SAISON 6.5% ABV
Belgian Family Owned
Suitable for Cellaring
“Pale golden color. Rich and funky omelet, brioche, nectarine, peat moss, and peppery spice aromas with a round, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, juicy citrus, melon rind, rhubarb, salty baguette and grassy earthy hop finish. A bold, charming, rustic brew that will sing with food.”
Case, 24 x 33 cl (11.2 fl oz), 4-packs
Case, 12 x 375 ml (12.7 fl oz), cork finished
Case, 12 x 75 cl (25.4 fl oz), cork finished
Keg, 20 liter
Saison Dupont is a world classic beer and the yardstick for one of Belgium’s most important beer styles. It is the most admired AND imitated Saison in the world. The Saison style was pioneered by farms in Wallonie, the grain-growing region of Belgium. Traditionally beers were made during harvest to make use of excess grain. But before refrigeration, beers were hard to keep and the typical method of preservation was higher alcohol and sugar. This made for a heavy beer not very thirst quenching or suitable for hard labor. Golden, spritzy, quenching Saisons were the answer. They were strong enough to keep (4–6.5%) and very well attenuated so excess sugar could not go sour or create unwanted re-fermentations.
A strong, vital yeast is key to full attenuation and thus to the style and why Dupont’s role in its popularization has been central. Starting in the late 1800s and continuing till the present day, Dupont has helped neighboring farms and brewers by selling them yeast and providing lab services!
Saison Dupont is a wonderful straw color with a dense creamy head. The nose is alive, like fresh raised bread, estery with citrus and spice notes. Full-bodied and malty, it sparkles on the palate and finishes with a zesty hop and citrus attack. Incredibly compatible with food!
Authors Tim Webb have featured Saison Dupont in the World Atlas of Beer. They notes of Brasserie Dupont: “The leading light of the new genre makes its beers in a modern plant sited within Wallonia’s cutest-looking ancient farm complex. Wafts of herb and haystack augment a hop bitterness best appreciated when in 750ml bottles.”
Saison Dupont has been named one of the “100 Beers to Try Before You Die” by Chris Schonberger at Complex Media’s site First We Feast. We are honored that 12 Vanberg & DeWulf made the coveted list. According to Chris, Saison Dupont is “The quintessential saison. Lively and zesty from beginning to end, the beer starts out with a jumble of spicy, fruity, and earthy notes. Then some sweetness arrives, only to be overtaken by brisk hops and a long, dry finish. Another excellent beer to pair with food.”
Food pairing suggestions from Garrett Oliver’s “The Brewmaster’s Table” for Saison Dupont and Foret:
“A miracle with food. Try it first with well peppered salmon steaks, Thai food, spicy Mexican dishes, Vietnamese food, steak au poivre, fiery Cajun dishes, and well-aged Gouda. Aside from desserts and very acidic tomato sauces, it’s hard to find anything that Saison Dupont doesn’t match.”
Coming Spring 2013: Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping
After 5 years of making Belgians extremely happy with their special seasonal release a dry-hop version of Saison Dupont, Vanberg & DeWulf and Brasserie are now able to make American drinkers equally happy. Read more about Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping 2013.