Avec Les Bons Voeux | Brasserie Dupont sprl

Avec Les Bons VoeuxAvec Les Bons Voeux
BA SCORE
90.1%
Liked This Beer
4.16 w/ 1,395 ratings
Avec Les Bons VoeuxAvec Les Bons Voeux
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl
Belgium
brasserie-dupont.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.”

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,415
Reviews:
626
Ratings:
1,395
Liked:
1,257
Avg:
4.16/5
pDev:
9.86%
Alströms:
3.58
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
183
Trade:
3
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goalie35
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of paresis
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the large bottle, it pours a lovely very slightly hazy orangey-gold amber with a large vibrant head. Lacing. The nose gets alcohol, grass, yeast and something else. The mouth is the same - and it finishes dry. Feels great in the mouth. Wow!

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Photo of thebeers
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy yellow orange with a dense off white head that leaves heavy lacing.

Beautiful aroma of grass, stank, Belgian yeast, a hint of hard-to-place fruit. Sweet tasting with some candied sugar, but otherwise largely following the nose, with a nice bitterness and a hint of peppery spice in the back end.

Medium bodied with strong carbonation. Very refreshing.

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Photo of jmmochowski
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of igl
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stortore
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Had 2/11/17.

Pours a bright, light, golden yellow, mostly clear early, but hazy later. A big, two inch- plus head of creamy foam, lots of foamy lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast, cloves, some malt, light candi sugar, black pepper, light banana, light smoke, other spices. The taste is big Belgian yeast, malt, lemon, cloves, candi sugar. Bready, wheaty, a light honey sweetness, mild bitterness on the finish, a general spiciness. Smooth, creamy, dry, somewhat refreshing, a great medium body, well carbonated.

Wow, this is really good, every bit as good as their flagship Saison . Great flavor and feel, love the more wheaty profile. Does verge on being a Tripel in some ways. Went out and bought another bottle right away. Definitely well worth a purchase.

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Photo of ajdemma
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The descriptions of this beer as halfway between a Saison and a Tripel are pretty much spot on. While this is definitely a Saison, it does not emphasize the musty barnyard "funk" that Saison lovers crave. Pours a hazy dull gold/honey blonde color with a medium size head foamy, bubbly white head. Good head retention with a white cap remaining throughout. Filmy lacing that leaves a Swiss cheese pattern on the sides of the pint glass. Aroma and flavor feature some lemon zest, pepper, a big bready malt profile and some Belgian yeast. There is a minimum of musty/funk. Overall taste is good. Mouthfeel is rich and malty with a touch of alcohol presence up front, that fades as you drink. Enough peppery spiciness to remind you of a Tripel. As many reviewers have stated, I prefer the lighter Dupont Saison that packs more "funk", but this is still an outstanding beer.

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Photo of FreshZ
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpaethJam
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerCon5
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of byronic
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kitch
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 375ml corked and caged bottle, 2016 cork, with a best before date of October 2021. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: It was a hazy golden straw orange colour with a just under two finger white head that had pretty good retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Peach, honey, lemon, banana and clove with some pepper and herbally notes.

Taste: Honey, lemon, banana, clove, grass, pepper spice and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: A very nice cross between a Saison and a Tripel. It’s got the nice classic Belgian beer characteristics and the 9.5% ABV is surprisingly well hidden.

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Photo of -steve-
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Received from the LCBO. Poured into a tall tumbler.
A - Pours a hazy straw colour. Vigorous foaming that subsides in about a minute leaving a trace of head floating on top.
S - Smell of mown grass and sourness. Musty.
T - More musty grass and slight pepper. No discernible hops.
M - Carbonation pleasantly cascades across the tongue to bring out the spicy pepper notes. Ends on a drier, alcohol note.
O - Heard so many good things about this beer in reviews and discussion boards I wish it had a more enjoyable taste. Full disclosure: saisons are not my favorite style.

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Photo of juicebox
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TerryW
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of steverx8
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mynie
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

How long has this been available stateside? Why am I only now just noticing it?

A slow pour into a lovely crystal chalice reveals a dark yellow saison, perhaps bordering on orange, with a lively head and wonderful fizz.

Smells spicy and lightly nutty and herbal, more malt-forward than most saisons, with the yeast taking a backseat to nodes of biscuit and medicinal alcohol. I confess that I miss the skunkiness found in the lower strength, green-bottled Saison Dupont.

Tastes like a combination between a saison and tripel and an 1800s cough drop. It starts with aggressive fizz and peppery yeast, very similar to their regular saison only more intense. This is soon overwhelmed by a malt profile that's lightly smokey and very heavily nutty, with some high octane yeast on the finish. A very intense-tasting beer for the style... I almost wish I hadn't opened a whole bottle, as I was expecting something lighter and more refreshing.

Once I adjusted my expectations, however, I began to somewhat enjoy this beer--although not as much as its smaller brother. It would make for a decent, shared aperitif or night cap, but overall it manages a diminished complexity and lack of drinkability, both of which are negatives for the style.

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Photo of Foley67
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Satorn
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grittly
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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