Saison De Pipaix - Brasserie à Vapeur

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BA SCORE
84
good

231 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 23
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange and peach color, almost opaque. Thin fizzy white head.

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

Intriguing flavors: sour stone fruit, yeast, a little biscuit. Not overly sweet. A little lemon and grass.

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.

On tap at the Engine Room, Mystic, CT.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma of sweet tangerines, lime, sweetened yogurt and some tartness.
Sweet flavor of pineapple, apple puree, sour milk, yakult, berries, martini and some funkiness. Dry aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation
Very fruity, complex and interesting Saison.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy reddish orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of apples and oranges are present in the nose along with notes of yeast and hints of spices; the smell becomes a bit warmer once the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of apples and oranges along with notes of spices and hints of yeast. Faint hints of sourness are also noticeable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: The flavors and mouthfeel of this saison are a little subdued compared to other beers in this style. This might make a good beer to pair with a light dish such as a salad.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Saison De Pipaix from Brasserie à Vapeur
84 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.