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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl
Belgium
brasserie-dupont.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.”

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,452
Reviews:
627
Ratings:
1,402
pDev:
9.86%
Bros Score:
3.58
 
 
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Photo of Bikeboy1
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Overlord
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of Levich
3.41/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of spicelab
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of dgallina
3.46/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of AndreasDif
3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of neruda11
3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of byronic
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of marchnlv
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of apasternak
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of macesq
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Moses_Malone
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of MShirokov
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of Mleblanc25
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Azpittil57
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of BillyTWilliams
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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