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 bobhits
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I did not like Saison Dedont, but after reading some posts I wonder if it was skunked, so organic brown bottle…guess I like it or I don’t, no need to worry here.

Pours a huge head of white foam with lacing all over. This is some thick creamy full bodied foam, fills the whole damn glass. Yellow with a hint of orange body, dense with a lot of yeast body that looks pretty darn good. I have to say this looks tasty. Final pour fills the glass with a lot of floating yeast.

There’s a bit of funk here, but the hops and sweet banana malt finish is wonderful. This has me excited to taste.

I can’t quantify this one. Soft sweet malt like a hef, funky hops the dry the finish, and a strange stale something at the very front of the tongue.

Perfectly carbonated, creamy yet lively in body. Alcohol warms the mouth but doesn’t push beyond that point.

The flavor of this isn’t like any saison I’ve had. I don’t dislike it or like it. It really is unique and worth trying if for nothing else to try a unique flavor. I won’t be going back to this one the flavors don’t work for me. It seems like there’s an amount of stale dead flavor.

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

This is nice! Maybe the best blond I know.

L: a cloudy; golden look; great top with a solid top;
S: lots of smells to smell! Malt, Hemp/cannabis; touch of sweetness; spinach; flowery;
T: nice hops and malt; different taste elements I cannot describe: interesting! Wet stone (?), smoky. This a beer to explore...
M; great, round feeling, the just alcohol, all places of the mouth are being touched;
O: this is how a blond beer should be. That's why I give a 5 for overall/style.

I will drink this many times in the future. I'm sure!

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

Picked this up mid-September but I’m wondering how long the bottle was on the shelf at the store, as the cork has “2.011” stamped on it. Curious.

Meant to share but I wanted something to pair with dinner. I’ll pass the tasting notes on later.

The bottle gave a resounding POP! once I removed the cork. Took almost no effort at all, and I was half-expecting it to shoot out on its own.

Poured into a Ranger Creek nonic glass. Yes, I’m drinking this from the comfort of my home.

Lots—and I mean lots—of carbonation on top of a golden straw-colored beverage. Took me a good 10 minutes to pour enough to drink and I still had a good three fingers of billowy foam sitting on top, like a crème brule without the crust. Some cork bits also came out. (No noticeable “corked” aromas, so I’m going to chalk those crumbs up to margin-of-error and not a bad—albeit possibly old—bottle.)

Lots of estery aromas on this one. Funk with citrus.

This has a bold effervescence that just dances on the palate. Have I used that phrase before? It’s just as appropriate here. More suited for spring than the cooling days of fall, as the palate reminds me of …well, let’s see. Some zest, more lemon than orange. Flowers, ever so slightly. A bit of damp hay. Like the first warming rains of the season, perhaps? As this is the organic version of the style’s classic I certainly expected just as much. Every bit an enjoyable saison.

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Photo of dcook11
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A- Hazy yellow. Thick off white head. Sea foam lacing. Some yeast haze, mild carbonation visible.

S- Candied sweetness. Belgian yeast.

T- Harsh. Belgian yeast. Clove, lemon peel, citrus, hop bitterness.

M- Medium bodied.

O- Not the best of the style by any means, but worth a try.

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Photo of pitasoup
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours hazy golden yellow. sediment was slightly stirred and there are a few chunkies flating. nice two fingers of foamy white head that is slow to subside.

S: fresh lemons and sweetness. belgian yeasts, almost cloying sweet, candi sugar? wheat, caramel, and dust as well

T: similar to the smell, lemony sweet, then wheat, a bit of hay and yeasty cloyingness. nothing exceptional. perhaps a bit of honey

M: thin body. slightly astringent carbonation that fades to gritty dry, little lingering mouthfeel.

O: an ok saison, easily poundable. too malty for my tastes.

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Photo of GJ40
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Barley's in Asheville, NC.

Yellow and hazy with a dusting of white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is spicy with a slight funk. Tastes of fruit and wheat with a slight sweetness and some funk. Very refreshing. A creamy consistency with a moderate carbonation of fine bubbles.

This is a smooth, fun, thirst quenching beer that's perfect for sunny afternoon.

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

Appearance - Hazy and pale straw with an incredible head. The foam is puffy, white, durable, and leaves amazing lacing.

Smell - Very complex yeasty aroma that includes musty banana, grass, earth, stone, honey, vanilla, nutmeg, and stonefruit.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and mouthfilling with a nice spike of carbonation.

Taste - Just as complex as the aroma. Malty, but not sweet. Apple and other fruity, Belgian yeast esters through the middle, a bit of spice, and a dry finish that has just enough bitterness to balance everything out.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy, golden straw color with a huge, frothy white head that lingers for quite some time. Scent is extremely grassy and reeks of tart green apples, melon, and citrus. There are some lovely Belgian yeast notes as well. Not much funk to this one. Taste is initially melon flavors...then shifts to green apples, lemon, and mango. Then I get some grassy flavors with Belgian yeast and clove. Finishes dry and hoppy. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and dry. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a very tasty and refreshing saison. It's definitely not my favorite saison, but a saison worth trying.

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Photo of waltersrj
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Deep, golden yellow with an orange hue. The head was initially very frothy like meringue but eventually disappeared for the most part leaving behind lacing on the glass and a soapy formation swirling on top of the beer.

Nose: Honey (raw), grassy notes, light cellar must/funk, caramel, pepper and light, dank hops.

Taste: Slight citrus hops, pepper, honey, caramel, light touches of hops and grass.

Mouthfeel: A little thicker than most Saisons ive tried, slightly filling, a touch between oily and creamy.

Overall: Worth the try in a 330 ml bottle. There are better Saisons to be had.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw yellow colour with a huge tall foam head that slowly drops down to a thin blanket of bubbles.

S: Alot of floral and earthy (grassy) notes present in the aroma, along with yeast, cloves, some quiet biscuit malts, and honey. Picking up some fruits including pears, apples, and pineapple. Quite complex and very appealing.

T: Floral and earthy notes are balanced real nicely with the sweetness from malts, sugar, and honey. Tasting more tropical fruits (pineapple & banana) as opposed to the orchard fruits initially detected in the smell - interesting (and very nice). Alcohol slightly present in the finish, but not in an overwhelming way.

M: Slightly viscous and resiny with medium carbonation, which are pleasant and about right for the style.

D: Very nice saison offering that I'll be keeping my eye out for again. Bonus marks for a killer label!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, 2010 printed on the cork. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a cloudy straw gold color with a couple inch frothy white head that stays around for a long time. There's also a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is lemon peel, pears, herbs, tart apples, and a bit of skunk and funk. The brew tastes like lemon peel, peppery spice, bready malt and some apple. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's well carbonated and a bit dry. It's a little too well carbonated for my liking. Not a bad brew, but this one just doesn't do much of anything for me. I'll have to try this again in the future, but for now I'd pick other saisons before this one.

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Photo of kgwine
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The first pour into my Speigelau wineglass created a froathy foamy white cloud that reeked of beautiful scents. Super tight bubbles grew up over the top of the rim. Herbal and full of nature, this Saison stays true to the cloudy tart one-of-a-kind taste that I love. Being a wine guy, this style of beer intrigues me - perhaps because the sentiment is that Dupont's original yeast strain is purported to be a red wine yeast that has developed over time.

The mouthfeel is gritty and real. Why filter out all the goodness. This beer is nourishing without feeling heavy. Particles of goodness were heavy on the last pour.

Overall - Fantastic.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured for me as the Farmhouse in Emmaus. The beer was a nice golden color, hazy and not see through at all. The smell is a little funy but its mostly grainy and has a light amount of hops. The taste is also grainy and has a nice amount of Belgian yeast on the flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated, leaving just a light bubbly bite on the tongue. Overall I found this to be a pretty good Farmhouse Ale.

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

This is a wonderful beer to enjoy on a nice summer day. Especially after some time in the garden, similar to the farmers of age that the saison was often brewed.

It bursts with beautiful Saaz hops, overwhelming the senses before you even get to a glass. It is sharp and herbal, with wonderful hop aroma. The basic malts of this saison are perfectly balanced with adjunct sugar, and the bitterness is well suited for the fruity, spicy and earthy characteristics of the yeast.

This beer really demonstrates a restrained and sensible use of ingredients that many American brewers could learn from. It is powerful and pungent, warming and herbal, delicate and complex.

Oh...and it is organic! = no pesticides and chemicals in the water that my homebrew comes from.

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Photo of HoppingMadRedCap
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle poured into pint glasses.

Appearance - Golden around the edges with a solid beam of hazy brown through the middle. Plenty of bubbles floating to the top creating a lasting layer of fluffy white head.

Aroma - Picking up plenty of herbs with a touch of some white floral notes and this faint scent of honey. Could use just a touch more on the nose.

Taste - Sweet flowers, almost like honeysuckle to me. Hop character is low, only appearing at the tail end for a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel - A little gritty, though a light body to it.

Overall - Normally, I’m a huge fan of Saisons but something about this one felt slightly lacking to me. The look drew me in but I don’t think the flavor lived up to its appeal. I would almost certainly have this one again, but I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.

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

On-tap at The Trappe Door, Greenville, SC. May 2011:

The beer appeared a nice, hazy golden amber color with a huge white head that was very well retained throughout the beer that also left some nice lacing on the glass. The beer had the aroma that you would expect from the style, a nice spicy, citrus aroma with hints of the yeast. The taste is excellent...what one would expect from a saison, but this one takes it up a notch. A nice strong, spicy and citrus taste with that Belgian yeast backbone. The beer had a lighter medium feel to it with higher carbonation, but as expected. The beer had a nice dry finish. Overall, this is an excellent beer and one that I am glad that I ran across and I hope to again.

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

A - Pours hazy golden straw in color into my pint glass with two fingers of dense head that has fantastic retention and splotchy lacing. Lots of visible carbonation and some sediment.

S - Sweet malts, banana, clove, tart apples and a bit of funk.

T - Mostly sweet malts, very mild banana and clove notes, has some funk to it, finish is almost like a bitter apple cider.

M - Medium and well balanced.

O - Not overly impressed, but overall solid.

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

Interesting that this guy is USDA certified organic. My food in general is tasty when organic, so why not my beer?

Nice clean pour with a wonderful cork pop. A tall head dies down rather fast leaving nice lacing and the beer is a beautiful hazy golden color.

Smells of the quintessential "Belgian" yeast rounded out by honey and apples.

The taste is clean, crisp, and incredibly fresh. Semi dry finish with a slight yeast flare. This is very enjoyable. A little fruit zest here, a sweet tang of honey essence, and I'm in love.

Great mouthfeel that is well carbonated and carries great front to back.

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Photo of rbd13
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive hazy gold with an enormous white foam head that leaves heavy lacing on the glass.
Bright fruit, ripe peaches, citrus, cloves, and an earthy spiciness are present on the nose, along with sweetbread yeast.
Again there are flavors of bright fruits, green apple, citrus, and spice with a nice light hop presence and bread dough on the finish.
Refreshing, crisp body with a full mouth feel.

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

I picked this up for an italian BYO. It was a bonus to find a quality saison at the corner store for a nice dinner outside.

Unfortunately I had to use the water glasses from the restaurant for this beer.

Just like a typical belgian, there was a lot of head from the pour. The released esters smelled like fruit and seasoning. It was very refreshing. I thought I smelled apples and raisins.

I tasted the belgian yeast and some grassiness in the first sip. The aftertaste remained refreshing, and the bitterness only came through when the beer finally reached room temperature.

This is a great purchase for an evening outside. It paired well with the italian, and my wife enjoyed it with her clams.

You should pick up a bottle. Yup, I stand by that universal statement.

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

Nice saison hitting the right notes, and riding the organic branding.

Presentation: 750 ml corked green glass bottle. Front label with an illustration of a garden with some animals: unicorn, dog... Notes ingredients and the back label adds a paragraph with the general characteristic, intent, and pairings. Displays date of bottling (2010) on the trunk of the cork, and 7.5% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy straw to pale gold pour with a generous head that shows a sturdy retention, good surface memory and some lacing.

S - Fresh smell, lightly fruity, with a hoppy sense and an earthy yeasty hint.

T - Taste follows with a yeasty spiciness, grassy, citrus, freshly fruity...

M - Light-medium body with medium-high carbonation and an assertive dryness in particular around the finish.

O - Nice flow of a saison, good range although it could do with some more nuances but it does well in a rather straight forward manner.

Notes: While not extraordinary this sits better on my palate than their classic Dupont, not one of my favorite Saisons. And organic certification hype aside, I'd gladly cross paths with this one in the future.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cork year says 2010 so this one it at least 5 months old.

Dark golden yellow color with a big and fluffy white head. Fades down to a more manageable size pretty quickly and stays there for a while.

Upon opening bottle the initial aroma was full of of skunky ammonia note that made me suspect a bottle gone bad. However the skunkiness quickly subsided and left behind a more familiar barnyard funk that you get in the flagship Saidon Dupont. Light honey-like sweetness and some malt backbone can be detected.

Taste was surprisingly lacking in complexity. Malts provide a slightly sweet bready character and the yeast provides some funk and phenols with a peppery note.

Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a medium body feel and a semi-dry finish. Overall, Foret is not a bad Saison. The funk however does seem to overpower the malts and the beer lacks the amazing diversity of flavors you get from Saison Dupont.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle without a freshness date. Pours a rustic, hazed copper color with a frothy off-white head. Dark colored for a saison.

Nose of light fruits - pears galore. Bready grains provide a nice backdrop and has a soft yeasty aroma to it.

Earthier, sweeter pull than the infamous Saison DuPont. Plenty of alcohol and hop drying going on in the finish. Sharper flavor contrasts than I typically like in a saison....not exactly refreshing. Seems to lack the brightness and snappy, clean deliciousness of a DuPont. Although if it is farmhouse flavors you are seeking, this is your beer. Yeast plays a huge role in this beer and throws off lots of funky esters. Alot of character that just doesnt seem to make it through in American-brewed saisons. That said, I still find this a little disappointing considering Brasserie Dupont kicks out the quintessential example of the style in the lovely green and yellow checkered label.

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

Poured from a bottle.

A - hazy yellowish gold, fine 2 finger puffy head, very nice rentention

S - Getting banana, some funk, some citrus, lots going on here.

T - Nice taste, banana, yeasty malts, some sweetness, getting citrus and some apple on the finish.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation, coats the mouth nicely.

D - A very refreshing brew, great variety of tastes.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into Allagash chalice.

A: Pours a semi-opaque gold with apricot highlights. 2-finger pillowy head with nice retention settles slightly and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Banana, delicate floral hops and slightly-sour apple in the nose. There's a skunky element to this that is very appealing.

T: Banana and spice up front, followed by Belgian yeast and citrus in the middle. Finish is full of apple cider notes, along with the aforementioned skunk. Very dry, and ideal for pairing with practically any type of food.

M: Carbonation is light on the tongue but very high, transforming an otherwise fairly-thin beer into pure cream. A very pleasurable sensation comes from drinking this.

O: This is not my first run in with this wonderful beer, nor is it anywhere near the last. When I think of a perfectly balanced saison, I think of Foret and its cousin, Saison Dupont. I have to say that I prefer Foret over the latter by just a hair, if only because I'm awestruck by the faint skunkiness this beer consistently portrays.

There is hardly a better balanced, more versatile saison on the shelves than Foret.

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