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.

alexsdad06 (10943) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2017
Bottle from backlog notes shared by Tmoney99. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, spices, orange peel, I guess I am getting the chicory, some stronger flavors that aren't working very well together.

bartlebier (4159) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - AUG 20, 2017
75cl cellared bottle bb06/2017 shared at Freiburg Delug Tasting Aug2017. - No gusher like Vapeur Saison - can easily be an infected bottle. - Vapeur, oldschool saison brewer of the Fantôme school of Je m’en foutisme aka Anything Goes into a heavily spiced mash: dirty deep amber pour with a syrupy feel to it. Nose heavy on sweet orange and coriander marmelade, some sherry and prune liqueur from aging - not much witloof/chicory which comes in later in the back palate finish. Roast malt, sugar beet and sirop de Liège and Cointreau oranges in flavour make it predominantly sweet, yet drinkability is medium, palate dryish like medium dry sherry lieblich Spätburgunder Weißherbst. Also there is an underlying stone fruit tartness and late Roast qality like muckefuck coffee and chicory in the back, powdered coffee and cacao. - Less wildness than Fantôme, but definitely of the same mindset and undervalued here - the 80s style comic labels with naked sows hardly help its image. Easy 9%...a challenge to pair this with food: seeks complexity as a match.

sdmmb (1857) - BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2017
Drunk from 75cl bottle bought from beer discovery project. Enjoyable amber clouded beer.

nutjes (1289) - Zwevegem, BELGIUM - FEB 17, 2017
33cl-fles gekregen als staal van vertegenwoordigster van Brasserie à Vapeur. U: Helder hazelnootbruin met een dunne lichtbruine schuimkraag. G: Karamel, zeer kruidig, porto en wat alcohol. S: Zoet. Karamel, koriander, sinaasappelschil en donker fruit. Plakkerige en alcoholische afdronk. M: Medium body met medium carbonatie.

mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2016 Pours a hazy amber with a medium white rim that leaves some lacing. Nose is of caramel, dark fruits and spices. Taste is more dark fruits with some light fruity tartness. Warming alcohol. Body is medium, carbonation moderate. A fun belgian strong with some good quadrupel features.

Maracuja05 (1865) - Mainz, Rineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - AUG 31, 2016
[backlog] 09-04-16 / bottle at home, bought in Belgium. Spicy malt, some floral hops. Plums. I started rating my beers with Untappd and a few basic notes. Now I want to rate them on ratebeer. So my rating sometimes lack some information. Just ignore it, it is for my personal statistics. Untappd-Rating 2.75/5

rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2016
Bottle. Clear amber beer with a decent beige head. Malty spicy aroma, grapes, caramel, herbal, some floral notes. Malty herbal flavor, grassy, citrus, hay, some warming alcohol. Ok.

jybi (453) - FRANCE - AUG 18, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2016 Que recherchons nous, amateurs de bière lorsque nous découvrons une bière? Pour ma part, en plus de l’échange avec mes convives, une émotion. Et en décapsulant cette vapeur cochonne (bouteille de 75 cl, 8,5 Abv), je ne m’y attendais pas tout à fait. Peut être le côté marketing de l’étiquette me rendant méfiant!
En verre, la bière présente une couleur bronze et une légère opacité. D’une effervescence peu marquée, une fine mousse d’un demi centimètre surplombe notre breuvage.
Le nez est particulièrement expressif. Les arômes de moût de raisin boisé portés sur des notes acides sont des plus poussés.
A la dégustation, l’attaque est d’une franche amertume couplée à une grande complexité. La comparaison à l’orval qui a été déjà brillamment effectuée sur le site se justifie complètement. Une orval qui aurait gagné en longueur, en corps et en variation. Nous retrouvons ainsi des arômes d’écorces d’orange et des notes épicées très agréables. Le final, plus arrondi et suave présente des arômes de pruneaux et de résineux laissant en bouche une très agréable sensation.
La vapeur cochonne est en conclusion une bière qui surprend, qui vous interpelle mais dont les arômes très riches et complexes vous font passer un moment des plus agréables. Que d’émotions!

tom10101 (6279) - 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.

phaleslu (10747) - 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.

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