Saison Dupont | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Saison DupontSaison Dupont

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Brasserie Dupont sprl

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of leap89
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Straw colored with a big, fluffy head that sticks around for quite a while.

Smell: A strong fruity yeast smell is most apparent, followed by biscuit-like malt. There's a lot earthy and musty aromas, as well as some spice. Very reminiscent of fruit pies or cobbler.

Taste: Tart and musty. Sweet, biscuit-like malt. Pear, apple and lemon, with a little spice and just a touch of bitterness rounding it all out. Clean, crisp and refreshing.

Feel: Light-bodied with a medium, champagne-like carbonation. Very smooth.

An incredibly clean and crisp beer, especially considering the ABV. I don't think I've come across a beer that hides it's alcohol content better. Very refreshing. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of MoohMooh
3.24/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

33cl bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a golden body with a nice, thick head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Apple, touch of citrus (I'm reminded of an Affligem for some reason, but it's less floral).

T: Follows smell, with some sweet maltiness. Somewhat bitter, earthy.

F: Light carbonation, light bodied. Discreet aftertaste, not unpleasant but a bit mild for my tastes.

O: I'm surprised at the high ratings -- this is my first Saison and I'm a bit disappointed as I can't really tell a difference from a regular Belgian Pale Ale. I may try it again once I'm more knowledgeable about the style.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Hazy dull gold as a showcase with very thick fluffy off-white head with very good retention, the head just slowly sinks to eternal bubbly sheet covering the surface along with some nice lacing.

Mellow fruity ester reminds me of ripe pear and lemon, phenol with some spice, earthy yeast, and some malt in the background.

Harmoniously balance taste between yeast and malt, yeast providing a flavor of pear, earthiness, and moderate tartness while malt residing behind with some sweetness as a foundation together with a note of Belgian’s candy sugar. Hop is also there with a faint touch of clean bitterness and herbal in the middle until the end.

The body is light and well suit while the mouthfeel is softly smooth, crisp, and very refreshing with generous amount of lively carbonation, semi-dry finish.

I personally appreciate the thirst-quenching quality of this brew. I could drink this all night, very high drinkable and very tasty.

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Photo of Zet
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very lively brew, with a golden colour, lot of bubbles and a lasting head. The smell I expect from a saison: earthy, yeast, pepper, citrus and hay. Taste follows suit, with some hints of fruit added to the mix. A very balanced taste with a bitterdry finish. Crispy and refreshing. Very good.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgain saison pours a slightly opaque, golden yellow color with a medium foamy white head and a fairly high amount of carbonation. The scent is really fruity and floral with elements of pear, maybe a hint of banana, and a complex melody of earth and flower notes that is reminiscent of a spring meadow. This is a really bold, amazing scent for a saison. The flavor is not quite as complex as the scent would have you believe, but it’s still quite nice. There are the same elements aforementioned in the scent with a flavors of coriander, grains, and yeast as well as a moderate piney hop aftertaste. The finish is quite dry. The body is medium. Some of the hoppiness and dryness in the aftertaste is evened out upon slight warming. I prefer this beer served cool rather than cold. I have certainly had better saisons, but this is a very solid addition to what has become a very popular and competitive style of beer.

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Photo of cmurkar
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a straw gold. Very cloudy beer with lots of bubbles. Head was 1 inch and foamy. Good retention with fair amount of lacing left behind. Smell has Belgian yeast at the front. Lot's of fruit and floral on this one. Taste is upfront with the fruit. Citrus, strawberry, and clove. Spicy finish. Beer is dry and highly carbonated. Super refreshing after a hot day.

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Photo of raynemaeker
4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Although I'm usually a stout or dark ale drinker, this is everything I want in a lighter beer. I'm very fond of Saison's and this is the best one I've had. It's crisp, it's clean with a dry aftertaste that keeps my palate ready to taste my food unbiasedly. I bought it because a beer expert had put a rating on it of "Best beer, period" I can't declare that, but in my humble opinion, it has no flaws.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a bright yellow color with a huge, billowing head that very slowly fades down to a thick cap that leaves lots of sticky lacing

S: Lots of fruity yeast notes as well as some general yeast characteristics. Some wheat and light spice in there as well. Quite estery

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with lots of fruity esters and then goes into a sturdy malted wheat and lightly spicy yeast character. Surprisingly low yeasty influence overall. Finishes with more light ester notes and a definite drying character

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Again, fairly dry

O: An exemplary version of the style, with a big focus on the fruity esters and not so much on the overall yeast character (like a wit would). Refreshing and easy to drink. A must try

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016, pours a straw yellow color, cloudy, with a huge white rocky head. There is a lot of foamy lacing as well. The odor for me is powerful, spicy, fruity, banana, mixed berry, floral, honey, hay, peach, clove, herbal, lemony. The taste for me is spicy, crisp, lemon, clove, honey, floral. Barely any bitterness, slight dry aftertaste.

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Photo of Brew_Betty
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma - lavender, citrus, pilsner malt, black pepper, light yeasty funk and mild hop skunk. Very pleasant.

Taste - tart, lemon, orange, apricot, pilsner malt with a black pepper finish. A little sweeter than the low FG implies.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a tulip at BJ's Willowbrook (Houston). Beautiful champagne-like bubbles and a head that just lasts forever. The nose is spicy and a little phenolic but dominated by a bready aroma that reminded me of Belgian waffles in Belgium (which is unlike anything I have had in the U.S). The high carbonation level makes it feel light and racy in the mouth. Goes down almost too easy on a hot Texas day...danger Phil Robinson! One of the first saisons I tried and though I have had a few since that were more interesting, this is a great example of the style and it's the beer I have used as a benchmark for many years, much like SNPA for American pale ale.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful appearance. Golden color 3 finger thick head. Smells of funky yeast, Apple, pear. Grassy hops peppery too. Very clean taste to this. Kind of spicy yeast taste. The hops leave a pretty decent bitterness on the back end. Kind of a orangey quality or a type of citrus. Overall a very refreshing beer with a yeasty dry. Love it.

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Photo of BigGold
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had several years ago, likely my first saison or farmhouse ale, poured from 25.4 oz. bottle into goblet, and most recently poured from 11.2-oz. bottle into TEKU. Still sets a standard for the style, which is met by only a handful of other breweries.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy but not quite opaque orangesque straw gold, prominent 2 finger head prominent lacing,
S: a pleasant fruity yeast quality, esters and all, balanced not powerful but definitely present, dry and wheaty, touches of lemon and citrus, definite grain notes, sweet, a very immediate but incredibly subtle touch of bitterness
T: immediate sweetness and citrus with malt and lemon as well, very balanced not overwhelming, not hoppy, a very subtle astringency but not in an off putting way, it honestly tastes like a smile, I cant think of a better way to describe it that that
M: dry, but could be moreso
O: There is no question that this is the saison upon which all others are based, though I'm not sure it's the saison upon which all others should be compared, it is delicious but in the wine like character of other saisons, i cant help but wonder if they missed the intention, this is not an uppity beer, though it is certainly smarter than your average bear, this beer begs to be enjoyed, not contemplated and so for the sheer sake of context this should be the first saison that you have, so you understand how the context of the style has changed, this beer is more blue collar in intent than it's counterparts, definitely worth your time but honestly, if your looking for what america has made the saison to be, this sure as hell isn't it, expect something entirely different and more mild in personality

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Photo of Beginner2
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is the first Belgian I ever had... in 1982 in a restaurant in Oakland.
My girlfriend (also a blonde... who later became my first wife) pronounced Saison Dupont as "delicious."
Her opinion was worth something as she was writing her third of five books on pastry.

I have Had this Saison many times since then and, surprisingly, I have no notes.
But MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" talks quite a bit about how Dupont became the standard for Saisons.
MJ's 1999 "Guide" gives this Saison 3.5 stars of 4 and said it "has a big, rocky, creamy head; a sharp, refreshing attack; and a long notably hoppy, dry finish."
Saison Dupont is listed in the "1001" and, of course, it deserves to be there.
Reviewed also in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Yard House - Atlanta.
Clear light amber body with a good head and decent lacing.
Mild, bready and spicy aroma precedes a much stronger flavor. Mildly bitter, or more. Nice fruity aspect in the aroma that does not carry over to the flavor.

Excellent, lively mouthfeel.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a champagne glass.
A - Pours a hazy straw color with a large foamy white head.
S - The aroma is bready and subdued.
T - The flavor is grassy and yeasty with a hint of lemon.
M - High carbonation and medium mouth feel.
O - This is my favorite Saison, hands down. I may not have done this beer a service with my description. It is so well balanced, so delicate, so drinkable. This is not the most challenging Saison you will encounter, but it just might be your favorite too.

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Photo of afroitguy
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Like most farmhouse ales I have tried pouring carefully produces an extreme head of froth. light pale color vith and extremely smooth start and finish

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Photo of mkh012
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Pours a bright yellow with an impressive, lasting head. The nose is sweet and inviting. Bready, floral, and delicate.

The taste is well-balanced. Lemon rind, pepper, apple, and some white grape. Just a hint of hoppy bitterness on the finish. A solid, refreshing beer. Would get again.

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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 TheElectricOne
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a tulip:

Appearance: I was totally wowed by this one. Pours a vibrant straw-yellow, with one of the best heads I've seen on any beer. Big, fat suds make up a head that continues to rise for like ten or fifteen minutes. Lots of carbonation and bubbly activity present in the glass. Semi-hazy.

Aroma: one of the weakest aromas I've smelled for a beer so well rated. It smells like straight up wheaty water, perhaps with a little bit of floral character. Honestly, it's going to sound sacrilegious, but my first thought giving this a sniff was Heineken.

Taste: makes up for the smell a little bit, but it's definitely not the greatest saison I've had. It's simple, with a very straightforward flavor profile. Solid spice and some herby, grassy flavor, to go with lots of yeast and the mild fruitiness that comes with that. Finishes nice and dry, with some ester flavor.

Feel: light to medium in body, with plentiful carbonation. Finishes very dry, with lingering yeasty flavor on the palate.

Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, but didn't love it. The smell was incredibly weak, and though the flavor was actually pretty good, I do like a nice aroma off my saisons. Overall, I'd definitely drink it again, and will do so in the spring and summer.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice straw coloured body with a foamy head with good retention. The scent is fairly weak, though what comes through brings up some tartness and fruitiness, very pleasant. The taste continues with lovely fruitiness and a nice balance between the tartness and hoppy bitterness, leading into a crisp finish. Over a great saison, would definitely buy again.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A really nice farmhouse that ticks all the boxes for the style. Less sweet than most American saisons. What sets it apart from any other saison I've had is the amazing head. In typical Belgian fashion, the head is huge even if you pour gently and the retention is in the order of tens of minutes. Amazing. It's just a great beer.

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Photo of EMH73
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden and cloudy with an extensive, well retained head. Smells yeasty, fruity and floral, with just a hint of spices. Tastes just as it smells. Well carbonated with a light to medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of RickyS
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden pale and hazy beer with abundant head. Smells tart, mildly spicy with cloves and a yeasty character.
Tastes a tad more bitter, orange peel and mango. Lively carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Very nice beer.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.18 out of 5 based on 4,152 ratings.
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