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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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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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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Photo of dawgontap
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it at the Brickstore in a Brassiere Dupont tulip on a frigid day in January.

Poured perfectly with a nice creamy head that lasted almost the entire way down the glass. A perfectly centered hole in the head made me feel as if it could support a coin if there was a need.

Smell of bananas and cream, there would be no mistaking what kind of yeast was used in making this beer.

A perfect mirror image of what the nose prepared you for. A big glass of banana cream pie.

Creamy mouthfeel but still very drinkable. It does tend to get a little rich toward the end of the experience.

dawgontap, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of vancurly
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this at noon on a dry, hot, Sydney summers day. Very suitable for the occasion.

BB 11/2012, poured into Leffe chalice.

a) Dense white head with ample lacing. Cloudy orange with some yeast particles hanging in suspension.

s) A wild, yeasty note is the first sensation, when the cork is pulled. Upon pouring, a strong sense of spicy lemonade. Continues in the glass, plus an attractive floral aroma and some cool stonefruit.

f) Honeycomb malt, very light sourness - quite light compared to others in style. Earthy note, almost like raw field mushroom. Lemon hints, lingering spice taste: pepper, nutmeg, rind. Bitterness comes late.

m) Quite complex... starts out creamy & rich, moving to a light zesty tingle, before finishing with a slightly astringent dryness. Mouthfeel has never been my favourite category to judge... but I believe this is the best 'feeling' beer I've ever had.

d) Better than champagne on a summers day. I am halfway through the 750mL bottle, and looking forward to the rest.... at 9.5%, I won't be having a session with this, but it is an outstanding drop nonetheless.

vancurly, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 batch. Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a Hennepin flute.

A--Pours a fluffy, foamy, rocky white three finger mass of cumulonimbic paradise. Pillowy chunks float on top of great head retention and patches of sticky foam litter the sides of the glass. Inspiring looking body, too--my special lady friend calls it "occluded orange." I call it Tang. In the interest of compromise we'll call it the color of a mimosa, or a bellini. Bright and inviting.

S--Super funkay. Clover, wet hay, and a lingering tangy sweetness, almost like a candied orange peel. Lotta barn in this one from that kerazy Dupont yeast.

T--Signature Dupont with more citric and sour elements. Mostly follows the nose, with that honey tangerine-like tangy sweetness up front, followed by more grassy and wet hay notes, and a bitter, almost sour finish. Musty and dry in the weirdest spot in my mouth--on the roof of it, toward the back. If you have ever eaten a lemon seed by mistake, then you know perfectly the end of the flavor profile on this one. Unique blend of flavors, and somewhere I even get some sort of spice--coriander, I think, though I can't place it as it's buried behind the yeast, which is nowhere near a complaint.

M&D--Mouthfeel goes all over the road, from astringent when cold to more chalky as it warms. Definitely mellows as it heats up, and the dry, musty flavors bloom into a pleasant rather than biting astringency. Drinkability is scary at 9 and a half, as you can't taste much of it.

Seems like a challenging beer for the holiday season, but I really enjoyed its wackiness. Great change of pace from the bocks and dunkels I've been trying out.

TheycallmeTim, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of brewcrew76
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy dark golden with 4-5 fingers of foamy white head even with a delicate pour. Lots of patchey, rocky lacing behind.

S - Spicy cloves, loads of fruity, yeasty esters, banana, lemon zest, pears, apples and a honey like malt sweetness.

T - Big honey like malt sweetness, peppery spice, clove, lemon zest, apple, pear, banana with a hint of grassy, earthy hops that linger in the finish.

M - Medium body with very high carbonation and a surprisingly dry finish for how sweet it is.

D - One of the better saisons I have had. Complex.

brewcrew76, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saison Avec Les Bons Voeux, on tap at Monk's Cafe, downstairs bar, Asheville, NC. Served in a properly-logoed small pint.

Appearance: A hazy, fuzzy pale yellow - like fuzzed white grape juice - with a one-and-a-half finger white head, bubbly at the first, sticky at the last, with average retention, and mounds of clingy, delicate, thin foam. The lacing and head are great, but the color's just a little bizarre.

Aroma: Very light, crisp, and well-blended, with notes of light citrus zest, aged spice, light, faint stone fruits, and hay. Very well-hopped.

Taste: Dry and very, very grassy, and surprisingly well-hopped - dry hopped, perhaps? Fruity and sweet in places, but with a fair amount of tart as well. I get notes of subdued spiciness, not clove-like, but just mellow and sort of prickly in a nondescript fashion. Fruityness comes across as pears and the aforementioned citrus notes, mainly lighter, lemon and orange. It's decently complex and improves as it warmed, though the sheer amount of grassy, hay-like notes here sort of took me off guard.

Mouthfeel: Very soft and delicate, medium bodied, with subtle, expressive effervescence, that's both prickly and bold yet even.

Drinkability: On the plus side, it's a very interesting beer, with well-hidden alcohol, pleasant fruity and spicy notes, and a crisp and lively yet smooth mouthfeel. On the other hand, it's just a little too tart and grassy for me in most places. I'm glad I tried it, though it's not in my "Top 10 Saisons" list. And though I don't have such a list, I could likely make one, I suppose.

CrellMoset, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of raoulduke37
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely new to the beer advocate and therefore beer geek scene, therefore feel free to disregard this "amateur" review. This was the best beer I had at Toronado SF. Almost brought a tear to my eye. Taste and mouthfeel are definitely strongpoints. This is not one to miss if it comes your way.

raoulduke37, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of yeastsipper
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this beer for a while, so pop one open in anticipation of a nice holiday meal.

The beer pours an opaque honey color. It is definitely unfiltered, as there are lots of goodies floating around. There is a ton of lacing. I really like the body of this beer.

Smells of clove, spice and yeast. I would hope for more given the appearance of the beer itself.

The beer is very crisp. Compared to the Saison Athene (drunk the previous night), it is much drier and easier to drink, but also less flavorful. There are yeast and bread flavors, but not a lot of fruit. There are pleasant grassy flavors as well.

The mouthfeel is the highlight of the beer. There is a nice body, thick - but not overly so , and pleasant carbonation.

This beer is somewhat dry. It is very easy to drink, and pleasant. However, I do feel it lacks some complexity.

I would really like to try this beer with food. I think it could go well with a number of dishes, and that the foods would bring out some flavors in the beer. On its own, it is very nice, but not as complex or as memorable of some other saisons.

yeastsipper, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: Cloudy dark yellow body and a big creamy white head with excellent retention and lacing.

s: Honey, grain, pear, apple, spice, and a musky hoppy quality.

t: An explosion of complex yet balanced flavors. Similar to the nose: honey, pear, apple, pepper and plenty of spice in the finish. Light on both floral and funky notes.

m: creamy, crisp, dry and yet full-bodied.

d: Wow, I love barnyard funk filled saisons, but this is near perfection. I am yet to experience Fantome, but this is my favorite saison to date. "Best Wishes" indeed.

BradLikesBrew, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage - found this deal back home in Richmond at Once Upon a Vine. 750, corked & caged into Duvel tulip. Git 'er dun...

Rich 2-finger cheesecake head topping a natural honey cloudy lemon-zest body. Still and sparse carbonation. Bountiful lacing.

Very tangy austere citrus mixes with solid yeast electricity. Mild malt with pine on hop profile. Excellent example of style.

Classic Saison taste - solid balsa wood, a little tartness, yeast electricity, piney hops, mild spicing and an all-around package full of Beautiful Chemistry. Old World excellence.

Gets heartier with warmth - spices emerge and depth really shows. Even consistent finish. Solid.

Excellent Old World texture at first - becomes even heartier with warmth and shows hints of the modern Saison with even more drinkability. Does drink a bit slowly overall but this is an awesome offering for someone who really digs this style.

IBUnit63, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 11/2/08. Bottle, 2007. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, apple skins, light fruits (citrus) and spices. Flavor is quite similar, lots of yeast, apple, and spices. ''Hot'' and warming. Nice saison (but I prefer the regular Saison Dupont).
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of Walken
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brasserie Dupont: Avec Les Bons Voeux, Strong Saison (Vintage: 2008) (Tasted 12/16/08)
750 ml. bottle, poured into a tulip.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy straw color with orange highlights when held up to the sun. The head forms up quickly, even on a slow pour, frothy and wild, leaving chunks & rings everywhere as it fades.
Odor: Orange nectar, apples, faint banana, candied bread and slight traces of funk in the form of a mild hay & phenolic clove aroma.
Consistency: Wowza, Medium to light body with a bit of acidity, waxy hop bitterness and ample carbonation lead to one hell of a dry, crisp saison.
Taste: Very slight candy malt sweetness & yeasty pineapple, banana & banana flavors create a backdrop for the prickly, waxy/herbal bitter hop flavors. This is amplified and complimented by the carbonation and spices. Sweetness stays low, but takes on some honeysuckle character going into the finish. Finish is clean and crisp, leaving lingering waxy, bitter hop flavors and the desire to take another sip.

Walken, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of TheOther1
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: On tap @ The Brick Store Pub in Atlanta.

Appearance: Orangish-golden color, almost glowing. Really great looking beer in the glass. Thick white foamy head with good retention.

Smell: Fruity sweet lemony grass aromas, typical of saisons but a little more spice than most.

Taste: Lots of flavors, tang and spice come through along with yeast and some pepper flavors. Alcohol can be detected since it's almost 10%, but not overpowering, IMO.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel for Belgian, a little dry and thin.

Drinkability: I would only drink one or two of these, not a session beer for me, but certainly worth trying.

TheOther1, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of badbeer
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow golden color with a white head that has good retention and lacing. Smells of bubblegum, chamomille, flowers, and hints of pepper and ginger. Light spice, chamomille, clove, and bubblegum in the taste. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Good stuff.

badbeer, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, copper-hued body with an inch of off-white foam.

Smell: Aroma smelling of bright citrus, tangy wheat, spices, apple peelings, and a sweaty, floral hop character. I must say, the funkiness coursing through the nose is fairly restrained.

Taste: Union of citrus, orange peel, and grassy florals. Tart and reasonably bitter even at the start. Some malted wheat, apple, and even flecks of sweet toffee begin to emerge midway. Hint of alcohol, a thoughtful reminder of the 9.5% contained within. Sip of still mineral water. Never more than a mild funk component. Some honey and sour lemon arrives late. Light touches of funk and sourness on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness.

Drinkability: Displays tons of distinct flavors and subtle complexities, but for a winter seasonal, I find myself looking elsewhere and for a saison, well, I honestly prefer the standard Saison Dupont. But I certainly appreciate the "best wishes" from Brasserie Dupont (right back at'cha!).

ChainGangGuy, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of wedge
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Hazy yellow gold, clouded with swirls of yeast. The head is one of those classic Belgian heads...big, clumpy, sticky, and long lasting. Aromas of hay and grass upfront. Flowers and spicy citrus juice, apple, and peppery phenols. Lots of yeasty phenolic flavors upfront...zesty orange peel, full-flavored spiciness. Solid bitterness with a long dry finish and slight tartness. Mmm...the aroma is getting better and better...a more complex, slightly funky layer is entering the picture. Warm and a little cider-like. Full, smooth body. Not much suggests the high ABV% except a slight warmth and a funny feeling creeping into my head. I need to pick up a fresh bottle of this year's batch to compare. Pretty good stuff right here.

wedge, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy straw color with a one-finger off-white head. The head sticks around for a bit before dissipating into a thin pancake of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Decent lacing.

Smells of light fruits - mostly pears with a small amount of citrus - more so than the bottle version. The spices are still there, but they're a bit less pronounced.

Tastes very good. Light fruits and spice hit my tastebuds at the same time. As the sip continues the spices come out a bit more before receding into the background and allowing the fruits to carry the flavors home.

Mouthfeel is good. Active carbonation and a good thickness do their best to bring out the flavors.

Drinkability is very good. The way the flavors interact in this one make it very interesting to drink, and I could have a few more.

Overall I was surprised by how much fruitier the draught version was vs the bottle, but it remains a very tasty beverage. Worth a shot.

glid02, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of gdfan47
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a really nice amber color with a small white head and pretty good lacing
S- malt, hopps, lemon, cinnamon, all over the place.... very refreshing overall
T- really refreshing, like a sasion with more going on, slightly spicy and peppery with the added bonus of some Christmas spices
M- really nice goes down really smooth (cannot taste the extra alcohol at all!
D- usually i dont give such high marks for a beer pusing double digit ABV, but this one is so damn smooth

gdfan47, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of popery
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty delicious. Saison Dupont's big brother is an excellent saison with strong flavors and a full body. This would not be an everyday beer for me, which I say to contrast it with Saison Dupont, but it is a marvelous special occasion beer and a wonderful holiday offering. This beer does not have an outstanding look for a good saison, but it's held to a higher standard than most beers in this category. The smell is all farmhouse. While it is not a true horse blanket brett beer, it certainly verges on that flavor profile but does so without necessarily scaring off the anti-horse crowd. It has a decidedly refined country flavor, think idyllic Belgian farmhouse. The flavor is full of fruity yeast, subtle malt and refined hops. There are lemons, perfume, herbs, cinnamon, bitter nutmeg and more tastes that I can hardly place. It's rustic and wonderful. There's quite a bit of sediment at the bottom, so do be careful of that. The other slight downside is that a bit of undisguised ethanol notes peek out around the sides, slightly diminishing drinkability compared to its little brother. I would very much enjoy trying a bottle with a little bit more age on it. I broke down with this one after only about six weeks, but then I'm not exactly unhappy about that. At any rate, Dupont makes excellent saisons and this is their stronger version.

popery, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dupont- Bons Voeux

A- Bright yellowish orange with a thin lacing head.
S- Tart cherry orange with a touch of funky wet hay/straw.
T- Sour tart cherry and orange, sugary. Slight creamy malt body with a pine hops in the end.
M- Very sour/ tart up frontwith a resiny pine hop body and finish.

Overall- Nice tart Saison. 1 will do though.

NJpadreFan, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of Stonebreaker
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden with some ghostlike lacing.

Smell: Smelling like a Belgian Strong ale, estery lemony goodness.

Taste: Lemony sweet and estery but it swings like a pendulum from mildly sweet to very tart, dry and hoppy in the finish. Very unique in this regard.

Mouthfeel: Standard acidicity but with the same swing as above.

Drinkability: Fantastically drinkable at this abv, or period.

Stonebreaker, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color, with a generous tan head when it's served. Quite a bit of carbonation; some bubbles continue to flutter upwards - along with some yeast haze, this is a pretty dark brew overall.

Grainy aroma, fairly sweet, with some fruity notes. Pretty strong aroma overall - lots of spices and an earthy hop presence keep it from becoming maudlin.

The alcohol is a bit more noticeable here than in most saisons, but most of them aren't this strong and dark. Avec Les Bon Voeux is unusual for style, but not so unusual for Belgian in general.

The flavor is generally fruity, with enough bitterness for balance, and a savory tangy nature. Lots of spicing, but I can't be more specific; the hops are quite Continental in nature, with a lemon zest component, earthy, and drying. A little smack of clove/coriander adds to the complexity.

The mouthfeel is full for style, but also nicely drying and easy to drink. It really spreads around the tongue; must be the alcohol...but it's so damn light and easy to keep sipping on.

Dupont knows how to craft a saison, so give yourself up to the unique nature of this beer and enjoy every sip. Hearty and flavorful, this is a hell of a beer. My best wishes to you too, Brasserie Dupont!

BretSikkink, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's.

A-Pours a pale clear straw yellow with a thin white head and a bit of lacing.

S-Pepper, Belgian yeast, cloves and other spices. The nose on this is very appealing.

T-And the taste follows through. Some lemon that I did not notice in the aroma comes through, along with the classic saison elements of spice, bready yeast and white pepper. Very nicely blended flavors.

M-Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D-A little high in ABV but you don't notice it too much. Very drinkable and delicious.


sholland119, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage served in my DT tulip. Poured a hazy orange-gold with a three inch dense, fluffy off-white head. Excellent head retention which left behind strands of sticky lacing as it receded. Nose was hard to tease out; herbal and candi sugar was what I came up with. Taste consistent with nose, but somewhat medicinal at the finish. Mouthfeel fell between light- and medium-bodied with a consistent background effervescence and a slightly buttery texture. Alcohol was well-hidden for 9.5% abv. Finish was on the dry side. All and all, I found the brew to be somewhat bitter and dry. There might be some improvement with age, but not my favorite representation of the style.

Jwale73, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 bottle

A: Pours a deep yellow, slightly hazy under a huge, foamy white head, about as expected. Nice lace and retention.

S: Smells of earthy hop, a bit musty, maintains a nice sweetness and tropical fruit character. A bit of apple mixed in as well. Very nice.

T: Fruity, earthy, boozy. Mostly dry, but a bit of residual bitterness. Booze can be a bit overpowering in the taste.

M/D: Carbonation is alright, medium bodied. Body is actually much heavier then I expected/am used to, but it's not bad. Drinkability is OK. The booze in the taste really takes away from this one. I know it is 9.5%, but for a saison (and I've had some that were +9.5%) the alcohol just stands out too much. It's too bad because the nose is really done very well. Not bad, but there are better saisons out there.

NCSUdo, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of JBogan
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The caged and corked bottle popped open with a huge bang. What followed was a cloudy gold brew with a fantastic pillowy white head which left good lacing. This is a nice looking beer.

Immediately after opening the bottle you are hit with a profound musty aroma. The barnyard comes through loud and clear on this brew.

The is one tastes very yeasty and musty. There's perhaps a slight hint of banana and an even slighter hint of citrus, but that's about it. This is not a complex beer.

Mouthfeel was very nice. Medium bodied and smooth with a good amount of carbonation which left quite a prickly sensation.

This is a welcome seasonal offering from the folks at the Dupont brasserie. I finished off the bottle on my own, which left me feeling nice and warm inside, but that's about all I'd care to handle right now. I might pick up another bottle before the year is out.

JBogan, Dec 06, 2008
Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,064 ratings.