Brewed by Brasserie Dupont
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Tourpes-Leuze, Belgium


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RATINGS: 799   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shamelessjames (8) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2011
The first thing you’ll notice is the nose. Like it’s saison counterpart it is heavy on banana. However after it sits in the glass for a bit, the banana gives way to a brighter herbal scent. Think Thyme, basil, not sage oregano. It also is crisper than the Saison. Other’s have said it is sweet but again, compared to other Dupont varieties, I think it is much crisper and has a bite at the end. For pairing, the main thing I would say is stay away from acids, seriously. Even a light vinegar will likely conflict with that after bite. It will be great with greens and the strong banana will pick up citrus but only use the zest. It’s rich but still has a blond lightness. Cream should be good but not butter. Fish will work and you could even do grilled red meat for something almost tropical. Again, just stay away from the acids. Be careful with onions (sweet and not raw) but chilies could pair nicely. I’d be curios to see how it tastes with mushrooms although I’m not recommending. You can go a lot of different directions for cheese. I’d be careful with goat, but if it were the right type, I think this would be wonderful. Again, the banana nose, and the very bright carbonation would be wonderful with a fresh cheese but the "liquor" bite at the end, will conflict with goat cheese sour flavor if you are not careful. Stinky cheeses? Go for it. (although others might disagree) The only thing I would definitely shy away from are deep nutty cheeses. Many sheep cheese or gruyere might work but more than likely, you won’t do the beer of the cheese a favor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (7397) - Hasborn, GERMANY - SEP 17, 2014
Trübes goldenes Bier mit schöner weißen Schaumkrone. Geruch fruchtig malzig, belgische Hefe, Gewürze. Geschmack kräftig malzig, sehr fruchtig, hefig, würzig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjik83 (137) - - SEP 12, 2014
33cl flesje bij Zeezicht, Breda Alcoholpercentage van 8,5% Uitgeschonken in blanco kelk glas Uiterlijk: Goudoranje kleurig met dikke witte schuimkraag Aroma en smaak:fruitig als banaan, bitter, gistig Conclusie: Conclusie: aparte smaak, zal geen favoriet worden ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (3351) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 6, 2014
330ml bottle from Appellation Wines, cheers Ash! Pours clear gold, massive white head, a lot of floaters! High carbonation. Aromas are spice, oranges, bready yeast. Taste is more of the same, slightly boozy. Warming finish. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bonkiedeaap (261) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle from de Bierschuur in Poppel. The beer has a yellow/golden color and nice large white head with a lot of bubbles. The aroma is very fruity, tones of citrus (lemon like) and very spicy, like coriander. The taste is full bodied, very fruity and complex, with sweet, chewy, caramelized pale malt. Finishes with minimal hop bitterness and a slightly viscous quality. Warming, rich, and exceptionally enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (3932) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 25, 2014
Again, huge thanks to Mario from Dva Tona for organizing the tasting and most generously sharing these with us!

Golden body, white head. Sweet aroma, apples, fresh figs, apricot, slightly tart, nice and complex - so totally Belgian. Spicy, creamy yeasty taste, light citric notes, cloves, bitterness. Pleasant and flawless - good job Dupont!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wvhoran (239) - Tasmania, - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle. Clear golden color with a whopping white head. The aroma is pleasant, with malts, spices, orange. The flavour is smooth with yeast, fruity, spicy notes. Really, on the whole it’s rather balanced and drinkable which is typical of Dupont beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikske79 (1242) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 14, 2014
Een van de lekkerste blonde bieren dat ik ooit gedronken heb. Echt een aanrader.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jabic (427) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Ar: Pear, peach, orange peel - some light toasted malt - rosy perfume. Ap: Golden and hazy - medium white head with moderate retention, leaves a finely bubbled ring and spotty cover of foam. T: Peach, banana, and rose - warming - perfume and medium-low, herbal bitterness - some honey and strawberry - finish is more peach and banana. P: Light body with very high carbonation - finish is dry. O: A good saison, though not my favorite Dupont offering - the fruit, light malt, and spice characters are all present.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jado (527) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2014
From 340 ml bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a lasting white head and lively carbonation. Some yeast in suspension evident. Aromas of fresh apples, cloves, banana, pepper and flowers. Taste is sweet apple and peach at first, giving way to some prickly lemon zest and pepper bitterness. Slips off to light banana and clove towards the end. Creamy mouth feel and a spicy aftertaste. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GoufCustom (823) - HONG KONG - JUL 26, 2014

330 ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.

Looks: Cloudy hazy light muddy-straw colour with thin layer of yeast sediments; Half finger head and crumpety white foam which lasted for 1 minute. Excellent sticky lacing with near zero carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant Pils-like malt, with strong grapefruit, passion fruit, banana, strong vanilla, light sugar, honey, very strong Bel yeast, bread, dough, nice phenolics and spices.

Taste: Medium sweet malt, with very fresh grapefruit, strong fresh lime, strong floral nectar, molasses, nice phenolic, strong Bel yeast, strong bitter hops and strong sharp grass.

Body: Mid to light. Slick and creamy palate.

Mouth Feel: Fairly good Pils maltyness. Taste is driven by very fresh and fruity grapefruit, citrus and sharp grass. Strong but non-cloying floral nectar sweetness which blends well with the hops. Really nice! Light bready, good phenolic, it reminds me of Brugse Zot but with a more intense and thorough taste. Great!

Hoppiness: Intense fresh grapefruit, lime, passionfruit, floral in aroma and taste. Bitterness is very strong , a couple pars below German Pils, still really astringent and sharp grass to balance the sweetness very nicely for a long lasting moderately bitter finish.

After Taste: Slightly dry. Creamy, very fruity and hoppy to mouth.

Comments: This is more or less a stronger version of Brugse Zot: its ester and fruits maybe a little less varied, but just as refreshing, tasty and strong. Topped with intensely strong hops, matching strong sweetness and smooth taste. Its shabby looks maybe forgiven. Taste and good vibes is all that matter, and this one is a stand out Strong Belgian Pilsener, much more so than Duvel. Highly recommended!

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