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Vapeur de Bises

Brewed by Brasserie à Vapeur
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Leuze-Pipaix, Belgium


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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Brewed with Walloon Goldings, hops and figleaves from the brewers’ garden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JefVerstraete (2428) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - JUN 10, 2015
Bottle shared with Tom. Hazy golden/orange, white foam. Spicy nose with notes of lemon, pepper and coriander. Unbalanced and not easy drinkable. Not very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (7232) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2015
1/III/15 - 75cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ Lien & David’s place - BB: n/a (2015-247)

Little hazy orange beer, creamy yellowish head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: malty, bit fruity, some apples, caramel. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: bit sourish, malty, caramel, pretty spicy, slightly sour, some apple skin. Aftertaste: spicy touch, some coriander, bit earthy, fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (3865) - BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2014
Celebration ale for the 25th anniversary of this brewery, tasted at a Vilvordia Bierproeffestival years ago, apparently made with fig leaves from the brewer’s garden... Thin, off-white head, misty copper colour. Strange, unique, even somewhat bizarre aroma, cranberry, tulips, dried leaves, candied figs, freshly cut grass, raw rhubarb, sour yoghurt, tomato, passion fruit... Vinous in the mouth, strange and not easy to describe: something fruity and something tart, very ’raw vegetable’-like and herbal, which I suppose comes from those fig leaves, though I am almost reminded of oak leaf lettuce or something of that kind, blood orange, sweetishness, a bit yeasty, tart finish without real bitterness. There is an oud bruin-like quality to it, but in all, this is one of those weird, idiosyncratic Belgians defying classification. I am grateful such beers still exist in this country, though I cannot honestly say I enjoyed this a lot, though I am all for Vapeur. Points for originality, nonetheless. heel eigenaardig, moeilijk te omschrijven, lichtzurig en fruitig, fris, zeer ‘plantaardig’, als verse eikenbladsla, bloedsinaasappel, zoetig, nooit echt bitter wordend, heel in de verte enigszins herinnerend aan oud bruin.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
corkyrory66 (1116) - BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2014
Bière rousse de 7 % abv, avec 80 % de malt pâle et 20 % de malt cristal, du houblon du brasseur et un Golding régional, enfin des feuilles de figuier du brasseur … On va le savoir … Couleur roux clair dans le style de l’Orval (rassurez-vous, ce sera le seul point positif de la critique …). Apparence bizarre avec levure et autres matières en suspension. Bulles fines mais peu volontaires. Mousse qui fait un nappage beige sale, vraiment pas joli. Arômes de fruits en marmelade, abricot, grenade. Ensemble vraiment curieux. 1ère bouche douce à la prise un peu maltée, mais bien vite suivie des feuilles de figuier (rassurez-vous, elles ne vont pas nous quitter …). Arrière-bouche étrange avec une pointe mentholée. 2ème avec ces fameuses feuilles, mais où on frise à certains moments l’acidité et l’aigreur. 3ème bouche au manque total d’harmonie. Décalage énorme entre le côté végétal aromatique (ou supposé) et le malt complètement masqué. La longueur est complètement monotone. Un véritable carcan que ces feuilles de figuier. La levure est quelconque. L’alcool est correct, mais que peut-il faire, le pauvre ?? La finale est nulle. CONCLUSION : monotone, lassant, pas harmonieux, quasi aigre. N’en jetez plus !!! de ces feuilles de figuier … Le brasseur avait sûrement besoin de s’en débarasser ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (7194) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Bottle thanks to beastiefan. Pours a cloudy copper with medium beige head. The aroma is dark fruit, caramel, sugar, yeast. Thin mouth, sweet fruit, caramel, wet biscuit, good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zer0 (1186) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle sampled. Aroma is red fruits, funky, herbal and somewhat malty. Caramel aswell. Taste is light sour, moderate sweet. Medium bodied. Not too bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerheart65 (1228) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 10, 2014
Nice hazy brown/ruby color, short head. Bit funky sherry-type aroma has ripe fruit, almost like fermented ones, then sweet malt, caramel, nuts, lively and interesting aroma, lots nuances. taste is unfortunately not a match to aroma, feels bit too light almost watery in palate, carbonation is also mild adding to effect of bit dull feel I get, not that long finish either, elements from aroma are there but not very potent ones, mostly hoppiness. Maybe my flue did some trouble here. Interesting one anyway and I really liked the aroma and color.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (1369) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 22, 2013
750ml bottle pours hazy light brown red with finger of off-white head. Nose is slightly tart earthy fruit. Taste is fruity fig, pear, applesauce. Finish is slightly funky, mild tart, fig, fruit, little bits of smokiness, bittersweet. Definitely unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11751) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2013
750 bottle shared by beastie @RBWG-JAX-lt tan-cloudy amber. A-med malt-some sweet, spruce. T-med malt-some sweet, spruce.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (6132) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Orange with a small white head. The aroma is full of toffee and dark fruit. The flavor is toffee, slightly tart cherries, caramel and nuts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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