Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry HoppingSaison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping
BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by richmof on 05-12-2010

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Ratings:
595
Reviews:
127
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
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"Cuvée Dry Hopping 2013." Unfiltered. Bottle conditioned. Imported by Vanberg & Dewulf. "This year's dry hop is TRISKEL from Alsace, bred from the French Strisselspalt and English Yeoman hops." 6.5% ABV confirmed. 750ml brown glass bottle with attractive no-nonsense label and hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork acquired locally in SoCal and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof; Dupont is vying with Fantome for the best brewer of saisons in my book.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger wide head of white colour; lightly dull. No real creaminess or frothiness. Okay thickness. Retention is good, about 6 minutes. Lacing is poor; thin, uneven, and inconsistent.

Body colour is a glowing pale orange-copper. Semitransparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Spot-on for the style overall. But far from great.

Sm: Inviting evocative floral hop notes with intriguing soft citrus. Lemon. Lovely complementary funky brettanomyces; that's delightful. Lightly fruity. Clove. The dominant floral notes are really fantastic here; I can't tell if it's just the floral hop profile or if there are actual flowers incorporated as well. No alcohol is detectable. Pale malts. Light dough/bready character. I'm not getting much in the way of peppery notes - something I always look for in saisons. An attractive aroma for the style. Moderately strong.

T: Delightfully floral. Pale malts and bready malts comprise the foundation. Hop profile is entirely floral. Brettanomyces yeast lends a nice funkiness throughout without overdoing it. Some subtle lemon - especially on the climax. Even a bit of tartness on the climax - just a bit. Clove. No peppery notes. It's very pleasant and enjoyable, but it lacks the deep complexity and subtlety I've come to associate and expect with/from the best saisons.

Restrained citrus. Clean barley. Farmhouse/barnyard hay/straw. Grassy. Lightly grainy. Some subtle spices beyond the clove that I lack the ability to identify.

Very well balanced throughout. I like it. No off-flavours.

Mf: Too smooth and too wet. Refreshing. Light and easy on the palate. Fairly soft. Suits the flavour profile well. It's a bit thin, though. Good presence on the palate. Facilitates delivery of the flavours nicely.

The smoothness, wetness, and lack of sufficient thickness/body are what hold this beer back the most.

Dr: Quite drinkable. Hides its ABV well. A solid saison, but I hoped for better from Dupont. The mouthfeel needs work. It's a good saison, but's far from great. I'd like to try this again either from previous years or next year when a different hop is used for dry-hopping. Maybe we should have separate listings for each year since the hops change?

High B-

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05.09.16: Cuvee dry hop 2015.

Perfumey floral hop character is delicate yet prominent, blending nicely with the bright hop profile (Belgian pale malt, crystal malt, maybe some wheat).

Lime, tropical fruit, zest. White pepper.

It's overcarbonated but light-bodied and refreshing.

B-

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