Foret | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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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 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
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 bobv
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Batch.
Original rating 4.25 across the board on 7-1-13.
Opened 2-13-17
Moderate pour yields a 1/2 inch white head over a hazy straw body with some lacing. Head lasts to the bottom of the glass. Nose of spice, herbs, and straw. Taste follows with the tiniest bit of honey sweetness. Very nice mouthfeel with a nice, dry finish. Overall, this aged very well and was worth the wait!

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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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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

cork says 2012 with a 9 below it, not sure what the 9 means. The month maybe? Either way relatively fresh. Hazy faded gold with a billowing craggy and sticky white head. Sweet melon fruits covered in honey dew, yeast, faint banana and bubble gum notes on the nose.

Soft medium body with brisk but fading carbonation. Sweet fruitness followed by soft honey and herbal flavors and a nice malty sweetness. There is a significant hop herbal hop snap that comes along on the back end of the tongue with a bit of alcohol and yeast bite that cuts the sweetness so briskly for a smooth and refreshing finish. A simple beer but with extraordinary flavors that go well together and flavors that come from both sweet malts, yeast, and hops. A lot of stuff working very well together. Super dry finish, very nice.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From corked bottle...poured into smaller duvel chalice.
Pours a gold color with significant head with lace.
Aroma of horseblanket, funky melon rind, slight sweet malt, sourdough bread and light Italian herbs.
Big carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of funky tropical melon rind, slight black pepper, amber malts, and field flower flavors, however you define them! When you get into the farm artisan styles of brew the relative quality of flavors and enjoyment varies...we each have our own expectations, desires and tolerance. This is a wonderful brew, and fresh from the brewery is lovely, but shipped here to Colorado it also is wonderful. Very different from the regular Saison Dupont and more complex...a challenging but lovely farmhouse type brew.

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

It pours a very hazy orange. The off white head is very thick with excellent retention and it leaves gorgeous lacing down the sides of the glass. It smells yeasty and musty. green apple and delicate hints of some tropical fruit as well. The taste is lighter than expected, and a little on the sweet side. The yeast is detectable, but it is toned down. It's sweet up front with hints of candied fruits that eventually becomes slightly tart. Fresh, juicy apple with a slightly dissapointing yeast undertone appear mid-palate. The finish has an ever so slight herbal hoppy bitterness. It has a lighter mouthfeel and the carbanation is pleasantly gentle. If you haven't tried this already, pick up a bottle.

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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 Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: overly huge, off-white head...crystalline, sticky, rocky, a glance, still...slow degradation - poured sort of clear, at first...sediment took over, rendering the golden ale so cloudy

S: sugar-coated dried fruit (pineapple, apple) - totally of DuPont - saffron-spicy, floral phenolics

T: musty, multigrain cracker - flowery/leafy, dirty-earthy - the stale-ish malt seems old or muted or not of the highest quality - can't get past the "off-ness" - tart and bitter citrus peel aftertaste, with some graham cracker thrown in

F: nothing to criticize too harshly here - has that soft carbonation and body, light effervescence - finishes dry and almost clean...a little grit

O: well, while this IS one of the better organic brews I've had, the green bottle (always on the top shelf, directly underneath the overhead bright lights) has to effect something while the quality of the malts come into question - otherwise, this compares favorably to the Saison Dupont - this is worth picking up, especially if you're the type who wants to support organic products

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Photo of Beelzebeer
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

250ml bottle, dated 11/10/10. I bought it summer of 2012, so that gives me nothing.

A - Pale straw yellow, thin bubbly head, keeping with the style

S - Funk, wheat, booze

T - Less funk than in the taste.. Similar to an imperial wheat with some funk, and some bitterness. But with a thinner body.

M - Medium thin feel with a little too much carbonation. It's overwhelming the taste.

O - Pretty good! I think I'm getting more into saisons.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Cork says 2010.

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a full inch of white head that retains quite well, taking its time to reduce to an 1/8 inch head. Fluffy non-resilient lacing.

S- Lemony aroma that's slightly effervescent and has notes of hay and barnyard. A bit skunky but that's to be expected considering how long it's been sitting in green glass.

T- Has a typical saison flavor but is toned down in the yeast department. More of an alcohol-tinged sweetness on display. Somewhat glassy flavor and a tad bitter. Also some spice in the aftertaste.

M- Very crisp and tight. Bursting with high carbonation and a light body.

O- Very good but not the best I've had from Dupont. I feel like the alcohol is too noticeable.

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

Cloudy orange colour with a very large white head. Head fades at a steady pace, leaving lots of lace.

Nose contains yeast, some white pepper and some fruit- primarily banana.

Taste is very nice. Contains a mix of yeast with a slight hint of funk, fruit (peach, pear, banana) and some light spice flavours (a bit of clove, some pepper). A bit of grass. Yum.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Very smooth and soft.

Overall, quite nice. Another good beer from this brewery.

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Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.02 out of 5 based on 804 ratings.
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