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

On-tap, served in a tulip

The body sits a hazy pale yellow color with a thick two finger paper white cap. The cap is thick and recedes slowly. Huge sip marks line the inside of the glass.

Notes of earth, pepper, and grass hit me off the bat. Some underlying apple, pear, and dry straw. Very subtle, the grassy earthy notes are the most prominent.

Soft earthy notes and pepper throughout. An herbal/medicinal flavor through the middle with a light fruitiness in the finish before a drying rush. The finish is clean and crisp. This guy nails the style extremely well. Nothing overpowers, everything plays nice together. Well-balanced and refreshing.

Light bodied with high carbonation. Smooth feel, a tad creamy before a touch of prickly funk breaks through here and there.

Spot on saison. Just tremendously balanced in all facets.

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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 Maxwell
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful straw yellow with a little gold touching its edges. The head pours big, smooth and frothy, and it lasts, leaving short sticky walls of fat lacing on the sides. The beer smells big and funky, practically skunked, but very strongly of hay and barnyard funk. Lemon bread sits nicely below the funk, giving it an almost biscuity scent. The esters seem citrusy as well, but overall this smell is all about the barnyard funk. On the taste, the beer is wonderfully simple in its complexity… if that makes sense. The beer starts with a nice light fruit flavor that moves into the wonderful barnyard funk mixed with some light biscuit, before opening up into some lovely hay and citrus fruits with lemon, orange peel, and slight pineapple playing on the tongue with a nice light pepper. Mouthfeel is fiercely prickly and effervescent, but that works with this beer and helps to prepare the tongue for the thick lasting ooze on the tip while the back of the throat dries out and begs for more. Overall this is a fantastic example of a to-the-tee saison. It has all the hall marks of the style from the citrus, to the pepper, to the distinguished barnyard funk. This is worth a try for any saison lover out there, and for any beer lovers looking for a classic example of the saison.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Vieille Provisions Saison Dupont Willi glass. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a two finger white head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, spices, floral, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, floral, grain, banana, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. This was a pretty good example of the style. Lots of the right flavors in all the right places. It did have a nice balance going on as well with the floral and banana aspect going on. I really wish this would have carried over into the aroma some as it was a little light. Worth trying if you are a fan of the style as it was pretty nice, but I wouldn’t make it my first.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1517th Review on BA
Bottle to Stemmed Tulip

No bottle date
Purchased at Clems, San Diego. $7.99

App- A clearer looking yellow/orange/gold liquid. A big 3-1/2 finger white fizzy head that falls to a great amount of cling and lace. A good looking back lit and shiny beer. A fuller creamy and gold beer.

Smell- It really is more of a golden ale than a saison. More buttery and fuller withouth the yeast and spice background aromas. It was nice but needed more.

Taste- It was okay. Better than average. Its a big and thick golden ale with more thick malts and a bit of off lemon and a little bitter. Wouldnt really call this a Saison though. Needs to town down the golden and amp up the wheat/spice combo.

Mouth- Way too thick of a body on this one. A fuller medium with a somewhat medium carbonation. The residual flavors are malty and buttery.

Drink- I had heard good things about this but didnt live up to the hype for me.

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Photo of Willytee3
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375m Bottle poured into red wine glass.

Large foamy head, pillowy, heavy lacing with 1 finger remaining throughout drink.
Pours a cloudy burnt orange.

Smells of pleasant grain, earthy and pungent with raw truffle, wheat and hint of flower and bread crust.

Tastes slightly sour, bread like and of brett. Touch of grapefruit bitter with small bubble carbonation that carries the bitter around the edges with a hibiscus like flower. Finishes on light grain character & sour gains as it warms up.

Overall a great organic offering that I like slightly more than the traditional Saison DuPont.

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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 cosmicevan
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to scott for hosting a mini-tasting and pulling this treat out.

a - brew poured a hazy yellow orange with 2 fingers of nice foamy head.

s - grassy and earthy. Some pilsner and lager malt smells.

t - tangy. nice. earthy with some orange peel.

m - smooth and easy drinker. lively carbonation. a bit fizzy.

o - this was a nice surprise. really enjoyable. tasty. would definitely have again.


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

Straight pour from cork-and-caged 375ml GREEN bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stemware, yet again—hard to beat). There’s some bottling info, but I’m not sure what exactly it means (“L101010 15:21”) because to me that’d say October 10, 2010, but that doesn’t seem right. Bought this just about three or four weeks ago. Guess we’ll find out!

Appearance (4.5): The body is a cloudy orange-honey color, and very attractive, while the head pretty quickly gets up to about three or four fingers of very fluffy, bone-white foam that eventually dies out to a chubby disk of foam (looks like a very pale cookie) floating in the middle of the surfact, with an equally chubby ring around the edge of the glass. Some fat globs of foam constitute lacing in the form of rings around the glass. Very nice-looking beer, all things considered.

Smell (4.0): Classic saison. Like, the definition of. A good dose of white pepper, some coriander, apple- and pear-sweetness (but pretty subtle, really), and some yellow straw underneath for good measure. Pepper becomes more noticeable as it sits.

Taste (4.0): Nice spice and somewhat fruit funk lead the way on this beer. Not brett funk, but traditional-saison-yeast-straw-like-and-slightly-earthy kind of funk. Big difference. Spices are more white pepper, a little black pepper, maybe grains of paradise (which I could only say after having done the Ommegang tour about four times), and very light coriander. There’s a nice, surprisingly sweet, pear-like fruitiness that sustains the body of this beer, and it’s a very nice touch! Saisons shouldn’t be all spice and funk, so I dig it. The finish is medium-length, slightly spicy, slightly sweet, and JUST barely grassy in the back—well done. Just a little skunk, not bad. Nothing blows me away here, but everything is spot-on for the style.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Nice, active but smooth carbonation keeps the beer foaming and tingling as it goes down. The body is exactly medium- in heft, and it has a dry, slightly spicy finish. Very nicely done.

Overall (4.0): As with the taste rating, nothing about this beer REALLY blows me away but everything is done well, and very well at that. Classic saison, true to style (of the non-bretty varieties), and just very even-handed and well-done. Great job, can’t wait to try other Duponts in the future!

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Photo of Nay
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Incredible aroma and flavor, complex and hard to believe no spices. Just can't place the aroma, maybe some kind of bread cooking?. A bit heavy for a traditional saison. Mouthful a bit heavy and creamy and I'd guess wheat but ingredients don't list it. Not a favorite saison of mine, but well made and worth trying.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pale gold haze with some sediment (perhaps I wasn't supposed to empty the whole bottle?); fat head of the foamiest foam

S: mild citrus and hops, fresh yeat and grains

T: lemony, grassy, yeasty, fresh

M: crisp, fresh, bright, clean finish

O: this was great - very enjoyable - when I hear "farmhouse ale" I imagine a warm summer day, blues skies and a red barn withd stacks of hay. This is exactly what you want to be drinking.

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Photo of Glibber
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the front door. A nice 1: frothy white head on a straw colored clear beer with plenty of carbination. A nice floral boquet with a hint of citrus. I like Belgian beer and Saisons, so this beer appealed to me. It was easy to drink and I would recommend this beer.

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

Cork said 2008, drank 2012.

Pours a murky golden orange and thick fluffy head.

Very fruity with bright citrus, some tropical, and faint malt. Very summer like.

Taste was similar to the nose with a few added flavors. Mild spice through out. Very malty, with a yeast and wheat like grain flavor. Some citrus hop flavors. Lots of light fruit elements.

Mild to moderate carbonation. Soft feel.

Overall, very enjoyable. Would be a great summer saison. Wish the ABV was a bit lower. Will buy again.

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Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a DuPont glass. This beer is in a green bottle and it was on a shelf near a big window. I tried to get the one that was the most shaded but to no avail. This has a pretty skunky aroma. It’s my fault for buying it though so I’ll evaluate after it breathes awhile. In the meantime, the color is a slightly orange-tinted gold -- totally opaque --with a towering French vanilla head. Five minutes later, revisiting the aroma, the skunk has left the building. Now it’s mainly grass, pepper, pale malts and honey. Pretty classic non-brett saison aroma. That malty honeyed aspect combined with a mild banana pith note to form the bedrock of the.flavor. It’s honestly a little sweet for me and lacks refreshing character of the garden-variety Saison DuPont. This shortcoming is reduced a bit when I pour the last of the bottle into the glass and get some yeast mixing in. Finish is dry with a touch of mineral character but there’s some residual sweetness that sticks around the back if the palate.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours honeyed orange with a towering fluffy cake of a head. Unbelievable retention, fantastic gobs of foam as lace. Constant bubbles rising in the semi-haze of brew. Settles to a skim with an off-white foam. Nice yeast from the end of the bottle.

Yeast, some musty grain husk in the nose, a little stone fruit, a little grain and straw.

Initial sip is grain and yeast. It leads to some alcohol and a little fruit nectar, but not sweet. Fruit pit bitterness, some straw and bitter grass, some mineral. Long bitterness in a fired out pucker of the finish. Great!

Very fizzy. THe bubbles help clear the palate.

Great brew. Why some low ratings? This is a terrific Saison.

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

A 750 ml bottle. Green which makes me nervous.

Pours out of control white head with a bright yellow body. Head easily goes above the glass. Lots of carbonation and chunks of bottom settlings.

Nose is funky and skunky.

Taste is back to what I expected. Lots and lots of lemon rind. I would guess an overdose of Belgian yeast. This is a rather dry beer with good carbonation. I mean lots of carbonated bite. Many other saison beers I have had lately are thicker body and sweeter. This one is a nice change. The overwhelming taste here is the citrus rind but funk is also evident. I find this beer pretty refreshing.

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Photo of wages
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3/5 - Using a chalice, pours nicely with a slowly fading head. Remains cloudy (Yeast?). No lacing.

Smell - 4/5 - yeasty, bready, rich and fruity.

Taste - 4/5 - light fruity sweetness like slightly acidic apples.

Mouthfeel - 4/5 - medium light body that finishes with acidic aftertaste, somewhat similar to cider, but far less intense.

Overall - 4/5 - easy to drink Belgian saison. A little scary because it is 7.5%, so it could definitely sneak up on you! I would drink this beer again, but might seek out other saisons as I can imagine a better version.

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Photo of Kyrgyzbrewer
2.85/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Overall a simple beer. It seems more like a basic Belgian rather than a saison. This beer lacks the complexities that most people expect when drinking a saison, and is a bit over carbonated. If you like saisons or you have never had one and want a good example of one, this beer is not for you. If you've never had a saison and want something accessible, then this beer is a good choice.

Would I consider buying again: No

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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 ThaCreep
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bronze color. Good effervescence. Nose of gingerbread and caramel but also hops.

Mouth hopped between cool green and pleasant light acidity of green grapes. Finish dry but full-bodied, with this little green hops persistent. Not exactly the same taste as the Blonde Moinette but always with a nice hop also as invigorating.

A product of Dupont house, that is to say a great product.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Wine source -enjoyed chilled from my Ommegang tulip, shared with tenderbranson69. The cork shot off like it was fired from a weapon and left a loud *Pop*! louder than any champagne uncorking I have heard and left a mark on the ceiling too.

The color is straw golden with deep hazed translucent clarity with thick unending creamy cap, it just piles up in the glass if not poured slowly. A musty smell up front with light mown hay and herbal dank earthy green hops with some malt which gives the impression of a toasted baguette. There is a slight fruit tinge from the yeast which brings along some melon and tropical fruit. A gentle malt tinge and spice up front leads to strong hoppy notes which are mildly bitter with heavy yeast presence and light tang w/ almost vinous grapeskin type tannin with a moderately spicey middle and moderately creamy notes with light tinge of dry malt. The light alcohol and super-high carbonation add to the mouthfeel and give it some levity with pretty dry finish and so gassy it almost gave me indigestion.

This saison is tangy/spicy with mildly hoppy noble flavor with slight melon and white grape from the yeast and mild tea-like flavor with the wheat taste coming forward mid-taste which gives a slight citrus tang and hint of grassy character comes in toward the finish with slight dustiness from the yeast and an almost cracker-like malt toastiness. Overall I enjoyed this beer a lot, a very good saison with plenty of that trademark DuPont character which is very fresh and has a nice hoppy flavor with plenty of drinkability to spare, it refreshes and the dry body is something I am fond of , pretty great for the style.

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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 EgadBananas
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Initially, I'm a bit confused by this beer. Apparently this is just organic Saison Dupont? Seems like a whole different beer to me. No matter; here I go!

Pours a hazy medium sunny color. Bright white head, great lace and retention. Big fruity yeasty esters up front. Medium funk to it, and a slight hoppiness. Sweet barnyard. Sweet fruity yeast taste, slight funkiness. Sweet fruitiness is a theme here. Citrus filled barnyard. Medium creamy body. More carbonation can't hurt.

While I don't see the big connection here between this and normal Dupont, this is a nice, funky-fruity Saison. I'd recommend.

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

Poured from a bottle into schooner. Didn't see a best before date. This was at big group tasting at the beer club; everyone quite dug this one.

A - cloudy yellow beer with a HUGE white fluffy head that completely caked up the glass.

S - mild skunkiness on nose with a bit of lemon

T - nice and crisp flavor; lemon and pepper, solid but not concentrated. Some nice yeastiness in the middle and a nice enduring spiciness through the finish.

M - very light with surprisingly little carbonation; somewhat of a miracle of nature in this regard with the huge head. Strange, but impressive.

D - easy drinking and refreshing

From the Dupont family: lighter than both the Saison Dupont and Bon Voeux; an awesome starter Saison for anyone wanting to get started on Farmhouse style ales.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy, glowing gold with a thick, creamy white head that leaves a thin trail of lace all the way to the bottom of the glass.

S: Aromas of grass, straw, cream, lemon zest, and grapefruit are joined by floral, herbal hops and lactic, pungent yeast on the nose.

T: Opens tart and fruity with notes of cream, lemon zest, grapefruit, grass, straw, herbs, oak, and lactic, pungent yeast. The finish is smooth, but shorter than expected, with notes of grass, citrus, oak, and pungent yeast.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, and lively with effervescent carbonation. Supremely refreshing and drinkable, though I felt that in this instance, the beer needed to feel thicker and more luscious.

O: This is an excellent saison and would be a masterpiece from any brewery that did not produce Saison Dupont. Compared to the classic, it is a little thinner and a little less intense, but remains an extremely solid, enjoyable brew.

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