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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,020 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 70
Gots: 61 | 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.

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Jlk819


3/5  rDev -28.2%

11-12-2012 00:49:13 | More by Jlk819
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Compton25

Texas

3/5  rDev -28.2%

12-07-2011 21:55:38 | More by Compton25
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ScurrilousJ

Florida

3/5  rDev -28.2%

11-30-2012 23:48:48 | More by ScurrilousJ
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pathead

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -28.2%

12-11-2012 22:24:32 | More by pathead
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JDV

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light orange to yellow with whitish head. Smell is minty, and lemony fresh, perhaps herbal as well. Taste is sharp, somewhat tart and a touch spiced as well. Some butteriness to the flavor at the same time and a honey sweetness to it. Faintly hopped as well, but sweetness prevails still a bit from this.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 17:58:41 | More by JDV
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.05/5  rDev -27%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is amazing. Golden colour with amazing, thick frothy head, sinks slowly but retains bloody well. Somehow has sediment suspended in it in little flakes, as though trapped in jelly. There is still a bit of carbonation, and tilting the glass agitates the particles slightly. But seriously, that's really incredible. One of the most amazing beers I've ever stared at.

Nose is disappointing. Quite hoppy and funky, with almost a POR character on it and a distinct corn kind of aroma, sweet and quite naff, with a sweet honey character backing up. Bit of lemonade maybe? Soft and fluffy nose, can't say I like it very much.

Taste is far more potent and saisony than the nose, starts quite sweet and honey-esque, but then gets this amazing toasty bitterness crescendo. Flavour is quite intense in its increment, has a very burnt flavour to it, and still a kind of corn character, but in a robust, funky and interesting way. Hints of blood orange, umami and a slight buttery character combine to make an interesting, although intense and bitter flavour. Can't drink that by the gallonful, mouthfeel is a bit thick, not bad actually.

But overall, yeah I'm really not sure what to make of it. Pushes me away with one hand, draws me in with the other.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 04:10:44 | More by laituegonflable
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this in 750ml bottles at the Hopleaf in Chicago. The first one we opened was completely skunked, absolutely undrinkable. The bartender was cool and opened a new one for us which tasted initially good (much better compared to the first bottle), but was still slightly skunked. I'm guessing light damage, why don't they just use brown bottles!?!

It was highly carbonated, and had some floating yeasties. Beyond the skunk I could smell some grassy aromas, and the taste included some honey-like sweetness and coriander. It could be really good but tough to tell.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 21:47:57 | More by TurdFurgison
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

3.08/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a huge, creamy, off-white head that left a thick coat of lace. Hazy golden beer glows like the sun. Aroma of tart lemon and candy coated flowers. Damn, things are looking good. Lightly sweet pale malt flavor mixes with moderately strong flavor of alcohol. There is none of the tartness suggested in the aroma, and the finish is a bitter combination of herbal hops and alcohol. I'm a bit disappointed by the flavor. If it tasted anything like that flavor it would have been amazing. There is a bit of the sugar and floral flavors in there if you really concentrate, but boy I wish they were stronger. The mouthfeel is fairly light and smooth from massive amount of fine carbonation within. I've got a couple more glasses left in the bottle and I'm hoping it will change as I drink it, but right now it's just overly alchoholic tasting with a boozy finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 22:27:21 | More by HappyHourHero
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From: Piccadilly, Champaign, IL
Date: 2011 on cork
Glass: Tulip

Avec Les Bons Voeux is a strong saison, with traditional flavors slightly increased, but none more than the ethanol, which is easily tasted and felt on this beer. The typical saison yeast, pale malts, and lightly bittering hops are all here, along with an amplified amount of alcohol. Clearly a winter saison, I guess (if increased ethanol is the implication of a winter brew), this would be nice to share a small glass of with friends, but not something I'd seek out for individual consumption again.

Pours a very tall head of large to medium-sized bubbles, white in color, which has average retention for the style. The head collapses to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass, leaving some significant lacing in its wake. The body is a cloudy golden orange color, light brining out pale orange and yellow hues. Carbonation is active and visible, rising from the center of the glass.

Aroma is rather and surprisingly clean: pilsner and pale malt characters with some Belgian yeast; light lemon citrus; and sweetish, dried grasses.

Tasting opens with pale malt characters, some mild lemon citrus, and bit of flowery herbs. Midpalate picks up saison yeast, mild hop bitterness, and substantial ethanol. Back palate notices hop bitterness, mild to medium saison yeast, and fairly strong ethanol. Lingering aftertaste of ethanol, modest European hop bitterness, and saison yeast.

Beer's body is medium-light to medium, with high, aggressive levels of carbonation. While the carbonation level is typical of some saisons, I don't find it particularly conducive to enjoying the beer as it produces an overly fizzy, at times annoying long-tingling, then finally bubbly mouthfeel that may also obscure some flavors/aromas. Similar to champagne, in overall feel. Ethanol noticeable on tongue, in nostrils, and on back of throat. Finishes semi-dry, with lingering ethanol burn on throat.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 23:40:48 | More by falloutsnow
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 18:44:36 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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beabear

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very light, straw-like color with minimal head and some decent lacing.

Smell: Subtle hints of banana, cloves and yeast. Smells a bit like a wheat beer.

Taste: Very light body because of the heavy carbonation. Flavor doesn't linger -- minimal aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant but short-lived because of the heavy carbonation and lack of body.

Drinkability: Hides its alcohol well but it lacks the big enjoyable flavors of a typical Belgian. Honestly, it tastes a bit watered-down. I could drink a bunch but I'm not sure I'd want to.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2010 01:25:58 | More by beabear
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Rick760Sd

California

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

12-26-2012 06:25:05 | More by Rick760Sd
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deldad

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

04-22-2012 15:00:54 | More by deldad
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phishbfm

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

04-07-2013 03:07:50 | More by phishbfm
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

01-10-2013 23:58:39 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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jrfehon33

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

12-13-2012 00:34:11 | More by jrfehon33
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stercomm

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a regular glass.

A - Hazy straw, lots of bubbles, huge, frothy white head, hangs around for ever.

S - Bubblegum, straw, spice, funkiness

T - Grassy, spicy,some pepper, yeasty, good Belgium funk.

M - Lots of carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Not bad, a little heavier then I was expecting

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 18:57:24 | More by stercomm
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Who wants a bon bon? Pours a very cloudy darker yellow color with golden hues throughout. A big frothy head with decent head retention and good lacing throughout.

The nose is limited overall. Some underlining malt notes and some nice/unique barnyard smells. Some spicy wheat notes that lend with a light pepper aroma. A light goaty with some almost brett smell but no fruit notes to speak of. Maybe needs a bit more aging.

The taste is similar. Limited malt notes with some undertone funk and goat. Malt has some wheat and a light honey aftertaste. More fruity notes come out relative to the nose. Some apricot and tart orange flavors. Some surprisingly hoppy notes in the finish with more of a citrus note.

The body is light to moderate. Good carbonation. Overall I was disappointed in this beer. I was hoping for more funk and more fruitiness/ester Belgian goodness. Oh well here is score.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 22:55:48 | More by Oxymoron
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alexskovan

New York

3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured pale gold with an incredible thick egg-white head of tiny and medium and large bubbles that was rock solid. Smell was subtle and similar to many aged Belgian ales I've tried; a bit of oak and a kind of rotten citrus smell. Taste was harsh and unbalanced. An attack of alcohol bite, acid, and stale hops, followed by a watery finish. No complexity and very unpleasant.

I'm thinking I got a bad bottle.

NOTE: Above is my review of the first half of this 750ml bottle. I stoppered what was left and put it in the chill-chest -- rather than pour it down the drain, as was my inclination.

It is now the next day, and I've just tried the second half and it has mellowed and improved considerably. Perhaps this ale needs to be decanted.

Taste is lambic-savory now, that sublime sour-oaky-citrus symphony.

I'm not inclined to call this ale "outstanding", but it is very good. But it really was disgusting when I first opened it. Strange. . .

It may still be the case that I've got a bad bottle -- which makes me very curious about what a GOOD bottle of this stuff tastes like!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 00:00:33 | More by alexskovan
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Daniell

Australia

3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get the dregs of a bottle.

A:Nice persistent head, good lacing, good colour. Some discolouration in the head. 4

S: sweet fruits like peaches, a herby smell which is kind of reminiscent of detergent. Bit of alcohol. Also get sulfur and minerally notes. 3

T: similar to the nose. Can taste some alcohol in there which makes it taste a bit like the syrup in canned peaches. Yeast gives it sourness. Get some granny smith apples in there too. 3

M: Definitely not bad. Highly carbed. 4

D: No problems drinking this despite the alcohol content. 4

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 10:45:41 | More by Daniell
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. There’s a lot of carbonation in this one. I needed several pours to get a full glass.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed golden wheat color. Three fingers of frothy/foamy white head. Retention is good and a lot of the foam sticks to the glass.

4.5 S: Smells a good bit like autumn. Lots of barnyard funk, rich with pollen, hay, and livestock. Underneath there is pepper, clove, and corriander spiciness. A garden of flowers in this while being moderately herbal. Very complex and well integrated.

3.0 T: The taste is good, but not nearly as impressive as the nose. Surprisingly strong oregano-like bitterness. Not nearly as flowery as the nose, but about as herbal. Corriander still stands out, but less pepper and clove. Hay is back as is quite strong. Dry even for a saison. Bitterness lingers into the aftertaste.

3.0 M: Lighter body. Carbonation is a bit too abundant. Mildly creamy.

3.0 D: If this tasted like the nose, I would certainly be impressed. It’s still a good beer, but it isn’t the standout I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 21:14:09 | More by DavoleBomb
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jhu1995

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork said 2005. Pours a straw color with a huge, fluffy white head. Nice lacing as well. They don't look much better than this, particularly for the alcohol content. Smell and taste were somewhat disappointing. Smell had strong scent of alcohol, which overpowered most of the other aromas. Some faint spiciness was also noticeable. Taste was average. Alcohol was at the forefront with mostly spicy/peppery flavors following. Became pretty easy to drink after the first few sips, especially for being 9.5% ABV. Not a bad beer, but definitely prefer some of the other versions of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 10:12:13 | More by jhu1995
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Impressive head with lasting power; nice ring lace on the glass after each sip. Cloudy and golden.

Some barnyard aromas; I detect plastic as well as a strong mustiness. This is slightly off but I can't tell exactly why.

Lemony initial flavor on the sip. Highly carbonated! Good body, but almost soda pop bubbles. Very astringent and tart. The aftertaste is short lived and very dry.

Big points for the complexity, but there is also a lot of odd flavors and smells that aren't exactly appealing. Vive la difference but realize that this is not your typical beer. It is growing on me.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 01:27:57 | More by smcolw
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bierdeflanders

California

3.39/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: lemon, pear, bubblegum

A: deep copper color, very clear beer, 3 to 4 finger head (over carbonation)

T: tart, piney, resin, fruity

M: light body with dry finish. lots of carbonation

O: well balanced saison, the carbonation was a little high, but a very tasty farmhouse ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 05:06:20 | More by bierdeflanders
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dupont- Bons Voeux

A- Bright yellowish orange with a thin lacing head.
S- Tart cherry orange with a touch of funky wet hay/straw.
T- Sour tart cherry and orange, sugary. Slight creamy malt body with a pine hops in the end.
M- Very sour/ tart up frontwith a resiny pine hop body and finish.

Overall- Nice tart Saison. 1 will do though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2008 22:51:49 | More by NJpadreFan
Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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