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 Fish113d
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, it pours a gold/dark straw color with a billowy white foamy head reminding me of clouds. Solid sustainance in the head. Aroma is of sour grapefruit and a bit of orange peel. A bit of coriander hits my nose as well, and a bit of pepper. A mild sweetness overall on the nose that blends well with a bitterness that is hard to describe. Sipping reveals in interesting blend of orange and grapefruit flavors as well as soem spice on the tip of my tongue to balance the sweetness. A bit of alcohol hits the sides of my tongue and the finish winds up with a grapefruit sweetness with some alcohol phenols sticking around. Medium bodied and solid brew. Not the best of the style, but solid. Glad I tried it!

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Photo of jhu1995
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the organically produced saison from Dupont. Pours a cloudy, golden color with a thick, fluffy head. Lots of lacing which makes this a good looking brew. Smell is very spicy, with lots of pepper aroma, somewhat of a bitter aftertaste to it, and a slight funk which is true to style. Taste followed smell, but thought it could use some more fruitiness to balance out the spiciness. Overall, a pretty decent brew.

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Photo of albern
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first tried this at the Belgian Beer Festival in Boston, and the server had the good sense to offer me a slice of strong cheese to accompany the beer. At that point, my palate was pretty "over taxed" by all the fine beers I had had to that point. The sensation was "wow" with the cheese. I have since bought a bottle to take home and try. The smell is a bit skunky, and not at all what I expected. There is some noticeable hoppy smell, floral, strong, but that little ole skunk is in there as well. The smell is the low point. The head of the beer is good. It pours to over 1 inch and it stays around awhile and does lace. The color is an orangish yellow and a bit cloudy, owing to the carbonation in the bottle. It is not as hazy as say a hefe, but it is far from clear. The taste: better on the front end and then diminishing in quality towards the rear. Floral, hoppy, some spices, perhaps a little peppery toward the middle, and then comes a little after bite of hoppiness at the end. It's more of a rough, crude bite at the end, and this more than anything will keep this beer in the middle tier of Belgians for me.
Do try this with strong cheese, because it is very complementary and you will like the beer particularly well thereafter. Just try to get beyond Mr. Pepe L'Pew at the start of your session. L'Chaim

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

11.2oz. bottle: This pours a darker golden color. There is a small white head on it, which tends to linger awhile. A lighter but nice aroma of spices, fruits and bread. A very good taste. It has a medium body, and I get notes of citrus and spiciness. Just a touch sweet with actually a note of sourness in the aftertaste. Another beer from Dupont worth having.

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Photo of sinistermadman
2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice gold color with a "rocky" head as the bottle describes it. Aroma is subdued lemon rind and a barnyard grassy aroma.

Here is where it stops being a conscientious review and I get ugly. The beer has a flavor towards the end that I can only describe as "off". It has a respectable flavor to a point, but the finish is not enjoyable in my opinion. Maybe it is my knee jerk reaction to the "organic" ingredients, although I've had other organic brews that were quite tasty. I can't really get past this flavor so the review ends here. Its not going down the drain but I won't be seeking this out in the future. Please excuse the review as it will basically be a reminder for me to not buy again. Cheers.

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

Barnyard lemon Pepper Hop field grass
Belgian Yeast tart ester and
a hint of light vanilla in the malt

Poured a rich lemon yellow
with the nice white fluffy foam head
(you know the one)

A nice grass skunky hop yeast smell

A satisfying complex country taste
leaning towards the semi-dry,
bitter, tart, and spicey

Medium carbonation with a well-hidden ABV

Drinkability is good for a Saison:
and easy

Good Quality Stuff!

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Photo of DogFood11
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml green bottle corked and caged. Latest release so this is fresh as can be expected. Poured into a snifter it formed a sturdy white head. Body is yellow with orange towards the core and probably the cloudiest saison I've seen to this point.

Quite the fruity one. The yeast is dominant as well. There is alot going on here and frankly after having been on a pale ale kick as of late this is a nice detour. There is an ever present cloying type fruity ester underbelly that is very well done. The yeast takes over in the middle of every pull and once again is not annoying at all. Finishes fairly dry and is deeply complex. A distinct and subtle earthiness balanced by a lemony zip followed with some aggressive carbonation give this a lively but balanced feel.

Notes: Loved it! Not as dry as I would have liked but that is splitting hairs. Damn good offering and up there with some of my favorites. Drink this as fresh as possible as this ultra fresh offering is better than any I've had to date.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to finally get into my fourth offering from Dupont. Like its sisters, Foret is a looker - hazy blonde body with a huge frothy white, rocky head. She smells nice too. Flowery and spicey, with just a touch of that rough funk. Taste is along the lines of Dupont's other offerings, but is maybe a bit heavy in the peppery spice element. Noticably lesser than other Dupont beers in this category. Mouthfeel is also a bit off. Seems somewhat thin and sharp. Carbonation is damaging. Drinkability is hurt by this, but hurt even more by simple comparison with its sisters. Worth a try, and if this were the only Saison available to me, I'd drink it. But it's not.

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

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle. The cork had 2.006 on it which I'm assuming meant bottled in 2006 but not sure why the weird period. It had a hazy golden yellow color. I did a slow pour so not to unsettle the yeast so not a big head but a decent one for the pour. Also had a bunch of carb and a lot pop when opening. The smell was very weak and had a dryness to it. Didn't really excite me. The taste was also kinda off and had a very dry and bitter ending. Based on other reviews, I'm either just not getting it or have a bad sample. Overall, not real impressed with this one and hoping it's just a bad sample as I'm really into Saisons lately and this is one I could get fairly easily. For now, don't really recommend (3.5, RB, ML, O)

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

Dupont Foret on my 750 ml bottle priced at $8.99 from my local North Coast Coop here in Eureka, CA. Poured a hazy golden color with a fat white head and big chucks of lacing. Nose of hops, spices, and citrus. Mouthfeel kind of average, and taste is same as nose, only slightly sweet. Decent, slightly dry finish.

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

250ml bottle, poured into a wide fat snifter

Pours with a cloudy light amber body, a few orange and tangerine highlights. Thick puffy slightly yellowed head with great retention. Patchy lacing all the way down the glass and little yeast formations in the head

Smell, creamy perfume soaked fresh fruit. Mango and peach along with a hint of banana. Lots of aromatic sweet esters coming off, a hint of almonds and a little faint aroma of nutmeg. A whiff of almost petrol like aroma, distant biscuity malt also. The finish on the nose is aromatic once again, creamy coconut and sweet vanilla ice cream

Taste, spicy peppery mouthfeel, thick slightly bitter fruit. A wallop of dry malty alcoholic fresh fruit surrounded by strong spice and a lasting sharp pepper astringency. A slight hint of funk in there along with an acidic undertone of lemon and lime. Almonds and marzipan flavours seem to come through nearer the finish, along with a lasting dry yeasty alcoholic finish.

An interesting and tasty blond ale from Moinette. Spicy and peppery with a huge fresh fruit character on the nose. I'd say this would be a great beer with food

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

Hadn't had this in quite some time and I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was- much better than I remembered. Pours a very hazy golden with not much head. Almost looks like a Hefeweizen its so cloudy. The smellis of beautiful Belgian yeast aromas of cloves and bubblegum. The taste is crisp and a little bitter up front from hops, followed by a deep flavor of bubblegum. Very balanced and delicious. The mouthfeel is a little light but still solid, and quite refreshing. Fairly high carbonation, but nothing out of the ordinary for the style. Very drinkable- I could drink this all day. Another plus is that this is an organic beer.

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

the cork nearly pushed itself out of the bottle, but the eruption i expected to to ensue never came. foam was all that i could pour out of the bottle, however

the brew is a light amber or gold with heaps of rocky head. some patchy lacing hangs about. the ample head creates a huge cloud of aroma—spicy with floral hops. it smells fairly sweet, actually. quite clovey

fruitsweetness does its best up front, while a big bitterness does its thing out back. pepper and hop flavors abound inbetween. it's not as dry as are most of the saison paradigm, but that's very nice every now and then. i'm not saying that this guy is kicking ass and taking names but it's more assertive than most

good brew and i dig the organic aspect

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy, amber-golden with a thick white head.

Smell: Sweet malt and fruit aromas are dominant, there are notes of raw sugar and citrus. There's also a little alcoholic spice and a hint of earthiness.

Taste: High carbonation upfront masks initial flavors, but the initial flavors are sweet, but quickly become lemony and tart. The finish is grassy with a nice light, but lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, light-bodied with a mild dryness.

Drinkability: Tasty and balanced with a nice bitterness.

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

A: Pours a very cloudy golden peachish color with a nice frothy one finger white head. Excellent puffy retention of the head.
S: Wheaty phenol notes combined with fruit. Mostly banana and lemon zest notes, but also some vanilla and honey. Spicy with cloves. A bit of hops also.
T/M: Fruity hop presence with a nice supporting cast of cloves, wheatyness, and slight sugary notes. Grassy hop notes that lend to the bitterness. There's a texture to this beer that's noticeable after it goes down--a bit grainy and grassy. The texture adds to the mouthfeel and gives it a bit of body that would not have been there otherwise. Medium to above average body, especially for a saison.
D: Very tasty saison. Do the organic ingredients have anything to do with that? Not sure, but this is definitely a great tasting brew, especially for the price.

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

This is a nice, mellow saison. Cloudy straw-colored, pillowy white head. The nose is similar to the taste; dry, citric, some yeasty funk in the background. Much heavier on the malt than the hops. Sweetness comes out more as it warms up. Not the most complex saison out there, but very drinkable stuff - pretty light and easy on the palate, but still very flavorful.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into wide-mouthed wine glass at low cellar temp, states 7.5% ABV. No dating.

Pours a vigorous tight white head, dissipates moderately quickly, leaves a small bit of lacing.

Aroma is sharp spicy esters and some alcohol.

Taste is moderately spicy, very dry, sharp esters and a little spice. Prickly mouthfeel, warm alcohol on the throat and mouth, lingers for a long time. Piney, very slight solvent notes.

Muted spice, but some expected funk. A very good beer, not a great one. I'd buy it again, it's an enjoyable basic saison, but not inspiring.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One day, the prophets wrote, a beer will come along known as "the one" that will get me to like saisons. unfortunately, that beer is not this one. so note the disclaimer - i have yet to find a beer to open my eyes to the style.

Pours an opaque amber with ample head. Pretty nice looking. Taste is of yeast, earthiness, bananas, and citrus. moderate malts and almost no hops.

One note - i found this beer significantly improved with a little bit of time sitting out. it mellowed some of the astringent/sharp sensation i felt during some of the early drinking. Drinkability was high because of this.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy, semi-opaque with an orange/yellow color. Rocky & thick 1 inch head that lasts. Very little lacing.

S - Spicy fruity aroma almost like a good wheat beer. Earthy yeast scent with touches of coriander.

T - Nice earthen spice and yeast with lots of citrus backing. A little bit sweet and very complex. Nice.

M - Tingly mouthfeel with slightly drying finish.

D - A good saison such as this is emminently drinkable. (Paired nicely with a teriyaki stirfry).

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

Poured out a hazy burnt amber color with thick foamy head, light lacing. The nose is strong and earthy, with a medicinal/herbal feature rounding out the citrus. The taste is sweet with honey upfront , hoppy and dry throughout, citrusy on the finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat crisp and dry, but not enough carbonation to make this really work.

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

A- Huge off white (very close to white) head. Cloudy yellow/golden body. Nice thick lacing that sticks to side of glass.
S- Big European hops. Spices, some floral aromas, bready, yeast, with maybe some hints of grass and a few earthy notes?
T- Lighter fruits like lemon and banana. Backing of spices that kind of build up in the mouth. Some yeast but not to much. The hops leave a light bitterness throughout. Pick up some floral and grassy notes to but pretty light especially on the grass.
M- Thinner body with pretty high carbonation.
D- It is a good saison. I wouldn't say it's one of the best but if someone had it I would have it but I would go with the Saison Dupont over this if it were up to me. Has a few weird notes in the taste but overal pretty good.

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Photo of phishgator
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml into a tulip glass. Big foamy head, very airy and light. The color is a cloudy, pale golden hue; just picture perfect. The aroma is peppery, spicy, hoppy, flowery and it really gets my taste buds watering. The taste is a little bitter upfront, only for a second and then the sweet wheated malt and malts break in! There is a pleasent sweetness to this brew. Their is a slight sour faded flavor that is quite nice. The body is medium. The brew is great, but one 750 ml is enough at one time. It's even better to share with a friend.

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

pours with head production which fills the glass with a small amount of liquid.

smell is more like a belgian triple than what I think of as saison nose, though most saisons I drink are from the darbyeste/fantome barnyard crowd. Once the glass calms down, there is a good bit more barnyard character in this, and the glass is about a third full (full of foam previously).

Taste is even more typical of style, sense of hay, grass, with some citrus-like notes I more normally associate with triples. FInish is not bitter at all, some mild acidity but the mouthfeel is quite sweet.

Very pleasant beer, well worth giving a shot.

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Photo of numenor1
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Extremely hazy dull glowing orange with an incredible rocky head and lacing, tough to beat in the appearance dept. The cap of foam never really goes away. Smells of lightly toasted grain, hay and herbal hops. A touch soapy. As far as flavor, this is a very tame saison as things go for me. Much cleaner than most and a bit subdued. Very dry profile altogether. Starts with a light bready sweetness with undertones of spicy herbal hops progressing through the finish. A touch of citrus here and there, and toasted malt reappears through the finish, balanced but lacking some complexity and oomph. Solid bitterness throughout, pretty much in line with most saisons. Mouthfeel is medium with lots of soft carbonation, and is actually pretty close to perfect. Drinkability is good.

Taking this for what it is, without expectation, it's very good and i really enjoy it. A milder saison is a welcome change of pace.

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

Foret pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a big, thick frothy white head on top. The foam lasts almost to the last drop and leaves behind thick clumps of lace on the glass. A very yeasty aroma with notes of clove, orange peel and pepper floats above the beer.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer has a nice soft fizz that lingers on the tongue. The complex flavor is a wonderful combination of bubblegum, banana, clove, pepper and yeast. In the background there's a dry malt presence with a hint of floral hops mixed in. The beer finishes slightly sour leaving behind some of the banana and clove flavors when it's gone.

I thought the aroma was a bit 'funky' with all the yeast and found this to be a beer best sipped slowly. Other than that it's a very tasty brew.

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Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 818 ratings