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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
93
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1,055 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,055
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 76
Gots: 72 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Zorro
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Zorro, May 14, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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

sinstaineddemon, May 07, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

TastyTaste, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Gavage, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of OStrungT
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

OStrungT, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of CRJMellor
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

CRJMellor, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of gosurfobx
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

gosurfobx, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of doubleipa
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

doubleipa, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of Crosling
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 isn’t 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.

Crosling, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of rajendra82
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

rajendra82, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow body with a marshmallow fluff head that leaves prodigious amounts of lacing

Smell: Funky, yeasty, melon, passion fruit, coriander and hay

Taste: Starts with a spicy coriander laden yeast bite that grows fruity, herbal and phenolic; peppery, spicy with some solvent alcohol, too, although some additional herbal tones sneak in at the very end

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy with some warming

Drinkability: A nice blend of a variety of complex elements

brentk56, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

much thanks to egajdzis for this...
Apears a hazy gold with plenty of yeast in suspension and a 1 finger head that sticks around. Lots of sticky lacing all over the glass.
Smell is yeasty, clove, vanilla, pepper, barnyard funk, honey, and a mild whiff of dried out bazooka joe.
Taste is of the same aromas not dissapointing.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with honey, and yeastyness swirling around.

weeare138, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of davidchollar
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this amazing beer is my first saison, and before my first taste i'm damn excited. simple, good looking 750ml bottle, the cork has 2004 printed on it.

a nice apple juice and wine smell hits the nostrils mid-pour, and from a distance of a few feet. this is a rare treat for me to have such an intensely aromatic beer. normal, slightly hazy golden beer appearance with a good white head. foam is not massive or billowy, after it settles a beautiful swirly head remains making this one good looking brew. it's great to look at, and the smell is equally impressive. big and bold. lots of ripe berry and spice, maybe even some toasty malt.

full delicious taste, obviously high abv but not overpowering, it works well with the flavor. bitter finish. active carbonation and a lively mouthfeel, good aftertaste. i can't tell what makes this different from a belgian strong pale or even a tripel, but i really like it. and at about $10 per bottle, this is indescribably better than any wine you could get for the same price. dangerously drinkable, i could drink one after another (and pass out after 2) highly recommended

davidchollar, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of steinlifter
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This poured a cloudy copper, little yeasts floating in it, and an unbelievable, meringue head..that lasts and lasts...
musky aroma of hops, fruit.
hops hit up front, mellows to a vanilla type flavor,
mouthfeel, is crisp, and creamy.
This went down,Sooo nicely, a real treat!
excellent beer, "beer", is almost not a sufficient word...excellent stuff.

steinlifter, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of orfeu
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden straw with persistent waves of rising carbonation and an overwhelmingly huge rocky head. Nose is of yeasty apple juice, grassy hops, and dusty barnyard funk. Sour apple wine, flavors akin to dry green grape skins and a powdery floral finish. Creamy mouthfeel, almost juicy, yet dry all the same. A real treat of a saison from one of the best producers of the style out there. Best wishes!

orfeu, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed golden/orange shade. Frothy white cap. Lace is abundant and clingy. Funky aroma. Lemon peel, barnyard, mustiness, yeastiness, citrus and leather. Bright citric tones are notice first upon tasting. Funky barnyard character is noted. Lemon essence. Hoppy and bitter. Earthy and herbal. Some alcohol is perceptible, but not a lot. Medium-bodied. Lively carbonation. Quite the enjoyable Saison.

Bighuge, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma has a nose tickling spiciness that hints at citrus rind and sour sauce. Amber with yellow tints and a nice fluffy two finger thick, white head. Very yeasty fore, mild sourness and a ton of floral and herbal notes that are both spicy and sweet. Another fun drinking Saison.

Jredner, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rocky, dense white head with a unique formation. Rather sticky, thick patches of lacing. Cloudy, bright golden with shades of dark orange. Noticeable carbonation.

Oak-soaked light citrus and bright fruit aromas: apple, pear, lemon. Mild pepper and corriander.

Bright fruit flavors initially: pear and apple, with an underlying candied sweetness. The alcohol presence gives the citrus and fruit flavors a warming bite. The corriander spice is predominant. The spice intensity is what makes this Saison unique. Dry finish with an oak and corriander aftertaste; slick hints of alcohol.

Light bodied; crisp and dry on the palate. Light and refreshing.

A nice Saison; juicy and well spiced. The alcohol presence is definitely noticeable, but it doesn't hinder the ale's true flavors.

NEhophead, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philly.

Poured a nice hazy orange-ish color with a small, subtle white head. The beer has a nice spicy, herbal aroma and the nice abv% comes through as well, very strong but appealling aroma.

The taste is spicy and tangy but very drinkable. This is a definite favorite of mine in the farmhouse / saison style.

ggaughan, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of corporatejim
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange into the glass. Thin head that remained as the liquid level in the glass was depleted. Sporadic lacing down the inside of the glass as I drank it down. Tart, musty, spicy smell and taste. A good beer for the style. Not my favorite type, but I would have it again.

corporatejim, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy orangish-yellow color with a thick, rocky head. Leaves a nice amout of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is spicy, peppery, yeasty, herbal and fruity. A bit of earthiness as well.

The flavor is peppery and yeasty, a bit lemony and earthy too. A slight funky, musty flavor as well. It is medium-full in body and drying in the finish. It hides is strength well. A very good beer.

BeerBuilder, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of Hautacam
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a few of these on tap at My Place in Newtown, Ct.
Nice , gold, slightly cloudy appearance. Nice head to start, but dropped pretty quickly to a small collar.
Smells like clean citrus,yeast, malt and..hay?
Flavor was great ! ...really good balance of sweet , malt, slight fruit, with a medium mouthfeel...just right... then a slightly bitter finish. Just got better as the temperature increased; amazingly good ! This is the best Saison I've had.
Very drinkable...but the ABV is pretty high.
I also tried this one from the 750 bottle...very nice , but missing most of the sweetness, with more alcohol taste coming through.
I would definitely buy another bottle, but can't wait to have it on tap again.


Update 2/10/06....just had this again on tap...this is an amazing brew!!...actually wish it was lower in ABV so I could have a few
more. Avec Les Bon... DOH !!

Hautacam, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of pentathlete
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bigern for the bottle of this via Great Pumpkin 05. This is the 2004 vintage.

Maybe the ideal New Year's Eve brew? Looks awfully good in the wine glass. Hazy straw with a lovely depth, big foam, stubborn, and hyperactive tiny-bubble carbonation. Popping the cork released a blast of barnyard, which is more subdued in the glass. Grassy, mildly hoppy nose and clean malts. The taste is peppery, citrus rind, touch of sugars from the malts, and a bit of funk. This is balanced and the flavors blend very smoothly. Mouthfeel is medium, but fills out toward the end. Long dry finish. I love this one. I've also seen it available in my area. I'll be obtaining more of these.

pentathlete, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Without question, one of my favorite beers in all the world; and what else would you expect from the Brasserie Dupont?!?

It's hazy golden body reveals hints of gold at the base of the glass; and it's massive rocky head of off-white foam holds for seemingly forever and leaves impressive washes of lace throughout the entire glass.

The nose is straw-like and grassy, backed by spice and fruit (black pepper, crushed white grapes, a mild waft of citrus, and ground cloves/coriander).

In the mouth it lends a crisp tingle to the tongue, awakening the taste buds and helping to emphasize it's yeasty spiciness and hop bitterness.

In the flavor a pinch of tartness comes through amidst the malt, giving this beer it's exceptional character. It helps to balance the earthy, grassy malt and dry bitterness; and it accentuates the yeasty and hoppy fruitiness, and ping-pongs against the yeasty spiciness leaving it with a good deal of complexity that lends to an impressive drinkability.

Brilliant!!!! This beer works equally well as a short apertif (it is 9.5%! although the alcohol never shows) or a night cap, and it pairs well with an amazing variety of foods and events: it's a bristling contrast to garlic bread that also cuts through to cleanse the palate... it's big enough to withstand the onslaught of a ripe Stilton or Bleu cheese... it works quite well with mussels in an herbed white sauce... and it makes an amazing complement/contrast (can that be?) to spicy and sweet Pad Thai. And as for situations and event, it also works equally well at mom's Thanksgiving dinner or a welcomed Christmas nightcap, and especially as a replacement for Champagne at your New Year's toast!

NeroFiddled, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice hazy pale orange with a white and frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was citrusy and spicy with a saaz hop aroma that was quite strong when first opened but dissipated. The aroma was also earthy with a nice low level of spice and a bit of pepper. The nose was almost sweet, but just not quite.

The flavor was crisp and bitter with a strong lemony citrus that was dominating and neverending. The bittering was well done and coupled with that citrus made a formidable flavor combination. The flavor contained a bit of earthy chacter and some peppery spice, but the main forces were citrus and bittering. While the flavor was lemony at first, later it seemed more like bitter orange peels.

The finish was dry with a lasting impression of light pepper, well achieved bitterness and perhaps some orange peel into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation led to a creaminess. The 9.5% ABV never really played a part in the flavor, and only a light bit of warming after consumption was notable.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. 2005 on cork. $8.99 at Brawley's.

GCBrewingCo, Dec 27, 2005
Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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