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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.”

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 12/1/2009. Split a 750 2 ways, poured into globes. I've reviewed this twice so this is mostly from the 12/1/2001 review, with some notes from a 7/14/2010 tasting in belgium.

Ar: funky and fruity, resin and hop, strong dupont floral, hints of sulfur, beautiful, strong and complex, citrus, tropical fruit, herbal/spicy hops, lightly resinous, powdery lilies, peach/nectarine, lightly perfumy, *fresh Ar, *killer Ar

Ap: heavy haze straw, very fine thick off white head, creamy and whipped, very good retention, lace

F: floral complex, classic dupont floral character dominates throughout, citrus, doughy, spicy hop, very lightly minerally, light fruit, peaches, apricots, hints of tropical fruit, alcohol, intensely complex, cleaner than moinette blonde, amazing, smooth citrus, jasmine, lilies, roses, dry end, fruity funky and tart, *coriander, *bready malt, fresh citrus/pear

M: dry and light, creamy and smooth, alcohol warmth, high fine carbonation, lingering aftertaste

O: Complex and funky, floral, spicy, great balance, second time aroma had less sulfur, would drink the normal saison more, if it is going to be this strong it needs to be more assertive, fantastic but in general would rather have saison

*=ideas from fellow taster

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Photo of shark262
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ML corked bottle

A: high carbonation, belgian lace on sides of glass, white & moussy head that is long-lasting, light orange/tangerine color, very appealing appearance

S: ripe summer fruits: pears, apples, lemons; hay and very slight barnyard funk, no diacetyl, slight sulfur, low to no hop aroma

T: pear and other fruits, pleasant funk, some fusel alcohols from high ferment temp, hop bitterness med to low

M: crisp, high-attenuation, dry aftertaste, very refreshing, alcohol warmth on the back of the palette

D: refreshing and tasty, perfect for summer, alcohol warmth and crisp mouthfeel keeps me coming back for more, a great saison

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty beutiful golden hugh with nice white head that leaves typical spotty Belgian lace around the glass. Tight carbonation. Aroma is nice dupont yeast, kinda peppery, fresh hay straw n lemon. Flavor of Belgian yeast, simple malt bill and grassy noble hops. Really it's all about the yeast. Little bit
Of wheat flavor. Similar flavors to the aromas, grassy, hey n straw. Nice dry finish and silky mouthfeel. For a saison of its strength this one goes down easy.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Elegantly Lovely. That is the best way to describe the beer.

Took off the metal cork retainer and the cork shot off like a rocket...I guess those metal things do serve a purpose.

Tons of small carbonation rising. 1 finger white creamy head. Good retention. Dark orange/golden. Beautiful.

Aroma is apparent from far away...hay, floral. Farmhouse. Sweet. Peach and citrus.

Taste is of peach, apricot, grassy. Sweet. Citrus. Many light flavors bouncing around my mouth.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, a very well made beer. Delicous. Good with food. Very easy to drink [maybe too easy given the ABV].

Update 3/3/13: Just had another bottle. 2006. Still wonderful. Highly recommended.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy golden hue with 3 fingers of lively foam that slowly recedes leaving some lacing.

Aroma is funky saison yeast, herbs, citrus and light malt/sweet. There is a hint of apple and yeasty spice. Quite complex and hard to place overall.

Flavor is very interesting. Earthy with banana and spice. Some peach, light apple and yeast. Finish is dry and light but quite plesant. Leaves a spicy and funky/tart flavor lingering, very nice.

Highly carbonated and fairly easy drinking, though potent.

Overall I like this beer a lot, very interesting and flavorfull.

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Photo of mntlover
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale straw color hints of orange when held away from the light. Head is big and fluffy off white on a slow pour, some good looking lace left behind.

Aroma is wonderful grainy maybe wheat mingled with light fruits fresh cut apples, apricots. Some tartness noted mingled with some grass and earthy yeast notes.

Taste is hints of sweet fruit even maltiness then pow right into tartness, happens so fast you about miss it. Tart notes on grainy base sour like apples mingled with spice and funk. None of the 9.5% is noted very nicely done.

Mouthfeel is medium with carbonation that is lively but not over done.

Drinkability is good and enjoyable beer, beautiful aroma good flavor.

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

Served in tuliped flute. Poured a deep straw golden-yellow, with 3/4 inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly spicy yeast with some grain and a hint of fruit sweetness. The taste was very good, also very spicy yeast inclined, with the grain providing a nice base.

The body was good, tongue coating and crisp, with a finish that was a little sticky, in the good way. Drinkability was very good, I had a couple in a row and will go back for more.

Overall, a very good beer, worth seeking out.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL 2009 bottle poured into a Stillwater wine glass.

This beer leads me to the same conclusion as my previous review, bigger isn't always better. Pours a hazy, copper orange color with a fluffy off white head with average retention and lacing. The aroma explodes from the bottle as the cork is removed (if thats possible) and hits you with funk, belgian yeast, floral, earthiness, spice, etc. Body is a little chewier and less crisp than the normal Saison Dupont and much boozier. Flavor is very citrusy, grainy and earthy with a strong medicinal and phenol presence which isn't that pleasing. There is also a very strong alcohol presence throughout and burning in the finish. I think I might enjoy a bottle of this much more with some age on it.

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Photo of hubearth
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served into a Orval glass on a beautiful sunny day.
The bottle was 375ml and it was printed 2008 on the cork (so between 1½ and 2½ old).

When opened, the foam began to raise slowly.

Look: Opaque, I like it. a lot's of carbonization.

S: not amazing, but good. I couldn't judge the taste only by the nose.

T: comes smooth in the mouth a little bit sour at the beginning and turn to bitterness when swallow. It has some fruity flavor. Those three tastes leave with the impression of a pine bud. It's a very good beer for a sunny day. There's a inch of wood flavor too. It leaves a pleasent taste between the sips, I guess it's high volume of alcool (9.5%) helps.

m: great mouthfeel despites that it's a high carbonized beer. kick the tip of the tongue but leaves a smootness on the sides. It refreshes you on a hot day.

d: it'd drink it like I could drink a Saison Dupon, but it's high alcool volume would get me from behind. It's bitterness slows down the debit, but I like drinking slowly.

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Photo of Daniell
3.36/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get the dregs of a bottle.

A:Nice persistent head, good lacing, good colour. Some discolouration in the head. 4

S: sweet fruits like peaches, a herby smell which is kind of reminiscent of detergent. Bit of alcohol. Also get sulfur and minerally notes. 3

T: similar to the nose. Can taste some alcohol in there which makes it taste a bit like the syrup in canned peaches. Yeast gives it sourness. Get some granny smith apples in there too. 3

M: Definitely not bad. Highly carbed. 4

D: No problems drinking this despite the alcohol content. 4

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Photo of jrallen34
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Hopleaf into a tulip...The beer is a nice gold slight orange, good head and retention...The aroma and taste are super nice, what a saison is. Floral hops, so fresh with a little funk. The taste is bitter but sour, easy to drink..

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Photo of bobjonesSD
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into two wine glasses. Refreshing yet remarkably full-bodied at the same time. Incredibly well-balanced. Beautiful white tightly laced foam head. Mild fruity esters, yeasty and fun. A great beer for the start of summer, paired nicely with a light dinner of grilled lamb, corn, and salad.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A summer of saisons, I sit on its doorstep ready for adventure. I kicked it all off with this beast, the Avec served to me by a dapper gentlemen in Portland.

The carbonation is too high.

That is my only complaint.

My praise, well, it has many facets. The green apples, the straw, the sunshine, the fields of nuanced delight dance across my tongue preparing me for hard work and long days. A hint of hops in there, just a hint of them makes the dry liquid bounce forward, makes it cry for celebration.

To drown in it would be a good way to die.

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Photo of rarbring
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A golden brew, initially clear but with yeast at the bottom of the bottle, an off-white head, compact and leaving some lacing.

The smell is acid, Crème fraîche, green apples, some leathery stable nuances.

Some raw sugar sweetness, ripe fruits, and a strong bitter tang that recedes, leaving yeast and fresh buns as a memory.

A lot of carbonation, like a sparkling wine, a warm feeling.

Not bad, but the surge of bitterness was a bit to dominant for me, made the experience somewhat unbalanced. But can replace champagne when needed - that's positive.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of unHipHopHead
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Avec Les Bons Voeux 3 (2008 printed on cork)

Once the cork popped some super bubbly foam came out like champagne. The first gentle pour was 95% foam. After I let it settle for a few minutes, the foam was still there but the actual beer came flowing...

The first actual glass of beer was clouded with lots of sediment, the taste was on the musty side... The foam was also out of control for about 30 mins. My lesson with this one was give the beer some time, its been locked up for 2 years.

Once I let it settle for a while and after I put it in the bottle in the fridge for about 5-10 mins the sediment began to settle to the bottom allowing the second glass to pour perfectly.

A: Pours a cloudy medium light orange with some dense consistent head. The tulip glass I poured it into kept the carbonation shooting from the bottom center to the top.

S: Herbal and balanced spice aromas. Almost fruity and peppery.

T: Some mellow pepperiness. Mellow fruity sweetness like that of a fruity loose leaf tea. A good deal of yeast taste as well.

M: Lots of carbonation, very smooth.

D: Very drinkable, super refreshing and delicious. Dangerous indeed.

TIP: If cellaring this one, store upright to minimize sediment.

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Photo of shuntstout
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark gold with a yeasty haze and and frothy head.

Smell: A very skunky pilsner malt fragrance, balanced with a fruity hop nuance.

Taste: Forward but smooth pilsner like character countered by a bitter, earthy hop profile. Ends with a spicy yet satisfying yeast background. Amazing for its strength!

Mouthfeel: Extremely effervescent, with a light, smooth after glow.

Drinkability: Really inviting and super refreshing, easy with an ongoing enjoyment of original Dupont fashion. Tastes of strong grain, hops and different spices bring new respects to this wonderful holiday saison.

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Photo of Derek
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage.

A: Cloudy, dirty straw with a huge white head, good retention, light lacing.

S: Marmalade, hay, spice (cloves?), candied pineapple, toffee.

T: Marmalade, candied pineapple, toffee, balanced bitterness, grass, light alcohol warmth (I'd guess around 7.5%, well below its 9.5%).

M: Very smooth, well-attenuated but not dry, light acidity, average carbonation.

D: Dangerous at this weight!

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 corked and caged, 2008 bottling shared courtesy of bobsy.

Pours a cloudy, somewhat musty yellow with piles of foamy head that stick around forever and leave chunks of lacing down the glass.

Mild barnyard funk peeks out from a grassy, herbal note and a zing of lemon zest. Alcohol peeks out a bit too which, IMO, for a saison is a bit of a distraction.

A bit of a brute in the saison world but, somehow just barely, Dupont manages to pull it off and make it supremely drinkable for the ABV. Bone dry finish aids in this. Spicy peppercorns mix with a nice lemon zest and hints of orange and pear, light grassiness with a dash of funk. Alcohol there but kept at bay, like I said, somehow pulling it off.

A little too silky and full for my liking in the mouthfeel, would have liked it to dance through. Perhaps the ABV shows itself here. Still, a well crafted beer that I would gladly drink again but not in my all-time favorites of the style. Thanks Rob!

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Photo of bobsy
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 version - drank a couple years after bottling.

Something of a super-saison, that wears its alcohol a little brashly for its age, but succeeds because of Dupont's mastery of the style.

Pours a hazy deep yellow with fluffy meringue-like head, that exhibits classic Dupont retention and deposits huge globs of lace on the side of the glass. While the heavier weight of this saison is noticeable in the nose it never overwhelms the grassiness and zesty citrus which provide a bracing freshness. Joining this is some mild barnyard notes and a peppery spiciness from the yeast. Quite neat, but essentially the regular Dupont with added alcohol.

The dominant aspect of the flavour is a pronounced dryness which works well with the grassiness (I guess its hay now) and pale malt. Big juicy fruits bring apple, pear and berries, while the spiciness of the yeast combines nicely with light barnyard funk to round things off. The alcohol, which was so present in the nose, is nicely integrated here, but while its not really all that noticeable it certainly hampers Bon Voeux from reaching the ridiculously high drinkability levels of regular Dupont. The mouthfeel, as I mentioned, is dry and its accompanied by a lightness and champagne carbonation.

This is obviously a very good saison, but it doesn't quite have the edge that would put it in the very top tier. The higher alcohol also detracts me a little - saisons should be drinkable, and perhaps even sessionable, but at 9.5% we're really getting away from that.

Thanks to Pier-Luc for the bottle.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These Brasserie DuPont beers always open with a really loud pop. The cork says it was bottled in 2009, so this is a pretty fresh saison.

A- Loud pop and lots of gunsmoke. This beer is a deep honey gold with greenish dandelion yellow highlights. Pretty dark for a saison if you ask me. It is mostly clouded over but some silhouettes are still visible through it. The head on this saison let me down. It was loud and fizzy and quick, more like a bottle of pop. It didnt last long at all and didnt leave any lacing. I really like saisons with those huge, fluffy, pure white, everlasting heads.

S- The smell was apparent as soon as the cork was out of the bottle. It smells of spoiled Budweiser, apple cider vinegar, apple peals, salt and pepper. Its full of light, juicy fruitiness with a sharp, stinging tartness. Funk is very minimal but there is a slight hint of earthy yeast.

T- Tart stuff. Not really sour, but more vinegary. The fruitiness in the nose is not as strongly represented in the taste. Some of those apple notes get knocked back by a spoiled chardonnay taste. Its pretty spicy and loaded with peppercorn. Finishes hoppy and bitter. Slight tastes of pine and aspirin on the finish make for a pretty bitter and hoppy saison.

M- Medium body with lots of really sharp carbonation. Semi dry finish. This stuff is pretty crisp and biting. If only the finish were dryer and cleaner. There is a lot of lingering hoppy stuff going on.

D- I was really excited by this beer, and while it is good, it is not my favorite saison. Fantome still reigns supreme.

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

Avec les Bons Voeux de la Brasserie Dupont - 9.5% abv - Tourpes, Belgium

Appears a slightly clouded honey golden hue with a bright white head, from the 750ml green bottle. White head forms thick and dwindles slowly, forms fine Belgian style lacing.

Aroma has a strong herbal and citrus zest hop profile. A dry bitter hop presence blended with mildly funk yeast phenols. Barnyard, with a nice perfume like nose to it. It's bright and keeps you enticed with each sniff.

Flavors bring out complex layers of malt, phenols from the yeast, and herbal/citric hops. The flavors blend so nicely there's big malt honey biscuit tones with a touch of alcohol and effervescent bittering hops biting the palate. Farmhouse ale at it's best this may be the classic of all Farmhouse ales, I beefed up version for the holidays.

Mouthfeel has some cloying moments but the effervescence is enough to carry the whole experience. Medium bodied alcohol is mild compared to the actual numbers this beer puts up, definitely well hidden on the palate, carbonation is great like champagne for sure.

Drinkability it's hard to believe this style originated across Europe from farmhouse workers who would drink this extremely refreshing complex golden ale after working the land. This is the hallmark for the celebratory moments in our lives grab a bottle of with best wishes on your holiday and let your friends and family be aware of the nuances. this bottles is from February of 2009 and I can't get enough of it.

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Photo of GreenCard
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pale orange-straw, slight haze, huge pillow of white spongey foam that slowly turns rocky

Aroma: (unfortunately, this is quite skunked so it's difficult to get anything specific out of the bouquet) wheat, hot newsprint, flowers

Flavor: dryish malt backbone carrying a melange of grapefruit rind bitterness, zesty tart accents, and a peppery alcohol zing; wheaty and spicy; finishes fairly dry with a lingering bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, spritzy carbonation, fluffy, warming

Other comments: Saison Dupont and Avec Les Bons Veux are two of my favorite beers. It's such a bummer that it's almost impossible to get a non-skunked bottle over here. Saison Dupont isn't going to start using brown bottles apparently, so can we ask our beer stores to store the bottles in cardboard sleeves?

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Photo of chaz410
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my favorite Saison ever. I got this one at Brawleys in Charlotte NC.
Pours a perfectly amber slightly hazy body. Has a nice white finger length head and tons of carbonation.
Smells of amazingly balanced spices, hops and sweet malt layered over some belgian aromatic yeast. There's corriander, orange peel, and some spicey grassy german nobel hops. Nice mild yeast funk and some sweet caramel as well.
Taste unbelievably crisp, sweet, spicey, and dry all at the same time. There's great belgian caramel lighter to amber malts, some slight raison, and light golden malt sweetness similar to honey. There's some notes of corriander, ginger, clove, and orange peel. A little hop bitterness is laced between the spice and the obvious belgian dry funky backbone.
Mouthfeel is smooth and sharp on the finish.
Easy to drink and it's my favorite food pairing beer!

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Photo of spointon
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 750ml corked and caged green bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy yellow-orange color with a lot of effervescence and a 1.5" creamy meringue head. That head lasted and lasted, and even produced a bit of foamy stickage. I took a picture of this in the glass it looked so good!

S= All the things you want in a saison aroma and more. Lots of crazy yeast components (horse blanket, spicy/peppery, herbal) with some fruity esters and a grassy Saaz/noble hop note for good measure. The alcohol was there but never overpowering despite the ABV.

T= Started out with hints of malt that were quickly overshadowed by yeasty goodness (all the same notes as the aroma). Substantial but not in-your-face hops lent a grassy/leafy quality. Big fruitiness and phenolic flavors dominate through the middle. Chameleon-like spiciness was peppery one second and then funky the next. Finish was dry with a slight hint of tartness that was extremely interesting and all around refreshing.

MF= Medium body with a big bubbly effervescent feel.

D= Extremely drinkable despite the huge ABV. I love saisons and I love strong Belgian ales, and this was a perfect match of both. Really a great beer and one I will visit again soon.

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Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,395 ratings
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