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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,090 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,090
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 79
Gots: 82 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002)
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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
Photo of corby112
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at The Belgian Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a cloudy golen color with foamy white head. Aroma is slightly bitter with hints of fruit and spice. Extremely enjoyable smoth tasting beer. Kind of creamy with hints of fruit and spice with a crisp finish.

corby112, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of Gmann
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a cloudy golden honey color with a nice whispy white head that dissipated into a nice cap, with some lacing on the glass. The aroma is delicious. Nice funky Beligan phenols. Tart apple skin, lemon, honey, white pepper, some banana, and a nice kick of the candi sugar. Not nearly as sweet in the taste. The candi sugar is there but very subtle as it should be. The tart lemon and green apple kick things off, followed by some clove and other spices. A noticable malt presence to carry the ABV and a very slight stale grassy hop in the end. A nice solid feel with good carbonation; good balance between the sweet, bitter, and sour. Don't necessarily feel that a Saison needs to be at a 9.5abv, kind of takes away the nice rustic sessionable quality of a saison.

Gmann, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of Macca
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours pale golden with a big fluffy head. The alcohol is evident on the nose but not overpowering. Ripe fruit on the palate and lots of phenolics. A nice crispness runs through. It is an interesting beer but I don't know whether it justified the dollars spent on it.

Macca, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice honey-lemon color, massive foamy beige head is not really going anywhere, just fading in small amounts, huge clumps of lacing all over the glass, lots of sediment in the glass, and millions of tiny bubbles racing to the surface....this is nice to look at. Definitely has an earthy aroma, peppery, some citrus notes, tart lemon. Taste follows right along, I get a slight taste of alcohol, but nothing unpleasant about it....slight sourness is nice, maybe a bit of bitter green apple, some grassy flavors too...this is delicious. Intensely carbonated, refreshing but substantial. Really nice Saison.

corey0212, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulips.

A = Smokey yellow with thick white head consisting of foam and large bubbles, very good retention, light lacing, resolves to a thin foam covering on surface. The head's retention and slow dissipation was a treat to watch.

S = Very earthy smells of freshly turned compost, pitch, black pepper, mustard seed, some sourness also shows through. Very complex.

T = Taste is a good follow-on to the smell. Has a bitter/sour element that shows up at mid-palate and never lets go but that is not the main taste experience. There are myriad different things going on here from fresh crushed black pepper to cinnamon bread that someone accidentally used sour dough starter with and then only half cooked. This is just an excellent meaty example of a Saison. Definitely worth coming back to again and again, but only when in the mood for a Saison funk.

M = Medium-heavy body, alcohol stings and burns slightly but still pleasantly, the mouthcoating is good but could have been just a little more for the body.

Traquairlover, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of benmiliron
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Haven't reviewed a brew in a while. Funny how that happens some times.

Paid $9.99 for a 750mL bottle.

Big meringue foam at the pour. Looks nice in the glass - hazy but brilliant - odd. Smells spicy with a bit of funk. Taste is kinda bland. The spice is there, a hint of funk is there too. But there's this generalness to this beer that I'm not familiar with. It's very unique and actually makes the beer refreshing which is strange for a 9.5% brew.

Mouthfeel is rough at first with way over carbonation but that subsides. This is a nice brew. I don't know that I'd get another, but a classic and a good drinkin' beer nonetheless.

benmiliron, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a dark hazy gold color with decent head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer is very attractive. One gets sweet honey, cherry, a hint of citrus and spice. The flavors on the palate completely replicate the nose, with an almost buttery finish. The mouthfeel is full, rich and long. Abv. is well disguised, though the richness tips you off you might not want to session this one.

Love seeing this on tap every year. Just delicious.

John_M, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this cause I'm a saison nut and managed to find a bottle for $10 at Whole Foods. Who knew?

Looks like it should. Light copper color with a huge fluffy white head on top that leaves some solid lacing as the beer drains. Nose is fantastic: huge and sweet, dried fruit, cotton candy, maybe some aprioct and kiwi in there too. All kinds of stuff going on that nose. Flavor's enormous as well. First thing I notice is the peppy spiciness and high carbonation. There's also some candy citrus sweetness in there, but it melds extremely well with a really strong farmhouse earthiness that lingers into an almost bitter afternaste. A tough of caramel malt and yeast. Surprisngly light alcohol, given the ABV. Body is appropriate for the style, and doesn't get in the way of the flavor (and does stick around with that long aftertaste). Overall, a delicious and really unique saison. Maybe not one I'd go for every day, but an excellent beer nonetheless.

soupyman10, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy orange body with bright white, attractive head.

S - Honey-esque sweetness with a refreshing green apple tartness and grape sweetness. Yeastyness still peaks out with all these other strong aromas. Light spiciness (clove) has subsided with the bit of age.

T - Again, honey, apple tartness and grape sweetness are strong flavors in this beer. Spice is a much more present flavor in the mouth. The spices make me want to run to the spice rack to get them all down... clove, ginger and pepper, but what else I don't quite know... Finishes quite dry, with some lingering grape sweetness.

M - Soft and mid bodied, but still with enough crispness to do some nice palate cleaning.

D - This beer is one that I will always enjoy. It's expressive and complex at the same time. Definitely a highlight for me from the DuPont folks. Makes a great Chicken Cordon Bleu too...

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into my Hennepin glass, pours a cloudy golden color, with a nice frothy but smooth white head of an inch, the multi-pour bringing it right back, and some nice lacing. The aroma is lovely. Grassy hops, citrus, very nice, mild fruits, and some gentle spices. Again, being a farmhouse saison, nice earthy hops with grassy, leafy tones, citrus and fruits are understated, slightly tart, some nice spices and spicy yeast. The mouth is crisp, tart, the carbonation dancing slightly across the tongue. Really, a marvelous beer, easy to enjoy, easy to drink.

objectivemonkey, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of IPAcraig
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opening this one before the last presidential debate of the 2008 campaign which is being hosted in Nashville. I have had this beer for about a year now. 2007 cork.

Pours a nice transparent gold with a voluminous, cloudy head. Sticky lacing.

Dry, peppery aroma. Some residual light fruit tartness. Not much stronger in smell than a regular (for lack of a better word) saison dupont.

One of the driest beers i have ever tasted. Herbal, with bitter finish. Again, despite being over 9%, this one taste as light as the regular SD.

Drinkable, but I really was expecting an incredible beer. This is a really good beer, but not exceptional.

IPAcraig, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml 2005 Vintage

A: Poured with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Super sticky lacing.

S: Very musty nose up front.Then some nice fruity esters with hints of pineapple and banana. Little bit of funk as well which I was hoping for.

T: Nice subtle tartness up front. Then it has that nice earthy taste followed by a powerful sour yeasty taste. You actually get a touch of hops as well. Finishes with a blast of fruit. Very nice saison. Very complex. Tons of funk at the end of the bottle.

M: Nice light to medium body with some stickiness. Carbonation was really nice.

D: Damn is this good with 3 years on it. The last pour with all the yeast in it was sublime. Tons of funk. Excellent beer. I am sure the 3 years on the bottle did not hurt.

aerozeppl, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of kbnooshay
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous hazy orange yellow color with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma was slightly musty, clove, citrus like and yeasty. Flavor though reminds me of a Duvel, but slightly less sweet and more earthy in flavor. The mellow but nice fruit flavor is of an acid orange and pear. The peppery hop flavor is there but not too obnoxious as to overpower the delicate fruit flavor. Feel is tingly liek a champagne but not as light obviously. Not the most balanced or complex farmhouse but it was VERY enjoyable.

kbnooshay, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 release

Appearance: This one's very hazy and is a straw color with a slight nectarine color to it. It's capped with an immaculate head. It's a little off-white, foamy, and three fingers plus deep. Very, very impressive. It was extremely slow to reced and thick waves of lace clung to the glass.

Smell: The nose is a slightly underwhelming in terms of strength. It smells good, but could use a little more muscle. Initially, it strikes me as very natural and earthy. Definitely has a strong, grainy aspect to it. It is spicy and features some light clove, corriander, pepper, and very light orange peel. Apple and pear fruit aromas are sweet and blend well with the other elements. There is an aroma of Belgian yeast that's another nice factor. Ultimately, it is a nice smelling beer, but it takes a little work to get there.

Taste: The taste is indeed very earthy and grainy initially. Sweet apple and pear flavors join the mix very shortly thereafter and give it a lot of flavor. It is very spicy. Clove, corriander, and pepper are the primary players. The spices add a great deal of depth and character. Hops are very much in the mix and actually give it more of a bitter bite than I've experienced with this style. They're floral and earthy. But, they're a very welcome addition and give it some pizzazz I wasn't expecting. It's a little yeasty on the tail. Alcohol is certainly appreciable, but not overwhelming. Finishes sweet, spicy, and a little bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It feels medium bodied and is very smooth and creamy. Carbonation is definitely active, but in no way detracts from its smooth feel. Drinkability is good, but a little limited due to the alcohol content. I'll get through this 750, but that's all I'd do in a sitting.

Avec Les Bons Voeux is simply one hell of a fine beer. Perhaps the nose could use a little strengthening, but that's about it. In all other respects, it's spot on. It's easily one of the tops I've had for the style. Recommended without reservation.

prototypic, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of number1bum
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy but bright golden color with a frothy two plus inches of nearly white head. Head settles slowly and ends up leaving a chunky, uneven lace and a bit of stick.

Smell is rich and aromatic and definitively Dupont. This is the first time I've had this beer but the yeast aromas are just like Foret and Saison Dupont, and are just a bit funky and full of character. Good amount of floral, earthy, musty and fruity hops in this one. Some lemon, apples and pears, bit of grain and a little bit of sweetness, too.

Taste starts off with some fruit and yeast, but then takes quite a turn to an earthy, bitter flavor. The earth and bitterness come to the palate about halfway through and really dominate through the finish. I must say I wasn't expecting the earthiness and bitterness to that degree. Taste also consists of some musty yeast, black pepper and a bit of spicing, and some grain. Not really much residual sweetness. There is some alcohol, as well. Not as smooth and refreshing as Saison Dupont and Foret, but then again it's much stronger and a seasonal.

Mouthfeel is close to full bodied, quite creamy but the bitterness detracts a bit from the smoothness.

This is a good beer, but I don't like it nearly as much as Saison Dupont and Foret. It lacks the refreshing qualities of those beers, and the prominent earthiness and bitterness take away from the drinkability for me. I would love to revisit this when it's much colder outside, as that is the season it is meant for.

number1bum, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Continuing my quest to try the BA Top 100, was lucky enough to score this from Stan at Lone Hill Liquor. 750 ml to the head...

Apricot color. Big bubbled head, looks creamy. Good looking stuff.

Smells like peaches and beer. Other light fruit scents as well.

Taste fruity. Sour. Bananas. Cloves.

So it's OK stuff. I'm not gonna worship it or anything. Glad I got the opportunity to try it.
The 9.5 is well hidden and well appreciated.

Overall: good, but a one time thing

PatronWizard, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of koolk
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Version 2.007

Using a massive Burgundy wine glass this pours a dirty orange with tonnes of floaters and a strong, tough white head that persists all the way down.

Complexity in a glass: spices of ginger and pepper, fruits of bananas and mouldy white stone fruit, a strong herbaceous edge and a faint whiff of funky socks and sweet Belgian stench. Oh boy - complex, deep and brooding - Maybe the best beer I have ever stuck my nose in.

Palate is representative of the nose - spicy & racy with a wonderful sweet n' sour edge. Bananas, citrus and honey. Great flavours, great edginess but oh so pleasant. Hides the 9.5% abv perfectly.

Mouth feel is A1. Creamy, full, luscious, acidic, tart, so well balanced!!! So superb. Insert comment about drinking this and cows coming home.

Words will not do this beer justice. In my eyes, this is almost as good as it gets (I say "almost" because one never knows). It is like a beautiful mixture of wine and beer all wrapped up in a perfectly balanced brew. I found myself asking my house mate if he was sober enough to go back to the beer store to get more! God bless the people that made this. And at only $14 a 750 (are you f'ing kidding me!!! here is oz?) it is a steal.

Rumour has it that this ages well...worth it? we will see! Fantastic stuff.

koolk, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: snifter. nice pale yellow color with some sediment in there. solid white head. good retention and good lacing.

S: nice lemon aroma. some sweet tones mixed with some sour notes. almost like a fair lemonade.

T: sweeter malts than expected. some lemon and sweet orange flavors. some sours, but light. very nice tasting saison.

M: very smooth and mellow for 9.5%, heavier than expected. high carbonation.

D: I love saisons, this is good, but not top notch for me. very enjoyable though, well worth a try.

paulthebeerguru, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of Jmamay22
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy and cloudy honey color. Atop sits a very frothy, creamy collection of tiny ecru colored bubbles that form an impressive head that leaves thick gobs of lacing down the walls of my glass.

Smells of hay and sweet grass, with a light, but noticeable spice and alcohol content. Clove and coriander dominate the more subtle hints of white pepper. There is a slightly fruity content as well smelling of apples and perhaps a dash of lemon and peach.

The taste is much of the same as the smell, but the mixture of alcohol content and spices can be difficult to handle at times. Clove stands out strong and some of the subtleties of the nose are blown away. No real funkiness, which is somewhat disappointing, but more a question of interpretation. Finishes with a firm alcohol slap.

The feel is luscious in a word and plays well between creamy and light.

The spice and alcohol content add life and zest to the beer, but become tiring on the palette, which hurts the drinkability of the beer. More of a celebratory beer I would enjoy sharing, but would stop after a small single glass. Overall it shows flashes of brilliance, yet also some clumsiness. I had higher hopes, but you could do far worse.

Jmamay22, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of younger35
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew in a semi recent trade with WeisGuy. Been looking for this brew for quite some time so I appreciate the opportunity! Drank from my brand spanking new Ithaca tulip (thanks to BeerTruth!). 2007 on cork.

Appearance- Pours a light honey yellow with a huge three finger creamy white head. Slowly subsides leaving a really thick half finger cap and collar that leave a small amount of patchy lacing.
Smell- Not the wild funkiness that I was expecting. Very subtle, balanced and easy on the nostrils. Soft ripened banana combined with zesty clove and white pepper are at the forefront. Fairly fruity as well with a slight acidic zest that is full of lemon and orange. Becomes a bit more pronounced as it warms bringing forth a slightly sweet biscuity goodness.
Taste- Starts slightly sweet with a light candied Belgium maltiness that is almost honey like. Zesty and full of fruity goodness, orange peel and pineapple are slightly acidic and slightly bitter. A bit of spiciness ranging from light nutmeg and clove to pepper and coriander are more than present. Not the funkiest brew I've had but definitely a bit of wild mustiness in the finish along with some of that banana I got in the nose.
Mouthfeel- Light and creamy effervescence that makes the medium to heavy body feel light and airy. A bit of warming in the finish.
Drinkability- This is a really tasty brew that I find myself enjoying thoroughly. It goes down a bit too easy for a brew over 9% and I definitely wish I had a drinking buddy right now. The ABV could be toned down a bit but otherwise this is a fantastic brew. Big thanks to Shane!

younger35, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of bitterthebetter
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a fantastic golden hazy orange that looks majestic. tumultuous white head with lots of action

rich yeasty aromas of toast, coriander, other spices, dry hops, and slight citrus

floral notes upfront followed by nice yeast notes, although very smooth; continues with pale roasted malt, biscuity notes, spicy and dry hops, slight spice texture and even slight citrus

a really intriguing beer and amazingly complex. slowly warming, slight spice, good hops, a sublime and elegant beer

a finish that continues to impress with warmth, and the balance is just impeccable. its always just the right amount of fruit, or malt, or hops, or spice, its just so delicate and delicious, yet strong and enduring at the same time. the most impressive saison i've had to date

bitterthebetter, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of Kraken
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a 20oz pint glass. Label on bottle is different then picture on BA site. The label on this bottle is yellow. Cork says bottled in 2007, no best by date. Beer pours a hazy golden amber, with a nice 3 finger head, that diminishes, mild lacing. Smells slightly sweet with light hopping, grassy. Taste is sweet, with a mild malt body. Sweetness comes on late, with a pleasant hop bitterness. Hints of citrus, slightly hot. Nice long slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pleasant and complex as it warms. Drinkability is a little rough at 10%. Very nice beer, label states that its a New Years beer, which makes it a first for me.

Give it a shot

Kraken, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of RomanW70
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Really nice seasonal ale. Pours golden red. Intense floral aroma of yeast, light fruits, and aromatic hops. Has a good deal of funk, but that only serves to complement the other flavors. has a great spicy funky, bready quality to it. Very smooth. Nice finish, An excellent farmhouse ale.

RomanW70, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Who wants a bon bon? Pours a very cloudy darker yellow color with golden hues throughout. A big frothy head with decent head retention and good lacing throughout.

The nose is limited overall. Some underlining malt notes and some nice/unique barnyard smells. Some spicy wheat notes that lend with a light pepper aroma. A light goaty with some almost brett smell but no fruit notes to speak of. Maybe needs a bit more aging.

The taste is similar. Limited malt notes with some undertone funk and goat. Malt has some wheat and a light honey aftertaste. More fruity notes come out relative to the nose. Some apricot and tart orange flavors. Some surprisingly hoppy notes in the finish with more of a citrus note.

The body is light to moderate. Good carbonation. Overall I was disappointed in this beer. I was hoping for more funk and more fruitiness/ester Belgian goodness. Oh well here is score.

Oxymoron, May 29, 2008
Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,090 ratings.