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 RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yellow gold with a full white head and very active carbonation that leaves sheets of lace. Belgian yeasty spicy clove-like aroma and Saaz-like hop characteristics. Tastes much like it smells with banana flavor in the background and a peppery finish. Light-medium bodied with a dry finish and light alcohol tones.

Very enjoyabvle and would like to compare directly to Saison Dupont one day...

Label states: Organically Produced

Purchased: 12/19/03
Tasted: 11/13/04

($6.99 / 25.4 oz / 750ml corked and caged champagne style bottle)

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Soft, creamy, somewhat cloudy egg yolk gold. Pure white head with good, but not great, retention, Moderate carbonation. Thin sheets on the glass wall.

Smell: Earthy, sweet, spiced, rich. Saaz hop sharpness over a clove-spiced bread base. Bit of honey as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I hear angels singing, a pure white light surrounds me -- perfect. A golden mouthful of tart, ripe fruit, a bit cider-like. There is a distinct sweetness for a base, slightly bready, slightly honeyed. In the finish, a rush of pilsner hops balance things beautifully, and a slightly peppery, slightly medicinal herbiness come to the fore. Orange peel lingers. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, but still finds a way to be a bit chewy.

Drinkability: As I drink this, I can't help but imagine a mellow, breezy afternoon picnic in the hills overlooking the Pacific, the sun giving the oaks and grass a golden glow, so nice... so nice... Uh, oh, very drinkable, and a decent deal to boot. Good stuff.

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

A: Pours a hazy golden with a huge frothy head. lots of lacing.

S: Extremely aromatic with a strong floral smell and a spicy character.

T: Quite complex. Like the smell, very floral with a strong and complex mixture of spice in the taste. A tropical fruit flavor rounds out the taste and provides some depth. Lots going on here.

M: Medium-bodied with fairly light carbonation for a saison. A bit sticky with a lingering flavor.

D: Damn fine. Complex, yet quite easy to drink - and this from a bottle that was most likely sitting on the shelf for a while. This one is a no-brainer for me from now on.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL green bottle served cool into my NB goblet.

Foret has a hazy golden orange color with a thick long-lasting white head.

Aroma is really pleasant and seems just right for the style. A nice lemon citrus and black pepper combination. The yeast is certainly contributing to a spicy/funky nose.

Flavor is full of depth but not overpowering. Like many good Belgians, there is so much going on but it doesn't slap you around like the American versions. That lemon is fresh and just slightly sour. The pepper is here too but it's not a burning spice, just nice and subtle. The yeast gives it a pleasant funk but it remains very mild.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with gentle carbonation. I actually really like this aspect as it doesn't overwhelm you with bubbles.

Overall, this is a fantastic saison. A must try if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 Edition, 750ml bottle. The pour reveals a coudy golden/yellow body, topped by a tight, whipped cream like head of pure, white foam. Aromas are subtle, yet complex and amazing. Honey (honeysuckle), various spices (pepper), fresh apples, citrus fruits, and sugar all come to mind. The taste is excellent as well. Light, fruity, peppery, and sweet (like honey). This brew does not dissapoint. The mouthfeel is light and lively, and the drinkability level of this ale is pretty damn magnificent. Geez, can this brewery turn out a bad beer? The Dupont family truly know how to craft a fine ale. This is just one more in their already magnificent portfolio.

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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 IsaacmanTX
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Poured from a 750 into a frosted mug (I know, but make due with what you have) with a thick off white 4 fingers of head.

Smell: The aroma is first and foremost a beautiful yeast, followed smoothly by orange zest, spice and coriander.

Taste: a tangy yeast forefront followed by citrus, a hint floral, and just the right sourness at the end.

Mouthfeel: medium body, perhaps a hint heavy, that is still strikingly crisp thanks to great carbonation that keeps this beer lively throughout. (I actually had to make 4 pours to have more than %60 of my mug beer instead of head)

Overall: this is, quite possibly, exactly what I am looking for in a saison. I would not hesitate to build a meal paired specifically for enjoying this saison to its fullest.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A cloudy, hazy golden color with some lighter hues amoungst the muck. A gorgous, soft white, high head is rightously slow to dissipate...just a perfect look for this style.

Soft and tangy wheat with tons of garden greens, herbs, corriander, spices, slight banana and some sour-dough malt.

Big, complex and very hearty flavors abound; yes, hearty and simple can be very complex in flavor. Very natural flavors of yummy, dry, golden wheat, complex herbal flavored yeast with some sour grapes and slight fruits in the back, white pepper, very clean feel, snappy, dry, lively and it really keeps you intersted to the fullest extent throughtout the life of this beer. Bonus points for it being Organic!!

Easily my favorite saison so far.

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Photo of adamette
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle purchased at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio for $9.99 into my Brewery Ommegang goblet.

A Great creamy white head, about 2 inches after vigorous pour. Body is an opaque brown orange body with visible sediment floating about. Great look, really. 5.0

S Grains, some malt and some spices. 4.0

T Really great, deep Saison with those malt, yeast and spice tastes. Hops are in the background as far as I can tell which is appropriate. This is a serious Saison, right on target for the style and delicious. There is a great distinctly Belgian yeast taste that I love as well. ABV is very well hidden to me. I cannot imagine this being improved. 5.0

M Creamy smooth head with a kick of some spices. 4.0

D Great. I will finish the bottle without any problem.

Notes: This might be my highest rated Saison (I did not check yet). Man am I glad that I found this at Heinen's. Anyone reading this who appreciates Saisons should seek this beer out, a real treat that would go with many, many foods but most especially some cheese and crackers, enjoyed with a view say from a balcony overlooking the farm where the grains were grown.

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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 generallee
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a green 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a freshness date however it was unreadable on my bottle. The abv is listed at 7.5%

Appearance: From the pour I got a tall slightly off white head over a cloudy deep golden amber body. It has lots of carbonation flowing up to the head which helps its retention. The head leaves sticky lacing behind which coats the glass as I drink.

Smell: The nose is full of classic Belgian funky/earthy yeast with some spicy notes, light citrus and estery sweetness.

Taste/Palate: It has a sweet grain malty bready base with some light toasted and nutty notes. Yeast spice and mild barnyard/basement funk notes mix in and out finishing on the tongue with some light floral hop flavor and bitterness. The palate has a solid medium feel with lots of soft but lively carbonation.

Notes: This is an Outstanding Saison with classic Belgian flavor and complexity all in a deceivingly drinkable package.

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Photo of superspak
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 printed on the cork. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 3 finger fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to thick cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big orange zest, lemon zest, pepper, coriander, earth, clove, pear, wheat, grass, hay, bread, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance. Taste of big lemon, orange zest, pepper, clove, pear, wheat, bread, grass, hay, coriander, earth, herbal, floral, and big yeast spiciness. Light wheat tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange zest, wheat, pepper, clove, coriander, bread, earth, grass, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor complexity and balance; very crisp and fairly dry finish; no cloying flavors at all. Great malt flavor to spiciness balance as well. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy, chalky, and fairly prickly and crisp mouthfeel that is excellent. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely world class saision. Insane balance and complexity of flavors; extremely crisp and smooth to sip on. I am going to have to revisit the normal Saision Dupont soon to compare; this is apparently the organically brewed version of that. WOW.

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Photo of Skidz
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out hazy pale straw and sits cloudy light gold with a massive creamy white head that holds strong and leaves generous amounts of lace around the glass and a thick capping the whole way down.

Smells thick and musty with a bit fruity core. Oranges, tangerines, white grapes, lemon zest and apricots. Soothing crackery yeast coats the nostrils. Tart and sour in the back of the throat...this is going to be good.

Tastes lightly sweet up front with some fruity esters coming through initially. Sweet orange peel and grapes with hints of honeysuckle floating around. Thick yeasty pallate pushes flavors of dusty wooden floors. Mild tartness comes out near the medium-bittered finish. Faint alcholic warming glow pushes its way up later on.

Smooth and creamy in the mouth, soft and refreshing all the way. Medium-light in body.

Another nice Saison from DuPont, this lived up to my expectations. Sitting in my 80 degree house with humidity nearing 70% and it's almost 10 in the evening, you can be assured this helped to ease the pain.

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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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Photo of KFBR392
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%

Appearance: Pours with four fingers of highly condensed bubbles which partially dissipated but were still very present while drinking. Rich rings of sticky lacing left behind with the dissipating head and each drink. Golden in color with amber notes throughout darkening it up. Active carbonation is good but a tick lower then most saisons.

Smell: Honey sweetness meshes perfectly with freshly cut straw exploding on the front. Sprite fresh fruits with accents of mango, pineapple, and kiwi dance on the undertones. Butterscotch, sour dough bread, and sprite yeast really pull this aroma through on the back end. So bright and potent, a true treat.

Taste: The second it touches the palate, a light touch of salt and prairie grass wash over and really pull the drinker in. The grass continues into the body with gradual but significant malts growing. Touches of grains, but the malt profile comes off with a medium, rounded sweetness that really shines. Floral notes with some airy spices pull through on the back end.

Mouthfeel: For me, the lower carbonation in this brew is perfect. Sweet, incredibly drinkable while still packing a significant pop at 7.5%

Overall: This is the best Saison I've ever had. The honey like sweetness meshes perfectly with the grassy, earthy notes. Crisp without being over the top, simply a masterfully crafted brew.

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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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Foret pours hazy gold with a light orange tint under a 3” thick mousey head that looks like freshly fallen snow and very slowly collapses leaving art nouveau designs on the glass. It has a big saison nose with light fruit, spice, earthiness, bread and a light funk. Bready malt leads the palate seasoned with light fruit, malty sweetness, citrus, and a slight funk that becomes tart on the finish. The beer has an effervescent medium body – the texture makes the beer with slightly different flavors emphasized in the body than in the rich moussey foam.

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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 seanthornton152
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Belmont Station (best beer store EVER), 11.2 oz bottle, poured into KlienBrouwerij tulip glass.

Golden yellow body, light cloudiness, 2 thumb frothy head, head stays strong for a while then leaves a nice lace

Aroma offers - bread, spice, herbs, yeast; the aroma is wonderful, seems very fresh, reminds me of the early morning in farm country

Malts flavor initially, then yeast, spice...pretty funky, a light hop character, then a slight fruitiness on back of tongue.

Mouthfeel is thin, medium carbonation.

Wow! I believe my bottle is pretty fresh. This saison offers it all. Great Job!

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Evokes springtime with flowering plants and pollen circulating. The primary aroma here is honey and spicy phenolics, which remind me of clove, ginger, pepper, candied lemon drop, and banana. Delightfully airy texture, a fine mousse like the finest champagne but better because it persists. Great acidity. Tropical fruit like pineapple, along with citrus, with a touch of caramel sweetness. There is some skunkiness that I didn't get when I tried this on tap, but I think it adds some funky character that doesn't detract from the balance. This is the definitive saison, complex yet refreshing, and might surpass regular Dupont.

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

pours a cloudy orange straw with a huge head that poofs. lots of tiny, dark sediment. nose; fruit preserves, sweet dinner roll, & very light citrus hops. taste; yeast, applesauce, sweet pear, sugar cane, mild hops, caramel, banana, & apricot. a dry... almost cinnamon spice on the semi-sweet finish. a sort of lightly boozy apple pie aftertaste. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. sweet and not very complex, but goes down like a fruit dessert at 7.5% abv. a sweeter saison dupont; absolutely delicious!

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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 JohnnyDuvel
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deeee-licious! Once I discovered that Hennepin (which I really like)is a Saison, I decided to try more of the style. I found the Dupont and the Foret on a beer run this weekend. My wife and I split the Foret tonight, and we both loved it. Clean, crisp, and tangy. Pours with a medium sized, fizzy head. Citrus notes, reasonably carbonated, but not too much so. Has a similar tartness to Duvel (in a way), which is my favorite. At least as good as the Hennepin, IMO. Great aroma leaps from the bottle, taste is just as good. I have the Dupont in the beer fridge. Can't wait to try it!

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

Pours out as a beautiful intense hazy gold with a big Dupont head...super fluffy with craters and lace.
The smells are lemon , pepper , grass and a bit of earthy funk.
This is such a great tasting brew ! It is very much as it was on tap...bubblegum, banana , pepper, lemon, must. The difference in the bottle ( 2006) is that is has a drier finish and the flavors are just a bit less intense than the tap version.
The mouthfeel is medium-full and the carbonation is amazingly smooth and creamy...although maybe a little less creamy than the tap.
Wonderfully drinkable stuff...I've been going through a case of these with various dinners and it pairs well with most light meals...chicken , fish , risotto, etc.

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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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Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.02 out of 5 based on 804 ratings.
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