Avec Les Bons Voeux | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,388
Reviews:
624
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
9.81%
 
 
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102
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Photo of Deltoro
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a beautiful clear yellow hue with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch bubbly white head with good retention.
S: Soft sweet citrus (lemon and orange), white pepper, dry minerals, doughy yeast, and a hint of honey.
T: Honey and melon hit first, followed by soft citrus, white pepper, fresh doughy yeast, honey, almond, and vanilla. With warming, notes of banana and clove emerge.
M: Soft, fruity sweetness. Medium body with a soft, almost velvety, feel. Mildly astringent throughout. A note of bitterness in the finish. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate too.
D: A solid brew and an interesting, holiday, take on the saison. Seek it out!

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Photo of AirBob
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dope
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No idea as to a date, received from the Rare Beer Club a month or two ago.

A: Pours a clear amber. Very large fluffy and fizzy light tan head. Good head retention but very little lacing.

S: Very floral with decent citrus and quite a bit of honey, actually. Doughy bread hiding in there too.

T: Again, floral up front. Some grass and citrus. Doughy malt with a hint of honey. An interesting mouth coating, dry spiced sensation on the back end, I can't quite place it, it reminds me of white wine really. Lots of white pepper spicing it up with bits of clove. Lingering grass and pepper between sips.

M: Medium bodied, high carbonation. Spicy and mouth-coating.

O: Interesting saison. It's a bit sweeter than most, with a higher ABV and a distinct taste of honey. Strong flavors for sure, it's more or less an imperial saison in my eyes. Airy feel helps the drinkability. Very wine-like at times. Unique and tasty.

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Photo of Dface
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of grover37
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDoctor
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Date: 2016


A:
Pours a rich fuzzy amber with three fingers of soapy beige head that settles as a gloppy island of whipped cream and then a ring. Little lacing; okay retention. (4)

S:
Spicy hay with rich layers of sweet and bready malt, weed eater dust. (4.25)

T:
Similar to the smell. Layers of hay, clover, crusty bread, honey, bruised herbs, tea. (4.25)

M:
Rough, airy velvet with active carbonation and fluffy feel, sweet. (4)

O:
Really nice beer. I'm glad to try this after getting a skunked old bottle a while back. Just lovely and well-made all around. Rich honey color with night dirty, effervescent head. The aromas are rich malty and field-like. The flavor follows suit and really showcases the malt and yeast interplay, especially considering that there is a pretty strong spicy, herbal hop punch as well. Very nice beer. Would have it again no doubt about it.
(4.25)

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

Photo of MonkeyBread
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JRHannah
3.51/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pretty sunset yellow-orange color with a quarter-inch head, copious bubbles and lots of floating yeasty bits. Bready malt, phenol, spice and a bit of tropical fruit on the nose. Mouthfeel is very nice, prickly and plush at the same time, but the phenol overpowers everything.

I wish I hadn't read the Alstrom Brothers review before I tasted this. "Hugely phenolic" is right, to the point of being reminiscent of old Band-aids. Not my thing.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigSmooth12
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of papposilenus
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 GratefulBeerGuy
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ML cage and cork bottle. $ 11.99. Poured into Chimay Goblet and Dogfish Head's signature glass.

A slightly hazy golden/copper color. Major carbonation, gyser streaming bubbles create a very healthy, white foamy covering. This brew looks Alive, and it should. The foam is much like a good Latte, thick, creamy but more stable.

The aroma is very bold and funky, sour apples and cherries from the yeast, candy, golden wheat, sweet, tangy malt.

I'm going to go with mouthfeel first : Lively and Lush. This is why I love the golden Belgian styles, the mouthfeel is unbeatable! So much life! Crispy bite with a looong, lush, smooth finish. Slightly grainy and hoppy-bitter at the very end.

The flavor is really something to behold. Full of earthy, grainy flavor's. Dry, bitter hop with a very fruity/sour yeast that is very deep in complexity. Dry wheat, and earthy grains in the very crisp malt. I love the earthy, bitter and grainy tones from the Saison style. A very rustic but coloful flavor. The 9.5 %abv only adds a nice warming depth and further charecter. Pretty strong for a Saison, but ut is a "holiday" saison! So bring it on. I just love the sour/fruity/bitter hop finish, it all rolls into one and lingers for a long time. Just exceptional.

One thing about these amazing, classic Belgian style's is the "life span" of the activity after you pour it. The duration of quality in the glass just goes on and on. You can sip and relax and not worry about it getting flat or boring. It holds true to time, changing, improving as the liquid warms. The secondary bottle fermentation is key. The supet-lively yeast strains are just brilliant. The physical effects, the head buzz from the alcohol and marvelous brewing techniques are a thing a beauty.

Dupont is currently my top brewery.

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Photo of Warren2621
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Pletser
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of golf4collet
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ginger-tipple
3.1/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I love Dupont's saison, and when I saw this I was excited. But after drinking it I was disappointed. It was not aromatic, hoppy or full of body. I was left with nasty taste from the alcohol.

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Photo of DispyDnb
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,388 ratings.
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