tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2008 Score bumped up. Easily in my top ten beers in the world as of Dec-06 and pretty much a bench mark for Saison. (Original Rating 9-5-9-3-17=4.3): Citrus, banana, strong cheese aromas. Generous and long lasting merangue-like white head with plenty of lacing. Spicy and dry flavour with some bitterness. A sweet start leads to a slight sourness through the middle and a long dry finish. Would perhaps enjoy a slightly fuller body but as is I could drink plenty of this. Bottle. mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2005
what is beauty? this totally is. tart and refreshing. slightly bitter. aromatic like a country morning in the the spring. bubbly and soft and bready. rustic. a masterpiece like a Michelangelo. human perfection. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 Saison has clearly settled as far and away my favorite style last year, so I thought a re-rate of the "classic" example was necessary. Saison Dupont’s meringue white head never leaves, laces and laces atop the perfect cloudy straight gold. Perfect appearance. Its nose is very complex. The Dupont yeast is home here, leading the show with a master’s hand. Perfect balance between the refreshing tartness and the awesome moderate, yet quenching and lingering bitterness. You can chug it down by a few sips or you can concentrate and seize all kinds of nuances, peppery, piney, fruity (lemon, pineapple, banana, mango) complexities. The mouthfeel is velvet, the big bubbles become a soft pillow as you let the beer breathe for an hour in your glass. Excessively balanced. A big achievement. One of the most nuanced beer in the world and somehow, just 2 years ago, I didn’t dig this one as much as other Saisons.. Dupont owns simply put, this saison is world-class and they have 2 beers that might very well be even better. Just let it breathe and take your time.. and a whole 750 by yourself hopefully.. This one is not too hard to find and worth it. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Original rating summer 2003: The price is a pleasant surprise, a dollar and a half less expensive than Chouffe products of the same size. Hazy yellow coloured ale with a big white head. Inviting spicy aroma with fruits and cereals. I didn’t quite find the legendary complexity of flavors others have been talking about in mouth, in fact the alcohol was pretty noticeable for its strenght and it just tasted tart spicy cereals. I’ll have another try soon. 3.7
2nd try: Better than last time. Tartness is balanced by a massive bitterness that brings us into a looong, yet dry finish. 3.7
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. jcr (2719) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 Bottle. Rerate. Rerated yet again 3-6-10. Huge, frothy, rocky, lasting white head. Hazy golden body. Big aroma of lemon, coriander, clove, flowers, toasted grain, mustiness, baind-aid and straw. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately to heavily bitter and very dry just as you should expect from a great saison. The bitterness is long lasting. Peppery taste with notes of lemon and herbs. Medium body with a velvety texture. Lively carbonation. Complex aroma is eclipsed by the interplay between yeast and hops. My appreciation for this beer has grown immensely the more beers of all styles I try, especially saisons. I’ve now had this beer numerous times, on tap and from bottles. It has disappointed a couple of times, but only because what was served was old. Recently, I had a bottle as fresh as I have ever had it. The balance between the bitterness and the subtle flavors and aromas was perfect. And the bitterness was appreciably more than I have had it before. This beer is as good as it gets.
hellbilly (3248) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 18, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2011 yeasty, spicy, dusty, fruity aroma. flavor is of meat, bread, earth, pears and citrus. so dry and delicious. pairs really well with grilled pork and smelly cheeses... 8/4/8/3/16/3.9
FatguyRacer (159) - Crownsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2007
sampled fresh on tap... me don’t likey. clear golden/yellowy color with a rocky flufffy off white head. it lacks richness and depth. it does still maintain the spiciness and herbal twang. lots of lemon and dry parching hoppiness make it a pleasant drinker in the desert heat...7/3/7/3/16/3.7
2008 bottle housed november 2009... i crave the skunk on this stuff... i search and search for better examples but find myself always coming back to this... grainy, hoppy, dry and quenching. 8/4/9/5/18/4.4
onions and vanilla! goddamn, i love this stuff9/5/9/5/19/4.8
fuck it. this stuff is great.
Beer Nirvana. The aroma was fragrant yet subduded, the color a nice buttery translucent golden yellow. The head poured big and frothy like whipped cream and the laceing was beautiful. The delicate bubbles working their way from the bottom of the glass to the head was a pretty display of beer balet. Then there was the first sip. Beergasm! I may be new to Ratebeer and this whole beer tasting thing, but i’ve drank alot of diffent beers in my 44 years of life and let me tell you this is the best brew i’ve ever tasted. And i’m drinking a bottled example. I only bought this because some metrosexual fop of MensJournal.com said this was the best beer ever. Score one for the Metros! He was right. My only reget here is that I bought just one bottle. Now im jonesing for another like a crack addict who smoked his last rock. DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - NOV 9, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2008 I heard so much about this beer, I just thought it could not be that good. Holy shit, this ione of the brews that is magnum opus! The aroma and frothy head of this brew is picture perfect. The first sip is perfect - fruity, yeasty, a little hoppy, a little earthy, a whole lotta godd!!!
The best saison and one of the best beers in the world, period. It is without question, a fine fine product and I am SO craving another. Introudce this to your wife, co worker, friend and watch them drop that Chardonney glass. beerferver (2) - Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2009 does not count
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 Best of the Belgian Farmhouse Ales. No other can match its exceptional balance of lightly-sweet malt and slightly citrus ’new-mown-hay’ hops, sparkling effervesence and complex aroma. This beer defines "Wallonia twang" - the unique, funky, horse-blankety character of farmhouse ales. By the case, can be had for $7.45 per 750ml bottle; worth every penny and more. alagnak (468) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Taken me a while to get to this one (too busy enjoying them the last few months since I discovered it to actually think toom much about it). Looks just downright amazing in the Saison Dupont tumbler purchased @ the bar across the street from the brewery. Bright straw color with a perect head and fizzing carbonation everywhere.
Smells like the countryside where it’s from: Spring flowers, barnyard funk and musty hay, a nice dose of spicy hops and hints of various (and always different) fruits.
Tastes like nirvana. Wonderful spicy hops and funky goodness upfront, some sour cherry, a little banana and more of the funk as it warms, and the world’s best finish (for me), dry and crisp. I get different flavors every time. Just an outstanding blend of all the flavors.
This beer would be my answer to "if you could only drink one beer the rest of your life..." Great in the cool months, better in the summer, even better with food of almost any variety. It’s quite possible it’s not "perfect" in an objective sense, but it’s definitely perfect for me and my tastebuds. It’s the only beer that I always have on-hand.