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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 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 ToriBug13
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Brasserie Dupont Tourpes Foret Belgium Saison

A- 2inch thick head, lovely delicate lace as the head recedes. Hazy, yellow and light amber in color.

S- Light malt on the nose, along with tell-tale banana esters.

T- Interesting. Very complex. Layer and after layer in this beer. I was told this is considered “the best beer in the world.” Now I’ve been tasting beer for years, but maybe I’m still not ready for it. It has the malt and bready yeast, plus the banana from the nose. But it also has the layers of coriander and vanilla, plus hints of cinnamon and clove on the finish. In fact, the finish lingers for quite a while, but it’s almost too spiced for me. I want to say bitter, but bitter isn’t the word. Being allergic to cinnamon, I personally did not enjoy this beer because it made my tongue tingle the same way the spice does. Perhaps one day…. I can see why people like it: it truly is well made, and the layers are fun to dig through. It’s a surprise, which in a world of boring beer is refreshing. But for me personally it’s a no go.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this baby in North Dakota of all places. That is a far drive from Belgium. The pour is a copper yellow color with limited haziness. The head retention was great leaving a giant frothy head that decreases but still with a good quarter of an inch head. Very impressive. A good lacing as well leaving the white lace etched to the glass.

The smell is light for a siason. A still noticeable smell with a note of candi sweetness and lighter Belgium malts. Limited orange and hints of peach or apricot is evident. A light phenol aroma is also there but subtle.

The taste is smooth. Not sour as would expect but more of a sweet candy flavor. The malt is very light and balances well. I think candi is the nominate flavor, but upfront there are some light spicy tones. Some orange zest and a bit of coriander specifically. The hops are light and play second to the sweetness but a slight zip at the end s noticeable. Which could be the alcohol but its not hot.

I think this is a sweet beer. Nor per say a saison but they could be anywhere on the spectrum. A light body and carbonation. Overall it was a good sweeter beer.

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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 Sam21
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle purchased for ~$11. 2010 vintage. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance – Pours with a hazy orange body and large fluffy head. Great retention. Slowsly descends to a chunky buffer. Visibly effervescent.

Smell – Pale malt sweetness supported by a laundry list of characters. Grassy, earthy, musty, and a hint of skunk. There is also a spiciness underlying the sweetness bringing forth pepper and mint.

Taste – Yeast accented sweetness up front with spicy clove, banana esters, pear, subtle green apple, and an herbal bitterness. Earthy, rustic, and difficult to dissect. It starts with banana esters at the base. Spicy accents of clove and bold black peper. Finish is sweet and ends with a pronounced grassy and herbal bitterness. No shortage of peppery bite. I am noticing a slight skunkiness buried deeply in the finish, but it blends with the beer’s earthy notes. It may just be the grassy aromas.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with very full carbonation. Fluffy feel on the tongue.

Drinkability – This is a good beer, but doesn’t hold a flame to Saison Dupont. Rustic, earthy, and a bit raw and an overall enjoyable saison.

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Photo of ahq514
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 ml into Duvel tulip.

Although I poured gently, the head was still huge. Took a good 5 minutes to tame down to a drinkable level. A nice cloudy golden color. Nice sticky clumps of lacing.

Huge belgian influence as expected. Some pepper and coriander along with a little bit of lemon and banana. Some slightly sweet malt in there too. Not much hop aroma. Slightly skunked.

Get the spiciness of the pepper and coriander mixed in with the sweet maltiness. A real brief tartness, but I would like it better if there was more. Like mentioned in the aroma, a little skunked. Dry, but not too dry.

Higher carbonation and medium body, pretty similar to other saisons I've had. Very drinkable and refreshing. Slight creaminess.

Besides the skunkiness, it was an enjoyable, but overall forgettable saison. Would love to try a fresh one and see how it compares. Love a little bit more spice and lemon in my saisons.

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

Bottle courtesy of proteus93, split three ways at a tasting - thanks! Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: A hazy orange yellow amber body with an AMAZINGLY huge fluffy head and great splotchy lacing. Incredibly fine sediment at the bottom of the glass. Very nice.

Aroma: Very yeasty, earthy, horseblanket, farmhouse notes, and lots of herbal, spicy, leafy, grassy, vegetal hoppiness. Nice, but two-dimensional - yeast and spice, with not much more going on.

Taste: A little mild and simplistic, but what's there is nice. Grassy hop notes, pale malt sweetness, a few light, crisp, and occasionally tart fruity esters. Fairly dry.

Mouthfeel: A huge body - seriously, absolutely huge - which results in a very dry body. Crisp, spritzy, prickly, and of a medium thickness.

Drinkability: Not too much to say about this one. I've had better saisons, and I've had worse saisons. It's a little one-dimensional, or at least simplistic, but what's there isn't bad.

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Photo of ShrLSU
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with a thin white head. Minimal lacing on the edges. Aromas of coriander, banana, orange peel, and some yeast funk. Taste is that of the smell. Creamy banana and nice orange hints. Very creamy gentle mouthfeel overall. Pretty drinkable overall but I have had better saisons.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cork reads "2004." About half a dozen streamers of carbonation weave through this matte bronze liquid with dank goldenrod highlights. The off-white head is tight and controlled, consisting of bubbles that range in size from merely small to truly microscopic. The lacing isn't particularly impressive, though. Aromas are okay, suggesting an earthy blend of white bread dough and peach baby food with a finish of lemon pudding (?), but calling them subtle is a big understatement. So how is it that fir-tree hoppiness is slamming the back of my nose? Yeast is tangible in the nosefeel. Flavors involve twiggy, tarragon-like bitterness; citric peel and capers; but the palate itself seems remarkably subdued. Mouthfeel is carbonated to the point of being foamy. Neither as spicy as DuPont nor as quenching as Hennepin. I appreciate the thinking behind this organic brew, but the end result just isn't spirited enough to hold my interest.

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Photo of instrumentality
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this on a recommendation from an employee at Hi-Time Liquor in Costa Mesa, CA. This is a beer I probably never would have tried on my own, so I commend him for convincing me to branch out a little.

This is my second Saison from Dupont. The first one was horrendous, although it could very well have been a bad batch.

Poured into a gold-rimmed Chimay goblet, this was a cloudy gold, heavily carbonated liquid with a fluffy white head that settled to a finger in thickness and clung to the sides of the glass throughout its consumption.

The smell was heavily malty with a phenol quality somewhere between a band-aid and burnt rubber. Curious, to say the least.

Flavor was as intense as my first Dupont saison, but not nearly as offensive to my palate. When it first hit my tongue, it tasted almost like a cheap malt liquor, but this sensation was quickly transformed into something much more complex: a peppery, clovey, bitter, citrusy, mentholy, somewhat metallic and phenolic concoction. After holding the brew in my mouth for another moment, I felt a layer of creaminess that was reminiscent of banana creme.

The taste of alcohol wasn't exactly disguised, but it complemented the other flavors well.

The mouthfeel was somewhat heavy on carbonation, but mellow on alcohol. The aftertaste felt strangely like I had just taken a drag from a clove cigarette with a bit of menthol...but with a much gentler and more cooling effect.

I'm not that familiar with saisons so I can't say how this compares to the norm, but as compared with other styles I've tried, this is a highly unusual beer. I'm not even sure if I like it, yet somehow I polished off my first goblet of it in less than ten minutes, and I've been writing notes as I consume it.

With my second goblet, I decided to mix in some food. I threw in some pepperjack cheese on some mild wheat crackers, and found the combination enjoyable. The pepperjack perhaps compromised some of the spiciness of the beer, but it also brought out some of the subtler elements.

I'm going to have to try some more saisons and come back to this one to truly understand what my senses are going through right now and whether it's more characteristic of the style or this particular brew. In fact, after this experience, the Saison Dupont I despised so much on my first tasting now clearly deserves a second chance.

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Photo of dogger6253
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a light yellow, settling into a gradient of amber to honey. The head is huge, like clouds floating on top, chunks of it stick the the glass.

The smell is very fruity - mango, pineapple, banana - while a bit of peppery hops linger in the background.

The taste is very peppery, slightest hint of apples and bananas come out in the finish, just a tiny dash of hops added to round out the palette.

The body is pretty light with a medium amount of carbonation. This thing is spicy and biting. The bite is a little too strong I'd say, but other than that, it's quite drinkable.

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Photo of jwc215
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cage-corked bottle - poured into a tulip glass.

Pours all head (white) despite slow, careful, pour. In time, the head descends - revealing a pale, clouded, somewhat lifeless (little in way of rising bubbles), darkish yellow body. For such a head, not much lacing sticks.

The smell is grassy, musty, lemony and honey-ish.

The taste is of honey sweetness with tart lemon. There is a metallic tinge and a mustiness leaning more towards mildew than barnyard. It's not bad - but lacks the lemony zest of Saison DuPont or other classic saisons. As it progresses, it gets a touch soapy. It has a slightly bitter-ish, but wet, finish.

Despite the head, the carbonation is mild on the palate, giving it a certain watery thinness, though the carbonation does become a bit more noticeable in the throat - not really a characteristic that thrills me.

This seems like a "wanna be" Saison Dupont (although - I know - same brewery). I don't know if "organic" has anything to do with it, but it is just a shadow of the true classic. Not bad, but unless you are really "green" no reason to get this with so many more satisfying saisons out there.

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Photo of brewtechnik
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer is very inviting...Thick dense three finger white head leading to a clean, but slightly cloudy, golden straw nectar. Really looks beautiful...

S: mmmm, lemon grass...slight spice but very subdued, very mild hop presence, mostly yeast coming through with hint of summer.

T: Pretty much like it smells...except a lot more yeast character, lemon and grass. Herbs...earthy...slight tang and some mild hop flavor coming through.

M: light to medium finish, quite refreshing, lots of carbonation but has been settling out since my initial pour. I imagine sitting out on the deck on a summer day as I'm drinking this...really.

Certainly not the best Saison that I've had, but very tasty and VERY refreshing. If it were on tap at my local joint I would def drink a lot of this. I personally prefer the sour end of the Belgium spectrum, but this was still a nice buy.

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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 BucBasil
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a small pint glass

A: Nice dark gold color with lots of carbonation inside. Somewhat hazy. One finger white head.

S: Subtle with some citrus notes and honey standing out. Very light.

T: Fresh and lightly spicey. Light fruits and just a hint of yeast underneath. A refreshing, nice summer beer.

Pleasant enough but very subtle. hoping for more of that fresh saison character. This was just ok.

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

this one pours out a straw colour with a big rocky head. aroma is very faint, and has just a hint of yeast. taste follows along, but doesn't give you more than a taste. bread, yeast, and a bunch of citrus. unfortunately, there are these 3 flavours, and not much else. very one dimensional. everything is kind of muddled together. good, but nothing great.

glad to have tried this once, i doubt i would have it again.

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

Review updated on 11/5/07

Pours a brilliant brass color with a fluffy white head, tiny bubbles rushing through the body, and ornate lacing. Smell is of light spices and yeast with a grainy malt body. Grassy hops really stand out as well as some candied fruit. Flavor is really light with an emphasis on some faint sweetness and some grainy character. Some light spicy and fruity yeastiness is there, as well as some really earthy hops and a solid finishing bitterness. Mouthfeel is moderate with a certain fluffiness to it. Bubbles are really active. Leaves the mouth just a little sticky. This is a good beer, but I'm just not that compelled to drink more and more.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass. No freshness date noted.

Cloudy yellow with a thick whipped eggwhite head. Thick sticky

Fruity aroma, bananas and earth and a little souness.

Flavor has some cooked banana. some sour, and a little pepper.

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

Pours hazy light amber with white one-finger highy carbonated head. Very effervescent leaving some decent lace.
Aroma of heavy bread and wheat.
Flavor of light caramel malt and a heavy grain, wheat and spicy notes.
Mouthfeel is light and airy with lightly spiced grainy finish.
Drinkability is pretty good. Very light and one dimensional but highly refreshing.

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

Poured on tap into a tumbler at Pizza Paradiso DC.

Gold bodied in appearance sort of yellow/orange and a little cloudy. Foam white head doesn't stick around leaving a small collar eventually, and no lacing. Looks alright nice body.

Smell is kind of small. Muted lemon, and salty airy, nice but mostly closed.

Taste brings a little more. Slightly viscous with mild lemon tastes. Prickly carbonation with a small teeth coating effect. Slight floral aromas in the mouth and orange, even a mild pepper on the finish.

Overall not too bad, masking a high abv but really small in taste and flavor, feels alright but nothing much that seems to grab me while drinking this beer.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale, cloudy, golden wheat brew, with orange tones resides below a very light yellow, one-inch head. The label is a work of art, and almost makes one want to run head long through a tall grass pasture.

The aroma is yeasty with some ripe banana and a hint of cloves.

A subtle, dry, woodsy flavor with a touch of bitter, hoppy finish.

Smooth and carbonated with a mild bite of alcohol.

A nice beer, however, alcohol is a little too high for the other characteristics. I'll look for this again, just in case this one was passed its prime.

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Photo of garuda
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy golden/orange, thin white head has little retention and little lacing.

S/T - Slight yeast funk up front, honey sweetness mid palate, finishing with a nice herbal hop bite. Some pine and lemon citrus as well.

M - Light/medium body, crisp carbonation and dry finish.

O - Taste and aroma seem subdued. I expected a little better from Dupont

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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 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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Foret from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.02 out of 5 based on 805 ratings.
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