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

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RATINGS: 461   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2004
Pours a hazy reddish brown with little head. Aromas of spices, a little citrus, and some sour yeast. Medium bodied. Citrus and spicey falavour. Not bad

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2004
Beige head that lingers nicely and leaves nice lacy streaks as it bubbles away from the glass after a swirl. Cloudy, bubbly deep orange colour with an unknown (to me) but interesting aroma. I liked the way it seemed to both clean and coat my tongue - odd I realize. Overall I enjoyed it but won't go out of my way to have this when I'm craving a Belgian Ale.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Absolutely no head and no carbonation really. It is a dark orange/red color not to far off a bloody mary. Very yeasty aroma with a touch of spiciness. The flavor is yeasty also, with some spice and sourness as well. The mouthfeel is really weird with so little an amount of carbonation. Not all that impressive, although I'm guessing this bottle isn't an ideal sample.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2004
Hazy brown colour with a red tint. Thin and quickly diminishing off-white head. Yeast and dark bread aroma, with slight citrus notes. Candyish and sugary sweet flavours, finishing tangy and citric plus a faint dry alcohol bitterness. Medium bodied and dry with an astringent finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2003
I really enjoyed this. Veyr citrusy. Yellow in color. Some coriander in the flavor. Very complex. Good beer.

3.3
   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?

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopscotch (10076) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (8423) - 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.

3
   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.

3
   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.


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