Foret | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAngel on 05-03-2002

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Ratings:
808
Reviews:
463
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.7%
 
 
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Photo of rynosf23
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of ryandurka
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

smooth drinking 7.5 percent booze. i like it. nice for refreshing taste and light appearance. i love the bits of seasoning, which look like pepper, floating in the beer. tastes like a mix of a belgian blonde beer and a wheat/white beer. i would buy this beer again. i do recommend this beer to anyone looking to try something a bit different. i split the bottle 3 ways with my wife an mother and we were all super happy and enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of ng85
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of ausonius
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Tarabeth
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I really enjoyed this beer the second time around.

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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 Beerbuddha
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- This beer poured a nice hazy, straw color with a huge, fluffy white head. Head retention and lacing were great!

Smell- Wonderful fruit aroma- peaches, bananas, apricot, lemon, coriander and maybe a hint of tart pineapple. Also a nice earthy yeast smell with hints of alcohol.

Taste- Very similar to the nose but with an added peppery spice and grassy hoppiness. A very nicely balanced beer.

Mouthfeel- A nice crisp, smooth body with high carbonation.

Overall- A fantastic beer that is very true to style. This beer is awesome for those hot summers as it is light and refreshing.

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Photo of roan22
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent, organic saison from Belgium. I love it with food, or without. And I love the label SO MUCH! It has to be my favorite beer label.

Appearance is a sunshine orange yellow color, with some yeast sediment and other floaties. Nice thick layer of foam, stays around a while. Nice lacing.

Aroma is a reviving fresh spicy citrus mixed with belgian funk.

Taste is a semi-tart, fruity, light effervescent ale...with a definite belgian funk note, required in a saison to be good. Also there is a subtle bitterness which I can only attribute to hops. No other saison can really boast this quality..Troegs Scratch 14 maybe comes closest. MM spicy pepper noted too.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Tops for all saisons, the bottle disappears fast! Does not disappoint in any way. Tastes very professionally brewed. Alcohol is a nice 7.5%..yet its crisp, refreshing even. Very drinkable for me, especially when eating!

Truthfully, whenever I dine out at fancier BYO restaurants..I always bring a saison in a cork and cage. Everyone from the waiter, to the surrounding patrons, is curious about what the bottle is..and watches me uncork, pour and enjoy this wonderful BEER. They are jealous that they didn't think to bring anything other than wine with them! Haha kidding :P

Similar saisons would Troegs Scratch 14, Saison DuPont and Southampton Saison Deluxe. Cheers!

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

cork says 2012 with a 9 below it, not sure what the 9 means. The month maybe? Either way relatively fresh. Hazy faded gold with a billowing craggy and sticky white head. Sweet melon fruits covered in honey dew, yeast, faint banana and bubble gum notes on the nose.

Soft medium body with brisk but fading carbonation. Sweet fruitness followed by soft honey and herbal flavors and a nice malty sweetness. There is a significant hop herbal hop snap that comes along on the back end of the tongue with a bit of alcohol and yeast bite that cuts the sweetness so briskly for a smooth and refreshing finish. A simple beer but with extraordinary flavors that go well together and flavors that come from both sweet malts, yeast, and hops. A lot of stuff working very well together. Super dry finish, very nice.

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Photo of T_Law89
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Naerhu
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250 ml bottle which states that the only ingredients are malts, hops and sugar and that this is nonfiltered organic beer.

White thin head which disappears almost entirely. Slightly opaque honey color.

Amazing citrus and apples, yeast, hops and sour bubble gum aroma that is just huge.

This beer is way more complex than James Joyce's Ulysses.
Bitterness overcomming the underlaying sourness, a touch of caramel and toasted campagnia bread. There is almost none of the fruit that was on the nose, which is replaced with a disarming earthiness. The alcohol and sourness are intertwined so that the 7.5% seems nothing but lovely.

The high acidity makes this beer relatively light on the palate and a joy to drink.

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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 nbree00
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful golden-orange color thats so cloudy it looks like its on nitrogen, deep creamy haze to it. I really enjoy the fact that many Belgians are unfiltered.

S: Smells of honey and a trace of apples.

T: A hint of sweetness up front, which leads to grassy pale malt and honey flavors, and a hoppiness that adds a particularly dry finish.

M: Feel is quite velvety with an almost creamy texture.

D: I personally find Saisons to be the most drinkable of the Belgians, and this one is no different. I could easily put back several of these. Witch is interesting considering its a relatively high 7.5% ABV, its also 100% organic how can you lose!

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Photo of geexploitation
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours perfectly clear the first pour from a 750ml bottle, with a soft, fine white head that sticks to the glass. Very aromatic, with lots of fruity esters (orange blossom) and spicy notes (nutmeg) that match up with pale malts, styrian hops and a bit of a yeasty note. It's the Dupont yeast strain all the way. On the palate, big, juicy carbonation with fine, pin-prick bubbles fills the mouth. Hop bitterness is pronounced but not over-powering. Sumptuous fruits (oranges again) and a hint of bubblegum round things out. There are plenty of sweet flavors in there, but the beer remains dry thanks to the high hop content and the relatively light body. Spot-on for the saison style and full of delectable flavors, this is very good stuff. As a bonus, I'm not a big follower of organic beers by any means, but from the limited number of them that I've had, this is easily the best one.

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Photo of ccrida
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle (cork dated 2007) poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Foret is a hazy gold with lots of lazy steamers and a massive hite head that is very rocky as it settles, leaving heavy, chunky lace. Yep, this is what I envision when I think of my perfect looking beer.

Smell is strong noble hop spiciness, soft honey like malt and peppery dupont esters. Earthy and mineral laden.

Taste is nice, classic saison, dry and musty, spicy hops and esters. Dry, dusty yeast, but a nice malt backbone that some of the others lack, perhaps not the most depth, but so damn good. Super smooth.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, though not as much as some, with a medium light body and high effervescence.

Drinkability is very good. This is my favorite style of beer, and this is a classic example from the definitive farmhouse brewery.
I haven't had this brew in a while, and I'm really glad I revisited it - picked the perfect day as well, sitting in my backyard on a nice summer Friday evening with gorgeous weather.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Saison, and I have to say that I am very impressed. I was expecting some stinky farm crazy beer, but I got this beautiful warm spring-like clean farm experiance.

A-Pours very hazy,(with some yeast particles) which is not bad imo, deep golden hay color with a creamy/rocky off white one finger head that does not dissapate at all and has great lacing.

S-The aroma is so beautiful I was taken back! Full of bright fruitiness like ripe peaches and grapes. Along with a hefty earthy/spicy hoppy nose which is always a plus in my book. Some sweet bread yeastiness in the back, but not too far in the back. Very complex and delightful.

T-The taste is much like the aroma but has a slight green apple bitter tang to it. Along with the fruit and earthy/spicy hops and that oh so sweet yeasty bread dough in the finish.

M-Very refreshing and crisp with a full body to boot! Slightly effervescent and dry in the finish.

D-Very drinkable indeed. I might go get some more of this along with exploring the style more in other offerings, especially for the summertime! But this is very delightful indeed.

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Photo of Jimiller
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cokes
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2002.
The ring is set with an attractive hazed-up golden with plenty of yeast flecks. Royal white crown as expected.
Nose is a three way battle between farmy funk, spicy zest and fruit phenols. Alcohol is the referee.
Round 1: Initially, the fruitness comes out swinging. Notes of apricots, pineapple and melon. Ding....
Round 2: Fruit is left with a swollen, bleeding eye as the bready graininess connects with a series of roundhouse rights. Ding...
Round 3: Spice dominates. Cracked black pepper and clove score tons of points on the judges cards. Ding...
Round 4: Straight off the farm, some yeasty, earthy hues struggle to retain the belt, and make an aggressive statement. They use a full arsenal of musty, animal-like moves. The other flavors may not ever recover from this decisive ass-whooping. Ding....Ding...DING.

The drying hops act as the trainer, as they arrive to wipe things up and provide a palatte cleansing dryness. Effective and assertive.
Middleweight in size. The crowd expresses its enthusiasm in the form of rapidly accending, tiny bubbles.
Replays of this melee will be shown again and again, as the drinkability never seems to decrease.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is nice! Maybe the best blond I know.

L: a cloudy; golden look; great top with a solid top;
S: lots of smells to smell! Malt, Hemp/cannabis; touch of sweetness; spinach; flowery;
T: nice hops and malt; different taste elements I cannot describe: interesting! Wet stone (?), smoky. This a beer to explore...
M; great, round feeling, the just alcohol, all places of the mouth are being touched;
O: this is how a blond beer should be. That's why I give a 5 for overall/style.

I will drink this many times in the future. I'm sure!

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Photo of cubedbee
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, no date evident, poured into a tulip, pours a hazy glowing apricot with a mammoth three finger off-white head which lingers for a long time, at least 5 minutes until it's subsided enough for a sip. Which isn't all bad, since the aroma is enough to enjoy on it's own, a pleasant earthy, yeasty, slightly spicey background, infused with all sorts of fruits, from mango to coconut to lemon to strawberry--it's wonderful and complex and slightly different with every whiff. Taste is absolutely brimming with that same fruitiness, a great light banquet of orange, melon, banana, berry, coconut--a slight bit of honey sweetness all giving way to a big clove and pepper spiceyness. Finishes with a lingering fruity yeast, making you want to come back for more. Medium bodied with a smooth and absolutely creamy feel, this is so easy to drink. I love the original Saison Du Pont, but this organic beer is absolutely superb, and I will definitely have to do a side by side tasting in the future.

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Photo of Cresant
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my 400th review. Poured this 750 mL dark green bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Cork said 2005. The body was a pale banana yellow. Lightly murky on the initial pour. Four+ fingers of pithy white head left clumps of lace and remained throughout the drink. Murkier on the second pour.

Smell was a clean yeasty crispness. Apples and pears.

Taste was creamy yet clean. Lightly funky. Bright but not sharp. Granny Smith apples. Very well balanced. Very drinkable. Not the usual chalky yeastiness of many Belgian ales.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Both rounded smoothness and a zippy light sizzle on the tongue. A very nice Saison.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yellow gold with a full white head and very active carbonation that leaves sheets of lace. Belgian yeasty spicy clove-like aroma and Saaz-like hop characteristics. Tastes much like it smells with banana flavor in the background and a peppery finish. Light-medium bodied with a dry finish and light alcohol tones.

Very enjoyabvle and would like to compare directly to Saison Dupont one day...

Label states: Organically Produced

Purchased: 12/19/03
Tasted: 11/13/04

($6.99 / 25.4 oz / 750ml corked and caged champagne style bottle)

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Photo of vma
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of WetCoaster
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Soft, creamy, somewhat cloudy egg yolk gold. Pure white head with good, but not great, retention, Moderate carbonation. Thin sheets on the glass wall.

Smell: Earthy, sweet, spiced, rich. Saaz hop sharpness over a clove-spiced bread base. Bit of honey as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I hear angels singing, a pure white light surrounds me -- perfect. A golden mouthful of tart, ripe fruit, a bit cider-like. There is a distinct sweetness for a base, slightly bready, slightly honeyed. In the finish, a rush of pilsner hops balance things beautifully, and a slightly peppery, slightly medicinal herbiness come to the fore. Orange peel lingers. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, but still finds a way to be a bit chewy.

Drinkability: As I drink this, I can't help but imagine a mellow, breezy afternoon picnic in the hills overlooking the Pacific, the sun giving the oaks and grass a golden glow, so nice... so nice... Uh, oh, very drinkable, and a decent deal to boot. Good stuff.

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Photo of klewis
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy golden with a huge frothy head. lots of lacing.

S: Extremely aromatic with a strong floral smell and a spicy character.

T: Quite complex. Like the smell, very floral with a strong and complex mixture of spice in the taste. A tropical fruit flavor rounds out the taste and provides some depth. Lots going on here.

M: Medium-bodied with fairly light carbonation for a saison. A bit sticky with a lingering flavor.

D: Damn fine. Complex, yet quite easy to drink - and this from a bottle that was most likely sitting on the shelf for a while. This one is a no-brainer for me from now on.

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Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.02 out of 5 based on 808 ratings.
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