Saison Dupont | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Saison DupontSaison Dupont

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Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Sigmund
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl capped bottle simply called "Saison Dupont" (bought in Norway), "Vieille Provision" is apparently used only for the corked bottle, otherwise it must be the same beer. Hazy golden beer with a large head. Lovely farmhouse aroma with spices and tobacco. Spicy and "authentic" farmbrew flavour, which unfortunately soon is overpowered by a strange medicinal bitterness on the the back of my tongue - I’m not sure how much of this bitterness comes from the hops and how much comes from dead yeast cells. This bitterness dominates the long aftertaste

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Photo of ryantaussig
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Good color. Slight haze. Retention not great. Lacing moderate.

S: Good fruitiness and some yeasty esters. Some horse blanket, but not too much overall funk.

T: Good in the style. Quite mild on the spiciness, with good fruit character.

M: Slight graininess from yeast.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Eb's I'm surprised I haven't rated this before.
Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a bubbly white head with moderate retention. Smells of earthy spicy and funky; lemony and fruity with a carbonic acid thing going on. The flavor is complex with pepper and earth and tart lemony fruit and light sweet non descript fruit. Medium to light body with spirited level of carbonation and a bubbly mouthfeel. Nice light refreshing fruity and tart ale.

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Photo of harrymel
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured @ Brickcellar/Bier Baron

A: Nice light grain ale with ecxellent clarity. Sheet of loosely packed suds along the surface. No lacing.

S: Earthy, hay, sheet grass. A bit of the funk/manure - but in a complimentary way. I like.

T: Herbal: caraway, coriander, clove, rice, grain and slight noble and musty hops.

M: Medium to light with crisp carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Good saison, not my favority, but I see why people consider it among the standard.

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Photo of FFreak
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into tall tulip glass. A slightly hazy pale yellow with some reddish tones, four finger pure white head that mostly persists but slowly dissipates leaving tons of lacing, champagne-like bubbles. Aroma is of yeast, bread, crackers, and just a hint of citrus (lemon). Taste is of bread and crackers, yeast, some citrus, and eventually some spice. Mouth is clean and dry, super refreshing. Overall, a classic saison and a perfect thirst quencher.

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Photo of biegaman
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For me, Saison may be the ultimate warm-weather beer. It's fitting then that Saison Dupont, widely hailed as the style's best, have a complexion like a bright, sunny summer day. Dainty bubbles dance in a continuous loop. Yet haziness lends it some weight, as does a head so thick it resembles a king size memory foam mattress.

Soon as I opened the bottle an intense puff of skunk smell filled the air - light strikes again! I guess even great brewers have to be reminded not to use green glass. Luckily the sulfur scent tapers and closer inspections unearth aromas of overripe orchard fruits, grass, and cereal grain.

Spice really strikes on the palate; the yeast fires off peppery phenols like roman candles. Prickly carbonation, medium-high citrusy acidity and a not-exactly-hidden 6.5% alcohol compound the kick. But there's very little heat in the finish - it fades into the background of lightly honeyed cereal grain, allowing flavours of apricot and pear to come to the fore.

It feels crazy that such a zesty, yeasty and fruity beer could also be called "creamy" but, in fact, that's a good way to describe this mouthfeel. (Hell it's probably that solid finger's worth of foam!) Both soft and substantial, it offers casual and quick drinkability but has the nuances to slow consumption.

I can proclaim with complete certainty that among the best Saison I've tried was a bottle labeled "Saison Dupont Vieille Provision". However, I can also say that this beer has struck me, as often as not, as a merely good (not great) representation of the style. Not sure how to account for the discrepancy except to suggest that 'fresher is better'. But I'd strongly recommend it either way.

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Photo of megmulvaney
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has high carbonation and a large head with a strong hold. The appearance is slightly hazy. The scent is citrusy, like an orange. It has a very crisp and clean finish to it which makes it have a light mouthfeel. It is very dry. There is zero sweetness which makes it slightly bitter.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy lemon yellow with a nice head that takes it's time. Leaves clumps of lacing on the glass.

S - Cloves, white pepper and and a little banana and citrus. Strong odor!

T - A citrusy sour lemon taste accompanied by a hop bitterness that lingers to the finish.

M - Thin, a bit abrasive and refreshing at the same time. I wish that it were smoother.

D - It is pretty drinkable all around, More of champagne substitute than a table beer I suppose. A little too strong to session, but it could be done.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, poured into a tulip

A- pours a bright and hazy golden orange color with massive rocky and foamy head that still sits, five minutes after the pour, eventually leaving some lacing behind upon settling

S- musty basement, belgian yeast, pear and lemon, herbal aromas

T- ripe pear mixes with musty cellar & earthy/herbally notes, slightly sweet mid palate leads to phenolic notes on the finish with a hint of lemon

M- medium body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a smooth mouthfeel and a crisp finish, high drinkability

O- a classic of the style, not as bold as many of the new American versions, but super drinkable

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A defining beer for the style. I feel like around half of the saison threads I've read in the homebrewing forum have been trying to mimic Dupont. I hadn't reviewed this, so I felt like I had to get it and put something up on BA. This beer didn't quite have the pop I wanted when I uncorked it... though there's still a good amount of carbonation. The cork says 2.010, so I'll take it that this beer is at least a year old. Poured it generously into my Great Divide balloon glass.

THe beer is just a shockingly clear golden hue. The head is characteristically bone white with great density. However, since this seems a bit undercarbonated, the head died down quickly. If it would have stayed longer, this could have hit 5 territory. I love the look of a solid saison.

The nose is skunk and funk. I think these have to be the Saaz hops talking. Some people call those hops peppery, but I just get skunk. At least I now know the taste and I'm starting to appreciate it for what it is. To go along with the skunk, there's a bit of a farmhouse funk that seems to blend together. They are interestingly similar and they make good complements. It's not perfectly appealing, but it's nice.

The taste is along the same lines. Lingering skunky bitterness. Complemented by a smoother funky farm flavor. There's also a dryness and sharpness in the body. It's almost like a strong lemongrass flavor (isn't all lemongrass strong?). Good carbonation (despite the bottle pressure) gives a tingly prick on my tongue. This stuff just flows down my throat.

I like this beer quite a bit. However, I will naturally downgrade anything that's this noble and Saazy. That said, this beer is still quite interesting and I'm happy to have it. I don't think it's the best saison I've had (I prefer Boulevard, Brooklyn and maybe Hennepin from what I've had), but it's definitely an interesting entry for my beer palate.

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Photo of DCon
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a 330ml/11.2 fl.oz. bottle of this brew from the Wolf Public House for $3 (employee discount). Porued from the non-labeled freshness dated bottle into a 16 oz. Founder's Pint Glass and this is my second time enjoying this brew.

Aroma- Has a low hop aroma from the start and VERY peppery. Not much fruitiness but could be wrong. Little bit of spice as well. Nice all around aroma.

Appearance- Pours a 5+ finger, frothy head that stays around for a great amount of time. Has a pale orange color body and leaves good sudsy lacing on the glass.

Flavor- Starts with good malt character and hints of fruit and spice along the way. Definitely has a lemon twist on the finish and very light bitterness. Nothing too serious here, just a fun drink.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High! Carbonation, and leaves a bit of hop on the palate but nothing else... Pretty boring here.

Overall Impression- All-around a good Saison but there are many more of these out there! Refreshing and highly carbonated, this one grabs your attention for the beginning of the drink but then finishes weak. Still will promote but am going to only be able to give this one a 4.0.

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Photo of NeutroMan
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Huge, frothy off-white head tops off a pale golden-colored hazy pour.

Smell: Some skunkiness underlies an otherwise-nice aroma of earthiness and freshly-cut herbs.

Taste: Lemony citrus character really comes through here, after I was unable to detect it at all in the nose - a pleasant surprise. Dry grainy finish. Medium-full bodied with spry effervescent carbonation dancing across your tongue. An excellent farmhouse ale.

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Photo of abrethanson
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured this bottle against my Spring Hopper Saison as comparison.

A: Golden straw hue with excellent clarity. Active carbonation bubbles lifting to the fluffy white head. Pours very carbonated. Homebrew shares golden straw hue but clarity is hazy with fairly active carbonation. Dupont wins on giant foam head.

S: Dank and skunky per wife's comments. A little yeast and grassy / earthy notes. Homebrew is more robust / complex. Homebrew has more apparent notes of cloves and yeast breadiness to aroma. *I have no sense of smell.

T: That dank / funky aroma carries over nicely to flavors. Citrus, herbal, grassy, slight breadiness, and complimented very well by light hop bitterness notes sprinkled throughout. Sessionable as alcohol is hidden very well. Similar to smell - Homebrew is slightly more robust / filling with a more "homebrew" flavor. Yeast / breadiness flavors are also more apparent. Dupont finishes much dryer, lighter, and slightly more sessionable.

O: Dupont is the benchmark of a historical and inspiring beer. Great for the seasoned beer nerd or rookie just wanting something drinkable. Sessionable, well balanced, and just enough complexity to make it interesting & fun. Dupont is a legend but I think Spring Hopper Saison held up well and gives inspiration for the future!

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Photo of goatgoat
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first Belgian saison. I've really enjoyed American versions and am about to savor their predecessor. Cork reads 2008. 750ml bottle poured into a wine goblet.

Pours a hazy lemon/orange. A thick white creamy head falls slowly. Some sheeting of lace.
Aroma is light banana and moderate spice overlaid with a gentle mustiness.
Flavor is hard to pin down. Much less fruity than the other saisons I've had. A lack of sweetness. The musty side comes in pretty quickly and sticks around, lingering with a slight bitterness in the finish. Light fruits and spices are underneath. But every sip presents something new, especially as it warms. A slightly puckering tartness leads into the dry finish. Light body with pleasant carbonation. Nicely crisp.

Have to say, I like my American versions better. This is a good, delicious, tasty beer... but not as good as some produced right here in the U. S. of A.

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Photo of Derranged
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 750ml bottle into a Delirium Tremmens snifter/tulip..? Not sure exactly what glass it was. What was interesting was that the foam created this sort of volcano like shape.

A- A light pale Yellow/Gold, but the color of wine, not crappy adjunct lager.

S- This I did not care for, it smelled like skunky dry white wine

T- Tasted like white wine, with a slight hint of skunk, sweet aftertaste. Taste was definitely better than the smell

M- Fizzy and thin

D- At 6.5, I can drink bottles of this stuff easily.

This was more like a white wine to me than a beer. Still very tasty. However, Im not crazy about it being in a green bottle.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I'm sure this probably look pretty good, if I ever got to see the beer. The head sure is nice, thick and fluffy. But how am I supposed to drink a beer when most of my mug fills with foam?

Decenet spicy, saison smell. Malts, candy sugar. Traces of cloves. Quite zesty, with a bit of banana and other fruits in it. But faint...I think all the foam is dampening the smell?

Great flavour. Spicy malts with hop bitterness. Cloves, cinammon, candy sugar. Slightly sour.

Good mouthfeel. Right carbonation. Very drinkable, a true sipper.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Take Away bottle from the Station Hotel in Footscray. From notes.

A - Poured hazy light golden. Good carbonation. Nice two finger soapy head with no retention and a spot of lace.

S - Sweet and spicy with grass, lemon, and citrus. Hops and funk with Belgian yeast. When mixed with the hops the flavours are very interesting.

T - Sweet spice, citrus, hay. The spice is a little strong for my tastes but mixes well with the citrus/hay/hop notes.

M - Super dry in the finish with strong carbonation and a medium body.

O/D - With less spice it'd be quite a solid saison. Good though and very drinkable.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip glass

A - Pale yellow, cloudy with a fluffy white head that sticks around and laces

S - Grass, citrus, a bit earthy, almost raw and unrefined, alcohol is a bit present

T - Light lemony front with a semi sweet finish, yeast is a bit prevalent

M - Smooth, nice amount of carbonation leaves a clean palate

O - Very good and refreshing, I'll come back to this

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A-Glowing golden brew, hazy. Topped with a healthy bright off-white head, cloudy and huge off the pour and rocky as it slowly receded with thick lacing.

S-Spicy coriander and clove, semi-sweet matliness with a huge fruity presence.

T-Bready, biscuity maltiness forms a base for slight spicy characters, black peppery and with an herbal bitterness. Earthy, in a way minerally. This mixes with some subtle fruity characters. Finishes fruity and spicy, pretty dry.

M-High carabonation makes this brew surprisingly refreshing, with a moderate, springy body.

D-Tasty and, as I sai, surprisingly refreshing.

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Photo of sleazo
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this at the Union Square Cafe. Pours a cloudy golden hue with a thick head that is retained quite well. A very nice looking beer.

Smell is of funk, but not funk in a bad way. Also perhaps some fruit like apples or pears.

Taste is crisp and assertive. The funk comes through at first then has a real dry finish. The yeast is distinctive.

Mouthfeel-Highly carbonated and dry, very refreshing.

D-Due to the unusual nature of the beast i am not sure i would session this.

This is a beer that goes very well with food. It was able to cut through the richness of my entree, braised veal cheeks with a cherry/veal jus.

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Photo of kristenrae8
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A perfect Friday night treat.
Paired well with Fried Rice and Tofu.

The appearance is golden, heady, sediment present.

Smell: The smell was yeasty - I had some issues popping the cap on this one as it was a tight fitted bottlecap. Poured, this one had a bread smell.

The taste was good, well balanced, a little sour at first but then refreshing.

The mouthfeel was good, not overly carbonated, not too thin or thick for this style.

Overall this was a good beer, I bought it on a whim, - the price point is a little higher than my normal window at $19 for a 4 pack - but overall this was a favorable beer.

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Photo of Tripphop
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
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 sweemzander
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color that produced a huge 3+ fluffy white head with superb retention. Still around a 2+ even after several minutes.

(S)- A big lemon cream pie aroma even with the light biscuit-like crust and whipped cream on top. Behind all of that goodness is a honey-like grassiness that morphs into a dense forest of clay & yeast with just a hint of allspice or nutmeg.

(T)- Very very very dry with bits of lemon & cream. Finishes dry with a big bitter grassy kick with the influence of how much yeast you taste.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance with an overall good complexity & body, there is just so much yeast present in the texture & flavor profile.

(D)- A great farmhouse with all the right things going for it. My only complaint is how bitter it gets overtime from the yeast. I would gladly like to see more of this though in my fridge on the occasion when my mood for it fits.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a straw colored yellow with a nice layer of foam. Some carbonation is evident, while a decent bit of lacing is left behind.

S: Belgian yeast mingles with some fruity and citrus aromas. A hint of hops and spices come through as well.

T: Lots of Belgian yeast up front, creating a nice kind of farmhouse funk in this one. Some citrus and floral notes blend in as well, while a hint of spices linger on the outside.

M: Crisp and nicely carbonated.

D: This is one of the better saisons I've ever had, and it's tasty. Though I'm not a huge fan of the style, this is a damn fine one.

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Photo of john0721
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a goblet. Color: yellow Thick rocky white head. Slightly skunky, probably complements of the green bottle. Flavor: well balanced sweetness and hoppiness, some pepper like spiciness, with a nice dry finish.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,083 ratings.
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