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Vapeur En Folie - Brasserie à Vapeur

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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New York

3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 18:16:10 | More by mdfb79
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1992 vintage- brewed 11/1991 and bottled 5/1992. Opened 1/18/11. Poured into chouffe tulip. Cork broke in the neck but a pair of pliers saved the broken piece from falling into the beer.

A- Hazy pale yellow with some deep orange coming through. Carbonated, but not a pronounced head. Lots of very tiny bubbles form around the ring.

S- Fruity, white wine. A bit of a medicinal note.

T- This pale is a tiny bit funky. A little cheesy and some wet grass. Some mild tartness too. A bit drying, white wine again is an easy comparison. Some saison qualities. Very refreshing. Compares favorably to some fantome saisons- not as much funk and a lot more fruity flavors. Lemon and lime tang and tartness. Lots of great flavors here.

M- Pretty amazing balance in this one. Slightly drying and great flavors- not a single off note.

D- Very high. Very drinkable- This beer has morphed flavor-wise into this: a saison and a lambic blended into a Belgian pale until it's very drinkable. This beer exceeded my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 00:37:10 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 01:23:26 | More by CHickman
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4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into a tulip at Delirium Cafe.

Pours a nice golden cloudy color with a big white fluffy head. Lots of sediment but it's not hurting the taste. Nose is fantastic, it's sweet floral and a bit yeasty.

Very tasty, fresh, crisp, smooth and a bit funky. For being a strong beer, it doesn't taste like it. Very sweet which works well with the Belgian yeast, quite tasty!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 20:20:27 | More by kingcrowing
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4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle topped with a strange plastic seal inside the crown cap. Freshness date on cap reads: "F 50 05/2013" 6% ABV and different color scheme on label than the sample picture shown.

A: Cap pries off with a pretty loud pop. Pours a hazy golden amber with a medium soapy head which dissipates very quickly to a thin ring around the glass. Spotty/minimal lacing.

S: Loads of under-ripened strawberry! Slight chalky/limestone aroma. No real hop or malt presence. Just tons of under-ripened strawberry. At first the smell reminded me off Festina Peche from Dogfish Head. Quite a bit of lactic tartness.

T: Under-ripened strawberries yet again. A little lemony tartness. Slight musty quality which makes me think this is more of a saison than a belgian pale. A little bitterness on the finish. Taste reminds me a lot of a lighter version of Fantome Saison.

M: Medium to high carbonation on the palate. Pretty light palate weight. A nice level of acidity and a very dry finish. Very quaffable.

D: Like a little brother of fantome saison. Very drinkable. Very refreshing. I could drink this beer anytime. Considering it's priced the same as any other belgian 750 at about $9-$10 a bottle I'd say it's an exceptional buy. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 03:53:32 | More by
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2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 04:04:29 | More by jlindros
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4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I think I may have a different beer. My bottle is only 6% alc/Volume, which is not a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, more of a Belgian Pale Ale, with some sour funkiness. So my ratings are based on a Belg Pale Ale.

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Beer Hunter tasting glass.

Golden, hazy, virtually no head, but well carbonated.

Aroma of sour fruit, lemony, citrusy, a little pineapple on the nose.

Taste is like the aromas. Mild sourness, like weak lemonade, no sweetness. Just on the verge of being puckering.

Mouthfeel is a little spritzy from the carbonation, but not real carbonic bite. Low to medium mouthfeel, not filling, and not watery. Could session this beer without feeling gassy or full.

Very good drinkability. Very nice beer. If you like belgian sour beers or are looking to try your first sour, this is a good place to start. Not overpowering, easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 03:39:56 | More by JamnesCameron
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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a well carbonated, clear cider like color with a fizzy two inches of off-white head. Keeps a very solid, thick lace and a splash of stick here and there.

Smell is fruity and musty, with lots of apple, a bit cider like in fact, along with some some white grape and pear. Yeast is musty and also spicy, with a good amount of pepper in particular. It's a bit on the funky side as well, with a hint of sourness in the nose even.

Taste also makes me think of wine and cider like qualities. Lots of apple in the taste, along with some pear. There is some grape flavor as well, which along with the very little sweetness and dryness of the beer remind me of a dry white wine. It has a funky quality to it which adds some complexity, and there's a good dose of must and spice, as well. Not sure what is yeast derived and what spices might be added, but I get some pepper and other spicing, which all told works nicely. Spicing comes through even more as it warms, and seems more like white pepper to me than black.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of a medium body and even though it seemed amply carbonated on the pour, it's definitely not overcarbonated. It's crisp but not prickly. On the dry side as mentioned before.

I'm surprised to find this rated so low overall because I quite enjoyed it. It's a bit funky and different, but it worked nicely for me. Drinks quite light and refreshing, with some interesting qualities that altogether makes for an enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 00:32:06 | More by number1bum
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3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 20:29:28 | More by Magpie14
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review, so grant me a little leeway if I don't get it all...

Picked up one of these for $8.99 that purported to be from 1993. What the heck, the experience of a beer that old should be worth $9, even if a drain pour. Bottle has a crusty label on the neck which states "This ALE has been brewed in 04/1993, bottled in Nov. 1993 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" And someones signature. Ok, then. They suggest aging weeks and this one' s sitting 15 years.

Cap (highly corroded) and corked (dry, as you'd expect). Cork comes out with satisfying pop (good initial sign). Pour into Achel chalice. And what do you know, a fairly decent half inch of light foam comes up, but doesn't stay long.

A - brew is an cloudy orangish color which reminds me of Allagash Grand Gru, but slightly yellower than that. Theres probably a better comparison, but thats what came to mind.

S - dry, hay, grasses, slight funk

T - again dry and more sour than I'd expect, but considering the age, not bad at all. Hard to say I tasted "porto" like the label, but highly drinkable. Alcohol (8%) well hidden. Would go well with food.

M - slighly spicy, can still feel some carbonation in there even given the advanced age

D - enjoyable really. I'm sure one more recent would be better, but I"d drink this vintage again for sure.

Hmm, the same store also has one that purports to be from 1989 for $9.99...roll the dice again? I think we already know the answer...

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 16:07:13 | More by DrShizzle
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3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml pours a slightly hazed, golden body with a medium sized, creamy, vanilla hued head. Sheet lacing is left on the goblet.

Aroma is sweet orange, almost akin to orange soda, with notes of pineapple and a persistent odd array of spices. Pepper, cumin, and cardamom, all in evidence.

Medium bodied with a silky carbonation. Alcohol is relatively well hidden.

Taste has sweetish orange and pineapple, floral hop bitterness, and the unusual spicing noted in the aroma. Cardomom, cumin, and pepper add a unique dimension here.

Very eccentric! An enjoyable Belgian, but the spices are just a bit overdone or out of proportion.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 16:29:02 | More by merlin48
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New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 23:05:34 | More by beerthulhu
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3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- golden with tight bubbly head

Sm- pineapple, apricots,

T- Sweet and syrupy. But good hop balance. Alcohol is noticable.

M- medium body, light and refreshing.

D- Pretty drinkable. I could'nt drink this all night. But my hand keeps going for the glass.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 23:02:30 | More by stulowitz
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Quebec (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a good size foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of peachy ester with some light spicy notes. Taste is a nice balance mix between some peachy and fruity ester with a nice medium sweet Belgian malt backbone with some very light funky notes at the end. Full body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 20:56:08 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 capped and corked green bottle picked up (to go) Saturday night at the Taj Mahal Indian restaurant in Boise. We had dinner, I had Iced Tea.. but I knew I saw a beer in the cooler that I've never seen in Boise... tonight I give it a go... My Bottle says it is 6%.. not 8%.. also the label has a purple background as opposed the the yellow background in the BA pic.

2 Finger head.. drops above a straw colored brew. Lace droped fast.. but everytime I take sip, a nice collar reveals itself.

Aroma is a Saison ... not BSPA .. Big estery fruitiness ... alot of citrus and wheat malt .. Slightly sour with nice whiffs of white pepper.

Flavor is very fruity .. underripe plum and green apple .. Very yummy .. phenolic but not overly done. Slight cardamom and pepper... slight cumin .. Bready pale malts and could be getting some spicy hops, but I could easily be mistaken because of all the other flavors going on here. A little yeasty fruitiness helps to tie this one together. Lighter medium body with a champagne like characteristic. Long Dry and Spicy finish.

The Taj Mahal had pretty good food but Holy Shit! One of the best "Non-Beer bar" selections in town... I saw people drinking Chimay Blue Magnums.. Meantime IPA.. Stone Smoked Porter and quite a few other world class brews. Service was slow, but given the fact, I only saw three people working ... it was still pretty good. Also, the guy who took our cash told us there is some sort of "happy hour" with half off beer prices... If that is the case, I will delete all these restaurant notes and review the restaurant as a beer destination in coming weeks... awesome.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 09:44:20 | More by JohnGalt1
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber. Citrusy and yeasty on the nose, funky and pleasant. The taste threw me a bit. it was very musty which I usually love, but at times the taste reminded me of Mothballs and tangerine. Although as a child for some strange reason I loved the smell of mothballs, the thought of drinking it wasn't all that appealing. The carbonation fell out very quickly.

The best part of this drinking experience was the Brebirousse D'Argental (Sheep's Milk) cheese that it was paired with. The went rediculously well together, but unfortunately while the cheese was amazing on it's own, the beer left a little to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 16:03:41 | More by DaggerEyes
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Candied lemon peel with a blizzard of fine yeast and multiple streams of superfine bubbles. The ivory colored crown looks fantastic and is beginning to lay down a gorgeous array of delicate lace. Might this be a saison?

The reason for the above question is that the label lists the ABV as 6.0% and because VEF looks and smells like a typical saison/farmhouse ale. It has a musty spiciness that suggests clove, white pepper and cardamom. The website lists sweet orange peel (maybe) and cumin (gotta be a mistake).

Vapeur En Folie is good beer in a quirky Belgian ale kind of way. Even though the barnyard funk is at a minimum, I'm still thinking saison. I'm also thinking that this ale could have been brewed by Fantome (on one of Monsieur Prignon's less 'out there' days).

The balance among flavor sensations is nigh on perfect. A vanilla wafer-like sweetness is complemented by a green apple and upripe pear tartness... which is complemented by a lemongrassy bitterness that mops up on the finish and gives the beer a crisp, quenching quality. The spices noted above are present in a 'just right' quantity as well.

I brought this '750' home because, unlike when I've seen it in the past, the bottle and label look brand spankin' new. I was still a little leery about it being old, but one mouthful is all it took to tell me that I'm drinking a beer that is less than one year of age (at the very most). Freshness definitely helps when the ABV is 6.0%.

If the mouthfeel had more lush creaminess it would have earned the next highest score. Its strength is a well-bubbled lightness (possibly light-medium) that allows it to be gulped with ease. I'm thinking summertime, a picnic lunch and a shade tree.

Vapeur En Folie is a well-constructed saison that I have no trouble recommending to those who like the style. Don't be fooled by the goofy cartoon labels because Brasserie a Vapeur (when it comes to this offering anyway) brews seriously good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 22:21:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque, peachy with a significant amount of either cork, globulous brownish chunks of a mix of both. Started off with a big white head that tapered off rather quickly.

Smell: Spicy aroma that I could only describe as wet bread with crubled up pieces of cork in a leather pouch left in a dusty attic. I liked it, honest!

Taste: The quite lively carbonation pushes the spicy sweetness right up front, really reminiscent of ginger ale, but with a slight musty aftertaste that played well with the sugary backbone. This is the kind of Beer where taste can vary wildly from one bottle to the next, this one turned out pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 01:37:07 | More by Goldorak
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3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one was a bit unusual. I spotted a case of dusty 75 cL bottles at Abe's in Bethlehem and decided to give it a second look. It was a case of Vapeur en Folie from 1995! The large crowns were rusty and the bottles were covered in dust, but i decided to risk the $7.50 on this 12 year old beer. The label on my bottle is very different from the one pictured and on the neck there is a little label saying "This ALE has been brewed in 03/1995, bottle in Dec. 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!" Needless to say, i couldn't wait to pop this open.

uncapped and uncorked and poured into two tulips. Orange beer with a thin cap of white head that receded to a ring around the glass and a dollop in the middle. Pleasantly surprised to see that it was still carbonated--quite carbonated in fact and highlighted the light body. The smell was a little fruity with a big helping of funk which may or may not have been intentional. The bottle stated the ingredients as pale malt, hellertau hops and cumin but neither my friend nor I could detect any of the cumin (maybe for the best). I can't believe how well this held up. it was funky and still a little sweet with that characteristic belgian yeast flavor and a lot of carbonation. I might pick up another to lay down for 12 more years just to see what happens.

EDIT: They sold out of the '95, but got a case of '89! Bought a bottle and shared it with a friend. We both found it excellent. Got two more (one for me and one for him to share with his dad). Excellent beer and a unique oppurtunity for just $7.50 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 20:06:00 | More by wheelinshirt
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3.13/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 16:35:23 | More by Absumaster
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2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 02:38:33 | More by cjgator3
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4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up an 11.2 oz bottle at the store yesterday. The bottle looks nothing like the posted photo, and I couldn't find any sort of a vintage on it. The label says it is brewed with cumin. Sounded interesting.

A: Pours a very bright orange, clouded with yeast settlement and flecks of cork. They have my attention. Could have used a bit more head though.

S: Earth and cork. A dull hop presence, mixed with some bitter orange peel. Maybe some light biscuit malt. There is a haystack and barn scent like you would expect in a Lambic, but without the sour.

T: I'm sold. Dry spiced notes mixed up with some pils malt. A unique yeasty aroma. There is something I can't pin down falvor-wise. I cook with cumin quite a bit, and that's not what I'm tasting. But then again, maybe it pairs with other flavors to become what ever this is. I love it regardless.

M: Thin and refreshing. Bubbly and invigorating.

D: A wonderful beer. i don't know why it has a rating in the low 80's. Maybe the bottle I got is a different year. Either way, I'm going back to buy more of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 20:47:11 | More by BeardedSquash
Photo of BuckSpin


3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml bottle, cellared for 9 months in my possession, in a oversized crystal snifter

Uncorked with a nice "SNAP". Poured with a lot of life, smooth. flowing.

Interesting nose. Light, crisp, dry, sweet with honey, mild coriander, wet rocks, fresh sea air. With some time to bloom floral esters come alive as well as some sour, tart qualities (apple & pear) along with some alcohol sting to the nostrils. Head was a solid 2 fingers of thick, sticky, sculpted pearl white foam of mixed bubbles that lasted about 5 minutes, fading slowly to a dollop of the same as an island floater surrounded by a glass ring that laced in splotches. The body is a thick, very clouded golden hue mass of suspension, almost dirty with sediment, practically viscous.

Initially dry, very soft & bashful, downright light in quality, a sweet mix of apple, pear, malts, spicy pepper and fresh, crunchy artisan bread crusts plays against a mild hop bite. Yeasts come alive along with a very noticeable spice (almost hot) peppery quality in a dry crescendo that builds and builds. This is one of the "spiciest" Belgian Pale Ales I've tried. It completely caught me off guard on the 1st sip with an almost sledgehammer dry bite of pepper, hops & spice...a nice feeling! While relatively easy to drink, I'm in no hurry to do so and enjoying the leisurely pace the beer is setting.

The yeasted, spicy quality continues on the throat as it finishes, albeit in a gradually diminishing capacity. It grows a bit syrupy, bitter with hops, then slides away in a nice, mouthwarming & teeth numbing farewell that is nicely clean, surprisingly sweet (well, bittersweet but more sweet than bitter) that is not coating at all, a tingle on the bicuspids as the main last note.

A very interesting, quirky, surprisingly spicy brew. I did enjoy the casual pacing it set, but it was also easy to drink. This would be perfect with lighter meat Thai or similar spicy fare, perhaps even Mexican? It would need a strong, soft, stinky cheese to hold up to it. Its slightly seductive in its reveal, which I enjoyed very much. Another beer to be celebrated for its simplicity, yet quality. I would love to try this with some spicy food. Give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2007 22:33:02 | More by BuckSpin
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3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 07:35:07 | More by bennetj17
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3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

$8.99 for a capped and corked green 750ml bottle at Merchants. 6% ABV, which is a bit light for a Belgian "Strong" Pale Ale, as mentioned hear...clearly just a BPA. Stamped as an "Ale brewed with spices" on the front of the mardi-gras appearing label. Pours out to a cloudy, sediment-laden golden orange, forming a modest white soapy head with average retention and mild lacing. Carbonation is medium. The aroma is lovely with strong "Belgian Funk" sour notes including dusty basement, apples, kiwi, sour candy, mead, peppery alcohol and dusty pale grains. The nose tells me this is more of a Gueuze/Lambique. The mouthfeel is lightly ruddy in the beginning, suggesting a touch of oxidation, but otherwise filling, not overly carbonated, with a medium body. As it warms, the plastic/ruddy mouthfeel becomes a major problem. Taste is a recap of the aroma but not holding up it's end. There is a pleasantly filling malt base and enough sweetness to round things out, as I don't particularly care for overly dry BPA's. Plenty of apple/lemon/mead/clove/must/yeast. Bitterness is very mild.

This one is a mixed bag. There is plenty of good things going on, but the ruddy, plastic mouthfeel is the biggest disappointment. I've had plenty of unique Belgian farmhouse ales, and I think this one ultimately suffers and can't hold up quality-wise. Ultimately, I find that this isn't worth the price. If I'm in the mood for something special, I would pick up Abbaye des Rocs or Fantome for the price. A good idea but a bad delivery.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 22:34:19 | More by Mitchster
Vapeur En Folie from Brasserie à Vapeur
83 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.