OK, last Holiday Beer, I promise!
I just have nice feelings about the beers of Brasserie Dupont. When we first moved to San Francisco, and the Slanted Door first opened on Valencia, we used to have a great time there. We would order ourselves a big bottle of Saison Dupont and pig out on California style Vietnamese food. Happy memories.
“Avec les bons Vœux de la brasserie Dupont” means, “With the best wishes of the brewery Dupont.” According to the website, it was brewed every year as a New Years present for their “best clients.” A pretty fun idea, and I’ve been wanting to try this beer for a while.
The Saison beer is often known for its complexity, often including fruity flavors not unlike German Wheat Beers. However, because of the types of yeast they use and the way they are brewed, they are often much dryer in character than German Wheat Beer.
Unlike many holiday or special occasion beers, this one is not that far from it’s parents. It seems a bit richer with perhaps a tad more character. From the label, it has higher alcohol, but with the smoothness of this beer, I would have a hard time detecting it. I think I would have to have Saison Dupont and this side by side, to be able to tell the difference. Nonetheless, another fantastic beer, and highly recommended, should you be lucky enough to chance upon it.