Rince Cochon | Roman N.V.

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Brewed by:
Roman N.V.
Belgium | website

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

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252
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
24.59%
 
 
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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 252
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 draheim
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle into a tulip. Pours a clear golden color w/ a bright white fluffy head, sticky chunks of lace, steady carb.

Aroma is slightly grainy pale malt, Belgian yeast, subtle floral hops.

Taste is pale malt w/ a hint of crushed aspirin, some yeasty funk, green apple. Slightly unpleasant lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little prickly and sharp up front - lacks the smoothness of most bottle-conditioned beers.

Unfortunately this is a one and done for me.

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Photo of daledeee
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 ml bottle, corked. The pink pig makes me wonder if it is not made by the delirium bunch.

Poured a very light clear yellow with whipped egg white head. Lots of carbonated bubbles as well.

Nose is slightly fruity with hints of spice and hops.

Taste is fruity and sweet with a good dose of subtle Belgian hops. It could use a little more body, but I hate to discount it because this really is a crisp and refreshing beer. Alcohol is warming but not in your face. I like this beer. Not sure why the ratings are low.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with about an inch white head. The head didn't stay around for long, and there wasn't much lacing on the glass. Aroma is nice and fruity, the brew smells like apples, mango, yeast, orange peel, cloves, and some pears. Unfortunately, the taste isn't quite as nice. I can pick up apples, pears, bready malt, peppery spice and a bit of clove, but there's also a bitter mineral-like flavor that I didn't care for. The mineral taste was pretty strong at first, but it did get weaker as I continued to drink the beer. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy with good carbonation. I think this is an OK brew, but I don't think I would buy it again. But for $7.99 a bottle, it's certainly worth trying.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 25 ounce caged/corked bottle. Sampled on January 29, 2012. This has a long-lasting, foamy white head which caresses the somewhat agitated straw yellow pour. The aroma kicks off with yeast followed by sugar and malts. Not much in the way of spice but there is a modest hop crispness on the nose. The body is creamy and light. As for the taste I found it to lean on the sour side, which was kind of a letdown but not necessarily unexpected. Also a bit of overripe fruit with a near-dry finale. I migth have enjoyed it better if sour character had been more subtle.

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Photo of Kwak
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours nice pale yellow color a little cloudy thick head that stuck around for the whole drink

sweet hoppy aroma with a bit of clove very pleasing

taste was a little two sweet with a little yeast

finish was a little bitter but still crisp not great but drinkable

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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 PeprSprYoFace
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a nice frothy white head. Nice sticky lacing. Looks like a good Belgian.

Aroma is nice. Great hop aroma with some belgian yeast and some cloves. A bit of hay and malt. Nice fresh hop aroma mostly though.

Taste is lighter than expected. Belgian candy sugar sweetness is the most prominent flavor but it's kinda light. But of hop night and sweetness lingering on your tongue. Bit of Belgian yeast in the front. Pretty tasty and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp. High carb.

Overall a good and refreshing Belgian. Wish I could get it on tap. It would be a go to at bars.

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Photo of drpimento
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yum, cloyingly sweet, yet I succumb to its sickenly lucsicous over the top gluttonisously good beer candy. gimme. Pours with a large, off white, lasting to the bottom, foamy, thick, head, and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber with a few bubble trails. Aroma is bread dough, malt, spice. yeast. Flavor’s about the same but with major candy sweetness, that has just enough bitter/ tang to light it off. Nice slap happy brew. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is just fine

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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 Brenden
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dusty pale gold in color that allows some light to shine through the haze while remaining cloudy. The head that forms is pure white and is pretty tight though small and does fade pretty quickly. It leaves a decent amount of spotty lacing to just beyond halfway down the glass before dropping off.
The aroma is a little funky with some fruity sweetness along with something like candi sugars, a bit of citrus, and some bubble gum. There's something a bit dusty about this one, and I assume it's Belgian yeast. It's not counter to the overall effect.
The combination of the citrus, funk and grassiness lends itself to something of a lemongrass flavor, though the grassiness gives way to a more wet hay funkiness. The bubble gum remains as well as a dustiness, which almost seems at odds overall with the sweetness.
The body is on the light side of medium and a touch too spritzy, but with just enough creaminess to give it a bit of heft and remain crisp.
Overall this is an interesting beer. I don't think it deserves a C+, but to each his own.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear straw big white head. Not much lace.

S - Fresh straw, light hops, and sweet malt.

T - Bigger volume malt, straw and light malt.

M - Light body, good carb, fair balance.

D - Bigger than seems. Good beer.
I don't like the limits on these reviews.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Certainly lacking originality, but a decently balanced and inexpensive brew.

Med thin body, slick and clean mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Sweet malt presence upfront with notes of candied orange, zesty herbal hops, and a light bitterness.
Notes of sweet apples, grain, and grassy hops throughout.

Abv is well hidden, reminiscent of Duvel but less bitter, carbonated, and dry...

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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 DaveHS
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-750ml opens with a pop and a wisp of gunsmoke. Pours straw yellow with 2 inches fo creamy eggshell white head. Leaves stringy lacing.

S-Hand soap, grapefruit rind, white pepper, clove and coriander.

T/M-Intense prickly carbonation really hurts the mouthfeel in a big way. That, combined with overwhelming citrus rind dry bitterness overshadows the already muted spiciness. The finish is sharp, with a burst of clove.

O-Boring.

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Photo of snpub540
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw hue with a 1 inch white head that sticks around for a very long time before settling down. Loads of carbonation in this one. Lacing is scattered on the glass the entire way down.

Smells of ripe fruit, grass, and a nice earthy yeastyness.

Taste is sweet upfront but followed by a green apple flavor and a hot solventy finish, especially as the beer warms. I can't say it is unpleasant it just feels hot to me at the moment.

Dances on the tongue because of carbonation. Hard to drink because of the warming alcohol present.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL brown glass cork and caged bottle purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse. No date.

Pours a crackly pale yellow with thin white head. Nose is a little floral and a little corn-husk-like. Palate is crisp and zippy with some pleasant bitterness. Floral, corn-husk, hay, preserved lemon, key lime essence. Short finish.

This is by no means a complex beer. However, it is doing the job that I think it was made for: refreshing me after working out in the garden. If you think of it as a peasant saison or something, it's not bad. But it's also not great.

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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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 mL bottle from an unknown benefactor at Beachwood II,

A: Pours a translucent gold with a medium white head, spotty lace.

S: Pears, stone fruit with citrusy hops and some golden raisins.

T: Strong honeyed malt and sugar cane flavours with the aforementioned pear ester notes. Quite nice.

M: Overcarbonated at first, but doesn't really get in the way of the flavour, though I don't really like this. Medium-bodied, spritzy overall feel.

O: I quite liked this effort I and don't understand why the early reviews have been so harsh. Different palates I guess.

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Photo of dsprainman
2.97/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Monoprix in Angers.
This Beer Poured a light straw color with a very white head that dissipates slowly, fair amount of lacing. Aromas of smokiness meet the nose along with a grassy smell. Taste is that of the smell, slightly sweet and smokey, poor job of masking the alcohol content. All in all, somewhat unimpressed. This beer just doesn't really hit the mark in any category. It's plenty drinkable, but just no real standout. Worth trying, but definitely not a favorite.

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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 thierrynantes
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : clear golden yellow color with white foamy head.
Smell : malty and floral aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : yeasty with citrus notes, sweet and bitterness well balanced.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Belgian strong pale ale.

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Rince Cochon from Roman N.V.
3.62 out of 5 based on 252 ratings.
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