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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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619
Ratings:
1,375
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
9.81%
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
179
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3
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Photo of DapperGrowler
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice Thick Head (retained). Cloudy with mild lacing.

Smell: Flowery, sweet, earthy, yeasty

Taste: Light, Crisp on the front. Deep full bodied taste on the back. Slightly Bitter.

Mouthfeel: Fees Crisp; well bodied; well balanced. Lots of carbonation

Overall: this was a great beer. A great representation of a Belgium Saison. Cant Wait till next holiday season in order to get another bottle!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with traquairlover. Thanks Will!

It pours, after a big pop when I removed the cork, a cloudy straw yellow with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell brings to my nose some wheat, lemon citrus, clove, more citrus, and a touch of some funk. Great smelling and hoppier than I thought it would be.

The taste is big wheat and clove notes followed closely by plenty of citrus hop bitterness and much less so of some funk. Usually I look forward to the Brett influence in a Saison but it isn't missed all that much here. This is tasting *very* good.

Medium bodied with a brisk amount of carbonation, it finishes with some funk and mucho bitterness...quite a dry finish and quite lovely.

Drinkability? I had to check the abv on the bottle and the site again. 9.5%?? Surprisingly well hidden though I doubt it won't catch up to me, eventually. Oh and head retention=excellent. Lacing=excellent.

Bottom line: A great brew. It's been on my Wants list for a long time and would still be there as I rarely go out seeking brews for trade either through BMs or ISOs in the trading forum. Traders usually have to "wake me up" with an offer and I just take whatever they give me and it always works out. ;^)
OK, sometimes when I'm contacted, I *do* check out their Gots to see what's on there but I don't do it very often.

Anywho, I've drifted again. Bottom line: I love this beer!

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Photo of davidchollar
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this amazing beer is my first saison, and before my first taste i'm damn excited. simple, good looking 750ml bottle, the cork has 2004 printed on it.

a nice apple juice and wine smell hits the nostrils mid-pour, and from a distance of a few feet. this is a rare treat for me to have such an intensely aromatic beer. normal, slightly hazy golden beer appearance with a good white head. foam is not massive or billowy, after it settles a beautiful swirly head remains making this one good looking brew. it's great to look at, and the smell is equally impressive. big and bold. lots of ripe berry and spice, maybe even some toasty malt.

full delicious taste, obviously high abv but not overpowering, it works well with the flavor. bitter finish. active carbonation and a lively mouthfeel, good aftertaste. i can't tell what makes this different from a belgian strong pale or even a tripel, but i really like it. and at about $10 per bottle, this is indescribably better than any wine you could get for the same price. dangerously drinkable, i could drink one after another (and pass out after 2) highly recommended

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Photo of impending
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

SF Toronado. Poured a hazy yellow gold, sparkles when backlit.

Classic saison aroma with sharp spices, bright yeast notes and excellent citrus but a lack of serious funk.

Excellent taste, all of the aroma is represented and more. Nice minor tart bitter finish lingers properly. Full bodied mouthfeel. The alcohol comes forward and warms as the brew warms. I feel this is superior to their Saison Dupont.
cheers
jd

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Photo of Trueant1
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first saisson so I will post the style description from this website to educate:

Description:
Saisons are sturdy farmhouse ale that was traditionally brewed in the winter, to be consumed throughout the summer months. Not so long ago it was close to being an endangered style, but over recent years there's been a massive revival; especially in the US.

This is a very complex style, many are very fruit in the aroma and flavor. Look for earthy yeast tones, mild to moderate tartness. Lot of spice and with a medium bitterness. They tend to be semi-dry with many only having touch of sweetness.
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My cork said 2005 ...it is 2008 now. My label looks different...it says 3 Avec les bons voeux de la brasserie DUPONT

Pour into my St. Bernardus goblet.

Pours a light amber color with a frothy white thick head. Leaves frothy thick lacing on sides of the glass. Champaigne bubbles and lots of sandy looking sediment sitting at the bottom of the glass. Lots of suspended dark colored floaties as well. What I would expect from the "farmhouse"!

Smells: Belgium "earthy" yeasts smell up front. Pepper, cloves, lemons come through. Very nice. Similar to a Hefewiesen but without all the sweetness.

I am having a hard time writing the "tastes" up. This taste is NEW to me. Hard to explain.
Bitter up front with stong stong earthy yeasts...maybe even cloves. The "sticky" lemony bitterness flavor sticks to my whole mouth (pallet) and lingers on and on. Maybe 2 or 3 minutes of intence after taste. Not a bad thing by any means! Extremely powerfull bitterness.
Other flavors include a butterscoch sweetness in the background and a faint "bubble gum" flavor. Very intence! Balanced well, but not perfect. Very very spicy! Mineral flavors linger on the long aftertaste.

Moutfeel is a bit dry and very carbonated up front but a layer of stickyness stays on the pallet for 2-3 minutes after the taste.

This is a sipper. A special brew to me. Exotic for this Yankee. Loved it!

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Photo of CMW
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Straw yellow color with a towering head. Huge clumps of lacing stick to the side of the glass like chunks of soap.

S - The nose has banana, yeast, phenols, and plenty of earthy notes.

T - Very similar to the nose. Sweet upfront with a lemon and banana flavor. This blends to a more earthy and raw hoppiness.
Alcohol is not noticeable at all.

M - Carbonation is medium and this glides across the palate.

D - With the alcohol being hard to detect, this is extremely drinkable. Great flavors and not a bad price.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2005 Vintage from Steve's Mineral Point for $6.99 a 750.

Yeasty straw gold (leaning toward orange) body with visibly aggressive carbonation and a voluminous white froth. The head eventually settles to a healthy skim with beautiful lacing.

Spicy aroma displays plenty of hay, saaz or similar hops, lemon, a bit of orange, and black pepper.

Dry, spicy body with lively carbonation that bites the tongue. Flavors of hay and lemon peal cojoin with wild flowers and vanilla.

Highly drinkable. In fact this is sessionable in the extreme.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous sunset hazy orange. Super fine carbonation with 1-2 fingers of fluffy carbonation that dissipated quickly.

Aroma is of generic citrus, Belgian yeast, and a bit of wet hay. Not very impressing.

Taste makes up for the rather boring smell. Underlying the sip is a champagne-like carbonation that I love. Citrus, spicy/ complex Belgian yeast, a touch of clove, and a bit of alcohol warmth. Enough sweetness through the middle of the sip to compliment the flavors, yet It dries out perfectly near the finish.

Overall, this is a phenomenal beer. Light and refreshing yet complex and refined. I see this pairing well with a variety of different food pairings. A nice overly ripe french cheese and spicy salami board would work perfect. It gets a 90.5/100.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. Golden amber in color, cloudy, with a massive, pillowy white head that lasts for eternity and sticks to the side of the glass. Simply stunning. Aroma jumps right out of the glass and slaps you in the face with a big dose of complexity. Big, perfumy hops got my attention initially, followed by barnyard funk and skunk, mild fruits like peach and pear, orange citrus, and some light peppery spice. Flavor has the textbook Saison fruit/spice combo with the alcohol coming through ever so slightly. A big wave of earthy, perfumy hops as well. Bone dry in the finish but so smooth that it keeps you coming back for more and more. Medium bodied and very easy to drink, especially given the high ABV.

I saved this bottle for New Year's Eve, but everyone I was with had switched to drinking wine and I ended up polishing the whole thing off myself. Nothing but praise for this beer. I might even be underrating it but I'd like to have it again before giving it even higher marks. Outstanding beer, highly recommended.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From corked bottle into a Corsendonk chalice. Hard to read, but it looks like identifying numbers: L021300...could be several years old.
Color is golden with small beige head...lots of floaties as the bottle gets moved around.
Aroma of sweet malts, powder sugar, fresh baked bread.
Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of floral hops, candy sugar, coriander, grassy hops, light pepper and herbs, some astringency. While this bottle is, I'm guessing, a tad past prime it's nonetheless very tasty, and my numerous experiences with this beer fresh and aged have always been positive. Very flavorful, full bodied, complex and satisfying.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Really nice seasonal ale. Pours golden red. Intense floral aroma of yeast, light fruits, and aromatic hops. Has a good deal of funk, but that only serves to complement the other flavors. has a great spicy funky, bready quality to it. Very smooth. Nice finish, An excellent farmhouse ale.

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Photo of gfreed
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yet another standout from Dupont. All the usual features of their great saisons are here: bready aroma and taste mixed with citrus, clove and a bit of nutmeg, plus the usual barnyard funk. Impossible to go wrong with this brewery. This particular brew has a rather high ABV; given its easy drinkability, watch how you consume it. You won't want to play with sharp or valuable objects, sign important papers or change diapers afterward.

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Photo of malty
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow labeled 750ml bottle with '2-2009' stamped alongside the cork.

I stare at the freshly uncorked vessel while vigorous carbonation builds an inch or so top hat at the neck of the bottle. It's starting to peek over the edge, so I'm going to start my first pour into my Chimay stemmed chalice...

Blub, blub, blub (pouring sounds) carefully tilting this heavenly elixir into my glass as not to release any of the yeast cake initially. A hazy yellowish gold liquid is alive with tone of very fine upward rising carbonation. The bright white head instantly regenerates itself, but stays at a true 1/2" or so. The head is loose and delicate, but still appears creamy. Thin and sporadic walls and sheets of lace.

Sour and sweetish notes permeate my nostrils, awakening my mid-afternoon lazy demeanor. Honeyish malts creep in and out of the citrus zest and burlap scents. This definitely smells like a wild Belgian ale of the highest quality. Super fresh and full of life. I might even detect a little bit of Sour Patch Kids in here as well (?).

Dry & fruity right off the bat. White grape skins and white pepper for sure. Cantaloupe rind and a faint hit of cucumber. A whisp of mint mixed with wonderful yeasty esters, which many BAs refer to as 'horse blanket' flavors. There's a bit of astringent alcohol at the finish, but it comes off more like white pepper (again) to me. I realize this is practically a 10% ABV beer, so it's very tolerable and really not at all offensive.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but light as air, thanks to the superb fine kinetic and playful carbonation. Slightly spicy and chalky dry flavorful finish.

Drinkability is extra superb. I shall consume this entire bottle over the next hour with the cheerfulness of a Christmas caroler.

Overall a spectacular special New Year release from the grand daddy of all Belgian Saison producers. I've tried this a couple times over the past 6-7 years, but never came across any for retail purchase. So when I saw these over the holiday, I snagged 4 bottles. I'll savor this one and the remaining two will most likely be consumed when the soft nights of springtime arrive. On this chilly February's day, it's hitting all the right buttons for sure.

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Photo of chaz410
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
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 ShrLSU
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper orange color. It has a nice pillowy white head. The nose is spicy with some citrus notes. The taste is excellent. Its nice and spicy but sweet and very east to drink. The mouthfeel is medium bodies and pretty good amount of carbonation. It's highly enjoyable and easy to drink. This is the perfect saison!

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Photo of drperm
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle from Bruisin’ Ales, Asheville (12/2007)
Bar none the best Farmhouse I’ve had. Excellent with Spinning Spider (Madison County, NC) goat cheese -- chevre and goat gouda especially. I can’t say enough about the fine balance and quaffability of this one. I'll be buying this one each winter for sure.

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Photo of rudzud
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey's yearly Belgian Christmas on 12/15.

A - Nice light golden appearance with a very, very thick two finger head that left MASSIVE side lacing.

S - Wow, huge huge huge brett funk aromas. Getting some light fruit and honey notes as well.

T - Huge brett notes. Funky, light citrus flavours. This is really an amazing saison! Nice and dry finish on the end.

M - Light and creamy with low carbonation thanks to the high ABV. Very smooth saison.

D - Great funk and a really, really enjoyable mouthfeel make this a sessionable strong saison.

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Photo of joe1510
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml. Bottle
$9.99
Sam's Downer's Grove

Cork reads "2006"

Opened with a lot of "pop". Avec les Bons Voeux pours a beautiful slightly hazed golden that glows when held to the light. A big 3+ finger fluffy white head formed on the pour that receded to 2 fingers and became craggy and meringue like. Left thick drink lines. Very refreshing looking beer.

When I popped the cork I took a quick smell and was immediately reminded of champagne. When in the glass this beer smells exceptionally polished. All notes go together so cleanly it's difficult to pick them out. Mild floral aromas are present and mingle seamlessly with a faint haylike barnyard funkiness and candi sugar sweetness. Tart green apples come along too. Still shows champagne like qualities.

This is the best saison I've ever exierienced by a long shot. Yes this beer is an expierence. Wonderfully done. Faint sugary sweetness along with a very mild funkiness go perfectly with the floral undertones. Green apple tartness gets in the mix as well. As this beer warms the green apple shows through more and more. Very refreshing.

Light body with a solid amount of carbonation. Glides through the mouth very nicely. Leaves the tongue awakened. Finishes somewhat dry.

I could, without a doubt, drink this beer all day long. Refreshing and light bodied. Very easy to drink.

This is a world class beer and one of the best, most polished saisons I've ever had. Crisp and refreshing to the point of almost being too easy to drink, considering such a high abv. Wonderful creation.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Telix
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a Gouden Carolus goblet.

A: A creamy wheatish color with a dense, creamy head and good carbonation supporting it. It's hazy, as you would expect from the style. Appealing, for sure.

S: Saison funk, nice aromatics, fresh spicy coriander.

T: Rich, creamy, sweet and thick. Tangy with just the right amount of carbonation bite. Orange candy, honey sweetness, peppery, light breadiness, mild frutiness, strawberries.

M: Super velvety, almost like an oatmeal stout with high carbonation. How did they pull this off?

D: A great saison. I love the creamy, yet effervescent, mouthfeel and the complex array of flavors. One of my favorites that I look forward to every year.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 12/16/12

A- Pours a hazy straw color with a thick white head and lively carbonation.

S- The aroma is bold, with huge notes of tart lemon, barnyard funk, and fresh herbs. Some banana notes from the Belgian yeast is also evident.

T- The first thing I notice in the flavor is some biting sour apple that I didn't initially pick up in the nose. The rest of the taste follows the nose with slight funk, crisp/refreshing tartness, and a bit of grassy bitterness from the herbs.

M- The mouthfeel is medium to thick, but it is offset by heavy carbonation. It is a bit reminiscent of a dry white wine.

O- This drinks very easy, and the 9.5% is completely unnoticable. One of my all time favorite saisons, even if it is pretty high in alcohol for the style!

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Photo of liamt07
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Beer Bistro, 375ml into a tulip. Best before March 2016.

Pours a hazy matte orange, with generous carbonation. Brilliant white head with great amount of lacing left behind along with a solid amount of retention. Nose is fruity and spicy, some banana, peach and passionfruit. Yeasty with significant notes of clove and light pepper. Taste has similar exotic fruits and tropical notes, yeasty and gently spicy and peppery in the finish. Complex fruitiness and malts notes are prevalent throughout. Drying finish and sweet with only the slightest suggestion of alcohol. Perfect carbonation - high, but 'fuzzy' in texture on the tongue, just an absolutely fantastic sensation. Immensely satisfying, a gorgeous, complex and flavourful saison.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A 750ml bottle, caged/corked (2006 edition). Poured to a pair of La Chouffe tulip glasses. This is the beer my wife and I chose to honor the memory of Michael Jackson, who we learned earlier today had passed away. RIP Beer Hunter...

A: A healthy 'pop' and this one is uncorked. Pours a thick, silky golden with a dusty haze of yeasty sediment. Over two fingers of dense white bubbly foam, ebbing slowly to a thin creamy cap. Carbonation billows to the cap abundantly, effervescent like champagne.

S: Pears, apples, peaches, zesty pepper & clove spiciness, all mingle in a wonderful aroma that drifts from the glass with every swirl. Doughy yeast, slightly grassy, very herbal.

T: Tart and crisp peach and apple flavors, backed with loads of bready maltiness. Cracked pepper, grassy/hay natural yeastiness, grainy and dry in the finish. Faintly medicinal bitterness and a slim trace of booze.

M: Surprising that more of the intense carbonation doesn't come through in the mouthfeel; thicker medium-fullness, heavy for a saison, but understandable for this robust version. Herbal bittering hangs on the back of the tongue, finishing dry and mostly clean otherwise.

D: With high marks across the board, this one certainly scores well when it comes to drinkability. On the handful of occasions we've tasted this beer before, it's stood alone or (in the case of the wonderful visit to Les Caves Dupont) with cheese. Tonight, however, we started by pairing it with dinner, a black pepper-seasoned chicken - thought it was a fine compliment. Fortunately there was enough left in the bottle to go with dessert, fresh peaches and strawberries and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Oh man, that's beer pairing perfection! Outstanding in every way; easily drinkable, which is dangerous with that high ABV.

Highly recommended!

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Photo of doughanson78
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Straw yellow with a good amount of haze. Two and a half finger, flufffy off white head that has great retention and lacing.

S: Very nice funkiness. Nice Belgian yeast coming through along with apples, peach, lemon, and a slight coriander spiciness.

T: Exactly like the nose. A slight tartness upfront with the apples. The yeast, spiciness, and other fruits come in the middle along with the start of the funkiness. Finishes with an awesome funkiness and clove like flavor.

M: Light body. High carbonation that is just right. Very crisp and super dry.

O: Awesome Saison. Definitely becoming one of my favorite styles. Give this a try.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
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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Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,375 ratings.
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