The Dead Liver Society #11 – Brasserie Dupont: Dupont Speciale Belge

JAY here with another review for you guys.  But before that, I just wanted to let you guys know that the Dead Liver Society is now on Twitter!  Or at least half of it is.  So follow me @Jay_DLS to get all of our latest updates and for some fun banter with fellow beer enthusiasts.  With that out of the way, let’s get into the beer!  I have what is supposed to be a special beer here, from Brasserie Dupont, makers of the famous Saison Dupont.  It is their Dupont Speciale Belge, their first collaboration beer brewed with input from Iron Hill and The Monk’s Cafe in honor of Philly Beer Week.  Does this unique spin on a classic Belgian make the grade?  Let’s find out.

Beer Name: Dupont Speciale Belge


Type: Belgian Ale

Abv: 5.75%

First Impressions:

The ale comes in a nicely shape champagne bottle that is corked.  I could do without the label though, the ‘fake old paper’ graphic just doesn’t work for me.

And here’s a close up of the label.  I don’t quite like it, but that’s not going to sway how I view this beer.  I’ve drank out of worse looking bottles.

Something that makes up for this is the awesomely loud pop that occurs when take the cork out.  Man is it loud, but that just makes it better.


This beer is quite the looker.  A nice two to three finger off white head that doesn’t stick around for too long but enough to let its presence be felt.  The color is a nice caramel orange color that is inviting.  Put up to the light one will notice just how cloudy this beer is and how carbonated it is.  We’re talking Sprite levels here folks.  There’s very little lacing, but that’s not a deal breaker for me.  All in all a beautiful beer.


The smell of this beer is quite complex, showing hints of sourish pears, raisins, and caramel.  There are also some yeasty bread notes in here, but you have to search for them to find them.  What’s really getting me here is the fruit flavors coming through.


Wow, this is one disparate tasting Belgian.  Flavors from the smoked malts come through, but then are quickly taken over by very acidic notes that are near green apple.  In the middle there are some bitter almost salt like notes, which add a nice layer of complexity here.  There are some caramel flavors that echo the aroma, along with some peppery flavors from the yeast.  But what really gets me is just how the acidic flavors come out, it almost feels metallic on the tongue.  It’s good overall but not really what I would want to drink on a daily basis.  The mouthfeel is very lively from the high amount of carbonation.  Overall, not that bad, but not what I was hoping for from a famous brewer’s first collaboration.


I really, really wanted to love this beer.  Brasserie Dupont’s Saison Dupont is one of my all time favorite beers, but this just didn’t come near that level.  It is a good beer that is easy to drink and is quite complex, but the sour and metallic notes just don’t do it for me.  Others may love this beer, but it is just not for me.  Still, I feel like it was worth it and would be worth it for a lot of people.  Try it if you’re in the mood for a nice and unique Belgian, but don’t expect this to join your regular rotation.


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