Thu July 3, 2008
"This [Saison Dupont] is a Belgian bottle-conditioned ale, the most famous beer from the Dupont brewery. It is also available
in a slightly weaker organic version. It is a pleasing pale straw-colour with a thick, whipped-cream-high-rise head. On the nose
it has lots of light estery fruit notes with orange and zest, along with a smooth vanilla and spice scent. In the mouth it is
full-bodied, again with light fruit note but also a hint of alcohol content on the back of the throat. It is quite bitter in a
lemony, slightly hoppy way, balancing the malt body nicely. Finish is very citrusy, slightly bitter, and leaves a sparkling
sensation on the tongue. The extra percentage ABV it enjoys over its organic sibling is enough to make this a wonderfully complex
very palatable beer."
Oxford Bottled Beer Database
are little known outside the region. (Uke Bieres de Gardes) they
were originally made in the winter then laid down to be drunk in the summer. They had to be sturdy enough to last for months but not to strong to be quenching and refreshing in the summer. Saisons traditionally have an orangey color and dense, rocky head. They are top fermenting and bottle-conditioned. They are usually presented in Champagne style bottles, and they have a refreshing carbonation and crispness (some are made with quite hard water). Their accent is towards fruitiness, often with citric notes; they are sometimes
spiced and usually well-hopped.”
Beers of Belgium
“Dupont’s beers are full of life, and notable for their hop character, with Kent Goldings in the fore. They have a big, rocky, creamy head; a sharp, refreshing attack; a restrained fruitiness; and a long very dry finish ... They are still beautifully balanced, complex examples of truly artisanal brewing.”
Great Beers of Belgium
“brewing since 1850 ... Vieille Provision is arguably the finest of the style. Dupont is gaining a good reputation both for the quality of its recipes and the adventurous range of its products 6.5% golden oak color, dry, herbal and hoppy with lingering aromatic aftertastes.”
Good Beer Guide to Belgium & Holland
“World classic**** with its big bouquet, dry, peppery fruitiness and great complexity, Saison Dupont is the classic
of this style.”
Guide to Beer
“Though a summer beer, the well attenuated Saison Dupont is deceptively potent. Its 7% alcohol content will definitely diminish your lawn mowing efficiency. But why waste it? A beer this good is worth saving and savoring for the special occasion when an ordinary
wheat beer just won’t do.”
Beer of the Month
Foret named “One of the 10 most notable
beers of the year for 1995” by Stephen Beaumont in The
The World Beer Championships
The most ‘endangered
species’ among the Belgian beer styles are the Saisons.
They are produced principally in the province of Hainaut
and to some extent elsewhere in Wallonia (the French
speaking part of Belgium). The breweries that make
them are in most cases very small, old and artisanal...
Some visibly show their origins as farms, and others
speak of the small beginnings of the industrial revolution.
breweries themselves are part of Europe’s industrial
archaeology, in a region of Belgium rich in such delights,
especially in the nearby Borinage coalfield. Their
beers are a classic style. They should be saved by
the attentions of the drinker.
Foods And Recipe Ideas
Saison style is dry and very hopped, they are naturally a good match for oysters and other seafood, with fowl, pates, and tarts made with onion and cheese. The bounty of the farm—the foods the farm hands ate in the old days—the grains for hearty country breads, the vegetables and salads, the chicken and sausage all suit Saison Dupont, Foret and Moinette perfectly. We love Saison Dupont with Memphis barbecued ribs, and with the Indonesian spicy food served at a NY restaurant called Cendrillon.