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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 1,174
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 85
Gots: 108 | FT: 3
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Belgium

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 eric5bellies
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy honeycomb colour. A very large frothy head just sits there and does not budge.

S - Plenty of citrus and yeast and a little grassy aromas present.

T - Plenty of spice and citrus going on and a nice boozy flavout too, that is not overwhelming.

M - Medium to full body with minimal carbonation.

D - Probably the best Saison I habve had to date with the exception of Fantome

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a yellow / orange hue and rather hazy. Barely detectable through the haze, I can see pockets of bubbles rising to the surface. The head is a gargantuan cumulus cloud that consumes the top half of the tulip glass, leaving copious amounts of sticky lacing throughout the glass.

S: Citrus and yeast are the dominant scents, with additional notes of spices, grass, lemon zest, and alcohol.

T: The flavor is very pleasant, with everything balanced quite well. Initially, the beer is so smooth on the palate, it's a bit surprising. A touch of heat from the alcohol offers a bit of oomph in the finish, but I don't find it unpleasant. The abv is pushing double digits, after all. Citrus comes through prominently, but the yeast character is far more present in the aroma than in the flavor.

M: Medium-full bodied with an alcohol presence in the finish. The alcoholic presence gains a little speed as I delve deeper into the bottle. Avec Les Bon Voeux has a lingering aftertaste of citrus fruits and grass soaked in alcohol.

D: A terrific saison from a great brewery. Recommended.

Photo of kellertrumpet
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very cloudy golden orange with dark yeast particulate and a huge slightly off-white head.

What a great smelling beer. Tons of great yeasty esters with some fruity notes and a bit of cinnamon.

Very nice mouthfeel after the carbonation subsides. It was a bit overwhelming at first but after a minute or two it is less aggressive.

I could drink a few of these 750's all by myself. There is so much going on that I keep finding different nuances with each sip. Beautiful esters hinting at pear and Macintosh apple. This is quickly washed over by spices of cinnamon and maybe some nutmeg. All of which is balanced by a nice sweetness that is far from cloying. My favorite part is the horse blanket funkiness from the yeast and the nice warming alcohol. The alcohol certainly does not detract from the experience but it can definitely be accounted for.

Why bother with champagne when you can drink this? One of my ultimate favorites.

Photo of russwbeck
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy yellow pour with a nice thick white head. The head lasts forever and laces beautifully.

S: Bananas up front for me, only a hint of funk, and some spices as well. Very good smelling beer.

T: Cloves, bananas, spices, and a bit of funk. A bit bitter and hoppy up front. Honestly reminds me of a tripel, and has a nice bitter finish. Only a hint of the alcohol.

MF: Light and bubbly, very refreshing.

D: Very high. Alcohol is masked very well and the taste is delicious.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Crisp golden honey with a large, light, foamy, bubbly, fluffy, soapy, white head. Great retention with a definite stickiness. Nice thick, bubbly lace left.

S - Very strong and complex aroma. Strong hay/straw aroma, not strong in the funk, but it has some that gives it a nice barnyard like aroma. Some orchard fruit in the aroma as well along with a hint of spice. Best description would be a barnyard with only a slight funk.

T - Stronger bitter, spice, and funk than the nose suggested. Starts out with a bitter, grassy hop flavor. This quickly goes to the hay/straw flavor with some funk and a lot more spice, especially pepper. Toward the finish, some tart orchard fruit makes an appearance. Slight alcohol warming. Tartness comes out stronger on the finish and lingers.

M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Very zesty feel with a drying finish.

D - Very easy to drink, especially given the ABV. Definitely has a tart and bitter taste that might slow down drinking just a little bit. Crisp, zesty feel is great for the saison and compliments the flavor.

Notes: Really nice saison. I think the overly strong tart and bitterness combined with the high ABV provide the slight downfall for this beer. It is incredibly refreshing, zesty, and lively beer to drink. Really good saison that has a slight funky flavor. Nice mix of complex flavors.

Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Monk, in Buffalo.

This saison resembles something from ancient Egypt, like one of those fossilized amber amulets (and indeed looks like something a king might be buried with!) It is perfectly clear, but I don't recommend looking directly at it considering how bright and strong its glow. Its head is... Wait, no head? What? But this is supposed to be one of the archetypal examples of its style - how can it have no head?

This thing is as stinky as the kid in gym class who has yet to discover deodorant. Fortunately, it stinks in a good way. To the uninitiated, the term 'barnyard funk' might not mean anything; for those familiar with the distinguishing Dupont yeast, you'll recognize the straw- and hay-like features, the honeycomb sweetness, peppery spice, marmalade-y citrus and light cider vinegar mustiness and should know exactly what I'm talking about.

Saison Dupont (Vieille Provision) is widely hailed has perhaps *the* classic saison; this offering of the same brewery deviates in more ways than one from traditional guidelines. First, its alcohol is a good two notches and counting above where we generally find it. As result, the carbonation has lot more booze to work its way through and it comes out worse for wear. Upping the gravity has definitely lowered the quaffability and refreshment.

Drinking this beer I feel like I'm dealing with a shifty insurance salesman - I don't really know what I'm being sold until it's too late. What started out a crisp beer with fruity and floral undertones and an aura of hay fields has turned into something of a brute. A sharp vinegar-y note and and unwanted splash of alcohol compromise the beer's effervescence while a thin but sweet maltiness ransacks the subtler nuances, including the spiciness.

I probably represent a minority of one in saying this, but Avec Les Bons Voeux is not my ideal saison. While an interesting offering, the impression I took away from it was that it was too strong and too sweet, and that these two factors threw the whole balance and merit of the style right out of whack. It may be extremely popular with others - and likely for good reason - but it won't be making my picnic basket on a hot summer's day.

Photo of rudzud
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey's yearly Belgian Christmas on 12/15.

A - Nice light golden appearance with a very, very thick two finger head that left MASSIVE side lacing.

S - Wow, huge huge huge brett funk aromas. Getting some light fruit and honey notes as well.

T - Huge brett notes. Funky, light citrus flavours. This is really an amazing saison! Nice and dry finish on the end.

M - Light and creamy with low carbonation thanks to the high ABV. Very smooth saison.

D - Great funk and a really, really enjoyable mouthfeel make this a sessionable strong saison.

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

a: This was a hazy golden/peachy color. It was served to me with a solid, one inch frothy cap.

s: Much more phenolic than I expected with lots of musty bananas wafting out of the glass. I also found some honey, apples, spices, and earthy, leafy hops. The alcohol was fairly well masked.

t: Again with the high dose of phenols, this reminded me of a drier tripel more than a classic saison, which it clearly was not meant to be. Powdery banana flavors dominated, I also tasted peaches, apples, honey, and something almost cola like. The finish was drier with mineral bitterness.

m: This absolutely had the lighter body of a classic saison, pretty impressive given the abv.

d: Maybe bottle conditioning would have helped bring this all together a bit better. I did enjoy it, but not quite as much as I hoped to.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Friend brought this over as a surprise, because it's his dad's favorite beer and he knew I liked beer.

A- Beautiful, fine, creamy white head. Great retention even though the pour wasn't the most aggressive. Perfect mix of yellow and gold. Some dirty brown floaties. Not sure what they are.
They don't bother me but the beer would probably look a lot better without.

S- Right away i thought of a less hoppy Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus. It's yeastier though.

T- Good. Delicious saison with a belgian strong blonde alcohol profile. Not that hoppy but you definitely notice it.
Now i know I'm a little picky, but i wish every beer of this type wouldbe at least as good as this.
This or that could be changed to please me more but overall, this is pretty damn close to perfect.

M- Crisp, smooth, light but full. I'd like it a little foamier but really, this is just right.

D- Terrific. Super tasty. Perfect amount of complexity meaning it's interesting but oh so simple to drink. Goes great with food or alone.

I want this available 24/7. This is the type of stuff which makes me want to be rich... So i can drink it all the time.

Almost all 4.5 on the ratings because its close to perfect. The 0.5 that's missing is only me wanting a few tweaks due to personal preference.

A.4.5

S.4.5

T.4.5

M.4.5

D.5.0

Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful winter saison. Perfect for this frozen New Year's Day. An almost caramel-like sweet base balanced out with a funky tang. Bright (but nowhere near blinding) like the setting sun's reflection off a snowy farm field. Rustic and very welcoming.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First beer of the new year! and with best wishes!
An appropriate new year beer as it is quite champagney in some ways. Be careful with that pour because it will overflow on you. Big, impressive white head, happy funky farmhouse fragrances, some honey in the flavor to go along with big Belgian yeast flavors.
A dangerous 9.5% alcohol given the flavors. I wouldn't have known except for the info on the bottle and the quick warming in my belly.
I hope everyone's new year is as enjoyable as this beer!

Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Mad Fox pint glass. It poured a hazy, pale orange color with a fluffy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Excellent head retention to it as well.

The aroma has a nice mix of Belgian yeast spice and bright citrus flavors to it. A peppery, clove flavor mixes with some orange and lemon citrus. A bit of a fruity, tart, apple flavor is present as well.

The taste starts off rather sweet with some bright citrus flavors to it. Towards the middle I get some bittering hops that help to balance it out. In the finish I get more of the sweetness with that lemon, orange citrus. The Belgian yeast adds a bit of a spicy, fruity presence throughout the flavor.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some very nice flavors to it. All the flavors were pretty well balanced and came together nicely. very nice beer overall.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap tonight at the Sharp Edge

A- Body is a very hazy golden yellow with uniform translucency. Served with a nice 1-2 finger creamy white head and plenty of lacing is left all the way down the glass.

S- Nose is very mild and offers a lot of floral hops and a mild peppery spice. Not really much else as it is kept soft overall.

T- Initial taste has a good amount of spices and a floral hop overtone with a quite mild bready yeast backbone. The spices intensify for the finish and the floral hops bitterness gets moderate to strong and lingers for awhile along with a mild alcohol astringency.

M- Very good overall mild to moderate carbonation and a nice moderate to full light weight bready body.

D- This is a good saison overall- the ABV is well hidden. It has an overall soft, slightly spicy character. I really like this one-but it doesnt rank among my personal top Saisons.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden with a large lasting head.
Aroma shows typical Belgian doughy yeast with related spicy phenols and a little lemon. Very clean, not much noticeable malt.
Similar flavours, with lemon, citrus and some alcohol. Finishes quite dry.
Nice high carbonation and light body - very refreshing.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, earthy and yeasty, with a small spiciness. In the taste, earthy, yeasty, spicy, and almost somewhat funky cheese like. A spice bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry spice and small tart earthiness in the aftertaste. Hides the alcohol and great flavor.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Each year (towards the end) the brewery starts to rack this beer into casks, normally it all goes into 0.75cl bottles.

Pilsner malt, made from twin-stemmed spring barley and hopped with Styrian and Kent Goldings.

Reviewed at the 16th Essen Christmas beer festival 2010.

Blond in colour, slight haze, good head.

Coriander, citrus sourness and a yeasty aroma make up the smells I got.

Semi-sour initial taste, then some sweetness before a dry bitterness as the palate settles and the mouth empties.

Very easy to drink (too easy!) and something I'll be having again, and again.

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

My second of the season.

Pours with a 1/2 glass of very fluffy/foamy white head over a clear golden body, with tons of carbonation flowing up. Glass is coated with lacing.

Aromas are apparent from several feet away - boom, it just hits you. Plenty of yeasty, funky, earthy, hay, barnyard, lemongrass, you name it... It's a Christmas beer, so this one smells like the manger.

Creamy and rich on the palate, with mild, lightly spicy, and perfumy hops, and plenty of lemongrass in the finish. Herbal and floral. Good dull funk. Mouthfeel is really quite buttery for the style, and that may be due to the high alcohol content. Does somehow finish fairly dry though.

Drinkability is fantastic. So smooth, flavorful, and complex. A bit stronger and thicker than most Saisons, but a real winner overall.

Photo of lionchow
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured it into a white wine glass. Had a small creamy, pearly white head. Beautiful sunshine yellow around the edges of the glass, progressing to a bright egg yolk yellow-orange in the center.

Aroma was big and full. Smelled of flowers, marshmallows, the sea, whiskey.

The citrus/spice flavors were mild, but a sharp almost junipery note was very present, with obvious coriander as well. This was balanced by a deep wet earthen taste. Very dry, with little malt to speak of. Hop character melded well with yeast derived flavor, so much so that they became indistinguishable.

The carbonation was high and prickly. Medium viscosity in the mouth and down the throat. It was a pleasing mouthfeel that matched the round character of the flavor.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Reminded me of a great scotch whiskey in that it had a beautiful round flavor accentuated by some interesting sharp notes. Another good offering from Brasserie Dupont.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just pulled from the cellar. Picked this one up last December. Poured into a Duvel Tulip.
Look: Very hazy orange with a big, thick head that leaves loads of lacing.
Smell: Bready malts, funky yeast and lemon rind mix up front. Dirt and some light floral notes follow. Not too different from the bottle I had a year ago, more funk, that's about it.
Taste: Bready and spicy up front, slightly medicinal. Some honey and dry pear show up around the middle with the yeasty funk. Nice and dry in the finish. Moderately sour.
Mouth: Dry, a little heavy in the carbonation but the alcohol is well hidden.
Drink: Better cellared. Picked up a few of this year's release to cellar for next year. I've had it on tap at Toronado so I'm not too worried about the wait.

Photo of gtn80
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into a tulip glass.

Appearance is just plain beautiful. Light, hazy, golden, orange color with a huge white fully head that just lasts forever.

Smell is intoxicating. Spicy, herbal, citrus. Yeast and hops are dominant in the aroma. Bready and just amazing.

Taste is complex, a saison dupont but turned up louder. More citrus, more spicy yeast character, more esthers. More bitter than the typical saison, but balanced well by the sweetness. Dry as all get out.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, but the beer is dry to the bone. Well carbonated.

Drinkability is amazing for a 9.5% beer. Doesn't leave a bitter or sweet flavor on the tongue, the dryness just balances out amazing.

Photo of grittybrews
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a sunny yellow amber into a tulip with a finger of fluffy white head. Nice aroma of lemon citrus, a trace of funk, and some Belgian spice.

Slightly high carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel. Lots of lemon up front with some biscuit and honey/banana sweetness. Just a touch of funk and spice on the dry, mildly hoppy finish.

A really nice, easy-drinking saison -- would have place the ABV nearer to 5-6% rather than almost 10%.

Photo of JamisonM
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: high carbonation, golden color, creamy white head

S: Lemon, Lemon zest a fresh smelling beer. with some phenols as well

T: lemon and lemon zest in the taste with some funk not much alcohol

M: light mouth with high carbonation

D: very drinkable

Overall: a very nice beer I might just pop one of these open for the new year!

Photo of aepb1
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Opaque orange body wtih a beautiful fluffy white head

S- Spicey and some fruity sweetness, very inviting

T- Bready malts, spices, what I'd expect from the style

M- Medium body, good carbonation, finishes fairly dry

D- Good saison and look forward to it at this time next year

Photo of oneeye
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avec Les Bons Voeux is a Belgian Saison/Farmhouse Ale brewed in the winter months to be enjoyed and to celebrate the Holiday season with the help of friends and family.

A 750ML/25.4oz Champagne like bottle corked with a date of 2.010 that was shared and thoroughly enjoyed on a cold winter night.

A. Poured into a snifter with a hazy golden orange appearance that has a presence of a golden hue. Carbonation leading up to form a frothy puffy cloud like head with plenty of sticky lace left clinging on the rim of the glass.

S. The aroma of a Farmhouse/Saison. Fruitful with spicey Belgian yeast. An earthy grass hop aroma with a touch of funk. The smell of banana mixing well with a hint of clove, white pepper, and hay. Not especially strong on the nose but a pleasant aroma inviting you to take the first drink.

T. An invitation that delivers well and is right on with the nose. A subtle complexity of flavours blending to make this a most enjoyable beer to sip on. Upfront fruity and cider like with a grassy hop bitterness ending dry with a spicey note of Belgian yeast. Dried banana with a tartness of pineapple and mango. Grass like hoppiness that is plenty bitter giving way to light clove and banana. A warmth of alcohol is noticeable as it warms your body as well as your soul.

M. The mouthfeel is light, warm, prickly, smooth, creamy, and slick on the tounge. A slick finish that leaves plenty of flavours behind reminding you of what to expect with every sip.

D. Like I said before, a well brewed Saison that delivers in every way. An abv. at 9.5%, this beer could sneak up on you. As it warms the alcohol becomes more present. Present in a way to keep your spirits warm on a cold winter night.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brasserie Dupont, Avec Les Bon Voeux
25.4 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazed golden orange with a pillowy rocky head and lace. This is a very nice looking brew.

Smell: Aroma is grassy, with hay and barnyard elements. Pungent euro hops in the smell, hint of spice.

Taste: In the flavor, spice, wheat, and a light tartness that accompanies all dupont beers. The spices are not in the forefront, moreso in the background chiming in when appropriate. Subtle fruity notes like ripe pineapple but not too sweet. Hides the 9.5% alcohol very well. There is a Belgian yeastiness which is present with every sip, but not at all chalky. Spices range from white pepper to clove to raw cinnamon. Bitterness is moderate. Estery, raw but somewhat smooth and sophisticated on the palate.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Nice mouthfeel with a semi dry appetizing finish. One of the best holiday beers I've had in quite some time. Recommended.

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