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Rince Cochon - Roman N.V.

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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

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Beer added by: thierrynantes on 01-06-2011

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste Pub & Cafe in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable and pretty tasty. (535 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 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 emerge077
2.49/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Into a tulip glass it pours a bright gold, thin white head of foam, no lace. Looks typical of a high gravity Belgian ale, nothing overly special really. Soapy white lace, high clarity brassy color, decent retention.

Apple, sweet cooked vegetables, wet hay, light grassy aroma.

Wet barley, some apple notes from the yeast, a mild hop bitterness. Too boozy with a tacky, envelope glue aftertaste. Unbalanced with some off notes from the alcohol, and an odd metallic note. Overall unpleasant. Something seems to have gone wrong here, and i'm not going to waste $10+ again to find out if it ever improves. Not very drinkable, a good 6 ounces were dumped, couldn't finish it. (674 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow-hued body with a short-lived, very thin, white head.

Smell: Unimpressive, not too particularly appealing aroma of sugar laced apple, grape juice.

Taste: Candied sweetness, though little flavor of malts present. White grape, apple fruitiness. Minor spiciness. Transient alcohol quality. Low gum hint. Fairly sweet on the finish with a final touch of fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Just a notch above medium carbonation.

Overall: A bit too basic, a bit too sweet. PIG. OUT. (514 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Funnier than the pink pig drinking beer on the label is the pregnant women silhouette with a ghostbusters symbol around it (cirlce and a slash). Before pouring this beer I'm dedicating it to all the illiterate pregnant women out there. Appears a pale golden sunshine bright with a pearly white head forming even lacing around the sides of my glass. Aroma has some grassy herbal hops with a flowing pale malt sweetness and a touch of light pear fruitiness. Flavor is a bit more sweetness almost malt liquor like with fruit esters and pear and apple highlights with a touch of rough graininess. Not very refined compared to most Belgian specialty ales, but the mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with effervescent carbonation flowing, and a bit of spicy hops leaving a touch of bitterness behind between each sip. Drinkability as a whole isn't ver good it's hard to get through a 750ml bottle call for back up and show everybody the anti pregnant women symbol on the back of the bottle. (985 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 Billolick
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Belgian style bomber, caged and corked. No freshness info.

Pours near clear, very light straw. Looks like, dare I say it..."Fizzy yellow beer"....near white head is pretty thin, stays at the film and low collar stage, with fine sheeting and nice looking lace. More then average amount of tiny bubbles continue to stream to the top

Sugary nose with some faint floral qualities.

Sweet take on the style with notes of sugary candies, melon marinated in sweet lime juice, and more floral notes and some light peppery flourishes come to mind. Moderate hop bite in the finish. Not terrible, in general lacks the complexity, depth of flavors and intrigue of the all stars of the style. (681 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)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Found this 50cl can in a supermarket in Ste Maxime on the South of France: cracked it at my mates holiday villa on 17 Sep 2013.

Poured into two tumblers: golden, bright and light, small white head, very lager/pilsner like in appearance.

The nose was both yeasty and hoppy, the taste more grainy in nature. Semi-dry feel to the brew and the alcohol wasn't too pronounced. I thought it would be sweeter, but compared to the Amsterdam Navigation and Kronenbourg 7.2 Blonde it wasn't sweet at all (Ant and I were having a heavy can tasting session).

It is now brewed by HAACHT by the way. (587 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale golden, almost murky straw color. Pretty good head and lacing. A summer looking beer

Lemon zest aroma, some acetone and sweet bread.

The taste is a bit watered down. Up front there some strong flavors of lemon and hints of orange. The middle is lacking but not bad. This beer is a summer blond type of thing.

A good beer with salad or maybe some fruit sherbet. (372 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aren't I a lucky guy? A random bottle showed up at Beachwood Brewing, and a Belgian one at that. I couldn't turn down a taste of it. On to the beer:

Looks light yellow in color with short lived head and retention. The nose is a lot like apple juice and a pilsner on steriods; loads upon loads of grassy aromas.

This is certainly one of the most "different" breeds of the BSPA style that I've had. A little sweet like sugar and canned fruits, but in general very grassy tasting. Its strong carbonation reminds me of a Duvel, though since this is chokefull of grass, it is a little bit of a chore to drink.

Had I known this beer was from Brouwerij Roman (one of the breweries featured on Tournee Generale), I would have been very excited beforehand. While it was still cool to try my first beer from these guys, a 750 of The Pig sounds like a homework assignment. (866 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a light golden color with a white head. Plenty of lace, fluffy head, active carbonation. The aroma has plenty of belgian yeast fruit esters, sweet semi tropical and also dark fruit. In the flavor there was plenty of dark fruit, melon, fruit gum and dry grains. The finish is a bit light, though stinging with carbonation at first. Swirling in more yeast to the glass added a smoothness to the feel and a bit more of the honeydew melon flavor. Overall, this was a nice little Belgian pale. (500 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nicely with a decent head, that goes away pretty fast leaving lots of traces on the glass. Smells of grains, some fruitiness and low spicy yeasts.
Wheaty malts and grains, white bread, quite pronounced, balanced by mild fruitiness (acidic apple and pear, low oranges and lemon zest). Mild caramel, with some hints of honey but mostly Belgian sugars, cloying and lingering. Nicely spiced with clove, vanilla and some low coriander. Alcohol is warm and prickles a bit because of the carbonation, that's quite high in the beginning. But goes away in time, making this beer a bit syrupy even. Hops are fresh and mildly bitter in the finish, complementing the sweet notes.
A nice BSA, but doesn't really stand out from others of its kind. (739 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice golden-yellow with a little bit of cloudiness, nice white cap initially which fades leaving a small cap of white bubbles, no lacing

S: Nice Belgian yeast leaving a light banana, hay, light barnyard, pear and some whiffs of citrus

T: The taste is a bit astringent but the green apple, pear pretty much dominate the taste from start to finish. There is a nice little hay and cracker note in the mix as well. The finish is a bit dry, sharp, lightly bittering with a little booze sting

M: Medium bodied and refreshing, clean on the palate, well carbonated and no major flaws

O: Not bad at all. I rather enjoyed this after my Maharaja (650 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 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 beertunes
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in tulip. Poured a very pale straw-gold color with about 1/4 inch of white head that dissipated very quickly and left no lacing.

The aroma was about as expected, but very subdued. Light, soft grains, and a yeasty-spice that was interesting, but very delicate. The taste was the same, an understated version of what was expected. Low malts, some spice, some yeast and a hint of floral hops.

The body was nice, but much thinner than I would have liked. Drinkability was very good, this beer goes down very quickly and easily, and you could slip several down the throat before you realized it. Overall, a nice brew, not outstanding, but probably worth a shot, despite its $8 price tag. (691 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 puboflyons
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 25 ounce caged/corked bottle. Sampled on January 29, 2012. This has a long-lasting, foamy white head which caresses the somewhat agitated straw yellow pour. The aroma kicks off with yeast followed by sugar and malts. Not much in the way of spice but there is a modest hop crispness on the nose. The body is creamy and light. As for the taste I found it to lean on the sour side, which was kind of a letdown but not necessarily unexpected. Also a bit of overripe fruit with a near-dry finale. I migth have enjoyed it better if sour character had been more subtle. (571 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with about an inch white head. The head didn't stay around for long, and there wasn't much lacing on the glass. Aroma is nice and fruity, the brew smells like apples, mango, yeast, orange peel, cloves, and some pears. Unfortunately, the taste isn't quite as nice. I can pick up apples, pears, bready malt, peppery spice and a bit of clove, but there's also a bitter mineral-like flavor that I didn't care for. The mineral taste was pretty strong at first, but it did get weaker as I continued to drink the beer. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy with good carbonation. I think this is an OK brew, but I don't think I would buy it again. But for $7.99 a bottle, it's certainly worth trying. (800 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dusty pale gold in color that allows some light to shine through the haze while remaining cloudy. The head that forms is pure white and is pretty tight though small and does fade pretty quickly. It leaves a decent amount of spotty lacing to just beyond halfway down the glass before dropping off.
The aroma is a little funky with some fruity sweetness along with something like candi sugars, a bit of citrus, and some bubble gum. There's something a bit dusty about this one, and I assume it's Belgian yeast. It's not counter to the overall effect.
The combination of the citrus, funk and grassiness lends itself to something of a lemongrass flavor, though the grassiness gives way to a more wet hay funkiness. The bubble gum remains as well as a dustiness, which almost seems at odds overall with the sweetness.
The body is on the light side of medium and a touch too spritzy, but with just enough creaminess to give it a bit of heft and remain crisp.
Overall this is an interesting beer. I don't think it deserves a C+, but to each his own. (1,057 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 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 OWSLEY069
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a slight gingerbread like malt and a mellow sweetness. In the taste, lemon citrus and mellow everything else, malt, hops, candy sugar. A small bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry lemon and small yeasty presence in the aftertaste. Lemon like presence is nice, but just about average. (358 characters)

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Rince Cochon from Roman N.V.
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