Sunday, July 10, 2011

Saison Dupont


I've only reviewed a few saisons on this show to date, but they've all been American versions of a uniquely Belgian style. I thought it was about time to go straight to the source and try Saison Dupont - an old school Belgian saison made by an old school Belgian brewery. This has GOT to be the epitome of authenticy, right!?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (630) - Albany, USA - JUL 9, 2011
I poured a 375ml corked bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Bright orange color, but extremely cloudy body. Champagne-like carbonation noticeable, but otherwise opaque. Forms a monstrous, bright white fluffy head which barely dissipates and laces the glass well.

Smell: Typical Belgian "farmhouse funk." Slightly sour, floral and peppery - yet muted.

Taste: This was my first authentic Belgian saison so I had my hopes up, and while I wouldn’t consider Saison DuPont a bad beer, let’s just say I was let down. Up front it’s quite dry and slightly bitter with a dab of crushed black pepper in the palate. That’s about it as far as flavor. Some floral notes and a hint of spice emerge as it warms, but considering this is an old school Belgian brewery making an old school Belgian style I can’t help but think the flavor intensity should be higher.

The first half is mild and quite refreshing while it’s in the mouth. The second half ups the bitterness a tad and the finish is quite dry, but the aftertaste is fairly clean. The yeast imparts a slightly powedery taste and texture, but it’s subdued and nowhere near as intense as say, a Trappist tripel.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and fairly thin to medium thickness. Some carbonation and peppery tingling sensation, but easily tolerable.

Drinkability: Beer history teaches us the farmhouse ale style was intended to be a thirst quencher and summertime refresher rather than a liquid work of art. I suppose Saison DuPont exemplifies that quite well since the palate is mild and refreshing at the time, but at the same time quite dry. As the bottle label recommends - try this with any grilled food and it would pair well. Drinking it on its own is merely satisfactory.

Overall, a decent, respectable and highly drinkable beer despite my criticisms. If drank in the right situation I think it would be quite impressive, actually.

Grade: 6/10