Vapeur En Folie | Brasserie à Vapeur

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Vapeur En FolieVapeur En Folie

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Brasserie à Vapeur

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by zerk on 08-04-2002

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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

good golly, for all the heady new school beer on the circuit right now, its the old dusty moldy rusty forgotten belgian beers that truly get me excited to be drinking beer. in some ways, its always been this way, but i recognize it more in the moment now rather than retrospectively, and drinking a beer like this is an occasion for me, a dude who drinks beer basically daily and has exposure to a lot of the good stuff, this is really where its at for me, and for beer in general, like it or not. i cant believe how clear this is, its old and crusty, even some mold under the cap, but this looks like a pilsener in the glass, heady and golden and clear, only towards the bottom of the glass does it have a little sediment, but what a pretty and delicate looking beer. aroma has some staleness to it, which is to be expected, but it also has bright fresh fruit, white wine and pear, underripe cherry, pencil shavings, and laffy taffy in the yellow wrapper. the flavor is full fledged ripe pear, minerals, unoaked chardonnay, and a weird sweetness like nectarine and apricot preserves, jelly of some kind, almost medicinal, yeasty in a cool way, vintage, nobody makes beer like this. great carbonation, no chance its as strong as the label says it is, somehow understated in its robustness and uniqueness, like white gummy bears, fan or not. epic glass of beer, and if you are a fan of the old school, this cannot be ignored. the best 11 bucks ive spent this year...

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma has yeast notes and light pickle juice. Taste is slightly tart/astringent, some yeasty rustic notes with meadow flowers and hay, light grassy bitterness on the finish. Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Overall it's a decent belgian ale but nothing special.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewandbbq
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle cellared on it's side from 1994.

The cork pulled complete and wet and the beer poured with barely a trace of carbonation. Orangy copper with some loose white bubbles on the surface. Soured apples with orange undertones on the nose. A hint of wet pennies. Light bodied and flatish. Tart apple skins and a hint of Grand Marnier on the palate. Wine-like and fruity with minerally undertones. Finishes with lingering tart apples and a tannic dryness.

Tasty and surprisingly fruity. Way past prime though.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of shelby415
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bitterbill
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

F 14/2/16 on the cap. Best before date.

It pours a hazy straw gold with a large then small head of foam that leaves some good lacing behind. Btw, I see a bunch of floaties in a quite cloudy beer that's left in the bottle. Appearance will change.

This smells like a spiced up, but not too much, Saison. Peppery, citrusy, a few pitted fruitiness, still. It smells mostly like a Saison with the usual hints of hay..

The taste comes through as I pretty much expected. Though, maybe, a bit fruitier than I expected considering the nose told me this was more Saison than anything else.

Light pitted fruit, light peppery notes, a bit of tang that I'd liken to orange or maybe even lemon peel though I lean towards the former.

I pour more in my glass. The cloudiness I anticipated didn't come to fruition. Yet. There's still a few ounces in the bottle. I'm now getting some coriander, and more citrus. This is neither bitter nor sweet; I'd call it an earthy spicy. If that makes any sense.

Last dregs poured in. Cloudy? Yes. Floaties? Where'd they go?? Can't seem them.

The evolution of this beer from first sip to what's close to the last is not mind bending or mind blowing but jus...t enough to make me take notice. At US$9.69 for the 750ml bottle, I reckon and call it a bargain. Cheers!

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Photo of pat61
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vapeur en Folie pours a clean hazy gold with a 1” finely bubbled white foam cap that slowly collapses. Spice and light fruit aromas, faint smoke, and citrus rise from the glass. Waves of fruit and spice flavors roll over the tongue with peach predominating with support from lemon and orange and light biscuit flavors. The beer is on the light side of medium bodied with a very soft creamy texture and above average carbonation. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of DerekMorgan
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mattfancett
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of ImperialStout
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jim_carignan
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of welldigger888
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a green 750ml bottle, brewed with spices stamped on label as well as 6% abv.

Wonderful golden crystal clear brew with a tight white head that leaves sheets of lace down glass.

Big earthy nose with a white wine like sweet tart aroma, cork and cellar with light grain and hint of noble hops.

Earthy corked grain flavor and a hint of white wine grape rounding this out.

Nice and dry, seems thin, but a nice wine like finish.

I enjoyed this brew, cummin I think gives it the earthy mustiness, the cork finish leaves a bit to be desired. As some darker type liquid was between cork and cap, but hey tis a farmhouse brewery.

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Photo of sonorb7
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Rwalford74
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Suds
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a large, corked bottle, this beer is a hazy blonde color with a very effervescent disposition. Lots of bubbles stream, endlessly, upward. Modest white head. The aroma is of fruit and spice...apples, peaches, grapes, and a little soft sugar. The taste is a nice mix of tangy tartness and sweet sugary friutiness. I like the name, it is fitting for the brew. Slightly sweet and spice lingers in the finish. Some yeastiness. It is a fun and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of MadScientist
2.94/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brewed in 1998 and the freshness date along with the rest of the painthas rusted off the cap.

The cork moved out a little after removing the cap, so I when to the sink to before taking that out. No worries though, it was under some serious pressure but it wasn't a gusher.

A: A slightly hazy, medium golden beer with a lot of carbonation. There is a long lasting, rocky head of off-white foam leaving a lacing that slides back into the beer.

S: It smells like a pleasant beer got spilled in a very musty basement. A moderately-strong wet newspaper like aroma, if this was a wine I'll call it corked. There is a sharp tart aroma but some lingering Belgian yeast aromas of a some spice mixed with Belgian Pilsner malt.

Follow up report on the aroma is that mustiness does subside a lot after being open for a while but so does all the other aromas with it.

T: The beer isn't a sharp as the nose would suggest but still moderately-strong with a bit of peppery spice. The mustiness is there in the flavor if you breath or burp but if I pinch my nose it's a pleasantly soured beer with some obvious Belgian and Saison lingerie . There is a medium-low, light fruit flavor like nectarines and peaches. This beer is about as dry as the come. The aftertaste is a fruity, citrus zest-like tartness.

M: A medium-light bodied beer with a very strong level of carbonation. A carbonic dryness on the palate.

O: I doubt this is a fair assessment of this beer and may not have been properly stored over the last twelve or so years before making it's way to my local shelf. I might take this review down if I can't find a fresher bottle to give a proper assessment.

I'm not telling you to hunt this one down but if you like sour beers and happen to find one being sold for $0.99 give it a try. It smells like a train wreck for a while but drinks fairly well.

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Photo of Petertauro
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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