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


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RATINGS: 481   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2004
The beer after it has spurned the 330ml brown bottle takes up temporary residence in my glass, the color a gauzy deep orange with a modest frothy head that disappears quickly leaving a thin and silky sheet of lace to coat the glass. Nose is plum like in its sweetness, fresh and clean, pleasing to the olfactory senses, start is sweet with a nice light malt presence, the top thin. Finish is vinous bordering on astringent, the hops light, aftertaste extremely dry and tart, not sour mind you, a drinkable brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9602) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2004
Hazy orange-amber; good orange tinted head, collapsing. Chalk, then cookies, malt and refined brandy-like alcohol. Woody, fine patisserie and something smoked. No MartinT, your pork rind IS there somewhere. Very complex nose, anyway. Taste is unfortunately overwhelmed by sweet alcohol. No more brandy, just sweet heavy liqueur. Still, some caramel and some wood. Not really convincing. There are some Brett-like phenols, but they can’t save the day. Quite full-bodied, some dry-out effect, very complex palate. I cannot find it unbalanced, but the taste is at odds with the nose. Bitterish-woody aftertaste. It won’t be to everybody’s liking. But it has some qualities that I cannot ignore. Typical Walloon, anyway I look at it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 5, 2004
The aroma here is orangy and spicy, it has candi-apple sourness, and maybe some wine/grape in there too; the flavor is sweet, alcoholic, and spicy (chicory), maybe a hint of raisin; basically, this is just a weird, sweet, unbalanced, spicy Belgian that doesn’t do much for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2004
Slightly hazy golden red body with a thin, lightly diminishing white head. The aroma is quite fruity with bits of various other malt delights. Chocolate and caramel accompany the oranges, cherries, apple cider, baked bread, and lime. At times, you get hints of light spicing, coriander, ginger and perhaps a bit of cinnamon. The body lacks the creamy suppleness I like from this style. The flavors were kind of odd, mostly because it starts so sweet and oddly, ends quite dry. The spicy fruit lends to sweetness initially, but the warming alcohol and probably the long time in the bottle seemed to take that away mid-tongue and leave the mouth dry. An interesting beer that was good, but not great. I seemed to like it more than others.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 28, 2004
Nice color with a thick head. Nose is like cider with some spice, maybe a bit of cinnamon or vanilla. Medium to light mouthfeel, with a bitter finish of sorts. Almost some herbalness and a subdued mutty finish. Not very exciting, especially with a bit too much alcohol on the finish that fails to integrate well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
FlacoAlto (4173) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Pours a deep amber color, it is pretty clear except for the large floaties that have stirred up from the bottom of the bottle. Pours with a wispy off-white head that does not stick around for very long. There is not much in the way of aroma here, a bit of sourness, some cider character, and a bit of alcohol is all I can pick up. The taste is lightly sweet, and quite thin as well. I get a weak cidery flavor, this is definitely a big disappointment. There is nothing wrong with this beer per se, but it is just weak and lame.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2004
Pours a murky amber brown color, thin lifeless head. Somewhat yeasty nose, a little spicy, fruity as well. Flavor was a bit tart and tangy on the front with some odd fruity sweetness (apple, banana) coming on strong towards the end. Medium body, some alcohol present. Odd, but not all bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
sloth (2832) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Poured flat, murky brown color.. Cidery, oxydized nose. Sweet malt flavors. Medium body. Candy sugar, musty. Medium sweet finish. Flat, watery, fairly foul.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
hopdog (11774) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Cochonnette. Poured a hazy dark reddish brown with no head and some particles. Spicy, musty, and slight fruity aromas. Tastes like sour grapes with some spices. Flat body. This did not work for me at all. I have a 750ml bottle of this and am curious if it tastes as bad as this 11.2oz bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2004
Bottle of Cochonne. Amber w. small head. Sweet, dessert-wine, berries, musty/cellar-like, little fizzy, dry finish, complex.

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