Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #119
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,325
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 7.91%
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
646
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Belgium
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Year-round
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Gots
  74
SCORE
93
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Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry HoppingSaison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping
Notes: The creation of the Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping goes back to 2010. It is a blond beer, top fermented and just as the traditional Saison Dupont with refermentation in the bottle. The specialty of this Saison is the dry hopping*. A Slovenian variety « Styrian Wolf » has been used which produces the more intensive hop aromas and touches of fruit (in particular passion fruit and pine resin). It became a coppery blond beer, dry and thirst-quenching with a bitterness and soft bitter aftertaste. Our selection of yeasts creates the aromas and bitter taste. A real refermentation in the bottle, which can go on for a long time in your cellar, results in a complex and very aromatic beer.
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HalfFull from California

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 poured into a snifter glass. Pour is a hazy light golden with an inch of sticky foam from the bottle conditioned package. The Styrian Wolf dry hopping has no effect on the wonderful effervescense of the delivery but does add a nice aroma to the delivery, yet seems to detract a bit from the base beer, as expected. Taste is rich and full with a battle between the saison yeast and the hop notes. Hops become a bit soapy at times vs. the classic dupont character.

Dry hopping a saison might seem counter intuitive to many Belgian brewers, but they haven't suffered through many lame attempts of the style by American brewers. The subtleties of yeast are lost somewhat here, yet that is the point.....to an American drinking it.

Think I'll stick to the classic version in the future and encourage gringo brewers to dry hop away for lack of understanding yeast dynamics. Cheers..

Aug 12, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I’ma call this one a “portrait beer” because it pours like a piece of art. Yeah, it’s almost like Rembrandt brewed this one in his backyard. Almost.

Anyway, the damn thing just glows a beautiful golden straw like William Holden’s horse chewing on his lunch. Then the nose...the nose! The hops are pungent, yet faint and delicate all at the same time. I assume making love to a proper English girl like Kate Beckinsale is similar in feel. On my golden tongue is all OG Saison DuPont, but then with those Styrian Wolf hops that make a playa go awooooooooo!

Get some!

May 30, 2020
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Guaro from Italy

4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

“Styrian Wolf”
Dull gold, slightly veiled with abundant white foam with medium fine texture and good resistance. Scent of white bread, crackers, honey, white flowers, citrus fruits, spices and herbaceous, a little sour. On the palate there is a good malty and fruity base, citrus fruits, tropical fruit, flowers, pepper and hops with herbaceous hints. Final bittering, pinching and with a light return of lemon peel. The body it is crisp, thirst-quenching and well balanced.

May 08, 2020
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 2019 batch. Sampled on January 11, 2020.

The appearance is a slightly cloudy looking light amber-peach tone with a tremendous fluffy white head that slowly fades.

Pleasant aromas of toasted bread, Belgian yeast, overripe peach, apple, or fruit in general.

Medium to better than medium mouthfeel.

The taste is at first sweet and toasty with only a slightly tart character and a peppery and dry finish.

Jan 11, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

the hops change on this one from vintage to vintage, and i had brewers gold hops in mine. i know they did that in 2016, but this cant be that old, had on tap this week, and it smells and tastes fresh, so perhaps brewers gold has come back around. if anyone knows, please confirm! the beer is excellent, although i think i prefer the original saison better, the hops take away a little bit from the yeast, which is what makes these dupont beers so special to begin with. in this instance its earthy and a little vegetal in nose and taste, noble-esque, with some distinct grassiness and a hint of lime, but its almost a little soapy with the yeast, spice on spice too, all quite subtle, this isnt american level dry hopped or anything, still somewhat reserved, but it seems slightly distracting to me, despite it being so cohesive overall. soft and fluffy feeling, i can taste the wheat, herbal with the hops and a bit bitter as well, hints of peach and green apple and white wine, white pepper too. its flavorful but also mellow, frothy and bubbly and alive, cool beer overall, itd be fun to line up all the different hop variants together, but the age would probably make them more different than the hop varietals at that point. i really love the original, so its a little odd that they would play with something so iconic, but this is fun and good. quite a bit different than the styrian wolf edition i had last year...

edit: 2019 edition is styrian wolf again, and its amazing, not sure what that brewers gold was, maybe the original from 2016, but suffice it to say the fresher the better on this sort of thing. 2019 is exceptional!

Oct 06, 2019
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light golden with mountainous foam head that refuses to dissipate. Aroma is sweet & malty, touch of honey. Has the trademark farmhouse flavors, but the hops at this point present themselves as more bitter than floral. Probably drinking this past it’s prime, as it was the 2018 release. I would pass on this next time and just get the traditional version.

9/29/19
Bomber, 2018 vintage
4 rating

Sep 29, 2019
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malrubius from Vermont

4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. The usual gold with lasting head and lace. Lemon pepper vanilla cake floral perfume aroma. Similar medium sweetness with lemon pepper and mild herbal finish. Light and lively. Not my favorite of the series, but still great.

Jul 30, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours yellow with a white head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has aromas of lemons with some spices in support. There are some earthly notes in the background with a grainy character.

Taste: The flavors are strong with lemon, citrus, earthly elements and spice. The spices elements have a low level of pepper and grain.

Feel: It has a moderate body with high carbonation. It finishes crisp and dry.

Overall, a good blend of spices and citrus lead the flavors with well supported background elements and a dry finish.

Mar 02, 2019
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2011

A: hazy; medium gold in color; 1 finger tightly pored white head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: not especially aromatic; what’s there is citrus with a little funk;

T: subtle, but really nice; apricot up front with grapefruit toward the finish; very mild tartness and sweetness at the end;

M: light bodied; highly carbonated; moderately dry finish;

O: Really enjoyable;

Dec 25, 2018
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Draft, served in a snifter.

Appearance: The one finger head stays around for a while and leaves some great lacing that covers the entire glass. It's a bright gold color.

Smell: It's not that aromatic. There's a slight floral hop aroma and a hint of cloves but that's pretty much it.

Taste: Slightly bitter, with some floral, hoppy notes, coriander, pepper and little bit of a sour note at the end.

Mouthfeel: It's dry, smooth and light bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: The hoppiness is not that present but it makes up for it with everything else. A very well made beer.

Dec 07, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, golden coloration with a large, frothy head and visible coloration. Smell is rather hoppy, with quite vibrant stone fruit and citrus notes of peach, grapefruit and lime peel, but some doughy malt and fruity/spicy estery yeast notes of green apple and pepper coming through as well. Taste follows the nose, being quite dominated by the floral, grassy and fruity hops with notes of peach, grapefruit, lime peel and just a hint of red berries and pine, as well as some doughy malt and estery fruit and spice notes of green apple, pear, pepper and clove. Finishes quite dry, with a light bitterness and some hoppy citrus and estery yeast notes lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and medium/lively carbonation.

This almost feels more like a "Belgian IPA" than a Saison, with the yeast esters still noticeable, but being quite overwhelmed by the onslaught of hops, which I'm personally not a big fan of at all. The estery spice is still most noticeable, with some distinct white pepper notes, but the fruity esters are being almost completely drowned out by the fruity hops, which also have a strong noble, floral and grassy character to them that makes me dislike them even more. This also feels quite dry and has more of a zesty/tangy than tart edge to it. If you like hoppy Saison, you may just love this, but personally I'll NEVER drink this over the original Saison Dupont, which is far superior to my palate, with the mouthfeel also feeling worse here, being less sparkly and effervescent.

Nov 17, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft, willi becher pint glass. Pours a clear golden yellow body, one finger frothy white head, good retention, lots of lacing. Smell is rich DuPont mineral yeast, straw, a bit of hay, slight tropical fruit, pear, green apple, Brett leather and lemon. Pretty nice stuff. Flavour is similarly complex, although slightly more muddled than I'd like, but perhaps it is more of an aggressive freshness to it. Mildly bitter resin. Mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied, good carbonation, a bit lemony and zesty on the backend. Solid rendition of Dupont, although I think I do have a bit of a preference for the base beer when fresh.

Nov 11, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a lightly hazy, medium golden amber with nice active carbonation on the sides of the glass and a big three finger white head that keeps building for a long time after pouring. Looks nice. Aroma of grainy malt, saison yeast, pear, hints of light stone fruit, pepper and a little grassy hops. Flavor is grainy malt, saison yeast with a little Bretty character, apple, pear, lemon rind; dries out into a bitter and peppery finish with a hint of grassy hops. Medium bodied with peppery active carbonation. I look forward to this release every year, as well as Dupont's regular saisons. Like last year, the hops seem to add mostly bitterness without much noticeable herbal flavors, although there is a little dry grass. The lack of the hop flavors leaves the finish a little astringent, but this saison has such great character anyway that it is a minor quibble. I like their saisons and I like hops. This is works out well.

Sep 11, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a foggy orange with high, thick foam and some sediment.

Smell is yeasty and peppery, with notes of green apples, some malt and floral hops.

Taste is very fruity and a bit yeasty. Hints of peppery rye, very clean and refreshing. Nice, balanced, floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with lively carbonation.

Overall, an excellent saison, and a bit different from regular Dupont.

Jul 03, 2018
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thwinger from Mississippi

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Murky gold with ample white head. Yeasty citrus smell with pleasant sweet/hoppy finish. Yeasty sweet beginning to the taste, with a hoppy bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel gives a middle-bodied beer with ample but not overpowering carbonation, and a slight coating of the mouth afterward. Overall, a good, balanced beer. I would enjoy 2 or 3 in a sitting without thinking twice about it!

Dec 06, 2017
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping 2017 (Styrian Eureka). 750 mL bottle.

Pours a hazy deep gold color with a massive, rocky, white head. Great retention, as a mountain of foam sits on top of the beer throughout a good portion of its life. Beautiful stuff.

Peppery spice aroma with no shortage of fruity hops. Difficult to pick out a specific type of fruit, but most closely resembles citrus or lemon. Tasty combination of fruit and spice in the flavor as well. Medium-light bodied and ridiculously easy to drink, yet it never feels thin or watery at all. Very dry finish, inviting you back for more and more.

Overall, there's not a huge difference between this and the standard Saison Dupont; which means it's an amazing beer! Complex enough to keep you interested in it from start to finish, with a lightness to it that quenches your thirst. Outstanding.

Nov 19, 2017
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This review is for the 2017 batch which was hopped with Styrian Eureka.

Pours a hazy golden. Some spicy clovey esters on the nose. This carries through in flavor too. There's an underlying herbal heathery character that lends some balances and makes this a very interesting beer. This beer would've been perfect if the weather was 5 degrees warmer, but nonetheless, this is what you expect from Dupont. An excellent saison.

Aug 27, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap. It pours a fairly dark burnt orange with a medium head. The nose is not too hoppy but a balanced combination of yeasty notes and some piney hoppiness. The taste is fairly bitter for a saison but not in an unpleasant way. Smooth mouthfeel with little carbonation.

Jul 16, 2017
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Dzu from Russian Federation

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into teku glass.
L: Light amber with a soft foam head.
S: Oranges, apples. Hops.
T: Apples, weak bitterness, refreshing.
F: Medium body and carbonation
O: Great saison.Must try.

Jun 09, 2017
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Bdubz94 from Wisconsin

4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage. Fridge temp poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a monstrous 3-4 finger head. Tons of gorgeous lacing left behind. Each continued pour yields a huge head. This is probably the foamiest beer I have poured.

Aroma is belgian yeast, cloves, spices, citrus, lemon, olives, bit of pine and grass, some hops.

Finally the head recedes enough to take a sip! Taste is a delicate combination of peppery spices, zesty lemon sweetness, and just a hint of bitterness.

Medium thick mouthfeel. Well carbonated. Creamy at first with a dry bitter finish. Exceedingly refreshing.

Overall, a world-class saison. A complex blend of sweet and spicy yet so drinkable and refreshing. Slightly more bitter than standard Saison Dupont. I will continue to imbibe and immensely enjoy both.

May 14, 2017
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

0,375l bottle.
Hazy amber with huge white head, long retention, some laces.
Freshest saison smell - yellow fruits, citrus, grassy hops.
Taste - classic saison sweetish taste balanced by dry, grassy and bitter hop bite
Medium body, high carbonation.
Delicious.

Apr 19, 2017
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden with a fluffy pillow of lasting whit foam. Aroma is citrus, lemon, yeast, and a slight malt sweetness. Flavor has a lot going on. Lots of tang of yeast and both citrus and mild bitter from hops. This is balanced by just enough sweet, though the finish is slightly dry and somewhat bitter. I prefer more sweetness all around as found in their biere de miel.

Nov 05, 2016
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Magnum. 06 2016

A cloudy golden peach color, amazingly active, rushing carbonation that creates a wonderful, creamy white towering beast of foam. Sloooow dissipation leaves sticky, lacy bits all around the chalice. A heavy all-white creamy top is thick even waaay after decanting.

The aroma is an abundance of sweet and sour fruity notes, tropical, citrus, clove, honey, white pepper and a dense herbal mixture with earthy undertones. I can smell its rather wild and pungent aroma from several feet away !

Feeling first: mouthfeel is unreal, lush, sharp, dry and amazingly refreshing. The dry hop adds even more of a dry bite and Zing. Just awesome.

The flavor, honestly boggles my mind. The balance of such a wild array, the yeast flavors are very complex, earthy, fruity, citric, sour notes....just heavy with yeastie goodness. Feels wild but with amazing balance and refinement.
A light, crispy malt adds some body and a light honey sweetness in a very subtle way. Currents of light and darkfruits continue to ride with a gritty, earthy hop flavor that blends so well with the wicked yeast flavors. The hop/yeast forward combo of this authentic Belgian style is just such a pleasure to enjoy. Refreshing/warming and super easy to pair with a plate of fruit and cheese.

I've had several American "Belgian Style" versions of the classic Saison or Farmhouse ale, and after a few pours of this, solidifies my opion...it's got to be from Belgium.
The bar is set by this classic. And the bar is set very, very high.

Oct 07, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden with a strong haze. Frothy head which leaves multiple chunky rings of lace on the glass.

Clean, creamy, with light sugar and tartness. Attractively mild aroma.

Refreshing and spritzy are the first words which come to mind when tatting this beer. While lightly tart, there's enough sweet, like candy sugar, to balance this. The body is thin but the cream notes bring balance. Lots of carbonation. "Easy to drink, refreshing" makes this sound like a lawnmower beer. It's that and so much more flavorful than 99+% of the beers available.

Sep 25, 2016
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Jraiona from Kentucky

3.57/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2013 Cuvée. Poured into a tulip it presented a hazy golden color with thick white head with moderate retention and some slight lacing. The aroma of yeast was quite dominant and as the beer warmed while in th glass I detected slight herbal/earthy aromas along with must and possibly grass. It had a moderate/high level of carbonation and felt very lively and light on my tongue and had a crisp, clean and dry finish.

Jul 13, 2016
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 646 ratings