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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Added by BeerAngel on 05-03-2002

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with orange hues and a big rocky white head subsiding to a nice white lace.

Aromas consist of citrus zest, yeast, earthy notes, and clove and pepper.

Very nice palate featuring piney hops, citrus zest, pepper spice, and yeast.

Medium to light in body, with medium carbonation, and a nice dry finish with just a slight bite/burn at the end.

This is a tasty brew, great flavors traditional to the style, refreshing, and easy to drink.

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Photo of seanthornton152
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Belmont Station (best beer store EVER), 11.2 oz bottle, poured into KlienBrouwerij tulip glass.

Golden yellow body, light cloudiness, 2 thumb frothy head, head stays strong for a while then leaves a nice lace

Aroma offers - bread, spice, herbs, yeast; the aroma is wonderful, seems very fresh, reminds me of the early morning in farm country

Malts flavor initially, then yeast, spice...pretty funky, a light hop character, then a slight fruitiness on back of tongue.

Mouthfeel is thin, medium carbonation.

Wow! I believe my bottle is pretty fresh. This saison offers it all. Great Job!

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

750ml green bottle w cork and cage. cork is dated 2008. purchased directly from the case so as to avoid light exposure and skunking. tasted in mid-may 2009.

nearly clear golden straw honey color. first pours are relatively clear. big puffy white head, fades gradually to thin layer, constantly replenished by duvel tulip's laser etching. good lacing.

aroma is very similar to regular dupont. spicy, herbal, but also bready and malty. faint sulfurous note, but NOT skunk - more of a yeast and farmhouse note. very pleasant overall.

taste is maybe just a tad sweeter and fruitier than regular dupont. maybe less spicy? mild but pleasant phenols. moderate, crisp bitterness.

light to medium body, some astringency (from phenols?) into the finish, w crisp carbonation that also has moments of fluffiness and creaminess.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect light yellow color with a small white head that sticks around and leaves excellent lacing. Aromas and tastes are perfect for a saison - lots of yeast and slightly spicy malt and hop balance up front. A ton of funk in the background - a strong "dirtiness" sitting in the back of your mouth for the duration of the drink. Feel is appropriate for the style. Really a big fan of this one - love the style, and this is a perfect, highly drinkable example.

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

Had this one on Tap at the Trappist in Oakland. Hazy yellow with a white head. Lots of hop aroma and a healthy dose of yeasty spice. Smells delightful. Drinks extremely easy for 7.5%. There is a substantial bitter hop/spice flavor that sticks in your mouth for a while. All said it's a nice beer. I would order it again.

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Photo of cudmud
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Produced about 2.5 fingers bright white foam that dissipated rather quickly. Poor to no lacing. This brew has a wonderful aroma of apples and pears. There is a huge taste of yeast, wich is followed by a pleasant belt of hops in the aftertase. This beer is quite lively on the tongue due a high level of carbonation. Overall, a highly reconmended brew.

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Photo of adamette
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle purchased at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio for $9.99 into my Brewery Ommegang goblet.

A Great creamy white head, about 2 inches after vigorous pour. Body is an opaque brown orange body with visible sediment floating about. Great look, really. 5.0

S Grains, some malt and some spices. 4.0

T Really great, deep Saison with those malt, yeast and spice tastes. Hops are in the background as far as I can tell which is appropriate. This is a serious Saison, right on target for the style and delicious. There is a great distinctly Belgian yeast taste that I love as well. ABV is very well hidden to me. I cannot imagine this being improved. 5.0

M Creamy smooth head with a kick of some spices. 4.0

D Great. I will finish the bottle without any problem.

Notes: This might be my highest rated Saison (I did not check yet). Man am I glad that I found this at Heinen's. Anyone reading this who appreciates Saisons should seek this beer out, a real treat that would go with many, many foods but most especially some cheese and crackers, enjoyed with a view say from a balcony overlooking the farm where the grains were grown.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy straw, pale yellow with a huge rocky white head with tight little bubbles stuck everywhere. A fingers worth of foam remains.

S - Lemon grass, spicy hops, yeasty, phenolic. fruity and citrus.

T - Slightly tart and maybe even a touch funky, fruity, spicy, lemon grass and citrus. Very similar to aroma.

M - Effervescent, light and well carbonated, refreshing.

D - Split this one with beerinator at a restaurant and enjoyed it so much that I had to purchase it again.

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Photo of ajayma
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK. Murky straw-colored. Head is voluminous on first pour, but doesn't last past first several sips.

AROMA. Hops, lavender, clementines. Maybe even cinnamon?

TASTE. Leads off with notes of lavender, citrus, peach, and fresh hops. A crystal clean malt is barely perceptible. A spicy, peppery yeast character blooms pleasantly in the mouth, accompanied by a quick microscopic fizz. Finishes with a lingering slightly-medicinal hop bitterness.

AFTERMATH. This may be my favorite saison. It's light, refreshing, if you want, you could swill it. But you could just as well take it slow, letting the yeasty-bitter finish linger between sips, leaving room for contemplation. I would not mind stocking my fridge with this one for those long summer nights.

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

A - Dark yellow amberish cloudy (almost murky) look with a light looking frothy head that leaves very little lacing.

S - Earthy, with a bit of citrus, and a tiny bit of skunk. Typically skunk would turn me right off but it was so mild and hidden with the bursting aromas.

T - Grassy (though not as much as many Saisons), a touch of ginger, a note of lemon.

M - Medium body with tight bubble fizz and a warming finish.

D - For an organic Saison, I think this is top notch. For a general Saison, it is good but outstanding in any way.

I like it.

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Photo of ShrLSU
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with a thin white head. Minimal lacing on the edges. Aromas of coriander, banana, orange peel, and some yeast funk. Taste is that of the smell. Creamy banana and nice orange hints. Very creamy gentle mouthfeel overall. Pretty drinkable overall but I have had better saisons.

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Photo of ryrust5301
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Orange juice in beer form. A thick looking yellow orange, or maybe even hefe-weizen like. Fizzy white head the was of substantial size, which faded into a nice thin layered snow cap. I just can't get over how much this looks like Tropicana!

Smell - Has a spring time belgian golden ale sort of nose to it. Lots of orange peel, and sweet creaminess. Once again it has that resemblance to a hefe with a heavy banana scent and a touch of clove.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Seems like a blend between a belgian golden and a hefe if there ever was one. I don't know if this quite falls into the Saison category though. Heavy amounts of creamy banana are mixed in with an active yeast strain. Fair amount of pepper spice is there. Feel is a nice medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - A little to much like a hefe-weizen for my taste, and that affects the score a little here. An interesting drink, but if your looking for a true Sasion, you best look elsewhere.

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

Mmm, it's been way too long since I've had a saison. Poured into a snifter.

A - Looks like honey with a lasting head. Good lacing as well.

S - Lemon, herbs, honey.

T - Similar to the smell. However, the spiciness kicks up a notch making for a very lively beer. Excellent stuff.

M - Lots of carbonation, very dry.

D - I'm sure some would disagree with me, but I find spicy beers like this to extremely drinkable. It's one of my favorite characteristics in a beer.

Overall an interesting and tangy brew. I think I might have liked Saison DuPont a bit more but it's been a few years. I will definitely be buying this one again!

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Don't panic, it's organic! Corked and caged 750 with vintage year 2008 into Ommegang chalice...

The classic meringue, almost bluish-white single-finger head tops the chalice and the patented lemon honey body of dry, balsa-wood austerity. Carbonation rises at moderate speed from the center stem upwards. Head provides decent staying power and very tight, thin yet style-specific lacing.

I'm not a big fan of Saaz. Yet this time it works perfectly. You have the raw grains, the minimal FG and huge yeast electricity along with huge Pilsener malt and a clean (rather than silage) Saaz hoppiness. Styrian Goldings may mellow this out a bit but this has such a clean and huge Pilsener character, if not for the citrus and slightly funky notes of the yeast strain it could pass as the best Pilsener on the face of the earth. Still, it's a pretty damn good Saison. Maybe a little too much Pilsener character and perhaps slight skunk but the dryness of this is excellent.

OK, skunkiness goes away. Such a solid, dry Saison with huge yeast electricity. Pilsener malt also provides a spring in its step. So friggin' crisp! Overabundance of Germanic characteristics with the huge Saaz and Pilsener malt quotient, which in a Pilsener would be annoying to me on its own, but it works so well here. Still, although extremely balanced it is a little too Pilsener-style heavy. Sort of like Foret is to (insert name of favorite Pilsener here) as to Stone Cali-Belgie is to Stone IPA - this to me is really a Pilsener with a Saison yeast strain. A good one, mind you, but still a little off-center style-wise.

The palate rolls more like a true, [email protected]$$ Saison. Yeast electricity abounds and rolls with the spritely carbonation as a delivery device...even tossing in some salty character. Styrian Goldings hops come about more on the palate feel than in the taste, leaving a velvety texture to the otherwise dry balsa wood element that is one of the many signatures of this amazing style. Finish is crisp and brutally piney clean with huge spring in the step.

This is by no means a picture-perfect Saison due to the huge Saaz and Pilsener qualities but it's still a fine quaff and with warmth gets closer to the style benchmarks. Ain't no denying that it's a fun, crisp offering to truck down - a true summer treat, on-style or not. Wonder what brats would taste like when we boiled 'em in this $#!+? Probably like something awesome...

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

A- A very luminescent, cloudy orange liquid with a massive creamy white head that leaves amazing lacing as it works its way down the glass.

S- Some horse blanket funk, honey, flowers, bubble gum, and some strawberries.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma with just the slightest astringent quality on the tail end.

M- A very nice carbonation level in this and a pretty clean aftertaste, but slightly astringent.

D- A very nice example of the style and it hides the alcohol well. A great warm weather beer.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into tulips.

A = Translucent yellow with a large, billowy white head, great retention, medium lacing.

S = Funky sour smells right off the bat, some spice right afterwards but the sour, funky smell is the most prevalent aspect.

T = Not as sour tasting as it was smelling, this has a salty, peppery taste with a light dousing of lemon juice. Overall the taste is just a little too light though. It would go really well with a pan fried trout though.

M = Medium bodied, light mouthcoating.

D = This is actually a little too easy drinking, as though it were watered down Saison.

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Photo of lehkost
2.52/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It seems that Dupont sees fit to brew every conceivable saison recipe under the sun, and good for them. Saison Dupont is an absolute classic, and revivals like Biere de Miel are a wonderful thing.

I was presented with a Maudite goblet for this bottle, and the beer poured fairly normally...none of the crazy effervescence of the Saison Dupont. Color is a bit more orangey than a lot of saisons, but definitely still straw-colored, I'd say.

As for the smell...and the taste...and I can't get over this, and I will soon pick up a bottle as soon as I can find one I'm reasonably sure is from a different batch...well, I don't pick up malt or spice notes so much as I do the distinct smell and taste of navy bean soup. This is really the only way I know to describe it.

The beer is not overly carbonated, not sweet, but really not so dry either. Again, the bean thing really kept me from being able to concentrate on more minute aspects of the nose and flavor.

I feel that, for a saison, this could use a bit more spice to offset the greater earthiness of the organic malt.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ dba Manhattan

Served in a Duvel tulip glass, pours a hazy, golden straw yellow color, finished on top with thick, fluffy 3 finger white head. In the nose there is lemon, yeast, peppery notes. Taste is crisp, citrusy, spicy notes. Not one of the best saisons i've had, but respectable, a pretty easy drinking one on a hot day, has a pretty light body for the ABV. A complex, yet simple brew. Billed as an organic beer, i guess that is a plus if you are looking for that kind of thing.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 4/21/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a very light colored body, yellow cloudy and fizzy. Big foamy fluffy head and big bubbles, very lasting, white. Aroma of spiciness, floralness too. Perfumy and very fragrant. Spicy fragrant taste. light and floral. Very tasty. Light and somewhat drying. Very tasty. Effervescent.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. It's Earth Day, so I might as well drink an organic beer.

A: Hazy light orange with a gigantic head that overwhelms the glass and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: A mixture of tartness and phenolic spiciness.

T: Fruitiness and phenols with just a hint of tart citrus. Reminiscent of Vieille Provision, but more subdued.

M: Light with lots of carbonation.

D: Rather good, but Vieille Provision is better. I'm glad I tried it, but I don't think I'll be seeking it out again.

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Photo of goatgoat
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, light apricot gold. A frothy tan head builds and falls to a thin ring. No lace.

Aroma is a mix of light fruits and banana in front. With spice and tart notes as well.

Taste tart and spice overlaying a gentle sweet fruity character. There's a sturdy bitterness that present lates and shares the finish with the everpresent tartness and a resurgence of sweetness.

Medium body with a low creamy carbonation.

Somewhat more bitter than other saisons, it does serve to set in apart in an enjoyable way.

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

Poured from standard bottle into Stella glass.

A: Huge, huge pillowy head with an unbelievable level of carbonation. Beautiful looking brew that definitely whetted the appetite.

S: Wonderful tones coming from the nose. Saisons really do smell wonderful, fruity tones with specifically banana. Almost hefeweizen tones.

T & M: After the appearance and smell the taste left me a little underwhelmed. Dry finish with creamy mouthfeel. After the beer warmed up a little it became much more enjoyable and complex.

D: Quite drinkable, not an easy beer to find but definitely worth trying.

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Photo of spointon
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 750ml green bottle into a tall Tripel Karmeliet stemmed glass.

A=This ale poured a hazy deep yellow gold color with a fair amount of sediment and a towering 3+ inches of rocky white head. The head took a long time to settle and left decent spotty lace on the glass.

S= Aromas of citrusy phenolics, lemon grass, noble hops, yeast, and mild alcohol.

T= The flavor profile started off with some decently sweet malts, wheat twang, and fruity-citrusy esters. The hops were dry, grassy, and definitely of the noble variety (Saaz?). Finish dried a but, but not uncomfortably so.

MF= Medium bodied with a mild carbonation level and a delicate mouthfeel.

D= Not as good as Saison DuPont, but I think its second only to that! I really enjoyed this one and will certainly buy it again.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33cL bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a huge, billowing white head. Quite a bit of sediment. Strong aroma of bubblegum with lots of floral/herbal notes. Hops are present, as well as some spice. Tastes of spicy yeast and floral, bitter hops with a fruity, sweet background. Well carbonated with a light-medium body. Quite refreshing.

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

Pours a hazy yellow/orange huse with a towering white head. Aroma is earthy and yeasty. Grass and pine, a hint of lemony citrus and a pale malt sweetness. Taste follows the nose. Nice earthy tones and and pale malt. There's a tocuh of sweetness in the palate but a nice tartness in the background, rounds the beer out nicely. Light on the palate, with a crisp refreshing finish. A really great embodiment of the style. Only critique is that it may be a touch too sweet. This beer could be confused for a triple, which certainly isnt the worst insult for a pale belgian beer. But a little more earthy farmhouse-quality wouldnt hurt.

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Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
Beer rating: 80.5% out of 100 with 814 ratings
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