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


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RATINGS: 477   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
squidknuckle (22) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Cap dated 03/2014 on a 330ml bottle. Bottle labeled "Cochonnette" with a frolicking large-breasted pig in a white t-shirt brandishing a white bandana. Purchased fairly cheep as a close-out from a CT distributor. Drained every last drop of the fine yeasty dregs into an off white head which died much slower than its sound would have indicated. Very bubbly and noisy. Dark orangy brown. Sort of the color of Rare Vos, but cloudier. Total overtone smell of pear/apple cider -- the good stuff from Normandy. Head settles into a thin-but-complete covering, a "flor" if I may. Nose undertones of roasted nuts and some dried black fruits, but mostly green fruit cider. Nice smooth sourness as taste maintains very high quality cider components. Elegant, darkish, quite refreshing for 9% abv. Perfect beer for a turkey dinner. I agree with the "severely underrated" statement. Thirty minutes later head even thinner, but still complete. Nose brighter. Taste? This beer is gourmet food.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tom10101 (5055) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle (750 ml), shared. Hazy amber with a small off-white head leaving little lacing. Aroma is of caramel malt, spices (coriander mostly), orange peel and berries. Taste is moderately sweet, quite spicy (coriander again), with orange peel, caramel, mineral/earthy notes and very light bitterness. Medium body. Soft to moderate carbonation. Spicy and caramel-ish finish with mild lingering orange peel presence. Too spicy and caramel forward for my liking but not badly executed. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
phaleslu (9255) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2016
750 ml bottle shared by Keir - thanks again, Keir! I guess. 1996 vintage. This one pours a clear orange with no head. Notes of leather, metal, apple skins, earth, wet leaves and wood, some mild spice. Light-bodied, with low carbonation and mouthfeel that I described as "tart and weird". It’s a complete mess. I have no idea what it was like years ago but this doesn’t cellar for 20 years, it turns out. I’d rate it a lot lower if it were newer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ysok02 (850) - MOns, BELGIUM - JUN 24, 2016
Belle robe ambrée, fine mousse. Nez puissant sur des notes épicées, des agrumes, du fruit, une note maltée, et du caramel en finale. Bouche à l’attaque épicée, de la rondeur, une certaine sucrosité et une finale qui manque un peu de peps. Dommage car le nez était intéressant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
erickok (5188) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2016
Sweet malts, fermnting fruit, brown caramel, alcohol and estery fermentation. Sweet alcohol throughout, but oddly still satisfying. Some spices. Not refined nor well developed, but I still enjoy it. (33cl bottle from Dekoninck)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
poech73 (355) - Braine, BELGIUM - APR 17, 2016
As Vapeur Cochonnette ABV 8,5 % >>Bière ambrée fort sucrée épicée sur lie. Les épices fouettent le nez en premier surtout l’orange et puis la levure. En bouche, les saveurs caramélisées des malts associés au bouquet épicé écœurent fort le palais sur des notes acres d’une amertume fruitée et rapeuse sur une belle rondeur ample cependant fort lourde sur l’estomac. Finale bien exécutée, nette sans résidu mais fort peu amère. Bonne bière desuette car trop dans la tradition

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tenval (41) - FRANCE - MAR 18, 2016
Spicy and fruity aromas and flavours. A bit oversweetened. Nice consistency, not too wattery. Yeasty. Strong. I wouldn’t mind having a few others bottles.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hednom (145) - Messelbroek, BELGIUM - FEB 11, 2016
Bottle 33 cl, pours a dark amber colour with a small head, aroma of spices, Sweet taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
strap (721) - Sindelfingen, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JAN 23, 2016
Amber and hazy with an uneven head. Slightly sour and spicy. I bought this for the picture of pig with boobies ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mike_77 (5173) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2016
Brown colour with thin head. Aroma is a bit musty with some cardboard. Flavour is full of sugary sweetness. Woody dryness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thepatrickman (714) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 23, 2015
From notes (9/5/14, Ebenezer’s in Maine). Belgian yeast notes with some light spice and a lot of grain and hay taste. Very complex, with some odd (but not at all bad) characteristics from the spices.

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