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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:
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Added by BeerAngel on 05-03-2002

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#3,425
Reviews:
466
Ratings:
817
pDev:
10.7%
Bros Score:
3.37
 
 
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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting more from this organic version of a saison from the makers of the brilliant Saison Dupont. Unfortunately, this version disappointed me.

Although I sampled a long-stored and refrigerated bottle, the carbonation immediately brought up the yeast sediment and it poured a very hazy gold with an orange cast and billowing swirls of effervescent bubbles beneath a huge head of rocky off-white foam. The head retention was more than impressive (it held a small cap throughout the entire glass) and it left some excellent lacing (beautiful jagged rings and walls). Its candyish nose was quite welcoming, but a bit deceptive as the flavor was actually much less sweet, balanced by a bold hop bitterness and flavor. The mouthfeel was light and airy, and quite smooth with just a gentle caress on the tongue considering its zesty effervescence. In the flavor, some candyish and honey-like malt was over-shadowed by a brisk bitterness, leafy hop flavor, and a slap of spice. It finished dry with a mild, grainy-sweet note, a touch of light phenolic (plastic/smoke), and a lingering delicate spiciness.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really liked the nice golden color of this ale,with nice big rocky head that left nice lace.Very fresh and citruisy smel with a little yeast in the background.Fresh taste with some hoppiness to it,thirst quenching and very easy to drink.I do believe this is a organic ale wich makes it even better.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

The color is a hazy orange with a nice level of carbonation. Head is large and off-white. Lemon zest is first noted in the aroma. A deeper inhale reveals a yeasty clove aroma mixed with spices. Taste features a big citrus flavor, a lemony-orange combo, very acidic. Spice flavor is high and works well with the citrussy aspects of this beer. Sweetness is underlying and is joined by yeasty flavors in the finish. As Foret warms up the yeast flavors become stronger and clove flavor stands out. Mouthfeel is crisp and slightly puckering. Drinkability is high.

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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 dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Slightly cloudy, orange-yellow pour, with a fluffy white head that retained well and coated the glass with lacing. Flowers and lots of wet funk in the nose, pale malts, Belgian yeast. The taste wasn't nearly as funky as the aroma led me to believe it would be, floral, grassy, light toasted bread, sweet with honey and pale malts, notes of citrus and light spice. While the nose was a bit heavy on the funk, this beer was pretty smooth, light-medium in body, and quite drinkable overall. I haven't been impressed by many (if any) Dupont beers, but this one was not bad.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of vfgccp
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Opaque medium-light honey. Poured ~1 finger of head. Not overly impressive.

S - Great honey character. Wildflower nectar. Touch of early spice.

T - Semi-sweet booze and loads of honey up front. Apricots. Some of the earthy spices from the nose: pink peppercorns, cardamom pods, celery seeds.

M - Great smooth body with semi-dry finish. Pepper, honey and a touch of booze lingers on the palate. Nice refreshing carbonation.

D - Great drinkability, but a tad sweet.

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

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 mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bronze (settles out nicely)with a 3 fingers+ fluffy white head. Great lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Apple skins, leather yeast & pepper, plus lemon as it warms

T: Sour apples, lemon, & peppery hops up front. Some fruityness & alcohol as it warms. Finshses dry, tart & lemony

MF: Spritzy & light. A little overcarbonated

Drinks pretty good, about average as far a saisons go, Goes down too easy during this colorado hail storm! A good effort, but a tad over priced $9.50 for 750ML bottle IMO

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - $8.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out an effervescent, clouded, rustic orange body with a large, lasting, oh-so airy, white head.

Smell: Soft, sweet-toned barley with a hint of honey-coated cookies and fresh Also some notable notes of both spice and flowers.

Taste: Ah, the gentle taste of sweetish barley featuring notes of cookie crumbs, white bread, and wildflower honey. Hint of orange and lemon citrus flavors begin the emerge. Slight, slender florals welcome in a light spiciness though very, very little bitterness. Finishes quite crisp and somewhat sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Keenly drinkable like the standard version, though, I would say this is just a tad sweeter. Usually, Saison Dupont is my go-to beer for Thanksgiving dinner, but I thought I'd mix it up a bit this year. It all worked out well, I'd say.

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

Strangely pristine summer squash gold. Shouldn't a saison have at least some visible yeast? And shouldn't a Belgian ale contain more than the occasional, fine bubble? Doesn't matter apparently because Foret has a wonderful looking lid that does the style proud. It's closer to ivory than to ecru, is impressively rocky and is so sticky that it deposits thick chunks of pocked lace on roughly half of the available glass.

The nose is bold and beautiful with loads of sweet and sour fruit and a whiz-bang yeast strain that is some kind of spicy. It's odd, but this is the second non-hefe weizen that I've had in the past week that had banana esters in the nose. A bananarific, clovey, white peppery, complex aroma. What's not to love?

Foret is one of the more in-your-face saisons in recent memory. Not one member of the flavor profile is relegated to the background. It's as if they all got together and said 'everybody's equal here, now let's go and kick a little taste bud ass'. Tart apples and pears combine with sweet banana, intensely floral hops, the aforementioned spicy yeast and alcohol. That last one is a bit too prominent, but when there's this much flavor exuberance, I don't mind a bit.

I love the fact that banana is so noticeable; it's almost like a secret ingredient that puts this beer over the top in terms of originality and multi-fruit complexity. It'd be pretty cool if Brasserie Dupont used a hefe weizen yeast, but I seriously doubt it. Whatever yeast strain they used is impressively peppery; my mouth continues to buzz long after each mouthful has gone to its reward. I'm sure the hops, the carbonation and the alcohol have something do with that effect as well.

I can't quite put my finger on why, but the mouthfeel isn't quite up to the lofty standard set by the aroma and the flavor. There's nothing really wrong with it (light-medium, generously carbonated), it just isn't special. It hardly matters though because I'm enjoying the beer thoroughly with a 'merely good' mouthfeel.

Foret is French for forest, which should be easy to figure out due to the bucolic scene depicted on the label. It's too bad that this lively little Belgian ale doesn't come in 750 ml bottles like just about every other saison in existence (or if it does, it's too bad that I ended up with this puny 11.2 ouncer) because it's a corker of a beer that disappeared waaay too quickly.

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Photo of Jason
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml green champagne magnum with no freshness date to be found other than the year 2002 on the cork which I assume it was the bottling year.

Appearance: Has a hazed golden cider hue, crackling carbonation leads to a fallen head though the lace sticks around.

Smell: Raw honey maltiness, brash grassy malt and hops, and herbal / earthy phenolic, cellar mustiness and yeast aromas all over the place. Suggestions of plums and mint come to mind as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Fluffy crisp on the palate, grassy from the grain and withered hop flavour. Hop bitterness is there but seems bigger only because it joins up with some medicinal phenols and a yeasty bite. Vague spicing and more grain in the mouth. Warming alcoholic esters are in tow but not without some fruitiness in hand. Touch vinous and lemony middle to end.

Notes: A simple beer, I expected a bit more. Rough around the edges showing some withdrawn complexities. There are other Saisons out there that are better.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Wine source -enjoyed chilled from my Ommegang tulip, shared with tenderbranson69. The cork shot off like it was fired from a weapon and left a loud *Pop*! louder than any champagne uncorking I have heard and left a mark on the ceiling too.

The color is straw golden with deep hazed translucent clarity with thick unending creamy cap, it just piles up in the glass if not poured slowly. A musty smell up front with light mown hay and herbal dank earthy green hops with some malt which gives the impression of a toasted baguette. There is a slight fruit tinge from the yeast which brings along some melon and tropical fruit. A gentle malt tinge and spice up front leads to strong hoppy notes which are mildly bitter with heavy yeast presence and light tang w/ almost vinous grapeskin type tannin with a moderately spicey middle and moderately creamy notes with light tinge of dry malt. The light alcohol and super-high carbonation add to the mouthfeel and give it some levity with pretty dry finish and so gassy it almost gave me indigestion.

This saison is tangy/spicy with mildly hoppy noble flavor with slight melon and white grape from the yeast and mild tea-like flavor with the wheat taste coming forward mid-taste which gives a slight citrus tang and hint of grassy character comes in toward the finish with slight dustiness from the yeast and an almost cracker-like malt toastiness. Overall I enjoyed this beer a lot, a very good saison with plenty of that trademark DuPont character which is very fresh and has a nice hoppy flavor with plenty of drinkability to spare, it refreshes and the dry body is something I am fond of , pretty great for the style.

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Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of womencantsail
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a hazed golden straw color with a huge, rocky, white head.

S: There's a touch of skunk up front, but after the first sniff or two, I don't get it anymore. Lots of peppery phenols and spices. Mildly floral with some light fruits such as apples and lemons. Quite a bit of yeast with a bit of bready malts.

T: Sweet bread up front which is accompanied by a very strong yeast flavor. Some earthy funk with lots of grass. Mildly floral with a touch of tart lemon and lemon zest. Moderately spicy with plenty of pepper notes.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Of the Dupont saisons, this is probably my favorite. Nicely complex with lots of good flavors.

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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 BeerForMuscle
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 817 ratings
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