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


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RATINGS: 1549   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Bons Vœux (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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2417) - California, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Cloudy golden, huge rocky head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is spices, pepper, loads of yeast, grass, funk. Flavor brings this with a light alcholic finish. An enjoyable Saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jason (1737) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Draft. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a good size head. The head dwindled a bit during the drinking but stayed with a nice ring. Spice is present in the aroma and taste. Corriander is present i n thearoma. Taste is of lemon, ugly fruit, yeast, and orange peel. Finishes awesome. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (2971) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Finally grabbed this one and enjoyed it immensely. Well made, well balanced, very complex beer. Nice citrus aromas. The taste is dominated by yeast and spice. Cloudy golden color with a big white head. More subtle than what I remember of other saisons I have had. That subtleness and complexity adds to the experience of this one. This is why people love this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2007
cloudy off yellow grain color w/ a flufy white head & nice lacing. Avg but delicate palate. Aroma is pretty delicate some notes of hay and a yeasty bread like note, quite light. Flavor is bananna & bread dough some light spices lemon zest a fairly dry fininsh. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Pale yellow clear color (the result of a careful pour.) Aromas of citrus and hay. With the same citrus and crisp spiciness on the finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2007
a bit like opening a bottle of champaigne and just as bubbly. Tastes smooth and dry with little to no aftertaste. A much better Saison that the south hampton in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (20000) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2006
Draught @ Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen. Pours a hazy golden colour with a longlasting white head. Sweet malty yeasty aroma with some soicy hints and hints of citrus. Sweet malty yeasty and spicy flavor. Slightly bitter malty and yeasty finish with some citrus hints.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2198) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 Draft
2006 at Brouwers. Dec 30 ’06. Hazy straw amber with a modest white head and lovely lacing. This beer has a splendid aroma of lemon, barnyard dust, and a hint of vinegarly lambic. The flavor is stunning: lemon and lovely - nay, perfect - bitter hops, more barnyard, a hint of sunflower seed, and warm sweet malts through the middle. The mouthfeel is full and rich without either the heat or the thickness one might attribute to a 9.5% beer; as a result, this one is packed beyond compare with flavor but remains refreshing nonetheless and despite its high alcohol content.

After 600+ ratings, this is the best beer I’ve ever tasted. My new top-rated beer by two points.

Revisit on tap, Feb 18 ’07. Indeed, after my encounter with the bottled version (described below) I began to wonder if the rating above resulted from one of those fortuitious moments where the beer and the mood and palate and the setting all align in perfect synchrony to raise a very good beer to beyond excellent in the moment.

So the next day, I tried this again on tap, again at Brouwers. The previous 4.7 (9/4/10/5/19) was no fluke; that beyond-perfect mouthfeel was back, the beer was everything I had experienced the first time, and it was fully deserving of its position alone at the top of my list.

Relatively fresh, 2/2007. 750 ml, 2006 bottling tasted Feb 17 ’07.

From the bottle, this is a somewhat different beer. It’s very good, still, but it doesn’t compare with the mind-blowingly good beer that I tasted on tap. Much of the loss is in the mouthfeel. The bottled version features a coarser head; it is harsher and lacks the smooth creamy fullness of the tap, substituting instead a more oily mouthfeel and more overt 9.5% alcohol. I probably would have rated this about a 4.2 if I was tasting it for the first time. The take-home lesson is that if you haven’t had this one on tap, you haven’t had the full experience of what it can be.

Fresh Bottle 10/2012. Alright, I gotta downgrade this one. It may be divine on tap, but it’s human in the bottle based on yet another too-hot, bit-too-sticky fresh bottle tasted 10/2012. I’d go about 8/4/8/4/16=4.0 on the bottle, but I’ll split the different with draft.

Fresh Bottle 12/25/13. Pretty amazing this time around, not hot, barely sticky. Just delicious, drier than I remember. Two main things going on here. The less amazing of the two is a strong stone ground wheat thin cracker flavor coming from the malts, even bringing some sweetness one the palate acclimates. The other, which is the true soul of the beer, is the massive sulfur and mineral character of the house yeasts. A delight that I’d rate around 8/4/9/4/17=4.2.

Bottle four years old 2006 bottle, May 2010. This one is better fresher, I fear. Now the bready malts and a minerally base are at the forefront, and it’s just not the beer it once was. It’s still really good -- 3.9 to 4.0 range -- with no glaring flaws. But I concede that it wasn’t really meant to be aged.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Bottle. Good malty aroma with yeast notes. Fruity. Thick monster frothy white head like whipped cream. Golden yellow color. Well carbonated but not overly dry. Creamy mouthfeel. Solid malt, hop, and yeast flavors. Very well balanced with a lightly bitter finish. A good stronger cousin of the Vieille Provision which is also very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2006
draft - A rather nice saison. Well balanced and tasty. A nice rich golden color, and the bar even had proper glassware. Good

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