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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 1,159
Reviews: 577
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 86
Gots: 103 | FT: 3
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Belgium

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 elricorico
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Opaque orange with enormous beige head piling up on top. Takes quite a while for the head to fall. Sticky lacing left behind.

Tonnes of funk noted while I was pouring. Almost skunky smelling from afar. Once settled in the glass it smells of sweetened lemon, flowers, and a more subtle yeasty funk.

Quite a unique and complex taste, ever changing, and hard to pin down. Certainly some wheat flavours and citrus. I keep noting a hint of molasses and spices. The funk carries much of the flavour through the back half of the mouth.

Medium bodied and a little prickly at first, but becomes smoother over time. Good mouthfeel.

So big in flavour and ABV that it is a little limited in just how drinkable it really could be. That being said it is well worth having, and is really satisfying.

Photo of geexploitation
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant, cloudy yellow gold with plenty of head and yeast in suspension. It looks like the Saison Dupont Vieille Provision. It doesn't smell like it, however: the nose holds much more in the way of zesty hops, candi sugar, pilsner malts and a ton of phenols with that fruity Dupont yeast, which throws some lemongrass and orange (maybe burnt orange zest?) into the mix. On the palate. this is a heavy saison with plenty of residual sweetness that could use some time in the bottle to dry out. Still, the flavors are great: smooth, pale malts, creamy orange-and-spice, phenols in the mid-palate. Growing hop bitterness, with orange blossoms, toward the finish, which is dry and refreshing for such a big beer. Mouthfeel is thick and full of fine carbonation. I wonder if it will thin out as the beer ages, but it's still pretty great. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. It's kind of like the Vieille Provision dialed up a bit, but there's nothing wrong with that. Fantastic.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into my Hennepin glass, pours a cloudy golden color, with a nice frothy but smooth white head of an inch, the multi-pour bringing it right back, and some nice lacing. The aroma is lovely. Grassy hops, citrus, very nice, mild fruits, and some gentle spices. Again, being a farmhouse saison, nice earthy hops with grassy, leafy tones, citrus and fruits are understated, slightly tart, some nice spices and spicy yeast. The mouth is crisp, tart, the carbonation dancing slightly across the tongue. Really, a marvelous beer, easy to enjoy, easy to drink.

Photo of MisterClean
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Nugget

A - Poured golden with a 3-fingered white head, which dissipated moderately slow and left nice lacing.

S/T - Hints of vanilla, clove, bread, coriander and light caramel. Notes of hop bitterness as well.

M - Light in body, but well-balanced with a saaz hop finish. Notes of light alcohol too.

D - Overall good, but would like more notes of spice from a saison.

Photo of Reaper16
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 vintage (with a great label that makes it look much older) served into a tulip glass

Pours a light orange/tangerine color that is very much opaque. Not cloudy or hazy, but like a solid mass or color. A tight-bubbled two finger cap of white head sits on top. Lacing is sporadic but spindly where it occurs.

The aroma is a nice balance of fruit and spice. Underripe banana meets yellow delicious apples backed up by cardamom and honeysuckle. The medicinal astringency gives the nose a similarity to a perfume. Pretty solid stuff but nothing that strikes me as exemplar of the style.

Avec les Bons Voeux is maltier than the average saison, that's for sure. There is a warm, almost nutty malt characteristic to this beer. It is informed by a slightly sour lemon-orange flavor that gently sluices across the back of the mouth. Apart from that you've got botanical bitterness from the hops and phenolic band-aid taste accentuating it. Peppercorn is omnipresent. You can taste some of the alcohol in this 9.5% ABV saison.

The mouthfeel is a bit thicker as a result of the increased maltiness. It does a good job of carrying forth all the flavors. This is a huge beer for a saison - sort of a Saison meets a Tripel execution - and the drinkability is actually pretty good despite being style-inappropriate. I could score the drinkabilty lower for being untrue to style but it actually is decently drinkable.

A solid effort; probably the best "imperial saison" that I've tried. This is a bigger, brasher Saison Dupont... and proof that bigger does not always equal better.

Photo of udubdawg
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of cbl2
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2/10/2007 $8.49 750 mL 9.50% Best by 11-07 stamped on label, 2006 stamped on cork.

Appearance:

Pours a hazy orange with a tornado of carbonation within my Petrus glass, that yields a head of over 2 inches that is tightly interlaced, and refuses to settle.

Aroma:

Notes of pear and apple with a tinge of barnyard funk and peppery spice.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Very smooth considering the amount of carbonation. Faint pear flavors are tempered by a rather pleasant, yet biting bitterness that is coupled with a dose of black pepper. Finish is dry, and warming at the same time, as the alcohol makes its presence known. A pleasant, easy to drink beer, though not truly exciting.

Photo of yamar68
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, poured to snifter:

Pours a glowing orange gold with a somewhat dense white cap that stays thick and milky for the remainder of the hour.

Spicy alcohol, sweet grain, apple cider and citrus, exceedingly sweet, still a ton of depth to this beer.

Warm fruit notes, bitter alcohol, far from bland, spicy clove and pool water, still an exciting saison after 4 years.

Drinkable given that it's a 10% saison. Interesting, what a treat.

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

2007 Vintage

The 750ml. corked green bottle pours a hazy pineapple yellow-gold with a snow white foamy head of 1/2". Good carbonation, the head recedes slowly, leaving a ring and some sporatic patchy lace clinging to the glass.

The first thing that comes to the nose is semi-sweet and yeast driven. Alcohol comes into play as the brew warms.

Somewhat sweet intro reveals plum, peach, apple that is followed by pineapple, orange and spice to a dry, clean finish. Nice yeast in the aftertaste. Well balanced flavor with a sweet to tart (almost sour), down to the dry finish and some warming properties as well.

Medium bodied with full spectum mouthfeel....tingly to smooth and down to the dry finish.

Another high quality Belgian that fits this style perfectly. Cheers!

Photo of Rastacouere
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Matta is such a stellar individual Clear liquid gold wearing a foamy, frothy, rocky gigantic-sized white head. Very carbonated body. Gotta love such a complex aroma that never hinted at being not as great as expected by me (who still recently fell under the charm of their Dupont Forêt). Ultra farmy, dry and yeasty, very yeasty obviously like all other Dupont. Lovely barny and spicy hints. How can you not love a fine Saison. Bone-dry (made me think of chalk at times) with awesome white wine aspects. Deep spice profile includes coriander, basil, pepper, thyme, mint, sage and just various other herbs. The first sip proposes a malty attack with lots of dry hay, some apple and so much yeast. Finish is dry with a grassy hop bitterness, but remains restrained and balanced. Aftertaste comes back to haunt me with suggestions of dust and spices and that scores big points with me. So herbal, so intense and no alcohol to speak of although there's a charming warming effect. Body is medium, quite carbonated, mouth-cleaning for sure and lightly tart at times. Marvellous Marvel. I'm truly impressed and in great thirst of Saison for the rest of my days. Help me!

Photo of weonfire
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ambruns1979
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a dark golden hazy color with a big rocky head. A fruity nose, with musty and earthy notes as well. Fruity on the palate again with a touch of herbal earthiness and spiciness. A slight bitterness emerges at the end and lingers for time afterward. Very light alcohol also detectable at the end. Slightly dry. A nice beer, a good sipping beer.

Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of crookedhalo
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky blonde color with darker colored yeast in suspesion. Huge fluffy white head. Pour carefully, folks! Spicy, yeasty nose, pepper, citrus peel, alcohol is noticable. Citrus notes and a fair dosage of lower alpha hops in there, as well. Nice and dry like you'd expect from a saison but very strong. But, hey, it's their winter seasonal. It gets cold in Belgium, too. Excellent mouthfeel, bubbly, dry and alcoholic. Do I hear a substitute for New Years Eve champagne? Can I get an Amen? Hell yeah.

Photo of OStrungT
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden yellow color, with no head at all.

This beer has a spicy aroma. It is mild though. I can also detect some honey aroma. It has a slight citrus smell to it also. It has a slight yeasty aroma too.

This beer has a mild spicy flavor. I can taste the alcohol, but just slightly. It is very sweet. It has a honey like flavor. It has a very slight citrus flavor also.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a spicy aftertaste. It is very low in carbonation.

I think this beer would be a decent session beer. It is high in alcohol, so that would be afactor. However, the flavor is plesent. I think I could throw back a few of these. I am happy to have had the chance to have yet another great Dupont beers.

Photo of BKBassist
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of unclekeith
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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

Aroma has a nose tickling spiciness that hints at citrus rind and sour sauce. Amber with yellow tints and a nice fluffy two finger thick, white head. Very yeasty fore, mild sourness and a ton of floral and herbal notes that are both spicy and sweet. Another fun drinking Saison.

Photo of Beervana
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hayesjw
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of inspektor
2.5/5  rDev -40%

Photo of Patrick999
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Seemed a good day to finally pull this one out of the fridge and give it a go. Loud pop of the cork, 2006 vintage.

Appearance is exactly what I expected - cloudy gold body under a big old head.

Nose really opens up as it warms - lots to pick out....the lovely musty back-corner-of-the-barn smell recognizable from Saison Dupont and others, lemon, spices...a pungent field of weeds. Can detect a little alcohol. Interesting, now I get a pretty distinct cooked oatmeal smell coming through, with the final yeast pour.

Taste to me seems a lot like a regular Saison Dupont but with added kick ("Imperial" Saison?") Lots of spiciness to be had, alcoholic and otherwise, Lemony hops amid funky yeast and alcohol in the finish leaves a trail of unripe fruit residue in the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Aggressively carbonated with quite a dry finish, it never feels all that heavy, a nice feat given the size of this beer. Almost a bit thin, but this seems to suit the beer very well.

Drinkability - Exceptional for such a big saison. Share it with a friend....but you're probably gonna want the whole bottle, trust me. Great beer. Basically a perfect beer. Very little more I can ask of this one. Drinkable enough for the average Friday evening, but more than classy and refined enough for a special occasion. Would pair well with just about anything. I'm sad to see this nearly all done. I love saisons, and this one just kicks ass. With this beer, the world comes into focus. I think my liquor store has a few more bottles of it...a tip of the hat to the brewer. In the words of the PGA Tour, "These guys are good."

***UPDATE - I feel compelled to review a 2009 bottle....drinking on 12/20/2009, this is easily the freshest bottle of Avec Les Bons Voeux I've ever had. I'm going to take a fresh look at the beer that really got me into the saison/farmhouse style, my favorite style.

Knowing a little bit more about beer than I did when I first reviewed this, I wondered if this was really a saison at 9.5%. I poured. Yeah, OK, it looks like a typical "Liquid Sunshine" saison. Smell? Definitely all saison. So perfumey, and so HOPPY too...oh man, I think I love this even more so fresh. A few sips confirm it....this is all saison, and a hoppy one at that. It's beautiful. I'm bumping the taste up to 5. Lot of Saaz or Goldings....this is one of the hoppiest saisons I've ever had.

***Further note, I do not suggest aging this. I had a 2004 not too long ago, and it was something of a sweet mess. Gone was the amazing perfumey dryness. In its place was a sweet, gooey Cointreau flavor. If you have 'em, I say drink them. There's not much to be gained by aging this, as good as it is fresh.

Photo of fehrminator
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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