Before the advent of modern refrigeration, the saison style (saison is French for season) was brewed at the end of the cooler weather to last through the warmer summer season.
The world's best-known saison comes from a brewery situated in an old farmhouse in Tourpes, Belgium. Since 1844, Brasserie Dupont has been using the farm's spring water and proprietary yeast strains to make this hoppy classic. Its fruity acidity will make you think of an orange, and its dryness and full carbonation is reminiscent of Champagne. The distinctive Dupont house yeast strain generates a complexity of flavors, including semi-tart green apple and banana. This unfiltered, bottle-conditioned straw-hued ale is topped with a Champagne-style cork and cage.