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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Reviews: 588
Hads: 1,235
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 14.35%
Wants: 98
Gots: 137 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.22/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.26/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of alexskovan
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
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!

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Photo of stercomm
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
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

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Photo of Daniell
3.36/5  rDev -19.6%
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

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Photo of smcolw
3.36/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of jhu1995
3.37/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of bierdeflanders
3.37/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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

Not my favorite.

Poured a yellowish orange. Gigantic white foam heady.

Smells like yeast and citrus. The carbonation seems a bit out of place for some reason. The taste is largely orange peel, spices, bread/yeast, and a bit of lemon zest. Sounds good, but it doesn't work. There's a nasty bitter/soapy after-taste that is offputting.

I will avoid from now on.

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Photo of Levich
3.41/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a honey amber color with a frothy head that settles to about 1 cm. Slight lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is spicy with faint hints of apricot and peach.

This is a dry Saison with no sourness. It has a spicy alcohol taste with herbal undertones and finishes with a slight hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light. It erupts into a foam at first, but as you drink, the foam explosion dissipates.

Overall, a good strong Saison.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.42/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of spicelab
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opaque light orange with a large fine-bubbled white head. Leaves behind touches of lace and a slightly raised ring. Slow steady bead visible around the edges.

Yeasty and malty. Sticky marmalade, floral spice, grapefruit, honey, rockmelon, honeydew and candy floss. Bit of booze, which unfortunately seems to muddle rather than sharpen the aromas.

Taste follows the nose. The booze makes for robust, although again not distinct, yeast driven flavours. It also contributes a hot finish which has no place in a Saison in my view.

This is the strongest of a string of similar offerings, being - in ascending order of ABV: Saison Dupont, Cervesia and La Biere de Beloeil. While the charisma of the Dupont yeast strain ensures it's a yummy beer, I can't credit a single positive attribute that the higher ABV contributes. Instead, it merely lowers the drinkability.

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Photo of dgallina
3.46/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle without freshness date. Cork dated 2005.

Poured a bubbly cloudy peach with huge white pillowy head and lots of sticky lace. Smells vinous, peppery, fruity, and grainy. Honey and sweet grains on the front of the palate, followed with a giant kick of medicinal bitter alcohol, a touch of funk, and lingering leafy dryness. Medium-light with strong carbonation and slight creaminess. Not the best Dupont brew; the flavor is over-balanced with overwhelming phenolic bitterness.

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Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Watch out for the damn cork!

Pours a hazy golden amber in the tall Maredsous chalice. Big foam-up but settles down to some clouds of meringue on the bright brew. Big fruity and faintly skunky aroma, a hint of sulphur and bread rising. The surprise is how sweet this is. Flavors are also extravagant. Fermenting blackberries, brioche, lemon bars. Every sip starts with that syrupy funk that is just short of overwhelming, and evolves through a lot of bitterness to the drier, mineral finish, but still haunted by a honeyed, bitter baklava taste.

This is certainly intriguing and full of flavor, and probably belongs in a candle-lit tavern where convivial extroverts debate its merits. In the calm dining room listening to Mozart, it's hard to get down. It's less like a Saison than most of the others I've had, regardless of what the brewery claims on the label. I don't know why this isn't categorized as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Bine & Vine in San Diego for ten bucks.

01-27-2013 update: On tap at Chapter One in Santa Ana. This tap version is totally anemic in carbonation, which makes it taste like some kind of sweet and scratchy Southern fruit wine. Makes me think of corn, sourish pear skins, and a hint of Quarante Y Tres vanilla liqueur. I'd rank it lower than the bottle version I reviewed.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I'm not a huge fan of Farmhouse Style Ales, and I was surprised to find one so strong, but this was a pretty good sipper. A nice beer for a winter evening.

Color was a straw to light copper with a nice frothy head that left a good amount of lacing behind.

Aroma was yeasty/citrusy. A little bit of bread/cracker on the back end.

Flavor was similar to the aroma. Really not like a typical farmhouse because of the strength but pretty good.

Overall, worth trying.

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Photo of oggg
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Champagne bottle from Whole Foods in San Mateo.

Chill haze in bottle in refrigerator. Initially yellow with a billowy white head on the pour. Later, after sitting on the coffee table, it remarkably now has a darker yellow brown hue, more like scotch, now that the head has all but disappeared. Now it is crystal clear.

The nose begins with a bit of skunk a la Heineken. It's a metallic ginger with lime rind. Really phenolic. Weird and strong.

Bristling carbonation, then ginger and lime try to get your attention but I get drawn to the underlying bitterness which just isn't pleasant no matter how much I try. A little sweetness after the initial shock. Then more bitterness and a cloying finish.

Medium to full bodied. Can't wait to get it out of my mouth.

Overall: Ew gross. I bet it didn't help to buy it at Whole Foods in San Mateo, either.
With the remaining half bottle, I created a mini-vacuum with a Vacu Vin Wine Saver and left it in the fridge. Two days later, I poured it out for a retaste. Amazingly, the skunk has left the building. Well, almost entirely. Now the grassiness and fresh hay (not barnyard) are coming out now. Much better but still not that good. Tastes more like a messy pilsener now, complete with slight imported skunk, though it's much less than it was. Alcohol is hidden.

Overall: If you can get this fresh an unoxidized, then I think it's a pretty good saison, but still not that great, as it's still a bit hard to drink.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Continuing my quest to try the BA Top 100, was lucky enough to score this from Stan at Lone Hill Liquor. 750 ml to the head...

Apricot color. Big bubbled head, looks creamy. Good looking stuff.

Smells like peaches and beer. Other light fruit scents as well.

Taste fruity. Sour. Bananas. Cloves.

So it's OK stuff. I'm not gonna worship it or anything. Glad I got the opportunity to try it.
The 9.5 is well hidden and well appreciated.

Overall: good, but a one time thing

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle

A - Dark straw effervescent body beneath a white fizzy head, almost like when you pour a soda real fast. Head fizzles to 1/4 inch but leaves pretty nice lacing.

S - Fresh cut hay and pilsner malts and hops. A good bit of alcohol and yeast in back.

T&M - Very effervescent and tingly from all those bubbles which makes it quite dry. A nice hoppy bite and pilsner malt up front with a sweetness from the alcohol. Nice Belgian yeast on the back of the tongue. Much hoppier than expected and this really comes across pilsner-like to me.

O - I really wanted to like this beer more than I did. It had nice flavors and I enjoyed it but could have used a bit more yeast and less pilsner malt.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The bitter flavor, slightly acid or lemon. The palate is light, spicy, it is also full, sweet and soft as velvet. It is well hopped, sometimes a little too, well levurée and finish, light enough, and is spiced with a good bitterness. This is probably one of the best balanced beers in the world but it fails to take off beyond the balance outstanding and offer something unique.

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Photo of Macca
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours pale golden with a big fluffy head. The alcohol is evident on the nose but not overpowering. Ripe fruit on the palate and lots of phenolics. A nice crispness runs through. It is an interesting beer but I don't know whether it justified the dollars spent on it.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with excellent lacing on a cloudy golden body. Very light aroma with mostly lemon, wheat and yeast. Flavor is more on the musty, herbal side with hints of clove, lemon tartness finishing with bitter hops and grains and wheat. This one is very oily coating the palate with a very dry finish. Light body and moderate carbonation. Not very fruity. Not as drinkable and many saisons. Worth trying but wouldn't have again.

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Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

75cl bottle from '09. Pours a hazy, ruddy gold with a large white head. Nice staying power. Smells incredibly yeasty and slightly sweet, with a lot of bubblegum. Slight tanginess. Definite grassy hops in the background. The initial taste is quite bitter, again with a lot of strong, aromatic hop character. Very sweet later, with a lot of malt/candi sugar coming through. Again, plenty of the trademark Dupont yeast. Slightly boozy, warming finish. Lingering notes both sweet and bitter, which isn't very pleasant. Medium body. Not terrible, but it doesn't hold a candle to Saison Dupont. What's the point?

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Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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