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Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl
Belgium | website

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

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4.02
pDev:
14.18%
 
 
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3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy straw/gold/orange, a thin (but resilient) layer of pure-white head, some lacing

Aroma: over-ripe fruit (apples? pears?), wheaty, faintly dusty, wisp of hops, yeast, oranges

Flavor: slightly sweet/bready malt base followed by a citrus tanginess and then a soapy/grapefruit-rind bitterness, but these flavors seem to strike all at once; a peculiar flavor as it seems one-dimensional and complex at the same time; similar character to eating a grapefruit (without being sour) and in the end the bitterness is just a bit too acrid

Mouthfeel: llight body, gentle carbonation, creamy, abv well-hidden

Overall Impression: I'm a huge fan of Br. Dupont and, as such, I would have liked to rate this beer higher, but this one was a bit disappointing. Not because it's bad, it just doesn't quite agree with me. But perhaps this eency-weency 25cl bottle of it just doesn't give much chance to taste it!

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Photo of Knuckles_Nuclear
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a bubbly yellow-golden color with a full fluffy head. Plenty of lacing, and the head retained. Lots of active carbonation.

S- At the nose, I smelled light citrusy notes with lingering bread yeasty smells. Maybe some flowery lemon peels lurking.

T- Spicy and very dry, finishing clean. A peppery feel to it. No one flavor dominates, and as it warmed a bit in my glass, the flavor complexity really came out. Very well-balanced.

M- Light and dry. Very pleasant aftertaste.

O- A solid farmhouse-style ale: well-crafted and balanced. A bit too spicy and dry for my personal taste, but I enjoyed it nontheless.

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Photo of spoony
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml bottle (2012 stamped on the cork) into a tulip.

A-The bottle opens with a healthy pop, but (fortunately) no gushing. A normal pour produces a healthy, three-finger head of off-white foam that drops pretty quickly into a thick, one-finger cap. Minimal lacing. The brew is light golden in color and mostly clear.

S-I detect the aroma of grassy, sharp hops at first. A few more sniffs reveal some honey and a powdery, musty scent. Mostly dry with a bit of skunky note.

T-The taste is also sharp, grassy, and lightly bitter. The honey is still there, but this is a pretty dry and powdery brew. The skunkiness is also still there, but aside from that grassy, skunky note, there is not much happening.

M-The feel is light to medium body with assertive, chunky carbonation.

O-This brew is a pretty mixed bag. It is OK to look at and the feel is pretty close to style, but the smell and taste are underwhelming. I keep getting skunky notes, and while the bottle I consumed might have been light-struck, I couldn't help but think that the flavor profile was intentional. Anyway, if you are a fan of ultra-grassy, ultra-sharp, slightly skunky saisons, this might be worth your time.

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Photo of nickhiller
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours thick and cloudy as a dark apricot with a hairline head and low visible carbonation.

S: honey, rosewater and minerals.

T: sweet roasted honey malt, whiskey, especially Bourbon, cigar, lots of smoke, like from a wood burning stove or a burning leaf pile, band aid, finish is like burnt toast or bitter chocolate without the cocoa flavor.

M: medium- to heavy-bodied, low carbonation,

D: surprisingly roasty and smoky for a Saison, my mouth tastes and feels like I just smoked a Cuban and downed a pint of bourbon. It's certainly interesting...

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head, about 1/4 ", with a very slight lacing. Noticeable sediment floating in glass.
Smell was of hops, a mild peppery spice.
Taste was lightly effervescent, a little malty, spice, with alcohol appearing in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel was good, smooth and a little creamy.
Drinks a little to easily considering the 7.5%, it could sneak up on you. A good, although relatively simple beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, fizzy, golden-yellow color with a small, white, short-lived head. Little lacing.

S - It smelled a little skunky - not good - like a euro lager. Also, some lemon notes hidden underneath it.

T - It had a tart flavor from the lemon. Good Belgian yeast and light caramel maltiness.

M - It was sharp and fizzy. A light to medium bodied beer with a warming quality.

D - This is an okay saison. I did not enjoy the aroma, but it tasted okay.

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Photo of Fugazme
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured well. I liked the thick, creamy white head that lasted throughout. Excellent lacing.

Was a bright gold and pretty cloudy. Nice.

Whiff was somewhat average. Some orange and apricot with a hint of grain. Slight hoppiness.

Definite hops present on the palate. A tad tinny aftertaste and even a bit dry.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a beautiful looking Saison. Pours into the tulip to a golden straw color with what seems like no head at first, but right as it nears the choke-point in the tulip a cascading head begins to foam up and fill out the glass. Quite remarkable. Very hazy to the light with no visible carbonation or clumps of sediment.

The smell is good, but seems as if it could be a little bit more full. It is quite yeasty and flowery. Sweet like candi sugar, and funky like a belgian farmhouse. It seems to open up a bit as it warms, but never seems to take off.

The taste is incredibly funky. Starts off sweet but ends up horse hair funky in the finish. Has a little bit of a bite in the finish as well, whether due to the alcohol, that yeasty clove flavor, or the hop. It gets much more fruity and estery as it warms a bit, but is still not too pleasant.

The mouthfeel is a bit thick and smooth. Finishes moderately dry. This would be much more drinkable if it didn't taste like I was licking a horse with each drink. The late-finish is quite sweet like Saison Dupont, as is the initial taste, but every part in between seems a bit too funky to be too highly drinkable.

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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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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 oline73
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's during their Belgian Independence celebration. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy light golden color that reminds me of pear juice. There is a layer of fluffy white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Very herbal and super yeasty. There is a mild sweetness in the background.

Taste: The herbal notes from the smell are there, but the yeast really dominates. Slightly tart and just a bit watery. Not overly interesting, but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit thin with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this one was a bit too watery and not very interesting. The smell was better than the taste.

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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 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 OBeerMeGreatOne
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I popped the cork off a bottle that had date of 2009. Poured it into an oversized Weizen glass.
Appearance: Orange center that yellows around the edges. Two finger head with very nice webbed lacing.

Smell: Sweet breads and a bit of dry green apple. Nice and earthy.

Taste: A little heavy on the bread side, this does get a bit better as it sits (and the yeast settles.) Nice hops. Simple, but good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but still a little heavier then other Saisons I've tried.

Drink: I'd go for their standard, the Saison Dupont before I'd pick this up again. Not bad, just not good enough.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Whoa. This is one crazy beer, and I knew it from the moment the bottle was opened: very strong aromas, I have never encountered a beer that smells so much like marijuana. It was so strong and pungent, I felt as though I were in a coffee house in Amsterdam.

It pours a thick butterscotch hue with an enormous head. But you don't even have to put your nose in the glass to get the pot aromas. There are also hints of hops and lemongrass in the nose, but I had to concentrate to smell anything beyond the pot. The mouth still has a strong marijuana/skunkweed presence, though I also taste wheat and hops.

I congratulate Brasserie Dupont for such a unique brew, but I struggled getting through the one glass (I was happy to be sharing the bottle), and don't really ever want to drink this again.

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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 DaPeculierDane
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11 ozer from C'est le Vin.

Light.

In one word, this beer is just light.

It’s aromas are right on: honey, straw, herbs, citrus, wheat…but they are light. One has to strain their nose to catch them.

The taste is correct: Grassy with a well hoped bitterness and bite…but this too is too light and overly subtle.

The Mouthfeel too has the alcohol, grainy texture, and spiciness like it ought too only not enough.

This beer is just too light.

Appearance wise, I can’t complain. There is a rich light golden hew with a beautiful lasting white head.

Drinkability is quite high. This beer goes down rather smoothly and quickly.


This is a fine beer and there is nothing wrong with it. I rather enjoyed it. But really…there is no reason or me to buy this one at twice the price of the Hennepin when that Saison is so much better.

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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 denver10
3.22/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ultimately, a sweeter version of Saison Dupont, Like they took a whole ton of cane sugar and mixed it into the recipe. Not really a fan.

My rating: 3.5

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Photo of HardTarget
3.22/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml green bottle caged and corked, with 2.004 (don’t know what the . means) on the cork. Opened with a solid POP.
Aroma: Fruity, mostly apples, with a peppery spike, Belgian yeast, and a hint of horse blanket.
Appearance: Wow, that’s some head. Billowy, fluffy, starting to condense on itself forming a rocky landscape, clinging to the sides like it’s drowning. Body is a deep gold with a solid column of carbonation at the center of my Fischer tulip glass. Left clumps of foam on the side of my glass that look like I’ll need a wire brush to remove them.
Flavor: A mild malt taste, gentle fruit and pepper tastes, with a slightly funky finish, almost a cardboard but not unpleasant. Some alcohol tastes come through as well. Overall, a very subtle flavor, and somewhat like a wit minus coriander. I was expecting a more tart or sour flavor, but I’m not getting that.
Mouthfeel: Very bubbly, light-medium body, dry finish.
Overall Impression: Nice drinkability and I can see the refreshing qualities and can admire the mostly hidden alcohol. I was hoping for a more complex flavor, something really unique to help me identify “saison” in the future. All I got now is “wit – coriander”. Went well with my summer salad, a good thirst quencher.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow color with a small white head. In the aroma, a dry yeastiness and somewhat skunky. In the taste, very dry, yeasty and a small hint of skunkiness. A small bite in the mouthfeel and a dry yeasty aftertaste. Very dry and yeasty, however the small skunkiness throws me off.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy pale orange with heavy lacing and a short creamy head. Nose is a little grassy and alcoholy. The beer is rather strong in flavor with a lot of heavy herbal and fruitiness along with some noticeable alcohols (a bit too noticeable). Mouthfeel is on par with the style. Overall, I feel it could be a bit more balanced and flavorful, but is definitely a decent beer.

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Photo of Hunter
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first Saison, so far as I know. How appropriate I sample it on the Summer Solstice, having just read the description of the style.

Soft pour results in a highly carbonated brew hazy gold in color, with a head of thin, wispy bubbles that still manage to linger a satisfyingly long time.

Aroma is reminiscent of my beloved Belgian Tripels...light, spicy, with notes of candi sugar, malt, and citrus. Alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste is...bland. Initial notes of alcoholic heat, spicy citrus give way to the sharp bite of carbonation and then nothing. Reminds of Perrier a bit. After warming the palate detects some hop, but the alcohol begins to dominate too much.

Aftertaste is clean, leaving tongue scoured and ready for another taste.

Drinkable, to be sure, but cost prohibitive. Maybe I just don't like the style? If I'm gonna pay that much I'll stick with Chimay.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

C&C bottle opened with a nice pop. The pour is lively with more than half a glass of head which disappears quickly and leaves heavy lacing. The nose is funky! Plenty of sulfuric/skunky notes along with heavy cereal grains and a light lemony hops. The taste fruity up front with lemon, sugar, and grain. This is followed by a mellow tartness that provides a bit of a bite. Behind the bite is more evidence of the sulfur notes which leaves an off putting flavor on the palate. Mouthfeel is high with carbonation and moderate in the body department. Overall, this Saison has funk, but the funk is not in the form that I can enjoy. This is one that I will avoid in the future.

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Photo of rastaman
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, thanks to mat. Yeah, not bad, spicy, sour, yeasty and lemony.. No real problem with it, i guess it suffred from the competition it was up against that night, but not a bad beer by any stretch, some spicy, peppery, yeasty flavours throughout, not bad at all.

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