Brewed by Brasserie Vapeur
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Leuze-Pipaix, Belgium


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RATINGS: 446   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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9%vol. 33, 75 and 150cl Beer very amber in color, strong, nose fruity and delicate, soft and round with the palate; slightly hopped but correctly spiced (roasted chicory, coriander, and sweet orange peel, among other ingredients). Bottle fermented and complex. On the Port-y side fresh. Spiced distinctly with orange, corriander and chicory. Should cellar nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Cloudy orange yellow with floaties and flat. Citrus aroma. slight corriander. Starts sweet, goes slightly sour. Orange and corriander present in the flavor. Complex, but I wonder if this is the way it was intended?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopscotch (9161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Very hazy, ruby intertwined with gold ale. No head. Lots of dark floaties. This bottle was definitely "off". I don't mind an infection "problem" if it actually improves the beer. This bug didn't. The aroma is the ale's greatest feature. Great, complex notes of latex, red wine/port, caramel and overripe grapefruit. The flavor is tart with notes of lemon, lime and grapefruit juice. The alcohol, yeast and hops balance-out the beer completely. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and almost no carbonation. Very long, martini-like, bone-dry finish. An interesting and odd one this is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2003
Slight hazy dark red amber body is topped by a big beige head that leaves a still substantial head as it dissipates. Sweet malty brown sugar aroma, as well as hints of what I assume to be chicory give way to a nose dominated by alcohol as I swirl the glass. Sweet fruity malt flavour as suggested by the aroma teases in a pleasant current on the tongue only to be replaced by a strong alcohol sometimes in alternate mouthfulls. Label was different in a creepy possibly censored evil-Disney kind of way and read Cochonnette.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2003
Cloudy rust brown. Generous beige head. Very sweet, green apple bubble gum & brown sugar aroma w/ some spicy notes. Full-bodied. Fruity (green apple, cherry), malty (dark bread, cake) & sweet (sugar cane) flavour w/ a vinous, brandy-ish character. Also some unbalanced notes of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BillPierce (22) - Burlington, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2003 This beer is available during the holiday season at the Ontario provincial liquor stores. It pours with a cream-coloured head on a cloudy amber base and has a pleasant aroma. The flavor is malty sweet and underattenuated, with caramel notes. It has some alcohol warmth and there is only a little bittering to balance the malt. The finish has some sherry-like signs of oxidation along with a winey sourness. It's an odd beer, not entirely unpleasant but neither is it the perfect marriage of elements that characterize the best Belgian strong ales. However, those who like sweet port may be fond of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Perfumey aroma? Touch of alcohol as well. Hazy woozy amber in color. Thinnish body, tart in flavor, some alcohol. Sourish salty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2003
I was surprised to see this at the local LCBO in Brantford. Cloudy dark orangy brown. Beige head. Stong apple crumble aroma. Complex.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Tessic (842) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2003
Pours slightly cloudy, not much of a head. Heavy aromas of flowers, purfume, malt and fruit with a little alcohol. Stong taste of flowers and cloves. Almost too strong. Heavy on the carbonation too. Not very good at all, very hard not to add to the kitchen sink!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2003
Tasted in Toronto from LCBO. Tasted in Westmalle Trappist glass. Appearance is an orange and somewhat dirty brown colour with a light but sustained off-white head. Aroma is an intensely sweet licorice. Slightly bitter aroma exists also, but is over-powered by the sweetness. The taste is slightly bitter, with a bitter-orange finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2249) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2004 Reddish brown in colour. Aroma of yeast, oranges, sugar, slightly sweet. Flavour of fruity(plums), caramel/butterscotch, sweet, slight alcohol, some yeast. Finishes with a mebium bitterness.

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