Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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586 Reviews
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Reviews: 586
Hads: 1,220
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 95
Gots: 129 | FT: 4
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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 CASK1
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bomber to a tulip.

A - Hazy deep gold with a fluffy, pillowy, head that won't quit. Excellent lace on the glass.

S - Skunk as soon as the bottle was opened. Dissipated quickly and stayed well in the background afterwards. Bready, toasty malt, spicy notes from hops and/or yeast. Very rustic.

T - Very complex. Toasty malt, nondescript fruity notes from yeast. Significant bitterness that helps dry the beer out. Rustic without being overly "funky". Dry, bitter, spicy finish.

M - Explosive carbonation fills the mouth. Medium body with a dry, bitter finish. Very low alcohol warmth; well-hidden for the 9.5% ABV.

O - Wow. Take the initial skunk aroma away and this is a world class beer. I will seek this out again in the hops of a fresher bottle. Love the style. (775 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.81/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled in 2008 and this beer held up extremely well. A bit of sediment and opened with a huge 'pop' but decanted clear. Great taste. Full. Amazing amount of brett noticeable. Some heat but very well attenuated. It's an experience to drink the beer at the brewery (with the toilets in the back by the cows) but you can always find perfect examples of the beer in bottles too!! (376 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Lively golden orange body. The head overflows the glass. Eternal retention and lacing clings inside the glass.

Smell - Nice lemon zest esters. Kinda bretty, maybe? Earthy, at least. Spices that I can't pick out.

Taste - A touch less complex, but still quite nice. I'm more sure it's brett that's coming through. Pale malts and a spiciness in the back end. Funky farmhouse flavors and an earthy finish.

Mouthfeel - Incredibly drinkable for being a pretty big saison. Well carbonated.

Overall - Really superb. Complex and very drinkable. (611 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle received in trade with Phyl21ca - thanks!

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Cloves, breads/grains, pears/grapes/apples, vanilla

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, cloves, and pears/grapes/apples. There is also vanilla/coconut like flavour and a bit of a yeastiness.

Overall - An interesting high ABV saison with a good mix of flavours. The vanilla/coconut type flavour gets a little tired with a 750ml format - but still a very solid brew well worth trying and perfect for sharing. (717 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A large, off-white head crowns this bright orange brew.

An array of light fruits and must flow out of the glass. Deeper inspection reveals more fruits, including orange, lemon, pear, and white grapes. Complex is as complex does. Rotten rind, peat, and faint spice complete the perfect circle.

Fruity (more orange, lemon and pear), spicy, full-bodied, creamier than expected, and lacking nothing I can think of. Has a bit of grain and yeast to finish. Vanilla is noticed as it warms. Alcohol hits and dissapears quickly.

Fabulous example of a "big" Saison. (560 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright yellow color with a thin head with low retention.
Elegant aroma with a lemon and orange zesty, cloves, yeast and apricot.
Sour flavor of white wine, green apples, overripe oranges, sourdough, lemon, cloves and other spices, herbal and earthy hops and pineapples. Yeasty and mildly funky with a dry and acid aftertaste.
Medium body with lively carbonation with tiny bubbles. Hard to better hide its potent 9.5% abv.
Refreshingly sour, funkier, hoppier than average and tasty Saison. Highly recommended for who likes the style or wants to adventure. (554 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 bottle into belgian tulip.

Appearance is hazy light apricot yellow with a big fluffy off white head that lingers as it should.

Aroma is sourdough, lemon zest, white pepper, apple juice concentrate, basil, and spring field flowers.

On the palate, bready malts play with spicy yeast esters all while a rounding earthy hop presence keeps the balance. Rye, sourdough, lemon pith, clove, filtered apple cider, and faint tangerine show up through the palate.

Mouthfeel is superb. Not overly carbonated, silky light medium body, and overall just the way it should be for the style.

Overall this a great saison. Nothing bash, just a finely tweaked belgian iteration. Getting back to the roots with this one. (709 characters)

Photo of bierdeflanders
3.37/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: lemon, pear, bubblegum

A: deep copper color, very clear beer, 3 to 4 finger head (over carbonation)

T: tart, piney, resin, fruity

M: light body with dry finish. lots of carbonation

O: well balanced saison, the carbonation was a little high, but a very tasty farmhouse ale. (279 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A clear brilliant bronze yellow color with virtually no head or lacing and few signs of life short of a few bubbles here and there. Pretty but looking a little limp. The aroma brings out a satisfying apple grain blend and hints of alluring spice clove and allspice. Promising. The palate quickly enjoys a sturdy apple clove hop with sweet cereal grain with a tasteful yeast idea to balance it off. It does have a lazy carbonation to it which opens up into a fuzzy feel that more than adequately delivers this tasty holiday treat in good order. Body is medium full and it sticks to your ribs just a bit for a saison style but the relatively high ABV is not overwhelming at all. A wonderful treat. (695 characters)

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375 ml bottle. Pours a hazy lemony yellow colour. Nose is filled with tons of vinous, fruity notes: lemon, fruit cocktail, canned pears. Taste is similarly fruity with pear notes, spicy pepper and a huge drying bitter finish. Bottle-conditioned and very aggressively carbonated. (292 characters)

Photo of dougbassett
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #37 of the ones I've reviewed here.

I think this is a world-class beer, imho the best thing Dupont brews and probably the best saison out there. I think this is the highest score I've given a beer since I started reviewing them here, but honestly the only reason it didn't score higher is that I'm personally not a huge fan of saisons as a style. (I prefer the similar Biere de Garde style from France).

But even I have to give props to this. Pours a faultless bronze-gold and throws a fluffy head that, alas, disappears rather quickly. Nose at first is strikingly reminiscent of Grape flavored bubblegum; sniff it a few more times, though, and lemon notes start to come through. Like maybe if you took fresh-squeezed lemonade, added some spices and mulled it (for some reason). Very complex nose, I could smell this all day.

Has the light, rather effervescent mouthfeel of most saisons, although the very dry, spicy finish lingers a long long time, which I think is unusual. The flavors themselves are grapefruit peel, grapefruit juice, and that odd, very dry, almost chalky kind of bitter spice hit that you get in Belgians and really nowhere else. The grapefruit hits you first and then the spice kind of kicks along in back of that. Like you took a shot of grapefruit juice and then followed it up with a very spicy liquor as a palate cleanser.

Just amazing, and again, this is coming from someone who's not a huge saison fan to begin with. My scores reflect my sense that the style itself is rather limited, if on the other hand you like saisons, boost the score upward accordingly. (1,652 characters)

Photo of silverking
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- cloudy gold with a huge off white head. Head retention is good, with clumps of lacing.

S- saison funk, spicy hops, banana, orange, and a decent alcohol kick on the back end.

T- bitter hop profile, barnyard funk, orange peel.

M- refreshing, light bodied, crisp carbonation.

O- enjoyable, balanced. (304 characters)

Photo of REDAMI
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Pour is medium gold straw color with a creamy peachy beige head.

S - Musty, wet straw/horse blanket. Some summer fruit on the back end.

T - Slightly hop forward with a citrus peel bitterness. Funky yeast coats the tongue.

M - Clean, effervescent carbonation, moderate body, dry finish.

A solid saison. Slightly more bitter than normal, but decently balanced overall. (420 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw yellow. Nose shows citrus zest, Brett, funk and spiced yeast. Taste is light zest, mild citrus/funk and some farmhouse yeast. Hint of burnt sugar there too. Not overly sweet either. Highly carbed. The cork blew off after the cage was removed. (262 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Most recently on tap at D&T in Houston.

A: Slightly hazy, almost murky golden/orange. A two finger white head forms with rings of sticky lace.
S: Musky basement like funk up front. Peppery spice, grassy, with some passion fruits in the finish. Excellent.
T: Follows the nose with a cellar like musk. Peppery, slightly phenolic spice from the yeast. Grassy and floral with a great lingering dried passion fruit flavor. Papaya, mango, lemon rind. Love it.
M/D: a medium body with great carbonation. Perfectly crisp, dry, and refereshing. Just a bit stronger ABV that I like for the style. Considering this is there winter Saison, it is to be expected. Given that, so easy and enjoyable to drink.

Another excellent Saison, and I should expect nothing less. I wish I could find this easier. Highly recommended. (813 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2011 bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful dark orange with a soft, shimmering white head.

S: Aroma brings light grapey oxidation, honeycomb, cloves, apple flesh.

T: Taste brings lightly astringent peppery bitterness, vinous, crusty bread, nectarine, vanilla.

M: Light-bodied with frothy yet pleasant carbonation.

O: An interesting saison/BSPA with a somewhat grapey profile that might be oxidation or might be the character of the beer. (446 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml. Bottle
$9.99
Sam's Downer's Grove

Cork reads "2006"

Opened with a lot of "pop". Avec les Bons Voeux pours a beautiful slightly hazed golden that glows when held to the light. A big 3+ finger fluffy white head formed on the pour that receded to 2 fingers and became craggy and meringue like. Left thick drink lines. Very refreshing looking beer.

When I popped the cork I took a quick smell and was immediately reminded of champagne. When in the glass this beer smells exceptionally polished. All notes go together so cleanly it's difficult to pick them out. Mild floral aromas are present and mingle seamlessly with a faint haylike barnyard funkiness and candi sugar sweetness. Tart green apples come along too. Still shows champagne like qualities.

This is the best saison I've ever exierienced by a long shot. Yes this beer is an expierence. Wonderfully done. Faint sugary sweetness along with a very mild funkiness go perfectly with the floral undertones. Green apple tartness gets in the mix as well. As this beer warms the green apple shows through more and more. Very refreshing.

Light body with a solid amount of carbonation. Glides through the mouth very nicely. Leaves the tongue awakened. Finishes somewhat dry.

I could, without a doubt, drink this beer all day long. Refreshing and light bodied. Very easy to drink.

This is a world class beer and one of the best, most polished saisons I've ever had. Crisp and refreshing to the point of almost being too easy to drink, considering such a high abv. Wonderful creation. (1,551 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled 4/30/2012. Pours fairly hazy and cloudy golden amber color with a 3 finger foamy and rocky white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings around the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Amazing appearance. Aromas of big lemon zest, apple, pear, pepper, clove, grape, herbal, floral, grass, bread, light funk, and floral/yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester notes with a light malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, apple, pear, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, light funk, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, light funk, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/spicy esters with a light malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp, dry, and prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden for 9.5% with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a world class saison! Incredible balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with light malt balance; and extremely crisp to drink for the alcohol level. Absolutely insane. (1,418 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Watch out for the damn cork!

Pours a hazy golden amber in the tall Maredsous chalice. Big foam-up but settles down to some clouds of meringue on the bright brew. Big fruity and faintly skunky aroma, a hint of sulphur and bread rising. The surprise is how sweet this is. Flavors are also extravagant. Fermenting blackberries, brioche, lemon bars. Every sip starts with that syrupy funk that is just short of overwhelming, and evolves through a lot of bitterness to the drier, mineral finish, but still haunted by a honeyed, bitter baklava taste.

This is certainly intriguing and full of flavor, and probably belongs in a candle-lit tavern where convivial extroverts debate its merits. In the calm dining room listening to Mozart, it's hard to get down. It's less like a Saison than most of the others I've had, regardless of what the brewery claims on the label. I don't know why this isn't categorized as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Bine & Vine in San Diego for ten bucks.

01-27-2013 update: On tap at Chapter One in Santa Ana. This tap version is totally anemic in carbonation, which makes it taste like some kind of sweet and scratchy Southern fruit wine. Makes me think of corn, sourish pear skins, and a hint of Quarante Y Tres vanilla liqueur. I'd rank it lower than the bottle version I reviewed. (1,337 characters)

Photo of t420o
3.78/5  rDev -10%
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 (624 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (1,846 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From corked bottle into a Corsendonk chalice. Hard to read, but it looks like identifying numbers: L021300...could be several years old.
Color is golden with small beige head...lots of floaties as the bottle gets moved around.
Aroma of sweet malts, powder sugar, fresh baked bread.
Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of floral hops, candy sugar, coriander, grassy hops, light pepper and herbs, some astringency. While this bottle is, I'm guessing, a tad past prime it's nonetheless very tasty, and my numerous experiences with this beer fresh and aged have always been positive. Very flavorful, full bodied, complex and satisfying. (638 characters)

Photo of IPA35
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Delirium Café.

I remember this was a really nice beer, light fruits, sweet but still pretty dry.
A nice and even slightly refreshing beer that goes down easily but at 10% this is not a weak beer. Hides the alcohol really well by the way.

I let a few girls try it, who were drinking cocktails and they all liked it.

No elaborate review this time as I already had some beers and I was with friends but I will certainly but it and replace this temporal review. (485 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge white head atop a golden/straw colored lightly cloudy beer. Lively carbonation activity.

Just a hint of skunk to the aroma, but it is far overshadowed by delicious notes of hay and funk, pepper, cloves, grainy malt sweet, and a tart fruitiness.

Full flavored zing of spice and tart, light funk joins the sip, some of that nondescript fruity flavor also. Sip ends with the spice and sweet getting some righteous herb and flowers into it, a bit of earth and bitter, and it is nicely dry.

Bright in the mouth, clean, sorta thick and highly carb. for style, but it works well to showcase the flavors. The linger is just right.

Wonderful saison, certain to please those who like spice forward and lightly funky, certain to disappoint those looking for the crazy funk or the extreme tart characters of some saison yeasts. (824 characters)

Photo of rand
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013, 750 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass

Opened the bottle and reviewed 09/24/14, although I originally rated this a year and a half ago (I think this was one of my first "hads" as we used to call them).

A: Orange-tan in color, opaque with a fair amount of suspended yeast. A gentle pour produces a huge fluffy head that recedes more rapidly than expected, leaving only a few patches of lacing.

S: Incredible nose. A perfect potpourri of funky, grassy notes balanced against honey sweetness, snappy hop essence and alcohol. These flavors resonate. Notes of lemon-pepper are distinct, showcased against a biscuity background. Citrus pith and oak linger at the edge of the bouquet.

T: The tastes largely follow, although it's more sweet than funky, presumably from a year in the cellar. It's a nice sweetness as well, like honey in a tropical fruit salad. Notes of lemon-pepper and coriander break things up toward the back of the palate, as the brew closes with a medium finish, while dry, grassy notes linger.

M: Frothy enough to keep things lively on the palate, although this is more heavy-bodied than some of it's contemporaries.

I know a number of beer geeks around San Diego that put this into their top-5 brews. It deserves any hype it receives...in the 40-some years since this has been produced it tastes like the brewers have taken the potentially disparate flavors of a saison and arranged them perfectly, making this as quaffable as they come. (1,481 characters)

Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.