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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2370   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (5746) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Bottle: Aroma makes me think of a hefe with more of a sour smell. Pours a slight hazy orangish-yellow with some brown sediment floating around. Large white head with good retention and nice lacing. Starts sweet, kind of goes slightly bitter and then finishes in a combination of grass and citrus. Leaves a grassy aftertaste. Rather complex with way the flavors present themselves. My first saison and I find this rather interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 10, 2004
(8 Aug 04) Medium alcoholic nose with a good influence of citrus. Body is light amber and hazy with a large rocky and creamy white head that lasts well. It is sweet with a thin, oily and slick mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Bottle, 2.004 on cork. Very foamy thick white head on a hazy gold/orange body. Smells kinda sour and fruity. Notes of grass, lemon, CO2, apple, yeast, and corriander come out. Finish has a strong taste of dry apples. This is a very light, easy to drink beer. Very enjoyable. Would go well with a hearty meal.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 1, 2004
This beer pours nice and full with a descent head that lasts and a nice lace. It has a golden color and the smell is fruity and rich. It has a nice full body that possesses abundant carbonation. The taste is somewhat sour and citrus and has a bit more hops than expected; it is not sweet enough for my taste to help contrast some of the other flavors. The finish is very dry with a strong bite that stays with you.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2004
This is an outstanding Saison with a lot of caracter and and a good balance. The color is warm-orange with the typical hazyness for a Saison, and with a fine creamy froth. This beer has great aroma’s of fresh stonefruits, fine yeast, touch of orangepeal and some citrus freshness. The taste is rich and very dry. It is a lively beer with a lot of taste and with a fresh bitterness on the pallet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9684) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2004
A lot of foam from aggressive conditioning, pouring out over table and taking several moments to calm down. Refreshing in summer, easy drink but not bold rather very grassy. Some coriander and cloves spice and apple honey.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2004
Huge head, very slightly tan. Rocky with large bubbles. A bit sweet, fruity aroma of Belgian yeast. More thin and bitter than expected, is the first impression. It’s fairly light, but flavourful. Considering how light it feels, the alcohol, modest as it may be, is well hidden. It is slightly warming though. Perhaps overly carbonated, but there is some complexity to explore here. Hints of farmyard perhaps and it feels slightly metallic. This bottle at least feels to me inferior to the Fantomes I’ve had, even if this may be truer to the style...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5187) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 24, 2004
UPDATED: APR 8, 2005 Cloudy gold with lots of carbonation. The huge head stuck around a long time. The lacing is as thick as any heavier bodied beer. The aromas are nice and easy with grass and lemons. The taste begins a little funky. It has some dirt and sour cherries. Absolutely refreshing. Tried again on tap at the Maproom in Chicago. Delicious all around.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JackLanders (55) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Stiff, rocky head. Delicate, yet complex aroma. Taste is at first light and refreshing with a gentle hops presence, much like a good pilsner. But the finish fills out and becomes very complex. A spicy, citrusy sourness. A rich presence of yeast flavors which are unlike any other beer I’ve ever had. I have had this beer both on tap and from the bottle and it is fabulous both ways, with the tap having a very slight edge. I find it absolutely amazing that I can buy this beer for less than $7 a bottle. To get the same level of quality and pleasure from a wine I would have to spend hundreds of dollars. Traditional Belgian ales continue to be the best-kept secret in the gourmet world.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5591) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 I have had this beer several times both as a draft and as a bottle. Each time I come away disappointed thinking that I should have liked it more than I did. While certainly not a bad beer, this one never seems to live up to the hype for me. +++This time I sampled it on draft. It poured a medium orange-gold color with a small creamy white head that had lots of lacing. The aroma is fruity and sour. The flavor is sour with some malt and spiciness. The sour lingers on the aftertaste. Relatively refreshing but otherwise nothing to write home about.


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