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Belgian Saison
Ranked #104
Ranked #1,834
4.18 | pDev: 9.57%
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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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Photo of Varkias41
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml 2002 Vintage-
Poured a light gold with heavy carbonation and a huge, whipped egg-white head. Took some time to enjoy watching the head slowly rise higher and higher as the bubbles danced furiously underneath. Garden nose jazzed up with some spices and just a hint of hops. Not sour as I expected, instead a mellow, rich yeasty flavour especially present in the finish. Mouthfeel was moderately smooth with some definite warming. Very satisfying and relaxing. Would pair well with a light reading and log fire.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Matta is such a stellar individual Clear liquid gold wearing a foamy, frothy, rocky gigantic-sized white head. Very carbonated body. Gotta love such a complex aroma that never hinted at being not as great as expected by me (who still recently fell under the charm of their Dupont Forêt). Ultra farmy, dry and yeasty, very yeasty obviously like all other Dupont. Lovely barny and spicy hints. How can you not love a fine Saison. Bone-dry (made me think of chalk at times) with awesome white wine aspects. Deep spice profile includes coriander, basil, pepper, thyme, mint, sage and just various other herbs. The first sip proposes a malty attack with lots of dry hay, some apple and so much yeast. Finish is dry with a grassy hop bitterness, but remains restrained and balanced. Aftertaste comes back to haunt me with suggestions of dust and spices and that scores big points with me. So herbal, so intense and no alcohol to speak of although there's a charming warming effect. Body is medium, quite carbonated, mouth-cleaning for sure and lightly tart at times. Marvellous Marvel. I'm truly impressed and in great thirst of Saison for the rest of my days. Help me!

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes, a replacement for champagne. Even non-beer drinkers will like. Like a good French white wine, nicely carbonated, with lemon and zest and vanilla. Good combination of hops, spices. Nice white head that stays. Crisp aftertaste.Great and unique saison.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

There should be a new beer style. Imperial Sasion.

White big head, amazing retention and lace. Opaque yellow body.
Pineapple, grapefruit and great spicy bitter aroma.
The slighest hint of sweetness before an assault of bitterness. Sweet wheat flavor and complex citrus hops. There must be sugar of some sort in here, but it due to the hops it does not seem sweet nor alcholic, it just seems, light, lovely. This is the ultimate, high powered beer.
Smooth broad bitter and lovely.
Better than any champagne I have ever had.

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Photo of BierReise
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl Corked 2003 vintagePoured a cloudy golden orange color with a creamy white head. Aroma slightly sour and fruity. Some lemon, skunk and barnyard funk also present. Really wonderfully complex. Body is medium with a velvety smoothness and a lively carbonation. Flavor is spicy like a Tripel with some nice citrus in there as well. Good retention leaving scattered lacing in my Trappist glass. Overall one of the best in this style that I've had.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky blonde color with darker colored yeast in suspesion. Huge fluffy white head. Pour carefully, folks! Spicy, yeasty nose, pepper, citrus peel, alcohol is noticable. Citrus notes and a fair dosage of lower alpha hops in there, as well. Nice and dry like you'd expect from a saison but very strong. But, hey, it's their winter seasonal. It gets cold in Belgium, too. Excellent mouthfeel, bubbly, dry and alcoholic. Do I hear a substitute for New Years Eve champagne? Can I get an Amen? Hell yeah.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of saltydog
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle tasted at Bruges Beertje. Appearence: Golden yellow, big head, slight cloudiness. Aroma: Very spicy, with a rich hopiness. Flavor: Earthy hop flavors. Spices from yeast & specialty ingredients. Malt backbone balances. Finish: Mostly lingering hops.

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

Appearance – Light yellow with a tinge of orange is the coloring for this extremely cloudy brew. The head had to be worked a little but what came up stayed for quite a while. No lacing, probably due to the 9.5 ABV.

Smell – A lot of spices in this one. The aroma is very powdery (probably tastes that way, too). There’s some stiff malt and yeast in there as well and a little bitter hops to balance things out, but this is your typical spicy BSPA. The coriander is very present, along with some pepper and a few others that I can’t pinpoint.

Taste – The deep, mature, yeast flavor kicks into high gear at the taste. The spices some out in full force as well. There’s an interesting rind hop punch to this one that balances things out. I think it’s the first of this I’ve tasted for the style, but it all works really well.

Mouthfeel – Heavily carbonated with a slight alcohol sting on the tongue. Yes, it’s a BSPA from Belgium.

Drinkability – Nice, authentic rendition of the style. This went down quite well. Anyone with a, “BigBelgiumBrethern,” or, “BelgiumBeers4Me,” handle has to try this one.

Comments – TheLongBeachBum wrote a winner of a review on this one and rated it two tenths higher than me. He said it a lot more eloquently than I did. His is a, “must read,” if you’re thinking about trying this ale.

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Photo of Morris729
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden sunrise color with a tall foamy white head that dissipates into a soapy lace. Nose is fruity esters and lots of spice—clove, coriander, and fresh pepper. Moderate in body with a bold carbonation that dances on the tongue. Taste begins with some tropical fruit and raw honey followed by a strong musty yeastiness. This is followed by an attack on the palate by lots of medical phenols, some spicy coriander, and a bite of white pepper. This is a supercharged Saison and another fine beer from an outstanding brewery.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent and very impressive! This saison pours a nice light orange colour with a fluffy, white head. The aromas are all zesty hops, farm, horse blanket, must, yeast, and spice! The taste is a spicy hop bomb, with the alcohol and malt flavors nicely tucked into the fresh tasting mix. The mouthfeel is light and airy, yet still full. The drinkability is off of the map!

The regular Saison Dupont beer is great, but this stuff is inspiring.

please take note, that this is a limited edition seasonal beer, released in the winter, by the Dupont brewery. The sample just reviewd was from the 2001 batch! If you find this stuff, it should be around $10 a bottle...

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Photo of stcules
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong blond colour, clear, but with some corpuscules in suspension.
White foam, thin creamy and with medium pesistance.
Fresh smeel, with flower, bread. The alcohol is quite present. Spicy. Vanilla, spices (peper, coriander, anise (?)). A little too straight.
The taste is more bitter, with yeast and spices.
Aftertaste is again more bitter, and malty, pesistent at the sides of the mouth.
The alcohol (9.5% ABV) is well hidden, and the drinkability is good.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The only other Dupont product I'd tried before this was it cider, which I enjoyed immensely, so I had high expectations of this beer and was not disappointed. It glows a nice yellow with a touch of orange and has a big, white pillowy head that leaves lace all the way down the glass. The smell and taste are discinctly Belglian. Those "barnyard" smells are present along with a hint of medicinal smell. The taste has a nice tartness bring a slight pucker to the mouth. It has a nice, creamy mouthfeel. As others have noted, the abv is well-hidden, so don't let it sneak up on you.

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

This beautiful dirty blonde from Belgium pours a perfect tanned gold color that is cloudy and very effervescent. The head is pillowy like a cloud on a hot summer day, long Lived and thick. And the Nose is excellent - Spice and yeast floating on sweet malt and citrus highlights. The Mouthfeel is crisp and carbonated - Bubbles form in your mouth and cling to your tongue as you drink this one. The flavor is aggressive hopping for real Belgian ale that is a great surprise. The malt is not as sweet as the nose in the taste but is there in great undertones that really help set this beer apart from others. Overall this one is incredibly satisfying and enjoyable - Exceptional is the Word.

On a note - There is an element to the hops in the nose that vaguely reminds me of a new can of tennis balls????????

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

Pours a bright and cloudy yellow in color, nice creamy frothy white lasting head. Flowery, grassy spicy and fruity aromas, fruity, yeasty spicy and slightly sour wheat flavors. Medium boby, smooth and silky mouthfeel with some bitterness, finishes, crisp and dry with alcohol in the aftertaste, great for the style.

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Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thin bubbly lacing, some stickage. Glowing orange hue shows some action from the carbonation.

Smell: Spicy aroma; black pepper, clove with a phenolic herbal smell. A touch of solvent alcohol and ripe pineapple and mango as well.

Taste: Hugely phenolic, the palate gets hit hard with herbal and medicinal notes. Some hops in there as well as some shaded maltiness. More phenols, raw honey maltiness and an earthened hop. Obvious coriander. Light ripe tropical fruit within the solvent like alcohol. Odd tartness in the end and finishes a bit dry.

Mouthfeel: Rolling crispness builds to a textured smoothness.

Drinkability & Notes: More interesting than anything else, certainly a specialty beer that I’d have after a meal or if the meal was bold enough to pair it with that.

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

Another one of those refreshing delights amid the common heaviness of winter seasonals (don't get me wrong, I love the big beers too). This beer pours out a hazy golden yellow with a nice thick, pillowy white head that lasts forever leaving a serious coat of lace down the glass. The aroma smells of a bready yeast and fragrant lemony citrus. The taste is slightly sweet but dries up in the finish where you'll find a trace of hop bitterness. There is a tartness present which melds well with some of the light fruitiness found in the flavor. There is ample carbonation that lends to a full and smooth mouthfeel. The more I taste the more I realize that there is more going on here. For being what I thought was a lighter beer, there is alot going on here - citrus, light malt, fruity esters, and spice. Forgive my oxymoron, but I think this beer is both light and rich. The alcohol is hidden but present and slowly warms the belly. Great stuff, go out and get some.

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Photo of marc77
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy light golden hue. Lively bubbling supports a thick, fluffy, stiff, sea foam like white head. Yeast must and lightly tart white grapes hit the nose at first, then notes of damp bready malt and clove surface. Hint of dry herbs and black pepper like alcohol. Note of green apple adds additional tartness in aroma. Fairly dry and tart overall aromawise. Contrary to the aroma, the flavor profile abounds in a pleasant, light, sweetness. The initial honey like sweetness morphs into a fruity melange of grape and pear, then is immediately contrasted by green apple, medicinal phenols and notes of black licorice. Hint of heaty, solvent like fusels. Lightly bodied. Agreeably crisp mouthfeel. Finishes herbally sweet, with pronounced clove and an impression of dried oregano. An intense, flavorful beer. Strong on the medicinal phenols and higher alcohols. Perhaps further cellaring to tame this brew would elevate it to excellence. Bottled 2002.

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Photo of BKotch
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm obviously a big fan of all the Dupont brews. This winter seasonal is in the same vein as their saison and the Moinette blonde. A cloudy golden color with a huge rocky white head and good lace pattern down the glass. The same peppery-fruity nose and palate but with a stronger yeasty flavor in the back and then the traditional hoppy finish. Also the highest carbonation of all the Dupont beers I've tried. If this had been in town in December, a merry Christmas I would have had, indeed.

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