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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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1,116 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,116
Reviews: 571
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 82
Gots: 90 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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.

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.

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

Draught into tulip. From notes Dec. 6 '08.

Pours a cloudy gold with a bit of an orange tint to it, with a nice dense white head on top.

Aroma is initially a bit earthy, grassy, some barnyard funk in there, as well as a zesty fruit character.

Taste is complex - light and fruity, with some soft citric sourness alongside a bit of barnyard funk, with just a bit of grassy bitterness towards the finish. Delicious, so refreshing for that level of complexity.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.18/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour on this beer is a beautiful milky maize color with a sturdy white head. The lacing remains through out the glass full. The aroma was average at best,not giving me much else but the ABV. The initial taste was bland reminiscent of a mass produced imported ale. I just couldn't find anything about this beer that made it stand out. I served it with a citrusy desert whose character compensated for the lack of character given by this Dupont offering.

Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy hazy orange yellow, very fluffy head, bubbly. Smells of clove, grass and earth tones, some funkiness, fresh baked bread. Tastes of sweet yeasty malt up front with hints of lemon, vanilla, and wet hay. Decent bitterness ending with a touch of alcohol and clove. Nice crisp carbonation for the style.

A great Saison. I would love to do a side by side comparison between this and Saison Dupont to notice the differences between the two. Highly recommend.

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

Poured from a 750ML into my Moinette challis
A - Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color with a big white fluffy head that really lasts. Nice lacing too.
S - Earthy, yeasty, sweet malt, floral, some sour notes and some spiciness.
T - Sweet honey, yeast, a little sour, spice, a little funky becomes a little bitter as an aftertaste and the booze finally comes out a little bit too.
M/F - Medium body...smooth with active carbonation. Very nice.
D - I like this Saison. Spicy and tasty but also serious.

Photo of bathinginbelgian
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I finally procured a couple of 750ml bottles at my neighborhood Whole Foods, in early December. Carbonation and lacing were superb, with some of the yeast sediment settling on top of the head. This ale is very drinkable, the fruity spice overtones explode in your mouth before swallowing. My only gripe with this fantastic beer is the green bottle; I believe it would have a much longer shelf life and be less prone to turning if bottled in brown glass.

Photo of thekanna
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright golden yellow with tons and tons of head. It took forever for the head to settle. Somewhat resembles fresh Westmalle Tripel.

S: Spicy yeasts mixed with a floral bouquet of various citrus fruits, pears, and a faint hint of apples. Some honey in there, complemented by a slightly peppery, earthy note.

T: Belgian yeasts dominate with a an earthy, malty note and overall lightness. Also, throw some fresh cut grass and osmanthus flowers in there. However, I was slightly disappointed by how light and comparably thin the taste was after smelling the beautiful aroma of this brew.

M: Somewhat thin compared to a normal saison. I was expecting more heft out of this 9.5% ABV beer. However,a nice crispness contributes to the overall perception of freshness in this brew.

D: Good for summer days when you just want to kick back with a nice, relaxing beer to complement a light meal.

Photo of bark
2.7/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Vintage 2008.

The colour is gold; the warm white head is two fingers thick and airy. Almost no lacing occurs. The liquid is clear, but there are lots of small yeast flakes floating around.

The smell is yeasty and a bit tart. Dough (yeast and flour), wheat, pineapples and sweet notes. It is booth fresh and quite heavy.

The taste is bitter with dry and yeasty flavours. Some sour-tart wheat beer flavours. The body is weak. The bitterness got a slight metallic flavour. More sour notes in the aftertaste as some metallic flavours, alcohol, exotic fruits, cookies and tobacco.

The carbonation is medium, as is the bubble size. The liquid is rather light; it leaves a slight sticky feel in the mouth.

This is a heavy. unbalanced beer, and I didn't like it.

Photo of pinotboy007
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy orange glaze/amber with a magnificent, rocky head and gobs of sticky, chunky lace. Yeast floaties are there in force. Gorgeous! The head returns with a swirl.

S - Classic Belgian barnyard aroma with a nice citurs swing and some hops. Splendid.

T - A delicious ale that has a complex array of spiciness and zest. The hops linger on the finish making this all the more impessive. It has a warming alcohol tinge.

M - The carbonation is there in force but doesn't hinder the creamy element. This has a refreshing feel that has cheered me up - very nice.

D - Good for year 'round and seafood friendly.

Photo of linnet
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colour, big off-white head, lacing. Aroma is malty, almost lagerlike. Still there is yeasty notes flowery notes, citric notes and also aroma of vinegar. Flavour is rather hoppy for being a belgian beer. There is also an acidic quality to it. ABV is evident without being dominant. The flavour is also spicy and fruity, perfume. Mouthfeel is very smooth with small bubbles and the liquid is very crisp.

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

750ml bottle corked and caged

A forum discussion today convinced me to go home and crack one of my 08's, i figured since ive never reviewed the beer now is the perfect time. Pours a transparent golden yellow orange color with a monster, rising, pure snow white head that protrudes up and over the rim of my Corsendonk tulip, tons of vigorous, lively carbonation rise in support of the large head. Wonderful bouquet of earthy, grassy hops, some lemon skin and mint leaves. Sweet malt, very bitter hops and a hint of wheat late on the palate. Grassy and herbal almost medicinal in nature a subtle whiff of alcohol at the finish accentuates the classic hop character of the beer. Medium bodied, slightly coating and completely alive with carbonation. This one remains a winner.

Photo of mdagnew
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle bought from Belgianshop.com... best before date of 09/2010...

Poured a light golden yellow colour. White head poured big, thick and fluffy and a steady stream of carbonation maintained a good covering throughout... some sticky lacing...

A lot going on in the aroma... lots of spicy yeast mixed with tart juicy fruits (pears, grapefruits, mangoes, limes), very floral, talcum powder notes, light honey and candy sugar sweetness, some earthy farmyard traces, hay, some rubberiness, raw nuts - walnuts and pistachios, fresh bread, some pine...

Taste - Tart spicy fruits (pears, grapefruits, apples), pithy notes, quite a lot of yeastiness, floral honey, quite perfumed, light earthy funk, grassy hops, chalky, faint coriander, peppery, some thyme herbalness, metallic, sea salt... flavours develop well as the beer warms up...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry... Light body... Extremely refreshing and dangerously drinkable at 9.5%...

Overall - A top class Saison... As good as any i've had... recommended...

Photo of pecokid
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased the last bottle at Max's 2009 Belgianfest and brough it home. Opened it today to share with my brother. The label is different from the one shown above. Mine is yellow with a big Roman numeral III at the top. Golden color. White head with meringue like appearance. The smell had earthy citrus notes. Amazingly complex flavor that changed with every sip. The first few were sweet and continueed to change till the last that seemed much drier. Mouthfeel was average with somewhat high carbonation. For the $17 dollars I paid for this one 750 ml bottle, the drinkability become average.

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

On-tap 2/27/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains Belgian yeast, light malts, spices and bananas.

T: The taste is well-balanced, with a strong Belgian yeast flavor that is complemented by spices, bananas and wheat. There's a mild hops presence and a little booziness to it. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a lighter but high-powered Belgian beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light golden color with a HUGE frothy, rocky, mountainous white head. Ridiculous retention and lacing. Beautiful beer!

Smells so freaking good. Loads of orange peel and coriander...maybe a bit of sour lemon as well. Light graininess. Unfortunately, not much funk on the nose.

Taste is big, real big. Spicy, prickly, dry floral and bitter. Complex? Hell yeah. Cardamon, sweetness and the funk finally comes through big time. So many layers of flavors to sift through, it's like trying to make sense of mist or air currents...just when you think you have this one pegged, it laughs in your face and makes you feel lost in the beer. The alcohol is noticeable, but not nearly a distraction - it's more of a bonus.

A must try for saison lovers! Wow

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

1st, let me preface this review by stating I served it way to cold.

Appearance- The pour is an apricot color with a yellow hay background. It's not clear, slightly translucent. The head is white, big and creamy. Good staying power, and excenlent lacing.

Smell- Lots of sour/tartness and an almost overwhelming barnyard, horse-blanket aroma. If this were anything but a Belgian, I would dump it down the sink. As it is, it smells very inviting. The tart aroma disappears as it effervesces. After a few minutes, you are getting almost nothing but an earthy, barn-yard aroma.

Taste: Very earthy with the distinct taste of band-Aids. Some tartness in there as well. Well balanced by a hint of citric fruits: lemon peel, pineapple - and faint malts. did I say earthy? Very well rounded and balanced over-all.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, with a high level of carbonation. Leaves a CO@ burn on your lips and tip of tongue.

Drinkability- A very good beer. Not for a Belgian novice, but a good representation of the style. Could be a little fruitier, but this is still a pretty good Saison.

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

Serving date: 2009-02-09. Served in tulip.

Presentation: 375 ml corked bottle with freshness date on the label (best before July 2013).

Appearance: The pour is golden orange with straw hues - it almost looks like it's glowing. Ivory-colored, big and creamy head that sticks around for a while before settling and leaving some foam on top of the brew and chunky lacings on the glass. A good looking beer.

Smell: Sharp medicinal phenols mix with a general spiciness and a smell of sweet citrus fruits. Faint smell of yeast as well. Despite plenty of phenols and tangy spices, the smell is rather fresh and pleasant.

Taste: Big taste of medicinal phenols - distinct taste of band-Aids - and prominent spices (cloves, and perhaps white pepper?). Together with an unexpectedly big presence of alcohol this results in a interesting and pleasant - but still quite demanding - hotness. All of these tangy and sharp flavors are balanced by a taste of sweet fruits - mostly orange and lemon peel, but also pineapple - and faint malts. No funky flavors to speak of. The finish is dry with a more spices, minimal hop bitterness and a bit of a twang from the alcohol. This one develops very nicely towards the end: It gets a little less edgy, more round and balanced, as the sweet fruit flavors becomes more prominent.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, plenty of carbonation and all in all quite dry. But it still has a semi-smooth feel to it.

Drinkability: A very good beer. Quite tasty as well. The big medicinal phenols and spiciness coupled with the sweet fruits makes it truly interesting, but also a bit demanding. Although it drinks really easily and is quite refreshing, the alcohol and the spices becomes a little too prominent and somewhat demanding after a while.

NOTE: Will cellar a couple of these to see how they turn out. I'm especially interested to see how the balance between the alcohol and spices develops.

Photo of baggio
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A: Orange/Yellowish with a nice creamy, white, head. Some lacing too.

S: Exotic fruit, Phenols, Belgian yeast, Cloves and some hops.

T: Spices (nutmeg?), Fruit, Citric notes (orange), Belgian yeast, Cloves and some small hint of alcohol.

M: Sweet with a slight hint of sourness. Spicy and quite complex with a decent bitterness at the end.

A quite complex saison with both a nice sweetness and bitterness to go with it. Tasty and dangerously drinkable.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


cork dated 2008. poured into tulip.

appearance is about the same.

on the nose, i can pick out more pear fruitiness and other esters. the phenols are much gentler this time around.

bitterness is more pronounced this time, with a grassy character to the hop. again, the phenols are more subdued - or perhaps i'm more used to them now? there is some alcohol noticeable, and it accentuates the spice and phenols, but not harshly.

the carbonation is quite active, and perhaps feels slightly over-prickly, but otherwise gives fluffy and creamy notes. hop resins in the finish.

smell 4.0 -> 4.5
taste 3.5 -> 4.0

again, i really hope one day these belgian brewers can move to brown glass. i had another bottle a week ago which was totally skunked.

OLD REVIEW 2-18-08

cork dated 2007

golden, orange amber, nearly clear but with yeast sediment suspended and eventually settling towards the bottom half of the glass. decent head which fades slowly. low to moderate lacing.

fruity and champagne like, yeasty with some malt, faint whiffs of something like peppery spice, but very phenolic, almost medicinal.

flavor has some honey-like notes and sweetness, but again the chemical-like phenolic elements come in and almost distract from the party. mildly bitter with fruity finish, but again with some solvent-like character, almost cutting down the score further.

feel is smooth, some astringency. very gentle carbonation.

pairs decently with thai food, but nothing special. i think i like regular saison dupont better.

Photo of ryrust5301
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Nothing to complain about at all. Hard to find fault with a beer thats pure gold, and has a billowing white head that is a work of art. Yeast floats around like leaves in the wind and settles to the bottom of the glass.

Smell - Smells like a farmhouse ale. Soft spice with a creamy sweet apple pear aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Tangy with a magnificent honey sweetness, but just a touch enough to complement the sourness. Lemon, pepper, and clove make up the body, and give it a little bit of a hefe-weizen touch. Mouthfeel is very dry and crisp with a very well hidden alcohol for 9.5%. I'm sipping it, but I could drink it so much quicker as it feels lighter than it really is.

Drinkability - A fine saison, and a damn fine one at that. I think I would go as far as to say that Brasserie Dupont has this whole saison thing down.

Photo of ShrLSU
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper orange color. It has a nice pillowy white head. The nose is spicy with some citrus notes. The taste is excellent. Its nice and spicy but sweet and very east to drink. The mouthfeel is medium bodies and pretty good amount of carbonation. It's highly enjoyable and easy to drink. This is the perfect saison!

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

Beer #3 at a recent tasting, preceded by the Fantome Hiver.

Poured a cloudy copperish tone, large creamy head. Scent of spices and some definite fruit. This was the second Saison of the tasting and I'm new to this style, but liking it a lot. They make me think of a spicier take on a Belgian White Ale.

The 9.5% abv is very well masked... very easy to drink.

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

Corked bottle.

Poured hazy orange color with a large frothy white head that was lasting with excellent lacing.

Heavy spicy fruit aroma.

Medium to full body with a sticky texture.

Medium balanced flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

Solid complex drinkable beer.

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

A very nice saison. I picked up this 750ml at Binny's in Chicago's south-loop neighborhood.

- Massive fluffy pillow-like head, pay attention while pouring! And the head stays around for a long long time - turns into a meringue.
- Color is cloudy straw (not chill-haze)
- very little lacing - surprisingly given the head retention

- cut grass
- cinnamon
- banana(?)

- sour, cinnamon, nutmeg on finish.
- malt is there but very light and creamy

- big and fluffy (little too much so for the style)

- very good for the complexity

Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,116 ratings.