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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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pDev:
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Photo of glass_house
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BKotch
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, the complexity of a first-rate Belgian saison! Cloudy golden color, huge frothy head, nice lace. And then a very dry fruity-spicy nose and palate with a dry finish. Carbonation is on the high side. Everything comes together so well in this brew -- it's just incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of BlueSpader
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of founddrama
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lovely foamy crown. Brilliant golden color. Highly aromatic. Tangy and sour and really lively in the mouth. Foams like crazy on the pour. Effervescent. Anyway now I know what all the Saison Dupont hype is about.

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Photo of NateMac13
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaggerEyes
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

caged and corked large bottle

poured a hazy orange gold with a two finger high foamy white head, that settled into a thin covering on the surface of the beer. On close inspection tiny bubbles of carbonation can be seen rising sporadically to the surface.

The nose is spicy and fruity with a little bit of funk thrown in as one would expect in a Saison. Orange rind, white pepper, some hay, lemon grass, corriander, clove some peach, green apple, a bit of pair. An aboslutely wonderful nose.

Taste is musty and funky, with some fruit coming out...green apples, a bit of pear, has a citric twinge to it.

Thin body with some really active carbonation, totally scrubs the palette, dry finish... man this is a great food beer.

What a refreshing and amazingly drinkable beer.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat dark gold color with plenty of creamy white head.

Scent is sweet, spicy and light. Citrus and bready yeast make this a very nice scent.

Taste is similar to the scent, some lemon and yeast initially with a little more fruitiness, spiciness, and a hint of candi sugar coming in finishing dry.

Light and oily mouthfeel with lots of carbonation, very refreshing and enjoyable.

For the price, I would definitely recommend this one. Good light beer, easy to enjoy without feeling overpowering.

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Photo of dfried
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my first saison ever, so I don't really have much to compare it to, but damn, this was a good beer. It had a thick, cloudy, but golden appearance with a bubbly film for a head. It had the syrupy scent of a Belgian beer, but it was suprisingly crisp and refreshing. A very wheat like taste, I thought of spring. The hops are toned down, but that is what you would expect from a spring beer. Still a bit heavy, so you wouldn't want to drink it all night but, this beer is perfect for a sunny day before the heat of summer kicks in (probably even after that though)

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Photo of BlackWormCultBrew
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jamescain
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a White Birch Champagne glass

Appearance: Straw/pale yellow with a fluffy white head about 2 inches thick that slowly recedes into a thick lacing over the top of the beer and finally to a thick ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Typical spicy saison aroma, coriander, orange, a hint of citrus and a nice yeasty earthiness in the background.

Taste: Slightly more bitter then I was expecting; however, that made it more enjoyable in my opinion. Spicy and yeasty with a hint of citrus and a touch of sourness.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, very lively with a refreshing dry/ lightly tart finish and lingering spiciness.

Overall: So far in my relatively young saison career, this is the best I have drunk. It is very well balanced and very easy to drink.

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Photo of tjinohio
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a wine glass.

Appearance: A lovely golden orange with a plentiful head.

Smell: Nice fruity esters in keeping with the style. A beautiful smelling beer, much like that of a white wine,perhaps a Liebfraumilch

Taste: Starts very fruity and ends quite dry. It is easy to see why the Saison style is equated with summer. During summer evening out on the deck, this beer would be quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, clean, light.

Drinkability: This is an exceptionally drinkable beer. I, for one, am glad that the Saison is experiencing a revival.

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Photo of MrDell
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hop_junkie
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarrettFM
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dzu
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.33 bottle into tulip.
L: Turbid light-amber with a massive white foam head.
S: Belgian yeasts, citrus.
T: Complex taste, light fruits and berries, honey.
F: Medium body and high carbonation.
O: Incredible balanced saison! Multidimensional taste.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can't believe that I have never reviewed this beer...

From a 750ml bottle.

Deep hazy orange with a voluminous snow white head. Big chunky lace on the glass and lots of sediment settles at the bottom of the glass. Lots of citrus in the nose. Lemon and orange rind, some understated coriander.

Body is thinner than I expected. Bitterness present throughout, a sweet spiciness but muted from when fresh. Some lemony and orange rind citrus. Lightly earthy and yeasty. Crisp mouthfeel. Sweet spice in the finish.

A favorite.

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

Pours a pale yellow color, almost like a macro, but is unfiltered and has an awesome creamy head that lasts throughout. Herbal scents, citrus, and spice making up aroma. Has a graininess and yeasty type flavors initially, with more subtleties similar to the aroma finishing off the taste, really put together well. Almost medium bodied, with lighter carbonation than expected. Really enjoyable beer, good for many occasions I'm sure.

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

Bottle is a green, corked and caged 750ml.

Appearance: After opening with a loud pop , the beer poured a slightly hazy , brilliant , darker gold , with a rocky and foamy white layer of head that lasted.

Smell: Some fruity esters (pear) , yeast , earth , slight herb.

Taste: Fruity at first , bit of pear and sweet yellow fruit , a slight tartness , powdery yeast , some soft grainy malt , and some spicy phenols.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth , crisp and clean in the finish.

Drinkability: Very tasty and refreshing. Definatly worth a try. Super drinkable and thirst quenching. Light , but with loads of unique , delicate qualities.

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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 rieg21
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of BrownBottle
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrismattlin
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eluvah
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a cloudy antique gold color with a 1 ½" fluffy white head that recedes slowly. There are rings and legs of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass and sipping creates sheets and legs and small patches of lacing, some of which cling to the side and some of which slide back down to the liquid. Even mid-way through the beer there is still a 1/8" layer of foam covering the liquid.

Smell: The aroma manages to be a mixture of lemon zest, a hint of clove, and a bit of grassiness and earthiness all at the same time

Taste: The flavors are dominated by the lemon zest, some peppery spiciness and the grassy/earthy bitterness all but concealing some sweetness in the background. The sweetness is just enough to keep the bitterness under control but not to break it up or interfere with it.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light bodied and softly creamy, almost prickly, with active fine carbonation. The finish is quite long and begins with some almost sweetness to the lemon zest but then the grassy/earthy bitterness takes over as the dryness goes on fading slowly but taking a long time to be gone.

Drinkability: This is a top notch beer that deserves its fame. I definitely wanted to keep sipping this beer and will definitely be including it on my shopping list in the future. This would be perfect for drinking on a warm summer evening while relaxing after a busy day.

28 Apr., 2015

Tonight I'm putting this beer to the test. The bottle I'm drinking was purchased in July of 2013 and the date coding indicates it was bottled at the end of Mar., in 2013. Its been in my basement cache since the July when it was purchased. While there it went through the seasns at no lower that 55 and no higher than 70. So what has happened with this beer under those conditions in the two years since bottling?

The things in my 2010 review and are pretty much what I would have said when about the beer when the bottle was much fresher, shortly after purchase.

The Appearance of the beer is very much the same as described above.

The aroma is faint and seems less complex than what is described in my review. Now it just seems slightly musty or earthy but there's not much else going on.

The favors have definitely changed over the two years in the bottle. There's no lemon zest and not much sweetness here, however, there's also no cardboard type flavors one might expect with oxidation, so in that regard the beer has held up well. There is still some background bitterness but it seems unlikely that its from 2 year old hops and it seems more prominent than it should be.

The mouth feel is pretty much unchanged but the finish is just sort of there without much going on as first the slight sweeness and then the bitterness fade to flavorless dryness.

This beer is till drinkable but it has clearly lost most of its complexity and flavors. I'm thinking that this is definitely not a beer I want to cellar for more than about a year. Which is pretty much what I expected but wanted to be able to try out what happens to the beer.

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

Bought this in Ashland when I was up there for the Shakespear festival, corked and caged, 2004 bottling.

Hazy Amber/Orange hue with a GIGANTIC head that just doesn't want to go away. When it finally settles a bit, large white chunks of lace adorn the sides of the glass. Very, very tasty looking.

Smell is apples with some spice. Bit of phenol alcohol, but not much. Very pleasing, even detected a hint of something that reminded me of marshmallow a few times.

Taste is crisp, somewhat cidery with some bitterness. Drys out on the end a bit much, but very nice indeed. when warming up it becomes more cidery and dry. Better when chilled just a bit.

A very nice Saison and one that may be in the cards again if I can find it and at a reasonable price.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 4,273 ratings