Saison Dupont | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Saison DupontSaison Dupont
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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 sogrady
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like @carpezytha, I prefer the Saison D'Erpe-Mere personally, but the Dupont has the advantage of being much more widely distributed and thus far easier to find.

And while the aroma can be a bit off-putting for some bottles - far more sour than the taste - the beer itself is warm, complex and very drinkable. Spicy, with just a hint of bitterness at the finish.

A really perfect beer for a summer or even early fall day, the Dupont is a very credible, easy to find saison.

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

375ml green bottle as pictured with no freshness date. The cork popped off like a bottle of good champagne.

A: Fluffy off-white head, bubbly carbonation like champagne. Hazy, pale golden color.

S: Fruity, earthy, and herbal.

T&M: Big herbal, tangy phenolic upfront. Dry tartness throughout. Some malt and fruit characters with mild bitterness. Light to medium bodied.

Decent saison, but fairly tart and bitter. I still like Hennepin best and look forward to trying a Fantome in the future.

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

this one surprised me, didn't expect such a tasty drink...
Citrus, bitter, dry grain, just a very cleansing beer, and my girl liked it! What does one need more?

reminded me a bit of my first Orval experience, don't get me wrong, they are not the same, but this one could become one of my favorites... easy to drink, low ABV, refreshing taste, complex...
Well done!

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

Got a bottle of this from Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a hazy, dark yellow/slightly golden body with a thick, white head with excellent retention and lacing along the glass.

S: A slightly lemon smell with some olive notes and a slight sourness.

T: A nice, banana taste with a slight bitterness and sourness to it. Some olive tastes were noted in the aftertaste with some earthy and slightly sour notes. A nice, dry finish with each sip.

M: A smooth, medium bodied, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that was nice on the palette.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination that was nice for the style. A nice Saison overall that was crisp and a nice beer to have on a cooler, summer night.

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

375 ml green bottle poured into a hotel glass, I was on vacation and didn't bring a correct glass :(

A: Cloudy golden straw color with a 1 1/2 finger fluffy white head, good retention and lacing throughout the glass. Small chunks of yeast on the beer.

S: Slight old/musty citrus, but not in a bad way. Virtually no alcohol smell.

T: Sweetness reminds me of a hefe without the spice. I cannot taste any spice or pepper at all, like some have stated. Kind of like champagne, without the vinegar.

M: Refreshing, mild, bubbly with carbonation. No real aftertaste at all

D: Great drinkability, light, refreshing, slightly crisp makes this a nice summertime elixer.

I am new to Belgians, especially Farmhouses. I like the style so far, and I will be seeking other Farmhouses/Saisons for future endeavors. A very enjoyable ale.

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

taste- sweet, citrus hop character, dry, refreshing, bitter hops, pepper

color- light gold

clarity- hazy

smell- muted tones, floral, sweet hop character, belgian yeast notes, earth, sulfer in the end

body- well balanced, hoppy bite at the front of the tongue, bitter-malt finish, medium-body and length finish

appearance- huge ice cream-like frothy white head, light lace, nice carbonation when agitated

overall impression- classic saison style...a bit sour and malty in the finish which is the only criticism. familiar friend and a go to beer year round

notes and comments- great warm weather beer, food versatile

glassware: tulip

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color w/ tornado carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. Massive off white head with great lacing on my tulip. The nose has a very mild lemon, earthy vibe to it. Yeast in there as well. Taste is the same profile w/ light fruit, yeast, and malt out front. Feel is very smooth, it seems a little undercarbonated to me- but it's not bad. Overall a good brew- Wish it didn't come in a green bottle. Cheers.

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

Cloudy golden hue with an off white head. Very active carbonation, almost sparkling.

Lot's of earthy notes, almost like smelling sand and grain. Lot's of spicy qualities.

Lot's of fruity dryness through the whole beer. The spice is subtle, but definently there. Not as in-depth as some other Saison's, but definently very well balanced.

Light, with lots of sparkly carbonation. This is another great Saison for hotter nights in Australia.

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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color with tons of carbonation. Carbonation feeds a tall, soapy, sticky, white head. After a minute or so, head has consolidated to something a little more creamy, but retains a steady 1-finger height throughout entire sesh. THICK, web-like lacing.

Smell: Sour yeast, bready malts, some orange peel and apple, and some alcoholic dryness (reminds me of gin) in the finish.

Taste: Bready malts and some mild sourness. Yeast gives it an apple cider-like flavor. Citrus and spices in there as well. Overall, taste is very subtle. A very pleasant, and very dry, draws me back for more.

Mouthfeel: Talk about creamy - Damn! That is one fine head! Carbonation not nearly as high as anticipated. Light-medium body and very clean/crisp.

Drinkability: So, I don't drink saisons much, but this is a style I could see myself getting into. I really like the dry finish and subtle flavors. Mouthfeel is fantastic. This would make a great session beer.

Note: So I tried to avoid getting the yeast from the bottom of the bottle into my cup, but I got greedy and spilled just a bit in there. I'm not really sure how I'm 'supposed' to enjoy this beer (yeast or not), so if somebody knows please BM me.

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

Undated bottle acquired at Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove, MN. Poured ~4C into a wine glass. Warmed through sampling.

Pours a hazy yellow, that is slightly deeper than expected with a huge white head that leaves some solid lacing. Nose is lighter than expected with pepper and wheat being predominant. Taste is in the same vein, though a buttery slickness comes through too which negatively affects the mouthfeel. Strong & prickly carbonation, and a dryish finish. For a beer I have heard so much about, and in the midst of saison tasting, this beer just didn't do it for me. Nice, though not great, and I dare say I preferred 3 Monts over this.

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

Served on-tap in traditional glassware.

Appearance: Thin white head; clear light amber color.

Smell: Some citrus up front with a decent hop background. Nothing too special.

Taste: Nice hop bitterness; very light, clean and easy drinking.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium body. Clean, felt good.

Drinkability: Nice. Easy going down, clean.

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Photo of jwheeler85
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Had a peachy - amber opaque color to it. Was very fizzy when poured and developed a thick white head.

S- A little difficult to find the words for the aromas here. Definitely something that reminds me or green apples and maybe a little grapefruitiness. There is also a slight malt smell with some spices in the background.

T- Starts off a bit biscuity and sour. Some citrus flavors and yeast funkiness kick in mid way through.

M- Medium bodied and thick, almost chewy feeling. Medium to low carbonation.

D- Refreshing, yet I can only drink one 750ml at a time because it is a bit heavy feeling.

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

330ml bottle purchased from QFC U-Village Seattle, WA

A: CRAZY 4 finger pearl white head with incredible retention and lacing! a nice golden straw color pour with good clarity and effervescence.

S: floral grassy bouquet with a slight sour lemon aroma. moderate yeast notes. mildly alcoholic.

T&M: very fizzy, this one bites back! very dry with a slight bitterness at first. tart citrus fruits, orange, lemon dominant with a balanced hop finish and sweet yeasty aftertaste. light spicing, almost peppery. dryness dissipates and becomes a warming smooth finish.

D: low-moderate ABV, slightly dry, somewhat tart. I think 1-2 of these in a session would do just fine, probably not more.

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

750 ml bottle poured into a sniffer

A - Pours a cloudy yellow with an enormous 4 finger head. The head lingers and leaves moderate lacing.

S - Yeasty aromas dominate to start. Also able to pick up some fruity notes, citrus, as well as a faint hint of grain.

T - As was with the smell, the yeast flavors come to the front followed by mild citrus and a peppery spiceyness. The finish is quite dry, almost a champagne like quality.

M - Very crisp with good carbonation.

O - I find this beer to be very refreshing and a good example of the style. I am not sure I would search this out while looking for a Saison but it was certainly a good beer.

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Photo of XpensiveBieros
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - An attractive hazy golden straw color w/a thick white foamy head that seems to dissapate fairly quickly.

S - The anticipated tropical fruits and expected Belgian qualities, banana, a bit grassy, apricot, and an interesting white pepper hint.

T - Good citrus flavors with a seamless transition to the yeastiness of the beer. Lemon peel, etc...the flavors linger for quite some time.

M - Active/prickly carbonation, medium light body that is certainly mouthfilling once you take a sip.

O - This is a beer that is definitely representative of its place and style. Without a doubt a strong foundation for where American beers are taking the saison style/interpretation...would absolutely drink it again (if not for enjoyment, to ground myself).

***From a 375 ml bottle poured into a tulip

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

my .02 cents on arguably belgium's leading saison style...

a: semi-opaque, cloudy straw color. very fine carbonation, and a fluffy bright, white head.

s: lemon and corriander pop into the nose.

t: tartness, and lip-puckering lemon are noted, and a disappointingly mellow bitter/citrusy hop finish is barely present.

mf: softs and smooth. a sharp, bubbly finsh like champagne.

d: sweet and delicious, like lemonade on a hot day. but there is only so much acidity one can take- sessionably, but not all day long.

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Photo of Docer
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This puppy was hard to find by name... glad I didn't try to 'add' a beer! Bottle.. purchased at Cost Plus World Market on a room temp. shelf location.

- Love the year stamp on the inside of the cork... which opened with a bang! Huge inch of bubbly white head... and a great creamy light-yellow lemon zest of a color... so true to its nature.

- Seriously a nice hop scent from afar.. now up close.. holy pungent hops and sweet nectar.. bit of Belgian yeast there... slight lemon zest... and mega hops... did not expect the hop explosion at all... seriously reminds me of the Hop Wallop I cracked some time ago,,,,

- Clear, smooth... Belgian yeast.. light banana.. lemon zest and herb.. and clean hop aroma... skunky.. earthy.. and good!

- Crisp... not oily, not bitter... seriously wonderful... a cleansing...

- Over carbonated really... would love to drink more in a shot as the bottle is rather large... but I'd be afraid of belching up enough foam that it would look like a crazy bubble-scene from the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory... but the flavor is great..

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

This butterscotch colored brew pours with a tall thick head into my tulip glass. I am drinking the 11.2 oz corked and caged bottle at 48 degrees. The cork is dated 2.004.

There is a large amount of yeast in this bottle. I am debating whether to pour it all in the glass. I think I will for the first bottle and re-evaluate for the next.

I don't anything spectacular in the nose.

A tangy citrus brew with a medium tickling carbonation. A fairly straightforward beer. I would say a nice summertime thirst quencher.

cheers

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

One of my local bars serves this by the 374 ml bottle for nine bucks. This makes me love the beer. The beer pours with a medium to large head. Although thick, the head does not last as long as you would think. The color is a cloudy and pale tan. The taste is rich—hints of nut, not bitter but not smooth. If you let it sit in your mouth it will feel lighter as it warms. Overall, Saison Dupont is a fine beer to sip or drink.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.97/5  rDev -5%
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 -5%
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 -5%
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 -5%
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 -5%
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 -5%
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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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.18 out of 5 based on 4,153 ratings.
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