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

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RATINGS: 462   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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...)


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 (3598) - 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 (7797) - 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..

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5132) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2003
Cloudy Gold, Hoooj white head that lasts the entire glass. Clan stoney smell, maybe some grass.Tart, lemony, and a crisp hop bite. finishes dry, very little aftertaste. I'm always impressed when a Saison manages to make a f lavorful beer that is so light bodied.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2003
Murky orange color. No head at all. Aroma is mostly sour almost like vinegar. Little carbonation. Pick up the orange spice I think and the acidity not much else. Acidic finish.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2003
(1996 bottle, sampled 6/7/03): Murky orange body with small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange liqueur, pear, yeast, faint licorice and raisin. Taste is vinegar, light sweetness, orange, yeast, pepper. Nice dry finish. Medium body and fairly carbonated (despite being 7 years old).

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2003
Light amber/orangish hue w/ off white foamy head; retention could be better. Leathery/wet horse blanket/earthy aromas very apparent. Maltiness is underlying to all other aromas but apparent when the beer warms. Earthines could be from the cork, but not likely, very nice aromatics to this beer. Toasted malty and well balanced w/a little hop flavor and fairly dry finish. subdued fruity character w/a clean toasted malt aftertaste. Higher than average carbonation typical of a Saison and dry M/F w/a medium body. Not my favorite style of beer, but I'd have a few of this beer at a time; Very refreshing and very well balanced.


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