Saison Dupont is the standard that most beer geeks hold saisons to. Around since 1844, this traditional Belgian farmhouse ale is brewed in the wintertime, and then goes through a second refermentation in the barrel. I thought it was called saison (French for season) because it’s traditionally a summer ale, but Brasserie Dupont’s website details the origin:

During the next summer, this very thirst-quenching beer was served to the “saisoniers” which were working on the fields. Surely therefore, our Saison Dupont is considered as “the classic” among the Belgian season beers!

As the Belgian yeast continues to live in the bottle, further bottle fermentation brings out funkier, bolder flavours in the beer, and allows it to be aged for quite a few years. My bottle, bought in 2014, suggests it can be aged until 2017. It didn’t survive that long though… it’s what I drank on New Years! Since saison is the champagne of beers, I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate.

Happy New Beers, everyone!!