The yeast is what gives the Saison Dupont its character. It is a very strong, hungry yeast species which really forms the soul of this beer, grown under strict control and of course stored carefully. The yeast consumes sugars in the wort, which gives the beer its typical dry aftertaste.
In addition, the temperature of main fermentation is very specific to the Saison Dupont. Normally, 21 degrees Celcius is around average for top fermented beer, but the Dupont is fermented at about 31 degrees. There are some stories of beers being fermented at temperatures as high as 37 or even 38. But at the Dupont brewery they master this trick perfectly: the high fermenting temperature is where the nice fruity, spicy aromas in the beer come from. If you have a strong sense of taste, you will also notice a slightly refreshing touch in the Saison Dupont.
Saison food pairings
Its dry, fruity and bubbly character makes the saison a good beer to have as an aperitif. It gives your tastebuds a shake up without overstimulating them.
Creamy cheese always fits well with a saison. A simple piece of brie, for example. The carbon dioxide cuts through the fat, while both the beer and the cheese have sense of earthiness to them, bringing this combination together nicely. Goat’s cheese, too, has a similar effect.
Finally, try your saison with fish: various kinds of white fish, mussels, mackerel or salmon work well as a pairing. Make sure that the intensity of your fish dish matches the beer and you can’t really go wrong. All worth a try!
Saisons aren’t for everyone, but their funky flavours and farmhouse charms aren’t to be missed if you love discovering something new. So what are you waiting for? Check out the beers at the bottom of this article and give your tastebuds an experience they won’t soon forget.