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


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RATINGS: 453   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 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 isn’t good, but it sure ain’t sour. I can see how the Saison de Pipaix folks came up with this one, because they have similar flavors, though this one’s more drinkable and has a touch of sweetness apparent through the alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - APR 23, 2002
Smells more like a wine. Very sour taste, with a pleasant after thought. No carbonation or head, which is a downer. I’d be more impressed if it didn’t cost me 10 bucks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2689) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 21, 2002
Virtually non-existent carbonation and head. Looks, in this bulbous Duvel glass, like nothing so much as a freshly picked apricot. An attractive burnt orange-red hue. Some sediment. Orange-fruit aroma with some interesting citrusy sweetness. I’ve smelled something similar in De Dolle Brouwers’ beer. Hmm. Pronounced vinous flavors, with some orange, green grapes and spices. Mouthfeel is quite interesting, almost has a feel like white wine, inducing a slight puckering sensation. Finish is very long. Medium to heavy body. Hops are pushed so far into the background as to be almost unnoticeable. Some dry yeast-fruit in the finish, too. Complex, indeed. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2002
Very tasty. I’m not sure if this is the same thing as ’Cochonnette,’ but it’s certainly much better than that beer’s ratings would indicate. Cidery, with a long finish. Lots of different flavors going on here. Minimal head.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2002
Very big aroma, and a taste of sweetness. They used quite a bit of orange peel in this one. Slightly too sweet, but still drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
POPS (6) - Malmoe, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2002 does not count
a cloudy beer with a faint smell and taste of apple. light in taste and little after taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2001
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2007 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), lightly to moderately yeasty (basement/mold, cobwebs), with notes of cork, bubble gum, orange peel, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, fizzy carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Musty and odd.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2001
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2005 Bottled. Had this before and hated it. Now I’m trying again and I like it a lot. Wine and raisin aroma. Brown color, beige head, fair lace. Sweet, very fruity, wine, raisin, prune, light bitter, medium body and warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2001
clear, amber, thin collar. Very aromatic. the orange peel and coriander really stand out along with something else i cannot quite describe. Taste is very bold, sweet and spicy.Something in there reminds me of butane or lighter fluid or something. I was burping up orange peels 3 sips into it. Very unbalanced. Tough to finish the bottle. Not for me boys.

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