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Saison De Pipaix - Brasserie à Vapeur

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BA SCORE
83
good

226 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 23
Gots: 9 | 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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5/5  rDev +35.5%

tfsimpkins, Jul 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

HopStoopid120, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of rastaman
4.97/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An excellent little brew, aroma of pepper, flowers and perhaps a bit of licorice, wood shavings or something like that. Very fresh and summery in taste, i dug it a hell of a lot, nice bitter finish aswell, well balanced, light, tart, exciting, i just love this stuff, close to my favourite.

rastaman, Jul 12, 2002
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4.83/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle corked and capped. 1995 bottling. I was more than a little nervous when I opened the cap and there was liquid above the cork. Fortunately, my fears were unfounded. Pours out a mostly clear amber color with no head. The aroma is very sour, like a gueuze. I pick up apples, lemongrass, coriander, lime, and damp basement. Sour fruit flavor, with cherries, apples, grapes, and lime. I get some licorice flavor too, as well as some ginger. A little spicy. Not as sour as a lambic, but more sour than any other type of beer I've had. The complexities of this beer are incredible. Medium mouthfeel. Very thrist quenching. There's no question that I'm going out and buying a few more bottles of this stuff, but do I enjoy it now at 10 years when I know it's good, or do I give 15 years a try?

beveragecaptain, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of geexploitation
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty clear (when poured gently), with an amber color inflected with orange, and a small head that leaves little lace. Aromas of pale Belgian malts and weak Tang or maybe some orange tea. Some coriander and earthy dampness. I can't pick out anything else specific, but it feels like there are a ton of spices in here just below sensation threshold. On the palate, the mouthfeel is very smooth, with just a touch of hoppy acidity and light, perhaps weak carbonation. The combination works. Lots of complexity in the taste. Orangey citrus and slightly sweet Belgian malts start things off, then there's a beautiful blast of sweetness right and the mid-palate that's nice and juicy. At the end things are acidic, peppery and quite dry, with a funky, damp-earth overtone that's enlivened by the continuing citrus notes that are all over this beer. What a wonderfully flavored, expertly integrated beer. Great citrus notes, interesting earthy notes, perfect moutfeel... wow. Packed full of interesting flavors, thirst quenching and drinkable. Excellent.

geexploitation, Apr 22, 2007
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4.68/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this bottle at O'Brien's. There is a sticker on the bottle that says "This ALE has been brewed in 04/1995, bottled in Sept. 1995 and stored in our cellar. When you get it, put it back in a cellar for some days or better weeks (like an old wine). You should find a begin of wine porto taste. Enjoy it!" I have never had a beer this old. I know the style is not the best candidate for aging. Lets see how it held up.

This beer pours a clear golden yellow with a white head. The head fades slowly leaving a thick layer of laces.

This beer has a noticable alcohol aroma. Behind that, I detect a sour , citrusy aroma. Also, I can detect a spicy aroma. A little clove aroma also maybe?

This beer has a slightly sour flavor. I taste nutmeg, and a slight clove flavor. There is a good citrus flavor. The alcohol in not noticable in the flavor. I

This beer is very smooth. It leaves a sour cherry, slightly citrusy aftertaste. This beer is very refreshing. It has held up good after so long. The carbonation is very low, but that is understandable since it is over 10 years old.

This is a very drinkable beer. Low alcohol, smooth refreshing taste. If this beer was more available, I would drink a lot of it. Well worth the $20 it cost. O'Brien's has some left, I just might go buy another one.

OStrungT, Dec 25, 2005
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4.68/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber-orange body with some visible particulate. It's short and creamy bright-white head holds fairly well before dropping to a decent collar and thin surface covering. Unfortunately, it leaves very little lace. The nose is quite interesting, and almost entrancing, with a soft mustiness over a gentle fruitiness (some orange), a very mild tart or acidic note, and some light spice (ginger, pepper, coriander). Really nice! The body is light; and it benefits greatly from a very fine, natural conditioning that caresses the tongue. All of the character found in the nose remains in the flavor. It's exceptionally well-balanced with a lightly sweet maltiness that's either accentuated by, or plays host to, a subtle tartness; mild orange-ish fruitiness; and gentle ginger/coriander/black pepper spiciness. It finishes soft and dry with a lingering note of sweet malt and some gentle spiciness. Complex yet refreshing! Highly enjoyable and well worth seeking out!

NeroFiddled, Mar 26, 2003
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4.65/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed 014/1995, bottled 09/1995. Old typed label glued around the neck. Corked and capped, with the cap showing signs of old age as it displays some rust.

Pours out bright gold with a bit of an orange tint and sits a foggy orange-amber in the glass with a good sized creamy white head, fading to the surface, keeping a constant dusting of head at any given point, lacings struggle to cling to the sides, but offer a good show and does leave some nice marks around the glass.

Smells rich and fruity with bundles of apples pouring out into the nose. Pears, peaches, tart cherries and green grapes take their place as well. Old, musty leather and sandy, windblown driftwood give a little bit of charm to the nose. Bits of oranges and lemon permeate through the musty tones and revive the truly fruity base on which this beer rests. Tangy and sweet nosed, highly attractive.

Tastes initially soured and tart, from the very moment it pierces the lips and continues throught the entire journey. Late harvest grapes with hints of their vines billow from the inside, but it is just latent sweetness. Apple skins and stems flow throughout the juicy, fleshy flavors that are quite abundant. Apples, pears, nectarines, under-ripened plum skins, and oranges put out every available flavor they can offer. Wet leather slides on the sides of the mouth. Seafood and saline juices squirt out from inbetween. Faint notes of pepper are offered upon exhaling after swallowing. Finish shows little to no signs of bitterness, only a light sense of dryness. Tartness fades and reveals a new world of dry and dusty barnyard flavors than can be tasted long after the last drops pass through your mouth.

Absolutely delicate, soft and smooth in the mouth. Carbonation is impeccably fine and lifting. Medium-light in overall body, hightly refreshing overall, yet it's delicacies are near sleep-inducing.

As a saison, this is completely on it's own level. Sharing qualities of an finely crafted lambic, soured ale and probably just about everything the farmhouse has to offer. It's eclectic in the best of words. Easily enjoyed, but very difficult to open and empty a beer of such fine qualities. Definately cellar worthy, just don't forget to enjoy it. Easily worth the $7.49 pricetag.

Skidz, Feb 14, 2005
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4.6/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

'95 Vintage, corked with a rusty cap

This is most unique saison I've had. The mangled cork came out with a burst of vinous aroma with hints of barnyard. On a blind taste test I'd believe this was a lambic. Rorshack flavor test- fresh cut limes, breezy summer days, vietnamese food. Maybe it is the age, but the most prominent flavor is the sourness. The sourness comes first, then a incredibly pleasant grassy finish. It has that patented saison funkiness. I'd love to try this one new to get a basis of comparison, but this one is heavenly.

swamiswamu, Mar 12, 2005
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4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

Russbier, Jan 29, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This should be really interesting, quite a polarizing saison here, apparently. I've heard that bottles of this are either absolutely outstanding, or astonishingly bad. That there can be that kind of variation with this beer makes me a bit excited, I'm going to be honest.

Cap popped with zero noise, which caused me to worry...only to realize that the bottle was also corked, Fantome/Cantillon style. Poured into a tulip, it looks like a slightly darker saison. It has the orange-gold color of a Double IPA, actually. Thin head, but good retention.

Cool aroma....I'm getting fig, pear, and a hit of ginger ale, as if it's some exotic soda drink. Slight undercurrent of barnyard/cat pee - not the same intensity of a lambic at all, but present.

Wow. Cold, I'm getting a lot of the freshly-molded-plastic character, no mistaking the Belgian-ness here. As it warms, the spices come more into play. I really have no idea what they are though....I'm thinking nutmeg and white pepper? While the beer is quite clearly spiced, I don't think the individual constituents are over-spiced to the point where they become obvious. The spices are well-integrated with the beer; they don't overpower it. As for the beer itself, it's quite fruity - to me, the dominant flavors are fig and pear. Not a lot of sweetness, though, which is great - to me, dryness is an essential characteristic of a saison. This isn't desiccating, with a small hit of pear sweetness up front, but it does come to a dry finish. Slight tart/funk character - not Fantome-ian tartness, but it's there.

Feel is soft and luxurious...very tiny bubbles here. Has a real naturally-conditioned living ale feel.

At 6%, flavorful and complex without being so complex that you have to slow down, this is an immensely drinkable beer to me. I'm a fan.

I hear of people aging this for long periods of time...I'm not sure why you'd want to do this, as to me this wouldn't seem to be the kind of beer that would benefit from extended aging. I say drink 'em now if you got 'em.

Patrick999, Jul 09, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

tln13, Oct 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

pathman, Jan 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22%
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

Bouleboubier, Apr 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

Mix_Master_Mike, Aug 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

mrfrancis, Jul 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

afsdan, Apr 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

jfcaa193, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

Chieftog, Feb 09, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy amber with a white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves almost no lace. smells wonderful. not barnyardy and super musty like i expected, but fruity, citrusy, a little sweet, hint of spice and a little sour. taste exhibits the same characteristcs as the nose. i can detect hints of flowery like cardamom or corriander, ginger and white pepper as well, but they seem to meld as one flavor. very well balanced with a soft, smooth mouthfeel that seems to be carbonated just right. not dry. not bitter. simply delightful and paired perfectly with a belgian style steak and cheese with fries at Granville Moore's - the lovely new gastro belgian spot in dc. I'll have another please!!

timtim, Dec 22, 2007
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4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the Brickskellar 1/18/05, multi-vintage tasting with Jean-Louis Dits owner and brewmaster.

1998
A: Very hazy, amber/copper colour, with a solid off white head.

S: Earthy right away, with an undercurrent of spice and toffeeish malt.

T: A melange of citrus, green apple, earth, spice with a solid base of malt. Finishes dry and crisp.

M: Fresh and lively with very fine carbonation.

D: Very, very, very....

1996
A: Light amber in colour, the head is thin and white, degrades to sticky lacing.

S: Spicy, with secondary aromas of earth and a lambic-like sourness.

T: Tart, with a light malt followup. Lemon and spice on the finish.

M: A little thin, minimal carbonation ,but still pretty smooth.

D: The bracing tartness, takes a touch of the fun out of this, but still enjoyable.

1985
A: Slightly hazy and light amber, with a surprising sticky white head.

S: Good whack of pepper right up front on this guy, earthy, apple, lemon, caramel malt.

T: Layered flavours of candied orange, lemon, apple, fig, coriander, white grape. Pepper is very evident on the finish.

M: Creamy and persistant carbonation.

D: What a fabulous drink, what I would give for a cellar full of these.

The review numbers are a combination of all three if I was to separate them I would say,
1998 - 4.1
1996 - 3.4
1985 - 4.85

Hefe

Hefe, Jan 29, 2005
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4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed 07/1995 Bottled 10/1995

Pours a cloudy orange-ish and hints of a murky brown color with a white head. In the aroma, sour green apples and a small corriander presence. In the taste, a dry and sour green apple flovor. A smooth and sour mouthfeel and a dry green apple with corriander and other spices in the aftertaste. Fantastic age, great sourness, great body.

OWSLEY069, Jan 18, 2008
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4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1995.
Pours a hazy apricot body with a thin white head. Muddy yellow after the yeast pour, with a more defined crown.
Nose of limestone, lime juice, and lime leaves. Traced with sourdough, fuzzy peach skin, and a deliciously contradictory whisper of vanilla.
Pours throught the mouth with a melange of unripe and sour fruits. Peaches, cherries, pears, apple, and pineapple and muskmelon, all laid upon a salted lime juice backing. It's forcefully tart without being shearing or choking, or off-seeming. Like a gueuze-lite. Sedimentary rocks provide an earthen backing, mostly via sandstone. There has been a good deal of hop atrophy after 9+ years, but it still ends with a leafy cilantro herb note, and phantasmagoric Hallertau mist.
Yeast pour bolsters the body with wheat bread, caramel, and salt.
Light of body and of carbonation. A near decade later, this is a delectably different quaffer. More downable than a lambic, which might be its closest reference point. Otherwise, compare this to cilantro-infused salted limeade filtered through bedrock and garnished with melon rinds and pineapple.

cokes, Feb 16, 2005
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4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in Oct. 1995. Not much pressure when I draw out the cork, and there's no head to speak of -- just a fine skein of white bubbles despite the vigorous pour. It's a slightly hazy, deep amber color, sort of like mead. The smell is cider vinegar, funk, wildflower honey. The taste is lots of cider vinegar, a twinge of hay, some earthy notes, with something savory toward the finish ending in honey mingled with wood sorrel. It's moderately viscous, low in carbonation, with a dry finish that keeps you drinking it. Perhaps not your hot-afternoon-saison, but certainly fine on a rainy March night.

gory4d, Mar 15, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork-capped 750 ml bottle:

Pours hazed orangeish golden with a large off-white head that immediately descends to a lasting cover. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of a bit of soft hay mustiness with grain, orange rind, a hint of anise and some black pepper. Mild, but complex and inviting.

The taste is sourish with an herbal/leafy dryness and some sweetness with peppery spicing. Soft and subtle enough that nothing in particular stands out over anything else. Well-balanced.

Light-bodied and efffervescent.

Very drinkable and refreshing, especially on a hot summer's day. Soft, but complex. I could easily have had a second bottle of this one. Unique while fitting the style.

jwc215, Jun 11, 2008
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Saison De Pipaix from Brasserie à Vapeur
83 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.