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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,064 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,064
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 76
Gots: 73 | 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.

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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
Photo of brendan13
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass with a 3 centimetre fluffy white head that slowly falls away and a hazy dark golden/orange body.
S - Spicy peppery & clove phenols with some light tropical fruit hints.
T - Also quite spicy phenolic in the taste with some medicinal hints coming through. Light fruity notes in the middle followed by a dry, earthy & bready malt quality.
M - Light side of medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation. Some slight alcohol warmth at the back.
D - Another top Saison from one of the best. 9.50% alcohol is only slightly noticeable making this a dangerous drop.

brendan13, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden,yellow hazy colour which leaves a massive frothy head full of bubbles and sticky lacing down the glass, actually looks perfect for a saison and the head just hangs around and slowly,slowly dissaptes but leaves a massive mound of froth in the middle and on smelling this beer its smells of carmel,bread,candy and dried fruits quite lucious actually,the taste is beautiful so refreshing and the alcohol ABV is so well hidden you only get a little alcohol warmth on your first taste and after that you dont taste it again very easy drinking for a beer that is 9.5% you can just taste citrus fruits and beautiful caramel notes i really like this beer and will be buying it again.

ADZA, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of jminsc76
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a tulip, and exhibits a big, BIG foamy head atop a dark yellow/light orange-ish body. Looking pretty with plenty of floaters (i.e., spices) and sediment swimming throughout. Thick legs down the side as I tilt the glass. Great visuals.

Plenty of Belgian spices in the nose, as I come to expect from a good Saison, with the added bonus of sweet fruit that includes citrus, orange peel, and even caramel. Mmmm...

Flavors of orange, citrus, grassiness, and yes, even Christmas cider. With the exception of Hennepin, this is a definitely a sweeter Saison than most others I have experienced, and it's wonderful. Which leads me to wonder why our BA boy Jason rated it a B. Upon further sipping (and I do mean sipping), I do detect a little bit of heat (almost like rubbing alcohol, yikes!) in the aftertaste, and it's a bit of a kick in the back of the palate.

Regardless, this is only a minor inconvenience for a Saison that offers such exceptional visuals, aromas, and flavors that I am willing to rate it higher regardless of this slight lack of refinement. While it may be a Christmas Saison, it's excellent for all seasons (wow, that was WITTY!).

jminsc76, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of SleepyMonk
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 750ml dark green corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours with the characteristic 3 fingers of foamy uneven head and a bright translucent amber colored body.

Aromas are rather thin and not at all dominant. Elements of clove, fruits and garden herbs are there however not as strong as other brews which may be a good thing or a bad thing depending upon what side of the fence you sit on this issue.

The taste is slightly complex however it is very well balanced which keeps everything in check. Phenol like features run together with toasted malt, spice, dry hops and very minor shades of fruits.

In the mouth it comes on fresh and maintains a honey stickiness until it finishes off dry.

SleepyMonk, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is amazing. Golden colour with amazing, thick frothy head, sinks slowly but retains bloody well. Somehow has sediment suspended in it in little flakes, as though trapped in jelly. There is still a bit of carbonation, and tilting the glass agitates the particles slightly. But seriously, that's really incredible. One of the most amazing beers I've ever stared at.

Nose is disappointing. Quite hoppy and funky, with almost a POR character on it and a distinct corn kind of aroma, sweet and quite naff, with a sweet honey character backing up. Bit of lemonade maybe? Soft and fluffy nose, can't say I like it very much.

Taste is far more potent and saisony than the nose, starts quite sweet and honey-esque, but then gets this amazing toasty bitterness crescendo. Flavour is quite intense in its increment, has a very burnt flavour to it, and still a kind of corn character, but in a robust, funky and interesting way. Hints of blood orange, umami and a slight buttery character combine to make an interesting, although intense and bitter flavour. Can't drink that by the gallonful, mouthfeel is a bit thick, not bad actually.

But overall, yeah I'm really not sure what to make of it. Pushes me away with one hand, draws me in with the other.

laituegonflable, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of Cresant
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this 25.4 oz green bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. The body was rich gold with a light haze. The head was huge and settled brittle.

Smell was clean and citrusy. 7-Up spritzy. Sweet-Tarts or Pixie Stix candy. Hints of a bicycle inner-tube (?).

Taste was complex and delicious. Mineral, earthy. Peppery. Drying, yet some sweetness blossomed as it warmed. Very well hidden alcohol. So easy to drink.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with tiny, zippy carbonation bubbles.

Cresant, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged, 2008 printed on the cork.

A - Hazy orange with very active carbonation. Huge, foamy white head that will just not go away. Big chunky lace left on the glass. Beautiful saison.

S - Sour fruits dominate the nose with lemon dominating. Faint spices as well including allspice and maybe even a little Grains of Paradise. As the beer warms the aroma becomes more tart.

T - Tart and a little citrusy initially. Lots of lemon. Tartness is not very strong and provides just a little balance to the heavily spiced and fruity beer. Spices quickly come into play with many of the same tastes as were present in the nose. Ginger and allspice especially.

M/D - Light and crisp with excellent carbonation. A little more spiced than some saisons, but still very good.

ckeegan04, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge, very wild yeast induced head of white foam sits above a clear golden body, just full of static floaties, that sit like an optical illusion in the glass. Lacing is very funky an dextreme. The floaties are the most memorable part of the beer, and I have to say I approve heartily. This is a unique and beautiful brew.

Lots of funk on the nose - big notes of barnyard, wet straw, sweet citrus, phenolic spirits, grass and sharp hops. The funk is particularly noticeable on this one, lots of what would otherwise be considered "off" notes. Just completely wild and funky. Just what a Saison's about.

Very smooth entry on the palate, all the funk sits around the edges, suggesting all the rustic notes. But the palate in general is smooth, with a fresh phenolic alcohol heat sharpening the sensations. It's like a heavier, more grown up version of their regular Saison. Lots of boozy notes, which tend to accentuate all the classic rustic notes. I approve.

Slightly less drinkable than their original Saison, but more sophisticated and more complex. I prefer the amazing refreshment that a good funky saison gives you, but this is still an excellent beer. I'm phenomenally pleased that it's possible to find this in Australia.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pale golden color with a two inch, white colored head and stays there for sometime. A grassy scent at first, mixed with a bready scents, with touches of yeasty esters, and ending with a lemony fragrance. The bread comes out in each taste, then blending to a biscuit and yeast flavor. A grassy and lemon flavor finishes it all out. A heavy water feel, with a touch of a cleansing sensation of carbonation with a light dryness at the end. The light feel, along with the pleasant flavors and aromas make this an easy to drink beer, especially with a good piece of sea bass.

cameraman, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of SFLpunk
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL green glass cork-finish. Most recent release.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip leads to 3 fingers of off-white creamy rich head. Hazy amber yellow with lots of streaming tiny bubbles.

Nose: Rich and sudsy Belgian yeastiness. Some light spiciness. Some lemon juice too.

Palate: Sharp and spicy right from the go. Tip of the tongue spicy. Lots of spicy yeastiness, mixed citrus and lots of general "fruitiness." Clean but creamy at the same time. Lots of layers of flavor here and a nice acidity balances things out right before the finish which is long.

Notes: A great food beer! A perfect match for spinach, mushroom and cheese filled crepes!

SFLpunk, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a goblet. 2008 according to the cork.

A: Hazy light orange. Big head that doesn't leave a lot of lacing.

S: Citrus, earthiness, sweetness, phenols, some barnyard funk.

T: Quite a bit of tartness. Fairly phenolic.

M: Much lighter than the typical high-gravity beer.

D: Not too shabby. More of a slow sipper than I would like a saison to be, though. Not quite in the league of Vieille Provision.

BarrelO, May 26, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with traquairlover. Thanks Will!

It pours, after a big pop when I removed the cork, a cloudy straw yellow with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell brings to my nose some wheat, lemon citrus, clove, more citrus, and a touch of some funk. Great smelling and hoppier than I thought it would be.

The taste is big wheat and clove notes followed closely by plenty of citrus hop bitterness and much less so of some funk. Usually I look forward to the Brett influence in a Saison but it isn't missed all that much here. This is tasting *very* good.

Medium bodied with a brisk amount of carbonation, it finishes with some funk and mucho bitterness...quite a dry finish and quite lovely.

Drinkability? I had to check the abv on the bottle and the site again. 9.5%?? Surprisingly well hidden though I doubt it won't catch up to me, eventually. Oh and head retention=excellent. Lacing=excellent.

Bottom line: A great brew. It's been on my Wants list for a long time and would still be there as I rarely go out seeking brews for trade either through BMs or ISOs in the trading forum. Traders usually have to "wake me up" with an offer and I just take whatever they give me and it always works out. ;^)
OK, sometimes when I'm contacted, I *do* check out their Gots to see what's on there but I don't do it very often.

Anywho, I've drifted again. Bottom line: I love this beer!

Bitterbill, May 25, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Nugget

A - Poured golden with a 3-fingered white head, which dissipated moderately slow and left nice lacing.

S/T - Hints of vanilla, clove, bread, coriander and light caramel. Notes of hop bitterness as well.

M - Light in body, but well-balanced with a saaz hop finish. Notes of light alcohol too.

D - Overall good, but would like more notes of spice from a saison.

MisterClean, May 18, 2009
Photo of callmemickey
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lovely hay-yellow body. Opaque. Massive white head. Solid retention and beautiful sheet like lacing.

S: Bursting with a complex nose of wheat, hop bitterness, lemon, grass, and farmhouse funk.

T: More of the same. Complex and assertive flavor profile, while still restrained enough to allow all the flavors to shine. In addition to the characteristics from the nose, the clove and spice comes out and makes it self known.

M: Good carbonation levels, and nice refreshing bite.

D: In its tier of top notch saisons, it slips just a tad on the drinkability level.

callmemickey, May 15, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml green bottle with new yellow label. Large roman numeral III followed by official title: Avec les Bons Voeux de la Brasserie Dupont.

Date code: L08130C I can only guess it was bottled 01/30/08.

Cork pops loudly and pours into a tulip glass. It has a hazy golden yellow color and thick white head tops the beer. It sticks around forever leaving a trail of lace on the side.

Aroma is intoxicating. It is just incredible - very fruity, spicy, and complex. It also has a lot of hop aroma going on which is a little unusual for a saison.

Flavor is funky with a good dose of bitterness. It's very unusual with a bready yeast and almost meaty character. Lots of spice both from yeast and hops, probably saaz or similar. Aftertaste is almost musky but not in a bad way. Definately complex and it keeps me coming back for more.

Mouthfeel is very good for the style. It's medium bodied with good fine-textured bubbly on the tongue. A little more bitter than I was expecting but not bad. Finishes very dry for a beer. It's almost more like a brut champagne. Drinkability could be improved if it wasn't so strongly funky and bitter.

Overall a very interesting beer and something that stands out in a crowd.

GilGarp, May 12, 2009
Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,064 ratings.