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 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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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. A good deal of smoke is visible at the top of the bottle when I pop this one open. Also, thanks Brasserie Dupont for making a cork that is easy as possible to pop!

Look: cloudy golden color, with a bit of visible sediment and a two finger white, bubbly head that retains quite well, never disappearing completely. There's a good deal of lacing left behind as I work away at this beer.

Smell: lemons, hints of spices, some yeast, a bit of a wine like character as well. Simple, fairly understated but still quite good.

Taste: follows the nose nicely, though a bit bolder, with pilsner malt, understated spicy hops, lemon zest, grassiness, herbal qualities, a bit tangy and certainly quite dry. This is perhaps not the most flavorful saison in existence, but everything works so well together that I can see quite well how this is considered to be the hallmark beer for the style. Incredible.

Feel: crisply carbonated, medium bodied, slight alcohol, lingering bitterness in the finish, and a little tartness.

Drink: easy drinking and this is something you can drink easily. I can see how this fits into the "drink while working the fields" category!

Overall, this beer is a must for anyone who loves saisons and the beer is a classic. I could do without the green bottle or maybe get a bottled on date somewhere on the bottle but I can't complain. This is a finely crafted beer and I wholeheartedly recommend. Cheers!

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Photo of orangesol
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Shady McGrady's into a snifter.

A - Pours cloudy straw yellow with a nice pillow of half finger tall head leaving little wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - I don't think the smokey bar helped this one much. I could barely make it out but I got some light Belgian yeast, ripe fruit, earthy funk and a solid herbal backbone.

T - Plenty of Belgian yeast and earthy funk mix well with some nice light fruitiness and a tiny bit of light malt. Not as spicy as I thought it would be but it is still in there. Finish has lots of lingering bready yeast. Still one of my all time favorite beers.

M - Medium-light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A pleasant mix of chewy and dry in the feel. Finish is very chewy with most of it lingering for some time after consumption.

D - Pretty high. One of the all time best, I could drink a few of these on a warm summer day no problem. It is light yet still complex and very tasty.

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Photo of inpursuitofhops
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A darker golden tint with a quarter inch white foam. Spotty lacing down the .3L Glass.

S: Very yeasty, sweet, and a hint of fresh figs.

T: The traditional belgian yeast hits the tongue and takes over initially, but a hoppier, more complex taste soon engulfs the palate. A dry aftertaste follows.

M: Well-carbonated, nice foam-to-beer ratio in each drink.

D: Will leave you buzzing if you have a couple, but very nice to sip often.

I loved this and will be back to Good Foods Market in Lexington, KY for more.

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

It is a sturdy beer with a definite taste that you do not have to guess on. It smells and tastes quite bitter, but if you take the time to enjoy it you will. However, if bitterness is not your thing, then this may be too much bite. It had a great gold color with a thick and foamy head and a noticeable amount of sediment in the bottom of the glass. The taste is similar to a strong hefeweizen.

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Photo of nickd717
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review transcribed from summer of 2008 notes. On tap at Toronado.

Golden yellow color with a small white head.

Aroma is yeast and funk. A little peppery/spicy and very enticing.

Crisp, fruity, yeasty, earthy taste and a dry finish. Mild funkiness. Rather simple, but a well-executed classic for sure.

Medium-bodied with lively carbonation and a good dryness and crispness to it.

It would be great to have one of these on a hot summer day, or 7 of these when I wake up on a Monday morning.

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

I picked this one up in Spartanburg a couple of months ago. Nice little place had this sitting on the shelf for clearance of all of things. So I definitely had to pick this one up and get it back to the house. Served at a nice fifty degree temperature, this one was poured into a snifter.

Very nice and extremely hazy golden yellow color came through immediately. Lots of sediment in here now as well. Huge carbonation profile could be seen with lots of chains of bubbles cascading up to the top of the glass to reinforce the huge champagne like head that came over the top of it. Lots of side glass lacing and a copious foam that would not quit. Very nice aroma here, lots of light grain, hints of grass, light lemon and a touch of grape. Nice airy smell gave way to a very nice flavor. Very light, and perfect for this summer day. First way was a slightly tart fresh grass like flavor. Some hints of peaches, pears, and a touch of tartness as well. Very nice light cereal grain flavor in the middle which became a touch bready as it warmed. Long finish of dried out bitter earthy notes and a touch of light fruit. Slightly sour on the tongue after a few moments. Fantastic carbonation kept it feeling very light and refreshing and this bottle was no issue at all to finish off as the profile was light, low abv and a wonderful bit of carbonation.

Overall I really thought this was a fantastic beer. Nice four year vintage really helped this and if it was ever really sour it has been significantly mellowed with time and the overall balance of it was really just quite nice. I was glad there were two on the shelf, as this has held up very nicely and it would be a pleasure to have it again.

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Photo of awalk1227
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Consumed on 2/25/11, bought this at the growler shop. The cork says bottled in 2010.

Poured into my Great Divide balloon

A: Pours a bright, sunny, hazy yellow-ish orange. A huge, rocky, foamy head appears, but dissipates fairly quickly. The head keeps a nice white cap on the beer after it recedes, very nice. It looks like some of my favorite IPAs!

S: Like a saison should. Belgian yeast, but not the bready kind found in other Belgian ales. This almost has a sharp, spicy note to it. I'm still a beginner at describing aromas in anything not a stout or an IPA, ha.

T: Wow, it's so light. A faint hint of grassy, earthy hops bitters the beer perfectly. I get the Belgian yeast, but it's not overpowering in the least. I really, really like how light and crisp this beer is. They were right when they said Saisons go with all food, I could see this paired with anything.

F: Light, crisp, bubbly, almost like a champagne. Zips around my tongue.

D: I have no problem killing this bottle.

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

Poured into a snifter.
This funk taste is growing on me, and I'm accepting it open armed. Lots of grass and citrus on the nose (if you look past the funk).

The aroma is inverted for the taste as the citrus is quick ignored for the grass/funk in the beer's finish.

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

Pours straw-colored, with a huge white head that lasts the entire glass and leaves lots of lacing. One of the craziest heads I've seen, actually. Lots of bubbles. Clear in the bottle's first pour, cloudy with some sediment on the second pour.

Smell is of Belgian yeast, some funkiness and some citrus.

Taste is light, crisp and dry. Some funk, some yeast flavors, finishes with a bit of hop bitterness. Fruit flavors underneath it all the whole way--apple, citrus, and banana come to mind.

Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Feels like seltzer water.

This is an exceptionally easy drinker, and one that'd be great outdoors in the summer.

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

Pours a hazy, light yellow body with a huge three finger fluffw white head. The head eventually dissipates and leaves a little foam on top and a few bits of sticky lacing along the glass.

The aroma is solid off the bat. First notes are funky belgian yeast, but that fades quickly. The dominant remainder aroma is of sweet lemon and zesty peppery spices. Very nice.

The flavors blend amazingly well. Tangy lemon, spicy belgian yeast and sweet malt. Reminds of a light white wine in some aspects.

Very drinkable, even with the high level of carbonation. Not too sweet and no notice of alcohol. Best saison I've ever had.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden color with the biggest head I've ever seen. The beer wells up like crazy the second it hits the glass and it took me about ten minutes to pour this one. Crazy.

S: A ton of funk and lemon zest.

T: Some nice funk, lemon, citrus and a light sour finish. Probably the best saison I've ever had.

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Photo of jsdunlop
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out light yellow with a slight haze and a bit of sediment. Intense carbonation from the looks of it, nice fluffy and cloudlike head, great retention and lacing so far.
Aroma is quite fruity, nice and light notes of apples, lemons, and pears, with an enticing aroma of Belgian yeast that brings notes of clove and some earthiness to the table. Slight sulfur in the nose, but it doesn't dominate.
Taste begins with a crisp, dryness that grabs the attention of your tastebuds. Tart lemons and light citrus seem to dominate the flavor in a refreshing way. Malts are hidden well, allowing the lighter body to come through. Bit of floral hops in the taste, with a nice touch of bittering hops towards the end of the sip. Finishes quite dry and tart.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp, carbonation is intense.
Overall, this beer is highly drinkable, an awesome example of the style. Nicely balanced, light and refreshing, while not lacking in flavor or complexity. Great.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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