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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1,597
Ratings:
4,128
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
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Photo of gotweid
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the bottle into a weizen glass (the 2nd into a pint glass). Very hazy, cloudy and golden wheatish in color. Thick, rocky head 2 fingers thick and she stayed around quite a long time. Beautiful lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma of grass, grains and very fruity with a slight whif of hops. Better tasting than I imagined from the aroma. The Dupont has a slightly grainy, fruity taste to it with the slightest amount of light bitterness to it. As I drank it the fruitiness became more noticeable without killing or overcoming the hops. Mouthfeel is so very smooth, almost creamy with a decent amount of carbonation that offsets the dryness that is evident later on. Really alot going on with this beer. Extremely enjoyable and drinkable. Great session beer. You have to try this one.

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Photo of Cmack15
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The classic mother of all saisons. You owe to yourself and beergeeks everywhere to at least try this. A superb offering from the mecca of beer Belgium. Great in the heat or cold months of the year. Good with almost any type of food also. This ia a beer that you should always have on stock. Highly reccomend this to all.

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Photo of jbowers56
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks amazing. Huge off white head. Cloudy kind of straw/golden colour.

Interesting nose. Sharp spicnyess mixes well with a distinct pear estery quality.

Spicy, fruity, herby. Lovely!!

Smooth, yet very carbonated.

Each sip leaves me wanting more - this bottle will be no problem to polish off!

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Photo of Melchizedek
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale gold, with a big sticky head that holds onto the sides of the glass nicely.

Aroma is yeasty/phenolic with a distinct apple/pear fruitiness and a light spice. In the mouth, light and playfully carbonated with fruit flavors up front - some apricot comes into the mix as it warms - and a light grain texture with mild yeast, a light citric tartness and some final hop. Cleaner in the finish than the start.

I paired this with a Thanksgiving feast and have no regrets. Probably very versatile for pairing, and I was glad to have this as my introduction to the style.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure I really get the whole "saison" thing -- this beer didn't really seem all that different than many other (non-saison) Belgian beers. Still, it's a solid and tasty beer.

The head is ridiculous, even pouring carefully I had to wait quite a while to even get room in my glass to get a decent quantity of beer... it's a light slightly cloudy golden color.

The smell is dominated by Belgian yeast. The initial taste is remarkably soft without being weak, very yeasty, with a subtle fruity note, a little tartness/sourness, and a slight but definite bitter hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and slightly oily; despite the huge head, the carbonation is just right (again, think "soft"). The initially subtle sour/tart note remains in the aftertaste -- I drank it about 2 hours ago and I can still taste it!

The lingering impression is the softness, and a sense of well-balanced, and subtle, quality and drinkability. It's not a bold beer, but one which seduces you...

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Photo of REDAMI
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Course, foamy white head. Pale, slightly hazy gold color.

S - Damp straw, sharp citrus notes, and a little Belgian funk.

T - Light malts, bitter citrus (some grapefruit, some lemon) in the corners, very well balanced for a saison.

M - Crisp, light, effervescent, slightly dry, no single aspect stands out. Balanced and quite refreshing.

A great saison. A well balanced mix of tart, malt, bitter, and yeasty funk.

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Photo of GeuzeInTheHouse
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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 clabaugh
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a lovely golden pewter, with a fine cascading effect. A voluptuous, pillowy head colored a snowy white accumulates on top. Displays excellent retention, with lacing that appears generously in opaque sheets.

Smell: Mildly yeasty, with a raw barnyard character. Rich and wheaty, imbued with subtle floral notes. Faintly grapey.

Taste: Toasty oat flavor with an earthy, yeasty character. Implications of fruit ripening on the vine; apple, pear provide some tartness. Some residual bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Exquisite sensations. Pleasingly creamy and sumptuous. Caresses the palate and the tongue as well as any beer I've had the privilege to imbibe.

Drinkability: Only adequate flavor, and fairly filling. Successfully hides the 6.5% ABV. Just lacking that "craveability" that is so elusive to describe.

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Photo of DoppleJock
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

01/22/2010
750 ml bottle poured into Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass.

A: Poured a super murky golden color with big, three-inch head that evened out at the rim of the glass.

S: Lots of yeast. Dank and musty barn smell. Some citrus. Farmhouse to a T.

T: Stars off with some semi-dry citrus notes, malty midway, and finishes dry.

M: Pretty nice and refreshing.

D: Saison Dupont was the first Farmhouse Ale I tried a little over 3 years ago. Still holds up to my first impressions. Like this one a lot.

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Photo of masikon
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brouwer's cafe in Seattle. Fills the proper glassware with a somewhat thick marigold yellow that can't be seen through and a nice white head. Nose is fruity and intense, you can smell this beer from quite a distance, fruity aroma...also some herbal notes...some green tea-like notes were detected somewhere in the profile. Taste was big and medicinal but not off-putting at all, the yeast is very present but in a slightly different character....somewhat heavy and definitely rustic. This is my first saison and i really enjoyed it, I love trying all these new somewhat obscure beer styles and realizing how damn good beer can be.

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Photo of TK5150
3.03/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cork says 2.009, don't know if that means anything or not.

A- Pours a murky light gold/yellow with a huge off-white head. Lacing runs down the side of the glass quickly as I swirl. The head recedes a bit after a few minutes.

S- Musty, old, dank. Wet horse/dog. A little malt in there. Not pulling these aromas off well.

T- Straw, acidic lemons, and spice. The spiciness is like coriander and/or grains of paradise. Musty. Some malty sweetness briefly appears before the finish. Again, has some elements that I would like if done well, but they're just not working for me.

M- Lighter side of medium bodied. Feels most thin towards the finish. A sharp, highly carbonated beer.

D- One 375 ml bottle is fine with me. Not the best beer. Lighter body helps the drinkability.

Overall, this reminds me A LOT of Sam Adams' Summer Ale, but with a little less spice, and more must. No need for me to have that or this again. Smuttynose's Farmhouse Ale is something I would get if I'm in the mood for a saison.

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Photo of EnemyWithin
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on Sept 1, 2010.
Recommend by employee at Firefly Wines & Liquor in Vancouver, BC.

Appearance: Pours yellow-gold color with a slight haziness. Has about 1 1/2 inch thick white head to it.

Smell: Somewhat yeasty initially with a mild earthiness. Has hints of lemon and florals.

Taste: Light and crisp with a bit of sweet malt and hint of bitterness. Subtle and balanced in its flavors. Dryness consistent with the style.

Mouthfeel: Moderate level of carbonation, with very tiny bubbles, almost champagne-like. Crisp and balanced dryness in finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, and especially refreshing. Initially, I felt a little underwhelm by this offering, but as I continued with the bottle, the flavors grew on me. I found it to be great with food, such as pasta or chicken or salad.

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Photo of Kallenovsky
4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I picked up a few small bottles on clearance a few years ago. I've been buying it again and again ever since. This is one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of choyhosoi
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A-Pours a cloudy yellow/brown. Has an excellent head when poured correctly and it will linger for awhile.

S-It has a sweet/sour kind of aroma.

T/M-This is a smooth ale that will be a definite add to my collection. It has no bitterness or aftertaste just perfect.

D-If I could buy a keg I would. Try one you won't be dissapointed.

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Photo of mtbbaboon
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, year 2007. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly cloudy blonde with thick foamy, bubbly head that lingers for quite a while. The first thing I smell is the spice, then the fruit comes through. I also get a hint of cloves in there. It's a complex aroma. Feels a bit bubbly in the mouth, medium bodied and goes down easy. It's got a tart taste, as well as spicy (peppers?) with some bitterness. Seems pretty dry, too. It's a well balanced flavor. Drinks real easy and is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of chiefydawg
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy, pale orange body. Near-extreme carbonation pushes tiny bubbles to form a tall, compact, snow-white head. Not a stellar lacing, but it is there.

Citrusy, dusty/earthy, with some champagne-type fruitiness hits the nose initially. Little Belgian yeast follows, and some ripe pear just begins to peek as it warms to the room. Clean and refreshing scent.

Unripe fruitiness and citrus peel greet the tongue, accentuated by the unexpected level of hop bitterness. Then a dusty, white peppery yeast gets into the mix right away. As it warms, there is a somehow pleasant soap taste. Tad of dry grain. No detection of any flaws or even much alcohol, though that can be felt.

Shockingly creamy, and a joy to roll around the chops. This high level of carbonation and attenuated dryness just doesn't make this seem possible - but here it is. Although the alcohol taste is very subdued, it is sensed through the feel of the swallow and subsequent breath. Finishes dry and palate cleansing, leaving one begging for another sip.

I love this Belgian Ale. I drink a lot of beers, but do not wind up with Saisons often enough due to location. I think if had my druthers, I would keep kegs of this one around for daily consumption. Masterful work of art here in complexity and drinkability.

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw color with good haze. Clean white thick 1" head at pour settling to a even 1'8" cover. Very light belgian spice with just a touch of pepper to aroma, pick up some faint lemon. High, fuzzy carbonation, making for a ver crisp finish on the swallow. Tingles the toungue. MAkes for some nice lacing on the glass. Light Malt. Very clean, Light and refreshing mouthfeel. light malty sugar with lemon in aftertaste. Very well done. I like the carbonation left on the back of the tougue at the end. Slight dryness on the finish with pale citrus peel feel. Feeling in the back of your mouth light and tart, could have a bit of a peppery effect. Not really picking up on the big sour that some get, but a great example of style. Seems simple enough while also being complex. very good.

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Photo of joshstevens87
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-pours a pale blonde with a very generous white head that sticks around and leaves lacing all over the glass
S-a slightly sweet nose with a really prounced spicyness with a hint of yeast in the background
T-a nice sweetness with a hint of fruits (bananas, apples and pear maybe) with a nice spicyness to compliment the flavor in absence of any hop presence very resreshing
M-rather light body and very little carbonation makes this beer extremely easy to drink with a yeasty spicyness to make this very refreshing
D-this beer is a perfect refresher and could easily be enjoyed all night (though it's not really widely available in the states but if it was i would definately drink this on a regular basis

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Photo of bristol2120
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750 ml bottle. Pours a semi-opaque golden with a substantial head that persists leaving about a one inch layer of foam and significant lacing. Aroma is not overpowering, and features a very pleasant hops tartness and green apples upfront, with notes of maltiness present in the background. Taste features more muted tartness and green apples, along with a bit of "barnyard" presence. Decent mouthfeel, featuring a restrained level of carbonation. I'm not overly familiar with this particular style, or Belgian products in general, but I'm impressed by its smoothness, and excellent drinkability.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.46/5  rDev +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 jmd1978
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy pale yellow color with 2 inches of white head. Nose is bready, yeast, some fruit notes. Taste is yeast, spice, pepper, pear, lemon, and a little biscuity malt. Finish is crisp and light. I'm new to the saisons but this one is. My favorite by far. Can drink these all day!

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Photo of dougofthefuture
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been getting in to Saisons. Time to try this classic again.

A - Pours a bright clear light-yellow with a four finger fluffy head. Great big bubbles.

S - Mainly earthy, with some citrus and floral aspects as well. Deep, complex, and delicious smelling.

T&M - Very complex and very light at the same time, which makes it a winner. The carbonation and acidity make the spicy, grassy flavors dance on the palate. That sounds a bit fancy, but this is a fancy beer. Mmm...

D - I always buy the little bottle and wish I had the big bottle. If only it didn't need to be imported, I'd drink this with almost every meal. This one lives up to the reputation.

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Photo of mortarit
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks like it going to be my highest rating but it's my favorite beer.

I was impressed with the head on this one, can I say the whole glass just about it. It really has that cloud like texture to it. Puffy and thick where it clings to the side walls.

Taste like a water down tripel wich is good because I really haven't gotten into them yet. To harsh for me. So the taste is smooth and really goes down well.

Bottle was a 375ml/ 12.7 oz. with a wired cage.

Cloudy, light golden look

I only got one of these but I will remember. I need to get some more of these beauty.

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Photo of itcomesnpints
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I did a blind taste test of this next to Ommegang's Hennepin and the Lost Abbey's Red Barn Ale.

The pour is a cloudy yellow with a tall head of white. Decent lacing and retention.

Dupont has the most subtle aroma of the three, which was a bit of sign of things to come. Sour apples, cloves and pepper lightly rise to the nose.

The taste is the least sweet of the three and primarily consists of sour apples. Also cloves, anise, and that pepper again. I was not tremendously impressed with the taste, yet it did offer a complexity on the palate that I didn't find in the others.

High carbonation seems usual for saisons and doesn't cause any problems here. However, the aftertaste is bone dry and not to my liking.

An interesting beer that stood out from the pack, not in its superiority, but in it's uniqueness. My brother rated this his favorite of the three and it was my least. To each his own.

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Photo of kpoole25
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle to glass, champagne type cork kinda fun to pop. Pours with a ton of foam, almost a gusher, looks cloudy dark yellow, smells earthy and a little grainy. Taste is fairly big but not necessarily malty nor hoppy, sort of starchy or grainy, maybe funky. I liked it. Good drinkability after you get your bearings, this has a pretty unique flavor.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,128 ratings.
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