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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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Photo of Franck
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

A strange nose of coriander and chocolate mint. Very fruity and herbal.
In mouth, these flavors are dominant with a punch of citrus. Tartness is short and it's surprisingly well balanced.
Overall, it's a strange but tasty beer. Not bad but I don't think I'd drink it again

Franck, Yesterday at 06:18 PM
Photo of BGCoon
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

BGCoon, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of Bitterbill
4.28/5  rDev +16%

Just arrived at Liquor Shed in Casper.

Okay, a big pop and super gush when I removed the cap. Beer everywhere.

It pours a rusty murky colour with a 1 finger head of foam. Nice lacing.

A strong spicy nose of coriander, clove, bubblegum. Yeast. A very perfumey nose overall.

Everything in the smell is in the taste as well as a strong bitter/tartness of lemon zest and apples, It finishes bitter and tart. Long aftertaste.

On the low end of medium bodied, the carbonation, well, it's healthy to say the least.

Other than the huge gush, this was very enjoyable.

Bitterbill, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

mattfancett, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

GreesyFizeek, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of ScottP
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

ScottP, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Gonzoillini, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of BGsWo22
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

BGsWo22, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

petermethot, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

stakem, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

acurtis, May 31, 2014
Photo of HopsMatt
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

HopsMatt, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +22%

afsdan, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of PEIhop
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

PEIhop, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of rudzud
3.91/5  rDev +6%
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.

rudzud, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of Bouleboubier
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
Photo of gillagorilla
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

gillagorilla, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of fourstringer
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Prost!

fourstringer, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of spoony
4/5  rDev +8.4%

spoony, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of DRBiser
3/5  rDev -18.7%

DRBiser, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of Oakenator
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Oakenator, Feb 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

MarkyMOD, Feb 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

Chieftog, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of dougbassett
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

dougbassett, Feb 02, 2014
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Saison De Pipaix from Brasserie à Vapeur
83 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.