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Avec Les Bons VoeuxAvec Les Bons Voeux

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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 OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, earthy and yeasty, with a small spiciness. In the taste, earthy, yeasty, spicy, and almost somewhat funky cheese like. A spice bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry spice and small tart earthiness in the aftertaste. Hides the alcohol and great flavor.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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 BeerImmediately
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second of the season.

Pours with a 1/2 glass of very fluffy/foamy white head over a clear golden body, with tons of carbonation flowing up. Glass is coated with lacing.

Aromas are apparent from several feet away - boom, it just hits you. Plenty of yeasty, funky, earthy, hay, barnyard, lemongrass, you name it... It's a Christmas beer, so this one smells like the manger.

Creamy and rich on the palate, with mild, lightly spicy, and perfumy hops, and plenty of lemongrass in the finish. Herbal and floral. Good dull funk. Mouthfeel is really quite buttery for the style, and that may be due to the high alcohol content. Does somehow finish fairly dry though.

Drinkability is fantastic. So smooth, flavorful, and complex. A bit stronger and thicker than most Saisons, but a real winner overall.

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Photo of lionchow
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured it into a white wine glass. Had a small creamy, pearly white head. Beautiful sunshine yellow around the edges of the glass, progressing to a bright egg yolk yellow-orange in the center.

Aroma was big and full. Smelled of flowers, marshmallows, the sea, whiskey.

The citrus/spice flavors were mild, but a sharp almost junipery note was very present, with obvious coriander as well. This was balanced by a deep wet earthen taste. Very dry, with little malt to speak of. Hop character melded well with yeast derived flavor, so much so that they became indistinguishable.

The carbonation was high and prickly. Medium viscosity in the mouth and down the throat. It was a pleasing mouthfeel that matched the round character of the flavor.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Reminded me of a great scotch whiskey in that it had a beautiful round flavor accentuated by some interesting sharp notes. Another good offering from Brasserie Dupont.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just pulled from the cellar. Picked this one up last December. Poured into a Duvel Tulip.
Look: Very hazy orange with a big, thick head that leaves loads of lacing.
Smell: Bready malts, funky yeast and lemon rind mix up front. Dirt and some light floral notes follow. Not too different from the bottle I had a year ago, more funk, that's about it.
Taste: Bready and spicy up front, slightly medicinal. Some honey and dry pear show up around the middle with the yeasty funk. Nice and dry in the finish. Moderately sour.
Mouth: Dry, a little heavy in the carbonation but the alcohol is well hidden.
Drink: Better cellared. Picked up a few of this year's release to cellar for next year. I've had it on tap at Toronado so I'm not too worried about the wait.

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Photo of gtn80
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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 grittybrews
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a sunny yellow amber into a tulip with a finger of fluffy white head. Nice aroma of lemon citrus, a trace of funk, and some Belgian spice.

Slightly high carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel. Lots of lemon up front with some biscuit and honey/banana sweetness. Just a touch of funk and spice on the dry, mildly hoppy finish.

A really nice, easy-drinking saison -- would have place the ABV nearer to 5-6% rather than almost 10%.

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Photo of JamisonM
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: high carbonation, golden color, creamy white head

S: Lemon, Lemon zest a fresh smelling beer. with some phenols as well

T: lemon and lemon zest in the taste with some funk not much alcohol

M: light mouth with high carbonation

D: very drinkable

Overall: a very nice beer I might just pop one of these open for the new year!

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Photo of aepb1
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Opaque orange body wtih a beautiful fluffy white head

S- Spicey and some fruity sweetness, very inviting

T- Bready malts, spices, what I'd expect from the style

M- Medium body, good carbonation, finishes fairly dry

D- Good saison and look forward to it at this time next year

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Photo of oneeye
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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 CanuckRover
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks fantastic. Pours effervescent straw with lines of bubbles floating to the top. Big, bubbly head with great retention. Lacings clearly mark every sip.

Interesting dusty aroma. Traditional sugary, fruity, aroma. Hints at the strength of the stuff.

Surprisingly hop forward for a saison. Big on continental grassy hops with a rush of bitterness through the finish. Nice light fruit flavours, think subtle mango, sugar coated to be sure. Drawback is the big hit of alcohol in the finish.

Straddles a very fine line between light and creamy. Both satisfying and refreshing.

A heck of a beer, but the high alcohol is a bit of a spoiler for something that tastes like a refreshing sessioner.

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Photo of sweethome
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from green champagne bottle to my belgian tulip glass. Nice fluffy white head. Very hazy as expected from lack of filtration. Significant sediment - fine beads. Lemon, sour, funk on nose.

Full mouthfeel - tart, refreshing, yet full of big maltiness. Yeast backing. Leaves sour bite.
Alcohol at 9.5% is not overly present. Fire builds in the belly.

Flavor profile stays right there - lemon, straw, yeast and the tartness.

A pleasurable winter warmer, even if a bit of a one trick pony.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a small chalice. Pours a straw yellow color, slightly hazy, with a thin white head sporting tiny tight bubbles. Decent carbonation bubbles up from the bottom of the glass. Decent head retention as the glass is swirled.

Lemon smell, grassiness, and spice in the smell. Very light and crisp in aroma.

Starts of spicy, in the front, with pepper and coriander toward the back of the tongue, sage, clove and nutmeg as you get further into it. Some lemon and grain balance things out. Bite along the sides of the mouth. Nice carbonation. Wet malt feel on the top of the tongue.

Medium bodied, active in the mouth with a peppery spicy bite on the tongue.

Rather drinkable for a farmhouse ale, especially this time of year (though it is meant for this time of year).

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Photo of CMW
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Straw yellow color with a towering head. Huge clumps of lacing stick to the side of the glass like chunks of soap.

S - The nose has banana, yeast, phenols, and plenty of earthy notes.

T - Very similar to the nose. Sweet upfront with a lemon and banana flavor. This blends to a more earthy and raw hoppiness.
Alcohol is not noticeable at all.

M - Carbonation is medium and this glides across the palate.

D - With the alcohol being hard to detect, this is extremely drinkable. Great flavors and not a bad price.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to rendex-vous with Avec Les Bons Voeux. I last tasted this beer three years ago at a Boston bar when a couple offered a taste to me. I don't remember the taste, but I remember the name of the beer. On-tap at 38 Degrees, on to the beer:

Pale yellow colored, looking almost like a Hoegaarden witbier. Light lacing is whipped around the glass. The aroma reminds me of a hefe, sans the clove. There's pureed banana and a dash of some vague minty spice that I like. A little more complex (and appealing) is the taste. The first sip gets a huge kick of bubblegum, then comes a slice of banana. Over time, the bubblegum cools off. Lemon rind and vague spices round it off to create a very appealing beer Considering how fast this was going down, I was surprised that this was 9.5% ABV.

A different, yet equally appetizing way to celebrate Christmas with Belgian beer. Tired of all the Strong Dark Ales? Here's the cure.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color: pours golden straw. sits hazy, slightly burnished gold with some sediment and plenty of active carbonation. wonderful, thick head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind great lacing

Smell: elegant notes of fruity esters (orange, lemon), brief poignant sweetness, moderate spicy and peppery hop and alcohol character and wheat

Taste: slightly dry canvas of lemons, oranges and pretty spicy/peppery hops and alcohol. some sweetness and light hop flavor and light alcohol. finish is dry and lightly peppery with a very light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with medium-high carbonation

Notes: pretty spicy saison. the extra spiciness/pepper makes a little more appropriate for a cool evening though its still a very refreshing hot summer brew

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Photo of collinsroth
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle - 2010 vintage.

I really enjoy Saisson Dupont so looked forward to this seasonal. Found it be to be fairly similiar to their regular Saisson (although a more distinct label on the bottle).

Chunky head that sticks around more than most. Slightly more amber than than Saisson Dupont, with the same cloudy murkiness.

Grassy, lemony mouthful that finishes well and does not show its alcohol at all.

Overall really enjoyed it, but hoped that it would be more distinct from its Saisson brethren.

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Photo of Brabander
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one hell of a beer! I was at the Kulminator last friday and i wanted to start with a nice blond beer. This was the one!

Poured in the original glass the beer looks very good. Cloudy yellow fluid with a smal head. Pretty good smell with the alcohol hardly not noticable.

Very good mouthfeel, this is hard to compare with other beers.

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Photo of jsh420
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 on the cork

pours cloudy golden orange with a huge chunky head that left lacing all down the glass

smells of farmhouse funk and very tart fruit

taste - no tartness at all and very little funk - grassy lemon and bready malt and of course belgian yest

mouthfeel is light medium with low carbonation very smmoth but i want to life some bite

drinkability is good and now i want to try a fresh one - the search is on

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Photo of gfreed
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yet another standout from Dupont. All the usual features of their great saisons are here: bready aroma and taste mixed with citrus, clove and a bit of nutmeg, plus the usual barnyard funk. Impossible to go wrong with this brewery. This particular brew has a rather high ABV; given its easy drinkability, watch how you consume it. You won't want to play with sharp or valuable objects, sign important papers or change diapers afterward.

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Photo of argock
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 25.4oz green bottle, half into a Duvel tulip and half into a Chimay goblet. L10164B on front label and 2010 on cork. Puchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $10.49.

A: Hazy straw yellow with 2-finger, meringue-like white head with good retention and formidable lace around the glass.

S: Aroma definitely better in the Duvel tulip with mustiness present without funkiness, but crisp herbal, lemon-grassy hoppiness matched with staunch pale maltiness.

T: The flavor is out of site with fruity yeastiness, crisp lemon and herbal hops, pale malty, honey-like sweetness which is light but plays well off of the citrus elements. Musty, earthiness creeps in little by little as you work your way through the bottle. The alcohol is incredibly well-hidden throughout -- amazing.

M: Crisp and quenching with plenty of body and a tingly crabonation throughout that somehow manages to be creamy too.

D: This is an amazing beer that would probably taste great with lemon or cranberry scones in the morning or a Maytag or Stilton cheese plate as a perfect aperitif before dinner. This is a beer that really carries the saison banner high without marking territory all over the place with bretty funk. It just presents an amazing product with a delicious crispness and complex feel that is a phenomenal brew. I need to review the stock house ale of Brasserie Dupont, but I think this one beats it. I will be searching out a couple more to put away for a year or two and see what transpires.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky golden straw color with a huge white, fluffy head that hangs around for quite some time. Scent is a nice Belgian yeast aroma with some enticing banana and grass notes. I also get a bit of clove, much like a Belgian tripel. Taste is also a lot like a tripel as well. This saison is not one of the funkier ones I've had...not very funky at all. Very lovely banana, clove, pepper, orange peel, and lemon zest flavors with a nice bittering bite at the end. Mouthfeel is very crisp and provides the body with a nice warming sensation. Alcohol is VERY well hidden. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Over the years, this is a beer I've picked up as soon as I saw it. It went just perfectly with the season. However, this past year, I've gotten a little pickier about my saisons and I'm curious to see what I think.

Mostly clear, this beer is golden orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention. Lacing isn't particularly present here. The nose is quite excellent. Initially, this is grassy, spicy and rustic with a great saison character, as this warms up, a whole lot more comes out. Unfortunately, it's not aromas I particularly care for - honey and alcohol. Along with the honey, there's some fruit as well. Mildly spicy, there's fresh white pepper, delicate and complex. In some ways, this makes me think of the Stone Vertical 10.10.10 minus the grape juice, but better.

The palate opens with a blend of floral and spicy character, there's orange blossom honey, white pepper and quite a bit of light fruits - pears and sweet apples. The alcohol appears in the mid-palate along with some sugar. Bitterness is low,there's a little hop flavor and a touch of earthy bitterness on the finish. Medium in body with high carbonation, the finish is solid. Mildly drying, earthy, spicy and a little honey are all present. The alcohol does get a little tiring after a while, and I do wish that it was a little lower. Not as complex and not as enjoyable as their flagship beer, this. While a 750 of this is quite easy to drink, it's better shared

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Photo of shambeano
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,435 ratings