Foret | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Brasserie Dupont sprl

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of aleigator
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a completely hazed, vibrant darker yellow, with a huge, stable white head.

Smells of sour sweet lemon bonbon, Duponts spicy yeast peofile, defined by clove and peppers, and white bread dough. Has a nice flowery undertone, blending perfectly into a cakey sweetness.

Drinks super smooth with a world class smoothness to it, soothing the spices coming from the yeast, while a lively carbonation during the finish is still able to cut through.

Combines a nice leafy hoppiness with a crisp, lemon accompanied sweetness, balanced by a flowery infusion and the spices. Finishes even sweeter, with rock sugar among more profound spices and an effervescent carbonation, opening up the palate to an aqueous softness.

Another winner from this brewery, perfect for warm summer days - while this is certainly well crafted enough to convince on its own as well. Packs a great lemon / flowery interplay, resulting in a pungent, sweet spiciness.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love this beer. It is rustic, sweet, a touch spicy, and just a very faint bit tart, but it seems more to me like a light Tripel than a saison. That is the only reason I don't score it higher. Cheers!

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Photo of Beginner2
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was the last of DuPont's widely distributed ales in the U.S. that I had not Had.
And it was a serendipitous confluence of events that made me give Foret such a high rating.
It was a beautiful, sunny spring day. I was eating Bob's World Famous Soup (albeit self-proclaimed.)
And this was the first time I can remember having this saison.
It was love all over again... only better with age.

P.S. If you want a more balanced review, see Beerchitect.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy orange straw with a huge head that poofs. lots of tiny, dark sediment. nose; fruit preserves, sweet dinner roll, & very light citrus hops. taste; yeast, applesauce, sweet pear, sugar cane, mild hops, caramel, banana, & apricot. a dry... almost cinnamon spice on the semi-sweet finish. a sort of lightly boozy apple pie aftertaste. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. sweet and not very complex, but goes down like a fruit dessert at 7.5% abv. a sweeter saison dupont; absolutely delicious!

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Did a corked 2013 tonight, 12/23/15 and still came out very tasty.

Fluffy white head with a golden/orange to the body. Aroma is light with the carb but still very pleasant and fruity. Taste is more of a Belgian Pale/Saison hybrid but very tasty, probably a result of aging. Finishes a bubbly and fruity feel down to the gut that lingers nicely of a typical Saison. Overall, for it's age that I thought might be a problem, very good and drinkable. Look forward to it again down the road.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the corked, caged 750 ml green bottle. 2014 batch. Sampled on November 28, 2015.

The pour is yellow to orange with a big foamy head. Some unfiltered cloudiness.

The aroma brings out bread or dough sensations with an orange or light citrus hop character and Belgian yeast.

Light body.

The breadiness is also noted in the flavor with a slight citrus bitterness at the finish. A little tart.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma has some nice citrusy esters with some spicy notes. Taste is slightly sweet and fruity at first and gets more bitter and spicy towards the finish. Body is quite smooth for a belgian beer but also well carbonated. Really good saison overall.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

White pepper, spices, flowers, chamomile, apples in the aroma. Some bubblegum too. Strong yeast character with spicy herbal hops. Honey, graham cracker, and orange zest. Slight rustic earthiness.

Pours slightly hazy with a big persistent white head. Great retention and lacing. High carbonation.

Apple skins, spices, and cinnamon graham cracker. A hint of clove. Dry and effervescent. Orange peel. Some interesting holiday spice flavor. Warming and spicy alcohols.

High carbonation and medium light body. Very clean and dry finish with just a hint of lingering spices.

Quite complex and seems a bit more fruit and spice forward than typical Saison Dupont.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was 4 years old at a bar, out of a 330 ml bottle. No idea what conditions it aged under (Reuben's in Boulder). Definitely grew on me, wasn't expecting the strawy fruitiness though. Tasted like fruit juice at first, before it warmed. Really weird sediment. Gray, grainy looking slush, like you'd find on a weedy beach bottom.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. 2014.

A: Cloudy, golden, honey-colored body. 2 fingers of off-white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

S: Floral hops, Belgian yeast and appetizing earth notes. Candi sugar. Cracker, grass, hay. Fruit notes, including apple, banana, peach and pineapple.

T: Slight tang and mild yeasty spice up front. Pale malts develops quickly alongside a sweet, fruity character. Gently fades into European hops and a semi-dry to dry finish. Lingering floral hops and fruit in the aftertaste. Light alcohol presence.

M: Smooth, moderate carbonation with medium body and rich overall feel.

O: Very fine saison that is pleasantly fruit-forward. Nice balance although relatively sweet. All-around solid performer.


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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Foret pours hazy gold with a light orange tint under a 3” thick mousey head that looks like freshly fallen snow and very slowly collapses leaving art nouveau designs on the glass. It has a big saison nose with light fruit, spice, earthiness, bread and a light funk. Bready malt leads the palate seasoned with light fruit, malty sweetness, citrus, and a slight funk that becomes tart on the finish. The beer has an effervescent medium body – the texture makes the beer with slightly different flavors emphasized in the body than in the rich moussey foam.

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Photo of denver10
3.22/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ultimately, a sweeter version of Saison Dupont, Like they took a whole ton of cane sugar and mixed it into the recipe. Not really a fan.

My rating: 3.5

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

I had this on-tap in a straight sided DuPont glass at the Stumbling Monk in Seattle.

Appearance: light golden hue with a light haze and 2 fingers of frothy white foam head. Quite attractive.

Smell: moderately funky with a nice grassy aroma. Enticing.

Taste: a little buttery with more of that moderate funk with a little sweetness and nicely grassy hops. Very smooth and balanced; I quite like it.

Mouthfeel: medium rich body with a great smoothness and great creaminess. Bam!

Overall: this is a balanced and very drinkable saison. Delicious.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%

Appearance: Pours with four fingers of highly condensed bubbles which partially dissipated but were still very present while drinking. Rich rings of sticky lacing left behind with the dissipating head and each drink. Golden in color with amber notes throughout darkening it up. Active carbonation is good but a tick lower then most saisons.

Smell: Honey sweetness meshes perfectly with freshly cut straw exploding on the front. Sprite fresh fruits with accents of mango, pineapple, and kiwi dance on the undertones. Butterscotch, sour dough bread, and sprite yeast really pull this aroma through on the back end. So bright and potent, a true treat.

Taste: The second it touches the palate, a light touch of salt and prairie grass wash over and really pull the drinker in. The grass continues into the body with gradual but significant malts growing. Touches of grains, but the malt profile comes off with a medium, rounded sweetness that really shines. Floral notes with some airy spices pull through on the back end.

Mouthfeel: For me, the lower carbonation in this brew is perfect. Sweet, incredibly drinkable while still packing a significant pop at 7.5%

Overall: This is the best Saison I've ever had. The honey like sweetness meshes perfectly with the grassy, earthy notes. Crisp without being over the top, simply a masterfully crafted brew.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Evokes springtime with flowering plants and pollen circulating. The primary aroma here is honey and spicy phenolics, which remind me of clove, ginger, pepper, candied lemon drop, and banana. Delightfully airy texture, a fine mousse like the finest champagne but better because it persists. Great acidity. Tropical fruit like pineapple, along with citrus, with a touch of caramel sweetness. There is some skunkiness that I didn't get when I tried this on tap, but I think it adds some funky character that doesn't detract from the balance. This is the definitive saison, complex yet refreshing, and might surpass regular Dupont.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet. From yesterday.

A: Pours a hazy gold color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. I'm incredibly amazed by how creamy and well retaining its texture is, and also by how much lacing it leaves behind. There are also a noticeable amount of yeast particles near the bottom of the glass.

S: Aye, it's a bit skunky. Thankfully it doesn't obscure the other notes. I'm also getting noble hops, candied sugar, and spice. Shame about the skunk, but it doesn't fully ruin the nose.

T: MUCH better. It starts with a fantastic fruit notes - citrus, pineapple, peach, you name it. Spiciness enters the finish, bringing almost a sesame seed character. I'm also getting herbal and black pepper touches. It's just deep enough, yet still fantastically effortless and unique - and at the end of the day, that's what a saison should be.

M: I like how creamy, soft, and full it is. Yet, it's still bone dry, with medium carbonation. I love how it's both rich feeling AND refreshing all at the same time.

O: Oh yeah, this is the shit. The skunky nose isn't so offputting as to ruin this, and every other aspect is at least excellent. It's so drinkable, yet so rich and so flavorful. I need more of this in my life.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

awesome stuff, an organic version of the famous dupont saison. hazy goldenrod colored beer with a brassy glimmer and an inch and a half of frothing white head. i smell the sugar in this immediately, candy sugar in its rawest form, not all the way fermented out, but not too sweet either, a lot like a tripel on the nose, but the yeast is far more interesting. classic belgian saison strain gives the farmhouse profile without ever getting into the funky or weird zone. i highly appreciate the malt depth on this, its sturdy wheat, with some body, and again with a touch of residual sugar. a well refined yet very rustic ale, id love to culture some of this yeast for a brew of my own. great effervescence in the feel even though though the body is heavier than a lot of american examples of the style. yeast and sugar dual in the finish, this may change over time as we know these two ingredients are not stable together. great beer, especially for the price, props for being organic. even though its supposed to be the same, this is appreciably different (and superior) from the regular saison dupont.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Systembolaget at the Swedish release date, april 1.

Hazy, yellow beer with a beatiful fluffy two finger high, white head.

Nose: Spices, belgian yest, banana, apple, vanilla and bread.

Taste: Mango, apples, herbs, pears, pepper, honey and a hint of yeast.

Mouth: Light, soft and dry. Medium body with high carbonation.

This is a great Saison!

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Photo of BeerEngineer
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

General: I got this bottle from a friend who is also into craft beer. This was allowed to breath and warm up for a couple of minutes before pouring into my Ballast Point tulip glass.

Appearance: very light color IMHO for a saison, it's a very light gold color, almost a yellow. the head is white and light and frothy. Lots of little tiny bubbles that seem to last for a good few minutes. Really good lacing as this one is enjoyed too. The color just seems too light to me, give me a little more color with a saison!

Aroma: The aroma is crazy on this, when I was pouring I could smell this beer without even leaning in towards it. Lots of nice little spices with this beer. I get a lot of the typical belgian yeast phenols including light clove, a touch of banana and what I think is coriander. There is a slight bubblegum aroma to this also. This is a really enjoyable aroma, no peppery spice like some saisons, I'm a fan.

Mouthfeel: This has a nice mouthfeel, it's moderate, right about in the middle of the range in general. The carbonation is high on this, each sip seems to erupt with the tiny bubbles. This is lovely.

Taste: There are a lot of very mild flavors going on with this. There is a nice balance to this beer between the bitterness and the sweetness. Typical belgian flavors going on with this just like the aroma but it actually is very delicate. I really like this one! Great flavors with this!

Overall: This is a good saison. I am a huge saison fan and this one is very well balanced and has nice aroma and flavors. The one thing that I do have to take down points for is that this is WAY to carbonated for my taste. I like to be able to move the beer around in my mouth so that I can taste it everywhere, can't do it with this beer. The carbonation is too high. It's to style still so I'm not knocking it down that much, but that's the only real flaw that I see.

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Photo of Beermasterjarrett
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 2013 poured Into a tulip

Nice white lacing with big rocky head

Lemon zest, hay/grass funk, sweet pilsner malts

Similar to smell, nice fresh lemon/ lime? Barnyard.

Prickly, refreshing. Great carb

Overall, a great organic offering that represents the best of the style

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Photo of MikeReed
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A great beer from one of the world's best breweries. Nice Appearance. Perfect amount of carbonation and lacing. Lots of funk in the nose. True to the style from beginning to end. I can't think of a better organic beer. I will be revisiting this one real soon! (So many beers, so little time!)

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: nice rocky white head beautiful lacing as expected from any saison from DuPont.

S: peppery light fruit

T: spicy, pepper, pear, fruity esters

M: light bodied and crackling dry - masterful

O: DuPont masters the saison and this further proves it. That dry spicy peppery flavor that defines a saison is all here. Their original is better but this is a nice change up.

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Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy goldenstraw capped by a three-fingered head that leaves several strands of lace

Smell: It took a while for the skunkiness to fade away but once it does, the aromatics blend bready and spicy tones with a stone fruit character

Taste: Bready flavors, up front, with honey and fruity tones (apple and pear) developing along with a range of spices (coriander and, to a lesser extent, cumin) and a hint of yeasty funk; in the finish, the honey offsets the dryness, creating a nice blend, along with the spices and yeasty funk

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: If only this beer wasn't packaged in a green bottle, it would be so much better; still a very good beer but it really is hindered by the skunk

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Photo of joe1510
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml. Bottle
Sam's Downers Grove

2006 Bottling

Dupont's organic saison, Foret poured a glowing hazy golden into my tulip. A big 3 finger dense white head formed on the pour that slowly receded to no less than a half finger cap. As the head receded it left chunky lacing that eventually slid back into the body leaving some patchy spots behind.

As I take my first whiff I get a nose full of tart green apples. There's a candi sugar like sweetness in the aroma but I don't believe any candi sugar was added. Mild barnyard funkiness shows itself toward the backend. Mild grassiness as well. Very nice.

Flavor is like a big slice of tart green apple upfront followed by a quick sweetness reminiscent of bubblegum. The tart apple makes my mouth water uncontrollably. Then the sweetness calms my tastebuds until the barnyard sourness and drying kicks in. Very tasty saison.

Body is a liitle more robust than other saisons. Partially because of the higher alcohol content. It's still on the light side of medium. The generous carbonation tickles the tongue.

I could without a doubt sip the day away with this saison. Very tasty and flavorful.

Another outstanding saison from Dupont. Wasn't sure if I was going to be too crazy about an organically produced saison. After drinking this more than satisfies my thirst for a quality saison.

Reviewed: 4/30/07

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Photo of BucBasil
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a small pint glass

A: Nice dark gold color with lots of carbonation inside. Somewhat hazy. One finger white head.

S: Subtle with some citrus notes and honey standing out. Very light.

T: Fresh and lightly spicey. Light fruits and just a hint of yeast underneath. A refreshing, nice summer beer.

Pleasant enough but very subtle. hoping for more of that fresh saison character. This was just ok.

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