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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 1,173
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 85
Gots: 108 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002

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Photo of brdc
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Large corked and caged bottle, poured into a goblet.

It is a reasonably clear, golden brew with a nice foamy whitish head, with great retention and lacing; later in the evening I pour the yeasty bottom as well, and that obviously creates a lot of haziness.
Aroma is funky, straw, earthy and grassy, along with some citric fruitiness and spiciness.
Impressively easy to drink, with well-hidden alcohol, but crisp and creamy in the palate, with the same yeasty, earthy, grassy, orange and pepper notes expected; with the addition of the bottom, some added yeastiness (but I believe it was better without the sediment). Finishes quite dry, asking for more.

This one went great with olive oil/pepper basted steaks, but I can imagine dozens of dishes to pair with it. I need more of this...

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

Avec Les Bons Voeux De La Brasserie translates to "With the best wishes of the brewery". This beer was originally brewed as a New Years gift for special clients.

In Phil Markowski's book Farmhouse Ales he "informally" refers to this as one of the "Super Saisons", since most examples of the style would range from 3 to 5% abv.

A great way to start out any new year, this beer pours a clear, burnt gold, with a nice white head and some yeast sediment swirling around in the chalice.

Aromas are fruity (mango, peach, mellon), champagne-like, yeasty with some peppery spiciness.

The taste is extraordinarily complex. Honey, Fruity mellon and citrus. Again champagne-like. Yeasty, peppery, spiciness.

The mouthfeel is light to medium with a sharp, carbonic, yet almost creamy smoothness.

Very refreshing and interesting beer.

Photo of elmore
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very classy, attractive packaging- has the concave bottom like a champagne bottle. Poured a golden-orange color from a 750ml bottle into a tulip. A pillowy white head with great retention and a decent amount of foamy lace. Active, visible carbonation with lots or yeast sediment especially with the second pour.

Smells very earthy. Lots of funky, bready Belgian yeast, stale grass, strong phenolic medicinal quality. Some alcohol coming through.

Lemon, citrus taste. Very dry with almost no detectable sweetness. Bitter, grassy hops aftertaste. Flavors became more intense with warming. A bit of a alcohlic burn.

Light to moderate body with lots of active effervescent carbonation. Good feel for the style. Bitterness and alcohol content limits the drinkability.

A very good Saison. Not as easy to drink as some, but an excellent sipper. Would be a great beer to pair with fish or poultry. A great price for a genuine belgian import - I beleive I paid $8-9.

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

2007 Vintage

The 750ml. corked green bottle pours a hazy pineapple yellow-gold with a snow white foamy head of 1/2". Good carbonation, the head recedes slowly, leaving a ring and some sporatic patchy lace clinging to the glass.

The first thing that comes to the nose is semi-sweet and yeast driven. Alcohol comes into play as the brew warms.

Somewhat sweet intro reveals plum, peach, apple that is followed by pineapple, orange and spice to a dry, clean finish. Nice yeast in the aftertaste. Well balanced flavor with a sweet to tart (almost sour), down to the dry finish and some warming properties as well.

Medium bodied with full spectum mouthfeel....tingly to smooth and down to the dry finish.

Another high quality Belgian that fits this style perfectly. Cheers!

Photo of jamie2dope
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lately I have been going a little crazy on this style, trying every one that I can get my mitts on. This one pours a murky golden color similar to the look of an orange creamsickle. Heading is small, white, and leaves a white ring around the glass. Aroma is surprisingly like a creamsickle as well, with lots of cream, milk, orange, lemon, and even a bit of pie crust. Taste starts off incredibly creamy, with tons of vanilla and milk. It then becomes more citrusy, with light tropical fruits such as orange, mango and pineapple especially. Body of this one is in the middle, and the alcohol is virtually nonexistent in the flavor. You can definitely feel it after a glass or two, but everywhere else it is downright ghostly. After drinking a full champaign bottle to myself, I am kicking myself for not purchasing another bottle aka this stuff is damn drinkable. I drove to Julios today to pick up a few bottles of Alesmith IPA, expecting to be blown away by that beer. Instead, I came home with one of these and have found one of the best beers I have ever tasted. My first perfect score for a beer, and a well deserved one. I have to imagine that Hennepin is somewhat modeled after this beer, as the two seem very similar in their sweet/sour profiles. Fucking exquisite beer that I cannot wait to taste again. Cheers

Photo of rye726
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glowing orangish gold with a silky white head.

Spicy and peppery yeast with fresh tropical and citrus fruits. Floral hops and candy like malts.

Again a bitter hop presence surrounded by fresh mangos and peaches with sour oranges. Faint peppery alcohol and sweet malt.

Creamy body and good crisp carbonation. Great balance and very complex. Delicious.

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

Golden-orange straw color with ultra fine bubbles and lace.

Sweet smells of honey, pils malt, cantaloupe, banana, honeyed melon or lychee.

Sweet honey flavor, yet dry almost peppery undertones. Mostly honeyed flavor with a spicy, dry hop finish.

Well carbonated with fine bubbles that give a soft feel. Very drinkable, yet not overly interesting.

Photo of merlin48
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a radiant golden amber body that is mostly clear. Large vanilla head slowly falls into a creamy meringue and sheets the goblet with curtains of lace. What a looker!

Aroma is freshly sliced lemons, floral hops, white pepper and pale malts.

Medium body has a pleasant velvety carbonation.

Taste is dry and herbal with prominent notes of fresh lemons, melon, and white pepper. Floral hops add a complex bitterness.

Not the best saison I've sampled but topnotch.

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

Vintage 2007 on tap at Hopleaf. Pours totally opaque gold with a two-finger white head and ample lacing.

The aroma is ester-dominant, with lots of fruity and yeasty character and some light malts. Some herbal noble hop and phenol notes, along with some light spice notes, maybe cloves.

The flavor is very similar, opening up estery and phenolic, finishing with hops, very dry throughout. People are saying this is alcoholic, but I'm having a hard time finding much evidence of that in the beer. No tartness that I could taste.

Mouthfeel is creamy with well-balanced carbonation.

Very drinkable, but I still really don't "get" Saisons. Everyone's always going on about the subtlety and complexity of beers like this (and its more common, much lighter cousin) and I wonder if we're drinking the same beer, or if the fact that I was weaned on Amercian bourbon-aged smoked triple imperial beers brewed with radioactive champagne yeast is keeping me from appreciating subtle beers like this one.

Photo of seaoflament
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 2007 vintage.

Pours a bright golden color with an inch of white foam.

Aromas of apricots, peaches, coriander, pepper, hints of honey, and orange. A sweet malt profile in the background ties all the fruits and spices together. The malt has a wheat characteristic or maybe it is the yeast profile. Earthy notes also present, as well as some lemon zest.

Peppery and yeast flavors dominate at first and then it finishes with peach and bitter nectarine. A tad more alcohol is noticeable as it warms up.

Lively carbonation yet not aggressive on the tongue. Clean and slightly fruity finish with a little alcohol warmth in the back of the throat. Somewhat bitter and dry finish

A good saison but a tad too much alcohol to drink too much of it in one day.

Photo of kkipple
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on a cold winters evening with friends at home. Ahh, bliss...

A. Fat, thick, fluffy head foams up atop a sea of hazy gold ale clouded with sediment. The head falls from the center first, caving in on itself. This is good lookin' stuff.

S. Sweet, spiced sugar malts and light fruity esters tease the nose as a mellow clove smell rises up. Very much like Saison Dupont, but seems less bold while at the same time a bit more complex. Earthy / metallic hops here, too. Pretty good, nothing out of the ordinary.

T. Mm, yes... Avec Voeux is a crisp, dry, sweet ale with a good amount of spice and a tart yeast bite. Peppery and ever so gently warming. Sweet and full in the mouth, mildly hoppy and all around delicious.

M. Nice vibrant carbonation similar to Saision Dupont. Finishes clean and dry, earthy and spicy.

This is a good beer, very synergistic and quite nice to drink. Not amazing, just real solid Belgian beer here. Give it a try if you like Saisons.

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

A- Pours a deep golden yellow hue. Slightly hazy with a huge frothy white head which leaves tons of lacing as it goes down. An absolutely beautiful brew.

S- Smell is very strong. Fruit notes, Belgian spices and yeast combine to make my mouth water.

T- This is where this saison lets me down a little, not because it tastes bad but because of the fact that it just seems unbalanced and after the amazing look and smell I had my hopes a little too high. As one might expect you get the same fruit notes as in the nose, very few of the spices and a belgian yeast which leaves a slight skunky Heineken flavor in your mouth. While this paragraph seems like I don't like the taste that isn't it at all. I think it is one of the best saison's I have ever had but I felt like it could be the ultimate with a couple tweaks.

M- Mouthfeel is very crisp, lingers on the palate a bit and seems to go down very smooth. Amazingly refreshing.

D- Again because of the fact that the taste isn't where I would like it to be, it got dinged in this category a bit, however I had no trouble finishing the 750 by myself.

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

This supremely tasty Saison pours a very cloudy golden yellow with some attractive bright highlights. Lots of small rising bubbles are visible. The vibrant, snow white head fades but leaves behind some good lace. An attractive looking brew to be sure.

A pungent spiciness greets the nose initially along with a bright fruity yeast character. Coriander and a ton of citrus. Wheat, a hint of black pepper, clove, and tangy lemon round out this very aromatic Saison.

Again very spicy with tons of coriander, some black pepper, clove, citrus, and a distinct floral note. Super bright with grassy wheat and a hint of banana. A hint of booze is detectable but at all not harsh. Very enjoyable and certainly not lacking in complexity.

Extremely bright and crisp in both flavor and texture. The higher carbonation provides for a refreshing feel but still remains juicy and uncious as well. A bit starchy with lots of pleasant warmth in the finish and an overall medium body. Definitely one of the best and most complete Saisons I've head. A must try to be sure.

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

Vintage 2005 750ml bottle served at 50 degrees and poured into a nice New Belgium Snifter

A - Poured a nice bright and extremely hazy amber orange color with nice hints of softer yellows mixed throughout, very nice tone. Very cloudy and hazy with a good amount of sediment mingling around, especially toward the bottom of the bottle. A very nice three inch high head of foamy white lace rose up over the top and crested up above the glass, hanging around for a good few minutes before finally settling down and leaving behind a good half inch layer of lace across the top and a very nice side glass presentation with tons of dripping foam all over the glass. Very nice and full look.

S - At first the aroma was rather light, so I gave it some time to warm up and let the nose open up on it. By doing this all sorts of very nice little subtitlties started to come out and this really started to take on a very nice presentation. Lots of yeast was apparent from the very first smell off the top. There loads of hints of delicate fruits, peaches, plums, even some raisins could be picked up as well as some light notes of apples and spices that were hiding out just under the surface. A nice light grain base was starting to come through as well as some frsh grass like smell, very complex yet still a touch light. You had to search around for this one, but once you found it, it was so worth it. Very bright smell would be the best way to describe it. At the end almost a hoppy nose stating to come out, and a touch of sourness to it, really very nice and complex.

T - The flavor was a classic Saison all the way. The first thing I noticed was how light and smooth this one was coming across, really light and full of fruity flavors. The yeast was really taking a dominant role here starting off with a very nice infusion of apples, peaches and pears to lighten in up and provide that nice little twangy pop right in the front. These were layored over a very nice and light grain backing that had just the slightst little bit of grittiness or earthiness to it. As it warmed some faint hints of plums and raisins started to come through and provide a little bit of the darker side of the fruit flavors started being represented in a very nice way. There was a certain little bite to it, especially in the finish that was sort of a sour frsh grass like flavor if that makes any sense, it was sort of hoppy in a way, but not really. There was also a nice bit of spiceness that started to come through as well, notes of nutmeg, cinnamon becoming players here and even giving it a bit of a tingling on the lips. Very nice and complex.

M - The feel was stellar, very rich and creamy and never relly getting dull, but at the same time staying light enough as to not be too filling and full. The carbonation was great as well staying lively well into the last glass off the bottle. The smooth creaminess giving away to a short crisp finish, very nice.

D - An ideal sipper this was really a nice way to sit and enjoy the evening. The alcohol was very well hidden an was honestly never an issue here as I did not look to see what it was until the end and would never have figured it for over 9%. The flavors were very well balanced and the finish clean giving you that feeling that you really needed another sip. Nothing bad I can say about this one here.

Overall this was an excellent example of the style, never getting dull and consistently offering more and more complex flavors the further into it you chose to delve. I would gladly have this one again anyday as it was truly excellent and very much lived up to its repuation. Glad I finally got a chance to try it.

Photo of khiasmus
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy orange/yellow with as rich a pillowy head as one could want depending on the manner of pour.

S- Rich sweet malt, honey, white pepper, coriander, clove. Hops are faint in the background, lending a piney character. Some faint alcohol in the back.

T- Much the same as the nose, with a bit more prominent honey-sweetness, all the spicyness is there and the finish has a bit of sour lent from the yeast, along with the bitter grapefruity hops.

M- Both smooth and very sharp from the high carbonation, and has a very dry, lingering finish with a bit of alcohol warmth.

D- Quite good. I don't know that I would buy another bottle for the price, but certainly worth a try.

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Zax Pints and Plates.

Served in a 10oz. snifter.

Appearance - It is a hazy honey gold color. There was no head at all when it was served to me, only a thin halo around the perimeter of the glass.

Smell - The smell is fairly interesting. It is very peppery, with tinges of other spices, perhaps clove or coriander. There are notes of lighter colored fruit as well - lemon, apple, apricot, pear... There is also that note of Belgian yeast, really funky, really earthy. It smells more like a Hennepin than a Fantome. Like a typical saison, just more peppery.

Taste - The taste is very similar to the scent. It is tastes like a typical saison with more pepper and honey added. It is yeasty, funky, fruity, and spicy - lots of pepper, clove and/or coriander. It has quite a bitter ending in the finish, it is pretty heavily hopped for a saison. I really enjoy the hop aspect in this one.

Mouthfeel - It is light/medium bodied. It is very crisp, there is a lot of carbonation in the mouthfeel. The crispness helps to cut through the peppery flavor.

Drinkability - It isn't too bad. I enjoyed drinking this one, it was really hoppy for a saison. This beer didn't wow me, really. I think I enjoyed the original to this one, and I would much rather have a Fantome if I am going to have a saison. I would like to find this in bottles to try to compare it to the draught version.

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

Thanks Vintage Wine and Beer for the opportunity for a chance to try this tasty Saison...

A--nice orange hue and plenty of sticky lacing, lots of retention...
S--Earthy tones you would expect from a Saison, funky.
T--I really enjoy this flavor. Alcohol is certainly strong and hits you, but funky fresh.
M--It is fine.
D--I enjoy this a lot. This is my third bottle in about a month and I am usually a Quad guy. This is a nice change of pace.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.22/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a huge, creamy, off-white head that left a thick coat of lace. Hazy golden beer glows like the sun. Aroma of tart lemon and candy coated flowers. Damn, things are looking good. Lightly sweet pale malt flavor mixes with moderately strong flavor of alcohol. There is none of the tartness suggested in the aroma, and the finish is a bitter combination of herbal hops and alcohol. I'm a bit disappointed by the flavor. If it tasted anything like that flavor it would have been amazing. There is a bit of the sugar and floral flavors in there if you really concentrate, but boy I wish they were stronger. The mouthfeel is fairly light and smooth from massive amount of fine carbonation within. I've got a couple more glasses left in the bottle and I'm hoping it will change as I drink it, but right now it's just overly alchoholic tasting with a boozy finish.

Photo of ballewblake
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer Addison.

Crystal clear golden ale. Light head with little to no lacing. Slighty fruity smell. Couldn't put my finger on the fruit, but assuming the yeast plays a bigger part here. Alcohol was very faint and well disguised. Had a very different taste on the front of the tongue, lots of carbonation bubbling there with alcohol lightly peeking away. The back of the month is where this beer belongs, very warm and inviting. I'd compare it to a Golden Monkey but crisper.
I could drink two to three of these and it would put me where I need to be.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted at the Brick Store Pub.

This beer was poured into a .25L becker glass. The body was hazy straw with a creamy head that laced nicely and left a nice film over the beer. The smell was sweet pilsner and wheat malts with characteristic saison yeast spiciness and a welcome hop aroma. The taste exhibited much of the same qualities with a sweet malt presence up front but the strength of this one and the alcohol associated with it, seems to amplify the malt characteristic and subdue the spiciness from the yeast. The spices and the hops are still present, but they are restrained a bit due to the strength of this beer. The mouthfeel is light enough, however, which is impressive due to the strength. Overall, a great beer, but for me, I find the regular saison or even a Hennepin to be much more enjoyable.

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

Served in a tulip glass at Hopleaf 1/4/08. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a hazy, golden-straw color. No head, no lace, and very still.

S: Mildly fruity, light spice, and a whiff of alcohol.

T: Nice flavors of dirty fruit, and some minor tangyness. Light helping of barnyard funk along with an emerging appearance of alcohol.

M: At the same time, creamy and peppery. Nice.

D: Pretty good. I found the alcohol to be a little intrusive.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tulip glass. 2006 vintage

Pours a crystal clear gold copper with a nice pillowy white head. Cakes the glass with lace.

Smell is a bit of alcohol and some slight musty pepper notes.

Taste is superb! Black pepper is on top of some sweet yet funky fruit.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel.

Overall, this is one delicious beer. Best wishes indeed!!

Photo of macster
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from bottle to chalice a deep, slightly hazy golden-orange color. Pour creates a thick, tight white head with great retention throughout the glass.

Just a conucopia of complex luscious subtle aromas showing off notes of apple, pear, banana, lemon zest, fresh yeast rolls, coriander and clove with a touch of apricot.

Pleasant livey mouthfeel with a full, fluffy body backed by a tingly spritziness.

Flavors are crisp and tart starting off with a subdued fruity sweetness with flavors of ripe pear, apple, apricot and banana. This seamlessly melds into a more assertive flavor profile of slightly bittersweet lemon zest, herbs, spices and wood pulp finishing with a faint but balancing Noble hop and warming alcohol ending.

Very drinkable and very easy going down for a 9.5%’er. Excellent!!

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

Had this on tap at falling rock

Poured amber/orange with 1 pinkie of cream colored head. Very good lacing & above average head retention

S: Apricots, appleskins & a bit of white pepper

T: Caramel & fruityness up front. Crisp apples & plums with a bit of pepper in the middle. Finished with a whisper of funk, more apples & hint of booze

MF: Medium-bodied, slick with moderate carbonation, helps pull the flavors through

Drank really easy for the style & alcohol, I wonder how the bottled version is?? Pretty good from the looks of the reviews I'm seeing. One of the better saisons I've had

Photo of drperm
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle from Bruisin’ Ales, Asheville (12/2007)
Bar none the best Farmhouse I’ve had. Excellent with Spinning Spider (Madison County, NC) goat cheese -- chevre and goat gouda especially. I can’t say enough about the fine balance and quaffability of this one. I'll be buying this one each winter for sure.

Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,173 ratings.