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Foret | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl
Belgium | website

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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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Foret pours hazy gold with a light orange tint under a 3” thick mousey head that looks like freshly fallen snow and very slowly collapses leaving art nouveau designs on the glass. It has a big saison nose with light fruit, spice, earthiness, bread and a light funk. Bready malt leads the palate seasoned with light fruit, malty sweetness, citrus, and a slight funk that becomes tart on the finish. The beer has an effervescent medium body – the texture makes the beer with slightly different flavors emphasized in the body than in the rich moussey foam.

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Photo of denver10
3.22/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ultimately, a sweeter version of Saison Dupont, Like they took a whole ton of cane sugar and mixed it into the recipe. Not really a fan.

My rating: 3.5

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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 KFBR392
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%

Appearance: Pours with four fingers of highly condensed bubbles which partially dissipated but were still very present while drinking. Rich rings of sticky lacing left behind with the dissipating head and each drink. Golden in color with amber notes throughout darkening it up. Active carbonation is good but a tick lower then most saisons.

Smell: Honey sweetness meshes perfectly with freshly cut straw exploding on the front. Sprite fresh fruits with accents of mango, pineapple, and kiwi dance on the undertones. Butterscotch, sour dough bread, and sprite yeast really pull this aroma through on the back end. So bright and potent, a true treat.

Taste: The second it touches the palate, a light touch of salt and prairie grass wash over and really pull the drinker in. The grass continues into the body with gradual but significant malts growing. Touches of grains, but the malt profile comes off with a medium, rounded sweetness that really shines. Floral notes with some airy spices pull through on the back end.

Mouthfeel: For me, the lower carbonation in this brew is perfect. Sweet, incredibly drinkable while still packing a significant pop at 7.5%

Overall: This is the best Saison I've ever had. The honey like sweetness meshes perfectly with the grassy, earthy notes. Crisp without being over the top, simply a masterfully crafted brew.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Evokes springtime with flowering plants and pollen circulating. The primary aroma here is honey and spicy phenolics, which remind me of clove, ginger, pepper, candied lemon drop, and banana. Delightfully airy texture, a fine mousse like the finest champagne but better because it persists. Great acidity. Tropical fruit like pineapple, along with citrus, with a touch of caramel sweetness. There is some skunkiness that I didn't get when I tried this on tap, but I think it adds some funky character that doesn't detract from the balance. This is the definitive saison, complex yet refreshing, and might surpass regular Dupont.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet. From yesterday.

A: Pours a hazy gold color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. I'm incredibly amazed by how creamy and well retaining its texture is, and also by how much lacing it leaves behind. There are also a noticeable amount of yeast particles near the bottom of the glass.

S: Aye, it's a bit skunky. Thankfully it doesn't obscure the other notes. I'm also getting noble hops, candied sugar, and spice. Shame about the skunk, but it doesn't fully ruin the nose.

T: MUCH better. It starts with a fantastic fruit notes - citrus, pineapple, peach, you name it. Spiciness enters the finish, bringing almost a sesame seed character. I'm also getting herbal and black pepper touches. It's just deep enough, yet still fantastically effortless and unique - and at the end of the day, that's what a saison should be.

M: I like how creamy, soft, and full it is. Yet, it's still bone dry, with medium carbonation. I love how it's both rich feeling AND refreshing all at the same time.

O: Oh yeah, this is the shit. The skunky nose isn't so offputting as to ruin this, and every other aspect is at least excellent. It's so drinkable, yet so rich and so flavorful. I need more of this in my life.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

awesome stuff, an organic version of the famous dupont saison. hazy goldenrod colored beer with a brassy glimmer and an inch and a half of frothing white head. i smell the sugar in this immediately, candy sugar in its rawest form, not all the way fermented out, but not too sweet either, a lot like a tripel on the nose, but the yeast is far more interesting. classic belgian saison strain gives the farmhouse profile without ever getting into the funky or weird zone. i highly appreciate the malt depth on this, its sturdy wheat, with some body, and again with a touch of residual sugar. a well refined yet very rustic ale, id love to culture some of this yeast for a brew of my own. great effervescence in the feel even though though the body is heavier than a lot of american examples of the style. yeast and sugar dual in the finish, this may change over time as we know these two ingredients are not stable together. great beer, especially for the price, props for being organic. even though its supposed to be the same, this is appreciably different (and superior) from the regular saison dupont.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Systembolaget at the Swedish release date, april 1.

Hazy, yellow beer with a beatiful fluffy two finger high, white head.

Nose: Spices, belgian yest, banana, apple, vanilla and bread.

Taste: Mango, apples, herbs, pears, pepper, honey and a hint of yeast.

Mouth: Light, soft and dry. Medium body with high carbonation.

This is a great Saison!

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Photo of BeerEngineer
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

General: I got this bottle from a friend who is also into craft beer. This was allowed to breath and warm up for a couple of minutes before pouring into my Ballast Point tulip glass.

Appearance: very light color IMHO for a saison, it's a very light gold color, almost a yellow. the head is white and light and frothy. Lots of little tiny bubbles that seem to last for a good few minutes. Really good lacing as this one is enjoyed too. The color just seems too light to me, give me a little more color with a saison!

Aroma: The aroma is crazy on this, when I was pouring I could smell this beer without even leaning in towards it. Lots of nice little spices with this beer. I get a lot of the typical belgian yeast phenols including light clove, a touch of banana and what I think is coriander. There is a slight bubblegum aroma to this also. This is a really enjoyable aroma, no peppery spice like some saisons, I'm a fan.

Mouthfeel: This has a nice mouthfeel, it's moderate, right about in the middle of the range in general. The carbonation is high on this, each sip seems to erupt with the tiny bubbles. This is lovely.

Taste: There are a lot of very mild flavors going on with this. There is a nice balance to this beer between the bitterness and the sweetness. Typical belgian flavors going on with this just like the aroma but it actually is very delicate. I really like this one! Great flavors with this!

Overall: This is a good saison. I am a huge saison fan and this one is very well balanced and has nice aroma and flavors. The one thing that I do have to take down points for is that this is WAY to carbonated for my taste. I like to be able to move the beer around in my mouth so that I can taste it everywhere, can't do it with this beer. The carbonation is too high. It's to style still so I'm not knocking it down that much, but that's the only real flaw that I see.

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Photo of Beermasterjarrett
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 2013 poured Into a tulip

Nice white lacing with big rocky head

Lemon zest, hay/grass funk, sweet pilsner malts

Similar to smell, nice fresh lemon/ lime? Barnyard.

Prickly, refreshing. Great carb

Overall, a great organic offering that represents the best of the style

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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 Givemebeer
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: nice rocky white head beautiful lacing as expected from any saison from DuPont.

S: peppery light fruit

T: spicy, pepper, pear, fruity esters

M: light bodied and crackling dry - masterful

O: DuPont masters the saison and this further proves it. That dry spicy peppery flavor that defines a saison is all here. Their original is better but this is a nice change up.

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Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy goldenstraw capped by a three-fingered head that leaves several strands of lace

Smell: It took a while for the skunkiness to fade away but once it does, the aromatics blend bready and spicy tones with a stone fruit character

Taste: Bready flavors, up front, with honey and fruity tones (apple and pear) developing along with a range of spices (coriander and, to a lesser extent, cumin) and a hint of yeasty funk; in the finish, the honey offsets the dryness, creating a nice blend, along with the spices and yeasty funk

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: If only this beer wasn't packaged in a green bottle, it would be so much better; still a very good beer but it really is hindered by the skunk

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Photo of joe1510
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml. Bottle
$5.99
Sam's Downers Grove

2006 Bottling

Dupont's organic saison, Foret poured a glowing hazy golden into my tulip. A big 3 finger dense white head formed on the pour that slowly receded to no less than a half finger cap. As the head receded it left chunky lacing that eventually slid back into the body leaving some patchy spots behind.

As I take my first whiff I get a nose full of tart green apples. There's a candi sugar like sweetness in the aroma but I don't believe any candi sugar was added. Mild barnyard funkiness shows itself toward the backend. Mild grassiness as well. Very nice.

Flavor is like a big slice of tart green apple upfront followed by a quick sweetness reminiscent of bubblegum. The tart apple makes my mouth water uncontrollably. Then the sweetness calms my tastebuds until the barnyard sourness and drying kicks in. Very tasty saison.

Body is a liitle more robust than other saisons. Partially because of the higher alcohol content. It's still on the light side of medium. The generous carbonation tickles the tongue.

I could without a doubt sip the day away with this saison. Very tasty and flavorful.

Another outstanding saison from Dupont. Wasn't sure if I was going to be too crazy about an organically produced saison. After drinking this more than satisfies my thirst for a quality saison.

Reviewed: 4/30/07

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with spice and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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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 ToriBug13
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Brasserie Dupont Tourpes Foret Belgium Saison

A- 2inch thick head, lovely delicate lace as the head recedes. Hazy, yellow and light amber in color.

S- Light malt on the nose, along with tell-tale banana esters.

T- Interesting. Very complex. Layer and after layer in this beer. I was told this is considered “the best beer in the world.” Now I’ve been tasting beer for years, but maybe I’m still not ready for it. It has the malt and bready yeast, plus the banana from the nose. But it also has the layers of coriander and vanilla, plus hints of cinnamon and clove on the finish. In fact, the finish lingers for quite a while, but it’s almost too spiced for me. I want to say bitter, but bitter isn’t the word. Being allergic to cinnamon, I personally did not enjoy this beer because it made my tongue tingle the same way the spice does. Perhaps one day…. I can see why people like it: it truly is well made, and the layers are fun to dig through. It’s a surprise, which in a world of boring beer is refreshing. But for me personally it’s a no go.

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Photo of cbutova
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled over my vacation last week. Reviewed from notes.

A- Golden yellow bodied ale poured into a wine glass with a foamy white head. The cap is several fingers high and has very good retention, reminds me of the great looking Belgian brews. Tons of thick lacing.

S- Mostly just a blast of clean and pure DuPont yeast strain. A great peppery and floral spicy feel and grassy spicy hops. Reminds me of the original quite a bit. Skunky hint but it goes good in this beer to be honest.

T- Damn clean for 7.5% Saison. A great combo of spicy, floral and citrus yeast flavors, just a hint of the latter. Coriander, peppercorn and some grassy/straw hop feel. Some of the spiciness must be from the hops as well.

MF- Foamy, highly carbonated light body with a very dry feel overall, super attenuation it seems. The dryness accentuates the spicy, grassy flavors for me and a decent bitterness results from this in the finish.

Reminds me of the original a lot with an extremely flavorful, yet clean Saison yeast feel, the classic strain. Love the spicy and floral/grassy interplay.

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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 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 coreyfmcdonald
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention and good lacing.

S: Typical funky Dupont yeast aromas here. Lots of lemon zest, clove, and cardamom. Mild fruity sweetness behind that to balance.

T: Similar to the aroma, but funkier. I get a musty flavor with peppercorn, lemon zest, and cardamom. Extremely well balanced.

M: Medium to light mouthfeel with high carbonation, appropriate for the style.

O: A great Saison - a balanced, tasty, and intense flavor and aroma. I can see why people want to use this yeast for their Saisons. I much prefer the dryness I get here to the sweeter American versions.

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Photo of popery
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dull light wood color, right around pine. It's almost the exact color of my bookcase. Cloudy, opaque. Big white head. Lots of lacing. Clumpy lines of bubbles stick to the walls of the glass. Very good retention. At least a centimeter of foam remains after quite awhile.

The aroma has an excellent fresh grain character. Fairly sweet. It's a pleasant bready sweetness. There's a touch of band-aid and a dry yeasty note. Fresh bread. Some light fruitiness, apricots and lemons. Just a tiny sour twinge. A little simple compared to some saisons, but easy to like.

The taste is drier and ups that yeasty tartness some. It starts with some of that fresh barley sweetness and apricot frutiness, but it quickly dries out and adds in lemon tartness and a nice dose of spice. Peppercorns. Again, a bit of that medicinal flavor that I don't love. The finish is quite dry and a bit dusty. Lots of yeasty flavor with lemon peel and pepper.

Mouthfeel is effervescent. The finish leaves a very dry feel, almost woody.

A very nice saison, though I don't like it as much as the flagship Dupont. It just seems a bit simpler. No big complaints, and it might just be a case of being so used to Saison Dupont that's it's hard to avoid comparison bias completely.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a corked 375 ml green bottle into a Pilsner (it's all I had at the time while camping in the wilds of FL). 

Appearance: Poured a cloudy golden color. Big 2-finger, slightly off-white head that stays and actually keeps growing as it's fed by a very active fine effervescence. 

Aroma: Not much. But a slight bit of Belgian spice was detected. Maybe a hint of skunkiness.

Taste: Robust, sturdy maltiness with some Belgian sourness and spice. Some breadiness and caramel. The hops are forward in the form of a flowery presence and linger somewhat. (No skunkiness was detected in the taste.)

Mouthfeel: A medium-fine carbonation. Medium body. 

Overall: A nice, very classy beer. I'm a sucker for anything that's "farmhouse"! I prefer a little more funk and spice and less hop forwardness in a Belgian. This seems to be toward the "champagne" end of the Saison spectrum just as is their Saison Dupont. Foret is, however, a bit more robust than the Dupont, and for that reason, I'd get Foret again. 

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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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Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
90 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.
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