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Avec Les Bons VoeuxAvec Les Bons Voeux

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Brasserie Dupont sprl

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of jhu1995
3.37/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork said 2005. Pours a straw color with a huge, fluffy white head. Nice lacing as well. They don't look much better than this, particularly for the alcohol content. Smell and taste were somewhat disappointing. Smell had strong scent of alcohol, which overpowered most of the other aromas. Some faint spiciness was also noticeable. Taste was average. Alcohol was at the forefront with mostly spicy/peppery flavors following. Became pretty easy to drink after the first few sips, especially for being 9.5% ABV. Not a bad beer, but definitely prefer some of the other versions of the style.

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

a holiday saison;
a little stronger than
the norm
tart country spice and lemon
with pepper grass hops
phenols of medicine herb
and a warming recur
as the finish lingers bitter
to a wild sharp spice nectar

primary feel is well balanced
and blended together

smells of phenol yeast spice
with an air of sweet bite

taste is nuanced:

mouthfeel: warm
sting and refreshed

drinkability is high
for the ABV

good stuff!

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

pours a fantastic golden hazy orange that looks majestic. tumultuous white head with lots of action

rich yeasty aromas of toast, coriander, other spices, dry hops, and slight citrus

floral notes upfront followed by nice yeast notes, although very smooth; continues with pale roasted malt, biscuity notes, spicy and dry hops, slight spice texture and even slight citrus

a really intriguing beer and amazingly complex. slowly warming, slight spice, good hops, a sublime and elegant beer

a finish that continues to impress with warmth, and the balance is just impeccable. its always just the right amount of fruit, or malt, or hops, or spice, its just so delicate and delicious, yet strong and enduring at the same time. the most impressive saison i've had to date

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Photo of elmore
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very classy, attractive packaging- has the concave bottom like a champagne bottle. Poured a golden-orange color from a 750ml bottle into a tulip. A pillowy white head with great retention and a decent amount of foamy lace. Active, visible carbonation with lots or yeast sediment especially with the second pour.

Smells very earthy. Lots of funky, bready Belgian yeast, stale grass, strong phenolic medicinal quality. Some alcohol coming through.

Lemon, citrus taste. Very dry with almost no detectable sweetness. Bitter, grassy hops aftertaste. Flavors became more intense with warming. A bit of a alcohlic burn.

Light to moderate body with lots of active effervescent carbonation. Good feel for the style. Bitterness and alcohol content limits the drinkability.

A very good Saison. Not as easy to drink as some, but an excellent sipper. Would be a great beer to pair with fish or poultry. A great price for a genuine belgian import - I beleive I paid $8-9.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

Mouth watering sweet and fruity nose. Lots of spicy goodness here, coriander and peppercorn, light fruit esters, banana and orange? Nice earthy flavors but backed up with a nice sweetness. Definitely a lot going on here, and it all works great together. Very pretty beer as well, nice fluffy white head and a hazy golden body, some sediment in here. Like saison dupont plus, much better I'd say. Some bitter grassy hops in there as well.

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

The pour into a goblet is a cloudy orange-gold with a two finger head that is thick and luxurious. It sustains a fingerprint for a few moments. It has a low retention but a cloudy cover atop the light honey-colored brew and good amount of amount of thick lacing. The beer has significant effervescent through the hazy light amber.

The aroma is lemony-bitter orange with a peppery and slightly mineral aspect. The taste is light, spicy bread-yeast and a bit of sour fruit (pear/apple). it is very dry vaguely herbal; coriander, bright mustard, and thyme. A slight wild funkiness.

The taste is faintly sweet with honey. It is predominantly dry (very dry mead or cider like) with hop sourness and bite. The malts and sugars while not dominant balance out the tangy bitters. The finish is sour pear with a peppery spark at the back of the throat. The Alcohol presence blends well with other flavors. The wild yeast funkiness is very mild and not interfering with other taste elements.

An attractive mouth feel that is thick but not oppressive. It isn't as airy as the light farmhouse style taste normally accounts for, but also not deadening. The constant carbonation is filling and satisfying in the mouth.

It is significantly drinkable: extremely harmonized in taste, persistent aroma and mouth feel despite the strong individual elements. Smooth and strong.

It is marked as a special farmhouse/saison by the added spice and heavier elements. It is less of the aromatic "holiday" ale and more of a heavier winter brew; a substantial warming ale on cold nights.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Really nice seasonal ale. Pours golden red. Intense floral aroma of yeast, light fruits, and aromatic hops. Has a good deal of funk, but that only serves to complement the other flavors. has a great spicy funky, bready quality to it. Very smooth. Nice finish, An excellent farmhouse ale.

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Photo of marksto
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dirty blonde in color with a very thick, fluffly, and slightly rocky head. Hazy and very effervescent. Aroma smells of spice and pepper with noticible sourness and some underlying fruit (peach).

Flavor offers good complexity, with definite black pepper, sour fruit, and noticible alcohol warmth. Dry, with a little bit of light brett funk also laying in the background. The alcoholic strength of this one really pushes the boundary of the saison category - sort of an "imperial" saison if you will.

Overall, a nice beer - worth trying if you have the opportunity but not one I would consider a world classic. The regular Saision Dupont actually offers a more classic example of the style.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass at around 50 deg F.

A: Pours a massive, explosive head that eventually subsides to a 2 cm cap that follows the beer down the glass. Heavy lacing. The beer is a clear dark gold with very active carbonation evident. Gorgeous to regard in the glass.

S: Some clove, some earth, some fruit and some alcohol are all present on the nose. Banana is obvious as well.

T: Clear notes of banana and Belgian candy are evident on the tongue, followed by a dryness that becomes almost astringent, but not quite. Yeastiness emerges toward the finish too.

M: Light on the tongue, and effervescent.

D: This is an easy beer to drink in injudicious quantities.

Overall: I first had this beer this week on tap at Brasserie Becks in DC, but I didn't take notes. I was surprised when I found it in Cleveland in a bottle. This is a very good saison.

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Photo of gosurfobx
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a corked bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow with a large frothy, rocky head. Inhaled the a whiff of the beer and knew it was going to be good. Has hints of yeast and some spicy notes. Took a sip and was delighted. Yeasty and spicy flovors fill the mouth. Good mouthfeel. Very drinkable, will look out for this one again, too bad its only seasonal.

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Photo of Cinderbike
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A - Straw yellow with a slight haze. Quickly fading white head.

S - White pepper, eucalyptus, ginger, peach, apricot, lemon, musty barn.

T - Tart, peppery, some peach, yeast, with hints of clove, banana, allspice, and lemons. Alcohol is very well hidden for nearly 10%.

M - Effervescent carbonation. Very dry (as it should be).

O - A well executed saison from Dupont. This is my go-to saison.

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely new to the beer advocate and therefore beer geek scene, therefore feel free to disregard this "amateur" review. This was the best beer I had at Toronado SF. Almost brought a tear to my eye. Taste and mouthfeel are definitely strongpoints. This is not one to miss if it comes your way.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Pour is medium gold straw color with a creamy peachy beige head.

S - Musty, wet straw/horse blanket. Some summer fruit on the back end.

T - Slightly hop forward with a citrus peel bitterness. Funky yeast coats the tongue.

M - Clean, effervescent carbonation, moderate body, dry finish.

A solid saison. Slightly more bitter than normal, but decently balanced overall.

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Photo of weazal
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, yellow pale gold with nice, white head.

Smell: Refreshing, effervescent aroma. More floral, but with a rich sweetness.

Taste: The mouthfeel actually masks some of the flavor. There is mostly spices and an underlying dry hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a mouth-filling body and bursting carbonation. It wants to overflow out of your mouth! But despite fullness, it still finishes easy and quick.

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Photo of scottyg354
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light copper golden. Nice fluffy head. Decent lacing.

S: Bread, Lemons and Spice. Slight alcohol.

T: Oranges and Bread, some funk. Slight warming from alcohol.

M: Smooth and fluffy. Medium carbonation.

O: Good beer. The standard in my opinion for the saison style.

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Photo of yeastsipper
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this beer for a while, so pop one open in anticipation of a nice holiday meal.

The beer pours an opaque honey color. It is definitely unfiltered, as there are lots of goodies floating around. There is a ton of lacing. I really like the body of this beer.

Smells of clove, spice and yeast. I would hope for more given the appearance of the beer itself.

The beer is very crisp. Compared to the Saison Athene (drunk the previous night), it is much drier and easier to drink, but also less flavorful. There are yeast and bread flavors, but not a lot of fruit. There are pleasant grassy flavors as well.

The mouthfeel is the highlight of the beer. There is a nice body, thick - but not overly so , and pleasant carbonation.

This beer is somewhat dry. It is very easy to drink, and pleasant. However, I do feel it lacks some complexity.

I would really like to try this beer with food. I think it could go well with a number of dishes, and that the foods would bring out some flavors in the beer. On its own, it is very nice, but not as complex or as memorable of some other saisons.

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

Appearance: Golden with some ghostlike lacing.

Smell: Smelling like a Belgian Strong ale, estery lemony goodness.

Taste: Lemony sweet and estery but it swings like a pendulum from mildly sweet to very tart, dry and hoppy in the finish. Very unique in this regard.

Mouthfeel: Standard acidicity but with the same swing as above.

Drinkability: Fantastically drinkable at this abv, or period.

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

Avec Les Bons Voeux is a Belgian Saison/Farmhouse Ale brewed in the winter months to be enjoyed and to celebrate the Holiday season with the help of friends and family.

A 750ML/25.4oz Champagne like bottle corked with a date of 2.010 that was shared and thoroughly enjoyed on a cold winter night.

A. Poured into a snifter with a hazy golden orange appearance that has a presence of a golden hue. Carbonation leading up to form a frothy puffy cloud like head with plenty of sticky lace left clinging on the rim of the glass.

S. The aroma of a Farmhouse/Saison. Fruitful with spicey Belgian yeast. An earthy grass hop aroma with a touch of funk. The smell of banana mixing well with a hint of clove, white pepper, and hay. Not especially strong on the nose but a pleasant aroma inviting you to take the first drink.

T. An invitation that delivers well and is right on with the nose. A subtle complexity of flavours blending to make this a most enjoyable beer to sip on. Upfront fruity and cider like with a grassy hop bitterness ending dry with a spicey note of Belgian yeast. Dried banana with a tartness of pineapple and mango. Grass like hoppiness that is plenty bitter giving way to light clove and banana. A warmth of alcohol is noticeable as it warms your body as well as your soul.

M. The mouthfeel is light, warm, prickly, smooth, creamy, and slick on the tounge. A slick finish that leaves plenty of flavours behind reminding you of what to expect with every sip.

D. Like I said before, a well brewed Saison that delivers in every way. An abv. at 9.5%, this beer could sneak up on you. As it warms the alcohol becomes more present. Present in a way to keep your spirits warm on a cold winter night.

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Photo of CASK1
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bomber to a tulip.

A - Hazy deep gold with a fluffy, pillowy, head that won't quit. Excellent lace on the glass.

S - Skunk as soon as the bottle was opened. Dissipated quickly and stayed well in the background afterwards. Bready, toasty malt, spicy notes from hops and/or yeast. Very rustic.

T - Very complex. Toasty malt, nondescript fruity notes from yeast. Significant bitterness that helps dry the beer out. Rustic without being overly "funky". Dry, bitter, spicy finish.

M - Explosive carbonation fills the mouth. Medium body with a dry, bitter finish. Very low alcohol warmth; well-hidden for the 9.5% ABV.

O - Wow. Take the initial skunk aroma away and this is a world class beer. I will seek this out again in the hops of a fresher bottle. Love the style.

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

A very nice saison. I picked up this 750ml at Binny's in Chicago's south-loop neighborhood.

- Massive fluffy pillow-like head, pay attention while pouring! And the head stays around for a long long time - turns into a meringue.
- Color is cloudy straw (not chill-haze)
- very little lacing - surprisingly given the head retention

- cut grass
- cinnamon
- banana(?)

- sour, cinnamon, nutmeg on finish.
- malt is there but very light and creamy

- big and fluffy (little too much so for the style)

- very good for the complexity

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

I am rating a variety of Dupont Avec Les Voeuxs as I probably I probably had well over 30 bottles of this product over my years of beerdom. What inspired this rating is a lack lustre bottle of 2008 that I am drinking tonight. This bottle just has something missing to it, it seems a little bit chalky like the regular Saison and it doesn't have the dynamic punch as the best bottles I have had of this product.

The best bottles have a farmyard funk that fills the room and the senses but this one didn't. Oh well guess I drink the two bottles in my cellar quickly.

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Photo of gtn80
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into a tulip glass.

Appearance is just plain beautiful. Light, hazy, golden, orange color with a huge white fully head that just lasts forever.

Smell is intoxicating. Spicy, herbal, citrus. Yeast and hops are dominant in the aroma. Bready and just amazing.

Taste is complex, a saison dupont but turned up louder. More citrus, more spicy yeast character, more esthers. More bitter than the typical saison, but balanced well by the sweetness. Dry as all get out.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, but the beer is dry to the bone. Well carbonated.

Drinkability is amazing for a 9.5% beer. Doesn't leave a bitter or sweet flavor on the tongue, the dryness just balances out amazing.

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Photo of SRossman
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage

A: hazy copper orange, frothy head, nice lacing
S: bright citrus fruit, yeasty, sweet, a little funk
T: similar to smell, citrus fruit farmhouse funk and a dry finish.
D: The 9.5 ABV is well hidden. I could easily drink the entire bottle and not even realize it. Feels velvety in the mouth and goes down incredibly smooth.

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Photo of ruleof72
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice Orange color with super creamy white head that hangs around
S- Citrus forward (orange/lemon) with slight wheat? following
T- med strong hops with definite citrus/grassy flavor, mellows out quickly. Alcohol well hidden
M- Nice carbonation and medium bodied.
D- goes down well, needs to be chilled a bit. Good with earthy/stronger flavored foods.

This was a nice beer. I am learning to appreciate Belgian beers more and more.

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Photo of gman1602
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really great saison for the style, a benchmark to be measured against as the Dupont brewery goes. One of the best examples of a high alcohol Saison possible.

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Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,319 ratings.
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