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

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2014 vintage

L - good white head but too much particles in suspension

S - Green apple and cork

T - All about phenol, spicy but not as peppery as I thought it'd be, balanced but the green apple taste kind of disturb me, deep taste nonetheless, it might go well with a heavy meal

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I like the way Dupont focusses on perfecting the saison and distributes only a few ales to the U.S... and they are all good.
Avec Les Bons Voeux is an oft-reviewed ale and my notes/memory tell me this is my 4th bottle... 3 during the holidays.
So, I update/edit my review now, appropriately, on New Years Eve.

A pretty head with a straw body and orange tinge that all looks good in a wine glass. Aromatics are saison as is the taste: hoppy, but initially not as dry a profile from Dupont as this finishes slightly sweet and fruity, appropriate to the winter. But as the ale lingers, the hops take over for a final time and go back to sitting on the tongue. This ale somehow is not a great pairing for a traditional New Years meal.
But, Avec Les Bons Voeux offers a refreshing perspective during a season in which my Belgians are usually quads, dubbels and strong darks.

Avec is reviewed in the "1001" and deserves to be listed there.
It also is reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", the sequel to his CAMRA classic.

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Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,389 ratings.
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