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Saison Dupont (Vielle Provision) – Brasserie Dupont (2012)

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BLC Says
Brasserie Dupont Saison Dupont (still labeled as Vielle Provision here in the USA) is considered the standard of this refreshing Belgian farmhouse style. Saison (season in French) originally referred to refreshing ales brewed by farmers to be consumed during the summer. These beers started out around 3% abv but modern interpretations hover closer to 5-6% range. Saison Dupont is 6.5% and most current American saisons copy the yeast used by the Dupont brewery because it ferments better at warmer temperatures. Saison Dupont is popular all over the world and we have had the pleasure of tasting it in several countries including Belgium. This review is of a 2012 bottle purchased and enjoyed locally. We had our bottle of Saison Dupont on New Year’s Eve so this was the first beer enjoyed by BLC in the 2013.

Saison Dupont is a tasty, bubbly, bright beer. Pouring a hazy, golden straw-yellow a substantial, white, foamy and rocky head forms. The head stays around for a while and leaves tight, finely carbonated lacing all along the glass. It settles down into a nice and thicker than average foam cap. Vigorous, lively carbonation is visible in the body here. The nose offers up clean aromas touched with hops and slight funk accents. Notes of straw/hay mingle with spice, yeast, slight fruitiness, citrus (which leans lemon) and delicious malts. Smelling this brew is a very pleasant experience and sets you up for a refreshing sip. The flavors within match the aroma well touching on fruity, spicy, yeasty and citrus hints with a slight tartness as well as touches of funk and hay. The carbonation is vigorous and the small, compact bubbles move the flavors across the palate in fantastic fashion. The finish on this beer is crisp and dry with a little sharpness. The aftertaste echoes many of the flavors and is spicy, with an herbaceous quality, and mildly bitter. It is sure to draw you in for another go around. This truly is a refreshing beer with superb balance and a clarity of flavor but it also has a wildness slinking within, elevating it above the styles humble beginnings. Saison Dupont deserves to be regarded highly.

What Alicia Thinks:
This is very refreshing but there is also a hint of bitterness present which can appeal to light beer and IPA fans alike. I do see how this style has a following, as it is easy to drink, bright and refreshing, though I don’t think it is for me. Something about the aroma and flavor reminds me of American light beers which overshadows everything else. However, as hard as he tries to smell and taste what I am talking about, Kevin does not see this at all so maybe it is just my palate reacting badly with this style. I would definitely enjoy a glass of this on a hot summer day if someone offered, but I don’t think it is something I would seek out or order.

What Kevin Thinks:
This is held as the standard for the saison style and with good reason. I always find Saison Dupont to be crisp, slightly funky and refreshing. It is a beer I think everyone should try and is a must for beer fans (geeks, if you prefer). The flavors and aromas are well suited for each other and get along famously in this beer. This is a balanced brew. I think it would go well on a summer day but has enough depth to work anytime of the year. This was a beer we really enjoyed for our 2012 New Year’s Eve celebration (well I enjoyed it more than Alicia). I think what Alicia is interpreting as an American light beer essence could be the abundance of Pils malt in Saison Dupont. For me this is a 9/10.

ABV: 6.5% IBU: ? Color: Hazy Straw Yellow Year: 2012 Brewery: Brasserie Dupont

The Brewery Says:
The Saison Dupont is a top fermentation beer with refermentation in the bottle.
Since 1844, this beer has been brewed in our farm-brewery, during the winter time.
Then this beer became a second refermentation in the barrel.

During the next summer, this very thirst-quenching beer was served to the “saisoniers” which were working on the fields. Surely therefore, our Saison Dupont is considered as “the classic” among the Belgian season beers!

Coppery blond, the finest aromas and a strong bitterness transform this beer into a thirst-quencher with no equal, just the way it was created. Our selection of yeasts is the perfect base for these typical aromas and ditto taste. A real re-fermentation in the bottle, which will continue for a long time in your cellar, result into this complex and particular aromatic beer.

Written by A+K

January 5th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

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