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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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93
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1,055 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,055
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 76
Gots: 72 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002)
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Reviews by numenor1:
Photo of numenor1
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 Edition

Pours light yellow golden and very hazy with a very large rocky white head. Smells of peaches and hay with a slight yeasty funk.On the palate, this is really difficult for me to pin down. Starts with an initial stab of spice (clove and coriander) immediately followed by absolutely oppressive fruit driven malt. Somewhat citrus, slight mango, grape, peach and faint banana. This backed by a very full earthy aspect, hay, grass and yeastiness. Through the finish this is spectacularly bittered and dries out. Not to say that it's particularly bitter or overly dry, it's not but it's gorgeous. Spice again becomes evident along with a nuttiness and everything fades against it's backdrop. The finish is LONG, lingering forever. A very tight, flavor overall yet with great depth and complexity and slight tartness throughout. Body is medium, but the carbonation is high and very fine, making it very light. At 9.5 the drinkability of this is amazing.

Not a very rustic saison, but in a more plush style. Not my favorite saison, but supberb and as well made as any with exceptional balance.

numenor1, Dec 10, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice find at the deli I must say,poursa lighter shade of gold with a huge blossoming head that has moved down an inch as of yet,the aroma is lightly smokey with almost a cinnamon spicey quality.Taste is smnokey with some real medicinal hints with a malty finish and after taste wich came out well,this beer has some serious complexity to it.A real nice change of pace here nice to have before bed.

oberon, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Light yellow with a tinge of orange is the coloring for this extremely cloudy brew. The head had to be worked a little but what came up stayed for quite a while. No lacing, probably due to the 9.5 ABV.

Smell – A lot of spices in this one. The aroma is very powdery (probably tastes that way, too). There’s some stiff malt and yeast in there as well and a little bitter hops to balance things out, but this is your typical spicy BSPA. The coriander is very present, along with some pepper and a few others that I can’t pinpoint.

Taste – The deep, mature, yeast flavor kicks into high gear at the taste. The spices some out in full force as well. There’s an interesting rind hop punch to this one that balances things out. I think it’s the first of this I’ve tasted for the style, but it all works really well.

Mouthfeel – Heavily carbonated with a slight alcohol sting on the tongue. Yes, it’s a BSPA from Belgium.

Drinkability – Nice, authentic rendition of the style. This went down quite well. Anyone with a, “BigBelgiumBrethern,” or, “BelgiumBeers4Me,” handle has to try this one.

Comments – TheLongBeachBum wrote a winner of a review on this one and rated it two tenths higher than me. He said it a lot more eloquently than I did. His is a, “must read,” if you’re thinking about trying this ale.

RoyalT, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of aszatk01
3/5  rDev -28.1%

aszatk01, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2005 Vintage from Steve's Mineral Point for $6.99 a 750.

Yeasty straw gold (leaning toward orange) body with visibly aggressive carbonation and a voluminous white froth. The head eventually settles to a healthy skim with beautiful lacing.

Spicy aroma displays plenty of hay, saaz or similar hops, lemon, a bit of orange, and black pepper.

Dry, spicy body with lively carbonation that bites the tongue. Flavors of hay and lemon peal cojoin with wild flowers and vanilla.

Highly drinkable. In fact this is sessionable in the extreme.

DaPeculierDane, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of ricke
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-02-09. Served in tulip.

Presentation: 375 ml corked bottle with freshness date on the label (best before July 2013).

Appearance: The pour is golden orange with straw hues - it almost looks like it's glowing. Ivory-colored, big and creamy head that sticks around for a while before settling and leaving some foam on top of the brew and chunky lacings on the glass. A good looking beer.

Smell: Sharp medicinal phenols mix with a general spiciness and a smell of sweet citrus fruits. Faint smell of yeast as well. Despite plenty of phenols and tangy spices, the smell is rather fresh and pleasant.

Taste: Big taste of medicinal phenols - distinct taste of band-Aids - and prominent spices (cloves, and perhaps white pepper?). Together with an unexpectedly big presence of alcohol this results in a interesting and pleasant - but still quite demanding - hotness. All of these tangy and sharp flavors are balanced by a taste of sweet fruits - mostly orange and lemon peel, but also pineapple - and faint malts. No funky flavors to speak of. The finish is dry with a more spices, minimal hop bitterness and a bit of a twang from the alcohol. This one develops very nicely towards the end: It gets a little less edgy, more round and balanced, as the sweet fruit flavors becomes more prominent.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, plenty of carbonation and all in all quite dry. But it still has a semi-smooth feel to it.

Drinkability: A very good beer. Quite tasty as well. The big medicinal phenols and spiciness coupled with the sweet fruits makes it truly interesting, but also a bit demanding. Although it drinks really easily and is quite refreshing, the alcohol and the spices becomes a little too prominent and somewhat demanding after a while.

NOTE: Will cellar a couple of these to see how they turn out. I'm especially interested to see how the balance between the alcohol and spices develops.

ricke, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of SuqMadique
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

SuqMadique, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.18/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour on this beer is a beautiful milky maize color with a sturdy white head. The lacing remains through out the glass full. The aroma was average at best,not giving me much else but the ABV. The initial taste was bland reminiscent of a mass produced imported ale. I just couldn't find anything about this beer that made it stand out. I served it with a citrusy desert whose character compensated for the lack of character given by this Dupont offering.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avec Les Bons Voeux by Brasserie Dupont 9.5% alcohol Saison/Farmhouse style. 750ml bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Pours a crisp hazed golden fluid with a nice one inch pillowy head that leaves decent sticky lacing on the glass.

S- Sharp lemon zest hits the nose upfront with slight notes of alcohol and yeast.

T-M- The taste is a smooth and sweet lemongrass flavor with a mix of musky yeast and malts noted. Herbal spice is felt in the backbone. Mouthfeel is slick and highly carbonated making it easy to put down the 9.5% alcohol content.

Overall this is a good showing of the style and is very drinkable dispite the heavy alcohol content... Cheers~!

wesbrownyeah, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

tbryan5, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #60 (Jan 2012):

LOOK: Pale murky straw

SMELL: Dried grass, passionfruit, peppery, papaya, nutty, yeast, mango, eucalyptus, lemon zest, alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, bitter herb, yeast, dried tropical fruit, vegetal, green peppercorns, lemon pith, boozy alcohol, medicinal, faint broth, bitter, dry finish

A special Saison brewed for the holidays, and perhaps for the winter, as it touts a hefty punch. Not sure if the extra alcohol does it much justice though. Clearly it’s a decent sip, but more of a sharing and pairing offering, as it seems bit lost on its own.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 2002 on the cork. Pours a quite hazy peachy yellow into my glass with a beautiful two finger head of white foam. Good, steady carbonation. Looks great in the glass. Aromas of light toasted grains met by a mellow mustiness. Spicy tones along with a nice mix of light fruit aromas, especially lemon. Good stuff.

First sip brings a grainy, lightly sweet maltiness upfront that is quickly met by a spicy pepper aspect along with a wonderful mix of tropical and citrus fruit tones. Flows down with a slight funkiness and a touch of alcohol in the finish. A bit dry overall, but still tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with an explosive carbonation. This one goes down incredibly easily for a 9.5% abv. A throughly enjoyable saison from Dupont and one of the benchmarks for the style. I will need to get another fresh bottle soon! (As a side note, the final yeast pour amplifies the flavor profile greatly and adds a bit of smoothness as well.)

orbitalr0x, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of daveshawley
4/5  rDev -4.1%

daveshawley, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

warnerry, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Todd, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of shark262
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ML corked bottle

A: high carbonation, belgian lace on sides of glass, white & moussy head that is long-lasting, light orange/tangerine color, very appealing appearance

S: ripe summer fruits: pears, apples, lemons; hay and very slight barnyard funk, no diacetyl, slight sulfur, low to no hop aroma

T: pear and other fruits, pleasant funk, some fusel alcohols from high ferment temp, hop bitterness med to low

M: crisp, high-attenuation, dry aftertaste, very refreshing, alcohol warmth on the back of the palette

D: refreshing and tasty, perfect for summer, alcohol warmth and crisp mouthfeel keeps me coming back for more, a great saison

shark262, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev -4.1%

VernonKell, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Doomcifer, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Beerswag, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thin bubbly lacing, some stickage. Glowing orange hue shows some action from the carbonation.

Smell: Spicy aroma; black pepper, clove with a phenolic herbal smell. A touch of solvent alcohol and ripe pineapple and mango as well.

Taste: Hugely phenolic, the palate gets hit hard with herbal and medicinal notes. Some hops in there as well as some shaded maltiness. More phenols, raw honey maltiness and an earthened hop. Obvious coriander. Light ripe tropical fruit within the solvent like alcohol. Odd tartness in the end and finishes a bit dry.

Mouthfeel: Rolling crispness builds to a textured smoothness.

Drinkability & Notes: More interesting than anything else, certainly a specialty beer that I’d have after a meal or if the meal was bold enough to pair it with that.

Jason, Jan 06, 2003
Photo of tjthresh
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1998 Vintage!!!
When I first poured the bottle it was a strw yellow with a teeny tiny bubbeled froathy white head, and a bazillion bubbles climbing the walls of my glass. When I finally got the rest into my glass, I got all the yeast. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing. It has the horsey Belgian smell, with some Granny Smith apples thrown in for good measure. The taste is great. Pepper and apples and doughy yeast goodness. The after taste has a light lingering alcohol thing going on that works well. I would drink this everyday if I weren't buzzing so hard now!!!

tjthresh, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a radiant golden amber body that is mostly clear. Large vanilla head slowly falls into a creamy meringue and sheets the goblet with curtains of lace. What a looker!

Aroma is freshly sliced lemons, floral hops, white pepper and pale malts.

Medium body has a pleasant velvety carbonation.

Taste is dry and herbal with prominent notes of fresh lemons, melon, and white pepper. Floral hops add a complex bitterness.

Not the best saison I've sampled but topnotch.

merlin48, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ the waterfront ale house in NYC, as the bartender said, "its from Dupont, it smells like flowers and its strong" Poured into a chimay chalice, 1/2 inch puffy head, orangy amber, cloudy, nose of flower, fruits , spice and yeast. Moderate, fine lacing. This is the real Belgian deal, light delicate, flavorful and wait its also 9.5%! Notes of fresh fruits, ginger, juniper, peppery spice, bubble gum, yeasty phenolics. Yum yum-- seek and enjoy!

Billolick, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev -4.1%

aquazr1, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of badbeer
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow golden color with a white head that has good retention and lacing. Smells of bubblegum, chamomille, flowers, and hints of pepper and ginger. Light spice, chamomille, clove, and bubblegum in the taste. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Good stuff.

badbeer, Dec 28, 2008
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Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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