1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

Not Rated.
Avec Les Bons VoeuxAvec Les Bons Voeux

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,175 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,175
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 85
Gots: 110 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl visit their website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (20) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Avec Les Bons Voeux Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,175 | Reviews: 579 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of number1bum
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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

Photo of koolk
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of younger35
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Photo of bitterthebetter
4.38/5  rDev +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

Photo of Kraken
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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

Photo of RomanW70
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.26/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a dark golden hazy color with a big rocky head. A fruity nose, with musty and earthy notes as well. Fruity on the palate again with a touch of herbal earthiness and spiciness. A slight bitterness emerges at the end and lingers for time afterward. Very light alcohol also detectable at the end. Slightly dry. A nice beer, a good sipping beer.

Photo of Scrumtralecent
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a goblet a cloudy golden color with a wonderful amount of carbonation floating in the cloudiness. A nice thick head was formed that left behind a nice lacing.

S: The smell is a soothing floral scent with almost tripel like spice in the background. An interesting blend of soothing yet invigorating smell.

T: The taste is incredibly subtle. The fruity spice and soothing malts come and go quickly. Little citrus detected along with a some hops playing in the end. Very complex taste with plenty to find with every sip.

F: Plenty of carbonation to dance in your mouth along with the tastes. Quite refreshing.

D: A very nice saison. The complex smell and taste are the distinguishing factors for this beer. A good one to try and well worth the money for the experience you get from this beer.

Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 08/2012, served lightly chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: dark golden, lively and constant flows of tiny fizz, topped with a tight and creamy thick white head.
S: densely sweet malts and mildly sour citric fruitiness come together, backed by a touch of spiciness, candy sugar, hops, and a light note of lemon rind... It smells like a Belgian strong pale ale in every sense, due to the absence of a more pronounced musty edge.
T: salty-sweet citric fruits and zests, Belgian pale malts, a touch of grassy hoppiness and spiciness upfront, then turning to a chewy palate of deep bitterness on a par with pale maltiness - with a lingering aroma slightly reminiscent of a strong pale Bock's aftertaste... The finish offers a faintly alcoholic - almost herb-liqour-plus-medium-dry-sherry like - mouthfeel... A moderate bitterness with herbal features stays on the centre of the palate, where a mild mustiness and woodiness do finally emerge...
M&D: so refreshing yet creamy in texture, the body is light, so easy to sip... Dangerously drinkable, and the deep herbal bitterness really makes it all the more outstanding! Not heavily Saison-like to me, though, due to the attenuated mustiness, but overall this is a cracking booze to sip~~

Photo of vtfan77
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, this is a winter seasonal, but it's also a saison, which means it should be good for at least... um... forever. So, I'm not worried.

A- Hazy, light gold with a huge fluffy head that leaves a ton of lacing along the sides as it slowly dissipates. Very nice.

S- Tart and lemony, with a touch of banana and some mustiness. A little barnyard, too. Great balance between fruity and funky.

T- Pretty sweet, much more so than I would have guessed from the smell. There's a decent amount of grainy malt, a touch of fruitiness, and a good dose of mustiness. Finishes dry with a decent hop bitterness.

M- Medium to full-bodied and moderately carbonated. I wouldn't mind a touch more carbonation.

D- Not bad for 9.5% alcohol. It doesn't have the transcendent drinkability of Saison Dupont, but it's not really supposed to. Still quite good.

This is a very nice saison. It's a little sweeter, more alcoholic, and fuller in body than most of the style, but this is a special release, so those qualities are welcome. It's not something I'd drink every day, but I'd be happy to have some every once in a while. Recommended.

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

Thanks to robbyc1 for this bottle. I just had it on tap at the legendary Hopleaf in Chicago.

750ml dark green bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a light straw color with a bit of cloudiness. 2 fingers of pearl white head forms and holds pretty good. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Lots of yeasty esters. Plenty of banana and clove like scents. Light spice hops(Saaz I'm guessing). Crisp, grainy malts.

T/M: Bitterness and spice are both great. Grassy, floral, even a little musty and earthy. Malts are clean and grainy. Body is crisp and light with a pleasant drying in the finish.

D: Pretty straight forward but damn tasty. I didn't write a review from the Hopleaf because I knew I had this bottle waiting at home, but I think I liked it a bit more on tap. Very easy drinking Saison and perfect now that weather is warming up. 9.5% is a complete and utter shock.

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

An easy three fingers of loose bubbled white head and retaining well sits atop cloudy golden colored body. Fragrant florals, lemon, tart esters, soft yeast funk aromas offer something very promising. Tastes begin with zesty citrus, lemon and grapefruit, traces of pear and then the yeasty funk takes center stage throwing out a range of depth and character. Flashes of peppery spice, the sweetness, and hops balances well with the yeasts tart, musty, mossy character. Finishes dry with a yeasty bitterness. Nice consistent mouthfeel with some cloying, frothy carbonation, and medium body is all very nice. Best thanks to Dupont for Best Wishes!

Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened up to revel 2006 vintage labeled on the cork. Sampled 12/07.

A: Poured a beautiful and very hazy golden/tangerine color with a big billowy white head that was moderately lasting leaving a slight sticky lacing on the glass. Visible carbonation was very light as the carbonation bubbles slowly and lazily rose to the surface.

S: yeasty with a light sour fruitiness and muskiness, fresh wheat aroma, and sour tangerines.

T: sour fruit, oranges/tangerines. There was a noticeable spicy citrus alcohol presence, yeasty sourness, pepper notes, and a creamy wheat lacing for a finish. The beer drank beautifully from start to finish with a creamy rich wheat palate with sharp and spicy lemon/citrus notes along with a alcohol bite finishing dry.

M: The mouthful was creamy and thick with a nice wheat/breadiness to the palate.

D: great, what else is there to say.

Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 on the cork

Whoa - big Belgian farmhouse funk at the first pour. It fades into almost nothing as the beer warms and settles, but it's rich and almost overwhelming at first. Light and toasty Cheerioes-like grain aromas eventually come out along with the citrus rind hops. Those same hops dominate the flavor with a sweet, honey biscuit note in the middles before a somewhat harsh lime and citrus bitterness rolls through to finish this beer out.

This was a great beer, but frankly I'd prefer this brewery's Saison Dupont and Foret. Still worth a try if you dig saisons.

Photo of JDV
3.06/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light orange to yellow with whitish head. Smell is minty, and lemony fresh, perhaps herbal as well. Taste is sharp, somewhat tart and a touch spiced as well. Some butteriness to the flavor at the same time and a honey sweetness to it. Faintly hopped as well, but sweetness prevails still a bit from this.

Photo of marksto
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dirty blonde in color with a very thick, fluffly, and slightly rocky head. Hazy and very effervescent. Aroma smells of spice and pepper with noticible sourness and some underlying fruit (peach).

Flavor offers good complexity, with definite black pepper, sour fruit, and noticible alcohol warmth. Dry, with a little bit of light brett funk also laying in the background. The alcoholic strength of this one really pushes the boundary of the saison category - sort of an "imperial" saison if you will.

Overall, a nice beer - worth trying if you have the opportunity but not one I would consider a world classic. The regular Saision Dupont actually offers a more classic example of the style.

Photo of shroompod
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rocky white head sticks around to bottom of glass. Lacing galore. Cloudy light orange.

I smell brett, not much else.

Not normally a Saison fan , this beer might change my mind. Funky sweetness with that funky barnyard finish. Yeasty , sweet grains and alcohol is apparent but not offensive.

Mouthfeel is light/medium , very clean finish. Good carbonation.

I very nice beer I'll be sure to pick up again.

Photo of smcolw
3.36/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Impressive head with lasting power; nice ring lace on the glass after each sip. Cloudy and golden.

Some barnyard aromas; I detect plastic as well as a strong mustiness. This is slightly off but I can't tell exactly why.

Lemony initial flavor on the sip. Highly carbonated! Good body, but almost soda pop bubbles. Very astringent and tart. The aftertaste is short lived and very dry.

Big points for the complexity, but there is also a lot of odd flavors and smells that aren't exactly appealing. Vive la difference but realize that this is not your typical beer. It is growing on me.

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

Cloudy copper color with a big fluffy white head.

Smells spicy with some fruit coming through. Earthy tones are noticeable.

Complex brew, very tasty. Peppery yeast and also spiciness comes through. Grassy flavor. Lemon/ citrus tones. Alcohol is noticeable. A creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Drinkable considering the high ABV. smooth and easy to drink. Maybe too easy.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a slightly hazy bright and yellow copper with a rocky and super stiff pure white head, some carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass really ties the look of this beer together nicely. One and a half inch head fades into a cap and leaves a decent amount of lacing behind.

S: Slight and sweet pear and lemon pepper grassyness, I mean it is all there, mellow and balanced.

T/MF: At once creamy and carbonated with a super grassy and lemon pepper flavor as was evidenced in the nose. Quite spicy as well and closes with a mellow pear and grapefruit finish which is both prickly and drying, no too bitter which fits nicely within this style guidelines and backed always by a solid funky earthy yeast profile. This beer is solidly complex and the long finish really drives this point home as many additonal flavors return in the long finish I almost don't want to take another sip.

D: Drinkability is quite high on this one, very tasty, hides its alcohol rather deceptivly and is not that filling apart from the rather large amount of carbonation present in this beer.

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

Found at the Blue Nile. (reviewed from notes)

This beer pours a foggy golden peach with an egg shell film for a collar.

Smells of creamy, powdery yeast with some black pepper and cream, pears, cranberries, peaches and a crisp but sour pineapple. There's alsoa soft orange juice with a dry grapefruit rind that fades into a light soda CO2.

There's a soft creamy yeast here that reminds me of heavy cream with ginger, black pepper and grapefruit rind. This peppery ginger lingers long into the finish.

Feels silky clean and dry with a light hidden and creamy carbonation.

I could stand to drink several of these. This one's a quaffable treat to be sure. The subtly of this one is remarkable and the seamless blend of flavors makes this one a legend.

Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,175 ratings.