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Avec Les Bons Voeux | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl
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Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I'm not a huge fan of Farmhouse Style Ales, and I was surprised to find one so strong, but this was a pretty good sipper. A nice beer for a winter evening.

Color was a straw to light copper with a nice frothy head that left a good amount of lacing behind.

Aroma was yeasty/citrusy. A little bit of bread/cracker on the back end.

Flavor was similar to the aroma. Really not like a typical farmhouse because of the strength but pretty good.

Overall, worth trying.

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Photo of oggg
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Champagne bottle from Whole Foods in San Mateo.

Chill haze in bottle in refrigerator. Initially yellow with a billowy white head on the pour. Later, after sitting on the coffee table, it remarkably now has a darker yellow brown hue, more like scotch, now that the head has all but disappeared. Now it is crystal clear.

The nose begins with a bit of skunk a la Heineken. It's a metallic ginger with lime rind. Really phenolic. Weird and strong.

Bristling carbonation, then ginger and lime try to get your attention but I get drawn to the underlying bitterness which just isn't pleasant no matter how much I try. A little sweetness after the initial shock. Then more bitterness and a cloying finish.

Medium to full bodied. Can't wait to get it out of my mouth.

Overall: Ew gross. I bet it didn't help to buy it at Whole Foods in San Mateo, either.
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With the remaining half bottle, I created a mini-vacuum with a Vacu Vin Wine Saver and left it in the fridge. Two days later, I poured it out for a retaste. Amazingly, the skunk has left the building. Well, almost entirely. Now the grassiness and fresh hay (not barnyard) are coming out now. Much better but still not that good. Tastes more like a messy pilsener now, complete with slight imported skunk, though it's much less than it was. Alcohol is hidden.

Overall: If you can get this fresh an unoxidized, then I think it's a pretty good saison, but still not that great, as it's still a bit hard to drink.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Continuing my quest to try the BA Top 100, was lucky enough to score this from Stan at Lone Hill Liquor. 750 ml to the head...

Apricot color. Big bubbled head, looks creamy. Good looking stuff.

Smells like peaches and beer. Other light fruit scents as well.

Taste fruity. Sour. Bananas. Cloves.

So it's OK stuff. I'm not gonna worship it or anything. Glad I got the opportunity to try it.
The 9.5 is well hidden and well appreciated.

Overall: good, but a one time thing

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle

A - Dark straw effervescent body beneath a white fizzy head, almost like when you pour a soda real fast. Head fizzles to 1/4 inch but leaves pretty nice lacing.

S - Fresh cut hay and pilsner malts and hops. A good bit of alcohol and yeast in back.

T&M - Very effervescent and tingly from all those bubbles which makes it quite dry. A nice hoppy bite and pilsner malt up front with a sweetness from the alcohol. Nice Belgian yeast on the back of the tongue. Much hoppier than expected and this really comes across pilsner-like to me.

O - I really wanted to like this beer more than I did. It had nice flavors and I enjoyed it but could have used a bit more yeast and less pilsner malt.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #60 (Jan 2012):

LOOK: Pale murky straw

SMELL: Dried grass, passionfruit, peppery, papaya, nutty, yeast, mango, eucalyptus, lemon zest, alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, bitter herb, yeast, dried tropical fruit, vegetal, green peppercorns, lemon pith, boozy alcohol, medicinal, faint broth, bitter, dry finish

A special Saison brewed for the holidays, and perhaps for the winter, as it touts a hefty punch. Not sure if the extra alcohol does it much justice though. Clearly it’s a decent sip, but more of a sharing and pairing offering, as it seems bit lost on its own.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The bitter flavor, slightly acid or lemon. The palate is light, spicy, it is also full, sweet and soft as velvet. It is well hopped, sometimes a little too, well levurée and finish, light enough, and is spiced with a good bitterness. This is probably one of the best balanced beers in the world but it fails to take off beyond the balance outstanding and offer something unique.

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Photo of Macca
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours pale golden with a big fluffy head. The alcohol is evident on the nose but not overpowering. Ripe fruit on the palate and lots of phenolics. A nice crispness runs through. It is an interesting beer but I don't know whether it justified the dollars spent on it.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with excellent lacing on a cloudy golden body. Very light aroma with mostly lemon, wheat and yeast. Flavor is more on the musty, herbal side with hints of clove, lemon tartness finishing with bitter hops and grains and wheat. This one is very oily coating the palate with a very dry finish. Light body and moderate carbonation. Not very fruity. Not as drinkable and many saisons. Worth trying but wouldn't have again.

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Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thin bubbly lacing, some stickage. Glowing orange hue shows some action from the carbonation.

Smell: Spicy aroma; black pepper, clove with a phenolic herbal smell. A touch of solvent alcohol and ripe pineapple and mango as well.

Taste: Hugely phenolic, the palate gets hit hard with herbal and medicinal notes. Some hops in there as well as some shaded maltiness. More phenols, raw honey maltiness and an earthened hop. Obvious coriander. Light ripe tropical fruit within the solvent like alcohol. Odd tartness in the end and finishes a bit dry.

Mouthfeel: Rolling crispness builds to a textured smoothness.

Drinkability & Notes: More interesting than anything else, certainly a specialty beer that I’d have after a meal or if the meal was bold enough to pair it with that.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

75cl bottle from '09. Pours a hazy, ruddy gold with a large white head. Nice staying power. Smells incredibly yeasty and slightly sweet, with a lot of bubblegum. Slight tanginess. Definite grassy hops in the background. The initial taste is quite bitter, again with a lot of strong, aromatic hop character. Very sweet later, with a lot of malt/candi sugar coming through. Again, plenty of the trademark Dupont yeast. Slightly boozy, warming finish. Lingering notes both sweet and bitter, which isn't very pleasant. Medium body. Not terrible, but it doesn't hold a candle to Saison Dupont. What's the point?

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lightly hazed straw yellow body with a poofy white head of large bubbles that stands tall at first, but soon collapses under the weight of its volatile ABV.

Smell: Loads of bubblegum, some very ripe banana and pear, freshly air-popped popcorn, sweet pale malt and candi sugar, cream soda, mild but snappy floral hops, and a slight gin-like alcohol. Nice. Very clean and lagery, without much of the farmy funk I expect in a saison.

Taste: Sweet and kinda boozy in a very Belgian way. Surprisingly bland, with a weak yeast profile and blasé, one-note malt foundation. Hops are mild as well, yet they contribute the most flavor here, kinda citric and bitter with a snap accentuated by some spicy alcohol and an unusual quinine-like character. Finish is dry with a rush of sweet-and-spicy flavor followed by a lingering tang of hops, yeast, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Frothy and chewable, with carbonation that hits exactly the right note in terms of zip. Somewhat thicker and more syrupy on the palate than most saisons I've had. It's dry, but I feel like it should be dryer.

Drinkability: Since this is so strong and a bit heavy, this drinks more like a tripel than a saison. It's not bad, but it lacks depth which wouldn't be so much of a problem in a smaller saison. A beer this big needs to have some savorability to it. This isn't a bad beer, but in my opinion the original Dupont is much better.

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Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber to a Chimay tulip

A-Bubbly, hazy, straw body, 3" white head that sits like a cloud

S-Intense pils malts, lemon, dried apricot, belgian yeast, spicy herbs, metal, ethanol (sharpie marker, lighter fluid)

M-Surprising medium body, above average carbonation

O- Like a citrus, ethanol infused pilz, as if someone poured lighter fluid into a summer pils. As it warms the ethanol fades to the back and the pils aroma turns to a grainy tortilla like aroma, with lemon. Though a decent beer, i find it hard to finish the entire bottle, and i don't see myself buying it again.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 bottle

A: Pours a deep yellow, slightly hazy under a huge, foamy white head, about as expected. Nice lace and retention.

S: Smells of earthy hop, a bit musty, maintains a nice sweetness and tropical fruit character. A bit of apple mixed in as well. Very nice.

T: Fruity, earthy, boozy. Mostly dry, but a bit of residual bitterness. Booze can be a bit overpowering in the taste.

M/D: Carbonation is alright, medium bodied. Body is actually much heavier then I expected/am used to, but it's not bad. Drinkability is OK. The booze in the taste really takes away from this one. I know it is 9.5%, but for a saison (and I've had some that were +9.5%) the alcohol just stands out too much. It's too bad because the nose is really done very well. Not bad, but there are better saisons out there.

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Photo of NoLiberty
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So they say this is 10.5% - wow! The candy sugars in addition to malt make this beer a big one. Color is gorgeous - cloudy with golden color and truly brilliant. Smell is subtle but reminds me of American lager alomst with slight hops.Taste is pleasant and mild despite high alcohol and very much straight and to the point. Low carbonation but full mouthfeel that dissipates to subtle aftertaste. Could drink this beer for a very long time...until asleep.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 vintage (with a great label that makes it look much older) served into a tulip glass

Pours a light orange/tangerine color that is very much opaque. Not cloudy or hazy, but like a solid mass or color. A tight-bubbled two finger cap of white head sits on top. Lacing is sporadic but spindly where it occurs.

The aroma is a nice balance of fruit and spice. Underripe banana meets yellow delicious apples backed up by cardamom and honeysuckle. The medicinal astringency gives the nose a similarity to a perfume. Pretty solid stuff but nothing that strikes me as exemplar of the style.

Avec les Bons Voeux is maltier than the average saison, that's for sure. There is a warm, almost nutty malt characteristic to this beer. It is informed by a slightly sour lemon-orange flavor that gently sluices across the back of the mouth. Apart from that you've got botanical bitterness from the hops and phenolic band-aid taste accentuating it. Peppercorn is omnipresent. You can taste some of the alcohol in this 9.5% ABV saison.

The mouthfeel is a bit thicker as a result of the increased maltiness. It does a good job of carrying forth all the flavors. This is a huge beer for a saison - sort of a Saison meets a Tripel execution - and the drinkability is actually pretty good despite being style-inappropriate. I could score the drinkabilty lower for being untrue to style but it actually is decently drinkable.

A solid effort; probably the best "imperial saison" that I've tried. This is a bigger, brasher Saison Dupont... and proof that bigger does not always equal better.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Over the years, this is a beer I've picked up as soon as I saw it. It went just perfectly with the season. However, this past year, I've gotten a little pickier about my saisons and I'm curious to see what I think.

Mostly clear, this beer is golden orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention. Lacing isn't particularly present here. The nose is quite excellent. Initially, this is grassy, spicy and rustic with a great saison character, as this warms up, a whole lot more comes out. Unfortunately, it's not aromas I particularly care for - honey and alcohol. Along with the honey, there's some fruit as well. Mildly spicy, there's fresh white pepper, delicate and complex. In some ways, this makes me think of the Stone Vertical 10.10.10 minus the grape juice, but better.

The palate opens with a blend of floral and spicy character, there's orange blossom honey, white pepper and quite a bit of light fruits - pears and sweet apples. The alcohol appears in the mid-palate along with some sugar. Bitterness is low,there's a little hop flavor and a touch of earthy bitterness on the finish. Medium in body with high carbonation, the finish is solid. Mildly drying, earthy, spicy and a little honey are all present. The alcohol does get a little tiring after a while, and I do wish that it was a little lower. Not as complex and not as enjoyable as their flagship beer, this. While a 750 of this is quite easy to drink, it's better shared

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Photo of dv8sean
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Made the mistake of opening after work, before dinner, and without noting alcohol content (9.5%), but fortunately within the safety and comfort of my own home and without heavy machinery present. Served from 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pale straw-honey color. Mostly clear with only slightest haze or cloudiness. Vibrant but not excessive carbonation; bubbles like Champagne. Classic Belgian dense whipped egg white head that leaves wonderful lace.

S: Herbs & spices, but not much hops. A little of the horse-blanket-wet-dog you'd expect from a Farmhouse ale. Oh...hello, alcohol!

T: This is not a subtle beer. Lacking the malt or hops presence to offer cover, the alcohol content draws attention to itself. Even the spice of the Belgian yeast can't compete. Finishes dry, with lingering warmth. Yes, it's boozy.

M: Pleasant carbonation contributes to good mouthfeel/texture. Might have earned a 5.0 if it wasn't for its seemingly combustible nature.

O: A pleasant beer that perhaps would have benefited from better timing on my part. However, even with or after food, I don't think it has the backbone to support the high alcohol content, leaving the beer fundamentally out of balance.

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Photo of Kooz
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass. This beer pours to a wheat/straw color with a foamy white head that has some staying power. But the first thing you notice about this beer is the smell--it's wheaty and yeasty with a hint of orange, and is very pleasant. Taste is wheaty and malty--textured with some spices and an aftertaste of spicy orange. The sharp initial sip is balanced by the creamy mouthfeel and the lingering citrus taste. The one criticism is the 9.5 abv is noticeable.

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Photo of Phatz
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks very much to Akorsak for this generous gift.

Appearance: This is an absolutely gorgeous Saison. It pours a luminescent golden orange color with a huge white head and all the lacing you could want in mt snifter glass.

Smell: Bold lemon and spice as well as biscuity bread malt load the nose with a very aggressive aroma.

Taste: This is a bold beer. It is intense in it's Saison coriander spices but also a well hopped beer, but I am not a big fan of the band-aid phenols.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and warm from alcohol. Quite carbonated and phenolic.

Drinkability: If you like this kind of Saision it is still : 9.50 %. Not a session beer.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of their Jingle Bell Jubilee.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a 1/2 inch white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is somewhat subtle with grains, spices, and some fruity aromas. Taste is of grains, spices, and fruity grape-like flavors. This beer has a crisp mouthfeel with a slightly acidic quality to it. Overall, this is a good saison with some nice spice and fruit aspects.

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Photo of corporatejim
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange into the glass. Thin head that remained as the liquid level in the glass was depleted. Sporadic lacing down the inside of the glass as I drank it down. Tart, musty, spicy smell and taste. A good beer for the style. Not my favorite type, but I would have it again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

25.4 oz. wine-style bottle, 2007 Edition,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, with a full white head, great retention, but with limited lacing, but still a nice appearance.

S: Lemon, citrus fruit, spice.

T: Tastes similar to the original Dupont beer, but there are subtle differences. Definitely get a lemony and yeasty main taste, with hay and grass like hops. Some spice esters reminiscent of ginger and pepper, some apple as well. Alcohol is evident as a slight warming, with some medicinal character.

M: Relatively light-bodied for a 9.5% beer, spritzy, dry, warming.

D: A good saison from Dupont, it's not as drinkable as some of their lighter in alcohol offerings, but certainly a good beer for the holiday, went very well with Christmas dinner.

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Photo of mvasilis
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from the systemet in sweden.

A: When opend the beer foams over, a lot of CO2... The liquid is light-yellow with jeast. A big foam head that quite fast goes away.

S: Dry smell, pretty fruity ond spicy, a hint of orange maybe? And some alchol in the finish.

T: The taste is not as dry as the smell, well balanced spicy taste, a little peppery with a hint of orange and alcohol.

M: CO2 goes away fast, quite creamy, a good drink...

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Photo of Radome
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
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 LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 11/2/08. Bottle, 2007. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, apple skins, light fruits (citrus) and spices. Flavor is quite similar, lots of yeast, apple, and spices. ''Hot'' and warming. Nice saison (but I prefer the regular Saison Dupont).
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

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