Saison Dupont | Brasserie Dupont sprl

Saison DupontSaison Dupont
BA SCORE
4.18/5
4,219 Ratings
Saison DupontSaison Dupont
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 02-26-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,183
Reviews:
1,628
Ratings:
4,219
pDev:
10.53%
Bros Score:
4.18
 
 
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Photo of nerdboy19
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yesyouam
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Saison Dupont Vieille Provision is a cloudy, very sparkling golden ale with a lot of particles in it. It has a huge, white, foamy head that has great retention and lacing. As soon as the cork was popped, the room was filled with a funky, farty aroma. A closer sniff reveals leather, earth, hay, spices of some sort, fruit salad. There's a lot going on in that aroma. It is incredibly smooth and medium bodied. It japans the roof of the mouth and leaves the tongue dry. It dries up in a poof and leaves me thirsty for more. The flavor is pretty mellow, but still complex. It never gets sweet. It's almost umami. There is leather, apples, grass, citrus peel coriander... a bit of phenol. It's hard to pick it apart, as it's so well blended. There is a nice grassy bitterness at the finish. The whole flavor is tight and unique. It's very satisfying.
(rated Sep 4, 2008)

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Photo of ElSid
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Date Code: L12279B

A: Hazy yellow golden with a soft white head of foam of small bubbles which stick to the glass and refuse to give way.

S: Bright and clean with mineral notes along with apple, green grapes, kiwi, and pear. There is also some honey along with chewy and cracker-like maltiness. Faint peppercorn and clove add to the nose.

T: Brief mineral and metallic edge with strong ester fruitiness similar to the nose: tart apple, green grapes, kiwi and pear. The yeast also offer some subtle hay and barnyard funk which plays off the fruity esters. Honey and cracker malt sweetness come through in the middle. The finish is of mild earthy bitterness and astringency with subtle but ample dose of black pepper and clove.

M: Light to medium with mild chewiness and moderate carbonation which adds to the overall lightness of the brew.

O: A refreshing and bright beer which draws true strength from the yeast. A necessary beer to experience for anyone who wishes to understand Belgian beer styles. At $8.99 at BevMo, this brew will be a regular in the rotation for the warm season which is settling upon Los Angeles.

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Photo of apbarwood
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Fluffy whitish head, hazy golden color.

Smell- Pears, apples, spices. Subtle yet complex.

Taste- Wonderful blend of dried pears and green apples with an array of spices and a strong barnyard quality. Good hops and a nice yeasty, malty underprinning.

Mouthfeel- Nicely carbonated and light on the tongue, bracingly dry. Feels almost like a bone-dry, full-bodied champagne but with a pleasant yeasty heft.

Drinkabilitiy- By itself it was slightly disappointing as I'd heard great things about this beer, but it was breathtaking with dinner. The spicy notes in the beer blending beautifully with the spices in the food and the fruity flavors were perfect with the juices in the chicken I had. It seemed to have a match for any flavor I could throw at it. Definitely do it with food. It was amazing.

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Photo of Hammarby
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden with a white frothy head that stays.
S: Coriander, a bit phenolic (plastic) aromas, red berries.
T: Coriander, yeast, bitterness, slight alcoholic sting. Yeast, bitterness and alcohol in the aftertaste. Some sweetness as well (honey).
M: Moderate carboration, tiny bubbles, just below medium body.

The alcoholic presence in the taste builds up and become more and more evident, but pleasant. This one worked it's way into my heart. Wasn't too impressed at first, almost in love two glasses later.

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Photo of jbowers56
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks amazing. Huge off white head. Cloudy kind of straw/golden colour.

Interesting nose. Sharp spicnyess mixes well with a distinct pear estery quality.

Spicy, fruity, herby. Lovely!!

Smooth, yet very carbonated.

Each sip leaves me wanting more - this bottle will be no problem to polish off!

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Photo of prototypic
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saison Dupont pours a pale straw color. It’s extremely hazy, even after a careful pour. Carbonation looks rather active. It produced a white head that stands about three fingers tall. Retention is very good. It never completely dissipates, and leaves a sticky coat of lace clinging to the glass.

The nose is good. It could use a little more strength, but not much. It smells very earthy and grainy throughout. There’s a musky side to it, as well, but it’s secondary. Belgian yeast is noted, and has imparted a really nice spicy twist. Pepper and clove are definitely there. It smells a bit more hoppy than I expected. They smell grassy and a little floral. Noble hops? I believe so. Alcohol is not a factor at all.

The flavor is nothing short of tremendous. Belgian yeast hits first and starts things off extremely well. It does have a nice pepper flavor, with just a touch of clove. It’s followed by grassy, grainy, and light musky notes. It all works extremely well together. There might be a light herbal flavor, but it’s nothing vegetal. Hops add some pizzazz. They are grassy and floral. Alcohol really isn’t noticeable. It finishes dry with a grassy hop flavor.

Saison Dupont has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is active and perhaps a little buzzy. Nonetheless, it’s very crisp and refreshing. Oh…and it goes down far too easily. I’m trying to slow down, but I can’t.

Saison Dupont is a classic. No doubt about it. It might not be the world’s best Saison, but it’s definitely up there in the top tier. I’m a big fan of the flashy hop presence and its crisp, refreshing bite. This is a fantastic summer ale if there ever were one. Yeah, the nose could use a little more muscle and the body could be a little bigger. Those are small chinks in its armor though. If you’re in the market for a great Saison, give this one a shot.

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Photo of Gmann
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. The color was slighty hazy golden orange color, beautiful rocky white head, left a lot of chunky lacing. The aroma was of spicy, pepper Beligan yeast. The taste is spicy Beligan yeast, coliander, a bit of hop bitterness in the end. It is well carbonated, creamy, finishes a bit dry. This is the only offering that I have had of this style but I do enjoy it. It is quite drinkable as I had a few of them at Roy's in NYC.

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Photo of RiverCityBeerGuy
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Erish
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 750 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice. No freshness dating.

A: murky honey gold color, pours a thick head that falls into a thick, persitant cap with good lacing.

S: sulfur, citrus, moderate level of Belgian funk, clove, spice, cracker-like malt.

T: tart apples, citrus, and spicy phenols up front, the middle is more earthy, with grain husk and sour funkiness, the finish is dry, peppery, and grassy/herbal hops.

M: light-bodied, silky to watery texture, abundant carbonation.

O: this is pretty much what I think of when I think of a saison. Delicious.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a flute, pours a light golden color, slightly hazy, a finger of off white head decent retention and very good lacing. Nose is very yeasty, slightly tart, with green apple and citrus Taste is a nice light malt with some slightly tart fruit notes, a bit of yeast, and a slightly spicey finish. Very smooth and refreshing, this has a nice high carbonation and a crisp dry finish. Nice beer to have on tap, a very sessionable and tasty beer.

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Photo of ShrLSU
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence is that of a nice golden color with a large foamy white head.. The scent is creamy and banana like with a touch or coriander and spice. The carbonation content is quite high. The taste is the banana and coriander, a touch of lemon and some hoppiness. The drinkability is very high. This is an incredibly good saison, probably the best I've had.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2003 release indicated on the hoppy smelling cork. Rich, creamy, thick, cloud like head on initial pour that stays lovinly dense and sticky in the goblet as you sip. Fruity, yeasty nose with a twang of sweetness. Beautiful straw orange hazy look w=ith tons of little bubble action in the goblet. Initally bold and fruity upfront on the tongue this then complexly turns dry and slightly hoppy on the finish on the back of the tongue. A truly thurst quenching brew. Medium to thicker marshmellow mouth coat of malt love. Great lookin' and drinkable this is a great starter beer for a night of good food and good brews.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Huge head with light yellow body and lots of carbonation

s - smells like a heff. with lots of floral and bannana scents and straw

t - Excellent Belgian yeast flavors with moderate crisp dry finish and complexity throught the taste. Some sweetness but not too sweet like some other Belgian ales.

M - a tad watery but still very nice

O - A really nice refreshing beer. Good session beer as well. Very enjoyable and will seek out again.

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Photo of mtbbaboon
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, year 2007. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly cloudy blonde with thick foamy, bubbly head that lingers for quite a while. The first thing I smell is the spice, then the fruit comes through. I also get a hint of cloves in there. It's a complex aroma. Feels a bit bubbly in the mouth, medium bodied and goes down easy. It's got a tart taste, as well as spicy (peppers?) with some bitterness. Seems pretty dry, too. It's a well balanced flavor. Drinks real easy and is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale straw colored pour its dark yellow to marigold in my glass. Illustrious, large head gives a foamy bath to every surface it can cling to.

Smells like a hayloft. A hayloft, sunburnt skin and minty hop.

Tastes like wet hay and mint hops. Nice dry finish. Chewy and refreshing.

One of those archetypical beers that one can't consider the style without including this beer. Up there with Fantome.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This came in a 750ml bottle. Pours out a clear yellow with a lot of bubbles rushing up from the bottom of the glass. A fluffy white head erupts from the pour to peak over the top of the glass but luckily not on to the floor. The head maintained for most of the session leaving fluffy rings of lace around the glass. Aroma was filled with a doughy malt, yeast and a funkiness. There were also notes of sweet fruit and a bit of spiciness. The taste was quite malty with a spicy backdrop. Notes of biscuity malt and sweet fruit were intermingling. The taste ends on an earthy bitter dry note. Mouthfeel was light to medium with a very well carbonated feel to it. Drinkability is great it is very crisp and enjoyable with a complex flavor. This has definitely peaked my interest in the style, good stuff.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer starts with a two finger tall soapy white head that reduces by about 75% over time but there is always some head retention. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Grassy/hay like smells with some spices and lemon. The yeast is very detectable but there is a certain complexity to it. Slight hints of funk in the aroma but nothing overpowering.

T: Floral and light fruit flavors (pear + apple) along with lemon and funk in the finish. Lots of earthy/grassy flavors as well and some subtle hints of spices/pepper.

M: Light bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Dry on the finish.

O: One of my favorite saisons and truly a classic example of the style. Great flavor, smell, and mouthfeel. This is a beer that I have over and over and never tire of... I think I will have to go replenish my supply soon. Easy to drink and very sessionable. Pairs great with meals.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a bright hazy gold color with a massive mountain of creamy white head. Abundant lacing all around the glass.

Aroma of lemon, spicy yeast, banana and an earthy funkiness.

Taste was full with lemon, banana, spicy yeast, saltine cracker and once again, some earthy funkiness.

Lighter bodied and dry with a sharp carbonation.

One of my favorite saisons without a doubt.

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Photo of flexabull
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 bottle.

Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle. Cork came out easier than any other bottle I have ever had. Very little effort to get this one opened.

Beer is a bright gold color, slightly hazy, with a huge white fluffy head.

Smell is incredibly spicy. Super pungent, a bit skunked maybe? A bit of a resin like aroma and some pepper as well. Powerful stuff!

The flavor really is an interesting contrast to the aroma. This is actually smooth, silky, and creamy. Exceptional mouthfeel. Flavors are spicy, yet subtle with a nice touch of hoppy bitterness on the crisp zesty finish.

Excellent Saison. A nice crisp and clean summer beer that packs a lot of flavor. Super drinkable, and enjoyable in the warm Redding weather.

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Photo of John_M
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably should have reviewed this excellent beer long before now. Had on tap today at the Victoria Gastro pub in Columbia.

The beer pours a hazy orange tan color with very good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, but what I get is pretty good. There is some light honey, white pepper and citrus. The beer does not smell as if it will be super sweet. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose and this beer really is delicious. It is decidedly on the dry side, but with an excellent palate profile of pepper, citrus and honey. The flavors are quite pronounced; there's nothing reticent about the flavor of this beer. The beer has a fairly light mouthfeel with the alcohol well disguised. It's easy to drink and pretty refreshing.

One of my favorite saisons. This beer is just excellent.

Edit from 1/23/11. No change in score, but the beer is on tap at Max's today, and the bartender (Jason) served me a 32 ounce glass of this beer. That'll surely never happen again, and I thought that by itself was deserving of a short note.

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Photo of rayjay
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork top that really pops off, but beer remains calm. Bready Belgian vapors leave the bottle.

Really impressive head, big and foamy. Lots of chunky sediment, so beware. Khaki colored and lightly hazy. Carbonation is light.

Their yeast makes the beer smell (and taste) very unique. Fresh baked bread, horseradish, and white wine.

Taste and smell are very similar. Noticably hoppy, mildly sweet and biting, and very refreshing. Great in a glass you can really stick your nose into.

One of my favorite Belgian beers out there. Never too thick or sweet, and very enjoyable. Pairs great with food; I ate mine with Thai food and it was the perfect match. I like this beer served right at cellar temp. Cheers!

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Photo of GeuzeInTheHouse
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the grandfather of all Saison's. Pours a clear and clean orange color with large white head. Nose of light pepper, onion and citrus, same with flavor. Love this beer!

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Photo of scottfrie
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into DFH Shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a dark lemony yellow with an expected huge billowing white head that eventually collapsed in slow motion under its own weight. Head retention was great, and a thick rocky layer stayed the whole beer through and left huge chucks of sticky rocky lace down the sides.
S: Big notes of lemon citrus and spicy yeast. Smells peppery with a touch of clove.
T: Very complicated. Lots of lemongrass, citrus, lemon zest, white pepper, dough, bubblegum, grassy hops, barnyard hay, peach, banana, caramel and apricot. Every sip I take yields new flavors! Very earthy and herbal hop flavor balance and mix with the sweet maltiness. Finish is sweet and doughy with a hint of peach and banana. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
M: Creamy soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel and medium body make this a very drinkable beer. Finish is crisp and refreshing.
D: A true classic. What a wonderfully refreshing and crisp beer. Great complex flavors are bold but not overwhelming. Not much to detract from this great beer!

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: huge fluffy white heads rests a upon a cloudy peach/orange body. Plenty of sediment floating around the bottom.

s: herbal, earthy, champagne-like aroma.

t: herbal and grainy upfront. fruity and slightly tart in the middle. dry and yeasty with a moderate bitterness in the finish.

m: very smooth with champagne-like carbonation.

d: full-flavored, yet still subtle. very complex. great example of the style. easy to see why it has such a great reputation.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 4,219 ratings
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