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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,063 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,063
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 76
Gots: 74 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

Mleblanc25, Jan 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

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3/5  rDev -28.1%

Jlk819, Nov 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

Compton25, Dec 07, 2011
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

Ssconberg, Aug 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

ScurrilousJ, Nov 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

pathead, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of JDV
3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of laituegonflable
3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

laituegonflable, Jun 26, 2009
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3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

TurdFurgison, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.08/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

HappyHourHero, Jan 14, 2008
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3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

falloutsnow, Nov 03, 2012
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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
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3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

beabear, Feb 26, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Marvicsin, Aug 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Rick760Sd, Dec 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

deldad, Apr 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

phishbfm, Apr 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

jrfehon33, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of stercomm
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
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

stercomm, May 06, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Oxymoron, May 29, 2008
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3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
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!

alexskovan, Jan 27, 2007
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3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
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

Daniell, Jun 04, 2010
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3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

DavoleBomb, Feb 14, 2012
Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,063 ratings.