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Saison Dupont | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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93
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl
Belgium | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,572
Ratings:
4,029
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
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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 tbeckett
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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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a hazy honey hue with a voluminous lily-white head.

Smell -- Banana, clove, earthy yeast, lemon, apple, spice.

Taste -- Yeasty up front with banana, clove, faint spice, and a malt sweetness akin to ripe pears. It soon begins to dry out in the malt department and grassy hop notes begin to appear. A bit of vegetal bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Light in body with ample carbonation that is somewhere between prickly and fluffy; it feels like big bubbles popping on the tongue.

Drinkability -- Pretty good. Don't get me wrong, this is a wonderful beer, and certainly *the* textbook example of a Saison, but I didn't excite me or change the way I see the style as the talk around it would suggest. Great beer, must try, but keep your expectations grounded.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle shared with my son, the evening of the first day of his new job. Congratulations, son.

Poured into tulips, clear light golden body under a huge white rocky head, with ample lacing. Head lasts well. Very pretty beer.

Smell is funky to the max, brett, bread dough, horse blanket, nice cracker malt. Mmmm, smells good and is quite intense -- smellable from across the room

Taste is very similar to the smell, only not quite so intense.

Mouthfeel is much richer than I had anticipated: nice and round.

Drinkability is good.

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

A: the beer EXPLODES upon the popping of the cork; this is probably the loudest opening of a bottle I've ever experienced. Are my eardrums bleeding? After I get over the buzzing in my head, I notice the beer in my glass: a cloudy apricot-colored brew with a nice 1.5-finger head of creamy off-white foam. It eventually collapses to about half a finger, leaving full walls of lace in its wake.

S: lightly sweet, with apples, pears, clove, floral roses and a slight skunkiness. Why would anyone use green bottles?

T: pear juice, coriander, subtle honey and a crisp, lightly drying finish. A bit of funkiness is there as well, which a fellow drinker referred to as "farmer sweat."

M: medium-light in body, the beer's just a little runny, but the carbonation lightly massaging my tongue is pleasant and the crisp finish is nice.

D: a decent saison, Saison Dupont has light, enjoyable flavors that make it refreshing and great for a hot summer day. I bet this would pair nicely with some apple pie.

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

Light golden foggy straw colored brew with a thick and creamy head sticking to my chalice. Smells of dry spicy hops with earhty grassy tones. Flavor has a very slightly sweet tone then dominated byt the same herbal, grassy, earthy tones from the nose with more hints of spice. Not overly dry, but almost nowhere near sweet overall. Light and frothy, Blegian-style. Drinkable, and not too high ABV, I'll pick this up again!

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

Mine was a bit hazy, especially after the dregs of yeast were poured into the chalice at the end.
I had a brew that had tight, foamy, white lace that never went away. Carbonation remained active the entire time, as well.
Flavor-wise, it was pretty darned good. More bitter than I was expecting and less citrus-y and spicy than I was hoping for, yet, a decent beer all the same.
Not A- good, but a very nice beer, none the less.

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

Tulip glass.

A: Pours an orangish, pale color with a finger of off white head; effervescent bubbles; somewhat murky looking but still clear enough; decent enough retention but minimal lacing.

S: Malt, an undertone of banana and a touch of citrus and tanginess, along with a yeasty/bready aroma.

T: Mostly paleish malt, a little clove, pepper, banana, and graininess, finishing with a mild mostly dry bitterness.

M: Medium body, medium-high, slightly harsh carbonation.

O: A solid, reliable, refreshing saison. It won't wow you, but won't disappoint either.

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Photo of shortbus7
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a yellowish, hay colored beer with a crazy head. There was more head than beer, even after a careful pour.

S: Citrus and hay. Very barnyard like.

T: Yeast, some citrus, and grass. Very musty.

M: The carbonation is perfect. Smooth and light.

O: This is my first experience with farmhouse ales and I really enjoyed it. Hope there are many more to come.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

A- Pours a hazy dull orange with a nice 3 finger fluffy head that sticks around and leaves some nice lacing. A good amount of settling.

S- Spices, cloves, grapefruit, citrus, and some skunkyness.

T- Subtle but tasty notes of clove, bananas, sweet what, and a slightly bitter hoppy finish.

M- Super carbonated and crisp.

Overall an excellent Saison. Nice balance without being overly fruity. Could taste a little fresher.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beutifull beer with a huge white cap of dense white foam.Clear or cloudy depending on the pour amber body. Aroma is faint, spicy and a bit musty. Flavor is zesty with a tart acidity, spicy hops and alcohol, and a bit of fruityness that sneaks out every so often. Strong bitterness and a crisp dry finish. May not be the tastiest beer, but the complexity and depth of flavor make for a very rengaging brew.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a big fluffy cake-like head that is high at the center and deteriorating at the sides. Gobs of lace, slight haze, and tons of tiny rising bubbles. Wonderful.

Scents of yeast, chalky earth, coarse grain, some mustiness.

Light alcohol in the first part of the sip. Grain husk, bitter fruit, like an unripe pear, some grassiness, clearing to a light, pleasant bitter finish. Well done.

A fair body and tons of bubbles. Just right. The foamy head adds character and alters your mouthfeel as well. Good stuff.

Wow, this must be awesome with food. Alone, even with the lighter edge, you must sip. And this is good, as it prolongs the enjoyment. Absolutely worth the try.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chicago, 4-22-06, 9:25pm, Huge white head, thick yet spotty and clumpy lacing. Very slight citrus note, grassy flavors. A good froth hints at some orange flavors only. This Saison was bolder than I expected and loved it. Hops are dominant throughout the beginning, middle and finish. Slightly dry with a good bitterness lingering til the end. Very drinkable. I asked for this from the menu, said they were out. Then the server came back with the LAST one. So, Cheers to Bronwyn!

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice thick fluffy head with pretty good retention. Hazy yellow straw color, obviously cloudy as it is an unfiltered beer.

Yeasty aroma with some bananna (phenol alcohols?) and a tart floral scent.

Tart and floral with a peppery finish. Might be good with food as the tartness should cut through and cleanse the palate.

Overall a really good beer. This is the only real Saison I have tried (I have also had Avery 12 ) but I would like to try others to see how this compares.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,572 ratings.
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