Avec Les Bons Voeux | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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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:
#1,560
Reviews:
636
Ratings:
1,435
pDev:
9.62%
Bros Score:
3.58
 
 
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Photo of csmrx7
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Prefer Saison DuPont a lot more than this. A bit too much rubber and bandaid for me. As it warms it does open up and gets more complex which was fun.

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Photo of BdM
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of texdoh
4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional.

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Photo of gordonmonaghan
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Barleycorn
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Furley80
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of quadmad
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful pale straw golden brew, transparent but incredibly lively, and topped by a huge, chunky snow white head. Production is nothing less than prodigious - expected when the cork allowed a noticeable pop - and retention and lacing are excellent.

With the head in place, the nose was a touch funky and skunky. After allowing the head to die down, a much more favorable classic Saison aroma emerges: sweet, bubblegum like yeast with notes of clove; lemon; pale malt and honey; a touch of pepper. The aroma definitely matches the blurb from the notes: "...a saison that is starting to lean towards being a triple."

Flavor follows, not quite as sweet as the aroma implies. Pale grains, light sugar and honey, grass, and light funk and skunk up front; lighter lemon notes as it transitions to the second half. It starts to show a strong growing yeasty profile.
Surprising amount of heat on the back end, with a resurgence of sweet, chewy malt on the finish. There's a dry, earthy spice at the very, very end, as well as a fairly neutral hop bitterness.

The aroma may match well with a tripel, but the flavor does not. It's clearly a high ABV saison, but not as tasty (for my palate) as the classic Dupont, Hennepin, or many of HF's offerings.

Big, smooth, and thick. Second half alcohol heat, but never unpleasant. Surprisingly dry finish, which is perhaps the only "classic" saison characteristic of the mouthfeel.

This is a tasty and enjoyable brew, but I don't think I'll revisit it. In a world with many excellent saison options, this one is merely good.

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

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

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

-first bottle pour is golden with a light haze; further pours trend toward cloudy. There is a 1/2 cm fine foam cap and lacy rings are left upon draughts. The aroma is bready and sweet with floral notes. Flavors include some biscuit-like malt with delicate "piney" hop and a bit of bubblegum from the saison yeast. The flavor has depth and the richness increases as the beer warms. There is a bit of alcohol heat. The finish is sweet and slightly dry. This is a winter pleasure.

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Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dsgberg
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is exactly what my palette was looking for today. A high AVB saison that taste golden and "blonde-like". A golden color, rich floral smell, and smooth taste. AWESOME!

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Photo of janubio
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Beer Market, Dublin. Hazy golden colour, small head with short retention, normal lace.
Aroma of green apples, peaches, cloves.
Medium to full body, creamy texture, normal carbonation.
Taste of green apples, peaches, cloves, grapes, honey.
Great warming beer.

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

Photo of NappyB
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HeartPAC
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duncian
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sparx1100
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HipCzech
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 750 ml bottle poured into a Spiegelau beer tulip.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow, increasingly cloudy towards the end of the bottle. Lush, tall head of white foam that’s retained as clumpy puffs of foam and sticky lace.

Smell: Clean, welcoming aroma of freshly baked white bread (yeast, wheat), lemon zest, and spice (cloves, coriander, black pepper).

Taste: Richer, more assertive flavor; grainy malt, brown sugar, spice (clove), lemon rind, and herbal, bitter hops towards the finish. Some alcoholic heat creeps in around the edges.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly oily slickness, and lively carbonation.

Overall: Looks and smells like a refreshing saison, but punches the tongue with a bigger, boozier brew with bold spice, yeast and hop notes.

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Photo of BennyProfane
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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