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Brewed by Brasserie Dupont
Style: Saison
Tourpes-Leuze, Belgium
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 2203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Bottle conditioned.
Saison Dupont is a classic Belgian farmhouse ale. This is a beautifully balanced, complex beer that has a refreshing fruitiness and long, dry finish. It is bottled unfiltered so it may be cloudy or have a slight sediment but this is normal and perfectly natural.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 2003 750mL bottle. Drank this in my Ipswich Ale Shaker. haha, surprisingly enough, I think it worked ok. Bottle conditioned. Huge, thick, lasting eggshell colored head. Lots of fine bubbles, and a nice warm honey amber-yellow, transluscent. Smells of vanilla, herbs and spicy pilsener hops (tettnangs, hallertauer perhaps). Flavor is spicy, bitter (unripened green pears, white grapeskins) and very hoppy. Wow, this is like the Boont IPA of saisons. Intensely bitter, tart and dry, but has some honey flavors to balance it. Good, complex and just screaming of quality. I wish I knew more about saisons, but this stuff is great regardless of its comparison to style. Quite acidic on the finish, medium to medium light body. Reminds me of champagne yeast. 8/5/8/5/17
2005 bottles, one each on 9/14, 9/15 and 9/16.
Bought myself three bottles for my birthday and damn did it not disappoint. How this is rated a 3.8 is beyond me. One of the finest, most rich and flavorful, yet still crisp, lively and drinkable beers being produced. Nothing is compromised here, appearance, aroma, flavor, mouthfeel. It’s hard to even justify not giving it a 5.0. Perhaps there is just a tad too much residual sweetness and the yeast character is massive (although still clean and elegant, IMHO) and does build up on the palate. It seems important to drink it well chilled but also with about 15-20 minutes of breathing. Difficult to find fault though. Those perfumey, crisp, highly aromatic hops, rich hay and honey malts and snappy, spice-meets dough yeast are as classy as it gets. And all this for 6.5abv??!! Upping the score from my previous experience.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 15, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2004 (Bottle: Pizza Port Belgian Beer Party in Carlsbad, CA; Draft: O'Brien's in San Diego, CA) The nose is sour, spicy and yeasty, almost a horseradish aroma; The flavor is sour, but less sour than the nose would indicate; Moderate spice as well; Clean and refreshing palate; Medium golden color and fully cloudy; Large creamy whitish head leaves a wide ring of lace at the top of the glass, then random patches elsewhere

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 13, 2004
golden, hazy, tasty, an excellent beer to have w/ a fine meal. I think that this is a nice example of a saison

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2004
A lovely beer and such a great style. Wish there were more great Saisons to compare it to, but Dupont is a can't miss anytime.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9871) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2004
Hazy blonde with a nice spicy aroma, sour apples are noted. Nice bready tatse with spices, citrus or sour apples, slightly tart, nice body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2004
This is a really good Saison. Citrus, yeast, and spicy flavors. Finishes clean, crisp, and dry.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2370) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Great thin head of very fine bubbles. Wonderful carbonation that keeps it on top of the glass. Big aroma with citrus, yeast and a touch of wheat. Color is a very cloudy golden orange. Flavor is zesty with a slight alcohol tingle. A little fruit and yeast. Nothing very dominant. Finish is dry and clean. A good summertime brew that will be pretty refreshing

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2006 (Bottled, 0.75l, another re-rate) Hazy golden color with a huge, white, pillowy, ultra-lacy head. Yeasty, peppery, lemony, earthy aroma with birch leaf hints. Quite dry, quite bitter, slightly acidic flavor with lemony fruitiness. Long, lingering, dryish, bitter and peppery finish. Medium-bodied, quite carbonated but soft, refreshing and bitter palate. No sign of alcohol. A delicious, tasty and very well-balanced saison! (Bottled, 0,33l, older re-rate, 7-4-8-3-15=3.7) Golden, hazy color, small head. Yeasty, fruity aroma - nice! Very fruity, slightly dry and sour, refreshing flavor. Soft, but foamy carbonation, medium-bodied palate. Alcohol not showing at all. Bitter, spicy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Pretty good beer. Lots of flavors happening. Fruity and sour like. Perfect head. Sharp hop finish. Very interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2004 750 ml. Interesting, self removing cork. Perfect head that rivals the Trappist brews. Yellow and hazy with floaties. Musty, earthy, lemon, orange peel, grass, and hops all wrapped up in a neat aroma bundle. Smooth round malt with an orange peel bitterness. Sharp hop finish. Very interesting and complex beer.


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