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Saison De Pipaix - Brasserie à Vapeur

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222 Ratings

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 22
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2002)
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New York

3.74/5  rDev +1.4%

Bottle shared by Bob last night. '03 vintage.

Pours a very dark orange, one of the darker saisons I've seen. There's a 2 inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like apple cider, wheat, and library books. Sort of a dusty and musty smell.

This one tastes a little oxidized, but it blends in well with the dusty flavors, some moss, apple cider, wheat, citrus fruits. Nothing outstanding, but tasty enough.

This one is medium bodied, with a tart and vinegary mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable.

Interesting as an aged beer, but this one probably hit its peak about 5 years ago.

08-16-2014 18:07:10 | More by GreesyFizeek
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New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

07-14-2014 23:07:34 | More by ScottP
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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

07-04-2014 20:12:01 | More by Gonzoillini
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

06-11-2014 01:34:09 | More by BGsWo22
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

06-08-2014 01:55:27 | More by petermethot
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

06-01-2014 04:06:48 | More by stakem
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

05-31-2014 21:33:50 | More by acurtis
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

04-28-2014 06:54:00 | More by HopsMatt
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

04-12-2014 16:23:57 | More by mendvicdog
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

04-06-2014 17:25:21 | More by afsdan
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

04-06-2014 14:18:12 | More by PEIhop
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3.91/5  rDev +6%

Thanks to Francois for sharing 1985 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with some nice half finger head.

S - Aromas of funk, tart, funk, cork, cheese.

T - Taste is really weird, old fruits, cork, almost spoiled milk. Very strange

M - Mouthfeel is very drinkable shocked.

O - Overall this beer was very interesting. Really glad to try it.

04-02-2014 23:55:58 | More by rudzud
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

(on tap at Tria Taproom - served in a teku glass - first rated on 02 Sep 2012)

A: light amber, cloudy as hell.... cottony, krausen-like foam that slowly receded, kept some wisps of sud around the outer edges... had this on tap once before, about a year and a half ago - the cloudy, unfiltered look is consistent, if a little foreboding

S: (unripe?) peaches and cream, rose petals - mostly yeast(y)-derived aromas - a little like liquid brewers yeast, bold but not forward... each scent is pretty damn powerful, having dimension - perhaps the glass is key here... unique

T: custardy, bosc pear-like fruit... hint of watermelon (flesh? rind?)... fair amount of doughy malt... touch of a black-peppery aftertaste... overall a bit different, more rustic than the Dupont benchmark

M: soft, quiet in carbonation... the unfiltered, unconditioned constitution lends some fluffy roundness... quietly drops off in the finish... no heat - dry, but not parching

O: had this twice now on tap and a sip of the '95 from a friend's glass (which was a different beast!) - this has to be one of the most interesting, unique, and flavorful saisons out there

04-02-2014 07:45:47 | More by Bouleboubier
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

03-25-2014 06:24:33 | More by gillagorilla
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3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Cap is stamped 11/14.

A: Hazy, dark orange-yellow body. 1 finger off-white head with fair retention. Light lacing.

S: Lightly tart with a citric acid scent. Mild funk. Suggestions of fruit - cherry, wine grape - come across with a character that is unusual for a beer. Almost like the "ghost" of those fruits. Cool, but strange, and hard to describe. Lemon. Hint of bready malt, grass/hay.

T: Nicely tart with a very round, almost fruity, funk to it. A mild, slightly herbal, hop bitterness leads to a fairly dry finish. Citric acid and light malt lingers on the finish. Light herbal and floral aspects. There is a certain vinous quality. No alcohol to speak of.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light body. Both are relatively slight for the style, but convey the somewhat delicate flavors nicely.

O: Very interesting, genre-bending brew. More sour than I expected, but I really enjoyed it. Seems to integrate equal parts saison, flanders red and gueuze, with a somewhat lighter feel than average for any of the three. The fruit notes are very unique. Definitely worth trying out - especially if you like sours.


03-05-2014 04:57:45 | More by fourstringer
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

02-25-2014 01:42:26 | More by spoony
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

02-20-2014 09:48:51 | More by DRBiser
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

02-20-2014 04:38:10 | More by Oakenator
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

02-13-2014 06:26:00 | More by MarkyMOD
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

02-09-2014 22:54:26 | More by Chieftog
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3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #40 of the ones I've reviewed here.

I've recently been on a "Belgian in big bottles" kick, buying them more or less blind. The only thing I knew about this one was "saison", which brings to my mind certain types of flavors I associate with the style. That's not this, this is a very eccentric take on Saisons.

Maybe best understood as a bitter fruit beer, if that makes any sense. If it didn't say "Saison" on the label I would not have pegged it as such. Pours a kind of orangish-brown which is evocative to look at, although I'd have appreciated more of a head. The nose is oddly citrus: lemons, orange, with a little anise and ginger in the background. The flavors are quite unusual, imagine unripe peaches, of all things, along with bitter orange and maybe a little of that spice sneaking in the back way at the finish. (Which I could've stood to have a little longer).

I gave this fairly high scores because it's really quite unusual, I've never had any Saison quite like this. That said, I don't know if I'd ever seek this out again -- it's unusual but I don't know if I'd actually describe it as pleasant to drink, exactly. It's more a beer you admire than one you groove behind, I think, and it's odd to find that cropping up here in a Saison, a style that I've always associated as being "the working class Belgian" (or as close to it as you can find in Belgium). That said, it's definitely worth a try -- maybe you'll be more enthusiastic about it than me.

02-02-2014 22:20:49 | More by dougbassett
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

01-28-2014 03:49:22 | More by ThreeFishes
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

01-28-2014 03:47:12 | More by Mphis
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

01-27-2014 14:23:38 | More by bconsidine
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3.84/5  rDev +4.1%

Hazy orange and peach color, almost opaque. Thin fizzy white head.

Very subdued aroma: light spices, bread, and orange.

Intriguing flavors: sour stone fruit, yeast, a little biscuit. Not overly sweet. A little lemon and grass.

Light feel, a little sting, fairly dry yet with a residual coating.

One of the more interesting Saisons I've tried, especially for one that doesn't seem to rely on funk.

On tap at the Engine Room, Mystic, CT.

01-25-2014 20:39:53 | More by Roguer
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Saison De Pipaix from Brasserie à Vapeur
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