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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,476
Reviews:
466
Ratings:
818
pDev:
10.7%
Bros Score:
3.37
 
 
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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting more from this organic version of a saison from the makers of the brilliant Saison Dupont. Unfortunately, this version disappointed me.

Although I sampled a long-stored and refrigerated bottle, the carbonation immediately brought up the yeast sediment and it poured a very hazy gold with an orange cast and billowing swirls of effervescent bubbles beneath a huge head of rocky off-white foam. The head retention was more than impressive (it held a small cap throughout the entire glass) and it left some excellent lacing (beautiful jagged rings and walls). Its candyish nose was quite welcoming, but a bit deceptive as the flavor was actually much less sweet, balanced by a bold hop bitterness and flavor. The mouthfeel was light and airy, and quite smooth with just a gentle caress on the tongue considering its zesty effervescence. In the flavor, some candyish and honey-like malt was over-shadowed by a brisk bitterness, leafy hop flavor, and a slap of spice. It finished dry with a mild, grainy-sweet note, a touch of light phenolic (plastic/smoke), and a lingering delicate spiciness.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light, cloudy yellow body with a giant head that went down slowly and laced the glass.

Smell – Thick, powdery mix of spices in this one. The light hops are present along with some malt, but mostly this is dominated by white pepper and other light spices.

Taste – The malt flavor is there, but again is is overrun by a powdery mix of light spices that seem to drown out the crispness of the hop flavors. There’s also a lime/lemon flavor that doesn’t go well with the ale.

Mouthfeel – Nice carbonation in accordance with the style.

Drinkability – This went down slow. It’s light, of course, but dull and overly spiced.

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Photo of hyuga
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a big, dense white head. Nice looking beer. Some farmhouse/horse blanket aromas with sour yeast and fruity esters. Not especially impressive. As for the flavors, a doughy malt and yeast combination dominates along with a good deal of fruitiness, mostly apricot and plum. Hops show up on the edges of the tongue. There's just a little barnyard in there. Plum-skin bitterness hits in the dry finish and coats the mouth in the aftertaste. Smooth in the front, but a bit sharp in the back. Not a bad saison, but not the best. Still very drinkable and enjoyable.

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

The beer pours a quite sibylline orange color with the head unpresumptuous in size, the texture creamy and the color a bright white. The lace formed is a quite “Chumpy” and melds well with the glass. Nose is a bit vinous, with malt undertones, crisp and citrus fresh, quite appealing to the eyes and the schnozzle with the start thickly malt and slightly sweet with the top slender in its feel to the palate. Finish is tart, strikingly acidic, hops are present but understated, tart and dry lingering aftertaste, and Saison’s have become a new favorite style, a quite quaffable brew.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium orange color. Large head. Aroma is malty, earthy, musty and citrusy. Very complex. A medium bodied saisson. Malts are bready, cookie dough, fruity and spicy. High bret, I bet. Barnyardish. Big, bright Belgian yeasts. Fruity, peaches and bananas. Mildly spicy. Very tasty. Smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly spicy.

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Photo of granger10
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish yellow color with a nice sized head that dissipates slowly. Aroma of hoppy fruit and spices. Taste shows me some floral hops that control the flow of flavors. Other flavors are earthy grain malts and peppery spices. Finishes with a hop kick and some more spice which seems to be cardamom this time. This is a well crafted brew, esp. for an organic, but the style just doesn't seem that great to me.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a good beer that falls shy of greatness. I love saisons and Flemish golden ales and Biere-de-gardes and farmhouse ales and so on, but this is an average in that category. Still above average as a beer all around I guess. I never loved Saison Dupont and that's a world class brew; this is not but has the added appeal of being organic. Opaque peachy golden with lots of bubbles, little lasting head. Aroma of yeast, spice, and fruit. A fair amount of Euro-skunkiness from the green bottle that lingered, even in aftertaste. The malt profile is very soft, buttery, weiss-like, but the hops kick in quite sharply and set off the equally prickly yeast. Finish is spicy, peppery, cleansing. Went very nicely with a sharp irish cheese but did not advance to the next stage of transcendence. I'll drink this again, sure, but I'm not giving it a whole hearted recommendation.

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

Appearance: a hazy, straw-golden color, with a thick, cloud-fluffy-white head.
Aroma: big lemon, a touch of sourness, and seemingly a bit off...I'm getting suspicious already whether I have a poorly handled bottle...the floaties detected later only widened that suspicion...
Taste: hoppy, vibrant, with a crisp, citrusy flavor.
Light body, adequate texture, simple and very tasty, with that lemony aspect dominant. The pleasant, sparkling citric flavor rings through and out in the finish.
Oddly, though, the flavor lags off some, and begins to taste of cardboard, feels stale...again, I wonder if something's wrong...but that's not a major element of my enjoyment of this drink, in fact, it popped up, then receded, and I finished the remainder of this 750ml bottle with a lack of complaints.
Again, though, I found myself wishing that an "organic" beer would mean one that really tasted fantastic, not just pretty good.

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Photo of marburg
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous pour. Cloudy and slightly orange. The head is simply awe-inspiring as it forms dense, billowing, white clouds in the glass; I think the Foret head spends its off-hours modeling on beer websites. The beer itself has a great deal of sediment in it. I swear that the bottom of my class looked the mouth of the Mississippi River -- silty as all hell.

Aroma is of sweetened pears with might be hints of orange peel and peppery spiciness. An alcoholic wind sweeps over it all, giving the beer its real weapon to assault the senses. The alcohol is obvious on the palate as well -- but in a pleasant way as the midpoint between pear/mango and some plastic-like bitterness at the finish.

The taste was more or less what I expected, and it's a little weak up front -- not quite as great as some other Belgians. But it's still quite good and pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Jason
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml green champagne magnum with no freshness date to be found other than the year 2002 on the cork which I assume it was the bottling year.

Appearance: Has a hazed golden cider hue, crackling carbonation leads to a fallen head though the lace sticks around.

Smell: Raw honey maltiness, brash grassy malt and hops, and herbal / earthy phenolic, cellar mustiness and yeast aromas all over the place. Suggestions of plums and mint come to mind as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Fluffy crisp on the palate, grassy from the grain and withered hop flavour. Hop bitterness is there but seems bigger only because it joins up with some medicinal phenols and a yeasty bite. Vague spicing and more grain in the mouth. Warming alcoholic esters are in tow but not without some fruitiness in hand. Touch vinous and lemony middle to end.

Notes: A simple beer, I expected a bit more. Rough around the edges showing some withdrawn complexities. There are other Saisons out there that are better.

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Photo of inebrius
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glowing clouded orange 'neath a fat clingy bonnet. Stunning bouquet of lemon, honey tea with a side of butter cookies and petting zoo. Alternating attack of sweet and bitter turns lime pith peppered by the kitchen spice cupboard. Easy, fluid and full through the pipes.

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

Really liked the nice golden color of this ale,with nice big rocky head that left nice lace.Very fresh and citruisy smel with a little yeast in the background.Fresh taste with some hoppiness to it,thirst quenching and very easy to drink.I do believe this is a organic ale wich makes it even better.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale orange, and immediately fizzes up owing to the tremendous carbonation. Forms a nice thick 1" white head with a meringue like peak that leaves brussels lace hanging in sheets with every sip. Aroma is that of Wyeast 3068 Weihenstephan Weizen yeast, with notes of cloves, phenol and cedar. No aroma hops are discernable. Taste has a little bit of lambic character in it; that of slight tartness and sourness, with some top notes of grain, and a fizzy, but crisp mouthfeel. Initial sweetness gives way to yeasty bread, mild bittering hops, and alcohol warmth. VERY drinkable in spite of it's 7.5% abv.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks very nice in the glass - a golden orange color with a chill haze. Smells of candi sugar. A bit on the dry side. The very high carbonation is evident with a fizzy, light mouthfeel. A little bit of biting alcohol present but still maintains a fairly light presence. Some very rounded out hops.

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

2002.
The ring is set with an attractive hazed-up golden with plenty of yeast flecks. Royal white crown as expected.
Nose is a three way battle between farmy funk, spicy zest and fruit phenols. Alcohol is the referee.
Round 1: Initially, the fruitness comes out swinging. Notes of apricots, pineapple and melon. Ding....
Round 2: Fruit is left with a swollen, bleeding eye as the bready graininess connects with a series of roundhouse rights. Ding...
Round 3: Spice dominates. Cracked black pepper and clove score tons of points on the judges cards. Ding...
Round 4: Straight off the farm, some yeasty, earthy hues struggle to retain the belt, and make an aggressive statement. They use a full arsenal of musty, animal-like moves. The other flavors may not ever recover from this decisive ass-whooping. Ding....Ding...DING.

The drying hops act as the trainer, as they arrive to wipe things up and provide a palatte cleansing dryness. Effective and assertive.
Middleweight in size. The crowd expresses its enthusiasm in the form of rapidly accending, tiny bubbles.
Replays of this melee will be shown again and again, as the drinkability never seems to decrease.

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

Cloudy golden appearance. Good sized dense white head tops it off. Spicy. Earthy. Musty. Yeasty. That would be the nose. Very lovely. Pretty carbonated mouthfeel. Not overdone though. Body is about medium full. The taste is bready and spicy. Peppery. There's a nice little bitter hop kick as well. Pretty nice saison here. This is a style I'm really developing a liking for.

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Photo of Morris729
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick and rocky white head. Nose is fruity and floral with a strong spiciness. Fresh fruit and ripe banana come though in the taste up front with notes of a bread-like sweetness to follow. There is also a bit of a citrus and peppery kick to it. It’s quite smooth and refreshing. This is a great beer.

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Photo of marc77
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Darker golden in hue, topped by a thick, creamy and well retained head that leaves sticky Belgian lace. Smooth clove phenols hit the nose upfront, then are ensued by mellow breadiness, hints of tart fruit and pleasant peppery alcohol spice. Biscuity sweetness upfront yields to notes of honey, more clove and black licorice. Darts of black pepper are perceptible mid palate w/ a moderate, and clean hop bitterness that nearly perfectly offsets residual sweetness. Relatively full bodied for a saison, w/ a highly agreeably smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with lightly caramelized sugar and faint fruitiness lingering. Foret is not nearly as fruity as other Saisons (it's not a Belgian pale as noted), but possesses a deliciously smooth clove and bread character. Hop bitterness is above the norm, yet doesn't step on the smooth yeast flavor contributions. An absolute pleasure to drink.

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