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Saison De Pipaix - Brasserie à Vapeur

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BA SCORE
83
good

221 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 21
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie à Vapeur visit their website
Belgium

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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Todd

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4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 pint 10.4oz green wine bottle with cork and beer cap. From the back label: "This ale has been brewed in 10/1996, bottled in November 1996 and stored in our cellar. When you get it, put it back in a celler for some days or better weeks (like an old wine). You should find a begin of wine porto taste. Enjoy it!" ... I stored this beer for another year plus.

Appearance: Pours a dark, cloudy amber/peach coloured beer with a snapping, fizzy white foam head that snaps down to stillness.

Smell: Soft, musty, aged. A bit cider-like, with loads of ginger in the nose, and dash of pepper.

Taste: A very crisp beer. Coarse on the palate. Carbonation is quite fizzy, like mineral water, both in feel on the palate and taste -- a bit champagne-like too in that respect. Puckering tartness with a stand-out sweet orange citrus flavour that is absolutely lovely. Very vinous in character. Apple-skin-like feel thrown into the coarseness, too. Hints of lemon grass, hop leaf and spices that taste steeped: coriander and pepper. The use of ginger really rounds things off and adds yet another layer of depth, and more spice to the brew. Slight "cheesy" flavour around the edges and towards the finish, which is coarse and dry.

Notes: Bottle-conditioned. Unpasteurized. Brewed according to an original 1785 recipe with: pale & Munich malts, Hallertauer hops, ginger, pepper, sweet orange, coriander and curacao.

Saison. What an underrated style of beer. So wine-like, but more complex with citrus and spices that pop-out with a most refreshing carbonation and lightness. Saison de Pipaix is a classic example of the style. Can't really say much more than ... Be adventurous. Live a little. Buy a saison and sip it with an open mind.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2002 19:23:10 | More by Todd
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Saison De Pipaix from Brasserie à Vapeur
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