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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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Avg:
4.18
pDev:
9.81%
 
 
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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brasserie Dupont, Avec Les Bon Voeux
25.4 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazed golden orange with a pillowy rocky head and lace. This is a very nice looking brew.

Smell: Aroma is grassy, with hay and barnyard elements. Pungent euro hops in the smell, hint of spice.

Taste: In the flavor, spice, wheat, and a light tartness that accompanies all dupont beers. The spices are not in the forefront, moreso in the background chiming in when appropriate. Subtle fruity notes like ripe pineapple but not too sweet. Hides the 9.5% alcohol very well. There is a Belgian yeastiness which is present with every sip, but not at all chalky. Spices range from white pepper to clove to raw cinnamon. Bitterness is moderate. Estery, raw but somewhat smooth and sophisticated on the palate.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Nice mouthfeel with a semi dry appetizing finish. One of the best holiday beers I've had in quite some time. Recommended.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange golden with a light off white head and moderate lacing Aromas of bubblegum, wax, bananas, and cloves. Taste starts out with hops up front followed by a pleasant waxy creaminess, a little cherry fruitiness, and a late hit of hop bitterness and an aftertaste of faint cloves. Mouthfeelis dry and slightly tannic throughout, but with a nice creamy finish. Very drinkable, especially for the alcohol.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

I had this on-tap in an Avec les Bons Voeux glass at Brouwers Cafe in Seattle.

Appearance: cloudy golden hue with a good head is frothy ivory foam with a nice lace. Great.

Smell: lightly funky aroma with a refreshing character. Enticing!

Taste: medium sweetness and a nice malt character provide the background for a deliciously funky, earthy, grassy flavor. Uncomplicated but highly delicious.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an OK carbonation and a decent enough creaminess.

Overall: better than the sum of its parts. One damn delicious beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Monk, in Buffalo.

This saison resembles something from ancient Egypt, like one of those fossilized amber amulets (and indeed looks like something a king might be buried with!) It is perfectly clear, but I don't recommend looking directly at it considering how bright and strong its glow. Its head is... Wait, no head? What? But this is supposed to be one of the archetypal examples of its style - how can it have no head?

This thing is as stinky as the kid in gym class who has yet to discover deodorant. Fortunately, it stinks in a good way. To the uninitiated, the term 'barnyard funk' might not mean anything; for those familiar with the distinguishing Dupont yeast, you'll recognize the straw- and hay-like features, the honeycomb sweetness, peppery spice, marmalade-y citrus and light cider vinegar mustiness and should know exactly what I'm talking about.

Saison Dupont (Vieille Provision) is widely hailed has perhaps *the* classic saison; this offering of the same brewery deviates in more ways than one from traditional guidelines. First, its alcohol is a good two notches and counting above where we generally find it. As result, the carbonation has lot more booze to work its way through and it comes out worse for wear. Upping the gravity has definitely lowered the quaffability and refreshment.

Drinking this beer I feel like I'm dealing with a shifty insurance salesman - I don't really know what I'm being sold until it's too late. What started out a crisp beer with fruity and floral undertones and an aura of hay fields has turned into something of a brute. A sharp vinegar-y note and and unwanted splash of alcohol compromise the beer's effervescence while a thin but sweet maltiness ransacks the subtler nuances, including the spiciness.

I probably represent a minority of one in saying this, but Avec Les Bons Voeux is not my ideal saison. While an interesting offering, the impression I took away from it was that it was too strong and too sweet, and that these two factors threw the whole balance and merit of the style right out of whack. It may be extremely popular with others - and likely for good reason - but it won't be making my picnic basket on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 cork date, Sampled January 2005
As I pour this beer into my glass I get an aroma that is enticingly sharp, grassy and herbal all together. The beer is a lightly hazy straw gold color, it is topped by a frothy, rocky off pale white head. Ooh, the aroma is quite nice it has aromatic notes of bergamot, fresh cut hay, wild flowers, lemon zest, vanilla, and perhaps a soft woodiness. The aroma is quite smooth and almost mellow in character, though it is quite complex and intriguing.

This beer starts out smooth but then starts to pick up a sharpness in the middle, but then finishes with a lingering malty smoothness. This beer is quite tasty, it does not have the complexity of the Saison Dupont, but it is still quite tasty and much more mellow and smooth tasting. The flavors that meld together in this beer are quite nice, I get notes of lemon, pepper, ginger, a tannic woodiness, and some sharp herbal notes. This beer has a really nice flowery, almost nectar like, quality to it that is just so smooth and satisfying. It really hides its alcohol quite well. This beer is quite tasty and is really growing on me more and more as I drink it.

In the end this is just a wonderful mix of flavors, textures and aromas. This beer is quite good, and is perhaps my second favorite (after the Saison) from this incredible brewery.

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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a dark hazy gold color with decent head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer is very attractive. One gets sweet honey, cherry, a hint of citrus and spice. The flavors on the palate completely replicate the nose, with an almost buttery finish. The mouthfeel is full, rich and long. Abv. is well disguised, though the richness tips you off you might not want to session this one.

Love seeing this on tap every year. Just delicious.

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

From the corked, caged 2016 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on December 31, 2016.

Hazy orange-amber pour under a lasting white head with bits of sediment floating about.

The aroma has quite a bouquet of yeast, white bread, toast, herbs, and spices and perhaps a little juicy fruit. No alcohol bite for 9.5%.

The body is medium or better.

The taste brings out a more abundant spicy and peppery character with the fruitiness hidden just a little but still there. The finish is spicy. No alcohol in the flavor either. It was quite good but there are others out there that represent this style better.

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Photo of Zorro
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3/4 Liter bottle received from dnrobert24 and 2MBBIF.

I get a loud pop and a healthy amount of carbonation from the cork upon opening. Cork has 2005 on it as the bottling year.

Poured in to my Duvel Tulip I get a peachy golden colored beer with a trace of chill hazing. Powerful and voluminous white head almost is too much for my glass. Absolutely perfect looks for a Saison.

Smell is strong almost like a lovely flowers and spices perfume. Strong flowers combine with an intense spicy aroma. Strong coriander and black pepper aroma accents a very floral Saison.

Taste is quite dry and very floral and spicy that is my first impression. Hops are not at all hidden here and show themselves as a stiff drying bitterness in the aftertaste. Strongly warming in the chest but not the mouth, you will not be drinking two bottles of this by yourself. Flavor is all flowers and hay with coriander and black pepper. A very well executed beer that nails the style perfectly.

Mouthfeel is full crisp and drying, only thing left behind is a taste of flowers.

I always worry when I give a beer very high marks as to whether my sense of taste might be out of whack but not with this one. Pretty much a perfect Saison, throw away all that champagne and serve this for special occasions. Only possible flaw here is that the alcohol level won't let you drink a lot of it at once.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL 2009 bottle poured into a Stillwater wine glass.

This beer leads me to the same conclusion as my previous review, bigger isn't always better. Pours a hazy, copper orange color with a fluffy off white head with average retention and lacing. The aroma explodes from the bottle as the cork is removed (if thats possible) and hits you with funk, belgian yeast, floral, earthiness, spice, etc. Body is a little chewier and less crisp than the normal Saison Dupont and much boozier. Flavor is very citrusy, grainy and earthy with a strong medicinal and phenol presence which isn't that pleasing. There is also a very strong alcohol presence throughout and burning in the finish. I think I might enjoy a bottle of this much more with some age on it.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

25.4 oz. wine-style bottle, 2007 Edition,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, with a full white head, great retention, but with limited lacing, but still a nice appearance.

S: Lemon, citrus fruit, spice.

T: Tastes similar to the original Dupont beer, but there are subtle differences. Definitely get a lemony and yeasty main taste, with hay and grass like hops. Some spice esters reminiscent of ginger and pepper, some apple as well. Alcohol is evident as a slight warming, with some medicinal character.

M: Relatively light-bodied for a 9.5% beer, spritzy, dry, warming.

D: A good saison from Dupont, it's not as drinkable as some of their lighter in alcohol offerings, but certainly a good beer for the holiday, went very well with Christmas dinner.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Each year (towards the end) the brewery starts to rack this beer into casks, normally it all goes into 0.75cl bottles.

Pilsner malt, made from twin-stemmed spring barley and hopped with Styrian and Kent Goldings.

Reviewed at the 16th Essen Christmas beer festival 2010.

Blond in colour, slight haze, good head.

Coriander, citrus sourness and a yeasty aroma make up the smells I got.

Semi-sour initial taste, then some sweetness before a dry bitterness as the palate settles and the mouth empties.

Very easy to drink (too easy!) and something I'll be having again, and again.

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

2007 vintage.

A: Cloudy, dirty straw with a huge white head, good retention, light lacing.

S: Marmalade, hay, spice (cloves?), candied pineapple, toffee.

T: Marmalade, candied pineapple, toffee, balanced bitterness, grass, light alcohol warmth (I'd guess around 7.5%, well below its 9.5%).

M: Very smooth, well-attenuated but not dry, light acidity, average carbonation.

D: Dangerous at this weight!

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gushing head on top of a clear gold body with lace patches down the glass. A floral bouquet with citric and grapefruit aromas long with some spices. A very smooth beer that finishes easy with mild citric and tropical fruit flavors along with minor sweet malts and some sharp clove and pepper spices all balanced together. Finishes dry and crisp and is a sessionable and good saison to drink.

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Photo of rudzud
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey's yearly Belgian Christmas on 12/15.

A - Nice light golden appearance with a very, very thick two finger head that left MASSIVE side lacing.

S - Wow, huge huge huge brett funk aromas. Getting some light fruit and honey notes as well.

T - Huge brett notes. Funky, light citrus flavours. This is really an amazing saison! Nice and dry finish on the end.

M - Light and creamy with low carbonation thanks to the high ABV. Very smooth saison.

D - Great funk and a really, really enjoyable mouthfeel make this a sessionable strong saison.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw yellow. Nose shows citrus zest, Brett, funk and spiced yeast. Taste is light zest, mild citrus/funk and some farmhouse yeast. Hint of burnt sugar there too. Not overly sweet either. Highly carbed. The cork blew off after the cage was removed.

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

750ml Bottle received in trade with Phyl21ca - thanks!

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Cloves, breads/grains, pears/grapes/apples, vanilla

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, cloves, and pears/grapes/apples. There is also vanilla/coconut like flavour and a bit of a yeastiness.

Overall - An interesting high ABV saison with a good mix of flavours. The vanilla/coconut type flavour gets a little tired with a 750ml format - but still a very solid brew well worth trying and perfect for sharing.

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Photo of weeare138
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

much thanks to egajdzis for this...
Apears a hazy gold with plenty of yeast in suspension and a 1 finger head that sticks around. Lots of sticky lacing all over the glass.
Smell is yeasty, clove, vanilla, pepper, barnyard funk, honey, and a mild whiff of dried out bazooka joe.
Taste is of the same aromas not dissapointing.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with honey, and yeastyness swirling around.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 edition.

Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden orangish color with a good sized white head. The aroma is nothing short of phenomenal. The aroma is citrusy and spicey with a lot of fruits and a touch of barnyard funk that I have come to love in good saisons. The taste starts pretty tame with a nice malt presence that quickly gives way to a musty and spicey finish with a perfect dose of hops! The only real detraction of this beer are the medicinal notes and phenols in the taste that affects the drinkability a little bit. Overall, this is a wonderful saison that is definately recommended.

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

I got this bottle in a trade with traquairlover. Thanks Will!

It pours, after a big pop when I removed the cork, a cloudy straw yellow with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell brings to my nose some wheat, lemon citrus, clove, more citrus, and a touch of some funk. Great smelling and hoppier than I thought it would be.

The taste is big wheat and clove notes followed closely by plenty of citrus hop bitterness and much less so of some funk. Usually I look forward to the Brett influence in a Saison but it isn't missed all that much here. This is tasting *very* good.

Medium bodied with a brisk amount of carbonation, it finishes with some funk and mucho bitterness...quite a dry finish and quite lovely.

Drinkability? I had to check the abv on the bottle and the site again. 9.5%?? Surprisingly well hidden though I doubt it won't catch up to me, eventually. Oh and head retention=excellent. Lacing=excellent.

Bottom line: A great brew. It's been on my Wants list for a long time and would still be there as I rarely go out seeking brews for trade either through BMs or ISOs in the trading forum. Traders usually have to "wake me up" with an offer and I just take whatever they give me and it always works out. ;^)
OK, sometimes when I'm contacted, I *do* check out their Gots to see what's on there but I don't do it very often.

Anywho, I've drifted again. Bottom line: I love this beer!

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

Opened up to revel 2006 vintage labeled on the cork. Sampled 12/07.

A: Poured a beautiful and very hazy golden/tangerine color with a big billowy white head that was moderately lasting leaving a slight sticky lacing on the glass. Visible carbonation was very light as the carbonation bubbles slowly and lazily rose to the surface.

S: yeasty with a light sour fruitiness and muskiness, fresh wheat aroma, and sour tangerines.

T: sour fruit, oranges/tangerines. There was a noticeable spicy citrus alcohol presence, yeasty sourness, pepper notes, and a creamy wheat lacing for a finish. The beer drank beautifully from start to finish with a creamy rich wheat palate with sharp and spicy lemon/citrus notes along with a alcohol bite finishing dry.

M: The mouthful was creamy and thick with a nice wheat/breadiness to the palate.

D: great, what else is there to say.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge, very wild yeast induced head of white foam sits above a clear golden body, just full of static floaties, that sit like an optical illusion in the glass. Lacing is very funky an dextreme. The floaties are the most memorable part of the beer, and I have to say I approve heartily. This is a unique and beautiful brew.

Lots of funk on the nose - big notes of barnyard, wet straw, sweet citrus, phenolic spirits, grass and sharp hops. The funk is particularly noticeable on this one, lots of what would otherwise be considered "off" notes. Just completely wild and funky. Just what a Saison's about.

Very smooth entry on the palate, all the funk sits around the edges, suggesting all the rustic notes. But the palate in general is smooth, with a fresh phenolic alcohol heat sharpening the sensations. It's like a heavier, more grown up version of their regular Saison. Lots of boozy notes, which tend to accentuate all the classic rustic notes. I approve.

Slightly less drinkable than their original Saison, but more sophisticated and more complex. I prefer the amazing refreshment that a good funky saison gives you, but this is still an excellent beer. I'm phenomenally pleased that it's possible to find this in Australia.

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Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at The Belgian Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a cloudy golen color with foamy white head. Aroma is slightly bitter with hints of fruit and spice. Extremely enjoyable smoth tasting beer. Kind of creamy with hints of fruit and spice with a crisp finish.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear honey color with good carbonation and a nice white cap and bubbles

S: Sharp booze, barnyard funk, some spice

T: Spice and a grassy hop flavor. Then it goes to pepper, hay, some fruits and a little funk n booze

M: Light to medium body with plenty of carbonation. Crisp, dry and clean

O: Very easy to drink but a strong ass farmhouse. I like the style for taste and drinkability so thie booze on this takes it down in enjoyability and drinkability for the style.

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Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 08/2012, served lightly chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: dark golden, lively and constant flows of tiny fizz, topped with a tight and creamy thick white head.
S: densely sweet malts and mildly sour citric fruitiness come together, backed by a touch of spiciness, candy sugar, hops, and a light note of lemon rind... It smells like a Belgian strong pale ale in every sense, due to the absence of a more pronounced musty edge.
T: salty-sweet citric fruits and zests, Belgian pale malts, a touch of grassy hoppiness and spiciness upfront, then turning to a chewy palate of deep bitterness on a par with pale maltiness - with a lingering aroma slightly reminiscent of a strong pale Bock's aftertaste... The finish offers a faintly alcoholic - almost herb-liqour-plus-medium-dry-sherry like - mouthfeel... A moderate bitterness with herbal features stays on the centre of the palate, where a mild mustiness and woodiness do finally emerge...
M&D: so refreshing yet creamy in texture, the body is light, so easy to sip... Dangerously drinkable, and the deep herbal bitterness really makes it all the more outstanding! Not heavily Saison-like to me, though, due to the attenuated mustiness, but overall this is a cracking booze to sip~~

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Photo of pat61
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this both on tap and in bottles. In bottles the natural carbonation stands out more and the tap version tends to be served too cold. Releasing the cork frees wisps of fruit, bread, light apricot, funky yeast and earthy aromas. It pours hazy gold with a very slight orange tint under a 1” milky white, finely bubbled foam cap that persists and leaves rich lace. This has a rich malty, bready backbone lightly sweetened with caramel providing an excellent base for yeast driven fruit - apricot, orange blended with a dash of yeasty funk as it crosses the tongue. Light earthy hops provide balance on the finish and lead to long, lingering fruit flavors. This has a creamy texture with a medium to medium full body and above average carbonation. This comes in a brown bottle so it has less chance of getting skunky than Saison Dupont and some of their other green bottled beer.

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