FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, 2005 vintage. Cloudy yellow with a towering fluffy white head. Fruity yeast esters, with a sharp citric/sour twang in the aroma. Earthy malt flavors. Herbal and fruity tones emerge in the dry, long finish. Mouthfeel is light medium, rather dry.
thornecb (4591) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite a pop! Pours light golden with small bubbly head into tulip. Light, fizzy, malty then sour/citrus with long bitter finish. Very refreshing.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2006 Saison Dupont pours to a very bright, hazy, yellow color with a thick, dense pillowy white head, and a very vibrant carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic, with zesty, grassy hop aromas, paired with estery citric fruity aromas. The palate is firm with a nice base of biscuity pale malt flavor, paired with more estery fruity flavors, and a refreshing, acidic sour edge. The natural carbonation of this beer, gives it such finesse on the tongue, it is just so flavorful and refreshing. Saison Dupont finishes with more good pale malt and tart fruit flavors up front, then ends dry, zesty, and very refreshing as it lingers on the tongue.
This is a phenomenal beer. At 6.5% abv it has enough heft to make a nice aperitif beer, and the perfect beer to rouse the appetite before dinner. It has tremedous cutting power as well, and would be the perfect beer to match with rich and buttery cheeses or strong and sharp cheeses, as well as rich, hearty meat dishes, such as brazed lamb shanks, or prime rib of beef. It is marketed in 750ml bottles, and is a steal for $6-$7 a bottle.
ezra456 (39) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a beautful dark golden color with a very nice fluffy off white head. left lots of thick lacing. aromas consisted of apple, lemon, clove, citrus, and heavy yeast. lots of yeast sediment on bottom of glass. flavors consisted of lemon, caramel, apple, clove, bread, and a hint of apricot. and maybe some green tea. very nice earthy palate, with a great farmhouse feel. nice bitter finish with a bit of a sweetness as well. very nice job by Dupont Brasserie! witll defeintly purchase again.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 23, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very similar to the biologique, cloudy yellow colour with small creamy white head, again very sour and yeasty.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2008 From a 750mL Bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a tall, frothy white head. Wonderfully complex nose that bursts forth with aromas of doughy, vanilla malt, hints of white pepper, and plenty of herbal hops. Light bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel with a dry, carbonic finish. Extremely dry, but the body has plenty of texture. Clean pilsner malt flavors up front on the palate, supplemented by spicy yeast. The yeast profile of this beer is amazing, melding with the rich malt backbone seamlessly. Moderately hoppy, but in a wonderfully herbal, earthy kind of way. Finishes dry, with a minerally carbonic dryness scrubbing the palate clean in the finish. World class.
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
As I delve deeper into Belgiumís voluminous array of beers brewed by tradition and traditions formed from beer, I have begun to realize that this culture is far more expansive than I had imagined. Genre and style are almost meaningless in the face of what seems to be a continuous gradient of flavors, colors and methods. A taxonomistís nightmare. Thus when I was confronted with Dupontís defining product, I felt far from alien to this style I had little experience with - the Saison. In appearance it was actually mundane: a clouded auric wheat body freckled of countless small particles. Above, the white head was thin but left a surprisingly adhesive lace. The nose was of striking simplicity, reminding of apple, clay, banana, peach, sweet toffee and caramel. Not a bad aroma, but with a dominating ester profile and the tint of light malts. Although this was to be my first official "Belgian Saison", I was not in unknown territory. The palate was what stunned me the most, and as I took a first sip, I nearly recoiled at the potent carbonation. At the tip of the tongue all flavor is extinguished by this explosive sensation, however as the liquid moves to the center of the mouth a distinct apple flavor is noticeable. Gradually I became accustomed to the feeling and began to discern peach and apricot, some spices and GruyŤre. Appealing to the taste actually, but again the carbonation felt overdone. In the smoky bar of Amsterdam, it was difficult to drink. In retrospect, I was probably in a far from ideal situation to enjoy the experience. I will give it another try some day, if I stop in Belgiumís countryside during the summer, where I feel the drink may be more appropriate.
can8ianben (1358) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wonderful beer. Sweet, citrusy, mellow, lots of bite, really very nice. Its a golden colour, almost clear with a huge white frothy head. Nicely balenced, great mouthfeel, just really refreshing. I would definitely get this again.
auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 21, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2012 500mL Green Bottle. Pours a clouded lemon yellow, with a tinge of orange. Very soapy and confused head of off-white. Bubbly. Aroma is an even sugary wheat, lemon and pears. Flavor is excellently refreshing. Bright sweet lemon, mingled with apple skins, a touch of fig and some simple syrup. Add a dash of coriander and a hint of sweet cinnamon with a lightly sour and tart dry hop finish and this is a well rounded, extremely drinkable, delicious saison. Not really any flaws other than a lack of some depth or wildness. Finish is a clean grass.
Six years later and one hundred varied American Saisons later, I revisit the classic. Classics are classics for a reason, they represent a steady baseline of quality. Iím beginning to wonder why I wade through a multiple of mostly middling American examples of the styles when, for a number of dollars less, I could have stunningly bright, refreshing, prickly and spicy example. Lately, Iíve grown to think that Iíve tired of the strong phenols of Belgian ales, but what Iíve grown tired of are the languid, soppy poorly fermented American examples of Belgian styles. This has none of those gloppy, bubblegum wet banana phenols and all of the bright, high spicy, peppery, and clean aromatics.
lamas (1392) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle from 2005. A dull, hazy straw pour with a thick and fluffy off-white head. A remarkably dusty aroma right out of the bottle. As it settles in the glass, I pick up lots of pepper, apricot, lemon, banana, clove and yeastiness. Light, crisp and very refreshing. Lemons and orange rinds are in the forefront taste-wise. The beer finishes dry, slightly bitter, musty and herbal. Peppery throughout. Iím becoming a HUGE fan of saisons.