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.”

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear honey color with good carbonation and a nice white cap and bubbles

S: Sharp booze, barnyard funk, some spice

T: Spice and a grassy hop flavor. Then it goes to pepper, hay, some fruits and a little funk n booze

M: Light to medium body with plenty of carbonation. Crisp, dry and clean

O: Very easy to drink but a strong ass farmhouse. I like the style for taste and drinkability so thie booze on this takes it down in enjoyability and drinkability for the style.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before October 2015.

Bottle opens with a very satisfying pop. Pouring into a glass results in a hazy light orange colour with tons of thick white head. Plenty of carbonation visible in the glass. Sporadic lacing on the glass.

Nose was a very faint yeast smell.

Taste is a light honey sweetness, with some yeast flavor at the end. Yeast flavor is a bit more musty tasting than most other saisons I have sampled. Dry finish.

The sweetness vs dryness is very nice. The mustiness sort of mellows over time. Overall, this is pretty good, though not quite as good as the Dupont.

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

Beer bottle (37.5 cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : orange color, with white foamy head (nice lacing).
Smell : spiced and yeasty aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : powerfully hoppy and lemony taste, with alcohol presence in finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the Belgian style Saison.

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

One last transcription from a snowy afternoon at Local 44 in PHL. Undated, but that's the way it is sometimes.

With Best Wishes, indeed. Spanky and the Gang were sending me off in style.

It had a finger of bone-white head with low retention, falling even as it was set in front of me. Color was a cloudy lemon-yellow, chiffon-like and reminding me of sunshine in a glass on that cold, snowy day. Nose was dry - papery, peppery and a solid reminder of why I love Saison yeast! It imparted a dry, dusty, mildly spicy taste on the tongue and although it may have been their version of a Winter/Christmas ale, I'd break this out in the summer months. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. Finish was slightly dry and very refreshing. Absolutely yummy!

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Photo of aasher
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cork came out rather easily then I was hit in the face with sour apple like aromas. It pours light to medium in body with a nice creamy gold in color with a two finger white soapy head. It smells of sweet pale malts, light honey, very aromatic spices, with a slight tart and dry finish. It tastes of sweet pale malts, light honey, moderate spice, with a nice yeasty and lightly funky finish. It has really nice flavor and the 9.5% is nowhere to be found. It drinks pretty smoothly and leaves behind a nice aftertaste of sweetness a nice amount of spices. Overall this is a very nice saison and worth your while.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Furiously carbonated honey hued liquid produces an enormous unstoppable whit head flow....

Orange cola, lemon and yeast fill the nostrils

A Honey tinged cloying sweetness on top of golden grains, warm alcohol and yeast on the tongue, notes of rye seed and bitter hops in the back ground

Medium to full bodied nectar, a strong fast bubble on the tongue and the ability to last for a few seconds on the palate

Overall one of the most flavorful Saisons I've had. I good deal of flavor but still refreshes in the classic summer fashion.

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

Appears as clear golden body that gets hazed and full of floating yeast-particles with the consecutive pourings, topped by rocky, long lasting white head. The nose is soft pale malt sweetness, fruity esters of pear and apple, peppery spiciness that I couldn't tell where originates from (hops, actual spices added or yeast-derived phenols, or any combination of those listed) and faint tartness underneath. There's a tinge of soft, spicy alcohol. Flavor is discrete pale malt sweetness embedding the evident tartness that interplays with peppery spiciness. A touch of funk. Finish is dry with evident hop bitterness. Medium bodied, effervescent. (750 ml, into tulip.)

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

On tap at Hopleaf in Chicago.

A - Burnt-Orange and hazy, capped with a one-and-a-half-finger head, leaving rings of lace down the glass.

S - Funky barnyard and hay, with a little bit of clove phenols and peppery spice.

T - The signature Dupont funk, more of that barnyard, hay, clove, and pepper. A little grassiness and really nice touch of honey. To finish up, some spicy hops. So complex and great.

M - Spritzy and lively on the tongue, scrubs the mouth and finishes clean as a whistle.

Man, talk about a beer I could have with almost any dinner. Once again proving to me why Saisons are the king of styles when it comes to food. Get ahold of this one if you can.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gollem Proeflokaal in Amsterdam. From notes.

A - Hazy orange pour. Lot's of carbonation coming up the sides. Two finger white, cloud-like, fluffy head. Good lacing and a film of retention.

S - Barnyard, hop, yeast, hay, deep hop aroma. Fresh market type smell. Floral. Nice.

T - Nice toasted malt and hay/hop combo. Mild funk and decent hop power. Hay, barn, must. Great saison taste. Perfect balance. For the style it seems spot on.

M - Mild carbonation and a light or medium body. Odd body for the alcohol. Sweet and hoppy lingering flavour.

O/D - I loved this one. Hoppy and sweet yet funky as well. Just alot of everything I look for in a saison and the ABV adds to the complexity. No hint of alcohol is noticable making this easy to drink and very enjoyable.

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Photo of iguenard
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage, aged 1 year before consumption.

( 43/50, 9.5% alc/vol, Home) Lacey white-orangey head of HUGE proportions and a mixed bubble size. Chunky head dropping slowly but surely. Ale itself is a greenish yellow. Good carbonation helps keep the head fluffy and light. Golden brown powdery sediment floats forever in the golden hues. Smells like the best gueuzes, even down to the acidic hops character. Oak barrels, barnyard, cotton candy, mushrooms, with a tart citric, unripe apple character. Wonderfuly complex, yet a tad too tart for the nostrils. Has a sulfuric and vanilla depth, leading to an alcoholic end. Huge yeasty vanilla flavours exploding in a multitude of voices: strawberry, acidic, almost lambic oaky sourness, white chocolate, french fries, belgian candi sugar… it is so complex and deep. I was not expecting this at all. The middle to end is strongly cloying and on-the-side sour and ends up being a little overly bitter-acidic. But other then keeping this from being perfect, it serves only to bring up some acid, some tart, some sweet all in a well built package. Wow. Warm, tart, acidic, then sweet, dry and finishes fruity, like sour apples, with a sweet tooth in the end. Has it all. Huge carbonation, with just a tad of bitterness that takes aback before the dry finish. Fresh, complex beyond belief. Just a tad too sour-bitter for my tastes. But then again it keeps it light, playful and brings out the lambic-like oak vanilla-madeira flavours that serves it so well. A huge classic. Try to pour carefully as it gets more cloying with the sediment.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Absolutely lovely clear, deep gold/pale orange with a slightly off-white head. Booming, rocky berg of foam with excellent retention. Extremely fine carbonation. Not amazing in any way, but absolutely spot-on for the style.

Smell: Hells yeah. It's... everything. It starts honey and rich, than boom, floral, with a super-sweet gardenia/jasmine summer evening punch. But we're not done; then the fruit comes. Peach, apricot, plum. Mild hops. Herbs. Bit of the old horseblanket farm funk, white pepper... just awesome.

Taste: Well, I mean, after the aroma, there's no where to go but down, and it doesn't quite hit every point. That doesn't mean it's not great, though. Sweet and smoooth. Velvety peach nectar, followed by a herbal coriander/rosemary bite, a bit of white pepper, and a surprisingly assertive hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Tight and just right, a bit heavier than the average saison, bit still crisp and nice.

Drinkability: At 9.5, a bit too much to drink much of, but just a joy otherwise and (at my local store, anyway) $10 a bottle? A STEAL. Great beer on all levels.

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Photo of craytonic
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw-peach-apricot-golden pour with a nice head, good retention and lacing down the side of my glass

Smell: Complex, although not as much funk as Fantome. Nice grain aromas and golden fruits (apples, apricots, pears) and spices

Taste: Honeysuckle, golden grains, light fruits (apples, apricots, pears), lemon zest, lemongrass, clover, coriander. Very complex and enjoyable. Makes you think of fields and shady trees in autumn and spring, falling leaves and blooming flowers.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol is a bit high at 9.5%; great creamy mouthfeel and perfect full body and weight. Thirst quenching.

Overall: Great saison; one of my favorites. Good second fiddle if Fantome is not available. If it had a touch more funk and less alcohol it would be perfect.

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Photo of Pencible
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a hazy gold with tons of fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like very crisp and tart citrus zest and wild yeast, with persimmon and vinegar.
T: It tasted like apricot and lemon zest and vinegar, with candi sugar. It had a clean bitter and tart aftertaste.
M: It was oily with moderate natural carbonation. Smooth and excellent.
D: This was an excellent saison that wasn't too complex but was very crisp and enjoyable. The alcohol was well hidden, and the body was superb. So it was very easy to drink, but is best to sip. Very nice beer.

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Photo of wschmit
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle into New Glarus taster. Reviewed from notes on 3/15/11

A: Goldenrod body with slight haze under a voluminous white head that settles relatively quickly.

S: Sweaty, salty funk with some rosey floral notes.

T: Funky, brett-y, dry finish and bready yeast, more floral than the nose.

M: Lower end of the body scale, high carbonation, and not a shred of alcohol. Refreshing for its strength.

D: Pretty archetypal, if too alcoholic technically. Worth the money, for sure.

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Photo of berley31
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a large, fluffy white head that was very long-lasting. Body is pale yellow, and hazy.

S: Spicy aroma (coriander?), some light citrus fruit, and just a touch of barnyard funk.

T: Delicious... the flavor is actually quite subdued, and blended perfectly. Spices, fruit, funk, with a bit of noble hop flavor. Finishes crisp and dry.

M: Light to medium-light bodied, with high carbonation.

D: A fantastic Saison... delicious. Dangerously easy to drink despite the high ABV. Something I would definitely seek out again.

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Photo of 77ships
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


A: cloudy bright yellow with a big fluffy head, nice lacing
S: sweet yeast, spices & banana
T: sweet yeast, sweet spices, fruit (dominant banana), very minor bitter ending, some trippel-like qualities, minor funk, no alcohol noticable
M: decent body, slightly creamy, bit dry in a nice way, very smooth
D: surprised when I saw how strong this is given how drinkable it is, outstanding beer that has lot of sweet, fruity & yeast qualities without any of them getting too much & distracting, wonderfully balanced

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy blonde with a big head and good lace. The aroma is a bit soapy but this is made up for by the nice lemony and hoppy notes along with a nice fruitiness. The flavor is very dry and spicy with some good citrus rind, mineral. and hoppy notes. There is certainly some of the alcohol character in there as well. It's very good but doesn't have the sort of finesse that many other Dupont products do, perhaps I need to try it again.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy honeycomb colour. A very large frothy head just sits there and does not budge.

S - Plenty of citrus and yeast and a little grassy aromas present.

T - Plenty of spice and citrus going on and a nice boozy flavout too, that is not overwhelming.

M - Medium to full body with minimal carbonation.

D - Probably the best Saison I habve had to date with the exception of Fantome

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a yellow / orange hue and rather hazy. Barely detectable through the haze, I can see pockets of bubbles rising to the surface. The head is a gargantuan cumulus cloud that consumes the top half of the tulip glass, leaving copious amounts of sticky lacing throughout the glass.

S: Citrus and yeast are the dominant scents, with additional notes of spices, grass, lemon zest, and alcohol.

T: The flavor is very pleasant, with everything balanced quite well. Initially, the beer is so smooth on the palate, it's a bit surprising. A touch of heat from the alcohol offers a bit of oomph in the finish, but I don't find it unpleasant. The abv is pushing double digits, after all. Citrus comes through prominently, but the yeast character is far more present in the aroma than in the flavor.

M: Medium-full bodied with an alcohol presence in the finish. The alcoholic presence gains a little speed as I delve deeper into the bottle. Avec Les Bon Voeux has a lingering aftertaste of citrus fruits and grass soaked in alcohol.

D: A terrific saison from a great brewery. Recommended.

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Photo of kellertrumpet
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very cloudy golden orange with dark yeast particulate and a huge slightly off-white head.

What a great smelling beer. Tons of great yeasty esters with some fruity notes and a bit of cinnamon.

Very nice mouthfeel after the carbonation subsides. It was a bit overwhelming at first but after a minute or two it is less aggressive.

I could drink a few of these 750's all by myself. There is so much going on that I keep finding different nuances with each sip. Beautiful esters hinting at pear and Macintosh apple. This is quickly washed over by spices of cinnamon and maybe some nutmeg. All of which is balanced by a nice sweetness that is far from cloying. My favorite part is the horse blanket funkiness from the yeast and the nice warming alcohol. The alcohol certainly does not detract from the experience but it can definitely be accounted for.

Why bother with champagne when you can drink this? One of my ultimate favorites.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy yellow pour with a nice thick white head. The head lasts forever and laces beautifully.

S: Bananas up front for me, only a hint of funk, and some spices as well. Very good smelling beer.

T: Cloves, bananas, spices, and a bit of funk. A bit bitter and hoppy up front. Honestly reminds me of a tripel, and has a nice bitter finish. Only a hint of the alcohol.

MF: Light and bubbly, very refreshing.

D: Very high. Alcohol is masked very well and the taste is delicious.

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

A - Crisp golden honey with a large, light, foamy, bubbly, fluffy, soapy, white head. Great retention with a definite stickiness. Nice thick, bubbly lace left.

S - Very strong and complex aroma. Strong hay/straw aroma, not strong in the funk, but it has some that gives it a nice barnyard like aroma. Some orchard fruit in the aroma as well along with a hint of spice. Best description would be a barnyard with only a slight funk.

T - Stronger bitter, spice, and funk than the nose suggested. Starts out with a bitter, grassy hop flavor. This quickly goes to the hay/straw flavor with some funk and a lot more spice, especially pepper. Toward the finish, some tart orchard fruit makes an appearance. Slight alcohol warming. Tartness comes out stronger on the finish and lingers.

M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Very zesty feel with a drying finish.

D - Very easy to drink, especially given the ABV. Definitely has a tart and bitter taste that might slow down drinking just a little bit. Crisp, zesty feel is great for the saison and compliments the flavor.

Notes: Really nice saison. I think the overly strong tart and bitterness combined with the high ABV provide the slight downfall for this beer. It is incredibly refreshing, zesty, and lively beer to drink. Really good saison that has a slight funky flavor. Nice mix of complex flavors.

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Monk, in Buffalo.

This saison resembles something from ancient Egypt, like one of those fossilized amber amulets (and indeed looks like something a king might be buried with!) It is perfectly clear, but I don't recommend looking directly at it considering how bright and strong its glow. Its head is... Wait, no head? What? But this is supposed to be one of the archetypal examples of its style - how can it have no head?

This thing is as stinky as the kid in gym class who has yet to discover deodorant. Fortunately, it stinks in a good way. To the uninitiated, the term 'barnyard funk' might not mean anything; for those familiar with the distinguishing Dupont yeast, you'll recognize the straw- and hay-like features, the honeycomb sweetness, peppery spice, marmalade-y citrus and light cider vinegar mustiness and should know exactly what I'm talking about.

Saison Dupont (Vieille Provision) is widely hailed has perhaps *the* classic saison; this offering of the same brewery deviates in more ways than one from traditional guidelines. First, its alcohol is a good two notches and counting above where we generally find it. As result, the carbonation has lot more booze to work its way through and it comes out worse for wear. Upping the gravity has definitely lowered the quaffability and refreshment.

Drinking this beer I feel like I'm dealing with a shifty insurance salesman - I don't really know what I'm being sold until it's too late. What started out a crisp beer with fruity and floral undertones and an aura of hay fields has turned into something of a brute. A sharp vinegar-y note and and unwanted splash of alcohol compromise the beer's effervescence while a thin but sweet maltiness ransacks the subtler nuances, including the spiciness.

I probably represent a minority of one in saying this, but Avec Les Bons Voeux is not my ideal saison. While an interesting offering, the impression I took away from it was that it was too strong and too sweet, and that these two factors threw the whole balance and merit of the style right out of whack. It may be extremely popular with others - and likely for good reason - but it won't be making my picnic basket on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of rudzud
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey's yearly Belgian Christmas on 12/15.

A - Nice light golden appearance with a very, very thick two finger head that left MASSIVE side lacing.

S - Wow, huge huge huge brett funk aromas. Getting some light fruit and honey notes as well.

T - Huge brett notes. Funky, light citrus flavours. This is really an amazing saison! Nice and dry finish on the end.

M - Light and creamy with low carbonation thanks to the high ABV. Very smooth saison.

D - Great funk and a really, really enjoyable mouthfeel make this a sessionable strong saison.

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Photo of DIM
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a hazy golden/peachy color. It was served to me with a solid, one inch frothy cap.

s: Much more phenolic than I expected with lots of musty bananas wafting out of the glass. I also found some honey, apples, spices, and earthy, leafy hops. The alcohol was fairly well masked.

t: Again with the high dose of phenols, this reminded me of a drier tripel more than a classic saison, which it clearly was not meant to be. Powdery banana flavors dominated, I also tasted peaches, apples, honey, and something almost cola like. The finish was drier with mineral bitterness.

m: This absolutely had the lighter body of a classic saison, pretty impressive given the abv.

d: Maybe bottle conditioning would have helped bring this all together a bit better. I did enjoy it, but not quite as much as I hoped to.

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Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,391 ratings.
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