Brasserie Dupont specialises in producing saisons - farmhouse ales traditionally brewed in the winter to sustain the farm labourers during the summer (infact "saison" literally translates to "season"). Because of this origin saisons are refreshing and light beers, with a low terminal gravity which makes them remarkably dry.
In recent times there has been a trend towards producing high gravity "super saisons". Dupont produced the first of these beers in the 1950's under the Moinette label (Moinette Blonde and Moinette Brune). The Avec Les Bon Voeux reinforced this concept, and paved the way for this new style of beer.
Saisons are complex beers - fruity, dry and spicy. Much of the flavour comes from use of some unique top fermenting yeast strains. These strains are believed to be ancestors of the family of yeast used in red wine production, evolving over decades of use in farmhouse breweries to become what they are today. These lend spicy flavours, reminiscent of orange peel, clove, allspice, citrus, cut grass and coriander. Saisons also have a distinct 'funkyness' about them - earthy and rustic flavours as comforting as a good red wine. Dupont's beers have a more aggressive hop character than other Belgian ales, adding to the complexity and refreshing nature of the style.
With the exception of the Moinette, the Dupont beers come in 750mL corked champagne-style bottles. This is the traditional bottling method of farmhouse breweries such as Dupont, a logical extension given the vinous characters of the beers, and not surprising considering they are such close neighbours to France!
This complex style could also benefit from several years in a cellar.
Moinette Blonde is Dupont's best selling beer in Belgium (Saison Dupont takes this honour outside of the brewery's home country). This 8.5% coppery blonde beer has fine hop aromas, and a superb balance between the sweet, bitter and fruity flavours. Although not advertised as a 'saison', the Moinette still displays many of the traditional farmhouse characteristics of the style.
You can buy Moinette Blonde in the following pack sizes:
Remember, we can usually fit up to 20 beers into each delivery carton. Want to try the above beer but not sure what else to choose? Why not try our special Around the World in Twenty Beers Pack. If you would like some help making your choice, why not contact our friendly and knowledgeable staff who will be happy to make some suggestions.
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Pack designed for beer connoissuers. Our picks of twelve of the best beers in the store. We change the list every few weeks depending on whats fresh and tasting best, so the list below may have some substitutions.
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