Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl
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4.5/5 rDev +7.7%
A- Huge pretty white head on a pretty clear golden orange body. Looks like lots of carbonation. Good head retention. Good decent lacing. Does take a while for it to even get to the lacing though.
S- Big European floral grassy hops. Has some spice and some fruits. Some light citrus and cloves.
T- I'm not really sure if I'm going to be able to describe it with really getting out the right flavors but I am going to try. Some fruity flavors like banana and a hint of orange and lemon in there too. Has some spices along with the fruits. Has a yeast taste too. A grassy flavor with a light bitterness that takes a back seat. The alcohol is almost none existent which is hard to believe at 9.5%. However as it warms a bit there is a very light taste of alcohol mixed in with the fruits. The fruits and spice and the light dry bitterness gets left in the mouth. Flavor are all very strong and make a very complex beer.
M- Body is on the thinner side. A medium carbonation but seems to get lower as warms. A nice crisp brew. With almost zing left on the tongue from the spices.
D- This is a truly great beer. Does it beat a Fantome? Thats a very close call. Just a GREAT! beer. Must be one of my favorites. What a great choice for NBS! CHEERS!
10-22-2006 21:56:59 | More by BlindPig
3.73/5 rDev -10.8%
750mL bottle, corked and caged, into a thin pilsner.
bright hazy yellow gold with a nice layer of fluffy white head. some lacing along the sides; the haze increases with each pour until the last serving is murky with sediment.
spicy, funky aroma with a subtle honey sweetness and a lemony sourness. subtle, balanced aroma.
flavor is similarly balanced. same honey sweetness and a spicy bite, then an astringent, sour and tart drying finish. alcohol is nicely hidden; comes off as a very drinkable, balanced beer, if not quite memorable or world-beating.
10-10-2006 00:18:17 | More by Prufrock
3.95/5 rDev -5.5%
750 ml bottle about a year old. Pours light with way too much head. I could never pour more than 1/4 glass of beer without filling the rest with head. Head like iron that never goes down.
Aroma was light, slightly sweet with a hint of citrus and spices. More spice in the aroma than in the beer. Flavor was moderatly malty with essentially no hops character. Didnt finish as dry as the other Dupont Saison.
10-03-2006 14:18:55 | More by GooberMcNutly
4.83/5 rDev +15.6%
At 9.5%, this is the strongest of Brasserie Duponts lineup. And Ive got a whole 750 ml all to myself. Poor me. (Or is that, pour me!)
Crisp pop upon opening!
Cloudy, orangeish peach in appearance with a swirling eddy of carbonation and a thick off-white head.
Grassy, slightly lemony aroma. Invigorating and refreshing!
The malt body is understated and at first serves merely as a stage for a slightly spicy, herbal, floral hop presence. Slightly peppery at the finish. Tartness is minimum. Malt develops a slightly chewy, doughy character as the beer warms. Exquisitely balanced. God, how the hell is 9.5%? Youll feel it long before you taste it (though the alcohol flavor does spark up a bit as the beer sits).
Lovely, well carbonated but substantial mouthfeel
Yeast pour adds a hint of farmhouse funk to the aroma and an easy depth to the flavor.
What a great beer!
08-28-2006 03:58:44 | More by mzwolinski
4.4/5 rDev +5.3%
It pours a cloudy orange, like apricot nectar. Three fingers of fluffy white head ebb slowly. Arched aqueducts of lacing water the inside of the glass.
The aroma granted a rounded swirl of grain sweetness, twisting with berry, vanilla, mandarin irange, and a mere sprig of mint. An air of tart apple clove spice, and tangy yeast dances around an ether of alcohol.
Upon tasting, there comes an initial brush of light malt and grain sweetness that brings along some mellow citrus, biscuit, and berry fruit. Clove, coriander, and some estery apple dry out the middle considerably to allow a spine of warm alcohol to ease through. Spice and fruit blur with residual grain toward the close, and then the finish is a crisp taste of Granny Smith. It's complex enough to intrigue, and blended so well it flows seamlessly.
Medium bodied, it fills the mouth with a refreshing crispness that virtually caresses the palate.
Simply, it's a splendidly enjoyable blend of the best things in beer from Belgium. It appeals to each sense it touches, and it finishes the show with a fresh, drinkable flourish. The ABV is credible, and the sole limiting factor of note, but it's a pleasant warmer. With best wishes, it delivers on its salutation.
08-07-2006 17:29:28 | More by Foxman
4.9/5 rDev +17.2%
appearance: poured this right after I brought it back from the store, so the yeast was mixed in bassically. bright orange color that is completly imperrivius to any light. giant head that takes up over half of the wine glass, looking like lemon merrange. lacing is slowly left beyond. looking very dupont. bottle is very class looking as well, would do well at a fancy dinner.
smell: smelling lots of pepper, that dry smell that I get in the other dupont saison's. the yeast is providing tons here. good, but not too much complexity. yet i love that pepper smell, so good.
taste: the first taste is almost underwelming. then you realize how good this is and how much restrait is in the taste.the grains get a chance to shine, of course backed by the yeast and "a kiss of the hops." I,m tasting melon, rum, and sugar. the end of the finish brings a dry bitterness typical of saisons, only this one is less dry than either foret or regular dupont. no trace of the 9.5 alcohol, which is great, i don't really enjoy booze taste so much.
moutfeel: very light, as light as any beer i've had. it doesn't feel watery at all. it feels almost lighter than water somehow.
drinkability: damn hard to use restrait on this one. this is not a sipper, it just goes down so smooth. everytime i time i take a drink i'm tempted to drink the entire glass, which i end up doing a few times. nothing wrong with that but 9.5 is a strong one.
i love saisons and this may be the best i've had yet, if not one of the best beer's i've ever had. I can see this becoming a staple. The second half of the bottle went extremly well with Mexican food. (i'm sure it would kick ass with Thai or Vietnamese as well.)
08-07-2006 00:13:03 | More by pjwilson
4.8/5 rDev +14.8%
Poured into a Belgian tulip.
The most explosive cork I've ever seen hit the ceiling and ricocheted across the kitchen on opening this monster. The pour yields a two inch head, slow to fall. It leaves thick lacing as it does, too. It's quite rocky, and the color of butter pecan ice cream. Color is a very slightly hazy golend yellow, with very active carbonation. Nose is of sour apples, cut grass, sugar, and diacetyl. First sip yields spicy floral hops with nice bitterness, which moves through sugar and sour apples to a warming, somewhat dry finish. Aftertaste is full of nice grain flavor, very malty. Pouring in the yeast of course mellows the flavor, and makes the beer near opaque.Mouthfeel is medium-light, but with very high tingly carbonation. Marvelously warming in the belly. This is a marvelous saison, my new favorite in the style. Pairs excellently with spicy food, as well.
08-06-2006 16:43:02 | More by mjc410
4.6/5 rDev +10%
750ml caged and corked bottle. Cork has 2005 for date.
Pours a hazy golden yellow. Voluminous white head, dense and rocky. Lacing on the glass that resembles...well, it looks exactly like Belgian lace. Smells of lemon and sweet spice. Orange zest.
Taste is rich caramel and molasses. Hints of vanilla. Oaky with sherry notes. Lots o' alcohol as it finishes. Very dry finish, dires out quick from all the richly sweet flavors up front. In the finish, one taste comes out again and again: Juniper berries. Not sure if they're used but I couldn't get them out of my head. Mouth is dry and full bodied. This beer's a treat. I want more and I want more to age for a couple years.
07-17-2006 17:19:58 | More by ViveLaChouffe
3.88/5 rDev -7.2%
2005 vintage. Rich gold in colour with strong carbonation. Delicate aromas of floral and grassy hops, spicy yeast, citrus fruits, and barnyard. Surprisingly peppery in the mouth, with some alcohol notes becoming apparent. In this sense, it was very much tripel-like. More funk and citrus flavor notes made their way into the mix as the beer warmed. A bit heavy handed in the alcohol and yeast department flavor wise, but still a good saison... my 29th bithday beer.
06-26-2006 21:13:51 | More by fisherman34
3.05/5 rDev -27%
I found this in 750ml bottles at the Hopleaf in Chicago. The first one we opened was completely skunked, absolutely undrinkable. The bartender was cool and opened a new one for us which tasted initially good (much better compared to the first bottle), but was still slightly skunked. I'm guessing light damage, why don't they just use brown bottles!?!
It was highly carbonated, and had some floating yeasties. Beyond the skunk I could smell some grassy aromas, and the taste included some honey-like sweetness and coriander. It could be really good but tough to tell.
06-24-2006 21:47:57 | More by TurdFurgison
4.9/5 rDev +17.2%
Hazy, pale sunshine in hue with a straw influence; the shading is absolutely lovely. It is perfect! Who said a great looking beer needed to be dark and intimidating? Massive frothy head, there was easily four fingers of foam at the apex. Head retention was very good; slowly the bubbles subsided to a thick, chunky cap. Lacing started before I even took a sip, which I love. A small cap lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was widespread, disorganized it is a webby maze. Overall, this is one lovely beer. It is flawless.
I love Saisons. I love Dupont. All it took was one sniff and I fell in love with this beer. It is awesome. There is a summer breeze very airy with perfume from apples, pears, lemon zest, apricots, and a subtle array of tropical fruits. Marshmallows, kisses of cloves, plus there is an herbal sprig, with pepper at the end. Vaguely alcoholic at the back, I even detect a trace of maltiness. The bouquet is truly awesome. It is the prototypical Saison only enhanced (beefed-up?) but not Americanized (fucked-up?), the craftsmanship is very apparent. Wow. Moderate potency; very inviting I am taking a sip (finally!).
The palate is captivating. I am in awe at the articulation. Like the nose there is a lovely airiness to the palate. Apples, pears, lemon zest, and apricots are the fruity notes. I cannot forget the herbal blend with undercurrents of clove and, I swear, there is a kiss of coriander. I cant forget the marshmallows, pepper, and a light alcohol burn towards the finish. Plus it is sweet, malty with a fruity finish hot and peppery aftertaste with some juiciness. To state it bluntly this beer is hot, spicy, juicy, and bitter. To state is even more simply, this beer is wonderful. I am a huge fan of Saison Dupont but Avec Les Bons Voeux is a much better beer. My definition of great Saison has just been adjusted. This is just as good as (better than?) the best Fantome Saison. I never thought Id say that.
Slightly fuller than medium, the carbonation is ticklish and spritzy; it is very playful on the tongue. The carbonation would allow this beer to be consumed with fatty, rich foods. In general Saisons are versatile but this beer might the king. Im in love.
Im coming to the realization that this beer will be my new highest rated beer on BA. It is the closest thing to perfection Ive tasted and it is clearly the best Saison Ive had. I am stunned at how great this beer is! I am one happy dude right about now. Thank you mdinges, youve made my day. I want many more bottles of this. Im officially spoiled. World Class. Highly Recommended.
06-16-2006 14:34:39 | More by bditty187
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
This brew pours with an amazing white fluffy head. The color is a deep yellow/gold with plenty of haze. Nice head retention and a decent lace to boot. The smell is very earthy with a mild sweet breadiness. Fairly spicy with hints of lemon, you get a bit of alcohol fume if you inhale deeply enough. The taste is spicy and peppery, with citrus notes. It remains mostly unsweet, and yields a nice bready, sour finish. Alcohol is not real noticible in the taste. Mothfeel is excellent, lighter in body, but with an amazing bubbly zest, and intense smoothness. It floods the entire mouth, increasing my overall enjoyment. A great offering overall, it tastes great although lacks a real uniqueness. To me it didn't separate itself from the Saison Dupont, but it still is a delight...
06-12-2006 03:02:35 | More by bennetj17
4.25/5 rDev +1.7%
750 mL champagne bottle that is corked and caged, with 2005 on the cork. It pours a nice hazed honey/gold with an inch of off-white head that leaves some decent lacing. The aroma is lightly skunky, with pine/juniper and grassy hops along with lemon and orange peel and some phenols. It starts medium with airy carbonation and a sharp bitterness from the pungent medicinal phenols, along with grapefruit, honey?, and a grassy/musty character. Drinkability suffers due to the sharp phenols, which are nice and make for a good complexity, but are not my favorite byproduct of brewing. Overall though, it is a good, complex saison that would probably age very well.
06-01-2006 18:43:21 | More by mmmbeer
4.47/5 rDev +6.9%
Perfect gold with a orange tinted center. Slighly paled and definately hazed from the tons of activity that swirls and dances around within. Carbonation is fevered and running for a long time after every pour. Tiny specks of yeast and spices thread themselves inbetween the bubbly action. The head is towering and creamy with a lightly stained whiteness that resembles home made whipping cream. Not to mention the staying power this cap has. It takes for ever to subside from all the carbonated action. Only from sipping does it get taken away. The lacing isn't really lacing at all, its left over creamy clumps and shelves that sit around the top of glass in areas that I'm not sipping from. Incredible appearance! I could go on, but...
Aroma is adequately forward with a lemony spice, dried grasses, airy yeasty dried spice, and pale breads. As it begins to finally settle in after a length the warming temp tends to get an over riped, fruity funk of pineapple and banana skins. The malts really turn it around into something quite different. Still takes alot of wiffing to get the subtlities down as well as its overall nose. But quite capativating, non-the-less.
Taste is firm and standing tall. Takes you right in and begins the ride of complexity thats nearly overwhelming. Lots of weird but interesting spices fly up and down and around the center of a pale bready, semi soured tangy center of sweetness. Yeasty things are always there as is a fruity sense of dulled and over ripe citrusy stuff. Kinda stuffy, fairly bold, easliy rich, inticing, slimming dryness, moderate malts, and faint notes to citrus peels and their bitterness and parching effects. One super complex flavor thats ever changing from sip to sip. Something new captured in every sip. A nice aspect to what seems to be its dulling character. I think its the spices, which are peppery, yeasty, floral, dry, grassy, and not withstanding any real overplay as it helps balance the funky fruity paled sweetness.
Feel is solid and active, at first, once it settles and is at the bottom, trailing end of its offering, it gets completely awesome. Warm, spicing, airy, creamy, rich, malty, spicy again, some dryness, more spices, wow, it never stops making an impression. Some lasting sips bring the warmth right into the nose with spices and warmth. To me that's an impression.
The drinkability is quite good and can be put back easliy enough, yet that 9.5 % sneaks right in and lets you know and reminds you to slow it down for full enjoyment at the proper stage of the beers' life. An incredible Saison thats sure to blow the mind of any worthy connoisseur of the style. Seemed at its peak of interest to me at around 60 degrees. So serve warmer then the norm for most and enjoy.
Note: Older yellow label with a faded background of a biere cellar from Aug 2005; caged and corked green 750ml bottle.
05-27-2006 00:32:05 | More by tavernjef
4.72/5 rDev +12.9%
This is the best beer I have ever tasted, there is simply nothing wrong with it, smell is great, taste is supercomplex, appearance is nice and super drinkable. Every sip is enjoyable!
It pours an excellent golden yellow orange color with a stable head that is fed by a constant stream of (a lot of) carbonation.
Smell was excellent, lemon zest and slightly acidic, hops off course and some fruity green apples.
First taste is hops, sort of cannabis like and a green taste, grass or italian herb-like. Then the fruity and floral part, with flowers, green apples and other exotic fruits, like pineapple and mango.To finish it off, there is a malty backbone, in a vienna malt way.
Mouthfeel is dry and body is medium to low. I suspect some lactic acid to be in there. Although it sounds like a serious attack of the tastebuds, everything is quit mild.
This is a wonderfull beer, without a doubt, I have never given these good reviews to a beer, this beer is great in smell and taste and is highly drinkable!
05-20-2006 21:21:55 | More by Absumaster
4.75/5 rDev +13.6%
3/4 Liter bottle received from dnrobert24 and 2MBBIF.
I get a loud pop and a healthy amount of carbonation from the cork upon opening. Cork has 2005 on it as the bottling year.
Poured in to my Duvel Tulip I get a peachy golden colored beer with a trace of chill hazing. Powerful and voluminous white head almost is too much for my glass. Absolutely perfect looks for a Saison.
Smell is strong almost like a lovely flowers and spices perfume. Strong flowers combine with an intense spicy aroma. Strong coriander and black pepper aroma accents a very floral Saison.
Taste is quite dry and very floral and spicy that is my first impression. Hops are not at all hidden here and show themselves as a stiff drying bitterness in the aftertaste. Strongly warming in the chest but not the mouth, you will not be drinking two bottles of this by yourself. Flavor is all flowers and hay with coriander and black pepper. A very well executed beer that nails the style perfectly.
Mouthfeel is full crisp and drying, only thing left behind is a taste of flowers.
I always worry when I give a beer very high marks as to whether my sense of taste might be out of whack but not with this one. Pretty much a perfect Saison, throw away all that champagne and serve this for special occasions. Only possible flaw here is that the alcohol level won't let you drink a lot of it at once.
05-14-2006 21:58:03 | More by Zorro
4.08/5 rDev -2.4%
A - a light golden straw color, with a very thick, 2 1/2 finger thick, rocky white head that lasts a while, moderate carboantion and sediment
S - a loemony wheaty aromo, typical of saisons, and a spiciness behind it, like cloves or nutmeg
T - a citrusy flavor up front, almost like orange juice, very big, then a bitter hop blast, a spicy hint (the nutmeg/clove) resides in the background the whole time
M - very balanced, a great flavor, a top notch saison, very impressive
D - high, easily downed, not to sweet, acidic, or bitter
05-07-2006 02:16:28 | More by sinstaineddemon
4.45/5 rDev +6.5%
Appearance: Cork flies off and beer starts erupting. After a quick pour into a duvel tulip. Medium to slightly dark gold color, copious carbonation cascades from the core of the cup. Head fades slowly, hollowing itself out from the middle, leaving splotches of lace.
Smell: Sweet, light fruits, peppery spices, slightly musky. Very nice.
Taste: Mellow and grapey at first, then sour and bitter, spicy. The pepper, yeast, and alcohol mix together very nicely. Refreshing and strong.
Mouthfeel: Metallic and dry, aptly carbonated.
Drinkability: A very nice light beer, easy drinking and refreshing. Fit for a summer's day.
04-28-2006 17:37:19 | More by TastyTaste
4.25/5 rDev +1.7%
On tap at Monk's in Philly.
Appearance: a hazy yellowish orange color with a thick 2"+ head that stuck around a while. Nice lace paints the glass during the session.
Smell: overall muskiness with very noticeable grass, lemon, and grapefruit.
Taste: a nice barnyard special here as grapefruit, pepper, yeast, grass, and a mild bitterness are wrapped in a super dry musky malt goodness. Spiciness abounds. Alcohol level is well hidden.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp and very dry from start to finish. The dry spiciness and musky tones lingers long into the aftertaste.
Drinkability: I found this to be nicely refreshing for a dry brew. Easy drinking but the alcohol can creep up on you. Give it a try.
04-26-2006 11:46:07 | More by Gavage
4.35/5 rDev +4.1%
This beer pours a clear golden yellow color, with no head at all.
This beer has a spicy aroma. It is mild though. I can also detect some honey aroma. It has a slight citrus smell to it also. It has a slight yeasty aroma too.
This beer has a mild spicy flavor. I can taste the alcohol, but just slightly. It is very sweet. It has a honey like flavor. It has a very slight citrus flavor also.
This beer goes down smooth, leaving a spicy aftertaste. It is very low in carbonation.
I think this beer would be a decent session beer. It is high in alcohol, so that would be afactor. However, the flavor is plesent. I think I could throw back a few of these. I am happy to have had the chance to have yet another great Dupont beers.
04-07-2006 03:06:31 | More by OStrungT
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours a hazy dark amber/maroon with a thick, highly foamed head. Some yeasties suspended in the big bubbles shooting towards the surface.
Aroma of grapes, lemon citrus, coriander and a touch of pepper. Flavors of caramel and juicy grapes, along with some musty notes and other dark fruits along with a dry bready flavor
Mouthfeel is lush yet dry. Dry bread crumb feel is offset by some solid fruit sweetness, just a fleck of spicy notes.
Drinkability is very high. I'm generally not sophisticated enough to truly gauge a truly great saison but this is highly drinkable, well-balanced, very enjoyable brew which leaves me wanting to try again.
04-06-2006 20:06:11 | More by CRJMellor
4.55/5 rDev +8.9%
Served in a corked bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow with a large frothy, rocky head. Inhaled the a whiff of the beer and knew it was going to be good. Has hints of yeast and some spicy notes. Took a sip and was delighted. Yeasty and spicy flovors fill the mouth. Good mouthfeel. Very drinkable, will look out for this one again, too bad its only seasonal.
04-01-2006 00:20:51 | More by gosurfobx
4.22/5 rDev +1%
Was thrilled to pick this up for the Holidays. I love Saison Dupont, so I was really looking forward to drinking this one. I was definitely not disspointed. The head and lacing were world class. Aroma was very yeasty, grassy/hay, and really spicy. Before I tasted this baby I thought it might be too spicy. I was wrong. It was nice and tart and not too spicy. It would be hard to drink more than one of these and still be able to talk, but I'll try. I'll be interested to learn how six months in the cellar will affect this one.
03-31-2006 20:49:16 | More by doubleipa
4.1/5 rDev -1.9%
It was a pleasure to try this beer on draught tonight at Toronado in San Francisco, California. Pale yellow in color with a large head of foam. The aroma is distinctly Dupont, subtle, fruity with hints of hay, glue and pear, lots of pear. The aroma isnt very captivating quite honestly, but the taste, that is another story. Dry, with big, almost sour yeasty/farmhouse notes with big fruit flavors (pear, apple), caramel and this is awfully hoppy by the way. A very good beer. But this is far from being as magical as the 8% Blaugies beers and some of the Fantome beers.
03-23-2006 21:34:08 | More by Crosling
4.85/5 rDev +16%
The beer was picked up from Green's in a green bomber with a cork and wire cage. The vintage 05 was visible on the side of the cork before opening. The thud heard while uncorking was resoundingly solid, and the body poured out pale golden, clear, and well carbonated, and formed a head that built up above the rim of the glass. It was very Duvel-esque in its looks, which is almost always a sign of good times ahead. The carbonation never ceased during the entire drinking session. And the lacing had to be seen to be believed.
The aroma was yeasty and spicy, and had hints of lemon peel and hay. These smells are usually associated with mild smelling beers, but this one was as aromatic as a West Coast IPA. The taste was bone dry and refreshing due to the tart and spicy flavors floating atop ethanol. Very delicately balanced, yet quite bold, this was a superlative ale in its primacy. The mouthfeel was light and ephemeral, and the aftertaste peppery and tantalizing. If there was any fault to be found here, it was in the highly spicy character throughout, which might not appeal to everyone. But as you might have figured out by now, spiciness increased the appeal of this beer to me.
A very contemplative, and evocative drink that was a rare find not in availability, but in quality. Seek it and enjoy the best wishes of the brewer, they mean it.
03-13-2006 04:16:19 | More by rajendra82
Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,045 ratings.