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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

593 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 593
Hads: 1,272
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 100
Gots: 151 | FT: 3
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Brasserie Dupont sprl
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale | 9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002

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Photo of Zorro
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3/4 Liter bottle received from dnrobert24 and 2MBBIF.

I get a loud pop and a healthy amount of carbonation from the cork upon opening. Cork has 2005 on it as the bottling year.

Poured in to my Duvel Tulip I get a peachy golden colored beer with a trace of chill hazing. Powerful and voluminous white head almost is too much for my glass. Absolutely perfect looks for a Saison.

Smell is strong almost like a lovely flowers and spices perfume. Strong flowers combine with an intense spicy aroma. Strong coriander and black pepper aroma accents a very floral Saison.

Taste is quite dry and very floral and spicy that is my first impression. Hops are not at all hidden here and show themselves as a stiff drying bitterness in the aftertaste. Strongly warming in the chest but not the mouth, you will not be drinking two bottles of this by yourself. Flavor is all flowers and hay with coriander and black pepper. A very well executed beer that nails the style perfectly.

Mouthfeel is full crisp and drying, only thing left behind is a taste of flowers.

I always worry when I give a beer very high marks as to whether my sense of taste might be out of whack but not with this one. Pretty much a perfect Saison, throw away all that champagne and serve this for special occasions. Only possible flaw here is that the alcohol level won't let you drink a lot of it at once.

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

Thanks goes to nouseforotacon.

750ml caged and corked


One LOUD POP of the cork. Pours a nice slightly cloudy yellowish color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger plus creamy white head, tons of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of malts, hops, belgian yeast, pears, grapes, and spices. The taste is sweet/tangy, malty, yeasty, grassy, and spicy. Medium body, a complex brew. Drinkable, Saison's are not my best style of brew, so I cannot drink alot of it.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange golden with a light off white head and moderate lacing Aromas of bubblegum, wax, bananas, and cloves. Taste starts out with hops up front followed by a pleasant waxy creaminess, a little cherry fruitiness, and a late hit of hop bitterness and an aftertaste of faint cloves. Mouthfeelis dry and slightly tannic throughout, but with a nice creamy finish. Very drinkable, especially for the alcohol.

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Monk, in Buffalo.

This saison resembles something from ancient Egypt, like one of those fossilized amber amulets (and indeed looks like something a king might be buried with!) It is perfectly clear, but I don't recommend looking directly at it considering how bright and strong its glow. Its head is... Wait, no head? What? But this is supposed to be one of the archetypal examples of its style - how can it have no head?

This thing is as stinky as the kid in gym class who has yet to discover deodorant. Fortunately, it stinks in a good way. To the uninitiated, the term 'barnyard funk' might not mean anything; for those familiar with the distinguishing Dupont yeast, you'll recognize the straw- and hay-like features, the honeycomb sweetness, peppery spice, marmalade-y citrus and light cider vinegar mustiness and should know exactly what I'm talking about.

Saison Dupont (Vieille Provision) is widely hailed has perhaps *the* classic saison; this offering of the same brewery deviates in more ways than one from traditional guidelines. First, its alcohol is a good two notches and counting above where we generally find it. As result, the carbonation has lot more booze to work its way through and it comes out worse for wear. Upping the gravity has definitely lowered the quaffability and refreshment.

Drinking this beer I feel like I'm dealing with a shifty insurance salesman - I don't really know what I'm being sold until it's too late. What started out a crisp beer with fruity and floral undertones and an aura of hay fields has turned into something of a brute. A sharp vinegar-y note and and unwanted splash of alcohol compromise the beer's effervescence while a thin but sweet maltiness ransacks the subtler nuances, including the spiciness.

I probably represent a minority of one in saying this, but Avec Les Bons Voeux is not my ideal saison. While an interesting offering, the impression I took away from it was that it was too strong and too sweet, and that these two factors threw the whole balance and merit of the style right out of whack. It may be extremely popular with others - and likely for good reason - but it won't be making my picnic basket on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of weeare138
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

much thanks to egajdzis for this...
Apears a hazy gold with plenty of yeast in suspension and a 1 finger head that sticks around. Lots of sticky lacing all over the glass.
Smell is yeasty, clove, vanilla, pepper, barnyard funk, honey, and a mild whiff of dried out bazooka joe.
Taste is of the same aromas not dissapointing.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with honey, and yeastyness swirling around.

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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a dark hazy gold color with decent head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer is very attractive. One gets sweet honey, cherry, a hint of citrus and spice. The flavors on the palate completely replicate the nose, with an almost buttery finish. The mouthfeel is full, rich and long. Abv. is well disguised, though the richness tips you off you might not want to session this one.

Love seeing this on tap every year. Just delicious.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gouyasse tulip glass. Pours a light golden amber with a half glass white head that dissipates slowly to pillowy foam and massive lacing. Aroma of light malt, lemon, saison yeast; grassy. A hint of skunk initially on pouring. Flavor is spicy light fruit and mellow citrus, slightly buttery and grassy. Finish is dry with a spicy bitterness and residual light fruit. Light bodied with a great mouth feel from peppery carbonation. A very nice saison with subdued wild yeast, pleasant fruit and malt. Alcohol was warming, but well covered. I'll have to get this every winter.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge, very wild yeast induced head of white foam sits above a clear golden body, just full of static floaties, that sit like an optical illusion in the glass. Lacing is very funky an dextreme. The floaties are the most memorable part of the beer, and I have to say I approve heartily. This is a unique and beautiful brew.

Lots of funk on the nose - big notes of barnyard, wet straw, sweet citrus, phenolic spirits, grass and sharp hops. The funk is particularly noticeable on this one, lots of what would otherwise be considered "off" notes. Just completely wild and funky. Just what a Saison's about.

Very smooth entry on the palate, all the funk sits around the edges, suggesting all the rustic notes. But the palate in general is smooth, with a fresh phenolic alcohol heat sharpening the sensations. It's like a heavier, more grown up version of their regular Saison. Lots of boozy notes, which tend to accentuate all the classic rustic notes. I approve.

Slightly less drinkable than their original Saison, but more sophisticated and more complex. I prefer the amazing refreshment that a good funky saison gives you, but this is still an excellent beer. I'm phenomenally pleased that it's possible to find this in Australia.

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

The cork came out rather easily then I was hit in the face with sour apple like aromas. It pours light to medium in body with a nice creamy gold in color with a two finger white soapy head. It smells of sweet pale malts, light honey, very aromatic spices, with a slight tart and dry finish. It tastes of sweet pale malts, light honey, moderate spice, with a nice yeasty and lightly funky finish. It has really nice flavor and the 9.5% is nowhere to be found. It drinks pretty smoothly and leaves behind a nice aftertaste of sweetness a nice amount of spices. Overall this is a very nice saison and worth your while.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear honey color with good carbonation and a nice white cap and bubbles

S: Sharp booze, barnyard funk, some spice

T: Spice and a grassy hop flavor. Then it goes to pepper, hay, some fruits and a little funk n booze

M: Light to medium body with plenty of carbonation. Crisp, dry and clean

O: Very easy to drink but a strong ass farmhouse. I like the style for taste and drinkability so thie booze on this takes it down in enjoyability and drinkability for the style.

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Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at The Belgian Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a cloudy golen color with foamy white head. Aroma is slightly bitter with hints of fruit and spice. Extremely enjoyable smoth tasting beer. Kind of creamy with hints of fruit and spice with a crisp finish.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 12/16/12

A- Pours a hazy straw color with a thick white head and lively carbonation.

S- The aroma is bold, with huge notes of tart lemon, barnyard funk, and fresh herbs. Some banana notes from the Belgian yeast is also evident.

T- The first thing I notice in the flavor is some biting sour apple that I didn't initially pick up in the nose. The rest of the taste follows the nose with slight funk, crisp/refreshing tartness, and a bit of grassy bitterness from the herbs.

M- The mouthfeel is medium to thick, but it is offset by heavy carbonation. It is a bit reminiscent of a dry white wine.

O- This drinks very easy, and the 9.5% is completely unnoticable. One of my all time favorite saisons, even if it is pretty high in alcohol for the style!

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Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 08/2012, served lightly chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: dark golden, lively and constant flows of tiny fizz, topped with a tight and creamy thick white head.
S: densely sweet malts and mildly sour citric fruitiness come together, backed by a touch of spiciness, candy sugar, hops, and a light note of lemon rind... It smells like a Belgian strong pale ale in every sense, due to the absence of a more pronounced musty edge.
T: salty-sweet citric fruits and zests, Belgian pale malts, a touch of grassy hoppiness and spiciness upfront, then turning to a chewy palate of deep bitterness on a par with pale maltiness - with a lingering aroma slightly reminiscent of a strong pale Bock's aftertaste... The finish offers a faintly alcoholic - almost herb-liqour-plus-medium-dry-sherry like - mouthfeel... A moderate bitterness with herbal features stays on the centre of the palate, where a mild mustiness and woodiness do finally emerge...
M&D: so refreshing yet creamy in texture, the body is light, so easy to sip... Dangerously drinkable, and the deep herbal bitterness really makes it all the more outstanding! Not heavily Saison-like to me, though, due to the attenuated mustiness, but overall this is a cracking booze to sip~~

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Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

I had this on-tap in an Avec les Bons Voeux glass at Brouwers Cafe in Seattle.

Appearance: cloudy golden hue with a good head is frothy ivory foam with a nice lace. Great.

Smell: lightly funky aroma with a refreshing character. Enticing!

Taste: medium sweetness and a nice malt character provide the background for a deliciously funky, earthy, grassy flavor. Uncomplicated but highly delicious.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an OK carbonation and a decent enough creaminess.

Overall: better than the sum of its parts. One damn delicious beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a warm apricot colored body with a nice hazy to it and a creamy thick white head on top. The head last for a long while and forms rings on the glass after each sip.

S- The smell is a soft note of perfume and spicy hops blended together with a black pepper note in the background. As the beer warms there is a very soft note of dry light fruit that comes through the pale malt nose. There is a hint of damp basement or root cellar without the earthiness and a dry honey note aswell.

T- This beer has a spicy hop flavor with a bitterness that is not distinctly from the hops. The flavor of very soft malt with a cotton candy hint also has notes of pears and apricots in the background. The finish has a nice bitterness followed by a slight sweetness that lingers on the tongue.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creaminess from the head and a tight little fizz in the finish that lightens the beer a bit.

D- The subtle complexities of the malt give way to a nice bitterness that has some good but smooth depth aswell. Very nice complexity and blend of flavors.

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

A 75 cL corked and caged 2006 bottle.

A: A hazy yellowish glow highlights this beer. There is a great deal of suspended particles in the ale. It is also very carbonated, resulting in 4 finger's worth of head.

S: The ale has a very funky aroma. There is a yeasty freshness, some black pepper coriander and some honey-like sweetness. Holding it all together is a gamey, natural barnyard aroma.

T: The saison has a horse blanket taste, gamey and funky with a lot of natural shit in it. I picture the barrels, open for all the world to contaminate. There is some coriander and licorice there as well, adding additional flavors.

M: The yeast helps give the ale a very dry mouhfeel, making me want another sip immediately. As I noted in my review of the '05 vintage, I'd leave this beer in my mouth for an hours if I could for the abundance of spices.

D: A delicious beer, perfect for the yuletide time. I am especially glad to have had it while my beloved Nittany Lions upset the Vols in the Outback Bowl.

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

Opened up to revel 2006 vintage labeled on the cork. Sampled 12/07.

A: Poured a beautiful and very hazy golden/tangerine color with a big billowy white head that was moderately lasting leaving a slight sticky lacing on the glass. Visible carbonation was very light as the carbonation bubbles slowly and lazily rose to the surface.

S: yeasty with a light sour fruitiness and muskiness, fresh wheat aroma, and sour tangerines.

T: sour fruit, oranges/tangerines. There was a noticeable spicy citrus alcohol presence, yeasty sourness, pepper notes, and a creamy wheat lacing for a finish. The beer drank beautifully from start to finish with a creamy rich wheat palate with sharp and spicy lemon/citrus notes along with a alcohol bite finishing dry.

M: The mouthful was creamy and thick with a nice wheat/breadiness to the palate.

D: great, what else is there to say.

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

Served in tuliped flute. Poured a deep straw golden-yellow, with 3/4 inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly spicy yeast with some grain and a hint of fruit sweetness. The taste was very good, also very spicy yeast inclined, with the grain providing a nice base.

The body was good, tongue coating and crisp, with a finish that was a little sticky, in the good way. Drinkability was very good, I had a couple in a row and will go back for more.

Overall, a very good beer, worth seeking out.

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

2007 vintage.

A: Cloudy, dirty straw with a huge white head, good retention, light lacing.

S: Marmalade, hay, spice (cloves?), candied pineapple, toffee.

T: Marmalade, candied pineapple, toffee, balanced bitterness, grass, light alcohol warmth (I'd guess around 7.5%, well below its 9.5%).

M: Very smooth, well-attenuated but not dry, light acidity, average carbonation.

D: Dangerous at this weight!

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

I got this bottle in a trade with traquairlover. Thanks Will!

It pours, after a big pop when I removed the cork, a cloudy straw yellow with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell brings to my nose some wheat, lemon citrus, clove, more citrus, and a touch of some funk. Great smelling and hoppier than I thought it would be.

The taste is big wheat and clove notes followed closely by plenty of citrus hop bitterness and much less so of some funk. Usually I look forward to the Brett influence in a Saison but it isn't missed all that much here. This is tasting *very* good.

Medium bodied with a brisk amount of carbonation, it finishes with some funk and mucho bitterness...quite a dry finish and quite lovely.

Drinkability? I had to check the abv on the bottle and the site again. 9.5%?? Surprisingly well hidden though I doubt it won't catch up to me, eventually. Oh and head retention=excellent. Lacing=excellent.

Bottom line: A great brew. It's been on my Wants list for a long time and would still be there as I rarely go out seeking brews for trade either through BMs or ISOs in the trading forum. Traders usually have to "wake me up" with an offer and I just take whatever they give me and it always works out. ;^)
OK, sometimes when I'm contacted, I *do* check out their Gots to see what's on there but I don't do it very often.

Anywho, I've drifted again. Bottom line: I love this beer!

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Photo of cjgator3
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 edition.

Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden orangish color with a good sized white head. The aroma is nothing short of phenomenal. The aroma is citrusy and spicey with a lot of fruits and a touch of barnyard funk that I have come to love in good saisons. The taste starts pretty tame with a nice malt presence that quickly gives way to a musty and spicey finish with a perfect dose of hops! The only real detraction of this beer are the medicinal notes and phenols in the taste that affects the drinkability a little bit. Overall, this is a wonderful saison that is definately recommended.

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

Corked and caged 750mL. The bottle opened with a loud pop - I was expecting a gusher, but things stayed under control. As I poured the first glass, there wasn't much other than a scant bit of hazy, straw yellow beer beneath an enormous bright white head. As the foam settled it left copious amounts of lacing behind. What an aroma! Sweet malts and candy mingle with ripe fruit, grape skin, spicy alcohol and grassy hops. First sip: starts out with sweetness and fruit, but this quickly gives way to significant bitterness and spicy alcohol warmth that lingers. Bready yeast, slight tartness, and grassy hops fill in the middle. Off-dry, with a medium body and fairly high carbonation. Plenty of warmth and a nearly slick texture. Very, very good. The complexity is wonderful, almost like tasting different beers with each sip. Highly recommended.

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

750ml bottle poured into Corsendonk chalice jan3 2010

A golden yellow almost looks like apple juice if it weren't for all the suspended particles hanging around. pours half a glass of fluffy head that has great retention slowly falling to an island leaving big chunks of lace

S tropical fruit with some funky yeast and just a little booze

T a little bit spicy to go along with citrus fruit and the funk is working well for it. the booze is well concealed but still noticeable

M very light in the mouth it almost turns to foam, I'm wishing it was a little less carbonated but not bad

D for 9.5% it's pretty easy to down if you ask me, I could see myself drinking this again in the future

this is a great beer and worth trying without doubt. this is one of the better saison's I've had and I plan on trying many more, I like this style of beer and you should too

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Photo of pat61
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this both on tap and in bottles. In bottles the natural carbonation stands out more and the tap version tends to be served too cold. Releasing the cork frees wisps of fruit, bread, light apricot, funky yeast and earthy aromas. It pours hazy gold with a very slight orange tint under a 1” milky white, finely bubbled foam cap that persists and leaves rich lace. This has a rich malty, bready backbone lightly sweetened with caramel providing an excellent base for yeast driven fruit - apricot, orange blended with a dash of yeasty funk as it crosses the tongue. Light earthy hops provide balance on the finish and lead to long, lingering fruit flavors. This has a creamy texture with a medium to medium full body and above average carbonation. This comes in a brown bottle so it has less chance of getting skunky than Saison Dupont and some of their other green bottled beer.

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Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.