Foret | Brasserie Dupont sprl

816 Ratings

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl

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 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...

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Photo of dogger6253
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a light yellow, settling into a gradient of amber to honey. The head is huge, like clouds floating on top, chunks of it stick the the glass.

The smell is very fruity - mango, pineapple, banana - while a bit of peppery hops linger in the background.

The taste is very peppery, slightest hint of apples and bananas come out in the finish, just a tiny dash of hops added to round out the palette.

The body is pretty light with a medium amount of carbonation. This thing is spicy and biting. The bite is a little too strong I'd say, but other than that, it's quite drinkable.

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

750 mL Bottle. Enjoyed this one with my Easter 2008 dinner: Roasted duck (marinated with orange puree and rosemary) with caramelized onions, saffron rice with peas, and a balsamic reduction, and rosemary sourdough rolls. Equally amazing with dessert: homemade sweet ricotta tart.

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass, forming a huge foamy/rocky head. This beer is beautiful: the color of gold, hay at sunrise, and strong chamomile tea, with bubbles a-plenty rising from the bottom of the glass.

On the nose, this ale continues to unfold a plethora of offerings the longer I linger -- burnt sugar, caramel, grass and hay, almonds, cardamom, and (my favorite), boxwoods after a summer rain.

The taste picks up right where the nose leaves off: almonds, spice, white pepper, raw unrefined sugar and caramel, with a tart (almost mild citrus) twist. Superb!!

Nor does the palate disappoint: even thought the beer is slightly sweet on the tongue, the palate is cava-dry and bubbly. Wonderful stuff.

Overall: More, please!!! And, it's organic, to boot.

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Photo of boulevard2
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden saisson with a thick head that slowly disapates. Tiny bubbles form at the top waiting for me to sip. Scent of peach and pears. Very smooth on the palate with bubbles that burst on the tongue. Paired with a nice turkey dinner this will do nicely. A piece of Belgian love.

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Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a large amount of fine-bubbled carbonation creating a beautifully dense, lumpy white head. Before I take my first sip, there's already some serious lacing on the glass. The aroma starts out with a Saaz-like hoppiness - spicy and floral. Pleasant yeasty quality, creamy orange and bubblegum. Peppery flavor, pale spicy fruit, and soft malts. Light and refreshing. The taste is increasingly citrusy with a hint of sweetness. Plenty of yeast and lingering orange peel. Light and smoother than anticipated.

Very, very drinkable and refreshing for 7.5% abv. Lots of peppery yeastiness. I like it.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Warning, first saison I really remember drinking.

Pours a beautiful warm golden honey color. Oooo LaLa Saison.

Smells earthy, sweet, fruity, yeasty. Goody. Tapers off into an acidic smell.

I can see how this would be awesome on a hot summer day. Slight acidic taste, refreshing, peppery, hopp, sweet, bitter. I dont exactly have the words.

For me, the aftertaste waffles between pleasant and gross.

Probably a great beer, my palate isnt there yet.

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

This is my 400th review. Poured this 750 mL dark green bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Cork said 2005. The body was a pale banana yellow. Lightly murky on the initial pour. Four+ fingers of pithy white head left clumps of lace and remained throughout the drink. Murkier on the second pour.

Smell was a clean yeasty crispness. Apples and pears.

Taste was creamy yet clean. Lightly funky. Bright but not sharp. Granny Smith apples. Very well balanced. Very drinkable. Not the usual chalky yeastiness of many Belgian ales.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Both rounded smoothness and a zippy light sizzle on the tongue. A very nice Saison.

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

750 ml bottle as a gift from my main man Chris. Thanks!!

Pours a hazy golden amber, very thick white head forms, slowly settles down to a nice layer and ring, lots of lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet, some honey, bready malt, light funk, some sourness, big citrus bouquet, yeast, bit of a sharp lemony acidic aroma, some spices, quite refreshing. Taste is nice, some wheat, vanilla, citrus, sour funk, yeast, orange peel and spice in the finish, lightly acidic. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth, very drinkable. Thanks Chris!

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Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Blond with an amber streak. Foamy head that fades to a one-finger dollop.

Aroma: A bit light-struck (but not too bad). A deeper smell picks out spicy and earthy scents. Malty as well.

Taste: Spicy and earthy upfront. Smooth. Leaves a nice aftertaste. Hop isomerization is non-existent in the taste. Smooth taste. Definitely like a farmhouse ale to me.

Mouthfeel: Dry and spiced. Beer goes down easily.

Verdict: A decent example of a saison/farmhouse ale. I've had enough examples already that I don't think I could drink another. Still, I like this one.

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Photo of b5d106
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Large, frothy white head with a good bit of lacing
S= Smells very much like a hefe. Some bananas and cloves with some spice in there.
T= Taste follows the smell, with a little more spice in there.
M= High carbonation.
D= As much as I love this beer I couldn't have more than a couple.

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Photo of missginsu
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. It might be my new favorite beer, in fact.

At first I was just wooed by the bottle, which has a lovely forest scene, but it's a real beauty inside and out.

Warm yellow hue, clean and crisp in the mouth with a lightly floral aroma. Citrusy, softly yeasty and lightly spiced with subtle grass and tropicals (like a nice hefe).

I will buy this beer again and again.

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Photo of Douglas14
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a barely hazy golden color (probably from the tiny bit of yest that got stirred up during the pour) with an incredibly thick white head that leaves exceptional lace. Smells of spices, honey, even the syrup of cherries (werid, i know...but it's awesome and keeps my nose in the glass). The taste is also of spices, honey (not as much as the nose hinted at), and again, this marachino cherry flavor keeps coming up. It has a mild bitterness and a nice dry finish. Unfortunately, the Foret didn't have as much "funk" as I was hoping for, but nevertheless, awesome beer.

I am fairly new to Saisons but like what I have had so far and the Foret only adds to my encouragement to explore this style in more depth.

750ml, tulip, began at ~50 degrees and ended at ~60 degrees F.

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Photo of eliot
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good, floral taste. Had some citrus notes. Much like a La Chouffe, but more citrusy. Very cloudy, unfiltered. Good aftertaste. High price for one glass, but I would buy again for a special occasion. (Especially since La Chouffe is not available in pubs in Texas.)

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty yellow/beige color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma of bready yeast with some nice floral Belgian malt notes but not as many hops as the vieille provision. Taste was a nice combination between some floral Belgian malt with some bready yeast which also provided a slightly spicy finish. Full body with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Another great beer from this fine brewery.

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

33 cl bottle, served in a big wine glass at 59 F/ 15 C.

Hazy golden color, a finger of frothy white head, finely textured lace.

Smells intensely of fruity black pepper, along with white grape, banana, apple, honeylike malt, some earthy herbal hops, smoky phenols, rock, and a touch of skunk. A warm sweetish note sort of like ginger or horseradish. Characterful, and very good.

Tastes fruity and peppery, fairly dry but with a touch of discernible sweetness, and a bit of acidity. Some moderate earthy hop flavor and bitterness accentuated by chalky minerals. Well balanced and quite refreshing. Honeylike malt, some gingery warmth, and a touch of smoke. Fairly long dry finish, pepper and mineral. Very tasty.

Fine texture, but it can border on fizzy and watery. Quite drinkable.

Very enjoyable, interesting and peppery beer.

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Photo of nbree00
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful golden-orange color thats so cloudy it looks like its on nitrogen, deep creamy haze to it. I really enjoy the fact that many Belgians are unfiltered.

S: Smells of honey and a trace of apples.

T: A hint of sweetness up front, which leads to grassy pale malt and honey flavors, and a hoppiness that adds a particularly dry finish.

M: Feel is quite velvety with an almost creamy texture.

D: I personally find Saisons to be the most drinkable of the Belgians, and this one is no different. I could easily put back several of these. Witch is interesting considering its a relatively high 7.5% ABV, its also 100% organic how can you lose!

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Photo of aquatonex
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy pale orange with heavy lacing and a short creamy head. Nose is a little grassy and alcoholy. The beer is rather strong in flavor with a lot of heavy herbal and fruitiness along with some noticeable alcohols (a bit too noticeable). Mouthfeel is on par with the style. Overall, I feel it could be a bit more balanced and flavorful, but is definitely a decent beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow color with a small white head. In the aroma, a dry yeastiness and somewhat skunky. In the taste, very dry, yeasty and a small hint of skunkiness. A small bite in the mouthfeel and a dry yeasty aftertaste. Very dry and yeasty, however the small skunkiness throws me off.

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

Had this on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a solid gold color with outstanding head retention and lacing. This is a very impressive looking beer. On the nose I get lots of honey and butter, with some underlying spice. On the palate this is a very nice beer, with sweet malt interwoven with honey, butter and bubblegum. However, the beer has a dry hoppy finish, giving the beer a very light mouthfeel. Abv. is well disguised, making this beer pretty drinkable.

A very nice, very solid beer from Dupont.

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

Pours a cloudy orange-ish yellow with sediment. Almost looks hefeweizen-ish.

Smells, and tastes, of wheat/grass, some bitter/sour citrus tones, and tons of yeast. There isn't much sweetness here, just maybe a hint of malt to round out the sharp, countryside flavors.

Fairly drinkable. Crisp and dry.

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

Beer bootle (33cl), tasted in 2002.

Appearance: blond color, beautiful light foam compact as well, effervescence average
Smell: nose of hops and yeast
Taste and mouthfeel: in the mouth, it is a little sour and spicy, fruity touch of malt and hops yeast
Drinkability: a good beer (bio) in the style Saison (noble beer).

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Photo of Patrick999
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at The Room, South Beach; reviewed from notes a couple hours later. Poured into two relatively shallow wine glasses for me and a female friend. Cloudy, sparkling gold with great head and lacing.

Aroma is outstanding - mostly a sweet apple and mango with just a little sweaty-sock character.

Taste - very impressive indeed. Redolent of apple cider without being sweet, also champagne grapes and a slight tartness. There's also a good bit of hop going on here, especially if you get a fresh bottle. Pepper. All the complexities pull together so well.

Mouthfeel is crisp and sparkling, without ever becoming heavy. It goes without saying that this beer is absolutely spot-on dry, but not at all chalky.

Drinkability is exceptional, as is this beer. It's so complex and substantive, yet feels so light and refreshing. I can't believe no one has given this a straight 5.0 yet. Granted, if I'd had this at home, alone, I might not have been inclined to give this straight 5s, so perhaps this rating is in part a product of the company I kept and general environment in which I sampled this beer...but I'll be damned if this didn't strike me as beer perfection.

I expected a near-clone of Saison Dupont, but this was not really all that similar, to tell you the truth. Foret is something else entirely...more peppery, a little more hoppy, and the really cool thing is, you don't have to search the world over to find a bottle. I can only imagine how well this will pair with a sharp fact, I vow not to drink this again until I have a cheese that will do it justice.

Edit: I keep coming back to this, looking to revise my perfect score downward. I can't do it. In fact, I like each bottle more than the last. Easily the best organic beer on the planet. And, you think it's good by itself? Try pairing it with something. Which cuisine, you might ask? Pretty much any. Seriously. I even paired this with an authentic Key Lime Pie once, and it worked exceedingly well. Damn, it's that good....such a good "food beer" as well as an amazing drinker by itself. This is still the tightest (even though every bottle seems slightly different), most enjoyable beer I've ever had. There are many great beers in this style that happens to be my favorite, but *this* is the one I reach for when I'm really feelin' fine.

I should add, whether you get an aged bottle or a fresh bottle, both are very good in their own way. Really hoppy fresh, cidery with some attic quality aged. You can't go wrong. One of my favorite beers.

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Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 816 ratings
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