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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

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Photo of mcallister
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a sexy sleek saison. Nearly opaque orange/copper/yellow color. Some yeast floating aimlessly as well as many tiny carbonation bubbles. Thin, whispy dull white head pours large but fades and then retaings itself nicely. Some sticky lacing is left behind.

Spicey is what you get a full frontal of here. Corriander, with toasty side notes. Very fruity, lemon, hints of blood orange, thick yeast, and earthy, barnyardy freshness.

Densely complex with great carbonation that fits the beer too a tee. Bitterly dry finish with some alcohol in the chest. Highly acidic. Velvety smooth and in your face. Full of spices, rich and delicate alike. Very yeasty with bready aspects. Again barnyard is the name of the game with lemon and cantaloupe dominating the mid palate. A beer that you could keep pulling more and more out of with time.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml green bottle corked and caged, 2006 version. Poured into a tulip it forms a sturdy, creamy white head that leaves plenty of lace. Golden body is cloudy.

Extremely earthy and phenols are everywhere but at the end of the day the earthy yeast really takes the cake here. I have to note that the appearance is amazing and gets better with every pull. Very rocky and mountainous head that redeploys itself over and over. Earthy and ripe. There is a slightly burnt orange peel type backdrop but its more of an afterthought.

Notes: I liked it. I'm not so sure that the High ABV fits this style very well (regardless of style its too much for the body of this offering). It seemed a bit hot to me compared to other saison's that I've liked better.

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

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's, served into a mini Chimay goblet.

Beautiful murky straw color with a nice white head. I've had this beer in the bottle too, and it does not disappoint served in either form.

Lots of things going on. You've got a good amount of fresh straw/grass flavor. Some nice toffee. Hints of spicing with coriander and the like. Maybe a tiny bit of citrus. Wonderful, creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Rich tasting. Tastes both thick, yet delicate. Absolutely not cloying. Finish just leaves you begging for another sip. Drinkable? Oh yes - a beer this interesting and so well done is extremely drinkable.

Excellent, excellent saison. And a very unique take on the style. It really is a Winter saison, with more body, stronger flavors and the like. If you haven't had it, go and pick some up. Recommended.

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Photo of cbl2
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2/10/2007 $8.49 750 mL 9.50% Best by 11-07 stamped on label, 2006 stamped on cork.


Pours a hazy orange with a tornado of carbonation within my Petrus glass, that yields a head of over 2 inches that is tightly interlaced, and refuses to settle.


Notes of pear and apple with a tinge of barnyard funk and peppery spice.


Very smooth considering the amount of carbonation. Faint pear flavors are tempered by a rather pleasant, yet biting bitterness that is coupled with a dose of black pepper. Finish is dry, and warming at the same time, as the alcohol makes its presence known. A pleasant, easy to drink beer, though not truly exciting.

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Photo of Phatz
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks very much to Akorsak for this generous gift.

Appearance: This is an absolutely gorgeous Saison. It pours a luminescent golden orange color with a huge white head and all the lacing you could want in mt snifter glass.

Smell: Bold lemon and spice as well as biscuity bread malt load the nose with a very aggressive aroma.

Taste: This is a bold beer. It is intense in it's Saison coriander spices but also a well hopped beer, but I am not a big fan of the band-aid phenols.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and warm from alcohol. Quite carbonated and phenolic.

Drinkability: If you like this kind of Saision it is still : 9.50 %. Not a session beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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

Pours out a clear light orange/yellow with four fingers of white suds that look like beaten egg whites. Very small bubbles. Already lacing here.
The smell is wonderful. Lots of sour apple/grapefruit and clove and black pepper. Very yeasty with a hint of the hops hitting the nose.
Taste is a little thin at first. As the brew warms it gets a little better.
Grapefruit hints with dark hops as an aftertaste then the spices come forth. Clove and cinnamon are here in this very mellow beer.
The mouthfeel is a bit strange too. A little oily at first then the dark bitterness surrounded by a plethora of bubbles. The aftertaste is what is so great about this beer.Subtle hints of all that you smell come to your mouth only after the beer is in the belly of the beast.No alcohol is present until the very end and it is very slight.
I could drink a bunch of this and would love to have it on tap. Fat Chance!

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a warm apricot colored body with a nice hazy to it and a creamy thick white head on top. The head last for a long while and forms rings on the glass after each sip.

S- The smell is a soft note of perfume and spicy hops blended together with a black pepper note in the background. As the beer warms there is a very soft note of dry light fruit that comes through the pale malt nose. There is a hint of damp basement or root cellar without the earthiness and a dry honey note aswell.

T- This beer has a spicy hop flavor with a bitterness that is not distinctly from the hops. The flavor of very soft malt with a cotton candy hint also has notes of pears and apricots in the background. The finish has a nice bitterness followed by a slight sweetness that lingers on the tongue.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creaminess from the head and a tight little fizz in the finish that lightens the beer a bit.

D- The subtle complexities of the malt give way to a nice bitterness that has some good but smooth depth aswell. Very nice complexity and blend of flavors.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with abit of debris,yeast, and a huge white foamy head. The head is giant and leaves a fine amount of lacing. The smell is sweet malt,candy sugar,and a fruity citrus that really dominates the nose. The taste is like the smell and other Saisons, sweet malt,Belgian candy sugar,lemon, coriander and pepper,alcohol, and lastly,a "bisquity' taste thats really strong and good. The m/f is heavier for a Saison,but enjoyable and the flavors mix well while hiding the alcohol pretty solidly. All in all this is a top notch Saison from a legendary brewery. Enjoy.

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Photo of alexskovan
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured pale gold with an incredible thick egg-white head of tiny and medium and large bubbles that was rock solid. Smell was subtle and similar to many aged Belgian ales I've tried; a bit of oak and a kind of rotten citrus smell. Taste was harsh and unbalanced. An attack of alcohol bite, acid, and stale hops, followed by a watery finish. No complexity and very unpleasant.

I'm thinking I got a bad bottle.

NOTE: Above is my review of the first half of this 750ml bottle. I stoppered what was left and put it in the chill-chest -- rather than pour it down the drain, as was my inclination.

It is now the next day, and I've just tried the second half and it has mellowed and improved considerably. Perhaps this ale needs to be decanted.

Taste is lambic-savory now, that sublime sour-oaky-citrus symphony.

I'm not inclined to call this ale "outstanding", but it is very good. But it really was disgusting when I first opened it. Strange. . .

It may still be the case that I've got a bad bottle -- which makes me very curious about what a GOOD bottle of this stuff tastes like!

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Photo of rkuhnel
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one set me back a serious $9.75 here at my local Northcoast Coop. At this price you would expect this to be incredible. It was indeed excellent, and maybe even worth the price. Poured a rich gold color with some haze and with a big fat white head that rose up out ot the glass like a cauliflower. Rich nose of fruits like bananas and pineapple, along with apricot, spices, and hops as well. So many aromas words kind of fail me here. Very smooth mouthfeel. Flavors are rich and delightful. Slighty sour and bitter finish. It simply tastes sublime. Exceptional beer.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2006 vintage

a - pours a hazy golden amber with a one finger white head, good retention, good lacing, lots of suspended sediment, bubbles continuously rise from bottom

s - big malty aroma, fruity and floral notes pronounced, slight hint of alcohol

t - biscuity maltiness up front with a nice sweetness, lots of fruitiness in the body, a little pineapple, slight alcohol on the finish

m - lots of carbonation, fairly light-bodied, slightly dry finish

d - amazingly drinkable, could be very dangerous b/c the 9.5% abv is totally undetectable

Great saison, I can see why it's rated as one of the best.

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Photo of Chaz
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a bulb, this is a hazy golden-straw in color, with a full two-fingered white head of medium duration. Neither quite clear nor genuinely opaque, but slightly hazy due to the chill factor and the suspended yeast. Lacing is evident and clings persistently throughout. Massive, bold nose is quite amazing: pale malts start the show and are quickly overrun by notes of clove, white pepper, and alcohol. Yeast? Yes, there's yeast in the nose too, chewy and bready. Very little apparent bitterness on the nose, but neither is there a sweet, bland maltiness. First sip is a real shocker, a mellow "come hither" malt quality gently coaxes you into a position of unsuspecting submission, next thing you know there's a wave of intense fruit notes: pineapple, cherry, pear, and marzipan, alongside a swelling, hot booziness. Somewhat tropical: throw an umbrella,some cube, and a dash of rum in thisand it would make for an interesting Tiki drink! As it warms there's more evidence of an underlying hop bitterness, with some aromatic and floral notes (pineapple, hibiscus) but they are nigh-well overpowered by the substantial malt backbone and warming alcohol. Moderately full-bodied, with a piquant, zesty sweet/sour pucker on the tongue. Mild grainyness to the malt is perceptible, but is largely masked by the hot alcohol. Well-balanced despite its strength, and should readily appeal to fans of the Belgian Golden and Tripel styles. A very substantial offering, it may also be quite a challenge for some, and is definitely not a beer to take lightly.

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

Cork had 2005 stamped on it. Poured a huge fluffy head and the barnyard skunk smell was immediatley noticeable. Taste had more hops than I was expecting but that great Saison Dupont taste was right there. Do I want to spend an extra $5 dollars for this over Saison Dupont? I don't think so but still a great beer and worthy of a try.

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Photo of gonzo138
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a semi hazy gold color with a big frothy white merangue like head that both retained well and laced nicely

S- a little bit citrusy, a little bit of the belgian yeasty spiciness, a little bit sweet as well, not so much a malt sweetness as a candy like sweetness

T- matches the smell, sweet and citrusy a bit at first, accompanied with that same belgian yeast spiciness, a little bit of a bready biscuity taste as well, also has a sharp dry balanced hop profile at the finish

M- good carbonation, medium light body, very dry mouthfeel

D- like this one alot more than their regular saison, definitely a great beer for a special occasion

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Photo of rayjay
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006. A very hazy ale with a soft white pillow head; much lighter than I remember. Biscuits, white pepper, and Belgian yeast nose. Strong saison body, similar to Dupont Saison, but with some numbing alcohol and without any residual sweetness. Finishes dry and somewhat hot. Notable hops. Gentle, but very active spiciness coming from the carbonation, the alcohol, and the hops. Very good and refreshing, great for this cold January night which is in the 20s here. Cheers and happy new year!

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Photo of Drew966
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avec Les Bons Voeux pours a hazy golden color with a huge white head from a green 750 ml corked and caged bottle. That funky Belgian smell is somewhat present, so is pepper and fruit. This is really a nice tasty saison that started out on the fruitier side and ended up more herbal or medicianal in nature toward the end of the bottle. Very enjoyable. Recommended.

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

Corked and caged 750mL. The bottle opened with a loud pop - I was expecting a gusher, but things stayed under control. As I poured the first glass, there wasn't much other than a scant bit of hazy, straw yellow beer beneath an enormous bright white head. As the foam settled it left copious amounts of lacing behind. What an aroma! Sweet malts and candy mingle with ripe fruit, grape skin, spicy alcohol and grassy hops. First sip: starts out with sweetness and fruit, but this quickly gives way to significant bitterness and spicy alcohol warmth that lingers. Bready yeast, slight tartness, and grassy hops fill in the middle. Off-dry, with a medium body and fairly high carbonation. Plenty of warmth and a nearly slick texture. Very, very good. The complexity is wonderful, almost like tasting different beers with each sip. Highly recommended.

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

A 75 cL corked and caged 2006 bottle.

A: A hazy yellowish glow highlights this beer. There is a great deal of suspended particles in the ale. It is also very carbonated, resulting in 4 finger's worth of head.

S: The ale has a very funky aroma. There is a yeasty freshness, some black pepper coriander and some honey-like sweetness. Holding it all together is a gamey, natural barnyard aroma.

T: The saison has a horse blanket taste, gamey and funky with a lot of natural shit in it. I picture the barrels, open for all the world to contaminate. There is some coriander and licorice there as well, adding additional flavors.

M: The yeast helps give the ale a very dry mouhfeel, making me want another sip immediately. As I noted in my review of the '05 vintage, I'd leave this beer in my mouth for an hours if I could for the abundance of spices.

D: A delicious beer, perfect for the yuletide time. I am especially glad to have had it while my beloved Nittany Lions upset the Vols in the Outback Bowl.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this by surprise at BevMo in Anaheim, CA in November, 2006. $10.99 I think. Vintage 2006. A yellow label (different from the existing avatar) with an etching-like drawing of a stone-arched cellar full of hundreds of beer barrels. A large Roman Numeral III at the top, above the beer and brewery name. Not sure what that means.

Pours a magnificent golden with the most beautiful white head that sticks around through the whole session. It doesn't have lace on the side, it has cream. Amazingly thick.

Aroma is much like the regular Saison DuPont (which I love), but more intense and rich. Organic funk, hay, a little lemon and great wet mown grass notes. Flavor is, like the aroma, very reminsicent of the normal saison, but more. As they say in "Spinal Tap", it goes to 11. They label uses the word "velvety", and I think it's very appropriate.

I knocked off a bit for mouthfeel and drinkability because it has an alcohol sharpness at the end of the swallow that seems to increase as the glass empties. Maybe some age would knock that down a bit, but I'll tell you, even so, this one is a special beer.

Highly recommended, even with the one flaw I perceive.

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Photo of alexgash
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange golden with a light off white head and moderate lacing Aromas of bubblegum, wax, bananas, and cloves. Taste starts out with hops up front followed by a pleasant waxy creaminess, a little cherry fruitiness, and a late hit of hop bitterness and an aftertaste of faint cloves. Mouthfeelis dry and slightly tannic throughout, but with a nice creamy finish. Very drinkable, especially for the alcohol.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a hazy pale orange color with a thick, creamy, fluffy, off-white head. Lacing is complete, and leaves large chunks along the sides of the glass. The aroma is of citrus, orange, earth, and yeast. The taste is like the aroma, but a little more bold. The mouthfeel is outstanding for a saison. It is very silky and smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation. Overall, this is one of the better saisons I have had, and I will certainly drink it again.

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Photo of numenor1
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 Edition

Pours light yellow golden and very hazy with a very large rocky white head. Smells of peaches and hay with a slight yeasty funk.On the palate, this is really difficult for me to pin down. Starts with an initial stab of spice (clove and coriander) immediately followed by absolutely oppressive fruit driven malt. Somewhat citrus, slight mango, grape, peach and faint banana. This backed by a very full earthy aspect, hay, grass and yeastiness. Through the finish this is spectacularly bittered and dries out. Not to say that it's particularly bitter or overly dry, it's not but it's gorgeous. Spice again becomes evident along with a nuttiness and everything fades against it's backdrop. The finish is LONG, lingering forever. A very tight, flavor overall yet with great depth and complexity and slight tartness throughout. Body is medium, but the carbonation is high and very fine, making it very light. At 9.5 the drinkability of this is amazing.

Not a very rustic saison, but in a more plush style. Not my favorite saison, but supberb and as well made as any with exceptional balance.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 edition.

Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden orangish color with a good sized white head. The aroma is nothing short of phenomenal. The aroma is citrusy and spicey with a lot of fruits and a touch of barnyard funk that I have come to love in good saisons. The taste starts pretty tame with a nice malt presence that quickly gives way to a musty and spicey finish with a perfect dose of hops! The only real detraction of this beer are the medicinal notes and phenols in the taste that affects the drinkability a little bit. Overall, this is a wonderful saison that is definately recommended.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional saison, from one of the masters of the style. I enjoyed it quite thoroughly.

The beer pours to a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a nice half inch white head. Retention is alright. The head stays to a film after a few minutes of receding. Lacing is alright as well. Carbonation looks good.

The smell is just as I would expect. Brilliant banana esters with a complex spice profile. Only a hint of barnyard funk, but it's there. The flavor carries on quite nicely. Sweet banana esters up front fading into a dry peppery spice. Finish of moldy hay and sweaty socks. That sounds horrible, but it's quite tolerable and to style.

The body is quite creamy with a crisp carbonation. Very drinkable for such a strong beer. Highly recommended for a saison lover.

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