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Rince Cochon - Roman N.V.

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BA SCORE
82
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65 Reviews
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Reviews: 65
Hads: 231
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thierrynantes on 01-06-2011

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked bottle served in chalice. Nice cork pop.
Yellow gold with big head at first that disappears quickly.
Aroma of amber malt, honey, light wheat.
Significant carbonation gives a nice mouthfeel with the sweet malts.
Refreshing flavors of light sweet malts and subtle flavors of white pepper, light rosemary, clove, candy sugar, alcohol, bread, pear, a subtle touch of saison characteristics, grapefruit rind & other tasty Belgian yeast esters.
I get a special deal on this beer and have gone through half a dozen by myself and I've really gotten to enjoy it...very easy drinking, nice body, some complexity, significant carbonation and combined sweetness and dry finish. Reminds me a bit of St Bernardus Triple, Triple Karmeliet, and Watou Triple, even though this is a blonde. I'll buy it again! (799 characters)

Photo of ShaunVenish
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours foamy with a big aroma of yeast, sweet malt and a hint of hops.

Appearance: pale gold, hazy. Big fluffy white head. Some distinct lacing if you like that.

Smell: Fresh belgian yeast. reminds me of the smell of opening a new batch of yeast for brewing. There is a light bready-fruitiness and some sweetness to the aroma. Very pleasing and inviting. I smell this beer and can't wait to taste it.

Taste: Oh wow, so nice. (Of course it changes as it warms up) but I get a lot of pilsner malt, light honey flavors, pears (almost sort of appl-y), a little bit of banana, sweetish, but with a little zing of hop and carbonation. A smooth, slightly sweet ride over the tongue with a fairly balanced, clean finish. No cloying flavors after the fact.

Mouth Feel: Smooth, with delicate bubbles and medium to light body. Does not get in the way of the taste.

Over-all. A very drinkable beer, not too complex but interesting. Great balance, leaning towards sweet as it warms past about about 56F. Almost a session beer, if it were not 8.5% abv. (1,042 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium gold with a foamy white head. Splashy lace.

Tropical fruit, woody vanilla in the nose with some nice yeasty malt.

nice fruit/booze balance, with tropical notes and grain and booze and a little bitterness. Some vanilla and wood on the palate, light boozy bitter and fruity in the finish. Lovely brew. Very smooth.

Medium body, nice carbonation.

Nice version of the style. Highly drinkable and smooth. (416 characters)

Photo of travolta
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Appearance: A bursting head with rocky and voluminous form. Crystal clear, and almost totally bright yellow. Silvery colored head. Head retention and lacing are very very nice. Beautiful bubbles on the head after it sits.

Nose: Lemon meringue, lime, hint of white crackers and banana.

Taste: Perfect malt balance. A little medicine, aspirin, sweet bread, and meringue.

Notes: Give this one a try! (413 characters)

Photo of BVukelich
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in a 22 and pour into a stein. I know that's not correct for a BSA but that's all my parents had available at their house. You work with what you've got.

A very rich, hazy golden color. You can tell by the activity in the glass that it is high on the carbonation. Average head, leaving minimal lace and I drank thru it. The aroma was decent, very apparent smells of sweet fruitiness and coriander? I believe. I actually really enjoy the taste of this ale and it's stronger notes of alcohol and yeast. Little to none on the hop flavor and bitterness. The spiky carbonated feel was nice as well. High on the carbonation. I realize from tasting and reading that there are many other superior BSAs to this one but I continue to buy it on occasion. It works for me. (772 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yum, cloyingly sweet, yet I succumb to its sickenly lucsicous over the top gluttonisously good beer candy. gimme. Pours with a large, off white, lasting to the bottom, foamy, thick, head, and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber with a few bubble trails. Aroma is bread dough, malt, spice. yeast. Flavor’s about the same but with major candy sweetness, that has just enough bitter/ tang to light it off. Nice slap happy brew. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is just fine (483 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, $4.39.

A slow gusher, it pours a light gold with a 3 finger head of foam and does well with the lacing.

The smell is yeasty, fruity, malty, slight barnyard aroma, and bitter. Wow, that's a lot going on.

It starts of tasting sweet, candi sugar like, some bitterness in between and in the finish, yeasty, light flavour of maybe pitted fruit. Barnyard flavour...only a hint. It just might be a bit too sweet for me but overall, I'm digging it.

On the low end of medium bodied and with full carbonation, the mouthfeel is good. The big abv does show up but mostly after the swallow.

An interesting brew, labelled as a Belgian Golden Ale, and more than worth the money I paid for it. I'll be having more.(This is my 3rd bottle!) (742 characters)

Photo of NWer
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serves cloudy golden in Duvel tulip.
One finger head lingers.
Flowery, balanced, sweet wheat-like ale. Belgian yeast shines with a pleasant dominance.
I'm home from the restaurant where I had it and am still savoring the aftertaste.
Tempted to go back for a repeat performance. (277 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow body with a super thick snow white head and a gentle carbonation. The head forms a good sticky lace with each sip.

S- The cream and yeast aroma has some soft floral hop notes to it but is a bit clean otherwise.

T- The mellow yeast flavor has some nice pear esters and a soft sweetness in the finish. There is a green bitter note that lingers for just a bit.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a creamy texture but no real alcohol heat is noticed.

O- This beer is very sessionable with a good balance of sweetness, esters and some bitterness. (611 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. No identifiable date.

A: Hazy, golden yellow body with 2-3 fingers of rocky, white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Yeasty spice with slightly musty, earthy notes. Floral, noble-type hops. Faint soap. Cracker. Grass. Hints of candi sugar.

T: The yeast opens with a bit of spice. Leads into a bit of lightly fruity, pale malt sweetness before a mildly bitter, nicely hopped finish. Mostly dry and pretty clean. Alcohol is present, but light for 8.5% ABV.

M: Moderate to high carbonation with a light to medium body. A bit prickly, but suits the flavors reasonably well.

O: Tasty brew with a pleasant hopping. Nicely balanced. Reminiscent of Duvel with the fruit and complexity dialed back a bit. Pretty quaffable, for sure.

Prost! (845 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split into two large snifters

Pours pretty clear straw yellow with a nice looking head and lots of carbonation. Head lasts a long time. Smell is Belgian, light and grassy, a little funk, a little sour.

Taste is creamy, slightly sour, some lemony flavor, little or no bitterness, slightly strawy. Maybe a little tiny bit of banana. Sweet.

Mouthfeel is creamy and airy, fluffy. Overall, nice beer. (411 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 ml bottle, corked. The pink pig makes me wonder if it is not made by the delirium bunch.

Poured a very light clear yellow with whipped egg white head. Lots of carbonated bubbles as well.

Nose is slightly fruity with hints of spice and hops.

Taste is fruity and sweet with a good dose of subtle Belgian hops. It could use a little more body, but I hate to discount it because this really is a crisp and refreshing beer. Alcohol is warming but not in your face. I like this beer. Not sure why the ratings are low. (521 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pour it "easy like sunday morning" and am rewarded with two fingers of bubbly white head. The head goes down after a couple of minutes, leaving a decent amount of froth. A sheet of lace clings to the side as it's consumed, and slowly slides back into the drink. The body is the color of urine, but I don't mean that as a negative.

Yeast and sour apple immediately greets the nose. Grass and spice flesh it out.

Wheat and yeast start off the flavor tour. A bit of sour apple chimes in with a nice spiced package. Sweet grass and clove finish it off.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Almost seems to glide over the tongue, but leaves a little residue as it passes. Refreshing, with a slightly dry finish. (706 characters)

Photo of nonameperson
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I bought at a Cora in France. Best by 27/02/14. Served in a goblet glass at about 5-6 degrees C.

A) Beautiful pale (similar to a Stella Artois) yellow beer with about half a finger of head.
S) Boozie. Wasn't expecting that. I can't smell much else, that's why this was my lowest scoring section.
T) Typical blonde. Forward and back-of-the-tongue maltiness that's pleasant and not overpowering. The aftertaste does remind you there's some alcohol in there (8.5%).
M) Amazing. That is all.
O) I wish I bought more of these. Take my advice and if you have the chance to buy one of these buy two. No, make it three.... of ten. Great beer. (642 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I find it strange and odd that this beer doesn't taste all that strange or all that odd- instead a playful and yeast-driven light ale that carries all the Belgiany halmarks that these styles expect.

Despite the hidious pink pig mascot that intently adorns the tap handle, what's much more beautiful is the glowing light golden elixer that exhibits a slight yeasty haze, froathy white foam character with classic retention and lace. Very effervescent, the beer remains lively and bubbly from start to finish.

Fruit and spice decorate the nose with yeast derived scents of succulent appricot, apple, pear, mango, and lemon. A balance of white pepper, dried orange peel, alcohol, and clove rise to that of estery fruits. A soft sweet bread note seems to bring together the variant aromas.

Sweet to taste with a soft powdered sugar or confectionate character of sugar cookie dough. Estery fruitiness weaves in the flavors that are described in the nose with under-rippened green apples and pear leading the charge. Low in hops, only an earthy and herbal taste governs the light bitterness in finish. Instead, the beer relies on the yeasty spices of corriander, clove, and white pepper for balance.

Medium bodied early on due to the expansive carbonation as it releases upon contact with the palate. But the fullness is short lived as the fleeting carbonation ushers in a dryish mid palate of waivering sweetness and growing spice. The finish reveals a whimsical memory of fruit and cotton candy-like evaporation and warm alcohols.

Rince Cochon is a nice Belgian Stong Pale Ale that does all that's expected from the style. But it does little to break out of the mold of La Fin Du Monde or Piraat Ale or to create any meaningful identity. (1,738 characters)

Photo of Radome
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl bottle bought in France.

A - Beer is a very light straw color and perfectly clear. It could easily pass for champagne in the glass, except that the white head is more fluffy and persistent. The photo on this BA entry shows the 750 ml bottle was bottle-conditioned, but this smaller bottle was apparently filtered.

S - The aromas are at a low level, but I detect crisp pilsner-type graininess and low levels of grassy hops. The aromas are fresh and clean, but don't pop out.

T - Flavors are balanced between light malt reminiscent of white flour biscuits, and grassy, noble hops. The emphasis leans slightly to the malt. There is some complexity added by a bubblegum yeast note, but the taste is fairly simple. Perfectly clean and well-made; nothing out of place.

M - Light body. Smooth but full carbonation. Hops bitterness is at a low to medium level. Alcohol is noticeable, but not over-the-top.

O - This is a pleasing, surprisingly drinkable beer for such alcohol strength. It is perfectly executed with no flaws. I only wish it had a bit more complexity. (1,083 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured golden yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, fruit, and floral. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, cream, fruit, floral, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. This was a quite refreshing and well balanced brew on the flavor. Granted the aroma left a little to be desired as there wasn’t a huge amount going on in it unfortunately. If it would have been a little more complex this could have been a pretty good brew. Even though the aroma wasn’t overly good, it should not stop you from trying it. Trust me, you need to give this one a try. (815 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light golden amber with a massive white head with good retention and pillowy lacing. Aroma of light fruit, wheat, lemon, Belgian yeast and spicing. Flavor is sweet pear and apple juice, wheat, bready malt, lightly astringent wood, light lemon. Finishes with sweet/sour light fruit and a mild hops. Flavor a bit attenuated, but pleasant. Light to medium bodied with a nice mouth feel from constant carbonation. Not a super complex BSPA, but a nicely made and pleasant drinking one. (521 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, best by 4/7/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a nice 2 finger foamy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some decent soapy lacing clinging on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up retaining a head. Aromas of pear, grape, apple, herbal, floral, earth, orange zest, grass, bread, pepper, and yeast spiciness. Pretty nice aromas with decent strength; and nice balance and complexity. Very pleasant. Taste of pear, apple, grape, orange zest, herbal, floral, earth, pepper, clove, and light yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, clove, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of fruity/peppery flavors with nice complexity. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale ale. Nice complexity and flavor balance; very crisp and smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one. (1,112 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear straw big white head. Not much lace.

S - Fresh straw, light hops, and sweet malt.

T - Bigger volume malt, straw and light malt.

M - Light body, good carb, fair balance.

D - Bigger than seems. Good beer.
I don't like the limits on these reviews. (265 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a nice frothy white head. Nice sticky lacing. Looks like a good Belgian.

Aroma is nice. Great hop aroma with some belgian yeast and some cloves. A bit of hay and malt. Nice fresh hop aroma mostly though.

Taste is lighter than expected. Belgian candy sugar sweetness is the most prominent flavor but it's kinda light. But of hop night and sweetness lingering on your tongue. Bit of Belgian yeast in the front. Pretty tasty and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp. High carb.

Overall a good and refreshing Belgian. Wish I could get it on tap. It would be a go to at bars. (637 characters)

Photo of bskrtz
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 ounce bottle served cold in glass beer challis.

A) Bright but hazy golden brew. Off white puffy head, settles quickly.

S) Sweet and tart citrus fruit with mild esters and hint of bitter hops.

T) Delicious and classic Belgian pale/blonde ale. Sweet and fruity. Hint of banana, apple and apricot. Refreshing

M) Ample, fine bottle conditioned carbonation. Smooth and drinkable.

O) Good example of this category. Hard to find... (437 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

ook: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy medium golden body, crowned with by a large, coarse snow-white head, which retains very well. Superb, fine unbroken lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Light fruit and spices dominate the aroma, with coriander and light fruit, particularly sweet apples and pears. A faint herbal bitterness is also present.

Taste: Opens quite sweet, with green apples and ripe pears, lots of coriander, and a little clove. Sweet alcohol, white pepper and sugar cookies follow. A bit of earthiness is present as well. Finishes with a modest flourish of earthy and herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very well-done, one of the best Belgian Strong Pale Ales that I have tried.

Presentation: Packaged in a One pint, 9.4 fluid ounce (750 ml) Belgian-style brown glass bomber with a cork and cage, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. (940 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i dig these interesting belgian pales. they all have cool yeast profiles, and this one, while it shows through a little of its booze, is a very well made beer. lots of grain character. its got body and it has flavor, sweet and mildly spicy as well, a hint of pepper in there with the caramel, likely a yeast thing. hops are minimal in this belgian, even though they call it a pale, its bittering only, and its not enough to balance it out, because the malt is very sweet in this brew. it almost has a corn sweetness to it, and a slight metallic copper thing but its not at all unpleasant. much better on tap than in a bottle in my experience. frothy in feel, full bodied, creamy, very intensely carbonated, and cleanish in the finish for how sweet it is in the middle. good beer overall, but not the best example of the style out there by any means. (849 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 mL bottle from an unknown benefactor at Beachwood II,

A: Pours a translucent gold with a medium white head, spotty lace.

S: Pears, stone fruit with citrusy hops and some golden raisins.

T: Strong honeyed malt and sugar cane flavours with the aforementioned pear ester notes. Quite nice.

M: Overcarbonated at first, but doesn't really get in the way of the flavour, though I don't really like this. Medium-bodied, spritzy overall feel.

O: I quite liked this effort I and don't understand why the early reviews have been so harsh. Different palates I guess. (571 characters)

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Rince Cochon from Roman N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.