Avec Les Bons Voeux
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From:
Brasserie Dupont sprl
 
Belgium
Style:
Saison
Ranked #190
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,986
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 9.62%
Reviews:
665
Ratings:
845
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 02, 2022
Added:
Mar 18, 2002
Wants:
  108
Gots:
  204
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: Les Bons Voeux means best wishes, which is what Brasserie Dupont sends with this very special saison ale brewed for the holidays. Redolently aromatic, rich and velvety.

Rich gold color, fragrant (lemony with hints of pepper, banana and clove), as all the beers of Dupont are with a full, deep malt richness that lingers on your tongue for what seems the whole holiday season. Considered by some the finest offering from this unparalleled Brewery. “The best Belgian beer, if ever there could be such an award...a sumptuous, seductive 9.5% beer. Because of it’s intensity, I would recommend the novice graduate to this beer. However, if a saison that is starting to lean towards being a triple appeals to you, and if its in season, don’t hesitate.”
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Rated: 4.31 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Sep 02, 2022
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Reviewed by AzfromOz from Australia

4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Purchased from the international Beer Collector Christmas sale in November 2021 and drunk in July 2022.

The beer comes in a sturdy-looking, green, corked bottle. There's a satisfying pop and hiss as the cork is pryed loose followed by a whiff of "smoke" and an immediate orchard fruit scent at the neck of the bottle.

On the nose, as previewed at the opening, there's peach and apricot, spicy yeast, vanilla and pepper. Wow, I've not even had it in my mouth and I can tell it's going to be something complex and special.

In the mouth, spicy Belgian yeast dominates at first, but the orchard fruits quickly announce their presence. There also the vanilla from the nose and bitter orange peel and candied lemon. At the swallow there is substantial, earthy bitterness that's quite sharp and not at all what I was expecting. The finish is dry but the bitterness lingers long after the swallow.

Mouthfeel is luxurious. It's smooth and counteracts the lingering bitterness well. There's quite a bit of carbonation, but the sweetness, bitterness and bubbles all work together seemlessly. A follow-up mouthfeel demands attention.

Overall, this is a magnificent beer. There's complexity that isn't always evident in saisons or farmhouse ales, which takes the beer beyond the standard Belgian yeast, lemon candy and pepper/herbal profile that those styles can fall back on. I can't remember a better saison or farmhouse ale and in fact can't remember too many better beers full stop.

Cheers!
Jul 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Vinous and elegant, with orchard fruit impressions plumping it up and a tangy yeast funk drying it out, quite a brew... Stone fruits like peach and apricot accompany white wine grapes with a twang on the finish - amply carbonated and lightly spicy with notes of cardamom, clove, ginger, and nutmeg... Sediment on the finishing pour...
Apr 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by jason_nwx from Oregon

Mar 20, 2022
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Reviewed by misteil from Ireland

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
a delicious saison, lots of things going on, nice levels of funky farmhouse flavours, leathery, oaky, nutty, has a dank quality to it, some nice sweet flavours, pear, apricot, caramel, lot of vanilla, some brown bread also, champagne, spice, medium bodied with high levels of carbonation, shows it’s strength nicely, medium bitterness on the finish, quite dry, really quite nice to drink, good stuff
Mar 12, 2022
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Look - nice golden fairly clear with slight rimming and head
Smell - grainy funky fruity
Taste - apricot banana floral slight funky and boozy
Feel - medium light body with a slight carb
Overall - pretty tasty, almost hefe ish
Feb 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.23 by irishevans from California

Jan 09, 2022
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Rated by Hophazzard from California

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Tastes like a triple and a Saison had a baby. That’s what this beer taste like
Jan 02, 2022
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
1.7oz bottle purchased from the fridge as a single. L20253B; I think this means that it was bottled December 2020? Something like that and I do recall purchasing this around this time of year last year. This is approximately one year old.

Look: Pours a very nice rich golden color with a very faint haze. A fluffy off-white head of very fine bubbles has stuck around and remained as a pinky finger high. The head looks a bit like meringue.

Smell: Very nice aroma. It's very peppery up front, and there's also a lot of fruit aroma in there too. Clove, banana, esters, orange zest, some sweetness (honey?) and some alcohol. Smells like it's going to be dry.

Taste: Interesting. It is thirst-quenching and refreshing. It definitely has a strong leaning toward the dry and bitter, somewhat boozy flavor profile. I can definitely see how this beer is a borderline saison / Belgian triple. Up front, it's a bit sweet and fruity, very effervescent. The finish is slightly sweet at first and then it quickly changes to bitter, dry, and spicy/herbal. It's suprisingly drinkable at 9.5% ABV. Overall, it's clean and crisp. There is a lot of refined malt behind these flavors. After pouring the sediment, the flavor profile became much more clovey and spicy.

Feel: The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. It has the perfect amount of carbonation, makes for a luxurious mouthfeel with the bottle conditioning.

Overall: This is a nice beer. I think that I prefer some other saisons to this one, but I am definitely glad that I get to try this one as it is a bit different. Definitely try this one if you like Belgian triples.
Dec 21, 2021
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Great looking beer. The head is eternal. Has a very earthy, rustic aroma. Cracked peppercorns and grass. Surprisingly hoppy.

Nicely balanced flavor. Classic Belgian yeast, banana. Some stone fruit. Light funk. Very boozy.

Sharp carbonation. Very dry finish. Medium bodied.

Very good overall. Nice balanced flavor, with surprising drinkability.
Dec 13, 2021
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Reviewed by andypeters1971 from Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Wonderful balance with enough carbonation but not too much. The slightest amount of bitter but enough to give you some bitterness. Very very well done
Dec 09, 2021
 
Rated: 3.88 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Nov 28, 2021
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Reviewed by 5toutman75 from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 10/13/20

The strongest saison i think I’ve had before. I usually love a high proof beer I think I find it to be a bit of a negative here. It’s just not hidden at all. It’s a great looking and feeling beer as I drink it. I like the flavors going on. A fun beer to try but I’ll probably pass on getting it again.
Nov 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Noelito76 from New York

Nov 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by thewimperoo from Illinois

Oct 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.02 by Eman17 from Illinois

Sep 19, 2021
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2021-07-18
750ml bottle served in a little Cantillon glass.

Pours a clear light honey color. Medium sized head that looks kind of coarse until it collapses into a thick ring and it looks pretty creamy. Smell is light, grassy, earthy, a little honey. Maybe some flowers and grass.

Taste is a funky punch in the palate with a kick of alcohol. Earthy, yeasty flavors, mild tart apricot, grape-musty-bitterness.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated but not very light-bodied. Overall, it's a very nice beer.
Jul 19, 2021
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Reviewed by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A large earthy hop presence. Something about it reminds me of dusty libraries, uncooked mushrooms. I get major holiday spices, candied oranges and ginger. Slight sharp lemon notes. Leads to a light and quick finish with each sip. Exceptional.
Apr 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.48 by DylanBrkhff from Netherlands

Mar 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.48 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Jan 24, 2021
 
Rated: 3.93 by EasternIsh from California

Jan 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.23 by Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

Jan 06, 2021
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
375ml bottle from Wee Beer Shop, Glasgow:
A hazy, light amber with a beautiful, foamy white head about 2cm tall that looks thick & has excellent retention. Floral & spicy upfront on the nose, it was a peppery aroma with citrus fruits, Belgian yeast, coriander & the odd sweet malt. It's a funky nose & there's hints of pear, apple, clove & very faint banana to finish. It's funky tasting too, opening with citrus, yeast & apple flavours with a little pear, white grape & some of the alcohol too. There's floral hops coming through with some of the spice from the nose, sitting on top of a medium, sharp body that's dry at the end & strongly carbonated throughout.
Dec 28, 2020
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Reviewed by Anders91 from California

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look: nice hazy yellowy-orange color with a think foamy white head

Smell: huge yeast, farmy funk, citrus, dark fruit

Taste: funky, yeasty, banana, clove, like a cross between a saison and a triple

Feel: strong but smooth carbonation
Nov 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by bgunnink from Illinois

Nov 22, 2020
 
Rated: 3.78 by DvdP from Netherlands

Nov 12, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Nov 03, 2020
 
Rated: 2.94 by stephenlee93 from England

Oct 15, 2020
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
375ml bottle - 2019 vintage

Pours a lovely cloudy hazy amber gold orange with an enormous fluffy creamy dense white foam head with good retention. Smells a bit sweet and strong, with aromas of honey, caramelized malts, fruity esters like ripe banana, dried apricot, green apple, pear, mild green peppercorn spice, some barnyard farmhouse funk, musty hay, straw, some wildflowers, and fresh herbal earthy floral hop notes. Tastes lightly tart, piquant, slightly boozy, bitter, fresh, floral, spicy, sweet, and quite pleasant. Pretty intense flavors follow the aroma, strong and warming, with rich toasty golden caramelized honey malt flavors, sharp green apple, pear, banana, dried apricot, lemon, phenolic peppercorn clove spice, mild farmhouse funk, musty hay, straw, wildflowers, and bitter earthy herbal floral hops. Feels soft, medium lighter bodied, airy, creamy smooth and dry with crisp moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice and strong saison.
Sep 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.18 by JTuomi from Finland

Aug 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4.34 by shigg85 from Japan

Aug 07, 2020
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Reviewed by JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Aroma - pear, ginger, mint, lychee, peppery phenol, rose, anise, all under a big rich pils base.

Flavor - moderate pils malt sweetness, lush spice and herbal hop, light vanilla note, very cohesive, perfumey, not even slightly bitter, green apple, ginger, cumin, lemon/lime

MF -no alcohol heat, meium-light body w/ a whiff of alcohol in sinuses

Overall - had this beer a few times over the years, ranges from meh to best beer I ever had. Freshness is of course key. One of the better "super saisons" out there for sure.
Jul 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4.53 by Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina

Jul 07, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4.2 by cozmo from New York

Jun 28, 2020
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I had this on tap at the Toronado. Strong beer. Tiny pour. Clear and golden, minimal foaming. On the nose there’s a pronounced funky estery note. Wet hay and bloomy rind, par excellence. It’s floral, yet spicy, and I see where the comparisons to a Belgian triple come in, but I find this more of an amplified saison in all the right ways.
Jun 27, 2020
 
Rated: 4.9 by djl9701 from Illinois

Jun 01, 2020
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Reviewed by hopsputin from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
a: bright, slightly murky burnt yellow with some vibrant orange notes. huge, 4 finger rocky bright white head

s: awesome aroma. big hit of barnyard funk upfront, green apple skins, pears, lemongrass. wheat, grass, grains, pepper spice. coriander and some cardamom. tart strawberries, and sweet citrus. touch of straight lemons to. huge bready backbone to it all

t: some sweet apples right away. green apple and ripe pears behind that. some subtly sweet lemons & orange follow. bready, malt characteristics aplenty in here, as well as a little alcohol flavor. there's a touch of funk in here, but it's not as strong as the nose would have indicated. lemongrass, sweet grains, straw round this out

m: fuller side of medium, with high carbonation

o: excellent stout. it's a little sweeter than i would have guessed from the aroma, but this is oh so good. excellent summer beer, though this is the highst ABV i've encountered in a Saison..
May 10, 2020
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Vintage - 2019.

A - VERY hazy medium gold color that's borderline opaque. Lots of frothy white head that's easily two fingers thick with lots of cascading carbonation. The haze subsides as the beer warms.

S - Banana, clove, light spicy earth, somewhat yeasty with a little hit of bread on the nose. Very dry and aromatic on the nose, I could smell it from two feet away when it was poured.

T - Yeasty, banana, pepper, cloves, some spiciness, and some lingering green apple pear on the very back end. The alcohol presence is detectable in the beginning but halfway through the ABV is barely a factor.

M - Thick with carbonation pricklies on the tongue and very dry.

O - This is recommended.
Apr 14, 2020
Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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