Round #2 of Wednesday night’s extended drinking session with Limpd and The Wookie was a Saison/Farmhouse Ale by Brasserie Dupont called Avec Les Bons Voeux de la Brasserie Dupont. Since I don’t speak French, I’m not even gonna try to pronounce it, but I will share with you the origin of this beer from Brasserie Dupont’s website:
“Since 1970, the brewery has been brewing a special beer to give as a New Year’s 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 commercialize 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.”
- Appearance: Golden yellow. Very cloudy. Incredible head retention! Like a thick, fluffy cloud that dissipates very slowly.
- Aroma: Citrus and spice aromas.
- Taste: Very well carbonated. Smooth and creamy texture. Similar to the regular Saison Dupont, but with a bit more spice and a much higher ABV (6.5% for the Saison Dupont vs. 9.5% for the Avec Les Bons Voeux). Dry finish which is reminiscent of champagne.
I’d love to say that we were unanimous in our feelings for this beer, but sadly, that wasn’t the case, and I was left with the very pleasurable task of drinking at least 60% of the bottle (I’m sure Limpd and The Wookie will post their comments later). I found the Avec Les Bons Voeux De La Brasserie Dupont to be a very smooth and easy drinking beer which does a great job of hiding its 9.5% ABV. I would describe it as a Saison Dupont on steroids, and I think that it would go incredibly well with a plate of fine cheese and cured meats. I give this beer an A-.