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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #107
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,938
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 9.57%
Reviews:
651
Ratings:
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Notes: Les Bons Voeux means best wishes, which is what Brasserie Dupont sends with this very special saison ale brewed for the holidays. Redolently aromatic, rich and velvety.

Rich gold color, fragrant (lemony with hints of pepper, banana and clove), as all the beers of Dupont are with a full, deep malt richness that lingers on your tongue for what seems the whole holiday season. Considered by some the finest offering from this unparalleled Brewery. “The best Belgian beer, if ever there could be such an award...a sumptuous, seductive 9.5% beer. Because of it’s intensity, I would recommend the novice graduate to this beer. However, if a saison that is starting to lean towards being a triple appeals to you, and if its in season, don’t hesitate.”
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elNopalero from California

4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this on tap at the Toronado. Strong beer. Tiny pour. Clear and golden, minimal foaming. On the nose there’s a pronounced funky estery note. Wet hay and bloomy rind, par excellence. It’s floral, yet spicy, and I see where the comparisons to a Belgian triple come in, but I find this more of an amplified saison in all the right ways.

Jun 27, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

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

a: bright, slightly murky burnt yellow with some vibrant orange notes. huge, 4 finger rocky bright white head

s: awesome aroma. big hit of barnyard funk upfront, green apple skins, pears, lemongrass. wheat, grass, grains, pepper spice. coriander and some cardamom. tart strawberries, and sweet citrus. touch of straight lemons to. huge bready backbone to it all

t: some sweet apples right away. green apple and ripe pears behind that. some subtly sweet lemons & orange follow. bready, malt characteristics aplenty in here, as well as a little alcohol flavor. there's a touch of funk in here, but it's not as strong as the nose would have indicated. lemongrass, sweet grains, straw round this out

m: fuller side of medium, with high carbonation

o: excellent stout. it's a little sweeter than i would have guessed from the aroma, but this is oh so good. excellent summer beer, though this is the highst ABV i've encountered in a Saison..

May 10, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage - 2019.

A - VERY hazy medium gold color that's borderline opaque. Lots of frothy white head that's easily two fingers thick with lots of cascading carbonation. The haze subsides as the beer warms.

S - Banana, clove, light spicy earth, somewhat yeasty with a little hit of bread on the nose. Very dry and aromatic on the nose, I could smell it from two feet away when it was poured.

T - Yeasty, banana, pepper, cloves, some spiciness, and some lingering green apple pear on the very back end. The alcohol presence is detectable in the beginning but halfway through the ABV is barely a factor.

M - Thick with carbonation pricklies on the tongue and very dry.

O - This is recommended.

Apr 14, 2020
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into the test glass.
A - Bright sunflower, oney color. Superb carbonation feeds a pillowy white cap of 2", lacing has Ftrench detailing and quite fancy.
S - Dupont yeast, white pepper, honeysuckle, add a bed of rich grain, warm rising wheat bread, hints of Physethia, and a bit of vanilla.and orange peel. All in a clean barn.
T - Ranges widely, Honey on wheat toast, some orange marmalade, grainy bread out of the oven torn open. Dusty cheese rime. Fantastic
M - Medium in body, a hefty sweet start then clean honey wave, cleared by carbonation. Linger is Pineapple cake and green tea in structure. The sweet and funk waging a bit of a street fight, thats worth the time to explore.
O - A classic for a reason, hefty on the palate, rich in each other aspect, love the notes of clove in honey, in Dupont yeast, with white pepper. A treat to be had for certain

Feb 02, 2020
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jjholmes from Australia

4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really exceptional beer. If you buy this expecting a bigger version of Saison Dupont, you may be disappointed. It's dry, but the intense lemon in the bouquet is muted on the tongue. Not a particularly tart or funky beer, although there's definitely some pepper and other spices showing up as it warms. This has many of the hallmarks of a great tripel, which is fine by me. I'm in the minority here, but I prefer this over Saison Dupont, another great beer.

Jan 01, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(375 ml green bottle, cork/cage, L19328A; purchased single off shelf at Bella Vista... decanted into fat tulip)

L: mostly-clear, orange-amber liquid; stiff-peaked, rocky, crystalline white foam, three fingers high... keeps a messy, crusty cap; laces a little in thick globs

S: spicy orange peel, bread dough, toasted hay, gently toasted light caramel malt, apple brandy booze shooting up the center; perhaps a mild band-aid phenolic overtone... spicy, fruity, malty-sweet; superb expressions and overall intensity, inviting... later add of a touch of dregs muddies up the clarity

T: Belgian golden malt liquor, damn spicy on the back end... herbal-hoppy, herbal-bitter, champagne-like, fruit-blossom aftertaste... bit of earthy, musty, nutty yeast with each sip... arguably a soft hint of skunk; bready pale malt loud and clear throughout

F: dry, prickly attack; lovely peppery heat singing the palate in the after... as it gasses off, a mildly-powdery silky texture releases; still it remains relatively light-bodied, the booze strident and ember-toasty

O: simple and dynamic like their moderate-strength saisons... I've had this a few times over the years, usually on draft (at Monk's) - this may be my first bottle, maybe not my last this season (1633)

Dec 25, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank 11/6/19 on draft @ Hopleaf.

Cloudy, dull yellow appearance; nice white head. Frothy lacing.

Banana, caramel & faint clove notes in the nose and on the tongue. No booze heat despite the ABV.

A very easy to drink farmhouse ale; I'd have another!!

Nov 08, 2019
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schavuytje from Netherlands

4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a bels blonde starts with a sour taste and then mostly sweet of apple with a wry aftertaste, a summer beer
sitting on the terrace
Purchased at De Graaf van Vlaanderen

Aug 01, 2019
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VashonGuy from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is gorgeous, golden with a fluffy head and lacing that coats the glass. The smell and taste are yeasty and spicy (coriander, cloves). It's got lots of bubbles. It's a delightful saison, one of the better ones I've had.

Serving: on tap.

Mar 31, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep golden coloration with a large, foamy head, visible carbonation and plenty of suspended sediment in the glass. Smells of doughy malt, peach, grass, hay and fruity/spicy yeast esters. Taste is an excellent balance of doughy malt, hoppy peach, citrus and grass/hay notes and a strong estery yeast character with notes of tart apple skin, clove and light peppery spice. Finishes with a light sweetness and tartness and some estery fruit and spice notes lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a rich body and medium carbonation.

This is basically Saison Dupont turned up to eleven, almost taking on the characteristics of a Tripel with strong estery yeast notes and a light booziness, but somehow still managing to sustain a certain lightness of character due to an excellent balance of the sweeter, boozy notes with some bitter hops and fruity/spicy estery yeast notes. I still prefer the understated, subtle balance of the original Saison Dupont though.

Mar 16, 2019
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erk0607 from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Slightly hazy golden color, effervescent, with a super fluffy/soapy head that lasts quite a while
Smell: Straw, yeast, sweet malt, citrus, apple
Taste: The sight and smell are misleading. What a punch. Barn straw, somewhat of a brett bitterness, peppery, toasty.
Feel: Smooth foam, bubbles break apart but provide some liveliness. Not too sticky with a medium body. Get a bit of alcohol heat.
Overall: Totally shocked. Excellent saison... very Belgian characteristics. Definitely would get again.

Mar 02, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, intense flavor, pepper and clove very apparent. Delicious and strong like a tripel. My only complaint was that as the beer warms, some booziness does creep in.

Feb 08, 2019
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iguanodon from Utah

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Original rating 2017-12-24] 750 ml from Julio's in Westboro MA. Pours clear deep gold with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, apple, pear, yeast. Taste is fruity, pleasantly sweet, a little straw, nice dry finish.

Oct 26, 2018
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Mtn from Texas

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma:
Musty
lemon citrus
Bubblegum
Mild stone fruit (plum)
Spice

Golden straw, slightly hazy, white 1 finger head
with thin layer retained throughout

Taste:
earthy hops
Slight Orange rind
Biscuity malt
Peppery spice

Mouthfeel:
med body with Dry finish
Balanced bitterness
Med carb

Overall:
Delicious. 9.5abv is not apparent. A great beer.

Aug 25, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada

3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Prefer Saison DuPont a lot more than this. A bit too much rubber and bandaid for me. As it warms it does open up and gets more complex which was fun.

Jun 02, 2018
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Roguer from Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful pale straw golden brew, transparent but incredibly lively, and topped by a huge, chunky snow white head. Production is nothing less than prodigious - expected when the cork allowed a noticeable pop - and retention and lacing are excellent.

With the head in place, the nose was a touch funky and skunky. After allowing the head to die down, a much more favorable classic Saison aroma emerges: sweet, bubblegum like yeast with notes of clove; lemon; pale malt and honey; a touch of pepper. The aroma definitely matches the blurb from the notes: "...a saison that is starting to lean towards being a triple."

Flavor follows, not quite as sweet as the aroma implies. Pale grains, light sugar and honey, grass, and light funk and skunk up front; lighter lemon notes as it transitions to the second half. It starts to show a strong growing yeasty profile.
Surprising amount of heat on the back end, with a resurgence of sweet, chewy malt on the finish. There's a dry, earthy spice at the very, very end, as well as a fairly neutral hop bitterness.

The aroma may match well with a tripel, but the flavor does not. It's clearly a high ABV saison, but not as tasty (for my palate) as the classic Dupont, Hennepin, or many of HF's offerings.

Big, smooth, and thick. Second half alcohol heat, but never unpleasant. Surprisingly dry finish, which is perhaps the only "classic" saison characteristic of the mouthfeel.

This is a tasty and enjoyable brew, but I don't think I'll revisit it. In a world with many excellent saison options, this one is merely good.

Mar 03, 2018
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Bluecrow from New York

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

-first bottle pour is optically clear and golden. Further pours add some yeast bits. There is a 1/2 cm fine foam cap and lacy rings are left upon draughts. The aroma is bready and sweet with floral and banana notes.
Flavors include some biscuit-like malt with delicate "piney" hop and a bit of bubblegum from the saison yeast. The flavor has depth and the richness increases as the beer warms. There is a bit of alcohol heat. The finish is sweet and slightly dry. Less peppery than others and no funkiness. This is a pleasure.

Feb 25, 2018
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dsgberg from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is exactly what my palette was looking for today. A high AVB saison that taste golden and "blonde-like". A golden color, rich floral smell, and smooth taste. AWESOME!

Feb 19, 2018
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janubio from Spain

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

On tap at the Beer Market, Dublin. Hazy golden colour, small head with short retention, normal lace.
Aroma of green apples, peaches, cloves.
Medium to full body, creamy texture, normal carbonation.
Taste of green apples, peaches, cloves, grapes, honey.
Great warming beer.

Feb 18, 2018
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HipCzech from Texas

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 750 ml bottle poured into a Spiegelau beer tulip.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow, increasingly cloudy towards the end of the bottle. Lush, tall head of white foam that’s retained as clumpy puffs of foam and sticky lace.

Smell: Clean, welcoming aroma of freshly baked white bread (yeast, wheat), lemon zest, and spice (cloves, coriander, black pepper).

Taste: Richer, more assertive flavor; grainy malt, brown sugar, spice (clove), lemon rind, and herbal, bitter hops towards the finish. Some alcoholic heat creeps in around the edges.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly oily slickness, and lively carbonation.

Overall: Looks and smells like a refreshing saison, but punches the tongue with a bigger, boozier brew with bold spice, yeast and hop notes.

Jan 21, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice light golden hazy color with some head and lacing. Belgian yeast, cloves and spice hints. Well carbonated saison with a complex taste. Light bodied saison with a good balance. Very well balanced saison with a good kick.

Dec 10, 2017
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada

4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy brass with a chunky, everlasting head. The glass is draped with swathes of foam on the way down. Spartan apples, fresh hay, berries, orange, peppercorns, cloves in the super complex aroma. Fruity Dupont yeast esters, bready, sweet malts, herbal, leafy hops and cidery notes in the taste. The mouthfeel is full bodied with creamy, active carbonation. The finish is lightly bitter with lots of berry, apply and tropical yeast esters in the finish. Alcohol is noticeable but not distracting.

A fantastic Saison. Super complex and covers a lot of ground. Excellent with BBQ and nearly any food I guess. A must try.

Nov 08, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the large bottle, it pours a lovely very slightly hazy orangey-gold amber with a large vibrant head. Lacing. The nose gets alcohol, grass, yeast and something else. The mouth is the same - and it finishes dry. Feels great in the mouth. Wow!

Aug 23, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy yellow orange with a dense off white head that leaves heavy lacing.

Beautiful aroma of grass, stank, Belgian yeast, a hint of hard-to-place fruit. Sweet tasting with some candied sugar, but otherwise largely following the nose, with a nice bitterness and a hint of peppery spice in the back end.

Medium bodied with strong carbonation. Very refreshing.

Aug 07, 2017
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stortore from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Had 2/11/17.

Pours a bright, light, golden yellow, mostly clear early, but hazy later. A big, two inch- plus head of creamy foam, lots of foamy lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast, cloves, some malt, light candi sugar, black pepper, light banana, light smoke, other spices. The taste is big Belgian yeast, malt, lemon, cloves, candi sugar. Bready, wheaty, a light honey sweetness, mild bitterness on the finish, a general spiciness. Smooth, creamy, dry, somewhat refreshing, a great medium body, well carbonated.

Wow, this is really good, every bit as good as their flagship Saison . Great flavor and feel, love the more wheaty profile. Does verge on being a Tripel in some ways. Went out and bought another bottle right away. Definitely well worth a purchase.

Jun 23, 2017
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