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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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4.18
pDev:
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Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful winter saison. Perfect for this frozen New Year's Day. An almost caramel-like sweet base balanced out with a funky tang. Bright (but nowhere near blinding) like the setting sun's reflection off a snowy farm field. Rustic and very welcoming.

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Photo of Scrumtralecent
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a goblet a cloudy golden color with a wonderful amount of carbonation floating in the cloudiness. A nice thick head was formed that left behind a nice lacing.

S: The smell is a soothing floral scent with almost tripel like spice in the background. An interesting blend of soothing yet invigorating smell.

T: The taste is incredibly subtle. The fruity spice and soothing malts come and go quickly. Little citrus detected along with a some hops playing in the end. Very complex taste with plenty to find with every sip.

F: Plenty of carbonation to dance in your mouth along with the tastes. Quite refreshing.

D: A very nice saison. The complex smell and taste are the distinguishing factors for this beer. A good one to try and well worth the money for the experience you get from this beer.

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

poured into a tulip and shared with a couple friends.

A- pours a cloudy pale gold, with about 2cm of head. not too bad at all.

S- whole bunch of clove and orange peel, definitely a hint of banana and a little bublegummy. seems like theres a bit of wheat in this one. Not too bad at all.

T- a whole bunch of fruit in this one, banana, pineapple, orange peel, passionfruit, touch of yeast in there as well, a littly musty, hops give it a touch of bitterness but thats only really to round it out. pretty nice.

M- spritzy carbonation, medium bodied. end is dry. pretty good.

D- the 9.5% is barely noticeable, i could have easily drunk the whole thing although glad i shared, just because i feel like another beer afterwards.

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

Pours a nice hazy blonde with a big head and good lace. The aroma is a bit soapy but this is made up for by the nice lemony and hoppy notes along with a nice fruitiness. The flavor is very dry and spicy with some good citrus rind, mineral. and hoppy notes. There is certainly some of the alcohol character in there as well. It's very good but doesn't have the sort of finesse that many other Dupont products do, perhaps I need to try it again.

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Photo of numenor1
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 Edition

Pours light yellow golden and very hazy with a very large rocky white head. Smells of peaches and hay with a slight yeasty funk.On the palate, this is really difficult for me to pin down. Starts with an initial stab of spice (clove and coriander) immediately followed by absolutely oppressive fruit driven malt. Somewhat citrus, slight mango, grape, peach and faint banana. This backed by a very full earthy aspect, hay, grass and yeastiness. Through the finish this is spectacularly bittered and dries out. Not to say that it's particularly bitter or overly dry, it's not but it's gorgeous. Spice again becomes evident along with a nuttiness and everything fades against it's backdrop. The finish is LONG, lingering forever. A very tight, flavor overall yet with great depth and complexity and slight tartness throughout. Body is medium, but the carbonation is high and very fine, making it very light. At 9.5 the drinkability of this is amazing.

Not a very rustic saison, but in a more plush style. Not my favorite saison, but supberb and as well made as any with exceptional balance.

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

750 mL bottle into New Glarus taster. Reviewed from notes on 3/15/11

A: Goldenrod body with slight haze under a voluminous white head that settles relatively quickly.

S: Sweaty, salty funk with some rosey floral notes.

T: Funky, brett-y, dry finish and bready yeast, more floral than the nose.

M: Lower end of the body scale, high carbonation, and not a shred of alcohol. Refreshing for its strength.

D: Pretty archetypal, if too alcoholic technically. Worth the money, for sure.

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Photo of dougbassett
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #37 of the ones I've reviewed here.

I think this is a world-class beer, imho the best thing Dupont brews and probably the best saison out there. I think this is the highest score I've given a beer since I started reviewing them here, but honestly the only reason it didn't score higher is that I'm personally not a huge fan of saisons as a style. (I prefer the similar Biere de Garde style from France).

But even I have to give props to this. Pours a faultless bronze-gold and throws a fluffy head that, alas, disappears rather quickly. Nose at first is strikingly reminiscent of Grape flavored bubblegum; sniff it a few more times, though, and lemon notes start to come through. Like maybe if you took fresh-squeezed lemonade, added some spices and mulled it (for some reason). Very complex nose, I could smell this all day.

Has the light, rather effervescent mouthfeel of most saisons, although the very dry, spicy finish lingers a long long time, which I think is unusual. The flavors themselves are grapefruit peel, grapefruit juice, and that odd, very dry, almost chalky kind of bitter spice hit that you get in Belgians and really nowhere else. The grapefruit hits you first and then the spice kind of kicks along in back of that. Like you took a shot of grapefruit juice and then followed it up with a very spicy liquor as a palate cleanser.

Just amazing, and again, this is coming from someone who's not a huge saison fan to begin with. My scores reflect my sense that the style itself is rather limited, if on the other hand you like saisons, boost the score upward accordingly.

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Photo of BMoldy
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

75cl bottle best before 01/2016.

A: Hazy golden orange-colored brew with a two finger white head that settles slowly. Leaves good yet irregular lacing.

S: Starts with a big wave of peppery yeast and lightly toasted malt. Very faint herbal hop presence combines with a nice citrus character to add some depth.

T/M: Well-balanced with a bit of a bitter finish. Solid medium body and a vibrant, almost effervescent carbonation. Still crisp and refreshing despite its size, this beer hides the alcohol very well. Touch of lemony tartness.

O: Accidentally chilled this one too much and had to wait a few minutes before I could really start appreciating the taste and aroma. Achieves a good balance between heft and delicacy. I'd definitely pick this up again, though I'd probably save it for a milder day.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a '2006' cork and a aged-yellow label into my corsendonk goblet. Body is a deep amber and completely opaque, first a clean clouding but a chunky suspension by the end. The final pour had pea-sized clumps of yeast. Head is a white and soft as foamed milk and though it falls quickly, it never fell to less than a few millimeters. Unexciting lace.

Smell is dry champagne and fruity booze. Clean traditional yeast smell rides in on seltzer and cherries. Very, very fresh smelling but not astringent at all. Merest suggestions of cool indian spice.

Taste is more champage and warm light malts. Spice opens up to the warmth and becomes cinnamon and cardamom in particular. Touches of lemon and sawdust. Middle body is surprisingly sweet, though the finish is a bit tart - like fruit ripening in reverse. Finish is blueberries and vanilla and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is remarkably clean for the body and very remarkably mild for the strength. Has so much latent yeast the last glass can be downright gritty if you like to swirl your pour.

Like most trip/quads, the warmth of the booze makes this a nontrivial drink, but the smell and taste are just carried so well on it that you don't hesitate. Very true to it's style, but with a bit more backbone, this is an insane value for under ten bucks.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange, frosty and pale, big foamy white head with caked on lacing, looks very inviting.

Smell: Very aromatic, fruity, suggestions of banana bread, cloves, barnyard, apricot and yeast.

Taste: Wheaty sweetness, banana bread and cloves, funk, is overtaken by a big grapefruit citrus bitterness and alcohol warmth, the bitterness sticks around past the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Cool and crisp with a creamy and foamy background feel, very nice, luxurious, and easy to drink.

Drinkability: A really dynamic saison, more alcohol and bitterness than ones I've had. It's like a quirky hefeweizen in flavor. Mouthfeel and appearance are highlights.

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Photo of evilkalla
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 750ml bottle into my Arrogant Bastard Ale glass.

A: Pours cloudy pale yellow with a full inch and a half of thick head. Lots of carbonation visible. Very, very nice.

S: Big on the Belgian yeast smell, bready, with fruity and spicy notes.

T: Dry at first, then peppery and spicy. Somewhat earthy and bitter on the finish. Fantastic Saison.

M: Very smooth in the mouth with bits of pepperiness and fizzy bite. Awesome.

O: Fantastic Saison, I'd have to put it near the top of my list. I would buy this again.

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Photo of gonzo138
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a semi hazy gold color with a big frothy white merangue like head that both retained well and laced nicely

S- a little bit citrusy, a little bit of the belgian yeasty spiciness, a little bit sweet as well, not so much a malt sweetness as a candy like sweetness

T- matches the smell, sweet and citrusy a bit at first, accompanied with that same belgian yeast spiciness, a little bit of a bready biscuity taste as well, also has a sharp dry balanced hop profile at the finish

M- good carbonation, medium light body, very dry mouthfeel

D- like this one alot more than their regular saison, definitely a great beer for a special occasion

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 750ml dark green corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours with the characteristic 3 fingers of foamy uneven head and a bright translucent amber colored body.

Aromas are rather thin and not at all dominant. Elements of clove, fruits and garden herbs are there however not as strong as other brews which may be a good thing or a bad thing depending upon what side of the fence you sit on this issue.

The taste is slightly complex however it is very well balanced which keeps everything in check. Phenol like features run together with toasted malt, spice, dry hops and very minor shades of fruits.

In the mouth it comes on fresh and maintains a honey stickiness until it finishes off dry.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML , Cork says 2005
Poured into a Saison Dupont glass.

Appearence- Pours very carbonated with a huge fluffy white head and long retention. Very similar looking to Saison Dupont but this one has more sediment bouncing around with the bubbles.

Smell- Almost like a white ale, spicy corriander notes but with a much more pronounced alcoholic backbone. A bit of fruit as well, maybe green apple?

Taste- Spicy,sweet, grassy and yeasty, finishes dry with an alcohol punch.

Mouthfeel- Typical of the saison style, very highly carbonated with very small, tight carbonation. Almost creamy.

Drinkability- This is a beer that I could drink quite a bit of if it werent for the higher alcohol. I like Saison Dupont with food, but this beer might be better on its own after a meal.

Overall- I really love this beer, I like the style in general and this one stands out with its alcoholic strength and spiciness. Alot of higher alcohol beers nowadays are really sneaky and the alcohol creeps up on you, not so with this beer and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, Avec, how I look forward to thee each year...This is one of my favorite beers; it lets me know that the year is almost over, and that strong crazy beers are just around the corner.
Pours a thick hazy gold with a gigantic white head, smells of grapes, sweet malt and rustic spices. Avec is one of the most complex tasting beers out there. Starts like wild honey, and stirs into a spicy, fruity and balanced mass with a nearly undetectable 9.5% abv. Has a creamy solid mouthfeel and is crisp and semi sweet in the finish but nothing cloying or syrupy. One of the best out there!

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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
mention
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:
complex

mouthfeel: warm
sting and refreshed

drinkability is high
for the ABV
presence

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 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 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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