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Saison De Pipaix - Brasserie à Vapeur

Saison De PipaixSaison De Pipaix

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215 Ratings

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.85%

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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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Photo of rudzud


3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 23:55:58 | More by rudzud
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(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

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2014 07:45:47 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of fourstringer


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 04:57:45 | More by fourstringer
Photo of dougbassett


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 22:20:49 | More by dougbassett
Photo of Roguer


3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2014 20:39:53 | More by Roguer
Photo of FLima


3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma of sweet tangerines, lime, sweetened yogurt and some tartness.
Sweet flavor of pineapple, apple puree, sour milk, yakult, berries, martini and some funkiness. Dry aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation
Very fruity, complex and interesting Saison.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 19:38:06 | More by FLima
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New York

3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy reddish orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of apples and oranges are present in the nose along with notes of yeast and hints of spices; the smell becomes a bit warmer once the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of apples and oranges along with notes of spices and hints of yeast. Faint hints of sourness are also noticeable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: The flavors and mouthfeel of this saison are a little subdued compared to other beers in this style. This might make a good beer to pair with a light dish such as a salad.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 23:07:57 | More by metter98
Photo of popery


4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a warm, amber-hued shade of brown. It's completely opaque. There's a good amount of sediment on the bottom of the bottle, and I wouldn't be surprised to find some floaties. The head is ecru in color and somewhat fizzy. It's not an altogether effervescent head that fades away immediately, but the mound of bubbles isn't long for this world.

The aroma is lovely. There's a subtle combination of spices. I'm getting ginger, fennel, licorice, orange and maybe lime. There's a peppery note that could be hops or just other spice. Nothing really stands out above the rest of the mix or drowns out the other flavors in the beer. The malt is lightly toasty and is accented by wood and earth. There's peaches, apricots, pears and grapes rattling around. It seems to have a mild lactic note, just an undertone of yogurt, and some nice mineral character.

The beer's taste is quite similar. It starts with some sweet stone fruit and earth. Then, the spices kick in. Again, it's hard to pick out any one dominating flavor, but ginger and orange start things off with anise and pepper stronger in the finish. Moderately lactic tart. Moderate toasty malt sweetness. There's some funk, but it probably needs more time to develop fully. This bottle just came into a local store, so I assume it's relatively fresh for this beer. At any rate, besides the aforementioned spice, the finish also has more of that mineral character and a woody note that dries things out. A touch of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel starts out a bit effervescent but the carbonation drops pretty quickly, and the beer ends up pretty creamy. Full compared to some saisons. The finish is fairly dry, though. That said, this is a beer that I could enjoy flat.

This is a fantastic beer. It has some of the best spicing that I've come across in beer. It's very much on the Fantome side of the saison world, and I can't imagine finding another beer that tastes terribly similar. I'm looking forward to seeing how it develops.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 05:52:54 | More by popery
Photo of Russbier

4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Easy drinking but still complex and interesting; dry & clean. The spices are suble, unlike many Belgians, and they are balanced well with the beer style. Now drinking a "Brewed in 2003" and would like to try one cellared for a few years longer. It's an exceptional beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 01:35:52 | More by Russbier
Photo of BARFLYB


4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Memphis Taproom. Served in a tulip glass.

Saison De Pipaix came to me with dark amber color looking darker than your average saison. A beautiful tan colored inch of healthy foam up top sticks around and leaves some notches on the way down. An odd saison, farmhouse scents with some hay, berry and a slightly acidic nature. I get grapes. Some floral appeal, with pepper and orange coming out with warming. This is a delicate beer, it goes over well, slightly tangy, easy to drink. Taste is floral fruity and earthy. Slight tang with orange, pepper and some berry. The body on this is a step below medium with a spritzy carb going for it. I could of easily drank another glass of it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2012 03:00:24 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of corby112


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy, dark golden orange color with a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Musty farmhouse aroma with some earthy funk, grassy hops, pale malt and light fruit. Strong Saison yeast presence along with piney hops, grass and straw followed by caramel malt, toffee, biscuit and fruit juice.

On the light end of medium bodied with soft carbonation and a prominent funky farmhouse yeast flavor that lingers over earthy hops, light fruit and malt backbone into a slightly sweet finish. Very earthy and funky with dry brett, Saison yeast and grassy hop notes followed by hints of toffee, bread and biscuit. Light fruit sweetness in the finish with some grape, apple and pear. Well balanced and easy to drink but nothing out of the ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 05:39:14 | More by corby112
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed last night at the kitchen upstairs in boulder. think i paid something like 22 bucks for a bomber of this, cap and cork rig. the pour is golden orange color, sunny, with some haze, and a big bubble white head rising high in the snifter. the flavor is quite delicate, spices from the yeast capture my attention first, some fruity notes trickle in one by one, apple, dried apricot, white grape. its not a fruity beer but these little teases are quite fun. the malt profile is coppery, crackery light, with just a touch of sweetness. peppery finish, with more hops than most belgian saisons. i was really impressed with this, as it went excellently with our raw oysters and mussels and crab legs and clams. perfect compliment. feel was massively carbonated, with a ligher body, clean finish, and modest alcohol. overall an excellent saison, and one i will look forward to drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 16:51:55 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Durge


3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this one at redlight Redlight in Orlando. It's a classic cloudy golden amber color with a solid white fuzz on top and plentiful lacing. The aroma is similarly classic sour apple cinnamon clove and cereal grain. Nice. The flavor is a bit disappointing in that there is very little sweetness, the sour lemon is not super tart but it grows on you with subtle apple yeast. Rice and wheat and a touch of clove and roast beef au jus. Oh yeah. A fairly light body and foamy feel. Not highly memorable, but fine aroma and solid flavor. Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2012 04:59:20 | More by Durge
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Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 9/2/2012 at Julian’s in Providence, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices, fruit, caramelized malts and some Belgian yeast.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong spice flavor. Then some flavors of fruit and caramel come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and the hops presence is mild but complementary creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid Saison but there are other in the style that I would choose first.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2012 02:47:38 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwins Trappiste in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart and is of malt, citrus, and herbal aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild citrus zest and herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2012 04:21:59 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a burnt orange with a medium white head, some solid lace and head retention.

S: Mint, fungus, truffle, with some medicinal character. A unique smell even in saisons.

T: Mint and fungus with a lot of citrus. Some mango as well. Very rustic, full-flavoured, a great food pairing beer.

M: Moderate tartness and acid, crisp, medium-bodied, nice carbonation.

O: One of my old favourites, so it's nice to revisit it. A striking different beer for the adventurous beer drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2012 00:57:57 | More by Halcyondays
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3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a De Struise chalice. No bottle information.

Appearance - Pours with a nice, but not necessarily fluffy, off-white head. Settles quickly and without event into just a couple of bubbles and hardly a collar of foam. The occasional archipelago of lace still clings to the side. The body is a clear apple cider (after drinking this, I have apples on the brain) with some floaties.

Smell - Apples upon apples. A slight musty yeast to it and a touch of spiciness. It's really all apples though.

Taste - Sweet malt and fruity apple flavors. It gets bready almost immediately and then everything succumbs to the apples. The finish has a little bit of spice and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel - It's light. Not really spritzy due to some idle carbonation. Easy to drink, though.

Overall - It's uninteresting, but easy to drink. Tons of apples. It makes me think it's some sort of off-flavor, but it isn't unpleasant. Just monotonic.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 22:15:38 | More by Alieniloquium
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New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip; 2002 Vintage

Thanks to Keanlacrosse for the share

The body is a rather clear orange with a foamy ecru cap. Some nice spider web lacing clings to the glass as the cap fades. The nose is of bright lemons, pepper, and musky funk. Fairly straightforward. On the palate, prickly lemons leap while musty, earthy, dank, funk rolls in mid-palate. Some granny smith apples and green pear juice bring a sweetness in the finish, mixing with a bit of white pepper. An interesting flavor profile. Light bodied, crisp, and refreshing. I wasn't in love with the overall profile, but this was a good offering. I would seek this out again, great for a bottle share.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 20:51:42 | More by ColForbinBC
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3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330mL. Ridiculously overfilled - literally 1mm below the cap.

Hazed cumquat with a white finger of above average density for the style. Falls to a raised collar, with a moderately vigorous bead.

Leads with bright, tropical punchbowl aromas of honeydew, watermelon, peaches and curacao, before the sweetness is gradually reined in by lemon zest, green apple, ginger and heather, doughy yeast and a mellow mustiness. Impressively coherent despite the busy-ness.

Taste is mainly about a blunt cidery tartness, which all but obliterates the individual clarity in the aroma profile. Plenty of random spice here and there, and notes of mint and herbal freshness, but it's not obvious what its role is.

Medium, slightly oily, with lightly buzzy carbonation. Transitions to a moderately tart finish.

Almost gave the nose a five, but the flavours mash together into an inchoate hulk. Pity.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 11:28:26 | More by spicelab
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2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2002 vintage, 750ml bottle shared with my wife during a broiling backyard barbeque. This beer turned out not to be the interesting but crisp refresher we were hoping for. Apparently and anecdotally there were tremendous batch and vintage variations and our bottle alas was not one of the better ones. Not much sign of carbonation upon popping the cork; pours a completely hazed over apricot color without head or lacing. Odd aroma with a bit of oxidation; some tart lemon; pepper; sweet bready malts; hay and barn funkiness. Not super appealing.

Unfortunately the taste confirms the nose; slight oxidized wet cardboard, some tart lemony notes that don’t save the beer; black pepper, vague spices, and bready malt without much sweetness. Still, doesn’t dry up enough. Acidic and with touches of hay and funk muddled in with the rest of the flavors. Maybe some green apple skins as well. Kind of hangs there in the mouth. Very little carbonation, medium to slightly thin body; lifeless. Not quite a drainpour, but close. An interesting experiment and thankfully an inexpensive one, but not an experience I’d want to repeat either.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 23:39:26 | More by tobelerone
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3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has been around for many years, and I've had it many times and often at a decent price point. Drinking a bottle currently. Gold copper with minimal fuzziness. Big aroma of liquorice and funk. Flavor punctuated with big carbonation, lemon, funk, and orange. A touch of minerals, fruit rind, and lime.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 20:12:54 | More by DenverLogan
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2.33/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was an unlucky weekend. Tasting Texelse Skuumkoppe: sour headache beer-a so called whitebeer. Today I tasted this one. Another headache beer-being called a saison.

Is it fate that this awful saison tastes almost identical to the whitebeer of yesterday? This beer has nothing nothing nothing to do with saison. Elementary to saison is the good hopping. This one hasn't any!

The label talks about ginger and lemon rasp as ingredients. It is sour indeed but not plaisant.

Unfortunately the second bottle to throw away this weekend.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 19:26:37 | More by Filosoof
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3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Like caramel apples? Then you'll love this beer!

But first, the beer opens with a yeasty amber color with the signature Belgiany haze. A part-froathy, part spritzy head caps the beer with stark white foam. Reducing to a thick sheet, the beer climbs the walls of the glass with intricate patterns of lace. Very bubbly, the beer simply looks lively, nearly as if champagne.

A mix of apple and apple pie aromas carry a mix of red apples, green apples, bruised apples, crabapples (am I leaving out any apples out there?). Bready with a biscuity crust, caramel, cinnamon, clove, and white pepper deliver the bredth of aromas that make up the beer.

Much can be said of the narrowly defined flavor spread- apples, apples, and more apples. Red and bruised varieties give a decidedly cider taste along with the spicy and sweetness of glaze and cinnamon found in apple pies. Light honey and spicy alcohols seem somewhat mead or white wine in comparison.

Medium and very bubbly, the beer has the dry-effervescent prickle of peppery carbonation and alcohol warmth that makes the beer effortless and drinkable.

Certainly a must-try for any fan of apple flavor in beer. But the off-kilter balance of one-sided fruity flavor doesn't allow the esters to develop the complex fruit notes that would have otherwise round out the beer better. Apple character takes away also from the peppery spice and the needed hop flavor and bitterness and leaves the beer lacking true 'Saison' flavor. The apple flavor here (acedaldehyde) is a certain distraction for me, to the point that it degrades the beer severely.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 05:20:51 | More by BEERchitect
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed at Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood CA on January 27, 2012. Listed as 7% ABV on menu board.

Beer is a cloudy medium brown with a small and very fine foam head that provides barely-sticky lacing.

Aroma is tropical fruit and a touch of wheat bread.

Flavor is like fresh wheat bread up front. The middle brings white peaches and mangos (or perhaps the papayas the beer is named for?) and the finish has more bitterness than expected. Not terribly complex, but refreshing and tasty. Lacking in tartness and spice, but it'as not really missed.

Sort of wet up front and dry on the finish. Nice trick!

Overall - mark this in the "win" column.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2012 21:26:09 | More by charlzm
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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly high carbonation. The cream color head wore off very quickly. Amber in color, very clear. Smell is very mild but it smells good - orangy and spicey. Not sure if I'm picking up on yeast or spices, which I think is a good thing. Taste is very unique. Citrus + bitter orange flavor - reminiscent of 'witbier' spices. Pleasant tartness - lactic in flavor. Pilsner grainy flavored malt body. Also some cork or wood flavors, which almost masks a mild oxidization flavor. Overall enjoyable unique saison.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 03:30:17 | More by mlazzaro
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Saison De Pipaix from Brasserie à Vapeur
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