Wednesday, January 4, 2012

AVEC LES BONS VOEUX! SACRE BLEU!

Mark over at KAEDRIN BEER BLOG has basically owned Christmas beer writing this year. The guy’s been on top of just about every release across the gamut of Xmas/Holiday beers, and has even eloquently broken out the three types of Christmas beer. His definition is note-perfect. I’ve always wondered about the Holiday connection with that “Do whatever the hell you want” beers like Sierra Nevada Celebration, but they are what they are and come but once a year. They’re easy to ignore if you’re not comfortable with their less-than-perfect fit into Styles 1 and 2.

Another one of the “Style 3” beers that gets a lot of love in the internetosphere is BRASSERIE DUPONT’s AVEC LES BONS VOEUX. To call it a holiday beer is phenomenally stretching the term. It’s a tart, crisp saison/farmhouse ale, with a liberal dose of must and yeast. The beer is low in carbonation and has a thin body that didn’t quite put the hair on my chest I was hoping for in such a heavily-hyped beer. Taste is of apples and all things crisp & autumnal. Really, I reckon you just have to be in the mood for a wholesale liquid redefinition of Christmas. I liked it well enough on draft but feel like maybe I’m missing a little of the magic that so many folks have found in this beer. 6.5/10.

1 comment:

Mark said...

Thanks for the kind words! Christmas beer is probably my favorite beer season...

I'm really surprised about the Bon Voeux though. Perhaps being on tap tempered it a bit or thinned it out or messed with the carbonation or something. I've always considered this one of my favorites, but I've never had it on draft...