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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,052 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,052
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 76
Gots: 71 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of jbakajust1
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

jbakajust1, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of jak
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

jak, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of gatornation
4.22/5  rDev +1%

from corked 750ml bottle

A- pours a semi cloudy yellow/orange color wit a fluffy white head and nice lacing

S- was lemon and apples with a barn funk and malt with hops and pepper

T- was a slight sour funk with lemongrass malt and hops, fruits and spices are muted with a fair amount of citrus hops

M- crisp and tart well carbonated , with the abv well hidden

O- quite tasty saison,highly drinkable with a slight funk

gatornation, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

kaelingirl, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of spamages
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

spamages, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

I've had this several times before without reviewing. But I bought 6 bottles in the summertime from my local wineshop for next to nothing and now it's time to reap the investment.

Clear yellow gold body, poured in a flute to a three-quarter inch, dense sudsy head. Moderate head retention, but after a few minutes, dissipates to a ring and cap, with a little sticky lacing.

Nose is light malts, quite aromatic with spices--a little coriander, maybe ginger--and tropical/citrus fruit notes, light brown sugar, noble hops and a little alchohol.

Tastes of tropical fruits and tangerine, an earthy yeast character, balanced by light bready malts, coriander spice, and a little butterskotch/brown sugar. Long bitter hop finish with lots of orange rind and a touch of pepper. With the light malt structure, the alcohol is much more evident than in a usual saison.

This is very nicely carbonated and has a very creamy, moussey mouthfeel.

This is a nice orange-spiced saison, and with a 9.5% ABV, it is a winter warmer and definitely a good beer for the holidays. With the orange acidity, it will cut through the heavy cookies and fruit cakes. But I could drink this beer whenever I want a fruity higher ABV saison. It was a good decision to scoop these in the summertime, my only question is why did I wait till the holidays to crack one open?

Beerenauslese, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Straw yellow with a good amount of haze. Two and a half finger, flufffy off white head that has great retention and lacing.

S: Very nice funkiness. Nice Belgian yeast coming through along with apples, peach, lemon, and a slight coriander spiciness.

T: Exactly like the nose. A slight tartness upfront with the apples. The yeast, spiciness, and other fruits come in the middle along with the start of the funkiness. Finishes with an awesome funkiness and clove like flavor.

M: Light body. High carbonation that is just right. Very crisp and super dry.

O: Awesome Saison. Definitely becoming one of my favorite styles. Give this a try.

doughanson78, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of scottyg354
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%

A: Light copper golden. Nice fluffy head. Decent lacing.

S: Bread, Lemons and Spice. Slight alcohol.

T: Oranges and Bread, some funk. Slight warming from alcohol.

M: Smooth and fluffy. Medium carbonation.

O: Good beer. The standard in my opinion for the saison style.

scottyg354, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of CelticAleMan
4/5  rDev -4.3%

CelticAleMan, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of eroc360
5/5  rDev +19.6%

eroc360, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of jdavin
2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

Skunked. From here on I'm going to stop buying beers from Brasserie Dupont, unless they're on tap at a local pub. Dupont bottles their beers in green glass bottles, which are well known to transmit higher levels of light wavelengths that cause light-struck or "skunked" beer (often associated with Heineken, another green bottled beer).

This beer, and most other bottles I've bought from Dupont have been skunked. It doesn't matter if you got it from the best bottle shop in the country, since they're travelling all the way from Belgium through a distributor in NY it's almost inevitable that they'll be exposed to light along the way.

It's a great mystery why Dupont persists in bottling their beer in green bottles. The only reason for a brewery to due that is if they care more about tradition than about quality.

On tap, Dupont's beers are excellent. In bottle, they can still be decent but not worth the $10+ to enjoy a tarnished defective beer.

jdavin, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of FortSmithHops
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

Ryan Feero wrote this review with collective input from Aaron Mastropaolo on behalf of Fort Smith Hops for the honorable Arkansas Beer Blog. Cheers!

In 1970, as a special treat for the loyal beer lovers of Tourpes, Belgium, the historic La Brasserie Dupont farm-based brewery crafted a marvelous saison style beer. Prophetically inscribed upon the bottle a French phase, “Avec les bons Vœux de la brasserie Dupont” greets its recipients with warming best wishes for the New Year. This friendly warmth is carried on through the winter brewing months in order to bring beneficiaries into a bright new summer or harvest. Bons Vœux falls delicately into the reemerging saison/farmhouse ale category with an exceptional 94 score from Beeradvocate. As 2011 comes to an end there is no better way to bring in the new year than with a perfectly poured Bons Vœux. A votre santé!

The pour is a cloudy gold and orange blend that yielded a popping 1 and ½ finger head. The fluffy white crown subsided somewhat quickly like the anticipated ball drop at Times square. Surprisingly minimal lacing remained, and the initial effervescent nature of the pour quickly diminishes to medium carbonation.

The nose brought forth an immediate burst of lemon zest and fruity bubblegum followed by a delicate apple pie nuance. At the onset of the pour, the presences of floral and earthy hops were spotted until the head receded. Another whiff brings a beautifully balanced malt medley dancing to an ode to orange! Suddenly a familiar aroma of tantalizing cloves enters the scene to remind you of the spice blended saison style.

Disclaimer: This is truly the first farmhouse ale type beer that either taster has tried; therefore, we are slightly unable to pinpoint the usual “funk” or hay taste that might be associated with this style. Now shut-up and read about how good this stuff tasted.

A hearty mouthful of Bons Vœux overtakes the senses and seeks to confuse with complex subtleties of citrus fruit, balanced malts, low hoppiness, and a peppery finish. The 9.5% alcohol content is a misnomer as you notice how perfectly smooth this beer washes the palate without burning. A lingering apple tart flavor and fruity acidics seem to compliment the clove in masking any unwanted alcohol harshness. The mouthfeel emerges as light to medium bodied with superb drinkability.

Drinking Dupont’s saison style Bons Vœux is guaranteed to bring best wishes to you and all you share it with! Available in a 750ML bottle, there is plenty to pour in a few glasses; however, you will be tempted to keep it all to yourself. Hell, there’s always next year for sharing!

FortSmithHops, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of VikeMan
4/5  rDev -4.3%

VikeMan, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%

2008 vintage, 750ml poured into a tall tulip

A: Pours a brilliantly clear golden color with three fingers of long lasting, fluffy head. Amazing retention and lacing. Perfect.

S: Musty funk mixing with a nice citrus quality to produce a very refreshing, yet complex aroma. Spices eventually come in after the intense funk and citrus to add even more complexity. Nutmeg and peppercorn are most prominent for spices reminding me of a nice Belgian Quad.

T: Spices take center stage here, again reminiscent of a Quad. Nutmeg and peppercorn are upfront, now with some clove i didn't detect in the aroma. A nice citrus aspect comes in after that, finishing with a musty funk.

M: Medium thickness with very high carbonation. Great for the style.

O: Very, very impressive. Such a complex beer with so much going on, but in a fairly easy to drink beer. I could use a touch more of the citrus I originally got in the aroma, but I'm splitting hairs.

coreyfmcdonald, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of jbweld
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

jbweld, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.18/5  rDev 0%

750mL bottle (L112008 13:43) poured into a Hennepin glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden color w/ a creamy white head & bright, effervescent carbonation. A beautiful beer to behold.

Aroma is wonderful saison spice, lemon, and Belgian yeast. Simple, clean, elegant. Some floral & herbal notes emerge as it warms.

Taste is peppery, citrusy & a little tart/funky. Grassy. Carbonation provides a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and a crisp, clean finish.

Overall, another world-class saison from Brasserie Dupont.

draheim, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Pdrufo
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Pdrufo, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%

The caged and corked bottle is always a little imposing isn't it? I poured this one into a tulip.

Appearance- The head froths to three-fingers. It is very pillowy with nice mounds of bubbles in the white cap. As the head recedes it leaves behind chunky, spidery lace.

The body is a cloudy, bright gold.

Smell- Ah that sweet, funky yeast. How one craves that smell. And this saison is full of it. There is a real citrus quality to the nose, lemon mainly. There is some hay, sweet corn, and apple as well.

Taste- There is some coriander and clove that comes through. More of the funky yeast lasts long into the finish. Citrus is not as big here. It still has that grassy, hay flavor to it.

The finish also has some of that sweet corn taste. It is pretty complex.

Mouth feel- It is medium bodied and rather watery. It is not really lifting the drink off the tongue. Where I think saisons should be a little more crisp like a cider.

Overall- It is a very respectable saison.I would have liked more going on on the palate that wasn't just so straightforward yeast character. More fruits or grain, something. The feel is also a little off. I would certainly have it again.

Pintofbrown, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of groetman
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

groetman, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of jamesgaither
4/5  rDev -4.3%

jamesgaither, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev -4.3%

pours a golden yellow with some haziness. Its well carbonated and has a tall massive foam cap thats quite dense, but leaves littt]le lacing. Aroma is funky laced with pale malts yeast and earth. Taste was similar to a tripel in that it was semi-dry and spicey but also had some saison aspects like corrinder and lemon juice. Thin on the paleete. Not a lack of alcohol i can detect. It's almost ten, thats pretty good. All in all not bad, I would need to drink a few more ( on different occasions) to settle into it.

micromaniac129, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

GreenMountainBoy, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of StonePhil
5/5  rDev +19.6%

StonePhil, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of twelveinches
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

twelveinches, Dec 13, 2011
Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,052 ratings.