Foret | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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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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812
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466
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4.02
pDev:
10.7%
 
 
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Photo of wheelinshirt
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle purchased from Vidalia as it was in the process of closing its doors. Poured into a tulip glass.

Golden color with a big white head that recedes slowly to a thin collar and leaves some really nice lacing. Nearly perfect looking for the style.

Smell is strong, combination of floral hops, spiciness from the saison yeast and a light booziness. Very good, perhaps a bit aggressive.

Taste is similar to the smell but even more forward. Very spicy, medium-high bitterness, a real CO2 bite is felt on the tongue. Very dry. As it warms the booze starts to come out more, as expected. Tastes good, but I could have done with a little less spiciness, a little less CO2 or a little less booze. A moderate decrease in any of these (or a very slight decrease in all of them) would have made this a really killer beer.

Thin but not watery body, high CO2 levels, pretty standard for a saison.

Foret's drinkability is limited by its boldness. Not sure if this would benefit from some aging. A good beer, probably one of the best organic offerings available.

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Photo of elink00
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was a bit cautious as I've been burned before by organically grown beers (Cru D'or, et al) but this one was very nice.

From a bottle into a Chimay glass. Nice lacing during the drink and robust, full head on the pour. Citrus on the nose and flowers / hops down the pipe.

Nice earthy, fruity (not too much) flavor with some yeast and a bit of grass. Definitely on the lighter side. Will certainly drink again.

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

biegaman was nice enough to share this one. thanks jan!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled july 19/08.

pours hazy orangey gold with a huge fluffy white head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is good. big floral nose. light alcohol. cracker. white bread. bit of grain. bit of tangerine and apricot.

taste is great. low bitterness level. floral and almost but not overly perfumey. light caramel, but not sweet. white bread. cracker. bit of grain. light citrus - tangerine and apricot again.

mouthfeel is good. medium-high carbonation level. nice light body with a dry finish.

drinkability is good. good balance. really a classic example of the style.

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Photo of Rainintheface
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy golden orange with a fluffy white head that lingers just a short while. fairly high carbonation

S: earthy, musty, vanilla, lemon and some spice, mostly pepper

T: light herbal hops. wheat, pepper and also some green apple. the lemon is still there but not as pronounced as on the nose.

M: moderate in body with crisp carbonation. dry and a little tart

D: great drinkability

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Photo of number1bum
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a massive ivory colored head, which takes awhile to settle down. Eventually it does settle to a nic elace iwth a dollop in the middle and leaves some stick, too.

Smell is quite hoppy for a saison, with grassy and floral hops in abundance. Also some yeast and funk, bit of grain, a light sweetness and some fruit aromas.

Taste starts out with a light sweetness, some citrus and fruity flavor, some spice, yeast and grain. Just like the smell there is also some grassy and floral hop flavor going on, and it also has more bitterness than a typical saison, with a pretty healthy dose of herbal bitterness. Also some peppery spice. This is really smooth although it doesn't quite have the complexity of flavor that Saison Dupont has, but it's still outstanding.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp carbonation, and is quite smooth.

I thoroughly enjoyed this and really liked the increased hoppiness. Not quite as complex as Saison Dupont but very well crafted and very tasty. Great beer. I need to get my hands on more beers from Brasserie Dupont.

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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 MrHungryMonkey
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grainy toasty malt with creamy edge. Floral/herbal hops with slight sulfur kick that makes my mouth water for cheap Euro lagers.

Pale-medium yellow, incredibly hazy, good head - foamy/fluffy - with superb retention. Nice little orchestra of bubbles. Good little yeast ring around the bottom of the bottle.

Creamy malt comes to me first, followed by tart hops and/or yeastiness. Quite a bit of tartness that grows subtly with some bitterness. More hop flavor - floral, herbal, earthy, and somewhat grassy, citric, and spicy. Sweet, creamy malt finishes it out. Pretty clean finishing palate.

Not being very familiar with Saisons, I looked to the BJCP guidelines to guide my learning process. Foret seems to be a model example of the style. After reading other reviews on BA I agree with the Hefe Weizen yeast similarity.

Light and quirky. Very pleasant, very tasty. I like it. Of the three Saisons I've had (Hennepin, Le Merle) I definitely like this one the best.

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

33-cl bottle poured into a tall goblet yields a honey-orange-golden body with a few dark floaties in suspension, crowned with a huge creamy white cap that retains at a misshapen pillow-top and leaves huge foamy rings and interconnected sheets of lacing on the glass.

Smell is earthy, spicy, yeasty, and bready with a note of malty sourdough, orange rind with coriander, dry caramel syrup and Pekoe tea. The aroma was so intriguing, I got overzealous and received a little shot of beer in my nose for the trouble of huffing so hard at this aromatic gem!

Taste is sweetly fruity, yeasty, and malty with toasted bread and dry roasted nuts; mellow and comfortable, almost edible, yet crisp and refreshing with subtle notes of banana smoothness with peach juice crispness, the dark-skinned succulence of plums and a wholesome heft of grassy sweetness. The flavors bring to mind images of sun-soaked rolling green pastures, homemade bread, vision-quest style..."perfumey-yeasty-malty" is the adjectival phrase I want to coin, just to use here? All the noted flavors are more nuances than definitions--nothing over the top, nothing in command--all atop a dry, herbally-bitter finish.

Foret is the beneficiary of magnificent feel and drinkability with wonderful flavors and spectacular balance. Medium-bodied, perfectly carbonated, and outstanding in every way I can think of, this beer leaves me at a loss for superlative words to describe just how superior this drink really is.

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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 Bitterbill
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

2007 vintage as per cork...

It pours a hazy hazy peach colour with a beautiful head of foam that take about one third of my Celebrate glass. The lacing is stick and it is awesome! Quite the beauty appearance wise.

The smell is all Saison. Lots of yeast, fruit, some clove, some pepper, and very earthy.

The taste follows through...big earthy/musky tones with nice yeasty notes, corriander, clove, a little pepper, some citrus tartness, all in a medium bodied, medium carbonated package and it finishes delightfully dry. Very tasty and very drinkable. Yeah, it's not exactly a lightweight in the abv department but still, I can't stop taking sip after sip and I'm a big fan of the style when it is done right. This one fits that bill. No pun intended. Thanks again, Alan!

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Photo of Jwale73
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage served in my Delirium Tremens tulip. Poured a hazy orange-gold with a tight 2.5 inch off-white head; excellent retention. Head eventually settled, but remained tight, leaving behind strands of fluffy lacing. Inviting scent of citrus and yeast, as well as a slight grassy presence. Taste consistent with nose, as well as some fruity esters. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent, with a noticeable tingle on the tip of the tongue and a nice clean finish with a kiss of citrus astringency and a mild hops presence at the finish. I have been drinking many saisons lately, and Foret is definitely in my top 5.

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Photo of beerlassie
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When poured, this beer has a white foamy head that is fairly small but lasted throughout the pint. The color is a very bright yellow/orange.

The aroma is hoppy and extremely flowery, with slight citrus elements. The taste is floral with a very light malty flavor.

Mouthfeel is quite pleasant, with a good balance of carbonation. The beer is dry on the palate, encouraging you to have another sip.

This beer has a high drinkability. I personally haven't experienced too many Saisons/Farmhouse Ales, but this beer certainly encourages me to try more.

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

Poured a light golden & cloudy color. Large billowing white head that sits atop this brew.

The aroma is packed with sweet scents from the malts & yeast. Light hints of cinnamon & vanilla backed with floral hops. Many good esters coming through. Light peppery scent as well?

The taste is sweet and bready. Vanilla chimes in again with many characteristics of the yeast coming through. Light clove flavors.

Great carbonation levels and a light-medium body. Very quenching. It finishes very dry and demands another sip.

Great Saison! Complex flavor profile but light enjoy to enjoy without thinking too much. Perfect on a warm day I bet!

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

Poured into a snifter at the Gingerman in Manhattan NY to show a cloudy copper with minor head and some lacing. Was expecting more of a head.

A: A sour candy fruit with mild hops finish.

T: Tart fruits(grapes) with spices and hops mingling together perfectly with generous amounts of bread and yeast.

M: Tight, dry and smooth, you can detect the brewing prowess quite well from the consistency in your pallet.

D: Complex beer that is perhaps too subtle in many aspects. Much different from the regular Saison Dupont with lambic overtones.

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

750 ml bottle, "2007 batch" sayeth the cork.

Beautiful pour: hazy, peach body with a tall, rocky, off-white head that slowly recedes to a central patch of foam which rises up from the etched "D" in my Duvel tulip. Lots of grasses and sweet citrus hops in the aroma. Reminds me of a toned-down mixture of Saison Dupont and Houblon Chouffe Doebbelen IPA Tripel, the way it combines the grassiness, hops, and adds a bit of funk to make it all work.

As for the taste, floral hops get backed by a tropical fruit yeastiness and pale Belgian malts. A bitter, lingering grass note clings to the back of the palate. Excellent carbonation in this one, and the medium body is refreshing. When it warms and loses a bit of the bubbliness, Foret gets even better, as gooey caramel malts start to dominate the flavor. At only 7.5% ABV, this beer is easy to put away (I finished off the bottle without much of a problem). However, it has the complexity to keep me interested and wanting more. I will surely be purchasing this again.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale, cloudy, golden wheat brew, with orange tones resides below a very light yellow, one-inch head. The label is a work of art, and almost makes one want to run head long through a tall grass pasture.

The aroma is yeasty with some ripe banana and a hint of cloves.

A subtle, dry, woodsy flavor with a touch of bitter, hoppy finish.

Smooth and carbonated with a mild bite of alcohol.

A nice beer, however, alcohol is a little too high for the other characteristics. I'll look for this again, just in case this one was passed its prime.

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

On tap @ Ebenezer's in Lovell, ME.

Pours a clear gold with a creamy two-finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin cap. Great lacing.

Smell is mostly cloves, pepper and coriander, with a slight fruitiness. There's some fresh floral hops and Belgian yeast rounding things out. It's very earthy with that typical barnyard saison scent.

Taste is very much like the nose: sweet malts balanced with clove and peppery spice with a hint of fruit, before a strong dry floral hop finish.

Medium-bodied, crisp and dry mouthfeel, with light carbonation.

Very drinkable and very refreshing on a hot summer night.

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Photo of ccrida
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle (cork dated 2007) poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Foret is a hazy gold with lots of lazy steamers and a massive hite head that is very rocky as it settles, leaving heavy, chunky lace. Yep, this is what I envision when I think of my perfect looking beer.

Smell is strong noble hop spiciness, soft honey like malt and peppery dupont esters. Earthy and mineral laden.

Taste is nice, classic saison, dry and musty, spicy hops and esters. Dry, dusty yeast, but a nice malt backbone that some of the others lack, perhaps not the most depth, but so damn good. Super smooth.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, though not as much as some, with a medium light body and high effervescence.

Drinkability is very good. This is my favorite style of beer, and this is a classic example from the definitive farmhouse brewery.
I haven't had this brew in a while, and I'm really glad I revisited it - picked the perfect day as well, sitting in my backyard on a nice summer Friday evening with gorgeous weather.

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Photo of klewis
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy golden with a huge frothy head. lots of lacing.

S: Extremely aromatic with a strong floral smell and a spicy character.

T: Quite complex. Like the smell, very floral with a strong and complex mixture of spice in the taste. A tropical fruit flavor rounds out the taste and provides some depth. Lots going on here.

M: Medium-bodied with fairly light carbonation for a saison. A bit sticky with a lingering flavor.

D: Damn fine. Complex, yet quite easy to drink - and this from a bottle that was most likely sitting on the shelf for a while. This one is a no-brainer for me from now on.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been noticing this saison at a local store for awhile and just got around to actually buying one. Neat label with animals in a foret (forest). The color of the beer is a turbid orange, murkiness which is probably from suspended yeast as there is a chalky sediment settling to the bottom of my snifter. It smells spicy, peppery, oddly like flower pollen and brown sugar. There is a slight sourness towards the back and a slippery pepper taste and feel followed by subtle apple flavors like watered down apple juice. I was surprised that this actually paired decently with sharp cheddar but it was good.

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Photo of stumac
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours hazy straw color. nice retentive lacing of a white head. aromas of slight spicy hops, buttery and citrusy. Taste notes of citrus hops, slight spicy hops, a little yeasty taste in the back of the mouth. light bodied, low ot medium carbonation. slight dry finish yet long aftertaste. For an organic poison, pretty damn tasty saison.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle

Pours a golden/orange color with a magnificent large fluffy white head. Smell reeks of barnyard funkiness and belgian yeast. Taste follows with pepper, yeast, bread. Much more peppery than the regular dupont. Some spice in here as well with the barnyard farmhouse flavor. Mouthfeel is good, but slightly thin and maybe just a tiny touch overcarbonated. Drinkability is pretty much as good as a saison gets, with the exception of a select few. A fantastic organic brew by Brasserie Dupont. One I will certainly buy again. Great beer.

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Photo of abriggs1
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, I cannot believe how much I love this beer. The perfect Saison. The spicy freshness of the hops really jump right out and refresh you with their bitter but smooth descent down your gullet. It is rich, smooth, and refreshing at the same time; no easy feat. The flavors in this beer are anything but subtle. They jump right out, but are followed by a very mellow aftertaste that balances it out perfectly. There's a lot of citrus and banana in this beer. It's very spicy and has a nice hoppy bitterness.

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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 dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle copped caged and corked from Gary's in Madison...
Pours a bright-orange, copper-colored honey hue with a huge foamy and frothy head, rising carbonation, and a copious amount of lacing...
"100% Organically Grown Hops And Barley" on the front logo sticker...
Overall, for an organic Saison, I really enjoyed this one and thought the flavor was outstanding...
Sweet, honey, vanilla-filled aroma with a strong suggestion of candied sugars and florals...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with a powerful punch of florals, sweet candies, honey, sugars, and fresh fruit...
Sweet, semi-creamy, rich mouthfeel with an equally good level of drinkability without the faintest trace of any alcohol...
Good stuff...
Recommended...

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Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.02 out of 5 based on 812 ratings.
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