Saison Dupont | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Saison DupontSaison Dupont
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 02-26-2002

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loose lively champagne head that fades with no trails and a deep bright lemon yellow. Wildflowers, wax, lemon zest and cantaloupe on the nose - deep.
Yellow apple and pears with sponge cake up front, butterscotch in there, then an ester hit like Juicyfruit followed by big anise seed and fresh herb hops.
Mango finish and incredibly dry tightening linger. Crisp, light, very fizzy, some cling, no heat.

One of the most complex saisons I've tasted. Honey and spice make for a great summery profile. Rep is earned, but loses off the overall for the high-ish ABV.

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

Poured into tulips, 750ml shared with SundaySour

4th of July tasting!

A: Gold straw,light sun beams, with notable clarity. Light white soap sud foams at two fingers sits loftily over a very light body. A ring of bubbles forms around the edge of the glass as the foam dissipates.

S: Light bready biscuits, pear flesh, and traces of hay. This is a delicate barnyard. The yeast is so soft on the nose, yellow grasses and cut lemongrass. Some bamboo chutes chase the flavor of fresh peppery arugula.

T: Such subtle grassy notes. yellow grasses, faint ginger, and hay. The breadiness favors light crusts. There is no doughiness in the taste at all, it is clean and champagne like in its dryness. Cut greens make an appearance in the finish.

M: Soft light body that rolls in the mouth. Carbonation fizzes for a long time. This is like a champagne with the volume turned down. Soft spoken and complimentary of the flavor. This really is the knot that ties the theme of this beer together.

O: Solid, light, and very clean. I think this is about as clean of a saison as I've ever had. A sophisticated salad in a glass, versatile with great drinkability. I'm a big fan of this one, but the sophistication might tame the style to the point that it makes a departure. This would be an easy intro to beer styles for a champagne drinker.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison tasting with a friend while brewing today...

Review from notes...

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance-Large frothy 4 finger head and a slightly hazy yellowish/orange body. Nice head retention and nice lacing.

Smell-Lemony goodness, some spice, and some farmhouse funk. Also got some biscuity malts. Extremely inviting.

Taste-Follows the aroma. Sweet and Rich, but not overwhelming to where it gets to be too much. Lemon citrus upfront and a light hop finish. Funk is there throughout entire sip. Got some slight apple in there as well. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, lots of carbonation. very Smooth and refreshing and very easy to drink.

Overall-This turned out to be my favorite by far out of the 3 Saisons I had(Hennepin, Collete). I really wish more saison's came in 4 or 6 packs. Great beer

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

The beer was poured from the tap, not sure how long it had been on tap or when it was brewed.

The beer was a warm orange color and hazy with a white head that soon fell back into the glass.

Their was little hop aroma and the beer smelled like warm bread dough. As it warmed notes of lemon grass and citrus appeared.

The beer was sweet, full bodied, and tasted of bread dough and wheat.

It was a very enjoyable and refreshing beer. Not sure I would pay the crazy cost for the beer again but i am glad to have enjoyed it at least once.

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

first time i ever tried this style of beer and once i had it i decided i needed to go out and try many more saisons especiallyt the local ones and see what this is all about

when i popped open the bottle of saison dupont there was a mini explosion huge pop sound then the beer came cascading over the top of the bottle so i quickly poured it into the glass

the beer was hazy and very bubbly it had a huge head right on top of it and it came all the way bursting over the top

the aroma was not that intense i just got a little bit of some rustic smell in it and some mineral smell as well

the mouthfeel was outstanding very carbonated and refreshing i liked it alot

overall this is a great style of beer and it prompted me to try lots of other examples from other breweries i really like the saison style

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Photo of ncfranklin
3.27/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Tulip

A: Deep burnt orange. Lots of floaters throughout, like brown specks. 1 finger off white head.

S: Some spiceyness, orange citrus, lemon and a biscuit sweetness.

T: A light spice up front, before caving to a wealth of malt. This can't be right. Bad tastes of dirt and grass come in the finish.

M: Thicker than the style should be, not overly refreshing or carbonated.

D: Bad bottle maybe? The floaters cause issues? Overall a cruddy brew. Will make sure to try again later and re-review if needed.

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

587th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
330ML
@BJ's West Covina

App- When you pour this its a very striking balance of orange and yellow. A nice one finger head forms and the you get the stick that slides down the glass. One of the better reps of the style, good but not the best

Smell- Right off the bat, you get why they call it a farmhouse, smells of dried grass and some hay. A little yeasty and some pepper.

Taste- Its one of the classics of the style that has a ton of reviews because its easy to drink, tastes good and welcomes people to a new style. This has a similar profile to the nose with a funk, yeast and pepper.

Mouth- Medium bodied but nearly light and a nice medium carbonation but smacks you with a nice dry residual flavor.

Drink- Overall, this is a very well done saison, its flavorful, dry and balanced. Flavors are a bit muted and thats the only knock besides the app being a little lacking on head for style.

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

Saison Dupont pours a pale straw color. It’s extremely hazy, even after a careful pour. Carbonation looks rather active. It produced a white head that stands about three fingers tall. Retention is very good. It never completely dissipates, and leaves a sticky coat of lace clinging to the glass.

The nose is good. It could use a little more strength, but not much. It smells very earthy and grainy throughout. There’s a musky side to it, as well, but it’s secondary. Belgian yeast is noted, and has imparted a really nice spicy twist. Pepper and clove are definitely there. It smells a bit more hoppy than I expected. They smell grassy and a little floral. Noble hops? I believe so. Alcohol is not a factor at all.

The flavor is nothing short of tremendous. Belgian yeast hits first and starts things off extremely well. It does have a nice pepper flavor, with just a touch of clove. It’s followed by grassy, grainy, and light musky notes. It all works extremely well together. There might be a light herbal flavor, but it’s nothing vegetal. Hops add some pizzazz. They are grassy and floral. Alcohol really isn’t noticeable. It finishes dry with a grassy hop flavor.

Saison Dupont has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is active and perhaps a little buzzy. Nonetheless, it’s very crisp and refreshing. Oh…and it goes down far too easily. I’m trying to slow down, but I can’t.

Saison Dupont is a classic. No doubt about it. It might not be the world’s best Saison, but it’s definitely up there in the top tier. I’m a big fan of the flashy hop presence and its crisp, refreshing bite. This is a fantastic summer ale if there ever were one. Yeah, the nose could use a little more muscle and the body could be a little bigger. Those are small chinks in its armor though. If you’re in the market for a great Saison, give this one a shot.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into its proper glass.

A: Hazy straw body with two inches of creamy, rocky tan head that rise precariously above the rim of the glass. Fantastic retention + lacing. Gorgeous.

S: Grainy malt, spicy phenols, and hugely grassy, herbal hops. Hay, green apple, and more white pepper. Excellent.

T: Dry + spicy, with some light graininess quickly giving way to intense peppery phenols, light appley tartness, and a profoundly bitter, herbal hoppy finish. Great stuff going on, but it's a little out of balance - too bitter, not complex enough with the yeast.

M: Light body explodes with carbonation. Hugely lively. Terrific.

O: The only times I've had this in the past it was horrifically skunky, so it was great to get a fresh, brown bottle in the country of origin. I can definitely see how the enormous skunk came to be, since this was probably the hoppiest Saison I've ever had - hoppy to a fault, actually, since I felt that the bitterness eventually outweighed everything else and took away from the beer's complexity. Still, this is a deservedly famous example of the style. Great beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of MadCat
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light golden yellow, voluminous white head that dissipates slowly and leaves tons of lacing

Smell: Ripe pear, herbs, and a very earthy yeast. Very complex

Taste: Earthy and spicy, herbal, a little fruity, with a little tartness. Also very complex, hard to hit on all the flavors

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, high carbonation, very smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a semi dry finish

Overall: An outstanding brew, completely different from Ommegang's Hennepin, which is the only Saison I've had before this. Both are good, but far apart, and I like this better. This really blew me away on how complex and great it is.

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Photo of BeerMarshall
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly my new favorite lighter colored beer.

A: Golden, cloudy, exuberant carbonation and strong head retention.
S: Starts with a hint of skunkiness, but this aroma quickly gave way.
T: Spicy, slightly peppery.
M: Nice dry finish
O: Excellent beer. I was pleasantly surprised. I heard a lot of hype about this beer and read about it in Farmhouse Brews. I think it lives up to the hype. Expensive, but so is every belgian specialty ale. Definitely will drink again.

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

A: Golden, cloudy with a large head that recedes slowly. Nice looking.

S: The first hit I get right out of the bottle nose is that Heineken smell of semi-skunk...the result of alpha acid exposure to light (from the green glass 750ml). Fortunately that just seemed like the initial burst from the uncorking, and it mellows into something nicer. Mild spice, some sweetness, but still a little skunk in the background. Get amber bottles (like pictured here on Beer Advocate) if you can.

T: Better than it smells. Starts off kind of grassy, fading into mild alcohols, then some pleasant fruit on the upper palate. Kind of earthy and boozy. I like it. Gets better as it warms.

M: Bites just enough up front from carbonation, then gets slick. Tis good.

O: This is a pretty rad beer. Unique, but at this price there're other brews I'd probably rather buy. I could see myself ordering it if I'm in the right mood...and it's pretty classy when it comes down to it. Get it to impress a lady.

Also had this on tap (I think it was on tap) at Father's Office in Culver City. Was better than the bottle I got at Whole Foods.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the craft beer outlet for this one. This one really doesn't come into the immediate area and why I don't know.Poured into my snifter dogfish head glass and a very hazy gold with a great white heading.Lacing all over the glass.

What an aroma my wife was sitting at her lap top when she asked "Did you spark up a doobie" and I concur. A very heavy marijuana like aroma came through at first. A second very hoppy aroma came through as well. Very odd for a belgian brew.

A heavy citrus aroma first touches down to get them tastebuds watering. A more of an earthy and pronounced medicinal aftertaste finishes it off.Sorry to say doesn't really taste like marijuana.

Medium bodied and crisp. Great carbonation with a slight seltzer and peppery linger in the mouth for a tick.

A nice saison but I did think the flavors were a bit dialed down. Not saying it was a bad beer I just seem to expect a bit more.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Ebenezer's on 6/10/11.

A - Hazy pale golden liquid with a finger's worth of puffy white foam that reduced to a thin film and deposited some steaks and spots of lacing around the glass.

S - Grassy and citrusy up front with plenty of lemon zest notes. Additionally, there's a good bit of spicy Belgian yeast, a hint of barnyard funk and a dose of candi sugar akin to a Tripel.

T - Bright, juicy citrus with a grassy hop bite and a hint of tart green apple gives the Saison a well-rounded flavor profile. Add a dash of lemon zest and some moderate barnyard funk and spicy yeast, and you get a delicious, spot-on representation of the style. Flavor blends a perfect amount of funk and bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate bristly carbonation. Finishes with light bitterness and a hint of sour funk on the palate, resulting in a fairly dry, crisp mouthfeel.

D - This ain't the standard benchmark Saison for nuthin'!

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Photo of Rifugium
1.24/5  rDev -70.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

First had: bottle at Monk's, Philly, PA

Lots of people not only like this beer, but they REALLY like it. I don't see why. Maybe I've just had "bad bottles" (green bottles strike again?), I don't really know.

The beer itself looks innocent enough, pouring a nice hazy, bronze-yellow with a healthy puff of head. But it smells like a compost heap. Maybe some lemon notes coming through, but that just makes it smell like compost with lemon on it. It tastes like rotting hay and manure. Seriously like manure. And the aftertaste is of--you guessed it--manure. I've had other farmhouse ales, and they didn't taste like someone added rotted hay and the fecal output of a horse during the brewing process, which is all I really get from this, and there's just no two ways about it. Funk is good, hay is good; I don't mind those qualities in a beer. But not horse crap, seriously. I've tried: I've choked this down on the occasions I've ordered it, but really...not good...quite simply not a good beer. There's no complexity here, and if there is, well, I'm sorry but I just can't detect it within the overbearing manure. I would almost prefer a Bud to this. Sorry. Start bottling it correctly, and then we'll talk higher ratings.

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Photo of harrymel
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured @ Brickcellar/Bier Baron

A: Nice light grain ale with ecxellent clarity. Sheet of loosely packed suds along the surface. No lacing.

S: Earthy, hay, sheet grass. A bit of the funk/manure - but in a complimentary way. I like.

T: Herbal: caraway, coriander, clove, rice, grain and slight noble and musty hops.

M: Medium to light with crisp carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Good saison, not my favority, but I see why people consider it among the standard.

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

A - Pours a hazy, coppery gold color. For some reason I'm a sucker for unfiltered beers. HUGE white frothy head! Billowed up to the top of the snifter even after a "perfect" pour. Nice thick lacing on the glass as the head slowly dissipates.

S - Citrusy, fruity, spicy. So many aromas going on here! Hints of toasted bread, and... corn on the cob? That may seem a strange descriptor, but being and Iowa boy, that's a familiar smell to me. Small hints of toffee as well.

T - Bright orange-flavored citrus up front. Hints of darker malt follow through the middle. There is a lemony hop bitterness that sticks to the sides and back of the tongue toward the finish. Not quite as interesting or complex as the smell, but still good.

M - As I could see from the 4 fingers of head that formed during the pour, this is a very well carbonated beer. Not that it is the most vital characteristic of a beer, but specifically regarding a summer variety like the saison, good carbonation accentuates the flavors and quenching freshness very well. Medium body with a somewhat dry finish.

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

750 ml bottle poured into the Duvel tulip.

A - Cloudy straw yellow color with bits of sediment floating about. Produced a nice pillowy head which stuck around. Clumped lacing.

S - Loads of funk, with some grassy notes and lemon juice.

T - Good sweet malt backing which rounds out the almost sour puckery lemon/citrus body. Spicy at the end of the tongue. Took a minute to get used to, but worth it.

M - Light body, crips carbonation that works in it's favor, mostly clean finish, slightly peppery.

D - I remember trying this one about 3 years ago and not really liking it. Really glad I gave it a second chance. Great beer.

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Photo of Wadsey
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Saison Dupont

Served in New Belgium tulip. 

A: Pours white, rocky foam that slowly melts into hazy pale gold beer and leaves behind sheets of droopy lacing. Decent effervescence. 

S: Distinctive pepper of Saison yeast, whiff of sulfur, lemons and citrus, and grass. 

T: Light cereal/grass maltiness, then spicy white pepper, mellow citrus and tartness. Medium bitterness. Clean, crisp finish. 

M: Medium-light body and medium carbonation. Drying. 

O: Saison Dupont is a classic representation of the style, exceeded by only Fantome Saison, in my opinion. Great drinker that is thoroughly enjoyable. 

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Photo of shambeano
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into from a 750ml corked, caged bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a hazy golden yellow with about an inch of fluffy white head, which sticks around for ages. looks pretty damn good.

S- on the nose, biscuity malts form a solid backbone, some fruity yeast comes through next, clovey. finishes pretty citric. very good.

T- again some malt, followed by a fruity spicy yeast. cloves and spice. a touch of yeast funk, finishing with a nice hoppy bitterness. theres a whole lot going on her. pretty damn good.

M- on the lighter side, with a nice prickly carbonation. finishes pretty bitter and with a nice long lasting finish.

O- pretty damn good beer. there's a whole heap going on but still it remains very very well balanced. could easily drink a couple of these on a warm afternoon. impressive.

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Photo of ExplosivoSR
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Horny Devil tulip.

Pours an amazingly beautiful hazy golden yellow. Smell is a very nice mixture of bread and yeasty goodness that made my mouth water. Holy shit, I'm excited. The taste is incredible. A mixture of pepper and spices that gives way to dryness that makes me want more. This is one amazing beer. One of the best saisons I've ever had. I'll be trying this one again.

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

pours a dirty straw yellow with a massive fluffy head

lots of funk with a hint of bitter citrus. a slight skunky scent.

a tad sweet through out with a strong funky backbone and a hint of spice. more sweet up front and spicy in the back.

nice moderate carbonation

overall delicious although a tad too sweet. i could however drink this all day and all night.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 on cork

A - Hazy bright yellow with a huge fluffy head that remains throughout the beer. Big patches of lace are left behind.

S - Floral and herbal hops, green apple, lemon, spicy and hay.

T - Bready grains, spice, pepper, floral, herbal hops, wet hay and lemon.

M - Light to medium body with high carbonation. Creamy with a lingering dryness.

D - Complex. The benchmark Saison that others should be judged against.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle (2010) poured into a tulip glass

A: A fairly easy pour leads to a massive 3 finger white frothy head. Light golden yellow, hazy as hell, leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Belgian funk, pale pilsner malt, a little citrus (lemon), white grape skin.

T: Lots of nice Belgian yeast character: a good bit of funk, some lemon, grape-skin, touch of spiciness, hint of grass. Hoppier than I was expecting. Light pislner malt with a little crystal sugar rounds out the middle to a dry, crisp finish with a little bitterness and lingering lemon zest, grass, and stale bread.

M: Light bodied, fairly high carbonation, smooth, dry, with a crisp finish. Leaves some lingering bitterness.

O: A great saison that is has a good deal of complexity and balance with a really light and pleasant taste and crisp mouthfeel. As easy drinking as it gets.

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Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy pale "white". Not much in the way of lacing but a decent head retention.

S- Funk but not overwhelming. Slight bread quality.

T- Non-sweet bubblegum. Very dry. Subdued Belgian yeast...delicious!

M- Champagne-like bubblyness/carbonation, almost overkill but no.

D/O- This would be a great one to share with a bud or two (or girlfriend!) outdoors sittin' around. A real delight and perhaps the flagship of the style.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.18 out of 5 based on 4,164 ratings.
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