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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 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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Photo of paulozanello
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso.
This saison pours a dark yellow and hazy color with a fluffy white head that turns into a thin foam ring around the glass. Lacing is average.

Smell is very yeasty and spicy with some bubblegum, banana, green apples and clove. This is still pretty cold in the glass so the smell is sorta of faint.

Taste starts with biscuity/bready malts and it soon changes to the spiciness. Again you can really taste the wonderful fermentation byproducts. I get a lot of lemon zest, banana, some clove. In the end that weird yeasty and spicy bitterness that you only get from Belgian strains. Not much hops on this one, as expected.

Mouthfeel is super dry with medium to high carbonation. Body is
moderate leaning to the lighter side.

Like all great Saisons, this beer has amazing drinkability and lots of yeast character. Amazing beer.

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

Bottle shared by OldSock, thanks Mike. Beer is yellow and hazy with a big aggressive head of small bubbles that lasts a while, falls away to a thinner head, high carbonation lacing on the glass.

Aroma is bright but dry with tea like spices, mild sulfur and hints of oakiness. Smells good.

Beer is thin and bright on the palate with the carbonation, nice esters and a good finish, not too dry but dry enough for it to be on style. Its a big saison, seriously, tastes awesome though. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I was gonna stop reviewing at 400 beers, but I guess I'm shooting for 500. This beer is a great example of the style, pouring a nice goldenrod color with white pillowy head. Nose is really funky and delicious, underlaid with citrus, pepper, and yeast. Taste follows suit, with addition of sweet and bready malt notes, some vinous nature, and nice clove/yeasty/spice notes. Light, bubbly, and refreshing... a very easy drink. I think I like this more than regular Saison Dupont.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Brad007
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The description was tempting enough to make me consider a purchase of a bottle of this.

The color is light blonde, a bit cloudy and pours with a very nice head. Great way to start things off!

The aroma is full of lemon and spice from the yeast. Slightly crisp but otherwise, aroma is subdued.

Taste is full of juicy lemon with a decent amount of spice. Very pleasant. Only slightly dry. Vibrant and full of life.

Mouthfeel is again, dry with just a hint of lingering spice. Very easy to drink. Almost too easy actually, even with the ABV.

Very satisfying saison! I would highly recommend it.

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Photo of fear025
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. On tap. Aged for over 10 months in the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL cellar.

Aroma:A little Belgian yeast tang, otherwise mild.

Appearance:Cloudy and light yellow in color. Nice fine bubbles in the head, good lacing.

Taste:I get a mouthfull of spices in the first sip. Clove, coriander, black pepper, Belgian yeast. It has a dry finish.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium body, creamy with just a little astringency.

Drinkability:This is a fantastic Saison, nicely spiced, very complex.

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

on tap at hopleaf nov. of '08. had to give this one a second chance seeing as i liked it so much on tap.

the pour was perfect and clean with a decent but very tight head atop a murky golden body. nose is farmhouse funk but equally placed with a boutique of floral citrus fruit and cane sugar. i can't put it any differently than it resumabled a well place triple with a saison twist. abv was not obvious but there. palate was suprisingly crisp with a bitter Munich malt and saaz hops blended with soapy floral notes and a farmhouse of straw. some lemon and candied pineapple in the sweet malt characters. great fresh taste.

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Photo of scott451
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. I let the bottle warm up a fair bit from the fridge before pouring. Poured a very slightly hazy golden with an insanely towering fluffy whitish tan head. Extremly good head retention. Persistent bubbly lacing.

Smells of lemony spice. Grassy barnyard (I hesitate to say "urine like"). Taste is caramel first. Complex big flavours - tending towards a Belgian pale Ale. Not surprising considering the 9.5 % ABV. Much bigger than a regular Saison. Typical saison bite at the finish though.

Mouthfeel is light but very creamy. An awesome mouthful. The alcohol is defiantly there but still very drinkable. A light, but complex brew with lots to come back for but a 750ml bomb will do for now.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice straw color with a good white head and some lacing. Smell is quite funky and with some citrus notes thrown in as well. Taste is quite similar. Quite spicy and hoppy for the style. Fairly dry mouthfeel, and somewhat light. Good carbonation. The funk persists throughout. A nice twist with excellent drinkability.

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Photo of Shakujin
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Iseya, Shakujikoen, Tokyo. Poured into wine glasses.

Appearance: Glowing orangeish yellow. Velvet head with plenty of carbonation supporting it.

Aroma: Sour lemon, barnyard funk, grassy funk, candi sugar

Taste: Fantastic. The sourness hits the palate first, lighting up the taste buds, then the bright, not heavy, sweetness tones the sourness down a bit. Finally, that funk. Like hay, grass, and some old hops combined, finishes out the flavor. Whats impressive about this taste is how all the flavors combine into one balanced, complex, and appetizing package. All that and it finishes totally clean.

Mouthfeel: Light, spritzly, almost Champaign like

Drinkability/Overall: 9.5% but it goes down like 4%, does not overwhelm or build up on the palate. A very tasty beer from a great brewery. Im nicknaming it "dirty lemon".

Pairing: Had it with some lightly seasoned pork on the grill. Not a great match, not offensive but nothing to link the beer and food really, except the spices on the meat and the funk in the beer. Did clean the palate nicely.

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Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,425 ratings