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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 1,154
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 86
Gots: 103 | FT: 3
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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 MSchae1017
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
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
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Trueant1
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first saisson so I will post the style description from this website to educate:

Saisons are sturdy farmhouse ale that was traditionally brewed in the winter, to be consumed throughout the summer months. Not so long ago it was close to being an endangered style, but over recent years there's been a massive revival; especially in the US.

This is a very complex style, many are very fruit in the aroma and flavor. Look for earthy yeast tones, mild to moderate tartness. Lot of spice and with a medium bitterness. They tend to be semi-dry with many only having touch of sweetness.

My cork said 2005 ...it is 2008 now. My label looks different...it says 3 Avec les bons voeux de la brasserie DUPONT

Pour into my St. Bernardus goblet.

Pours a light amber color with a frothy white thick head. Leaves frothy thick lacing on sides of the glass. Champaigne bubbles and lots of sandy looking sediment sitting at the bottom of the glass. Lots of suspended dark colored floaties as well. What I would expect from the "farmhouse"!

Smells: Belgium "earthy" yeasts smell up front. Pepper, cloves, lemons come through. Very nice. Similar to a Hefewiesen but without all the sweetness.

I am having a hard time writing the "tastes" up. This taste is NEW to me. Hard to explain.
Bitter up front with stong stong earthy yeasts...maybe even cloves. The "sticky" lemony bitterness flavor sticks to my whole mouth (pallet) and lingers on and on. Maybe 2 or 3 minutes of intence after taste. Not a bad thing by any means! Extremely powerfull bitterness.
Other flavors include a butterscoch sweetness in the background and a faint "bubble gum" flavor. Very intence! Balanced well, but not perfect. Very very spicy! Mineral flavors linger on the long aftertaste.

Moutfeel is a bit dry and very carbonated up front but a layer of stickyness stays on the pallet for 2-3 minutes after the taste.

This is a sipper. A special brew to me. Exotic for this Yankee. Loved it!

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy gold. Plenty of carbonation and an off white head. Nice clove/coriander yeast aromas with some malts. Great mouthfeel. A little sugary sweetness. Dry, slightly spicy finish with a little alcohol coming through. I didn't write much down when I was drinking it, but I really enjoyed it!

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

Cork reads 2006. Sampled 12-16-2006

Pours a clouded gold with a white head. Nose is thick with mild yeasts and a slightly sweet tone. Flavor is hearty with an earthen tone that is very present. Overall a very robust and heavy flavor ride. Feel is good. A nice level of bubble and smooth on the tongue. Overall very drinkable. I might have drunk this one a bit too young, though. I’d be interested to see what some age would do to it. If I wasn’t moving in 2.5 weeks, I would have let this one sit for a while.

Photo of sloejams
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is always a personal favorite this time of year. Saison Dupont pairs well with just about all food, so can be said of this which is why it's easy to show up with a bottle or 2 no matter what the occasion.

It has a straw yellow cloudy color with a prominent head. Orange zest, lemon and coriander dominant the smell. The taste is crisp with slight sweetness, the flavors being funky - some wheat, lemon and clove. Very refreshing with a slight creaminess, even.

Very tasty, grab some this time of year while they last.

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

My first pour was golden orange and similar to Saison DuPont. It smells very musty, grassy, and some mustard seed (?). The taste is peppery with orange peel zestiness, perfect mouthfeel, very nice, easy to drink Saison for a cold Colorado winter, can't find the alcohol but I'm sure it'll rear its ugly head once I black out.

Photo of bosco7
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow-orange brew with big cloud like head. Hazed.

Orange, hemp, spearmint, clove, and some medicinal aromas.

Starts with orange peel, green apple, marijuana and pear. The spiciness of this brew quickly takes over. Cloves, pepper, asprin, spearmint, and a whole lot more that is hard to put into words. The body is relatively big and there is some alcohol in the finish. The finish is dry and zesty.

One of those beers that any fermentation enthusiast must try at least once. I recall many years ago, before I was obsessed with craft beer, picking a few bottles up because of the intriguing bottle and price tag. I was amazed by the flavors within. Ever since I have looked forward to this time of year so I can buy a few bottles.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, solid gold color. Thin white head disappears almost immediately.

Aroma of spices, pepper, bubblegum, and some banana. A bit of yeasty notes as well.

A little tart, yeasty and spicy. Some bubblegum and earthy bitterness.

Full body, low carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden. Still, maybe too big for me, for this particular style. Reminded me of a wheat wine, with spices.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

25.4 oz. wine-style bottle, 2007 Edition,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, with a full white head, great retention, but with limited lacing, but still a nice appearance.

S: Lemon, citrus fruit, spice.

T: Tastes similar to the original Dupont beer, but there are subtle differences. Definitely get a lemony and yeasty main taste, with hay and grass like hops. Some spice esters reminiscent of ginger and pepper, some apple as well. Alcohol is evident as a slight warming, with some medicinal character.

M: Relatively light-bodied for a 9.5% beer, spritzy, dry, warming.

D: A good saison from Dupont, it's not as drinkable as some of their lighter in alcohol offerings, but certainly a good beer for the holiday, went very well with Christmas dinner.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Avec les Bons Voeux de la Brasserie Dupont! Vintage 2006.

Cork pops substantially and that dupont dank smells comes roiling out. i swear when you open this beer you can smell it across the room. Pours a straw yellow with orange tints and a very, very slight haziness. Good head that retains quite well. The nose of the brew is by far one of the most aromatic out there. Smells of light fruits maybe pear and settles into a nose of belgian yeast and spice. The taste is incredibly delightful with notes of apple and pear and that saison flavor that only comes from belgium. the apple flavors really come out in the finish and especially in the aftertaste. Great spice yeast and hop mixture and even a little fructose sugar taste. The carbonation is perfect and not to abrasive like you would find in some saisons. Slides right down the throat. If I couldnt read i would not beleive there was 9.5 abv in this fantastic farmhouse. By far my favorite saison, think it would be wonderful with another year or two under its belt. the most drinkable saison ive ever had, and the best and most noticeabley lingering aftertaste of any brew ive ever had. Great choice!

Photo of Domingo
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this at Total Beverage upon a recommendation.
Pours a normal pale yellow color, but forms an unusually thick head. I let it warm up a little bit and it's been sitting up, so it's only got a moderate amount of floating yeast. It's a little darker and thicker than a typical saison, but nothing unusual.
Smell is actually a little malty. It reminds me of fresh grain at a brewery. In addition to the grain smell, there's the typical spicy Belgian yeast and yes...even a decent dosage of hops.
Initially this starts off moderately sour and then becomes peppery and spicy. The finish is a bitter hop hit that's actually more potent than I expected. While it's not a "double Saison", think of this as a kicked up Saison Dupont.
I like the creamy texture as it went well with some swordfish and rice. Not too watery and funky, but a nice strong flavor that leaves you wanting another sip.
Good stuff!

Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. There are a few floaties present. The aroma is great. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a light earthiness and fruity yeast aroma. This is a near perfect aroma. The taste is great. It has an incredibly smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and earthy with some excellent yeast notes. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine saison. It's crisp and fruity with just the right amount of musty/earthiness; a good drinker.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Upon pouring into a glass, the beer displays a beautiful hazy golden color with very fine carbonation. Once settled, the head is about a quarter of an inch and very creamy. The aroma is a bit off at first, but after a few minutes hints of citrus and spice show through. A doughy aroma lingers behind. The flavors are immense, beginning with citrus, spice, and then followed with a long dry finish that lingers on the palate for minutes. I found this beer very easy to drink, and anyone looking to try something new during the holiday season, I would deffinitely reccommend it.

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

Picked this up at Monster Beverage in Glassboro, NJ and split it with a friend as part of a 'Beer Connoisseur Night'.

APPEARANCE: Pours a hazy golden orange into my brand new Hennepin tulip. The head starts out massive and slowly shrinks to a one-finger head that refuses to budge. It's rocky, pillowy, and downright perfect. Lacing cascades down the glass in large sheets.

SMELL: The funkiness is tremendous. It's really sharp and pungent and somewhat difficult to get past. But when you do, some other great aromas really start to open up. A mild citrusy quality is there as is a defined hop smell, though definitely playing backup. Spiciness is fairly mild, but really, everything is there to augment the base of a really farmhouse funky beer.

TASTE: The funk hits immediately in the flavor too, but not nearly as intense as in the nose. Some noble hop flavor is present, and it adds a decent amount of spiciness to the beer. Toward the finish, alcohol comes out decently as the beer takes on a bit of a sweetness. After the swallow, most of the flavors float away leaving only a reminder of the intense funk that the beer features.

MOUTHFEEL: A nice light body with a nice dryness to match. Carbonation is fine an at medium levels.

DRINKABILITY: This beer goes down quite easy with it being just a little too funky to be perfect. Even though, call it dangerous with a 9.5% ABV.

Very nice. This is something I'd definitely want to have again. Lucky for me, I've been seeing this on the shelves a lot more lately.

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

Appearance: A cloudy and hazy straw-colored ale with aggressive carbonation. The first pour creates a 2-inch head that slowly settles into a small cap.

Smell: Banana, pineapple, yeast and lemon - it shows both sweet and tart qualities.

Taste/mouthfeel: Fruity and wheaty at first, similar to a Wit or Hefe Weizen. Carbonation is soft but ample. The finish brings out out long-lasting notes of citrus and hops, with a peppery bite and a slight tang. Complex but somewhat astringent and boozy.

Photo of sinistrsam
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I had this out of a bottle at the Eulogy Belgian Beer bar in Philadelphia. It was poured by the bartender in front of my eyes and had a wonderful slightly-cloudy pale yellow body and a great white head. Mild carbonation is evident.
Not much in the nose at first but it reveals its complexity as it warms. Reminiscent of white wine and champagne, th smell encompases eevrything from tart apple to grass and lemon. Very mild but lovely, and balanced extremely well.
Yeast and citrus cominate the taste, but once agian this is mild. Vanilla and wood, floral and herbal tastes. This is what expect a farmhouse to be. This can be called the archytype as far as I'm concerned. So much going on here that I have a hard time discerning all the flavors and aromas.
The dry and sweet tastes play back and forth but the dry seems to win, if only by a little. Light-bodied and a perfect ammount of carbonation. You could forget you're drinking a beer here and think you had been poured a flat (not in a bad way) champagne-like dry white wine.
The drinkability was given only a 4.5 because of the ABV; as a few others have said, you need to take into account what needs to be done the morning after you drink this. This is literally so drinkable and full of complexity, that you could taste something differtn each time, and therefore open several bottles in an evening. Beware if you do that.
Overall I will support this beers high rating; this is truly outstanding and something I will actively seek out in the future.

Photo of geexploitation
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant, cloudy yellow gold with plenty of head and yeast in suspension. It looks like the Saison Dupont Vieille Provision. It doesn't smell like it, however: the nose holds much more in the way of zesty hops, candi sugar, pilsner malts and a ton of phenols with that fruity Dupont yeast, which throws some lemongrass and orange (maybe burnt orange zest?) into the mix. On the palate. this is a heavy saison with plenty of residual sweetness that could use some time in the bottle to dry out. Still, the flavors are great: smooth, pale malts, creamy orange-and-spice, phenols in the mid-palate. Growing hop bitterness, with orange blossoms, toward the finish, which is dry and refreshing for such a big beer. Mouthfeel is thick and full of fine carbonation. I wonder if it will thin out as the beer ages, but it's still pretty great. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. It's kind of like the Vieille Provision dialed up a bit, but there's nothing wrong with that. Fantastic.

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

2004 bottle served in a tulip glass in late 2007.

A: Bright golden yellow like the Big Leaf Maples in peak fall color. Almost like orange juice! One finger of white bubbles retains a thin layer of head. Cloudy with chunks of yeast in suspension and at bottom.

S: Sour like wild yeast was used. Some alcohol coming through. Pear, peach, pineapple, and a faint breadiness.

T: Caramel apple, sour banana, a little musty. Inexplicable deliciousness though.

M: Drying, mild heat from alcohol. Furry on the tongue.

D: Something keeps drawing me back despite the mustiness! A certain inexplicable attraction!

Photo of timtim
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy golden with a white head that has pretty good retention and good lace. smell is really nice. nose is less barnyardy than foret or saison d, but more spicy. mainly pepper, corriander, some clove. a little lemongrassy smell and some musty to go with it. taste is basically what the nose suggests. nice and warming. medium full like their other saisons with a nice amount of carbonation. very drinkable for a 9.5%er. i'll enjoy a few more of these this holiday season.

Photo of dedrinker
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aren't we all so precious just for having this? Hazy deep golden, fuzzy head that calms down in time. Nose of minerals and earth; some tartness. Flavors of lemongrass, lazy grains, and clove. It tasted the closest yet to a cross between a Saison and Hefeweizen. In regards to a regular Saison Dupont, this one had much more fruit, spice and body, but I'm not going to be fooled into worshiping this beer just because it's a limited edition holiday Saison. Good-to-great...yes. Awesome? Nah. You can live off the Foret Organic in the meantime.

Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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