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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 pentathlete
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bigern for the bottle of this via Great Pumpkin 05. This is the 2004 vintage.

Maybe the ideal New Year's Eve brew? Looks awfully good in the wine glass. Hazy straw with a lovely depth, big foam, stubborn, and hyperactive tiny-bubble carbonation. Popping the cork released a blast of barnyard, which is more subdued in the glass. Grassy, mildly hoppy nose and clean malts. The taste is peppery, citrus rind, touch of sugars from the malts, and a bit of funk. This is balanced and the flavors blend very smoothly. Mouthfeel is medium, but fills out toward the end. Long dry finish. I love this one. I've also seen it available in my area. I'll be obtaining more of these.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Without question, one of my favorite beers in all the world; and what else would you expect from the Brasserie Dupont?!?

It's hazy golden body reveals hints of gold at the base of the glass; and it's massive rocky head of off-white foam holds for seemingly forever and leaves impressive washes of lace throughout the entire glass.

The nose is straw-like and grassy, backed by spice and fruit (black pepper, crushed white grapes, a mild waft of citrus, and ground cloves/coriander).

In the mouth it lends a crisp tingle to the tongue, awakening the taste buds and helping to emphasize it's yeasty spiciness and hop bitterness.

In the flavor a pinch of tartness comes through amidst the malt, giving this beer it's exceptional character. It helps to balance the earthy, grassy malt and dry bitterness; and it accentuates the yeasty and hoppy fruitiness, and ping-pongs against the yeasty spiciness leaving it with a good deal of complexity that lends to an impressive drinkability.

Brilliant!!!! This beer works equally well as a short apertif (it is 9.5%! although the alcohol never shows) or a night cap, and it pairs well with an amazing variety of foods and events: it's a bristling contrast to garlic bread that also cuts through to cleanse the palate... it's big enough to withstand the onslaught of a ripe Stilton or Bleu cheese... it works quite well with mussels in an herbed white sauce... and it makes an amazing complement/contrast (can that be?) to spicy and sweet Pad Thai. And as for situations and event, it also works equally well at mom's Thanksgiving dinner or a welcomed Christmas nightcap, and especially as a replacement for Champagne at your New Year's toast!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice hazy pale orange with a white and frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was citrusy and spicy with a saaz hop aroma that was quite strong when first opened but dissipated. The aroma was also earthy with a nice low level of spice and a bit of pepper. The nose was almost sweet, but just not quite.

The flavor was crisp and bitter with a strong lemony citrus that was dominating and neverending. The bittering was well done and coupled with that citrus made a formidable flavor combination. The flavor contained a bit of earthy chacter and some peppery spice, but the main forces were citrus and bittering. While the flavor was lemony at first, later it seemed more like bitter orange peels.

The finish was dry with a lasting impression of light pepper, well achieved bitterness and perhaps some orange peel into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation led to a creaminess. The 9.5% ABV never really played a part in the flavor, and only a light bit of warming after consumption was notable.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. 2005 on cork. $8.99 at Brawley's.

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Photo of ADR
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 edition...pale medium gold appearance, a slight greenish cast near the top, lightly but evenly sedimented. Nice head, creamy and condensed with a slick appearance and good shapes. Thick laces on the glass. Good aroma, bright grassy notes and white wine grapes, spices of white pepper and mace. Light mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation (more than I usually like). Flavor is as bright and brassy as a new penny, tart apple, stainless steel, tons of unripe fruit and skins. Interesting in that it does have a good balance though it can be missed. Slurry of honey and some funk actually comes later rather than earlier. Alcohol adds yet another dimension. A lot of beer to see here, folks.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(750ml). My favorite style, and this is one of the best. Similar to the Foret (despite not being classified as a Saison), sharp and spicy (certainly more so than most of my favorite strong pales). I love this brewery, and I was thrilled to see this brew appear at a local store. Plenty of hops, great apple-like aroma. This has been a hard beer to find around here. I hope this will now be a regular for me. Don't miss this if you see it.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This pours with a big tangy head like a thick pilsener into a chalice. The smell is citrus and sour orange and yeast.

The taste is a light mouthfeel with a bitter crispness upfront; then there are some spices in the middle, and then there is a sweetness. The finish is very long with a lingering alcohol sweetness that will get to you at times.

This is a terrific, champagne-like saison with all the requisite bitterness, fluffiness sweetness, spiciness and citrus-ness. And with this one -you get the added benefit of a kick in the ass after a 750ml! Superb!

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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 rousee
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ooooh dangerous--this one is.

Pours a fabulous gold with a luscious head of beautiful living froth. No lace. Smell is of a well-made Belgian--clearly floral and gentle but potent behind the scenes. The taste doesnt let down either, I can clearly see why this is regarded so highly. Smell has that pungent I am stronger than I taste character. Very nice. Mouthfeel is as smooth as can be for a beer of this complexity. While I might not fully trust my fellow BAs as a rule on food, I can definitely trust them on beers. Good scoring guys/girls. I can only second that emotion

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Photo of egajdzis
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy gold color with a small white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Earthy aroma, with some citrus and yeast as well. Spicy coriander, orange peel, yeast, and alcohol noticeable in the taste. Mouthfeel was slightly carbonated. I think I like McKenzie's better.

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Photo of tjthresh
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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!!!

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2004 edition.

Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a big foamy head that holds well and leaves a moderate amount of lace in my chalice.

Smell is incredible. It's got a yeasty funk in it, to be sure, but there are way too many fruits to count in there: crisp apple and pear, some peachiness, hints of lemon, orange, and tangerine to go with a light coriander and honey smell. Quite good.

Flavor is quite fruity with the citrus coming to the fore....lots of lemon and orange, but also good doses of apple, yeast, pear, and a sharp tartness that really makes things dance on the tongue. The alcohol is well hidden, but kind of peaks out as it warms through the dry finish.

The mouthfeel is incredibly light and just perfect....it feels like my tongue is doing a little dance with the beer. Combined with the fruity tartness of the flavor, this is quite an effect.

If this is 9.5%, it's the most drinkable beer I've ever had. The alcohol barely, and I mean barely, comes through in the finish. It's incredible.

Overall: Quite a nice saison. Just exquisitely crafted and extremely delicate for its heft. I'm really glad I found this one.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, 7/20/05 at their Christmas Beers & Interesting Winter Warmers in July Fesitval.

Appearance: Beer pours a glowing orange with a light cloudiness and a frothy, white, stiff head. The lacing on the side of the glass is very sticky and open. Excellent head retention on this beauty.

Smell: Remarkably sweet and fruity in the nose. The maltiness is rich but competes to be noticed among the strong fruity esters and white fruit flesh scents (that ominous apple/pear scent in many Belgian beers). Although the scent is there in many Belgians, this one is over the top in strength. Very nice.

Taste: This beer is awsome in complexity and variety of flavors. It is not a one-trick-pony for sure. The malt flavor jumps up first at the front of the beer. It then genlty glides to a set of fruity and phenolic flavors but without any kind of harsh transition. The fruits are vrey citrusy (lime, orange) and crisp and sweet (apple, pear, canteloupe). That is another great thing about this beer, the flavors are not contradictary but rather complimentary. No flavor is harsh but they are mostly bold and well matched flavors. So after the malt gives way to a fruity character, the flavor continues to develop with a whole spice rack full of spicy flavors. There is white pepper, sage, and corriander. I like the spicness. Nice but not overdone. The ending of this beer returns to its malty roots with a strong bready maltiness. That breadiness is also somewhat like a batter on tempura in that it is rich and sticky while still being light. Final flavors that I notice are a light hop bitterness at the end that is still fruit with its bitterness, some candy sugar sweetness, and a straw flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and chewy yet it still has a refreshing wateryness to it (in a good way). It's sticky yet still well carbonated and spritzy with a nice drying quality at the end.

Drinkability: All around an excellent beer. The flavors work well together and are well matched. It's smooth and complex and what a beer should do. Well done. It is just lovely on-tap.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very strong straw color, almost a light orange, with a 4 finger head that falls very slowly. The nose is just divine. Lots of lemony citrusyness, a light tart character and a blast of spicey and a very light barnyard character. I like it a lot. The flavor is really good. Orangey lemon citrus flavors hit, but they are creamy as well. A nice blast of spiceyness from the yeasties really comes through as well. There is a slight tartness that stays on the tongue on the finish. I really like it. Very clean and refreshing...crisp as well. There is also a slight drying quality here as well. No hint at all of the alcohol. 9.5% has to be a lie. The feel is moderate to thick with a moderate carbonation. Very refreshing for a big brew. Drinkability could not be better. I'm finding this beer is disappearing rather quickly from my glass. No alcohol presence. Very good flavor and nose. All around solid beer.

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Photo of clvand0
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a an extremely tall puffy head that has good retention and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma has lots of fruit esters. Some slight Belgian funk as well. Little bit of sweetness. Smells really good. The flavor has a lot of light fruit and a lot of spices. Little bit of funk in the flavor. Quite a bit going on here. Very tasty. The mouthfeel is light, but has some creaminess as well. The drinkability is really good for such high alcohol. It's very warming as you drink it.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap last month at the Hop Leaf and was quite blown away with it. When I came across it in the store the next day there was only 2 bottles, which me and my friend each grabbed one. This was a corked and caged 750ml bottle with 2004 on the cork. Cloudy straw yellow body with a full head of white fluffy head. Great retention as the head rides out the session leaving thick sheets of lace coating the glass after each sip. Big fruit notes of apples, pears and other fruits come up in the nose with a light sweetness. Some peppery hops in the mix as are a few other spices. Notes of yeast and a slight funk are also present. Flavor also has a big fruit component with a variety of lighter fruits mingling with the grassy hops and black pepper. A bit biscuity, good yeast flavors and a touch of the old funk really bring this together nicely. Where is the alcohol? Fairly full mouthfeel with a very crisp feel. Bubbly on the tongue and quite refreshing. Great drinkability as well, I could drink this all day or until that sneaky 10% shows itself. Fantastic brew big ass Saison or Belgian Pale ale. Must try if you enjoy the style and come across this.

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Photo of NoLiberty
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So they say this is 10.5% - wow! The candy sugars in addition to malt make this beer a big one. Color is gorgeous - cloudy with golden color and truly brilliant. Smell is subtle but reminds me of American lager alomst with slight hops.Taste is pleasant and mild despite high alcohol and very much straight and to the point. Low carbonation but full mouthfeel that dissipates to subtle aftertaste. Could drink this beer for a very long time...until asleep.

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Photo of silenius
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites and oh so hard to get!

I brought back this 2003 bottling from Belgium. It was one of the three beers I was determined to find when over there.

Poured into a Duvel tulip it shows a hazed golden orange color with a BIG foamy yellow-tinged white head that laces the glass rather nicely.

Smell is complex with may esters and phenols. I get spices and cloves, banana and minty lime, lemon cream and pepper, dark caramel and figs. Wow! More like a tripel with a pepper spice kick than a Strong Pale Ale.

Taste is Dupont product for sure. I get that green hoppy skunk bite (in a pleasant way) with honeyed bananas, white pepper, figs, and who knows what light spices (even though the bottle says there are none in it - must be the yeast). Truly amazing.

Mouthfeel is the best bar none. It is so creamy that it almost feels more like a mousse than liquid.

Extraordinarily drinkable until I fall on the floor from too many!

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Photo of grassrootsVT
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at monks:

A seasonal beer with good wishes intended...supposedly, according to the owner of the distribution company, this one clocks in at 10.5%. It's only slightly apparent, mostly dictated by the slight aroma and detection of candy sugar. Very little nose detectable - actually gave me a lager-like aroma. This may have been a result of the draft version - neglecting the bottle condition. It was poured a cloudy golden color, rather brilliant, actually. The higher alcohol does not come through in the taste - it is straight and to the point - pleasant and massive in its delivery mechanism: end of the year cheer. The low carbonation compliments the full and dissipating mouthfeel. I could drink this beer until i fall off my rocker.

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Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer disembarks the 750ml cork and caged green bottle a shining gold with a prodigious creamy bright white head that lingers for quite sometime, and the lace forms a thick and clinging blanket upon the glass. Nose has a tangy spiciness, over ripe fruit, seemed to be a mix of bananas and pineapples, crisp and clean, hints of clove also noticed, maybe even a bit of fusel alcohol, a complex one at any rate, start is sweet and the grain profile noticeable, the top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is caustic, hops are pleasantly spicy, vinous, devastatingly dry and the aftertaste welds itself to your palate, and the 9.5 percent ABV warmed my tummy noticeably, a great beer for a Sunday afternoon.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with bigbeerdrinka. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged presentation, 2004 vintage according to the cork.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 2+" eggshell head over the effervescent golden brew. Head keeps growing and growing, due to rejuvenation from all the bubbles. Finally settles down with about an inch of marshmallowy foam, with stunning lace coating the glass. The lace actually looks like real lace with alternating patterns of the foamy remnants. Aroma is lightly spicy with sweet maltiness. Taste is wow, creamy sweetness followed by shots of spicing, with a crisp, dry close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. A great saison, even better than i was expecting.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hay blonde looking beer with a huge white foamy head with great retention. Aroma is dominated by the floral yeast with some good strong malt also present. Yeast is very noticeable as you start sipping this beer and malt mix with spices also become more apparent as you drink. Funky aspect is quite present thought not as much as the Veille Saison Dupont. Still very enjoyable and alcohol is not detectable.

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Photo of inebrius
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You absolutely know you have poured a quality beer when you find yourself forming the massive downy head into recreations of classic Greek sculpture with your tongue. Lose yourself for awhile in fascinating aromas of lavender, citrus orchards in full bloom, honey drizzled crepes and 12th century stone structures. This is the reason we drink, for playful contrasts of sweet mercurial grain and fields of bitter, bracing grass and lively alcohol with no heat. This is the reason we drink, for heady experience.

What magic has touched this liquid to make it so near perfect? Is this proof that the artisan's hand is more powerful than the chemist's figuring, the devotion to time and place more potent than industrial consistency?

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I just tapped a keg of this rarity about two hours ago, and something struck me right off, a thing happened that is most uncommon: a beer took my breath away.

Looks majestic poured into a St. Bernardus goblet, lush creamy head, hazy pale orange appearance, ...angelic.

Aroma, captivating, airy, light citrus, minor sour tones, vibrant fruit, apricot, peach, lemon, gets bolder by the minute, unfolds tangy-er fruit notes, ...uplifting.
But it's in the taste where I was taken back, and I still don't know if I have language for it, but let us make a valiant effort, anyway.

Fruit floods the mouth, but the body is exceptionally light, almost ethereal...it paints a coating of delicious around the mouth that pulls away like a phantom, the echo of this gorgeous fruit flavor, plump with yeast, lingers, resonates, titillates, entices...another sip is in the offing, but it becomes a gulp, and the swallow is urgent, but the effect is the opposite, a magnificent restfulness overcomes me, a mellow rapture,... it stirs the mind and soul, and quenches thirst along the way.

Each new sip delivers a similar shock, a brand new spank to the senses, a reacquaintance with this magical feeling.

Body is light, but the flavor is powerful and pure, and the finish is long, fruity, perfectly smooth. I laugh at the 9.5% but feel it creeping in as I drain the glass.
Hey, maybe it's just the mood I'm in, but this glass of beer has an absolutely elevating effect. The strength eventually enters into the flavor like a wily snake through a grassy field....lightly spicy, too, to match the fruit...call me a sucker if you must, but I feel my soul has been cracked open, freed and sent aloft, metamorphosized, like hearing new beautiful music for the first time, have a soft spot touched and felt that shiver...

Amazing beer. Not good, not great, amazing! Utterly lovely.
A great gift from Dupont. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Photo of Goldorak
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dusty, almost opaque blonde, with a decent thick white head and lots of flaky sediment.

Smell: Just a good balance of sweet and funk, lemon-lime, candi sugar, and a little resinous.

Taste: Good acidity and lively carbonation, yeasty and bready with some undisclosed spicy cereal taste. Very satisfying.

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Photo of Truh
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Took in the views during my constitutional with this one on 2/20/2005. 10.5-oz. goblet at Redbones.

Somewhat loose, Claritin head with some big bubbles on edges that stick and jab with each other. Hazy, yellow hue that looses you in its swirling. Kind of balky hop presence on nose with a candied lemon skin gargle. Very pleasant sweet spring grass on mouth with just the smallest hint of tart yeast that just echoes, and reminds me of childhood summer days and promises of future adventures. Husky wheat permeates the mouthfeel, but not overtly. Balanced; very good.

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