Brasserie Dupont’s Saison Duponthas been around for a while… to say the least. Some hail this as one of *the* best beers in the world… others have never heard of it. We fell into the latter until the night we tried it at “The Belly’s” house and decided that this one was pretty high up there. Now, doing the regular research for the blog on the night of the post, I find that we are not alone in our judgement.
This brew has been around since the mid-1800’s where it was brewed in the winter and served in the summer to the “saisoniers” or seasonal workers. It has stood the test of time and with its secondary bottle fermentation will stand the test of time in your beer fridge if you want to let it age.
Our tasting: The brew definitely came across as light… with lager/Belgian qualities in the nose… if you can get to it through he snow white head. At the 6.5% ABV, you couldn’t really smell or taste the alcohol, but the brew isn’t a wimp in that department. Our drunk ‘sac member Ms. Katrina thought it had a bubblegum finish, but for the rest of us it was simply light and yeasty with an easy exit keeping you ready to jump right in… kind of like jumping off the perfect log into the river swimming hole where the natural undulation of the earth brings you to light on a gravel bar just downstream… an easy path awaits your bare feet as you run to shore and back up the river to do it all over again. There is a good amount of the bottle conditioned sediment in the last few pours..
Overall a fantastic beer that does bring memories of those long past, working in the fields in the seasonal period, coming in from the long day to enjoy a nice cold glass of Saison Dupont. Ah to live then… in more simple times…
JBB6 Rating: For the Win