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Review of Saison Dupont

06 Mar
Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Saison Dupont produced by the Brasserie Dupont located in Tourpes, Belgium.

I’ve never tried this beer before, but I have heard many good things, so I’m very excited about giving it a taste test.

Let’s see if we can find some information on the Saison Dupont from the website, brasserie-dupont.com.

The Saison Dupont is a top fermentation beer with refermentation in the bottle.
 

Since 1844, this beer has been brewed in our farm-brewery, during the winter time.  Then this beer became a second refermentation in the barrel.  During the next summer, this very thirst-quenching beer was served to the “saisoniers” which were working on the fields.  Surely therefore, our Saison Dupont is considered as “the classic” among the Belgian season beers!  Coppery blond, the finest aromas and a strong bitterness transform this beer into a thirst-quenchener with no equal, just the way it was created.  Our selection of yeasts is the perfect base for these typical aromas and ditto taste.  A real refermentation in the bottle, which will continue for a long time in your cellar, result into this complex and particular aromatic beer.

Let’s pour.

The Saison Dupont comes in a 25.4 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 6.5%.

The beer poured a very hazy, golden/yellow color.  It developed a huge bright white head.  It was very soft, fluffy, frothy, soapy and rocky.  The retention time was exceptional and once it finally did settle it left some thick “cobwebs” of lace all along the sides of the snifter.  It continued to leave a soapy film on top of the liquid for the entire drink.  This brew looked very nice I must say.

It had a very bright, lively and fresh nose of lemongrass, grapefruit and green apples.  An ample amount peppery spice and Belgian yeast complimented the fruitiness superbly.  It was very floral too.  Just like the freshness of Spring.  It was extremely well balanced and complex.  Just a wonderful smelling beer I thought.

The taste brought forth a favorable amount of sourness by way of the lemon citrus and green apple.  The peppery spice was there, but I also started to detect a good hint of clove as the brew wandered the palate a bit.  The Belgian yeast blended favorably with a well attuned breadiness to pull some of the sharpness off the sour taste.  A sturdy grassy hop bite and bitterness brought more life to the flavor and really complimented the overall profile.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, very dry, lively, refreshing, crisp, thirst quenching and snappy.  An abundance of carbonation danced on the tongue, which in turn provided a delightful amount of flavor for the palate to enjoy long after the sip.

Man.  This is a great beer to say the least.  I had a blast drinking this thing.  It would be perfect for the Spring and Summer weather that’s for sure because it’s so darn refreshing and easy to drink.  It had a spectacular look, aroma, flavor and mouthfeel.  Just flat out good all around.  Some may find the carbonation to be overkill, but I thought it really suited the spritzy and refreshing characteristic.  I am most definitely going to find another bottle of this soon!!!!  If you favor the Saison style, I would highly recommend that you give it a go too.  I really doubt that you will be disheartened by it.  I wish I hadn’t waited so long to try it!!!  I never knew what I was missing.    

Have you guys ever tried the Saison Dupont?  What did you think of it?  Feel free to leave a comment if you like.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.45 out of 5
Grade:  A

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2 Comments

Posted by on March 6, 2012 in Country: Belgium, Dupont

 

2 responses to “Review of Saison Dupont

  1. clueless_brewer

    March 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Like Weihenstephaner is for hefeweizen, Saison Dupont is the standard by which all other Saisons/Farmhouse beers are to be measured. Wonderful brew that I've been trying to replicate in my homebrew adventures.

    Always enjoy your reviews. Cheers!

     
  2. Scott Shrewsberry

    March 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    clueless_brewery,

    Thanks for that great compliment. I really appreciate it.

    Yes, the Saison Dupont was a great beer. If I home brewed I honestly think that this would be one of the beers that I would try to reproduce myself.

    Cheers.
    Scott.

     

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