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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

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled 4/30/2012. Pours fairly hazy and cloudy golden amber color with a 3 finger foamy and rocky white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings around the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Amazing appearance. Aromas of big lemon zest, apple, pear, pepper, clove, grape, herbal, floral, grass, bread, light funk, and floral/yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester notes with a light malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, apple, pear, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, light funk, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, light funk, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/spicy esters with a light malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp, dry, and prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden for 9.5% with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a world class saison! Incredible balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with light malt balance; and extremely crisp to drink for the alcohol level. Absolutely insane.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice straw color with a good white head and some lacing. Smell is quite funky and with some citrus notes thrown in as well. Taste is quite similar. Quite spicy and hoppy for the style. Fairly dry mouthfeel, and somewhat light. Good carbonation. The funk persists throughout. A nice twist with excellent drinkability.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice find at the deli I must say,poursa lighter shade of gold with a huge blossoming head that has moved down an inch as of yet,the aroma is lightly smokey with almost a cinnamon spicey quality.Taste is smnokey with some real medicinal hints with a malty finish and after taste wich came out well,this beer has some serious complexity to it.A real nice change of pace here nice to have before bed.

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4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Without question, one of my favorite beers in all the world; and what else would you expect from the Brasserie Dupont?!?

It's hazy golden body reveals hints of gold at the base of the glass; and it's massive rocky head of off-white foam holds for seemingly forever and leaves impressive washes of lace throughout the entire glass.

The nose is straw-like and grassy, backed by spice and fruit (black pepper, crushed white grapes, a mild waft of citrus, and ground cloves/coriander).

In the mouth it lends a crisp tingle to the tongue, awakening the taste buds and helping to emphasize it's yeasty spiciness and hop bitterness.

In the flavor a pinch of tartness comes through amidst the malt, giving this beer it's exceptional character. It helps to balance the earthy, grassy malt and dry bitterness; and it accentuates the yeasty and hoppy fruitiness, and ping-pongs against the yeasty spiciness leaving it with a good deal of complexity that lends to an impressive drinkability.

Brilliant!!!! This beer works equally well as a short apertif (it is 9.5%! although the alcohol never shows) or a night cap, and it pairs well with an amazing variety of foods and events: it's a bristling contrast to garlic bread that also cuts through to cleanse the palate... it's big enough to withstand the onslaught of a ripe Stilton or Bleu cheese... it works quite well with mussels in an herbed white sauce... and it makes an amazing complement/contrast (can that be?) to spicy and sweet Pad Thai. And as for situations and event, it also works equally well at mom's Thanksgiving dinner or a welcomed Christmas nightcap, and especially as a replacement for Champagne at your New Year's toast!

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/27/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains Belgian yeast, light malts, spices and bananas.

T: The taste is well-balanced, with a strong Belgian yeast flavor that is complemented by spices, bananas and wheat. There's a mild hops presence and a little booziness to it. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a lighter but high-powered Belgian beer to drink for a long time.

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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden tangerine in color with some light visible carbonation at the edges of the glass near the surface. The beer pours with a finger tall light beige head that reduces by about 25% but remains covering the entirety of the surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots of aromas of the yeast for this beer - lots of spicy presence that is really delicious smelling. There is an underlying funkiness and slight hints of wood.

T: The flavor is not too intense but is very enjoyable with some good funkiness, tons of spiciness from the yeast, and some dry wood in the finish. What a great flavor to this beer.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very dry.

O: This beer has no presence of alcohol and is extremely enjoyable - I love a good saison and this beer does not disappoint. Very easy to drink and definitely one I would like to get again. I could drink this beer all day long and find it to be very refreshing.

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3.47/5  rDev -17%
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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2.65/5  rDev -36.6%

On tap at Monk's, Philly, PA.

I'm really not a fan of Dupont at all, but I panicked and ordered this one up, seeing nothing else that really grabbed my attention that particular afternoon. Golden-yellow color, pretty much clear, with a small white head on top that displayed good retention and lacing. In the aroma, lots of dry herbs and some barnyard funk. Lots of spice in the taste, coriander, rosemary, oregano, earthy funk, stale grains, manure, solventy booze. Just wasn't digging it. Pretty much like any other Dupont saison I've had, with an upped spice profile. Medium body, mostly dry mouthfeel, but overall uncomfortable, and really hard to drink. I like saisons a lot, but this one was not good.

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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Mad Fox pint glass. It poured a hazy, pale orange color with a fluffy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Excellent head retention to it as well.

The aroma has a nice mix of Belgian yeast spice and bright citrus flavors to it. A peppery, clove flavor mixes with some orange and lemon citrus. A bit of a fruity, tart, apple flavor is present as well.

The taste starts off rather sweet with some bright citrus flavors to it. Towards the middle I get some bittering hops that help to balance it out. In the finish I get more of the sweetness with that lemon, orange citrus. The Belgian yeast adds a bit of a spicy, fruity presence throughout the flavor.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some very nice flavors to it. All the flavors were pretty well balanced and came together nicely. very nice beer overall.

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3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, copper-hued body with an inch of off-white foam.

Smell: Aroma smelling of bright citrus, tangy wheat, spices, apple peelings, and a sweaty, floral hop character. I must say, the funkiness coursing through the nose is fairly restrained.

Taste: Union of citrus, orange peel, and grassy florals. Tart and reasonably bitter even at the start. Some malted wheat, apple, and even flecks of sweet toffee begin to emerge midway. Hint of alcohol, a thoughtful reminder of the 9.5% contained within. Sip of still mineral water. Never more than a mild funk component. Some honey and sour lemon arrives late. Light touches of funk and sourness on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness.

Drinkability: Displays tons of distinct flavors and subtle complexities, but for a winter seasonal, I find myself looking elsewhere and for a saison, well, I honestly prefer the standard Saison Dupont. But I certainly appreciate the "best wishes" from Brasserie Dupont (right back at'cha!).

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Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at falling rock

Poured amber/orange with 1 pinkie of cream colored head. Very good lacing & above average head retention

S: Apricots, appleskins & a bit of white pepper

T: Caramel & fruityness up front. Crisp apples & plums with a bit of pepper in the middle. Finished with a whisper of funk, more apples & hint of booze

MF: Medium-bodied, slick with moderate carbonation, helps pull the flavors through

Drank really easy for the style & alcohol, I wonder how the bottled version is?? Pretty good from the looks of the reviews I'm seeing. One of the better saisons I've had

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4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage. Rich honey with a hint of orange. A stationary cloud of fine yeast is being buffeted about by a generous amount of carbonation... that settles down within minutes of the pour. I love the look of the beer, but the sticky alabaster crown is a typical bit of Belgian magnificence.

I've been able to appreciate the room filling aroma since beer exited bottle. The nose is incredibly complex and doesn't contain much, if any, farmhouse funkiness. I'm fine with that since I can't drink wild ales every day. As far as aroma specifics... sugar-coated grain, sun-ripened orchard fruit (pears, apples), musky hops and a potpourri of warm spices.

Avec Les Bons Voeux is everything that I'd hoped it would be. It falls a half-step short of my favorite saisons, but it's still an exceptional Belgian ale. Perhaps I'll change my mind once I'm closer to the bottom of the bottle than the top. One of my first impressions is of alcohol (since it isn't often noticeable in a beer of this style). An ABV of 6.5-7.0% is easy to bury; 9.5%... not so much.

Bitter effortlessly supercedes both sweet and tangy. In fact, the beer is barely sweet at all. I can appreciate a honey-like flavor, without the honey-like sweetness. This Brasserie Dupont offering seems to be built around hops and spices. Each mouthful is a dizzying blast of bitter grass, lemon zest, white pepper, ground clove and coriander. There's also a delightful undertow of banana and bubblegum. Like I said... complex in the extreme.

I'm leaning toward awarding flavor perfection. The only thing that's holding me back is the alcohol. If the brewery would knock a few percentage points off the ABV, it would be an easy call. This is a tremendously drinkable, tremendously quenching beer because of its dry, crisp nature. Drink quickly at your own risk, however. Since I don't plan to drive my desk chair anywhere in the next several hours, I'll be fine.

There's no quibbling on the mouthfeel... it's simply stunning! Only the Belgian masters could create a beer that's so ethereally light, yet so creamy smooth and so expansive. Each mouthful blossoms in the mouth as if the laws of physics no longer apply. I find myself taking sips just to appreciate what happens tactilely.

Avec les Bons Voeux de la Brasserie Dupont, the beer's full name, translates as 'with the best wishes of the Brewery Dupont'. Thanks Brasserie Dupont. And thank you for this incredibly delicious, world-class saison. It may not be the best I've ever had (Fantome Saison), but it's close. Really, really close.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had at the Pickled Pig.

A: The beer is a hazy straw/golden color with a nice one finger white head on top. Decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Very grassy aroma, some wheat, citrus fruits, and a good bit of spice - pepper, coriander, and cloves.

T: Similar to the aroma, extremely grassy, with a combination of citrus and spices. Some lemon and orange zest with a slight hoppy bitterness. Not overly yeasty, but you know its there.

M: Medium bodied, crisp with a little bit of the alcohol coming through. Not really surprising considering it is 9.5%.

O: Liked it, but didn't love it. It impresses me that they could get the beer up to 9.5%, but it doesn't make me want to have it. Would much rather have a smoother saison that is down in the 5-6% range.

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4.18 out of 5 based on 1,387 ratings.
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