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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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Photo of ludachris
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its glowing apricot body with straw yellow highlights spells spring. Just over a finger's worth of fluffy white head is perched on top. Bits of sediment drop to the bottom of the glass and stay there, making themselves visible only when held up to the light.

Right when I popped the cork I got a nose full of skunk but thankfully that doesn't last for long. Now, the more whiffs I take the more fruit I pick up such as sweet Anjou pears and soft tangerines. The Belgian yeast only compliments these sweet notes. Fresh cut grass and hay add density to the nose.

Soft and gentle Anjou and tangerine nestle themselves on the middle of the tongue. Their presence is pleasant but not extended. Fresh grass and hints of hay push the sweetness out of the way and move to the sides of the mouth. The grassy notes continue into the finish and become more pungent and earthy. After exhaling, a cracker-like character is apparent and does well at not letting the grassy character become too assertive. The yeast doesn't play a major part in the taste but provides a nice base from start to finish.

I'm content with calling this light bodied even though it does have a bit more depth. The balance between the grassy/hay side and the fruity/yeasty side is fantastic and I really appreciate this. There's a great level of carbonation; cleaning out the palate and leaving me with an enjoyably dry finish.

From start to finish, this is a wonderful Saison. I'm glad I was able to try such a traditional take on the style. Like nearly every other Saison I've had, it took me some time to appreciate its nuances and complexities and that's pleasurable in itself.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours hazy pale golden with a massive white head that very slowly dissipates into great lacings.

S: Floral hops with lots of fruity notes; green apple and lemons and other citric fruits. Rich in spices. Smell just like a Saison should.

T: Spices, leather, bread. Lots of pepper and vey rich in floral hops; which gives it a fruityness. Green apples and citric notes.

M: A sour bitterness lingers for quite some time in the aftertaste. Body is mild and carbonation moderate. Smooth!

O: I'm a sucker for Saisons, and this one is quite nice. Very refreshing!

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

Nice gold cloudy haze with about a finger and half worth of head. Very aromatic smell, with hints of spice and flowers, a spring kind of aroma. Very fruity in taste with a hint of spice and a zing in the end. The zing in the end makes you want more of this beer.

Something I would personally drink during the spring and maybe early summer. Also something I would suggest for most people who want try different beers.

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Photo of kevanb
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Really nice appearance from this beer. Poured into a stemless oversized wine glass. HUGE head on this beer, really frothy and bubbly. Nice blonde color, not too much sediment, really nice shine.

S: Smells amazing, really lovely aroma. Fruity, very yeasty with hints of spice and maybe some citrus. I could stick my nose in the glass all day.

T: Good flavor, very good representative of a belgian farmhouse. Lots of yeast flavor, spice and some mild fruit. The back end flavors are also quite nice, doesn't get sour or tangy as I've noticed from other beers of the same style.

M: Feels okay, pretty sharp going down at the end, but overall very smooth, not overly bubbly, but its almost a little too devoid of textures or feelings.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, everything about it was good from the flavor to the price. I would certainly recommend this to someone who is a bit tired of drinking Duvel all the time.

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Photo of Tripphop
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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 jera1350
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to ding the appearance a few points here due to way too much foam. The body is a cloudy pale yellow and the head is just massive even though I poured this slow as hell. I want to drink it now, but have to wait for the everlasting head to recede a bit. Awesome head and retention halfway through the beer, with lots of sticky lace.

The smell is amazing. Huge robust fruit presence, belgian yeast, a little wet hay and honey malt.

Light malt, touch of honey, fruity, some lightly spicy hops and just a wee bit of wet hay. Not very funky though, which I appreciate. A nice bit of complexity, but very drinkable at the same time.

Light-medium body, soft carbonation, very dry finishing. Smooth overall.

Have to say that I really enjoy this. Probably the best of the style for me. So drinkable and refreshing, but complex at the same time. Definitely will enjoy this again as the weather warms.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden straw color with a large white head that takes quite some time before it goes down. Scent is nice farmhouse funk with a bit of skunkiness. There is also a lot of fruit and bread aromas. Taste is just like it smells, except with some pleasant bitterness. The citrus really comes through in the taste with the barnyard funk. Some grainy flavors with a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is nice and medium-bodied with a smooth, crisp finish. Drinkability is quite high, especially on a warm summer day. Overall, I absolutely love saisons, however, this is not my absolute favorite. It is up there though in the top 10 or 20.

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Photo of t420o
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured carefully still produces a big, frothy head that lasts throughout. Golden, hazy color that has a slight amount of beautiful sediment floating in it.

S- Almost like a Brut Champagne. Fruity and dry. Tart green apple, strawberry, blackberry, grassy, peppery

T- Fruity with a slightly dry finish. Green apple, slight lemon, strawberry, other ripe berries. Malty-yeast balance is excellent

M- light, dry, and airy. Good carbonation level

Overall- I really enjoyed this beer. It isn't often that I like beers this much that taste this light, but the beautiful dry fruity taste was excellent

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Photo of Nerudamann
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

Look - pale golden color, murky, with a ton of foam that dissipates and good medium...somewhat fast/somewhat slow speed. Foam itself is very thick and frothy. Lots of sediment floating around.

Smell - spicy and musky-smelling. Reminds me a bit of a good Bavarian lager.

Taste and Mouthfeel - tart at the forefront, sweet in the middle, and a bit bitter in the finish. Every time I smell and taste it, it reminds me of Germany...Bavaria in particular. I'm not sure why. Muskiness and lots of quality to the taste. Texture is well-balanced.

Overall - very interesting and good-tasting brew! This is one of the first times I've actually felt like I was drinking a European brew in the US. Would love to taste this ale fresh!!

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Photo of tewaris
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into three Saison Dupont glasses.

Golden amber and seemingly clear, Dupont pours with an "off-the-hook" Belgian head that took forever to settle and left killer lacing on the glasses. Perfect looks. Upon closer inspection, very fine yeast is seen suspended in the liquid.

The aroma is dominated by hops - herbal notes (Euro hops), spices, and a little funk. Lemony notes upon warmth.

Not nearly as complex as Fantôme in taste, the hops overwhelm this one. Malt-yeast complexity wavers; although some fruity esters, and citrus character that's not from the hops, are felt upon warmth.

Finishes real dry and is always crisp with high carbonation... nice! Very drinkable with moderate alcohol, I quite like this one although I would take Fantôme over it. Any day.

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

A: Vibrant gold, with very slight haze, thick head that is a "dirty" white.

S: Very floral, sharp fruit notes, burst of lemon, some funky yeast.

T: Bready, but light, odd combination. Fresh lemon and herbs. Peppery and piney bitterness. Crisp, not overly fruity.

M: Decent carbonation, but maybe a touch too much. Rather thin.

O/D: It's tasty and "a classic," but better things have been done with the style. Maybe it's different out of a bottle.

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Photo of brewdenver
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a tulip.

A: Light golden yellow, strong fingers and lacing. Good head retention.

S: Fruity, earthy, pleasant aroma.

T: Various fruits and spices. Earthy middle with a semi dry finish. Every taste was better than the first.

M: Perfect carbonation off the tap. Medium bodied, pleasant on the tongue and cheeks.

O: A great, great Saison.

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Photo of haazer
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pour yields a thick foamy white head. The brew is a fizzy carbonated concoction, gold and hazy yellow. The head settles to a nice white cap. Seems to have some sediment.

S- Fruity aroma in the front of nose. Fruits include apples, banana and some citrus. I do smell some hay and little funk notes. Slight tingle of phenols.

T- Taste starts as the nose did with fruit on the palatte first but only briefly. It moves to very earthy flavors is how I'd describe it. It is somewhat of a dry floral taste. The finish is incredibly crisp and dry.

M- Fairly crisp, astringent and dry. Very nice carbonation felt on the tongue. Body is light to medium, which helps the drinkability because of the dryness.

O- A complex beer. Add more funk and sour and this would remind me of the oude gueze I had recently. Looking forward to more saisons. This is worth a try and will have again.

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Photo of Prime16
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Off white head - body had the color of a thinned out glass of Ruby Red Grapefruit juice.

S: earthy, Belgian yeast, clove and banana.

T: Bready, yeast, warm spice-pepper.

M: Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.

O: Great beer for a warm summer day.

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

750ml bottle into snifter

This beer pours a hazy late day sun yellow with nice fluffy white head. Some sedimentation, perhaps from the pour job. Smell and flavour are much the same. Lots of fruits, banana, green apple, some white grape and strongest of all lemon rind (both nose and palate). Some background clove spices and pepper along with unmistakable yeast (no surprise there). Nice and light, crisp, refreshing. Overall a good beer especially in the summer.

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Photo of rarbring
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is faintly clouded, pals straw colored, a big head that settles slowly and leaves good lacing. Good curtains.

The smell is lovely, fruits, oranges, pine-apple, apples, spices, cardamom, clove.

Staring sweet, fructose, then bitter oranges, peaches, ripe apples, spicy notes, ginger, cardamom, pepper. A good bitter lemon zest character.

Low carbonation, a rather light body, smooth texture, a dry finish.

Nice, well done, goes well with a moldy Tallegio and hard bread.

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

Unfortunately, out of the bottle it was initially quite skunky. Damn green bottles. Once poured though, it settled into a nice, mildly fruity sweet aroma with soft spiciness.

Pours a hazy golden color in the glass with a pretty nice head.

Taste is very nice. It can be difficult to tell all the Belgian styles apart, but this stands out a bit. It has a good upfront fruitiness to it (banana) with a healthy but restrained clove spice profile. A tiny bit of yeast shows up next, with a grain note that disappears a the beer is being consumed. Decent grassy bitterness on the back, but not stinging or puckering at all. Just a nice finish.

Awesome, one of the classic beers of this style for good reason. Highly enjoyable.

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

Pours a yellow/orange, slightly cloudy.

Taste is yeast forward with subtle spice (pepper).

High carbonation and dry finish make this the perfect drink after working outside or to drink with most foods.

Highly drinkable and a perfect example of the style, as it is simple with enough subtle yeast complexity to make it worth coming back to.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Family Dog in Atlanta. I was shocked to see I hadn’t reviewed this beer.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with hints of grass. Also present are mild amounts of green apples and leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as robust. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by slight green apple and pear flavors. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors fade a bit and grassy and leafy hops flavors work their way into things. The light malts and hops carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I consider this beer quintessential for the style. Nothing overdone and with everything in its place. Worth a shot.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle (no date) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Translucent/cloudy golden yellow beer with some orange highlights. Massive bubbling going on through the beer the whole time. Some of the yeast sediment made it through and while it mars the appearance a bit, it can be overlooked. The beer poured a massive white foamy head that took forever to dissipate so I could pour the rest of the bottle in over a very slow pour in an effort to keep the sediment in. Big persistent strands of lacing all over the place in sheets and strands. Good looking beer other than the sediment.

Smell: Orange citrus, fruit, and with a swirl, hops that were a mix of cut grass, faint skunk, and grapefruit. As the foam died down more yeast and fresh baked bread starts to show up. Interesting smelling beer.

Taste: There is a definite orange/citrus/ruby-red grapefruit thing going on here. These sour citrus flavors dominate, followed by some bready flavors in the middle. The end is a mix of bread moving into a crisp bitter finish. Once again, a very interesting beer.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation that cleans the tongue after every drink, but doesn't scour it. Really just perfect in carbonation. The rest of the mouthfeel leaves a crisp and clean finish, maybe a little dry, but if I wait a minute I'll notice a little bit of something clinging to my teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: When I first poured this and only got a lot of foam I wasn't sure, since the only tastes I was getting were a few drops of sour citrus, but once the beer settled down a bit and I could catch everything, I can see why people rave about this style. Definitely a good beer for a warm spring evening, and it would work really well in the summer. I feel though that I need to have it with food though. By itself it's good....but I keep wanting something to eat with it. Definitely a sipping and savoring beer, despite its warm weather quenching quality. Definitely a good beer that I'll have to revisit sometime.

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Photo of BigMike
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light tangerine color. Very hazy with an off white head of about 2 fingers.

S: After popping the cork all i could say was Heineken. I am overwhelmed with skunk. AFter pouring it and letting it sit for a few minutes most of the skunk disappears. The Belgian yeast component takes over. Lot's of spice like clove and tons of lemon zest.

T: Lot's of Belgian yeast. Lot's of lemon zest and citrus. A touch of grassiness.

M: Nice refreshing mouthfeel. Very dry and easy to drink.

Overall: A nice light and easy to drink saison. The green bottle has got to go. Most of The skunkiness faded after a while but just enough lingered to throw the flavor off a bit. Minus the green bottle this beer would be awesome and very reliable.

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

Appearance: Great peach-apricot hazy pour, enormous craggy foam head, good lacing. Loud pop upon opening it.

Smell: Very lemony and spicy, nice light subtle funk. I get white pepper, coriander, sweet grass , hay

Taste: Similar to the smell, lemon and pepper/coriander/clove spice with sweet grass, hay and a light funk. I get some golden ruits like peach, apricot and green apples also.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, very creamy

Drinkability: Very refereshing and enjoyable; this is an awesome beer. Not quite fantome but widely available.

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Photo of KingPuuChuu
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer.
Poured from an 11oz bottle with a beautiful gold with a huge fluffy head. That's right, I just used fluffy. Imagine a light fluffy cloud of beer.

Very fragrant. The yeast comes out with a hefty clovey smell, along with some hop character.

Clean flavor. Crisp, malty, a little bit of lemon. Easily drinkable. Mouthfeel is wonderful, as it stays consistently bubbly, which keeps the unfiltered yeast flowing around. Alcohol is 6.5, so it doesn't hit you at all, though I could see myself only having one big bottle

The only negative is that this is in a green bottle, so I can taste some oxidation.

Other than that, this is a spectacular beer.

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

I thought that it would be nice to anticipate the beginning of summer with my first saison of 2011. And this is the classic example of a saison... afterall, then started making them since before America became a nation.

This was a cute little, 11.2 ounce bottle. It was served with a classic tall pilsner glass with a little taper at the top. Since a poured a little aggressively, there was a lot of head. I must have mispoured (four and a half inches of head). Then I stared at my glass longingly as the beer held the head for a long time. I didn't get to drink for something like five minutes. It was a good punishment.

I spent the five minutes just smelling the bouquet for awhile. It was floral with some nice, light spices.

The flavor had a clean, refreshing flavor. It was light on the malt and hops. There was some fruitness in the flavor. It was very drinkable down to a clean finish.

The beer had a nice golden color with brown particulates (it is unfiltered). The brown flakes swirl around the glass in a nice motion. Eventually these flakes settle into the bottom of the glass.

At the end there was no lacing on the glass. I should continue the great history of this beer by buying another bottle soon.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle split with buddies. So often I get light struck bottles of this, thank goodness this wasn't one. Perfect stram yellow, just oh so hazy. Tiny bubbles cruise to the top of the glass under a dense whipped cream head. Sheets upon sheets of lacing cascade down the glass. Spicy, zesty and peppery aroma, just a hint of farmhouse. Simple and well presented flavors here backed by a basic malt bill of pils. Grassy noble hops make there presence known and then that great yeast. Spicey and earthy with highlights of citrus and coriander. Real well attenuated, dry. When one gets a good bottle of dupont there really isn't much better.

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Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 4,243 ratings
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