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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl
Belgium
brasserie-dupont.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration Between Brasserie Dupont and Allagash Brewing.
Brewed with Barley, Rye, and Oat.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
46
pDev:
5.69%
 
 
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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 46
Photo of rudzud
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for hooking me up with this bottle.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice just slightly cloudy golden hue with a big two finger white hiead that fades slowly to leave lovely lacing and a dense blanket. Quite nice.

S - Aromas of fruity, slightly funky Belgian esters. Almost pear and apple like with that typical farmhouse funk. Aromatic.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with more of that great Dupont saison yeast. Lovely farmhouse funk and Belgian esters with just flashes of fruity pear like flavour. Nice banana and bubblegum like flavour too. Not getting much spicy rye but the flavour is quite nice.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp, clean though the body is a bit on the lighter side.

O - Overall this was a very solid saison collaboration. Proves that not all collaborations are terrible games of tug of war with the customers being the ones who suffer. Would certainly drink this again.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. Bottle

A slight haze to the rusty golden color. Classic look. White foamy top , line of lace. Constant coverage.

Brasserie Dupont is one of my favorite Belgian Brewers. Allagash is a fine American Version of the authentic styles. Dupont being top notch in my mind. I feel like this is a mighty fine Saison with more of the banana and clove tasting yeast of Allagash. The yeast charechter is the big X factor for me. This one is mediocre amoungst my favorite versions.

Overall, Excited by the collaboration, but still not at the level of most authentic French/Belgian versions.

A classic, fresh and hearty Saison feel, not as lively as a classic Dupont.

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Photo of Zorro
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chill hazed gold with a large puffy white colored head.

Smells strongly of coriander and bruised fruit. Strong pepper and green cardamom scents. Strong scents of apple and banana. Unexpected scent of honey. Scents of pollen and wild flower. Lesser scent of wood.

Starts out semi-dry with a taste of salt and banana. Bit of a bitter bite and the taste of coriander. Banana and apple flavors get stronger as you drink it and it becomes semisweet. Taste of cake shows up unexpectedly. Tastes something like pound cake with a banana frosting. Taste of vanilla came from something. Taste of flowers and spices. Pretty close to halfway between a Hefeweizen and a Saison.

Mouthfeel is full and fizzy.

Overall very tasty. This can replace Hennepin as a favorite until they sellout.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle. Pours golden with a nice pillowy white head. Smells of banana, clove, and bubble gum yeast with a dose of herbal hops and doughy malt. Tastes of that same yeast throughout: bubble gum, banana, and an ample spiciness. A little bit of a fruit hop presence peeks through. Sweet doughy malt back drop is tempered by an ample herbal and grassy hop bitterness. Creamy body with soft carbonation. This is outstanding.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy color somewhere in between golden and amber. The head is white, 2+ fingers high, and very fluffy. It lacks the dramatic foaming of some saisons I've sampled, but the retention is fantastic just the same.

The aroma offers a complex gathering of various grains, along with a sprinkling of grassy hops. I like a semi-hoppy saison, and this seems like it will offer just that. But going back to the sentence before, notes of wheat, rye, and barley offer a pleasant base, with hints of sesame seed, minerals, and black pepper giving it additional nuance. Very Dupont-like...and also very Allagash-like all at the same time. The nose does a good job showing off what BOTH breweries can do, point blank.

It follows the nose beautifully. Opening up with a flourish of grapefruity hops, the grain/malt notes are allowed to shine near the middle. Again, wheat, rye, and malted barley are the primary notes. The finish offers a slight malt sweetness, and a bit of candied sugar. While I wouldn't call it a massively deep brew, it hits all the right notes in all the right places, offering stellar balance and refinement in the process.

Erring very slightly to a sweeter/thicker body, the texture is paired with an off-dry yet somehow evaporating finish that screams "textbook saison." One niggle: I wouldn't call it refreshing. It's too creamy and too round to be that. Still, it goes down superbly, especially in warmer weather. Carbonation is high without being stupid.

Classic Dupont. Also classic Allagash, while we're at it. It's been a while since I've sampled a collab that actually managed to capture what both breweries do well. This manages just that - dare I say it tastes just like what would happen if Allagash tried to brew Dupont while putting an ever-so-slight spin that benefits the beer even further. Highly recommended.

4.15/5: They built the damn Golden Gate Bridge when a simple wooden bridge could have sufficed

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Photo of Stevedore
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle, snifter glass. Pours a cloudy golden copper body, one finger white head, good retention, thin collar, minimal lacing. Smell is that classic Dupont mineral yeast, a bit of iso, crisp floral notes, a bit of spice, bread. Perhaps a touch of sulphur. Dab of caramel. Flavour follows, has a more of a spicy breadiness to it than the nose would suggest, Dupont mineral yeast, bready sweetness, floral bitterness. Classic, fairly hoppy earthiness and spice. Enjoyable and complex. Medium lighter bodied, good carbonation, fair bit of herbal bitterness and mineral on the finish.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from ABV.

A mildly hazy light orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is particularly gorgeous. The nose is pretty spectacular. Bright yet grainy with a blend of pils malt like straw and hay, a mild rye grainy spice note, a doughy, grainy barley fullness and of course, a beautiful yeast expression. Dusty, earthy, mildly spicy with a little white pepper and a blend of floral sweetness with a touch of bubblegum. The palate opens crisp, snappy and cracker like with a delicate but firm hop bitterness to firm up the grain notes. Straw, earth, mildly floral honey, an earthy and minty hop note, a wonderful crisp yet mildly doughy grain note are all present. Hop bitterness grows through the sip, lingering on into the finish as an oily, mildly lemony note. Drying, crisp and mildly spicy on the finish, this beer is highly carbonated and just a treat. Highly recommended.

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Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: light cloudy golden color in Tulip.

Aroma: very peppery, some spice.

MF: somewhat smooth for the style, good carbonation.

Taste: very pronounced spice and very peppery.

Overall: good representation of the style. I personally like a mellower more fruity taste, and more spice.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brasserie Dupont sprl "Brewers' Bridge"
11.2 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "L18516A"

Notes via stream of consciousness: Haha, I thought this was from Allagash but it's actually from Saison Dupont. It's poured a massive head of white foam atop a cloudy golden/orange body. The aroma suggests that it's Saison Dupont yeast although I don't have one on hand to compare. It displays grainy malt, hay, earthiness, spiciness, and subtle clove and orange zest. The flavor follows. There's some soft sweetness to the malt but a moderate bitterness and the spiciness of the yeast balance it. Or, is that the spiciness of the rye, or a combination of the two? It finishes mainly dry with some earthiness, clove, dull herbal notes, and a bit of bitterness lingering. In the mouth it's medium-light in body, and gently zesty on the tongue before becoming silky smooth. Looking back I notice that I still have a solid, creamy head, although it is just a quarter inch or so, and there's plenty of lacing all around the glass. Wow, an instant classic!
Review #6,570

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Photo of jlindros
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fizzy bubbly fluffy head, great retention and lacing, streaming bubbles, mostly clear slight hazed pale light golden yellow color

Big bubblegum and fruity esters, lemony and pome fruit like pear, very light slight spicy phenols, light doughy bready malt, sweet creamy wheat, so much bubblegum

Taste again big bubblegum, fruity esters, more pear apple little lemony and banana, grassy wheat doughy bread, light spicy phenols, grassy herbal hops with light bitterness, dry finish

Mouth is med to lighter bod, it's somehow both effervescent carb and seems flat, it's weird

Overall this was interesting, really unique interesting yeast characters, bubblegum gets to dominant and tiring, banana and pear fruit are nice, wish the phenols were a bit more too, good hop and malt, very interesting fun and fairly tasty beer

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a brewery that I love and miss (thanks to Zid for one of them!)
Allagash and an old familiar, Dupont, present a mighty fine brew
from the bottle that pours a hazed orange tinged straw color with
a fantastic head of white foam that settles to a thick rich ring,
thin light layer, and displays some awesome lacing. Nose of
light phenol laden yeast, subtle breaded notes, medium
herbal notes, and a touch of honey/candy malts. Flavors
surpass the nose with a light bread and cracker flavor
dashed with white pepper and medium heavy herbal hops
with touches of orange zest and pith with light
candy malts. Very nice mouth feel; medium body,
medium carbonation that is smooth and lightly
fluffy, and a light citrus and herbal touched finish
that begs for another glass. Highly quaff-able
and reminiscent of the touches that make
both breweries world class.

Excellence

Cheers

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is rather hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high white head that gradually died down, leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of yeast are present in the nose with hints of clove and bits of peppers.
T: The taste follows the smell and is rather yeasty but there are additional hints of rye and faint amounts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This saison is quite complex and has a lot of interesting aromas and flavors that are imparted by the yeast.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Beginner2
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Already a great saison at a young age. If current average BA ratings hold up, that could make it a masterpiece.

Looks do not deceive... this is a luscious saison.
Smells are slightly less convincing... I'm getting mostly Belgian yeast working malt into fruit. There is a bit of herbal spice.
Tastes follow creating an integrated brew and adds a bit of pepper. (Rye?) But, this finish has more citrus rind and bitter than I prefer for usual garlic vegetable fare. (I know, those hops are what the American palate wants. And working that market is a key reason for partnering with Allagash.)
My mouth wants more of this softness. (Oats?) I think I will grab another 4-pack before they are gone.

Despite the bitterness reducing the range of foods to summer salads for me, I give this brew big OA hugs for pairing these two houses. Both exceptional in what they do. I hope it works out and Dupont finds a production partner worthy of the Dupont yeast.

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Photo of defunksta
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a beautiful deep, bright orange color with a massive foamy head that leaves a sticky lacing.
Aroma: Orange, lemon, clove, banana, bubblegum. Strong Belgian yeast and ester aromas. Even some buttered popcorn. Maybe a sharp floral quality underneath.
Flavor: Strong Belgian yeastiness right off the bat. It hits you heavy with pepper and yeast. Belgian yeast spices. Orange mixed with clove, banana, white pepper. The Belgian yeast does impart a popcorn flavor. Yes buttered popcorn. This soon fades into a bitter and completely dry finish from the hops. If anything, a Belgian candi sweetness and a funk develops as the beer warms.
Finish: Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Between the heavy peppery yeast and the bittering hops, it finishes completely dry with a lingering bitter astringency.

Overall: This is a really delicious beer and an interesting and unique product. Has a slightly more grapefruit and orange flavor that your typical saison. Then with the hops it finishes much more bitter and dry than I expected. Really unique and the yeast profile is so robust and flavorful, you can tell they are using the yeast from the best of the best. The American hops give a unique tropical orange citrus twist to the world's best Belgian Saison.

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Photo of malrubius
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle. Hazy golden straw with lasting dense head and lace. Lemony peppery grassy hay aroma with a touch apricot and vanilla cake. Medium light apricot and grassy sweetness with medium peppery lemon bitterness in dry finish. Light very soft body with lively very fine carbo. TOTALLY FUCKING INSANE. BEER OF THE YEAR so far.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Huge lasting foam head, almost popcorn aroma, banana, apricot, peppery clove spice, apple, pear, musty hay, slight barnyardy funk, with clean grapefruit peel and minty pine. Taste follows with clean grapefruity citrus notes, stone fruit, apricot, some banana, mildly tart apple, pear, musty hay, spicy rye, oats, bready malts, peppery clove spice, slight barnyardy funk, with minty earthy pine. Medium bodied, creamy and smooth with dry moderate crisp carbonation. Overall a really great saison.

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Photo of SABERG
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an undated 11.2 oz bottle into the test glass
A - Honey color, a touch of haze, steady carbonation feeds a rocky eggshell colored cap.
S - That dusty Dupont nose, with a very nice orange peel thread added, to compliment the usual white pepper and spice nose we are all used to
T - Follows the nose in lock step, add a very soft tropical element, with some Guava, and a nod towards green tea
M - Less prickly than the usual Dupont experience, soft on the palate a bit more round than usual. Start is semi sweet and the linger is spicy and wonderful.
O - A wonderful Saison with all the elements of classic Dupont and the gentle touch of Allagash, well worth seeking out

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Photo of bobv
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottle.
Dupont/Allagash Collab.
Moderate pour yields a 1.5 inch egg shell white head over a fairly bright, light golden body with some sticky lacing. Nose of slight funk, slight hops, and saison yeast. Wonderful flavors of pepper and slight citrus with a nice dry finish of spice, hops, and funk. Real nice mouthfeel and overall, a great representation of the style. Cheers to this well done collab!

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Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 46 ratings