Vapeur Cochonne | Brasserie à Vapeur

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Brasserie à Vapeur

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-27-2002

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Ratings: 205 |  Reviews: 138
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Photo of Jason
4.04/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz slender Euro style bottle with no freshness date, this is no problem for this brew being that it is at 9.0% abv and bottle conditioned.

Appearance: Lots of foam for the initial pouring, sadly it drops down to a ring of lace. Chunks of yeast stay whole a in suspension within a semi-clear reddish amber.

Smell: Solvent alcohol, tropical fruit punch, citric peel, musty powdery yeast and a vague sugary malty sweetness make up the complex and inviting aroma.

Taste: Slick mouth feel with an apparent medium body. Big viscous carbonation that slowly flows through the mouth. Solvent and fusel alcohols dance on the taste buds with a never ending and ever warming spiciness. Fruity is not even the word to use, tropical punch with a ripeness that you would never think would be in a beer is more like it. Musty powdery yeast with hints of coriander. An earthy bitterness comes out of nowhere, obviously from the roasted chicory. Hints of a rum and triple sec mixed drink from the fruitiness and raw sugar like flavour hits hard with a spicy phenolic surprise in the finish.

Notes: An in your face Belgian beer, it wakes up the taste buds shakes them a couple of times and then does it over and over again. This brew is all over the place but in a great way.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

weird brew here, this from 1996 it says. thats pretty old for what this is, and it pours real flat, maybe as a result of its age. apple juice color with some yeast sediment and no head at all, just some quickly bursting white bubbles, then no activity at all. the nose is like cider vinegar, its got that orchard fruitiness on the front end, and moves into a lactic tartness that may be an infection, not sure this was ever supposed to be a wild type ale, but it is now. the flavor follows the nose, moving from fruity and stale cereal grain beginnings to an acidic tartness in the finish with the yeast lasting quite awhile on the tongue. sharp acidity is exacerbated by the alcohol, which comes out when this warms up just a bit. a very strange mix of flavors here, it may just be well past its prime at this age, but for me it was a miss.

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Photo of RoyalT
1.45/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance – Orange in color with some carbonation but no head whatsoever.

Smell – Very faint and bland spicy aroma with a touch of yeast. There’s not much there, but I’m picking up a sour-type of smell that doesn’t remind me of any BSDA that I’ve had before.

Taste – Ouch! This is sour as hell. I can’t taste anything other than a horrible sour taste.

Mouthfeel – This was quite the pucker-upper. It was thin, fizzy, and lame.

Sinkability – There’s no way that I’m finishing this one.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of shapudding
4.24/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

No dating. Cloudy, dark and oaky brown, with tons of sediment floating throughout. Cannot see through it. Massive almond head finally settled down to only a small ring of creamy bubbles with a bit of a small island in the center. Lovely fruity scents of sherry, dark cherry and orange peel. I allowed this to warm a bit before opening, nice! Good amount of carbination, but smooth and flowing, silky....
Flavors of cream sherry and dried bing cherries. Caramelly sweetness, roasted malts, spices poking through in the background. Great flavors so very well blended. Leaves alot to savor on your tongue. Good sipper beer.

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Photo of merlin48
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

My 11.2 oz bottle has the same label as Brent describes in his review here. Pours a slightly hazed, orange/copper body with a short lived offwhite head. Attractive lacing is left down the side of the goblet.

Aroma has spicy coriander and a pervasive, and curious, chocolate note. Faint aroma of orange peel is in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has plenty of fizzy carbonation.

Taste is unusual for this style. Very spicy, with some bitter chocolate, vinous alcohol burn, and a hint of bittersweet orangepeel. Alcohol burn becomes abrasive at room temperature.

This bottle appears new, based on the label's mint condition. Label states this "conserves" very well. Perhaps, this one will improve with some age. Overall, at this stage it's a sour and bitter ale with an overwhelming alcohol presence that is burning, instead of warming. No problem finishing the bottle, but I wouldn't care for another.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into a tulip glass, had at Delirium Cafe.

Pours a nice deep dark amber/ruby color with a small while head. Very nice. Nose is hoppy, crisp and sweet with a nice malt backbone to it.

Taste is awesome, very rich and smooth lots of carbonation and sweet caramel flavors. Very tasty with a very full mouthfeel, check this out if you can find it.

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Photo of ADR
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Low carbonation, head is minimal for a bottle-conditioned Belgian (I hope it wasn't a leaking bottle, it had a cap and a cork). Smell of cherry and alcohol with a reddish sienna opaque color. Coating body and tart flavors with a peach and berry impression and an alcohol "catch" at the swallow. I didn't find this as complex in flavor as it was big in flavor, sort of like a soured Chardonney or something. I hope I tasted it close to what its supposed to be, or at least an undercharged but full-flavored version.

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Photo of JasonSiedman
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a sizzling head, certainly one of the noisiest heads ever, as it snaps, crackles and pops on top of the hazy rust/amber color underneath. Tons of carbonation, and some floaters, this one looks raw and authentic.

Aroma is fruity and spicy, made just a bit deviant smelling thanks to the influence of the yeast. For all the activity of the head, it doesn't let off much aroma, as what's here is quite subdued.

Flavor is pretty wild, a tough one to get a handle on. It's got fruitiness at the forefront, but the fruit succulence has been molested by sour and spicy elements. There's a chocolate-y weirdness that meshes well with a desserty port-like element. Cola flavor is present too, made stronger by the fact of the intense, almost soda-like carbonation. Finishes with a musty spiciness that twists into bitterness, laying on the tongue for the duration.

One of Belgium's most interesting beers, its taste is an acquired one, and maybe lacking some direction...some might even call it a mess, but its personality cannot be denied. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting tasting beer to throw your friends off. Mix it up with others. In a spicy meal you can share a bottle. Not sure it would hold up by itself. ALcohol and carbonation there and a bunch of spices and tastes on the tongue that seemed like spiced rum. Bottle's wild picture makes you contemplate your life.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of dgallina
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown with small creamy head and decent lacing. Smells of very sweet candi sugars and caramel malts on a base of fusel alcohols. Starts caramel sweet, develops into plums and dark fruits, and finishes with very strong chocolate-laced brandy flavors. Creamy and medium-bodied in the mouth; light carbonation. Sticky and sweet but quite tasty. A very nice dessert beer.

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Photo of jbonapar
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at Pub Italia in Ottawa.
Pours a caramel brown with a slight head in the glass.
Smell: Very sweet caramel, honey and raisins.

Taste: Certainly not the best, but reasonable. Nice sweet fruits and caramel. Raisins and other dried Fruits. Nice carbonation with a moderately syrupy consistency.

overall a reasonable beer, certainly not as special as many other belgian beers.

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Photo of jcruelty
2.37/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

i didnt like the label nor the beer. spoiled orange peel is dead on

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Photo of KTCamm
4.43/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Champagne style bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours dark amber reddish with a layer of foam sitting atop the brew. Cherries, cola, fruity nose. Rich complex flavor, very fruity. Raisins, plums. Some chocolate in there too - and it builds with warmth. Firm strong carbonation builds to a great mouthfeel. Very complex and flavorful. Excellent.

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Antyk
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hotstuff
2.72/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer just didn't quite fit the bill for a Belgian Ale in my opinion.It really tasted "off" its mark.There was virtually no head and there were fine sized bubbles that quickly dissipated.The body was very yeasty and cloudy with a copper hue.The nose was lightly sweet with a weird taste to it.The mouthfeel was tingly, smooth and medium bodied.The lacing was sparse.

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Photo of Samp01
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cloudy brown amber with a small beige head. Aroma is of caramel malt, Belgian yeast, some dark fruit esters, plum and raisin notes. Taste same as aroma with some mildly sour yeast flavors, tart dark fruit. Palate is a medium body with low carbonation. Finish has some caramel malt, yeast, mild tart notes with dark fruit, notes of plums and raisins. Overall not the best but a good drinking flavorful brew,

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light raspberry red color with a nice frothy off tan head. Lots of yeasty sludge in bottom of bottle (750ml). Some peppery floaties.

S: Musky aroma, stale fruit (apples, pears) for nose along with some alcohol.

T: Cantelope, honeydew flavor with sweet caramel. Big fruitiness to start with some sour bitterness for a finish. A little ripe honey dew flavor brings some juice like sweetness to the flavor.

M: Soft carbonation, smooth palate with some alcohol detection. Very rich caramel for an aftertaste with good bread notes and dried fruit.

D: A decent example.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of sweet malt with some funky notes which don't balance well with the malt. Taste is also dominated by some nice medium sweet Belgian malt notes with a weird funky finish which I can't say for sure that I really enjoy. Full body with limited filtration and some great carbonation. Interesting but not sure I would go for this very often.

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Photo of HookerBrews
4/5  rDev +17%

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