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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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801
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4.02
pDev:
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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 HardTarget
3.22/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml green bottle caged and corked, with 2.004 (don’t know what the . means) on the cork. Opened with a solid POP.
Aroma: Fruity, mostly apples, with a peppery spike, Belgian yeast, and a hint of horse blanket.
Appearance: Wow, that’s some head. Billowy, fluffy, starting to condense on itself forming a rocky landscape, clinging to the sides like it’s drowning. Body is a deep gold with a solid column of carbonation at the center of my Fischer tulip glass. Left clumps of foam on the side of my glass that look like I’ll need a wire brush to remove them.
Flavor: A mild malt taste, gentle fruit and pepper tastes, with a slightly funky finish, almost a cardboard but not unpleasant. Some alcohol tastes come through as well. Overall, a very subtle flavor, and somewhat like a wit minus coriander. I was expecting a more tart or sour flavor, but I’m not getting that.
Mouthfeel: Very bubbly, light-medium body, dry finish.
Overall Impression: Nice drinkability and I can see the refreshing qualities and can admire the mostly hidden alcohol. I was hoping for a more complex flavor, something really unique to help me identify “saison” in the future. All I got now is “wit – coriander”. Went well with my summer salad, a good thirst quencher.

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Photo of jlervine
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork stamped 11/98, purchased 06/04 at Riverside in Chattanooga.

Poured a clear golden amber with a frothy white head that receded somewhat quickly to a thin layer of bubbles on the surface of the beer. The smell was of damp musty hay, hint of grassy hops, sweet malt, and a pleasant fruitiness. This beer is quite full-bodied with lots of residual sweetness balanced by a pleasant bitterness from the hops. A hint of mild spiciness from the yeast rounds out the flavor very nicely. Very tasty. I will buy more of this, and hopefully get fresher bottles - though, if they are even better than this package store methusala, I'll be beside myself!

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Photo of ADR
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy and sedimented, color of darker pineapple juice in hue. Nice head, rising to an inch and generally creamy. Attractive lace on the glass. Slight farm aroma, notes of slightly spoiled wine and tart peach. Light and spritzy mouthfeel as most of the style. Lightly lemony and leathery in overall flavor with an impressive mid mouth bittering starting to seep in. The end note is diminished, a combination of very dry hopping and a very soft rounding down of the carbonation. Dry but subtle in the aftertaste. Maybe slightly more "blurred" than other Saisons but maybe more drinkable as well, without losing the hoppy hallmark that's usually typical.

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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 silenius
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Made of organic ingredients and artesian well water. While I was drinking this some guys drinking Achouffe at another table saw it and asked what it was. Next beer they ordered was this Foret.

The beer pours a cloudy honeyed brass with a big thick head that reduces to a thin layer on top the beer as it is drunk.

Smells like kitchen herbs, slightly floral with some clove-like scents and a hint of mint. Smell suggests a herbal bitter beer.

Taste is not as green and herbal as the nose. It is more smooth and not as harsh or bitter as the smell would suggest. A hint of banana and some bitter fruit rind in the finish. Some grassiness and a hint of lemon on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy ans goes down nicely.

I got a little tired of this by the end as it didn't seem to evolve much from the start and I would order a different saison (Moinette for sure) if I was having another saison.

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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 Plughfish
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Loud pop of the cork. Pours a cloudy golden color. A thick rocky white head forms on top. I notice quite a bit of sediment floating about in my glass. Aroma has citrusy, grassy notes to it. The taste reveals some the slight hop taste, earthy tones and lemony tartness as expected from a saison. I do detect some spice, perhaps some peppery flavors. This is a smooth and refreshing example of the style. A very good beer.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is dense, creamy-white with a remarkable flat top. Foam caves in slowly. There are gobs of thick lacing: walls of foam. The beer's color is a hazy orange-gold. Nice. Intense spiciness in the buttery, fruity, orangey nose. Tangy fruit in the front... is that banana? Thick butter in the middle leads to an extremely bitter finish showing light nuts and pepper. Aftertaste is a little soapy. That bitter finish tames some as you go, leaving a good, strong, spicy beer.

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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 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 Lupe
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a rocky off-white head. Very good head retention and excellent lacing. Sweet aroma of honey and malt with subtle spiciness in the backround. Taste was not as sweet as the nose, the malt is nicely balanced by a sharp, but not overpowering hop flavor. Some spice and earthy notes are also present, and the alcohol peeks through just a bit. Light on the tounge and very smooth. Quite drinkable but it seems like something was missing, pretty good though. After trying this one, I see more Saisons in my future.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed burnt orange with a massive noisey white head. The aroma consists of a light lemon twang with yeast, and spices. The taste is that of sweet fruit, spices from light hops, and finishes in the middle of dry and sweet. The body is light to medium and drinks down fairly easy for a beverage with this ABV. This would pair well with certain meals. Op uw gezonheid!

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Photo of BierReise
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Poured a golden orange with a thick fluffy head that settled down to a thin dense and creamy layer of foam. Aroma is spicy with notes of vanilla ,apple and a bit of clove. Yeast is also noticable and adding to what is already a quite complex aroma. Some funky sour fruit in there also. This one is all over the map. Body is medium and very smooth. Flavor is fruity with a bit of apple and spices in the mix. Yeast adds a bit of complexity to the overall flavor.

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

2.002 on cork. Yeast cake/chunks of yeast adorn the side(?) of the bottle. Yeasty orangy gold with huge white head and fast-rising champagne-like bubbles. Nice thick layering afterwards. Nice yeasty/spicy aroma with sweet honeyed malts and earthy/musty hops. Flavor and mouthfeel just don't hold up to what I would expect from Dupont. There's the earthy hopiness up front, a little sweet, orangy(?) maltiness in the middle and a little musty skankiness at the end. Overall finishes kind of thin. Nearing the end of this 750, I'm feeling kinda parched. Wasn't a saison first created to quench the thirst of farmhands? Whatever. I'm enjoying this beer but it's not one of my favorite saisons.

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

Pop the cork. Cork reads 2003.

Pours a hazed slightly orange amber with a huge white head. Tastes sharp and spicey. Flavor is complex, but centered on the spicey bite. Mouthfeel is well rounded leading this to be an easy drinking Belgian. So glad to see organic beers in the market.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 Edition, 750ml bottle. The pour reveals a coudy golden/yellow body, topped by a tight, whipped cream like head of pure, white foam. Aromas are subtle, yet complex and amazing. Honey (honeysuckle), various spices (pepper), fresh apples, citrus fruits, and sugar all come to mind. The taste is excellent as well. Light, fruity, peppery, and sweet (like honey). This brew does not dissapoint. The mouthfeel is light and lively, and the drinkability level of this ale is pretty damn magnificent. Geez, can this brewery turn out a bad beer? The Dupont family truly know how to craft a fine ale. This is just one more in their already magnificent portfolio.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250 ml bottle which states that the only ingredients are malts, hops and sugar and that this is nonfiltered organic beer.

White thin head which disappears almost entirely. Slightly opaque honey color.

Amazing citrus and apples, yeast, hops and sour bubble gum aroma that is just huge.

This beer is way more complex than James Joyce's Ulysses.
Bitterness overcomming the underlaying sourness, a touch of caramel and toasted campagnia bread. There is almost none of the fruit that was on the nose, which is replaced with a disarming earthiness. The alcohol and sourness are intertwined so that the 7.5% seems nothing but lovely.

The high acidity makes this beer relatively light on the palate and a joy to drink.

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

~12 celsius, trappist glass First, this is one of the numerous incredible top belgians sent to me by Tampa's rock'a Matt'a. Trust me Matt, they're all drunk in adequate ceremonies! / Dupont Forêt (which wears a pretty curious label...) spreads a dark golden hue, cloudy with an extremely complex aroma to die for. No exageration: I probably spent 30+ minutes sniffing it all in all in the ~45 minutes it took to drink the glass. Basically, it smells very sweet with plenty of little hard to spot characteristics among which stood out the meringue on top my my mother's lemon pie. Very complex and great sniffing as I said, yeasty with notes of vanilla, lichen? pencil shavings woodiness. I had not really thought much about fruit character until the first sip in which I discern peaches and frivolous acid green apples. It's grassy, sweet, woody (foret=forest) with a balancing mild/restrained bitterness in the finish paired with a light astringency. Body is very onctuous, sensual. Sensational, approaching the terrific Beatrix which I loved.

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

Best by: 11/04
25cl-250 ml bottle
onge filterd bier
This beer poured a cloudy lemon/yellow/gold color that when held to the light was well carbonated. The head that was formed was super fluffy, white in color, and the consistency was sticky and dense, and it lasted for the whole glass, only falling a little. Great lace, sticky as the foam that it comes from, it was in thick sheet form to very delicate sheets and lace. The aromas were of ripened fruits (apples pears), some fresh hops, wheat and its grains, some malt. Over all impression was earthy for the most. The tastes started off sweet, malts, fruits (apples, pears), wheat grains and a hint of a lemon rind in the middle and as it started to finish the hops, earth tones yeast and a tad of alcohol became present finished off with the prominent dry earthiness. The after taste was lite, wheat and hops. The body was light. Over all impression was earthy, wheaty, and organic. A simple beer but it can stand on its own very well. This was my first organic beer, and I must say that I rather enjoyed it and will try again.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 bottle, big green and with a healthy dose of yeast in the bottom. this baby poured out a beautiful orange/golden sunset with a HUGE white bubbly head that finally died to a rocky floating boulder that left a lace throughout the drinking experiance. scents of lemon zest, light fruity/floral hops and yeast all rise up with a grassy overtone. the beer is light, crisp and dry with bubbles that just dance in your mouth. lemon and very light earthy flavors start it off ending with a nice drying hop bite that leaves your mouth watering. raw yet refined and deadly in its drinkability. a damn fine beer, i will be going back for seconds, thirds, fourths and so on....

paid $5.99 for a 750ml

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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 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 RoyalT
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light, cloudy yellow body with a giant head that went down slowly and laced the glass.

Smell – Thick, powdery mix of spices in this one. The light hops are present along with some malt, but mostly this is dominated by white pepper and other light spices.

Taste – The malt flavor is there, but again is is overrun by a powdery mix of light spices that seem to drown out the crispness of the hop flavors. There’s also a lime/lemon flavor that doesn’t go well with the ale.

Mouthfeel – Nice carbonation in accordance with the style.

Drinkability – This went down slow. It’s light, of course, but dull and overly spiced.

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Photo of hyuga
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a big, dense white head. Nice looking beer. Some farmhouse/horse blanket aromas with sour yeast and fruity esters. Not especially impressive. As for the flavors, a doughy malt and yeast combination dominates along with a good deal of fruitiness, mostly apricot and plum. Hops show up on the edges of the tongue. There's just a little barnyard in there. Plum-skin bitterness hits in the dry finish and coats the mouth in the aftertaste. Smooth in the front, but a bit sharp in the back. Not a bad saison, but not the best. Still very drinkable and enjoyable.

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