Brasserie Dupont specialises in producing saisons - farmhouse ales traditionally brewed in the winter to sustain the farm labourers during the summer (infact "saison" literally translates to "season"). Because of this origin saisons are refreshing and light beers, with a low terminal gravity which makes them remarkably dry.
In recent times there has been a trend towards producing high gravity "super saisons". Dupont produced the first of these beers in the 1950s under the Moinette label (Moinette Blonde and Moinette Brune). The Avec Les Bon Voeux reinforced this concept, and paved the way for this new style of beer.
Saisons are complex beers - fruity, dry and spicy. Much of the flavour comes from use of some unique top fermenting yeast strains. These strains are believed to be ancestors of the family of yeast used in red wine production, evolving over decades of use in farmhouse breweries to become what they are today. These lend spicy flavours, reminiscent of orange peel, clove, allspice, citrus, cut grass and coriander. Saisons also have a distinct "funkyness" about them - earthy and rustic flavours as comforting as a good red wine. Duponts beers have a more aggressive hop character than other Belgian ales, adding to the complexity and refreshing nature of the style.
With the exception of the Moinette, the Dupont beers come in 750mL corked champagne-style bottles. This is the traditional bottling method of farmhouse breweries such as Dupont, a logical extension given the vinous characters of the beers, and not surprising considering they are such close neighbours to France!
This complex style could also benefit from several years in a cellar.
Avec Les Bon Voeux - a 9.5% ABV super-saison in the top 99.4% of saisons according to ratebeer.com. This beer originated in 1970, when Dupont began brewing a special beer as a new years present for their most loyal customers (the name literally translates to "with the best wishes of the brewery Dupont"). The demand for the beer was so large as to necessitate a reservations list - some customers placing their orders months before the new year! Thankfully the beer is now brewed year round, albeit in limited quantities. Having sampled a few of these since their arrival, we can tell you that with each mouthful we fall more in love with this beer.
You can buy Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux in the following pack sizes:
Remember, we can usually fit up to 20 beers into each delivery carton. Want to try the above beer but not sure what else to choose? Why not try our special Around the World in Twenty Beers Pack. If you would like some help making your choice, why not contact our friendly and knowledgeable staff who will be happy to make some suggestions.
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A17% ABV blend of one-year-old calvados, and mout, apple juice that has fermented to around 1% ABV. After being carefully blended in oak casks, Pommeau is transferred to 4-5 year old 400L oak casks, where it is carefully matured for at least 30 months. Perhaps Dupont’s greatest creation, Pommeau displays amazing complexities of vanilla, crystallised apples, prunes and toasted hazelnuts. Absolutely amazing.