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Brewed by Brasserie Dupont
Style: Abbey Tripel
Tourpes-Leuze, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1507   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Bons Vúux (Good Wishes) is a blond high fermentation beer , re-fermented in the bottle. Founded in 1970 , this beer was offered earlier this year to the most loyal customers of our brewery ( hence the name "With the best wishes of the brewery Dupont "). The success this beer earned lead to it being made commercially, while retaining its original name. Although very popular, it was brewed in limited quantities, the bottles reserved many months in advance. A coppery blond beer with aromas of hops for the Bon Voeux is a beer tasting combining mellow bitterness and fruity. Our selection of yeasts and a long maturation phase with hopping gives it flavor and a characteristic and complex taste. The true fermentation in the bottle , which can be extended very long in your cellar, resulting in a balanced and harmonious beer, surprising and complex aromas .


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1159) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2012 The Saison is an incredibly difficult style to grasp. Like the Quadrupel ot Belgian Strong, the label fails to grasp any of the beerís real character. We may say the Saison is "light", and we may say it is quenching, but these are qualities shared not only between saisons, but with water, tea, and even lemonade. It is an entirely insufficient nomenclature, which is why I have tried my hardest to judge each Saison by itself. Point in case, the Dupont Avec les Bons Voeux (DALBV for short). The dandelion yellow-orange body sits meditatively in the glass, while I great roiling cloud of ruffled white head grows into an air-tight cap atop, sealing away the mellifluous aroma beneath. A little excavating yields a sweet aroma underneath, itís alloy of sugary and savory flavors making for a truly refined treat. Pear juice, butter and popcorn elicit the familiar perfume of a sweet tripel, while a particular waft of sparkling ginger and cider perks the nose to attention. The capacious aroma includes a floral movement, alongside the seasonally familiar smell of fresh rain and wet tree bark. Finally, pineapple and a faint tangerine citrus lend their acidic traits to give the calm and sensible aroma a much needed spark. This genteel fragrance speaks highly for the DALBV, while the palate and flavors show its stealthier, more indirect side. On the palate it is very delicate and light, almost springy, with a sufficiently thin body to quench any lingering thirst on behalf of the drinker. Alongside this jocular mouth feel a little pear flavor sighs, accompanied by a dab of honeysuckle. However, the sweetness is mostly illusory, though in a magical, non-deceptive way. In reality a rigid bread and graininess forms the main column of flavor. The sweeter elements are simply sideshows, if incredible sideshows. Because of its fragile nature, I could see the DALBV pairing very well with roasted and grilled vegetables like thick asparagus, red onions and zuchini. The beerís aftertase, a tingle of thyme and rosemary, makes the perfect pre-flavoring for oncoming vegetables. Independently, a solid brew, and paired with food, excellent too. This is, by all means, a unique and distinctive Saison, and one that could be well considered for promoting beerís potential as a drink for culinary critics and savants. 1/2/2010 - A huge thank you from across the Atlantic Ocean, as we receive your gifts (well, sort of. I exchanged currency for it, but, you know, the sentiment is there...) from Belgian and the kindly hearts at Dupoint. The Le Bons Voeux is, like any good present, a foil to the malty dark winter warmers here, and a nice addition to a December menu of beer tastings. It pours with a huge, enormous head, much like the Duvel, and after a few moments of my intense gazing it collapses, either from exhaustion or embarassment, into a crater-in-a-crater shape. Iím sure a geologist or an industrial designer could find something more inspirational to say, but my reaction will be, ďWhoah man! Awesome!Ē The body of the beer is very cloudy and raw in appearance, slightly darker than a wheat beer, and roiling with carbonation. I have to wait awhile for this one to settle. Once it sits back down on its laurels, I catch a whiff of sticky sweet white grapes and caramelized sugar, but little else. The flavor is more sophisticated, swaggering with a delicate balance of sweet and dry and bolstered by a solid column of grain and smaller touches of white wine, white grape juice and honey. The flavor is fancy and light, and would pair bond strongly with something chewable. What makes this especially good is that itís one of the first saisons (if not the first) that Iíve genuonely enjoyed and the balance is really incredible.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FatguyRacer (158) - Crownsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2008 750 ml bottle. Wonderfully sweet aroma of spice and florals. Beautiful amber color and off white creamy head that never disappeared. Great flavor, sweet at first from the malt than the mild bitterness of the hops comes into play. Mouth feel is noticeably more creamy than Duponts other Saison and the flavor is a little more subdued and fruity. Its also had less carbonation, but with a high alcohol content it has more kick. An excellent Saison, but not as good to me as Veile Provsion.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
acearl (407) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2007
750ml bottle at Eulogy in Philadelphia, Excellent worth the $...Orange amber hue with frothy white head, yeast and hints of acidic fruit and spice characteristic of saison, the best one I have had to date, medium carbonation and body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Great-looking orange hue with a lofty head and nice lace. Inviting bouquet of aromas -- yeast and spice. Mouthfeel was tingly, but the carbonation wasnít as lively as most beers from this mold. Slight sweetness blended with a chewy yeastiness. Mild bitterness balanced things out well, and hung out behind some bold spices -- pepper, coriander, clove. Other notes of citrus (lemon and orange rind). Pleasant beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ohemming (37) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2007
750 ml bottle. golden color, nice head. interesting aroma, interesting flavor, nice funky saison.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhen81 (1) - USA - NOV 15, 2007 does not count
Drank from bottle. My ratings are universal to my tastes meaning I dont judge to style. This beers flavor is complex between sweet, bitter, and sour and stants out to me as a unique and excelent blend of the three and majorly elevates the overall impression.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2007
750ml bottle, poured a murky straw color with a decent white head. The nose is that of fresh cut grass, citrus tones, yeast and a hint of hops. The flavor has more bite than the nose suggests, earthy with light citrus tones, yeast is present, as is slight alcohol warming. Great winter seasonal.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8457) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2007
2004 750ml shared by jeffin7. Murky. Soft fruity, estery and fluffy delicate nose. Flavor is moderately sharp and lightly acidic, with frothy hay and mild alcohol noticed. Festive, full, yeast and tripel-like at times, but certainly funky and well-aged. Great stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2007
2006 bottle at Kulminator. Very bright pale golden appearance. Aroma is quite herbal and grassy with a soft earthiness and a bit of hop character. Very aromatic. Fresh wheay spiciness up front. In many ways it reminds me of Moneuse, but the herbal character doesnít dominate here, as it does there. Well-balanced and quite tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (9980) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 28, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2014 750ml bottle (Porvoo Harvest/Dark Beer Festival 2007) (5:2:7:3:14=3.1)
hazy rich yellow, thin to no head. light sweet malt and spicy aroma. quite lively in the mouth. a good sweet malty body, but a wickedly peppery hoppiness quickly comes over. A tad alcoholic.
Rerate: 375ml bottle (Schrammi Keller, Tartu) (7:4:6:3:13=3.3)
Totally massive aroma - itís belgian tripel exploding all over the place, the glass cannot contain it at all, has the perfumey aspects of a tripel, but thereís a lovely saisony aspect, a spicey sharpness, too - thatís the Dupont terroire which makes their saisons so good. Taste initially has quite an alcoholic kick, but after a few sips that just fades away. Itís a lovely back-to-its-roots belgian ale, has a nice perfumey grain and noble hop component, but the saisony grunge is there too. Finish just has a light white pepperiness to it, to accompany the sweet grains. Shame about the alcohol, itís in that Le Trappe territory, it could be called a quad at this boost.


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