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Vapeur En Folie - Brasserie à Vapeur

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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of marc77
1.98/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Golden in hue w/ a light haze. Tremendously effervescent carbonation supports an initially immense mountainous head that settles surpisingly quickly into a moderate layer. Sparse lace is left. Green apple acetaldehyde dominates the aroma, w/ phenol present at a trace. Flavorwise acetaldehyde is intense and masks other potential contributions in flavor. Perhaps a poorly aged bottle (brewed 1996) but this is seriously difficult to drink. Cloyingly tart, dry and over attenuated. I highly doubt this is supposed to taste like this. Highly reminescent of dry, tart apple cider. I suspect a wild yeast infection. A true disappointment.

marc77, Aug 26, 2002
Photo of budgood1
2.08/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

hazy deep golden color, huge cream colored rocky head. very fruity, tart, musty nose. extremely tart and lip puckering upon first and last sip. the only thing i can compare it to is champagne, with the large white grape taste. moderate to high carbonation. pretty smooth mouthfeel. some pale malt flavor in the far background...no discernible hops...extremely dry finish. no alcohol detected except for the buzz in my head. can't say i've ever tasted beer like this before. i had to pour it out at the end because it was just too nasty tart and sour. i believe this bottle obtained on clearance is over ten years old.

budgood1, Aug 04, 2002
Photo of stakem
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
Photo of Shultzerdugen
2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

75cl green bottle with both cap and cork. Has a picture of a steam engine on it. Must be pretty dammed old since it doesn't match the current brown bottle pictured on the site.

Poured a very light hazed copper, head boiled up and disappeared.

The first impression on the smell was strong green apple peels and something old and funky. I finally nailed it down to wet leaves, like the kind closest to the ground you'll kick up hiking through the woods. Maybe some dirty old gym socks in there as well.

Biting carbonation right from the top. Very sour, vinegar vibes. A strange quality not unlike the musk of a wildebeast I would guess. Apple peel characters noticed throughout, with a dry, astringent finish. Malt has a macro adjunct lager taste, maybe even a malt liquor taste.

If this were a lambic or gueuze I could see where this funkiness might be desirable. As it stands now, I would say this was infected by wild yeast or even bacteria, and hurting from it. Maybe it was the brewers intention? Not even a cave-aged gruyere could salvage this beer.

Shultzerdugen, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy gold body with an orange cast topped by a huge, rocky head of off-white foam that wants to rise right out of the goblet at you. The retention is exceptional and it holds a solid 1/2" head throughout the entire glass; leaving exceptional rings and sheets of lace as it goes. The nose is unusual. It's not necessarily appealing, but neither is it off-putting. It expresses some clear phenolics and it's laden with acetaldehyde leaving it reminiscent of mead and dried fruits (particularily apple and some pear), but it's also a bit plastic-like. (My though was initially that it had undergone a high temperature fermentation, but the higher alcohols that would also come of that are not present. Odd.) The body is medium, and it's very fine and gently effervescent carbonation caresses the tongue. Unfortunately, the flavor displays the same acetaldehyde and phenolics present in the aroma. It's sweet, quite honeyish in fact, and very apple-like... yet not particularily pleasant. A bit of astringency is present as well. It's an interesting beer that's rich in flavor but lacking in complexity. It's defects really bring it down, which is surprising because the other Vapeur beers are so well done.

NeroFiddled, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of zerk
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was a bit of a dissapointment for me... pours a cloudy yellow-gold, with a thin but persistent white head. Leaves behind a bit of lace as well. Aroma is somewhat musty and sour, with notes of apple and lemon. Flavor is bland... with a musty overtone and a hint of apple and malt. Mouthfeel is very watery with low to medium carbonation. Not a beer I'd recommend if you're looking for a good example of a Belgian Blonde.

zerk, Aug 29, 2003
Photo of cjgator3
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Capped and corked 750ml green bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottle denotes a 6% ABV as opposed to the 8% listed on this site. Pours a golden orange color with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is rather interesting with some farmhouse qualities. There is some light fruit (apple, lemon), spices and yeast. The taste is rather disappointing after the good presentation and decent aroma. The taste is hampered by the alcohol as it seems to dominate the taste. For a 6% beer, it seemed like it possessed at least twice that. Overall, this is a below average Belgian that was a little disappointing.

cjgator3, Aug 10, 2007
Photo of tjthresh
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle says 1996. The overriding discriptor of this beer is sour. Smelt sour with some barn yard charactor. Tasted sour. Stripped my tounge with sourness. It was hazy yellow. I don’t know if it was supposed to be that sour, but it wasn’t very pleasing.

tjthresh, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of jlindros
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Saw this bottle sitting by itself at a random beer store I can't remember which one. It looked pretty cool with the crazy cartoons on the label, and its from Belgium, so here goes. Hmm, the cork is soaked all the way through, not sure if that's bad...

A: After the cork broke in the middle, it finally came out with a loud thwop. The Belgian tripel like effervescence came flying out. The head slowly rises up inside the neck before I can pour it, I better pour it before it over flows. The loud sizzle of the carbonation makes a nice background music. The super hazy golden orange color reveals a torrent of bubbles pouring up from the bottom, but pop almost instantly as the half a finger head fizzed to nothing very quickly.

N: Letting it warm up a bit reveals a slightly boozy aroma with some light Belgian malts and sweet sugars. A slightly citrus spicy sour aroma like fermenting lemons, dances out. It has a slightly musty aroma, almost like wet cardboard, which makes me think it was corked, as the cork was also soaked. There are still some wheat and light malts with tangy sour notes, a little boozy, and very Belgian Tripel like.

T: Oh man, its wicked corked!!! The first taste slams me like I'm chewing on the cork, and a bite from wet cardboard the a cat took a piss on, then dragged it through the vomit room at a trashy bar by the sea at low tide. Behind that it does seem to have some subtle hints of Belgian malts, wheat, a little candi sugar, citrus, lemon zest, light spices, and even a little vanilla. Oh GOD!!! It just doesn't go away, after a few minutes of warming up it's ever worse. I don't even think they would use this at Guantanmo Bay to torture prisoners!

M: SHould be pretty rich, and lots of carbonation.

F: I can't even go into that. It's a big drain pour, and I think I have to drink bleach now to burn the taste out of my mouth. Wow, I'm gaggin at the thought of another sip! Blech. I'm going to try to judge the beer pretending that it wasn't corked, which will be hard! But, being corked def is brought into account as they made the choice of corks.

jlindros, Dec 12, 2009
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
Photo of ImperialStout
3/5  rDev -17.4%

ImperialStout, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of SeanChouffe
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color, transparent, with light effervescence and a small white head (low retention). Smells of fruity esters, like a tripel, with some sour apples thrown in. Tastes lightly sweet at the start with a tart middle and a dry, peppery finish. Palate is medium bodied, watery and lightly bubbly.
IMHO: Quite one-dimensional ? more like a Saison than a Strong Pale Ale

SeanChouffe, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of mdfb79
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 06/04/11 notes. Brought this one to a small tasting with some friends. This one was brewed in 11/91 and bottled in 5/92...interested to see how it's held up. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy medium to dark orange color with moderate carbonation still evident and one inch of white head.

s - Smells pretty good. Smells of sour fruits, white wine, a little funky and tart, and acedic. Very nice and has held up well.

t - Taste is a bit of a different story. Tastes of bready malts, and sugar mostly. Some very light fruit, but none of that sour/funk from the nose, and way too sweet now. I think the taste is past its prime.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and nice.

o - Overall this one seems to be past its prime in the taste, which affected it heavily. Way too sweet and bready now, though I did enjoy the nose a lot. Very fun to try such an old beer, may try a younger vintage to see how it compares.

mdfb79, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Absumaster
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer came gushing out of the bottle. A murky, yellow golden beer with a head that has some big bubbles and that collapses after several minutes. The beer contains a lot of yeast flakes.

Smell is fruity of the Belgian yeast and has some distinct spicy notes of coriander and clove. The beer smells sweet and a bit musty. There could be some other spices in here which make the beer less 'fresh'.

Taste is Belgian, a typical fruity taste that reminds me of pineapple and mango. The spices are a bit too bold and for sure there is coriander in here, but probably also some other spices which does not seem to work out very good. The beer tastes a little musty and medicinal. Bitterness is low, but in combination with this funny spiciness makes the beer a bit sharp. Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky.

Absumaster, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of silenius
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a bottle with the green and purple hat on the woman and the words "ALE BREWED WITH SPICES" stamped in ink on the label.

The smell is pleasant and sweet with aromas of coriander, cork, cotton candy, orange peel and caramel. No hops detected and it seems a bit unbalanced.

Taste mimics the smell with it being predominately sweet with flavors of bubblegum, orange and melons. No hops detected and too sweet.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin although there is ample carbonation.


Drinkability suffers from the sweetness that gets annoying about halfway through the bottle

silenius, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of rastaman
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Earthy sorta' farmhousey stuff, candied sugar sort of start, lightly sweet, with quite a dry, carbonated finish, some late bitterness, but fairly light, and a touch thin. A bit candyish, but not bad, drinkable. Didn't excite me like Saison de Pipaix of the same brewer.

rastaman, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of KOrtega
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
Photo of bennetj17
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This ale pours a bright gold color. Lots of bubbly carbonation, the head is about 1/2 inch before it settles into some nice coating foam above the surface. In the aroma I immediately notice a funky "off" smell best described as a sweaty, body odor like stank. There are some light citrus notes and mild alcohol fume also. Definitely not a real inviting smell overall, but could be worse. The taste has some of the funk noticed in the aroma, but not to the same degree. The malt flavors are tangy and bready, leaving a dry finish. Not bad, and the alcohol is not perceived either. Light body, with a decent foamy carbonation that coats the palate well enough.

This beer isn't half bad, stanky flavors and all. I probably would not purchase it again, however, considering I'd have to get a 750ml bottle and drop 10 bucks. There are plenty of other Belgian Strong Ales out there, so I'd recommend sticking with one of those...

bennetj17, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright orange color, with a big frothy white head and some light peppery floaties.

S: Sweet oranges, lemon citrus hints and cotton candy are present on the nose.

T: Big lemon-orange flavor starts out the beer and then fades to a nice sweet and sour finish with light citrusy notes.

M: Mouthful is spritzy and live with lots of carbonation and a spicy hop presence. Texture is very smooth and oily on the tongue.

D: Good flavor and drinkability per style. Overall a solid Belgian but doesn't have enough character to make it stand out in a tough field of competitors.

beerthulhu, May 13, 2008
Photo of russwbeck
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
Photo of Magpie14
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: the pour crackles with carbonation and glows of hazy yellows and golds. The head is near bleach white with a most fizzy appearance that decayed and crumbles away. Mostly spotty lace, otherwise the glass remains uninhabited. Good summery color though...

S: hhmm, has somewhat of a farmhouse funk, if you will. Dried hay, straw, and mint with spiced lemon based acidic fruit notes with, what I think, smells like a very dry champagne at times. Nothing very complex in the nose, hopefully the palate decides otherwise

T: light, flaky, and sweet breaded flavors throughout. Fruits remind me of tart pears, granny smith apples, a few cloves, coriander, and crushed peppercorns with a twist of lemons. I find that the farmhouse funk, which consist of grasses, straw, and various farm florals, holds a meager place at the back and fits with the light effervescent flavors. This light flavor helps push the spiced characters through and augment the finish...things are in good order. I hate this comparison, it seems justified this once. It reminds me much of a flavored lemon orange soda (without the concentrated flavors) and of course with quite a bit more depth. Not bad

M: the body is a light medium with a fresh tingling bubble count. Mouthfeel is good with easy palate to gather, not creamy by any means, but easy to drink

D: decent drinkability, light, refreshing, and summer time flavors written all over it

Magpie14, May 11, 2009
Photo of CHickman
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange amber in color with a creamy / cloudy 2 finger off white head that lasted a while; decent lacing that slid down the glass.

Smells funky as hell, like yeast, wet bread and pennies; once you cut through the yeast, there is sweet malt, faint hops, coriander, lemon zest, pepper and other spices. Really odd smell, followed by a really good flavor.

Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, faint hops, grains, wheat bread, coriander, lemon zest, grass or hay, pepper and other spices, and then it has the funky yeast/penny taste which resembles a sour ale. Pretty sweet flavor overall, but still very complex and interesting. Tastes like nature captured in a bottle. The alcohol peeks through, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with very little carbonation and a medium body.

It was an interesting beer, but not one that I would seek out again, especially at the price ($27 for a 25 oz bottle at Resto in NYC). It's definitely worth a try if you can find it at a good price.

CHickman, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The cork liberated from its dock, and the ensuing lusty report from the escaping “Vapeur” tickled my expectation of embracing a cornucopia of flavor and a mirage of Belgian countryside. This is an ale and a strong ale at that-- bearing 8% alcohol.

The ale emerged from my glass as if alive- greeting me with an endless head-- it rose from the confines of the rim like a necromancers libation- gobs of foam, thick, dense. Another glass brought to table but no matter how carefully I poured, the head set free from the liquid elevating as a great cylinder-- the very image of the inside circumference of the glass. My expectations dashed as I waited for the rush of head to recede.

Finally my palate was greeted by a mild body and character-- as if the very beer embarrassed by the exuberance of the head, blushing, kept it’s boasting under check and it’s flavor subdued.

Even the look was one of apology-- a mild straw color, not that of a filtered beer but clear enough to easily see through.

The nose, less prominent than I had hoped, was present nonetheless. Once again, it seemed as if the whole chorus was busy apologizing for the exuberance of the conductor.

The beer itself produced a lingering finish, clean, crisp that transmuted into the ghost of the Belgian bucolic. But once again, like a ghost its flavor image shimmered and haunted on my taste buds without making a definite statement. “Mouthfeel”? The beer seemed to whisk my palate clean of old flavors, cleansing the way for another sip.

Even though this ale produced an abundant head, it’s body wasn’t as effervescent as one might be lead to believe. In my opinion, a good thing indeed!

In summary, if only the flavor and body were a little more like the head ...

gueuzeonhigh, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

GRG1313, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Rwalford74
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Rwalford74, Oct 13, 2013
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Vapeur En Folie from Brasserie à Vapeur
82 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.