JDBaker11058 (1108) - Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: amber-orange pour, slightly cloudy, with a thick, creamy light tan head and average lacing. Aroma: very herbal, with notes of grass, basil, dandelion; decent caramel malt base underneath; good dose of yeasty spice connoting black pepper and a hint of clove. Taste: surprisingly hoppy and herbal at first sip, some slightly boozy caramel malts crest nicely to balance into some sweetness complemented by the slightly funky yeast. Finish: tingly, with a slight booze note and the powerful herbal character combining to numb my mouth and upper throat. Notes: Not a bad beer; Dupont seems to be incapable of that. Nevertheless, not my favorite of theirs. Though the alcohol was reasonably well hidden, the flavors and palate seemed a little too big for the style, and the herb garden character was just a bit too much for my taste. Bottle from the Rare Beer Club.
Prufrockstar (628) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours brown/caramel color, hazy with beautiful offwhite head. Caramel, toast, herbal notes in the aroma. Taste is sweet up front, a little spicy with a short, very slight bitter end culminating in a surprisingly dry finish. Medium body, avg verging on soft carbonation with very fine bubbles; velvety smooth texture. Overall: beautiful. Dupont never disappoints. I'm a sucker for beers leaning to maltiness, making this possibly my favorite Dupont to date. I will always have a place for this at my table.
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ABUSEDGOAT (2267) - California, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orangish colored, large head, good lacing/retention. Aroma dominated by yeast, ester, light grass/citrus. Medium bodied, alcohol hidden nicely. Really nice take for the style.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled from mjrbc, dark orange color with thin foam ring, grainy grapenuts aroma, flavor of grainy yeast, husky bodied, grapefruit, dry finish
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A soft pour into my teku glass produces a three finger thick, nice tan colored head. The beer is a bright amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, gold tinged, light amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of sweet grain, earthy spice notes, complementary fruit character, a nice yeasty mustiness, and a touch of hop character. Specifically the nose reminds me of soft, citrus zest, and earthy, musty spice character and musty hay like grain note, as well as an earthy whole grain cracker like aroma, and perhaps even a touch of dried weed like notes as well as a spicy floral character is noticeable. The nose is quite complex and interesting, definitely a beer that I can enjoy smelling for quite some time.
Quite effervescent and even foamy as it first hits my tongue, this plays up a spiciness due to the peppery carbonic bite. The beer is fairly light bodied, though does have some viscosity to it that is noticeable under the bubbly effervescence. The beer has a spiciness to it that is peppery, a bit floral, is phenolic, though not overly clove like, definitely earthy, and a bit musty. The malt character is a touch grassy, definitely has a whole grain cracker character to it, and perhaps a chewy bread like note at times. The yeast character in this is quite prominent, though it does not come through quite as brightly as it does in the paler malt focused Saison.
Not bad, well truly it is quite good, though I am perhaps a touch more critical because this beer is from Dupont. Still this has quite the complexity, and is deep and sort of rich in a way that keeps this light and quaffable beyond what a beer of this strength should be.
Nocturne (605) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Pours out amber with a huge golden-tinged head. Surprisingly funky aroma with prickly hops, herbal notes and citrus. Not quite what I expected, but still nice. Tastes starts with a hop sting before maturing into caramel, spiced apple and candied orange. Very drinkable for the ABV. I approached this as a bière de garde but should’ve kept in mind the brewer. The saison lineage is clear.
thegreenrooster (3060) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a murky brown with a large tan head. Aroma is surprisingly funky, fruity and spicy. More like a saison. Flavor is more in the style. Musty earthiness with candied apple and a dark fruit like sugar coated plums. Finish has some dark candi sugar and dry yeasty funk. Deffinatly one of the tastier and more lively BDG’s than come from France. The cork on mine said 2011 and it seems to be doing just fine.
emacgee (3809) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber pour with one finger of head. Earthy notes in the aroma with a touch of citrus, funk, and peppery character. Cidery flavor, almost like apple juice. Funky and earthy notes big time with a peppery follow up. Light bodied with a dry and peppery finish.
fugitive (1227) - Athens, GREECE - MAY 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Color hazy orange with big head. Aroma malt, yeast, citrus, spicy. Taste yeast, peach, spicy.
stoutnick (328) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light red colour. Aroma is light tang with zest - sticky and musty. Taste is yeasty tang and oh so interesing. Finish is sticky. Overall a delicious example of its style, but not a style I would run a hundred miles for.