Avec Les Bons Voeux | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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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 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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Photo of psinderson
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-draft - served in snifter-type glassware.

Appearance: A bit hazy with a thick white head with strength. Color is a bit like orange lemonade. Very inviting.

Smell: Very similar to a citrusy wheat beer with a very malty character. Definitely bready.

Taste: Sweet malt up front, not much in the middle and a peppery hop flavor in the end. Very smooth and clean. This brew hides the ABV very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied as expected. Good carbonation and the complexity of flavors feels good.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable for the style, maybe a bit above average overall. Might be hindered a bit by the peppery finish, but I like that.

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Photo of ruleof72
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice Orange color with super creamy white head that hangs around
S- Citrus forward (orange/lemon) with slight wheat? following
T- med strong hops with definite citrus/grassy flavor, mellows out quickly. Alcohol well hidden
M- Nice carbonation and medium bodied.
D- goes down well, needs to be chilled a bit. Good with earthy/stronger flavored foods.

This was a nice beer. I am learning to appreciate Belgian beers more and more.

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Photo of dotlikeimpact
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Green champagne Style bottle with a label that looks like the 100th thesis that Martin Luther nailed to the church door. Cork says 2005, oops it is almost 2007! interesting...

Rocky, frothy white head and a lovely orange glow to the body.

Smell: Citrus and pine with a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Lordy Lordy, good initial sweetness and citrus fruit, but the midpalate and finish goes into a nosedive of spice, ginger, allspice, of course coriander and some nutmeg as well. Lots of love for a dry finish on a 9.5% beer. Alcohol almost undetectable.

Great one, much better than the Saison Dupont, which seems one dimensional compared to something like this. This beer is lovely with some of my favorite stanky washed rind cheeses, get yourself some livarot and go to town with this one.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dull golden color leaning on the copper side. Head is thick and fairly pillowy, almost pure white.

S: Spicy yeast, cloves, subtle banana, copper coins, minor grass clippings and little bit of bubble gum

T: Really spicy with prickly hops and citrus lows. In a blind taste test, this gets categorized as a triple...unfortunately I don't really like triples. Oh well, lets keep moving. Minor moments of red apple, honey comb, floral manifestos, pink pepper, dry hay, etc. This is a very complex brew, just sitting down and appreciating the flavors pass across the palate is quite enjoyable.

M: Medium body with a full mouthfeel. Slightly prickly at times.

D: Bummer this wasn't falling in the spectrum of some of my more favorite styles or I'd probably really love this beer. But I can appreciate its subtleties and complexities.

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

Good, hazy, saison looks. Like a pale yellow honey sun look. maybe the nectar of the Belgian Gods??? Couldn't see any bubbles. Light lacing and small head, but good film throughout. One of the sweetest smelling, yet authentic saison's Ever. Lots of very sophisticated candy smells along with the pale malts and light sytgian hops. Smooth mouthfeel that just begs to be paired with some unique Belgian food like Monkfish. In a creamy garlic sauce with some shallots.

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Photo of phisig137
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle I have has a different label than the one in the picture... mine loks like a "vintage" style label, modeled after something from the 50's or so. nice classic look to it. But the beer pours a slightly hazy straw gold color, with a two finger brilliant white head. Solid retention slowly gives way to delicate lace, and colonies of bubbles on top of the beer.

Aroma is very saison-y. Yeasty, spicy, bready and dry. smells quite good to start with.

Flavor is very dry from front to back. Upon first sipping, you taste mostly the yeast, with bready flavors. The middle is full of spice and phenols, mostly black pepper type flavors. The finish is very hoppy, and quite bitter. This enhances the dryness of the beer overall, and just begs you to take another sip. No alcohol detected. Mouthfeel is coating but relatively light, mostly due to the carbonation. Drinkability is excellent.

One of the better Saisons that I've ever had. This is a totally different beer than the typical Saison Dupont. Very enjoyable overall, and highly recommended. Pairs excellently with roast pork tenderloin and twice backed potatoes.

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Photo of clickpush
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 750 ml bottle to tulip glass. This beer is crazy active and produced a four finger head from a relatively gentle pour. Head is fluffy and eggshell in color; beer is cloudy peach. Head's got big bubbles in the center giving it a fluffy appearance, and as it makes its slow pillowy descent it leaves webbed lacings along the glass and excellent lacings eventually atop the effervescent brew.

Nose: Citric tart and sweet at the same time. Classically saison (and delicious). Very faint traces of Christmas spices, lots of lemon and yeast.

Mouth: The malt is thick and slightly bitter with a nice roast character to it. Bitterness is well balanced with some yeasty sweet and spicy flavors and citrus acidity. Reminded of the hops by the gently prodding fresh cut grass flavor. Mouthfeel is incredibly bubbly and prickly and consistent all the way through the mouth.

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

A- Huge pretty white head on a pretty clear golden orange body. Looks like lots of carbonation. Good head retention. Good decent lacing. Does take a while for it to even get to the lacing though.
S- Big European floral grassy hops. Has some spice and some fruits. Some light citrus and cloves.
T- I'm not really sure if I'm going to be able to describe it with really getting out the right flavors but I am going to try. Some fruity flavors like banana and a hint of orange and lemon in there too. Has some spices along with the fruits. Has a yeast taste too. A grassy flavor with a light bitterness that takes a back seat. The alcohol is almost none existent which is hard to believe at 9.5%. However as it warms a bit there is a very light taste of alcohol mixed in with the fruits. The fruits and spice and the light dry bitterness gets left in the mouth. Flavor are all very strong and make a very complex beer.
M- Body is on the thinner side. A medium carbonation but seems to get lower as warms. A nice crisp brew. With almost zing left on the tongue from the spices.
D- This is a truly great beer. Does it beat a Fantome? Thats a very close call. Just a GREAT! beer. Must be one of my favorites. What a great choice for NBS! CHEERS!

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Photo of Prufrock
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, corked and caged, into a thin pilsner.

bright hazy yellow gold with a nice layer of fluffy white head. some lacing along the sides; the haze increases with each pour until the last serving is murky with sediment.

spicy, funky aroma with a subtle honey sweetness and a lemony sourness. subtle, balanced aroma.

flavor is similarly balanced. same honey sweetness and a spicy bite, then an astringent, sour and tart drying finish. alcohol is nicely hidden; comes off as a very drinkable, balanced beer, if not quite memorable or world-beating.

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

750 ml bottle about a year old. Pours light with way too much head. I could never pour more than 1/4 glass of beer without filling the rest with head. Head like iron that never goes down.

Aroma was light, slightly sweet with a hint of citrus and spices. More spice in the aroma than in the beer. Flavor was moderatly malty with essentially no hops character. Didn’t finish as dry as the other Dupont Saison.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


At 9.5%, this is the strongest of Brasserie Dupont’s lineup. And I’ve got a whole 750 ml all to myself. Poor me. (Or is that, “pour me!”)

Crisp pop upon opening!

Cloudy, orangeish peach in appearance with a swirling eddy of carbonation and a thick off-white head.

Grassy, slightly lemony aroma. Invigorating and refreshing!

The malt body is understated and at first serves merely as a stage for a slightly spicy, herbal, floral hop presence. Slightly peppery at the finish. Tartness is minimum. Malt develops a slightly chewy, doughy character as the beer warms. Exquisitely balanced. God, how the hell is 9.5%? You’ll feel it long before you taste it (though the alcohol flavor does spark up a bit as the beer sits).

Lovely, well carbonated but substantial mouthfeel

Yeast pour adds a hint of farmhouse funk to the aroma and an easy depth to the flavor.

What a great beer!

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