Saison Dupont is one of the world’s iconic beers, held out as a perfect example of its style and a beer that many brewers aim to imitate (with varying degrees of success!)
Not content to sit on their farmhouse laurels, Dupont started a tradition of pimping their flagship beer. The concept dates back to 2010, when they produced a dry-hopped version of their saison. It became an annual tradition, and one which many beer lovers look forward to.
The beer we have is the 2019 vintage, and features Styrian Wolf – a hop from Slovenia which is said to add a fruity character to the beer, presenting as passionfruit and pine resin.
At its heart, the beer is the rock solid farmhouse ale. The dry hopping adds in a little fruity hit of sweetness early on but that gives way to a dry, grainy, earthy body with a little prickly spiciness and that pervading rustic funk from the Dupont yeast.
So much flavour for a relatively small-bodied beer, it unfolds and develops with each sip. A great variant on their classic beer.