Brewed by Brasserie ŗ 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2002
Kinda hard to put into words. It was very good, but their are better ones out there.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3472) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 11, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2002
Smells of apricot and honey. Hazy peach colour, no head. Tastes like humbugs. Very smooth, Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12038) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2002
Very nice fruity herbal brew. Balanced in the middle with a slightly malty finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2002
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.

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