Saison De Pipaix | Brasserie à Vapeur

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Saison De PipaixSaison De Pipaix

Brewed by:
Brasserie à Vapeur

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 255 |  Reviews: 165
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 picked up a while back at the Coop for about $9... cellared for a while and pulled out in a recent cellar cleaning.... poured into my Rochefort tulip.

1" head dies back leaving a nice collar atop a fairly hazy lite orange/honey colored brew... only probably a dozen spots of lacing around the glass.

Nose is fairly muted... a little musty and a little sour.. probably needs to warm up a bit more... a little bit of lemon and underripe peach.

The aroma sure hides the flavor.. mildly cidery with mild fruitiness and really a pretty bone dry finish.. a little bit of dry hay.. and maybe some pepper.. again.. probably needs to warm up some more.. fairly grainy.. more peach/pear and a subtle citrus as it warms up... minerally, but not metallic.

Body is light and the carbonation is fairly high.. Drinkabilty is fairly high.. that said, this saison is not going to probably be for me.. just not enough going on.. I've had dozens of different saisons of the years and this one simply leaves me underwhelmed.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in my Delirium Tremens tulip. Poured a hazy burnt orange with copious tiny bubbles effervescing from the center of the tulip. Two-inch fluffy, off-white head with tiny ringlets embedded in the foam. Head eventually settles into a swirl of foam concentrated in the center and dissipating as it extends towards the edges of the glass. Each tilt left behind bands of sticky lacing. Head refreshed with each pour. Nose was distinctly sour out of the bottle, as well as somewhat musty, with a hint of funk. Flavors of anise, pepper, grapefruit and cork. Mouthfeel was light-bodied with a mild carbonation tingle, culminating in a dry finish. Drinkability was fair but I didn't really enjoy the flavor profile on this one.

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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 grub
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

sampled may 24/08 as part of biegaman's annual summer saison tasting, with a mix of BA/RB represented. i contributed this bottle, which i got in a recent trade with Phyl21ca. thanks phil!

750ml bottle, capped and corked.

bottle opens with a gush, losing about 1/4 of the bottle to the counter and sink. when the carbonation finally settled down, the beer poured hazy orange with a small dense white head. the head dropped very slowly and left a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. fresh, light floral and spicy notes. light caramel. bit of sweetness. bit of dms? definitely has some of that lager-like character.

taste is ok. fairly bland actually. touch of caramel, touch of lager. low bitterness level. very slight metallic character that i'm not really enjoying.

mouthfeel is ok. the carbonation feels strangely low considering how much it was gushing out of the bottle. light body.

drinkability is ok. nothing too exciting. i was really underwhelmed by this one.

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

750ml capped/corked

A- Pipaix pours a brilliant redish/brown color, with a big orangy white head, great head retention, and very lively carbonation rushing up the glass.

S- Big nose of yeast, spice, grass, grapes, citrus fruits and a good hop/malt balance

T- Very bright, the carbonation really works well to accent the spice notes. Citrus fruits and tart cherry/grape really give this beer character. This is not your average saison, it ends semi-sweet with hardly no bitterness, the hops create more of a sweet and earthy environment. A bit acidic and slightly tart, this beer is layered, complex and surprisingly very balanced.

M- Medium mouthfeel, very active carbonation, it gets a bit heavier as it warms but nothing offensive here.

D- Excellent

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

poured a hazy orange which glowed nicely when held up to the light. Scent was very spicy and citrusy, light malt aroma with some hints of orange. Slightly acidic on the palette, flavors of apple, a bit of orange and some lemon. A dry finish, a very refreshing beer.
It paired nicely with some speck.

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Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml corked and capped bottle. Pours a rusty brown color with a decent off-white head that dissipated into a cap. The smell is a healthy aroma of tart citrus and green apple skins, light phenols come through towards the end. The taste is of lemony citrus, white wine, tart apples, some light spices, and a slightly nutty malt. Not as barn yard funky as other saisons. This seems to be more aged and tart. Has a lemony sweetness, not sugary. The feel is moderate with dying carbonation, finishes slightly slick and tart. For those who like a nice tart saison, this is for you. With the 6%ABV this could be an easy drinker. This one is not my cup of tea but is respectable.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Capped and corked 750ml bottle poured into a large tulip glass. Pours an orangish amber color with an off-white head that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is old and musty smelling with leather, fruits and spices. Much of the mustiness evident in the aroma transpires into the taste with a dry and yeasty finish. The mouthfeel is light and prickly from the high amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a decent saison but it does leave a lot to be desired.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed 07/1995 Bottled 10/1995

Pours a cloudy orange-ish and hints of a murky brown color with a white head. In the aroma, sour green apples and a small corriander presence. In the taste, a dry and sour green apple flovor. A smooth and sour mouthfeel and a dry green apple with corriander and other spices in the aftertaste. Fantastic age, great sourness, great body.

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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 merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and capped bottle pours a hazed copper body with a two finger ecru head. The head diminishes to attractive satiny sheets of lace on the goblet. Aroma is spicy with ginger and orange peel. Vague fruity notes suggest lemon and lime leaf. Medium body and carbonation. Taste is medium dry, with spicy white pepper, ginger, and orange peel dominant. Citrusy notes seem to be kiwi and lemon rind. Finishes with a hint of mustiness. Surprisingly drinkable for such a spicy saison but lacks the pastoral feel of better examples of the style.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is by far the oldest beer I have ever had and it is definitely past its prime.

1995 corked 750ml I was glad to hear a pop when I pried it open. I gave this brew a vigorous pour and ended up with a small soapy white head that dies instantly. I was surprised to see a little lacing and almost no carbonation. Has a deep golden color but still manages to look intriguing.

The nose got my hopes (slightly) up but the taste and mouthfeel really didnt live up to it. Smells of sour fruits, oxidized, citrus, some funky spicy alcohol and old.

This is were I start to dislike the beer. The taste has become very sour, wine like, some citrus, spices and a bit metallic. Glad to have tried something this unique but I have to say it is not meant to be aged this long (IMO). My girlfriend had a sip and said it tastes like fish watter, I thought that was a pretty funny description.

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Photo of timtim
4.44/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy amber with a white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves almost no lace. smells wonderful. not barnyardy and super musty like i expected, but fruity, citrusy, a little sweet, hint of spice and a little sour. taste exhibits the same characteristcs as the nose. i can detect hints of flowery like cardamom or corriander, ginger and white pepper as well, but they seem to meld as one flavor. very well balanced with a soft, smooth mouthfeel that seems to be carbonated just right. not dry. not bitter. simply delightful and paired perfectly with a belgian style steak and cheese with fries at Granville Moore's - the lovely new gastro belgian spot in dc. I'll have another please!!

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Photo of wesleyhighley
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

super dry beer! if someone told me to imagine apple wine, this is what i would expect. Little to no head, somewhat salty taste that is overshadowed by the fruitiness of the beer. My friends and I definitely weren't expecting this out a saison, but we were really happy to have it.

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Photo of ccrida
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Fantôme tulip, Saison de Pipaix is hazy light amber with a nice sized off-white head that is large bubbled and not to long lasting, but leaves some decent sheets of foamy lace. I really appreciate the brillance of the classic, light orange hue.

Aroma is pretty sweet and rich, at least for the style, the emphasis here is the citrus and honey, but with the apropo dry, mineral bite. Am I about to drink some kind of floral, baklava kvass?

Taste, while sweet and rich, is balanced by a lactic sour dryness that is exactly what I look for in the style, bringing out a mineral heavy tartness, with perfect floral balance. There's a discernible wildness about this one, I don't know that I can all it funky, but enough paunch to keep it fantastically interesting. Still, and maybe it's all aroma, but there's to much sugar and spice for my taste, reminding me a lot of the less appealing aspects of the Southampton Cuvée des Fleurs So complex, I just can't figure out what score to give it, so I'm just gonna offically say, it's "Good!!" The main discriminator is that quinine like tartness, which I love! nb

Mouthfeel is on the crisp side. The body is medium, but the tartness and carbonation keeps it light.

This is not the most drinkable saison by my book, mainly by the fact that it's too spicy and sweet, especially for being only 6.00% ABV...still, jeez it's good, and so indicative of the style, I wish I stocked this by the case, just to give my homebrews a benchmark!

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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 CharlesDarwin
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Originally reviewed March 31, 2007. 1995. Pizza Port Belgian Beer Fest. Pour from a 750mL. Lightly musky sea freshness, with piquant acerbic spiciness. Different and mysterious. A rather murkied amber gold, with no head. Peculiar Thanksgiving potpourri over a lightly frayed sour off note. Weird and muddled. Sour and old. Not good in many senses. A lot of bad cork sourness over light sewage and raging oxidation. A brushed-rind cheese brings up the back. Nothing good has happened to this beer in 12 years.

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Photo of Foxman
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy amber orange, even golden in lighter zones. A fat finger of dense, just off-white head sinks gradually and unevenly. Prints of lacing thumb the inside of the glass.

The aroma is a touch sweet with pale malt and spice, including clove and distant cinnamon. A spritz of citrus in the form of mandarin orange joins a light layer of yeasty esters. It's all grounded by a soft but present earthiness.

Upon tasting, the malt is very mildly sweet and sour pie cherries join a punky funkiness that complements the yeast driven clove spice note. Crisp orange citrus and more spice melange coast through the middle. Grain revisits with a thin bread dough crustiness as well as some more Brett, and the finish dries to a crisp green apple glow, lingering gently but some time. It's a basic but nicely involved and unique saison.

Light bodied, it still manages to give a well-rounded presence upon the palate.

While it seems to be a bit more cool-cat funky than most saisons, its refreshingly different in its way, and the blend of sour and mildly sweet makes it a very drinkable companion as well. I'd never come across it before, so when I had my chance, I had to take it. In this case, it was a chance well worth taking, as I will welcome this to my shelves any time.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.72/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty clear (when poured gently), with an amber color inflected with orange, and a small head that leaves little lace. Aromas of pale Belgian malts and weak Tang or maybe some orange tea. Some coriander and earthy dampness. I can't pick out anything else specific, but it feels like there are a ton of spices in here just below sensation threshold. On the palate, the mouthfeel is very smooth, with just a touch of hoppy acidity and light, perhaps weak carbonation. The combination works. Lots of complexity in the taste. Orangey citrus and slightly sweet Belgian malts start things off, then there's a beautiful blast of sweetness right and the mid-palate that's nice and juicy. At the end things are acidic, peppery and quite dry, with a funky, damp-earth overtone that's enlivened by the continuing citrus notes that are all over this beer. What a wonderfully flavored, expertly integrated beer. Great citrus notes, interesting earthy notes, perfect moutfeel... wow. Packed full of interesting flavors, thirst quenching and drinkable. Excellent.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle that was capped and corked. The damn cork didn't want to come it went in!

Poured into a Piraat tulip with a cloudy apricot orange hue filled with rising bubbles to a pillowy ivory dense head cap deflating to a coating.

Scents of barn yard funk, hay, Earthy dirt and leafy vegetal.

First swigs: Funky sweaty plain tea bitter notes with a delicate lemon citus zest. This is supposed to be ale brewed with spices? Hmmm... not getting too many spices. Earthy dirt flavors with a touch of floral heather or lavender. Finish has some cider and red apple flavor.

Feel is medium bodied with a tight carbonation. Easy drinker with a thin style. Flavor aftertaste instantly vanishes. Best aspect of the feel is the refreshing quality that adds to a quaffable nature.

Last swigs: An excellent beer that just didn't quite kick it for me, but the quality stands out all the way.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend and I split a 750mL bottle at Delerium Cafe in Brussels. The bartender said he hadn't seen this one, and that he'd have to look. He brought back a dusty bottle with a best by date of August 2003.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange-amber (though our first pours were crystal-clear). It's topped by a thick, off-white head that thins to a film leaving heavy lace.

Smell: Sourish almost lambic-like hints, cherry fruitiness and some light maltiness that's hard to place.

Taste: Sour cherries with some light medicinals, some Brett character and a mild bitterness. Nice tartness

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, low carbonation, with a mild dryness.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable and interesting.

Overall: Even though the best by date had long since passed this beer had aged quite well.

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Photo of dgallina
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped and corked dark green bottle without freshness dating. Bottle is clearly quite old considering it's dusty condition and somewhat withered (but still holding) cork.

Pours yeasty golden orange, with half-inch of thin foamy head that quickly recedes to a film. Smells quite acidic and sour with yeasty funk. A little black pepper spice and barely discernible hop notes in the background. The flavor packs a strong acetic punch. Tangy rounded lemon and lime notes blend with oak and white wine tones. Finishes with a little orange zest, black pepper, and faint hop suggestions. Light, gently carbonated (nearly still at this age) and slick body. This has aged rather well considering the low strength. I'd be interested in trying a fresh bottle if I can ever find one.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper, milk-like froth but no real sustaining head.

S: Light spice, hint of cinnamon, earthy tang, overall not a real strong aroma.

T: Earthy fruit taste, with a solid tartness, like sour green grapes perhaps. Finish mellows out and is lightly sweet and bready with some dryness.

M: Feels a bit light on the palate, and the carbonation is only decent. Pretty unremarkable.

D: I enjoyed a couple glasses of this Saison and I would say it's a pretty decent brew overall. Not exactly what I would expect being on the tart side, but I didn't find anything wrong with it. It might be hard for me to purchase another whole 750ml bottle, but I might...

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Photo of phisig137
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Capped and corked bottle pours a hazy orange with a 1/4" white head. Falls quickly leaving behind a little lacing and a blanket of foam on top of the glass.

Aroma is spicy and tart. Spicy yeast reveals rotting apples, pepper, and a touch of must. Pretty funky.

Flavor again is quite funky. Overly ripe apples and pears show up on the front, while the finish rounds out spciy and quite tart. A large wave of acidity hits once you swallow. Fairly hoppy towards the end too.

Mouthfeel is light, yet full. Drinkability is average.

I don't really prefer to drink this by itself, but it is very enjoyable with some food. I drank 1/2 of this while eating fish and chips (it really blends nicely with malt vinegar), and the second half after I was done eating. Definitely better with the food.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a lovely light amber, hay, goldenrod color with a less than expected head body and retention. But all is not lost. The color really catches the eye, you don't need any bubbling really. Looks like carbonated honey.

Smell- A brisk earthy, grain aroma with some honey sweetness.

Taste- Starts with a effervescent light honey sugar malt and barely there aromatic hops. A bit of dry orange and hints of earthy clay and a field of tall prairie grass.

Mouthfeel- Definetly atringent and a little dry. But not tart like other saisons I've had before. This was real easy to drink and share with friends.

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Saison De Pipaix from Brasserie à Vapeur
3.69 out of 5 based on 255 ratings.
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