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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

983 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 983
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%


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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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silenius

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites and oh so hard to get!

I brought back this 2003 bottling from Belgium. It was one of the three beers I was determined to find when over there.

Poured into a Duvel tulip it shows a hazed golden orange color with a BIG foamy yellow-tinged white head that laces the glass rather nicely.

Smell is complex with may esters and phenols. I get spices and cloves, banana and minty lime, lemon cream and pepper, dark caramel and figs. Wow! More like a tripel with a pepper spice kick than a Strong Pale Ale.

Taste is Dupont product for sure. I get that green hoppy skunk bite (in a pleasant way) with honeyed bananas, white pepper, figs, and who knows what light spices (even though the bottle says there are none in it - must be the yeast). Truly amazing.

Mouthfeel is the best bar none. It is so creamy that it almost feels more like a mousse than liquid.

Extraordinarily drinkable until I fall on the floor from too many!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2005 02:34:59 | More by silenius
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whartontallboy

New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2004 edition.

Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a big foamy head that holds well and leaves a moderate amount of lace in my chalice.

Smell is incredible. It's got a yeasty funk in it, to be sure, but there are way too many fruits to count in there: crisp apple and pear, some peachiness, hints of lemon, orange, and tangerine to go with a light coriander and honey smell. Quite good.

Flavor is quite fruity with the citrus coming to the fore....lots of lemon and orange, but also good doses of apple, yeast, pear, and a sharp tartness that really makes things dance on the tongue. The alcohol is well hidden, but kind of peaks out as it warms through the dry finish.

The mouthfeel is incredibly light and just perfect....it feels like my tongue is doing a little dance with the beer. Combined with the fruity tartness of the flavor, this is quite an effect.

If this is 9.5%, it's the most drinkable beer I've ever had. The alcohol barely, and I mean barely, comes through in the finish. It's incredible.

Overall: Quite a nice saison. Just exquisitely crafted and extremely delicate for its heft. I'm really glad I found this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 03:29:25 | More by whartontallboy
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Zorro

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3/4 Liter bottle received from dnrobert24 and 2MBBIF.

I get a loud pop and a healthy amount of carbonation from the cork upon opening. Cork has 2005 on it as the bottling year.

Poured in to my Duvel Tulip I get a peachy golden colored beer with a trace of chill hazing. Powerful and voluminous white head almost is too much for my glass. Absolutely perfect looks for a Saison.

Smell is strong almost like a lovely flowers and spices perfume. Strong flowers combine with an intense spicy aroma. Strong coriander and black pepper aroma accents a very floral Saison.

Taste is quite dry and very floral and spicy that is my first impression. Hops are not at all hidden here and show themselves as a stiff drying bitterness in the aftertaste. Strongly warming in the chest but not the mouth, you will not be drinking two bottles of this by yourself. Flavor is all flowers and hay with coriander and black pepper. A very well executed beer that nails the style perfectly.

Mouthfeel is full crisp and drying, only thing left behind is a taste of flowers.

I always worry when I give a beer very high marks as to whether my sense of taste might be out of whack but not with this one. Pretty much a perfect Saison, throw away all that champagne and serve this for special occasions. Only possible flaw here is that the alcohol level won't let you drink a lot of it at once.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 21:58:03 | More by Zorro
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koolk

Australia

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Version 2.007

Using a massive Burgundy wine glass this pours a dirty orange with tonnes of floaters and a strong, tough white head that persists all the way down.

Complexity in a glass: spices of ginger and pepper, fruits of bananas and mouldy white stone fruit, a strong herbaceous edge and a faint whiff of funky socks and sweet Belgian stench. Oh boy - complex, deep and brooding - Maybe the best beer I have ever stuck my nose in.

Palate is representative of the nose - spicy & racy with a wonderful sweet n' sour edge. Bananas, citrus and honey. Great flavours, great edginess but oh so pleasant. Hides the 9.5% abv perfectly.

Mouth feel is A1. Creamy, full, luscious, acidic, tart, so well balanced!!! So superb. Insert comment about drinking this and cows coming home.

Words will not do this beer justice. In my eyes, this is almost as good as it gets (I say "almost" because one never knows). It is like a beautiful mixture of wine and beer all wrapped up in a perfectly balanced brew. I found myself asking my house mate if he was sober enough to go back to the beer store to get more! God bless the people that made this. And at only $14 a 750 (are you f'ing kidding me!!! here is oz?) it is a steal.

Rumour has it that this ages well...worth it? we will see! Fantastic stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 08:43:32 | More by koolk
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Absumaster

Netherlands

4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best beer I have ever tasted, there is simply nothing wrong with it, smell is great, taste is supercomplex, appearance is nice and super drinkable. Every sip is enjoyable!
It pours an excellent golden yellow orange color with a stable head that is fed by a constant stream of (a lot of) carbonation.

Smell was excellent, lemon zest and slightly acidic, hops off course and some fruity green apples.

First taste is hops, sort of cannabis like and a green taste, grass or italian herb-like. Then the fruity and floral part, with flowers, green apples and other exotic fruits, like pineapple and mango.To finish it off, there is a malty backbone, in a vienna malt way.
Mouthfeel is dry and body is medium to low. I suspect some lactic acid to be in there. Although it sounds like a serious attack of the tastebuds, everything is quit mild.

This is a wonderfull beer, without a doubt, I have never given these good reviews to a beer, this beer is great in smell and taste and is highly drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 21:21:55 | More by Absumaster
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant, cloudy yellow gold with plenty of head and yeast in suspension. It looks like the Saison Dupont Vieille Provision. It doesn't smell like it, however: the nose holds much more in the way of zesty hops, candi sugar, pilsner malts and a ton of phenols with that fruity Dupont yeast, which throws some lemongrass and orange (maybe burnt orange zest?) into the mix. On the palate. this is a heavy saison with plenty of residual sweetness that could use some time in the bottle to dry out. Still, the flavors are great: smooth, pale malts, creamy orange-and-spice, phenols in the mid-palate. Growing hop bitterness, with orange blossoms, toward the finish, which is dry and refreshing for such a big beer. Mouthfeel is thick and full of fine carbonation. I wonder if it will thin out as the beer ages, but it's still pretty great. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. It's kind of like the Vieille Provision dialed up a bit, but there's nothing wrong with that. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 03:57:03 | More by geexploitation
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sinistrsam

Maryland

4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I had this out of a bottle at the Eulogy Belgian Beer bar in Philadelphia. It was poured by the bartender in front of my eyes and had a wonderful slightly-cloudy pale yellow body and a great white head. Mild carbonation is evident.
Not much in the nose at first but it reveals its complexity as it warms. Reminiscent of white wine and champagne, th smell encompases eevrything from tart apple to grass and lemon. Very mild but lovely, and balanced extremely well.
Yeast and citrus cominate the taste, but once agian this is mild. Vanilla and wood, floral and herbal tastes. This is what expect a farmhouse to be. This can be called the archytype as far as I'm concerned. So much going on here that I have a hard time discerning all the flavors and aromas.
The dry and sweet tastes play back and forth but the dry seems to win, if only by a little. Light-bodied and a perfect ammount of carbonation. You could forget you're drinking a beer here and think you had been poured a flat (not in a bad way) champagne-like dry white wine.
The drinkability was given only a 4.5 because of the ABV; as a few others have said, you need to take into account what needs to be done the morning after you drink this. This is literally so drinkable and full of complexity, that you could taste something differtn each time, and therefore open several bottles in an evening. Beware if you do that.
Overall I will support this beers high rating; this is truly outstanding and something I will actively seek out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 19:27:49 | More by sinistrsam
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aerozeppl

New York

4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml 2005 Vintage

A: Poured with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Super sticky lacing.

S: Very musty nose up front.Then some nice fruity esters with hints of pineapple and banana. Little bit of funk as well which I was hoping for.

T: Nice subtle tartness up front. Then it has that nice earthy taste followed by a powerful sour yeasty taste. You actually get a touch of hops as well. Finishes with a blast of fruit. Very nice saison. Very complex. Tons of funk at the end of the bottle.

M: Nice light to medium body with some stickiness. Carbonation was really nice.

D: Damn is this good with 3 years on it. The last pour with all the yeast in it was sublime. Tons of funk. Excellent beer. I am sure the 3 years on the bottle did not hurt.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 18:37:45 | More by aerozeppl
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 bottle, I believe. Has yellow label with roman numeral 3 on it.

Clearish, deep golden body with straw edges. Voluminous, cumulus, rocky, cotton-white head. Very nice lacing. Complex, very aromatic nose. Rich, sugary, cotton-candy notes mix with sharp sea air, horse blanket, fresh-mowed grass, wet hay, and a whiff of fruity alcohol. I could smell this dizzyingly complex beer all day/night!

Lemony-tart bitterness and Saaz funk goodness up front. Sour apple malt turns sweeter and sugary-er mid-palate. Some tropical fruit and pear sweetness in there, but never gets too sweet. Overall this remains a mostly dry beer. Lemon citrus bitterness increases in the finish and becomes more herbal, resinous and numbing. Alcohol is present and warming. Picking up some leftover powdered sugar too. Slight tart/sour barnyard funk throughout lets me know that this is still a Dupont creation. Slightly more complex than the regular Saison. Medium-bodied with a smooth, tiny-bubble feel. Would be nice to be able to get this year round. As it is, this shall become a winter staple for me!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 23:50:57 | More by alexgash
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Byeast

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 03:15:33 | More by Byeast
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Avec les Bons Voeux de la Brasserie Dupont! Vintage 2006.

Cork pops substantially and that dupont dank smells comes roiling out. i swear when you open this beer you can smell it across the room. Pours a straw yellow with orange tints and a very, very slight haziness. Good head that retains quite well. The nose of the brew is by far one of the most aromatic out there. Smells of light fruits maybe pear and settles into a nose of belgian yeast and spice. The taste is incredibly delightful with notes of apple and pear and that saison flavor that only comes from belgium. the apple flavors really come out in the finish and especially in the aftertaste. Great spice yeast and hop mixture and even a little fructose sugar taste. The carbonation is perfect and not to abrasive like you would find in some saisons. Slides right down the throat. If I couldnt read i would not beleive there was 9.5 abv in this fantastic farmhouse. By far my favorite saison, think it would be wonderful with another year or two under its belt. the most drinkable saison ive ever had, and the best and most noticeabley lingering aftertaste of any brew ive ever had. Great choice!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 04:36:20 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow-orange brew with big cloud like head. Hazed.

Orange, hemp, spearmint, clove, and some medicinal aromas.

Starts with orange peel, green apple, marijuana and pear. The spiciness of this brew quickly takes over. Cloves, pepper, asprin, spearmint, and a whole lot more that is hard to put into words. The body is relatively big and there is some alcohol in the finish. The finish is dry and zesty.

One of those beers that any fermentation enthusiast must try at least once. I recall many years ago, before I was obsessed with craft beer, picking a few bottles up because of the intriguing bottle and price tag. I was amazed by the flavors within. Ever since I have looked forward to this time of year so I can buy a few bottles.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 01:52:01 | More by bosco7
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sloejams

California

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is always a personal favorite this time of year. Saison Dupont pairs well with just about all food, so can be said of this which is why it's easy to show up with a bottle or 2 no matter what the occasion.

It has a straw yellow cloudy color with a prominent head. Orange zest, lemon and coriander dominant the smell. The taste is crisp with slight sweetness, the flavors being funky - some wheat, lemon and clove. Very refreshing with a slight creaminess, even.

Very tasty, grab some this time of year while they last.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 00:41:34 | More by sloejams
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this 25.4 oz green bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. The body was rich gold with a light haze. The head was huge and settled brittle.

Smell was clean and citrusy. 7-Up spritzy. Sweet-Tarts or Pixie Stix candy. Hints of a bicycle inner-tube (?).

Taste was complex and delicious. Mineral, earthy. Peppery. Drying, yet some sweetness blossomed as it warmed. Very well hidden alcohol. So easy to drink.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with tiny, zippy carbonation bubbles.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 13:34:07 | More by Cresant
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hwwty4

Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a corked and caged 750ml into my Hennepin globe glass. This beer pours a rich, hazy golden with a massive 4-inch head that lasts for days and leaves crazy lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is amazing. I don't think I've ever had a beer with this much aroma. After I opened it up the aroma wafted through the entity of my kitchen and living room. Massive notes of lemon zest, pepper, yeasty biscuits, toast, grassy hops, coriander with just a hint of banana underlying the aroma. Also there subtle notes of funk along with just a hint of sulfur that I think probably comes from the green bottle but adds just another layer of complexity to the beer. The flavor is just as remarkable. As complex as any saison I could want. Massive lemon zest, apple skins, ripe pears, grains, yeasty biscuits and just a wee bit of funk. The funk is a bit toned down form the nose. The sulfur is still there though, once again adding more to it then subtracting. My biggest issue is the alcohol content. Its really hard to hide 9.5% and it shows through just a little bit. The mouthfeel is exceptional. I've never had a Saison that is that creamy and smooth but at the same time it just doesn't finish dry enough or me. This is always my biggest complaint with Saisons. I want them to finish bone dry. Overall this is a exceptional example of a Belgian Saison. Absolutely beautiful.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 01:27:14 | More by hwwty4
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Matta is such a stellar individual Clear liquid gold wearing a foamy, frothy, rocky gigantic-sized white head. Very carbonated body. Gotta love such a complex aroma that never hinted at being not as great as expected by me (who still recently fell under the charm of their Dupont Forêt). Ultra farmy, dry and yeasty, very yeasty obviously like all other Dupont. Lovely barny and spicy hints. How can you not love a fine Saison. Bone-dry (made me think of chalk at times) with awesome white wine aspects. Deep spice profile includes coriander, basil, pepper, thyme, mint, sage and just various other herbs. The first sip proposes a malty attack with lots of dry hay, some apple and so much yeast. Finish is dry with a grassy hop bitterness, but remains restrained and balanced. Aftertaste comes back to haunt me with suggestions of dust and spices and that scores big points with me. So herbal, so intense and no alcohol to speak of although there's a charming warming effect. Body is medium, quite carbonated, mouth-cleaning for sure and lightly tart at times. Marvellous Marvel. I'm truly impressed and in great thirst of Saison for the rest of my days. Help me!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2004 03:02:34 | More by Rastacouere
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Large corked and caged bottle, poured into a goblet.

It is a reasonably clear, golden brew with a nice foamy whitish head, with great retention and lacing; later in the evening I pour the yeasty bottom as well, and that obviously creates a lot of haziness.
Aroma is funky, straw, earthy and grassy, along with some citric fruitiness and spiciness.
Impressively easy to drink, with well-hidden alcohol, but crisp and creamy in the palate, with the same yeasty, earthy, grassy, orange and pepper notes expected; with the addition of the bottom, some added yeastiness (but I believe it was better without the sediment). Finishes quite dry, asking for more.

This one went great with olive oil/pepper basted steaks, but I can imagine dozens of dishes to pair with it. I need more of this...

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 02:24:50 | More by brdc
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found at the Blue Nile. (reviewed from notes)

This beer pours a foggy golden peach with an egg shell film for a collar.

Smells of creamy, powdery yeast with some black pepper and cream, pears, cranberries, peaches and a crisp but sour pineapple. There's alsoa soft orange juice with a dry grapefruit rind that fades into a light soda CO2.

There's a soft creamy yeast here that reminds me of heavy cream with ginger, black pepper and grapefruit rind. This peppery ginger lingers long into the finish.

Feels silky clean and dry with a light hidden and creamy carbonation.

I could stand to drink several of these. This one's a quaffable treat to be sure. The subtly of this one is remarkable and the seamless blend of flavors makes this one a legend.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2008 02:17:29 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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raoulduke37

California

4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely new to the beer advocate and therefore beer geek scene, therefore feel free to disregard this "amateur" review. This was the best beer I had at Toronado SF. Almost brought a tear to my eye. Taste and mouthfeel are definitely strongpoints. This is not one to miss if it comes your way.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2009 04:42:44 | More by raoulduke37
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atigerlife

Hawaii

4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Elegantly Lovely. That is the best way to describe the beer.

Took off the metal cork retainer and the cork shot off like a rocket...I guess those metal things do serve a purpose.

Tons of small carbonation rising. 1 finger white creamy head. Good retention. Dark orange/golden. Beautiful.

Aroma is apparent from far away...hay, floral. Farmhouse. Sweet. Peach and citrus.

Taste is of peach, apricot, grassy. Sweet. Citrus. Many light flavors bouncing around my mouth.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, a very well made beer. Delicous. Good with food. Very easy to drink [maybe too easy given the ABV].

Update 3/3/13: Just had another bottle. 2006. Still wonderful. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 17:08:32 | More by atigerlife
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

head is fantastic. nice orangy color, though a little hazy. decent lacing

succulent hoppy aroma. almost some mint going on. leather, apricots (better yet...apricot fruit leather), fenugreek, anise. lusciously herbal

fine hop flavor with excellent yeast flavors. lemony, but otherwise not what i would call a fruity beer (which is a little surprising, given how strongly it smelled of apricots). bitter and only elegantly so. i think i taste the cork a little, but i'll allow it

welll....that is a spectacular brew. the depth, the class...i could drink it for a year and find something new to say each day

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 02:35:02 | More by bruachan
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WetCoaster

California

4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Absolutely lovely clear, deep gold/pale orange with a slightly off-white head. Booming, rocky berg of foam with excellent retention. Extremely fine carbonation. Not amazing in any way, but absolutely spot-on for the style.

Smell: Hells yeah. It's... everything. It starts honey and rich, than boom, floral, with a super-sweet gardenia/jasmine summer evening punch. But we're not done; then the fruit comes. Peach, apricot, plum. Mild hops. Herbs. Bit of the old horseblanket farm funk, white pepper... just awesome.

Taste: Well, I mean, after the aroma, there's no where to go but down, and it doesn't quite hit every point. That doesn't mean it's not great, though. Sweet and smoooth. Velvety peach nectar, followed by a herbal coriander/rosemary bite, a bit of white pepper, and a surprisingly assertive hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Tight and just right, a bit heavier than the average saison, bit still crisp and nice.

Drinkability: At 9.5, a bit too much to drink much of, but just a joy otherwise and (at my local store, anyway) $10 a bottle? A STEAL. Great beer on all levels.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 02:51:41 | More by WetCoaster
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- crazy loud pop as I effortlessly pull out the cork. Upon pouring, my tulip immediately fills with an expansive white foam of uniformly sized bubbles that quickly form a leathery skin on the surface. The head is not moving. It just refuses to go anywhere. I guess I'll just sit here and stare at it. The body itself is a glowing yellow lemony apricot and when the foam finally subsides, the glass is crusted over with delicate lacing accented by thick fingers of leftover foam.

S- the nose is very similar to the vielle but with more emphasis on fruit. Lemon and bitter orange, mango and guava, mild banana and pineapple, clove and cardamom spice. The slightest hint of band aid and barnyard add another layer of yeasty complexity. Nice melon sweetness also along with faint pale malt way in the back.

T- extremely fruity with an elegant balance of sweet tart and bitter. Banana, sweet basil and latex are prominent, with other tropical fruits residing somewhere out the way. It's not funky so to speak, and honestly I would appreciate some of that, but the phenols are alive & kickin and so are the alcohol esters. Alcohol is pineapple and floral like fruit blossoms and I'm sure the hops also have a hand in that with their grassy and flowery citrus bitterness. Tropical tart-sweetness lasts well into the finish, finally giving way to leafy hops and alcohol dryness. I may have forgotten to mention a light base of cracker like malt.

MF- deceitfully light although the alcohol provides a silky body worthy of merit. Bottle conditioned perfection here. Bubbles sting the tongue. Crisp and delightfully dry.

D- an amazing strong saison with more overall character than the weaker versions I've had from DuPont (vielle, avril) although naturally the strength begets less drinkability. An incredible beer and well worth the $11 price tag.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 02:12:09 | More by hustlesworth
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 750 ml bottle to tulip glass. This beer is crazy active and produced a four finger head from a relatively gentle pour. Head is fluffy and eggshell in color; beer is cloudy peach. Head's got big bubbles in the center giving it a fluffy appearance, and as it makes its slow pillowy descent it leaves webbed lacings along the glass and excellent lacings eventually atop the effervescent brew.

Nose: Citric tart and sweet at the same time. Classically saison (and delicious). Very faint traces of Christmas spices, lots of lemon and yeast.

Mouth: The malt is thick and slightly bitter with a nice roast character to it. Bitterness is well balanced with some yeasty sweet and spicy flavors and citrus acidity. Reminded of the hops by the gently prodding fresh cut grass flavor. Mouthfeel is incredibly bubbly and prickly and consistent all the way through the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 19:46:55 | More by clickpush
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Varkias41

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml 2002 Vintage-
Poured a light gold with heavy carbonation and a huge, whipped egg-white head. Took some time to enjoy watching the head slowly rise higher and higher as the bubbles danced furiously underneath. Garden nose jazzed up with some spices and just a hint of hops. Not sour as I expected, instead a mellow, rich yeasty flavour especially present in the finish. Mouthfeel was moderately smooth with some definite warming. Very satisfying and relaxing. Would pair well with a light reading and log fire.

Serving type: bottle

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