Avec Les Bons Voeux | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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93
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1,388 Ratings
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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:
1,388
Reviews:
624
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
9.81%
 
 
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102
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Photo of Simon212
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spacebear09
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Batheinfire
1.88/5  rDev -55%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of tekstr1der
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking pour with a nice pillow of white capping the hazy golden liquid. Aromas are many with citrus rind and some clove taking the forefront. Favor is different, with some sour notes and white wine coming through. it's that wine/champagne flavor that gets me down. Otherwise nice and malty, though pretty dry and slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dzu
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FatsoSvuLLo
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DbbC
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thehyperduck
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

375 mL corked and caged bottle purchased at the LCBO; best before Aug 2021 and served slightly chilled.

This highly effervescent brew pours a hazy medium gold colour, with more than two fingers of billowing, puffy white foam erupting from the surface. It fades off agonisingly slowly - even at the ten minute mark it's still a lumpy, frothy, gorgeous mess of foamy head and thick lacing. Grassy hay, herbal hops and vinous white grape notes are probably the most noticeable facets of the aroma, though there's also a quiet, grainy pale malt backbone; the yeast also imparts a range of orchard fruit and spicy qualities. I'm picking up some apple and pear, as well as clove, pepper, coriander and a faint hint of banana. Skunky at first, but it becomes unnoticeable after the glass has a few minutes to breathe.

A true classic; slightly funky. Clean, grainy, bready pale malts serve as a backdrop for the delicious flavours of juicy apple, pear, apricot and banana that follow. A few champagne-esque white grape notes, citrusy lemon and some candi sugar sweetness, with grassy hay and tons of spicy, phenolic yeast character in the latter half. Clove, pepper and coriander all come to mind, as the profile wraps itself up with a warming, yeasty, fruity finish that leaves the palate feeling off-dry. Medium-full in body, with lively carbonation that foams up in the mouth, leading to a light, fizzy, crisp mouthfeel that is surprisingly refreshing for its abv. One of the best, new (to me) strong Belgian ales I've tried in quite a while.

Final Grade: 4.34, an outstanding A grade. Avec Les Bons Vœux is an exquisitely satisfying sipper for the winter months that I must recommend highly to all BAs. Fairly reminiscent of Saison Dupont I'd say, but also considerably spicier, with much more alcohol warming - they're both excellent, but I think I like this one a bit more, to be honest. A fantastic brew that I will absolutely seek out and purchase again, even at the relatively steep price of $7 a bottle.

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Photo of arizcards
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from TW Arrowhead in mid-September for $10.99. Bottled in 2015 on Julian date 260.

Beer poured orange with a beautiful white head that has some very good hang time.

Nose has a barnyard funk base with hints of light fruits.

Taste is light citrus and funk, with some white pepper and some coriander spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel is awesome, so light and refreshing despite the high abv.

Overall this is an excellent saison that i would recommend to those who enjoy this style!

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Photo of BrewsandBlues
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheWolf
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at home. Hazy orange pour with a tall white head with excellent retention. Floral aroma, with additional notes of honey, light tropical fruit, bananas, peaches, caramel, flowers. The taste follows the same notes, well-balanced between bitter and sweet, a hint of salt and farmhouse funk. Medium body, medium to high carbonation and a bitter-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrenaline
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the LCBO, nose is very skunky, which from what I've read seems to be a common issue with this batch. Flavourful brew that has nice fruity yeast esters, hints of bubble gum and a grassy hop finish, but whose skunkiness seems to overload the nose and palette. An unfortunate outcome from what would likely have been a delicious brew.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml green corked and caged bottle. This is still pretty darn young, with a bb date of 2021. Served cold in a nonic pint glass. I picked up another one of these that I'll let age in a cool dark place for a few months at least before trying for comparison's sake.

Classic saison look. Hazy golden colour. Big, billowing head of three-plus inches with good retention and lacing.

Sweet bready yeast. A bit of skunk aroma. Uh oh.

Flavour follows the nose with a lot of spicy white pepper yeast esters. Classic vinous saison malt profile with lovely hints of white wine, pear, green apple, etc. But it's difficult to get past the slight skunkiness, however subdued, and to separate it out from the similar spicy flavours that really ought to be present. Yet another example of why green bottles are a stupid waste.

Mouthfeel is classic saison. Lots of effervescent carbonation. Dry finish, but there's a lingering spicy yeast aftertaste too.

This is a great old-school Belgian saison, but it might not be worth the Christmas hype or the premium price. As with the regular Saison Dupont, the green bottles are a bit of a problem.

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Photo of LocusSolus
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am not sure whether I have opened this early as the expiration is 2021 but this was somewhat disappointing. A saison to be sure but too much carbonation and champagne like flavour and an odd after taste left me wanting something else. Worth a try but not one of my favourites.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Biggiekrock627
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nerdboy19
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Holderness
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

91/100

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Photo of pveilleux
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PugsandBeer
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,388 ratings.
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