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Ratings: 1,215
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 93
Gots: 126 | FT: 4
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Belgium

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 MCDuhamel
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass at around 50 deg F.

A: Pours a massive, explosive head that eventually subsides to a 2 cm cap that follows the beer down the glass. Heavy lacing. The beer is a clear dark gold with very active carbonation evident. Gorgeous to regard in the glass.

S: Some clove, some earth, some fruit and some alcohol are all present on the nose. Banana is obvious as well.

T: Clear notes of banana and Belgian candy are evident on the tongue, followed by a dryness that becomes almost astringent, but not quite. Yeastiness emerges toward the finish too.

M: Light on the tongue, and effervescent.

D: This is an easy beer to drink in injudicious quantities.

Overall: I first had this beer this week on tap at Brasserie Becks in DC, but I didn't take notes. I was surprised when I found it in Cleveland in a bottle. This is a very good saison.

Photo of gosurfobx
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a corked bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow with a large frothy, rocky head. Inhaled the a whiff of the beer and knew it was going to be good. Has hints of yeast and some spicy notes. Took a sip and was delighted. Yeasty and spicy flovors fill the mouth. Good mouthfeel. Very drinkable, will look out for this one again, too bad its only seasonal.

Photo of Cinderbike
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A - Straw yellow with a slight haze. Quickly fading white head.

S - White pepper, eucalyptus, ginger, peach, apricot, lemon, musty barn.

T - Tart, peppery, some peach, yeast, with hints of clove, banana, allspice, and lemons. Alcohol is very well hidden for nearly 10%.

M - Effervescent carbonation. Very dry (as it should be).

O - A well executed saison from Dupont. This is my go-to saison.

Photo of raoulduke37
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely new to the beer advocate and therefore beer geek scene, therefore feel free to disregard this "amateur" review. This was the best beer I had at Toronado SF. Almost brought a tear to my eye. Taste and mouthfeel are definitely strongpoints. This is not one to miss if it comes your way.

Photo of weazal
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, yellow pale gold with nice, white head.

Smell: Refreshing, effervescent aroma. More floral, but with a rich sweetness.

Taste: The mouthfeel actually masks some of the flavor. There is mostly spices and an underlying dry hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a mouth-filling body and bursting carbonation. It wants to overflow out of your mouth! But despite fullness, it still finishes easy and quick.

Photo of Jack_Malts
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

Mouth watering sweet and fruity nose. Lots of spicy goodness here, coriander and peppercorn, light fruit esters, banana and orange? Nice earthy flavors but backed up with a nice sweetness. Definitely a lot going on here, and it all works great together. Very pretty beer as well, nice fluffy white head and a hazy golden body, some sediment in here. Like saison dupont plus, much better I'd say. Some bitter grassy hops in there as well.

Photo of yeastsipper
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this beer for a while, so pop one open in anticipation of a nice holiday meal.

The beer pours an opaque honey color. It is definitely unfiltered, as there are lots of goodies floating around. There is a ton of lacing. I really like the body of this beer.

Smells of clove, spice and yeast. I would hope for more given the appearance of the beer itself.

The beer is very crisp. Compared to the Saison Athene (drunk the previous night), it is much drier and easier to drink, but also less flavorful. There are yeast and bread flavors, but not a lot of fruit. There are pleasant grassy flavors as well.

The mouthfeel is the highlight of the beer. There is a nice body, thick - but not overly so , and pleasant carbonation.

This beer is somewhat dry. It is very easy to drink, and pleasant. However, I do feel it lacks some complexity.

I would really like to try this beer with food. I think it could go well with a number of dishes, and that the foods would bring out some flavors in the beer. On its own, it is very nice, but not as complex or as memorable of some other saisons.

Photo of Stonebreaker
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden with some ghostlike lacing.

Smell: Smelling like a Belgian Strong ale, estery lemony goodness.

Taste: Lemony sweet and estery but it swings like a pendulum from mildly sweet to very tart, dry and hoppy in the finish. Very unique in this regard.

Mouthfeel: Standard acidicity but with the same swing as above.

Drinkability: Fantastically drinkable at this abv, or period.

Photo of oneeye
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avec Les Bons Voeux is a Belgian Saison/Farmhouse Ale brewed in the winter months to be enjoyed and to celebrate the Holiday season with the help of friends and family.

A 750ML/25.4oz Champagne like bottle corked with a date of 2.010 that was shared and thoroughly enjoyed on a cold winter night.

A. Poured into a snifter with a hazy golden orange appearance that has a presence of a golden hue. Carbonation leading up to form a frothy puffy cloud like head with plenty of sticky lace left clinging on the rim of the glass.

S. The aroma of a Farmhouse/Saison. Fruitful with spicey Belgian yeast. An earthy grass hop aroma with a touch of funk. The smell of banana mixing well with a hint of clove, white pepper, and hay. Not especially strong on the nose but a pleasant aroma inviting you to take the first drink.

T. An invitation that delivers well and is right on with the nose. A subtle complexity of flavours blending to make this a most enjoyable beer to sip on. Upfront fruity and cider like with a grassy hop bitterness ending dry with a spicey note of Belgian yeast. Dried banana with a tartness of pineapple and mango. Grass like hoppiness that is plenty bitter giving way to light clove and banana. A warmth of alcohol is noticeable as it warms your body as well as your soul.

M. The mouthfeel is light, warm, prickly, smooth, creamy, and slick on the tounge. A slick finish that leaves plenty of flavours behind reminding you of what to expect with every sip.

D. Like I said before, a well brewed Saison that delivers in every way. An abv. at 9.5%, this beer could sneak up on you. As it warms the alcohol becomes more present. Present in a way to keep your spirits warm on a cold winter night.

Photo of davedahl
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice saison. I picked up this 750ml at Binny's in Chicago's south-loop neighborhood.

Appearance:
- Massive fluffy pillow-like head, pay attention while pouring! And the head stays around for a long long time - turns into a meringue.
- Color is cloudy straw (not chill-haze)
- very little lacing - surprisingly given the head retention

Smell
- cut grass
- cinnamon
- banana(?)

Taste
- sour, cinnamon, nutmeg on finish.
- malt is there but very light and creamy

Mouthfeel
- big and fluffy (little too much so for the style)

Drinkability
- very good for the complexity

Photo of hoser
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am rating a variety of Dupont Avec Les Voeuxs as I probably I probably had well over 30 bottles of this product over my years of beerdom. What inspired this rating is a lack lustre bottle of 2008 that I am drinking tonight. This bottle just has something missing to it, it seems a little bit chalky like the regular Saison and it doesn't have the dynamic punch as the best bottles I have had of this product.

The best bottles have a farmyard funk that fills the room and the senses but this one didn't. Oh well guess I drink the two bottles in my cellar quickly.

Photo of CASK1
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bomber to a tulip.

A - Hazy deep gold with a fluffy, pillowy, head that won't quit. Excellent lace on the glass.

S - Skunk as soon as the bottle was opened. Dissipated quickly and stayed well in the background afterwards. Bready, toasty malt, spicy notes from hops and/or yeast. Very rustic.

T - Very complex. Toasty malt, nondescript fruity notes from yeast. Significant bitterness that helps dry the beer out. Rustic without being overly "funky". Dry, bitter, spicy finish.

M - Explosive carbonation fills the mouth. Medium body with a dry, bitter finish. Very low alcohol warmth; well-hidden for the 9.5% ABV.

O - Wow. Take the initial skunk aroma away and this is a world class beer. I will seek this out again in the hops of a fresher bottle. Love the style.

Photo of gtn80
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into a tulip glass.

Appearance is just plain beautiful. Light, hazy, golden, orange color with a huge white fully head that just lasts forever.

Smell is intoxicating. Spicy, herbal, citrus. Yeast and hops are dominant in the aroma. Bready and just amazing.

Taste is complex, a saison dupont but turned up louder. More citrus, more spicy yeast character, more esthers. More bitter than the typical saison, but balanced well by the sweetness. Dry as all get out.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, but the beer is dry to the bone. Well carbonated.

Drinkability is amazing for a 9.5% beer. Doesn't leave a bitter or sweet flavor on the tongue, the dryness just balances out amazing.

Photo of SRossman
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage

A: hazy copper orange, frothy head, nice lacing
S: bright citrus fruit, yeasty, sweet, a little funk
T: similar to smell, citrus fruit farmhouse funk and a dry finish.
D: The 9.5 ABV is well hidden. I could easily drink the entire bottle and not even realize it. Feels velvety in the mouth and goes down incredibly smooth.

Photo of scottyg354
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of REDAMI
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Pour is medium gold straw color with a creamy peachy beige head.

S - Musty, wet straw/horse blanket. Some summer fruit on the back end.

T - Slightly hop forward with a citrus peel bitterness. Funky yeast coats the tongue.

M - Clean, effervescent carbonation, moderate body, dry finish.

A solid saison. Slightly more bitter than normal, but decently balanced overall.

Photo of ruleof72
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice Orange color with super creamy white head that hangs around
S- Citrus forward (orange/lemon) with slight wheat? following
T- med strong hops with definite citrus/grassy flavor, mellows out quickly. Alcohol well hidden
M- Nice carbonation and medium bodied.
D- goes down well, needs to be chilled a bit. Good with earthy/stronger flavored foods.

This was a nice beer. I am learning to appreciate Belgian beers more and more.

Photo of GooberMcNutly
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle about a year old. Pours light with way too much head. I could never pour more than 1/4 glass of beer without filling the rest with head. Head like iron that never goes down.

Aroma was light, slightly sweet with a hint of citrus and spices. More spice in the aroma than in the beer. Flavor was moderatly malty with essentially no hops character. Didn’t finish as dry as the other Dupont Saison.

Photo of saltydog
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle tasted at Bruges Beertje. Appearence: Golden yellow, big head, slight cloudiness. Aroma: Very spicy, with a rich hopiness. Flavor: Earthy hop flavors. Spices from yeast & specialty ingredients. Malt backbone balances. Finish: Mostly lingering hops.

Photo of Telix
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a Gouden Carolus goblet.

A: A creamy wheatish color with a dense, creamy head and good carbonation supporting it. It's hazy, as you would expect from the style. Appealing, for sure.

S: Saison funk, nice aromatics, fresh spicy coriander.

T: Rich, creamy, sweet and thick. Tangy with just the right amount of carbonation bite. Orange candy, honey sweetness, peppery, light breadiness, mild frutiness, strawberries.

M: Super velvety, almost like an oatmeal stout with high carbonation. How did they pull this off?

D: A great saison. I love the creamy, yet effervescent, mouthfeel and the complex array of flavors. One of my favorites that I look forward to every year.

Photo of pecokid
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased the last bottle at Max's 2009 Belgianfest and brough it home. Opened it today to share with my brother. The label is different from the one shown above. Mine is yellow with a big Roman numeral III at the top. Golden color. White head with meringue like appearance. The smell had earthy citrus notes. Amazingly complex flavor that changed with every sip. The first few were sweet and continueed to change till the last that seemed much drier. Mouthfeel was average with somewhat high carbonation. For the $17 dollars I paid for this one 750 ml bottle, the drinkability become average.

Photo of unHipHopHead
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Avec Les Bons Voeux 3 (2008 printed on cork)

Once the cork popped some super bubbly foam came out like champagne. The first gentle pour was 95% foam. After I let it settle for a few minutes, the foam was still there but the actual beer came flowing...

The first actual glass of beer was clouded with lots of sediment, the taste was on the musty side... The foam was also out of control for about 30 mins. My lesson with this one was give the beer some time, its been locked up for 2 years.

Once I let it settle for a while and after I put it in the bottle in the fridge for about 5-10 mins the sediment began to settle to the bottom allowing the second glass to pour perfectly.

A: Pours a cloudy medium light orange with some dense consistent head. The tulip glass I poured it into kept the carbonation shooting from the bottom center to the top.

S: Herbal and balanced spice aromas. Almost fruity and peppery.

T: Some mellow pepperiness. Mellow fruity sweetness like that of a fruity loose leaf tea. A good deal of yeast taste as well.

M: Lots of carbonation, very smooth.

D: Very drinkable, super refreshing and delicious. Dangerous indeed.

TIP: If cellaring this one, store upright to minimize sediment.

Photo of linnet
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colour, big off-white head, lacing. Aroma is malty, almost lagerlike. Still there is yeasty notes flowery notes, citric notes and also aroma of vinegar. Flavour is rather hoppy for being a belgian beer. There is also an acidic quality to it. ABV is evident without being dominant. The flavour is also spicy and fruity, perfume. Mouthfeel is very smooth with small bubbles and the liquid is very crisp.

Photo of lionchow
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured it into a white wine glass. Had a small creamy, pearly white head. Beautiful sunshine yellow around the edges of the glass, progressing to a bright egg yolk yellow-orange in the center.

Aroma was big and full. Smelled of flowers, marshmallows, the sea, whiskey.

The citrus/spice flavors were mild, but a sharp almost junipery note was very present, with obvious coriander as well. This was balanced by a deep wet earthen taste. Very dry, with little malt to speak of. Hop character melded well with yeast derived flavor, so much so that they became indistinguishable.

The carbonation was high and prickly. Medium viscosity in the mouth and down the throat. It was a pleasing mouthfeel that matched the round character of the flavor.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Reminded me of a great scotch whiskey in that it had a beautiful round flavor accentuated by some interesting sharp notes. Another good offering from Brasserie Dupont.

Photo of hobojon
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle in rrbc globes

Aroma- fresh floral, citrus and lemon. tart. pear. killer aroma. nice classic dupont floral and funk. no sulfur* tropical fruit. resin.

App- hazy yellow. off white head dissipates to a fine layer.

Taste- bready, light delicious malt. tart finish. lots of fresh zingy citrus and pear. very fruity- tropical fruit. tangy acids. citrus hop resin. grapefruit and coriander. lemon (citric acid). funk is great but gets worse as it warms. great malt. doughy and crisp.

Mouth- dry and tart. high fine carb. clean alc. full mouth feel.

Overall- delicious. warming and refreshing. yeast character dominates. complex and funky. unique.

Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,215 ratings.