Thursday, 8 March 2012

Brasserie Dupont Saison Dupont

Good evening all. I seem to have created a backlog of tasting notes over the last few days, which is understandable when you have a new beer every evening and you're too exhausted from lab work to form semi-coherent sentences about an alcoholic beverage. Today was a relatively easy-going day though, so I'm going to plough through a couple of reviews in quick succession as the beers were too good to neglect writing about. The first is Saison Dupont, a world-renowned Saison/Farmhouse Ale from Brasserie Dupont. Review after the pic....

Saison Dupont (6.5% ABV) pours a golden colour with a thick white head that settles down to a foamy covering over the surface of the beer. The aroma is fairly strong on the phenols, with malt, bittering hops, citrus, a fruity character and some funk in the background. It's quite hard to describe the aroma of a saison, it's just one of those things you have to experience. The taste is composed of phenols, spice, cloves, fruity esters (ethyl acetate, giving a slight "pear-drops" flavour) and honey. The finish is rather dry with the spice lingering long after drinking. The mouthfeel is quite thick and well carbonated. Overall, a very good Belgian beer and one of the most well-balanced saisons I've had. Typically the earthy flavours can dominate the beer but this is definitely not a problem with this offering. Highly recommended!

Until next time....

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