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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Reviews: 589
Hads: 1,244
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 14.35%
Wants: 101
Gots: 135 | 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 ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, copper-hued body with an inch of off-white foam.

Smell: Aroma smelling of bright citrus, tangy wheat, spices, apple peelings, and a sweaty, floral hop character. I must say, the funkiness coursing through the nose is fairly restrained.

Taste: Union of citrus, orange peel, and grassy florals. Tart and reasonably bitter even at the start. Some malted wheat, apple, and even flecks of sweet toffee begin to emerge midway. Hint of alcohol, a thoughtful reminder of the 9.5% contained within. Sip of still mineral water. Never more than a mild funk component. Some honey and sour lemon arrives late. Light touches of funk and sourness on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness.

Drinkability: Displays tons of distinct flavors and subtle complexities, but for a winter seasonal, I find myself looking elsewhere and for a saison, well, I honestly prefer the standard Saison Dupont. But I certainly appreciate the "best wishes" from Brasserie Dupont (right back at'cha!).

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 bottle.
Pours a translucent bright gold in color. Frothy foamy head sitting atop the beer. Some yeasty chunks floating around in the beer.
Smell is surprisingly funky. Good amount of funk and just a hint of sourness.
Taste is belgian yeast, good natural funk. Very full and creamy on the mouthfeel. Very high amount of carbonation. Could use a little less carbonation and the mouthfeel would be great.
Good beer

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Photo of t420o
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DuPont Avec les Bons Vaux

A- Pop!! Cork goes flying off. Pour produces a large 2-1/2 finger white head with great retention resting on a slightly cloudy light golden body. 4

S- beautiful doughy yeast, lemon, lemon zest, grainy, green apple, spices. 3.5

T- similar to the nose lemon zest, doughy, grain, bready and slightly funky yeast notes, spices. Finishes slightly dry. Alcohol is barely detectable. 4

M- active carbonation. Very effervescent. 4

O- a very good Saison but a little over spiced for me. I enjoyed the regular Saison DuPont much more. Much better at near room temp it balances out a lot more 3.5

High B

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Three fingers worth of crisp dull white colored head with a slightly rocky top comprised of big chunky bubbles... Excellent retention... Once receded there is a slight collar and thin veil of lacing... The color is a slightly hazed mix of straw and mustard yellow... Gobs of chunky lacing cling to the glass...

S - A mixture of hay, grass, and wheat are first to greet the nose... Some notes of lemon zest... A slight Belgian yeast component... A bit of funkiness... A bit of apple... The scents lend themselves well to one another... Nice complexity...

T - Hay, dried grass, and wheat are at the forefront on the palate... A bit soapy... A light spice component... Some faints notes of orange and lemon zest... The finish takes on a herbal quality with notes of menthol and eucalyptus... The flavor profile improves a bit as it warms, but not quite enough to get it to that next level...

M - Sturdy... Medium bodied... Crisp... Clean... Sharp carbonation bites the tongue... The finish is a mix of dry and chalky...

D - A mixed bag... Very nice appearance and aroma give way to slightly disappointing taste, mouthfeel and overall drinkability... I can't say it's a bad beer, but it's definitely a bit rough around the edges and not one I would either recommend nor partake in again except perhaps the rarest of situations...

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Photo of ryane
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden, with a nice thick head that dissipates slowly, leaving lots of lacing.

S - Banana, just like a tropical fruit cup

T - Slight sweetness, very spicy/phenolic, banana and fruit finish that lingers

M - Light body, lots of cabonation

D - A good beer, Im not a huge saison fan, but this is one that would go very well with pork etc

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Photo of JBogan
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The caged and corked bottle popped open with a huge bang. What followed was a cloudy gold brew with a fantastic pillowy white head which left good lacing. This is a nice looking beer.

Immediately after opening the bottle you are hit with a profound musty aroma. The barnyard comes through loud and clear on this brew.

The is one tastes very yeasty and musty. There's perhaps a slight hint of banana and an even slighter hint of citrus, but that's about it. This is not a complex beer.

Mouthfeel was very nice. Medium bodied and smooth with a good amount of carbonation which left quite a prickly sensation.

This is a welcome seasonal offering from the folks at the Dupont brasserie. I finished off the bottle on my own, which left me feeling nice and warm inside, but that's about all I'd care to handle right now. I might pick up another bottle before the year is out.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before October 2015.

Bottle opens with a very satisfying pop. Pouring into a glass results in a hazy light orange colour with tons of thick white head. Plenty of carbonation visible in the glass. Sporadic lacing on the glass.

Nose was a very faint yeast smell.

Taste is a light honey sweetness, with some yeast flavor at the end. Yeast flavor is a bit more musty tasting than most other saisons I have sampled. Dry finish.

The sweetness vs dryness is very nice. The mustiness sort of mellows over time. Overall, this is pretty good, though not quite as good as the Dupont.

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Photo of thekanna
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright golden yellow with tons and tons of head. It took forever for the head to settle. Somewhat resembles fresh Westmalle Tripel.

S: Spicy yeasts mixed with a floral bouquet of various citrus fruits, pears, and a faint hint of apples. Some honey in there, complemented by a slightly peppery, earthy note.

T: Belgian yeasts dominate with a an earthy, malty note and overall lightness. Also, throw some fresh cut grass and osmanthus flowers in there. However, I was slightly disappointed by how light and comparably thin the taste was after smelling the beautiful aroma of this brew.

M: Somewhat thin compared to a normal saison. I was expecting more heft out of this 9.5% ABV beer. However,a nice crispness contributes to the overall perception of freshness in this brew.

D: Good for summer days when you just want to kick back with a nice, relaxing beer to complement a light meal.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL 2009 bottle poured into a Stillwater wine glass.

This beer leads me to the same conclusion as my previous review, bigger isn't always better. Pours a hazy, copper orange color with a fluffy off white head with average retention and lacing. The aroma explodes from the bottle as the cork is removed (if thats possible) and hits you with funk, belgian yeast, floral, earthiness, spice, etc. Body is a little chewier and less crisp than the normal Saison Dupont and much boozier. Flavor is very citrusy, grainy and earthy with a strong medicinal and phenol presence which isn't that pleasing. There is also a very strong alcohol presence throughout and burning in the finish. I think I might enjoy a bottle of this much more with some age on it.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, corked and caged, into a thin pilsner.

bright hazy yellow gold with a nice layer of fluffy white head. some lacing along the sides; the haze increases with each pour until the last serving is murky with sediment.

spicy, funky aroma with a subtle honey sweetness and a lemony sourness. subtle, balanced aroma.

flavor is similarly balanced. same honey sweetness and a spicy bite, then an astringent, sour and tart drying finish. alcohol is nicely hidden; comes off as a very drinkable, balanced beer, if not quite memorable or world-beating.

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Photo of yeastsipper
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this beer for a while, so pop one open in anticipation of a nice holiday meal.

The beer pours an opaque honey color. It is definitely unfiltered, as there are lots of goodies floating around. There is a ton of lacing. I really like the body of this beer.

Smells of clove, spice and yeast. I would hope for more given the appearance of the beer itself.

The beer is very crisp. Compared to the Saison Athene (drunk the previous night), it is much drier and easier to drink, but also less flavorful. There are yeast and bread flavors, but not a lot of fruit. There are pleasant grassy flavors as well.

The mouthfeel is the highlight of the beer. There is a nice body, thick - but not overly so , and pleasant carbonation.

This beer is somewhat dry. It is very easy to drink, and pleasant. However, I do feel it lacks some complexity.

I would really like to try this beer with food. I think it could go well with a number of dishes, and that the foods would bring out some flavors in the beer. On its own, it is very nice, but not as complex or as memorable of some other saisons.

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Photo of pecokid
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased the last bottle at Max's 2009 Belgianfest and brough it home. Opened it today to share with my brother. The label is different from the one shown above. Mine is yellow with a big Roman numeral III at the top. Golden color. White head with meringue like appearance. The smell had earthy citrus notes. Amazingly complex flavor that changed with every sip. The first few were sweet and continueed to change till the last that seemed much drier. Mouthfeel was average with somewhat high carbonation. For the $17 dollars I paid for this one 750 ml bottle, the drinkability become average.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml green bottle corked and caged, 2006 version. Poured into a tulip it forms a sturdy, creamy white head that leaves plenty of lace. Golden body is cloudy.

Extremely earthy and phenols are everywhere but at the end of the day the earthy yeast really takes the cake here. I have to note that the appearance is amazing and gets better with every pull. Very rocky and mountainous head that redeploys itself over and over. Earthy and ripe. There is a slightly burnt orange peel type backdrop but its more of an afterthought.

Notes: I liked it. I'm not so sure that the High ABV fits this style very well (regardless of style its too much for the body of this offering). It seemed a bit hot to me compared to other saison's that I've liked better.

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Photo of Radome
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from 375 ml bottle into goblet.
A - Straw colored; slightly murky with some suspended sediment (could be my fault for not allowing to settle after transport). Fragile but tall head fades to thin layer of large bubbles and some lace.
S - Very clean. Crisp grain and surprisingly strong, fresh noble hops notes; black pepper, some faint fruitiness in the background like Juicy Fruit gum. No alcohol notes.
T - A big punch of noble hops flavor is up front, mixing with Pilsner-like grains. This is followed briefly by an almost metallic bitterness that fades away back to the grains and Juicy Fruit flavors. Some alcohol notes.
M - Medium body, creamy carbonation. Slight alcohol burn.
O - A good beer, but for me, the extra hops flavor and bitterness are a distraction rather than an enhancement for this strong saison. The metallic tang is too disruptive to me.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 11/2/08. Bottle, 2007. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, apple skins, light fruits (citrus) and spices. Flavor is quite similar, lots of yeast, apple, and spices. ''Hot'' and warming. Nice saison (but I prefer the regular Saison Dupont).
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

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Photo of mvasilis
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from the systemet in sweden.

A: When opend the beer foams over, a lot of CO2... The liquid is light-yellow with jeast. A big foam head that quite fast goes away.

S: Dry smell, pretty fruity ond spicy, a hint of orange maybe? And some alchol in the finish.

T: The taste is not as dry as the smell, well balanced spicy taste, a little peppery with a hint of orange and alcohol.

M: CO2 goes away fast, quite creamy, a good drink...

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Photo of Phatz
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks very much to Akorsak for this generous gift.

Appearance: This is an absolutely gorgeous Saison. It pours a luminescent golden orange color with a huge white head and all the lacing you could want in mt snifter glass.

Smell: Bold lemon and spice as well as biscuity bread malt load the nose with a very aggressive aroma.

Taste: This is a bold beer. It is intense in it's Saison coriander spices but also a well hopped beer, but I am not a big fan of the band-aid phenols.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and warm from alcohol. Quite carbonated and phenolic.

Drinkability: If you like this kind of Saision it is still : 9.50 %. Not a session beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of their Jingle Bell Jubilee.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a 1/2 inch white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is somewhat subtle with grains, spices, and some fruity aromas. Taste is of grains, spices, and fruity grape-like flavors. This beer has a crisp mouthfeel with a slightly acidic quality to it. Overall, this is a good saison with some nice spice and fruit aspects.

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Photo of corporatejim
3.68/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of Kooz
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass. This beer pours to a wheat/straw color with a foamy white head that has some staying power. But the first thing you notice about this beer is the smell--it's wheaty and yeasty with a hint of orange, and is very pleasant. Taste is wheaty and malty--textured with some spices and an aftertaste of spicy orange. The sharp initial sip is balanced by the creamy mouthfeel and the lingering citrus taste. The one criticism is the 9.5 abv is noticeable.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 vintage (with a great label that makes it look much older) served into a tulip glass

Pours a light orange/tangerine color that is very much opaque. Not cloudy or hazy, but like a solid mass or color. A tight-bubbled two finger cap of white head sits on top. Lacing is sporadic but spindly where it occurs.

The aroma is a nice balance of fruit and spice. Underripe banana meets yellow delicious apples backed up by cardamom and honeysuckle. The medicinal astringency gives the nose a similarity to a perfume. Pretty solid stuff but nothing that strikes me as exemplar of the style.

Avec les Bons Voeux is maltier than the average saison, that's for sure. There is a warm, almost nutty malt characteristic to this beer. It is informed by a slightly sour lemon-orange flavor that gently sluices across the back of the mouth. Apart from that you've got botanical bitterness from the hops and phenolic band-aid taste accentuating it. Peppercorn is omnipresent. You can taste some of the alcohol in this 9.5% ABV saison.

The mouthfeel is a bit thicker as a result of the increased maltiness. It does a good job of carrying forth all the flavors. This is a huge beer for a saison - sort of a Saison meets a Tripel execution - and the drinkability is actually pretty good despite being style-inappropriate. I could score the drinkabilty lower for being untrue to style but it actually is decently drinkable.

A solid effort; probably the best "imperial saison" that I've tried. This is a bigger, brasher Saison Dupont... and proof that bigger does not always equal better.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Over the years, this is a beer I've picked up as soon as I saw it. It went just perfectly with the season. However, this past year, I've gotten a little pickier about my saisons and I'm curious to see what I think.

Mostly clear, this beer is golden orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention. Lacing isn't particularly present here. The nose is quite excellent. Initially, this is grassy, spicy and rustic with a great saison character, as this warms up, a whole lot more comes out. Unfortunately, it's not aromas I particularly care for - honey and alcohol. Along with the honey, there's some fruit as well. Mildly spicy, there's fresh white pepper, delicate and complex. In some ways, this makes me think of the Stone Vertical 10.10.10 minus the grape juice, but better.

The palate opens with a blend of floral and spicy character, there's orange blossom honey, white pepper and quite a bit of light fruits - pears and sweet apples. The alcohol appears in the mid-palate along with some sugar. Bitterness is low,there's a little hop flavor and a touch of earthy bitterness on the finish. Medium in body with high carbonation, the finish is solid. Mildly drying, earthy, spicy and a little honey are all present. The alcohol does get a little tiring after a while, and I do wish that it was a little lower. Not as complex and not as enjoyable as their flagship beer, this. While a 750 of this is quite easy to drink, it's better shared

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Photo of dv8sean
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Made the mistake of opening after work, before dinner, and without noting alcohol content (9.5%), but fortunately within the safety and comfort of my own home and without heavy machinery present. Served from 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pale straw-honey color. Mostly clear with only slightest haze or cloudiness. Vibrant but not excessive carbonation; bubbles like Champagne. Classic Belgian dense whipped egg white head that leaves wonderful lace.

S: Herbs & spices, but not much hops. A little of the horse-blanket-wet-dog you'd expect from a Farmhouse ale. Oh...hello, alcohol!

T: This is not a subtle beer. Lacking the malt or hops presence to offer cover, the alcohol content draws attention to itself. Even the spice of the Belgian yeast can't compete. Finishes dry, with lingering warmth. Yes, it's boozy.

M: Pleasant carbonation contributes to good mouthfeel/texture. Might have earned a 5.0 if it wasn't for its seemingly combustible nature.

O: A pleasant beer that perhaps would have benefited from better timing on my part. However, even with or after food, I don't think it has the backbone to support the high alcohol content, leaving the beer fundamentally out of balance.

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Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.