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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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1,054 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,054
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 76
Gots: 72 | FT: 3
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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 Minotaur
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour into a goblet is a cloudy orange-gold with a two finger head that is thick and luxurious. It sustains a fingerprint for a few moments. It has a low retention but a cloudy cover atop the light honey-colored brew and good amount of amount of thick lacing. The beer has significant effervescent through the hazy light amber.

The aroma is lemony-bitter orange with a peppery and slightly mineral aspect. The taste is light, spicy bread-yeast and a bit of sour fruit (pear/apple). it is very dry vaguely herbal; coriander, bright mustard, and thyme. A slight wild funkiness.

The taste is faintly sweet with honey. It is predominantly dry (very dry mead or cider like) with hop sourness and bite. The malts and sugars while not dominant balance out the tangy bitters. The finish is sour pear with a peppery spark at the back of the throat. The Alcohol presence blends well with other flavors. The wild yeast funkiness is very mild and not interfering with other taste elements.

An attractive mouth feel that is thick but not oppressive. It isn't as airy as the light farmhouse style taste normally accounts for, but also not deadening. The constant carbonation is filling and satisfying in the mouth.

It is significantly drinkable: extremely harmonized in taste, persistent aroma and mouth feel despite the strong individual elements. Smooth and strong.

It is marked as a special farmhouse/saison by the added spice and heavier elements. It is less of the aromatic "holiday" ale and more of a heavier winter brew; a substantial warming ale on cold nights.

Minotaur, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of markaberrant
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - huge carbonation, hard to pour, fizzing all over, hazy glowing gold, giant fluffy white head

S - spicy/earthy hops, alcohol, light pepper, pear, not much sweetness

T - not bone dry, but nice and lean with a barely perceptible sweetness, more of that spicy/earthy hop, fairly bold, but not like american hops, bitterness is not huge either despite the hop flavour, prominent alcohol,

M - high carbonation and light body yields a light, airy sensation, alcohol is very smooth and drying in the finish

D - an excellent strong pale belgian, but the hugeness takes away a lot of that saison refreshing character

I wish I could do a side by side by side of saison dupont, moinette blond and this. It's certainly a great beer, but I think I prefer the others more (edit: just went back and checked my reviews - I gave this 4.15, the other 2 both scored 4.3). I'm not sure that the extra alcohol in this one really improves things all that much, I think this style works better with lower alcohol and/or some funk.

markaberrant, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into Corsendonk chalice jan3 2010

A golden yellow almost looks like apple juice if it weren't for all the suspended particles hanging around. pours half a glass of fluffy head that has great retention slowly falling to an island leaving big chunks of lace

S tropical fruit with some funky yeast and just a little booze

T a little bit spicy to go along with citrus fruit and the funk is working well for it. the booze is well concealed but still noticeable

M very light in the mouth it almost turns to foam, I'm wishing it was a little less carbonated but not bad

D for 9.5% it's pretty easy to down if you ask me, I could see myself drinking this again in the future

this is a great beer and worth trying without doubt. this is one of the better saison's I've had and I plan on trying many more, I like this style of beer and you should too

wordemupg, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The bitter flavor, slightly acid or lemon. The palate is light, spicy, it is also full, sweet and soft as velvet. It is well hopped, sometimes a little too, well levurée and finish, light enough, and is spiced with a good bitterness. This is probably one of the best balanced beers in the world but it fails to take off beyond the balance outstanding and offer something unique.

ThaCreep, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft and served in a tulip. (from notes.)

A: Large, frothy white head. The body is a light yellowy-orange hue, hazy and lightly cloudy. Decent lacing. This beer looks good in a glass.

S: Light to average malt backbone of hay or straw. I can never really tell the difference between the two. Maybe a I need to spend some time on a farm? Light hops with floral and perfume fragrance. The yeast contributes some sweaty, horse blanket funkiness. Tantalizinig. Seriously.

T: Fruity esters comprised of peach and pear, cherry and berries. Also some spicey and peppery notes. Great balance of flavors with decent duration. A little acidic and just a little more than sweet. The aromas (above) come through on the palate as well.

M: Medium body. Amazing creamy texture (somehow despite the acidity). Carbonation is average.

D: If prompted, I would have an affair with it.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Beer Engine on Christmas day!

A 12oz pour in a goblet. Straw colored with eggshell head.

Smells of yeast and mild barnyard.

Taste is amazing. This is my favorite saison, and it's a well-deserved title due to the mix of sweet, funky, spicy, and fruity. Barnyard funk mixes with sweet malt, yeast esters, and sweet fruit. So deep and perfect. The pinnacle of barnyard flavor.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Obviously a strong beer like this needs to have some weight, but this has a dense but so smooth body with great carb that makes it seem light and uplifting. Excellent beer that is a pleasure to drink for a seasoned brett vet, but could be a tad overwhelming for the non-initiated.

jampics2, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of MeisterBurger
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cork pops out of the bottle like this beer has somewhere to go. A very lively, highly carbonated pour leads to a clear, golden color topped by an astoundingly large bubbled, billowy, creamy head that retains almost too well.

And the aroma...aaahhh, the aroma. Nice and fruity. Citrusy lemon and fresh cut pear with the carbonation is high, sweet honey and toffee once things die down. Wheat and spice. Really just bright and inviting.

The taste is fruit (apples, pears, lemon) and Belgian funk supported by a gentle honied pale malt underneath. Nice, dry, bitter finish with some good pepper and coriander in the aftertaste. Nice yeastiness throughout. Slightly warming alcohol. Just incredible.

Medium bodied, creamy, with high carbonation that keeps things light and fresh on the palate.

Incredibly drinkable. Refreshing. Which is all a bit of a danger at 9,5% vol.

And yeah. In short, I would drink this again quite happily...

...but I'd be thinking of Saison Dupont.

(With thanks to stagger yet again for hooking me up.)

MeisterBurger, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a Nonic pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. The 2009 bottling.

Appearance: The beer pours out a slightly hazy honey gold color with a 2" thick creamy, frothy white head which leaves rings and patches of lacing clinging to the glass. Later on during the beer sipping continues to leave patches of foam sticking to the glass. Even to the end of the beer there is a layer of foam on the liquid and patches, speckles and legs of lacing rings and speckles and legs of foam and lacing on the sides of the glass

Smell: The aroma invades the room even as the bottle is opened. It has a yeasty, grassy, slightly sharp and spicy (coriander and pepper) character. There is also some citrus, pale malt and slightly earthy character here.

Taste: The several flavors come and go on this one. There is fruitiness, with hints of apple and lemon zest (and maybe even a touch of orange zest) and some light honeyed sweetness. There is spiciness with some elements like coriander and pepper. In the background there is pale malt and some grassy traces. While there is a touch of alcohol it is not easy to detect.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel on this one is light bodied and very smooth with excellent prickly carbonation. The medium length finish starts in the fruity sweetness and ends in a crisp dry tart bitterness.

Drinkability: This beer is a "poster child" for drinkability. It is a wonderful beer with incredible complexity and subtlety. There are so many flavors bouncing in and out of this one and the sweetness and the tartness blend and play and dance around and around in a way that almost leaves the head spinning. Oh wait... Maybe that's the high ABV that sneaks up on you. A dangerously drinkable beer in that it would be very easy to consume too much of this one. However, I'm also sure I'll be having more of this one, both to finish off this bottle and to drink again in the future.

drtth, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked Burgundian green bottle.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow hue, with a bit of dusty sediment swirling throughout, and a looming tower of egregiously puffy, thinly foamy, and yet eventually Dairy Queen creamy off-white head, which takes a long while to fall away, leaving a sparse smattering of specked remote islet lace around the glass in the process.

It smells of gritty pale malt, a touch of sourdough, white and black aerosol pepper, earthy, somewhat green yeast, lemon zest, apple skins, a touch of musty funk, and grassy, weedy hops. The taste is fairly tart up front, the domestic orchard fruitiness seemingly possessing more of an unripe quality, with a base grainy, slightly bready pale maltiness, middling spicy, subtlety funky yeast, and mild leafy, earthy, and fruity hops. A lurking booze character contributes a slight metallic edge, which is mostly obfuscated by the pervasive tartness, but still provides an overall warmth.

The carbonation is a bit highbrow in terms of my palate's expectations at first, but settles soon enough to a pleasant hum, the body a genial medium weight, still quite fruity, a tad yeasty in its workaday smoothness, and with a further mouth-filling, airy creaminess. It finishes barely off-dry, the yeast, fruit, pale malt, and burgeoning alcohol heat hardly rewriting this particular landscape.

When I first squeezed out the cork, the initial whiff I took in sure smelled more or less like a skunky Euro-lager - weird, I know. As things duly progressed, the fuller, more enjoyable fruit and yeast ester components came round to bear. Ergo, a nice, if a bit challenging, 'embiggened' (OK, boozy) saison, but hey, if you got it, flaunt it, I say.

biboergosum, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of elricorico
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

elricorico, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of jdense
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at 2009 HAF.

Golden ale, one finger rocky white head, slow dissipation with significant lacing. A truly beautiful beer. Cardamon and orange peel in the nose, a bit lemony. Same taste profile as the nose. A tad bit of funk, horseblanket in the hose. Real dry attenuation and finish from the distinctive Dupont yeast. Certainly a bit more of an alcohol hit than 'regular' Dupont, but, heh, it's Christmas. A world classic.

jdense, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very pleasing draft saison, hefty and equally refreshing with a pungent and estery profile.

Presentation: 12 oz draft serving. Menu offers a brief and fairly accurate description. Notes Alc. by Vol. (9.5%) Served in a convex shaped glass.

A - Deep gold to pale ale pour with a good is short head (served touching the rim), good retention and lacing.

S - Fruity and pungent nose, grassy notes and a bit of spice.

T - Sour-tart and spicy notes with a fruity malty range over a bitter grassy range.

M - Medium to light body with good carbonation.

D - Very quaffable, integrating the alcohol very well.

Notes: Very rich and pleasing draft offering. I look forward to the chance to test it bottled in the future.

Daniellobo, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of tpd975
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's.

A: Pours a light hazy yellow hue with a nice solid white head. Nice retention with very light lace.

S: Lots of nice sweet fresh orange juice. Hints of wet hay, and spiced cooked pears. Subtle notes of clove and cinnamon.

T: Very tasty. Lots of stewed pairs. Strong spiced notes with subtle breadiness. Mildly earthy with just a hint of funky tartness.

M: Medium in body, good carbonation.

D: Very good, one I could have several of... If Fou Foune was not on tap. Bartender another Fou Foune Please!!!

tpd975, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of dgilks
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gold with light haze and some visible yeast. Big, rocky white head with great retention. Visible effervescence.

Big fruity aromas. Starts off with banana and green apple. Hint of citrus. A touch of spiciness (not sure if it was yeast based or hop driven). Low diacetyl. Good but marked down due to diacetyl.

Well balanced with moderate malts playing against strong yeast esters and a light but decisive hop bitterness. Not much tartness really going on. Medium-dry finish, a bit peppery in terms of flavour. Very well integrated alcohol. Good aftertaste. Diacetyl builds in presence as the beer warms.

Medium-full body with moderately high carbonation. Warming alcohol. Not as refreshing as it could be but not entirely unexpected due to the high alcohol content.

A good beer but it doesn't strike me as the perfect Saison. Nonetheless, a tasty beer with plenty of nice flavour which is the the general mould of a Saison. Well structured and worth a try.

dgilks, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of MCDuhamel
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

MCDuhamel, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

75cl bottle from '09. Pours a hazy, ruddy gold with a large white head. Nice staying power. Smells incredibly yeasty and slightly sweet, with a lot of bubblegum. Slight tanginess. Definite grassy hops in the background. The initial taste is quite bitter, again with a lot of strong, aromatic hop character. Very sweet later, with a lot of malt/candi sugar coming through. Again, plenty of the trademark Dupont yeast. Slightly boozy, warming finish. Lingering notes both sweet and bitter, which isn't very pleasant. Medium body. Not terrible, but it doesn't hold a candle to Saison Dupont. What's the point?

philipquarles, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gushing head on top of a clear gold body with lace patches down the glass. A floral bouquet with citric and grapefruit aromas long with some spices. A very smooth beer that finishes easy with mild citric and tropical fruit flavors along with minor sweet malts and some sharp clove and pepper spices all balanced together. Finishes dry and crisp and is a sessionable and good saison to drink.

clayrock81, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of bulletrain76
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle. Hazy gold with a big, lasting white head. The aroma is just beautiful beer: hoppy, bready, malty, yeasty, spicy, fruity... The flavor is somewhat sweet and bready to begin, jammy in the middle, and then dry and lightly alcoholic, with bitter hops that leave an orange and spice flavor. The body is medium with ambitious bubbles. Almost brings in a tripel cameo before being firmly Dupont. Great stuff

bulletrain76, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of Spiderhouse
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A--Apricot colored, completely opaque, 1 finger of creamy head with great retention.

S--Doughy, funky, a noticeable lack of spice. Not much in the way of fruit.

T--Creamy citrus mixed with spicy undertones, particularly cumin. Funky too.

M--Heavy, creamy, nice carbonation. Looong finish.

D--Very drinkable. Light and refreshing, and cloaks its big ABV well. A great saison.

Served in a brand chalice at Lucky Baldwin's, Pasadena, CA

Spiderhouse, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of stagger
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice saison, although with a too-bitter finish for my liking. Still, I buy it regularly and count my self lucky to be able to.

First pour is MASSIVE head: like 3-to-1 head-to-liquid ratio. And lacing? The word doesn't describe it: it's more like the ice-cream foam on a rootbeer float. It won't go away, so you just have to drink through it.

Taste is sweet and spicy upfront giving way to an estery middle and a bitter, almost astringent finish, an almost Aspirin taste. Complicated and enjoyable enough to keep you coming back for more, at a dangerous rate (watch the ABV!). Just funky enough for a white boy who likes James Brown.

stagger, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A medium yellow, strong straw colored beer forms a rocky, stark white head that persists beyond the session and laces wonderfully all the way. Only a mild haze keeps it from brilliant clarity. Strong efforvescence gives a lot of life to the beer and tickles the nose as the first sip is taken.

The beer begins with large fruitiness (lemons, apples, white grapes, oranges, pineapple, and mangos) and sweet pilsner malts (bready and fresh). A light tartness and sweaty note blends wonderfully into a spicy, peppery, earthy taste that increases in hop flavor, bitterness, and earthiness as the beer fades into the finish. Spicy phenols give hints of cumin and white pepper while the alcohols add power to the warm alcohols and amplify the bite of hops.

Delightfully sweet and full up front, largely because of the full carbonaiton that lifts the beer from the tongue. The fizz gives a medium prickle to the mouth and helps to dry the beer in the end. Though dry in the finish, the beer's fruity and sweet memory returns in the aftertaste and never interferes with the spicy and dry finish.

It's great to see how these classic Saisons give a clean spiciness and fruitiness while retaining a dryness from mid-palate on. With just enough musty Belgian character to create intrigue without dominating the subtle yeast character is what separates these from immitators.

Thanks jnn4v!

BEERchitect, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of scootny
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge head with an complimentary amount of lace. The brew itself is a cloudy orange amber with a bit of carbonation visible.

Smell so delicious. Saison Funk. Caramel malts underpin a deep fruity blend of apples, pears and light banana. A touch of breadiness. A bit of alcohol and firm floral hops to complete the bouquet.

Taste is much like the nose with a somewhat stronger alcohol presence. The light breadiness bigger with a warm biscuit note especially in the finish. Hops are like a lite Belgian IPA. In fact, given how long it has been around this one could be seen as a precursor to the Belgian IPA. Finish is hoppy and dry with a lingering citrus edge, alcohol, and graham crackers.

Feel is medium light and gently carbonated. Very smooth with a quenching edge.

Super easy to drink this one in spite of the abv. While the slight booziness peeks out at times it is so well integrated that you never feel you are in danger until you start to feel it. Nice stuff!

scootny, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 bottle.
Pours a translucent bright gold in color. Frothy foamy head sitting atop the beer. Some yeasty chunks floating around in the beer.
Smell is surprisingly funky. Good amount of funk and just a hint of sourness.
Taste is belgian yeast, good natural funk. Very full and creamy on the mouthfeel. Very high amount of carbonation. Could use a little less carbonation and the mouthfeel would be great.
Good beer

FtownThrowDown, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of mvasilis
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from the systemet in sweden.

A: When opend the beer foams over, a lot of CO2... The liquid is light-yellow with jeast. A big foam head that quite fast goes away.

S: Dry smell, pretty fruity ond spicy, a hint of orange maybe? And some alchol in the finish.

T: The taste is not as dry as the smell, well balanced spicy taste, a little peppery with a hint of orange and alcohol.

M: CO2 goes away fast, quite creamy, a good drink...

mvasilis, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of YankChef
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into watou goblet

appearance: nice golden burnt orange color with an aggressively pillowy head and carbonation, after poured the bubbles arent terribly aggressive, nice thick sticky lacing

smell: some lemon citric notes as well as some sour and funk that farmhouse yeast i suppose

taste: Very complex flavors going on here , citric sour, yeasty bready and on the long linger finish there is some citrus, their is also a pretty strong bitterness which caught me off gaurd tastes almost tannic which is interesting. Alcohol is evident but not strong, i have tasted lower abv beers that had stronger alcohol flavor than this

overall: An interesting beer with a lot of complex flavors, i dont think its one of my favorites since i llike the more sour stuff but certainly enjoyable, plus im drinking it in the summer and its meant to be drank in the early winter, that bitter tannic finish brings the drinkability way down for me

YankChef, Aug 18, 2009
Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,054 ratings.