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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,065 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,065
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 76
Gots: 73 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002)
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Photo of scottyg354
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

scottyg354, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of CelticAleMan
4/5  rDev -4.1%

CelticAleMan, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of eroc360
5/5  rDev +19.9%

eroc360, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of jdavin
2.5/5  rDev -40%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

Skunked. From here on I'm going to stop buying beers from Brasserie Dupont, unless they're on tap at a local pub. Dupont bottles their beers in green glass bottles, which are well known to transmit higher levels of light wavelengths that cause light-struck or "skunked" beer (often associated with Heineken, another green bottled beer).

This beer, and most other bottles I've bought from Dupont have been skunked. It doesn't matter if you got it from the best bottle shop in the country, since they're travelling all the way from Belgium through a distributor in NY it's almost inevitable that they'll be exposed to light along the way.

It's a great mystery why Dupont persists in bottling their beer in green bottles. The only reason for a brewery to due that is if they care more about tradition than about quality.

On tap, Dupont's beers are excellent. In bottle, they can still be decent but not worth the $10+ to enjoy a tarnished defective beer.

jdavin, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of FortSmithHops
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ryan Feero wrote this review with collective input from Aaron Mastropaolo on behalf of Fort Smith Hops for the honorable Arkansas Beer Blog. Cheers!

In 1970, as a special treat for the loyal beer lovers of Tourpes, Belgium, the historic La Brasserie Dupont farm-based brewery crafted a marvelous saison style beer. Prophetically inscribed upon the bottle a French phase, “Avec les bons Vœux de la brasserie Dupont” greets its recipients with warming best wishes for the New Year. This friendly warmth is carried on through the winter brewing months in order to bring beneficiaries into a bright new summer or harvest. Bons Vœux falls delicately into the reemerging saison/farmhouse ale category with an exceptional 94 score from Beeradvocate. As 2011 comes to an end there is no better way to bring in the new year than with a perfectly poured Bons Vœux. A votre santé!

The pour is a cloudy gold and orange blend that yielded a popping 1 and ½ finger head. The fluffy white crown subsided somewhat quickly like the anticipated ball drop at Times square. Surprisingly minimal lacing remained, and the initial effervescent nature of the pour quickly diminishes to medium carbonation.

The nose brought forth an immediate burst of lemon zest and fruity bubblegum followed by a delicate apple pie nuance. At the onset of the pour, the presences of floral and earthy hops were spotted until the head receded. Another whiff brings a beautifully balanced malt medley dancing to an ode to orange! Suddenly a familiar aroma of tantalizing cloves enters the scene to remind you of the spice blended saison style.

Disclaimer: This is truly the first farmhouse ale type beer that either taster has tried; therefore, we are slightly unable to pinpoint the usual “funk” or hay taste that might be associated with this style. Now shut-up and read about how good this stuff tasted.

A hearty mouthful of Bons Vœux overtakes the senses and seeks to confuse with complex subtleties of citrus fruit, balanced malts, low hoppiness, and a peppery finish. The 9.5% alcohol content is a misnomer as you notice how perfectly smooth this beer washes the palate without burning. A lingering apple tart flavor and fruity acidics seem to compliment the clove in masking any unwanted alcohol harshness. The mouthfeel emerges as light to medium bodied with superb drinkability.

Drinking Dupont’s saison style Bons Vœux is guaranteed to bring best wishes to you and all you share it with! Available in a 750ML bottle, there is plenty to pour in a few glasses; however, you will be tempted to keep it all to yourself. Hell, there’s always next year for sharing!

FortSmithHops, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of VikeMan
4/5  rDev -4.1%

VikeMan, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage, 750ml poured into a tall tulip

A: Pours a brilliantly clear golden color with three fingers of long lasting, fluffy head. Amazing retention and lacing. Perfect.

S: Musty funk mixing with a nice citrus quality to produce a very refreshing, yet complex aroma. Spices eventually come in after the intense funk and citrus to add even more complexity. Nutmeg and peppercorn are most prominent for spices reminding me of a nice Belgian Quad.

T: Spices take center stage here, again reminiscent of a Quad. Nutmeg and peppercorn are upfront, now with some clove i didn't detect in the aroma. A nice citrus aspect comes in after that, finishing with a musty funk.

M: Medium thickness with very high carbonation. Great for the style.

O: Very, very impressive. Such a complex beer with so much going on, but in a fairly easy to drink beer. I could use a touch more of the citrus I originally got in the aroma, but I'm splitting hairs.

coreyfmcdonald, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of jbweld
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

jbweld, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle (L112008 13:43) poured into a Hennepin glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden color w/ a creamy white head & bright, effervescent carbonation. A beautiful beer to behold.

Aroma is wonderful saison spice, lemon, and Belgian yeast. Simple, clean, elegant. Some floral & herbal notes emerge as it warms.

Taste is peppery, citrusy & a little tart/funky. Grassy. Carbonation provides a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and a crisp, clean finish.

Overall, another world-class saison from Brasserie Dupont.

draheim, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Pdrufo
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Pdrufo, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The caged and corked bottle is always a little imposing isn't it? I poured this one into a tulip.

Appearance- The head froths to three-fingers. It is very pillowy with nice mounds of bubbles in the white cap. As the head recedes it leaves behind chunky, spidery lace.

The body is a cloudy, bright gold.

Smell- Ah that sweet, funky yeast. How one craves that smell. And this saison is full of it. There is a real citrus quality to the nose, lemon mainly. There is some hay, sweet corn, and apple as well.

Taste- There is some coriander and clove that comes through. More of the funky yeast lasts long into the finish. Citrus is not as big here. It still has that grassy, hay flavor to it.

The finish also has some of that sweet corn taste. It is pretty complex.

Mouth feel- It is medium bodied and rather watery. It is not really lifting the drink off the tongue. Where I think saisons should be a little more crisp like a cider.

Overall- It is a very respectable saison.I would have liked more going on on the palate that wasn't just so straightforward yeast character. More fruits or grain, something. The feel is also a little off. I would certainly have it again.

Pintofbrown, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of groetman
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

groetman, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of jamesgaither
4/5  rDev -4.1%

jamesgaither, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a golden yellow with some haziness. Its well carbonated and has a tall massive foam cap thats quite dense, but leaves littt]le lacing. Aroma is funky laced with pale malts yeast and earth. Taste was similar to a tripel in that it was semi-dry and spicey but also had some saison aspects like corrinder and lemon juice. Thin on the paleete. Not a lack of alcohol i can detect. It's almost ten, thats pretty good. All in all not bad, I would need to drink a few more ( on different occasions) to settle into it.

micromaniac129, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

GreenMountainBoy, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of StonePhil
5/5  rDev +19.9%

StonePhil, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of twelveinches
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

twelveinches, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Elfastball7, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of mjryan
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yikes. Drinking this from draught has I type. Never had this beer before. The standard saison from Dupont is one of my all time favorite beers and this "super" version is not disappointing. Hazy blonde with much head. Aromas of lemons, honey and faint bananas. Tastes amazing! Super saison indeed. Big citrus zest and sourdough flavours. Hoppier than I was expecting which is fine by me. Finishes slightly sweet for a saison, but is rather dry considering it's 9.5% abv. Yeah, good stuff.

mjryan, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Levich
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a honey amber color with a frothy head that settles to about 1 cm. Slight lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is spicy with faint hints of apricot and peach.

This is a dry Saison with no sourness. It has a spicy alcohol taste with herbal undertones and finishes with a slight hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light. It erupts into a foam at first, but as you drink, the foam explosion dissipates.

Overall, a good strong Saison.

Levich, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of their Jingle Bell Jubilee.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a 1/2 inch white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is somewhat subtle with grains, spices, and some fruity aromas. Taste is of grains, spices, and fruity grape-like flavors. This beer has a crisp mouthfeel with a slightly acidic quality to it. Overall, this is a good saison with some nice spice and fruit aspects.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of lawlerj
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a New Belgium Globe glass.

A - pours a slightly hazy light amber w/ a frothy off white head that dissipates relatively quickly.

S - fruity and funky; not much in the way of hop character. A bit of lemony aroma.

T - follows the nose, but with a stronger funk presence. Funky up front and then smoothes out into the Belgian yeast and fruit notes.

M - medium bodied, not overwhelming, nice carbonation.

O - overall, a very nice brew, and very glad that I got to try it. Had at a special tasting at Brix wine and beer store in Omaha. Cheers!

lawlerj, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of jonetone
4/5  rDev -4.1%

jonetone, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of tjseveryday
5/5  rDev +19.9%

tjseveryday, Dec 08, 2011
Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,065 ratings.