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Avec Les Bons Voeux - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,184 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 1,184
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 85
Gots: 115 | 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: 1,184 | Reviews: 581
Photo of jminsc76
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a tulip, and exhibits a big, BIG foamy head atop a dark yellow/light orange-ish body. Looking pretty with plenty of floaters (i.e., spices) and sediment swimming throughout. Thick legs down the side as I tilt the glass. Great visuals.

Plenty of Belgian spices in the nose, as I come to expect from a good Saison, with the added bonus of sweet fruit that includes citrus, orange peel, and even caramel. Mmmm...

Flavors of orange, citrus, grassiness, and yes, even Christmas cider. With the exception of Hennepin, this is a definitely a sweeter Saison than most others I have experienced, and it's wonderful. Which leads me to wonder why our BA boy Jason rated it a B. Upon further sipping (and I do mean sipping), I do detect a little bit of heat (almost like rubbing alcohol, yikes!) in the aftertaste, and it's a bit of a kick in the back of the palate.

Regardless, this is only a minor inconvenience for a Saison that offers such exceptional visuals, aromas, and flavors that I am willing to rate it higher regardless of this slight lack of refinement. While it may be a Christmas Saison, it's excellent for all seasons (wow, that was WITTY!).

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy orangish-yellow color with a thick, rocky head. Leaves a nice amout of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is spicy, peppery, yeasty, herbal and fruity. A bit of earthiness as well.

The flavor is peppery and yeasty, a bit lemony and earthy too. A slight funky, musty flavor as well. It is medium-full in body and drying in the finish. It hides is strength well. A very good beer.

Photo of gtn80
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into a tulip glass.

Appearance is just plain beautiful. Light, hazy, golden, orange color with a huge white fully head that just lasts forever.

Smell is intoxicating. Spicy, herbal, citrus. Yeast and hops are dominant in the aroma. Bready and just amazing.

Taste is complex, a saison dupont but turned up louder. More citrus, more spicy yeast character, more esthers. More bitter than the typical saison, but balanced well by the sweetness. Dry as all get out.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, but the beer is dry to the bone. Well carbonated.

Drinkability is amazing for a 9.5% beer. Doesn't leave a bitter or sweet flavor on the tongue, the dryness just balances out amazing.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a yellow / orange hue and rather hazy. Barely detectable through the haze, I can see pockets of bubbles rising to the surface. The head is a gargantuan cumulus cloud that consumes the top half of the tulip glass, leaving copious amounts of sticky lacing throughout the glass.

S: Citrus and yeast are the dominant scents, with additional notes of spices, grass, lemon zest, and alcohol.

T: The flavor is very pleasant, with everything balanced quite well. Initially, the beer is so smooth on the palate, it's a bit surprising. A touch of heat from the alcohol offers a bit of oomph in the finish, but I don't find it unpleasant. The abv is pushing double digits, after all. Citrus comes through prominently, but the yeast character is far more present in the aroma than in the flavor.

M: Medium-full bodied with an alcohol presence in the finish. The alcoholic presence gains a little speed as I delve deeper into the bottle. Avec Les Bon Voeux has a lingering aftertaste of citrus fruits and grass soaked in alcohol.

D: A terrific saison from a great brewery. Recommended.

Photo of ballewblake
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer Addison.

Crystal clear golden ale. Light head with little to no lacing. Slighty fruity smell. Couldn't put my finger on the fruit, but assuming the yeast plays a bigger part here. Alcohol was very faint and well disguised. Had a very different taste on the front of the tongue, lots of carbonation bubbling there with alcohol lightly peeking away. The back of the month is where this beer belongs, very warm and inviting. I'd compare it to a Golden Monkey but crisper.
I could drink two to three of these and it would put me where I need to be.

Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One last transcription from a snowy afternoon at Local 44 in PHL. Undated, but that's the way it is sometimes.

With Best Wishes, indeed. Spanky and the Gang were sending me off in style.

It had a finger of bone-white head with low retention, falling even as it was set in front of me. Color was a cloudy lemon-yellow, chiffon-like and reminding me of sunshine in a glass on that cold, snowy day. Nose was dry - papery, peppery and a solid reminder of why I love Saison yeast! It imparted a dry, dusty, mildly spicy taste on the tongue and although it may have been their version of a Winter/Christmas ale, I'd break this out in the summer months. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. Finish was slightly dry and very refreshing. Absolutely yummy!

Photo of Kidspice
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Mantooth
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour @ Milltown in Carrboro, NC (highly recommended), into a Dupont Saison glass.

A: Hazy gold with a deep white head and lazy lacing.

S: Lemons, yeast, pepper and a little vanilla.

T: Lemon peel, citrus rind, lots of earthiness and some spice.

M: Slick, very carbonated, warmth from the alcohol.

O: A very nice beer I'm happy to have happened upon.

Photo of mrcraft
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmtpi
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nuke77
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light orange/amber pour with a great lacy head. Aromas of melon, cotton candy and candied fruit. Taste follows the expected Dupont profile. Though feeling light in body at 9.5% alcohol this one is a thumper. Very good though for my palate I prefer the regular Saison Dupont.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

75

Pours a slightly hazy lemon gold, three plus inch sugar white head retains well.

Smells of coriander, lemon zest, esters and wheaty grassy malts.

Tastes slightly bitter, like lemon rind, along with zest and citrus tartness. Fresh cut grass and wheaty malts. Mildest banana ester hint.

Moderate body, fluffy carbonation fills the mouth.

A delicious and unique farmhouse, this is the first of the style I've had with such a distinct vegetable bitterness. I don't dislike it, although I'm not sure I prefer it, but it certainly doesn't ruin the beer in any way. Totally enjoyable experience, would definitely have again, although maybe not before some other saisons.

Photo of Wildman
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light gold color and formed a nice bubbly white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation was present. An aroma of malt, hops, coriander, spices and straw. The flavor was of malt, hops, spices with a heavy complex background hard to place under just one umbrella. Combining elements of several and definately impacting the finish, which seems heavier than the beer really is. The finish has some tartness but with this undercurrent present.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge, very wild yeast induced head of white foam sits above a clear golden body, just full of static floaties, that sit like an optical illusion in the glass. Lacing is very funky an dextreme. The floaties are the most memorable part of the beer, and I have to say I approve heartily. This is a unique and beautiful brew.

Lots of funk on the nose - big notes of barnyard, wet straw, sweet citrus, phenolic spirits, grass and sharp hops. The funk is particularly noticeable on this one, lots of what would otherwise be considered "off" notes. Just completely wild and funky. Just what a Saison's about.

Very smooth entry on the palate, all the funk sits around the edges, suggesting all the rustic notes. But the palate in general is smooth, with a fresh phenolic alcohol heat sharpening the sensations. It's like a heavier, more grown up version of their regular Saison. Lots of boozy notes, which tend to accentuate all the classic rustic notes. I approve.

Slightly less drinkable than their original Saison, but more sophisticated and more complex. I prefer the amazing refreshment that a good funky saison gives you, but this is still an excellent beer. I'm phenomenally pleased that it's possible to find this in Australia.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark straw color. The head is, uh, a billion fingers high, and white in shade. It's both fluffy and bubbly, and the retention (aggravatingly) is good as well. Rings of lacing are left on the glass. (3.5)

Smell: This one hits all the right buttons. Despite the green bottles, there's almost no skunk to be found. And there is a more palpable sweetness than regular Dupont, obviously. The fruit notes here are a bit more defined. Of course, I forgot to mention that typical Dupont character (sesame seed, black pepper, pure goodness) is still here in full force. Wait...now that it opens up, it becomes funky and brett-laden. It was amazing before the brett kicked in...but now it's transformed into something phenomenal. (4.5)

Taste: The opening flavors betray its noel roots somewhat, with some notes of apple, pear, and candi sugar. In many ways, it's pretty sweet. In other ways, it's not sweet at all. The midtaste transforms into a traditional saison with its peppery/spicy flavors, and the back end sees only a wisp of malty sweetness linger. I'm even picking up brett-laden characteristics (funk and earth), though it's very subtle. Really, it's amazing how such a big-ass beer can be so delicate and refined. It doesn't quite live up to the nose, but who cares?! (4)

Mouthfeel: It's more of a sipper than standard Dupont, due to being relatively heavier/sweeter. Still, the carbonation almost perfectly scrubs off any lingering sweetness. It's fizzy without being harsh. For fork's sake, it's 9.5% - even if it's a bit sweet, it goes down far more easily than something like this should. (4.25)

Overall: I'm a sucker for Dupont saisons. While it smells better than it actually tastes, it's still a wonderful example of the style. It's still amazing how such a rich beer can seem lighter than it really is, while right. (4.25)

4.15/5: If any other brewer do saisons better than Dupont, I haven't found them yet

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/27/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains Belgian yeast, light malts, spices and bananas.

T: The taste is well-balanced, with a strong Belgian yeast flavor that is complemented by spices, bananas and wheat. There's a mild hops presence and a little booziness to it. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a lighter but high-powered Belgian beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by OldSock, thanks Mike. Beer is yellow and hazy with a big aggressive head of small bubbles that lasts a while, falls away to a thinner head, high carbonation lacing on the glass.

Aroma is bright but dry with tea like spices, mild sulfur and hints of oakiness. Smells good.

Beer is thin and bright on the palate with the carbonation, nice esters and a good finish, not too dry but dry enough for it to be on style. Its a big saison, seriously, tastes awesome though. I would definitely have this again.

Photo of bulletrain76
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle. Hazy gold with a big, lasting white head. The aroma is just beautiful beer: hoppy, bready, malty, yeasty, spicy, fruity... The flavor is somewhat sweet and bready to begin, jammy in the middle, and then dry and lightly alcoholic, with bitter hops that leave an orange and spice flavor. The body is medium with ambitious bubbles. Almost brings in a tripel cameo before being firmly Dupont. Great stuff

Photo of draheim
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle (L112008 13:43) poured into a Hennepin glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden color w/ a creamy white head & bright, effervescent carbonation. A beautiful beer to behold.

Aroma is wonderful saison spice, lemon, and Belgian yeast. Simple, clean, elegant. Some floral & herbal notes emerge as it warms.

Taste is peppery, citrusy & a little tart/funky. Grassy. Carbonation provides a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and a crisp, clean finish.

Overall, another world-class saison from Brasserie Dupont.

Photo of maltlikker
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a massive three finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of yeast and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is quite earthy and has flavors of grassy hops and spicy yeast—the spices particularly stand out in the finish. There are some slight hints of alcohol.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is a moderate to high amount of dryness in the finish.
O: Considering its strength among other beers in the style, this beer isn’t that difficult to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. It is a nice saison to drink on a cold winter night.

Photo of carln26
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was on tap to day at Red Bones. The color was hazy gold with a thin white head. Aroma has candy notes along with a combination of citrus and pear. A white sheet of lace was prevalent down the side of the glass. The taste has a nice tartness. More of the pear and citrus. A lot more candy sweetness. This to me was a cross between a Saison, and a Belgian Trippel. It had good characters of both. A mild alcohol warming and hop bite. Slick mouth feel. Very drinkable.

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

from corked 750ml bottle

A- pours a semi cloudy yellow/orange color wit a fluffy white head and nice lacing

S- was lemon and apples with a barn funk and malt with hops and pepper

T- was a slight sour funk with lemongrass malt and hops, fruits and spices are muted with a fair amount of citrus hops

M- crisp and tart well carbonated , with the abv well hidden

O- quite tasty saison,highly drinkable with a slight funk

Photo of jrenihan
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a cloudy blonde colour, a little like dark honey. A fluffy white head is on top which fades at a decent pace, leaving some lacing.

Smell is very nice. Honey, light fruits and spices, White pepper sticks out for me.

Taste is similar but a little less enthralling than the smell. Dry light fruits, spices, honey, yeast. A bit of funk. Some booze is present - clear that this is a strong beer.

Beer is very carbonated - too much so for me. Medium bodied.

Overall, quite a nice saison. Very good. Almost gave it a 4.5 in taste.

Photo of haz77
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A – Pours a clear bright gold, with a fluffy white head. This drops slowly to a rocky mound and has excellent retention. Masses of carbonation.

S – Pineapple, green apple, tropical fruit, slight funk, plasticy phenols, bubblegum.

T – The solvent and phenolic flavour lead in, before a dark sugar/caramel flavour appears. The tropical fruit moves forward, then the beer sharpens towards then end with a pleasant astringency. Aftertaste is green apple, and gives slight pucker.

M – Light to medium smooth body. Soft carbonation.

D – Very tasty. The alcohol is exceptionally well masked. Highly recommended.

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