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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%
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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.

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3.7
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Amber color with virtually no head. Aroma is yeasty, somewhat sherryish. Medium body with a complex, slightly tart flavor. Very thirst quenching. This botlle is over 5 years old. Different beer in a good way.

2.7
dolemike1 (1289) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Cloudy light tan, very yeasty, sticky cloying sweet , burnt flavor that really wasnt all that great, not overly great

4.1
AcctError14093 (195) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
She pours a dark amber color with some chill haze a beige head, some carbonation rolling up from the bottom of the glass, and plenty of sediment. It keeps a lasting layer of foam and some nice lacing. The aroma is like sherry, fruity esters, bubblegum, tart and some plum thrown in. The Mouthfeel is full-bodied, creamy, effervescent, with a dry finish, and yet unusually light on the palate. It has a nice mellowing, warming effect as it goes down. An interesting brew with good balance and complexities, but not overwhelming.

3.1
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2004
On tap at spuyten duyvil. Dirty brown body, no head, looking still. Sour fruits aroma blended with caramel. Apple/caramel reminiscent, cherries and grapes notes. Typical sour yeast from Vapeur. No carbonation at all, earthy, meaty almost, but short flavor development. Original..

3.5
Gusler (2652) - 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.

3.9
JorisPPattyn (10072) - 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.

3.3
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.

3.5
Jokes (1455) - 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.

2.9
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.

2.5
FlacoAlto (4221) - 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.


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