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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597
Reviews:
129
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage with Triskel hops.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, chalk, spice, yeast, honey, and slight funk and earthy floral aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, yeast, and earthy and citrus hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with lots of varied aromas and flavors that all work together to contribute to the high drinkability of this one.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color. It poured with a thin white head that left some lacing on the surface and sides of the glass and a thin collar around the edge.
S: Moderate aromas of the Minstrel hops are present in the nose—these seem to be a little citrusy and grassy.
T: The taste closely follows the smell, having flavors of citrusy and grassy hops along with some hints of spices from the yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness.
O: This saison is very interesting and refreshing. The dry hopping adds some different aromas and flavors that you wouldn't normally expect from a Saison Dupont.

Notes: 2015 vintage

Serving type: on-tap

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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bringing light to the notion that farmhouse ales are supposed to be peppery, dry and hoppy, Its a fantastic demonstration to those beer makers and beer drinkers of sweeter or fruitier Saison.

The classy ale pours with a hazy golden-rod color that's just a shade deeper than champagne. Speaking of which, its racing carbonation looks the part of sparkling wine as those bubble rush to the top to fuel a stark-white and lathering head. Strong retention yields a network of webbing patterns on the glass.

Bright floral aromas give the nose a mildly fruity-hop accent that highlights the ready-made esters of apple, orange, and lemon with its grapefruity contributions. The fruit bounces off spicy yeast notes of white pepper, light cumin and clove. All this layers upon a earthy straw-like malt scent.

Light on sweetness, its dry maltiness is of damp hay, grain and water crackers. Pulling ahead of the fruit are the spices that take center stage. Its peppery middle is laced with earthy cumin before its straw-like hop bitterness sets in. White grapefruit put the final touches on what is lemony, orange-like and cidery leading up to a minerally-dry finish.

Bone-dry from start to finish, the beer's short-lived cracker-like character is easily wisped away by its expressive effervescence. The bubbles pang off the tongue and carry a spicy warmth with it. Playful acidity gives a dry white wine mouthfeel to close.

Cuvee Dry-Hopped is simply an added layer of aromatics and impressioned taste that gives rise to the already hoppy Saison. These ales are generally much more liberally hopped than most brewers and drinkers will typically give credit. It's great that Dupont highlights this notion with this famous farmhouse ale.

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3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

"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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3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

We had this on-tap at moeder lambic fontainas. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a two finger fluffy white head. The head leaves a layer on top of the pour with some nice lacing.

Smell: Slightly soapy, but not in a terrible way. Banana and herbal hop notes along with some mild alcohol.

Taste: Less strong than the smell. Herbal hops dominate with some Belgian yeast in the mix. A hint of fruit that reminds me of some citrus and banana.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly, fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The taste didn't quite live up to the smell, but I enjoyed it. More of the fruit notes coming out in the taste would have made it wonderful.

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3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a characteristically Belgian head; the liquid is a very hazy goldenrod color; thick strands of lace line the tulip

Smell: Doughy malt with a hint of banana; coriander, cumin and white pepper; hard to discern the hops in the aroma

Taste: Doughy, up front, with the mid-palate bringing coriander, cumin and white pepper, along with that hint of banana; the hops don't really add much, with just a hint of white grapefruit and lychee in the otherwise dry finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Maybe these hops are fading as the year drags on, but I am finding that they don't add much to please my palate; I think I greatly prefer the original version which is one of my favorite Saisons

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright dirty orangey color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of rustic Belgian malt with light funky ester and some dry Noble hops. Taste is quite complex and refreshing at the same time with light barnyard notes with some rustic malt and a dry hoppy aftertaste with light notes of cat’s urine. Body is full with great bottle-conditioning and some super good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with nice complexity and hoppy notes but good drinkability factor as well.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big white head sits above an over carbonated pale yellowish colored beer with a big aroma of banana, cloves, and a bit of freshly crushed black pepper. The taste lacks the big bite of the aroma although it does bring a bit of that through in the taste of this Saison with a light clove taste probably coming through the most. A light nicely dryish aftertaste finishes off this offering from Brasserie DuPont.

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4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 bottling. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big orange zest, lemon zest, pear, herbal, floral, coriander, grass, pepper, clove, hay, bread, light funk, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of orange zest, lemon zest, pear, clove, pepper, herbal, coriander, floral, grass, hay, bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, coriander, grass, bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of citrus hops with fruity/spicy yeast esters; with a nice spiciness over fruitiness flavor balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp, smooth, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent saison. Great balance and complexity of hop and yeast flavors; very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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