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1,132 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,132
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 84
Gots: 95 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002)
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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange golden with a light off white head and moderate lacing Aromas of bubblegum, wax, bananas, and cloves. Taste starts out with hops up front followed by a pleasant waxy creaminess, a little cherry fruitiness, and a late hit of hop bitterness and an aftertaste of faint cloves. Mouthfeelis dry and slightly tannic throughout, but with a nice creamy finish. Very drinkable, especially for the alcohol.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a hazy pale orange color with a thick, creamy, fluffy, off-white head. Lacing is complete, and leaves large chunks along the sides of the glass. The aroma is of citrus, orange, earth, and yeast. The taste is like the aroma, but a little more bold. The mouthfeel is outstanding for a saison. It is very silky and smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation. Overall, this is one of the better saisons I have had, and I will certainly drink it again.

Photo of numenor1
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 Edition

Pours light yellow golden and very hazy with a very large rocky white head. Smells of peaches and hay with a slight yeasty funk.On the palate, this is really difficult for me to pin down. Starts with an initial stab of spice (clove and coriander) immediately followed by absolutely oppressive fruit driven malt. Somewhat citrus, slight mango, grape, peach and faint banana. This backed by a very full earthy aspect, hay, grass and yeastiness. Through the finish this is spectacularly bittered and dries out. Not to say that it's particularly bitter or overly dry, it's not but it's gorgeous. Spice again becomes evident along with a nuttiness and everything fades against it's backdrop. The finish is LONG, lingering forever. A very tight, flavor overall yet with great depth and complexity and slight tartness throughout. Body is medium, but the carbonation is high and very fine, making it very light. At 9.5 the drinkability of this is amazing.

Not a very rustic saison, but in a more plush style. Not my favorite saison, but supberb and as well made as any with exceptional balance.

Photo of cjgator3
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 edition.

Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden orangish color with a good sized white head. The aroma is nothing short of phenomenal. The aroma is citrusy and spicey with a lot of fruits and a touch of barnyard funk that I have come to love in good saisons. The taste starts pretty tame with a nice malt presence that quickly gives way to a musty and spicey finish with a perfect dose of hops! The only real detraction of this beer are the medicinal notes and phenols in the taste that affects the drinkability a little bit. Overall, this is a wonderful saison that is definately recommended.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional saison, from one of the masters of the style. I enjoyed it quite thoroughly.

The beer pours to a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a nice half inch white head. Retention is alright. The head stays to a film after a few minutes of receding. Lacing is alright as well. Carbonation looks good.

The smell is just as I would expect. Brilliant banana esters with a complex spice profile. Only a hint of barnyard funk, but it's there. The flavor carries on quite nicely. Sweet banana esters up front fading into a dry peppery spice. Finish of moldy hay and sweaty socks. That sounds horrible, but it's quite tolerable and to style.

The body is quite creamy with a crisp carbonation. Very drinkable for such a strong beer. Highly recommended for a saison lover.

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

On-draft - served in snifter-type glassware.

Appearance: A bit hazy with a thick white head with strength. Color is a bit like orange lemonade. Very inviting.

Smell: Very similar to a citrusy wheat beer with a very malty character. Definitely bready.

Taste: Sweet malt up front, not much in the middle and a peppery hop flavor in the end. Very smooth and clean. This brew hides the ABV very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied as expected. Good carbonation and the complexity of flavors feels good.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable for the style, maybe a bit above average overall. Might be hindered a bit by the peppery finish, but I like that.

Photo of ruleof72
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice Orange color with super creamy white head that hangs around
S- Citrus forward (orange/lemon) with slight wheat? following
T- med strong hops with definite citrus/grassy flavor, mellows out quickly. Alcohol well hidden
M- Nice carbonation and medium bodied.
D- goes down well, needs to be chilled a bit. Good with earthy/stronger flavored foods.

This was a nice beer. I am learning to appreciate Belgian beers more and more.

Photo of dotlikeimpact
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Green champagne Style bottle with a label that looks like the 100th thesis that Martin Luther nailed to the church door. Cork says 2005, oops it is almost 2007! interesting...

Rocky, frothy white head and a lovely orange glow to the body.

Smell: Citrus and pine with a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Lordy Lordy, good initial sweetness and citrus fruit, but the midpalate and finish goes into a nosedive of spice, ginger, allspice, of course coriander and some nutmeg as well. Lots of love for a dry finish on a 9.5% beer. Alcohol almost undetectable.

Great one, much better than the Saison Dupont, which seems one dimensional compared to something like this. This beer is lovely with some of my favorite stanky washed rind cheeses, get yourself some livarot and go to town with this one.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good, hazy, saison looks. Like a pale yellow honey sun look. maybe the nectar of the Belgian Gods??? Couldn't see any bubbles. Light lacing and small head, but good film throughout. One of the sweetest smelling, yet authentic saison's Ever. Lots of very sophisticated candy smells along with the pale malts and light sytgian hops. Smooth mouthfeel that just begs to be paired with some unique Belgian food like Monkfish. In a creamy garlic sauce with some shallots.

Photo of phisig137
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle I have has a different label than the one in the picture... mine loks like a "vintage" style label, modeled after something from the 50's or so. nice classic look to it. But the beer pours a slightly hazy straw gold color, with a two finger brilliant white head. Solid retention slowly gives way to delicate lace, and colonies of bubbles on top of the beer.

Aroma is very saison-y. Yeasty, spicy, bready and dry. smells quite good to start with.

Flavor is very dry from front to back. Upon first sipping, you taste mostly the yeast, with bready flavors. The middle is full of spice and phenols, mostly black pepper type flavors. The finish is very hoppy, and quite bitter. This enhances the dryness of the beer overall, and just begs you to take another sip. No alcohol detected. Mouthfeel is coating but relatively light, mostly due to the carbonation. Drinkability is excellent.

One of the better Saisons that I've ever had. This is a totally different beer than the typical Saison Dupont. Very enjoyable overall, and highly recommended. Pairs excellently with roast pork tenderloin and twice backed potatoes.

Photo of clickpush
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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

A- Huge pretty white head on a pretty clear golden orange body. Looks like lots of carbonation. Good head retention. Good decent lacing. Does take a while for it to even get to the lacing though.
S- Big European floral grassy hops. Has some spice and some fruits. Some light citrus and cloves.
T- I'm not really sure if I'm going to be able to describe it with really getting out the right flavors but I am going to try. Some fruity flavors like banana and a hint of orange and lemon in there too. Has some spices along with the fruits. Has a yeast taste too. A grassy flavor with a light bitterness that takes a back seat. The alcohol is almost none existent which is hard to believe at 9.5%. However as it warms a bit there is a very light taste of alcohol mixed in with the fruits. The fruits and spice and the light dry bitterness gets left in the mouth. Flavor are all very strong and make a very complex beer.
M- Body is on the thinner side. A medium carbonation but seems to get lower as warms. A nice crisp brew. With almost zing left on the tongue from the spices.
D- This is a truly great beer. Does it beat a Fantome? Thats a very close call. Just a GREAT! beer. Must be one of my favorites. What a great choice for NBS! CHEERS!

Photo of Prufrock
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, corked and caged, into a thin pilsner.

bright hazy yellow gold with a nice layer of fluffy white head. some lacing along the sides; the haze increases with each pour until the last serving is murky with sediment.

spicy, funky aroma with a subtle honey sweetness and a lemony sourness. subtle, balanced aroma.

flavor is similarly balanced. same honey sweetness and a spicy bite, then an astringent, sour and tart drying finish. alcohol is nicely hidden; comes off as a very drinkable, balanced beer, if not quite memorable or world-beating.

Photo of GooberMcNutly
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle about a year old. Pours light with way too much head. I could never pour more than 1/4 glass of beer without filling the rest with head. Head like iron that never goes down.

Aroma was light, slightly sweet with a hint of citrus and spices. More spice in the aroma than in the beer. Flavor was moderatly malty with essentially no hops character. Didn’t finish as dry as the other Dupont Saison.

Photo of mzwolinski
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2004

At 9.5%, this is the strongest of Brasserie Dupont’s lineup. And I’ve got a whole 750 ml all to myself. Poor me. (Or is that, “pour me!”)

Crisp pop upon opening!

Cloudy, orangeish peach in appearance with a swirling eddy of carbonation and a thick off-white head.

Grassy, slightly lemony aroma. Invigorating and refreshing!

The malt body is understated and at first serves merely as a stage for a slightly spicy, herbal, floral hop presence. Slightly peppery at the finish. Tartness is minimum. Malt develops a slightly chewy, doughy character as the beer warms. Exquisitely balanced. God, how the hell is 9.5%? You’ll feel it long before you taste it (though the alcohol flavor does spark up a bit as the beer sits).

Lovely, well carbonated but substantial mouthfeel

Yeast pour adds a hint of farmhouse funk to the aroma and an easy depth to the flavor.

What a great beer!

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

It pours a cloudy orange, like apricot nectar. Three fingers of fluffy white head ebb slowly. Arched aqueducts of lacing water the inside of the glass.

The aroma granted a rounded swirl of grain sweetness, twisting with berry, vanilla, mandarin irange, and a mere sprig of mint. An air of tart apple clove spice, and tangy yeast dances around an ether of alcohol.

Upon tasting, there comes an initial brush of light malt and grain sweetness that brings along some mellow citrus, biscuit, and berry fruit. Clove, coriander, and some estery apple dry out the middle considerably to allow a spine of warm alcohol to ease through. Spice and fruit blur with residual grain toward the close, and then the finish is a crisp taste of Granny Smith. It's complex enough to intrigue, and blended so well it flows seamlessly.

Medium bodied, it fills the mouth with a refreshing crispness that virtually caresses the palate.

Simply, it's a splendidly enjoyable blend of the best things in beer from Belgium. It appeals to each sense it touches, and it finishes the show with a fresh, drinkable flourish. The ABV is credible, and the sole limiting factor of note, but it's a pleasant warmer. With best wishes, it delivers on its salutation.

Photo of pjwilson
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: poured this right after I brought it back from the store, so the yeast was mixed in bassically. bright orange color that is completly imperrivius to any light. giant head that takes up over half of the wine glass, looking like lemon merrange. lacing is slowly left beyond. looking very dupont. bottle is very class looking as well, would do well at a fancy dinner.

smell: smelling lots of pepper, that dry smell that I get in the other dupont saison's. the yeast is providing tons here. good, but not too much complexity. yet i love that pepper smell, so good.

taste: the first taste is almost underwelming. then you realize how good this is and how much restrait is in the taste.the grains get a chance to shine, of course backed by the yeast and "a kiss of the hops." I,m tasting melon, rum, and sugar. the end of the finish brings a dry bitterness typical of saisons, only this one is less dry than either foret or regular dupont. no trace of the 9.5 alcohol, which is great, i don't really enjoy booze taste so much.

moutfeel: very light, as light as any beer i've had. it doesn't feel watery at all. it feels almost lighter than water somehow.

drinkability: damn hard to use restrait on this one. this is not a sipper, it just goes down so smooth. everytime i time i take a drink i'm tempted to drink the entire glass, which i end up doing a few times. nothing wrong with that but 9.5 is a strong one.

i love saisons and this may be the best i've had yet, if not one of the best beer's i've ever had. I can see this becoming a staple. The second half of the bottle went extremly well with Mexican food. (i'm sure it would kick ass with Thai or Vietnamese as well.)

Photo of mjc410
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Belgian tulip.

The most explosive cork I've ever seen hit the ceiling and ricocheted across the kitchen on opening this monster. The pour yields a two inch head, slow to fall. It leaves thick lacing as it does, too. It's quite rocky, and the color of butter pecan ice cream. Color is a very slightly hazy golend yellow, with very active carbonation. Nose is of sour apples, cut grass, sugar, and diacetyl. First sip yields spicy floral hops with nice bitterness, which moves through sugar and sour apples to a warming, somewhat dry finish. Aftertaste is full of nice grain flavor, very malty. Pouring in the yeast of course mellows the flavor, and makes the beer near opaque.Mouthfeel is medium-light, but with very high tingly carbonation. Marvelously warming in the belly. This is a marvelous saison, my new favorite in the style. Pairs excellently with spicy food, as well.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle. Cork has 2005 for date.

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Voluminous white head, dense and rocky. Lacing on the glass that resembles...well, it looks exactly like Belgian lace. Smells of lemon and sweet spice. Orange zest.

Taste is rich caramel and molasses. Hints of vanilla. Oaky with sherry notes. Lots o' alcohol as it finishes. Very dry finish, dires out quick from all the richly sweet flavors up front. In the finish, one taste comes out again and again: Juniper berries. Not sure if they're used but I couldn't get them out of my head. Mouth is dry and full bodied. This beer's a treat. I want more and I want more to age for a couple years.

Photo of fisherman34
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 vintage. Rich gold in colour with strong carbonation. Delicate aromas of floral and grassy hops, spicy yeast, citrus fruits, and barnyard. Surprisingly peppery in the mouth, with some alcohol notes becoming apparent. In this sense, it was very much tripel-like. More funk and citrus flavor notes made their way into the mix as the beer warmed. A bit heavy handed in the alcohol and yeast department flavor wise, but still a good saison... my 29th bithday beer.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this in 750ml bottles at the Hopleaf in Chicago. The first one we opened was completely skunked, absolutely undrinkable. The bartender was cool and opened a new one for us which tasted initially good (much better compared to the first bottle), but was still slightly skunked. I'm guessing light damage, why don't they just use brown bottles!?!

It was highly carbonated, and had some floating yeasties. Beyond the skunk I could smell some grassy aromas, and the taste included some honey-like sweetness and coriander. It could be really good but tough to tell.

Photo of bditty187
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy, pale sunshine in hue with a straw influence; the shading is absolutely lovely. It is perfect! Who said a great looking beer needed to be dark and intimidating? Massive frothy head, there was easily four fingers of foam at the apex. Head retention was very good; slowly the bubbles subsided to a thick, chunky cap. Lacing started before I even took a sip, which I love. A small cap lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was widespread, disorganized… it is a webby maze. Overall, this is one lovely beer. It is flawless.

I love Saisons. I love Dupont. All it took was one sniff and I fell in love with this beer. It is awesome. There is a summer breeze… very airy with perfume from apples, pears, lemon zest, apricots, and a subtle array of tropical fruits. Marshmallows, kisses of cloves, plus there is an herbal sprig, with pepper at the end. Vaguely alcoholic at the back, I even detect a trace of maltiness. The bouquet is truly awesome. It is the prototypical Saison only enhanced (beefed-up?) but not “Americanized” (fucked-up?), the craftsmanship is very apparent. Wow. Moderate potency; very inviting… I am taking a sip (finally!).

The palate is captivating. I am in awe at the articulation. Like the nose there is a lovely airiness to the palate. Apples, pears, lemon zest, and apricots are the fruity notes. I cannot forget the herbal blend with undercurrents of clove and, I swear, there is a kiss of coriander. I can’t forget the marshmallows, pepper, and a light alcohol burn towards the finish. Plus it is sweet, malty with a fruity finish… hot and peppery aftertaste with some juiciness. To state it bluntly this beer is hot, spicy, juicy, and bitter. To state is even more simply, this beer is wonderful. I am a huge fan of Saison Dupont but Avec Les Bons Voeux is a much better beer. My definition of great Saison has just been adjusted. This is just as good as (better than?) the best Fantome Saison. I never thought I’d say that.

Slightly fuller than medium, the carbonation is ticklish and spritzy; it is very playful on the tongue. The carbonation would allow this beer to be consumed with fatty, rich foods. In general Saisons are versatile but this beer might the king. I’m in love.

I’m coming to the realization that this beer will be my new “highest rated” beer on BA. It is the closest thing to perfection I’ve tasted and it is clearly the best Saison I’ve had. I am stunned at how great this beer is! I am one happy dude right about now. Thank you mdinges, you’ve made my day. I want many more bottles of this. I’m officially spoiled. World Class. Highly Recommended.

Photo of bennetj17
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours with an amazing white fluffy head. The color is a deep yellow/gold with plenty of haze. Nice head retention and a decent lace to boot. The smell is very earthy with a mild sweet breadiness. Fairly spicy with hints of lemon, you get a bit of alcohol fume if you inhale deeply enough. The taste is spicy and peppery, with citrus notes. It remains mostly unsweet, and yields a nice bready, sour finish. Alcohol is not real noticible in the taste. Mothfeel is excellent, lighter in body, but with an amazing bubbly zest, and intense smoothness. It floods the entire mouth, increasing my overall enjoyment. A great offering overall, it tastes great although lacks a real uniqueness. To me it didn't separate itself from the Saison Dupont, but it still is a delight...

Photo of mmmbeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL champagne bottle that is corked and caged, with 2005 on the cork. It pours a nice hazed honey/gold with an inch of off-white head that leaves some decent lacing. The aroma is lightly skunky, with pine/juniper and grassy hops along with lemon and orange peel and some phenols. It starts medium with airy carbonation and a sharp bitterness from the pungent medicinal phenols, along with grapefruit, honey?, and a grassy/musty character. Drinkability suffers due to the sharp phenols, which are nice and make for a good complexity, but are not my favorite byproduct of brewing. Overall though, it is a good, complex saison that would probably age very well.

Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,132 ratings.