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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 thehyperduck
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

375 mL corked and caged bottle purchased at the LCBO; best before Aug 2021 and served slightly chilled.

This highly effervescent brew pours a hazy medium gold colour, with more than two fingers of billowing, puffy white foam erupting from the surface. It fades off agonisingly slowly - even at the ten minute mark it's still a lumpy, frothy, gorgeous mess of foamy head and thick lacing. Grassy hay, herbal hops and vinous white grape notes are probably the most noticeable facets of the aroma, though there's also a quiet, grainy pale malt backbone; the yeast also imparts a range of orchard fruit and spicy qualities. I'm picking up some apple and pear, as well as clove, pepper, coriander and a faint hint of banana. Skunky at first, but it becomes unnoticeable after the glass has a few minutes to breathe.

A true classic; slightly funky. Clean, grainy, bready pale malts serve as a backdrop for the delicious flavours of juicy apple, pear, apricot and banana that follow. A few champagne-esque white grape notes, citrusy lemon and some candi sugar sweetness, with grassy hay and tons of spicy, phenolic yeast character in the latter half. Clove, pepper and coriander all come to mind, as the profile wraps itself up with a warming, yeasty, fruity finish that leaves the palate feeling off-dry. Medium-full in body, with lively carbonation that foams up in the mouth, leading to a light, fizzy, crisp mouthfeel that is surprisingly refreshing for its abv. One of the best, new (to me) strong Belgian ales I've tried in quite a while.

Final Grade: 4.34, an outstanding A grade. Avec Les Bons Vœux is an exquisitely satisfying sipper for the winter months that I must recommend highly to all BAs. Fairly reminiscent of Saison Dupont I'd say, but also considerably spicier, with much more alcohol warming - they're both excellent, but I think I like this one a bit more, to be honest. A fantastic brew that I will absolutely seek out and purchase again, even at the relatively steep price of $7 a bottle.

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Photo of arizcards
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from TW Arrowhead in mid-September for $10.99. Bottled in 2015 on Julian date 260.

Beer poured orange with a beautiful white head that has some very good hang time.

Nose has a barnyard funk base with hints of light fruits.

Taste is light citrus and funk, with some white pepper and some coriander spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel is awesome, so light and refreshing despite the high abv.

Overall this is an excellent saison that i would recommend to those who enjoy this style!

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at home. Hazy orange pour with a tall white head with excellent retention. Floral aroma, with additional notes of honey, light tropical fruit, bananas, peaches, caramel, flowers. The taste follows the same notes, well-balanced between bitter and sweet, a hint of salt and farmhouse funk. Medium body, medium to high carbonation and a bitter-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the LCBO, nose is very skunky, which from what I've read seems to be a common issue with this batch. Flavourful brew that has nice fruity yeast esters, hints of bubble gum and a grassy hop finish, but whose skunkiness seems to overload the nose and palette. An unfortunate outcome from what would likely have been a delicious brew.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml green corked and caged bottle. This is still pretty darn young, with a bb date of 2021. Served cold in a nonic pint glass. I picked up another one of these that I'll let age in a cool dark place for a few months at least before trying for comparison's sake.

Classic saison look. Hazy golden colour. Big, billowing head of three-plus inches with good retention and lacing.

Sweet bready yeast. A bit of skunk aroma. Uh oh.

Flavour follows the nose with a lot of spicy white pepper yeast esters. Classic vinous saison malt profile with lovely hints of white wine, pear, green apple, etc. But it's difficult to get past the slight skunkiness, however subdued, and to separate it out from the similar spicy flavours that really ought to be present. Yet another example of why green bottles are a stupid waste.

Mouthfeel is classic saison. Lots of effervescent carbonation. Dry finish, but there's a lingering spicy yeast aftertaste too.

This is a great old-school Belgian saison, but it might not be worth the Christmas hype or the premium price. As with the regular Saison Dupont, the green bottles are a bit of a problem.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am not sure whether I have opened this early as the expiration is 2021 but this was somewhat disappointing. A saison to be sure but too much carbonation and champagne like flavour and an odd after taste left me wanting something else. Worth a try but not one of my favourites.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml green cork and cage bottle served into a chalice. Purchased from the LCBO for $7 CDN. Best before August 2021, so this might be a little early to crack this, but lets give a shot anyway.

Appearance - Pours an extremely hazy rich golden colored beer. Straw highlights and a thin layer of foam on top that dissipates quickly leaving a tiny frothy wisp of foam.

Smell - Slightly skunked (unlikely) or maybe that's just barnyard funk. There's also a champagne element, white wine and some earthiness. The yeast smell is very well hidden. Complex and hard to wrap your head around everything going on here.

Taste - Earthy to the point where the only beer that outdoes this is Orval.Middling bitterness and a subtle taste of honey. Candi sugar and the Belgian yeast shows up significantly more. White pepper and orchard fruits maybe. Every sip seems different.

Mouthfeel - Magical. Little bubbles explode on your tongue like rice krispies popping. Well carbonated and super dry finish. Outrageously smooth and booze is imperceptible except for a slow burn at the back of throat warning you this isn't for lightweights.

Overall - While Brasserie Dupont is synonymous with its well regarded saison, Avec Les Bons Voeux is just... something else. Nearly impossible (for amateurs like myself) to describe, sensational mouthfeel and a classic Belgian saison aroma and taste but amped up in complexity, this is a beer that every Beer Advocate has to try. Must pick up another couple bottles for aging purposes.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

F - Good carbonation, velvety mouthfeel

O - An okay beer but not that great, it's supposed to be aged but a year and a half is it too soon? I's a bit better when you let it open for a while so some more aging might do the trick. Also don't drink it on its own but with a heavy meal

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Photo of gman1602
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really great saison for the style, a benchmark to be measured against as the Dupont brewery goes. One of the best examples of a high alcohol Saison possible.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep honey color, moderate that dissipates quickly. Aroma is classic for the style - loam, pale malt, peppercorn and Belgian yeast. Flavor is much of the same, with some added layers of orange peel / lemon juice, and good bit of spicey phenol on the backend. I felt the flavors blended very well, it has a classical Belgian profile with some nice punches of flavor without being too heavy or dragged down by the herb / spice notes at the end. Certainly makes a tad better for winter time indulgence.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous sunset hazy orange. Super fine carbonation with 1-2 fingers of fluffy carbonation that dissipated quickly.

Aroma is of generic citrus, Belgian yeast, and a bit of wet hay. Not very impressing.

Taste makes up for the rather boring smell. Underlying the sip is a champagne-like carbonation that I love. Citrus, spicy/ complex Belgian yeast, a touch of clove, and a bit of alcohol warmth. Enough sweetness through the middle of the sip to compliment the flavors, yet It dries out perfectly near the finish.

Overall, this is a phenomenal beer. Light and refreshing yet complex and refined. I see this pairing well with a variety of different food pairings. A nice overly ripe french cheese and spicy salami board would work perfect. It gets a 90.5/100.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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Photo of Cadiazmk78
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got this beer after asking for a recomendation to my local bartender. I had a horrible day a t work and he told me about this beer. It was a great choice. The flavor is really clean. The bottle is suposed to be shared but I was alone hehehe. Must keep it cold so you can enjoy it to the fullest

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Photo of TH28
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 8/12/14 bottle date. Appearance: Light copper and slightly hazy, with a thick white head that lingers with nice lacing. Aroma: Earthy, grassy, peppery, citrus rind, and a white vinous character. Prototypical saison yeast characteristics with some bready malt undertones. Taste: High malt sweetness with clove and pear. Just a hint of spice and a moderate bitterness. Taste profile is very much like a tripel. Mouthfeel: Light/medium body with high carbonation and some alcohol warmth. Finish: Frutiness (pear) remains with some light breadiness. Overall: Feels like I’m drinking two different beers. The aroma is very much a saison, with spicy, peppery, earthy notes. When you taste the beer a lot of those characteristics disappear and a tripel emerges, with pear and clove prominent. Doesn’t have the typical pepper and dryness of a saison. Overall a very good beer.....whatever it is

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Photo of JackieKu
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle. Bottled on 2014. Best before 2019-10.

A: Cloudy gold. Poured with a lot of foam, with medium long retention.
S: Banana, lemon, and clove. A little grainy.
T: Lemon. Hints of pineapple, pear, and fig. Very fruity. Moderate sourness. Little coriander. Medium low bitterness. Dry. Finish is long and bitter.
M: Medium body. Creamy.
O: Got the trademark saison dupont (regular and hoppy version) before, and they were not quite impressive and I think they are a bit overrated. However, this beer is far better than I expected. It's super fruity, flavorful, and dry. Excellent brew, too expensive though.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 6x12. Tartness in nose and the beginning of the sip but then it becomes deliciously fruity, lemony, sugary.

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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

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 Damian
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pint, 9.4 fl.oz./750ml/25.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Stew Leonard's, Newington, CT
Served in a tulip

Phenomenal appearance. The hazy, straw yellow body was capped by a billowing, four-finger tall mass of rocky, off white foam. Outstanding retention. The head dropped ever so slowly, leaving thick large clumps of lacing in its wake. Definitely some of the most intense lacing I have ever seen.

The aroma was outstanding and super intense. Uber spicy. Clove and coriander dominated. This was a total spice bomb. Really citrusy. Orange peel was noticeable. Quite fruity. Moderately sweet. Touch of bubblegum. Yeasty and phenolic. Crisp, fresh, powdery and dry. Slightly musty. This displayed some Hefeweizen-like qualities but was still distinctly Belgian. All in all, really interesting and complex.

The flavor profile was very similar to the aroma but perhaps a bit more tart and dry. Super citrusy. Loads of bitter orange peel and lemon rind. Wheaty. There was a fresh, clean and dry Belgian yeastiness. Super spicy. Again, clove and coriander were most apparent. Perfect amount of bready malt sweetness. Speaking of sweetness, I would not be surprised if this contained a bit of candi sugar. The finish was super crisp and dry. Fairly lemony. Lemon pith was noticeable. Moderately sour. Touch of bitterness. Really clean and refreshing. Nicely balanced overall. The spice notes lingered after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was exceptional. Really light and frothy on the palate. Crisp and highly effervescent. The liquid contained a super fine yet sprightly, Champagne-like carbonation. Spot-on for the style.

Avec Les Bon Voeux is a hyper spiced, uber fruity, intensely yeasty and overall complex Belgian saison that, in my opinion, sets the benchmark for the style. Unlike the original Saison Dupont, which I find a bit too hoppy and dry, this one is really punchy and complex, yet amazingly well balanced. At around $11 a bottle, this might be one of the best valued beers on the market.

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Photo of babaracas
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange with thick dense eggshell colored head, settles to half an inch that sticks, rings of lace down the glass. Smell: dried apricot, notes of dried pineapple and orange marmalade, floral and lemony, mostly crackery back with a little honey and biscuit, pepper. Really nice but subdued vs other Dupont saisons. Taste: grainy biscuit, pepper, dried pineapple, sugary, candied orange and lemon peel. Medium bodied, creamy feel, chalky finish. Tasty amped-up saison though not nearly as dialed-in as their others.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is perfect straw yellow with a gentle haze. White crown that falls well and is a pleasure to watch. Fragrant lemon. A touch of sweetness like the nectar you find in a flower. Spice and a hop that is herbal. A crisp white cracker for malt that lets you see a sweet earthy funk. It's not sour barnyard it's sweet earth. This beer has only a light touch from sugar on it. The middle is tart. That was the quality I was looking for to see if this beer made it to the higher abv and remained true to the style. It's not puckering and it's not acidic. It is simply demure this beer. Finishes perfectly dry and with a touch more of that sweet dried herb as the hop shows you a little bit of bitterness.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

5 month old bottle
A: clear orange with a frothy 2 finger head
S: pilsner malt and lemon right up from maybe some sour apple (smells a lot like st. bernarudus tripel) very pleasant, a touch of pepper in the nose (but not alot)
T: a good bit of caramel/butterscotch (worried this mightve been skunked a bit but i'll precede nonetheless) sweet and dry, a very malty, whitebready sweetness, kind of unexpected based on the nose (though not completely out of left field), a mildly bitter aftertaste that is not pleasant at all, not excessive but not pleasant, nowhere near as much citrus as I was expecting, to be honest i dont really get any fruit at all or maybe its that I just dont get any really big ester notes at least not right up front (later it will yield more fruit but in no sharp sense) the flavor is more a pillow than a needle if you get what I mean
M: dry but not acidic
O: first sensation: too sweet. the jury is still out on this one, it's definitely good, but too puzzling for me in some ways to render a clear definitive verdict, it's kind of mysterious like that, not in like an indescribably delicious sort of way but more in the sense that this beer is reluctant to give up its secrets, almost introverted. Not expensive though so give it a shot it is worth a try
Ps. saison cazeau is definitely better and more rewarding

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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 BEERMILER12
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly cloudy golden yellow color with 2+ fingers of head that slowly fades down to a frothy cap that leaves sheets of lacing down the glass

S: Lots of fruitiness and light spices up front along with a general Belgian yeasty presence. Some earthy hops come through as well, although the star is definitely the fruity/yeasty notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a big Belgian yeast presence, complete with the fruit and spices. Goes into some notes from the alcohol and more phenolics and then comes the earthy and moderately bitter hops. Finishes with lingering yeasty notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit chalky from the yeast

O: A very nice and moderately complex holiday saison that delivers on the yeast presence as well as the hop additions. Very easy to drink despite the 9.5%, it's just as easy to sip on in the summer as it is in the winter. A nice treat every once in a while

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Photo of keithmurray
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - hazy golden color with white head that lasts for a really long time

Smell - lemon zest, orange, belgian yeast, coriander

Taste - lemon zest, orange, coriander, black pepper, lemongrass

mouthfeel - Medium Bodied, high/full carbonation, citrus flavors hit upfront, slightly tart/sour/funky in the back end without any characteristic being dominant. Perhaps the best feature of this beer is that it exhibits good balance of flavors. Dry finish.

Overall - a pretty good saison that I am enjoying. Worth a shot for fans of the style

Price Point - $10.99/750 ML bottle

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Photo of stevoj
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is sweet hay and coriander, appearanc eis hazy golden with thick fluffy head. Taste isspicy, some sweetness and mellow bitterness. Very complex and truly delicious.

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