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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Saison

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.”

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Reviews by iguanodon:
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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Original rating 2017-12-24] 750 ml from Julio's in Westboro MA. Pours clear deep gold with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, apple, pear, yeast. Taste is fruity, pleasantly sweet, a little straw, nice dry finish.

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

Served in a Nonic pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. The 2009 bottling.

Appearance: The beer pours out a slightly hazy honey gold color with a 2" thick creamy, frothy white head which leaves rings and patches of lacing clinging to the glass. Later on during the beer sipping continues to leave patches of foam sticking to the glass. Even to the end of the beer there is a layer of foam on the liquid and patches, speckles and legs of lacing rings and speckles and legs of foam and lacing on the sides of the glass

Smell: The aroma invades the room even as the bottle is opened. It has a yeasty, grassy, slightly sharp and spicy (coriander and pepper) character. There is also some citrus, pale malt and slightly earthy character here.

Taste: The several flavors come and go on this one. There is fruitiness, with hints of apple and lemon zest (and maybe even a touch of orange zest) and some light honeyed sweetness. There is spiciness with some elements like coriander and pepper. In the background there is pale malt and some grassy traces. While there is a touch of alcohol it is not easy to detect.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel on this one is light bodied and very smooth with excellent prickly carbonation. The medium length finish starts in the fruity sweetness and ends in a crisp dry tart bitterness.

Drinkability: This beer is a "poster child" for drinkability. It is a wonderful beer with incredible complexity and subtlety. There are so many flavors bouncing in and out of this one and the sweetness and the tartness blend and play and dance around and around in a way that almost leaves the head spinning. Oh wait... Maybe that's the high ABV that sneaks up on you. A dangerously drinkable beer in that it would be very easy to consume too much of this one. However, I'm also sure I'll be having more of this one, both to finish off this bottle and to drink again in the future.

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

A medium yellow, strong straw colored beer forms a rocky, stark white head that persists beyond the session and laces wonderfully all the way. Only a mild haze keeps it from brilliant clarity. Strong efforvescence gives a lot of life to the beer and tickles the nose as the first sip is taken.

The beer begins with large fruitiness (lemons, apples, white grapes, oranges, pineapple, and mangos) and sweet pilsner malts (bready and fresh). A light tartness and sweaty note blends wonderfully into a spicy, peppery, earthy taste that increases in hop flavor, bitterness, and earthiness as the beer fades into the finish. Spicy phenols give hints of cumin and white pepper while the alcohols add power to the warm alcohols and amplify the bite of hops.

Delightfully sweet and full up front, largely because of the full carbonaiton that lifts the beer from the tongue. The fizz gives a medium prickle to the mouth and helps to dry the beer in the end. Though dry in the finish, the beer's fruity and sweet memory returns in the aftertaste and never interferes with the spicy and dry finish.

It's great to see how these classic Saisons give a clean spiciness and fruitiness while retaining a dryness from mid-palate on. With just enough musty Belgian character to create intrigue without dominating the subtle yeast character is what separates these from immitators.

Thanks jnn4v!

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml green cork and cage bottle served into a chalice. Purchased from the LCBO for $7 CDN. Best before August 2021, so this might be a little early to crack this, but lets give a shot anyway.

Appearance - Pours an extremely hazy rich golden colored beer. Straw highlights and a thin layer of foam on top that dissipates quickly leaving a tiny frothy wisp of foam.

Smell - Slightly skunked (unlikely) or maybe that's just barnyard funk. There's also a champagne element, white wine and some earthiness. The yeast smell is very well hidden. Complex and hard to wrap your head around everything going on here.

Taste - Earthy to the point where the only beer that outdoes this is Orval.Middling bitterness and a subtle taste of honey. Candi sugar and the Belgian yeast shows up significantly more. White pepper and orchard fruits maybe. Every sip seems different.

Mouthfeel - Magical. Little bubbles explode on your tongue like rice krispies popping. Well carbonated and super dry finish. Outrageously smooth and booze is imperceptible except for a slow burn at the back of throat warning you this isn't for lightweights.

Overall - While Brasserie Dupont is synonymous with its well regarded saison, Avec Les Bons Voeux is just... something else. Nearly impossible (for amateurs like myself) to describe, sensational mouthfeel and a classic Belgian saison aroma and taste but amped up in complexity, this is a beer that every Beer Advocate has to try. Must pick up another couple bottles for aging purposes.

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Photo of kojevergas
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Avec Les Bons Voeux vertical (2005, 2008, and 2009) served at a tasting. Green bottles served into Samuel Smith's nonic glasses. Consumed from recent to distant. Expectations were high. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger beige colour head of amazing (10+ minute) retention. Body colour is a milky caramel. Quite creamy. Head is amazingly luscious, creamy, and nicely thick. Looks almost like a creamy scottish ale in the vein of Belhaven. Gorgeous. The '05 is lighter, almost a yellow colour.

Sm: Rich fruit, caramel, fig, spice, fermented fruit. Pineapple. Pale malts. Luscious sweetness. Floral hops. Flowery notes. Fresh and incredibly evocative, even with age on it. One of the finest aromas I've ever experienced. Honey.

T: Milky notes, caramel, palte malts, subtle brett yeasts, honey, heavy floral character, and a bit of white pepper. Pineapple is as subtle as ever; that's difficult to do. Yeasty clove. Nectar. The floral character is amazing. A bit imbalanced in its age, but very unique for a saison. The '05 has delicate fruit notes evocative of the delicacy of something like Westvleteren.

Mf: Smooth, peppery, of perfect coarseness. Great thickness and carbonation. Suits the flavour profile brilliantly. Gets dryer as it gets older. Soft and silky.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. The '05 is divine, with great yeast and refined delicate fruit. An incredible saison when properly aged. One of the best in the style to be sure.

High B+

**I've had to adjust the overall score down to get the letter grade I want. This keeps my reviews fair and consistent. Please see my profile for more information.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Light yellow with a tinge of orange is the coloring for this extremely cloudy brew. The head had to be worked a little but what came up stayed for quite a while. No lacing, probably due to the 9.5 ABV.

Smell – A lot of spices in this one. The aroma is very powdery (probably tastes that way, too). There’s some stiff malt and yeast in there as well and a little bitter hops to balance things out, but this is your typical spicy BSPA. The coriander is very present, along with some pepper and a few others that I can’t pinpoint.

Taste – The deep, mature, yeast flavor kicks into high gear at the taste. The spices some out in full force as well. There’s an interesting rind hop punch to this one that balances things out. I think it’s the first of this I’ve tasted for the style, but it all works really well.

Mouthfeel – Heavily carbonated with a slight alcohol sting on the tongue. Yes, it’s a BSPA from Belgium.

Drinkability – Nice, authentic rendition of the style. This went down quite well. Anyone with a, “BigBelgiumBrethern,” or, “BelgiumBeers4Me,” handle has to try this one.

Comments – TheLongBeachBum wrote a winner of a review on this one and rated it two tenths higher than me. He said it a lot more eloquently than I did. His is a, “must read,” if you’re thinking about trying this ale.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Chimay goblet.

A - Pours a gorgeous hazy but deep straw golden color. There is a nice white head that is about .5 inches. Very attractive beer. TEH head is reduced to a thin film.

S - Delicious spices in the nose. Some pepper and coriander as well as the notable and expected yeast. Some nice sweet malt is very present as well as a bit of clove.

T & M - Delicious pepper, coriander and some clove. Nice crisp character with a very complex malt profile. Nice candy sweetness plus a chalky yeasty character. The yeast taste is delicious and compliments everything else so well. TOns of phenols present. CO2 is very active and crisp but well balanced with the flavors. Grassy and earthy hop charter and taste. As the beer exits there is a nice clean and crisp bitterness with some nice yeast and clove still trying to show up. Very good.

D - Extremely drinkable even with the high ABV.

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

Photo of Radome
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from 375 ml bottle into goblet.
A - Straw colored; slightly murky with some suspended sediment (could be my fault for not allowing to settle after transport). Fragile but tall head fades to thin layer of large bubbles and some lace.
S - Very clean. Crisp grain and surprisingly strong, fresh noble hops notes; black pepper, some faint fruitiness in the background like Juicy Fruit gum. No alcohol notes.
T - A big punch of noble hops flavor is up front, mixing with Pilsner-like grains. This is followed briefly by an almost metallic bitterness that fades away back to the grains and Juicy Fruit flavors. Some alcohol notes.
M - Medium body, creamy carbonation. Slight alcohol burn.
O - A good beer, but for me, the extra hops flavor and bitterness are a distraction rather than an enhancement for this strong saison. The metallic tang is too disruptive to me.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DerekMorgan
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Matt141
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kbnooshay
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous hazy orange yellow color with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma was slightly musty, clove, citrus like and yeasty. Flavor though reminds me of a Duvel, but slightly less sweet and more earthy in flavor. The mellow but nice fruit flavor is of an acid orange and pear. The peppery hop flavor is there but not too obnoxious as to overpower the delicate fruit flavor. Feel is tingly liek a champagne but not as light obviously. Not the most balanced or complex farmhouse but it was VERY enjoyable.

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

Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Probably my best pour ever; the goldenrod liquid rises just above the Duvel logo and the head stretches 3 fingers upward to create a perfect convex cap just above the rim. Nice ample lacing too.

Smell contains notes of lemon, green apple, yeast, coriander, grass, vinous grape.

Taste evokes earthy lemongrass, straw, excellent spiciness, light breadiness, orange peel, unripe pear.

Mouthfeel is great, a very refreshing beer. Between thin and medium bodied. The alcohol is never really tasted but the warmth of it is pleasant.

Drinkability is wonderful, I had no problem polishing off the 750.

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Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazed gold with 3 fingers of creamy, white head that dissipates slowly. Moderate-heavy carbonation and very lively.

N: Beautiful Belgian funk wafts up along with big pear and lemon notes. There's also caramel, light grains, hints of bubblegum and and apricot and perhaps some banana and coriander.

T: Grass, hay, pear and a nice earthy funk upfront. Lemony citrus follows along with golden delicious apple and light grains. Finishes dry with yeast, coriander, some banana and hints of clove.

M: Light-medium bodied, crisp, dry, tingly and a little sticky. Also has a strange kind of chalkiness to it. Surprisingly warming. :)

O: Very funky and very earthy with dominant fruit flavors of pear and golden delicious apple. Good amount of coriander in the finish. Alcohol extremely well hidden. Very welcoming and warming Saison. Certainly makes a great beer for any season.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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1.88/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of oneeye
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avec Les Bons Voeux is a Belgian Saison/Farmhouse Ale brewed in the winter months to be enjoyed and to celebrate the Holiday season with the help of friends and family.

A 750ML/25.4oz Champagne like bottle corked with a date of 2.010 that was shared and thoroughly enjoyed on a cold winter night.

A. Poured into a snifter with a hazy golden orange appearance that has a presence of a golden hue. Carbonation leading up to form a frothy puffy cloud like head with plenty of sticky lace left clinging on the rim of the glass.

S. The aroma of a Farmhouse/Saison. Fruitful with spicey Belgian yeast. An earthy grass hop aroma with a touch of funk. The smell of banana mixing well with a hint of clove, white pepper, and hay. Not especially strong on the nose but a pleasant aroma inviting you to take the first drink.

T. An invitation that delivers well and is right on with the nose. A subtle complexity of flavours blending to make this a most enjoyable beer to sip on. Upfront fruity and cider like with a grassy hop bitterness ending dry with a spicey note of Belgian yeast. Dried banana with a tartness of pineapple and mango. Grass like hoppiness that is plenty bitter giving way to light clove and banana. A warmth of alcohol is noticeable as it warms your body as well as your soul.

M. The mouthfeel is light, warm, prickly, smooth, creamy, and slick on the tounge. A slick finish that leaves plenty of flavours behind reminding you of what to expect with every sip.

D. Like I said before, a well brewed Saison that delivers in every way. An abv. at 9.5%, this beer could sneak up on you. As it warms the alcohol becomes more present. Present in a way to keep your spirits warm on a cold winter night.

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

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AppaZappa
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of carln26
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

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