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Saison De Pipaix - Brasserie à Vapeur

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237 Ratings
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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 24
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2002

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Ratings: 237 | Reviews: 158
Photo of geexploitation
4.72/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle that was capped and corked. The damn cork didn't want to come out...so it went in!

Poured into a Piraat tulip with a cloudy apricot orange hue filled with rising bubbles to a pillowy ivory dense head cap deflating to a coating.

Scents of barn yard funk, hay, Earthy dirt and leafy vegetal.

First swigs: Funky sweaty plain tea bitter notes with a delicate lemon citus zest. This is supposed to be ale brewed with spices? Hmmm... not getting too many spices. Earthy dirt flavors with a touch of floral heather or lavender. Finish has some cider and red apple flavor.

Feel is medium bodied with a tight carbonation. Easy drinker with a thin style. Flavor aftertaste instantly vanishes. Best aspect of the feel is the refreshing quality that adds to a quaffable nature.

Last swigs: An excellent beer that just didn't quite kick it for me, but the quality stands out all the way.

Photo of EPICAC
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend and I split a 750mL bottle at Delerium Cafe in Brussels. The bartender said he hadn't seen this one, and that he'd have to look. He brought back a dusty bottle with a best by date of August 2003.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange-amber (though our first pours were crystal-clear). It's topped by a thick, off-white head that thins to a film leaving heavy lace.

Smell: Sourish almost lambic-like hints, cherry fruitiness and some light maltiness that's hard to place.

Taste: Sour cherries with some light medicinals, some Brett character and a mild bitterness. Nice tartness

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, low carbonation, with a mild dryness.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable and interesting.

Overall: Even though the best by date had long since passed this beer had aged quite well.

Photo of dgallina
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped and corked dark green bottle without freshness dating. Bottle is clearly quite old considering it's dusty condition and somewhat withered (but still holding) cork.

Pours yeasty golden orange, with half-inch of thin foamy head that quickly recedes to a film. Smells quite acidic and sour with yeasty funk. A little black pepper spice and barely discernible hop notes in the background. The flavor packs a strong acetic punch. Tangy rounded lemon and lime notes blend with oak and white wine tones. Finishes with a little orange zest, black pepper, and faint hop suggestions. Light, gently carbonated (nearly still at this age) and slick body. This has aged rather well considering the low strength. I'd be interested in trying a fresh bottle if I can ever find one.

Photo of bennetj17
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper, milk-like froth but no real sustaining head.

S: Light spice, hint of cinnamon, earthy tang, overall not a real strong aroma.

T: Earthy fruit taste, with a solid tartness, like sour green grapes perhaps. Finish mellows out and is lightly sweet and bready with some dryness.

M: Feels a bit light on the palate, and the carbonation is only decent. Pretty unremarkable.

D: I enjoyed a couple glasses of this Saison and I would say it's a pretty decent brew overall. Not exactly what I would expect being on the tart side, but I didn't find anything wrong with it. It might be hard for me to purchase another whole 750ml bottle, but I might...

Photo of phisig137
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Capped and corked bottle pours a hazy orange with a 1/4" white head. Falls quickly leaving behind a little lacing and a blanket of foam on top of the glass.

Aroma is spicy and tart. Spicy yeast reveals rotting apples, pepper, and a touch of must. Pretty funky.

Flavor again is quite funky. Overly ripe apples and pears show up on the front, while the finish rounds out spciy and quite tart. A large wave of acidity hits once you swallow. Fairly hoppy towards the end too.

Mouthfeel is light, yet full. Drinkability is average.

I don't really prefer to drink this by itself, but it is very enjoyable with some food. I drank 1/2 of this while eating fish and chips (it really blends nicely with malt vinegar), and the second half after I was done eating. Definitely better with the food.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a lovely light amber, hay, goldenrod color with a less than expected head body and retention. But all is not lost. The color really catches the eye, you don't need any bubbling really. Looks like carbonated honey.

Smell- A brisk earthy, grain aroma with some honey sweetness.

Taste- Starts with a effervescent light honey sugar malt and barely there aromatic hops. A bit of dry orange and hints of earthy clay and a field of tall prairie grass.

Mouthfeel- Definetly atringent and a little dry. But not tart like other saisons I've had before. This was real easy to drink and share with friends.

Photo of joedon
2.45/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bottled in 04/95. Should have been drunk about 8 years ago. Way sour with spicy notes. So much acid it is almost undrinkable. Decent color and spicy aroma.

Could this be a bad bottle? I bought it in January anticipating a summer time sipping beer. Way disappointing.

Photo of jhu1995
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Large green bottle from 1995.

Poured a light, pale orange with a very thin head and lots of carbonation. Highly carbonated. Smell was sour and fruity, with some slight smokiness. Interesting aroma. Taste was mostly sour and tartness with lemon flavors and some very mild spiciness/smokiness. Light-bodied and very dry. A bit hard to drink and takes some getting used to, but worth a try. Gueze-like in smell and flavor.

Photo of haz77
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a thin head which diminishes to an off-white ring. Almost no carbonation.

S - Funk, earth, vinegar, honey, light fruits, some spice. Sweetness/Tartness in tandem.

T - Citrus fruits at first then spice. A refreshing tartness follows with a peppery aftertaste. Would have expected more, given the nose.

M - Creamy mouthfeel at first which turns much sharper. Almost no carbonation.

D - Interesting beer. Something I would have again although the taste doesn't deliver as much as expected.

Photo of Billolick
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large green bottle,(not the aged stuff) corked and capped, the cork was kind of wet and gooey, hmmm, minimal energy released upon popping the cork. Pours medium almond, cloudy, without much noticable sediment, slight tan head and leaving just moderate lacing. Head shows good retention leading to a splotchy tiny bubble film The nose is where things start to get interesting, its smokey, sour, sugary, interesting. This has got to be the most sour "saison" out there, its close to a lambic in the strength of the puckering sourness that you will experience. Also notes of more smoke, tropical fruits, and honey. This is an interesting, complex and tasty brew. Has the feel, taste and character of being real authentic Belgian brew, sort of quirky and definitely differant. Well worth a try for all lovers of fairly sour Belgians

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Green 750, sides are coated in ancient yeast, bottom of bottle is jet black from a decade or more time spent in a cellar. Mettle cap with a cork beneath. White label on the neck states, “This ALE has been brewed in 07/95, bottled in Oct. 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!

Cork pulled with no sound (bad sign). Pours a thin, transparent golden brown apricot. Almost no head. Carbonation streams are nonexistent. This beer looks flat.

Nose of kafir lime leaf, cider, white port, peach skins, brut champagne, must oil, sour grapes, lime soup. Notably sour and lambic like, almost gauze character is present.

Sips without any carbonation, damn. Also notable is an almost complete lack of hops…and body for that matter. Damn, this stuff passed its prime some time ago. I’m left longing for what it could have been. Despite the age, its taste is wonderfully dynamic and complex and drinks much more like a wine than a beer. Tastes salty, dry, rocky and fruity. Notes of cherries, pineapple, mellon, citrus fruits, and cilantro are all apparent.

Mouthfeel is weak, but not without some pleasant tartness and sourness. Drinkability suffers from the lack of vitality.

I can’t wait to try a younger vintage. The 95, however, is spent.

Photo of Crosling
2.44/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

1995. New from B.United, just arrived in Colorado! I have to wonder why they are still distributing a beer like this. This beer has pretty much turned itself into something that somewhat resembles Gueuze-lambic. It’s mildly tart and very one dimensional with the only discernable spice being the pepper. I found it very metallic and it also gave me a killer headache.

Photo of meathookjones
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with a label stating it was bottled on September 1995. Pours out a clear orange color with a decent sized white fluffy head that left a decent webbing of lace on the glass as it was consumed. Light sweet fruity notes in the aroma with an equally strong tart acidic scent. Very feint spices. The flavor started with some tart fruits upfront before a small bit of sweetness and spice. Surprisingly acidic but I am guess 10 years can do that to a Saison. Very interesting overall. Lighter crisp mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable as well considering what age has done too it. Pretty unique tasting sour Saison that I would have again since it was only 9 bucks.

Photo of paterlodie
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No freshnes date carved and 63 written on cap. Nose is lots of woud, litle musty, sour, bretty with good stable air and spiced. Taste gives also lots of oakwood and quiet high sourness. Dry taste with some wheatcaracter in the back but mostly sour and in the end a bit of candysugar remains next to the blue cheese. Yes this is saison like but missing spice& hops and IMO overdosed on the sourlevel. This makes mouthfeel edgy and tard but still ok and drinkable to me.

Photo of OStrungT
4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 1997
11.2 oz bottle marked 6.5%, not 6.

Cork desintegrated upon removal, followed by a slightly fizzy pour.
Orangy hazy liquid with small particulates (not cork), nill head that faded quick.
Spicey, fruity, vineous, acidic nose.
Pepper studded dried orange, ginger skins, peach pits, cherry stones, cider vinegar, and fermented hay.
Teasing, complex nose finishes with acidic must.
Thin, flat body, holding a puckering acidity.
The pallet is filled with soured fruits, orange seeds, lemon pith, and bitter greens laced with sherry vinegar and salt.
Lingering finish is bitter, wild, tart, fruity, and vineous.

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.81/5  rDev +30%
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?

Photo of GClarkage
2.69/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

08/09/05- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 750 ml bottle from year 1995. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Light orange pour with a small 1/4 inch head and very little lacing.

Smell- Very nice almost wine like scent. Maybe a dry chardonnay or the like.

Taste- Looks like my bottle has past it's prime. A tart wine like flavor at first, but then comes in a harsh metal like taste that overtakes anything that is good about the flavor.

Mouthfeel- Very low if any carbonation. Flat and past it's prime.

Drinkability- This would have been a drain dumper, but I'm taking it back to get refunded. Would like to try another in the future, just not one thats 10 years old. Five years would be nice to shoot for.

Photo of bruachan
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml 1995 vintage from WholeFoods

the underside of the cap is a little frightening: is that mold?
huge musty tart/lactic smell seeps out of the bottleneck. something here smells like a deliciously prepared steak. in the glass a champagne nose pops out

very clear light copper color with a white ring (half of the surface sported a thin heady film)

oh man is that tart...huge upfront lactic note followed by a distinct dry white wine flavor. little to no hop character, very low carbonation

turthfully, i don't really know how to rate this beer; it's good...i'd probably buy it again, but it doesn't seem to neatly fit in the saison category. i don't like to rate brews strictly according to style, but it's nice to have it in mind. this time, i think i'll ignore style guidelines

at 6% it's not hard to put down (i shared the bottle with myself), but i can imagine only drinking so much of it (i don't like wine, and this stuff is a little winish—maybe it'll be my gateway)

Photo of DrJay
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber beer, thinnish head that remained for some time. Funky aroma, musty and barnyard, a bit cidery. Barnyard and cider make it into the flavour, very tart and dry. Although it was surprising at first, the flavour became more pleasant as we made it through the bottle. Maybe warming a bit helped? Thanks northyorksammy!

Photo of Sammy
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Odd spices in this saison, cidrey acid harshness, but grows on you. Barnyard aroma, however also in taste, let warm to just below room temperature. Apple juice, yeast, a bit metallic after-taste. Drinkable, two of us finished, four would have as well.Had 1995 version on the selves at Premier Gourmet but is was literally malt vinegar.

Photo of Higravity
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow quite a lovely saison. It had a medium chunky head of white that laid over the yellowish body. Smells of yeast and slightly citrus. The taste is a great peppery body that has a sour tang that melds quite well. This is a rather refreshing beer as the body is smooth and I think it could lead to exteded drinking.

Photo of swamiswamu
4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ Papago
The beer as it sets fresh from the tap a foggy orange-amber color with the head smallish and a semi-creamy in texture and the color off white, as it evaporates the lace left behind forms a silky thin sheet. Nose has a semi sweet fruity aroma, over ripe pears and green apples, fresh and inviting, start is slightly sweet with the back tart and the top light to moderate in its feel. Finish is mild in its carbonation and the tart fruit flavor continues toe the last sip, a fine drinking beer, one I enjoyed immensely.

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Saison De Pipaix from Brasserie à Vapeur
84 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.