Avec Les Bons Voeux | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Avec Les Bons VoeuxAvec Les Bons Voeux

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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 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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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear golden color with a thick white head, good size bubbles, and some lacing that sticks to the side of the glass.

Smell: A very nice peppery spice scent with a hint of lemon and malt undertones.

Taste: This a great saison. Not sour, other than a hint of lemon, with yeast, malt, and a light pepper spice.

Mouthfeel: Very nicely carbonated, smooth, and dry. I can’t feel the 9.5% abv at all.

Drinkability: This is one of the best saisons I’ve had to date.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 22oz bomber picked up at Greens, Buford Hwy

L - Yellow, 4 fingers of head...amazing. I pored it slow too. Lace left all over the glass

S - Funky saison yeast.

T - Bready, yeast, alcohol hidden, tasty as hell

F - Full bodied and carbonated

O - An amazing saison. Well done

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 750 into a tulip, golden orange with a huge white head that lingers leaving good lacing, cloudy

S: bread yeast, clove, corriander, oranges

T: complex esters, clove, banana, spice

M: high carbonation, alcohol invisible

O: Excellent saison with a focus on yeast flavors

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

Enjoyed from the growler from Eightball Brewing at the Party Source.

This Saison pours a hazy yellowish amber with a moderate white beaded head of foam that dissipates to a thin ring and light lacing. Nose of light bread, white pepper, moderate spicy yeast, moderate sweet Belgian candy sugars, subtle lemon zest, and light coriander. Flavors follow the nose with a lightly sweet candy sugar note to the front and sides, spices of white pepper and coriander round out the back with a light cracker flavor finishing moderately dry. Decent carbonation gives it a nice mouth feel and easy sipping. A solid saison from a world class brewery.


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Photo of sokol_1993
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: yellow-greenish, really cloudy and hazy
Taste: Tangy and orangy. Hoppy at the end. Some fruitiness, and carbonation. Crisp.
Feel: light body, easy drinking. Masking the huge ABV well!

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

Hazy, golden colored beer with a one finger high, white, head.

Nose: Green apple, Belgian yeast, banana, vinegar, citrus, orange, pear and herbs.
Taste: Fresh, complex taste of apples, pears, banana, citrus, hops, marzipan, white bread, melon and coriander.
Body: Full body with high carbonation. Beatiful, balanced, bitterness. Dry earthy ending.

This is great Saison, one of the best I've had!

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date

Look - Pours a hazy, light golden yellow with a beautiful fluffy white head. Head slowly dissipates to form a nice range of mounds and valleys. Near perfect distribution. Little lacing. 4.75 paws.

Smell - Wonderful spicy yeast aroma, with floral hop character, and bready malt. Bits of lemon, peach, and marzipan. Very nice. 4.5 paws.

Taste - Bitter up front with an estery yeast finish. Hints of banana, clove, and citrus rind. A bit too much alcohol. 3.75 paws.

Feel - Thin to medium bodied, tingle towards the back of the tongue. 4 paws.

Overall - A very nice saison from one of the best when it comes to that style. The high alcohol presence and a bit too much bitterness prevent it from having a higher score. 4 paws.

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Photo of bigflatsbeerman
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Chimay chalice from a 750 mil corked bottle. I notice the cork is labeled 2013 so I am a little worried it may be past it's prime even though it is a 9.5% saison.

Appearance - Golden color which to me is what I associate with a saison. Inviting with what I would describe as lively carbonation.

Smell - I don't know how to describe it, but it is definitely a Belgian beer smell. Not the most inviting taste. I can't associate to the smell of a food, herb etc.

Taste - For me the first taste was wow, an assault on my taste of smell that was possibly too much. A few sips into it and I am really enjoying this beer. I like a good saison, but the taste of saisons covers a large range and this is in the range I like.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated which I believe is standard for the style and what I would describe as light to medium feel.
Overall - This is a great beer, I liken it to an amped up version of Saison Dupont and I will definitely seek it out again.

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Photo of Auraan
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear amber orange body with no head and minimal white lacing. A unique looking saison, a portent of things to come. Scents of alcohol mingle with fruity esters of apricot, orange flesh, and aromatic floral hops with a note of jasmine, notes of sugar cookie and some light peppery aromas. Overall impression is of a bigger, strong saison, with more alcohol than traditional, but many of the traditional aromas nicely present and balanced well. Unique yet traditional, a good saison aroma. Flavor begins nicely balanced, a mix of sweet and bitter, with notes of alcohol, orange flesh, herbal hops. Middle is medium in sweetness with the same flavors as the beginning, but with a bit more alcohol. Finish is medium dry, with notes of alcohol, floral and herbal European hops, citrus flesh and peel and white pepper. Aftertaste is alcohol, floral hops and white pepper. Overall impression of taste is of a very nice saison. Strong in alcohol, but traditional in other ways. A good unique saison, brimming with flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and a lightly acidic feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a saison that is a bit less traditional, but still good. Overall this is a good saison. A wonderful aroma and flavor that are unique yet traditional saison with the same in mouthfeel. A good saison that is quite well executed.

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Photo of pat61
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this both on tap and in bottles. In bottles the natural carbonation stands out more and the tap version tends to be served too cold. Releasing the cork frees wisps of fruit, bread, light apricot, funky yeast and earthy aromas. It pours hazy gold with a very slight orange tint under a 1” milky white, finely bubbled foam cap that persists and leaves rich lace. This has a rich malty, bready backbone lightly sweetened with caramel providing an excellent base for yeast driven fruit - apricot, orange blended with a dash of yeasty funk as it crosses the tongue. Light earthy hops provide balance on the finish and lead to long, lingering fruit flavors. This has a creamy texture with a medium to medium full body and above average carbonation. This comes in a brown bottle so it has less chance of getting skunky than Saison Dupont and some of their other green bottled beer.

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Photo of NateF90
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA. Great find. Attractively transparent. One finger sticky head. Smell is tepid, very similar to regular Dupont. Taste is the redeeming quality, much more depth and room to explore. Hay and farmhouse flavors galore. Noticeable booze on the finish justified the price tag. Carbonation works in concert with the flavor profile. Tasty rarity.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. Golden amber in color, cloudy, with a massive, pillowy white head that lasts for eternity and sticks to the side of the glass. Simply stunning. Aroma jumps right out of the glass and slaps you in the face with a big dose of complexity. Big, perfumy hops got my attention initially, followed by barnyard funk and skunk, mild fruits like peach and pear, orange citrus, and some light peppery spice. Flavor has the textbook Saison fruit/spice combo with the alcohol coming through ever so slightly. A big wave of earthy, perfumy hops as well. Bone dry in the finish but so smooth that it keeps you coming back for more and more. Medium bodied and very easy to drink, especially given the high ABV.

I saved this bottle for New Year's Eve, but everyone I was with had switched to drinking wine and I ended up polishing the whole thing off myself. Nothing but praise for this beer. I might even be underrating it but I'd like to have it again before giving it even higher marks. Outstanding beer, highly recommended.

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Photo of mick303
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

cloudy golden colour with a pleasant white frothy head, showing very impressive retention and lacing.

S - has some pleasant floral and apricot notes, earthy spices, cardomon, hay and warming honey. with a pronounced yeasty character and clean pils malt.

T - fruity, with melon, lemon, and a clean drying yeast character, lots of dry earthiness.

M- had some alcohol astringency which was about the only critique for this, really a lovely strong saison with a lovely balance of flavour.

A really pleasant saison, quenching and complex pale fruit notes.

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Photo of jcalleniv
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured on draft at HOPS Culture in Aspen, CO into an 8oz snifter.

Visual: Dandelion yellow, with a thin bit of lacing remaining after the head dissipates

Nose: Subtle, but smells like it looks, of dandelions, straw and herbs

Palate: Rich for a Saison. Lemon curd, ripe yellow peach and mushroom hit up front, followed by a pleasant, herbal hop bitterness and a chalky minerality that is almost astringent. Finish is loooooong.

Overall, this is one of the better Saisons I have had in a while, and a beer that I look forward to coming out every winter. It is definitely a bigger, unusual version of a Saison, no doubt, but given such complexity and length, one can't help but love it.

Bravo Dupont, bravo.

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