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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 pitasoup
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours hazy golden yellow. sediment was slightly stirred and there are a few chunkies flating. nice two fingers of foamy white head that is slow to subside.

S: fresh lemons and sweetness. belgian yeasts, almost cloying sweet, candi sugar? wheat, caramel, and dust as well

T: similar to the smell, lemony sweet, then wheat, a bit of hay and yeasty cloyingness. nothing exceptional. perhaps a bit of honey

M: thin body. slightly astringent carbonation that fades to gritty dry, little lingering mouthfeel.

O: an ok saison, easily poundable. too malty for my tastes.

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Photo of bonbright7
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have been trying a lot of Belgian ales and beers lately and this jumped out at me at the Whole Foods yesterday with its off beat label that was different from the others.

The first taste was not what I expected as the foam rose 4" and the first bitter taste made me think of Beck's on draft. The other flavors gradually appeared of malt, grains, and of course...hops.

I let it sit for a while and came back to it to see what a little oxidation would do.

Nothing happened. My surprise.

Still, it tasted pretty good and I think it would match well with pork chops or a bbq'd ham and a healthy side of greens and corn bread.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a beautiful looking Saison. Pours into the tulip to a golden straw color with what seems like no head at first, but right as it nears the choke-point in the tulip a cascading head begins to foam up and fill out the glass. Quite remarkable. Very hazy to the light with no visible carbonation or clumps of sediment.

The smell is good, but seems as if it could be a little bit more full. It is quite yeasty and flowery. Sweet like candi sugar, and funky like a belgian farmhouse. It seems to open up a bit as it warms, but never seems to take off.

The taste is incredibly funky. Starts off sweet but ends up horse hair funky in the finish. Has a little bit of a bite in the finish as well, whether due to the alcohol, that yeasty clove flavor, or the hop. It gets much more fruity and estery as it warms a bit, but is still not too pleasant.

The mouthfeel is a bit thick and smooth. Finishes moderately dry. This would be much more drinkable if it didn't taste like I was licking a horse with each drink. The late-finish is quite sweet like Saison Dupont, as is the initial taste, but every part in between seems a bit too funky to be too highly drinkable.

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Photo of Fugazme
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured well. I liked the thick, creamy white head that lasted throughout. Excellent lacing.

Was a bright gold and pretty cloudy. Nice.

Whiff was somewhat average. Some orange and apricot with a hint of grain. Slight hoppiness.

Definite hops present on the palate. A tad tinny aftertaste and even a bit dry.

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Photo of zeff80
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, fizzy, golden-yellow color with a small, white, short-lived head. Little lacing.

S - It smelled a little skunky - not good - like a euro lager. Also, some lemon notes hidden underneath it.

T - It had a tart flavor from the lemon. Good Belgian yeast and light caramel maltiness.

M - It was sharp and fizzy. A light to medium bodied beer with a warming quality.

D - This is an okay saison. I did not enjoy the aroma, but it tasted okay.

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Photo of nickhiller
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours thick and cloudy as a dark apricot with a hairline head and low visible carbonation.

S: honey, rosewater and minerals.

T: sweet roasted honey malt, whiskey, especially Bourbon, cigar, lots of smoke, like from a wood burning stove or a burning leaf pile, band aid, finish is like burnt toast or bitter chocolate without the cocoa flavor.

M: medium- to heavy-bodied, low carbonation,

D: surprisingly roasty and smoky for a Saison, my mouth tastes and feels like I just smoked a Cuban and downed a pint of bourbon. It's certainly interesting...

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head, about 1/4 ", with a very slight lacing. Noticeable sediment floating in glass.
Smell was of hops, a mild peppery spice.
Taste was lightly effervescent, a little malty, spice, with alcohol appearing in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel was good, smooth and a little creamy.
Drinks a little to easily considering the 7.5%, it could sneak up on you. A good, although relatively simple beer.

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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 GreenCard
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy straw/gold/orange, a thin (but resilient) layer of pure-white head, some lacing

Aroma: over-ripe fruit (apples? pears?), wheaty, faintly dusty, wisp of hops, yeast, oranges

Flavor: slightly sweet/bready malt base followed by a citrus tanginess and then a soapy/grapefruit-rind bitterness, but these flavors seem to strike all at once; a peculiar flavor as it seems one-dimensional and complex at the same time; similar character to eating a grapefruit (without being sour) and in the end the bitterness is just a bit too acrid

Mouthfeel: llight body, gentle carbonation, creamy, abv well-hidden

Overall Impression: I'm a huge fan of Br. Dupont and, as such, I would have liked to rate this beer higher, but this one was a bit disappointing. Not because it's bad, it just doesn't quite agree with me. But perhaps this eency-weency 25cl bottle of it just doesn't give much chance to taste it!

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Photo of Knuckles_Nuclear
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a bubbly yellow-golden color with a full fluffy head. Plenty of lacing, and the head retained. Lots of active carbonation.

S- At the nose, I smelled light citrusy notes with lingering bread yeasty smells. Maybe some flowery lemon peels lurking.

T- Spicy and very dry, finishing clean. A peppery feel to it. No one flavor dominates, and as it warmed a bit in my glass, the flavor complexity really came out. Very well-balanced.

M- Light and dry. Very pleasant aftertaste.

O- A solid farmhouse-style ale: well-crafted and balanced. A bit too spicy and dry for my personal taste, but I enjoyed it nontheless.

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Photo of spoony
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml bottle (2012 stamped on the cork) into a tulip.

A-The bottle opens with a healthy pop, but (fortunately) no gushing. A normal pour produces a healthy, three-finger head of off-white foam that drops pretty quickly into a thick, one-finger cap. Minimal lacing. The brew is light golden in color and mostly clear.

S-I detect the aroma of grassy, sharp hops at first. A few more sniffs reveal some honey and a powdery, musty scent. Mostly dry with a bit of skunky note.

T-The taste is also sharp, grassy, and lightly bitter. The honey is still there, but this is a pretty dry and powdery brew. The skunkiness is also still there, but aside from that grassy, skunky note, there is not much happening.

M-The feel is light to medium body with assertive, chunky carbonation.

O-This brew is a pretty mixed bag. It is OK to look at and the feel is pretty close to style, but the smell and taste are underwhelming. I keep getting skunky notes, and while the bottle I consumed might have been light-struck, I couldn't help but think that the flavor profile was intentional. Anyway, if you are a fan of ultra-grassy, ultra-sharp, slightly skunky saisons, this might be worth your time.

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Photo of waltersrj
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Deep, golden yellow with an orange hue. The head was initially very frothy like meringue but eventually disappeared for the most part leaving behind lacing on the glass and a soapy formation swirling on top of the beer.

Nose: Honey (raw), grassy notes, light cellar must/funk, caramel, pepper and light, dank hops.

Taste: Slight citrus hops, pepper, honey, caramel, light touches of hops and grass.

Mouthfeel: A little thicker than most Saisons ive tried, slightly filling, a touch between oily and creamy.

Overall: Worth the try in a 330 ml bottle. There are better Saisons to be had.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not really impressed with this ale. When poured, the color was of a hazy wheat and foam was of a medium tight nature with very little lace. The smell of spice with a hint of fruit filled the nose. The taste was mostly of spice, especially corriander. Drank it was it was 40 degress and 50 degress. When a little warmer, the flavor seem to be of a fruity taste, of orange blossom's. But for me, it was just average all around.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, 2010 printed on the cork. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a cloudy straw gold color with a couple inch frothy white head that stays around for a long time. There's also a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is lemon peel, pears, herbs, tart apples, and a bit of skunk and funk. The brew tastes like lemon peel, peppery spice, bready malt and some apple. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's well carbonated and a bit dry. It's a little too well carbonated for my liking. Not a bad brew, but this one just doesn't do much of anything for me. I'll have to try this again in the future, but for now I'd pick other saisons before this one.

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Photo of garuda
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy golden/orange, thin white head has little retention and little lacing.

S/T - Slight yeast funk up front, honey sweetness mid palate, finishing with a nice herbal hop bite. Some pine and lemon citrus as well.

M - Light/medium body, crisp carbonation and dry finish.

O - Taste and aroma seem subdued. I expected a little better from Dupont

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Photo of goochpunch
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review updated on 11/5/07

Pours a brilliant brass color with a fluffy white head, tiny bubbles rushing through the body, and ornate lacing. Smell is of light spices and yeast with a grainy malt body. Grassy hops really stand out as well as some candied fruit. Flavor is really light with an emphasis on some faint sweetness and some grainy character. Some light spicy and fruity yeastiness is there, as well as some really earthy hops and a solid finishing bitterness. Mouthfeel is moderate with a certain fluffiness to it. Bubbles are really active. Leaves the mouth just a little sticky. This is a good beer, but I'm just not that compelled to drink more and more.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass. No freshness date noted.

Cloudy yellow with a thick whipped eggwhite head. Thick sticky

Fruity aroma, bananas and earth and a little souness.

Flavor has some cooked banana. some sour, and a little pepper.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy light amber with white one-finger highy carbonated head. Very effervescent leaving some decent lace.
Aroma of heavy bread and wheat.
Flavor of light caramel malt and a heavy grain, wheat and spicy notes.
Mouthfeel is light and airy with lightly spiced grainy finish.
Drinkability is pretty good. Very light and one dimensional but highly refreshing.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle. The cork had 2.006 on it which I'm assuming meant bottled in 2006 but not sure why the weird period. It had a hazy golden yellow color. I did a slow pour so not to unsettle the yeast so not a big head but a decent one for the pour. Also had a bunch of carb and a lot pop when opening. The smell was very weak and had a dryness to it. Didn't really excite me. The taste was also kinda off and had a very dry and bitter ending. Based on other reviews, I'm either just not getting it or have a bad sample. Overall, not real impressed with this one and hoping it's just a bad sample as I'm really into Saisons lately and this is one I could get fairly easily. For now, don't really recommend (3.5, RB, ML, O)

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Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a tumbler at Pizza Paradiso DC.

Gold bodied in appearance sort of yellow/orange and a little cloudy. Foam white head doesn't stick around leaving a small collar eventually, and no lacing. Looks alright nice body.

Smell is kind of small. Muted lemon, and salty airy, nice but mostly closed.

Taste brings a little more. Slightly viscous with mild lemon tastes. Prickly carbonation with a small teeth coating effect. Slight floral aromas in the mouth and orange, even a mild pepper on the finish.

Overall not too bad, masking a high abv but really small in taste and flavor, feels alright but nothing much that seems to grab me while drinking this beer.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale, cloudy, golden wheat brew, with orange tones resides below a very light yellow, one-inch head. The label is a work of art, and almost makes one want to run head long through a tall grass pasture.

The aroma is yeasty with some ripe banana and a hint of cloves.

A subtle, dry, woodsy flavor with a touch of bitter, hoppy finish.

Smooth and carbonated with a mild bite of alcohol.

A nice beer, however, alcohol is a little too high for the other characteristics. I'll look for this again, just in case this one was passed its prime.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into wide-mouthed wine glass at low cellar temp, states 7.5% ABV. No dating.

Pours a vigorous tight white head, dissipates moderately quickly, leaves a small bit of lacing.

Aroma is sharp spicy esters and some alcohol.

Taste is moderately spicy, very dry, sharp esters and a little spice. Prickly mouthfeel, warm alcohol on the throat and mouth, lingers for a long time. Piney, very slight solvent notes.

Muted spice, but some expected funk. A very good beer, not a great one. I'd buy it again, it's an enjoyable basic saison, but not inspiring.

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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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Photo of trancefishy
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this one pours out a straw colour with a big rocky head. aroma is very faint, and has just a hint of yeast. taste follows along, but doesn't give you more than a taste. bread, yeast, and a bunch of citrus. unfortunately, there are these 3 flavours, and not much else. very one dimensional. everything is kind of muddled together. good, but nothing great.

glad to have tried this once, i doubt i would have it again.

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Photo of brewtechnik
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer is very inviting...Thick dense three finger white head leading to a clean, but slightly cloudy, golden straw nectar. Really looks beautiful...

S: mmmm, lemon grass...slight spice but very subdued, very mild hop presence, mostly yeast coming through with hint of summer.

T: Pretty much like it smells...except a lot more yeast character, lemon and grass. Herbs...earthy...slight tang and some mild hop flavor coming through.

M: light to medium finish, quite refreshing, lots of carbonation but has been settling out since my initial pour. I imagine sitting out on the deck on a summer day as I'm drinking this...really.

Certainly not the best Saison that I've had, but very tasty and VERY refreshing. If it were on tap at my local joint I would def drink a lot of this. I personally prefer the sour end of the Belgium spectrum, but this was still a nice buy.

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