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Saison Dupont | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
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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 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 mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up in Spartanburg a couple of months ago. Nice little place had this sitting on the shelf for clearance of all of things. So I definitely had to pick this one up and get it back to the house. Served at a nice fifty degree temperature, this one was poured into a snifter.

Very nice and extremely hazy golden yellow color came through immediately. Lots of sediment in here now as well. Huge carbonation profile could be seen with lots of chains of bubbles cascading up to the top of the glass to reinforce the huge champagne like head that came over the top of it. Lots of side glass lacing and a copious foam that would not quit. Very nice aroma here, lots of light grain, hints of grass, light lemon and a touch of grape. Nice airy smell gave way to a very nice flavor. Very light, and perfect for this summer day. First way was a slightly tart fresh grass like flavor. Some hints of peaches, pears, and a touch of tartness as well. Very nice light cereal grain flavor in the middle which became a touch bready as it warmed. Long finish of dried out bitter earthy notes and a touch of light fruit. Slightly sour on the tongue after a few moments. Fantastic carbonation kept it feeling very light and refreshing and this bottle was no issue at all to finish off as the profile was light, low abv and a wonderful bit of carbonation.

Overall I really thought this was a fantastic beer. Nice four year vintage really helped this and if it was ever really sour it has been significantly mellowed with time and the overall balance of it was really just quite nice. I was glad there were two on the shelf, as this has held up very nicely and it would be a pleasure to have it again.

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

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer starts with a two finger tall soapy white head that reduces by about 75% over time but there is always some head retention. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Grassy/hay like smells with some spices and lemon. The yeast is very detectable but there is a certain complexity to it. Slight hints of funk in the aroma but nothing overpowering.

T: Floral and light fruit flavors (pear + apple) along with lemon and funk in the finish. Lots of earthy/grassy flavors as well and some subtle hints of spices/pepper.

M: Light bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Dry on the finish.

O: One of my favorite saisons and truly a classic example of the style. Great flavor, smell, and mouthfeel. This is a beer that I have over and over and never tire of... I think I will have to go replenish my supply soon. Easy to drink and very sessionable. Pairs great with meals.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this corked/caged bottle at Cafe Bruges in Carlisle, PA. Poured chilled into a willybecker.

A - A hazy light gold like lemon juice w a neverending frothy whipped cap w/ very large bubbles

S - the smell of lemons and floral hops w/ spice esters from the yeast and citrus zest

M - Spicy and medium bodied w/ low carbonation and gentle sweetness. The texture is light w/ a citrus tang

T - A mild apple/lemon zest flavor w/ plenty of yeast in the taste w/ pepper and light herbal accents. The flavor has a mild tropical note w/ hint of lemony pineapple and leafy spiced hops. The taste of a mild golden pear is noted in the finish

D - A very traditional example - A classic of the style. It has high drinkability even though it might not be my first choice in saisons it is very enjoyable.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally got around to buying a bottle and reviewing this one.

A: A hazy goldenrod color with a very, very fluffy white head.

S: There is a lot of spice: pepper and clove for the most part. There is a nice bit of lemon and a mild funkiness.

T: A lot of spice is present up front--clove and pepper--followed by a mild sweetness from the malt and a bit of funk and citrus. The finish has a mild hop bitterness.

M: The beer is crisp, light, and dry on the tongue. The carbonation is abundant and helps to keep the beer nice and refreshing.

D: I can see why this one is so popular. A wonderful Saison, and one that would be perfect for a warm afternoon.

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

Boy this sucker, had some life in the bottle, as soon as it uncageed the cork (2.006) shot off! Never seen that before

Pours an effervescent straw/honey color with 1finger + of fluffy white head. Great head retention & fair lacing

S: Straw & fruit (apples & pears) & a little pepper

T: Appleskins and slight yeast twang up front. A slight lemony flavor follows along with some tartness. Some earthy &peppery notes from the yeast as this warms up. finiishes funky & fruitty with some lemony hops& very crisp

MF: Light & spritzy

Drinks very easy for the abv, not my favorite style, but does bring back fond memories of when I toured the brewery back in 92

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

750 ml green bottle with no freshness date. The cork popped off like a bottle of good champagne, thankfully it was not a gusher.

A- Massive off-white head, very active carbonation ... pale golden cloudy color. This is good as the beer should never pour clear.

S- Very ripe pear, earthy cellar and a solid herbal backbone round out the nose.

T- Big herbal phenolic action upfront, dry grain and a mild tartness. A handful of malt character comes through with a clean grainy note. Touch of fruitiness, musty chalky yeast, herbal phenols and dry grain in the finish.

M- Incredibly smooth with a deep yet soft crispness.

Need a beer to clean the palate if not cut through some of the most flavorful cuisines ... this is the beer to do it.

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Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overwhelming head. Starts with a 10 to 1 ratio of foam to liquid. As it settles, some flashes of lace remain on the glass. Lumpy. The liquid is hazy with a green tinge to the straw color. Large chunks of lace after each sip.

Earthy and sour, like a touch of lemon. Here's something unusual--I smell cooked meat (pork?). Don't know why...

Strong barnyard flavor. Quite sour, which remains long after the swallow. Relatively thin bodied, highly carbonated. There's a bit of light pepper on the edge. There's also a touch of chalk, thyme and hop bitterness. Complex.

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours an extremely large off-white head with thick lacing down the side. It is hazy with a golden orange color.

S: There is a yeasty aroma on the front with really fruit aromas on the back, some pear and maybe apple. Also an earthy/grass smell. Really nice.

T: There is a great lemon flavor and some spice. There is also an earth/grass flavor to it. The balance of sweet and bitter is great along with a slight funkiness.

M/D: Great mouthfeel, very crisp. This is a great warm weather beer, perfectly balanced.

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

Served on-tap at Shady McGrady's into a snifter.

A - Pours cloudy straw yellow with a nice pillow of half finger tall head leaving little wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - I don't think the smokey bar helped this one much. I could barely make it out but I got some light Belgian yeast, ripe fruit, earthy funk and a solid herbal backbone.

T - Plenty of Belgian yeast and earthy funk mix well with some nice light fruitiness and a tiny bit of light malt. Not as spicy as I thought it would be but it is still in there. Finish has lots of lingering bready yeast. Still one of my all time favorite beers.

M - Medium-light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A pleasant mix of chewy and dry in the feel. Finish is very chewy with most of it lingering for some time after consumption.

D - Pretty high. One of the all time best, I could drink a few of these on a warm summer day no problem. It is light yet still complex and very tasty.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this today at Rick's for $8.99. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a very hazy pale yellow color with three fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head has great retention and lasts for a long time, and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of earthy notes, funk, lemons, citrus hops, Belgian yeast, and some spices. As it warms up, definitely getting more citrus and lemons, which is nice. Mixes well with the light funk.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, bready malts, cloves, pepper, earthy notes, grass, and light funk. No real citrus here like the nose, but it is still very nice. A little heavier on the spices and pepper so if you like that in saisons, you'd probably really like this taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, overall a pretty good mouthfeel.

o - Overall a great saison; one of the better ones I've had. I found the taste was pretty heavy on pepper and spices, so if you like that in saisons, you'll probably love this one. Not as funky as say Fantome Saison, but considering how easily available this is, well worth buying.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appears mostly clear and orange hued. Rapid effervescence is teeming from the base of the goblet, reminiscent of an ocean storm. The head is gargantuan, appearing pure white and resembling a cumulus cloud perched atop the nectar. 

The aroma offers hops, grass, lemons, lemon zest, yeast.

Nice flavor. Well balanced, with yeast and grass flavors leading the way. Citrus and mild hops add depth. A touch of coriander in there as well. The beer finishes with a moderate bitterness. Just a bit funky, but not that much.

Light to medium bodied and pretty easy to drink. Smooth on the palate with a balance of yeast and hop components.

A good saison, and one I would have again.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a corked & caged bottle a few nights ago at a bar, but I felt compelled to revisit this beer for a formal review.

From the bottle: "Brewed at one of Europe's last farmhouse breweries, in Hainaut province, Saison Dupont is a 4 star, world classic example of of the Belgian Saison style. This increasingly rare specialty originated before the age of refrigeration as a beer to be brewed in winter for summer drinking. The style required a beer sturdy enough to age in the bottle but refreshing enough to be enjoyed in warm weather. Saison Dupont fits this description perfectly, it has a big, fruity bouquet, and dense head. The taste starts fruity but ends dry and very clean with a light, refreshing finish."

I used a gentle pour as per the brewery who I e-mailed for directions. They like the lees to remain in the bottle as long as possible, if not infinitely. My motto since childhood has been "Waste not, want not" and so I usually reserve that last pout for yours truly. I poured into a champagne flute from the Seabee Ball in 1998 and damned if it did not look like champagne. It was a golden-yellow color under a puffy head of bone-white head that slowly fell, leaving a touch of lacing in its wake. The effervescence was unending and I just gazed at its beauty, enthralled. The nose was fruity in a berry field sort of way with an underlying mustiness of newspapers stored in the attic. Mouthfeel was thin-to medium and the flavor was initially vinous, giving way to a dusty, musty tartness. Holy spit in the ocean, Batman! This was deelish and I could totally see it as the champagne toast at my never-to-be wedding since no one will ever have me as more than an amusing lover. Finish was bone-dry and I think that this might act as a nice panty peeler. I must try it out on some femmes in the near future ...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A clouded golden orange sunburst tone, awesome effervescent white fine bubbled head, lacing is entricate clings to my glass the whole way. Aroma: Mild hints of citrus and tropical fruit, along with a musty farmhouse funk just heavenly cloves and spices thrown into the mix. Taste: Staple of the Saison style, creamy fruit tinged edge with pale malts and a great wild flavor of spices, peppery notes, and herbal tea like finish the clovey aspect is great all in all very solid brew. Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, tickles the senses and coats the palate with a fine slightly syrupy film. Drinkability: Effortless summer session ale complex and refreshing what more can you ask for.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
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 stakem
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 3/24/10

On tap at Al's served in a classy little saison dupont glass. Pours a hazy golden color with a finger of white head. A solid curtain of lace clings all over the glass. Nose is citrus and spices akin to clove. Taste is on par with the aroma: citrus, clove and yeast primarily. Finishes slightly dry with a bit of hop bitterness. Light feel and modestly carbonated, it is quite drinkable. As it warms, a bit of pear or light fruit blended with grain comes through and is left in the mouth.

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

Saison Dupont is golden with good carbonation. Head is large and fluffy. The aroma is of a sweet malt and tangy spice. The taste is of sweet, grainy malt meets citrus and spices. Orange peel flavor is obvious, but I'm not quite sure what contributes the spiciness. A little earthy flavor is also in the mix. Finish is somewhat tart and thirst quinching. Saison Dupont is a great beer all-around, highly recommended.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Eb's I'm surprised I haven't rated this before.
Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a bubbly white head with moderate retention. Smells of earthy spicy and funky; lemony and fruity with a carbonic acid thing going on. The flavor is complex with pepper and earth and tart lemony fruit and light sweet non descript fruit. Medium to light body with spirited level of carbonation and a bubbly mouthfeel. Nice light refreshing fruity and tart ale.

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Photo of jwc215
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.
Poured a cloudy yellow with a very, large white head that did settle down a bit, but remained solid.
The smell was lemony with noticeable - but not overwhelming - hop presence.
The taste was citrusy - especially lemon and a bit of orange, yeasty and had moderate hoppiness. The flavors were very well-balanced.
The mouthfeel was light, dry and slightly creamy. The flavors didn't stick around long - but was very refreshing.
This is an excellent choice for a barbeque on a hot day.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a tumbler at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC. Time to finally check this out on tap.

A white soapy head very lively with dull gray like yellow/brown pale amber color that falls normally. A good white colar is left while drinking but body is kind of murky.

Nose is a very dense earth, soil, it feels like fresh tilled dirt. Mild chlorophyl and resin, with a big giant lemon zest. This is a totally different animal on tap than from the bottle.

Taste brings a cold dense cut grass power mixed with a little hint of heat. Lively texture hints of carbonation that does not take away from the taste. An absolute rip your face off finish of lemon peel zest and grass on the aftertaste.

Overall a perfect introduction to the style, without a shocking sour or seriously funky jarring front. A different animal on tap compared to its green bottled brother.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, straw yellow color, creamy, bone-white froth atop.
Aroma, a great heady blend of citrus and spice, probably coriander and clove in the lead. Feels quite a bit like a wit, too, with that wheaten element riding high.
Taste: warm, wonderful, spicy texture, smooths out after, but never flags in flavor. Citrus and spice carries through, with plenty of lemon zest and a drizzle of orange, plus loads of yeasty contributions and a never-ending spicy kick.
Thirst-quenching all the way, ending in a crisp, dry finish. Light bodied, but abundant with character.
Damned tasty! A great summery ale, tres sophisticated and quaffable, to boot!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml. Bottled in 2010, drank in early 2011

A - Pours the color of opaque hay, with a thick, creamy, white head. The head settles into rocky peaks, and holds up with fantastic retention. Great lacing throughout the drink.

S - Lemon, bananas, chewing gum, pine, lemongrass, thyme. Some earthy straw on the backend.

T - Lemon zest, soft malt, and candied ginger up front. Honey-like sweetness. Some pine and orange rind mid profile. A touch of tangy toasted marshmallows in the finish.

M - Outstanding smoothness and balance. Medium body. Well carbonated. Semi-dry finish.

D - Great flavor and a super smooth profile. The carbonation is refreshing, and the body doesn't force you to do too much heavy lifting.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried the Dupont Saison at Montanos in Roanoke. It poured a hazy yellow with fizzy white head that left a spotty lace. The scent is Belgian white ipa like. The taste was potpourri like. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with fizzy carbonation. Overall it's ok not sure why it's getting such a high score.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a stemmed vase, the beer is a hazy, opaque, yellow-gold coloring with a thick, foamy, small bubbled, bright white head about a half an inch thick. Aromas are yeasty, with hints of clove and floral highlights. Very light and spicy on the nose. Flavors are very spiced, with a solid clove profile along a citrus and bready blended foundation. Some lavendar and juniper highlights throughout...this beer is well balanced and extremely complex at the same time. Very good challenge to the palate. The aftertaste is clove spiced and toasty, and the light body leaves a sparse lacing on the glass. The finish is slightly lingering, but light and spicy. Good brew.

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Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at the Ginger man, one of my all time favorites a treat on draft. Poured cloudy light orange with a well developed puffy head, dissolving slowly to a tiny bubble film . This one leaves a ton of lacing. Nose is a load of spice, pepper mostly, also yeast, musty, and earth. Medium bodied and a fair amount of prickly carbonation noted. Flavors of cracked pepper, yeast, earth. Tart in the finish, fresh and crisp. great stuff.

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Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,098 ratings.
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