Saison De Pipaix | Brasserie à Vapeur

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Saison De PipaixSaison De Pipaix

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Brasserie à Vapeur

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2002

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Photo of Sammy
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Odd spices in this saison, cidrey acid harshness, but grows on you. Barnyard aroma, however also in taste, let warm to just below room temperature. Apple juice, yeast, a bit metallic after-taste. Drinkable, two of us finished, four would have as well.Had 1995 version on the selves at Premier Gourmet but is was literally malt vinegar.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.18/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A cloudy amber color with light and thin white head.

Nose is light yeast/white bread and light spice; nothing real assertive.

Mouthfeel is light and thin.

Flavors are light, thin and watery with no real identify or character. There is no finish. Go for Sparkletts instead.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwins Trappiste in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart and is of malt, citrus, and herbal aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild citrus zest and herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed last night at the kitchen upstairs in boulder. think i paid something like 22 bucks for a bomber of this, cap and cork rig. the pour is golden orange color, sunny, with some haze, and a big bubble white head rising high in the snifter. the flavor is quite delicate, spices from the yeast capture my attention first, some fruity notes trickle in one by one, apple, dried apricot, white grape. its not a fruity beer but these little teases are quite fun. the malt profile is coppery, crackery light, with just a touch of sweetness. peppery finish, with more hops than most belgian saisons. i was really impressed with this, as it went excellently with our raw oysters and mussels and crab legs and clams. perfect compliment. feel was massively carbonated, with a ligher body, clean finish, and modest alcohol. overall an excellent saison, and one i will look forward to drinking again.

edit: on tap, this has no equal at all. simply world class, one of the best i have had. if you ever see this on a tap list, its a must try for any saison lover. end all be all sort of beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy reddish orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of apples and oranges are present in the nose along with notes of yeast and hints of spices; the smell becomes a bit warmer once the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of apples and oranges along with notes of spices and hints of yeast. Faint hints of sourness are also noticeable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: The flavors and mouthfeel of this saison are a little subdued compared to other beers in this style. This might make a good beer to pair with a light dish such as a salad.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Like caramel apples? Then you'll love this beer!

But first, the beer opens with a yeasty amber color with the signature Belgiany haze. A part-froathy, part spritzy head caps the beer with stark white foam. Reducing to a thick sheet, the beer climbs the walls of the glass with intricate patterns of lace. Very bubbly, the beer simply looks lively, nearly as if champagne.

A mix of apple and apple pie aromas carry a mix of red apples, green apples, bruised apples, crabapples (am I leaving out any apples out there?). Bready with a biscuity crust, caramel, cinnamon, clove, and white pepper deliver the bredth of aromas that make up the beer.

Much can be said of the narrowly defined flavor spread- apples, apples, and more apples. Red and bruised varieties give a decidedly cider taste along with the spicy and sweetness of glaze and cinnamon found in apple pies. Light honey and spicy alcohols seem somewhat mead or white wine in comparison.

Medium and very bubbly, the beer has the dry-effervescent prickle of peppery carbonation and alcohol warmth that makes the beer effortless and drinkable.

Certainly a must-try for any fan of apple flavor in beer. But the off-kilter balance of one-sided fruity flavor doesn't allow the esters to develop the complex fruit notes that would have otherwise round out the beer better. Apple character takes away also from the peppery spice and the needed hop flavor and bitterness and leaves the beer lacking true 'Saison' flavor. The apple flavor here (acedaldehyde) is a certain distraction for me, to the point that it degrades the beer severely.

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach nectar color with a rocky head that leaves a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Cut hay, with green apple, coriander, white pepper, vanilla and hints of anise and ginger

Taste: Green apple tartness up front and then the spices make their appearance, with the vanilla and coriander arriving at first, followed by the pepper; somewhat funky and sour by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors drift toward a peppery finish; all the while, there is a very subtle sweetness that I did not notice at first, but became more prominent as the beer warmed

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with fizzy carbonation

Drinkability: Different from any other Saison I have tried; love the subtle and interesting mix of flavors, particularly the impact of the vanilla and ginger

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Photo of largadeer
1.15/5  rDev -68.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Mfielden brought over a bottle of this and then left in my fridge unopened as he made his departure. After trying it, I understood why.

The beer pours lifeless and nearly flat, the color of dirty sewer water.

It smells like spiced cardboard. White pepper, wet paper, uh...mostly wet paper, actually. This smells awful.

The taste is like cardboard drizzled with honey and spices. The herbal, medicinal mid-palate leads into a horribly oxidized wet paper and apple cider finish. Ugh, this is insanely bad. The bottle has no bottling date on it, so I have no idea if this is just very very old, or if the beer simply sucks.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Plucier (unknown vintage but label looks dated): Poured a muddy amber color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma is somewhat sour with some medium spices coming through and a medium funky yeast finish. Taste is dominated by some sour notes and light funky barnyard notes. I really appreciated the attenuation from the yeast as well as the light spices that provided some character. Body is about average with some low carbonation. Well done and wouldn’t mind to have an easier access to this.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by mdfb79--thanks, Dan! 1995 vintage served in a snifter.

Pours a moderately-darkened golden color with a thin white head and not really any retention or lacing. Can't fault it too much given the age. The nose brings forward some really nice funky notes with a lot of barnyard. There's also a bit of burnt rubber in the background, though it works. The rubbery component is stronger in the taste, which also isn't nearly as gueuze-like as the nose was. Body is medium with a really dry finish. It's also ever-so-slightly metallic, though all around drinks quite well and has held up nicely.

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam on top of a slightly hazy, copper colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - A strong, sweet note of pilsner malt with honey and graham cracker flavors. Some slightly spicy yeast aromas of clove and cinnamon.

T - Sweet, biscuit malt up front with notes of honey malt. Some fruity, red apple yeast notes in the middle with a hint of pear. Finishes with sweet malt, light caramel, and more red apple yeast.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very heavy, sweet malt character throughout with a somewhat one-dimensional yeast character. There is little of the fruity, spicy yeast that I am inclined to expect from the best Saisons and the hops are simply too weak to counter the malt sweetness by themselves. This is by no means a drain pour, but it isn't something that I would buy again.

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Photo of oberon
2.66/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Heard great things about this,found it in Buffalo bought a 96 vintage.Started promising I liked the color and the nice head,after that all downhill.Had little to no smell,the taste was peppery (overpoweringly so) and way to sour!The beer was way to thin and watery to go along with that taste.Didnt finish the bottle just to peppery and thin for me,waiste of six bucks.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.64/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber-orange body with some visible particulate. It's short and creamy bright-white head holds fairly well before dropping to a decent collar and thin surface covering. Unfortunately, it leaves very little lace. The nose is quite interesting, and almost entrancing, with a soft mustiness over a gentle fruitiness (some orange), a very mild tart or acidic note, and some light spice (ginger, pepper, coriander). Really nice! The body is light; and it benefits greatly from a very fine, natural conditioning that caresses the tongue. All of the character found in the nose remains in the flavor. It's exceptionally well-balanced with a lightly sweet maltiness that's either accentuated by, or plays host to, a subtle tartness; mild orange-ish fruitiness; and gentle ginger/coriander/black pepper spiciness. It finishes soft and dry with a lingering note of sweet malt and some gentle spiciness. Complex yet refreshing! Highly enjoyable and well worth seeking out!

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Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 2002(!) bottling. Perhaps past its prime but certainly held up very well.
Rich complex aroma and flavor with figs, raisins and spices.
The flavors are nicely balanced and blended.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 9/2/2012 at Julian’s in Providence, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices, fruit, caramelized malts and some Belgian yeast.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong spice flavor. Then some flavors of fruit and caramel come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and the hops presence is mild but complementary creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid Saison but there are other in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 01/22/11 notes. Brought to a tasting, 1995 vintage.

a - Pours a clear golden color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation evident,

s - Smells of sour fruits, spice, yeast. Reminds me of a Drie Fonteinen gueuze. Really enjoyable

t - Tastes ok, of spice, lgith fruit, and yeast, as well as slightly metallic and cardboard. A definite step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and almost no carbonation, very light. Very easy to drink.

d - I thought this was a very drinkable beer with an amazing smell. The taste didn't hold up quite as much as the smell, but I enjoyed it none the less. Interested to see what other vintages taste like.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan!

Vintage 1995

This beer is hazy and yellow with a small white head and little carbonation evident. Nearly two decades in the bottle could be largely responsible for the reduced carbonation level, methinks. The aroma is fantastic, and strongly resembles an authentic Belgian gueuze. So far so good. The flavor doesn't quite live up to the promise of the aroma, but I found the beer to be quite tasty nonetheless. Funk and barnyard flavors are there, but not as grandiose as the smell would indicate. The beer seems to have held up rather well after sixteen years of aging. Overall, this was a fun beer to try and I would be interested to sample a younger, or perhaps fresh, bottle.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a De Struise chalice. No bottle information.

Appearance - Pours with a nice, but not necessarily fluffy, off-white head. Settles quickly and without event into just a couple of bubbles and hardly a collar of foam. The occasional archipelago of lace still clings to the side. The body is a clear apple cider (after drinking this, I have apples on the brain) with some floaties.

Smell - Apples upon apples. A slight musty yeast to it and a touch of spiciness. It's really all apples though.

Taste - Sweet malt and fruity apple flavors. It gets bready almost immediately and then everything succumbs to the apples. The finish has a little bit of spice and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel - It's light. Not really spritzy due to some idle carbonation. Easy to drink, though.

Overall - It's uninteresting, but easy to drink. Tons of apples. It makes me think it's some sort of off-flavor, but it isn't unpleasant. Just monotonic.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.08/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Couldn't find a date on the bottle.

A – Light maple amber. Off-white head has great lace and nice retention.

S – Overripe fruit with a sour overtone. Unfortunately the combination came off as rancid on my nose, but two of the tasters with me didn’t get the same effect. Brackish, salty notes deep in the nose.

T – Opens with guava and tart apricot, but a salty mid profile quickly overtakes the sweetness. A rancid funk creeps up behind the salt, with a sour, lemon acidity. This bottle has to have gone bad.

M – Medium body with a lingering salty, semi-sweet finish. Low carbonation.

O – Unfortunately, it looks like this got contaminated on its way to my glass.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I will admit I have been seriously slacking in my attention to the saisons for quite some time. I have been mostly focusing on trying new American stuff. But let's get back into the swing of things. Shall we?

Pours a foggy orange brown. Nose is mild funk, but not much there. Flavor is a bit lighter than I would have figured. Definite citrus tones. Funk seems to fall off a bit too quickly I think, but still there is plenty there to enjoy. Feel is a little thin I think and the carbonation is decent. Overall this is a lighter saison that goes down very easy and would be great to drink on a blazing hot summer day.

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Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork-capped 750 ml bottle:

Pours hazed orangeish golden with a large off-white head that immediately descends to a lasting cover. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of a bit of soft hay mustiness with grain, orange rind, a hint of anise and some black pepper. Mild, but complex and inviting.

The taste is sourish with an herbal/leafy dryness and some sweetness with peppery spicing. Soft and subtle enough that nothing in particular stands out over anything else. Well-balanced.

Light-bodied and efffervescent.

Very drinkable and refreshing, especially on a hot summer's day. Soft, but complex. I could easily have had a second bottle of this one. Unique while fitting the style.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"This ALE has been brewed in 04/1995, bottled in Sept. 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 a begin of wine  porto taste. Enjoy it!"

Quoted verbatim from a label fixed on the bottle's neck. This was purchased in June of 2004, and spent 3 months in my closet, and several days in the fridge. I'm looking forward to enjoying it, and that begin of wine porto taste! Let's let's crack at it!

POP! And out it goes, a golden/ orangey hue, with a slim white the nose, it's tart, yet sweet, there's the straw, there's the must, this is the saison in full character, with a citric force, and a twist of spice, to boot. This is alive, and very lovely.
Oooo, the pucker in the taste, then a lull and it's mellow, and just a touch sweet, full of fruit, lemon and orange, tangible texture, gripping the tongue and lips. Full-bodied, for the style, with a magnificent mouthfeel, lemon peels and orange zest swimming on the palate, sparking everywhere in the mouth. Gotta say, though, 9 years in and there's no "wine porto" character, but what we do have is a really tasty saison, well worth the $9.89 I spent on the bottle.
I'd go for another, assuredly.

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Photo of Billolick
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large green bottle,(not the aged stuff) corked and capped, the cork was kind of wet and gooey, hmmm, minimal energy released upon popping the cork. Pours medium almond, cloudy, without much noticable sediment, slight tan head and leaving just moderate lacing. Head shows good retention leading to a splotchy tiny bubble film The nose is where things start to get interesting, its smokey, sour, sugary, interesting. This has got to be the most sour "saison" out there, its close to a lambic in the strength of the puckering sourness that you will experience. Also notes of more smoke, tropical fruits, and honey. This is an interesting, complex and tasty brew. Has the feel, taste and character of being real authentic Belgian brew, sort of quirky and definitely differant. Well worth a try for all lovers of fairly sour Belgians

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Photo of GClarkage
2.69/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

08/09/05- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 750 ml bottle from year 1995. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Light orange pour with a small 1/4 inch head and very little lacing.

Smell- Very nice almost wine like scent. Maybe a dry chardonnay or the like.

Taste- Looks like my bottle has past it's prime. A tart wine like flavor at first, but then comes in a harsh metal like taste that overtakes anything that is good about the flavor.

Mouthfeel- Very low if any carbonation. Flat and past it's prime.

Drinkability- This would have been a drain dumper, but I'm taking it back to get refunded. Would like to try another in the future, just not one thats 10 years old. Five years would be nice to shoot for.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber/golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of tart malt, yeast, acid, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Saison/Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. There is also a strong tartness associated with this brew. Tastes of tart malt, yeast, pale malt, and acid. Overall, a little lacking in body and complexity, but still a drinkable saison.

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