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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 SportsBeer
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of scootercrabb
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eire
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

A: poured into wine glasses. Very nice generous head. Good golden tripel colour. Like the lacing. 4.5

S: really nice fresh fruity aroma. Can't quite put my finger on what fruit(s) it is though. Smells of an orchard, of bananas and apples and honey. It's distinct from tripels I've had which predominantly taste of mango (which might be influenced by a chemical sulfur taste, not here). I like the fresh apples and apple juice. Of course you get the great smell of Belgian yeast also. 4.5

T: sweet, lovely fruit. A very very slight hint of bitterness at the back. This beer is just great. Also, inspired by other reviews, I should point out the "dryness" of the flavour also. Perhaps this is the "funk" or "barnyard" character mentioned in other reviews. For me I didn't notice any Bretty flavours. It just tasted like delicious fruit with some dryness. That may be because it's so well integrated. The dryness is so balancing. This one totally blows the mad brewer saison by James Squire's out of the water in every conceivable way. 4

M: Wow it feels great in the mouth too. So so creamy and good. 5

D: This beer is amazing. I could drink it all night. It's only 6.5% and I can get it relatively cheaply for imported beer. Such a good summer session drink. Wow. The flavours are so balanced- complexities come along with fruity moreishness. 5

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

I poured Saison Dupont from a Green 12.7 oz Champagne bottle, after a loud pop, careful to keep the noticeable black yeast strain in the bottle and down the sink. The beer poured to a pretty deep deep gold-orange color, with a large white frothy head.

When the head reached 2-3cm, I swirled the tulip, and immediately caught the scent of funkiness, some lemon, Belgian yeast and sugars, and peach. Some earthy “barnyard” smells, but very mild at best.

On initial taste, the first thing you notice is a great mouthfeel. The flavor seems to miss the toungue, hit the upper palate and cascade down your throat. Early on in the beer there is a skunky- funky bitterness. This recedes nicely, and the bitterness takes on a peach flavored aftertaste. That aftertaste is worth the price of admission right there. There is also wheat and grass and malt that hide right below the surface and peek through at times. The only distraction or drawback is perhaps my personal longing for some sweetness to balance out the bitterness- but that is not really a criticism.

Believe this. This may not be the best thing I ever had, but its damn close. I guess you would have to be a Hip-hop star to afford to keep bottles of this in your cooler, but if anyone who can afford it is listening, this is the tremendously complex and drinkable pay-off to all your hard work.

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

Served a hazy and nearly opaque pale yellow color with a sturdy soapy white head and nearly endless lace. Smells of citrus and apples with a little bit of intermingled farmhouse funk. The flavors start with lots of citrus, but are quickly balanced by tart lemon peel and spice with a touch of yeasty funk. Finish is long and wonderfully dry. The carbonation is stupendous and helps make the beer particularly quenching; dry and light in the mouth. Excellent drinkability as well. Could easily have a few before noticing the empty glasses and headiness.

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

Purchased in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Wonderfull beer. Sitting in my glass, golden in color with a strong head. Smell of citrus and lemon.

Taste of dry and crisp lemon and bitter orange. A slight hoppy goodness adds to the citrus.

Such a wonderfulll beer, this would be amazing on a hot summer day....

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

A = Pours a cloudy dull yellow with lots of billowy head. about 3/4" of head remained throughout.

S = Smells somewhat musty with very spicy notes.

T = Very complex. Reminds me of a more intense belgian wheat beer with a slight hop character. Also has a nice tartness to it.

M = Medium bodied and a high level of carbonation and surprisingly more "thick" than I had imagined.

D = I couldn't sit and pound these, but it's a special treat and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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

57F.
Clean smelling -- fresh cut green honey dew, calendula, farm meadow in the morning.
I call froth like this 'beer meringue', most definitely. Goldenrod.
It's floral, fruity....carambola (starfruit) kiwi. Sticky, bitter....green banana. Saison grass, and dry finish. Quite wonderful and refreshing.

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Photo of zoso493
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a green 750 ml corked and caged bottle into an Ommegang flute. This is my first saison so let's see how it goes.

Appearance: Poured a very pale but extremely attractive golden-straw color with a massive four-finger, fluffy head. The head falls over itself quickly but has decent retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. Right off the bat you can see that this is an very highly carbonated beer.

Smell: There is a lot of goodness going on in the smell. It almost smells like a Czech pilsner mixed with a barnyard. It's got some traditional grains up front with a big mix of hay and farmhouse scents. Backing all this up is a nice, bright fruit profile of zesty lemon and possibly even some orange peel.

Taste: The taste doesn't disappoint after the wonderful smell. It's got all that barnyard character to it, while still retain some of the orchard tastes. The grains are still present, though perhaps not as much as in the nose and the taste is capped by a slight but refreshing hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This is a very highly carbonated beer as the style calls for (so I'm told), but there's just something askew that I can't put my finger on. Still, I can have no real complains as the mouthfeel as very adequate for the taste.

Drinkability: This is a really drinkable beer as it's light-bodied, highly carbonated, fairly low in ABV and very tasty. This would be a superior brew to drink on a hot summer's day. I cracked this open because it was the first really warm day of the year (I'd been saving it for such an occasion) and it didn't disappoint. This is 750 is going to go down really quickly.

Overall, this is an excellent brew and a really good introduction to the style for me. It's a great fusion between a light drinkable beer and some traditional, funky Belgian farmhouse tastes. I can't wait to get my hands on some more saisons to see how they stack up, because this is a great beer.

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

INFORMATION: Brewed at one of Europe’s last true farmhouse breweries. This beer has been brewed since 1844! The Saison style was brewed during the Winter, with the intention to serve them to the field workers in the Summer months. The brewery states that their yeast undergoes refermentation in the bottle, and is capable of storing in your cellar “for a long time” while different characteristics develop along the way.

APPEARANCE: Green 750 ml cork and cage bottle with noticeable sediment on the bottom. The cork shot at least 50 to 60 ft. in the air when I popped it! Good thing I decided to drink this bay boy outside. Poured a lemon yellow straw color with a cloudy appearance. There was initially a good four fingers of white foam following a gentle pour. Lots for carbonation bubbles streaming upwards. There’s some head retention after each sip, but it’s pretty short lived.

AROMA: Sour lemon, dew soaked grass, hay, wheat, and other funky farm smells.

TASTE: Tart lemon and citrus up front. There’s a fizzy carbonation that massages the tongue and then proceeds to sweep over the rest of the palate. I’m getting some funky-fruit sourness as well as wheat and straw towards the middle. Very mild hop bitterness near the back. Semi-dry and refreshing finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-thin body with a fizzy and semi-aggressive carbonation.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: It had been a while since I’d had this, and it’s even better than I remembered. It’s sour, funky, fruity, and most of all….refreshing. Definitely a top example within the style, and well worth the $8.99 that I shelled out for this bottle.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a big, billowy white head, has a nice dark golden color. Head settles down into soft pillows. Carbonation is highly apparent in this beer.
S: Yeasty esters, very bready. Has the aroma of sweet, fresh baked bread. Also notes of spice, possibly corriander.
T: Very earthy and bready. Hints of citrus, with lots of that yeast ester from the nose. A bit of dryness on the finish to bring things full circle.
F: So smooth, and the body is really full. Feel is actually a bit surprising, for a beer that with this level of clarity was expecting it to have a lighter body. Also the carbonation, which looks very heavy and spritey, was actually quite light.
O: Honestly wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did. I could see myself tearing through a pack of these like nothing. Drinks incredibly easy yet doesn't skimp on flavor or complexity.

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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 Goudie
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours a clouded gold with a white head. Funky and smooth nose. Flavor is a magnificent combo of yeast, citrus and funk. It's beautiful. Feel has a smooth liquid end and the carbonation has a bit of a sharp bite. Overall smooth though. There's a reason why this is the standard for saisons. Don't know the reason? Try it and you'll see.

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

A: Slightly cloudy straw gold body with a healthy cream white head.. trickles down the glass

S: Balanced lemon and soft hops with a hint of a wheaty scent

T: Dry and refreshing lemon-wheat-hops flavor... well balanced on the palate and not overpowering in any direction...slightly tart, with a good farmhouse funk

M: Medium-light bodied with a healthy amount of carbonation

D: Refreshing and versitile .. can drink with or without food for one or more drinks ...

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Photo of corby112
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale golden yellow with a two finger frothy, pillowy white head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into lasting cap/ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, musty aroma with lots of funky barnyard character along with hints of yeast, zesty spice and light fruit. Lots of earthy grass and straw along with hints of bread, apple and pear. Great nose on this beer which is a perfect amalgam of sweet and earthy notes.

Medium bodied with lots of tight carbonation up front giving way to some zesty spice, bread and earthy/funky saison yeast. Slight vegetal presence with hints of grass, hay, straw and soil followed by bread, apple and other light fruit notes. Slight champagne like effervescence that lingers before settling into a sweet and slightly tart, dry finish. Complex and well balanced with an excellently masked ABV resulting in an extremely quaffable beer. Possibly the best example of the style.

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

A – Yellow with some gold. Had a large head which took some time to settle
S-First aroma was the sour, little funky. Citrus/lemon aroma with spice and a hint of oak.
T-Similar to the smell. Sour/tart, with the hint of lemon. Soft finish
M- nice carbonation. Very light feel.
O – Wonderful, all around. Great for a hot afternoon on the porch. I will certainly drink this again

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

A- Great head with pretty lacing on a hazy, translucent, butterscotch/golden colored body.

S- Smell is of belgian yeasts, farmhouse blanket, and pilsner malts

T- Taste is good. Very intricate for a golden brew. Lots of odd flavors become noticeable when warmed

M- Good, clean, medium-body feeling

D- Extremely easy to drink

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

Perfectly balanced saison. Bursting with astringent ripe citrus, peppercorn, and fresh bread flavor; and yet no single note is overwhelming. A real crowd-pleaser! I always bring a bottle of this stuff to a party where I know most are not "beer people."

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

Looks like liquid gold after I've poured it into my goblet. The giveaway that it is in fact beer is the thick white head, standing tall at around an inch! Whew ... its quite aromatic! Sugary sweet aroma, like cotton candy at the fair, this combines with a funky sour whiff that lasts only a scant few seconds. The taste is bold sugar, like the sweetest apple you can imagine, and just a hint of sourness mixed with spice. Mouthfeel is creamy. It's quite dry.
The alcohol is more subdued compared to many of the belgians I've tried. This is a perfect beer to kick back and sip for a while, pondering the mysteries of life ... like why you need ID to get ID ... or why you drive on a parkway and park on a driveway ...
Anyway, this is great. I can see myself buying it many more times!

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Photo of hosehead83
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7oz. bottle with "2009" printed on the cork into a wine goblet
Orange/straw colored and hazy with a huge cloud deck of foam
Aroma-Spicy, distinctive Belgian ale funkiness, fruity
Taste-Fruity,peppery, spicy, clove notes-Abit different with each sip-A dry, tasty finish-Very drinkable and refreshing
Overall, one of the premier examples of the Saison/Farmhouse style.

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

Tuscan gold with a stationary storm of fine yeast. Several frenetic streams of equally fine bubbles can be seen making their way up to a fantastic looking head of impressively rocky foam that is darker than ivory, yet lighter than beige. Meandering fingers of sticky sea foam lace complete the picture of an outstanding looking saison.

The nose is spicy and fruity and funky... and I can't stop smelling it. There's an impressive amount of white pepper spiciness emanating from the glass; so much so that I'd consider it to be the aroma's signature characteristic. Lemongrass and lemon peel contribute even more facets to an already multi-faceted nose.

Saison Dupont is more boldly flavored than anticipated and I like it more than I thought I would as a result. The other interesting thing that seems always to be present in quality beer is that the flavor profile changes so dramatically from the start of each mouthful to the finish. I love it when beer is not only complex, but when its complexity changes kaleidoscopically from the sip to the swallow.

Great mixture of malt and hops with the latter winning by a landslide. This is an amazingly hoppy, amazingly bitter beer with a finish that is almost parching in its aridity. If Saison Dupont was champagne, it'd be brut. The hops are lemon zesty and grassy and spicy and herbal and dee-licious. Why did it take me so long to discover this treasure of a beer?

I keep going back and forth on the mouthfeel. There's plenty of carbonation, but the bubbles seem a thing apart from the beer rather than being buried deep within it where they can provide silkiness and buoyancy. That probably borders on nitpickiness and doesn't hamper my enjoyment in the least.

Saison Dupont is one of the world's best-known and most-loved Belgian farmhouse ales. As far as I'm concerned, after draining this bottle in record time and loving every single drop, it deserves whatever accolades it has earned over the years. And then some.

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

What can you say, "it defines the style" a bit dryer than most American saison.

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

Cork dated 2005: This one popped with vigor. Nice inch and a half of head on the clear ( besides a few yeasties), light golden beer. The nose is quite spicy. Some orange peel and fruity, musty yeast are lurking as well. I detect an ever so slight odor of banana.

This is one spicy beer. Maybe I am tasting the hops. As the beer warms, the musty, yeasty, barnyardy funkiness heightens. A brief sour note must be noted.

Mouthfeel is medium, but more coating than I am used to for the style. I would drink this all day in the blistering sun. I just wish this were cheaper.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 4,233 ratings
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