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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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1,172 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,172
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 85
Gots: 108 | 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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Photo of soulgrowl
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lightly hazed straw yellow body with a poofy white head of large bubbles that stands tall at first, but soon collapses under the weight of its volatile ABV.

Smell: Loads of bubblegum, some very ripe banana and pear, freshly air-popped popcorn, sweet pale malt and candi sugar, cream soda, mild but snappy floral hops, and a slight gin-like alcohol. Nice. Very clean and lagery, without much of the farmy funk I expect in a saison.

Taste: Sweet and kinda boozy in a very Belgian way. Surprisingly bland, with a weak yeast profile and blasé, one-note malt foundation. Hops are mild as well, yet they contribute the most flavor here, kinda citric and bitter with a snap accentuated by some spicy alcohol and an unusual quinine-like character. Finish is dry with a rush of sweet-and-spicy flavor followed by a lingering tang of hops, yeast, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Frothy and chewable, with carbonation that hits exactly the right note in terms of zip. Somewhat thicker and more syrupy on the palate than most saisons I've had. It's dry, but I feel like it should be dryer.

Drinkability: Since this is so strong and a bit heavy, this drinks more like a tripel than a saison. It's not bad, but it lacks depth which wouldn't be so much of a problem in a smaller saison. A beer this big needs to have some savorability to it. This isn't a bad beer, but in my opinion the original Dupont is much better.

Photo of jhu1995
3.37/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork said 2005. Pours a straw color with a huge, fluffy white head. Nice lacing as well. They don't look much better than this, particularly for the alcohol content. Smell and taste were somewhat disappointing. Smell had strong scent of alcohol, which overpowered most of the other aromas. Some faint spiciness was also noticeable. Taste was average. Alcohol was at the forefront with mostly spicy/peppery flavors following. Became pretty easy to drink after the first few sips, especially for being 9.5% ABV. Not a bad beer, but definitely prefer some of the other versions of the style.

Photo of Patrick999
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Seemed a good day to finally pull this one out of the fridge and give it a go. Loud pop of the cork, 2006 vintage.

Appearance is exactly what I expected - cloudy gold body under a big old head.

Nose really opens up as it warms - lots to pick out....the lovely musty back-corner-of-the-barn smell recognizable from Saison Dupont and others, lemon, spices...a pungent field of weeds. Can detect a little alcohol. Interesting, now I get a pretty distinct cooked oatmeal smell coming through, with the final yeast pour.

Taste to me seems a lot like a regular Saison Dupont but with added kick ("Imperial" Saison?") Lots of spiciness to be had, alcoholic and otherwise, Lemony hops amid funky yeast and alcohol in the finish leaves a trail of unripe fruit residue in the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Aggressively carbonated with quite a dry finish, it never feels all that heavy, a nice feat given the size of this beer. Almost a bit thin, but this seems to suit the beer very well.

Drinkability - Exceptional for such a big saison. Share it with a friend....but you're probably gonna want the whole bottle, trust me. Great beer. Basically a perfect beer. Very little more I can ask of this one. Drinkable enough for the average Friday evening, but more than classy and refined enough for a special occasion. Would pair well with just about anything. I'm sad to see this nearly all done. I love saisons, and this one just kicks ass. With this beer, the world comes into focus. I think my liquor store has a few more bottles of it...a tip of the hat to the brewer. In the words of the PGA Tour, "These guys are good."

***UPDATE - I feel compelled to review a 2009 bottle....drinking on 12/20/2009, this is easily the freshest bottle of Avec Les Bons Voeux I've ever had. I'm going to take a fresh look at the beer that really got me into the saison/farmhouse style, my favorite style.

Knowing a little bit more about beer than I did when I first reviewed this, I wondered if this was really a saison at 9.5%. I poured. Yeah, OK, it looks like a typical "Liquid Sunshine" saison. Smell? Definitely all saison. So perfumey, and so HOPPY too...oh man, I think I love this even more so fresh. A few sips confirm it....this is all saison, and a hoppy one at that. It's beautiful. I'm bumping the taste up to 5. Lot of Saaz or Goldings....this is one of the hoppiest saisons I've ever had.

***Further note, I do not suggest aging this. I had a 2004 not too long ago, and it was something of a sweet mess. Gone was the amazing perfumey dryness. In its place was a sweet, gooey Cointreau flavor. If you have 'em, I say drink them. There's not much to be gained by aging this, as good as it is fresh.

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

a holiday saison;
a little stronger than
the norm
tart country spice and lemon
with pepper grass hops
mention
phenols of medicine herb
and a warming recur
as the finish lingers bitter
to a wild sharp spice nectar

primary feel is well balanced
and blended together

smells of phenol yeast spice
with an air of sweet bite

taste is nuanced:
complex

mouthfeel: warm
sting and refreshed

drinkability is high
for the ABV
presence

good stuff!

Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice sweet malt aroma with slight wild and barnyard accents. Fairly clean and simple, actually for style.
From top of bottle pours very clean with big white head that settles with tons of residue and lacing . Clear golden color with lots of rising bubbles.
Really clean tasting without the extra’s getting that involved. Nice malty flavors with yeast qualities more as background (at least initially). Only slight sourness. Mild bitterness. Yeast flavors increase in time and offer pleasing mild spiciness.
Rather thin body, without being thin. Softly carbonated and on lower end despite huge head
Very drinkable, although maybe just too rich, but goes down easily and nicely. Unbelievable well hidden 9.5%. There are no alcohol qualities to the flavor or aroma. Quite rich, which makes it difficult for multiples.

Shared a gift of one brother with the other brother (who actually received the gift). Thanks to both of yahs.

Photo of ElGordo
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750ml, corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. A single finger of creamy white head rests on a cloudy, golden-orange body with a bit of suspended sediment and some lively carbonation. Interesting aroma of tangy yeast and mild citrus notes, with a whiff of clove and hops. Palate is a mix of sweet malt and funky yeast up front, with citrus and Euro hop notes coming through mid-palate. The malt becomes sweeter and more assertive at the swallow, ending with a fairly dry finish. Mouthfeel is creamy, lively, and just about perfect. Highly drinkable for such a strong ale. While I may not feel as strongly about it as some of my colleagues (maltmaster420 calls it a "desert island beer"), I'm very pleased with this one.

Photo of illidurit
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Probably my best pour ever; the goldenrod liquid rises just above the Duvel logo and the head stretches 3 fingers upward to create a perfect convex cap just above the rim. Nice ample lacing too.

Smell contains notes of lemon, green apple, yeast, coriander, grass, vinous grape.

Taste evokes earthy lemongrass, straw, excellent spiciness, light breadiness, orange peel, unripe pear.

Mouthfeel is great, a very refreshing beer. Between thin and medium bodied. The alcohol is never really tasted but the warmth of it is pleasant.

Drinkability is wonderful, I had no problem polishing off the 750.

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 BeerAmbassador
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML , Cork says 2005
Poured into a Saison Dupont glass.

Appearence- Pours very carbonated with a huge fluffy white head and long retention. Very similar looking to Saison Dupont but this one has more sediment bouncing around with the bubbles.

Smell- Almost like a white ale, spicy corriander notes but with a much more pronounced alcoholic backbone. A bit of fruit as well, maybe green apple?

Taste- Spicy,sweet, grassy and yeasty, finishes dry with an alcohol punch.

Mouthfeel- Typical of the saison style, very highly carbonated with very small, tight carbonation. Almost creamy.

Drinkability- This is a beer that I could drink quite a bit of if it werent for the higher alcohol. I like Saison Dupont with food, but this beer might be better on its own after a meal.

Overall- I really love this beer, I like the style in general and this one stands out with its alcoholic strength and spiciness. Alot of higher alcohol beers nowadays are really sneaky and the alcohol creeps up on you, not so with this beer and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to nouseforotacon.

750ml caged and corked


One LOUD POP of the cork. Pours a nice slightly cloudy yellowish color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger plus creamy white head, tons of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of malts, hops, belgian yeast, pears, grapes, and spices. The taste is sweet/tangy, malty, yeasty, grassy, and spicy. Medium body, a complex brew. Drinkable, Saison's are not my best style of brew, so I cannot drink alot of it.

Photo of jettjon
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decants from the 750ml caged cork bottle with a pop. Date stamp appears to read 3/06; cork is marked 2006. Into a cervoise, a hazy peach/orange body contains intense, Champaign-like carbonation that slowly settles down but never dies away completely. Carbonation fuels a towering whitish foam pillow that fades away slowly to a thick mushroom cap and lots of heavy white sheeting along the glass. Absolutely gorgeous beer. Nose of spicy coriander, light fruit like apples, citrus hops, and bready yeast. Taste is clean and light with a light fruit/apple base and semi-dry light syrup sweetness, hints of citrus twang, subdued spice, fresh bread, a light but definite warm alcohol presence nicely integrated, and a mild, dry hoppy finish. Great flavor complexity and subtlety here. Mouth is deliciously smooth, wet, clean, and light with tingling carbonation, not too heavy despite the lively action going on in the glass. It’s also thirst-quenching. Drinkability is outstanding; this is an enjoyable, crisp, light, and refreshing brew to enjoy on a spring or summer day. 9.5% ABV is there but is very well masked; just keep that in mind.

Overall: An outstanding Saison and an outstanding beer, period. This beer represents the best of the white ale style to me: crisp, light, balanced, and consummately enjoyable. This is one of a very few of the 350+ beers I’ve reviewed so far that I’d stock up on.

Photo of Viggo
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, purchased at Sams in downtown Chicago.

Pours a very cloudy yellow/gold, looks like a weissbier, huge thick white head forms, stays forever, great lacing and retention. Smell is very sweet, malty, wheat, spices, very yeasty, nice citrus kick, pretty crazy aroma. Taste is toffee and butter, citrus, very yeasty, alcohol through the middle, wheat, crazy flavours, very dry bitter finish, very spicy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Maybe overrated in my opinion but a real treat.

Photo of ojiikun
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a '2006' cork and a aged-yellow label into my corsendonk goblet. Body is a deep amber and completely opaque, first a clean clouding but a chunky suspension by the end. The final pour had pea-sized clumps of yeast. Head is a white and soft as foamed milk and though it falls quickly, it never fell to less than a few millimeters. Unexciting lace.

Smell is dry champagne and fruity booze. Clean traditional yeast smell rides in on seltzer and cherries. Very, very fresh smelling but not astringent at all. Merest suggestions of cool indian spice.

Taste is more champage and warm light malts. Spice opens up to the warmth and becomes cinnamon and cardamom in particular. Touches of lemon and sawdust. Middle body is surprisingly sweet, though the finish is a bit tart - like fruit ripening in reverse. Finish is blueberries and vanilla and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is remarkably clean for the body and very remarkably mild for the strength. Has so much latent yeast the last glass can be downright gritty if you like to swirl your pour.

Like most trip/quads, the warmth of the booze makes this a nontrivial drink, but the smell and taste are just carried so well on it that you don't hesitate. Very true to it's style, but with a bit more backbone, this is an insane value for under ten bucks.

Photo of ccrida
4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"Les Bon Vouex" - Best Wishes indeed! Dupont really nailed it with this one, wow - this is one fine beer! Poured from a 750ml bottle into my St. Feullien chalice, the saison is a hazy orange with a pillowy, 2 finger white head, which sticks around long enough, fading to surface skim and a bit of scattered lace. The label was different then that pictured, it has an older parchment look, and has a big "III" before the title, wonder what that represents? Had this not been a bit more straw colored, it would be a perfect 5.
The aroma is very minerally with a bit of sugar, booze and spice, classic saison. As it warms, it goes from moderate to strong, in a very enjoyable way. Sweet and sour, this is what I want,saison or not.
The taste was smooth and very complex, fantastic! I should say this is one of my all time favorite beers from my favorite style. That said, I've had it before, so there is not a first impression bias here. The flavor had notes of brett funk, tart fruit, phenols, a firm dry bitterness and lots of bicarbonate. It is peppery, yeasty and musty, with notes of straw and honey. I love the dry, mineral finish of saisons...the fact that they were able to maintain all of that and still amp up the richness is a perfect example of why Belgium brews are so highly regarded.
The mouthfeel is spritzy and medium bodied. Smooth as velvet yet still tangy and lively, I could swish this all night.
The drinkability for this is about as high as it gets. Fabulous at the first sip, and an infinite amount of layers to peel back, as approachable as it is, the Avec Les Bons Voeux is made for the enjoyment of the true connoisseur . From what I understand, it as originally made as DuPont's special New Years brew for the staff...lucky dogs!
Bottom line, this beer is the bomb...there are very few I'd choose before this, Fantome Ete of course, and regular Fatome, particularly on FRESH draft. If you see it, grab them and save for a memorable night of enjoyment! I chose this last bottle for watching Pitt lose the Sweet 16 to UCLA, *sigh*, at least it was Jamie Dixon's mentor, Pitt's last coach, Ben Howland. Still sucks!

Photo of haz77
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A – Pours a clear bright gold, with a fluffy white head. This drops slowly to a rocky mound and has excellent retention. Masses of carbonation.

S – Pineapple, green apple, tropical fruit, slight funk, plasticy phenols, bubblegum.

T – The solvent and phenolic flavour lead in, before a dark sugar/caramel flavour appears. The tropical fruit moves forward, then the beer sharpens towards then end with a pleasant astringency. Aftertaste is green apple, and gives slight pucker.

M – Light to medium smooth body. Soft carbonation.

D – Very tasty. The alcohol is exceptionally well masked. Highly recommended.

Photo of guitarmage
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange, frosty and pale, big foamy white head with caked on lacing, looks very inviting.

Smell: Very aromatic, fruity, suggestions of banana bread, cloves, barnyard, apricot and yeast.

Taste: Wheaty sweetness, banana bread and cloves, funk, is overtaken by a big grapefruit citrus bitterness and alcohol warmth, the bitterness sticks around past the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Cool and crisp with a creamy and foamy background feel, very nice, luxurious, and easy to drink.

Drinkability: A really dynamic saison, more alcohol and bitterness than ones I've had. It's like a quirky hefeweizen in flavor. Mouthfeel and appearance are highlights.

Photo of
4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle.

Hazy, dull orange liquid. Large, rocky, white colored head. Appearance doesn't do much for me.

Things rapidly improve as I inhale. Belgian barnyard present, but not very strong. Lemony-citrus scent. Candi sugar. Spices, maybe coriander. Grass/herbal notes.

They improve more with the first sip! Nicely bitter - lemon - which lingers well into the aftertaste. Alcohol/phenol taste. Candi sugar deep & buried, but picks up with the temperature. Tastes more like honey as it warms. Clove and pepper. Grass. This beer is way too complex for me to describe properly.

Medium bodied, with high carbonation - they work well together. Quite dry. Alcohol warming kicks in nice & quick.

A very complex saison. Bitter/citrus more than sweet. I will definately look forward to having another.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this '06 version up at Knightly Spirits in Orlando...a must visit if you are in the area. I would save this beer and review it later, but I am on my motorcycle at Bike Week right now and damn-it...I need some room in my saddle bags. Oh well...here we go.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy orangish golden color with a steady cascade of bubbles rising to the top, but the head is a small and consistent 1/4" of white foam. Even five minutes later the bubbles are still rising to the top, and the head may have actually gotten a bit bigger in that time.

Aroma: My first impression of the flavor was really bready and citrus like, but it gets more earthy really quickly. I get tons of fruit, and there is something in there that is unmistakable...but I can't put my finger on it. It reminds me a bit of the way a packet of Smarties sweet tarts smells with the dry and almost powdery impression yet with a bunch of fruit mixed up. The aroma is really complex on this beer. It almost takes on a bit of wet hay as the beer warms up to room temperature.

Taste: The flavor is also really complex and has many layers. I get a defined spiciness in this beer that I didn't pick up in the nose. The breadyness is also really defined in this one. It does give an impression of lemon cookies with a bit of a spicy bite. I really don't pick up the 9.5% ABV in this one, but I am sure that it will be apparent after I get through this bottle. I pick up the spiciness and a little bit of warming in the belly...but no warmth in the throat.

Opinion: All I can say is WOW! This beer is no doubt the best Saison I have ever tasted. There are so many dimensions to this beer that I am sure that if I sat here for the next two hours (I can't because checkout time is in about 1 hour) and drank it, that I would be able to pick out something every time I took a sip. I would love to be able to make a beer this complex, and I think that I am now inspired to try. I wouldn't say that this beer pushed me over the edge to where a Saison is my beer of choice over a Tripel, but this one is really good.

Photo of grub
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one with me. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and caged.

pours very hazy yellow with a huge flufy white head. drops very slow and leaves tons of clumpy lace.

aroma is nice. yeast. lots of spice - clove and corriander. lots of funk and a little sourness. bit of bubblegum.

taste is good. massive butterscotch flavour. alcohol. yeast and spice, but the butterscotch dominates. light bitterness. almost no funk. no sourness. bit of caramel. a little sweeter than expected.

mouthfeel is good. above average carbonation. big body, more than i expected.

drinkability is good. somewhat balanced, but the alcohol still comes through fairly strong.

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

This is a sexy sleek saison. Nearly opaque orange/copper/yellow color. Some yeast floating aimlessly as well as many tiny carbonation bubbles. Thin, whispy dull white head pours large but fades and then retaings itself nicely. Some sticky lacing is left behind.

Spicey is what you get a full frontal of here. Corriander, with toasty side notes. Very fruity, lemon, hints of blood orange, thick yeast, and earthy, barnyardy freshness.

Densely complex with great carbonation that fits the beer too a tee. Bitterly dry finish with some alcohol in the chest. Highly acidic. Velvety smooth and in your face. Full of spices, rich and delicate alike. Very yeasty with bready aspects. Again barnyard is the name of the game with lemon and cantaloupe dominating the mid palate. A beer that you could keep pulling more and more out of with time.

Photo of DogFood11
3.71/5  rDev -11%
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.

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

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's, served into a mini Chimay goblet.

Beautiful murky straw color with a nice white head. I've had this beer in the bottle too, and it does not disappoint served in either form.

Lots of things going on. You've got a good amount of fresh straw/grass flavor. Some nice toffee. Hints of spicing with coriander and the like. Maybe a tiny bit of citrus. Wonderful, creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Rich tasting. Tastes both thick, yet delicate. Absolutely not cloying. Finish just leaves you begging for another sip. Drinkable? Oh yes - a beer this interesting and so well done is extremely drinkable.

Excellent, excellent saison. And a very unique take on the style. It really is a Winter saison, with more body, stronger flavors and the like. If you haven't had it, go and pick some up. Recommended.

Photo of cbl2
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2/10/2007 $8.49 750 mL 9.50% Best by 11-07 stamped on label, 2006 stamped on cork.

Appearance:

Pours a hazy orange with a tornado of carbonation within my Petrus glass, that yields a head of over 2 inches that is tightly interlaced, and refuses to settle.

Aroma:

Notes of pear and apple with a tinge of barnyard funk and peppery spice.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Very smooth considering the amount of carbonation. Faint pear flavors are tempered by a rather pleasant, yet biting bitterness that is coupled with a dose of black pepper. Finish is dry, and warming at the same time, as the alcohol makes its presence known. A pleasant, easy to drink beer, though not truly exciting.

Photo of Phatz
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks very much to Akorsak for this generous gift.

Appearance: This is an absolutely gorgeous Saison. It pours a luminescent golden orange color with a huge white head and all the lacing you could want in mt snifter glass.

Smell: Bold lemon and spice as well as biscuity bread malt load the nose with a very aggressive aroma.

Taste: This is a bold beer. It is intense in it's Saison coriander spices but also a well hopped beer, but I am not a big fan of the band-aid phenols.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and warm from alcohol. Quite carbonated and phenolic.

Drinkability: If you like this kind of Saision it is still : 9.50 %. Not a session beer.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,172 ratings.