Avec Les Bons Voeux | Brasserie Dupont sprl

Avec Les Bons VoeuxAvec Les Bons Voeux
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Avec Les Bons VoeuxAvec Les Bons Voeux
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:
#1,407
Reviews:
626
Ratings:
1,394
Liked:
1,256
Avg:
4.16/5
pDev:
9.86%
Alströms:
3.58
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
183
Trade:
3
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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes, a replacement for champagne. Even non-beer drinkers will like. Like a good French white wine, nicely carbonated, with lemon and zest and vanilla. Good combination of hops, spices. Nice white head that stays. Crisp aftertaste.Great and unique saison.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
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 Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
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 GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a slightly hazy looking yellowish color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of some light barbyard aromas are in there along with some funk and floral breadiness. The taste of the beer is yeasty and has a light amount of lemon to it. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and bubbles up a lot in your mouth. Overall this beer is quite good. Definetly worth trying.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a massive three finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of yeast and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is quite earthy and has flavors of grassy hops and spicy yeast—the spices particularly stand out in the finish. There are some slight hints of alcohol.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is a moderate to high amount of dryness in the finish.
O: Considering its strength among other beers in the style, this beer isn’t that difficult to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. It is a nice saison to drink on a cold winter night.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A medium yellow, strong straw colored beer forms a rocky, stark white head that persists beyond the session and laces wonderfully all the way. Only a mild haze keeps it from brilliant clarity. Strong efforvescence gives a lot of life to the beer and tickles the nose as the first sip is taken.

The beer begins with large fruitiness (lemons, apples, white grapes, oranges, pineapple, and mangos) and sweet pilsner malts (bready and fresh). A light tartness and sweaty note blends wonderfully into a spicy, peppery, earthy taste that increases in hop flavor, bitterness, and earthiness as the beer fades into the finish. Spicy phenols give hints of cumin and white pepper while the alcohols add power to the warm alcohols and amplify the bite of hops.

Delightfully sweet and full up front, largely because of the full carbonaiton that lifts the beer from the tongue. The fizz gives a medium prickle to the mouth and helps to dry the beer in the end. Though dry in the finish, the beer's fruity and sweet memory returns in the aftertaste and never interferes with the spicy and dry finish.

It's great to see how these classic Saisons give a clean spiciness and fruitiness while retaining a dryness from mid-palate on. With just enough musty Belgian character to create intrigue without dominating the subtle yeast character is what separates these from immitators.

Thanks jnn4v!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked Burgundian green bottle.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow hue, with a bit of dusty sediment swirling throughout, and a looming tower of egregiously puffy, thinly foamy, and yet eventually Dairy Queen creamy off-white head, which takes a long while to fall away, leaving a sparse smattering of specked remote islet lace around the glass in the process.

It smells of gritty pale malt, a touch of sourdough, white and black aerosol pepper, earthy, somewhat green yeast, lemon zest, apple skins, a touch of musty funk, and grassy, weedy hops. The taste is fairly tart up front, the domestic orchard fruitiness seemingly possessing more of an unripe quality, with a base grainy, slightly bready pale maltiness, middling spicy, subtlety funky yeast, and mild leafy, earthy, and fruity hops. A lurking booze character contributes a slight metallic edge, which is mostly obfuscated by the pervasive tartness, but still provides an overall warmth.

The carbonation is a bit highbrow in terms of my palate's expectations at first, but settles soon enough to a pleasant hum, the body a genial medium weight, still quite fruity, a tad yeasty in its workaday smoothness, and with a further mouth-filling, airy creaminess. It finishes barely off-dry, the yeast, fruit, pale malt, and burgeoning alcohol heat hardly rewriting this particular landscape.

When I first squeezed out the cork, the initial whiff I took in sure smelled more or less like a skunky Euro-lager - weird, I know. As things duly progressed, the fuller, more enjoyable fruit and yeast ester components came round to bear. Ergo, a nice, if a bit challenging, 'embiggened' (OK, boozy) saison, but hey, if you got it, flaunt it, I say.

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Photo of kojevergas
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Avec Les Bons Voeux vertical (2005, 2008, and 2009) served at a tasting. Green bottles served into Samuel Smith's nonic glasses. Consumed from recent to distant. Expectations were high. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger beige colour head of amazing (10+ minute) retention. Body colour is a milky caramel. Quite creamy. Head is amazingly luscious, creamy, and nicely thick. Looks almost like a creamy scottish ale in the vein of Belhaven. Gorgeous. The '05 is lighter, almost a yellow colour.

Sm: Rich fruit, caramel, fig, spice, fermented fruit. Pineapple. Pale malts. Luscious sweetness. Floral hops. Flowery notes. Fresh and incredibly evocative, even with age on it. One of the finest aromas I've ever experienced. Honey.

T: Milky notes, caramel, palte malts, subtle brett yeasts, honey, heavy floral character, and a bit of white pepper. Pineapple is as subtle as ever; that's difficult to do. Yeasty clove. Nectar. The floral character is amazing. A bit imbalanced in its age, but very unique for a saison. The '05 has delicate fruit notes evocative of the delicacy of something like Westvleteren.

Mf: Smooth, peppery, of perfect coarseness. Great thickness and carbonation. Suits the flavour profile brilliantly. Gets dryer as it gets older. Soft and silky.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. The '05 is divine, with great yeast and refined delicate fruit. An incredible saison when properly aged. One of the best in the style to be sure.

High B+

**I've had to adjust the overall score down to get the letter grade I want. This keeps my reviews fair and consistent. Please see my profile for more information.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow body with a marshmallow fluff head that leaves prodigious amounts of lacing

Smell: Funky, yeasty, melon, passion fruit, coriander and hay

Taste: Starts with a spicy coriander laden yeast bite that grows fruity, herbal and phenolic; peppery, spicy with some solvent alcohol, too, although some additional herbal tones sneak in at the very end

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy with some warming

Drinkability: A nice blend of a variety of complex elements

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Photo of oline73
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a half finger of fluffy white head. There is a good amount of lacing and retention.

Smell: Very sweet, quite herbal from the yeast. The malt and alcohol together remind me of grapes.

Taste: Not too sweet, which was surprising. The grape and herbal noes from the smell show up here too. The finish has a bitterness and a mild alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and a somewhat slick finish.

Overall: This was a very smooth beer for the abv. I would have liked it more if there were a little less grape flavor. I'd be happy to drink this again.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hay blonde looking beer with a huge white foamy head with great retention. Aroma is dominated by the floral yeast with some good strong malt also present. Yeast is very noticeable as you start sipping this beer and malt mix with spices also become more apparent as you drink. Funky aspect is quite present thought not as much as the Veille Saison Dupont. Still very enjoyable and alcohol is not detectable.

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

Appearance: A cloudy and hazy straw-colored ale with aggressive carbonation. The first pour creates a 2-inch head that slowly settles into a small cap.

Smell: Banana, pineapple, yeast and lemon - it shows both sweet and tart qualities.

Taste/mouthfeel: Fruity and wheaty at first, similar to a Wit or Hefe Weizen. Carbonation is soft but ample. The finish brings out out long-lasting notes of citrus and hops, with a peppery bite and a slight tang. Complex but somewhat astringent and boozy.

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