DuPont: Saison DuPont Cuvée Dry Hopping Styrian Eureka;
Date: December 22, 2018
The Story— When we first started taking notes on beer, the Saison style was easy to identify, find and evaluate. Only DuPont really kept the style alive during the dark ages of pale gold beers. Michael Jackson (the gloveless) said it defined the style. He was right then and he’s still be right today.
Saison beers were farmhouse beers brewed in the late winter to keep the farmhand watered through the tough work of the summer. They weren’t all that powerful because the farmhands had to go back to work after lunch and they varied in “funkiness” which was more of an off flavor than a goal.
DuPont has nailed the tight line between funk and fabulous. Their regular saison should still be the model for aspiring breweries who churn out supposed saisons by the foederfull. But even DuPont has felt the tug to push past the iconic to the adventurous. Happily, these guys know what they’re doing. The dry hopping creates balanced nuances that actually surpass the original. This is one of our top rated beers of the last five years. Happily, they tend to release this annually. Seek it.
The Beer— Hugely flavorful. Bright clean malt with just a touch of the Saison funk. Floral Styrian Goldings give a bit aroma and a bigger flavor. Big late bitter demands a return. Some pepper shows in the lingering bitter late. Ellie reacted with unusual emotion: “So clean! So Balanced!” My last note was “Oh my goodness — I want a barrel of this!”
Value — Absolutely excellent!! If you have to pay more than $15 for this treasure– look for a different store.
Values: “fair” is a good beer at an above market price, “good” is worth the money, “very good” is a bargain, and “excellent” is a steal.
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