SpringsLicker (3616) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2006
Draught at the Brick Store Decatur GA
Slightly hazy deep lemon yellow with a lasting, frothy white head.
Light, sweet, yeast and spice aroma.
Fruity with some sweetness and a pleasantly dry finish. Refreshing, light bodied and would acompany many types of food nicely. brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Descent pour with a nice cloudy look.Pleasant citris aroma with a fruitiness as well. The flavor was smooth with a touch of sour as well as some nice herb taste.The long finish was dry and slightly bitter. FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2006
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 (5880) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2006
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 (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
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
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 (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 23, 2006
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
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 (278) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 22, 2006
As I delve deeper into Belgium’s 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 taxonomist’s nightmare. Thus when I was confronted with Dupont’s 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 Gruyère. 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 Belgium’s countryside during the summer, where I feel the drink may be more appropriate. can8ianben (1538) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2006
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.