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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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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Photo of smcolw
2.95/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Straw color, slight cloudiness

Strong skunky aroma. Oh no, another green bottle. I'll try to evaluate this without that in mind. Unfortunately, I really cannot detect any other aromas. I imagine that the smell is deserving of a much better score than I can give here.

Again, the skunkiness shows up. Beyond that, this is a crisp ale with good malt flavor. Good body with very high carbonation. The aftertaste is very dry.

I'd love to try this in a fresher condition, it has hints of delicacy that cannot be perceived in this condition.

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Photo of geetlord
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy golden color with a thick and foamy head. The aroma was full of grains and flowers. The taste was slightly sweet and fruity. teh finish was smooth and contained a slight alcohol bite. overally this was a light and reasonably nice refreshing beer.

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

Pours a beautiful hazy golden color with a nice two finger creamy off white head that leaves some lace behind.

Aroma is wheaty, some wet horse blanket aromas, good fruitiness. Bananas, pears, grapes mixed with nice yeast aromas and mellow pepper. Some hops also mellow floral and grassy notes.

Taste is good like aroma, nice dry wheat, with wet musty hay flavors mingled together with fruit. Nice peppery spice and earthy yeast for the finish. Along with on going grassy burps from the hops and wet hay. Almost like you are chewing your cud.

Mouthfeel is around medium with lightly zesty carbonation, right on par for a Saison.

Drinkability is good a nice example of a saison, fruity, funky and spicey. Recommended.

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Photo of Drew966
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foret pours tremendously foamy from a brown 33cl bottle. The beer is a hazy golden in color and the enormous head is white. I like the aroma a lot, it is almost floral with a light citrus touch. It takes a long time for the head to die down. I like the smell better than the taste. It has some qualities that I don't particularly like, a plastic like taste is noticeable at some points. It's not bad, just not outstanding. Definitely worth a try.

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

The beer poured into the chalice clear pale yellow with a white frothy head which rose slightly, but lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong Saaz hops presence when first poured, but those aromatics flashed off quickly revealing a light and peppery spice character and a citrus note. The aroma contained a light bit of sulphur and an earthy vibe.

The flavor was quite bitter and refreshing with a hop bittering that assaulted the palate on the first sip, but then stayed around like your new best friend. The flavor was lightly spicy with a peppery character and an earthiness that was quite well done. A light citrusy character of oranges with a lemon twist was notable and interesting. The fruit presence was not overdone in the least.

The finish was dry with a lasting low peppery spice and citrus into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a nice creamy mouthfeel due to the carbonation level. There was a definite warming that presented itself after consumption. A nice beer, very glad I found it in the fridge.

750 ml bottle. Injet information was at the bottom of the front label, but it was not legible. 2005 on cork.

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Photo of xav33
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Foret (aka Moinette Biologique)
750 ml bottle
Bottled 2005, delected 08/06
Medium pour and soft pour in a tulip glass

First pour was 2/3 head, second pour was a bit more reasonable with a 2 inch white frothy fully lasting head with a murky straw colored body.

Smelt of light grassy hoppiness, heavy sweet doughy yeasts, with hints of allspice, fruity esters, banana and dust.

Taste was sweet spice upfront, with light bitter hoppiness, strong sweet fruit and bread spice, that slowly mute down in an average length finish. Mouthfeel was medium-light, dry, lively and chalky.

Overall, an easily drinkable, flavorful Saison ale that nears perfection.

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

On draft at The Brick Store Pub in Decatur.

I ordered a Saison DuPont but they were out. Saison Foret was available instead so I took it. It was an fantastic replacement.

Bright hazy orange gold with a dense and frothy white head. Significant fine lacing. Smells very peppery, spicy, dry and banana-ish. Odd for a saison (the banana, I mean).

Ever had Saison Dupont? This tastes very similiar (now I see that it is from the same brewery so that makes sense.) Some sweet malt, lots of pepper and spice. Banana flavors still evident in the taste. Quite dry, lots of pepper in the finish and aftertaste. Really tasty. If I wasn't there for a beer tasting, I could have stuck with this all night. This goes to the top of my saison list.

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

Strangely pristine summer squash gold. Shouldn't a saison have at least some visible yeast? And shouldn't a Belgian ale contain more than the occasional, fine bubble? Doesn't matter apparently because Foret has a wonderful looking lid that does the style proud. It's closer to ivory than to ecru, is impressively rocky and is so sticky that it deposits thick chunks of pocked lace on roughly half of the available glass.

The nose is bold and beautiful with loads of sweet and sour fruit and a whiz-bang yeast strain that is some kind of spicy. It's odd, but this is the second non-hefe weizen that I've had in the past week that had banana esters in the nose. A bananarific, clovey, white peppery, complex aroma. What's not to love?

Foret is one of the more in-your-face saisons in recent memory. Not one member of the flavor profile is relegated to the background. It's as if they all got together and said 'everybody's equal here, now let's go and kick a little taste bud ass'. Tart apples and pears combine with sweet banana, intensely floral hops, the aforementioned spicy yeast and alcohol. That last one is a bit too prominent, but when there's this much flavor exuberance, I don't mind a bit.

I love the fact that banana is so noticeable; it's almost like a secret ingredient that puts this beer over the top in terms of originality and multi-fruit complexity. It'd be pretty cool if Brasserie Dupont used a hefe weizen yeast, but I seriously doubt it. Whatever yeast strain they used is impressively peppery; my mouth continues to buzz long after each mouthful has gone to its reward. I'm sure the hops, the carbonation and the alcohol have something do with that effect as well.

I can't quite put my finger on why, but the mouthfeel isn't quite up to the lofty standard set by the aroma and the flavor. There's nothing really wrong with it (light-medium, generously carbonated), it just isn't special. It hardly matters though because I'm enjoying the beer thoroughly with a 'merely good' mouthfeel.

Foret is French for forest, which should be easy to figure out due to the bucolic scene depicted on the label. It's too bad that this lively little Belgian ale doesn't come in 750 ml bottles like just about every other saison in existence (or if it does, it's too bad that I ended up with this puny 11.2 ouncer) because it's a corker of a beer that disappeared waaay too quickly.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Enjoyed on a surprisingly cool summer night.

Mammoth head, four inches or so. Quick to dissipate, irregular fashion. Irregular lacing as well.

Lots of aroma here, grassy and phenolic.

Bit of clove happening in the taste here. Served perhaps a mite too warm, foretaste is almost a witbier, aftertaste estery. Maybe overcarbonated, that might be due to the temperature, estimated 55+ degrees (stored in cool basement, but room temperature).

Delightful mouthfeel, not too heavy, hides alcohol well. Drinkability is high, carbonation is to be dealt with as it grows warmer. Less so than a regular Dupont, or better yet a Fantome.

To the extent that my heart is warmed by the organic nature of the beers: Cheers to a solid saison.

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Photo of bonbright7
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have been trying a lot of Belgian ales and beers lately and this jumped out at me at the Whole Foods yesterday with its off beat label that was different from the others.

The first taste was not what I expected as the foam rose 4" and the first bitter taste made me think of Beck's on draft. The other flavors gradually appeared of malt, grains, and of course...hops.

I let it sit for a while and came back to it to see what a little oxidation would do.

Nothing happened. My surprise.

Still, it tasted pretty good and I think it would match well with pork chops or a bbq'd ham and a healthy side of greens and corn bread.

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