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Avec Les Bons VoeuxAvec Les Bons Voeux
BA SCORE
4.16/5
1,395 Ratings
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:
#1,416
Reviews:
626
Ratings:
1,395
pDev:
9.86%
Bros Score:
3.58
 
 
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104
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Photo of djrn2
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%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
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 WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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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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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of superspak
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled 4/30/2012. Pours fairly hazy and cloudy golden amber color with a 3 finger foamy and rocky white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings around the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Amazing appearance. Aromas of big lemon zest, apple, pear, pepper, clove, grape, herbal, floral, grass, bread, light funk, and floral/yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester notes with a light malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, apple, pear, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, light funk, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, light funk, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/spicy esters with a light malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp, dry, and prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden for 9.5% with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a world class saison! Incredible balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with light malt balance; and extremely crisp to drink for the alcohol level. Absolutely insane.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Without question, one of my favorite beers in all the world; and what else would you expect from the Brasserie Dupont?!?

It's hazy golden body reveals hints of gold at the base of the glass; and it's massive rocky head of off-white foam holds for seemingly forever and leaves impressive washes of lace throughout the entire glass.

The nose is straw-like and grassy, backed by spice and fruit (black pepper, crushed white grapes, a mild waft of citrus, and ground cloves/coriander).

In the mouth it lends a crisp tingle to the tongue, awakening the taste buds and helping to emphasize it's yeasty spiciness and hop bitterness.

In the flavor a pinch of tartness comes through amidst the malt, giving this beer it's exceptional character. It helps to balance the earthy, grassy malt and dry bitterness; and it accentuates the yeasty and hoppy fruitiness, and ping-pongs against the yeasty spiciness leaving it with a good deal of complexity that lends to an impressive drinkability.

Brilliant!!!! This beer works equally well as a short apertif (it is 9.5%! although the alcohol never shows) or a night cap, and it pairs well with an amazing variety of foods and events: it's a bristling contrast to garlic bread that also cuts through to cleanse the palate... it's big enough to withstand the onslaught of a ripe Stilton or Bleu cheese... it works quite well with mussels in an herbed white sauce... and it makes an amazing complement/contrast (can that be?) to spicy and sweet Pad Thai. And as for situations and event, it also works equally well at mom's Thanksgiving dinner or a welcomed Christmas nightcap, and especially as a replacement for Champagne at your New Year's toast!

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden tangerine in color with some light visible carbonation at the edges of the glass near the surface. The beer pours with a finger tall light beige head that reduces by about 25% but remains covering the entirety of the surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots of aromas of the yeast for this beer - lots of spicy presence that is really delicious smelling. There is an underlying funkiness and slight hints of wood.

T: The flavor is not too intense but is very enjoyable with some good funkiness, tons of spiciness from the yeast, and some dry wood in the finish. What a great flavor to this beer.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very dry.

O: This beer has no presence of alcohol and is extremely enjoyable - I love a good saison and this beer does not disappoint. Very easy to drink and definitely one I would like to get again. I could drink this beer all day long and find it to be very refreshing.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/27/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains Belgian yeast, light malts, spices and bananas.

T: The taste is well-balanced, with a strong Belgian yeast flavor that is complemented by spices, bananas and wheat. There's a mild hops presence and a little booziness to it. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a lighter but high-powered Belgian beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice find at the deli I must say,poursa lighter shade of gold with a huge blossoming head that has moved down an inch as of yet,the aroma is lightly smokey with almost a cinnamon spicey quality.Taste is smnokey with some real medicinal hints with a malty finish and after taste wich came out well,this beer has some serious complexity to it.A real nice change of pace here nice to have before bed.

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