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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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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 benmiliron
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Haven't reviewed a brew in a while. Funny how that happens some times.

Paid $9.99 for a 750mL bottle.

Big meringue foam at the pour. Looks nice in the glass - hazy but brilliant - odd. Smells spicy with a bit of funk. Taste is kinda bland. The spice is there, a hint of funk is there too. But there's this generalness to this beer that I'm not familiar with. It's very unique and actually makes the beer refreshing which is strange for a 9.5% brew.

Mouthfeel is rough at first with way over carbonation but that subsides. This is a nice brew. I don't know that I'd get another, but a classic and a good drinkin' beer nonetheless.

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Photo of sweethome
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from green champagne bottle to my belgian tulip glass. Nice fluffy white head. Very hazy as expected from lack of filtration. Significant sediment - fine beads. Lemon, sour, funk on nose.

Full mouthfeel - tart, refreshing, yet full of big maltiness. Yeast backing. Leaves sour bite.
Alcohol at 9.5% is not overly present. Fire builds in the belly.

Flavor profile stays right there - lemon, straw, yeast and the tartness.

A pleasurable winter warmer, even if a bit of a one trick pony.

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Photo of granger10
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This holiday Belgian pours a light golden color with a nice thick, fluffy white head that holds for quite some time. Good amount of bubbles rising to the top. Smell is a bit strong on the yeast side with noticeable amount whole hop flowers in there. Taste is really complex and nicely balanced. There's a slightly sweet honey flavor in here and a nice little peppery kick. The spice is an additive and doesn't overtake the beer at all. The base is definitely the floral hops which really hold the whole beer together yet they're not overdone either. Nice little fruit yeast flavor in there and the finish gets slightly bitter and lingers. My only real fault with this beer is that I notice a salty flavor that hits towards the finish and the more I drink the more noticeable it gets. Other than that this was a really good holiday saison.

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

2007 on the cork

Whoa - big Belgian farmhouse funk at the first pour. It fades into almost nothing as the beer warms and settles, but it's rich and almost overwhelming at first. Light and toasty Cheerioes-like grain aromas eventually come out along with the citrus rind hops. Those same hops dominate the flavor with a sweet, honey biscuit note in the middles before a somewhat harsh lime and citrus bitterness rolls through to finish this beer out.

This was a great beer, but frankly I'd prefer this brewery's Saison Dupont and Foret. Still worth a try if you dig saisons.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden with a large lasting head.
Aroma shows typical Belgian doughy yeast with related spicy phenols and a little lemon. Very clean, not much noticeable malt.
Similar flavours, with lemon, citrus and some alcohol. Finishes quite dry.
Nice high carbonation and light body - very refreshing.

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Photo of unHipHopHead
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Avec Les Bons Voeux 3 (2008 printed on cork)

Once the cork popped some super bubbly foam came out like champagne. The first gentle pour was 95% foam. After I let it settle for a few minutes, the foam was still there but the actual beer came flowing...

The first actual glass of beer was clouded with lots of sediment, the taste was on the musty side... The foam was also out of control for about 30 mins. My lesson with this one was give the beer some time, its been locked up for 2 years.

Once I let it settle for a while and after I put it in the bottle in the fridge for about 5-10 mins the sediment began to settle to the bottom allowing the second glass to pour perfectly.

A: Pours a cloudy medium light orange with some dense consistent head. The tulip glass I poured it into kept the carbonation shooting from the bottom center to the top.

S: Herbal and balanced spice aromas. Almost fruity and peppery.

T: Some mellow pepperiness. Mellow fruity sweetness like that of a fruity loose leaf tea. A good deal of yeast taste as well.

M: Lots of carbonation, very smooth.

D: Very drinkable, super refreshing and delicious. Dangerous indeed.

TIP: If cellaring this one, store upright to minimize sediment.

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

Aren't we all so precious just for having this? Hazy deep golden, fuzzy head that calms down in time. Nose of minerals and earth; some tartness. Flavors of lemongrass, lazy grains, and clove. It tasted the closest yet to a cross between a Saison and Hefeweizen. In regards to a regular Saison Dupont, this one had much more fruit, spice and body, but I'm not going to be fooled into worshiping this beer just because it's a limited edition holiday Saison. Good-to-great...yes. Awesome? Nah. You can live off the Foret Organic in the meantime.

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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 puboflyons
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
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 hubearth
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served into a Orval glass on a beautiful sunny day.
The bottle was 375ml and it was printed 2008 on the cork (so between 1½ and 2½ old).

When opened, the foam began to raise slowly.

Look: Opaque, I like it. a lot's of carbonization.

S: not amazing, but good. I couldn't judge the taste only by the nose.

T: comes smooth in the mouth a little bit sour at the beginning and turn to bitterness when swallow. It has some fruity flavor. Those three tastes leave with the impression of a pine bud. It's a very good beer for a sunny day. There's a inch of wood flavor too. It leaves a pleasent taste between the sips, I guess it's high volume of alcool (9.5%) helps.

m: great mouthfeel despites that it's a high carbonized beer. kick the tip of the tongue but leaves a smootness on the sides. It refreshes you on a hot day.

d: it'd drink it like I could drink a Saison Dupon, but it's high alcool volume would get me from behind. It's bitterness slows down the debit, but I like drinking slowly.

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Photo of grassrootsVT
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at monks:

A seasonal beer with good wishes intended...supposedly, according to the owner of the distribution company, this one clocks in at 10.5%. It's only slightly apparent, mostly dictated by the slight aroma and detection of candy sugar. Very little nose detectable - actually gave me a lager-like aroma. This may have been a result of the draft version - neglecting the bottle condition. It was poured a cloudy golden color, rather brilliant, actually. The higher alcohol does not come through in the taste - it is straight and to the point - pleasant and massive in its delivery mechanism: end of the year cheer. The low carbonation compliments the full and dissipating mouthfeel. I could drink this beer until i fall off my rocker.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle:
Beer pours cloudy yellow-white-gold, almost like a just starting to brown banana flesh. The cloudy impression extend above the body into the head where a fluffy whiteness billows and holds decently. Frothy lacing is created.

Nose is similar to many Belgian beers I've had, saisons to tripels, that aren't heavy on banana esters. Apple and pear fruity notes, maybe a little grape wine, and yes, some banana. There is a little barnhouse funk in there as well, but it's subtle to me.

Feel is prickly light, with quite a dry ending. The opening notes are fruity in nature, lightly sweet and fleeting. Fleshy fruits like pear and maybe a hint of strawberry (?). The typical woody to dry grass (hay) tastes follow up the opening notes, and the middle is dominated by feel: woody bitterness growing. The end is wood dry, but also strangely very lightly fruity - as if the opening tastes try to grab you one last time before the taste fades. With some warmth, the fruit sweetness lingers on the tongue lightly through the whole sip. Late in the taste a little filmy somewhat herbal (toward grassy) in nature started to build up that wasn't in the best interests of my palate.

Dry saisons like this are hit and miss for me. It's possible my mood affects me more on these beers than others, but this one wasn't working for me initially. Analysis allowed me to appreciate the beer, and even enjoy it a tad more. In the end, it wasn't a beer I would grab too often (if I could), but would give another chance - I'd like to try it on a warm summer day, for instance.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 750ml poured into a snifter. Bottle lists ABV but does not list DBD. 2011 vintage.

A: Cloudy golden orange with a huge finger length white fluff head. It has great retention and lives a thick ring of lacing.

S: Piney hops, earth, sour fruit, stone, funky yeast. citrus.

T: Sour fruit, orange, spice, funky yeast, bread, and lemon.

M: Medium and dry

O: Lots of nice sunny fruit joins with stone, earth, and a nice spicy finish. This beer has some alcohol warmth, but the alcohol is well blended. A very enjoyable beer to sip, but it is a bit heavy despite the carbonation zing.

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Photo of rarbring
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A golden brew, initially clear but with yeast at the bottom of the bottle, an off-white head, compact and leaving some lacing.

The smell is acid, Crème fraîche, green apples, some leathery stable nuances.

Some raw sugar sweetness, ripe fruits, and a strong bitter tang that recedes, leaving yeast and fresh buns as a memory.

A lot of carbonation, like a sparkling wine, a warm feeling.

Not bad, but the surge of bitterness was a bit to dominant for me, made the experience somewhat unbalanced. But can replace champagne when needed - that's positive.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 750ml dark green corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours with the characteristic 3 fingers of foamy uneven head and a bright translucent amber colored body.

Aromas are rather thin and not at all dominant. Elements of clove, fruits and garden herbs are there however not as strong as other brews which may be a good thing or a bad thing depending upon what side of the fence you sit on this issue.

The taste is slightly complex however it is very well balanced which keeps everything in check. Phenol like features run together with toasted malt, spice, dry hops and very minor shades of fruits.

In the mouth it comes on fresh and maintains a honey stickiness until it finishes off dry.

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Photo of YankChef
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into watou goblet

appearance: nice golden burnt orange color with an aggressively pillowy head and carbonation, after poured the bubbles arent terribly aggressive, nice thick sticky lacing

smell: some lemon citric notes as well as some sour and funk that farmhouse yeast i suppose

taste: Very complex flavors going on here , citric sour, yeasty bready and on the long linger finish there is some citrus, their is also a pretty strong bitterness which caught me off gaurd tastes almost tannic which is interesting. Alcohol is evident but not strong, i have tasted lower abv beers that had stronger alcohol flavor than this

overall: An interesting beer with a lot of complex flavors, i dont think its one of my favorites since i llike the more sour stuff but certainly enjoyable, plus im drinking it in the summer and its meant to be drank in the early winter, that bitter tannic finish brings the drinkability way down for me

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Lovely gold with clutches te head that doesn't leave as much sticking on the glass as expected. Looks quite a lot like the regular saison actually. Nose is surprisingly less pronounced than any of the other Dupont offerings I've tried. A bit of light fruit, yeast, and spice, but not nearly what I was expecting. Taste is also light considering the 9.5%. Light malt, some bright acidic fruits like pineapple, and a touch of pepper. Maybe my expectations were too high. Fine champagne like carbonation do give this a fabulous mouthfeel, however. Overall, good...but a little disappointing.

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Photo of number1bum
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy but bright golden color with a frothy two plus inches of nearly white head. Head settles slowly and ends up leaving a chunky, uneven lace and a bit of stick.

Smell is rich and aromatic and definitively Dupont. This is the first time I've had this beer but the yeast aromas are just like Foret and Saison Dupont, and are just a bit funky and full of character. Good amount of floral, earthy, musty and fruity hops in this one. Some lemon, apples and pears, bit of grain and a little bit of sweetness, too.

Taste starts off with some fruit and yeast, but then takes quite a turn to an earthy, bitter flavor. The earth and bitterness come to the palate about halfway through and really dominate through the finish. I must say I wasn't expecting the earthiness and bitterness to that degree. Taste also consists of some musty yeast, black pepper and a bit of spicing, and some grain. Not really much residual sweetness. There is some alcohol, as well. Not as smooth and refreshing as Saison Dupont and Foret, but then again it's much stronger and a seasonal.

Mouthfeel is close to full bodied, quite creamy but the bitterness detracts a bit from the smoothness.

This is a good beer, but I don't like it nearly as much as Saison Dupont and Foret. It lacks the refreshing qualities of those beers, and the prominent earthiness and bitterness take away from the drinkability for me. I would love to revisit this when it's much colder outside, as that is the season it is meant for.

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Photo of silverking
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- cloudy gold with a huge off white head. Head retention is good, with clumps of lacing.

S- saison funk, spicy hops, banana, orange, and a decent alcohol kick on the back end.

T- bitter hop profile, barnyard funk, orange peel.

M- refreshing, light bodied, crisp carbonation.

O- enjoyable, balanced.

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Photo of kkipple
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on a cold winters evening with friends at home. Ahh, bliss...

A. Fat, thick, fluffy head foams up atop a sea of hazy gold ale clouded with sediment. The head falls from the center first, caving in on itself. This is good lookin' stuff.

S. Sweet, spiced sugar malts and light fruity esters tease the nose as a mellow clove smell rises up. Very much like Saison Dupont, but seems less bold while at the same time a bit more complex. Earthy / metallic hops here, too. Pretty good, nothing out of the ordinary.

T. Mm, yes... Avec Voeux is a crisp, dry, sweet ale with a good amount of spice and a tart yeast bite. Peppery and ever so gently warming. Sweet and full in the mouth, mildly hoppy and all around delicious.

M. Nice vibrant carbonation similar to Saision Dupont. Finishes clean and dry, earthy and spicy.

This is a good beer, very synergistic and quite nice to drink. Not amazing, just real solid Belgian beer here. Give it a try if you like Saisons.

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Photo of Agold
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle in a BIF. Excited to crack it open. Looks nice. About an inch and a half of fluffy white head with ok retention. A few spots of lacing stay on the glass, but not too much. The body is golden and hazy. Aroma is nice. Fruity, floral, a bit spicy, and candied citrus peel without the sweet. Flavor is grassy, floral, citrusy, and spicy. Mouthfeel is right on. Light, med-high carb, dry, very nice. I had no problem drinking the whole 750 by myself, was very easy drinking and very enjoyable, but not really remarkable.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, solid gold color. Thin white head disappears almost immediately.

Aroma of spices, pepper, bubblegum, and some banana. A bit of yeasty notes as well.

A little tart, yeasty and spicy. Some bubblegum and earthy bitterness.

Full body, low carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden. Still, maybe too big for me, for this particular style. Reminded me of a wheat wine, with spices.

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Photo of bs870621345
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a nice huge head. Nice lacing down the glass.

Smells very earthy, spicy, and bready.

Starts with a very spiced taste and moves into the bread and earth tones. Finishes very clean, but the warming alcohol just doesn't fit in the beer like this.

Mouthfeel is rather thick but the carbonation makes up for it.

Overall, its fine, not as good as the regular.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dull golden color leaning on the copper side. Head is thick and fairly pillowy, almost pure white.

S: Spicy yeast, cloves, subtle banana, copper coins, minor grass clippings and little bit of bubble gum

T: Really spicy with prickly hops and citrus lows. In a blind taste test, this gets categorized as a triple...unfortunately I don't really like triples. Oh well, lets keep moving. Minor moments of red apple, honey comb, floral manifestos, pink pepper, dry hay, etc. This is a very complex brew, just sitting down and appreciating the flavors pass across the palate is quite enjoyable.

M: Medium body with a full mouthfeel. Slightly prickly at times.

D: Bummer this wasn't falling in the spectrum of some of my more favorite styles or I'd probably really love this beer. But I can appreciate its subtleties and complexities.

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Avec Les Bons Voeux from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,379 ratings.
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