Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Avec Les Bons Voeux | Brasserie Dupont sprl

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Avec Les Bons VoeuxAvec Les Bons Voeux
BA SCORE
4.16/5
Exceptional
1,402 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:
#1,451
Reviews:
627
Ratings:
1,402
pDev:
9.86%
Bros Score:
3.58
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
183
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,402 |  Reviews: 627
Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

 494 characters

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 zestar
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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!

 1,699 characters

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.

 980 characters

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.

 755 characters

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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.

 399 characters

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice straw color with a good white head and some lacing. Smell is quite funky and with some citrus notes thrown in as well. Taste is quite similar. Quite spicy and hoppy for the style. Fairly dry mouthfeel, and somewhat light. Good carbonation. The funk persists throughout. A nice twist with excellent drinkability.

 324 characters

Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Watch out for the damn cork!

Pours a hazy golden amber in the tall Maredsous chalice. Big foam-up but settles down to some clouds of meringue on the bright brew. Big fruity and faintly skunky aroma, a hint of sulphur and bread rising. The surprise is how sweet this is. Flavors are also extravagant. Fermenting blackberries, brioche, lemon bars. Every sip starts with that syrupy funk that is just short of overwhelming, and evolves through a lot of bitterness to the drier, mineral finish, but still haunted by a honeyed, bitter baklava taste.

This is certainly intriguing and full of flavor, and probably belongs in a candle-lit tavern where convivial extroverts debate its merits. In the calm dining room listening to Mozart, it's hard to get down. It's less like a Saison than most of the others I've had, regardless of what the brewery claims on the label. I don't know why this isn't categorized as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Bine & Vine in San Diego for ten bucks.

01-27-2013 update: On tap at Chapter One in Santa Ana. This tap version is totally anemic in carbonation, which makes it taste like some kind of sweet and scratchy Southern fruit wine. Makes me think of corn, sourish pear skins, and a hint of Quarante Y Tres vanilla liqueur. I'd rank it lower than the bottle version I reviewed.

 1,337 characters

Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Mad Fox pint glass. It poured a hazy, pale orange color with a fluffy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Excellent head retention to it as well.

The aroma has a nice mix of Belgian yeast spice and bright citrus flavors to it. A peppery, clove flavor mixes with some orange and lemon citrus. A bit of a fruity, tart, apple flavor is present as well.

The taste starts off rather sweet with some bright citrus flavors to it. Towards the middle I get some bittering hops that help to balance it out. In the finish I get more of the sweetness with that lemon, orange citrus. The Belgian yeast adds a bit of a spicy, fruity presence throughout the flavor.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some very nice flavors to it. All the flavors were pretty well balanced and came together nicely. very nice beer overall.

 943 characters

Photo of smithj4
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rifugium
2.65/5  rDev -36.3%

On tap at Monk's, Philly, PA.

I'm really not a fan of Dupont at all, but I panicked and ordered this one up, seeing nothing else that really grabbed my attention that particular afternoon. Golden-yellow color, pretty much clear, with a small white head on top that displayed good retention and lacing. In the aroma, lots of dry herbs and some barnyard funk. Lots of spice in the taste, coriander, rosemary, oregano, earthy funk, stale grains, manure, solventy booze. Just wasn't digging it. Pretty much like any other Dupont saison I've had, with an upped spice profile. Medium body, mostly dry mouthfeel, but overall uncomfortable, and really hard to drink. I like saisons a lot, but this one was not good.

 708 characters

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Photo of smcolw
3.36/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

 585 characters

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

Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,402 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.