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


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RATINGS: 1433   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Bons Vux (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 .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3050) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 Tosa Tasting - June 24, 2006

I lost track of who brought this or opened it, but thanks to whoever did. There is a reason this is one of the highest rated saisons on the site - because it deserves the honors.

Aroma / Appearance - A huge, dense yellow bubbly head subsided slowly, trickling down the sides of my glass leaving behind traces of lacing that lingered. The bouquet was rich with fruity notes - apples, pears and an overall sweetness. In addition, I was reminded of honey smoked ham as it hung in the rafters aging.

Flavor / Palate - The first impression was dry and peppery but soon gave way to a pleasant combination of sweet fruity flavors. The mouthfeel was just about right for a saison. It did not completely fill my mouth with intense flavors, but at the same time I did not have to guess at what pleasures were in my mouth. The spicy characteristic stuck around throughout the entire glass. It was never overpowering or intense but gave a nice balance to the beer. I enjoyed this; if I see if on the shelf around Madison it might be getting a second look in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4695) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 24, 2006
Oh baby! Poperinge brought this out when the Stanley Cup came on the ice (2006). The whole room smelled like a wet barn when he popped the cork. Heavy carbonation. Tiny particulate. Closer up the aroma is salty with some cheese notes. Surprising up front sweetness in the flavour. Salty. Dry and dusty in the nose. Tasty but hard to describe. Reminds me of the joy of that first IPA in tasting something new and phenomenal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3059) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 23, 2006
Lovely, cloudy, bright straw coloured body with a large and lasting white head. Full aroma of yeast, peaches, some orange and spice. Taste is pretty much what the aroma promises, sweet but balanced by spices, medium body for easy drinking, long finish, alcohol noticeable but not offensive. Enjoyed this very much. Yes I am starting to get partial to Saisons.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (1980) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 12, 2006
2005 vintage. Rich gold in colour with strong carbonation. Delicate aromas of floral and grassy hops, spicy yeast, citrus fruits, and barnyard. Surprisingly peppery in the mouth, with some alcohol notes becoming apparent. In this sense, it was very much tripel-like. More funk and citrus flavor notes made their way into the mix as the beer warmed. A bit heavy handed in the alcohol and yeast department flavor wise, but still a good saison... my 29th bithday beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Poured a volcanically effervescent golden with a large frothy white head. Aroma of sweet flowers, grapes, some dry alcohol. Flavor is quite strong... lots of floral sweetness coming through, alcohol, a touch of sweet cream, some herbal hoppiness. Body was not as fizzy as I thought it might be given the effervescence, but I would attribute that to the beers strength. It drinks and tastes like a big beer. But good, complex, and would go well with a nice cheese.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2904) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 7, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 2005 Vintage, this one poured a nice golden to slight orange color with a humungous (but somewhat manageable) head that just pillowed and stayed there forever. The lacing was outstanding, rings all the way around and down the glass. The aroma was deceiving, somewhat sweet, yeasty, and spiced. The flavor started out somewhat funky, horse blankets, barnyard, and yeast with a mildly bitter (very pleasant) finish. As it warmed, the wheatiness came out. However, the finish was peppery and dry, really quite nice, keeping this from going too sweet like the Hennepin, which is supposedly from this style. The alcohol hid amazingly well initially and without food, however, the turkey and nuts really drew out the alcohol astringency.... very nice, all said and done. Re-rate, 12/09, on draft at SL: So smooth and excellent, a big Belgian appeal with the elements of light fruits, some pepper, very light off funk, great stuff, spices. Hennepin to the extreme and excellence. Missed a few vintage bottle re-rates, sometimes on the hotter alcohol side of things, but a great annual brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Bottle purchased at Piccadilly, Champaign. Im once again reminded that Saison must be one of the most versatile food pairing beers available. Hot food, well spiced food, grilled, it can do it all. Enjoyed on a cool summer night with some food on the grill. Notes of lemongrass, citron, orange pell, coriander, chamomile, and a pleasant citrus hop finish. Fairly thin of palate and overly carbonated are its flaws. Otherwise, solid stuff, and again, great with a variety of food. This will be a regular summer drinker for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardGretton (4277) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2006
Bottle. Orangey blonde beer with a strong bubbly head. The aroma is lightly fruity and spiced and the flavour vinous and lightly spiced, but not as strong as the alcohol percentage suggests. Overall a really great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Aroma of yeast, bread, lemon, coriander. Appears a cloudy pale yellow with a mountainous yellow-white head. Flavor is yeasty and bitter. Palate is dry and effervescent. Overall, this is an excellent, though exceedingly bitter, saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2006
2005 bottled 750. Huge nose of funky fresh yeast. Exploding head over murky, floaty/yeast. Fresh taste of yeast, alcohol (dry), and grass/veg/herb. The flavors really were huge, and even well structed, just not enjoyable to me. The over carbonation here is hinting at this bottles youth, thou. Finished rough too... Ehh maybe another time.

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