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Brewed by Brasserie à Vapeur
Style: Saison
Leuze-Pipaix, Belgium
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 466   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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SAISON DE PIPAIX 6 %vol. 75cl a traditional Wallonian saison beer, born with the brewery in 1785. Dry, normally hopped, slightly acidic, very spicy (black pepper, ginger, sweet orange peel, curaçao, star anise...)


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 13, 2003
1996 Vintage Pours with a nice sized head and moderate carbonation. Hazy orange color with a tinge of auburn. Aroma is lightly hoppy with a well developed citrus and barny aroma. Flavor is mild but lightly tart and sour with just the right flavors any complexities. All the spices listed in the description are detectable. This is a great saison. Thanks Indra!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Quite carbonated, blew the cork out when I'd just begun to extract it. Hazy peach-gold, stream of lazy bubbles wafts up from the bottom. Huge white head, clumps of thick lace sit in the glass. Nose is a bit musty, some yeastiness, crisp fruitiness, a bit of zip. Flavor is initially bright and fruity, blast of apricot and peach, a bit sugared and brandied. As it finishes, yeastiness becomes more pronounced. Mildly sour and musty, not as much as expected. Finishes unpleasantly, rather metallic.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 750ml bottle…‘A2 2000’ marked on cap After carefully cleaning the yeast dregs out of the neck of the bottle to insure a clean, untainted sample, it pours over half a glass of head over a reasonably clear orangish-amber…and the head’s not going anywhere. Great lacing on the glass, as well as a strong and steady effervescence. In the nose, I get medicinal phenolics, black peppery spiciness, raw fruits, heather, musty yeast, faint apple cider, and earthy farmhouse notes. The flavor carries over all of those aromas and flavors, on top of an orangey, acidic undercurrent. I expected a lot more sourness than I’m finding, which is very little. Becomes more phenolic as it warms. The flavor is a bit rounded and dull, with little of the spritzy, lively character I like in a good saison. Brings forth medicinal burps. Fairly medium in body, with a fair amount of dryness on the finish. Strangely enough, the lace has a bit of an iron/metallic taste. This is closer to Fantôme than Dupont, but not as good as either of those. Overall, a solid, but unspectacular, saison.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Bottle from 1996, aged 7 years. Golden, orange body, with a huge white head that disappears in seconds. Dry yeasty aroma with some sour apple and lime notes. Taste is dry and tart with a very slight sourness. A very mellow hop flavor comes through.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2003
8/25/03: bottle.
aroma of green apples, alcohol, spices, yeast and possibly some vanilla. light brown body with hints of blush coloration. aged barrel taste with other evidence of tart apple, bread yeast and alcohol. clean and smooth.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2003
Cloudy copper body with a thin white head. No lacing.
Ginger, sweet malt and pepper in the aroma. Somewhat of a wet, earthy smell.
Sour fruit. Pepper, orange peel and I guess maybe lichen(?) in the middle. Nice wheat bite in the end.
Full bodied with a tart finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3620) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2003
Bottle conditioned. GBBF2003 (saison tasting session). Hazy amber gold, good white head and moderate condition. Big thick spicy aromas of aniseed and pepper, slight fruity wheatiness in the mouth becoming tart and spicy and faintly phenolic. Long fruity finish with a hint of infection lingering.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7974) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2003
UPDATED: APR 20, 2005 (1996 bottle, so 7 years old)...On a postdiluvian forest floor crawls a hybrid form of humid coriander moss...Green apple skins and bitter orange peels glitter in the flood dew...Time stands still...A fat grapefruit crashes in the mud...All around, the abundant sour yeast invokes a lambic made from Fantôme’s Strange Ghost...New life emerges...

A 10-year-old 1995 bottle presents the same citrusy otherworldliness and white wine fruitiness and sweetness, but the thin body is getting more obvious as the flavors start to fall a bit short...Still, an inspiring experience...

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
deprogram (114) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2003
26.4 oz. bottle '96 vintage, can taste (and smell, even more) the spices despite the overpowering vinegar bitterness. Past its prime, a pity.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tfcjenn (30) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2003
very sour beer; picked up the vintage 1996, perhaps it's too old? i am going to let it breathe a little and then perhaps re-rate it..


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