Saison Dupont | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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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 Avagadro
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with a stunning head, great retention, and even better lacing. Body is golden in color, and slightly hazy.

S: Generous doses of chopped herbs and saaz hops are present in the bouquet.

T: Saison Dupont is as dry as can be, with the same herbal flavors promised in the nose with an additional note of Brett. funk to create an entirely enjoyable experience.

M: Extremely light and effervescent, with a clean finish.

D: The saison of choice for me. This is the epitome of the style, and should be had before sampling any of the domestic versions.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. A good deal of smoke is visible at the top of the bottle when I pop this one open. Also, thanks Brasserie Dupont for making a cork that is easy as possible to pop!

Look: cloudy golden color, with a bit of visible sediment and a two finger white, bubbly head that retains quite well, never disappearing completely. There's a good deal of lacing left behind as I work away at this beer.

Smell: lemons, hints of spices, some yeast, a bit of a wine like character as well. Simple, fairly understated but still quite good.

Taste: follows the nose nicely, though a bit bolder, with pilsner malt, understated spicy hops, lemon zest, grassiness, herbal qualities, a bit tangy and certainly quite dry. This is perhaps not the most flavorful saison in existence, but everything works so well together that I can see quite well how this is considered to be the hallmark beer for the style. Incredible.

Feel: crisply carbonated, medium bodied, slight alcohol, lingering bitterness in the finish, and a little tartness.

Drink: easy drinking and this is something you can drink easily. I can see how this fits into the "drink while working the fields" category!

Overall, this beer is a must for anyone who loves saisons and the beer is a classic. I could do without the green bottle or maybe get a bottled on date somewhere on the bottle but I can't complain. This is a finely crafted beer and I wholeheartedly recommend. Cheers!

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Photo of orangesol
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Shady McGrady's into a snifter.

A - Pours cloudy straw yellow with a nice pillow of half finger tall head leaving little wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - I don't think the smokey bar helped this one much. I could barely make it out but I got some light Belgian yeast, ripe fruit, earthy funk and a solid herbal backbone.

T - Plenty of Belgian yeast and earthy funk mix well with some nice light fruitiness and a tiny bit of light malt. Not as spicy as I thought it would be but it is still in there. Finish has lots of lingering bready yeast. Still one of my all time favorite beers.

M - Medium-light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A pleasant mix of chewy and dry in the feel. Finish is very chewy with most of it lingering for some time after consumption.

D - Pretty high. One of the all time best, I could drink a few of these on a warm summer day no problem. It is light yet still complex and very tasty.

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Photo of inpursuitofhops
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A darker golden tint with a quarter inch white foam. Spotty lacing down the .3L Glass.

S: Very yeasty, sweet, and a hint of fresh figs.

T: The traditional belgian yeast hits the tongue and takes over initially, but a hoppier, more complex taste soon engulfs the palate. A dry aftertaste follows.

M: Well-carbonated, nice foam-to-beer ratio in each drink.

D: Will leave you buzzing if you have a couple, but very nice to sip often.

I loved this and will be back to Good Foods Market in Lexington, KY for more.

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Photo of femmebiere
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a sturdy beer with a definite taste that you do not have to guess on. It smells and tastes quite bitter, but if you take the time to enjoy it you will. However, if bitterness is not your thing, then this may be too much bite. It had a great gold color with a thick and foamy head and a noticeable amount of sediment in the bottom of the glass. The taste is similar to a strong hefeweizen.

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Photo of nickd717
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review transcribed from summer of 2008 notes. On tap at Toronado.

Golden yellow color with a small white head.

Aroma is yeast and funk. A little peppery/spicy and very enticing.

Crisp, fruity, yeasty, earthy taste and a dry finish. Mild funkiness. Rather simple, but a well-executed classic for sure.

Medium-bodied with lively carbonation and a good dryness and crispness to it.

It would be great to have one of these on a hot summer day, or 7 of these when I wake up on a Monday morning.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up in Spartanburg a couple of months ago. Nice little place had this sitting on the shelf for clearance of all of things. So I definitely had to pick this one up and get it back to the house. Served at a nice fifty degree temperature, this one was poured into a snifter.

Very nice and extremely hazy golden yellow color came through immediately. Lots of sediment in here now as well. Huge carbonation profile could be seen with lots of chains of bubbles cascading up to the top of the glass to reinforce the huge champagne like head that came over the top of it. Lots of side glass lacing and a copious foam that would not quit. Very nice aroma here, lots of light grain, hints of grass, light lemon and a touch of grape. Nice airy smell gave way to a very nice flavor. Very light, and perfect for this summer day. First way was a slightly tart fresh grass like flavor. Some hints of peaches, pears, and a touch of tartness as well. Very nice light cereal grain flavor in the middle which became a touch bready as it warmed. Long finish of dried out bitter earthy notes and a touch of light fruit. Slightly sour on the tongue after a few moments. Fantastic carbonation kept it feeling very light and refreshing and this bottle was no issue at all to finish off as the profile was light, low abv and a wonderful bit of carbonation.

Overall I really thought this was a fantastic beer. Nice four year vintage really helped this and if it was ever really sour it has been significantly mellowed with time and the overall balance of it was really just quite nice. I was glad there were two on the shelf, as this has held up very nicely and it would be a pleasure to have it again.

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Photo of awalk1227
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Consumed on 2/25/11, bought this at the growler shop. The cork says bottled in 2010.

Poured into my Great Divide balloon

A: Pours a bright, sunny, hazy yellow-ish orange. A huge, rocky, foamy head appears, but dissipates fairly quickly. The head keeps a nice white cap on the beer after it recedes, very nice. It looks like some of my favorite IPAs!

S: Like a saison should. Belgian yeast, but not the bready kind found in other Belgian ales. This almost has a sharp, spicy note to it. I'm still a beginner at describing aromas in anything not a stout or an IPA, ha.

T: Wow, it's so light. A faint hint of grassy, earthy hops bitters the beer perfectly. I get the Belgian yeast, but it's not overpowering in the least. I really, really like how light and crisp this beer is. They were right when they said Saisons go with all food, I could see this paired with anything.

F: Light, crisp, bubbly, almost like a champagne. Zips around my tongue.

D: I have no problem killing this bottle.

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Photo of greid
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.
This funk taste is growing on me, and I'm accepting it open armed. Lots of grass and citrus on the nose (if you look past the funk).

The aroma is inverted for the taste as the citrus is quick ignored for the grass/funk in the beer's finish.

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

Pours straw-colored, with a huge white head that lasts the entire glass and leaves lots of lacing. One of the craziest heads I've seen, actually. Lots of bubbles. Clear in the bottle's first pour, cloudy with some sediment on the second pour.

Smell is of Belgian yeast, some funkiness and some citrus.

Taste is light, crisp and dry. Some funk, some yeast flavors, finishes with a bit of hop bitterness. Fruit flavors underneath it all the whole way--apple, citrus, and banana come to mind.

Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Feels like seltzer water.

This is an exceptionally easy drinker, and one that'd be great outdoors in the summer.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, light yellow body with a huge three finger fluffw white head. The head eventually dissipates and leaves a little foam on top and a few bits of sticky lacing along the glass.

The aroma is solid off the bat. First notes are funky belgian yeast, but that fades quickly. The dominant remainder aroma is of sweet lemon and zesty peppery spices. Very nice.

The flavors blend amazingly well. Tangy lemon, spicy belgian yeast and sweet malt. Reminds of a light white wine in some aspects.

Very drinkable, even with the high level of carbonation. Not too sweet and no notice of alcohol. Best saison I've ever had.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden color with the biggest head I've ever seen. The beer wells up like crazy the second it hits the glass and it took me about ten minutes to pour this one. Crazy.

S: A ton of funk and lemon zest.

T: Some nice funk, lemon, citrus and a light sour finish. Probably the best saison I've ever had.

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Photo of jsdunlop
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out light yellow with a slight haze and a bit of sediment. Intense carbonation from the looks of it, nice fluffy and cloudlike head, great retention and lacing so far.
Aroma is quite fruity, nice and light notes of apples, lemons, and pears, with an enticing aroma of Belgian yeast that brings notes of clove and some earthiness to the table. Slight sulfur in the nose, but it doesn't dominate.
Taste begins with a crisp, dryness that grabs the attention of your tastebuds. Tart lemons and light citrus seem to dominate the flavor in a refreshing way. Malts are hidden well, allowing the lighter body to come through. Bit of floral hops in the taste, with a nice touch of bittering hops towards the end of the sip. Finishes quite dry and tart.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp, carbonation is intense.
Overall, this beer is highly drinkable, an awesome example of the style. Nicely balanced, light and refreshing, while not lacking in flavor or complexity. Great.

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

The bottles of this always open with an enormous bang, and the carbonation produces such an enormous thick white head that it always amazes me how pleasant the champagne like carbonation is to the palate. The beer pours a very hazy blonde and that huge head of course leaves a beautiful lace. The aroma has just the nicest hint of funk, along with some very earthy, fruity, and yeasty aromas. Everything is just in it's right place with the beer, and you can really tell that this recipe has been perfected over a considerable amount of time. This is not to say that this is a refined beer, because it very much is not, but this rustic nature is part of the great harmony of this brew. The flavor is at once dry and funky followed by pronounced fruitiness of apples and some citrus. There are certainly bubblegum notes but that is not to say that we are dealing with anything cloyingly sweet. Oh and it is hoppy too, the spiciness of the hops albeit is not the dominant flavor but lends well to the harmony of the dry and fruity flavors.

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Photo of Keffa
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 375ml bottle. 2009 vintage.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow, nice 2 finger white head that is fluffy and sticky, rocky lacing fades after each sip. Head settles into a small cap.

S: Spicy yeast, white pepper, lemon, a little musty, and a very nice cracker malt. Very faint sweetness. A little bit of a Granny Smith apple-like tartness as well.

T: Amazing mix off the bat, spicy yeast, lemon, cracker, sweetness, hay, earth. White pepper comes in before the dry finish. Very nice.

M: Prickly carbonation, slightly creamy, light-ish body.

D: Very easy drinking saison. Alcohol is hidden well, the flavors are very nice and unoffensive, and the dry finish makes you want to keep drinking.

This is fantastic. Reminds me of a refined version of Hennepin. As much as I love Hennepin (as found by my Hennepin glasses in my collection), this one is better. Not by much, but this is a fantastic saison. I'll buy more of this one for sure.

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Photo of DeadGuyRyan
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice honey like golden and blond yellow very cloudy with a large bright white head that clings to the glass the whole time.

Smell very spicy earthy, citrus,wheat and grain as well. Very strong aroma.

Taste of zesty lemon notes smooth on the palate very dry finish. Incredibly easy to drink with alot of different characteristics through out.

Mouth feel is carbonated and medium body goes down pretty dry.

Not very familiar with Saison style beers but I really enjoyed the earthy spicy characteristics. I will be drinking this again and would suggest to anyone interested in belgian beer.

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Photo of HagueBrook
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A very nice golden color, but a bit darker below the head. Nice thick head which took a few minutes to melt down with good lacing along the glass.

S- Not much of anything besides some grassy smell. A little wheat.

T- A bit of pepper as noted by others. Definitely a dry finish.

M- Smooth and easy on the palate.

D- Very drinkable. This would be great on a summer night. The lower ABV makes it more drinkable than other Belgian brews.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of vfgccp
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml. Bottled in 2010, drank in early 2011

A - Pours the color of opaque hay, with a thick, creamy, white head. The head settles into rocky peaks, and holds up with fantastic retention. Great lacing throughout the drink.

S - Lemon, bananas, chewing gum, pine, lemongrass, thyme. Some earthy straw on the backend.

T - Lemon zest, soft malt, and candied ginger up front. Honey-like sweetness. Some pine and orange rind mid profile. A touch of tangy toasted marshmallows in the finish.

M - Outstanding smoothness and balance. Medium body. Well carbonated. Semi-dry finish.

D - Great flavor and a super smooth profile. The carbonation is refreshing, and the body doesn't force you to do too much heavy lifting.

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Photo of bohemiandonut
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. Let's get to it:

SD pours like a madman. Enticingly golden and cloudy with populations of CO2 positively bursting forth into what can only be described as a whipped cream mountain of head. It's hard to get even a few ounces into the New Belgium snifter I'm using without an absolute Alpine formation of foam arguing its way onto your counter-top.

Smell is lightly lemony and grassy. Barnyard character is subdued to say the least. This is not a Parliamentary earthquake of funk by any means. That said, one is almost relieved not to be rolling around in soiled hay with this beer and can instead sit with it casually beside the farmhouse, reflecting on the endless floral layers wafting through the airy sweetness of the mouthfeel.

Okay, that was a long sentence. But this is a gentle ale that almost comes across as kind. There is certainly a soul here. I might even say I feel a warm and cleansing wind, inexorably bound to length and age.

Oh God so many spirits to become! Such mountains to ascend! I am young remember that you devils! I am young but you will not take me now! I have many more Saisons to drink, and I have yet to see the Alps.

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Photo of gwguest
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz bottle into a Boulevard Tank 7 tulipish glass. No bottle date to be found.

Pours a hazy golden straw body with a tremendous white head. The foam is comprised of tiny bubbles that just refuse to die. As the foam slowly dissipates, it leaves behind the most beautiful rocky shape and sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. It's an agonizing wait to drink this beer, but it's beautiful to look at.

The aroma is just as stunning. It's just kaleidoscope of grassy, lemon, tart, musty and yet somehow fresh aromas that dance in and out. It's difficult to pin one aroma down before the next one is fluttering past.

Finally getting to drink this, it's just as fantastic across the palate as it is the nose. There's a much more discernible hop contribution on the palate than in the nose. A lot of the same flavors from the nose show up in the mouth along with a little black pepper taste. This is fantastic.

Mouthfeel is predictably light and 'scrubby' from all the carbonation. Refreshing and light.

Drinkability wise, I could drink a ton of this. However, there's so much happening that I really think that my palate would fatigue after two. That probably wouldn't stop me from having more.

Overall, this beer blew away my expectations and really makes me want to get a few more saisons under my belt. However, out of the 10 or so that I've tried, this one is by far my favorite. Fantastic.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been waiting a long time to try this beer out. I'll go ahead and use a Duvel tulip for this one...

Pours with massive amounts of light fluffy white head. The body is hazy and full of lively carbonation action, and is orangish gold in color.

In the aroma I detect golden delicious apples, pear, spicy notes, and a tinge of sourness.

Taste wise it's not as tart as I imagined. There is a lot of fruitiness in the way of pear, which lends to the dry mouth feel that goes along with the brew.

Again a very dry brew, but refreshing at the same time, and I'm very pleased to have tried this brew.

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Photo of ozmodium
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml corked bottle from Brewery Creek, poured into my Stella tulip

Hugely carbonated this stuff really foams up with a pretty whispy head that dies down quite quickly leaving some nice clouds and lacing. Careful when pouring this stuff. Even tho i knew what to expect, I still made a mess of my countertop! The actual liquid that ends up in the glass in a cloudy light orangey yellow. TONNES of little effervescent bubbles and insane amounts of lacing as the level in the glass goes down. Pretty stuff!

Black pepper, traditional earthy saison/Duvel-esque funk, bitter orange on the nose. Smells bready, and a bit fruity, sweet.

Tastes sour and dry, spicy, with just he right amount of bitter. Black pepper, bananas, rich wheaty malty goodness!

Really bouncy with the CO2 here. Let this stuff calm down for a few minutes before swilling it back, tho, and it hits all the right spots in your mouth.

Watch out the 6.5% ABV is hidden really well. Tho as it warms up a bit in a glass you start to get a sense for the relatively high ABV. Good stuff here, I'd buy this again, and share it with any one who appreciates good brews.

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Photo of mechamifune
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Delirium Tulip...

Pours a murky golden yellow with a huge white head (despite my attempt at a careful pour). Looks all together pleasant and good for the style.

Smell is a whole lot of funk and some earthy/grassy/barnyard stuff going on (wait... does that qualify as funk too?). Some light fruitiness lingers.... an interesting smell but I don't know how inviting it all is.

Taste is pretty in line with the smell. A lot of funk going on, finishing a little dry and with a little bit of hop bite. Some light fruit notes emerge as you get through the pour. Taste though is dominated by the grassy/funky notes. Not bad alltogether, but I struggle to find a note in the taste profile that truly makes me want to go back for more, though by the same token there is nothing unpleasant either.

Mouthfeel is very full with a lot of carbonation (again, to style). Finishes dry and pleasant. Drinkability is average for style. The funk notes are not unpleasant but for me they just don't lend themselves to high drinkability. Not a heavy beer per se, but beers with this much carbonation are difficult for me drink a lot of.

In that sense its a little hard to guage this beer.... I think that to style its not a bad beer at all, but I'm really just not a huge fan of the more funky, earthy saisons, as I find myself enjoying "cleaner" takes on the style(hennepin, saison de buff for examples sake). So i'd say if you are a fan of this style of saison or beers with a lot of funk notes, go for it. If you're not, this beer is not going to change your mind.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, 2010 on the cork.

Hugely foamy, with a meringue head that took up most of the glass. The beer is hazed nearly to opacity and the color is rich yellow, like sunshine. It is yellow, not orange tinted.

Soft chalky, fruity yeast. The overall impression is light grassiness and pilsener malt; a very fresh, pure beer smell.

Very subtle flavors of the same light chalky, fruity yeast. Pilsener and Belgian light malts with a dry finish. Grassy, slightly fragrant hops and pear or apple.

The mouthfeel is saved from wateriness by spritzing carbonation. The thinness isn't justified by dryness.

I can see how it's currently the seventh ranked Saison on Beeradvocate. It's subtle, crisp, and would be even more of a joy on a hot day.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a clear straw color with significant carbonation. A two inch off-white head forms and reduces fairly quickly to a nice lacing.

The aroma is very earthy with some grass, lemon, yeast, and spice components. Solid overall, but nothing overwhelming.

The taste is again a combination of lemon zest, grass and eathy notes combined with a bit of pepper. Nicely bitter.

The mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with a gentle but smooth carbonation. Smooth and refreshing with a nice dryness at the finish.

Overall, this is a good beer. The components a solid and you can enjoy it, but it is hard for me to have more than one.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.18 out of 5 based on 4,191 ratings.
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