Avec Les Bons Voeux | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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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

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pDev:
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look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is amazing. Golden colour with amazing, thick frothy head, sinks slowly but retains bloody well. Somehow has sediment suspended in it in little flakes, as though trapped in jelly. There is still a bit of carbonation, and tilting the glass agitates the particles slightly. But seriously, that's really incredible. One of the most amazing beers I've ever stared at.

Nose is disappointing. Quite hoppy and funky, with almost a POR character on it and a distinct corn kind of aroma, sweet and quite naff, with a sweet honey character backing up. Bit of lemonade maybe? Soft and fluffy nose, can't say I like it very much.

Taste is far more potent and saisony than the nose, starts quite sweet and honey-esque, but then gets this amazing toasty bitterness crescendo. Flavour is quite intense in its increment, has a very burnt flavour to it, and still a kind of corn character, but in a robust, funky and interesting way. Hints of blood orange, umami and a slight buttery character combine to make an interesting, although intense and bitter flavour. Can't drink that by the gallonful, mouthfeel is a bit thick, not bad actually.

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Pours light orange to yellow with whitish head. Smell is minty, and lemony fresh, perhaps herbal as well. Taste is sharp, somewhat tart and a touch spiced as well. Some butteriness to the flavor at the same time and a honey sweetness to it. Faintly hopped as well, but sweetness prevails still a bit from this.

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I found this in 750ml bottles at the Hopleaf in Chicago. The first one we opened was completely skunked, absolutely undrinkable. The bartender was cool and opened a new one for us which tasted initially good (much better compared to the first bottle), but was still slightly skunked. I'm guessing light damage, why don't they just use brown bottles!?!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I love Dupont's saison, and when I saw this I was excited. But after drinking it I was disappointed. It was not aromatic, hoppy or full of body. I was left with nasty taste from the alcohol.

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Date: 2011 on cork
Glass: Tulip

Avec Les Bons Voeux is a strong saison, with traditional flavors slightly increased, but none more than the ethanol, which is easily tasted and felt on this beer. The typical saison yeast, pale malts, and lightly bittering hops are all here, along with an amplified amount of alcohol. Clearly a winter saison, I guess (if increased ethanol is the implication of a winter brew), this would be nice to share a small glass of with friends, but not something I'd seek out for individual consumption again.

Pours a very tall head of large to medium-sized bubbles, white in color, which has average retention for the style. The head collapses to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass, leaving some significant lacing in its wake. The body is a cloudy golden orange color, light brining out pale orange and yellow hues. Carbonation is active and visible, rising from the center of the glass.

Aroma is rather and surprisingly clean: pilsner and pale malt characters with some Belgian yeast; light lemon citrus; and sweetish, dried grasses.

Tasting opens with pale malt characters, some mild lemon citrus, and bit of flowery herbs. Midpalate picks up saison yeast, mild hop bitterness, and substantial ethanol. Back palate notices hop bitterness, mild to medium saison yeast, and fairly strong ethanol. Lingering aftertaste of ethanol, modest European hop bitterness, and saison yeast.

Beer's body is medium-light to medium, with high, aggressive levels of carbonation. While the carbonation level is typical of some saisons, I don't find it particularly conducive to enjoying the beer as it produces an overly fizzy, at times annoying long-tingling, then finally bubbly mouthfeel that may also obscure some flavors/aromas. Similar to champagne, in overall feel. Ethanol noticeable on tongue, in nostrils, and on back of throat. Finishes semi-dry, with lingering ethanol burn on throat.

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3.19/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour on this beer is a beautiful milky maize color with a sturdy white head. The lacing remains through out the glass full. The aroma was average at best,not giving me much else but the ABV. The initial taste was bland reminiscent of a mass produced imported ale. I just couldn't find anything about this beer that made it stand out. I served it with a citrusy desert whose character compensated for the lack of character given by this Dupont offering.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very light, straw-like color with minimal head and some decent lacing.

Smell: Subtle hints of banana, cloves and yeast. Smells a bit like a wheat beer.

Taste: Very light body because of the heavy carbonation. Flavor doesn't linger -- minimal aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant but short-lived because of the heavy carbonation and lack of body.

Drinkability: Hides its alcohol well but it lacks the big enjoyable flavors of a typical Belgian. Honestly, it tastes a bit watered-down. I could drink a bunch but I'm not sure I'd want to.

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Poured a huge, creamy, off-white head that left a thick coat of lace. Hazy golden beer glows like the sun. Aroma of tart lemon and candy coated flowers. Damn, things are looking good. Lightly sweet pale malt flavor mixes with moderately strong flavor of alcohol. There is none of the tartness suggested in the aroma, and the finish is a bitter combination of herbal hops and alcohol. I'm a bit disappointed by the flavor. If it tasted anything like that flavor it would have been amazing. There is a bit of the sugar and floral flavors in there if you really concentrate, but boy I wish they were stronger. The mouthfeel is fairly light and smooth from massive amount of fine carbonation within. I've got a couple more glasses left in the bottle and I'm hoping it will change as I drink it, but right now it's just overly alchoholic tasting with a boozy finish.

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A - Pours a hazy straw colour. Vigorous foaming that subsides in about a minute leaving a trace of head floating on top.
S - Smell of mown grass and sourness. Musty.
T - More musty grass and slight pepper. No discernible hops.
M - Carbonation pleasantly cascades across the tongue to bring out the spicy pepper notes. Ends on a drier, alcohol note.
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How long has this been available stateside? Why am I only now just noticing it?

A slow pour into a lovely crystal chalice reveals a dark yellow saison, perhaps bordering on orange, with a lively head and wonderful fizz.

Smells spicy and lightly nutty and herbal, more malt-forward than most saisons, with the yeast taking a backseat to nodes of biscuit and medicinal alcohol. I confess that I miss the skunkiness found in the lower strength, green-bottled Saison Dupont.

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