Shamelessjames (8) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Marko (3922) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
wvhoran (208) - Tasmania, - AUG 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
mikske79 (1120) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Een van de lekkerste blonde bieren dat ik ooit gedronken heb. Echt een aanrader.
Jabic (421) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Jado (519) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
GoufCustom (807) - HONG KONG - JUL 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
fantti (701) - FINLAND - JUL 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Kaatuu tulppaaniin kullankeltaisena ja sameana, noin 2,5 sormen paksuisella vaahdolla, joka jättää vahvaa pitsiä. Tuoksusta tulee mieleen melko paljon La Chouffe, samanlaista yrttisen ja mausteisen sitrusmaista tuntumaa löytyy. Mausteinen hiivaisuus etualalla, sitrus hieman taaempana. Korianterimaista yrttisyyttä tuntuu hiivan lomassa. Myös vehnäolutmaista banaaniesteriä löytyy tuoksuttelemalla. Maussa banaanimaiset ja sitrusmaiset vivahteet iskevät vahvimpana vastaan, pippurimaisen ja korianterisen mausteisuuden kutitellessa taustalla. Kukkainen humalointi ottaa lopussa suun valtaansa tukevoittaen makua. Suutuntuma on hyvin humaloitu ja samalla melko täyteläinen ja tukeva, jopa yllättävän tuhti. Hieno vaalea belgi, jossa samoja vivahteita kuin arvostamassani La Chouffessa ollen hieman napakammin humaloitu ja hivenen tuhdimpi tapaus. Vehnäolutmaisia aromeja on myös mukana, vaikkei vehnää ole käytetty. Hieno olut.
Chrishrt30 (98) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very pale straw colour with light thin white head.
Strong citrus, candy and bread aroma, with a good strong hit of Belgium yeast.
A nice heavy mouthfeel, champagne like carbonation. Sweet honey and citric, bubblegum, spicy herbs and cinnamon.
A nice dry finish, fine light hop bitterness.
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hawanna (2122) - GERMANY - JUL 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,33 l bottle
caramel, barnyard, spruce, citrus, herbs, golden, hazy, frothy, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, long finish,
vickey9 (470) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
well balanced strog ale. more hoppy, more bitter, more carbonized, more vivid with notes of chocolate. B@H