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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Saison

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.”

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of erk0607
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of iguanodon
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Mtn
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of csmrx7
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
3.95/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-first bottle pour is golden with a light haze; further pours trend toward cloudy. There is a 1/2 cm fine foam cap and lacy rings are left upon draughts. The aroma is bready and sweet with floral 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. This is a winter pleasure.

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Photo of dsgberg
5/5  rDev +20.2%
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!

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Photo of janubio
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
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!

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Photo of thebeers
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of stortore
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The descriptions of this beer as halfway between a Saison and a Tripel are pretty much spot on. While this is definitely a Saison, it does not emphasize the musty barnyard "funk" that Saison lovers crave. Pours a hazy dull gold/honey blonde color with a medium size head foamy, bubbly white head. Good head retention with a white cap remaining throughout. Filmy lacing that leaves a Swiss cheese pattern on the sides of the pint glass. Aroma and flavor feature some lemon zest, pepper, a big bready malt profile and some Belgian yeast. There is a minimum of musty/funk. Overall taste is good. Mouthfeel is rich and malty with a touch of alcohol presence up front, that fades as you drink. Enough peppery spiciness to remind you of a Tripel. As many reviewers have stated, I prefer the lighter Dupont Saison that packs more "funk", but this is still an outstanding beer.

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Photo of kitch
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 375ml corked and caged bottle, 2016 cork, with a best before date of October 2021. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: It was a hazy golden straw orange colour with a just under two finger white head that had pretty good retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Peach, honey, lemon, banana and clove with some pepper and herbally notes.

Taste: Honey, lemon, banana, clove, grass, pepper spice and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: A very nice cross between a Saison and a Tripel. It’s got the nice classic Belgian beer characteristics and the 9.5% ABV is surprisingly well hidden.

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Photo of -steve-
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Received from the LCBO. Poured into a tall tumbler.
A - Pours a hazy straw colour. Vigorous foaming that subsides in about a minute leaving a trace of head floating on top.
S - Smell of mown grass and sourness. Musty.
T - More musty grass and slight pepper. No discernible hops.
M - Carbonation pleasantly cascades across the tongue to bring out the spicy pepper notes. Ends on a drier, alcohol note.
O - Heard so many good things about this beer in reviews and discussion boards I wish it had a more enjoyable taste. Full disclosure: saisons are not my favorite style.

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Photo of mynie
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

How long has this been available stateside? Why am I only now just noticing it?

A slow pour into a lovely crystal chalice reveals a dark yellow saison, perhaps bordering on orange, with a lively head and wonderful fizz.

Smells spicy and lightly nutty and herbal, more malt-forward than most saisons, with the yeast taking a backseat to nodes of biscuit and medicinal alcohol. I confess that I miss the skunkiness found in the lower strength, green-bottled Saison Dupont.

Tastes like a combination between a saison and tripel and an 1800s cough drop. It starts with aggressive fizz and peppery yeast, very similar to their regular saison only more intense. This is soon overwhelmed by a malt profile that's lightly smokey and very heavily nutty, with some high octane yeast on the finish. A very intense-tasting beer for the style... I almost wish I hadn't opened a whole bottle, as I was expecting something lighter and more refreshing.

Once I adjusted my expectations, however, I began to somewhat enjoy this beer--although not as much as its smaller brother. It would make for a decent, shared aperitif or night cap, but overall it manages a diminished complexity and lack of drinkability, both of which are negatives for the style.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a beautiful clear yellow hue with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch bubbly white head with good retention.
S: Soft sweet citrus (lemon and orange), white pepper, dry minerals, doughy yeast, and a hint of honey.
T: Honey and melon hit first, followed by soft citrus, white pepper, fresh doughy yeast, honey, almond, and vanilla. With warming, notes of banana and clove emerge.
M: Soft, fruity sweetness. Medium body with a soft, almost velvety, feel. Mildly astringent throughout. A note of bitterness in the finish. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate too.
D: A solid brew and an interesting, holiday, take on the saison. Seek it out!

1/5/19:
Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a super clear golden yellow with high carbonation helping to continually fuel a 3+ inch rocky white head with excellent retention. (4.5)
S: Nice banana esters, fruity Belgian yeast, warm spice (cinnamon and clove), white pepper, honey, and hints of melon and crisp apple. (4.5)
T: The base notes of the saison hit first with white pepper, soft lemon, honey, and melon. This transitions in the mid-palate to more of the holiday spices with cinnamon and clove, as well as some apple. Finishes with a beautiful mix of all the above. (4.75)
M: Light-medium body and yet it comes in at 9.5%. Some kind of crazy magic going on here. Nice prickly effervescence. Citrus and spice. Mildly astringent throughout. Lingers and matures beautifully in the finish. Tremendous. (4.75)
D: Fresh and refreshing. Lovely and subtle holiday twist. A superb brew and example of style. Seek it out! (4.75)

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Photo of Dope
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No idea as to a date, received from the Rare Beer Club a month or two ago.

A: Pours a clear amber. Very large fluffy and fizzy light tan head. Good head retention but very little lacing.

S: Very floral with decent citrus and quite a bit of honey, actually. Doughy bread hiding in there too.

T: Again, floral up front. Some grass and citrus. Doughy malt with a hint of honey. An interesting mouth coating, dry spiced sensation on the back end, I can't quite place it, it reminds me of white wine really. Lots of white pepper spicing it up with bits of clove. Lingering grass and pepper between sips.

M: Medium bodied, high carbonation. Spicy and mouth-coating.

O: Interesting saison. It's a bit sweeter than most, with a higher ABV and a distinct taste of honey. Strong flavors for sure, it's more or less an imperial saison in my eyes. Airy feel helps the drinkability. Very wine-like at times. Unique and tasty.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Date: 2016


A:
Pours a rich fuzzy amber with three fingers of soapy beige head that settles as a gloppy island of whipped cream and then a ring. Little lacing; okay retention. (4)

S:
Spicy hay with rich layers of sweet and bready malt, weed eater dust. (4.25)

T:
Similar to the smell. Layers of hay, clover, crusty bread, honey, bruised herbs, tea. (4.25)

M:
Rough, airy velvet with active carbonation and fluffy feel, sweet. (4)

O:
Really nice beer. I'm glad to try this after getting a skunked old bottle a while back. Just lovely and well-made all around. Rich honey color with night dirty, effervescent head. The aromas are rich malty and field-like. The flavor follows suit and really showcases the malt and yeast interplay, especially considering that there is a pretty strong spicy, herbal hop punch as well. Very nice beer. Would have it again no doubt about it.
(4.25)

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Photo of JRHannah
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pretty sunset yellow-orange color with a quarter-inch head, copious bubbles and lots of floating yeasty bits. Bready malt, phenol, spice and a bit of tropical fruit on the nose. Mouthfeel is very nice, prickly and plush at the same time, but the phenol overpowers everything.

I wish I hadn't read the Alstrom Brothers review before I tasted this. "Hugely phenolic" is right, to the point of being reminiscent of old Band-aids. Not my thing.

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Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,452 ratings