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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.”

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of CanuckRover
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks fantastic. Pours effervescent straw with lines of bubbles floating to the top. Big, bubbly head with great retention. Lacings clearly mark every sip.

Interesting dusty aroma. Traditional sugary, fruity, aroma. Hints at the strength of the stuff.

Surprisingly hop forward for a saison. Big on continental grassy hops with a rush of bitterness through the finish. Nice light fruit flavours, think subtle mango, sugar coated to be sure. Drawback is the big hit of alcohol in the finish.

Straddles a very fine line between light and creamy. Both satisfying and refreshing.

A heck of a beer, but the high alcohol is a bit of a spoiler for something that tastes like a refreshing sessioner.

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Photo of desint
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of grub
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one with me. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and caged.

pours very hazy yellow with a huge flufy white head. drops very slow and leaves tons of clumpy lace.

aroma is nice. yeast. lots of spice - clove and corriander. lots of funk and a little sourness. bit of bubblegum.

taste is good. massive butterscotch flavour. alcohol. yeast and spice, but the butterscotch dominates. light bitterness. almost no funk. no sourness. bit of caramel. a little sweeter than expected.

mouthfeel is good. above average carbonation. big body, more than i expected.

drinkability is good. somewhat balanced, but the alcohol still comes through fairly strong.

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Photo of grover37
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ckeegan04
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged, 2008 printed on the cork.

A - Hazy orange with very active carbonation. Huge, foamy white head that will just not go away. Big chunky lace left on the glass. Beautiful saison.

S - Sour fruits dominate the nose with lemon dominating. Faint spices as well including allspice and maybe even a little Grains of Paradise. As the beer warms the aroma becomes more tart.

T - Tart and a little citrusy initially. Lots of lemon. Tartness is not very strong and provides just a little balance to the heavily spiced and fruity beer. Spices quickly come into play with many of the same tastes as were present in the nose. Ginger and allspice especially.

M/D - Light and crisp with excellent carbonation. A little more spiced than some saisons, but still very good.

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Photo of psinderson
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-draft - served in snifter-type glassware.

Appearance: A bit hazy with a thick white head with strength. Color is a bit like orange lemonade. Very inviting.

Smell: Very similar to a citrusy wheat beer with a very malty character. Definitely bready.

Taste: Sweet malt up front, not much in the middle and a peppery hop flavor in the end. Very smooth and clean. This brew hides the ABV very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied as expected. Good carbonation and the complexity of flavors feels good.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable for the style, maybe a bit above average overall. Might be hindered a bit by the peppery finish, but I like that.

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Photo of aufie
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mytu420
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the large bottle, it pours a lovely very slightly hazy orangey-gold amber with a large vibrant head. Lacing. The nose gets alcohol, grass, yeast and something else. The mouth is the same - and it finishes dry. Feels great in the mouth. Wow!

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Photo of Resuin
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

750 ML , Cork says 2005
Poured into a Saison Dupont glass.

Appearence- Pours very carbonated with a huge fluffy white head and long retention. Very similar looking to Saison Dupont but this one has more sediment bouncing around with the bubbles.

Smell- Almost like a white ale, spicy corriander notes but with a much more pronounced alcoholic backbone. A bit of fruit as well, maybe green apple?

Taste- Spicy,sweet, grassy and yeasty, finishes dry with an alcohol punch.

Mouthfeel- Typical of the saison style, very highly carbonated with very small, tight carbonation. Almost creamy.

Drinkability- This is a beer that I could drink quite a bit of if it werent for the higher alcohol. I like Saison Dupont with food, but this beer might be better on its own after a meal.

Overall- I really love this beer, I like the style in general and this one stands out with its alcoholic strength and spiciness. Alot of higher alcohol beers nowadays are really sneaky and the alcohol creeps up on you, not so with this beer and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Photo of yamar68
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, poured to snifter:

Pours a glowing orange gold with a somewhat dense white cap that stays thick and milky for the remainder of the hour.

Spicy alcohol, sweet grain, apple cider and citrus, exceedingly sweet, still a ton of depth to this beer.

Warm fruit notes, bitter alcohol, far from bland, spicy clove and pool water, still an exciting saison after 4 years.

Drinkable given that it's a 10% saison. Interesting, what a treat.

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

750ml bottle poured into tulips.

A = Smokey yellow with thick white head consisting of foam and large bubbles, very good retention, light lacing, resolves to a thin foam covering on surface. The head's retention and slow dissipation was a treat to watch.

S = Very earthy smells of freshly turned compost, pitch, black pepper, mustard seed, some sourness also shows through. Very complex.

T = Taste is a good follow-on to the smell. Has a bitter/sour element that shows up at mid-palate and never lets go but that is not the main taste experience. There are myriad different things going on here from fresh crushed black pepper to cinnamon bread that someone accidentally used sour dough starter with and then only half cooked. This is just an excellent meaty example of a Saison. Definitely worth coming back to again and again, but only when in the mood for a Saison funk.

M = Medium-heavy body, alcohol stings and burns slightly but still pleasantly, the mouthcoating is good but could have been just a little more for the body.

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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 dsa7783
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML green, Belgian bottle copped caged and corked from Gary's in Madison...
Recommended to me by one of the staff, I have tried a lot of stuff from this brewery, and have been pleased with most samples, so I was eager to give this one a try...
For a Saison, the aggressive pour resulted in a glowing, bright orange hue with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that exhibited enormous staying power before slowly receding and leaving a copious amount of lacing... Ripe fruit and floral aroma with a noticeable sweet, melon fragrance...
Bittersweet taste, mimicking essences of grapefruit, fresh florals, tangerines, oranges, nectars, melon, citrus, and lemons...
Spritzy, carbonated mouthfeel with a lot of flavor tempered out by a slight bitterness...
Drinkability was fairly easy on this one, went down smooth and the hefty 9.5% ABV was hardly detectable...

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

750 ml corked and caged bottle, purchased at Sams in downtown Chicago.

Pours a very cloudy yellow/gold, looks like a weissbier, huge thick white head forms, stays forever, great lacing and retention. Smell is very sweet, malty, wheat, spices, very yeasty, nice citrus kick, pretty crazy aroma. Taste is toffee and butter, citrus, very yeasty, alcohol through the middle, wheat, crazy flavours, very dry bitter finish, very spicy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Maybe overrated in my opinion but a real treat.

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

Opening this one before the last presidential debate of the 2008 campaign which is being hosted in Nashville. I have had this beer for about a year now. 2007 cork.

Pours a nice transparent gold with a voluminous, cloudy head. Sticky lacing.

Dry, peppery aroma. Some residual light fruit tartness. Not much stronger in smell than a regular (for lack of a better word) saison dupont.

One of the driest beers i have ever tasted. Herbal, with bitter finish. Again, despite being over 9%, this one taste as light as the regular SD.

Drinkable, but I really was expecting an incredible beer. This is a really good beer, but not exceptional.

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

750ml bottle corked and caged

A forum discussion today convinced me to go home and crack one of my 08's, i figured since ive never reviewed the beer now is the perfect time. Pours a transparent golden yellow orange color with a monster, rising, pure snow white head that protrudes up and over the rim of my Corsendonk tulip, tons of vigorous, lively carbonation rise in support of the large head. Wonderful bouquet of earthy, grassy hops, some lemon skin and mint leaves. Sweet malt, very bitter hops and a hint of wheat late on the palate. Grassy and herbal almost medicinal in nature a subtle whiff of alcohol at the finish accentuates the classic hop character of the beer. Medium bodied, slightly coating and completely alive with carbonation. This one remains a winner.

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

Rocky, dense white head with a unique formation. Rather sticky, thick patches of lacing. Cloudy, bright golden with shades of dark orange. Noticeable carbonation.

Oak-soaked light citrus and bright fruit aromas: apple, pear, lemon. Mild pepper and corriander.

Bright fruit flavors initially: pear and apple, with an underlying candied sweetness. The alcohol presence gives the citrus and fruit flavors a warming bite. The corriander spice is predominant. The spice intensity is what makes this Saison unique. Dry finish with an oak and corriander aftertaste; slick hints of alcohol.

Light bodied; crisp and dry on the palate. Light and refreshing.

A nice Saison; juicy and well spiced. The alcohol presence is definitely noticeable, but it doesn't hinder the ale's true flavors.

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Photo of Eziel
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beervana
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - a light golden straw color, with a very thick, 2 1/2 finger thick, rocky white head that lasts a while, moderate carboantion and sediment

S - a loemony wheaty aromo, typical of saisons, and a spiciness behind it, like cloves or nutmeg

T - a citrusy flavor up front, almost like orange juice, very big, then a bitter hop blast, a spicy hint (the nutmeg/clove) resides in the background the whole time

M - very balanced, a great flavor, a top notch saison, very impressive

D - high, easily downed, not to sweet, acidic, or bitter

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Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,411 ratings
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