle. Very good go-to saison.

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

Have been enjoying this one for years, in fact it was one of my first Belgian beers over 20 years ago. Finally got around to reviewing it.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Pours a hazy gold with a huge, three fingered, frothy head. The stark white is very slow to drop, not sure if it ever will. Head is mainly made up of tiny bubbles when viewed through the side of the glass, on top, it looks like a very rocky meringue. Big, chunky lacing.

Aromas of lemons, lemon zest, peppery yeast. Earthy, with a touch of barnyard funk.

Flavors of peppery, signature yeast, tobacco, lemons and zest. Barnyard funk. Now I can name the difference between great American versions of saison and this classic, it's that touch of tobacco in the flavor profile. Good bite from the carbonation. Finish is short, with the lemony funk leaving its mark in the fade.

Mouthfeel is dry, not quite bone dry, with a spot on level of carbonation.

Overall, this is the saison that all others are measured. Enough said.

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

Lightly tan, cloudy, with a monster head and great lacing. Plenty of rising bubbles.

Yeasty and spicy smelling, with some funky citrus too.

Very nice tasting, with Belgian yeast, citrus and lemon peel funk, plenty of peppery spices, and a fruity backbone of banana, apple, pear.

Very carbonated. Relatively light bodied. Aftertaste lingers of yeast and pepper.

A darn fine saison if you ask me. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and plan to buy it again.

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Photo of sj660
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a pretty good head with a decent foam and decent retention. There is a cloudy amber color.

Immediately there is a yeasty, fruity, nutty aroma. The flavor is biscuity with citrus in the background, and a touch of spice.

Moderate body, moderate creamy feeling on the tongue with moderate carbonation.

This yeasty brew goes great with strong cheeses, and stands up to spicy charcuterie. I can only imagine what this beer would be like if it were available fresh, either from a keg or (for god's sake) even in a dark bottle.

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Photo of aepb1
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

notes from phone on 2-25-11

A- Semi-opaque yellow body, gorgeous white head

S- Yeasty, sweet malts and some more funk

T- Fruity, yeasty maltinesss, a whole lot going on! Dry carbonation finish

M- Light and crisp with a fair amount of carbonation but good for the style

D- I really dig the dryness of this saison and certainly will come back to it if I'm in the mood for that particular aspect again

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. A word of warning: don't do that with this beer. I got a glass full of dense, eggshell-colored head that dissipated very slowly. The liquid form that eventually emerged was a cloudy, pale straw. A moderate amount of carbonation bubbles from the bottom.

Smell: Heavenly, like summertime. Belgian yeast, apple, banana, lemon, and floral hops. It also exhibits a musky, farmhouse aroma, as well as some pepper spice.

Taste: Starts with pepper spice, which then moves aside to reveal the backbone of fruit: apple, banana, and lemon. The mouthfeel is bready, which makes me think witbier. The backend of each sip has a nice floral hop bitterness that lingers, and the farmhouse muskiness is also evident.

Drinkability: This is the second saison I have tried, and it has without a doubt redeemed the style for me. Personally, though, I would much prefer hefe or wit. The muskiness turns me off a little.

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Photo of Sam21
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage. 750ml bottle purchased for $8.99.

Appearance - Delicate pour yields a hazy golden body with highly active carbonation. Wonderfull fluffy eggshell white head that leaves chunky lacy all over the glass. A truly beautiful beer to behold.

Smell - Lemon rind, a hint of pepper, light clove, sweet malts, grassy hops, and light aromas of musty cellar and earth. Really balanced and hard to pick apart.

Taste - A nice backbone of malt sweetness sweetps across the tongue bringing with it pepper and clovey spice. Subtle hints if citrus fruit sit calmly underneath. The finish is both herbal and grassy with a moderate bitterness. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Light, fluffy, and unbelievably smooth. Effervescent to say the least.

Drinkability - The ultimate summer beer. Light bodied, complex, but easy to mentally digest. This is one of the most refreshing saisons that I have encountered. Definitely a leader of its category and a saison to judge all others by. Perfect in my book!

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Photo of danmcg62
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light golden color with a big, fluffy head.

S - A light, fruity smell. Apples and oranges come to mind. Smells a lot like Duvel. And that's a good thing.

T - A real creamy, almost bready taste. Spicy on the tongue wiith fruit as well.

M - A real mouthfeel this beer is. Real thick and creamy.

D - Very drinkable. Smooth tasting and goes down pretty easy.

I liked this beer very much and would definitely consider picking it up again.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ML bottle, cork date 2/10.

Poured into a Brooklyn Tulip. Beautiful looking beer, near crystal clear, highly effervescent creating a dense three finger billowing cloud white head which grows out the lip of the glass. Excellent lacing as you drink. Picture perfect.

Why oh why the green bottle, a touch of skunky hop aroma is evident when the cork was popped, the carbonation seemingly bleeds this aroma off. Big white and black pepper notes, thyme, thai basil.

Less evidence of skunk character on the palate, lemon pepper chicken, some musty earthy moss with a subtle pilsner malt sweetness, grapenuts cereal. Very citric lemon hop and yeast blend. Ample bitterness accentuated by the dry finish.

Light bodied with sharp dry finish, well carbonated. Crisp and refreshing on the palate. The effervescence would go well with aged cheddar or hard goat cheese as well as spicy fish dishes.

Extremely drinkable and refreshing, a slight off note that is easily dismissed due to the poor choice in bottle. Would love to get this beer boxed freshed and store cellar a case over a year.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip glass.

A: Pours a light golden color with a big pillowy white head.

S: Light spice with a bit of yeast. White pepper, a bit funky.

T: The gold standard for saisons. Light spices such as white pepper and coriander. Slightly fruity in the form of green apples, pears, and sour lemon. Very hoppy, over the nice soft malt base. Very dry in the finish. Only slightly sour and a hint of funkiness from the yeast.

M: Light bodied, highly carbonated.

D: An excellent saison, probably the best in the world. A truly excellent beer.

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

A - Pours straw colored, with an aggressive off white head. Bubbles look large and intense.

S - Smells of bananas, spices, slightly musky smelling. A little faint smelling, but I haven't experienced a saison that is incredibly odorous.

T - Tastes a bit like it smells, some banana, but surprisingly bitter. Sourish and doughy tasting throughout. Very clean finish, which I really like.

M - Carbonation is nice, a bit like a tripel. The finish is nice, and doesn't remain in my mouth long.

D - Very drinkable, fresh, fruity, slightly musky. An excellent (if not the best) example of the style.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light yellow much like a pilsner. Very carbinated, huge white frothy head, tons of lacing, really nice looking beer

Smell - Huge lemon lime smell. Yeast, spices, very very floral. Orange, grapefruit, pine.

Taste - As expected, huge lemon flavor kicks this brew off. Very simular to a triple in its light and floral flavors. Very smooth, yeasty, and spicy. ALcohol and hops are masked, making this not too bitter.

Mouthfeel - Its rather light on mouth, not to strong, very refreshing on mouth, palette left dry and sweet. Slighty bitter but nothing too strong.

Drinkabilty - Very nice beer. One of the best styles of farmhouse you can find. Smooth and tasty, and easy to drink. Alcohol is only 6.5, so yes, drink up and enjoy this world class beer.

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Photo of ksmi116
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint, and this is my first Saison

A - pours a hazy golden with a massive white head that dissipates relatively quickly.

S - Belgian yeast, and not much else. I can't get a big smell off of this one.

T - Bit of clove, and the twang of yeast. I am really struggling to get a specific flavor off of this beer, which is frustrating!

M - Good carbonation, and light in the mouth. Crisp and refreshing

D - I wish I could taste more in this beer, it goes down easily and is good for refreshment, but not much else. Disappointed.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass. The aroma is of bananas, spices, Belgian yeast, light malts and a touch of hops. The taste is full of spice and Belgian yeast with a background of bananas. The malt character is thin and there's a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is spicy and slightly sweet. Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish. Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a long time, especially if you're in the mood for the style.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: cloves, yeasty

taste: yeasty, cloves, bananas

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth, crisp, refreshing

drinkability: a very easy to drink beer, reminds me of summer.

Cheers,

The cpj

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

A: Pours with a stunning head, great retention, and even better lacing. Body is golden in color, and slightly hazy.

S: Generous doses of chopped herbs and saaz hops are present in the bouquet.

T: Saison Dupont is as dry as can be, with the same herbal flavors promised in the nose with an additional note of Brett. funk to create an entirely enjoyable experience.

M: Extremely light and effervescent, with a clean finish.

D: The saison of choice for me. This is the epitome of the style, and should be had before sampling any of the domestic versions.

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4.18 out of 5 based on 4,165 ratings.
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