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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,602
Ratings:
4,152
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
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Photo of orangesol
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Gagnonsux
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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 woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
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 vfgccp
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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 WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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 stakem
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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 johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev -5%
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 WoodBrew
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
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 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 smakawhat
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of jwc215
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
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 feloniousmonk
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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 GarthDanielson
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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 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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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, bacterial funk, earthy malt, yeast, hint of smoke, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Saison/Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, hint of earthy malt, hint of smoke, slight citrus, slight hops, and sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body.

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

08/09/05- Purchased at Belltramo's in Menlo Park, CA

Presentation- 750ml green bottle with no freshness dates. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Orange-golden pour with a thick pock marked ultra white and creamy head. Good lacing as well.

Smell- Farmhouse stinky yeast along with some sour citrus scents.

Taste- Semi bitter lemon rind flavor with a nice sour background. Tart and tangy belgian yeast abounds.

Mouthfeel- Fairly high carbonation level, maybe a touch creamy.

Drinkability- My number #2 saison behind Fantome. Very easy drinking brew that I will try to keep on hand.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is straw yellow and completely hazy. Forms a thick white head of small and medium bubbles, tons of lacing, carbonation is moderate to high and steady. Looks good.

Nice smell, a little sulfur but not much. Smells pretty good.

Medium body, sweet first and then some bitterness. Almost a Duvel like feeling to it. As the beer warms up there is more subtly to the flavors, more sulfur, more sour. Great mouthfeel, great drinkability. I really like this beer. Its probably one of the nicest and readily available saisons on the market.

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Photo of aasher
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle.

This one pours a light bodied opaque light gold in color with a one finger white head that sticks to the side of the glass. The nose is light and yeasty with orange peel, lemon rhind, aged hops, Belgian yeast, and a light floral character. The flavors too, are light and citrusy. There is a light orange sweetness followed by the lemon bitterness, a touch of corn, old hops, and light hibiscus and tea. I would say I prefer the nose a little more. It drinks very light and is definitely sessionable and easy to drink. This would be great for warmer weather. Overall this is a fine saison and one that at $10 is a must try.

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Photo of stevoj
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near perfect! Beutifully executed saison, a treat to enjoy! Pours pale golden into a trapist glass, short creamy head. Aroma of bread and citrus. Taste is grapefruit and crackers. Overall palate is perfect, mouthfeel medium weight with some sharp lingering bitterness. Delicious!

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

750ml bottle, cork sez 2005. Pours a cloudy yellow with tons of foam, which lasts a very long time. Scents of fruits, reminds me of a hefe. Very nice taste with a light body, finishes clean and dry. This would make a very nice session beer, but the price is pretty steep. Really like this one, did not disappoint.

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

750 ml bottle at The Farmhouse served in snifters.

A hoppy, but not so bitter belgian. The nose is funky hops, gotta love it, and the malt doesn't do much. It mostly provides a nice, sweet backbone. The grassy hops and farmhouse aromas dominate and carry through into the aftertaste. All the while, the carbonation provides a Duvel-like feel with a similar fluffy white head.

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

A very bright beer. In looks, taste and feel.
Pours a slightly hazy, bright light gold with a 2 finger head. Clears up a bit as it sits. Lacing is nice and clean, not sticky.
Tight aroma, a tad weak. Spicy, bready, light. The light biscuit is present, sprinkled with coriander, orange zest, white pepper.

Taste follows the nose. Biscuit, spice, zest and dash of floral. It's quite a refreshing taste. I had it after a big meal, and it fit well.

Feel is just about perfect. Crisp and clean, spicy and smooth. I think a bit more carbonation would make it perfect, but this is just fine as is.

Great drinking. Didn't last long.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dates L121118 poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Cloudy golden yellow with 3 generous fingers of white head that slowly reduced to a finger. Good lacing.

S - Clove and Belgian yeast up front with some spice and bready malts rounding out the nose.

T - Mix of spice, cloves and Belgian yeast up front with a touch of bready malt sweetness and some floral notes rounding out the palate. A long, dry finish. Well balanced.

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