Beer: Saison Dupont Vielle Provision
Brewery: Brasserie Dupont
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Light golden, cloudy body with a full, frothy white head.
Smell: There’s an appealing lemony sour smell, as well as a generic doughy smell from the Pilsner malt. The yeast also produces a slightly phenolic scent (i.e., cloves and bananas).
Flavor: Saying this is complex is an understatement. It’s initially quite sour, like sour green apple without the sweetness. It makes you pucker your lips a bit. There’s surprisingly little sweetness.
Feel: This one feels like champagne through and through. Clean, crisp, dry.
Concluding Remark: Brasserie Dupont from Tourpes, Belgium is part of Belgian beer history. What was once an old 1700s farmhouse, became a brewing facility in 1844. To date, Brasserie Dupont is one of the only operating farmhouse breweries in all of Europe.
The Saison Dupont was the first beer produced at the small farmhouse brewery in 1844. The bottle-conditioned Saison is considered to be the quintessential Saison, the role model for other Saisons worldwide. It’s complex, tangy, and full of sass. The malt/hop ratio is expertly balanced, and the Dupont is as effervescent as one would want a Saison to be. Once intended to quench the thirst of seasonal workers (les saisonniers) everywhere (in Wallonia), its continued production means that you have the opportunity to have your thirst quenched as well–whether you’re working in the field or at a computer.
Saison Dupont essentially saved the Saison style. Read about it here.