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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 1,056
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 77
Gots: 71 | FT: 3
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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 ithacabaron
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured for me at the back bar of Monk's.

A powdery yellow liquid greets me, with a very tiny coating of bubbles, which soon fades to a transparent film. Pretty.

Smell is rock candy (candi/invert sugar, I'm sure), dried papaya, orange peel, candied clementines, and a mist of saison yeast.

Taste explodes in the mouth with deeply candied and preserved fruits -- the aformentioned orange and papaya, gritty brown pears, rotting bananas, and glorious, glorious golden malt. Just unbelieveably delicious constantly evolving as the flavors, many as they are, develop and blossom on the palate. As it gets warm, these sensations only increase.

Mouthfeel is wonderful, pillow soft, keeping the dense liquid from ever becoming too cloying. There is a delightful breeziness here.

Drinkability is very good, although as I near the end of the glass, I consider that one, and maybe two, would be an appropriate sample.

All in all, a fantastic brew fresh (and I imagine a little age on a few bottles would be delightful as well). -- a saison on steroids, an imperial saison, whatever you want to catagorize it as, I call it only one thing: Delicious.

A world-class brew.

ithacabaron, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 750, though the lable was different than the one pictured above. A hazy golden amber colored brew topped by a dollop of magnificent pure white head that laces beautifully. Intriguing aromas of fresh cut grass, musty hay and barnyard, lemon/lime, spicy yeast and a touch of fruity hops. Superb and complex flavors of contrasting sweet and sour. Lots of green grass, lemon, a variety of spice including coriander, pepper, ginger, orange peel, and clove. Fruitry notes of tart apple, pear, and faint banana pull me in further. Deep and complex. Refreshing and satisfying. I wish I had a bottle to myself. Thanks to Bruno for sharing this rare treat!

AlexJ, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 cork date, Sampled January 2005
As I pour this beer into my glass I get an aroma that is enticingly sharp, grassy and herbal all together. The beer is a lightly hazy straw gold color, it is topped by a frothy, rocky off pale white head. Ooh, the aroma is quite nice it has aromatic notes of bergamot, fresh cut hay, wild flowers, lemon zest, vanilla, and perhaps a soft woodiness. The aroma is quite smooth and almost mellow in character, though it is quite complex and intriguing.

This beer starts out smooth but then starts to pick up a sharpness in the middle, but then finishes with a lingering malty smoothness. This beer is quite tasty, it does not have the complexity of the Saison Dupont, but it is still quite tasty and much more mellow and smooth tasting. The flavors that meld together in this beer are quite nice, I get notes of lemon, pepper, ginger, a tannic woodiness, and some sharp herbal notes. This beer has a really nice flowery, almost nectar like, quality to it that is just so smooth and satisfying. It really hides its alcohol quite well. This beer is quite tasty and is really growing on me more and more as I drink it.

In the end this is just a wonderful mix of flavors, textures and aromas. This beer is quite good, and is perhaps my second favorite (after the Saison) from this incredible brewery.

Gueuzedude, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of granger10
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This holiday Belgian pours a light golden color with a nice thick, fluffy white head that holds for quite some time. Good amount of bubbles rising to the top. Smell is a bit strong on the yeast side with noticeable amount whole hop flowers in there. Taste is really complex and nicely balanced. There's a slightly sweet honey flavor in here and a nice little peppery kick. The spice is an additive and doesn't overtake the beer at all. The base is definitely the floral hops which really hold the whole beer together yet they're not overdone either. Nice little fruit yeast flavor in there and the finish gets slightly bitter and lingers. My only real fault with this beer is that I notice a salty flavor that hits towards the finish and the more I drink the more noticeable it gets. Other than that this was a really good holiday saison.

granger10, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

Billolick, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of GClarkage
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/21/04- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance- Beautiful cloudy apricot colored pour, 1 inch think solid head and one of the best lacings I have seen.

Smell- Mainly spices and yeast. Maybe a bit of fruit in the background. A bit peppery.

Taste- Tons of random spices everywhere. I think it's coriander that I mainly taste. The pepper is prominent as well. Tastes a bit medicinal, but in a good way, if that makes sense.

Mouthfeel- Lightly carbonated. Maybe a tad dry going down.

Drinkability- Couldn't believe the ABV on this when I got home. Can barely detect the alcohol in this one. Glad I tried this one. Will look for it in the bottle.

GClarkage, Dec 22, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Monk's. The reason I came to Monk's in fact.

This beer is served in a tulip and has a murky golden body and a whisp of a head of white which settles to a thin lacing on the surface. The tulip conjures up a plethora of smells to create a powerful nose. I first sense acidic fruit, still sweet but quite sharp. Orange, lemon, cherry. Next I detect damp funk. Not as acrid as a horseblanket (a misused term by many. Go visit a stable, and then make the comparison) but still just brooding with wild yeast, like decomposing vegetetation. Finally, a bit of sweet esters, the fruit surges again, then an outright bubblegum sweetness, then a spiciness, then all these things over and over. This is a wonderfully alive in its flavors. They undulate like waves, and conclude in a wonderful balance. The huge alcohol in this is hidden like buried treasure. Drinkability and Mouthfeel are superb, as they complement one another. This beer is a treat, and on-tap it's simply an experience all its own.

99bottles, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of Wildman
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light gold color and formed a nice bubbly white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation was present. An aroma of malt, hops, coriander, spices and straw. The flavor was of malt, hops, spices with a heavy complex background hard to place under just one umbrella. Combining elements of several and definately impacting the finish, which seems heavier than the beer really is. The finish has some tartness but with this undercurrent present.

Wildman, Dec 18, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I sat at the bar at Lucky Baldwins and scanned the tap rows, I noticed a Saison Dupont tap. Okay, good, I thought. Then I saw another Dupont handle further down and I couldn't read it. I asked David, the owner, what it was and he said it was their Avec Les Bons Voeux, a really nice pale Belgian ale. Sign me up for one, I said.
Avec Les Bons Voeux was placed in front of me in a Grottenbier chalice, all clear yellow in color, launching a solid stream of carbonation up from the bottom of the chalice to a creamy bright white head. The head left streaks and clumps of lace and ballooned up with each swirl of the glass. Simply gorgeous.
The aromas of grainy malts, slight saison-style funk, and a boatload of spices reached my nose immediately. Pepper and citrus juices, light coriander bursts, and some other spicy hops aromas just kept tweaking my nostrils along with a mild amount of alcohol fumes, imploring me to get on with the drinking.
Wow, that's spicy! Hoppy, too. The malt profile really took a back seat to the peppery, herbal spiciness. Big lemon zest and orange peel acidity that scrouged the tongue. Herbal notes and peppery bite make for a pleasing finish. It left a soft warming sensation in the throat and stomach thanks to the potent, but well disguised, ABV. More bitter than most strong Belgian pale ales I've sampled; but that's not in any way a bad thing here. Sharp, prickly feel that's also light and creamy once the acidity settles down.
This brew is going to be on my mind for a while, just like it's saison cousin. Avec Les Bons Voeux has a magnificant aroma and taste combined with a majestic appearance. Another great beer from Brasserie Dupont.

Boilermaker88, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 Release

New 2004 release, yet it still has the old style brown text and yellow label that has the ‘III’ above the title. Hazy golden body, just as I remember it. Decent off-white head, luxurious appearance. Gorgeous farmyard funky nose, fresh and spritzy yet with a pungent pull of the nasal hairs and a kick in the furry love plums. Tart and spicy, tangy lingering peppery yeast and funky Saison tastes, small but fiercely tasty ‘orange’ Satsuma’s, nuts, raw honey, light acidic lemons, smidgeons of black pepper, yeasty esters and alcohols with a doughy bread feel, it goes on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on….. A Classic Saison, Classic Dupont. Superb. A Special Saison Treat.

The 2004 is great right now, fresh & vibrant, but I suspect it will improve with some age, which is a good job, because I picked up a few bottles of this one. Don’t pass this one by or skimp by just getting one, you’ll regret it if you do! Excellent.

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2001 Release

A large 75cl Bottle shared with one of my best friends in the dark candlelit cellars of the Porte Noire in Brussels. Labeled ‘Dupont III, Avec les Bon Voeux de la Brasserie’, it came highly recommended by the knowledgeable waiter. He explained that it was from a small independent brewer renowned for producing traditional beers, and that this was their winter seasonal. He made a bloody great choice.

Appearance: Although it was dark in the Porte Noire, when held to the candle light it exhibited a light golden color, with some tangerine flashes as the candle flickered. High carbonation aided the streamers which continued for some time. Had a lovely, uneven, cotton wool fluffy white head that stayed throughout.

Smell: SPICY HOPS. Hmmmm. It was about 3 minutes before my friend, clearly agitated, asked me if I was actually going to drink this beer. Superb nose that has a crispy spicy hoppiness mixed with a slightly musty odor that lingers. Smells simply gorgeous, maybe just one more smell before I drink it….

Taste: Hopheads will love this, though the musty dimensions of this beer may not be for all. The waiter explained that this aspect of the beer came from the yeast that is used. He explained that the Dupont yeast is complex and contains many strains (more than 5). “Farmyard” was how I explained it to him – he agreed, “well Dupont is a Farm Yard Brewery” he retorted. This waiter clearly knew his Shit big style.

Mouthfeel: Wholesome, smooth and solid, high carbonation and 9.5% ABV clearly helps this beer establish a presence, though the alcohol is not dominant as one would expect for this high strength beer. But it is the urban upstart Spicy Hops that really kick your ass right at the end. A powerful smack of spicy hops and the musty dimension linger well into the night. The next few beers were tainted by this strong aftertaste!!!

Drinkability: For me – this is a 4.5, and so very nearly a 5. Nuff Said.

Overall: A very traditional, high quality offering from Dupont.

I can still taste this beer when I think about it. Quite Excellent.
And Yes, we did leave the Waiter a big tip that night.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a full white head, active carbonation, and good lace. Noticeable white wine (grape) aroma and flavor; nice Belgian yeasty horse-ish character but leans a bit tart maybe... Light bodied and airy with a soft alcohol finish.

The standard Saison from Dupont seems better but want to try side by side ... nothing special from a holiday perspective.

"2002" on cork (?)

Per Label: "III" at top.

Les Bons Voeux = Best Wishes.

($7.99 / 25.4 oz / 750ml corked and caged champagne style bottle)

RBorsato, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of putnam
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For what it's worth there is a Roman numeral "III" at the top of the front label. Batch #? The cork bore the numerals ""
This stormy yellow liquid offers remarkably savory aromas of buttered sourdough in addition to ample amounts of vanilla, dried bananas, nutmeg and whole cream.
On the palate its broad, rich texture renders impressions of tangy nectarine fruit, blended, raw nuts, honey, sage, and stones. Intense mineral extracts define and shape the long finish, leaving clean, austere bitterness below and pungent, tropical, floral notes on top - all joined by dry, herbal resins.
Sweet enough that the fruit flies like it too. A fruity, stone-flavored ale.

putnam, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of Varkias41
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml 2002 Vintage-
Poured a light gold with heavy carbonation and a huge, whipped egg-white head. Took some time to enjoy watching the head slowly rise higher and higher as the bubbles danced furiously underneath. Garden nose jazzed up with some spices and just a hint of hops. Not sour as I expected, instead a mellow, rich yeasty flavour especially present in the finish. Mouthfeel was moderately smooth with some definite warming. Very satisfying and relaxing. Would pair well with a light reading and log fire.

Varkias41, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Rastacouere, Apr 27, 2004
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes, a replacement for champagne. Even non-beer drinkers will like. Like a good French white wine, nicely carbonated, with lemon and zest and vanilla. Good combination of hops, spices. Nice white head that stays. Crisp aftertaste.Great and unique saison.

Sammy, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of Naerhu
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

There should be a new beer style. Imperial Sasion.

White big head, amazing retention and lace. Opaque yellow body.
Pineapple, grapefruit and great spicy bitter aroma.
The slighest hint of sweetness before an assault of bitterness. Sweet wheat flavor and complex citrus hops. There must be sugar of some sort in here, but it due to the hops it does not seem sweet nor alcholic, it just seems, light, lovely. This is the ultimate, high powered beer.
Smooth broad bitter and lovely.
Better than any champagne I have ever had.

Naerhu, Feb 13, 2004
Photo of BierReise
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl Corked 2003 vintagePoured a cloudy golden orange color with a creamy white head. Aroma slightly sour and fruity. Some lemon, skunk and barnyard funk also present. Really wonderfully complex. Body is medium with a velvety smoothness and a lively carbonation. Flavor is spicy like a Tripel with some nice citrus in there as well. Good retention leaving scattered lacing in my Trappist glass. Overall one of the best in this style that I've had.

BierReise, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
4.38/5  rDev +5%
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.

crookedhalo, Dec 13, 2003
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice find at the deli I must say,poursa lighter shade of gold with a huge blossoming head that has moved down an inch as of yet,the aroma is lightly smokey with almost a cinnamon spicey quality.Taste is smnokey with some real medicinal hints with a malty finish and after taste wich came out well,this beer has some serious complexity to it.A real nice change of pace here nice to have before bed.

oberon, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of saltydog
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

saltydog, Oct 15, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Light yellow with a tinge of orange is the coloring for this extremely cloudy brew. The head had to be worked a little but what came up stayed for quite a while. No lacing, probably due to the 9.5 ABV.

Smell – A lot of spices in this one. The aroma is very powdery (probably tastes that way, too). There’s some stiff malt and yeast in there as well and a little bitter hops to balance things out, but this is your typical spicy BSPA. The coriander is very present, along with some pepper and a few others that I can’t pinpoint.

Taste – The deep, mature, yeast flavor kicks into high gear at the taste. The spices some out in full force as well. There’s an interesting rind hop punch to this one that balances things out. I think it’s the first of this I’ve tasted for the style, but it all works really well.

Mouthfeel – Heavily carbonated with a slight alcohol sting on the tongue. Yes, it’s a BSPA from Belgium.

Drinkability – Nice, authentic rendition of the style. This went down quite well. Anyone with a, “BigBelgiumBrethern,” or, “BelgiumBeers4Me,” handle has to try this one.

Comments – TheLongBeachBum wrote a winner of a review on this one and rated it two tenths higher than me. He said it a lot more eloquently than I did. His is a, “must read,” if you’re thinking about trying this ale.

RoyalT, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of Morris729
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden sunrise color with a tall foamy white head that dissipates into a soapy lace. Nose is fruity esters and lots of spice—clove, coriander, and fresh pepper. Moderate in body with a bold carbonation that dances on the tongue. Taste begins with some tropical fruit and raw honey followed by a strong musty yeastiness. This is followed by an attack on the palate by lots of medical phenols, some spicy coriander, and a bite of white pepper. This is a supercharged Saison and another fine beer from an outstanding brewery.

Morris729, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent and very impressive! This saison pours a nice light orange colour with a fluffy, white head. The aromas are all zesty hops, farm, horse blanket, must, yeast, and spice! The taste is a spicy hop bomb, with the alcohol and malt flavors nicely tucked into the fresh tasting mix. The mouthfeel is light and airy, yet still full. The drinkability is off of the map!

The regular Saison Dupont beer is great, but this stuff is inspiring.

please take note, that this is a limited edition seasonal beer, released in the winter, by the Dupont brewery. The sample just reviewd was from the 2001 batch! If you find this stuff, it should be around $10 a bottle...

francisweizen, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of stcules
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong blond colour, clear, but with some corpuscules in suspension.
White foam, thin creamy and with medium pesistance.
Fresh smeel, with flower, bread. The alcohol is quite present. Spicy. Vanilla, spices (peper, coriander, anise (?)). A little too straight.
The taste is more bitter, with yeast and spices.
Aftertaste is again more bitter, and malty, pesistent at the sides of the mouth.
The alcohol (9.5% ABV) is well hidden, and the drinkability is good.

stcules, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of mickeymac
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The only other Dupont product I'd tried before this was it cider, which I enjoyed immensely, so I had high expectations of this beer and was not disappointed. It glows a nice yellow with a touch of orange and has a big, white pillowy head that leaves lace all the way down the glass. The smell and taste are discinctly Belglian. Those "barnyard" smells are present along with a hint of medicinal smell. The taste has a nice tartness bring a slight pucker to the mouth. It has a nice, creamy mouthfeel. As others have noted, the abv is well-hidden, so don't let it sneak up on you.

mickeymac, May 01, 2003
Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,056 ratings.