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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

982 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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Ratings: 982
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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DogFood11

California

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml green bottle corked and caged, 2006 version. Poured into a tulip it forms a sturdy, creamy white head that leaves plenty of lace. Golden body is cloudy.

Extremely earthy and phenols are everywhere but at the end of the day the earthy yeast really takes the cake here. I have to note that the appearance is amazing and gets better with every pull. Very rocky and mountainous head that redeploys itself over and over. Earthy and ripe. There is a slightly burnt orange peel type backdrop but its more of an afterthought.

Notes: I liked it. I'm not so sure that the High ABV fits this style very well (regardless of style its too much for the body of this offering). It seemed a bit hot to me compared to other saison's that I've liked better.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 02:28:23 | More by DogFood11
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 11/2/08. Bottle, 2007. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, apple skins, light fruits (citrus) and spices. Flavor is quite similar, lots of yeast, apple, and spices. ''Hot'' and warming. Nice saison (but I prefer the regular Saison Dupont).
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 18:10:20 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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ryane

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden, with a nice thick head that dissipates slowly, leaving lots of lacing.

S - Banana, just like a tropical fruit cup

T - Slight sweetness, very spicy/phenolic, banana and fruit finish that lingers

M - Light body, lots of cabonation

D - A good beer, Im not a huge saison fan, but this is one that would go very well with pork etc

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 23:54:12 | More by ryane
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pecokid

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased the last bottle at Max's 2009 Belgianfest and brough it home. Opened it today to share with my brother. The label is different from the one shown above. Mine is yellow with a big Roman numeral III at the top. Golden color. White head with meringue like appearance. The smell had earthy citrus notes. Amazingly complex flavor that changed with every sip. The first few were sweet and continueed to change till the last that seemed much drier. Mouthfeel was average with somewhat high carbonation. For the $17 dollars I paid for this one 750 ml bottle, the drinkability become average.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 22:49:47 | More by pecokid
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thekanna

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright golden yellow with tons and tons of head. It took forever for the head to settle. Somewhat resembles fresh Westmalle Tripel.

S: Spicy yeasts mixed with a floral bouquet of various citrus fruits, pears, and a faint hint of apples. Some honey in there, complemented by a slightly peppery, earthy note.

T: Belgian yeasts dominate with a an earthy, malty note and overall lightness. Also, throw some fresh cut grass and osmanthus flowers in there. However, I was slightly disappointed by how light and comparably thin the taste was after smelling the beautiful aroma of this brew.

M: Somewhat thin compared to a normal saison. I was expecting more heft out of this 9.5% ABV beer. However,a nice crispness contributes to the overall perception of freshness in this brew.

D: Good for summer days when you just want to kick back with a nice, relaxing beer to complement a light meal.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 04:47:27 | More by thekanna
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of their Jingle Bell Jubilee.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a 1/2 inch white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is somewhat subtle with grains, spices, and some fruity aromas. Taste is of grains, spices, and fruity grape-like flavors. This beer has a crisp mouthfeel with a slightly acidic quality to it. Overall, this is a good saison with some nice spice and fruit aspects.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 19:21:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Three fingers worth of crisp dull white colored head with a slightly rocky top comprised of big chunky bubbles... Excellent retention... Once receded there is a slight collar and thin veil of lacing... The color is a slightly hazed mix of straw and mustard yellow... Gobs of chunky lacing cling to the glass...

S - A mixture of hay, grass, and wheat are first to greet the nose... Some notes of lemon zest... A slight Belgian yeast component... A bit of funkiness... A bit of apple... The scents lend themselves well to one another... Nice complexity...

T - Hay, dried grass, and wheat are at the forefront on the palate... A bit soapy... A light spice component... Some faints notes of orange and lemon zest... The finish takes on a herbal quality with notes of menthol and eucalyptus... The flavor profile improves a bit as it warms, but not quite enough to get it to that next level...

M - Sturdy... Medium bodied... Crisp... Clean... Sharp carbonation bites the tongue... The finish is a mix of dry and chalky...

D - A mixed bag... Very nice appearance and aroma give way to slightly disappointing taste, mouthfeel and overall drinkability... I can't say it's a bad beer, but it's definitely a bit rough around the edges and not one I would either recommend nor partake in again except perhaps the rarest of situations...

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 02:50:30 | More by philbe311
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Jmamay22

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy and cloudy honey color. Atop sits a very frothy, creamy collection of tiny ecru colored bubbles that form an impressive head that leaves thick gobs of lacing down the walls of my glass.

Smells of hay and sweet grass, with a light, but noticeable spice and alcohol content. Clove and coriander dominate the more subtle hints of white pepper. There is a slightly fruity content as well smelling of apples and perhaps a dash of lemon and peach.

The taste is much of the same as the smell, but the mixture of alcohol content and spices can be difficult to handle at times. Clove stands out strong and some of the subtleties of the nose are blown away. No real funkiness, which is somewhat disappointing, but more a question of interpretation. Finishes with a firm alcohol slap.

The feel is luscious in a word and plays well between creamy and light.

The spice and alcohol content add life and zest to the beer, but become tiring on the palette, which hurts the drinkability of the beer. More of a celebratory beer I would enjoy sharing, but would stop after a small single glass. Overall it shows flashes of brilliance, yet also some clumsiness. I had higher hopes, but you could do far worse.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 21:34:21 | More by Jmamay22
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JBogan

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The caged and corked bottle popped open with a huge bang. What followed was a cloudy gold brew with a fantastic pillowy white head which left good lacing. This is a nice looking beer.

Immediately after opening the bottle you are hit with a profound musty aroma. The barnyard comes through loud and clear on this brew.

The is one tastes very yeasty and musty. There's perhaps a slight hint of banana and an even slighter hint of citrus, but that's about it. This is not a complex beer.

Mouthfeel was very nice. Medium bodied and smooth with a good amount of carbonation which left quite a prickly sensation.

This is a welcome seasonal offering from the folks at the Dupont brasserie. I finished off the bottle on my own, which left me feeling nice and warm inside, but that's about all I'd care to handle right now. I might pick up another bottle before the year is out.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 01:32:53 | More by JBogan
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yeastsipper

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this beer for a while, so pop one open in anticipation of a nice holiday meal.

The beer pours an opaque honey color. It is definitely unfiltered, as there are lots of goodies floating around. There is a ton of lacing. I really like the body of this beer.

Smells of clove, spice and yeast. I would hope for more given the appearance of the beer itself.

The beer is very crisp. Compared to the Saison Athene (drunk the previous night), it is much drier and easier to drink, but also less flavorful. There are yeast and bread flavors, but not a lot of fruit. There are pleasant grassy flavors as well.

The mouthfeel is the highlight of the beer. There is a nice body, thick - but not overly so , and pleasant carbonation.

This beer is somewhat dry. It is very easy to drink, and pleasant. However, I do feel it lacks some complexity.

I would really like to try this beer with food. I think it could go well with a number of dishes, and that the foods would bring out some flavors in the beer. On its own, it is very nice, but not as complex or as memorable of some other saisons.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 23:01:25 | More by yeastsipper
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Westsidethreat

California

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dull golden color leaning on the copper side. Head is thick and fairly pillowy, almost pure white.

S: Spicy yeast, cloves, subtle banana, copper coins, minor grass clippings and little bit of bubble gum

T: Really spicy with prickly hops and citrus lows. In a blind taste test, this gets categorized as a triple...unfortunately I don't really like triples. Oh well, lets keep moving. Minor moments of red apple, honey comb, floral manifestos, pink pepper, dry hay, etc. This is a very complex brew, just sitting down and appreciating the flavors pass across the palate is quite enjoyable.

M: Medium body with a full mouthfeel. Slightly prickly at times.

D: Bummer this wasn't falling in the spectrum of some of my more favorite styles or I'd probably really love this beer. But I can appreciate its subtleties and complexities.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 04:55:32 | More by Westsidethreat
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, solid gold color. Thin white head disappears almost immediately.

Aroma of spices, pepper, bubblegum, and some banana. A bit of yeasty notes as well.

A little tart, yeasty and spicy. Some bubblegum and earthy bitterness.

Full body, low carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden. Still, maybe too big for me, for this particular style. Reminded me of a wheat wine, with spices.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2007 21:02:39 | More by Bierguy5
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy but bright golden color with a frothy two plus inches of nearly white head. Head settles slowly and ends up leaving a chunky, uneven lace and a bit of stick.

Smell is rich and aromatic and definitively Dupont. This is the first time I've had this beer but the yeast aromas are just like Foret and Saison Dupont, and are just a bit funky and full of character. Good amount of floral, earthy, musty and fruity hops in this one. Some lemon, apples and pears, bit of grain and a little bit of sweetness, too.

Taste starts off with some fruit and yeast, but then takes quite a turn to an earthy, bitter flavor. The earth and bitterness come to the palate about halfway through and really dominate through the finish. I must say I wasn't expecting the earthiness and bitterness to that degree. Taste also consists of some musty yeast, black pepper and a bit of spicing, and some grain. Not really much residual sweetness. There is some alcohol, as well. Not as smooth and refreshing as Saison Dupont and Foret, but then again it's much stronger and a seasonal.

Mouthfeel is close to full bodied, quite creamy but the bitterness detracts a bit from the smoothness.

This is a good beer, but I don't like it nearly as much as Saison Dupont and Foret. It lacks the refreshing qualities of those beers, and the prominent earthiness and bitterness take away from the drinkability for me. I would love to revisit this when it's much colder outside, as that is the season it is meant for.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 00:07:13 | More by number1bum
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bs870621345

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a nice huge head. Nice lacing down the glass.

Smells very earthy, spicy, and bready.

Starts with a very spiced taste and moves into the bread and earth tones. Finishes very clean, but the warming alcohol just doesn't fit in the beer like this.

Mouthfeel is rather thick but the carbonation makes up for it.

Overall, its fine, not as good as the regular.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 04:16:33 | More by bs870621345
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 bottle.
Pours a translucent bright gold in color. Frothy foamy head sitting atop the beer. Some yeasty chunks floating around in the beer.
Smell is surprisingly funky. Good amount of funk and just a hint of sourness.
Taste is belgian yeast, good natural funk. Very full and creamy on the mouthfeel. Very high amount of carbonation. Could use a little less carbonation and the mouthfeel would be great.
Good beer

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 02:00:13 | More by FtownThrowDown
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Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before October 2015.

Bottle opens with a very satisfying pop. Pouring into a glass results in a hazy light orange colour with tons of thick white head. Plenty of carbonation visible in the glass. Sporadic lacing on the glass.

Nose was a very faint yeast smell.

Taste is a light honey sweetness, with some yeast flavor at the end. Yeast flavor is a bit more musty tasting than most other saisons I have sampled. Dry finish.

The sweetness vs dryness is very nice. The mustiness sort of mellows over time. Overall, this is pretty good, though not quite as good as the Dupont.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 19:13:08 | More by Seanstoppable
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t420o

California

3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DuPont Avec les Bons Vaux

A- Pop!! Cork goes flying off. Pour produces a large 2-1/2 finger white head with great retention resting on a slightly cloudy light golden body. 4

S- beautiful doughy yeast, lemon, lemon zest, grainy, green apple, spices. 3.5

T- similar to the nose lemon zest, doughy, grain, bready and slightly funky yeast notes, spices. Finishes slightly dry. Alcohol is barely detectable. 4

M- active carbonation. Very effervescent. 4

O- a very good Saison but a little over spiced for me. I enjoyed the regular Saison DuPont much more. Much better at near room temp it balances out a lot more 3.5

High B

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 00:31:03 | More by t420o
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silverking

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- cloudy gold with a huge off white head. Head retention is good, with clumps of lacing.

S- saison funk, spicy hops, banana, orange, and a decent alcohol kick on the back end.

T- bitter hop profile, barnyard funk, orange peel.

M- refreshing, light bodied, crisp carbonation.

O- enjoyable, balanced.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 05:14:00 | More by silverking
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on a cold winters evening with friends at home. Ahh, bliss...

A. Fat, thick, fluffy head foams up atop a sea of hazy gold ale clouded with sediment. The head falls from the center first, caving in on itself. This is good lookin' stuff.

S. Sweet, spiced sugar malts and light fruity esters tease the nose as a mellow clove smell rises up. Very much like Saison Dupont, but seems less bold while at the same time a bit more complex. Earthy / metallic hops here, too. Pretty good, nothing out of the ordinary.

T. Mm, yes... Avec Voeux is a crisp, dry, sweet ale with a good amount of spice and a tart yeast bite. Peppery and ever so gently warming. Sweet and full in the mouth, mildly hoppy and all around delicious.

M. Nice vibrant carbonation similar to Saision Dupont. Finishes clean and dry, earthy and spicy.

This is a good beer, very synergistic and quite nice to drink. Not amazing, just real solid Belgian beer here. Give it a try if you like Saisons.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 14:34:31 | More by kkipple
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, copper-hued body with an inch of off-white foam.

Smell: Aroma smelling of bright citrus, tangy wheat, spices, apple peelings, and a sweaty, floral hop character. I must say, the funkiness coursing through the nose is fairly restrained.

Taste: Union of citrus, orange peel, and grassy florals. Tart and reasonably bitter even at the start. Some malted wheat, apple, and even flecks of sweet toffee begin to emerge midway. Hint of alcohol, a thoughtful reminder of the 9.5% contained within. Sip of still mineral water. Never more than a mild funk component. Some honey and sour lemon arrives late. Light touches of funk and sourness on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness.

Drinkability: Displays tons of distinct flavors and subtle complexities, but for a winter seasonal, I find myself looking elsewhere and for a saison, well, I honestly prefer the standard Saison Dupont. But I certainly appreciate the "best wishes" from Brasserie Dupont (right back at'cha!).

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2008 01:21:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
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YankChef

Louisiana

3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into watou goblet

appearance: nice golden burnt orange color with an aggressively pillowy head and carbonation, after poured the bubbles arent terribly aggressive, nice thick sticky lacing

smell: some lemon citric notes as well as some sour and funk that farmhouse yeast i suppose

taste: Very complex flavors going on here , citric sour, yeasty bready and on the long linger finish there is some citrus, their is also a pretty strong bitterness which caught me off gaurd tastes almost tannic which is interesting. Alcohol is evident but not strong, i have tasted lower abv beers that had stronger alcohol flavor than this

overall: An interesting beer with a lot of complex flavors, i dont think its one of my favorites since i llike the more sour stuff but certainly enjoyable, plus im drinking it in the summer and its meant to be drank in the early winter, that bitter tannic finish brings the drinkability way down for me

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 03:42:25 | More by YankChef
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unHipHopHead

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Avec Les Bons Voeux 3 (2008 printed on cork)

Once the cork popped some super bubbly foam came out like champagne. The first gentle pour was 95% foam. After I let it settle for a few minutes, the foam was still there but the actual beer came flowing...

The first actual glass of beer was clouded with lots of sediment, the taste was on the musty side... The foam was also out of control for about 30 mins. My lesson with this one was give the beer some time, its been locked up for 2 years.

Once I let it settle for a while and after I put it in the bottle in the fridge for about 5-10 mins the sediment began to settle to the bottom allowing the second glass to pour perfectly.

A: Pours a cloudy medium light orange with some dense consistent head. The tulip glass I poured it into kept the carbonation shooting from the bottom center to the top.

S: Herbal and balanced spice aromas. Almost fruity and peppery.

T: Some mellow pepperiness. Mellow fruity sweetness like that of a fruity loose leaf tea. A good deal of yeast taste as well.

M: Lots of carbonation, very smooth.

D: Very drinkable, super refreshing and delicious. Dangerous indeed.

TIP: If cellaring this one, store upright to minimize sediment.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 07:12:15 | More by unHipHopHead
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden with a large lasting head.
Aroma shows typical Belgian doughy yeast with related spicy phenols and a little lemon. Very clean, not much noticeable malt.
Similar flavours, with lemon, citrus and some alcohol. Finishes quite dry.
Nice high carbonation and light body - very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 07:54:22 | More by CrazyDavros
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grassrootsVT

Vermont

3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at monks:

A seasonal beer with good wishes intended...supposedly, according to the owner of the distribution company, this one clocks in at 10.5%. It's only slightly apparent, mostly dictated by the slight aroma and detection of candy sugar. Very little nose detectable - actually gave me a lager-like aroma. This may have been a result of the draft version - neglecting the bottle condition. It was poured a cloudy golden color, rather brilliant, actually. The higher alcohol does not come through in the taste - it is straight and to the point - pleasant and massive in its delivery mechanism: end of the year cheer. The low carbonation compliments the full and dissipating mouthfeel. I could drink this beer until i fall off my rocker.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2005 15:57:06 | More by grassrootsVT
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 on the cork

Whoa - big Belgian farmhouse funk at the first pour. It fades into almost nothing as the beer warms and settles, but it's rich and almost overwhelming at first. Light and toasty Cheerioes-like grain aromas eventually come out along with the citrus rind hops. Those same hops dominate the flavor with a sweet, honey biscuit note in the middles before a somewhat harsh lime and citrus bitterness rolls through to finish this beer out.

This was a great beer, but frankly I'd prefer this brewery's Saison Dupont and Foret. Still worth a try if you dig saisons.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 01:18:04 | More by tempest
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