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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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Ratings:
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pDev:
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Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nearly fully hazy golden, two fingers of white head retained very well
S - lemon citrus and yeasty aromas, herbal quality with a light metallic aroma
T - big fruity yeast with strong perfume like flavours, some fresh grains and light leafiness
M - big carbonation, finishes very dry with some ABV bite
T - a big beer all around, champagne like feel and flavours, a very fine example of this style

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Photo of taigor
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a small glass.

A - Poured slightly cloudy bright yellow color with huge white head that slowly dissipated leaving lots and lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Strong yeast, bananas, hay, spices and earthy scents. Excellent aroma for saison.

T - Starts off with sweet honey and transforms into bready yeast with pepper spiciness, cloves, bananas and a slightly bitter citrusy dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with very high carbonation.

O - Excellent saison which I highly recommend.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy sunshine with creamy white froth. Big wildflower nose with lemon peel and a bit of beeswax - fresh and gorgeous.
Pale crusty breads malts, a hit of Belgian candy sugar, yellow plum and a hint of orangeade, then grass and a touch of anise from the hops.
Lemon sorbet finish and peppery linger. Light, fizzy, crisp and soft, with no burn somehow.

Lots of herbals! Deep, but without much in the way of yeasty funk or wax. A superior saison.

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Photo of Buggies
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rather explosive opening these saisons tend to be. Have your glass ready...

Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Big booming fluffy white head. Aromas of citrus, mostly orange maybe. Nice background aromas of floral hops too. A hint of yeast, though muted.

Tastes good. I get a lot of flavors from the yeast. Mostly spice and a little fruit. Nice citrus notes as well. Finishes dry with a little bitter bite to it. Alcohol is warming, but not too much.

Overall, nice tasting beer. I was expecting a little more in the way of flavor. Or perhaps this beer could be a little better with a sour funk.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a slightly hazy looking yellowish color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of some light barbyard aromas are in there along with some funk and floral breadiness. The taste of the beer is yeasty and has a light amount of lemon to it. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and bubbles up a lot in your mouth. Overall this beer is quite good. Definetly worth trying.

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

A: The cork actually flew off when I opened the beer, which I was not at all expecting. When poured, the beer had a gigantic fluffy, white head on top of a hazy, darker straw yellow with orange hues body.

S: Funky and citrusy with a bit of hay. Very interesting and just overall delightful.

T: Earthy and spicy with a nice touch of sweetness that is nicely balanced with bitterness or maybe even slightly outweighed by the bitterness. The alcohol is present on the finish and there is a slight lemon funk as well. I can dig it.

M: It is light to medium bodied with great carbonation. Absolutely wonderful.

O: If I told you this beer was anything less than fantastic, I would be lying. Absolutely buys this beer. In fact, buy multiple bottles or even cases. Just great.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a schooner. Didn't note the best before date as this was in a group tasting.

A - pours a golden, cloudy brew that appears highly carbonated. Very fluffy head that dissipates quickly with little to no lacing.

S - lovely citrus (lemon), yeast and floral notes on the nose.

T - nice bitter attack with an underpinning of spiciness and pepper. Resolves into a delicious floral character that goes on and on.

M - very light with sharp carbonation. A real thirst quencher.

D - very drinkable, but also a bit boozy. If you're up for the power, it won't let you down.

This is an excellent Saison and an exceptional summer beer. Quite delicious on all dimensions.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375mL, corked n' caged, purchased in Belgium. Best before January 2016.

Pours a glowing, cloudy orange with a nice, billowing head. Doesn't retain quite like I'd expect, though the lacing is nice.

The aroma is pungent and funky, with a sturdy hop presence.

Bitter, with a dry, slightly Bretty bite to it. Hop flavor is there too, in the form of mellow citrus and leafy bitterness. Really rindy and earthy. Hay and grain flavors come through a bit. Alcohol is present too, but about right for a 9.5% ABV brew. Mouthfeel is huge, fluffy and creamy. Great beer.

It is my humble opinion that this is one of the best Saisons available. If you see this beer, buy it. Lots of it.

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Photo of alamere
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the green bottle into a chimay chalice...

A - Beer looks great. Very yellow and light in color, fantastically carbonated and more clear than I would have guessed.

S - Certainly doesn't have much of a smell.. the beer is slightly skunky (like every one of these that I've tasted out of these green bottles) After the skunk burns off a little bit there may be a fruity aroma but certainly not much of a nose on this beer.

T - Like the others, the skunk of the nose on this beer didn't make it to the taste at all. Beer has a great taste a light but solid bitterness. A little surprisingly it's certainly sweeter than their more popular, standard saison. It's more of a strong malt sweetness.. there is some nice pepperiness and some phenolics and in my opinion, this beer is as much a trippel as anything.

M - Great feel on this beer.. taste is intense and mouthfeel starts with bitterness with some sweetness in the middle and then a very dry ending that still manages to linger on the palate.

O - I can't really find any faults in this one, and I may actually like it better than their standard Saison. That being said, I'm not sure I find anything incredibly original with it either. It's just a really good, belgian beer with a really high ABV. It's certainly a sweeter offering than many Belgians as well.. so if you are looking for slightly sweeter in the Belgian style this is a good choice.

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Photo of bs870621345
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a nice huge head. Nice lacing down the glass.

Smells very earthy, spicy, and bready.

Starts with a very spiced taste and moves into the bread and earth tones. Finishes very clean, but the warming alcohol just doesn't fit in the beer like this.

Mouthfeel is rather thick but the carbonation makes up for it.

Overall, its fine, not as good as the regular.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010 poured into my St. Feuillen glass.

A-Pours hazy blonde with about an inch of frothy, bubbly eggshell white head. Leaves soapy lacing down the glass.

S-Grassy hops, honeydew, blood orange juice, and DuPont's signature yeast.

T/M-Less earthy than the standard DuPont saison. The difference is subtle, but ultimately significant. The earthy, funky yeast is at the forefront of the flavor profile, along with notes of white pepper and a touch of coriander. Gets nice and dry mid-palate, with a warming finish and prickly carbonation.

O-A great alternative to the sweet, sometimes syrupy Belgian holiday ales. My favorite DuPont beer.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear honey color with good carbonation and a nice white cap and bubbles

S: Sharp booze, barnyard funk, some spice

T: Spice and a grassy hop flavor. Then it goes to pepper, hay, some fruits and a little funk n booze

M: Light to medium body with plenty of carbonation. Crisp, dry and clean

O: Very easy to drink but a strong ass farmhouse. I like the style for taste and drinkability so thie booze on this takes it down in enjoyability and drinkability for the style.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before October 2015.

Bottle opens with a very satisfying pop. Pouring into a glass results in a hazy light orange colour with tons of thick white head. Plenty of carbonation visible in the glass. Sporadic lacing on the glass.

Nose was a very faint yeast smell.

Taste is a light honey sweetness, with some yeast flavor at the end. Yeast flavor is a bit more musty tasting than most other saisons I have sampled. Dry finish.

The sweetness vs dryness is very nice. The mustiness sort of mellows over time. Overall, this is pretty good, though not quite as good as the Dupont.

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

Beer bottle (37.5 cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : orange color, with white foamy head (nice lacing).
Smell : spiced and yeasty aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : powerfully hoppy and lemony taste, with alcohol presence in finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the Belgian style Saison.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One last transcription from a snowy afternoon at Local 44 in PHL. Undated, but that's the way it is sometimes.

With Best Wishes, indeed. Spanky and the Gang were sending me off in style.

It had a finger of bone-white head with low retention, falling even as it was set in front of me. Color was a cloudy lemon-yellow, chiffon-like and reminding me of sunshine in a glass on that cold, snowy day. Nose was dry - papery, peppery and a solid reminder of why I love Saison yeast! It imparted a dry, dusty, mildly spicy taste on the tongue and although it may have been their version of a Winter/Christmas ale, I'd break this out in the summer months. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. Finish was slightly dry and very refreshing. Absolutely yummy!

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Photo of aasher
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cork came out rather easily then I was hit in the face with sour apple like aromas. It pours light to medium in body with a nice creamy gold in color with a two finger white soapy head. It smells of sweet pale malts, light honey, very aromatic spices, with a slight tart and dry finish. It tastes of sweet pale malts, light honey, moderate spice, with a nice yeasty and lightly funky finish. It has really nice flavor and the 9.5% is nowhere to be found. It drinks pretty smoothly and leaves behind a nice aftertaste of sweetness a nice amount of spices. Overall this is a very nice saison and worth your while.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Furiously carbonated honey hued liquid produces an enormous unstoppable whit head flow....

Orange cola, lemon and yeast fill the nostrils

A Honey tinged cloying sweetness on top of golden grains, warm alcohol and yeast on the tongue, notes of rye seed and bitter hops in the back ground

Medium to full bodied nectar, a strong fast bubble on the tongue and the ability to last for a few seconds on the palate

Overall one of the most flavorful Saisons I've had. I good deal of flavor but still refreshes in the classic summer fashion.

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

Appears as clear golden body that gets hazed and full of floating yeast-particles with the consecutive pourings, topped by rocky, long lasting white head. The nose is soft pale malt sweetness, fruity esters of pear and apple, peppery spiciness that I couldn't tell where originates from (hops, actual spices added or yeast-derived phenols, or any combination of those listed) and faint tartness underneath. There's a tinge of soft, spicy alcohol. Flavor is discrete pale malt sweetness embedding the evident tartness that interplays with peppery spiciness. A touch of funk. Finish is dry with evident hop bitterness. Medium bodied, effervescent. (750 ml, into tulip.)

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Photo of MowryJC
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hopleaf in Chicago.

A - Burnt-Orange and hazy, capped with a one-and-a-half-finger head, leaving rings of lace down the glass.

S - Funky barnyard and hay, with a little bit of clove phenols and peppery spice.

T - The signature Dupont funk, more of that barnyard, hay, clove, and pepper. A little grassiness and really nice touch of honey. To finish up, some spicy hops. So complex and great.

M - Spritzy and lively on the tongue, scrubs the mouth and finishes clean as a whistle.

Man, talk about a beer I could have with almost any dinner. Once again proving to me why Saisons are the king of styles when it comes to food. Get ahold of this one if you can.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gollem Proeflokaal in Amsterdam. From notes.

A - Hazy orange pour. Lot's of carbonation coming up the sides. Two finger white, cloud-like, fluffy head. Good lacing and a film of retention.

S - Barnyard, hop, yeast, hay, deep hop aroma. Fresh market type smell. Floral. Nice.

T - Nice toasted malt and hay/hop combo. Mild funk and decent hop power. Hay, barn, must. Great saison taste. Perfect balance. For the style it seems spot on.

M - Mild carbonation and a light or medium body. Odd body for the alcohol. Sweet and hoppy lingering flavour.

O/D - I loved this one. Hoppy and sweet yet funky as well. Just alot of everything I look for in a saison and the ABV adds to the complexity. No hint of alcohol is noticable making this easy to drink and very enjoyable.

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Photo of iguenard
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage, aged 1 year before consumption.

( 43/50, 9.5% alc/vol, Home) Lacey white-orangey head of HUGE proportions and a mixed bubble size. Chunky head dropping slowly but surely. Ale itself is a greenish yellow. Good carbonation helps keep the head fluffy and light. Golden brown powdery sediment floats forever in the golden hues. Smells like the best gueuzes, even down to the acidic hops character. Oak barrels, barnyard, cotton candy, mushrooms, with a tart citric, unripe apple character. Wonderfuly complex, yet a tad too tart for the nostrils. Has a sulfuric and vanilla depth, leading to an alcoholic end. Huge yeasty vanilla flavours exploding in a multitude of voices: strawberry, acidic, almost lambic oaky sourness, white chocolate, french fries, belgian candi sugar… it is so complex and deep. I was not expecting this at all. The middle to end is strongly cloying and on-the-side sour and ends up being a little overly bitter-acidic. But other then keeping this from being perfect, it serves only to bring up some acid, some tart, some sweet all in a well built package. Wow. Warm, tart, acidic, then sweet, dry and finishes fruity, like sour apples, with a sweet tooth in the end. Has it all. Huge carbonation, with just a tad of bitterness that takes aback before the dry finish. Fresh, complex beyond belief. Just a tad too sour-bitter for my tastes. But then again it keeps it light, playful and brings out the lambic-like oak vanilla-madeira flavours that serves it so well. A huge classic. Try to pour carefully as it gets more cloying with the sediment.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Absolutely lovely clear, deep gold/pale orange with a slightly off-white head. Booming, rocky berg of foam with excellent retention. Extremely fine carbonation. Not amazing in any way, but absolutely spot-on for the style.

Smell: Hells yeah. It's... everything. It starts honey and rich, than boom, floral, with a super-sweet gardenia/jasmine summer evening punch. But we're not done; then the fruit comes. Peach, apricot, plum. Mild hops. Herbs. Bit of the old horseblanket farm funk, white pepper... just awesome.

Taste: Well, I mean, after the aroma, there's no where to go but down, and it doesn't quite hit every point. That doesn't mean it's not great, though. Sweet and smoooth. Velvety peach nectar, followed by a herbal coriander/rosemary bite, a bit of white pepper, and a surprisingly assertive hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Tight and just right, a bit heavier than the average saison, bit still crisp and nice.

Drinkability: At 9.5, a bit too much to drink much of, but just a joy otherwise and (at my local store, anyway) $10 a bottle? A STEAL. Great beer on all levels.

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

Appearance: Straw-peach-apricot-golden pour with a nice head, good retention and lacing down the side of my glass

Smell: Complex, although not as much funk as Fantome. Nice grain aromas and golden fruits (apples, apricots, pears) and spices

Taste: Honeysuckle, golden grains, light fruits (apples, apricots, pears), lemon zest, lemongrass, clover, coriander. Very complex and enjoyable. Makes you think of fields and shady trees in autumn and spring, falling leaves and blooming flowers.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol is a bit high at 9.5%; great creamy mouthfeel and perfect full body and weight. Thirst quenching.

Overall: Great saison; one of my favorites. Good second fiddle if Fantome is not available. If it had a touch more funk and less alcohol it would be perfect.

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Photo of Pencible
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a hazy gold with tons of fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like very crisp and tart citrus zest and wild yeast, with persimmon and vinegar.
T: It tasted like apricot and lemon zest and vinegar, with candi sugar. It had a clean bitter and tart aftertaste.
M: It was oily with moderate natural carbonation. Smooth and excellent.
D: This was an excellent saison that wasn't too complex but was very crisp and enjoyable. The alcohol was well hidden, and the body was superb. So it was very easy to drink, but is best to sip. Very nice beer.

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Photo of wschmit
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle into New Glarus taster. Reviewed from notes on 3/15/11

A: Goldenrod body with slight haze under a voluminous white head that settles relatively quickly.

S: Sweaty, salty funk with some rosey floral notes.

T: Funky, brett-y, dry finish and bready yeast, more floral than the nose.

M: Lower end of the body scale, high carbonation, and not a shred of alcohol. Refreshing for its strength.

D: Pretty archetypal, if too alcoholic technically. Worth the money, for sure.

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