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4.1/5 rDev -1.9%
Yes, a replacement for champagne. Even non-beer drinkers will like. Like a good French white wine, nicely carbonated, with lemon and zest and vanilla. Good combination of hops, spices. Nice white head that stays. Crisp aftertaste.Great and unique saison.
03-28-2004 02:56:57 | More by Sammy
3.73/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
12-11-2011 19:21:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.43/5 rDev +6%
Pours a nice straw color with a good white head and some lacing. Smell is quite funky and with some citrus notes thrown in as well. Taste is quite similar. Quite spicy and hoppy for the style. Fairly dry mouthfeel, and somewhat light. Good carbonation. The funk persists throughout. A nice twist with excellent drinkability.
09-18-2010 20:43:58 | More by Thorpe429
4.18/5 rDev 0%
A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a massive three finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of yeast and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is quite earthy and has flavors of grassy hops and spicy yeast—the spices particularly stand out in the finish. There are some slight hints of alcohol.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is a moderate to high amount of dryness in the finish.
O: Considering its strength among other beers in the style, this beer isn’t that difficult to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. It is a nice saison to drink on a cold winter night.
03-24-2012 02:37:24 | More by metter98
4.55/5 rDev +8.9%
2006 vintage. Rich honey with a hint of orange. A stationary cloud of fine yeast is being buffeted about by a generous amount of carbonation... that settles down within minutes of the pour. I love the look of the beer, but the sticky alabaster crown is a typical bit of Belgian magnificence.
I've been able to appreciate the room filling aroma since beer exited bottle. The nose is incredibly complex and doesn't contain much, if any, farmhouse funkiness. I'm fine with that since I can't drink wild ales every day. As far as aroma specifics... sugar-coated grain, sun-ripened orchard fruit (pears, apples), musky hops and a potpourri of warm spices.
Avec Les Bons Voeux is everything that I'd hoped it would be. It falls a half-step short of my favorite saisons, but it's still an exceptional Belgian ale. Perhaps I'll change my mind once I'm closer to the bottom of the bottle than the top. One of my first impressions is of alcohol (since it isn't often noticeable in a beer of this style). An ABV of 6.5-7.0% is easy to bury; 9.5%... not so much.
Bitter effortlessly supercedes both sweet and tangy. In fact, the beer is barely sweet at all. I can appreciate a honey-like flavor, without the honey-like sweetness. This Brasserie Dupont offering seems to be built around hops and spices. Each mouthful is a dizzying blast of bitter grass, lemon zest, white pepper, ground clove and coriander. There's also a delightful undertow of banana and bubblegum. Like I said... complex in the extreme.
I'm leaning toward awarding flavor perfection. The only thing that's holding me back is the alcohol. If the brewery would knock a few percentage points off the ABV, it would be an easy call. This is a tremendously drinkable, tremendously quenching beer because of its dry, crisp nature. Drink quickly at your own risk, however. Since I don't plan to drive my desk chair anywhere in the next several hours, I'll be fine.
There's no quibbling on the mouthfeel... it's simply stunning! Only the Belgian masters could create a beer that's so ethereally light, yet so creamy smooth and so expansive. Each mouthful blossoms in the mouth as if the laws of physics no longer apply. I find myself taking sips just to appreciate what happens tactilely.
Avec les Bons Voeux de la Brasserie Dupont, the beer's full name, translates as 'with the best wishes of the Brewery Dupont'. Thanks Brasserie Dupont. And thank you for this incredibly delicious, world-class saison. It may not be the best I've ever had (Fantome Saison), but it's close. Really, really close.
09-02-2007 21:26:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.2/5 rDev +0.5%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow body with a marshmallow fluff head that leaves prodigious amounts of lacing
Smell: Funky, yeasty, melon, passion fruit, coriander and hay
Taste: Starts with a spicy coriander laden yeast bite that grows fruity, herbal and phenolic; peppery, spicy with some solvent alcohol, too, although some additional herbal tones sneak in at the very end
Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy with some warming
Drinkability: A nice blend of a variety of complex elements
03-12-2006 03:52:56 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev -4.3%
Bottle: Poured a hay blonde looking beer with a huge white foamy head with great retention. Aroma is dominated by the floral yeast with some good strong malt also present. Yeast is very noticeable as you start sipping this beer and malt mix with spices also become more apparent as you drink. Funky aspect is quite present thought not as much as the Veille Saison Dupont. Still very enjoyable and alcohol is not detectable.
03-30-2005 19:25:47 | More by Phyl21ca
4.5/5 rDev +7.7%
A medium yellow, strong straw colored beer forms a rocky, stark white head that persists beyond the session and laces wonderfully all the way. Only a mild haze keeps it from brilliant clarity. Strong efforvescence gives a lot of life to the beer and tickles the nose as the first sip is taken.
The beer begins with large fruitiness (lemons, apples, white grapes, oranges, pineapple, and mangos) and sweet pilsner malts (bready and fresh). A light tartness and sweaty note blends wonderfully into a spicy, peppery, earthy taste that increases in hop flavor, bitterness, and earthiness as the beer fades into the finish. Spicy phenols give hints of cumin and white pepper while the alcohols add power to the warm alcohols and amplify the bite of hops.
Delightfully sweet and full up front, largely because of the full carbonaiton that lifts the beer from the tongue. The fizz gives a medium prickle to the mouth and helps to dry the beer in the end. Though dry in the finish, the beer's fruity and sweet memory returns in the aftertaste and never interferes with the spicy and dry finish.
It's great to see how these classic Saisons give a clean spiciness and fruitiness while retaining a dryness from mid-palate on. With just enough musty Belgian character to create intrigue without dominating the subtle yeast character is what separates these from immitators.
09-14-2009 02:29:05 | More by BEERchitect
4.13/5 rDev -1.2%
Vintage 2005 750ml bottle served at 50 degrees and poured into a nice New Belgium Snifter
A - Poured a nice bright and extremely hazy amber orange color with nice hints of softer yellows mixed throughout, very nice tone. Very cloudy and hazy with a good amount of sediment mingling around, especially toward the bottom of the bottle. A very nice three inch high head of foamy white lace rose up over the top and crested up above the glass, hanging around for a good few minutes before finally settling down and leaving behind a good half inch layer of lace across the top and a very nice side glass presentation with tons of dripping foam all over the glass. Very nice and full look.
S - At first the aroma was rather light, so I gave it some time to warm up and let the nose open up on it. By doing this all sorts of very nice little subtitlties started to come out and this really started to take on a very nice presentation. Lots of yeast was apparent from the very first smell off the top. There loads of hints of delicate fruits, peaches, plums, even some raisins could be picked up as well as some light notes of apples and spices that were hiding out just under the surface. A nice light grain base was starting to come through as well as some frsh grass like smell, very complex yet still a touch light. You had to search around for this one, but once you found it, it was so worth it. Very bright smell would be the best way to describe it. At the end almost a hoppy nose stating to come out, and a touch of sourness to it, really very nice and complex.
T - The flavor was a classic Saison all the way. The first thing I noticed was how light and smooth this one was coming across, really light and full of fruity flavors. The yeast was really taking a dominant role here starting off with a very nice infusion of apples, peaches and pears to lighten in up and provide that nice little twangy pop right in the front. These were layored over a very nice and light grain backing that had just the slightst little bit of grittiness or earthiness to it. As it warmed some faint hints of plums and raisins started to come through and provide a little bit of the darker side of the fruit flavors started being represented in a very nice way. There was a certain little bite to it, especially in the finish that was sort of a sour frsh grass like flavor if that makes any sense, it was sort of hoppy in a way, but not really. There was also a nice bit of spiceness that started to come through as well, notes of nutmeg, cinnamon becoming players here and even giving it a bit of a tingling on the lips. Very nice and complex.
M - The feel was stellar, very rich and creamy and never relly getting dull, but at the same time staying light enough as to not be too filling and full. The carbonation was great as well staying lively well into the last glass off the bottle. The smooth creaminess giving away to a short crisp finish, very nice.
D - An ideal sipper this was really a nice way to sit and enjoy the evening. The alcohol was very well hidden an was honestly never an issue here as I did not look to see what it was until the end and would never have figured it for over 9%. The flavors were very well balanced and the finish clean giving you that feeling that you really needed another sip. Nothing bad I can say about this one here.
Overall this was an excellent example of the style, never getting dull and consistently offering more and more complex flavors the further into it you chose to delve. I would gladly have this one again anyday as it was truly excellent and very much lived up to its repuation. Glad I finally got a chance to try it.
01-21-2008 01:47:45 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev -4.3%
A: The pour is a hazy light golden color with a fluffy white head which sticks around for most of the enjoyment process.
S: There are plenty of the typical saison aromas of spice, yeast, lemon, and perhaps even a touch of farmhouse character.
T: I did not find the normal pepper character to be quite as noticeable here, which to me, is a plus. A fair amount of coriander, lemon, citrus peel, and a mild funk.
M: The body is medium with a full and creamy carbonation.
D: A nice beer, and surprisingly strong at 9.5% ABV. The flavors were good, but a little less refreshing than your typical saison.
02-17-2010 07:38:19 | More by womencantsail
3.58/5 rDev -14.4%
Single finger head with excellent lacing on a cloudy golden body. Very light aroma with mostly lemon, wheat and yeast. Flavor is more on the musty, herbal side with hints of clove, lemon tartness finishing with bitter hops and grains and wheat. This one is very oily coating the palate with a very dry finish. Light body and moderate carbonation. Not very fruity. Not as drinkable and many saisons. Worth trying but wouldn't have again.
12-26-2012 20:32:17 | More by kylehay2004
3.83/5 rDev -8.4%
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!).
12-27-2008 01:21:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev -4.3%
This beer poured out as a slightly hazy looking yellowish color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of some light barbyard aromas are in there along with some funk and floral breadiness. The taste of the beer is yeasty and has a light amount of lemon to it. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and bubbles up a lot in your mouth. Overall this beer is quite good. Definetly worth trying.
08-16-2011 02:56:29 | More by Knapp85
4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
12-12-2003 01:59:23 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev -4.3%
Appearance: A cloudy and hazy straw-colored ale with aggressive carbonation. The first pour creates a 2-inch head that slowly settles into a small cap.
Smell: Banana, pineapple, yeast and lemon - it shows both sweet and tart qualities.
Taste/mouthfeel: Fruity and wheaty at first, similar to a Wit or Hefe Weizen. Carbonation is soft but ample. The finish brings out out long-lasting notes of citrus and hops, with a peppery bite and a slight tang. Complex but somewhat astringent and boozy.
11-15-2007 23:27:06 | More by largadeer
Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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