Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Saison Dupont

Saison Dupont is, not surprisingly, a saison. It comes from Brasserie Dupont in Tourpes, Belgium. It comes in a corked, 750mL bottle that is reminiscent of champagne. It contains 6.5% alcohol.

S.D. is a cloudy golden brew topped with a thick cloud of bright white head and ample carbonation. It has a slightly tart aroma of sour apples, as well as some notes of pear, yeast, and earth. The mouthfeel is dry and effervescent, like a champagne. It has a relatively mild flavour, particularly in the front end, with some gentle apple and grape notes.  This contrasts with the finish, which is considerably more vibrant. It's here that you can find bready yeastiness, an unexpected bitterness, and a fine dose of boozy warmth.

This brew has good strength and great, large bottles. Like other quality farmhouse ales, Saison Dupont is beer's equivalent to a sparkling wine--airy, fizzy, and dry, with some nuance and class.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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