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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,055 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002)
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4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle.

Hazy, dull orange liquid. Large, rocky, white colored head. Appearance doesn't do much for me.

Things rapidly improve as I inhale. Belgian barnyard present, but not very strong. Lemony-citrus scent. Candi sugar. Spices, maybe coriander. Grass/herbal notes.

They improve more with the first sip! Nicely bitter - lemon - which lingers well into the aftertaste. Alcohol/phenol taste. Candi sugar deep & buried, but picks up with the temperature. Tastes more like honey as it warms. Clove and pepper. Grass. This beer is way too complex for me to describe properly.

Medium bodied, with high carbonation - they work well together. Quite dry. Alcohol warming kicks in nice & quick.

A very complex saison. Bitter/citrus more than sweet. I will definately look forward to having another.

, Mar 14, 2007
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4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage

A: hazy copper orange, frothy head, nice lacing
S: bright citrus fruit, yeasty, sweet, a little funk
T: similar to smell, citrus fruit farmhouse funk and a dry finish.
D: The 9.5 ABV is well hidden. I could easily drink the entire bottle and not even realize it. Feels velvety in the mouth and goes down incredibly smooth.

SRossman, Jan 28, 2009
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4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, Avec, how I look forward to thee each year...This is one of my favorite beers; it lets me know that the year is almost over, and that strong crazy beers are just around the corner.
Pours a thick hazy gold with a gigantic white head, smells of grapes, sweet malt and rustic spices. Avec is one of the most complex tasting beers out there. Starts like wild honey, and stirs into a spicy, fruity and balanced mass with a nearly undetectable 9.5% abv. Has a creamy solid mouthfeel and is crisp and semi sweet in the finish but nothing cloying or syrupy. One of the best out there!

slayer3604, Nov 07, 2010
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4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You absolutely know you have poured a quality beer when you find yourself forming the massive downy head into recreations of classic Greek sculpture with your tongue. Lose yourself for awhile in fascinating aromas of lavender, citrus orchards in full bloom, honey drizzled crepes and 12th century stone structures. This is the reason we drink, for playful contrasts of sweet mercurial grain and fields of bitter, bracing grass and lively alcohol with no heat. This is the reason we drink, for heady experience.

What magic has touched this liquid to make it so near perfect? Is this proof that the artisan's hand is more powerful than the chemist's figuring, the devotion to time and place more potent than industrial consistency?

inebrius, Mar 16, 2005
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Seaba, Feb 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

theminutemen, May 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

doopiedoopiedoo, Dec 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

JonIrabagon, Jan 15, 2013
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
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Timmy13T, Jun 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Kevinkarpiak, Dec 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

tfsimpkins, Mar 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites and oh so hard to get!

I brought back this 2003 bottling from Belgium. It was one of the three beers I was determined to find when over there.

Poured into a Duvel tulip it shows a hazed golden orange color with a BIG foamy yellow-tinged white head that laces the glass rather nicely.

Smell is complex with may esters and phenols. I get spices and cloves, banana and minty lime, lemon cream and pepper, dark caramel and figs. Wow! More like a tripel with a pepper spice kick than a Strong Pale Ale.

Taste is Dupont product for sure. I get that green hoppy skunk bite (in a pleasant way) with honeyed bananas, white pepper, figs, and who knows what light spices (even though the bottle says there are none in it - must be the yeast). Truly amazing.

Mouthfeel is the best bar none. It is so creamy that it almost feels more like a mousse than liquid.

Extraordinarily drinkable until I fall on the floor from too many!

silenius, May 24, 2005
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

razorsdescent, Apr 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

PackPride, Mar 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

KingdomBobcat, Apr 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Scottyboy, Feb 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

koolk, Aug 22, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

mrsbirdie, Jun 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2004 edition.

Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a big foamy head that holds well and leaves a moderate amount of lace in my chalice.

Smell is incredible. It's got a yeasty funk in it, to be sure, but there are way too many fruits to count in there: crisp apple and pear, some peachiness, hints of lemon, orange, and tangerine to go with a light coriander and honey smell. Quite good.

Flavor is quite fruity with the citrus coming to the fore....lots of lemon and orange, but also good doses of apple, yeast, pear, and a sharp tartness that really makes things dance on the tongue. The alcohol is well hidden, but kind of peaks out as it warms through the dry finish.

The mouthfeel is incredibly light and just perfect....it feels like my tongue is doing a little dance with the beer. Combined with the fruity tartness of the flavor, this is quite an effect.

If this is 9.5%, it's the most drinkable beer I've ever had. The alcohol barely, and I mean barely, comes through in the finish. It's incredible.

Overall: Quite a nice saison. Just exquisitely crafted and extremely delicate for its heft. I'm really glad I found this one.

whartontallboy, Jul 24, 2005
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

sammyg832, Jun 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

01/15/14 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. I Love This Beer!!!. The mystery is how it is so aromatic...almost perfumy...but the flavors are all so subtle. Seductive. Typical yeast-up-front Belgian character with a truly refined touch. I Love This Beer!!!

seedyone, Sep 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Eriktheipaman, Mar 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

hayesjw, Dec 17, 2012
Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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