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Ratings: 1,199
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 92
Gots: 125 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002

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Ratings: 1,199 | Reviews: 587
Reviews by corey0212:
Photo of corey0212
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice honey-lemon color, massive foamy beige head is not really going anywhere, just fading in small amounts, huge clumps of lacing all over the glass, lots of sediment in the glass, and millions of tiny bubbles racing to the surface....this is nice to look at. Definitely has an earthy aroma, peppery, some citrus notes, tart lemon. Taste follows right along, I get a slight taste of alcohol, but nothing unpleasant about it....slight sourness is nice, maybe a bit of bitter green apple, some grassy flavors too...this is delicious. Intensely carbonated, refreshing but substantial. Really nice Saison.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Light yellow with a tinge of orange is the coloring for this extremely cloudy brew. The head had to be worked a little but what came up stayed for quite a while. No lacing, probably due to the 9.5 ABV.

Smell – A lot of spices in this one. The aroma is very powdery (probably tastes that way, too). There’s some stiff malt and yeast in there as well and a little bitter hops to balance things out, but this is your typical spicy BSPA. The coriander is very present, along with some pepper and a few others that I can’t pinpoint.

Taste – The deep, mature, yeast flavor kicks into high gear at the taste. The spices some out in full force as well. There’s an interesting rind hop punch to this one that balances things out. I think it’s the first of this I’ve tasted for the style, but it all works really well.

Mouthfeel – Heavily carbonated with a slight alcohol sting on the tongue. Yes, it’s a BSPA from Belgium.

Drinkability – Nice, authentic rendition of the style. This went down quite well. Anyone with a, “BigBelgiumBrethern,” or, “BelgiumBeers4Me,” handle has to try this one.

Comments – TheLongBeachBum wrote a winner of a review on this one and rated it two tenths higher than me. He said it a lot more eloquently than I did. His is a, “must read,” if you’re thinking about trying this ale.

Photo of drtth
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a Nonic pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. The 2009 bottling.

Appearance: The beer pours out a slightly hazy honey gold color with a 2" thick creamy, frothy white head which leaves rings and patches of lacing clinging to the glass. Later on during the beer sipping continues to leave patches of foam sticking to the glass. Even to the end of the beer there is a layer of foam on the liquid and patches, speckles and legs of lacing rings and speckles and legs of foam and lacing on the sides of the glass

Smell: The aroma invades the room even as the bottle is opened. It has a yeasty, grassy, slightly sharp and spicy (coriander and pepper) character. There is also some citrus, pale malt and slightly earthy character here.

Taste: The several flavors come and go on this one. There is fruitiness, with hints of apple and lemon zest (and maybe even a touch of orange zest) and some light honeyed sweetness. There is spiciness with some elements like coriander and pepper. In the background there is pale malt and some grassy traces. While there is a touch of alcohol it is not easy to detect.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel on this one is light bodied and very smooth with excellent prickly carbonation. The medium length finish starts in the fruity sweetness and ends in a crisp dry tart bitterness.

Drinkability: This beer is a "poster child" for drinkability. It is a wonderful beer with incredible complexity and subtlety. There are so many flavors bouncing in and out of this one and the sweetness and the tartness blend and play and dance around and around in a way that almost leaves the head spinning. Oh wait... Maybe that's the high ABV that sneaks up on you. A dangerously drinkable beer in that it would be very easy to consume too much of this one. However, I'm also sure I'll be having more of this one, both to finish off this bottle and to drink again in the future.

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice find at the deli I must say,poursa lighter shade of gold with a huge blossoming head that has moved down an inch as of yet,the aroma is lightly smokey with almost a cinnamon spicey quality.Taste is smnokey with some real medicinal hints with a malty finish and after taste wich came out well,this beer has some serious complexity to it.A real nice change of pace here nice to have before bed.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2005 Vintage from Steve's Mineral Point for $6.99 a 750.

Yeasty straw gold (leaning toward orange) body with visibly aggressive carbonation and a voluminous white froth. The head eventually settles to a healthy skim with beautiful lacing.

Spicy aroma displays plenty of hay, saaz or similar hops, lemon, a bit of orange, and black pepper.

Dry, spicy body with lively carbonation that bites the tongue. Flavors of hay and lemon peal cojoin with wild flowers and vanilla.

Highly drinkable. In fact this is sessionable in the extreme.

Photo of ricke
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-02-09. Served in tulip.

Presentation: 375 ml corked bottle with freshness date on the label (best before July 2013).

Appearance: The pour is golden orange with straw hues - it almost looks like it's glowing. Ivory-colored, big and creamy head that sticks around for a while before settling and leaving some foam on top of the brew and chunky lacings on the glass. A good looking beer.

Smell: Sharp medicinal phenols mix with a general spiciness and a smell of sweet citrus fruits. Faint smell of yeast as well. Despite plenty of phenols and tangy spices, the smell is rather fresh and pleasant.

Taste: Big taste of medicinal phenols - distinct taste of band-Aids - and prominent spices (cloves, and perhaps white pepper?). Together with an unexpectedly big presence of alcohol this results in a interesting and pleasant - but still quite demanding - hotness. All of these tangy and sharp flavors are balanced by a taste of sweet fruits - mostly orange and lemon peel, but also pineapple - and faint malts. No funky flavors to speak of. The finish is dry with a more spices, minimal hop bitterness and a bit of a twang from the alcohol. This one develops very nicely towards the end: It gets a little less edgy, more round and balanced, as the sweet fruit flavors becomes more prominent.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, plenty of carbonation and all in all quite dry. But it still has a semi-smooth feel to it.

Drinkability: A very good beer. Quite tasty as well. The big medicinal phenols and spiciness coupled with the sweet fruits makes it truly interesting, but also a bit demanding. Although it drinks really easily and is quite refreshing, the alcohol and the spices becomes a little too prominent and somewhat demanding after a while.

NOTE: Will cellar a couple of these to see how they turn out. I'm especially interested to see how the balance between the alcohol and spices develops.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.19/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour on this beer is a beautiful milky maize color with a sturdy white head. The lacing remains through out the glass full. The aroma was average at best,not giving me much else but the ABV. The initial taste was bland reminiscent of a mass produced imported ale. I just couldn't find anything about this beer that made it stand out. I served it with a citrusy desert whose character compensated for the lack of character given by this Dupont offering.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avec Les Bons Voeux by Brasserie Dupont 9.5% alcohol Saison/Farmhouse style. 750ml bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Pours a crisp hazed golden fluid with a nice one inch pillowy head that leaves decent sticky lacing on the glass.

S- Sharp lemon zest hits the nose upfront with slight notes of alcohol and yeast.

T-M- The taste is a smooth and sweet lemongrass flavor with a mix of musky yeast and malts noted. Herbal spice is felt in the backbone. Mouthfeel is slick and highly carbonated making it easy to put down the 9.5% alcohol content.

Overall this is a good showing of the style and is very drinkable dispite the heavy alcohol content... Cheers~!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.57/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #60 (Jan 2012):

LOOK: Pale murky straw

SMELL: Dried grass, passionfruit, peppery, papaya, nutty, yeast, mango, eucalyptus, lemon zest, alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, bitter herb, yeast, dried tropical fruit, vegetal, green peppercorns, lemon pith, boozy alcohol, medicinal, faint broth, bitter, dry finish

A special Saison brewed for the holidays, and perhaps for the winter, as it touts a hefty punch. Not sure if the extra alcohol does it much justice though. Clearly it’s a decent sip, but more of a sharing and pairing offering, as it seems bit lost on its own.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 2002 on the cork. Pours a quite hazy peachy yellow into my glass with a beautiful two finger head of white foam. Good, steady carbonation. Looks great in the glass. Aromas of light toasted grains met by a mellow mustiness. Spicy tones along with a nice mix of light fruit aromas, especially lemon. Good stuff.

First sip brings a grainy, lightly sweet maltiness upfront that is quickly met by a spicy pepper aspect along with a wonderful mix of tropical and citrus fruit tones. Flows down with a slight funkiness and a touch of alcohol in the finish. A bit dry overall, but still tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with an explosive carbonation. This one goes down incredibly easily for a 9.5% abv. A throughly enjoyable saison from Dupont and one of the benchmarks for the style. I will need to get another fresh bottle soon! (As a side note, the final yeast pour amplifies the flavor profile greatly and adds a bit of smoothness as well.)

Photo of shark262
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ML corked bottle

A: high carbonation, belgian lace on sides of glass, white & moussy head that is long-lasting, light orange/tangerine color, very appealing appearance

S: ripe summer fruits: pears, apples, lemons; hay and very slight barnyard funk, no diacetyl, slight sulfur, low to no hop aroma

T: pear and other fruits, pleasant funk, some fusel alcohols from high ferment temp, hop bitterness med to low

M: crisp, high-attenuation, dry aftertaste, very refreshing, alcohol warmth on the back of the palette

D: refreshing and tasty, perfect for summer, alcohol warmth and crisp mouthfeel keeps me coming back for more, a great saison

Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thin bubbly lacing, some stickage. Glowing orange hue shows some action from the carbonation.

Smell: Spicy aroma; black pepper, clove with a phenolic herbal smell. A touch of solvent alcohol and ripe pineapple and mango as well.

Taste: Hugely phenolic, the palate gets hit hard with herbal and medicinal notes. Some hops in there as well as some shaded maltiness. More phenols, raw honey maltiness and an earthened hop. Obvious coriander. Light ripe tropical fruit within the solvent like alcohol. Odd tartness in the end and finishes a bit dry.

Mouthfeel: Rolling crispness builds to a textured smoothness.

Drinkability & Notes: More interesting than anything else, certainly a specialty beer that I’d have after a meal or if the meal was bold enough to pair it with that.

Photo of tjthresh
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1998 Vintage!!!
When I first poured the bottle it was a strw yellow with a teeny tiny bubbeled froathy white head, and a bazillion bubbles climbing the walls of my glass. When I finally got the rest into my glass, I got all the yeast. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing. It has the horsey Belgian smell, with some Granny Smith apples thrown in for good measure. The taste is great. Pepper and apples and doughy yeast goodness. The after taste has a light lingering alcohol thing going on that works well. I would drink this everyday if I weren't buzzing so hard now!!!

Photo of merlin48
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a radiant golden amber body that is mostly clear. Large vanilla head slowly falls into a creamy meringue and sheets the goblet with curtains of lace. What a looker!

Aroma is freshly sliced lemons, floral hops, white pepper and pale malts.

Medium body has a pleasant velvety carbonation.

Taste is dry and herbal with prominent notes of fresh lemons, melon, and white pepper. Floral hops add a complex bitterness.

Not the best saison I've sampled but topnotch.

Photo of Billolick
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ the waterfront ale house in NYC, as the bartender said, "its from Dupont, it smells like flowers and its strong" Poured into a chimay chalice, 1/2 inch puffy head, orangy amber, cloudy, nose of flower, fruits , spice and yeast. Moderate, fine lacing. This is the real Belgian deal, light delicate, flavorful and wait its also 9.5%! Notes of fresh fruits, ginger, juniper, peppery spice, bubble gum, yeasty phenolics. Yum yum-- seek and enjoy!

Photo of mctizzz
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes like a big, dry, bannana, and clove dominant heffe.

Photo of badbeer
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow golden color with a white head that has good retention and lacing. Smells of bubblegum, chamomille, flowers, and hints of pepper and ginger. Light spice, chamomille, clove, and bubblegum in the taste. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Good stuff.

Photo of Byeast
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured a fairly hazed and cloudy paler golden orange color, with a medium head of bright white creamy foam.

Smell: A fresh, earthy, fruity,yeasty, lightly floral and allureing nose, citrus scents, bit of straw like malt, slight coriander spice, and some flowery and grassy hops.

Taste: Full palate of fruity, citrusy, and yeasty complexity, yet leaves me with the impression of being light bodied and refreshing, the carbonation is a bit creamy at first and carries and almost wheaty grain twang for a moment, flash of honey sweetness, then orange peel, fruity and floral esters as well as some phenols on a light and lifting middle, very lightly spicy hop and practically hidden alcohol presence, and a dryish, slightly tart, mineral like, and yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel: full with flavor, overall light bodied.

Drinkability: An outstanding saision. So full of delicous flavors and complexity, as usual the individual tastes became more pronounced as the beer warmed a bit, and i was surprised at all the great flavors that opened up. Even at 9.5%abv it retains those awsome saison refreshing qualities. I need to get some more to cellar, i would proudly bust one out at a special occaison where a toast or good drink was in order!

Photo of Stonebreaker
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden with some ghostlike lacing.

Smell: Smelling like a Belgian Strong ale, estery lemony goodness.

Taste: Lemony sweet and estery but it swings like a pendulum from mildly sweet to very tart, dry and hoppy in the finish. Very unique in this regard.

Mouthfeel: Standard acidicity but with the same swing as above.

Drinkability: Fantastically drinkable at this abv, or period.

Photo of Kraken
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a 20oz pint glass. Label on bottle is different then picture on BA site. The label on this bottle is yellow. Cork says bottled in 2007, no best by date. Beer pours a hazy golden amber, with a nice 3 finger head, that diminishes, mild lacing. Smells slightly sweet with light hopping, grassy. Taste is sweet, with a mild malt body. Sweetness comes on late, with a pleasant hop bitterness. Hints of citrus, slightly hot. Nice long slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pleasant and complex as it warms. Drinkability is a little rough at 10%. Very nice beer, label states that its a New Years beer, which makes it a first for me.

Give it a shot

Photo of pat61
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this both on tap and in bottles. In bottles the natural carbonation stands out more and the tap version tends to be served too cold. Releasing the cork frees wisps of fruit, bread, light apricot, funky yeast and earthy aromas. It pours hazy gold with a very slight orange tint under a 1” milky white, finely bubbled foam cap that persists and leaves rich lace. This has a rich malty, bready backbone lightly sweetened with caramel providing an excellent base for yeast driven fruit - apricot, orange blended with a dash of yeasty funk as it crosses the tongue. Light earthy hops provide balance on the finish and lead to long, lingering fruit flavors. This has a creamy texture with a medium to medium full body and above average carbonation. This comes in a brown bottle so it has less chance of getting skunky than Saison Dupont and some of their other green bottled beer.

Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

Clear golden with a thin white head though it has good and persistent retention. Spotted lacing down the glass.

Sweet lemon, spicy yeast, a touch of funk, some hay and it all comes together very well.

A perfect and memorable combination of enjoyable flavors. A bit spicy, a bit funky, a bit sweet, even some bitterness, all incredibly drinkable, finishes perfectly clean; I could literally drink this all day!

Airy yet satisfying, it's bubbly, yet creamy; incredible!

Near perfect Belgian saison.

Photo of Mantooth
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour @ Milltown in Carrboro, NC (highly recommended), into a Dupont Saison glass.

A: Hazy gold with a deep white head and lazy lacing.

S: Lemons, yeast, pepper and a little vanilla.

T: Lemon peel, citrus rind, lots of earthiness and some spice.

M: Slick, very carbonated, warmth from the alcohol.

O: A very nice beer I'm happy to have happened upon.

Photo of ADR
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 edition...pale medium gold appearance, a slight greenish cast near the top, lightly but evenly sedimented. Nice head, creamy and condensed with a slick appearance and good shapes. Thick laces on the glass. Good aroma, bright grassy notes and white wine grapes, spices of white pepper and mace. Light mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation (more than I usually like). Flavor is as bright and brassy as a new penny, tart apple, stainless steel, tons of unripe fruit and skins. Interesting in that it does have a good balance though it can be missed. Slurry of honey and some funk actually comes later rather than earlier. Alcohol adds yet another dimension. A lot of beer to see here, folks.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avec les Bons Voeux de la Brasserie Dupont - 9.5% abv - Tourpes, Belgium

Appears a slightly clouded honey golden hue with a bright white head, from the 750ml green bottle. White head forms thick and dwindles slowly, forms fine Belgian style lacing.

Aroma has a strong herbal and citrus zest hop profile. A dry bitter hop presence blended with mildly funk yeast phenols. Barnyard, with a nice perfume like nose to it. It's bright and keeps you enticed with each sniff.

Flavors bring out complex layers of malt, phenols from the yeast, and herbal/citric hops. The flavors blend so nicely there's big malt honey biscuit tones with a touch of alcohol and effervescent bittering hops biting the palate. Farmhouse ale at it's best this may be the classic of all Farmhouse ales, I beefed up version for the holidays.

Mouthfeel has some cloying moments but the effervescence is enough to carry the whole experience. Medium bodied alcohol is mild compared to the actual numbers this beer puts up, definitely well hidden on the palate, carbonation is great like champagne for sure.

Drinkability it's hard to believe this style originated across Europe from farmhouse workers who would drink this extremely refreshing complex golden ale after working the land. This is the hallmark for the celebratory moments in our lives grab a bottle of with best wishes on your holiday and let your friends and family be aware of the nuances. this bottles is from February of 2009 and I can't get enough of it.

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