Rince Cochon
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Style:
Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #50
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #37,834
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 12.81%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
275
From:
Difcom
 
France
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
83
Good
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Photo of mactrail
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I think the label artwork says it all wordlessly-- a pink pig swilling a stein of this stuff. The flavor and aroma is just simply Double Bubble gum. You could say that it's esters and such but if that's Belgian yeast it should have its passport checked before Ommegang gets hold of it.

Seriously, deadly, sweet. Weirdly enough it is kind of appealing after your tastebuds recover a little -- "oh, so fruity." but then another sip and it's a big wad of Juicy Fruit dribbling down your chin. From the 500 ml can purchased at a French supermarket but refrigerated a few months. Label says brewed by Haacht SA, in Boortweetbeek; love that name!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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 The_Bujon
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +12.8%
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 Vixie
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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 -5.7%
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 constantine_272
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
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 augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled August 28th, 2014. Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Clear maize body supports a fat fist of magnolia-tinged merengue. Huge tendrils of lace; superior retention, no legs.

Bright winter fruit filled aroma with pear and hints of citrus along with a mild grassy funk from the yeast. Pleasant, angular phenolics - faint grain.

The palate reflects the nose with juicy pear notes accompanied by gently spicy and vaguely wild notes from the yeast. The base malt and a touch of mildly bitter continental hops converge with the yeast elements before all the flavors evaporate in the dry, largely clean finish.

Somewhat light mouth-feel but the carbonation gives a hint of creaminess and slows you down just enough that you don't gulp the entire glass in a few draughts. Alcohol is well hidden.

A pleasant thirsty quenching ale with decent character from the yeast. Good value - would pick this up again as the weather grows ever warmer.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a bit of white head. Aroma is yeasty, sweet, quite clean and classic belgian. Taste starts yeasty with sweet malts and some booze. Finish is slightly bitter but still yeasty. Body is light to medium with high carbonation. Classic Belgian, nothing special here.

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Photo of Shanex
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A fairly good Belgian Strong Pale Ale, originally French with a head reminding that of Duvel, this one if my weekly buzz, especially for the 50cl/16 oz 8.5% can. Don't be mistaken, you might not like it as much as other Belgian Pale Ale as the one i named before, and I don't know the availability in the US. But try it if ever in Belgium.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprised ratings are so low. Lovely Belgian blonde with a good amount of fruity esthers and phenols. Incredibly smooth and balanced for an 8.5% beer.

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Photo of Thibaut
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that is quite subdued in taste for it's strength and doesn't strike any particular note. It is rather highly carbonated and is enjoyable at most usual temperatures for Belgian beers or bières de garde. It doesn't have any major qualities but it does not have any major fault either, and reminds of better beers (ex: Duvel) rather than of lesser ones (ex: cheap session beers). At 3.50€ ($4.00) a liter in France it is well priced. For import buyers who would buy it in the same price range as better Belgian beers, i would not recommend it as strongly, though i wouldn't say anything bad about it either.


2: didn't like
3: ok
4: liked
5: liked a lot

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cotton Candy, Bread, Spicy, Floral

Classic in appearance with a healthy dose of head from a very effervescent level of carbonation. Its bright golden hue shows off its clarity. Quite warming. From taffy to stone fruit, yeast to flour-like breadiness, and rose water to peppercorns, these qualities all work together to flaunt its true complex Belgian character. Worthy of a taste, most certainly if you dig pale Belgians with a kick.

STYLE: Belgian Strong Pale Ale | ABV: 8.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #98 (MAR 2015)

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yello, copious effervescence and white, quickly resolving head with minimal retention or lacing. Smells strongly of yeast, cloves, citrus. Tastes incredibly sweet, grainy rather than malty, minimal cloves and hops not detected , odd metallic taste mid note and bit of a syrupy finish, very grainy quality. Mouthfeel is pleasant, a lot of carbonation and alcohol notes predominate.

Overall, a good sample of a belgian blonde - perhaps on a hot summer day, lawn mower beer goes down easy and ABV well hidden. Not a particulary complex beer, but overall rather enjoyable.
Price point not good for this beer, especially given the quality. I wouldn't search this one out, but wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of Boto
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

50cl can from the Simply Market in France: This one pours a crystal clear, light golden yellow color. There was a bit of a white head on it that left some lacing. Surprisingly light aroma for an 8.5% beer. It is a bit musty and grainy. Maybe a touch peppery. The taste is rather non-descript. It tries to have some tripel notes (yeasty, clove, etc.) but they are in the background. A bit of alcohol, notes of adjuncts. Just strong with minimal flavor. I guess it serves a purpose...

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into tulip
Aroma of fermenting fruit
Head average (3 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to 4 mm frothy ring and broken 2 mm layer
Lacing poor – few islands of tiny bubbles
Body straw, hazy
Flavor lightly sweet, non-specific fruity esters, hint of yeast phenolics; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, slightly syrupy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.5

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i dig these interesting belgian pales. they all have cool yeast profiles, and this one, while it shows through a little of its booze, is a very well made beer. lots of grain character. its got body and it has flavor, sweet and mildly spicy as well, a hint of pepper in there with the caramel, likely a yeast thing. hops are minimal in this belgian, even though they call it a pale, its bittering only, and its not enough to balance it out, because the malt is very sweet in this brew. it almost has a corn sweetness to it, and a slight metallic copper thing but its not at all unpleasant. much better on tap than in a bottle in my experience. frothy in feel, full bodied, creamy, very intensely carbonated, and cleanish in the finish for how sweet it is in the middle. good beer overall, but not the best example of the style out there by any means.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours a light golden color with a white head. Plenty of lace, fluffy head, active carbonation. The aroma has plenty of belgian yeast fruit esters, sweet semi tropical and also dark fruit. In the flavor there was plenty of dark fruit, melon, fruit gum and dry grains. The finish is a bit light, though stinging with carbonation at first. Swirling in more yeast to the glass added a smoothness to the feel and a bit more of the honeydew melon flavor. Overall, this was a nice little Belgian pale.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Review: Can of Rince Cochon, 8.5%ABV

The Blond Beer of Flanders that used to be a French blonde. This is a beer fermented with a high degree of alcohol and its content is manufactured from water, malt and hops.

On pour we get a rather delicious looking beer, the colour was a very nice clear golden yellow colour with a decent sized frothy white head with good lacing. After a long day at work I couldn’t wait to devour this beer!

A strong smell of lemon, a sweet citrus aroma, some malts, with slight earthy notes. At over 8% the alcohol was very noticeable on the nose.

As expected you get a very strong taste, hits the senses pretty quick

Got an initial creamy taste, sweet, in fact very sweet taste of malts, with an acidic fruity after taste. An interesting balance of flavours and tastes, to give a well rounded drink.

Definitely a strong beer, a slightly creamy feel in the mouth, and overall fairly drinkable, and tasty.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. No identifiable date.

A: Hazy, golden yellow body with 2-3 fingers of rocky, white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Yeasty spice with slightly musty, earthy notes. Floral, noble-type hops. Faint soap. Cracker. Grass. Hints of candi sugar.

T: The yeast opens with a bit of spice. Leads into a bit of lightly fruity, pale malt sweetness before a mildly bitter, nicely hopped finish. Mostly dry and pretty clean. Alcohol is present, but light for 8.5% ABV.

M: Moderate to high carbonation with a light to medium body. A bit prickly, but suits the flavors reasonably well.

O: Tasty brew with a pleasant hopping. Nicely balanced. Reminiscent of Duvel with the fruit and complexity dialed back a bit. Pretty quaffable, for sure.

Prost!

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Photo of travolta
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Appearance: A bursting head with rocky and voluminous form. Crystal clear, and almost totally bright yellow. Silvery colored head. Head retention and lacing are very very nice. Beautiful bubbles on the head after it sits.

Nose: Lemon meringue, lime, hint of white crackers and banana.

Taste: Perfect malt balance. A little medicine, aspirin, sweet bread, and meringue.

Notes: Give this one a try!

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Photo of bskrtz
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 ounce bottle served cold in glass beer challis.

A) Bright but hazy golden brew. Off white puffy head, settles quickly.

S) Sweet and tart citrus fruit with mild esters and hint of bitter hops.

T) Delicious and classic Belgian pale/blonde ale. Sweet and fruity. Hint of banana, apple and apricot. Refreshing

M) Ample, fine bottle conditioned carbonation. Smooth and drinkable.

O) Good example of this category. Hard to find...

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

France beer tour, #2
Poured chilled in small wine glass

A: dark blond color; good head, mix of bubble sizes;
S: slight yeast aroma, not all that inviting, like a (merely) strong lager
T: sweet lemon, banana, very light clove; strong Belgian-style yeast strain; complex and aggressive; it doesn't seem to me to be in style, but it has such teeth I have to give it props; very boozy, and obviously so

Wow, this is a doozy beer; drink at your own risk

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow-hued body with a short-lived, very thin, white head.

Smell: Unimpressive, not too particularly appealing aroma of sugar laced apple, grape juice.

Taste: Candied sweetness, though little flavor of malts present. White grape, apple fruitiness. Minor spiciness. Transient alcohol quality. Low gum hint. Fairly sweet on the finish with a final touch of fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Just a notch above medium carbonation.

Overall: A bit too basic, a bit too sweet. PIG. OUT.

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Photo of nonameperson
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I bought at a Cora in France. Best by 27/02/14. Served in a goblet glass at about 5-6 degrees C.

A) Beautiful pale (similar to a Stella Artois) yellow beer with about half a finger of head.
S) Boozie. Wasn't expecting that. I can't smell much else, that's why this was my lowest scoring section.
T) Typical blonde. Forward and back-of-the-tongue maltiness that's pleasant and not overpowering. The aftertaste does remind you there's some alcohol in there (8.5%).
M) Amazing. That is all.
O) I wish I bought more of these. Take my advice and if you have the chance to buy one of these buy two. No, make it three.... of ten. Great beer.

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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 275 ratings