Rince Cochon | Roman N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Roman N.V.
Belgium
roman.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by thierrynantes on 01-06-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
259
Reviews:
75
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
12.98%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
53
For Trade:
0
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste Pub & Cafe in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable and pretty tasty.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I find it strange and odd that this beer doesn't taste all that strange or all that odd- instead a playful and yeast-driven light ale that carries all the Belgiany halmarks that these styles expect.

Despite the hidious pink pig mascot that intently adorns the tap handle, what's much more beautiful is the glowing light golden elixer that exhibits a slight yeasty haze, froathy white foam character with classic retention and lace. Very effervescent, the beer remains lively and bubbly from start to finish.

Fruit and spice decorate the nose with yeast derived scents of succulent appricot, apple, pear, mango, and lemon. A balance of white pepper, dried orange peel, alcohol, and clove rise to that of estery fruits. A soft sweet bread note seems to bring together the variant aromas.

Sweet to taste with a soft powdered sugar or confectionate character of sugar cookie dough. Estery fruitiness weaves in the flavors that are described in the nose with under-rippened green apples and pear leading the charge. Low in hops, only an earthy and herbal taste governs the light bitterness in finish. Instead, the beer relies on the yeasty spices of corriander, clove, and white pepper for balance.

Medium bodied early on due to the expansive carbonation as it releases upon contact with the palate. But the fullness is short lived as the fleeting carbonation ushers in a dryish mid palate of waivering sweetness and growing spice. The finish reveals a whimsical memory of fruit and cotton candy-like evaporation and warm alcohols.

Rince Cochon is a nice Belgian Stong Pale Ale that does all that's expected from the style. But it does little to break out of the mold of La Fin Du Monde or Piraat Ale or to create any meaningful identity.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of emerge077
2.49/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Into a tulip glass it pours a bright gold, thin white head of foam, no lace. Looks typical of a high gravity Belgian ale, nothing overly special really. Soapy white lace, high clarity brassy color, decent retention.

Apple, sweet cooked vegetables, wet hay, light grassy aroma.

Wet barley, some apple notes from the yeast, a mild hop bitterness. Too boozy with a tacky, envelope glue aftertaste. Unbalanced with some off notes from the alcohol, and an odd metallic note. Overall unpleasant. Something seems to have gone wrong here, and i'm not going to waste $10+ again to find out if it ever improves. Not very drinkable, a good 6 ounces were dumped, couldn't finish it.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, best by 4/7/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a nice 2 finger foamy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some decent soapy lacing clinging on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up retaining a head. Aromas of pear, grape, apple, herbal, floral, earth, orange zest, grass, bread, pepper, and yeast spiciness. Pretty nice aromas with decent strength; and nice balance and complexity. Very pleasant. Taste of pear, apple, grape, orange zest, herbal, floral, earth, pepper, clove, and light yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, clove, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of fruity/peppery flavors with nice complexity. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale ale. Nice complexity and flavor balance; very crisp and smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of dcmchew
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nicely with a decent head, that goes away pretty fast leaving lots of traces on the glass. Smells of grains, some fruitiness and low spicy yeasts.
Wheaty malts and grains, white bread, quite pronounced, balanced by mild fruitiness (acidic apple and pear, low oranges and lemon zest). Mild caramel, with some hints of honey but mostly Belgian sugars, cloying and lingering. Nicely spiced with clove, vanilla and some low coriander. Alcohol is warm and prickles a bit because of the carbonation, that's quite high in the beginning. But goes away in time, making this beer a bit syrupy even. Hops are fresh and mildly bitter in the finish, complementing the sweet notes.
A nice BSA, but doesn't really stand out from others of its kind.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -13%
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 WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Funnier than the pink pig drinking beer on the label is the pregnant women silhouette with a ghostbusters symbol around it (cirlce and a slash). Before pouring this beer I'm dedicating it to all the illiterate pregnant women out there. Appears a pale golden sunshine bright with a pearly white head forming even lacing around the sides of my glass. Aroma has some grassy herbal hops with a flowing pale malt sweetness and a touch of light pear fruitiness. Flavor is a bit more sweetness almost malt liquor like with fruit esters and pear and apple highlights with a touch of rough graininess. Not very refined compared to most Belgian specialty ales, but the mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with effervescent carbonation flowing, and a bit of spicy hops leaving a touch of bitterness behind between each sip. Drinkability as a whole isn't ver good it's hard to get through a 750ml bottle call for back up and show everybody the anti pregnant women symbol on the back of the bottle.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Belgian style bomber, caged and corked. No freshness info.

Pours near clear, very light straw. Looks like, dare I say it..."Fizzy yellow beer"....near white head is pretty thin, stays at the film and low collar stage, with fine sheeting and nice looking lace. More then average amount of tiny bubbles continue to stream to the top

Sugary nose with some faint floral qualities.

Sweet take on the style with notes of sugary candies, melon marinated in sweet lime juice, and more floral notes and some light peppery flourishes come to mind. Moderate hop bite in the finish. Not terrible, in general lacks the complexity, depth of flavors and intrigue of the all stars of the style.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light golden amber with a massive white head with good retention and pillowy lacing. Aroma of light fruit, wheat, lemon, Belgian yeast and spicing. Flavor is sweet pear and apple juice, wheat, bready malt, lightly astringent wood, light lemon. Finishes with sweet/sour light fruit and a mild hops. Flavor a bit attenuated, but pleasant. Light to medium bodied with a nice mouth feel from constant carbonation. Not a super complex BSPA, but a nicely made and pleasant drinking one.

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden, and lightly carbonated. Flavor of licorice, toffee and caramel. Aroma same. Sweetish brew with oily mouthfeel. A different breed here....

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale golden, almost murky straw color. Pretty good head and lacing. A summer looking beer

Lemon zest aroma, some acetone and sweet bread.

The taste is a bit watered down. Up front there some strong flavors of lemon and hints of orange. The middle is lacking but not bad. This beer is a summer blond type of thing.

A good beer with salad or maybe some fruit sherbet.

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Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aren't I a lucky guy? A random bottle showed up at Beachwood Brewing, and a Belgian one at that. I couldn't turn down a taste of it. On to the beer:

Looks light yellow in color with short lived head and retention. The nose is a lot like apple juice and a pilsner on steriods; loads upon loads of grassy aromas.

This is certainly one of the most "different" breeds of the BSPA style that I've had. A little sweet like sugar and canned fruits, but in general very grassy tasting. Its strong carbonation reminds me of a Duvel, though since this is chokefull of grass, it is a little bit of a chore to drink.

Had I known this beer was from Brouwerij Roman (one of the breweries featured on Tournee Generale), I would have been very excited beforehand. While it was still cool to try my first beer from these guys, a 750 of The Pig sounds like a homework assignment.

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Rince Cochon from Roman N.V.
3.62 out of 5 based on 259 ratings.
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