Sunday, November 16, 2014

Saison Dupont Cuvee Dry Hopping 2013

This 6.5% ABV saison is brewed by the Brasserie Dupont in Tourpes, Belgium. Each year they take their Saison Dupont and do a dry hopped version. The 2013 was done with the Triskel hop from the Alsace region of France. While tasting beers up and down the line the night before Darkness Day 2014, a new acquaintance asked me if I liked saisons. Seeing the bottle of Dupont, I said yes, as that is a good one. "Here, I dont' really like saisons." And the bottle was mine. That was truly representative of the generous level of beer sharing that took place at Darkness Day. 

The beer pours honey golden in color, a bit hazy. There is a very tall, fizzy, bubbling, foaming head of white. The aroma is floral, tangy, herbal, bread dough, sourdough bread, with honey. The taste hits the same notes as the aromas, yeasty bread dough, sweetness, floral, like clover honey, herbal like mild Ricola, with a tangy fizziness. The beer has that intense and fine, bubbly carbonation of a bottle conditioned beer, that stings the tongue and refreshes at the same time. This was good, but I like the regular version better than this variation.

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