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BA SCORE
93
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1,212 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,212
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 93
Gots: 126 | FT: 4
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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 NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dupont- Bons Voeux

A- Bright yellowish orange with a thin lacing head.
S- Tart cherry orange with a touch of funky wet hay/straw.
T- Sour tart cherry and orange, sugary. Slight creamy malt body with a pine hops in the end.
M- Very sour/ tart up frontwith a resiny pine hop body and finish.

Overall- Nice tart Saison. 1 will do though.

Photo of Overlord
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not my favorite.

Poured a yellowish orange. Gigantic white foam heady.

Smells like yeast and citrus. The carbonation seems a bit out of place for some reason. The taste is largely orange peel, spices, bread/yeast, and a bit of lemon zest. Sounds good, but it doesn't work. There's a nasty bitter/soapy after-taste that is offputting.

I will avoid from now on.

Photo of Levich
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a honey amber color with a frothy head that settles to about 1 cm. Slight lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is spicy with faint hints of apricot and peach.

This is a dry Saison with no sourness. It has a spicy alcohol taste with herbal undertones and finishes with a slight hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light. It erupts into a foam at first, but as you drink, the foam explosion dissipates.

Overall, a good strong Saison.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. There’s a lot of carbonation in this one. I needed several pours to get a full glass.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed golden wheat color. Three fingers of frothy/foamy white head. Retention is good and a lot of the foam sticks to the glass.

4.5 S: Smells a good bit like autumn. Lots of barnyard funk, rich with pollen, hay, and livestock. Underneath there is pepper, clove, and corriander spiciness. A garden of flowers in this while being moderately herbal. Very complex and well integrated.

3.0 T: The taste is good, but not nearly as impressive as the nose. Surprisingly strong oregano-like bitterness. Not nearly as flowery as the nose, but about as herbal. Corriander still stands out, but less pepper and clove. Hay is back as is quite strong. Dry even for a saison. Bitterness lingers into the aftertaste.

3.0 M: Lighter body. Carbonation is a bit too abundant. Mildly creamy.

3.0 D: If this tasted like the nose, I would certainly be impressed. It’s still a good beer, but it isn’t the standout I was expecting.

Photo of spicelab
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opaque light orange with a large fine-bubbled white head. Leaves behind touches of lace and a slightly raised ring. Slow steady bead visible around the edges.

Yeasty and malty. Sticky marmalade, floral spice, grapefruit, honey, rockmelon, honeydew and candy floss. Bit of booze, which unfortunately seems to muddle rather than sharpen the aromas.

Taste follows the nose. The booze makes for robust, although again not distinct, yeast driven flavours. It also contributes a hot finish which has no place in a Saison in my view.

This is the strongest of a string of similar offerings, being - in ascending order of ABV: Saison Dupont, Cervesia and La Biere de Beloeil. While the charisma of the Dupont yeast strain ensures it's a yummy beer, I can't credit a single positive attribute that the higher ABV contributes. Instead, it merely lowers the drinkability.

Photo of dgallina
3.46/5  rDev -17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle without freshness date. Cork dated 2005.

Poured a bubbly cloudy peach with huge white pillowy head and lots of sticky lace. Smells vinous, peppery, fruity, and grainy. Honey and sweet grains on the front of the palate, followed with a giant kick of medicinal bitter alcohol, a touch of funk, and lingering leafy dryness. Medium-light with strong carbonation and slight creaminess. Not the best Dupont brew; the flavor is over-balanced with overwhelming phenolic bitterness.

Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Watch out for the damn cork!

Pours a hazy golden amber in the tall Maredsous chalice. Big foam-up but settles down to some clouds of meringue on the bright brew. Big fruity and faintly skunky aroma, a hint of sulphur and bread rising. The surprise is how sweet this is. Flavors are also extravagant. Fermenting blackberries, brioche, lemon bars. Every sip starts with that syrupy funk that is just short of overwhelming, and evolves through a lot of bitterness to the drier, mineral finish, but still haunted by a honeyed, bitter baklava taste.

This is certainly intriguing and full of flavor, and probably belongs in a candle-lit tavern where convivial extroverts debate its merits. In the calm dining room listening to Mozart, it's hard to get down. It's less like a Saison than most of the others I've had, regardless of what the brewery claims on the label. I don't know why this isn't categorized as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Bine & Vine in San Diego for ten bucks.

01-27-2013 update: On tap at Chapter One in Santa Ana. This tap version is totally anemic in carbonation, which makes it taste like some kind of sweet and scratchy Southern fruit wine. Makes me think of corn, sourish pear skins, and a hint of Quarante Y Tres vanilla liqueur. I'd rank it lower than the bottle version I reviewed.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I'm not a huge fan of Farmhouse Style Ales, and I was surprised to find one so strong, but this was a pretty good sipper. A nice beer for a winter evening.

Color was a straw to light copper with a nice frothy head that left a good amount of lacing behind.

Aroma was yeasty/citrusy. A little bit of bread/cracker on the back end.

Flavor was similar to the aroma. Really not like a typical farmhouse because of the strength but pretty good.

Overall, worth trying.

Photo of oggg
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Champagne bottle from Whole Foods in San Mateo.

Chill haze in bottle in refrigerator. Initially yellow with a billowy white head on the pour. Later, after sitting on the coffee table, it remarkably now has a darker yellow brown hue, more like scotch, now that the head has all but disappeared. Now it is crystal clear.

The nose begins with a bit of skunk a la Heineken. It's a metallic ginger with lime rind. Really phenolic. Weird and strong.

Bristling carbonation, then ginger and lime try to get your attention but I get drawn to the underlying bitterness which just isn't pleasant no matter how much I try. A little sweetness after the initial shock. Then more bitterness and a cloying finish.

Medium to full bodied. Can't wait to get it out of my mouth.

Overall: Ew gross. I bet it didn't help to buy it at Whole Foods in San Mateo, either.
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With the remaining half bottle, I created a mini-vacuum with a Vacu Vin Wine Saver and left it in the fridge. Two days later, I poured it out for a retaste. Amazingly, the skunk has left the building. Well, almost entirely. Now the grassiness and fresh hay (not barnyard) are coming out now. Much better but still not that good. Tastes more like a messy pilsener now, complete with slight imported skunk, though it's much less than it was. Alcohol is hidden.

Overall: If you can get this fresh an unoxidized, then I think it's a pretty good saison, but still not that great, as it's still a bit hard to drink.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Continuing my quest to try the BA Top 100, was lucky enough to score this from Stan at Lone Hill Liquor. 750 ml to the head...

Apricot color. Big bubbled head, looks creamy. Good looking stuff.

Smells like peaches and beer. Other light fruit scents as well.

Taste fruity. Sour. Bananas. Cloves.

So it's OK stuff. I'm not gonna worship it or anything. Glad I got the opportunity to try it.
The 9.5 is well hidden and well appreciated.

Overall: good, but a one time thing

Photo of MrIncognito
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle

A - Dark straw effervescent body beneath a white fizzy head, almost like when you pour a soda real fast. Head fizzles to 1/4 inch but leaves pretty nice lacing.

S - Fresh cut hay and pilsner malts and hops. A good bit of alcohol and yeast in back.

T&M - Very effervescent and tingly from all those bubbles which makes it quite dry. A nice hoppy bite and pilsner malt up front with a sweetness from the alcohol. Nice Belgian yeast on the back of the tongue. Much hoppier than expected and this really comes across pilsner-like to me.

O - I really wanted to like this beer more than I did. It had nice flavors and I enjoyed it but could have used a bit more yeast and less pilsner malt.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.57/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #60 (Jan 2012):

LOOK: Pale murky straw

SMELL: Dried grass, passionfruit, peppery, papaya, nutty, yeast, mango, eucalyptus, lemon zest, alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, bitter herb, yeast, dried tropical fruit, vegetal, green peppercorns, lemon pith, boozy alcohol, medicinal, faint broth, bitter, dry finish

A special Saison brewed for the holidays, and perhaps for the winter, as it touts a hefty punch. Not sure if the extra alcohol does it much justice though. Clearly it’s a decent sip, but more of a sharing and pairing offering, as it seems bit lost on its own.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.57/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The bitter flavor, slightly acid or lemon. The palate is light, spicy, it is also full, sweet and soft as velvet. It is well hopped, sometimes a little too, well levurée and finish, light enough, and is spiced with a good bitterness. This is probably one of the best balanced beers in the world but it fails to take off beyond the balance outstanding and offer something unique.

Photo of Macca
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours pale golden with a big fluffy head. The alcohol is evident on the nose but not overpowering. Ripe fruit on the palate and lots of phenolics. A nice crispness runs through. It is an interesting beer but I don't know whether it justified the dollars spent on it.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thin bubbly lacing, some stickage. Glowing orange hue shows some action from the carbonation.

Smell: Spicy aroma; black pepper, clove with a phenolic herbal smell. A touch of solvent alcohol and ripe pineapple and mango as well.

Taste: Hugely phenolic, the palate gets hit hard with herbal and medicinal notes. Some hops in there as well as some shaded maltiness. More phenols, raw honey maltiness and an earthened hop. Obvious coriander. Light ripe tropical fruit within the solvent like alcohol. Odd tartness in the end and finishes a bit dry.

Mouthfeel: Rolling crispness builds to a textured smoothness.

Drinkability & Notes: More interesting than anything else, certainly a specialty beer that I’d have after a meal or if the meal was bold enough to pair it with that.

Photo of philipquarles
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

75cl bottle from '09. Pours a hazy, ruddy gold with a large white head. Nice staying power. Smells incredibly yeasty and slightly sweet, with a lot of bubblegum. Slight tanginess. Definite grassy hops in the background. The initial taste is quite bitter, again with a lot of strong, aromatic hop character. Very sweet later, with a lot of malt/candi sugar coming through. Again, plenty of the trademark Dupont yeast. Slightly boozy, warming finish. Lingering notes both sweet and bitter, which isn't very pleasant. Medium body. Not terrible, but it doesn't hold a candle to Saison Dupont. What's the point?

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 Chris_Cali_2o9
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 bottle

A: Pours a deep yellow, slightly hazy under a huge, foamy white head, about as expected. Nice lace and retention.

S: Smells of earthy hop, a bit musty, maintains a nice sweetness and tropical fruit character. A bit of apple mixed in as well. Very nice.

T: Fruity, earthy, boozy. Mostly dry, but a bit of residual bitterness. Booze can be a bit overpowering in the taste.

M/D: Carbonation is alright, medium bodied. Body is actually much heavier then I expected/am used to, but it's not bad. Drinkability is OK. The booze in the taste really takes away from this one. I know it is 9.5%, but for a saison (and I've had some that were +9.5%) the alcohol just stands out too much. It's too bad because the nose is really done very well. Not bad, but there are better saisons out there.

Photo of NoLiberty
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So they say this is 10.5% - wow! The candy sugars in addition to malt make this beer a big one. Color is gorgeous - cloudy with golden color and truly brilliant. Smell is subtle but reminds me of American lager alomst with slight hops.Taste is pleasant and mild despite high alcohol and very much straight and to the point. Low carbonation but full mouthfeel that dissipates to subtle aftertaste. Could drink this beer for a very long time...until asleep.

Photo of Reaper16
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 vintage (with a great label that makes it look much older) served into a tulip glass

Pours a light orange/tangerine color that is very much opaque. Not cloudy or hazy, but like a solid mass or color. A tight-bubbled two finger cap of white head sits on top. Lacing is sporadic but spindly where it occurs.

The aroma is a nice balance of fruit and spice. Underripe banana meets yellow delicious apples backed up by cardamom and honeysuckle. The medicinal astringency gives the nose a similarity to a perfume. Pretty solid stuff but nothing that strikes me as exemplar of the style.

Avec les Bons Voeux is maltier than the average saison, that's for sure. There is a warm, almost nutty malt characteristic to this beer. It is informed by a slightly sour lemon-orange flavor that gently sluices across the back of the mouth. Apart from that you've got botanical bitterness from the hops and phenolic band-aid taste accentuating it. Peppercorn is omnipresent. You can taste some of the alcohol in this 9.5% ABV saison.

The mouthfeel is a bit thicker as a result of the increased maltiness. It does a good job of carrying forth all the flavors. This is a huge beer for a saison - sort of a Saison meets a Tripel execution - and the drinkability is actually pretty good despite being style-inappropriate. I could score the drinkabilty lower for being untrue to style but it actually is decently drinkable.

A solid effort; probably the best "imperial saison" that I've tried. This is a bigger, brasher Saison Dupont... and proof that bigger does not always equal better.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Over the years, this is a beer I've picked up as soon as I saw it. It went just perfectly with the season. However, this past year, I've gotten a little pickier about my saisons and I'm curious to see what I think.

Mostly clear, this beer is golden orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention. Lacing isn't particularly present here. The nose is quite excellent. Initially, this is grassy, spicy and rustic with a great saison character, as this warms up, a whole lot more comes out. Unfortunately, it's not aromas I particularly care for - honey and alcohol. Along with the honey, there's some fruit as well. Mildly spicy, there's fresh white pepper, delicate and complex. In some ways, this makes me think of the Stone Vertical 10.10.10 minus the grape juice, but better.

The palate opens with a blend of floral and spicy character, there's orange blossom honey, white pepper and quite a bit of light fruits - pears and sweet apples. The alcohol appears in the mid-palate along with some sugar. Bitterness is low,there's a little hop flavor and a touch of earthy bitterness on the finish. Medium in body with high carbonation, the finish is solid. Mildly drying, earthy, spicy and a little honey are all present. The alcohol does get a little tiring after a while, and I do wish that it was a little lower. Not as complex and not as enjoyable as their flagship beer, this. While a 750 of this is quite easy to drink, it's better shared

Photo of dv8sean
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of Kooz
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass. This beer pours to a wheat/straw color with a foamy white head that has some staying power. But the first thing you notice about this beer is the smell--it's wheaty and yeasty with a hint of orange, and is very pleasant. Taste is wheaty and malty--textured with some spices and an aftertaste of spicy orange. The sharp initial sip is balanced by the creamy mouthfeel and the lingering citrus taste. The one criticism is the 9.5 abv is noticeable.

Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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