estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2002
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Petite version. Nose like sweet vermouth, amber body, small off-white head, some lacing. I rarely find a Belgian Ale I donít like, but this isnít very good. Orange peel comes through strongly atop a distinct alcohol note, warming as it goes down. Reminds me of Campari or maybe cointreau, both of which I donít like.
BillKismet (3392) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This brew has an appealing hazy maroon color and an aroma that is full of bubble gum--though a malt twinge appears as well. Again, bubble gum (not sure where this comes from out of the chicory, orange, coriander??) is dominant and the malt is in the backdrop of the flavor.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly cloudy, dark red color. Alcohol and sweet malt, various fruit in the nose. Alcohol is present in the body, very malty, sweet, rich, faintly bitter, complex. Iím in between with this beer, sometimes too sweet, sometimes not.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 11, 2002
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Petite version. Sludgy peach with tons of floating and bottom dwelling chunks. Thin, fizzy tan head. Very light carbonation. Aroma of oranges, powdered sugar, pineapples, Granny Smith apples, hints of pale malts and of lemons. Fizzy, syrupy sweet, strongly (cough!) alcoholic and chalky. Stinging carbonation, followed by a thick, chalky, coating, powdery sweetness and mild fruit overtones. Alcohol taste subsides thankfully. Going to let this sit and mellow for a bit. Softens slightly, but you can still hear this thing fizzing away like thereís no tomorrow. Flavor is mildly tart, chalky (almost pasty) and alcoholic (again). Only saving grace is the sweet fruitiness. Finishes sweeter, although lifeless and zzzzzzzzzzzzz.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells of apricot and honey. Hazy peach colour, no head. Tastes like humbugs. Very smooth, Quite enjoyable.
argo0 (11710) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2005 Side-by-side comparison of 2-year-old bottle of Cochonette -- clear copper body, small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, berry, caramel. Taste is medium sweet, berry, some caramel, vinous, faint smoke. Finish has anise and is mildly metallic. Watery medium body, alcohol well hidden. Score above reflects this version. 1996 bottle of Cochonne -- not nearly so good. Copper body with minimal off-white head. Aroma is tart, some sweetness, light berry. Taste is geueze-ish, very tart. Medium body, minimal carbonation.
MartinT (8218) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Don’t know if it’s the ass-wiping pig on my bottle which confused me, but I do taste pork rinds in this one…Other than that, strong yeast, dried apricot and old lemons… In French, Vapeur Cochonne has a strong sexual connotation, so the jest on the label is quite amusing…Infected bottles abound though...
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice fruity herbal brew. Balanced in the middle with a slightly malty finish.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pig on the label of my particular beer looked a tad different than the photo here (mine was wearing a t-shirt and holding a towel), but no matter. About half the reviews seem to feel this is a SOUR beer. Huh??? Not to me! Maybe their beer had a bad seal or something. This isnít good, but it sure ainít sour. I can see how the Saison de Pipaix folks came up with this one, because they have similar flavors, though this oneís more drinkable and has a touch of sweetness apparent through the alcohol.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - APR 23, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smells more like a wine. Very sour taste, with a pleasant after thought. No carbonation or head, which is a downer. Iíd be more impressed if it didnít cost me 10 bucks.