Well I wanted to do a review on Saison Dupont, a delicious saison from Brasserie Dupont. Rating a 93 on beeradvocate.com and a 99 on ratebeer.com, it’s one popular saison, and for good reason. It’s definitely one of the best in style, and overall just one of my favorite beers in any category. So without further delay, let’s open this bad-boy!
Monstrous appearance, the first thing that happens upon pouring is that a giant white head tries to take over the glass. You’ve gotta wait a bit before you can even fill the glass. Although I have come to expect this from the heavily carbonated saison style, this one is even more pronounced than most others in the style. Tons of bubbles rise in a torrent through a somewhat hazy, tan colored brew. Looks good!
Belgian yeast, fruit, spices, and a lovely funkiness provide this brew with a lovely and typical saison aroma.
Taste wise this beer is very complex. The flavors range from peppery spices to Belgian yeast to light and mid colored fruits (pears, apples, peaches, plums) to citrus (oranges, grapefruit, lemon peel) to barnyard funk to grasses and floral flavors. Your taste buds hardly know what to do with all the amazing flavors being thrown at them!
Body wise this brew is light, well carbonated, yet still a bit chewy, with a funky aftertaste that kind of rides with you after the fact.
Overall I’d say this beer is a MUST TRY. If you like saisons, I cannot imagine that you wouldn’t like this beer. It’s not terribly expensive for a corked and caged Belgian import either, and I’ve had perhaps ten of these and never had an issue with freshness. I believe I’ve had it in 12 oz bottles also, and the quality was equally good. They obviously put a lot of time and effort into this brew, and it shows.