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3.66/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Difcom
France
difcom.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by thierrynantes on 01-06-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,238
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
270
pDev:
12.84%
Bros Score:
3.56
 
 
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11
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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Brewed by Gebrouwen door", "NVBr. Haacht SA, Provinciesteenweg, 28, 3190, Boortweetbeek, Belgium" for "SA Ditcom, Villeneuve d'Ascq, 59650, France"
"Rince Cochon"
50 cl can, coded "E: 12/07/19 L: 101 08:37"
1.88€ @ Carrefour City, Batignollles, Paris, FR

Notes via stream of consciousness: So it looks like this brand has new ownership; I'll see if I can update it later on. It's poured a clear golden body beneath a short head of bright white that's steadily dwindled but still maintains a solid surface covering and has left almost solid lacing where the head had originally been. The aroma clearly expresses Belgian yeast with clove and peppery phenols over a malty base. The flavor follows with a little more alcohol than I'd have expected for a beer of 8.5%, and also less graininess - I'm guessing there might be some adjunct in use. It's malty with clove and some other phenols upfront, not that I can really pick them out, fruity with apple and pear, and then spicy and eventually peppery in the finish with some rising bitterness that dries it. Overall it's got what I'd call a stiff bitterness that's not too apparent in the flavor but comes out in the end. Medium-light in body and gently crisp and then smooth across the palate.

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Photo of sraufstok
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JOBEERFB
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BennyProfane
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jsalz21
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JuiceMan818
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McWooze
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of harrisjohnson
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nunya
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Bujon
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours like a pilsner, clear body with foamy head, which does disappear pretty quickly to be fair.

Nothing in the aroma, other than a mild hoppy, heavy alcohol combo.

Taste is pretty good for this type of beer, quite a sweetness to it without killing you on the alcohol hit.

It goes down pretty well, with a nice gullet warming sensation. It's quaffability and high abv is a dangerous combination indeed. I consumed 500ml in 20mins without even blinking about it.

You'll either warm to this or despise it......I think it's pretty good, has that typical Belgian touch of oooomph!

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Photo of Beginner2
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Rince Cochon has some widely varying ratings from some of BA's top reviewers; making it something of a mystery. The worst thing about this Belgian Blonde is its mascot... the pink pig. Belgian Brewers in particular are known for their eccentricity; but it is never a good idea to imply that one's customers are pigs. (Curiously, the pig does not look as happy as it should be because it is drinking a very fine ale.)
At any rate, the pig implication hurts this ale's ratings.

Becoming more and more transcendent (as I drink this large bottle by myself), I continue to be impressed.
It Looks like a full voluminous (dare I say, voluptuous) Blonde. Full and soft.
Smells are mostly sweet malt, then the alcohol, and finally/barely I notice spicing.
Tastes are largely the same, but the yeast (which must be extraordinary) unloads all these flavors. They are too complex to dissect. (Besides, such effort would detract from my experience.)
Feel is soft and balanced. And tries to end peppery, but ends up ending just full.
Overall, Rince Conchon seems a lot like the leaders of its style. I'd like to try them side-by-side.
I Had The Pig with a medley of leftovers and pasta with a basil/garlic/tomato sauce.
All summed, this is as close to heaven as I get this week.

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Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bb-magic
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Vixie
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a large white head. The head seems to be in no hurry to go away, it is persistent.

The smell is yeasty and bread like, also hints of citrus.

Fruity up from, tastes a bit like apple, pear, and apricot. There is just a hint of pepper at the finish, leaving a lingering spice.

Smooth in the mouth, very little tingling from the carbonation.

My expectations were a bit low for this one, due to the low price and less than enthusiastic reviews. However, this is not a bad beer. Maybe not world class or world changing, just a decent basic Belgian beer. Worth a try for fans of the style, and for the price, a pretty good value.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An okay beer. It's balanced between the caramel and Munich malts, the herbal hops and the peppery yeast. Too bad it's overly sweet and a bit artificial in the end.
On a second tasting, less okay with a band aid smell and taste. The artificial ending remain.

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Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlueSpader
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Frank69
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of evanwoertz
4.74/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of alucard
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of redsoxjim
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of constantine_272
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Copper with some active big foam bubbles. Surprisingly clear for bottle fermented. This falls flat on the nose. Mostly just bread yeast and a little honey and not much else. The taste also is heavy on the bread yeast but brings to the party some straw, wheat, and sand earthyness. It finishes with a good bubbly crispness but leaves a residual candy sugar that is a bit cloying. As a whole, this doesn't really stack up to some of the other strong pale blondes. Some of the flavors are a little lack luster and the sugary finish brings it down a notch. At 30cl, that's enough.

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Photo of Yoann
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Rince Cochon from Difcom
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 270 ratings