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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
93
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1,020 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 70
Gots: 61 | 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.

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kojevergas

Texas

3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Avec Les Bons Voeux vertical (2005, 2008, and 2009) served at a tasting. Green bottles served into Samuel Smith's nonic glasses. Consumed from recent to distant. Expectations were high. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger beige colour head of amazing (10+ minute) retention. Body colour is a milky caramel. Quite creamy. Head is amazingly luscious, creamy, and nicely thick. Looks almost like a creamy scottish ale in the vein of Belhaven. Gorgeous. The '05 is lighter, almost a yellow colour.

Sm: Rich fruit, caramel, fig, spice, fermented fruit. Pineapple. Pale malts. Luscious sweetness. Floral hops. Flowery notes. Fresh and incredibly evocative, even with age on it. One of the finest aromas I've ever experienced. Honey.

T: Milky notes, caramel, palte malts, subtle brett yeasts, honey, heavy floral character, and a bit of white pepper. Pineapple is as subtle as ever; that's difficult to do. Yeasty clove. Nectar. The floral character is amazing. A bit imbalanced in its age, but very unique for a saison. The '05 has delicate fruit notes evocative of the delicacy of something like Westvleteren.

Mf: Smooth, peppery, of perfect coarseness. Great thickness and carbonation. Suits the flavour profile brilliantly. Gets dryer as it gets older. Soft and silky.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. The '05 is divine, with great yeast and refined delicate fruit. An incredible saison when properly aged. One of the best in the style to be sure.

High B+

**I've had to adjust the overall score down to get the letter grade I want. This keeps my reviews fair and consistent. Please see my profile for more information.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 22:04:31 | More by kojevergas
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beernads

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

04-11-2013 06:20:20 | More by beernads
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2008 09:03:13 | More by corby112
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2006 17:29:34 | More by weeare138
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

12-27-2012 03:03:25 | More by MarkyMOD
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 22:50:39 | More by lacqueredmouse
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2011 03:21:09 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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

2007 on the cork

Whoa - big Belgian farmhouse funk at the first pour. It fades into almost nothing as the beer warms and settles, but it's rich and almost overwhelming at first. Light and toasty Cheerioes-like grain aromas eventually come out along with the citrus rind hops. Those same hops dominate the flavor with a sweet, honey biscuit note in the middles before a somewhat harsh lime and citrus bitterness rolls through to finish this beer out.

This was a great beer, but frankly I'd prefer this brewery's Saison Dupont and Foret. Still worth a try if you dig saisons.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 01:18:04 | More by tempest
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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~~

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 20:19:30 | More by wl0307
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL 2009 bottle poured into a Stillwater wine glass.

This beer leads me to the same conclusion as my previous review, bigger isn't always better. Pours a hazy, copper orange color with a fluffy off white head with average retention and lacing. The aroma explodes from the bottle as the cork is removed (if thats possible) and hits you with funk, belgian yeast, floral, earthiness, spice, etc. Body is a little chewier and less crisp than the normal Saison Dupont and much boozier. Flavor is very citrusy, grainy and earthy with a strong medicinal and phenol presence which isn't that pleasing. There is also a very strong alcohol presence throughout and burning in the finish. I think I might enjoy a bottle of this much more with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 04:34:16 | More by yourefragile
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 20:14:19 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ the waterfront ale house in NYC, as the bartender said, "its from Dupont, it smells like flowers and its strong" Poured into a chimay chalice, 1/2 inch puffy head, orangy amber, cloudy, nose of flower, fruits , spice and yeast. Moderate, fine lacing. This is the real Belgian deal, light delicate, flavorful and wait its also 9.5%! Notes of fresh fruits, ginger, juniper, peppery spice, bubble gum, yeasty phenolics. Yum yum-- seek and enjoy!

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2004 05:43:20 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2007 18:51:26 | More by rhoadsrage
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

11-15-2013 04:01:21 | More by oriolesfan4
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Zorro

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 21:58:03 | More by Zorro
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

11-29-2011 15:11:25 | More by InspectorBob
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-17-2013 01:40:50 | More by orangesol
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One last transcription from a snowy afternoon at Local 44 in PHL. Undated, but that's the way it is sometimes.

With Best Wishes, indeed. Spanky and the Gang were sending me off in style.

It had a finger of bone-white head with low retention, falling even as it was set in front of me. Color was a cloudy lemon-yellow, chiffon-like and reminding me of sunshine in a glass on that cold, snowy day. Nose was dry - papery, peppery and a solid reminder of why I love Saison yeast! It imparted a dry, dusty, mildly spicy taste on the tongue and although it may have been their version of a Winter/Christmas ale, I'd break this out in the summer months. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. Finish was slightly dry and very refreshing. Absolutely yummy!

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 16:24:49 | More by woodychandler
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

A: Pours a cloudy golden tangerine in color with some light visible carbonation at the edges of the glass near the surface. The beer pours with a finger tall light beige head that reduces by about 25% but remains covering the entirety of the surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots of aromas of the yeast for this beer - lots of spicy presence that is really delicious smelling. There is an underlying funkiness and slight hints of wood.

T: The flavor is not too intense but is very enjoyable with some good funkiness, tons of spiciness from the yeast, and some dry wood in the finish. What a great flavor to this beer.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very dry.

O: This beer has no presence of alcohol and is extremely enjoyable - I love a good saison and this beer does not disappoint. Very easy to drink and definitely one I would like to get again. I could drink this beer all day long and find it to be very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 02:56:29 | More by dbrauneis
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DoubleJ

California

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to rendex-vous with Avec Les Bons Voeux. I last tasted this beer three years ago at a Boston bar when a couple offered a taste to me. I don't remember the taste, but I remember the name of the beer. On-tap at 38 Degrees, on to the beer:

Pale yellow colored, looking almost like a Hoegaarden witbier. Light lacing is whipped around the glass. The aroma reminds me of a hefe, sans the clove. There's pureed banana and a dash of some vague minty spice that I like. A little more complex (and appealing) is the taste. The first sip gets a huge kick of bubblegum, then comes a slice of banana. Over time, the bubblegum cools off. Lemon rind and vague spices round it off to create a very appealing beer Considering how fast this was going down, I was surprised that this was 9.5% ABV.

A different, yet equally appetizing way to celebrate Christmas with Belgian beer. Tired of all the Strong Dark Ales? Here's the cure.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 18:58:32 | More by DoubleJ
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 03:58:57 | More by Georgiabeer
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Wasatch

Utah

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 00:06:02 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 23:13:41 | More by ppoitras
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

11-24-2013 17:21:23 | More by duceswild
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brasserie Dupont, Avec Les Bon Voeux
25.4 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazed golden orange with a pillowy rocky head and lace. This is a very nice looking brew.

Smell: Aroma is grassy, with hay and barnyard elements. Pungent euro hops in the smell, hint of spice.

Taste: In the flavor, spice, wheat, and a light tartness that accompanies all dupont beers. The spices are not in the forefront, moreso in the background chiming in when appropriate. Subtle fruity notes like ripe pineapple but not too sweet. Hides the 9.5% alcohol very well. There is a Belgian yeastiness which is present with every sip, but not at all chalky. Spices range from white pepper to clove to raw cinnamon. Bitterness is moderate. Estery, raw but somewhat smooth and sophisticated on the palate.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Nice mouthfeel with a semi dry appetizing finish. One of the best holiday beers I've had in quite some time. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 04:44:46 | More by Stinkypuss
Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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