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Review: Saison Dupont

Those of you who have been following our site for a bit know that I have become a big fan of the Saison style of beeer. Most of those I have tried are produced domestically by regional craft brewers (so far my favorite is Kansas City's Boulevard's Smoke Stack Series Saison). I was excited to find a bottle imported from Belgium where it all began. All in all, this is a great beer. Not quite as clean of a finish as some others I have had recently, but very nice. What struck me most is the aroma that rises from the bottle when you first open it. It's a bazaar cross between a pilsner and seven-up. No kidding! There is a nice upfront fruitiness with a mild hint of hops towards the backend. Somewhat dry on the finish, but not as clean as many. There is a twinge of farmhouse funk to it, more so than the domestic examples I have tried lately. Its worth a try and no more expensive than the regional Saisons that you are likely to find. Definitely worth a try if you are exploring this style. This beer was designed for this time of year.

Cheers, -D

Reader Comments (2)

This is one of my favorite saisons, and I agree that it tastes best when the weather is warm. I recently had good success culturing the yeast from a bottle. I was brewing a pale ale and figured that it would be easy to build up some yeast with a little bit of that wort.

During the last few minutes of the boil, I decanted most of the bottle into glasses and left the yeast behind. Since I knew that the bottle was sanitary, I flamed the lip with a lighter and put about 8 oz. of chilled wort directly into the bottle. I left enough room in the bottle so I could shake it up to aerate it.

The yeast took off, and the next week I was brewing again, so I put about a quart of wort into a growler and pitched the contents of the bottle into it - again, aerating by shaking the growler.

By the time that growler of wort was finished fermenting, I crash cooled it and had quite a bit of yeast slurry to pitch into the saison that I brewed at a later date. The final beer was really nice and a lot like Saison Dupont. It even had some of the spicy notes in spite of the fact that I didn't use any spices in the recipe.

A great beer that comes with free yeast - that's hard to beat.

June 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Thanks Paul for sharing and congrats on the outcome! Nothing better than free yeast directly from the brewer! You've inspired me to try the same.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDobroD

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