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Vapeur En Folie - Brasserie à Vapeur

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BA SCORE
82
good

72 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie à Vapeur visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zerk on 08-04-2002)
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3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

mattfancett, Sep 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

ImperialStout, Aug 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

GRG1313, Jul 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

psoriasaurus, May 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

afsdan, Apr 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

jim_carignan, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of welldigger888
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a green 750ml bottle, brewed with spices stamped on label as well as 6% abv.

Wonderful golden crystal clear brew with a tight white head that leaves sheets of lace down glass.

Big earthy nose with a white wine like sweet tart aroma, cork and cellar with light grain and hint of noble hops.

Earthy corked grain flavor and a hint of white wine grape rounding this out.

Nice and dry, seems thin, but a nice wine like finish.

I enjoyed this brew, cummin I think gives it the earthy mustiness, the cork finish leaves a bit to be desired. As some darker type liquid was between cork and cap, but hey tis a farmhouse brewery.

welldigger888, Feb 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

sonorb7, Jan 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ThePorterSorter, Oct 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Rwalford74, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Suds
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a large, corked bottle, this beer is a hazy blonde color with a very effervescent disposition. Lots of bubbles stream, endlessly, upward. Modest white head. The aroma is of fruit and spice...apples, peaches, grapes, and a little soft sugar. The taste is a nice mix of tangy tartness and sweet sugary friutiness. I like the name, it is fitting for the brew. Slightly sweet and spice lingers in the finish. Some yeastiness. It is a fun and enjoyable brew.

Suds, Sep 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

mrfrancis, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brewed in 1998 and the freshness date along with the rest of the painthas rusted off the cap.

The cork moved out a little after removing the cap, so I when to the sink to before taking that out. No worries though, it was under some serious pressure but it wasn't a gusher.

A: A slightly hazy, medium golden beer with a lot of carbonation. There is a long lasting, rocky head of off-white foam leaving a lacing that slides back into the beer.

S: It smells like a pleasant beer got spilled in a very musty basement. A moderately-strong wet newspaper like aroma, if this was a wine I'll call it corked. There is a sharp tart aroma but some lingering Belgian yeast aromas of a some spice mixed with Belgian Pilsner malt.

Follow up report on the aroma is that mustiness does subside a lot after being open for a while but so does all the other aromas with it.

T: The beer isn't a sharp as the nose would suggest but still moderately-strong with a bit of peppery spice. The mustiness is there in the flavor if you breath or burp but if I pinch my nose it's a pleasantly soured beer with some obvious Belgian and Saison lingerie . There is a medium-low, light fruit flavor like nectarines and peaches. This beer is about as dry as the come. The aftertaste is a fruity, citrus zest-like tartness.

M: A medium-light bodied beer with a very strong level of carbonation. A carbonic dryness on the palate.

O: I doubt this is a fair assessment of this beer and may not have been properly stored over the last twelve or so years before making it's way to my local shelf. I might take this review down if I can't find a fresher bottle to give a proper assessment.

I'm not telling you to hunt this one down but if you like sour beers and happen to find one being sold for $0.99 give it a try. It smells like a train wreck for a while but drinks fairly well.

MadScientist, Jun 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +37.7%

Petertauro, May 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

kjkinsey, May 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

t0rin0, Aug 29, 2012
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2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

1994 vintage care of BA smoked. Opened up as a celebration (?) for my daughters first birthday. This is a corked and capped 750ml poured into a cervoise. It appears a clear golden color with yellow around the edges. A white froth maintains a thin layering atop that fades but a light swirl revives.

The smell is fruity and mildly vinous which is appealing at first. Then some wet cork, mildew and earthy character starts to dominate all aspects of the nose. There is the slightest bit of citrus zest along with pear and apple skins.

The taste is quite tangy with a backing of dried fruitiness. Wet cotk/cardboard quickly over-runs the senses along with a flavor of dirty pennies and metallic/mineral notes. This gets somewhat acidic like apple juice/vinegar with each sip. The aftertaste is quite oxidized and it is hard to finish as it warms.

This is a medium bodied, modest to lightly carbonated brew. It was an interesting experience but quite oxidized and past its prime at this point id say. For being bottled 18 years ago, it was a cool experience and really makes me wonder what this would be like fresh. If given the chance to drink a bottle this old again though, I would probably pass. Regardless and I super thankful for the chance to try it. Thank you kindly Dan.

stakem, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

chrispoint, Jun 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

JAHMUR, Jun 03, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at Monk's Cafe Beers of the Cellar event, 1991 Vintage. Folie sits in the glass hazy yellow with a thin white head. Sour aroma, but on the funky side. Stinky cheese, and some wheat. The taste continues the sour, but wheaty characteristics. A bit too much hay and grass for my tastes. It left a strange aftertaste. Not a big fan. It's well carbonated and light in body. But I can't get over the taste. Too sweet and weird tasting. Makes me have a funny face.

russwbeck, Apr 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

HopStoopid120, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Halcyondays, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter glass

A-Pours a hazy golden orange. Head is a thin bubbly white and does not last long.

S-Sharp, acidic with white wine aroma. Pretty mellow overall, though.

T-Sour apple flavor to start. Tart fruitiness (apple, orange) with a flat and sweet hay/grass flavor.

M-Light and crisp, sour flavors stick but aren't overpowering.

O-Fairly mellow aroma but an interesting flavor with sour fruitiness and a resemblance to a white wine. A fair drink.

KOrtega, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
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Vapeur En Folie from Brasserie à Vapeur
82 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.