Avec Les Bons Voeux | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Avec Les Bons VoeuxAvec Les Bons Voeux

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Brasserie Dupont sprl

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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Pours a slightly hazy lemon gold, three plus inch sugar white head retains well.

Smells of coriander, lemon zest, esters and wheaty grassy malts.

Tastes slightly bitter, like lemon rind, along with zest and citrus tartness. Fresh cut grass and wheaty malts. Mildest banana ester hint.

Moderate body, fluffy carbonation fills the mouth.

A delicious and unique farmhouse, this is the first of the style I've had with such a distinct vegetable bitterness. I don't dislike it, although I'm not sure I prefer it, but it certainly doesn't ruin the beer in any way. Totally enjoyable experience, would definitely have again, although maybe not before some other saisons.

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Photo of Vylo
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.42/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. There’s a lot of carbonation in this one. I needed several pours to get a full glass.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed golden wheat color. Three fingers of frothy/foamy white head. Retention is good and a lot of the foam sticks to the glass.

4.5 S: Smells a good bit like autumn. Lots of barnyard funk, rich with pollen, hay, and livestock. Underneath there is pepper, clove, and corriander spiciness. A garden of flowers in this while being moderately herbal. Very complex and well integrated.

3.0 T: The taste is good, but not nearly as impressive as the nose. Surprisingly strong oregano-like bitterness. Not nearly as flowery as the nose, but about as herbal. Corriander still stands out, but less pepper and clove. Hay is back as is quite strong. Dry even for a saison. Bitterness lingers into the aftertaste.

3.0 M: Lighter body. Carbonation is a bit too abundant. Mildly creamy.

3.0 D: If this tasted like the nose, I would certainly be impressed. It’s still a good beer, but it isn’t the standout I was expecting.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour @ Milltown in Carrboro, NC (highly recommended), into a Dupont Saison glass.

A: Hazy gold with a deep white head and lazy lacing.

S: Lemons, yeast, pepper and a little vanilla.

T: Lemon peel, citrus rind, lots of earthiness and some spice.

M: Slick, very carbonated, warmth from the alcohol.

O: A very nice beer I'm happy to have happened upon.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ludachris
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its shiny gold body is brilliantly clear. Lots and lots of carbonation keep the nearly three fingers of fluffy, rich white head afloat. The head retention is very impressive with its high ABV. One word to describe the appearance; refreshing.

Lemon peel, white pepper, wet grass and chalky, damp yeast spell out a classic Saison aroma. Soft notes of vanilla are on the underlay as well as unripe Anjou pear. The alcohol is subtle and comes across as what I think of as wet sugar paste.

A spicy earthiness laced with lemon peel quickly asserts itself on the palate. The alcohol is quite pleasant, rolling off the sides of the tongue in a sugary sweet form. As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes more concentrated at the center of the tongue, losing a bit of its sweetness. Vanilla and clemintine peel are far from the forefront but add a very pleasant sweetness and complexity to this spicy and earthy Saison.

The body is medium and rich with the lively carbonation accentuating the spiciness. The alcohol only serves to compliment the sweetness of the beer. Its slightly creamy feel makes this a treat to drink.

I find with nearly every Saison I have, it takes a good chunk of time to fully appreciate its complexities. And from the nose to the feel that's what I had to do and it's well worth it. The highlights for me were the underlying notes of vanilla and sweet clemintine peel and the creamy and rich body. A near perfect traditional Saison.

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4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avec Les Bons Voeux by Brasserie Dupont 9.5% alcohol Saison/Farmhouse style. 750ml bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Pours a crisp hazed golden fluid with a nice one inch pillowy head that leaves decent sticky lacing on the glass.

S- Sharp lemon zest hits the nose upfront with slight notes of alcohol and yeast.

T-M- The taste is a smooth and sweet lemongrass flavor with a mix of musky yeast and malts noted. Herbal spice is felt in the backbone. Mouthfeel is slick and highly carbonated making it easy to put down the 9.5% alcohol content.

Overall this is a good showing of the style and is very drinkable dispite the heavy alcohol content... Cheers~!

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured in a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy orange to beige color. A big bubbled and aired head is formed when it's poured. Retention is medium to low and only some lacings are left

S: Nose is sweet, fruity and spicy. Reminds pears mainly. Also honey and candy sugar. Some hints of orange zeast, grassy hops and alcohol

T: The best part. Very tasty beer. Quite fruity, spicy and hoppy. Malts and Belgian yeasts (oh yeah!). A mild sweet upfront with a dry and bitter aftertaste. Pepper and the citrus-earthy hops are really a must

M: Medium to heavy body. Reasonable carbonation. Sweet ufront followed by a grass hoppy aftertaste. Hints of alcohol can be felt but well hidden

O: Very drinkable despite the 9.5%ABV. Absolutely great beer

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Photo of jrenihan
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a cloudy blonde colour, a little like dark honey. A fluffy white head is on top which fades at a decent pace, leaving some lacing.

Smell is very nice. Honey, light fruits and spices, White pepper sticks out for me.

Taste is similar but a little less enthralling than the smell. Dry light fruits, spices, honey, yeast. A bit of funk. Some booze is present - clear that this is a strong beer.

Beer is very carbonated - too much so for me. Medium bodied.

Overall, quite a nice saison. Very good. Almost gave it a 4.5 in taste.

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Cinderbike
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A - Straw yellow with a slight haze. Quickly fading white head.

S - White pepper, eucalyptus, ginger, peach, apricot, lemon, musty barn.

T - Tart, peppery, some peach, yeast, with hints of clove, banana, allspice, and lemons. Alcohol is very well hidden for nearly 10%.

M - Effervescent carbonation. Very dry (as it should be).

O - A well executed saison from Dupont. This is my go-to saison.

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Photo of liamt07
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Beer Bistro, 375ml into a tulip. Best before March 2016.

Pours a hazy matte orange, with generous carbonation. Brilliant white head with great amount of lacing left behind along with a solid amount of retention. Nose is fruity and spicy, some banana, peach and passionfruit. Yeasty with significant notes of clove and light pepper. Taste has similar exotic fruits and tropical notes, yeasty and gently spicy and peppery in the finish. Complex fruitiness and malts notes are prevalent throughout. Drying finish and sweet with only the slightest suggestion of alcohol. Perfect carbonation - high, but 'fuzzy' in texture on the tongue, just an absolutely fantastic sensation. Immensely satisfying, a gorgeous, complex and flavourful saison.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden grapefruit-like colour with a very tall bubbly/soapy foam head that appears white. Very good retention and decent retention.

S: Very funky and earthy. Pepper, tall grass, cloves, sourness, pear, white grape, and cane sugar. A lot going on here with a fair bit of complexity. Wonderful.

T: Thankfully similar to aroma. Bitter pepper, earthy grasses, natural cane sugar, and pear are the most noticeable elements. Generally natural and clean tasting with right proportions of varying elements that are working very well together.

M: Medium body with a lively carbonation. Appropriately oily with a slight sedimentation. A long lingering bitter and dryness, both of which I'm enjoying a lot.

D: Could easily drink this all night long. True to the style, this is both very refreshing and natural tasting. Very impressed.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I'm not a huge fan of Farmhouse Style Ales, and I was surprised to find one so strong, but this was a pretty good sipper. A nice beer for a winter evening.

Color was a straw to light copper with a nice frothy head that left a good amount of lacing behind.

Aroma was yeasty/citrusy. A little bit of bread/cracker on the back end.

Flavor was similar to the aroma. Really not like a typical farmhouse because of the strength but pretty good.

Overall, worth trying.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of abrand
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a hazy orange color with a very pillowy, 3 finger head that never fades. Smells of pines, citrus, and soap. Taste is pretty light but enjoyable. Citrus fruits come through as well as some hop flavors. Very good tasting beer. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall this is one of the best saison's I have had. Very good and will look to cellar some in the future.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had at the Pickled Pig.

A: The beer is a hazy straw/golden color with a nice one finger white head on top. Decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Very grassy aroma, some wheat, citrus fruits, and a good bit of spice - pepper, coriander, and cloves.

T: Similar to the aroma, extremely grassy, with a combination of citrus and spices. Some lemon and orange zest with a slight hoppy bitterness. Not overly yeasty, but you know its there.

M: Medium bodied, crisp with a little bit of the alcohol coming through. Not really surprising considering it is 9.5%.

O: Liked it, but didn't love it. It impresses me that they could get the beer up to 9.5%, but it doesn't make me want to have it. Would much rather have a smoother saison that is down in the 5-6% range.

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,394 ratings.
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