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Avec Les Bons Voeux | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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pDev:
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Avec Les Bons VoeuxAvec Les Bons Voeux
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl
Belgium | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002

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Photo of silverking
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- cloudy gold with a huge off white head. Head retention is good, with clumps of lacing.

S- saison funk, spicy hops, banana, orange, and a decent alcohol kick on the back end.

T- bitter hop profile, barnyard funk, orange peel.

M- refreshing, light bodied, crisp carbonation.

O- enjoyable, balanced.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw yellow. Nose shows citrus zest, Brett, funk and spiced yeast. Taste is light zest, mild citrus/funk and some farmhouse yeast. Hint of burnt sugar there too. Not overly sweet either. Highly carbed. The cork blew off after the cage was removed.

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Photo of champ103
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Most recently on tap at D&T in Houston.

A: Slightly hazy, almost murky golden/orange. A two finger white head forms with rings of sticky lace.
S: Musky basement like funk up front. Peppery spice, grassy, with some passion fruits in the finish. Excellent.
T: Follows the nose with a cellar like musk. Peppery, slightly phenolic spice from the yeast. Grassy and floral with a great lingering dried passion fruit flavor. Papaya, mango, lemon rind. Love it.
M/D: a medium body with great carbonation. Perfectly crisp, dry, and refereshing. Just a bit stronger ABV that I like for the style. Considering this is there winter Saison, it is to be expected. Given that, so easy and enjoyable to drink.

Another excellent Saison, and I should expect nothing less. I wish I could find this easier. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Etan
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2011 bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful dark orange with a soft, shimmering white head.

S: Aroma brings light grapey oxidation, honeycomb, cloves, apple flesh.

T: Taste brings lightly astringent peppery bitterness, vinous, crusty bread, nectarine, vanilla.

M: Light-bodied with frothy yet pleasant carbonation.

O: An interesting saison/BSPA with a somewhat grapey profile that might be oxidation or might be the character of the beer.

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Photo of joe1510
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml. Bottle
$9.99
Sam's Downer's Grove

Cork reads "2006"

Opened with a lot of "pop". Avec les Bons Voeux pours a beautiful slightly hazed golden that glows when held to the light. A big 3+ finger fluffy white head formed on the pour that receded to 2 fingers and became craggy and meringue like. Left thick drink lines. Very refreshing looking beer.

When I popped the cork I took a quick smell and was immediately reminded of champagne. When in the glass this beer smells exceptionally polished. All notes go together so cleanly it's difficult to pick them out. Mild floral aromas are present and mingle seamlessly with a faint haylike barnyard funkiness and candi sugar sweetness. Tart green apples come along too. Still shows champagne like qualities.

This is the best saison I've ever exierienced by a long shot. Yes this beer is an expierence. Wonderfully done. Faint sugary sweetness along with a very mild funkiness go perfectly with the floral undertones. Green apple tartness gets in the mix as well. As this beer warms the green apple shows through more and more. Very refreshing.

Light body with a solid amount of carbonation. Glides through the mouth very nicely. Leaves the tongue awakened. Finishes somewhat dry.

I could, without a doubt, drink this beer all day long. Refreshing and light bodied. Very easy to drink.

This is a world class beer and one of the best, most polished saisons I've ever had. Crisp and refreshing to the point of almost being too easy to drink, considering such a high abv. Wonderful creation.

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Photo of superspak
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled 4/30/2012. Pours fairly hazy and cloudy golden amber color with a 3 finger foamy and rocky white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings around the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Amazing appearance. Aromas of big lemon zest, apple, pear, pepper, clove, grape, herbal, floral, grass, bread, light funk, and floral/yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester notes with a light malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, apple, pear, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, light funk, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, light funk, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/spicy esters with a light malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp, dry, and prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden for 9.5% with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a world class saison! Incredible balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with light malt balance; and extremely crisp to drink for the alcohol level. Absolutely insane.

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Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Watch out for the damn cork!

Pours a hazy golden amber in the tall Maredsous chalice. Big foam-up but settles down to some clouds of meringue on the bright brew. Big fruity and faintly skunky aroma, a hint of sulphur and bread rising. The surprise is how sweet this is. Flavors are also extravagant. Fermenting blackberries, brioche, lemon bars. Every sip starts with that syrupy funk that is just short of overwhelming, and evolves through a lot of bitterness to the drier, mineral finish, but still haunted by a honeyed, bitter baklava taste.

This is certainly intriguing and full of flavor, and probably belongs in a candle-lit tavern where convivial extroverts debate its merits. In the calm dining room listening to Mozart, it's hard to get down. It's less like a Saison than most of the others I've had, regardless of what the brewery claims on the label. I don't know why this isn't categorized as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Bine & Vine in San Diego for ten bucks.

01-27-2013 update: On tap at Chapter One in Santa Ana. This tap version is totally anemic in carbonation, which makes it taste like some kind of sweet and scratchy Southern fruit wine. Makes me think of corn, sourish pear skins, and a hint of Quarante Y Tres vanilla liqueur. I'd rank it lower than the bottle version I reviewed.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a really big saison, all lemons and yeast with a warming alcoholic foamy creamy mouthfeel. Have to say not as zesty as the base beer that we all know and love, and slightly duller as after taste.
Overall not as drinkable as saison DuPont.

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Photo of t420o
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DuPont Avec les Bons Vaux

A- Pop!! Cork goes flying off. Pour produces a large 2-1/2 finger white head with great retention resting on a slightly cloudy light golden body. 4

S- beautiful doughy yeast, lemon, lemon zest, grainy, green apple, spices. 3.5

T- similar to the nose lemon zest, doughy, grain, bready and slightly funky yeast notes, spices. Finishes slightly dry. Alcohol is barely detectable. 4

M- active carbonation. Very effervescent. 4

O- a very good Saison but a little over spiced for me. I enjoyed the regular Saison DuPont much more. Much better at near room temp it balances out a lot more 3.5

High B

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- crazy loud pop as I effortlessly pull out the cork. Upon pouring, my tulip immediately fills with an expansive white foam of uniformly sized bubbles that quickly form a leathery skin on the surface. The head is not moving. It just refuses to go anywhere. I guess I'll just sit here and stare at it. The body itself is a glowing yellow lemony apricot and when the foam finally subsides, the glass is crusted over with delicate lacing accented by thick fingers of leftover foam.

S- the nose is very similar to the vielle but with more emphasis on fruit. Lemon and bitter orange, mango and guava, mild banana and pineapple, clove and cardamom spice. The slightest hint of band aid and barnyard add another layer of yeasty complexity. Nice melon sweetness also along with faint pale malt way in the back.

T- extremely fruity with an elegant balance of sweet tart and bitter. Banana, sweet basil and latex are prominent, with other tropical fruits residing somewhere out the way. It's not funky so to speak, and honestly I would appreciate some of that, but the phenols are alive & kickin and so are the alcohol esters. Alcohol is pineapple and floral like fruit blossoms and I'm sure the hops also have a hand in that with their grassy and flowery citrus bitterness. Tropical tart-sweetness lasts well into the finish, finally giving way to leafy hops and alcohol dryness. I may have forgotten to mention a light base of cracker like malt.

MF- deceitfully light although the alcohol provides a silky body worthy of merit. Bottle conditioned perfection here. Bubbles sting the tongue. Crisp and delightfully dry.

D- an amazing strong saison with more overall character than the weaker versions I've had from DuPont (vielle, avril) although naturally the strength begets less drinkability. An incredible beer and well worth the $11 price tag.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From corked bottle into a Corsendonk chalice. Hard to read, but it looks like identifying numbers: L021300...could be several years old.
Color is golden with small beige head...lots of floaties as the bottle gets moved around.
Aroma of sweet malts, powder sugar, fresh baked bread.
Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of floral hops, candy sugar, coriander, grassy hops, light pepper and herbs, some astringency. While this bottle is, I'm guessing, a tad past prime it's nonetheless very tasty, and my numerous experiences with this beer fresh and aged have always been positive. Very flavorful, full bodied, complex and satisfying.

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Photo of IPA35
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Delirium Café.

I remember this was a really nice beer, light fruits, sweet but still pretty dry.
A nice and even slightly refreshing beer that goes down easily but at 10% this is not a weak beer. Hides the alcohol really well by the way.

I let a few girls try it, who were drinking cocktails and they all liked it.

No elaborate review this time as I already had some beers and I was with friends but I will certainly but it and replace this temporal review.

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Photo of cavedave
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge white head atop a golden/straw colored lightly cloudy beer. Lively carbonation activity.

Just a hint of skunk to the aroma, but it is far overshadowed by delicious notes of hay and funk, pepper, cloves, grainy malt sweet, and a tart fruitiness.

Full flavored zing of spice and tart, light funk joins the sip, some of that nondescript fruity flavor also. Sip ends with the spice and sweet getting some righteous herb and flowers into it, a bit of earth and bitter, and it is nicely dry.

Bright in the mouth, clean, sorta thick and highly carb. for style, but it works well to showcase the flavors. The linger is just right.

Wonderful saison, certain to please those who like spice forward and lightly funky, certain to disappoint those looking for the crazy funk or the extreme tart characters of some saison yeasts.

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Photo of rand
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013, 750 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass

Opened the bottle and reviewed 09/24/14, although I originally rated this a year and a half ago (I think this was one of my first "hads" as we used to call them).

A: Orange-tan in color, opaque with a fair amount of suspended yeast. A gentle pour produces a huge fluffy head that recedes more rapidly than expected, leaving only a few patches of lacing.

S: Incredible nose. A perfect potpourri of funky, grassy notes balanced against honey sweetness, snappy hop essence and alcohol. These flavors resonate. Notes of lemon-pepper are distinct, showcased against a biscuity background. Citrus pith and oak linger at the edge of the bouquet.

T: The tastes largely follow, although it's more sweet than funky, presumably from a year in the cellar. It's a nice sweetness as well, like honey in a tropical fruit salad. Notes of lemon-pepper and coriander break things up toward the back of the palate, as the brew closes with a medium finish, while dry, grassy notes linger.

M: Frothy enough to keep things lively on the palate, although this is more heavy-bodied than some of it's contemporaries.

I know a number of beer geeks around San Diego that put this into their top-5 brews. It deserves any hype it receives...in the 40-some years since this has been produced it tastes like the brewers have taken the potentially disparate flavors of a saison and arranged them perfectly, making this as quaffable as they come.

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Photo of magine
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow orange; tons of bubbles and a massive near white head. Head is tremendous looking. Incredible head retention and lacing. The head and lace is massive. Really is a tremendous looking brew and is among the best looking brews I have ever seen. Wow.

Brew smells of spice; yeasts and coriander lemon zest. Good nose.

Brew is spiced; citrus, lemon - zesty. A good brew just a bit too spiced. It could use more yeast which would add to the body and mouthfeel. The brew is spiced from start to finish. Cant tell it has high abv, somewhere between a triple and a saison. Good tastes, just could have been something way more. Good.

This is one of the best looking brews you will have. It doesnt quite hit on the taste though. But it is very good.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 750 ml bottle. “112006” is printed on the front label but I have no clue if it is a bottling date or not. Also, “2.011” is printed on the cork.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass. The color is hazy gold. Two fingers of white, fluffy head left a bubbly skim and thick ring around the edge.

Smell: Appealing farmhouse funk mixed with hayloft. Apple cider, clove spice. The farmhouse/Brett funk is tame compared to other saisons. Pepper spice gives it a little kick, and there are also hints of lemon and bubblegum.

Taste: Light, effervescent mouthfeel. The taste offers a nice kick of spice upfront; mostly pepper, but I want to say cloves are there, too. The Brett funk is present but is tame as in the smell. It is not as fruity as the aroma; no apple, really — at least it is not as prominent. No bubblegum, either. Mostly spice and a little lemon. The funkiness comes on as the beer warms. The booze is noticeable but not overpowering. It offers a nice warming sensation.

Drinkability: Pretty good stuff, though the taste disappoints. I think I would much rather drink this during the summer than the holiday season, though.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a hazy pale straw color. A thick over four fingers worth of mouse like snow white foam on top. Excellent retention a is slowly fades leaving webs of lacing against the glass.

S - the nose is crisp and bright. Lots of intense citrus notes mostly bitter orange peel, sweet orange pulp and lemon zest. Sweet yeasty bready notes and hints of ripe banana peel. Notes of hay and dewy grass underneath.

T - plesant mix of dough and toast up front. Bright fruit esters enter quickly. Lots of banana peel and pulpy orange. Most citrus character lies mid palate with more instense bitter orange peel and acidic lemon pith. Tartness is a strong undercurrent to this ale which intesifies and lingers long after the finish.

M - medium bodied with a slightly watery texture. Very high carbonation but still within the realm for the style.

O - one of my favorite holdiay beers and one of the best saison style ales. One everyone should try.

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Photo of Boto
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Monks: This one pours a hazy orangish color. There was almost no head and no lacing. The nose is very nice. Many varied fruits coming through, but no real sweetness. Actually a hint of sourness to the fruits. The taste is very good. Some dryness and bitterness, and a hint of sourness also. Subtle fruits, hints of spices. Exceptionally smooth . Very nice!

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Photo of kojevergas
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of babayaga
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip. 9.5% ABV.

Appearance- Huge white billowy head, hazy golden body. Little lacing.

Aroma- Belgian yeast smells, big clove, some flowers, light banana. A slight spiciness.

Flavor-Lightly bitter, some alcohol (expected for a 9.5%), relatively dry. Lemon?

Mouthfeel- Huge carbonation, medium body. Creamy.

Great big saison which my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed. I honestly prefer the "standard," but this was very nice.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at the Independent. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Nice, hazy gold with a big white head and lots of visible carbonation.

S: Big Belgian yeast (apples, pears, a bit of banana), some bready malt, and some background spices that I can't quite name.

T: Follows the nose well. Fruity esters as on the nose, a bit of barnyard funk, and maybe the spices are clove or allspice? They are fairly restrained anyway.

M: Light body but average for style. Good, almost champagne-like carbonation, and alcohol is well-hidden.

O: A good saison, but honestly I think I would prefer their base saison to this one. I would have another if I found it somewhere.

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

On tap in heaven...er...the Kulminator.

Comes to me with a thick white foam on top of a hazy golden body.

Smells of lemon, grass, and gets a little orangey and tropical fruity. Alcohol and spice..

Tastes of lemon, spice, grass and a slight souring and bitterness.

Smooth and easier carbonation than I've come across in other saisons. Still has a little bite.

Excellent!

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

From a 750 ml bottle (2012 on the cork) into a wine glass.

A-A normal pour produced a huge (three-plus fingers) head of white foam. The head stuck around for quite a while and left nice chunks of lace on the glass. The brew was murky and light orange and yellow in color.

S-The smell was a spicy mixture of straw, lemon, a bit of bread crust, and some light fruit. Not terribly funky. Little whiff of booze heat, too.

T-The taste tracked the smell pretty closely with a mostly dry, mildly floral spice mixture being predominant. There was also some lemon, some straw, and just a touch of light, sweet banana flavor on the mid-palate. Alcohol was noticeable, but not intrusive.

M-Feel was light to medium in body with a fair of fine, prickly carbonation.

O-All in all, this was an enjoyable saison, and one that I did not feel out of place drinking in December in the mountains. (I'm typically a very seasonal drinker, so saisons are not my go-to in the winter). I'm not sure if it was that much better or worse than a regular Dupont, but it was slightly different, so points for that. I could see this pairing nicely with turkey and stuffing.

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

I picked up this bottle at the store about a week ago, and I couldn't wait to open this up.

When I initially opened the bottle I smelled pineapple, then the foam started rising up the neck. I poured this into a chalice style glass, and I got a ton of head from the initial pour.

This is a very good smelling beer. I get more of the pineapple and apple from the nose.

The body light and tasty. The belgian impact is very present. This is a fruity, yeasty offering.

I recommend picking this up and opening it immediately. After all, you can't wait very long with a green bottle.

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Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.