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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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Photo of smcolw
3.36/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, copper-hued body with an inch of off-white foam.

Smell: Aroma smelling of bright citrus, tangy wheat, spices, apple peelings, and a sweaty, floral hop character. I must say, the funkiness coursing through the nose is fairly restrained.

Taste: Union of citrus, orange peel, and grassy florals. Tart and reasonably bitter even at the start. Some malted wheat, apple, and even flecks of sweet toffee begin to emerge midway. Hint of alcohol, a thoughtful reminder of the 9.5% contained within. Sip of still mineral water. Never more than a mild funk component. Some honey and sour lemon arrives late. Light touches of funk and sourness on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness.

Drinkability: Displays tons of distinct flavors and subtle complexities, but for a winter seasonal, I find myself looking elsewhere and for a saison, well, I honestly prefer the standard Saison Dupont. But I certainly appreciate the "best wishes" from Brasserie Dupont (right back at'cha!).

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had at the Pickled Pig.

A: The beer is a hazy straw/golden color with a nice one finger white head on top. Decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Very grassy aroma, some wheat, citrus fruits, and a good bit of spice - pepper, coriander, and cloves.

T: Similar to the aroma, extremely grassy, with a combination of citrus and spices. Some lemon and orange zest with a slight hoppy bitterness. Not overly yeasty, but you know its there.

M: Medium bodied, crisp with a little bit of the alcohol coming through. Not really surprising considering it is 9.5%.

O: Liked it, but didn't love it. It impresses me that they could get the beer up to 9.5%, but it doesn't make me want to have it. Would much rather have a smoother saison that is down in the 5-6% range.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage. Rich honey with a hint of orange. A stationary cloud of fine yeast is being buffeted about by a generous amount of carbonation... that settles down within minutes of the pour. I love the look of the beer, but the sticky alabaster crown is a typical bit of Belgian magnificence.

I've been able to appreciate the room filling aroma since beer exited bottle. The nose is incredibly complex and doesn't contain much, if any, farmhouse funkiness. I'm fine with that since I can't drink wild ales every day. As far as aroma specifics... sugar-coated grain, sun-ripened orchard fruit (pears, apples), musky hops and a potpourri of warm spices.

Avec Les Bons Voeux is everything that I'd hoped it would be. It falls a half-step short of my favorite saisons, but it's still an exceptional Belgian ale. Perhaps I'll change my mind once I'm closer to the bottom of the bottle than the top. One of my first impressions is of alcohol (since it isn't often noticeable in a beer of this style). An ABV of 6.5-7.0% is easy to bury; 9.5%... not so much.

Bitter effortlessly supercedes both sweet and tangy. In fact, the beer is barely sweet at all. I can appreciate a honey-like flavor, without the honey-like sweetness. This Brasserie Dupont offering seems to be built around hops and spices. Each mouthful is a dizzying blast of bitter grass, lemon zest, white pepper, ground clove and coriander. There's also a delightful undertow of banana and bubblegum. Like I said... complex in the extreme.

I'm leaning toward awarding flavor perfection. The only thing that's holding me back is the alcohol. If the brewery would knock a few percentage points off the ABV, it would be an easy call. This is a tremendously drinkable, tremendously quenching beer because of its dry, crisp nature. Drink quickly at your own risk, however. Since I don't plan to drive my desk chair anywhere in the next several hours, I'll be fine.

There's no quibbling on the mouthfeel... it's simply stunning! Only the Belgian masters could create a beer that's so ethereally light, yet so creamy smooth and so expansive. Each mouthful blossoms in the mouth as if the laws of physics no longer apply. I find myself taking sips just to appreciate what happens tactilely.

Avec les Bons Voeux de la Brasserie Dupont, the beer's full name, translates as 'with the best wishes of the Brewery Dupont'. Thanks Brasserie Dupont. And thank you for this incredibly delicious, world-class saison. It may not be the best I've ever had (Fantome Saison), but it's close. Really, really close.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thin bubbly lacing, some stickage. Glowing orange hue shows some action from the carbonation.

Smell: Spicy aroma; black pepper, clove with a phenolic herbal smell. A touch of solvent alcohol and ripe pineapple and mango as well.

Taste: Hugely phenolic, the palate gets hit hard with herbal and medicinal notes. Some hops in there as well as some shaded maltiness. More phenols, raw honey maltiness and an earthened hop. Obvious coriander. Light ripe tropical fruit within the solvent like alcohol. Odd tartness in the end and finishes a bit dry.

Mouthfeel: Rolling crispness builds to a textured smoothness.

Drinkability & Notes: More interesting than anything else, certainly a specialty beer that I’d have after a meal or if the meal was bold enough to pair it with that.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005 750ml bottle served at 50 degrees and poured into a nice New Belgium Snifter

A - Poured a nice bright and extremely hazy amber orange color with nice hints of softer yellows mixed throughout, very nice tone. Very cloudy and hazy with a good amount of sediment mingling around, especially toward the bottom of the bottle. A very nice three inch high head of foamy white lace rose up over the top and crested up above the glass, hanging around for a good few minutes before finally settling down and leaving behind a good half inch layer of lace across the top and a very nice side glass presentation with tons of dripping foam all over the glass. Very nice and full look.

S - At first the aroma was rather light, so I gave it some time to warm up and let the nose open up on it. By doing this all sorts of very nice little subtitlties started to come out and this really started to take on a very nice presentation. Lots of yeast was apparent from the very first smell off the top. There loads of hints of delicate fruits, peaches, plums, even some raisins could be picked up as well as some light notes of apples and spices that were hiding out just under the surface. A nice light grain base was starting to come through as well as some frsh grass like smell, very complex yet still a touch light. You had to search around for this one, but once you found it, it was so worth it. Very bright smell would be the best way to describe it. At the end almost a hoppy nose stating to come out, and a touch of sourness to it, really very nice and complex.

T - The flavor was a classic Saison all the way. The first thing I noticed was how light and smooth this one was coming across, really light and full of fruity flavors. The yeast was really taking a dominant role here starting off with a very nice infusion of apples, peaches and pears to lighten in up and provide that nice little twangy pop right in the front. These were layored over a very nice and light grain backing that had just the slightst little bit of grittiness or earthiness to it. As it warmed some faint hints of plums and raisins started to come through and provide a little bit of the darker side of the fruit flavors started being represented in a very nice way. There was a certain little bite to it, especially in the finish that was sort of a sour frsh grass like flavor if that makes any sense, it was sort of hoppy in a way, but not really. There was also a nice bit of spiceness that started to come through as well, notes of nutmeg, cinnamon becoming players here and even giving it a bit of a tingling on the lips. Very nice and complex.

M - The feel was stellar, very rich and creamy and never relly getting dull, but at the same time staying light enough as to not be too filling and full. The carbonation was great as well staying lively well into the last glass off the bottle. The smooth creaminess giving away to a short crisp finish, very nice.

D - An ideal sipper this was really a nice way to sit and enjoy the evening. The alcohol was very well hidden an was honestly never an issue here as I did not look to see what it was until the end and would never have figured it for over 9%. The flavors were very well balanced and the finish clean giving you that feeling that you really needed another sip. Nothing bad I can say about this one here.

Overall this was an excellent example of the style, never getting dull and consistently offering more and more complex flavors the further into it you chose to delve. I would gladly have this one again anyday as it was truly excellent and very much lived up to its repuation. Glad I finally got a chance to try it.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One last transcription from a snowy afternoon at Local 44 in PHL. Undated, but that's the way it is sometimes.

With Best Wishes, indeed. Spanky and the Gang were sending me off in style.

It had a finger of bone-white head with low retention, falling even as it was set in front of me. Color was a cloudy lemon-yellow, chiffon-like and reminding me of sunshine in a glass on that cold, snowy day. Nose was dry - papery, peppery and a solid reminder of why I love Saison yeast! It imparted a dry, dusty, mildly spicy taste on the tongue and although it may have been their version of a Winter/Christmas ale, I'd break this out in the summer months. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. Finish was slightly dry and very refreshing. Absolutely yummy!

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Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a hazy light golden color with a fluffy white head which sticks around for most of the enjoyment process.

S: There are plenty of the typical saison aromas of spice, yeast, lemon, and perhaps even a touch of farmhouse character.

T: I did not find the normal pepper character to be quite as noticeable here, which to me, is a plus. A fair amount of coriander, lemon, citrus peel, and a mild funk.

M: The body is medium with a full and creamy carbonation.

D: A nice beer, and surprisingly strong at 9.5% ABV. The flavors were good, but a little less refreshing than your typical saison.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Lively golden orange body. The head overflows the glass. Eternal retention and lacing clings inside the glass.

Smell - Nice lemon zest esters. Kinda bretty, maybe? Earthy, at least. Spices that I can't pick out.

Taste - A touch less complex, but still quite nice. I'm more sure it's brett that's coming through. Pale malts and a spiciness in the back end. Funky farmhouse flavors and an earthy finish.

Mouthfeel - Incredibly drinkable for being a pretty big saison. Well carbonated.

Overall - Really superb. Complex and very drinkable.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a yellow / orange hue and rather hazy. Barely detectable through the haze, I can see pockets of bubbles rising to the surface. The head is a gargantuan cumulus cloud that consumes the top half of the tulip glass, leaving copious amounts of sticky lacing throughout the glass.

S: Citrus and yeast are the dominant scents, with additional notes of spices, grass, lemon zest, and alcohol.

T: The flavor is very pleasant, with everything balanced quite well. Initially, the beer is so smooth on the palate, it's a bit surprising. A touch of heat from the alcohol offers a bit of oomph in the finish, but I don't find it unpleasant. The abv is pushing double digits, after all. Citrus comes through prominently, but the yeast character is far more present in the aroma than in the flavor.

M: Medium-full bodied with an alcohol presence in the finish. The alcoholic presence gains a little speed as I delve deeper into the bottle. Avec Les Bon Voeux has a lingering aftertaste of citrus fruits and grass soaked in alcohol.

D: A terrific saison from a great brewery. Recommended.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avec les Bons Voeux de la Brasserie Dupont - 9.5% abv - Tourpes, Belgium

Appears a slightly clouded honey golden hue with a bright white head, from the 750ml green bottle. White head forms thick and dwindles slowly, forms fine Belgian style lacing.

Aroma has a strong herbal and citrus zest hop profile. A dry bitter hop presence blended with mildly funk yeast phenols. Barnyard, with a nice perfume like nose to it. It's bright and keeps you enticed with each sniff.

Flavors bring out complex layers of malt, phenols from the yeast, and herbal/citric hops. The flavors blend so nicely there's big malt honey biscuit tones with a touch of alcohol and effervescent bittering hops biting the palate. Farmhouse ale at it's best this may be the classic of all Farmhouse ales, I beefed up version for the holidays.

Mouthfeel has some cloying moments but the effervescence is enough to carry the whole experience. Medium bodied alcohol is mild compared to the actual numbers this beer puts up, definitely well hidden on the palate, carbonation is great like champagne for sure.

Drinkability it's hard to believe this style originated across Europe from farmhouse workers who would drink this extremely refreshing complex golden ale after working the land. This is the hallmark for the celebratory moments in our lives grab a bottle of with best wishes on your holiday and let your friends and family be aware of the nuances. this bottles is from February of 2009 and I can't get enough of it.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of AlexFields
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,391 ratings.
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