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Saison De Pipaix - Brasserie à Vapeur

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221 Ratings

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 21
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2002)
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Reviews by drperm:
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4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one in my new Caracole tulip glass.

Appearance: a bronze-pumpkin color, intriguing and beguiling. A very thin white lace of foam around the edge, and quite a few bubbles rising up from the bottom.

Aroma: Mystifyingly enticing. Very fragrant. There is definitely a touch of "Flemish Sour Ale" notes here, and the most prominent characteristics are of leather, an earthy floral-ness, and something I can only describe as "forest floor."

Taste: Complex, especially for 6.0% ABV, but not quite as complex as the nose might lead one to expect. Tangy, sweet-and-sour, with burnt-honey and grapefruit, and a green-apple finish.

Palate: Ever-so-slightly oily finish on the roof of the mouth, and that apple finish lingers. Zippy, zesty, and thirst-quenching.

Overall: It's an odd one, but strangely satisfying. Definitely a dinner (or lunch) beer, rather than a session pint on its own.

Try it with Jambalaya or Shrimp & Grits: the cayenne pepper and other spices in the food bring out a *hop* profile previously understated. It's *almost* not strong enough for the Cajun, but it definitely works wondrously when it's all said and done.

For all of its tart profile, sour complexity, and earthy depth (think geuze rather than saison -- or perhaps the love-child of the two), I find something strangely homey and comforting about this beer: perhaps that, more than anything is the soul and root of the "farmhouse" style.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 17:07:30 | More by drperm
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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

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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

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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.

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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).

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

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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.

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Saison De Pipaix from Brasserie à Vapeur
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