Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


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RATINGS: 566   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Aging in oak barrels for 6 months gives this beer an uncommon smoothness and richness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jerohen (2086) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2005
Bottled (sampled in 2005 at Kulminator). Hazy orange coloured, nice off-white head. Very nice aroma, malts, caramel and obviously alcohol. Balanced sweet flavour, soft mouthfeel. Alcohol is apparent, but never annoying. World class!
Earlier Rating: 4/10/2005 Total Score: 4.5
Number 1000! Had this fantastic brew together with my fellow Dutch ratebeerians at the spring 2005 Dutch Ratebeer gathering. Hazy copper coloured with yeast particles floating around, small white head. Very strong aroma present as soon as you open the bottle. I see others describe it as cognac and they could very well be right, but thereís so much more going on, fruit (apple, grapes), wood, malts, alcohol and who knows what. Very complex flavour, which evolves as the beer warms up. This is one to sit down with and relax. Ridiculously expensive, but hey, once every 1000 beers one deserves something special :-).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2005
Bottled at Kulminator. Very nice aroma with flowers , caramel and so many other stuff. Hazy, amber/orange color, off-white head, good lace. Sweet, white wine, hints of caramel, woody, very complex flavors. Thick, syrupy and smooth, alcohol very well hidden.
Earlier Rating: 4/10/2005 Total Score: 4
Bottle@Home. Pure cognac aroma with vanilla. How do they do this? Hazy, orange/amber color, beige head, fair lace. Cognac flavor as well, wood, very fruity, grapes, wine, very complex. Smooth, very warming, full, alcoholic. Flavorful and well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (8010) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 15, 2005
This golden amber ale poured with a huge off-white head, eliciting a pleasant caramel/oak aroma with a slight alcohol scent. The flavor is initially malty sweet, but well-balanced with a very clean whiskey/oak finish. There are undertones of toasty yeast and green sapling. Overall, a very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Poured a hazy amber with tiny floaters and a small off-white head. Aroma started with the barrel liquor, then alcohol, then some sweet malt. Even though the first two components of the aroma were of alcohol it was pretty balanced. Flavor starts again with the "bourbon" then sweet malt to give a decent balance. The alcohol was well hidden for 13%. The warming was there though. Crisp carbonation and medium bodied. Is this woth the $35? I have to say it is damn close.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Thanks to slob for sharing. You get a taste of whiskey with this one throughout. Oak as well. The finish is sweeter than I expected. Iíd like to try an entire bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (10284) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Sample courtesy of Slob (thanks Bert!). Poured a darker and clody amber color with a smaller sized head. Aromas and tastes of whiskey, wood (cedar), grapes, light alcohol and light vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Sampled at the Ohio Labor Day gathering, provided by Styles. Iíd been waiting to try this one for some time. Cloudy orange-amber pour, thin, light cream-colored clumping head. Hot alcohol and vanilla aroma, fruity, with hints of peach and apple, in addition to coconut. Big oak and vanilla notes opened up the flavor profile, with white grapes and a touch of peach attempting to make some sort of impact on the palate. The strong vanilla and oaky dryness dominated the palate overall. Heavily dominated by oak and alcohol, to my dismay, overwhelming the characteristic BSA flavors I expected to find. That said, I was generous with my numbers, and Iíll stick with them.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Courtesy of MRomero at Noogfest
OK, so this beer lacks the balance or sophistication of many of the trappists. So what does it have instead? Flava Flava Falva. The oak aging combined with this yeast and malt combo is just golden and glorious. This is such a full, sweet and potent concoction. There are as many comparables of a fine scotch as any beer Iíve had to date. A treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Southern Comfort ala mode. Creamy frothy version that is with a full body and a long warm finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (6031) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Matta via a combined trade with Styles. Aromas of apple, cocunut, cream, yeast, vanilla, and light bourbon. Pours a hazy amber with a creamy off-white head. Decent lacing. Flavor is sweet up front with a combination of Apple, cocunut, vanilla, and light yeast. Finish is warming with a nice bourbon presence, but itís not overdone. Mouthfeel is a touch fizzy but manages to come across creamy as well. Someone mentioned that it had a Southern Comfort quality to it, and I can see that as well. Very nice beer, but probably the one and only time Iíll ever drink this as the cost is very high.

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