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Foret | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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 jwc215
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cage-corked bottle - poured into a tulip glass.

Pours all head (white) despite slow, careful, pour. In time, the head descends - revealing a pale, clouded, somewhat lifeless (little in way of rising bubbles), darkish yellow body. For such a head, not much lacing sticks.

The smell is grassy, musty, lemony and honey-ish.

The taste is of honey sweetness with tart lemon. There is a metallic tinge and a mustiness leaning more towards mildew than barnyard. It's not bad - but lacks the lemony zest of Saison DuPont or other classic saisons. As it progresses, it gets a touch soapy. It has a slightly bitter-ish, but wet, finish.

Despite the head, the carbonation is mild on the palate, giving it a certain watery thinness, though the carbonation does become a bit more noticeable in the throat - not really a characteristic that thrills me.

This seems like a "wanna be" Saison Dupont (although - I know - same brewery). I don't know if "organic" has anything to do with it, but it is just a shadow of the true classic. Not bad, but unless you are really "green" no reason to get this with so many more satisfying saisons out there.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: a hazy, straw-golden color, with a thick, cloud-fluffy-white head.
Aroma: big lemon, a touch of sourness, and seemingly a bit off...I'm getting suspicious already whether I have a poorly handled bottle...the floaties detected later only widened that suspicion...
Taste: hoppy, vibrant, with a crisp, citrusy flavor.
Light body, adequate texture, simple and very tasty, with that lemony aspect dominant. The pleasant, sparkling citric flavor rings through and out in the finish.
Oddly, though, the flavor lags off some, and begins to taste of cardboard, feels stale...again, I wonder if something's wrong...but that's not a major element of my enjoyment of this drink, in fact, it popped up, then receded, and I finished the remainder of this 750ml bottle with a lack of complaints.
Again, though, I found myself wishing that an "organic" beer would mean one that really tasted fantastic, not just pretty good.

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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 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 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 Billolick
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large bottle, with cork and cage. Pours cloudy orangy amber, lifting a massive white head. Good retention, dissolving to a tiny bubble film. Leaves much well scattered lacing. Nose of spice, yeast, corriander. Soft mouthfeel. A hint of a mettalic note. Otherwise typical saison flavors of pepper, must, earthyness and a nice dry finish. Love this style, but this take on it is just so so. Still worth trying and enjoying with BBQ, and summer fare.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

05/18/05- Purchased at Whole Foods in Sacramento.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a cool looking label I have always enjoyed looking at. No dating to be found. Poured into my Stone Levitation glass.

Appearance- Golden almost yellowish lemonade looking in color. Pours with a monstrous head which almost rises up and over my glass. Above average lacing here.

Smell- Very reminicent of other saison brews I have had in the past. Has that sour lemony scent, maybe the funky horse barn scent as well. Either way, I am learning to like this scent more and more.

Taste- Not as sour as expected. More of a sweet taste with maybe just a tinge of sourness. Tastes a bit more like a wit than a saison. Lots of spices (cloves, corriander) and lots of lemon and orange peel flavors as well. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation. A bit cloying and sugary, but still goes down nicely.

Drinkability- I've put off buying a bottle of this because all I've seen in the past was the 750ml bottles for $8.99 and upwards. Plus I have heard things to make me believe that this bottle was not worth paying the price and lacks the presence of better saisons. Well, I can see where they come from as this tasted a bit more like a wit to me, and it doesn't compare to Fantome Saison, which is my favorite saison to date, but overall it's pretty damn tasty and wouldn't mind snagging a few of these bad boys and putting them away for those nice summer family picnics or something. Tasty and fullfilling.

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Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now this is an example of a great beer that just happens to be organic. It reminds me immediately of Brooklyn's Local 1 for being so drinkable and having so many subtle flavors. It pours a straw-gold body with a thick white head. The aroma is toasty and bready, with hint of sweet malt, spice, and earthy hop. The flavor dives into the hops with herbal and spicy citrus notes along with creamy malt, pepper, more toast, and a cadny-like sweetness. It's balanced a little towards the hops, but it's a mellow, rounded bitterness that adds to the crisp nature of the beer.

This is a top-notch saison and one I'll be looking for in the future. I don't know if I've ever had a better organic beer. Worth seeking out if you like saisons.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a real hazy, almost chunky looking golden/amber body. Head billowed up nicely in white bubbles. Rich in yeast and a bit weak in spice aromas. Some phenols and citrus round out the nose.
Taste followed the nose, more esters and yeast, smooth taste and real nice finish. Usually the saison gets too rich for me farther along the tasting, but this one finished nice.

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Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent with a banana/ clove aroma and a fruity Belgian yeast finish. The taste is good. It has a spicey pale malt flavor with a bit of pepper undertones and a slight hop character. It goes down smooth and finishes with a fruity Belgian yeast aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a fine saison. It is true to style and full of spicey flavor.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer ours a murky yellow color with a small white head. Not a very attractive beer. The aroma is light funk with some strong citrus lemon notes. The flavor is lemon, funk, Belgian yeast and some nice sweetness. A relatively funky saison. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork Date 2003, Sampled April 2004
Pours brilliantly clear, and a full gold color. The beer is topped by a thick cream colored head that is produced by an incredible amount of carbonation. Aromas of grain and a floral characteristic reminiscent of a field of blooming weeds (both soft and sharp floral aromatics competing for attention). The taste is light and refreshing, with perhaps a hint of acidity in the finish. The ample carbonation prickles my tongue. There is a light grainy sweetness up front, but the finish is quite dry. Quite nice, with a good amount of character derived from the yeast. I get notes of pepper, grass, tropical fruit, pineapple, clove, and a herbal character. This is quite nice, light and refreshing with enough complexity to keep me interested in each sip.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foret Organic Saison

Appearance: Pours hazy, straw colored into a dupont branded glass. Fizzy white head forms an inch thick and recedes to a fine layer. Some lace on the glass.

Smell: Grassy, hoppy, some yeast and sweet bread all emitted from the nose.

Taste: Belgian style yeast lending banana esters, some grass, hay, wheat and light citrus. Nice authentic clean flavors, like the fruity yeast esters. Appetizing dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Good depth of flavor and a clean dry finish.

Overall: A damn fine saison. Tasty, light and easy to drink overall. Possibly Dupont's finest saison.

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Photo of biegaman
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. USDA approved organic. '2007' printed on the cork. Sampled July 2008.

Ripening apricot with a fare orange gradation. The abundance of head that ensued from first pour seemed it might be problematic, but would quickly settle into a hardy honeycomb of foam that stored suds a good 2 inches thick. It would be clean, durable, and unyielding. This is one very attractive beer and Oh! how I want to drink it!

The smell of a true Saison will easily make the connection for you that it is a traditionally farmhouse style. Indeed, Dupont's Foret has an underlying 'funk' to it that can easily conjure thoughts of musty barnyards and hay fields. There is lots of straw and dried wheat. Over-ripened fruits coated in honey. Even some earthy spice. This aroma, and their yeast, hits the mark exactly for a saison.

The taste gives way to a clean and light bill of pale malts with the wheat being more restrained. It tastes like there's been a big bag of oats added as well. The result is something sticky sweet and far more smooth than it is grainy. I was stunned to discover the alcohol percentage. My palate seemed focused more on the malts but soft, lingering notes of over-ripe fruit were never too far out of the picture.

I really need say nothing other than that this is textbook saison, in each and every way. The organic certainly hurt nothing and is a trend I hope will catch on with North American brewers. I can't help but feel the beer was aptly named because I could easily see myself packing a book, a little picnic basket of food, the bottle of Foret, and happily spending an afternoon sitting under a tree somewhere. In fact, next time I will and I recommend you do the same.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy translucent orange-yellow, with a mild white head, but white extensive full lacing, nice to see.

S: Earthy notes indicative of this style, grass, hop resin, sweet malt.

T: Flowery hops and earth, maltiness is sweet and bready, some yeast complexity, mild apple. Standard saison flavour, good, but nothing too exciting.

M: Mild carbonation, fairly light-bodied for its alcohol content, creamy, rustic.

D: Another tasty if not ovrwhelming saison from Dupont, would be a really good food beer, I'd have again on-tap, but wouldn't pop the 9 bucks for a bottle.

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Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML Bottle, Cork says 2004 and was extracted with minimal force and a high carbonation level. Purchased at red carpet wines in woodland hills.

In the glass we have a hazy orange to gold colored beer with a puffy white head.

Smell is LOTS of coriander, the scent of honey and loads of flowers. Mildly spicy but they really went nuts with the coriander in this one.

Taste is fairly dry from the start with that same powerful dose of coriander. A bit of sweetness and some bitterness shows up after a while. Floral flavors come out after a while and some powdery yeast flavors. More aggressively hopped than most of its style and some might consider this to be a flaw, but I do like a beer that will slap my taste buds around a little.

Mouthfeel is good but there are better.

Drinkability is also good but there are better. Not a bad Saison but Hennepin and Dupont are better versions. Sort of pricey at $9 for the bottle. For a beer just to drink I suggest you take your $9 and buy two bottles of Hennepin instead.

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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 John_M
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a solid gold color with outstanding head retention and lacing. This is a very impressive looking beer. On the nose I get lots of honey and butter, with some underlying spice. On the palate this is a very nice beer, with sweet malt interwoven with honey, butter and bubblegum. However, the beer has a dry hoppy finish, giving the beer a very light mouthfeel. Abv. is well disguised, making this beer pretty drinkable.

A very nice, very solid beer from Dupont.

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

I had this on-tap in a straight sided DuPont glass at the Stumbling Monk in Seattle.

Appearance: light golden hue with a light haze and 2 fingers of frothy white foam head. Quite attractive.

Smell: moderately funky with a nice grassy aroma. Enticing.

Taste: a little buttery with more of that moderate funk with a little sweetness and nicely grassy hops. Very smooth and balanced; I quite like it.

Mouthfeel: medium rich body with a great smoothness and great creaminess. Bam!

Overall: this is a balanced and very drinkable saison. Delicious.

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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 lacqueredmouse
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Whole Foods Soma in San Francisco.

Pours a dull yellow colour, extremely hazed with decent weight and fine carbonation to the body. Head is a solid meringue of white, with some lemon tinged colouring to it. Overall, it looks very solid.

Earthy, aromatic characters on the nose. A touch of sulphur, some mushroom, along with sharped characters of sawn wood and resin. It's very pleasant.

Light, earthy entry again: mushroom, soil, but clean and brusque. Smooth mid-palate, with a clean, velvety character through the centre and some estery notes from the yeast. Finish is extremely smooth and supple.

Feel is amazing. Soft, smooth and light. Delicate but structural. Lovely.

Overall, this is a really gorgeous beer. Smooth, lovely and amazingly drinkable. It's velvety, it's caressing, it's calming. Wonderful stuff.

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Photo of corby112
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a thick foamy white head that settles into a thin lace. Fruity, hoppy aroma with a nice woodsy, pine scent. Very crisp golden ale with hints of apple, and pear up front with a nice dry hoppy finish. Very quaffable with the ABV very well hidden. Highly recommended.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden body wiht a gushing, sticky head. Earthy, dirty, woody are among the aromas I noticed along with some funky yeast and both sweet and sour fruit notes like grape/cherries and citric. Really light and sweet the beer passes over the tongue smoothly. A light sugar sweetness combines with mild fruit notes like citrus and grape for a well-balanced ale that has a tad sour, dry backbite that perfectly complements the drink. A great beer to sip.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a hazy dark copper body with a thick off-white head that has a nice bit of lacing.

S- This beer has a yeasty flowery note to a club soda aroma.

T- This beer has a dry pale malt flavor with soft bubble gum that increases with warmth. There is a bittern finish with zest notes and a hint of green peppercorns. The finish has a dry sulfur quality to it.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a full finish do to a big but tight fizz.

D- This beer has a dry crisp fresh quality with a nice peppery spice and a big club soda note with a hint of tonic quality. There is a nice hoppyness but not much in flavor more in spicy qualities.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml bottle with the year 2006 printed on the cork. Poured into a tulip glass. This beer pours a cloudy golden orange color with a nice white head that has nice retention and lacing. The aroma has notes of banana and clove, sweet and sour fruit, malt and a touch of honey and spices. The taste is light and crisp with some citrus up front and a dry hoppy finish. Overall, I am a huge fan of saisons and this one is certainly one of the upper tier brews within the style. Not quite as good as Saison Dupont, but delicious in it's own right. Recommended.

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Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.02 out of 5 based on 801 ratings.
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