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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 1,185
Reviews: 582
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 86
Gots: 116 | 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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Ratings: 1,185 | Reviews: 582
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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!!!

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Photo of slayer3604
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Pale, golden-yellow color, with a decent head, which leaves a fine, long staying lacing.

Aromas are of an interesting melange, containing wheat, straw, yeast and tart Brettanomyces, also hints of pepper, spices and lemon zest are recognizable.

Taste reveals an unbelievable smooth mouthfeel, due to a huge amount of Belgian yeast, which puts a pillow on the palate. On top of that, warm stingy spices amongst black pepper build up a fascinating complexity, which results in a medium dry finish, with subtle vanilla notes. Very easy to drink, alcohol is present at no point at all, very intriguing, well balanced beer. Bretts among metallic, lively carbonation are responsible for a supporting sour- and dryness, which underlines the slick. spicy yeast impression just perfect. As I am drinking a young bottle, bretts are recognizable only for a short period of time, mingled together with copper flavor. When those leave the palate, dough malts and supersmooth mouthfeel do become even more present.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of Zorro
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
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 AKBelgianBeast
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

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

Poured a corked and caged 750ml into my Hennepin globe glass. This beer pours a rich, hazy golden with a massive 4-inch head that lasts for days and leaves crazy lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is amazing. I don't think I've ever had a beer with this much aroma. After I opened it up the aroma wafted through the entity of my kitchen and living room. Massive notes of lemon zest, pepper, yeasty biscuits, toast, grassy hops, coriander with just a hint of banana underlying the aroma. Also there subtle notes of funk along with just a hint of sulfur that I think probably comes from the green bottle but adds just another layer of complexity to the beer. The flavor is just as remarkable. As complex as any saison I could want. Massive lemon zest, apple skins, ripe pears, grains, yeasty biscuits and just a wee bit of funk. The funk is a bit toned down form the nose. The sulfur is still there though, once again adding more to it then subtracting. My biggest issue is the alcohol content. Its really hard to hide 9.5% and it shows through just a little bit. The mouthfeel is exceptional. I've never had a Saison that is that creamy and smooth but at the same time it just doesn't finish dry enough or me. This is always my biggest complaint with Saisons. I want them to finish bone dry. Overall this is a exceptional example of a Belgian Saison. Absolutely beautiful.

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

2006 bottle, I believe. Has yellow label with roman numeral 3 on it.

Clearish, deep golden body with straw edges. Voluminous, cumulus, rocky, cotton-white head. Very nice lacing. Complex, very aromatic nose. Rich, sugary, cotton-candy notes mix with sharp sea air, horse blanket, fresh-mowed grass, wet hay, and a whiff of fruity alcohol. I could smell this dizzyingly complex beer all day/night!

Lemony-tart bitterness and Saaz funk goodness up front. Sour apple malt turns sweeter and sugary-er mid-palate. Some tropical fruit and pear sweetness in there, but never gets too sweet. Overall this remains a mostly dry beer. Lemon citrus bitterness increases in the finish and becomes more herbal, resinous and numbing. Alcohol is present and warming. Picking up some leftover powdered sugar too. Slight tart/sour barnyard funk throughout lets me know that this is still a Dupont creation. Slightly more complex than the regular Saison. Medium-bodied with a smooth, tiny-bubble feel. Would be nice to be able to get this year round. As it is, this shall become a winter staple for me!

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

This is the best beer I have ever tasted, there is simply nothing wrong with it, smell is great, taste is supercomplex, appearance is nice and super drinkable. Every sip is enjoyable!
It pours an excellent golden yellow orange color with a stable head that is fed by a constant stream of (a lot of) carbonation.

Smell was excellent, lemon zest and slightly acidic, hops off course and some fruity green apples.

First taste is hops, sort of cannabis like and a green taste, grass or italian herb-like. Then the fruity and floral part, with flowers, green apples and other exotic fruits, like pineapple and mango.To finish it off, there is a malty backbone, in a vienna malt way.
Mouthfeel is dry and body is medium to low. I suspect some lactic acid to be in there. Although it sounds like a serious attack of the tastebuds, everything is quit mild.

This is a wonderfull beer, without a doubt, I have never given these good reviews to a beer, this beer is great in smell and taste and is highly drinkable!

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

750ml 2005 Vintage

A: Poured with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Super sticky lacing.

S: Very musty nose up front.Then some nice fruity esters with hints of pineapple and banana. Little bit of funk as well which I was hoping for.

T: Nice subtle tartness up front. Then it has that nice earthy taste followed by a powerful sour yeasty taste. You actually get a touch of hops as well. Finishes with a blast of fruit. Very nice saison. Very complex. Tons of funk at the end of the bottle.

M: Nice light to medium body with some stickiness. Carbonation was really nice.

D: Damn is this good with 3 years on it. The last pour with all the yeast in it was sublime. Tons of funk. Excellent beer. I am sure the 3 years on the bottle did not hurt.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found at the Blue Nile. (reviewed from notes)

This beer pours a foggy golden peach with an egg shell film for a collar.

Smells of creamy, powdery yeast with some black pepper and cream, pears, cranberries, peaches and a crisp but sour pineapple. There's alsoa soft orange juice with a dry grapefruit rind that fades into a light soda CO2.

There's a soft creamy yeast here that reminds me of heavy cream with ginger, black pepper and grapefruit rind. This peppery ginger lingers long into the finish.

Feels silky clean and dry with a light hidden and creamy carbonation.

I could stand to drink several of these. This one's a quaffable treat to be sure. The subtly of this one is remarkable and the seamless blend of flavors makes this one a legend.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- crazy loud pop as I effortlessly pull out the cork. Upon pouring, my tulip immediately fills with an expansive white foam of uniformly sized bubbles that quickly form a leathery skin on the surface. The head is not moving. It just refuses to go anywhere. I guess I'll just sit here and stare at it. The body itself is a glowing yellow lemony apricot and when the foam finally subsides, the glass is crusted over with delicate lacing accented by thick fingers of leftover foam.

S- the nose is very similar to the vielle but with more emphasis on fruit. Lemon and bitter orange, mango and guava, mild banana and pineapple, clove and cardamom spice. The slightest hint of band aid and barnyard add another layer of yeasty complexity. Nice melon sweetness also along with faint pale malt way in the back.

T- extremely fruity with an elegant balance of sweet tart and bitter. Banana, sweet basil and latex are prominent, with other tropical fruits residing somewhere out the way. It's not funky so to speak, and honestly I would appreciate some of that, but the phenols are alive & kickin and so are the alcohol esters. Alcohol is pineapple and floral like fruit blossoms and I'm sure the hops also have a hand in that with their grassy and flowery citrus bitterness. Tropical tart-sweetness lasts well into the finish, finally giving way to leafy hops and alcohol dryness. I may have forgotten to mention a light base of cracker like malt.

MF- deceitfully light although the alcohol provides a silky body worthy of merit. Bottle conditioned perfection here. Bubbles sting the tongue. Crisp and delightfully dry.

D- an amazing strong saison with more overall character than the weaker versions I've had from DuPont (vielle, avril) although naturally the strength begets less drinkability. An incredible beer and well worth the $11 price tag.

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Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 1,185 ratings.