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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 1,184
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 85
Gots: 115 | FT: 3
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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 drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by OldSock, thanks Mike. Beer is yellow and hazy with a big aggressive head of small bubbles that lasts a while, falls away to a thinner head, high carbonation lacing on the glass.

Aroma is bright but dry with tea like spices, mild sulfur and hints of oakiness. Smells good.

Beer is thin and bright on the palate with the carbonation, nice esters and a good finish, not too dry but dry enough for it to be on style. Its a big saison, seriously, tastes awesome though. I would definitely have this again.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I was gonna stop reviewing at 400 beers, but I guess I'm shooting for 500. This beer is a great example of the style, pouring a nice goldenrod color with white pillowy head. Nose is really funky and delicious, underlaid with citrus, pepper, and yeast. Taste follows suit, with addition of sweet and bready malt notes, some vinous nature, and nice clove/yeasty/spice notes. Light, bubbly, and refreshing... a very easy drink. I think I like this more than regular Saison Dupont.

Photo of slayer3604
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, Avec, how I look forward to thee each year...This is one of my favorite beers; it lets me know that the year is almost over, and that strong crazy beers are just around the corner.
Pours a thick hazy gold with a gigantic white head, smells of grapes, sweet malt and rustic spices. Avec is one of the most complex tasting beers out there. Starts like wild honey, and stirs into a spicy, fruity and balanced mass with a nearly undetectable 9.5% abv. Has a creamy solid mouthfeel and is crisp and semi sweet in the finish but nothing cloying or syrupy. One of the best out there!

Photo of Brad007
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The description was tempting enough to make me consider a purchase of a bottle of this.

The color is light blonde, a bit cloudy and pours with a very nice head. Great way to start things off!

The aroma is full of lemon and spice from the yeast. Slightly crisp but otherwise, aroma is subdued.

Taste is full of juicy lemon with a decent amount of spice. Very pleasant. Only slightly dry. Vibrant and full of life.

Mouthfeel is again, dry with just a hint of lingering spice. Very easy to drink. Almost too easy actually, even with the ABV.

Very satisfying saison! I would highly recommend it.

Photo of fear025
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. On tap. Aged for over 10 months in the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL cellar.

Aroma:A little Belgian yeast tang, otherwise mild.

Appearance:Cloudy and light yellow in color. Nice fine bubbles in the head, good lacing.

Taste:I get a mouthfull of spices in the first sip. Clove, coriander, black pepper, Belgian yeast. It has a dry finish.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium body, creamy with just a little astringency.

Drinkability:This is a fantastic Saison, nicely spiced, very complex.

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

on tap at hopleaf nov. of '08. had to give this one a second chance seeing as i liked it so much on tap.

the pour was perfect and clean with a decent but very tight head atop a murky golden body. nose is farmhouse funk but equally placed with a boutique of floral citrus fruit and cane sugar. i can't put it any differently than it resumabled a well place triple with a saison twist. abv was not obvious but there. palate was suprisingly crisp with a bitter Munich malt and saaz hops blended with soapy floral notes and a farmhouse of straw. some lemon and candied pineapple in the sweet malt characters. great fresh taste.

Photo of scott451
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. I let the bottle warm up a fair bit from the fridge before pouring. Poured a very slightly hazy golden with an insanely towering fluffy whitish tan head. Extremly good head retention. Persistent bubbly lacing.

Smells of lemony spice. Grassy barnyard (I hesitate to say "urine like"). Taste is caramel first. Complex big flavours - tending towards a Belgian pale Ale. Not surprising considering the 9.5 % ABV. Much bigger than a regular Saison. Typical saison bite at the finish though.

Mouthfeel is light but very creamy. An awesome mouthful. The alcohol is defiantly there but still very drinkable. A light, but complex brew with lots to come back for but a 750ml bomb will do for now.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice straw color with a good white head and some lacing. Smell is quite funky and with some citrus notes thrown in as well. Taste is quite similar. Quite spicy and hoppy for the style. Fairly dry mouthfeel, and somewhat light. Good carbonation. The funk persists throughout. A nice twist with excellent drinkability.

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

Had this at Iseya, Shakujikoen, Tokyo. Poured into wine glasses.

Appearance: Glowing orangeish yellow. Velvet head with plenty of carbonation supporting it.

Aroma: Sour lemon, barnyard funk, grassy funk, candi sugar

Taste: Fantastic. The sourness hits the palate first, lighting up the taste buds, then the bright, not heavy, sweetness tones the sourness down a bit. Finally, that funk. Like hay, grass, and some old hops combined, finishes out the flavor. Whats impressive about this taste is how all the flavors combine into one balanced, complex, and appetizing package. All that and it finishes totally clean.

Mouthfeel: Light, spritzly, almost Champaign like

Drinkability/Overall: 9.5% but it goes down like 4%, does not overwhelm or build up on the palate. A very tasty beer from a great brewery. Im nicknaming it "dirty lemon".

Pairing: Had it with some lightly seasoned pork on the grill. Not a great match, not offensive but nothing to link the beer and food really, except the spices on the meat and the funk in the beer. Did clean the palate nicely.

Photo of impending
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

SF Toronado. Poured a hazy yellow gold, sparkles when backlit.

Classic saison aroma with sharp spices, bright yeast notes and excellent citrus but a lack of serious funk.

Excellent taste, all of the aroma is represented and more. Nice minor tart bitter finish lingers properly. Full bodied mouthfeel. The alcohol comes forward and warms as the brew warms. I feel this is superior to their Saison Dupont.

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

A - poured into a pint glass. orange, less hazy than I'd expect from a "big" saison, but certainly not clear. nice creamy head & retention.

S - whiff of citrus up front, then all manner of yeasty funky aftereffects

T - smooth, complex, balanced, with a nice bitter finish

M - great carbonation for a big beer, yet pleasantly full bodied (for a farmhouse ale)

D - extremely well made, complete, yet traditional saison

Photo of bruachan
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

head is fantastic. nice orangy color, though a little hazy. decent lacing

succulent hoppy aroma. almost some mint going on. leather, apricots (better yet...apricot fruit leather), fenugreek, anise. lusciously herbal

fine hop flavor with excellent yeast flavors. lemony, but otherwise not what i would call a fruity beer (which is a little surprising, given how strongly it smelled of apricots). bitter and only elegantly so. i think i taste the cork a little, but i'll allow it

welll....that is a spectacular brew. the depth, the class...i could drink it for a year and find something new to say each day

Photo of sitarist
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Batch.

Pours a cloudy, golden honey color...a steady stream of bubble rise to a thick egg-shell white head...the head falls to a 1/16" cap that leaves sheets of lacing.

I smell bubble-gum, some musty funk, red apples, watermelon jolly ranchers, cider, apricots, and pears...the aromas are complex but faint...even as the beer warms it is still mild.

I taste red apples, apricot, and pepper...not as complex as the nose and even more subdued.

Almost perfect mouthfeel...its lighter bodied with full body creaminess...the high amount of carbonation bites on the middle of my tongue just a little...It coats my tongue nicely; I just wish it had a bit more flavor.

Very refreshing...it delivers the 9.5% ABV nicely.

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

I am rating a variety of Dupont Avec Les Voeuxs as I probably I probably had well over 30 bottles of this product over my years of beerdom. What inspired this rating is a lack lustre bottle of 2008 that I am drinking tonight. This bottle just has something missing to it, it seems a little bit chalky like the regular Saison and it doesn't have the dynamic punch as the best bottles I have had of this product.

The best bottles have a farmyard funk that fills the room and the senses but this one didn't. Oh well guess I drink the two bottles in my cellar quickly.

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 12/1/2009. Split a 750 2 ways, poured into globes. I've reviewed this twice so this is mostly from the 12/1/2001 review, with some notes from a 7/14/2010 tasting in belgium.

Ar: funky and fruity, resin and hop, strong dupont floral, hints of sulfur, beautiful, strong and complex, citrus, tropical fruit, herbal/spicy hops, lightly resinous, powdery lilies, peach/nectarine, lightly perfumy, *fresh Ar, *killer Ar

Ap: heavy haze straw, very fine thick off white head, creamy and whipped, very good retention, lace

F: floral complex, classic dupont floral character dominates throughout, citrus, doughy, spicy hop, very lightly minerally, light fruit, peaches, apricots, hints of tropical fruit, alcohol, intensely complex, cleaner than moinette blonde, amazing, smooth citrus, jasmine, lilies, roses, dry end, fruity funky and tart, *coriander, *bready malt, fresh citrus/pear

M: dry and light, creamy and smooth, alcohol warmth, high fine carbonation, lingering aftertaste

O: Complex and funky, floral, spicy, great balance, second time aroma had less sulfur, would drink the normal saison more, if it is going to be this strong it needs to be more assertive, fantastic but in general would rather have saison

*=ideas from fellow taster

Photo of shark262
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ML corked bottle

A: high carbonation, belgian lace on sides of glass, white & moussy head that is long-lasting, light orange/tangerine color, very appealing appearance

S: ripe summer fruits: pears, apples, lemons; hay and very slight barnyard funk, no diacetyl, slight sulfur, low to no hop aroma

T: pear and other fruits, pleasant funk, some fusel alcohols from high ferment temp, hop bitterness med to low

M: crisp, high-attenuation, dry aftertaste, very refreshing, alcohol warmth on the back of the palette

D: refreshing and tasty, perfect for summer, alcohol warmth and crisp mouthfeel keeps me coming back for more, a great saison

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty beutiful golden hugh with nice white head that leaves typical spotty Belgian lace around the glass. Tight carbonation. Aroma is nice dupont yeast, kinda peppery, fresh hay straw n lemon. Flavor of Belgian yeast, simple malt bill and grassy noble hops. Really it's all about the yeast. Little bit
Of wheat flavor. Similar flavors to the aromas, grassy, hey n straw. Nice dry finish and silky mouthfeel. For a saison of its strength this one goes down easy.

Photo of atigerlife
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Elegantly Lovely. That is the best way to describe the beer.

Took off the metal cork retainer and the cork shot off like a rocket...I guess those metal things do serve a purpose.

Tons of small carbonation rising. 1 finger white creamy head. Good retention. Dark orange/golden. Beautiful.

Aroma is apparent from far away...hay, floral. Farmhouse. Sweet. Peach and citrus.

Taste is of peach, apricot, grassy. Sweet. Citrus. Many light flavors bouncing around my mouth.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, a very well made beer. Delicous. Good with food. Very easy to drink [maybe too easy given the ABV].

Update 3/3/13: Just had another bottle. 2006. Still wonderful. Highly recommended.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy golden hue with 3 fingers of lively foam that slowly recedes leaving some lacing.

Aroma is funky saison yeast, herbs, citrus and light malt/sweet. There is a hint of apple and yeasty spice. Quite complex and hard to place overall.

Flavor is very interesting. Earthy with banana and spice. Some peach, light apple and yeast. Finish is dry and light but quite plesant. Leaves a spicy and funky/tart flavor lingering, very nice.

Highly carbonated and fairly easy drinking, though potent.

Overall I like this beer a lot, very interesting and flavorfull.

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

Pours a hazy pale straw color hints of orange when held away from the light. Head is big and fluffy off white on a slow pour, some good looking lace left behind.

Aroma is wonderful grainy maybe wheat mingled with light fruits fresh cut apples, apricots. Some tartness noted mingled with some grass and earthy yeast notes.

Taste is hints of sweet fruit even maltiness then pow right into tartness, happens so fast you about miss it. Tart notes on grainy base sour like apples mingled with spice and funk. None of the 9.5% is noted very nicely done.

Mouthfeel is medium with carbonation that is lively but not over done.

Drinkability is good and enjoyable beer, beautiful aroma good flavor.

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

Served in tuliped flute. Poured a deep straw golden-yellow, with 3/4 inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly spicy yeast with some grain and a hint of fruit sweetness. The taste was very good, also very spicy yeast inclined, with the grain providing a nice base.

The body was good, tongue coating and crisp, with a finish that was a little sticky, in the good way. Drinkability was very good, I had a couple in a row and will go back for more.

Overall, a very good beer, worth seeking out.

Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL 2009 bottle poured into a Stillwater wine glass.

This beer leads me to the same conclusion as my previous review, bigger isn't always better. Pours a hazy, copper orange color with a fluffy off white head with average retention and lacing. The aroma explodes from the bottle as the cork is removed (if thats possible) and hits you with funk, belgian yeast, floral, earthiness, spice, etc. Body is a little chewier and less crisp than the normal Saison Dupont and much boozier. Flavor is very citrusy, grainy and earthy with a strong medicinal and phenol presence which isn't that pleasing. There is also a very strong alcohol presence throughout and burning in the finish. I think I might enjoy a bottle of this much more with some age on it.

Photo of hubearth
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served into a Orval glass on a beautiful sunny day.
The bottle was 375ml and it was printed 2008 on the cork (so between 1½ and 2½ old).

When opened, the foam began to raise slowly.

Look: Opaque, I like it. a lot's of carbonization.

S: not amazing, but good. I couldn't judge the taste only by the nose.

T: comes smooth in the mouth a little bit sour at the beginning and turn to bitterness when swallow. It has some fruity flavor. Those three tastes leave with the impression of a pine bud. It's a very good beer for a sunny day. There's a inch of wood flavor too. It leaves a pleasent taste between the sips, I guess it's high volume of alcool (9.5%) helps.

m: great mouthfeel despites that it's a high carbonized beer. kick the tip of the tongue but leaves a smootness on the sides. It refreshes you on a hot day.

d: it'd drink it like I could drink a Saison Dupon, but it's high alcool volume would get me from behind. It's bitterness slows down the debit, but I like drinking slowly.

Photo of Daniell
3.36/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get the dregs of a bottle.

A:Nice persistent head, good lacing, good colour. Some discolouration in the head. 4

S: sweet fruits like peaches, a herby smell which is kind of reminiscent of detergent. Bit of alcohol. Also get sulfur and minerally notes. 3

T: similar to the nose. Can taste some alcohol in there which makes it taste a bit like the syrup in canned peaches. Yeast gives it sourness. Get some granny smith apples in there too. 3

M: Definitely not bad. Highly carbed. 4

D: No problems drinking this despite the alcohol content. 4

Photo of jrallen34
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Hopleaf into a tulip...The beer is a nice gold slight orange, good head and retention...The aroma and taste are super nice, what a saison is. Floral hops, so fresh with a little funk. The taste is bitter but sour, easy to drink..

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