Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping (2000-2014)

Formerly brewed at Brasserie Dupont
Style: Saison
Tourpes-Leuze, Belgium
Serve in Tulip


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 600   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Yearly limited release - 250 kegs, 500 numbered bottles - initially only for the home market but now available for general release in supermarkets. 30 kegs were unfiltered. Different hop used for dry hopping every year.
2013 - Triskel
2014 - Challenger

NB: this listing is for beers pre-2015 only, all subsequent years will be listed seprately. Please state your beer’s year in your rating, however.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
malrubius (2797) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle from Save On. Is it possible to improve on damn near the best beer in the world? Probably not. But at least this one does justice to the original. Looks just like it. Slightly more aromatic with citrus and grassy hops. Same very subdued apricot/pineapple sweetness with slightly complex very dry bitter finish. Perfect palate, just like the original. Have to say, if I were blind folded I might be hard pressed to tell the difference. And since this one costs the same as the other, that’ fine with me. An absolute work of art. Bravo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hoppy76 (2) - beloeil, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2013 does not count
the 2013 version better than the 2012. Fruity aroma’s. Fresh... A little less "hoppy" than the standard saison dupont. Superb

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bmsulliv (219) - - JUL 12, 2013
Incredible- slightly hopped aroma vs standard, still has great saison dupont flavor almost feels a little more balanced- flavor is still pleasantly esthery ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Bottle yields a clear light golden pour, with a meringue white billowing head that fades rather quickly to a soapy cap. Aroma on this beer is simply sublime- Light notes of fresh ground black pepper, a huge white fruit character, ranging from pear, to peach, to apricot. Floral, as in bee pollen floral goodness. Light apple notes, clean mineral/wet rock. Evocative of a stream through farm country. Every time I stick my nose in this I catch something different...Beautiful. Taste doesn’t quite live up to that hype, but after that, I don’t expect it to. Similar white fruit notes, pepper and floral character fade to the back more. Grape skins (Tannin?), some bitterness. Finish is drying, almost astringent, and what I imagine is the dry hopping makes itself a bit more known as more floral and spicy character is present on the finish. Light carbonation. I enjoy beers that remind me of places and bring me there... As a result, I really, really enjoy this thing, but a not so dry finish would elevate it in my mind considerably.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9567) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, hazy orange yellow pour with lasting white head, aroma brought notes of nice cracker, biscuit, bread, hints of grass, nice hallertau notes, touch of oak, vanilla, hints of bread, touch of pine. Taste is a nice mix of hallertau, slight grass, pine, hints of oak, bread, slight vanilla, cracker, finishing dry, biscuity, spicy. This is well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (10472) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2013
750s from Capone’s, Craft Ale, and draft at Craft. Pours turbid dark straw golden with 2-finger fluffy white head and a champagny carbonation. Nose is a complex mix of hoppy citrus, spicy white peppery florals, and yeasty funky esters. Tastes very complex, with hopcitrus, funky yeasty apricotty fruit at mid-palate, but not sweet, and a finish of funky spicy mats and esters. This one is great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Tastefully controlled complexities form inspiring residuals, an excellent saison

A hazed sunshiny amber body supports a delicate frothy 3’’ white head falling to a lasting ring and receding perforated cap with a few spots and rounded peninsulas of lace
Pleasantly balanced notes of grass, flowers, pineapple, and orange orbiting white pepper and slightly damp hay on a medium light body with enough carbonation to create a light and playful experience while also allowing for a soft coating to persist, soft bitterness and faint tartness dry the palate and amplify echoing aromas and flavors which merge into honey drizzled pear and apple, pome fruit notes grow exponentially with warmth overtaking the citrus influence, with a faint dusty funk presenting itself as each glass empties
750ml (25.4oz) bottle code 7 13055A at 45º and warming

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
antonstoop (294) - - JUL 6, 2013
A golden colored beer, with a good firm white head. It is a full bodied beer of only 6,5 percent, very well done. The taste id simular of that of the regular saison. It is good carbonated beer, strong bitter taste, citrus, sour, and softness of grains. A very nice version of the classic saison Dupont. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JDBaker11058 (2071) - Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Appearance: slightly cloudy, orangey gold, with a thick creamy-fluffy white froth of a head; decent soapy lacing. Aroma: very floral and spicy, with strong but pleasant vegetal notes over a honey-and-crackers malt base and the traditional Dupont musty funk. Taste: flowery and sweet up front, as the amped up fragrance is rather assertive at first; this quickly gives way to the traditional crusty white bread, citrus, yeast, and funk flavors you’d expect. Finish: a little dry, with just a hint of floral and citrus bitterness. Notes: Outstanding. The dry hopping took the already-great aroma and kicked it up a notch, while also drying out the end of the beer. Even so, all those great traditional Saison Dupont notes were right there as expected. The hopping certainly enhanced this beer. What a great find.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Nose spice, funk, moderate floral fruitiness. Flavor is spicy, fruits, peoney blossoms, rich malts, dry bitterness. Crisp and light.absolutely fantastic. Thanks Jcr!

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