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
Ratings:
1,392
Reviews:
626
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
9.81%
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
183
For Trade:
3
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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.19/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour on this beer is a beautiful milky maize color with a sturdy white head. The lacing remains through out the glass full. The aroma was average at best,not giving me much else but the ABV. The initial taste was bland reminiscent of a mass produced imported ale. I just couldn't find anything about this beer that made it stand out. I served it with a citrusy desert whose character compensated for the lack of character given by this Dupont offering.

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Photo of beabear
3.21/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very light, straw-like color with minimal head and some decent lacing.

Smell: Subtle hints of banana, cloves and yeast. Smells a bit like a wheat beer.

Taste: Very light body because of the heavy carbonation. Flavor doesn't linger -- minimal aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant but short-lived because of the heavy carbonation and lack of body.

Drinkability: Hides its alcohol well but it lacks the big enjoyable flavors of a typical Belgian. Honestly, it tastes a bit watered-down. I could drink a bunch but I'm not sure I'd want to.

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Photo of YvesB
3.21/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.22/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a huge, creamy, off-white head that left a thick coat of lace. Hazy golden beer glows like the sun. Aroma of tart lemon and candy coated flowers. Damn, things are looking good. Lightly sweet pale malt flavor mixes with moderately strong flavor of alcohol. There is none of the tartness suggested in the aroma, and the finish is a bitter combination of herbal hops and alcohol. I'm a bit disappointed by the flavor. If it tasted anything like that flavor it would have been amazing. There is a bit of the sugar and floral flavors in there if you really concentrate, but boy I wish they were stronger. The mouthfeel is fairly light and smooth from massive amount of fine carbonation within. I've got a couple more glasses left in the bottle and I'm hoping it will change as I drink it, but right now it's just overly alchoholic tasting with a boozy finish.

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Photo of -steve-
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
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 mynie
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
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 olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of Dface
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Marvicsin
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of Euroglot
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rick760Sd
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of deldad
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of phishbfm
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of jrfehon33
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of Oxymoron
3.26/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Who wants a bon bon? Pours a very cloudy darker yellow color with golden hues throughout. A big frothy head with decent head retention and good lacing throughout.

The nose is limited overall. Some underlining malt notes and some nice/unique barnyard smells. Some spicy wheat notes that lend with a light pepper aroma. A light goaty with some almost brett smell but no fruit notes to speak of. Maybe needs a bit more aging.

The taste is similar. Limited malt notes with some undertone funk and goat. Malt has some wheat and a light honey aftertaste. More fruity notes come out relative to the nose. Some apricot and tart orange flavors. Some surprisingly hoppy notes in the finish with more of a citrus note.

The body is light to moderate. Good carbonation. Overall I was disappointed in this beer. I was hoping for more funk and more fruitiness/ester Belgian goodness. Oh well here is score.

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Photo of alexskovan
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured pale gold with an incredible thick egg-white head of tiny and medium and large bubbles that was rock solid. Smell was subtle and similar to many aged Belgian ales I've tried; a bit of oak and a kind of rotten citrus smell. Taste was harsh and unbalanced. An attack of alcohol bite, acid, and stale hops, followed by a watery finish. No complexity and very unpleasant.

I'm thinking I got a bad bottle.

NOTE: Above is my review of the first half of this 750ml bottle. I stoppered what was left and put it in the chill-chest -- rather than pour it down the drain, as was my inclination.

It is now the next day, and I've just tried the second half and it has mellowed and improved considerably. Perhaps this ale needs to be decanted.

Taste is lambic-savory now, that sublime sour-oaky-citrus symphony.

I'm not inclined to call this ale "outstanding", but it is very good. But it really was disgusting when I first opened it. Strange. . .

It may still be the case that I've got a bad bottle -- which makes me very curious about what a GOOD bottle of this stuff tastes like!

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Photo of stercomm
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a regular glass.

A - Hazy straw, lots of bubbles, huge, frothy white head, hangs around for ever.

S - Bubblegum, straw, spice, funkiness

T - Grassy, spicy,some pepper, yeasty, good Belgium funk.

M - Lots of carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Not bad, a little heavier then I was expecting

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Photo of WCKDVBZ
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Daniell
3.36/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get the dregs of a bottle.

A:Nice persistent head, good lacing, good colour. Some discolouration in the head. 4

S: sweet fruits like peaches, a herby smell which is kind of reminiscent of detergent. Bit of alcohol. Also get sulfur and minerally notes. 3

T: similar to the nose. Can taste some alcohol in there which makes it taste a bit like the syrup in canned peaches. Yeast gives it sourness. Get some granny smith apples in there too. 3

M: Definitely not bad. Highly carbed. 4

D: No problems drinking this despite the alcohol content. 4

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Photo of smcolw
3.36/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Impressive head with lasting power; nice ring lace on the glass after each sip. Cloudy and golden.

Some barnyard aromas; I detect plastic as well as a strong mustiness. This is slightly off but I can't tell exactly why.

Lemony initial flavor on the sip. Highly carbonated! Good body, but almost soda pop bubbles. Very astringent and tart. The aftertaste is short lived and very dry.

Big points for the complexity, but there is also a lot of odd flavors and smells that aren't exactly appealing. Vive la difference but realize that this is not your typical beer. It is growing on me.

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Photo of jhu1995
3.37/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork said 2005. Pours a straw color with a huge, fluffy white head. Nice lacing as well. They don't look much better than this, particularly for the alcohol content. Smell and taste were somewhat disappointing. Smell had strong scent of alcohol, which overpowered most of the other aromas. Some faint spiciness was also noticeable. Taste was average. Alcohol was at the forefront with mostly spicy/peppery flavors following. Became pretty easy to drink after the first few sips, especially for being 9.5% ABV. Not a bad beer, but definitely prefer some of the other versions of the style.

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Photo of bierdeflanders
3.37/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: lemon, pear, bubblegum

A: deep copper color, very clear beer, 3 to 4 finger head (over carbonation)

T: tart, piney, resin, fruity

M: light body with dry finish. lots of carbonation

O: well balanced saison, the carbonation was a little high, but a very tasty farmhouse ale.

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Photo of innominat
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dupont- Bons Voeux

A- Bright yellowish orange with a thin lacing head.
S- Tart cherry orange with a touch of funky wet hay/straw.
T- Sour tart cherry and orange, sugary. Slight creamy malt body with a pine hops in the end.
M- Very sour/ tart up frontwith a resiny pine hop body and finish.

Overall- Nice tart Saison. 1 will do though.

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Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,392 ratings.
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