Sunday, May 27, 2018

Saison Dupont (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)


Fill date: 11/12/16

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 25B Saison

AROMA: Moderately-strong yeast character with citrusy esters and peppery phenols. Malt and wheat base create for a classic farmhouse terroir effect. Hops are difficult to distinguish from the phenols, but may add a slight earthy/spicy note. Fairly strong skunky aroma from the green bottle and some honey/lemon oxidation from the age. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Golden/amber hue (4-5 SRM) with a good deal of haze. Large, bright white, creamy froth retains and laces extremely well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Complex palette with a lot of subtleties. Yeast esters and phenols seem to be the primary flavor contributors. Classic saison character of black pepper throughout with a minor orange and lemon pith taste and just a touch of banana. Malt and wheat are moderate in strength, but do not offer much sweetness aside from a honey/lemon character due to oxidation and erosion of hops. Remaining hops work in conjunction with the phenols for a moderate dry spicy/earthy taste. Finish is quite dry with a mild lingering spiciness. Faint presence of alcohol, but it is not distracting. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-high carbonation. Texture is quite soft and smooth which increases drinkability. Certainly not a session beer at 6.5% ABV, but one 375ml seems like too small of a serving size. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Old school, classic, to-spec saison for sure. World Class when fresh; an old green bottle like this just doesn't do it justice. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 44/50

NOTE: See my 2011 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2011/07/saison-dupont-chadz-beer-reviews.html

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