Avec Les Bons Voeux | Brasserie Dupont sprl

Avec Les Bons VoeuxAvec Les Bons Voeux
BA SCORE
90.1%
Liked This Beer
4.16 w/ 1,394 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:
1,394
Liked:
1,256
Avg:
4.16/5
pDev:
9.86%
Alströms:
3.58
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
183
Trade:
3
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375 ml bottle. Pours a hazy lemony yellow colour. Nose is filled with tons of vinous, fruity notes: lemon, fruit cocktail, canned pears. Taste is similarly fruity with pear notes, spicy pepper and a huge drying bitter finish. Bottle-conditioned and very aggressively carbonated.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #37 of the ones I've reviewed here.

I think this is a world-class beer, imho the best thing Dupont brews and probably the best saison out there. I think this is the highest score I've given a beer since I started reviewing them here, but honestly the only reason it didn't score higher is that I'm personally not a huge fan of saisons as a style. (I prefer the similar Biere de Garde style from France).

But even I have to give props to this. Pours a faultless bronze-gold and throws a fluffy head that, alas, disappears rather quickly. Nose at first is strikingly reminiscent of Grape flavored bubblegum; sniff it a few more times, though, and lemon notes start to come through. Like maybe if you took fresh-squeezed lemonade, added some spices and mulled it (for some reason). Very complex nose, I could smell this all day.

Has the light, rather effervescent mouthfeel of most saisons, although the very dry, spicy finish lingers a long long time, which I think is unusual. The flavors themselves are grapefruit peel, grapefruit juice, and that odd, very dry, almost chalky kind of bitter spice hit that you get in Belgians and really nowhere else. The grapefruit hits you first and then the spice kind of kicks along in back of that. Like you took a shot of grapefruit juice and then followed it up with a very spicy liquor as a palate cleanser.

Just amazing, and again, this is coming from someone who's not a huge saison fan to begin with. My scores reflect my sense that the style itself is rather limited, if on the other hand you like saisons, boost the score upward accordingly.

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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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S - Musty, wet straw/horse blanket. Some summer fruit on the back end.

T - Slightly hop forward with a citrus peel bitterness. Funky yeast coats the tongue.

M - Clean, effervescent carbonation, moderate body, dry finish.

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Beer rating: 90.1% out of 100 with 1,394 ratings
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