Brasserie Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux

Oh weekend, why do you have to be over? Especially when baseball has just started? I have a few more hours before I have to hit the hay, but still…I wouldn’t mind another day off. This was another brew that I had for Easter. I hadn’t heard of it and I figured it might pair well with the ham.


ABV: 9.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Bons Vœux is a blond top fermentation beer with refermentation in the bottle. Since 1970, the brewery has been brewing a special beer to give as a new years present to their best clients. (the name of this beer “Avec les bons Vœux de la brasserie Dupont » means « With the best wishes of the brewery Dupont » ). Because of the increasing success, they started to commercialise this ‘cadeau’ but kept the name. Although the demands were considerable, only a small quantity was brewed, so they had to make a reservation list, even months before new year. This Bons Vœux is coppery blond, has very fine hoparomas and tastes bitter, fruity and mild. Our selection of yeasts, in combination with a longduring riping process, on a ‘dry hopping’ base, are creating a typical and complex aroma and taste. A real refermentation in the bottle, which will continue for a long time in your cellar, result in a harmonious and well-balanced beer, full of unexpected and complex aromas.”

Random: I’m going to be sore from the gym tomorrow…

This poured with a three finger white, fluffy head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, lemon yellow color with lots of visible sediment and high carbonation visible as well. The nose was huge. I got lemon, spice and Belgian yeast. The taste was teaming with lemon and cardamon and Belgian yeast. The booze was crazy hidden. It had a thick body with high carbonation. The finish was long with Belgian yeast. As I expected, this was a standout. I would definitely have this one again. Grab it next year!

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Brasserie Dupont Saison Dupont

After coming home from dinner with my parents and hanging a mirror in the living room for Nic. It’s oppressively hot, so I decide to go with the Saison Dupont I’ve been chilling in the fridge since this morning, and hopefully it will cool me off.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: Men’s Journal called Saison Dupont the “Best Beer in the World” in 2005.

Random: This is a very classic looking bottle. The label is pretty simple and there’s just not much to the packaging. Interesting.

I poured these into the stemless wine glasses and the pour on Nicole’s produced a crazy amount of fluffy white head, almost like whipped egg whites. It takes awhile to dissipate. On my pour, I got a two finger head. The color is a light, cloudy orange, which makes it hard to see the carbonation. On the nose, I got some bitter citrus. There are also hints of spice and grass going on. There is also some lemon peel scents going on. On the first sip, I get a lot of carbonation and then some fruit, like lemon peel and spices, like coriander and clove. It’s less sweet than the nose would have indicated. Nicole says that it’s really cold and bitter. She said that it’s getting better as she drinks it. She also asked how much alcohol is in it, because it’s heavier than it looks. It definitely a heavier saison than the others that we’ve tried. The finish is a little on the bitter side and lingers for a bit. Other reviews have said that there is some funk in this brew, but I don’t get that at all. The longer the brew warms, the more lemon I get. I did expect a little more sweetness to it. All in all, a very good beer, but I think calling it the best beer is a bit of an exaggeration. If you haven’t tried this, definitely get a bottle.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0