La Bête Des Vosges - Brasserie Artisanale des Vosges
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3.45/5 rDev +5.8%
Dark orange with a small storm of particulates. The head is small (even after a semi-vigorous pour), is pale golden beige and is soft and nearly featureless. It's currently sitting at a fat one finger with an abbreviated collar of lace as the only glass coverage.
Even with repeated sniffs, the characteristics of the nose aren't obvious. It's sweet and fruity (apples? peaches? apricots?) with a significant alcohol presence; like fruit brandy, or more accurately, fruit liqueur. There's a hint of spice as well, but no more than that.
The flavor is... different. La Bete Des Vosges doesn't taste much like a BSPA, but then I'm always open to interesting variations on the theme as long as they're still good. The jury's still out on whether this one qualifies as good. Sweet, fruity and alcoholic is the Cliff's Notes version of the flavor profile. Unfortunately, the various elements don't fit together as tightly as I'd like. The seams are definitely showing.
This is another one of those beers that lacks a center. The various flavors go this way and that, in and out of focus, never really making a commitment. The finish is marginally better because it's more aggressively fruity. Although the incompletely masked alcohol is consistent with the 'S' in BSPA, I prefer the power of this style to be due to flavor rather than arrogant booziness.
Like the French themselves, I have a hard time figuring out French beer. It isn't often that I score drinkability lower than taste. I did so in this case because this offering is more interesting and odd than it is pleasurable. I love the big orange dog on the label, the exact color of the beer by the way, but he's more 'La Batard Des Vosges' (mutt of the Vosges) than 'La Bete Des Vosges' (beast of the Vosges).
07-19-2005 15:15:33 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.55/5 rDev -21.8%
Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color and, after a hard pour, releases some bubbles that quickly disappear.
Smell: Beguiling brandy aroma of raisins - in fact this smells like the Dogfish Head Raison d'Extra
Taste: Swirling around my mouth is an apple raisin brandy character that, after the swallow dissipates into a watery, though fusel alcohol filled blend with a touch of brown sugar that leads to a sweet finish
Mouthfeel: Slightly viscous, but watery and flat; alcoholic warmth after the swallow
Drinkability: Not that I'm a fan of the Dogfish Head Raison series, but this beer is clearly the red haired stepchild of that family. Perhaps we are all tasting beers from the same shipment that is now years old and needs to be dumped before it causes more defamation to the brewery's character
09-29-2006 23:33:24 | More by brentk56
1.7/5 rDev -47.9%
Amber ale; Light brown; no head.
Smells like very lightly carbonated lightly sweetened carmel water.
No body in the mouth and light sweet simple flavor. Faint burnt toast flavor.
A sweet lightly carmel finish that is not appealing. Almost not drinkable and virtually no appeal whatsoever.
09-25-2010 15:35:41 | More by GRG1313
3.23/5 rDev -0.9%
Clear amber colored ale with basically no head formation.
Smell is sweet and a mix of sweet tea and faint fruity apple. Slight toffee candy scent.
The taste starts out sweet and quite malty close in flavor to a Scotch Ale than anything else.
Mouthfeel is OK.
Average drinkability is being generous here. Tastes like it needs more time in the fermenter to finish.
10-24-2008 01:22:35 | More by Zorro
2.78/5 rDev -14.7%
Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.
Appearance: rich brown-amber hue with very little effervescence and some yeasty floaties, but not too many. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam.
Smell: interesting floral nose; very soapy like floral gum candies. Sweet, but not much else going on. Not my favorite, but not repulsing in any way.
Taste: the same as the aroma in just about every way. Some malt backs up the floral taste, but the overall effect is quite cloying. I'm not a fan.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation factor. Not too bad.
Overall: this beer has its ups and its downs. If you like this kind of floral flavor, it may work for you. It doesn't work for me.
11-18-2011 01:49:17 | More by flagmantho
2.65/5 rDev -18.7%
Appearance Wheres the head? This is flatter than a pancake. I almost threw out my elbow trying to work some foam up in the glass. The body is a dingy brown. Not pretty.
Smell This one has a nice, fruity bouquet. I can pick up a lot of summer fruits like peaches, watermelon, star fruit, and a few others. Theres some light cinnamon spicing in there and a bit of alcohol. I cant pick up much of a malt base and the hops are almost AWOL but otherwise this is a pleasing nose.
Taste The fruits from the nose make their way to the taste, but the lack of a good backbone and absence of hops disappoints.
Mouthfeel Way too flat for a BSPA and barely medium-bodied. It seems by reading a few other reviews that this is common and not a bad bottle situation, otherwise I wouldnt post the review.
Drinkability This was tough to drink, but the nice fruits and complimentary alcohol kept things going. I hate to be the lowball here but Ive had first time homebrew efforts at this style that were better.
07-12-2005 01:57:01 | More by RoyalT
2.7/5 rDev -17.2%
A: Pours a murky and unattractive brownish/orange. A very small bubbly white head forms with pour retention. No lace.
S: Dark fruits of cherries and bananas. Caramel malt and yeast. Simple but enjoyable.
T: Pale and sweet malts. Light/thin banana flavor. Yeast and diacetyl. Blah.
M/D: A medium body that is way under carbonated. Really thin and watery. Not hard to drink. Not much alcohol, but just not very interesting.
Just blah. Nothing that is really good, and nothing that is really bad. Huh hum in every way. Not something I would recommend.
05-29-2010 00:22:47 | More by champ103
2.88/5 rDev -11.7%
Presentation: 11.2 fluid ounce (330ml) brown bottle sealed with a simple brass colored crown cap. Main label is just as the one pictured in the DB, though I note that my bottle is sans neck label. La Bête Des Vosges is listed at Alc. 8%. By Vol. Described as an Amber Ale. No freshness or Best Before Date.
Appearance: Allo Allo, what do we have here!? Hmmm shocking looks, flat and limpid with a murky amber torso that has a flabby demure presentation. The last top-up from the bottle raises a hint of activity but its only a beige colored broken head that lasts as long as a French Cavalry charge. Its soon vanished into thin air and leaves only a bubbled mass. Zero carbonation.
Nose: Some feint hops mix with soft Devon toffees in the caramel entrance ..and middle ..and erm ending .hmmm .well that was easy, whats next, oh yeah, Taste .
Taste: Caramel and some sweet malts with a fruity finish and OK now Im struggling, I know I could add toffee again even though I added it for the nose and I hate repeating myself but it adds some words so what the heck. Rather simple and easy to figure out, unlike Les Français. No really I love France, no I do, dont laugh, we have to have somewhere to send our Nuclear Waste.
Mouthfeel: None of the declared Huit% alcohol anywhere, maybe it surrended!? Oh there I go again. Oh well, nuff said, no more Frenchie Jokes .hey how many French Soldiers does it take to change a Lightbulb!?? Four American Ones! Im here all week
Drinkability: Nothing off-putting at all about this one, yet it just bores me after only half the 11 ounce bottle. Nice enough but I may as well be drinking a Soda. Fair enough, Mon Ami.
Overall: The Beast of Vosges is a bit of a soft Pussy to be honest. It is another interesting French newbie though, the second this week after the incredibly intriguing but far more appealing Cimes Yeti. I may pick up another Yeti (or rather wake up with one like I usually do after a heavy nights drinking) but Ill pass on this one. Im not sure whats funnier, my jokes or the apparent seriousness of this beer. And I never mentioned Frogs once
Music: AC/DC - Highway to Hell bout time I got back home.
04-05-2006 06:10:52 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.58/5 rDev +9.8%
The beer poured into the chalice lightly murky and amber with practically no head at all and nothing lasting to lace at the glass.
The aroma was strongly nutty and malty with dark fruits, raisins most notable. The aroma contained a very slight bit of tartness and some Belgian yeast spice presence.
The flavor was lighter than expected with caramel, slightly sweet in flavor, but not overly so and not cloying. The caramel also had a bit of chocolate and a strong candy character. Some light spice was present but was not pronouced since the beer was essentially flat. At times some light butterscotch flavor was notable.
The finish was even heading toward dry with just a light bit of caramel and spice lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation was minimal. The beer did contain a sizeable alcohol presence and left a strong warming impression after consumption. Carbonate this puppy and we might have something, as is, kinda lifeless.
11.2 ounce bottle.
10-03-2006 23:27:49 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.95/5 rDev +21.2%
Had my first bottle of this at Portland's great Concordia Ale House; had to take one home with me. This review is from the bottle that made the cross-country journey back home.
Pours out the color of unfiltered apple cider, with a thin ring of dishsoap attempting to be a head. Love the color, but that poor head looks like a bad/expired beer to me.
If the aroma is anything to go by, there's plenty of life in this beer. It's basement-musty in overall vibe, with elements of baked apple, white pepper, Belgian candi sugar, some alcohol heat, mustard and funked yeast. Right up my alley.
Flavor remarkably brings in all the aroma hints at, with bread dough and raw yeast emerging prominently after several long sips. Nice smooth caramel riding out in the finish, plus donuts. Donuts? Yep. Not even a specific kind of donut, just donuts. Check it out and see if I'm nuts or what.
Mouthfeel seems a little thin, even worn-out, with carbonation desperately trying to the push through the thin, skim-milkish body.
Really good, and plenty of depth, but the variety of flavors never totally cohere. I remember the bottle at CAH being livelier...I suppose this might have some age on it, judging by the looks and mouthfeel, but luckily the flavors and aroma are intact. It's good enough that I'd easily drink it again.
10-10-2007 23:02:48 | More by Metalmonk
3.65/5 rDev +12%
Very hazy pale brown, kind of dull color. Head is medium-bubbled and light in color. Necklace-like lacing on the glass. Aroma is all malt, caramel with some maple syrup sense. Carbonation is on the lower side, hops are minimal, malts are showcased by the set-up. Honeyish, some sense of cashew nuttiness, slight yeast vibrancy. Bitter comes on slighlty near the end, a trace of an alcoholic sense catches up on further sips. Decent brew, a little thick for quaffability, but no real flavor problems to my tongue...
Source: Liquid Solutions
12-09-2003 16:20:24 | More by ADR
3.1/5 rDev -4.9%
Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2006.
Appearance : amber/brown color (slightly veiled), with tan foam head (not persistent).
Smell : alcohol, caramel, honey.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet and malty, bitterness.
Drinkabiity : an average beer in the style Belgian strong ale.
11-23-2008 11:24:23 | More by thierrynantes
3.15/5 rDev -3.4%
La Bete Des Vosges has almost no head, just a thin, off-white film. The appearance is a dark, murky orange, with lots of brown solids floating about. Some bubbles are streaming up, but no lacing is left behind. There is coffee-like sediment left at the bottom of the glass. The aroma is of over-ripe fruit, like prunes. It also tastes like prune juice more than beer, and is closer to brandy or wine than beer, as far as flavor goes. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and it’s a gamy liquid. The finish is not unlike fruit juice, but there is a barley presence in the aftertaste. Well, this is an unusual beer, to say the least. However, I did slowly sip it, and enjoyed it more as it went. I say it’s worth a try, if you can stomach it.
06-29-2011 02:15:48 | More by RonaldTheriot
2.35/5 rDev -27.9%
Ruddy copper color that is hazy w/ yeast particles and little to no carbonation. Head has little size or retention.
Some lighter fruits in the beginning. Fruit presence is rather lackluster and soft. Caramel towards the backend is not rich but rather soft as well. Bakers chocolate although subtle give this a quick dry job but it ends lingering. Candied as it warmed.
Notes: Whoaa back up the plane Air France this needs some work. The characteristics for the most part were there but completely off balance and unrefined. This recipe needs some work.
08-16-2006 05:28:34 | More by DogFood11
4.25/5 rDev +30.4%
I picked up a couple well aged bottles for half price (this one store by me always puts stuff that's been sitting around a long time on sale for half price - so very often I am getting cool stuff like this cheap).
A very interesting taste. Complex, well balanced. Very drinkable!
09-09-2007 17:03:03 | More by schoolboy
3.65/5 rDev +12%
Got a bottle of this while touring Verdun, France.
This brew is a gusher, and produces about three fingers of light khaki colored cranium. The body is mildly hazy, and is copper in color.
The aroma is fruity in the way of fig and other dried dark fruits, and has hints of vanilla and cherry.
The taste has a zing of cherry and caramel, with a fig finish.
Overall a decent beer with complexity. A slick mouth feel that finishes with a warmth from the ethyl.
02-27-2010 15:19:39 | More by TheSarge
3.5/5 rDev +7.4%
A: Apricto colored with rootbeer highlights. Cloudy with a very small head that fell quick...off white with a blue tint.
S: Molasses, caramel, brown sugar, almonds and prunes
T: Toasted nuts and clover honey start things off. Has some sensations of pecan pie filling with fig. Finishes with vanilla, lightly bitter with some melon. Overall very simplistic and not a lot of depth.
M: Medium body, soft and somewhat thin
D: Good flavor but watery. Could have gone further with this beer...has a decent base to start with.
11-02-2006 06:22:43 | More by Westsidethreat
3.48/5 rDev +6.7%
poured from a 330ml labeled as an "amber ale" into a goblet. Only "foam" was comprised of bubbles created by agitation from a vigorous pour. Quickly popped into a subtle ring with a bit of haze. Earthy greenish amber in color, similar to apple cider... or more apple cider vinegar. A bit of haze from the yeast poured in. Just a touch of spots of lacing down the glass. Funky overall.
aroma is somewhere between a strong american amber, a scotch ale, and a dopplebock with some malt sweetness, malt breadiness, and a definite golden fruit sweetness on the nose. Apricots, figs, golden raisins, pears and banana aroma fill out the malt profile. Hints of fermenting fruit with a touch of sour and belgian-esque funk mixing in there.
taste is slightly unexpected given the aroma. Smells mostly like a strong, malty and sweet amber, but the taste is significantly odd. The caramel malt and candi sugar is definitely there, but there's a subtle yet definite belgian yeastiness. Caramel sweetness keeps the yeast at bay, and the fruit notes re-emerge hearkening apple fritters and scones with fig jam. A finish with a touch of bitterness, a touch of yeast, and a touch of warming alcohol.
Fairly thick body with a surprising amount of carbonation given the lack of foam and head. Still relatively low carbonation with some sugary slickness that allows the sweetness to linger with the alcohol warming burn. Not a bad one for sipping.
Funky is the first thing that comes to mind overall. Both in a good and bad way. The yeastiness adds an interesting note to an otherwise fairly neutral beer. Nothing way out of the ordinary in any area, but its all just a touch funky and different. A solid and warming beer for sipping, although I can't really say what this one has over other beers (of multiple styles). maybe worth a try?
11-12-2008 07:37:25 | More by djeucalyptus
3.63/5 rDev +11.3%
I had to fight ot get head, but it proved to be dense and creamy, in spite of being thin. The body is of a nice amber color. The smell shows very nice notes of red fruits with a wooden character. Sweet, yeasry, and slightly citric. The taste is overpoweringly of yeast, raisins and wood, with some subtle notes of chocolate and deep, thick and almost chewy notes of hops. You feel the 8% abv, quite warming. Quite winy, almost mouth puckering. The mouthfeel is quite round, but not overly smooth, just ok. Interesting, but you cant have too many of these, the Beast of the Vosges will kill you. This cheesy comment was written to try to equal the cheesiness of this beers name. Sorry.
08-15-2004 22:42:01 | More by tjd25
2.3/5 rDev -29.4%
Poured a cloudy apple juice color. Only a very thin film for a head, which left a tiny amount of lacing.
Smelled of alcohol, butter, maybe a bit of apple.
Again, almost a buttery taste with some alcohol present as well. Also some outdated bread.
Mouthfeel was probably the best thing about this beer. Not great but acceptable. Slightly on the heavy and grainy side with very little carbonation.
Not a real drinkable beer, at least to my taste. I didn't notice anything outstanding about it, in fact in most respects it was below average. This is the last time I will be putting this beer to my lips.
12-04-2007 01:24:15 | More by JBogan
3.3/5 rDev +1.2%
Poured from the 12oz bottle into a brandy snifter.
Appearance- Beer pours a darkened gold with foam lacing the sides. Lacing rings the sides of the glass, no head outside of that. Beer looks fairly flat.
Smell- Rich and malty sweet with alcoholic phenols. A hint of sweet fruits like raspberry. Malts dominate. A bit wortlike in the scent.
Taste- Malty and lightly oxidized with a bit of paper on the tongue. Malted sweetness coats the mouth. Some hops but hardly noticable, noble hops. The beer claims to be an amber? I suppose.
Mouthfeel- Creamy, lightly carbonated, slightly warming, not overly warming. Medium bodied.
Drinkability- For the price, I would not repeat. But not a bad beer overall.
04-24-2008 15:32:39 | More by blakesell
3.55/5 rDev +8.9%
O-la-la this is a dandy. Murky orange-brown pour, nice creamy white film sits atop the beer and leaves spotty lacing. Thick malt nose with a prominant sour fruitiness, I'm thinking fermented peaches, apricots, and a little banana. Mouthfeel is also thick and creamy with a very noticeable alcohol bite that finishes with a smooth burn. Sour malt flavors complimented by a strong sweet alcohol kick. The fruits are still there, I keep thinking of this as being "Harry Buffalo-ish" for beer. Really warming and satisfying, it took me quite some sippin' time to finish this treat.
11-12-2008 01:03:30 | More by kinger
3.1/5 rDev -4.9%
Pour: 33cl bottle to tulip glass. Beer fizzes upon pour but leaves absolutely no head. Cloudy ruby brown body that seems to have a lot of sediment in it. No bubbles, no head. Quite boring.
Nose: cider spices: apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel. Crisp yet faint.
Mouth: Slightly bitter with a warm finish. A touch of watered down sweetness with a seltzer mouthfeel. Caramel and brown sugar, some grass notes in the hops. Boring and unrewarding, definitely not worth the price.
01-25-2007 21:56:45 | More by clickpush
La Bête Des Vosges from Brasserie Artisanale des Vosges
77 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.