Avec Les Bon Voeux by Brasserie Dupont
Pours a golden blond with loads of frothy white head. A fantastic aroma greats you as the glass is pulled close; apricot, floral, straw, mildly spicy. The first drink is an explosion of complex fruit and floral flavors, a pleasant peppery spiciness and mild bitterness with loads of effervescence making the beer feel like it dissolves on the tongue.
No alcohol bite, I would never guess it comes in at a stout 9.5 abv if I did not read it on the label. Very complex, very balanced, very good. I have had this beer on a number of occasions and I have to say it is one of my all time favorites. Dupont describes this beer as a blond ale but I have always thought of it as an imperial saison. They say this is a good beer to cellar but to be honest I keep opening every bottle I set aside. Saison Dupont gets all of the press but you need to try this one.