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Vapeur Cochonne - Brasserie à Vapeur

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BA SCORE
78
okay

186 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 21.47%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie à Vapeur visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-27-2002)
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Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

aszatk01, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

InspectorBob, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

kaelingirl, Aug 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

JDavidRice, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, vinegar, and fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and sour fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice sour presence that works with the beer whether intended or not by the brewer.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of ari32
4/5  rDev +17.6%

ari32, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of CasanovaCummins
2/5  rDev -41.2%

CasanovaCummins, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +17.6%

WOLFGANG, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of RuckusDu
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

RuckusDu, May 26, 2013
Photo of oglmcdgl
4/5  rDev +17.6%

oglmcdgl, May 09, 2013
Photo of SStein
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

SStein, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of jfmorey
1.9/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown (DC).

I do not understand calling this a Belgian Strong, a style that I have always enjoyed. The appearance was not bad, a hazy orange amber, and the smell was tart and funky, not unusual for a Belgian.

The real disclaimer that I must make is that this review is based upon only two sips, I could go no further. The predominant flavor was spoiled orange peel. Reminded me of the oranges with cloves stuck in them used as home-made room deodorizers when I was a kid; strong enough to smell up an entire room.

Now looking at the other reviews, and the variation in description of color and taste, I have to wonder if this is the same beer everyone else drank.

jfmorey, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

beernads, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.38/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky brown body, thin carbonation on top. Brown soot on the bottom, swilled and poured.

S - Tangy, fruity esters, aromas of apple butter and fig newtons. Carmel mineral water.

T - Good complexity with flavors of apple skin, wild cherry, honey, apple butter and dry wood. A certain mineral twang, sweet, tangy and metallic.

M - Fizzy carbonation, medium body, clean the whole way through.

O - A wonderful beer; complex yet clean, fruity and refreshing.

BeerForMuscle, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

huysmans, Apr 04, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

jmann40, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Phillyz, Feb 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

vicsju1991, Feb 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +47.1%

poiuytr, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: whoa nelly! Despite being properly refrigerated and gingerly handled, this beer started outgassing and exploding immediately upon opening. Definitely one of the fizziest beers I've encountered. Upon pouring, I got mostly a big, frothy foam; inconvenient, but at least it dissipated somewhat quickly. Body is a hazy, medium-dark brown. Good color, but despite its huge original size, the head neither stuck around nor left much of a lace on the glass.

Smell: sweet caramel malt with a hint of fruitiness and a tart bite. I don't know if this is a bottle infection or an intended aspect of the beer, but I find I like it. It reminds me of a nice Flanders oud bruin.

Taste: dark caramel malt with dark fruit flavors: plum, cherry, raisin. The tartness is here but it's much, much more subdued than the aroma; plus, there is a definite alcohol bite. This beer is a bit of an odd duck, but I find I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, but despite its prolific outgassing this beer has a massive carbonation and fluffs up to a light foam the moment it hits my tongue. Despite this mammoth creaminess, it's also both quite light and evanescent, which makes the creaminess not as satisfying as it could be.

Overall: a weird beer that is pretty decent. It's worth a try if you are a fan of the style, but it's probably not a good introductory point for those interested in BSDAs.

flagmantho, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Beer is reddish amber, with an enormous light tan head. I can't even pour that much of the bottle until the head has taken up the entire glass. A little ridiculous. Fades steadily but not quickly.

Smell contains cherry. other dark fruits and some sweet malt. Some Belgian yeast as well.

Taste is quite fruity, with cherry, orange and apple. Sweet caramel malt. Bready. Some coriander. Despite the sweetness, there is a pronounced dry side to the beer. Yeast is there as well. A bit of booze.

Medium bodied and hugely carbonated. Very active in the mouth. Almost like pop rocks. Distracting.

Overall, a bit unusual but fairly good. I am surprised by all the negative reviews here for this one. It is not a world-class beer, but it is pretty good and I enjoyed the bottle I had.

jrenihan, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of yamar68
4.04/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1996 vintage - the same year that:
- eBay was launched
- "Wannabe" by The Spice Girls was no. 1 on the US music charts
- gas cost $1.22 per gallon

The bottle is definitely showing it's age... cap is covered in rust and the cork is beginning to disintegrate but still manages to produce a quiet "pop." It pours out a nice looking burnt tangerine colored body, producing a thin beige collar that actually leaves behind a bit of lace with some booze oil. It looks as though this particular bottle fared better than many of its brothers and sisters. So far so good.

As others have noted, this has taken a distinctively tart direction. Apple skins, wet hay bales, some tart pear qualities. A bit of oxidation is also beginning to surface, like soggy newspaper. Lemongrass and some more of those pale fruits. A faint skeleton of caramel malt is buried deep beneath all of that.

Not quite as focused on the palate. Tart apple cider character blended with pear or peach juice - maybe even a bit of pineapple as well. I was worried that some of those spices would still be hanging around to sabotage the unexpectedly tart palate. Instead, it finishes up nice and dry with some mellow chardonnay flavors and apple skin. I can't see this one improving but if you've got one sitting around, don't hesitate to open it up - very unique stuff at this point.

As you might expect, the first taste caught me completely off guard. But as I sit here nursing the bottle, it's definitely growing on me.

yamar68, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

laurastradford, Dec 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

cliff1066, Dec 10, 2012
Vapeur Cochonne from Brasserie à Vapeur
78 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.