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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl
Belgium
brasserie-dupont.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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466
Ratings:
822
pDev:
10.7%
 
 
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Reviews by Douglas14:
Photo of Douglas14
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a barely hazy golden color (probably from the tiny bit of yest that got stirred up during the pour) with an incredibly thick white head that leaves exceptional lace. Smells of spices, honey, even the syrup of cherries (werid, i know...but it's awesome and keeps my nose in the glass). The taste is also of spices, honey (not as much as the nose hinted at), and again, this marachino cherry flavor keeps coming up. It has a mild bitterness and a nice dry finish. Unfortunately, the Foret didn't have as much "funk" as I was hoping for, but nevertheless, awesome beer.

I am fairly new to Saisons but like what I have had so far and the Foret only adds to my encouragement to explore this style in more depth.

750ml, tulip, began at ~50 degrees and ended at ~60 degrees F.

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More User Reviews:
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 BlindPig
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Huge off white (very close to white) head. Cloudy yellow/golden body. Nice thick lacing that sticks to side of glass.
S- Big European hops. Spices, some floral aromas, bready, yeast, with maybe some hints of grass and a few earthy notes?
T- Lighter fruits like lemon and banana. Backing of spices that kind of build up in the mouth. Some yeast but not to much. The hops leave a light bitterness throughout. Pick up some floral and grassy notes to but pretty light especially on the grass.
M- Thinner body with pretty high carbonation.
D- It is a good saison. I wouldn't say it's one of the best but if someone had it I would have it but I would go with the Saison Dupont over this if it were up to me. Has a few weird notes in the taste but overal pretty good.

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Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been noticing this saison at a local store for awhile and just got around to actually buying one. Neat label with animals in a foret (forest). The color of the beer is a turbid orange, murkiness which is probably from suspended yeast as there is a chalky sediment settling to the bottom of my snifter. It smells spicy, peppery, oddly like flower pollen and brown sugar. There is a slight sourness towards the back and a slippery pepper taste and feel followed by subtle apple flavors like watered down apple juice. I was surprised that this actually paired decently with sharp cheddar but it was good.

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Photo of Mattias
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of oceanpeak
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hadn't had this in quite some time and I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was- much better than I remembered. Pours a very hazy golden with not much head. Almost looks like a Hefeweizen its so cloudy. The smellis of beautiful Belgian yeast aromas of cloves and bubblegum. The taste is crisp and a little bitter up front from hops, followed by a deep flavor of bubblegum. Very balanced and delicious. The mouthfeel is a little light but still solid, and quite refreshing. Fairly high carbonation, but nothing out of the ordinary for the style. Very drinkable- I could drink this all day. Another plus is that this is an organic beer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to scott for hosting a mini-tasting and pulling this treat out.

a - brew poured a hazy yellow orange with 2 fingers of nice foamy head.

s - grassy and earthy. Some pilsner and lager malt smells.

t - tangy. nice. earthy with some orange peel.

m - smooth and easy drinker. lively carbonation. a bit fizzy.

o - this was a nice surprise. really enjoyable. tasty. would definitely have again.

bottle

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Photo of thugherman
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Beerzebub
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle, served in a big wine glass at 59 F/ 15 C.

Hazy golden color, a finger of frothy white head, finely textured lace.

Smells intensely of fruity black pepper, along with white grape, banana, apple, honeylike malt, some earthy herbal hops, smoky phenols, rock, and a touch of skunk. A warm sweetish note sort of like ginger or horseradish. Characterful, and very good.

Tastes fruity and peppery, fairly dry but with a touch of discernible sweetness, and a bit of acidity. Some moderate earthy hop flavor and bitterness accentuated by chalky minerals. Well balanced and quite refreshing. Honeylike malt, some gingery warmth, and a touch of smoke. Fairly long dry finish, pepper and mineral. Very tasty.

Fine texture, but it can border on fizzy and watery. Quite drinkable.

Very enjoyable, interesting and peppery beer.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

Prost!

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

Poured out a hazy burnt amber color with thick foamy head, light lacing. The nose is strong and earthy, with a medicinal/herbal feature rounding out the citrus. The taste is sweet with honey upfront , hoppy and dry throughout, citrusy on the finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat crisp and dry, but not enough carbonation to make this really work.

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Photo of Sam21
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle purchased for ~$11. 2010 vintage. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance – Pours with a hazy orange body and large fluffy head. Great retention. Slowsly descends to a chunky buffer. Visibly effervescent.

Smell – Pale malt sweetness supported by a laundry list of characters. Grassy, earthy, musty, and a hint of skunk. There is also a spiciness underlying the sweetness bringing forth pepper and mint.

Taste – Yeast accented sweetness up front with spicy clove, banana esters, pear, subtle green apple, and an herbal bitterness. Earthy, rustic, and difficult to dissect. It starts with banana esters at the base. Spicy accents of clove and bold black peper. Finish is sweet and ends with a pronounced grassy and herbal bitterness. No shortage of peppery bite. I am noticing a slight skunkiness buried deeply in the finish, but it blends with the beer’s earthy notes. It may just be the grassy aromas.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with very full carbonation. Fluffy feel on the tongue.

Drinkability – This is a good beer, but doesn’t hold a flame to Saison Dupont. Rustic, earthy, and a bit raw and an overall enjoyable saison.

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4.1/5  rDev +2%

Photo of kenito799
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Dark golden color. The foamy white head that is raised is monumental in scope, gigantic, rocky, leaving huge rings of foamy lace, as it slowly recedes an island remains in the center of the glass.

Aroma is beguilingly complex, sour, fruity, floral, fresh and lemony. Band aids...a touch of funk...bananas...lemons...cloves... a light, fresh complexity that is a fresh crisp counterpoint to the dark, vinous complexity found in the best quadrupels.

This beer hits the tongue with a full-on flavor assault, equal parts tart and bitter, yet with an underlying sweet fruitiness. At the same time it is light and crisp with lively carbonation that massages the taste buds, stimulating the tongue to accept all the flavor. Candi sugar at first, then banana, tart apples, grapefruity hoppiness and a long bitter finish of lemon peel and spicy, peppery cloves, alcohol heat saturating and pickling the tongue. This tart lemony finish makes this an astoundingly good food beer to match the richest and most strongly flavored dishes...I am dying for gooey gruyere-coated something or other.

A wonderful true Belgian Saison. I am really looking forward to exploring the other Dupont offerings.

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Photo of bahbhorner
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful beer to enjoy on a nice summer day. Especially after some time in the garden, similar to the farmers of age that the saison was often brewed.

It bursts with beautiful Saaz hops, overwhelming the senses before you even get to a glass. It is sharp and herbal, with wonderful hop aroma. The basic malts of this saison are perfectly balanced with adjunct sugar, and the bitterness is well suited for the fruity, spicy and earthy characteristics of the yeast.

This beer really demonstrates a restrained and sensible use of ingredients that many American brewers could learn from. It is powerful and pungent, warming and herbal, delicate and complex.

Oh...and it is organic! = no pesticides and chemicals in the water that my homebrew comes from.

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a honey-copper hue, hazy, with a nice white head and tons of speckled lace.

S - The nose provides impressions of honey, lychee fruit, and spicy Belgian yeast. Some alcohol is discernible due to the demure profile.

T - The taste is very pale, mineral-y, and honey-ish in flavor (but not sweetness). There is a bitterness from the hops that cuts the sweetness of the honey quite notably, but other than that the hop does not seem to contribute much flavor (perhaps 'aged greenness'). The alcohol is fairly strong in presence for the style, making this one much more like a BSPA. Tastes nice, and is certainly one of the better organic brews in memory (organic seems to be better for everything except beer, in general... don't know why, though).

M - Lighter-bodied, expansively creamy, softly effervescent. The Belgians sure are good in the feel department.

D - I like this beer, but am unlikely to reach for it over Saison Dupont or a better BSPA.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

750ml. Bottle
$5.99
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 OBeerMeGreatOne
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I popped the cork off a bottle that had date of 2009. Poured it into an oversized Weizen glass.
Appearance: Orange center that yellows around the edges. Two finger head with very nice webbed lacing.

Smell: Sweet breads and a bit of dry green apple. Nice and earthy.

Taste: A little heavy on the bread side, this does get a bit better as it sits (and the yeast settles.) Nice hops. Simple, but good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but still a little heavier then other Saisons I've tried.

Drink: I'd go for their standard, the Saison Dupont before I'd pick this up again. Not bad, just not good enough.

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Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 822 ratings