Saison Dupont | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl
Belgium | website

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 infinitebruner
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

August 31, 2014

25.4 oz (750 ml) bottle; snifter

A – Massive foamy white head, 1 ½ to 2 inches. Five minutes later it's almost all still there, big and craggy still in the glass. Medium gold to orange in color. Light haze.

S – Unfortunately, my bottle got lightstruck / skunked. Going to try to smell through it. Some non-light-caused funk, sweetness, perhaps lemon. Maybe a taste of lime even.

T – Very earthy, lots of citrus, and some pepper. This is an incredibly refreshing beer. No sweetness. Nice acidity balanced by the high carbonation level. Would go really well with spicy, citrusy food. Very light on malt and hop flavors (or more likely just really well balanced), but still very flavorful.

M – Highly carbonated, tons of thick, luscious bubbles on the tongue and on the finish. A real thirst-quencher. Very light and refreshing.

O – Not going to hold the skunking against it, as I’m seeing that it’s pretty common to this beer. I sure wish they would reconsider the green bottles, though. I understand why this is THE classic example of a saison. From the big foamy pour to the quenching finish, this is a solid, great beer all-around.

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Photo of constantine_272
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a bright golden yellow with a massive pillowy fluffy white head. Highly carbonated. Smells massively of graphite and iron with a dash of grass and a crisp autumn day. Tastes mellow and of fresh milky oats and grains. Finishes with grAssy earthiness. Not a bright green grass taste, but more of a dusty grey dried out grass in late summer. After a few sips some of the earthiness melts away and just leaves a mellow sweetness with a very mild caramel sugar. Pretty darn tasty. I expected this to be a little more delicate, but still refreshing. For being widely regarded as the best saison ever, I think my expectations were a little high.

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Photo of aj_tuna
1.59/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

I bought this with very high expectations. I let it chill for a few days before opening it. When I did open it it was skunked and tasted like an old Heineken which is not what this should taste like. Very disappointed but it was probably stored improperly so I will give another chance but from a different store.

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Photo of endovelico
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose: An intense, polished aroma with a moderate barnyard character. Citrusy, acetic, grainy and fruity.

Mouth: The mouth is rich and complex with a puckering bite to it. Profile closely follows the nose. Pleasantly hopped and only moderately carbonic.

Overall: Enjoyable, refreshing, complex, brisk and intense; This legend did not disappoint although it's a beer that does requires some patience to deconstruct and understand.

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Photo of rangerred
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy dark gold with a huge billowy three finger white head. Thick foam and lacing lasts throughout the drink. Very, very impressive.

Aroma is everything a Saison should be. Loads of spicy Belgian yeast along with some peach and white bread. Orange and coriander along with some floral notes. The spiciness just really pops from this beer.

The flavor is much along the same lines as the aroma. Tons of spice with touches of orange, coriander, and peach. Really nice bready notes from the malt throughout. More pepper towards the finish. Mouthfeel is very light and spritzy with just a hint of sweetness in the finish; very quaffable.

Overall, this is the textbook definition of what a Saison should be. Pretty much the defining beer for the style and one of my all time favorite beers.

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Photo of Renaissance_Man
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pored from a 375ml bottle into a Riedel Stemmed Tulip whilst watching the Soccer World Cup.
This is an awesome ale.
It poured a cloudy golden colour with a two finger head.
Initially it smelled herbaceous which I guess is a good thing for a farmhouse ale.
The first taste revealed the high yeast and almost 'strong ale' characteristics.
As the beer warmed in the glass it started to open up in complexity. I could detect citrus hints of grapefruit and honey on the mid pallet and some pepper on the back pallet.
The beer had a creamy mouth feel with a dry finish.
I can see why this beer in one of the bench mark saisons. I am glad I had the opportunity to drink it. If you like this style then you need to put it on your must drink list.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was good. Dry and herbal and somewhat spicy. Straw colored, visible floaters, slightly hazy. White head with persistent lace. Hops were a nice backdrop to some fruitiness and malt. Very clean and crisp. Somewhat of an apple cider crispness in the taste and slight apple in the nose. Pretty drinkable, alcohol pretty well hidden. Smooth mouthfeel. Overall this was good and interesting.

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Photo of Kallenovsky
4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I picked up a few small bottles on clearance a few years ago. I've been buying it again and again ever since. This is one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed yellow amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a nice level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a nice mix of sweet, grain, and sour funk. There are nice sweeter Belgian aromas of a banana and light citrus smell with lots of Belgian pale malt aromas. A yeasty smell is there as well as well as a good showing of funk, taking on a mix of green apple and hay. With these aromas, there is also a light smell of spice and a bit of sour lemon. Overall very inviting.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet fruity flavor with lots of orange and a bit of peach, pear and apricot as well. Along with these sweeter fruits are some flavors of candied sugar and a sweet-and sour green apple taste. Right upfront there is also a light bready flavor which fades slightly as the flavor advances. While the bready fades, other flavors take its place with some yeasty and banana flavors joining the profile. Some spice flavors and a bit of lemon later come to the tongue and more toward the end a decent haylike and grassy flavor join the taste profile as well, creating a nice mix of sweet and sour-funk flavors to linger on the tongue at the end of the taste.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thin with a carbonation level that is slightly higher. The thinner body and higher carbonation are fantastic for the sweet and funked flavor of the brew, giving an overall very crisp and drinkable feel.

Overall – This is a quite nice saison with a great drinkability and a fantastic fruity sweet-yet nicely soured and funked flavor. Rather refreshing, crisp, and delicious.

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Photo of richj1970
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Pours a light straw yellow with two finger white head plenty sticky lacing.

S: Slight earthy funk and yeast esters. Lemon and a bit of peppery spice.

T: Lemon, lime, and cracker malt followed by pepper and hop bite

M: Crisp and very light.

O: Very nice saison. Certainly one of the main stays for the style.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: bright, hazy yellow with a dark caramel tunnel running through the middle. large marshmallow-like white 4 finger head

s: funky, wheaty, pears, band aid, green apple, white grapes

t: brett, green apples, white grapes, light pears, nice amount of wheat, some juicy white fruits, hint of light caramel

m: medium mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation

o: not as spicy as i would have expected, yet the brett in here is really nice. its mellow and isn't overwhelming. the grapes/apples combined with the wheat flavors make this a really refreshing beer - yet combined with the brett make this all come together nicely and brings the flavors blended together really nicely

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Photo of rhino110
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic Belgian Saison Ale which pours slightly cloudy to a brilliant golden color. A abundance of carbonation leaves a huge fluffy head which lasts much longer than most heads. Fabulous lacings remain while the ale is consumed. The taste is citrusy, crisp, dry and effervescent. The flavor is nicely balanced and ends with a slightly bitter finish - which in this case is a plus. The alcohol content is 6.5% which is a little higher than most saisons and is also a good thing. The ale came in a 75 cl bottle format.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw color. The head is three fingers high, white in color, and bubbly as hell. Retention is alright for the style, and it leaves behind a lot of lacing on the glass.

S: I first want to say LOL, green bottles. I secondly want to say this hasn't been skunked to fuck and back. Unfortunately, there is some skunk here still. Of course, I'm also getting earthen funk, lemon, cream, sesame seed (similar to Foret), and citrus. The aroma is nice, but it could have been so much better without the skunk.

T: Plain and simple, 100% classic saison goodness. At first, I get a ton of fresh orange and grapefruit. This builds into its bready yet balanced finish. Herbaceous qualities appear after a while. I have to be brutally honest here - it's just skunked enough where the hops impart a delicate bitterness that invites further chugging (err, I mean sipping...yeah, that's what I said) I'm not even missing the unique flavors I got out of Foret (read: sesame seed), it's so damn good.

M: The powerful carbonation helps give it an airy density, yet a dry finish all at the same time. It actually has a medium body and a creamy texture along side its parching back end. A touch of lingering sweetness helps its great balance even further.

O: This beer is classic for a reason (well, when it's not skunked...), and that's because it's so damn effortless and perfectly balanced. The more good saisons I drink, the more I absolutely adore the style - I don't even care that this was a bit skunked. I will buy the hell out of this beer as long as I know I'm getting it fresh.

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Photo of Antnego
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: Thick, chunky, off-white head that doesn't quit. Cloudy golden with heavy lacing. Appearance is nothing special, it looks like a macro beer.

S: Nose is bready, malty, yeasty with an abrupt finish of wet hay. Mild, almost undetectable raisin note. I wish the scent didn't cut off into mustiness so abruptly.

T: Yeasty, with a heavy finish of sourdough bread. There is moderate amount of funk, with the flavors of raisins, nuts and a slight note of brown sugar. Very satisfying.

M: Heavy carbonation with big bubbles and a fizzy mouthfeel. Medium body with a refreshing finish.

O: This is a very drinkable beer. It might even be sessionable if it weren't for the slightly above-average ABV.

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Photo of juanny
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great classic saison right out of Belgium. The bottle popped off like champagne revealing a nice opaque golden ale with plenty of carbonation. The nose had some earthy phenols with mild sweetness. I did not think of it smelling pear-like, but now that I see other people describe it that way I certainly agree.

Taste was very good, the earthy phenols from the Belgium yeast come out right away, along with a gentle dosage of hops, with leads to a somewhat wheaty, cleanly malted taste and finishes with the hint of fruity sweetness and earthy flavors again. This saison has a smooth satisfying mouthfeel and a real crisp, bubbly finish that makes you go "Ahhh!" and want some more.

This is not the must unique of flavor-laden saison out there, but has a fine balance and was a fine drink on a summer evening on the porch, I found.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330ml bottle. Foam leaked from bottle top and poured with big white head with foam peaks. Settled to 1/2 inch head and held. Golden with orange hue, hazy, and heavily carbonated. Sediment.

Aroma is has a light strawberry, nutmeg, pear and vanilla.

Taste is creamy, malty, with light crackery malt and bitter. Tannins and slight tart

Mouthfeel is creamy and carbonated.

Overall, a smooth tasty saison

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Photo of FLima
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy bright golden orange color with a full five fingers mushroom thick head with great retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma with notes of Belgian yeast, banana, orange, spices, herbal hops, mint and apple juice.
Flavor of herbal hops, oranges, coriander, Belgian light funky yeast, pine, champagne, green apples, citrus peels, pineapple, pears and lemon tartness. Very dry aftertaste with a lingering herbal grassy feeling.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.5% abv is well hidden.
Classic Saison with an apparent clean taste but that carries a good fruity complexity, spices and hops.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Clear golden beer, with a persistent white head that laces moderately.

S - Funky fruit, with a slight acrid note, but substantial malt and bready yeast, as well. A line of sweet honey, too.

T - Malt comes in first, a honeyed cracker flavor, middle brightening fruit, of gala apples, closing with subtle clove and allspice and a subtle bitter bite.

M - Clean, crisp, extremely easy to drink.

O - There are reasons why the classics are the classics. This is such a pure, clean rendition of the farmhouse style. I loved it, and will add it to my regular rotation.

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Photo of JTuomi
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle (bb 12/2016) into a tulip. Clear pale golden color with some sediment floating around. Medium white head that settles down pretty quickly, leaving some lacings.
Malty smell with fruit, spice and a hint of lemon. Taste begins with sweet malts followed by wheaty tartness with notes of pepper and hops. Finishes with a dry and bitter spicy aftertaste. Medium-light mouthfeel and carbonation, a bit watery mouthfeel. Very drinkable. A good refreshing beer for a hot summer day. Would have again.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours yellow and softly aglow with a bit of haze. A stream of lively bubbles is constant. The head is a crown of white foam that will leave the characteristic belgian style lace . Nose is dynamic. Bold fruitiness. Lemon and grass. Funky earhty, wet hay. Spice to tickle the nose like the stuff that brings a bee to a flower. The malt is superb. cracker and supple enough to be seen on the nose but without any sweetness to it. The table sugar they must have added is like a soft summer breeze in this beer. Elusive and simply accents the lemon so that would call it lemon peel or bright lemon. taste follows the nose. The hops show every bit of their character with herbal and floral. The malt is creamy and it is gentle but abundant and the hops never exceed it. The funk is sweaty and accents every last feature of the beer. From the nose to all the flavors that funk adds something. it too never exceeds the flavor itself and the beer shows impeccable balance. The carbonation is ample and bubbly but not fizzy and it does not bite hard so all the texture you are noticing is from flavors. That is excitement in beer! Vibrant hops and lemon give over to a moment of tartness as the spice and the hops bitter finish the beer malty. Dramatic and cheerful. A graceful beer that is traditionally used to receive people to the table. The farmhouse ale.

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Photo of JulioH
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the classic saison no doubt. Taste is a bit more bitter than sour, but the beer itself is so easy to drink that the bitterness makes the beer very refreshing. Light body, nice amount of hops, clear and definitively a lambic trace.

Carbonation is also good, medium size bubbles and not overly carbonated.

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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 welldigger888
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a hay like pale golden hue that is hazed out with a huge rocky snow white head that last all the way down glass leaving blankets of lacing as consumed.

Wonderful faint funk with a peppery hint that finishes with a candy sweet nose.

Easily approachable funk with peppery notes a yeasty subtle flavor that brings some pineapple like candy that goes down like honey dew vine water.

Quenching dry easy to drink brew well worth finding a good example.

Cork was dated 2/13 with NO skunky oxidized hop flavors or aromas. LOVED it!

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - golden hue, lightly hazy, with a nice amount of fluffy white head.

S - on the nose I get citrus, and a little farmhouse funk.

T - citrus, hay, a little grass, and funk with citrus.

M - smooth, yet there is enough substance to it to make it a little chewy.

O - one of the better saisons I've had. I highly recommend trying this if you have not already.

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Photo of pgfault
1.12/5  rDev -73.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

750ml green bottle was skunked. While most will hang this on the retailer, Specs in this case, there's absolutely no excuse for brewers to use green glass!!

Naturally, the appearance wasn't affected by the light exposure, but everything else was. Upon first opening, I could tell the beer was bad. There are hints that there was something good in there at one point, but not any more. I finished a half pint and dumped the rest.

Never again!!

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,576 ratings.
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