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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerWatcher (10) - Arlon, - DEC 14, 2011
75cl bottle from Belgian Beer Station. Bottle only capped, no cork. Didn’t expect it but bottle opened with a loud pop and the beer sprayed out of the bottle. Never seen this before. Stored it upright for a couple of weeks though. Pitty for the lost beer (although the dog licked a bit off the floor; seemed to like it a lot). I had to clean the living room though (at 00:30 AM !!!) Beer is hazy amber with an off white noisy head leaving lots of lace on the glass. The aroma is very fruity and fresh but also yeasty and funky. The taste is tart and fruity evolving to a yeasty side with a pretty bitter, dry and grainy finish. The beer has got a medium body with little carbonation. The 9% ABV does its work very well. Overall an original beer with lots of character. I hope that the next bottle won’t be such a gusher.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (3594) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Maracuja05 (936) - Mainz, 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (18834) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jybi (144) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tom10101 (5693) - 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 (9714) - 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 (1210) - 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 (5629) - 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 (378) - 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 (44) - 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.

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