Avec Les Bons Voeux | Brasserie Dupont sprl

Avec Les Bons VoeuxAvec Les Bons Voeux
BA SCORE
90.1%
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4.16 w/ 1,395 ratings
Avec Les Bons VoeuxAvec Les Bons Voeux
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:
#1,415
Reviews:
626
Ratings:
1,395
Liked:
1,257
Avg:
4.16/5
pDev:
9.86%
Alströms:
3.58
 
 
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01/15/14 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. I Love This Beer!!!. The mystery is how it is so aromatic...almost perfumy...but the flavors are all so subtle. Seductive. Typical yeast-up-front Belgian character with a truly refined touch. I Love This Beer!!!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, Avec, how I look forward to thee each year...This is one of my favorite beers; it lets me know that the year is almost over, and that strong crazy beers are just around the corner.
Pours a thick hazy gold with a gigantic white head, smells of grapes, sweet malt and rustic spices. Avec is one of the most complex tasting beers out there. Starts like wild honey, and stirs into a spicy, fruity and balanced mass with a nearly undetectable 9.5% abv. Has a creamy solid mouthfeel and is crisp and semi sweet in the finish but nothing cloying or syrupy. One of the best out there!

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Pale, golden-yellow color, with a decent head, which leaves a fine, long staying lacing.

Aromas are of an interesting melange, containing wheat, straw, yeast and tart Brettanomyces, also hints of pepper, spices and lemon zest are recognizable.

Taste reveals an unbelievable smooth mouthfeel, due to a huge amount of Belgian yeast, which puts a pillow on the palate. On top of that, warm stingy spices amongst black pepper build up a fascinating complexity, which results in a medium dry finish, with subtle vanilla notes. Very easy to drink, alcohol is present at no point at all, very intriguing, well balanced beer. Bretts among metallic, lively carbonation are responsible for a supporting sour- and dryness, which underlines the slick. spicy yeast impression just perfect. As I am drinking a young bottle, bretts are recognizable only for a short period of time, mingled together with copper flavor. When those leave the palate, dough malts and supersmooth mouthfeel do become even more present.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle.

Hazy, dull orange liquid. Large, rocky, white colored head. Appearance doesn't do much for me.

Things rapidly improve as I inhale. Belgian barnyard present, but not very strong. Lemony-citrus scent. Candi sugar. Spices, maybe coriander. Grass/herbal notes.

They improve more with the first sip! Nicely bitter - lemon - which lingers well into the aftertaste. Alcohol/phenol taste. Candi sugar deep & buried, but picks up with the temperature. Tastes more like honey as it warms. Clove and pepper. Grass. This beer is way too complex for me to describe properly.

Medium bodied, with high carbonation - they work well together. Quite dry. Alcohol warming kicks in nice & quick.

A very complex saison. Bitter/citrus more than sweet. I will definately look forward to having another.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3/4 Liter bottle received from dnrobert24 and 2MBBIF.

I get a loud pop and a healthy amount of carbonation from the cork upon opening. Cork has 2005 on it as the bottling year.

Poured in to my Duvel Tulip I get a peachy golden colored beer with a trace of chill hazing. Powerful and voluminous white head almost is too much for my glass. Absolutely perfect looks for a Saison.

Smell is strong almost like a lovely flowers and spices perfume. Strong flowers combine with an intense spicy aroma. Strong coriander and black pepper aroma accents a very floral Saison.

Taste is quite dry and very floral and spicy that is my first impression. Hops are not at all hidden here and show themselves as a stiff drying bitterness in the aftertaste. Strongly warming in the chest but not the mouth, you will not be drinking two bottles of this by yourself. Flavor is all flowers and hay with coriander and black pepper. A very well executed beer that nails the style perfectly.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is always a personal favorite this time of year. Saison Dupont pairs well with just about all food, so can be said of this which is why it's easy to show up with a bottle or 2 no matter what the occasion.

It has a straw yellow cloudy color with a prominent head. Orange zest, lemon and coriander dominant the smell. The taste is crisp with slight sweetness, the flavors being funky - some wheat, lemon and clove. Very refreshing with a slight creaminess, even.

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4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Avec les Bons Voeux de la Brasserie Dupont! Vintage 2006.

Cork pops substantially and that dupont dank smells comes roiling out. i swear when you open this beer you can smell it across the room. Pours a straw yellow with orange tints and a very, very slight haziness. Good head that retains quite well. The nose of the brew is by far one of the most aromatic out there. Smells of light fruits maybe pear and settles into a nose of belgian yeast and spice. The taste is incredibly delightful with notes of apple and pear and that saison flavor that only comes from belgium. the apple flavors really come out in the finish and especially in the aftertaste. Great spice yeast and hop mixture and even a little fructose sugar taste. The carbonation is perfect and not to abrasive like you would find in some saisons. Slides right down the throat. If I couldnt read i would not beleive there was 9.5 abv in this fantastic farmhouse. By far my favorite saison, think it would be wonderful with another year or two under its belt. the most drinkable saison ive ever had, and the best and most noticeabley lingering aftertaste of any brew ive ever had. Great choice!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a corked and caged 750ml into my Hennepin globe glass. This beer pours a rich, hazy golden with a massive 4-inch head that lasts for days and leaves crazy lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is amazing. I don't think I've ever had a beer with this much aroma. After I opened it up the aroma wafted through the entity of my kitchen and living room. Massive notes of lemon zest, pepper, yeasty biscuits, toast, grassy hops, coriander with just a hint of banana underlying the aroma. Also there subtle notes of funk along with just a hint of sulfur that I think probably comes from the green bottle but adds just another layer of complexity to the beer. The flavor is just as remarkable. As complex as any saison I could want. Massive lemon zest, apple skins, ripe pears, grains, yeasty biscuits and just a wee bit of funk. The funk is a bit toned down form the nose. The sulfur is still there though, once again adding more to it then subtracting. My biggest issue is the alcohol content. Its really hard to hide 9.5% and it shows through just a little bit. The mouthfeel is exceptional. I've never had a Saison that is that creamy and smooth but at the same time it just doesn't finish dry enough or me. This is always my biggest complaint with Saisons. I want them to finish bone dry. Overall this is a exceptional example of a Belgian Saison. Absolutely beautiful.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 bottle, I believe. Has yellow label with roman numeral 3 on it.

Clearish, deep golden body with straw edges. Voluminous, cumulus, rocky, cotton-white head. Very nice lacing. Complex, very aromatic nose. Rich, sugary, cotton-candy notes mix with sharp sea air, horse blanket, fresh-mowed grass, wet hay, and a whiff of fruity alcohol. I could smell this dizzyingly complex beer all day/night!

Lemony-tart bitterness and Saaz funk goodness up front. Sour apple malt turns sweeter and sugary-er mid-palate. Some tropical fruit and pear sweetness in there, but never gets too sweet. Overall this remains a mostly dry beer. Lemon citrus bitterness increases in the finish and becomes more herbal, resinous and numbing. Alcohol is present and warming. Picking up some leftover powdered sugar too. Slight tart/sour barnyard funk throughout lets me know that this is still a Dupont creation. Slightly more complex than the regular Saison. Medium-bodied with a smooth, tiny-bubble feel. Would be nice to be able to get this year round. As it is, this shall become a winter staple for me!

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Beer rating: 90.1% out of 100 with 1,395 ratings
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