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Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAngel on 05-03-2002

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Photo of kvnstfrd
1/5  rDev -75.1%

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.12/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this as part of the July "beer school" at Comet Cafe in Milwaukee. I was told this beer is organic, and it continues a train of disappointing organic beer experiences in my life. This beer was fairly skunky but not without its redeeming qualities.

It had a hazy gold color with lots of head composed of tiny bubles that appeared to be the product of secondary fermentation. Aroma was skunky (in a not terrible way) with some citrusness. Flavor was further skunky in a not-pleasant way and this beer had a lemonade quality at the finish and a tart mouthfeel that was palate cleansing, but also unpleasant, like an antiseptic.

I can't say I'd strongly recommend this.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.33/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1

750ml corked and caged bottle (green, sadly) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy orange-gold body beneath a lofty head of white foam; mediocre retention and wet, spotty lace.

S: Huge wave of skunk follows directly upon the removal of the cork (digression: I got this bottle as a replacement for two consecutive skunked bottles of Saison Dupont; I know for a fact that the store stores them properly, so I have to chalk repeated defects up to the brewery's ridiculous choice of green bottles; hence, I'm going to review this third bottle from them as is). Skunk fills the room and lingers far from the glass; direct inhalation from the glass only augments the torture (although it does suggest that were the brew not skunked, it might smell damn good).

T: Light spice, fruity Belgian yeast, and a richly complex aftertaste that dies away into a bitter, skunky finish. This has potential to be a truly amazing saison, but delivers only a disappointingly mixed result.

M: Smooth, medium body, and a huge amount of lively, refreshing carbonation. Very nice.

D: This is a chore to make it though, both because of the skunk and the disappointment that accompanies it. It really flirts with being a drainpour - but it does taste acceptable.

Notes: I feel kind of bad reviewing a beer I know to be off (which is why I declined to review both of the Saison Duponts that led up to this); however, upon further consideration, I've decided that importing a beer in a green bottle is just asking for skunk. Therefore, I've decided that this bottle deserves to be reviewed - and if I ever come across another skunked bottle of SD, I'll review it, too. Please, please give the green bottles a rest. This skunkage is not a coincidence.


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Photo of JoshFrierson86
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of lehkost
2.52/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It seems that Dupont sees fit to brew every conceivable saison recipe under the sun, and good for them. Saison Dupont is an absolute classic, and revivals like Biere de Miel are a wonderful thing.

I was presented with a Maudite goblet for this bottle, and the beer poured fairly normally...none of the crazy effervescence of the Saison Dupont. Color is a bit more orangey than a lot of saisons, but definitely still straw-colored, I'd say.

As for the smell...and the taste...and I can't get over this, and I will soon pick up a bottle as soon as I can find one I'm reasonably sure is from a different batch...well, I don't pick up malt or spice notes so much as I do the distinct smell and taste of navy bean soup. This is really the only way I know to describe it.

The beer is not overly carbonated, not sweet, but really not so dry either. Again, the bean thing really kept me from being able to concentrate on more minute aspects of the nose and flavor.

I feel that, for a saison, this could use a bit more spice to offset the greater earthiness of the organic malt.

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Photo of JLeege
2.74/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance- pours a hazy golden orange color, with a large fluffy white head. Good retention and lace.

Smell- Caramel and honey dominate. Slight citrus and bit earthy, light pepper.

Taste- Doughy bready caramel and honey again, are completely dominating the palate. WTF? This is supposed to be a saison. Very slight citrus, pepper, and a little barnyard I guess. But next to no funk to this.

Mouthfeel- Lighter body, yet a bit sticky. High carbonation.

Overall- Saison Dupont is awesome, and this one was well, not so much. I wouldn't really call this dry, crisp, or refreshing. Saison is my favorite style, this one was not for me, at all.

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Photo of marmstrong1212
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of Atricapilla
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Orval chalice. Appearance was a hazy golden yellow color, and quite fizzy as well. The nose was not terribly complex: mostly yeast, with a little citrus....flavor was disappointing, consisting of grass and a little yeast.

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Photo of sveinungws
2.76/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

stram, med hint av leverpostei e.l. (tar forbehold om at ølen kan ha vært skjemt)

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Photo of Kyrgyzbrewer
2.85/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Overall a simple beer. It seems more like a basic Belgian rather than a saison. This beer lacks the complexities that most people expect when drinking a saison, and is a bit over carbonated. If you like saisons or you have never had one and want a good example of one, this beer is not for you. If you've never had a saison and want something accessible, then this beer is a good choice.

Would I consider buying again: No

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Photo of ibbjamin
2.91/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted an Austrailian Longneck out of a large wine glass.

Very carbonated. Poured gently, still leaves an almost two inch fizzy white head. Rather cloudy gold straw color. Strong head retention. Good lacing.

Wheat, breads and yeast in both nose and taste

Fizzy, carbonated. Medium body.

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Photo of sinistermadman
2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice gold color with a "rocky" head as the bottle describes it. Aroma is subdued lemon rind and a barnyard grassy aroma.

Here is where it stops being a conscientious review and I get ugly. The beer has a flavor towards the end that I can only describe as "off". It has a respectable flavor to a point, but the finish is not enjoyable in my opinion. Maybe it is my knee jerk reaction to the "organic" ingredients, although I've had other organic brews that were quite tasty. I can't really get past this flavor so the review ends here. Its not going down the drain but I won't be seeking this out in the future. Please excuse the review as it will basically be a reminder for me to not buy again. Cheers.

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Photo of smcolw
2.95/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Straw color, slight cloudiness

Strong skunky aroma. Oh no, another green bottle. I'll try to evaluate this without that in mind. Unfortunately, I really cannot detect any other aromas. I imagine that the smell is deserving of a much better score than I can give here.

Again, the skunkiness shows up. Beyond that, this is a crisp ale with good malt flavor. Good body with very high carbonation. The aftertaste is very dry.

I'd love to try this in a fresher condition, it has hints of delicacy that cannot be perceived in this condition.

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Photo of Caddant
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of AndyEdgar
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of SFACRKnight
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of beerbtl
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of VTCombi
3.04/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was expecting more from this brew. Its a fine example of the beer but nothing uber special.

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Photo of rastaman
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, thanks to mat. Yeah, not bad, spicy, sour, yeasty and lemony.. No real problem with it, i guess it suffred from the competition it was up against that night, but not a bad beer by any stretch, some spicy, peppery, yeasty flavours throughout, not bad at all.

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Photo of VanHopper69
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy golden with huge off white head that dissipates and leave some lacing down the glass. Lots of yeast smell in this one, maybe a little funk. Taste is light with decent hops flavor. Mouthfeel is light due the the abundant carbonation. Overall I've had better, but this isn't the worst.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

C&C bottle opened with a nice pop. The pour is lively with more than half a glass of head which disappears quickly and leaves heavy lacing. The nose is funky! Plenty of sulfuric/skunky notes along with heavy cereal grains and a light lemony hops. The taste fruity up front with lemon, sugar, and grain. This is followed by a mellow tartness that provides a bit of a bite. Behind the bite is more evidence of the sulfur notes which leaves an off putting flavor on the palate. Mouthfeel is high with carbonation and moderate in the body department. Overall, this Saison has funk, but the funk is not in the form that I can enjoy. This is one that I will avoid in the future.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy pale orange with heavy lacing and a short creamy head. Nose is a little grassy and alcoholy. The beer is rather strong in flavor with a lot of heavy herbal and fruitiness along with some noticeable alcohols (a bit too noticeable). Mouthfeel is on par with the style. Overall, I feel it could be a bit more balanced and flavorful, but is definitely a decent beer.

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