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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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93
outstanding

1,115 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,115
Reviews: 571
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 82
Gots: 90 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of illidurit
4.63/5  rDev +11%
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
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
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
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
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
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
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
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
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
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
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!

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

Pours out a clear light orange/yellow with four fingers of white suds that look like beaten egg whites. Very small bubbles. Already lacing here.
The smell is wonderful. Lots of sour apple/grapefruit and clove and black pepper. Very yeasty with a hint of the hops hitting the nose.
Taste is a little thin at first. As the brew warms it gets a little better.
Grapefruit hints with dark hops as an aftertaste then the spices come forth. Clove and cinnamon are here in this very mellow beer.
The mouthfeel is a bit strange too. A little oily at first then the dark bitterness surrounded by a plethora of bubbles. The aftertaste is what is so great about this beer.Subtle hints of all that you smell come to your mouth only after the beer is in the belly of the beast.No alcohol is present until the very end and it is very slight.
I could drink a bunch of this and would love to have it on tap. Fat Chance!

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a warm apricot colored body with a nice hazy to it and a creamy thick white head on top. The head last for a long while and forms rings on the glass after each sip.

S- The smell is a soft note of perfume and spicy hops blended together with a black pepper note in the background. As the beer warms there is a very soft note of dry light fruit that comes through the pale malt nose. There is a hint of damp basement or root cellar without the earthiness and a dry honey note aswell.

T- This beer has a spicy hop flavor with a bitterness that is not distinctly from the hops. The flavor of very soft malt with a cotton candy hint also has notes of pears and apricots in the background. The finish has a nice bitterness followed by a slight sweetness that lingers on the tongue.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creaminess from the head and a tight little fizz in the finish that lightens the beer a bit.

D- The subtle complexities of the malt give way to a nice bitterness that has some good but smooth depth aswell. Very nice complexity and blend of flavors.

Photo of jmz62565
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with abit of debris,yeast, and a huge white foamy head. The head is giant and leaves a fine amount of lacing. The smell is sweet malt,candy sugar,and a fruity citrus that really dominates the nose. The taste is like the smell and other Saisons, sweet malt,Belgian candy sugar,lemon, coriander and pepper,alcohol, and lastly,a "bisquity' taste thats really strong and good. The m/f is heavier for a Saison,but enjoyable and the flavors mix well while hiding the alcohol pretty solidly. All in all this is a top notch Saison from a legendary brewery. Enjoy.

Photo of alexskovan
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured pale gold with an incredible thick egg-white head of tiny and medium and large bubbles that was rock solid. Smell was subtle and similar to many aged Belgian ales I've tried; a bit of oak and a kind of rotten citrus smell. Taste was harsh and unbalanced. An attack of alcohol bite, acid, and stale hops, followed by a watery finish. No complexity and very unpleasant.

I'm thinking I got a bad bottle.

NOTE: Above is my review of the first half of this 750ml bottle. I stoppered what was left and put it in the chill-chest -- rather than pour it down the drain, as was my inclination.

It is now the next day, and I've just tried the second half and it has mellowed and improved considerably. Perhaps this ale needs to be decanted.

Taste is lambic-savory now, that sublime sour-oaky-citrus symphony.

I'm not inclined to call this ale "outstanding", but it is very good. But it really was disgusting when I first opened it. Strange. . .

It may still be the case that I've got a bad bottle -- which makes me very curious about what a GOOD bottle of this stuff tastes like!

Photo of rkuhnel
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one set me back a serious $9.75 here at my local Northcoast Coop. At this price you would expect this to be incredible. It was indeed excellent, and maybe even worth the price. Poured a rich gold color with some haze and with a big fat white head that rose up out ot the glass like a cauliflower. Rich nose of fruits like bananas and pineapple, along with apricot, spices, and hops as well. So many aromas words kind of fail me here. Very smooth mouthfeel. Flavors are rich and delightful. Slighty sour and bitter finish. It simply tastes sublime. Exceptional beer.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2006 vintage

a - pours a hazy golden amber with a one finger white head, good retention, good lacing, lots of suspended sediment, bubbles continuously rise from bottom

s - big malty aroma, fruity and floral notes pronounced, slight hint of alcohol

t - biscuity maltiness up front with a nice sweetness, lots of fruitiness in the body, a little pineapple, slight alcohol on the finish

m - lots of carbonation, fairly light-bodied, slightly dry finish

d - amazingly drinkable, could be very dangerous b/c the 9.5% abv is totally undetectable

Great saison, I can see why it's rated as one of the best.

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

Poured from tap into a bulb, this is a hazy golden-straw in color, with a full two-fingered white head of medium duration. Neither quite clear nor genuinely opaque, but slightly hazy due to the chill factor and the suspended yeast. Lacing is evident and clings persistently throughout. Massive, bold nose is quite amazing: pale malts start the show and are quickly overrun by notes of clove, white pepper, and alcohol. Yeast? Yes, there's yeast in the nose too, chewy and bready. Very little apparent bitterness on the nose, but neither is there a sweet, bland maltiness. First sip is a real shocker, a mellow "come hither" malt quality gently coaxes you into a position of unsuspecting submission, next thing you know there's a wave of intense fruit notes: pineapple, cherry, pear, and marzipan, alongside a swelling, hot booziness. Somewhat tropical: throw an umbrella,some cube, and a dash of rum in thisand it would make for an interesting Tiki drink! As it warms there's more evidence of an underlying hop bitterness, with some aromatic and floral notes (pineapple, hibiscus) but they are nigh-well overpowered by the substantial malt backbone and warming alcohol. Moderately full-bodied, with a piquant, zesty sweet/sour pucker on the tongue. Mild grainyness to the malt is perceptible, but is largely masked by the hot alcohol. Well-balanced despite its strength, and should readily appeal to fans of the Belgian Golden and Tripel styles. A very substantial offering, it may also be quite a challenge for some, and is definitely not a beer to take lightly.

Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,115 ratings.