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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
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
183
Trade:
2
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Photo of dv8sean
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Made the mistake of opening after work, before dinner, and without noting alcohol content (9.5%), but fortunately within the safety and comfort of my own home and without heavy machinery present. Served from 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pale straw-honey color. Mostly clear with only slightest haze or cloudiness. Vibrant but not excessive carbonation; bubbles like Champagne. Classic Belgian dense whipped egg white head that leaves wonderful lace.

S: Herbs & spices, but not much hops. A little of the horse-blanket-wet-dog you'd expect from a Farmhouse ale. Oh...hello, alcohol!

T: This is not a subtle beer. Lacking the malt or hops presence to offer cover, the alcohol content draws attention to itself. Even the spice of the Belgian yeast can't compete. Finishes dry, with lingering warmth. Yes, it's boozy.

M: Pleasant carbonation contributes to good mouthfeel/texture. Might have earned a 5.0 if it wasn't for its seemingly combustible nature.

O: A pleasant beer that perhaps would have benefited from better timing on my part. However, even with or after food, I don't think it has the backbone to support the high alcohol content, leaving the beer fundamentally out of balance.

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Photo of hayesjw
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of SadMachine
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 12/16/12

A- Pours a hazy straw color with a thick white head and lively carbonation.

S- The aroma is bold, with huge notes of tart lemon, barnyard funk, and fresh herbs. Some banana notes from the Belgian yeast is also evident.

T- The first thing I notice in the flavor is some biting sour apple that I didn't initially pick up in the nose. The rest of the taste follows the nose with slight funk, crisp/refreshing tartness, and a bit of grassy bitterness from the herbs.

M- The mouthfeel is medium to thick, but it is offset by heavy carbonation. It is a bit reminiscent of a dry white wine.

O- This drinks very easy, and the 9.5% is completely unnoticable. One of my all time favorite saisons, even if it is pretty high in alcohol for the style!

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Photo of st9647v3
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2012 vintage, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear, light golden color with a big fluffy white head, great lacing.

S- A light, bright aroma of lemon and white grapes, hay and yeast, a bit of floral and spicy notes as well.

T- Delicious light fruit, lemon, grapes, apples. Some earthy, funky notes and a mild tartness, as well as some light spice. Malt is light and bready and a bit sweet. A bit of floral hops and some fruity alcohol.

M- Medium-bodied, has a smooth, soft feel with a dry finish.

O- A great saison, its fruity, yeasty and spicy aspects are all awesome and delicious, I'd be happy drinking this at any time of the year.

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Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of cmoody91
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jrfehon33
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of ambruns1979
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of pathead
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Seanniek91
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of MDDMD
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-lemon zest, yeast, herbal, slightly grassy, slight funk

T-lemon, grains, yeasty funk, spices, lightly peppery, slight tartness, all flavors pretty harmoniously blended

F-light to medium body with nice prickly carbonation, crisp with slight alcohol presence making itself known

O-a nice Saison in keeping with the quality of their standard Saison, would drink this again

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Photo of millelacsmark
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ncstateplaya
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MacStinson
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy gold color with a two-finger white head that plateaus up above the top of the glass. So strange: the plateau remains intact even as sips are taken and the rest of the head slowly diminishes.

S- Lemony, effervescent yeast aroma plus a trace amount of skunkiness (probably due to the green glass bottle). Slightly sweet with some mild herbal spice characteristic. A bit musty and barnyard-like.

T- Peppery, herbal spiciness with some Saison yeast flavor. Alcohol is extremely well masked. Notes of lemon peel and coriander. Slightly bitter in the finish. Booze comes through a bit more as it warms.

M- Spritzy with high carbonation and a light body. On point for the style.

O- Always so worried when I buy green glass imports since they rarely have freshness dates, especially since I got burned on a bottle of Biere de Miel I purchased at Whole Foods. Luckily, I went with my gut when I saw this on the shelf at one of the bottle shops I frequent which I hadn't seen there when I last visited maybe a month before. This easily makes it into my top ten Saisons. Satisfying in every department.

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Photo of jtdolla911
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White, fluffy head, excellent retention on a hazy, opalescent golden body. Suddsy lacing, sticky. Aroma is white peppery spicy, wispy, fruity/banana, candi sugary and yeasty. Taste is light and refreshing, mild tartness, slightly sweet, lots of banana and some spiciness. Nice feel as the beer rides on the tongue, cleansing. The alcohol is no where in the smell or taste, amazing. Delicious.

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Photo of philbe311
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Three fingers worth of crisp dull white colored head with a slightly rocky top comprised of big chunky bubbles... Excellent retention... Once receded there is a slight collar and thin veil of lacing... The color is a slightly hazed mix of straw and mustard yellow... Gobs of chunky lacing cling to the glass...

S - A mixture of hay, grass, and wheat are first to greet the nose... Some notes of lemon zest... A slight Belgian yeast component... A bit of funkiness... A bit of apple... The scents lend themselves well to one another... Nice complexity...

T - Hay, dried grass, and wheat are at the forefront on the palate... A bit soapy... A light spice component... Some faints notes of orange and lemon zest... The finish takes on a herbal quality with notes of menthol and eucalyptus... The flavor profile improves a bit as it warms, but not quite enough to get it to that next level...

M - Sturdy... Medium bodied... Crisp... Clean... Sharp carbonation bites the tongue... The finish is a mix of dry and chalky...

D - A mixed bag... Very nice appearance and aroma give way to slightly disappointing taste, mouthfeel and overall drinkability... I can't say it's a bad beer, but it's definitely a bit rough around the edges and not one I would either recommend nor partake in again except perhaps the rarest of situations...

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Photo of ScurrilousJ
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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