Saison was one of the first styles that I really fell in love with. I'm not quite sure why. Firstly, it could be the romantic story about how Belgian and French farms would brew a low-strength pale ale to keep the workers on their farm hydrated during the working day. True or not, it's a cool story and definitely adds to the romanticism of saison. Secondly, as someone who was getting increasingly interested in brewing beer, I think that the fact yeast plays such a huge part in the flavour of the beer was interesting to me.
Anyway, on to the beer! Today it's Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont.
The beer pours a deep, hazy golden colour, with a large white head. On the nose I'm getting a big hit of white pepper and a generous helping of barnyard funk. I'm not getting any funk when I taste the beer; instead it's all white pepper and spiciness from Dupont's world famous yeast. The finish is dry and lingering with a bitterness that I wasn't quite expecting.
This is an incredible saison, perhaps only bettered by another of Dupont's offerings, Saison Dupont.