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Avec Les Bons Voeux | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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4.16/5
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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
Ranking:
#1,450
Reviews:
627
Ratings:
1,402
pDev:
9.86%
Bros Score:
3.58
 
 
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Photo of BigSmooth12
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of papposilenus
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
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 +20.2%
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 -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Pletser
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of golf4collet
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ginger-tipple
3.1/5  rDev -25.5%
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 -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of CJRubes
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Simon212
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spacebear09
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Batheinfire
1.88/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of tekstr1der
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking pour with a nice pillow of white capping the hazy golden liquid. Aromas are many with citrus rind and some clove taking the forefront. Favor is different, with some sour notes and white wine coming through. it's that wine/champagne flavor that gets me down. Otherwise nice and malty, though pretty dry and slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dzu
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FatsoSvuLLo
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DbbC
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thehyperduck
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

375 mL corked and caged bottle purchased at the LCBO; best before Aug 2021 and served slightly chilled.

This highly effervescent brew pours a hazy medium gold colour, with more than two fingers of billowing, puffy white foam erupting from the surface. It fades off agonisingly slowly - even at the ten minute mark it's still a lumpy, frothy, gorgeous mess of foamy head and thick lacing. Grassy hay, herbal hops and vinous white grape notes are probably the most noticeable facets of the aroma, though there's also a quiet, grainy pale malt backbone; the yeast also imparts a range of orchard fruit and spicy qualities. I'm picking up some apple and pear, as well as clove, pepper, coriander and a faint hint of banana. Skunky at first, but it becomes unnoticeable after the glass has a few minutes to breathe.

A true classic; slightly funky. Clean, grainy, bready pale malts serve as a backdrop for the delicious flavours of juicy apple, pear, apricot and banana that follow. A few champagne-esque white grape notes, citrusy lemon and some candi sugar sweetness, with grassy hay and tons of spicy, phenolic yeast character in the latter half. Clove, pepper and coriander all come to mind, as the profile wraps itself up with a warming, yeasty, fruity finish that leaves the palate feeling off-dry. Medium-full in body, with lively carbonation that foams up in the mouth, leading to a light, fizzy, crisp mouthfeel that is surprisingly refreshing for its abv. One of the best, new (to me) strong Belgian ales I've tried in quite a while.

Final Grade: 4.34, an outstanding A grade. Avec Les Bons Vœux is an exquisitely satisfying sipper for the winter months that I must recommend highly to all BAs. Fairly reminiscent of Saison Dupont I'd say, but also considerably spicier, with much more alcohol warming - they're both excellent, but I think I like this one a bit more, to be honest. A fantastic brew that I will absolutely seek out and purchase again, even at the relatively steep price of $7 a bottle.

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Photo of arizcards
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from TW Arrowhead in mid-September for $10.99. Bottled in 2015 on Julian date 260.

Beer poured orange with a beautiful white head that has some very good hang time.

Nose has a barnyard funk base with hints of light fruits.

Taste is light citrus and funk, with some white pepper and some coriander spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel is awesome, so light and refreshing despite the high abv.

Overall this is an excellent saison that i would recommend to those who enjoy this style!

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Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,402 ratings
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