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Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux

Dupont: Avec Les Bons Voeux (Belgium: Abbey Tripel: 9.5% ABV)

Visual: Hazy yellow. Large mounded bubbled white head. Some sediment.

Nose: Crisp. Bitter and wheaty. Apricot and cinnamon. Jiff lemon. Brown bread.

Body: Bitter. Cinnamon. Earthy spice. Sour dough. Slight honeyed barley. Steam beer. Light lemon sherbet. Soft apricot and dried banana.

Finish: Bitter. Liquorice. Lime hops. Cumin. Treacle notes. Dried apricot. Slight chocolate chews.

Conclusion: I have the horrid urge to have the entirety of this conclusion be “Not as good as Saison Dupont”, but I think that would be slightly unfair. For one thing, despite the house style similarities, this is not a saison.

Spoiler warning, this is not as good as saison dupont.

Then again, Dupont Saison is one of my favourite beers. This takes a similar approach to hops, very crisp and bitter styled, and it adds a large amount of spice into the mix, from heavy grounding spices with a turmeric style to sweeter cinnamon notes. There’s even a cloying liquorice stick like finish. It is very flavoursome and complex, but, for me at least, the spice feels like it is a set of heavy boots stomping over the interesting elements below.

Underneath is soft lemon and apricot notes, into dried apricot and lime on the send off. There’s even an interesting texture. The best was I can describe it is like the Californian common/steam beer. That almost hazy feel that is almost evanescent on the tongue. It reminds me a bit of Saison De Pipaix in feel, but with a better base. Despite these interesting notes the cumin and liquorice elements weigh in so heavy that it still feels over spiced. I don’t even know if this beer is made with spices, It’s just the flavours I get, however I would not be surprised.

Maybe I’m being unfair. Dupont couldn’t just turn out their Saison again and say “Hey, a new beer”. There just would be no point. Even with all the spice and higher abv, it does have some saison like notes, and some notes in common with that legendry beer, while still being a very distinct beer itself. It brings so many elements even with the spice, there’s great dried banana and apricot notes

It’s just…well I can’t see a reason to go with this one. What it does well is what it has in common with their saison, and the spice notes don’t enhance it and at times actually hurt it, making it slightly closed.

Not bad, and with a very complex base, but suffers due to the spice.

Background: Saison Dupont is easily one of the best saisons in the world, and has given Dupont a very high reputation with me. This is their seasonal beer, with Bons Voeux translating as “good wishes”. This was drunk while listening to The Eel’s live album “Oh what a beautiful morning”, which I , of course, listened to in the evening. This was picked up from “The Beer Emporium” while I was on a big of a Belgian beer kick. Which admittedly is 90% of the time. Belgian beer is awesome.

Saison Dupont: Biologique (Belgium: Saison: 5.5% ABV)

Visual: Hazy gold. Massive froth topped white head.

Nose: Wheat and lemon. Whole meal crackers. Coriander.

Body: Bitter. Lightly spicy. Coriander and turmeric. Lemon. Slightly creamy.

Finish: Coriander, wheat and cloves. Good bitterness. Fresh. Lemon curd. Lightly hoppy.

Conclusion: Saison Dupont, an old favourite of mine. This little bottle of joy doesn’t let down its heritage. Fresh and lemon touched with a wheat style and subtle spices.  Everything you would expect and hope for.

It’s odd that they pick such a small bottle for this as even more so than standard Saison Dupont this could be drunk all day long. It has a slightly lighter abv, and flavour wise it just rolls down easy, and then gives that bitter kick at the end.

It has its own nice little mix of contradictions as well. Creamy textured and to a degree flavoured mid body it never lacks tongue coating style. This is oddly hard to reconcile with the crisp dryness that is present at the very end. This isn’t a criticism. The progress is stylishly done to go from so solid mid body to the sip inducing dryness of the end.

Thankfully there is no loss of flavour that I have seen in some organic beers. The mix of flavours are soothing, with an almost lemon curd flavour touch at the end, which again is a great contradiction to the crisp dryness.

All in all a very carefully made beer to be enjoyed far more than its small size.

Background: Organic beers nigh universally suck. I say this as someone who thinks shopping ethically is a good plan, but most of the organic beers I have tried really suffer in comparison to the non organic competitors.  Dupont beers nigh universally rule.  Seriously they set the bar for exactly what a saison is and should be.  This is an organic Dupont beer,  game fucking on.

Brasserie Dupont: Saison Dupont (Belgium: Saison: 6.5% ABV)

Visual: Cloudy and bitty with an orange gold body and a resilient frothy creamy head – pours well and holds the head for a long time.

Nose: Peaches and cream. Ice cream and the lightest of hops. Vanilla. Hint of bananas.

Body: Hoppy, white bread, milky. Some grapefruit.

Finish: Wheat grain, dry but fluffy.

Conclusion: Very refreshing and dry wheat flavours make for a crisp delicious beer. Perfect for a warm summers day, with perhaps some grapes and bananas lounging on some fine foreign land.

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