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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Reviews: 588
Hads: 1,234
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 14.35%
Wants: 98
Gots: 137 | FT: 4
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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 IPA35
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Delirium Café.

I remember this was a really nice beer, light fruits, sweet but still pretty dry.
A nice and even slightly refreshing beer that goes down easily but at 10% this is not a weak beer. Hides the alcohol really well by the way.

I let a few girls try it, who were drinking cocktails and they all liked it.

No elaborate review this time as I already had some beers and I was with friends but I will certainly but it and replace this temporal review.

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Photo of cavedave
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge white head atop a golden/straw colored lightly cloudy beer. Lively carbonation activity.

Just a hint of skunk to the aroma, but it is far overshadowed by delicious notes of hay and funk, pepper, cloves, grainy malt sweet, and a tart fruitiness.

Full flavored zing of spice and tart, light funk joins the sip, some of that nondescript fruity flavor also. Sip ends with the spice and sweet getting some righteous herb and flowers into it, a bit of earth and bitter, and it is nicely dry.

Bright in the mouth, clean, sorta thick and highly carb. for style, but it works well to showcase the flavors. The linger is just right.

Wonderful saison, certain to please those who like spice forward and lightly funky, certain to disappoint those looking for the crazy funk or the extreme tart characters of some saison yeasts.

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Photo of rand
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013, 750 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass

Opened the bottle and reviewed 09/24/14, although I originally rated this a year and a half ago (I think this was one of my first "hads" as we used to call them).

A: Orange-tan in color, opaque with a fair amount of suspended yeast. A gentle pour produces a huge fluffy head that recedes more rapidly than expected, leaving only a few patches of lacing.

S: Incredible nose. A perfect potpourri of funky, grassy notes balanced against honey sweetness, snappy hop essence and alcohol. These flavors resonate. Notes of lemon-pepper are distinct, showcased against a biscuity background. Citrus pith and oak linger at the edge of the bouquet.

T: The tastes largely follow, although it's more sweet than funky, presumably from a year in the cellar. It's a nice sweetness as well, like honey in a tropical fruit salad. Notes of lemon-pepper and coriander break things up toward the back of the palate, as the brew closes with a medium finish, while dry, grassy notes linger.

M: Frothy enough to keep things lively on the palate, although this is more heavy-bodied than some of it's contemporaries.

I know a number of beer geeks around San Diego that put this into their top-5 brews. It deserves any hype it receives...in the 40-some years since this has been produced it tastes like the brewers have taken the potentially disparate flavors of a saison and arranged them perfectly, making this as quaffable as they come.

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Photo of magine
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow orange; tons of bubbles and a massive near white head. Head is tremendous looking. Incredible head retention and lacing. The head and lace is massive. Really is a tremendous looking brew and is among the best looking brews I have ever seen. Wow.

Brew smells of spice; yeasts and coriander lemon zest. Good nose.

Brew is spiced; citrus, lemon - zesty. A good brew just a bit too spiced. It could use more yeast which would add to the body and mouthfeel. The brew is spiced from start to finish. Cant tell it has high abv, somewhere between a triple and a saison. Good tastes, just could have been something way more. Good.

This is one of the best looking brews you will have. It doesnt quite hit on the taste though. But it is very good.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 750 ml bottle. “112006” is printed on the front label but I have no clue if it is a bottling date or not. Also, “2.011” is printed on the cork.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass. The color is hazy gold. Two fingers of white, fluffy head left a bubbly skim and thick ring around the edge.

Smell: Appealing farmhouse funk mixed with hayloft. Apple cider, clove spice. The farmhouse/Brett funk is tame compared to other saisons. Pepper spice gives it a little kick, and there are also hints of lemon and bubblegum.

Taste: Light, effervescent mouthfeel. The taste offers a nice kick of spice upfront; mostly pepper, but I want to say cloves are there, too. The Brett funk is present but is tame as in the smell. It is not as fruity as the aroma; no apple, really — at least it is not as prominent. No bubblegum, either. Mostly spice and a little lemon. The funkiness comes on as the beer warms. The booze is noticeable but not overpowering. It offers a nice warming sensation.

Drinkability: Pretty good stuff, though the taste disappoints. I think I would much rather drink this during the summer than the holiday season, though.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a hazy pale straw color. A thick over four fingers worth of mouse like snow white foam on top. Excellent retention a is slowly fades leaving webs of lacing against the glass.

S - the nose is crisp and bright. Lots of intense citrus notes mostly bitter orange peel, sweet orange pulp and lemon zest. Sweet yeasty bready notes and hints of ripe banana peel. Notes of hay and dewy grass underneath.

T - plesant mix of dough and toast up front. Bright fruit esters enter quickly. Lots of banana peel and pulpy orange. Most citrus character lies mid palate with more instense bitter orange peel and acidic lemon pith. Tartness is a strong undercurrent to this ale which intesifies and lingers long after the finish.

M - medium bodied with a slightly watery texture. Very high carbonation but still within the realm for the style.

O - one of my favorite holdiay beers and one of the best saison style ales. One everyone should try.

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Photo of Boto
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Monks: This one pours a hazy orangish color. There was almost no head and no lacing. The nose is very nice. Many varied fruits coming through, but no real sweetness. Actually a hint of sourness to the fruits. The taste is very good. Some dryness and bitterness, and a hint of sourness also. Subtle fruits, hints of spices. Exceptionally smooth . Very nice!

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Photo of kojevergas
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Avec Les Bons Voeux vertical (2005, 2008, and 2009) served at a tasting. Green bottles served into Samuel Smith's nonic glasses. Consumed from recent to distant. Expectations were high. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger beige colour head of amazing (10+ minute) retention. Body colour is a milky caramel. Quite creamy. Head is amazingly luscious, creamy, and nicely thick. Looks almost like a creamy scottish ale in the vein of Belhaven. Gorgeous. The '05 is lighter, almost a yellow colour.

Sm: Rich fruit, caramel, fig, spice, fermented fruit. Pineapple. Pale malts. Luscious sweetness. Floral hops. Flowery notes. Fresh and incredibly evocative, even with age on it. One of the finest aromas I've ever experienced. Honey.

T: Milky notes, caramel, palte malts, subtle brett yeasts, honey, heavy floral character, and a bit of white pepper. Pineapple is as subtle as ever; that's difficult to do. Yeasty clove. Nectar. The floral character is amazing. A bit imbalanced in its age, but very unique for a saison. The '05 has delicate fruit notes evocative of the delicacy of something like Westvleteren.

Mf: Smooth, peppery, of perfect coarseness. Great thickness and carbonation. Suits the flavour profile brilliantly. Gets dryer as it gets older. Soft and silky.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. The '05 is divine, with great yeast and refined delicate fruit. An incredible saison when properly aged. One of the best in the style to be sure.

High B+

**I've had to adjust the overall score down to get the letter grade I want. This keeps my reviews fair and consistent. Please see my profile for more information.

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Photo of babayaga
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip. 9.5% ABV.

Appearance- Huge white billowy head, hazy golden body. Little lacing.

Aroma- Belgian yeast smells, big clove, some flowers, light banana. A slight spiciness.

Flavor-Lightly bitter, some alcohol (expected for a 9.5%), relatively dry. Lemon?

Mouthfeel- Huge carbonation, medium body. Creamy.

Great big saison which my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed. I honestly prefer the "standard," but this was very nice.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at the Independent. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Nice, hazy gold with a big white head and lots of visible carbonation.

S: Big Belgian yeast (apples, pears, a bit of banana), some bready malt, and some background spices that I can't quite name.

T: Follows the nose well. Fruity esters as on the nose, a bit of barnyard funk, and maybe the spices are clove or allspice? They are fairly restrained anyway.

M: Light body but average for style. Good, almost champagne-like carbonation, and alcohol is well-hidden.

O: A good saison, but honestly I think I would prefer their base saison to this one. I would have another if I found it somewhere.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap in heaven...er...the Kulminator.

Comes to me with a thick white foam on top of a hazy golden body.

Smells of lemon, grass, and gets a little orangey and tropical fruity. Alcohol and spice..

Tastes of lemon, spice, grass and a slight souring and bitterness.

Smooth and easier carbonation than I've come across in other saisons. Still has a little bite.


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Photo of spoony
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle (2012 on the cork) into a wine glass.

A-A normal pour produced a huge (three-plus fingers) head of white foam. The head stuck around for quite a while and left nice chunks of lace on the glass. The brew was murky and light orange and yellow in color.

S-The smell was a spicy mixture of straw, lemon, a bit of bread crust, and some light fruit. Not terribly funky. Little whiff of booze heat, too.

T-The taste tracked the smell pretty closely with a mostly dry, mildly floral spice mixture being predominant. There was also some lemon, some straw, and just a touch of light, sweet banana flavor on the mid-palate. Alcohol was noticeable, but not intrusive.

M-Feel was light to medium in body with a fair of fine, prickly carbonation.

O-All in all, this was an enjoyable saison, and one that I did not feel out of place drinking in December in the mountains. (I'm typically a very seasonal drinker, so saisons are not my go-to in the winter). I'm not sure if it was that much better or worse than a regular Dupont, but it was slightly different, so points for that. I could see this pairing nicely with turkey and stuffing.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle at the store about a week ago, and I couldn't wait to open this up.

When I initially opened the bottle I smelled pineapple, then the foam started rising up the neck. I poured this into a chalice style glass, and I got a ton of head from the initial pour.

This is a very good smelling beer. I get more of the pineapple and apple from the nose.

The body light and tasty. The belgian impact is very present. This is a fruity, yeasty offering.

I recommend picking this up and opening it immediately. After all, you can't wait very long with a green bottle.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy goldenrod color with a doily for a head. Looks great in its own glass.

White pepper, lemon zest, golden raisin, orange peel, quince, and coriander. Sweet and spicy.

Apple-y crisp with an earthy funk finish. Lots of soft pepper and coriander spice to par the fruitiness. Tangy yeast. Dressed up with some meaty booze upon the swallow.

A little hot, but rather appropriate for a winter seasonal. Almost thick, but not cloggy. Just a large mouth for a big farmhouse brew.

2012's is better than the last two years, in my opinion. A great early holiday season ale.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, best before september 2017

A- Dark golden colour, quite murky/hazy. Huge, bubbly, soft-looking white head, great persistence through the last sips, suprinsigly it does not leave that much lacing

S- Definitely a sweet malt base, maybe some sugar in the mix. Strong yeasty presence, bringing an earthy/barnyard kind of feel. Spicy notes, expecially pepper, on the back of things and maybe a slight lemonish note

T- Bold grainy, crisp entrypoint, very lively in the mouth. Bittersweet, with a very nice balance, throughout the whole tasting, with notes of honey along with a persistent herbal feel. Some kind of earthyness is also present. Background notes of pepper and lemon as the smell suggested. Finishes decently dry despite it's complexity and slightly musty feel, leaving you longing for another sip

M- As mentioned, very lively. Quite dense in body along with pretty high carbonation. You can really feel this beer. The 9.5%ABV is perfectly hidden though

O- All the basics of saisons are there, but in a stronger, bolder version, in terms of body, mouthfeel, maybe even complexity. It may feel on the point of being a little too much, but it never really gets over the top. Plain good stuff, worth a plain good 4

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Photo of dv8sean
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Made the mistake of opening after work, before dinner, and without noting alcohol content (9.5%), but fortunately within the safety and comfort of my own home and without heavy machinery present. Served from 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pale straw-honey color. Mostly clear with only slightest haze or cloudiness. Vibrant but not excessive carbonation; bubbles like Champagne. Classic Belgian dense whipped egg white head that leaves wonderful lace.

S: Herbs & spices, but not much hops. A little of the horse-blanket-wet-dog you'd expect from a Farmhouse ale. Oh...hello, alcohol!

T: This is not a subtle beer. Lacking the malt or hops presence to offer cover, the alcohol content draws attention to itself. Even the spice of the Belgian yeast can't compete. Finishes dry, with lingering warmth. Yes, it's boozy.

M: Pleasant carbonation contributes to good mouthfeel/texture. Might have earned a 5.0 if it wasn't for its seemingly combustible nature.

O: A pleasant beer that perhaps would have benefited from better timing on my part. However, even with or after food, I don't think it has the backbone to support the high alcohol content, leaving the beer fundamentally out of balance.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 12/16/12

A- Pours a hazy straw color with a thick white head and lively carbonation.

S- The aroma is bold, with huge notes of tart lemon, barnyard funk, and fresh herbs. Some banana notes from the Belgian yeast is also evident.

T- The first thing I notice in the flavor is some biting sour apple that I didn't initially pick up in the nose. The rest of the taste follows the nose with slight funk, crisp/refreshing tartness, and a bit of grassy bitterness from the herbs.

M- The mouthfeel is medium to thick, but it is offset by heavy carbonation. It is a bit reminiscent of a dry white wine.

O- This drinks very easy, and the 9.5% is completely unnoticable. One of my all time favorite saisons, even if it is pretty high in alcohol for the style!

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2012 vintage, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear, light golden color with a big fluffy white head, great lacing.

S- A light, bright aroma of lemon and white grapes, hay and yeast, a bit of floral and spicy notes as well.

T- Delicious light fruit, lemon, grapes, apples. Some earthy, funky notes and a mild tartness, as well as some light spice. Malt is light and bready and a bit sweet. A bit of floral hops and some fruity alcohol.

M- Medium-bodied, has a smooth, soft feel with a dry finish.

O- A great saison, its fruity, yeasty and spicy aspects are all awesome and delicious, I'd be happy drinking this at any time of the year.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-lemon zest, yeast, herbal, slightly grassy, slight funk

T-lemon, grains, yeasty funk, spices, lightly peppery, slight tartness, all flavors pretty harmoniously blended

F-light to medium body with nice prickly carbonation, crisp with slight alcohol presence making itself known

O-a nice Saison in keeping with the quality of their standard Saison, would drink this again

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Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy gold color with a two-finger white head that plateaus up above the top of the glass. So strange: the plateau remains intact even as sips are taken and the rest of the head slowly diminishes.

S- Lemony, effervescent yeast aroma plus a trace amount of skunkiness (probably due to the green glass bottle). Slightly sweet with some mild herbal spice characteristic. A bit musty and barnyard-like.

T- Peppery, herbal spiciness with some Saison yeast flavor. Alcohol is extremely well masked. Notes of lemon peel and coriander. Slightly bitter in the finish. Booze comes through a bit more as it warms.

M- Spritzy with high carbonation and a light body. On point for the style.

O- Always so worried when I buy green glass imports since they rarely have freshness dates, especially since I got burned on a bottle of Biere de Miel I purchased at Whole Foods. Luckily, I went with my gut when I saw this on the shelf at one of the bottle shops I frequent which I hadn't seen there when I last visited maybe a month before. This easily makes it into my top ten Saisons. Satisfying in every department.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White, fluffy head, excellent retention on a hazy, opalescent golden body. Suddsy lacing, sticky. Aroma is white peppery spicy, wispy, fruity/banana, candi sugary and yeasty. Taste is light and refreshing, mild tartness, slightly sweet, lots of banana and some spiciness. Nice feel as the beer rides on the tongue, cleansing. The alcohol is no where in the smell or taste, amazing. Delicious.

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Photo of philbe311
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
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...

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Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber to a Chimay tulip

A-Bubbly, hazy, straw body, 3" white head that sits like a cloud

S-Intense pils malts, lemon, dried apricot, belgian yeast, spicy herbs, metal, ethanol (sharpie marker, lighter fluid)

M-Surprising medium body, above average carbonation

O- Like a citrus, ethanol infused pilz, as if someone poured lighter fluid into a summer pils. As it warms the ethanol fades to the back and the pils aroma turns to a grainy tortilla like aroma, with lemon. Though a decent beer, i find it hard to finish the entire bottle, and i don't see myself buying it again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gouyasse tulip glass. Pours a light golden amber with a half glass white head that dissipates slowly to pillowy foam and massive lacing. Aroma of light malt, lemon, saison yeast; grassy. A hint of skunk initially on pouring. Flavor is spicy light fruit and mellow citrus, slightly buttery and grassy. Finish is dry with a spicy bitterness and residual light fruit. Light bodied with a great mouth feel from peppery carbonation. A very nice saison with subdued wild yeast, pleasant fruit and malt. Alcohol was warming, but well covered. I'll have to get this every winter.

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Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.