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

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Avg:
4.18
pDev:
9.81%
 
 
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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - a light golden straw color, with a very thick, 2 1/2 finger thick, rocky white head that lasts a while, moderate carboantion and sediment

S - a loemony wheaty aromo, typical of saisons, and a spiciness behind it, like cloves or nutmeg

T - a citrusy flavor up front, almost like orange juice, very big, then a bitter hop blast, a spicy hint (the nutmeg/clove) resides in the background the whole time

M - very balanced, a great flavor, a top notch saison, very impressive

D - high, easily downed, not to sweet, acidic, or bitter

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Photo of baggio
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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A: Orange/Yellowish with a nice creamy, white, head. Some lacing too.

S: Exotic fruit, Phenols, Belgian yeast, Cloves and some hops.

T: Spices (nutmeg?), Fruit, Citric notes (orange), Belgian yeast, Cloves and some small hint of alcohol.

M: Sweet with a slight hint of sourness. Spicy and quite complex with a decent bitterness at the end.

A quite complex saison with both a nice sweetness and bitterness to go with it. Tasty and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty beutiful golden hugh with nice white head that leaves typical spotty Belgian lace around the glass. Tight carbonation. Aroma is nice dupont yeast, kinda peppery, fresh hay straw n lemon. Flavor of Belgian yeast, simple malt bill and grassy noble hops. Really it's all about the yeast. Little bit
Of wheat flavor. Similar flavors to the aromas, grassy, hey n straw. Nice dry finish and silky mouthfeel. For a saison of its strength this one goes down easy.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a Triple Karmeliet tulip glass.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with an impressive white head that shows excellent retention.

S - Pilsner malt, lemon, wet hay, spice, coriander, apple, peach, bubblegum, taffy, alcohol, tart grassy hops.

T - Follows the nose, spicy yeast, coriander, apricot, peach, apples, bubblegum, taffy, lemon cuts through the sweet stone fruit, a very mild grassy tartness plays on the back of the throat, pilsner malt keeps the base. Finishes spicy.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, fruity semi-dry finish.

Big pilsner malt base, with loads of fruity yeast esters. Hops are grassy and mild, finishes peppery and semi-dry. Very good overall. Pretty high ABV for the style but drinks good.

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Photo of Antyk
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of REDAMI
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Pour is medium gold straw color with a creamy peachy beige head.

S - Musty, wet straw/horse blanket. Some summer fruit on the back end.

T - Slightly hop forward with a citrus peel bitterness. Funky yeast coats the tongue.

M - Clean, effervescent carbonation, moderate body, dry finish.

A solid saison. Slightly more bitter than normal, but decently balanced overall.

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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 6x12. Tartness in nose and the beginning of the sip but then it becomes deliciously fruity, lemony, sugary.

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Photo of harryhops
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of MarcWP
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 bottle into belgian tulip.

Appearance is hazy light apricot yellow with a big fluffy off white head that lingers as it should.

Aroma is sourdough, lemon zest, white pepper, apple juice concentrate, basil, and spring field flowers.

On the palate, bready malts play with spicy yeast esters all while a rounding earthy hop presence keeps the balance. Rye, sourdough, lemon pith, clove, filtered apple cider, and faint tangerine show up through the palate.

Mouthfeel is superb. Not overly carbonated, silky light medium body, and overall just the way it should be for the style.

Overall this a great saison. Nothing bash, just a finely tweaked belgian iteration. Getting back to the roots with this one.

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Photo of magine
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow orange; tons of bubbles and a massive near white head. Head is tremendous looking. Incredible head retention and lacing. The head and lace is massive. Really is a tremendous looking brew and is among the best looking brews I have ever seen. Wow.

Brew smells of spice; yeasts and coriander lemon zest. Good nose.

Brew is spiced; citrus, lemon - zesty. A good brew just a bit too spiced. It could use more yeast which would add to the body and mouthfeel. The brew is spiced from start to finish. Cant tell it has high abv, somewhere between a triple and a saison. Good tastes, just could have been something way more. Good.

This is one of the best looking brews you will have. It doesnt quite hit on the taste though. But it is very good.

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Photo of babaracas
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange with thick dense eggshell colored head, settles to half an inch that sticks, rings of lace down the glass. Smell: dried apricot, notes of dried pineapple and orange marmalade, floral and lemony, mostly crackery back with a little honey and biscuit, pepper. Really nice but subdued vs other Dupont saisons. Taste: grainy biscuit, pepper, dried pineapple, sugary, candied orange and lemon peel. Medium bodied, creamy feel, chalky finish. Tasty amped-up saison though not nearly as dialed-in as their others.

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Photo of Kraken
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a 20oz pint glass. Label on bottle is different then picture on BA site. The label on this bottle is yellow. Cork says bottled in 2007, no best by date. Beer pours a hazy golden amber, with a nice 3 finger head, that diminishes, mild lacing. Smells slightly sweet with light hopping, grassy. Taste is sweet, with a mild malt body. Sweetness comes on late, with a pleasant hop bitterness. Hints of citrus, slightly hot. Nice long slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pleasant and complex as it warms. Drinkability is a little rough at 10%. Very nice beer, label states that its a New Years beer, which makes it a first for me.

Give it a shot

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Photo of GilGarp
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml green bottle with new yellow label. Large roman numeral III followed by official title: Avec les Bons Voeux de la Brasserie Dupont.

Date code: L08130C I can only guess it was bottled 01/30/08.

Cork pops loudly and pours into a tulip glass. It has a hazy golden yellow color and thick white head tops the beer. It sticks around forever leaving a trail of lace on the side.

Aroma is intoxicating. It is just incredible - very fruity, spicy, and complex. It also has a lot of hop aroma going on which is a little unusual for a saison.

Flavor is funky with a good dose of bitterness. It's very unusual with a bready yeast and almost meaty character. Lots of spice both from yeast and hops, probably saaz or similar. Aftertaste is almost musky but not in a bad way. Definately complex and it keeps me coming back for more.

Mouthfeel is very good for the style. It's medium bodied with good fine-textured bubbly on the tongue. A little more bitter than I was expecting but not bad. Finishes very dry for a beer. It's almost more like a brut champagne. Drinkability could be improved if it wasn't so strongly funky and bitter.

Overall a very interesting beer and something that stands out in a crowd.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010 poured into my St. Feuillen glass.

A-Pours hazy blonde with about an inch of frothy, bubbly eggshell white head. Leaves soapy lacing down the glass.

S-Grassy hops, honeydew, blood orange juice, and DuPont's signature yeast.

T/M-Less earthy than the standard DuPont saison. The difference is subtle, but ultimately significant. The earthy, funky yeast is at the forefront of the flavor profile, along with notes of white pepper and a touch of coriander. Gets nice and dry mid-palate, with a warming finish and prickly carbonation.

O-A great alternative to the sweet, sometimes syrupy Belgian holiday ales. My favorite DuPont beer.

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Photo of Whatup14
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a dark hazy gold color with decent head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer is very attractive. One gets sweet honey, cherry, a hint of citrus and spice. The flavors on the palate completely replicate the nose, with an almost buttery finish. The mouthfeel is full, rich and long. Abv. is well disguised, though the richness tips you off you might not want to session this one.

Love seeing this on tap every year. Just delicious.

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Photo of Domingo
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this at Total Beverage upon a recommendation.
Pours a normal pale yellow color, but forms an unusually thick head. I let it warm up a little bit and it's been sitting up, so it's only got a moderate amount of floating yeast. It's a little darker and thicker than a typical saison, but nothing unusual.
Smell is actually a little malty. It reminds me of fresh grain at a brewery. In addition to the grain smell, there's the typical spicy Belgian yeast and yes...even a decent dosage of hops.
Initially this starts off moderately sour and then becomes peppery and spicy. The finish is a bitter hop hit that's actually more potent than I expected. While it's not a "double Saison", think of this as a kicked up Saison Dupont.
I like the creamy texture as it went well with some swordfish and rice. Not too watery and funky, but a nice strong flavor that leaves you wanting another sip.
Good stuff!

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Photo of fear025
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. On tap. Aged for over 10 months in the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL cellar.

Aroma:A little Belgian yeast tang, otherwise mild.

Appearance:Cloudy and light yellow in color. Nice fine bubbles in the head, good lacing.

Taste:I get a mouthfull of spices in the first sip. Clove, coriander, black pepper, Belgian yeast. It has a dry finish.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium body, creamy with just a little astringency.

Drinkability:This is a fantastic Saison, nicely spiced, very complex.

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Photo of Crosling
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was a pleasure to try this beer on draught tonight at Toronado in San Francisco, California. Pale yellow in color with a large head of foam. The aroma is distinctly Dupont, subtle, fruity with hints of hay, glue and pear, lots of pear. The aroma isn’t very captivating quite honestly, but the taste, that is another story. Dry, with big, almost sour yeasty/farmhouse notes with big fruit flavors (pear, apple), caramel and this is awfully hoppy by the way. A very good beer. But this is far from being as magical as the 8% Blaugies beers and some of the Fantome beers.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

excellent saison, pours hazy pale yellow, very very airy light white head a 3 inches high and lasting. looks like a nice big cloud floating there. smells yeasty, sweet, and strong. notes of spice and preserved lemons are present, hints of brown sugar as well. flavor is very light, maybe a touch of honey sweetness, floral hop and yeast profile. feel is fantastic, incredibly light in the mouth for a beer thats 9.5%. major carbonation, but its little tiny bubbles, great feeling. medium bodied. great buzz from this guy, dangerously easy drinking. overall a really solid saison, if a little light on the spicy notes. yum yum

edit: just had a 2007 vintage of this, and its changed a lot. lots of the sugars have seemed to congeal, making it thicker and sweeter, while the carbonation is tamed a little as well, and that airy lightness is gone. the alcohol is also tamer too, never would guess its as strong as it is. I think age has done some good things for this beer, but I have to confess to enjoying the fresh version a bit more.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy goldenrod color with a doily for a head. Looks great in its own glass.

White pepper, lemon zest, golden raisin, orange peel, quince, and coriander. Sweet and spicy.

Apple-y crisp with an earthy funk finish. Lots of soft pepper and coriander spice to par the fruitiness. Tangy yeast. Dressed up with some meaty booze upon the swallow.

A little hot, but rather appropriate for a winter seasonal. Almost thick, but not cloggy. Just a large mouth for a big farmhouse brew.

2012's is better than the last two years, in my opinion. A great early holiday season ale.

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Photo of collinsroth
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle - 2010 vintage.

I really enjoy Saisson Dupont so looked forward to this seasonal. Found it be to be fairly similiar to their regular Saisson (although a more distinct label on the bottle).

Chunky head that sticks around more than most. Slightly more amber than than Saisson Dupont, with the same cloudy murkiness.

Grassy, lemony mouthful that finishes well and does not show its alcohol at all.

Overall really enjoyed it, but hoped that it would be more distinct from its Saisson brethren.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 2002 on the cork. Pours a quite hazy peachy yellow into my glass with a beautiful two finger head of white foam. Good, steady carbonation. Looks great in the glass. Aromas of light toasted grains met by a mellow mustiness. Spicy tones along with a nice mix of light fruit aromas, especially lemon. Good stuff.

First sip brings a grainy, lightly sweet maltiness upfront that is quickly met by a spicy pepper aspect along with a wonderful mix of tropical and citrus fruit tones. Flows down with a slight funkiness and a touch of alcohol in the finish. A bit dry overall, but still tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with an explosive carbonation. This one goes down incredibly easily for a 9.5% abv. A throughly enjoyable saison from Dupont and one of the benchmarks for the style. I will need to get another fresh bottle soon! (As a side note, the final yeast pour amplifies the flavor profile greatly and adds a bit of smoothness as well.)

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Photo of hdtrice
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,386 ratings.
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