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Vapeur En Folie | Brasserie à Vapeur

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie à Vapeur
Belgium
vapeur.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,151
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
81
pDev:
14.48%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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2
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Photo of Petertauro
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I think I may have a different beer. My bottle is only 6% alc/Volume, which is not a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, more of a Belgian Pale Ale, with some sour funkiness. So my ratings are based on a Belg Pale Ale.

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Beer Hunter tasting glass.

Golden, hazy, virtually no head, but well carbonated.

Aroma of sour fruit, lemony, citrusy, a little pineapple on the nose.

Taste is like the aromas. Mild sourness, like weak lemonade, no sweetness. Just on the verge of being puckering.

Mouthfeel is a little spritzy from the carbonation, but not real carbonic bite. Low to medium mouthfeel, not filling, and not watery. Could session this beer without feeling gassy or full.

Very good drinkability. Very nice beer. If you like belgian sour beers or are looking to try your first sour, this is a good place to start. Not overpowering, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of BeardedSquash
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up an 11.2 oz bottle at the store yesterday. The bottle looks nothing like the posted photo, and I couldn't find any sort of a vintage on it. The label says it is brewed with cumin. Sounded interesting.

A: Pours a very bright orange, clouded with yeast settlement and flecks of cork. They have my attention. Could have used a bit more head though.

S: Earth and cork. A dull hop presence, mixed with some bitter orange peel. Maybe some light biscuit malt. There is a haystack and barn scent like you would expect in a Lambic, but without the sour.

T: I'm sold. Dry spiced notes mixed up with some pils malt. A unique yeasty aroma. There is something I can't pin down falvor-wise. I cook with cumin quite a bit, and that's not what I'm tasting. But then again, maybe it pairs with other flavors to become what ever this is. I love it regardless.

M: Thin and refreshing. Bubbly and invigorating.

D: A wonderful beer. i don't know why it has a rating in the low 80's. Maybe the bottle I got is a different year. Either way, I'm going back to buy more of this.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into a tulip at Delirium Cafe.

Pours a nice golden cloudy color with a big white fluffy head. Lots of sediment but it's not hurting the taste. Nose is fantastic, it's sweet floral and a bit yeasty.

Very tasty, fresh, crisp, smooth and a bit funky. For being a strong beer, it doesn't taste like it. Very sweet which works well with the Belgian yeast, quite tasty!

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage August 1996. Orange-amber, light reddish hints, complex color, very nice foamy head. Good call Josh, this nose reveals tremendous house character! Full French mustard grains, lenses, expanding essences. The more I smell, the more I develop the certainty that they really did use mustard grains, relishy vinegar notes, mellowed out lemony hops. Tart grapefruit, melon and mango provide a pleasant fruit salad melting pot. WOAH! Sour! Mustardy, rhubarbish, earthy, this one has rusticity by the ton. Rather thin lambicy texture, moderately carbonated, herbal, extremely spicy, cheesy (with moderation), heavily citric, bittering out and a true pleasure to sip. Surprise: A real winner that one! Farmy and thirst-quenching.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1992 vintage- brewed 11/1991 and bottled 5/1992. Opened 1/18/11. Poured into chouffe tulip. Cork broke in the neck but a pair of pliers saved the broken piece from falling into the beer.

A- Hazy pale yellow with some deep orange coming through. Carbonated, but not a pronounced head. Lots of very tiny bubbles form around the ring.

S- Fruity, white wine. A bit of a medicinal note.

T- This pale is a tiny bit funky. A little cheesy and some wet grass. Some mild tartness too. A bit drying, white wine again is an easy comparison. Some saison qualities. Very refreshing. Compares favorably to some fantome saisons- not as much funk and a lot more fruity flavors. Lemon and lime tang and tartness. Lots of great flavors here.

M- Pretty amazing balance in this one. Slightly drying and great flavors- not a single off note.

D- Very high. Very drinkable- This beer has morphed flavor-wise into this: a saison and a lambic blended into a Belgian pale until it's very drinkable. This beer exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of pat61
4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
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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4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle topped with a strange plastic seal inside the crown cap. Freshness date on cap reads: "F 50 05/2013" 6% ABV and different color scheme on label than the sample picture shown.

A: Cap pries off with a pretty loud pop. Pours a hazy golden amber with a medium soapy head which dissipates very quickly to a thin ring around the glass. Spotty/minimal lacing.

S: Loads of under-ripened strawberry! Slight chalky/limestone aroma. No real hop or malt presence. Just tons of under-ripened strawberry. At first the smell reminded me off Festina Peche from Dogfish Head. Quite a bit of lactic tartness.

T: Under-ripened strawberries yet again. A little lemony tartness. Slight musty quality which makes me think this is more of a saison than a belgian pale. A little bitterness on the finish. Taste reminds me a lot of a lighter version of Fantome Saison.

M: Medium to high carbonation on the palate. Pretty light palate weight. A nice level of acidity and a very dry finish. Very quaffable.

D: Like a little brother of fantome saison. Very drinkable. Very refreshing. I could drink this beer anytime. Considering it's priced the same as any other belgian 750 at about $9-$10 a bottle I'd say it's an exceptional buy. Highly recommended.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1996 vintage corked and capped 75 cl bottle. Label looks completely different. Pours a lightly hazed honey gold color with a significant frothy, off-white colored head. Excellent lacing. Tart aromas, yet malty and yeasty and fruity at the same time. Very intriguing taste, pale malty and a thoroughly unique yeast character to it, imparting a blueberry-like fruit quality to it. It has the slight barnyard funk of a lambic, yet it maintains a pale ale quality to it. It's very nice. I'm glad I sat on the bottle for awhile and I'm tickled pink that it had sufficient carbonation. I'd pick this one up again in a heartbeat. It's very unique.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.21/5  rDev +15%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Candied lemon peel with a blizzard of fine yeast and multiple streams of superfine bubbles. The ivory colored crown looks fantastic and is beginning to lay down a gorgeous array of delicate lace. Might this be a saison?

The reason for the above question is that the label lists the ABV as 6.0% and because VEF looks and smells like a typical saison/farmhouse ale. It has a musty spiciness that suggests clove, white pepper and cardamom. The website lists sweet orange peel (maybe) and cumin (gotta be a mistake).

Vapeur En Folie is good beer in a quirky Belgian ale kind of way. Even though the barnyard funk is at a minimum, I'm still thinking saison. I'm also thinking that this ale could have been brewed by Fantome (on one of Monsieur Prignon's less 'out there' days).

The balance among flavor sensations is nigh on perfect. A vanilla wafer-like sweetness is complemented by a green apple and upripe pear tartness... which is complemented by a lemongrassy bitterness that mops up on the finish and gives the beer a crisp, quenching quality. The spices noted above are present in a 'just right' quantity as well.

I brought this '750' home because, unlike when I've seen it in the past, the bottle and label look brand spankin' new. I was still a little leery about it being old, but one mouthful is all it took to tell me that I'm drinking a beer that is less than one year of age (at the very most). Freshness definitely helps when the ABV is 6.0%.

If the mouthfeel had more lush creaminess it would have earned the next highest score. Its strength is a well-bubbled lightness (possibly light-medium) that allows it to be gulped with ease. I'm thinking summertime, a picnic lunch and a shade tree.

Vapeur En Folie is a well-constructed saison that I have no trouble recommending to those who like the style. Don't be fooled by the goofy cartoon labels because Brasserie a Vapeur (when it comes to this offering anyway) brews seriously good beer.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2007.

A-The cork came out in one piece, which is more than I expected, considering the look of it. Pours clear apple juice color with 1/4 inch of fizzy, eggshell white head.

S-Apple cider tartness, musty old basement, barnyard funk, leather, wet hay. Something a little spicy underneath it all, maybe white pepper/coriander.

T/M-Immediate vinous dryness washes over the palate, overtaking just emerging flavors of green apple, dried fruit and earthy funk. After a few more sips the dryness recedes a bit, exposing more earthy hay and leather character. The finish is dry, and marked with a touch of delicate fruit acidity.

O-A golden ale with strong saison characteristics. I like it a lot. Wasn't expecting anything, due to a few bad bottles from Vapeur in the past.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Cwrw
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another oddly labelled beer from Vapeur. "Folie" translates as "madness" from French, so I suppose that explains the label. A nondescript unmarked green cap. I have never seen another bottle of beer filled as high as this one: there is only about 3 cm between the beer and the underside of the cap, consequently it almost foamed over when I popped the cap. This is a hazy tangerine coloured beer; orange and light brown. Bits of sediment clearly visible floating. The head is a creamy off-white cover, not extremely large, but consistent at about 1cm. Superb lacing, leaving a dense screen that slowly dissolves on the sides of a chalice glass. Some of the best lace on a beer I have seen. The aroma is a massive hit of sliced pieces of green apple. Spicy cider; this is definitely not the typical apple aroma of some beers--this one is frontal, extremely heavy. Behind this are some sour candy smells, lightish malt, a low level of any musky yeast, spicy fruits, and a moderate solvent-like pungency of alcohol. Cinnamon rolls, grass, a numbing clove smell, and several others, chemical-like, somewhat hard to identify. A complex aroma. That fresh green apple dominates, and I like it. I get apple in the front of the taste as well, but in the middle there is tart malt, lactose, and it leaves with a decent dryness. Slick sugariness from the beginning, leaving a carmelised candied taste. Not much aftertaste at all, and the body is medium. It definitely has some sour notes in the middle, and phenolic. Medium carbonation, but to its credit this is a very smooth beer to drink. The alcohol limits the drinkability, as does the subtle dryness which becomes stronger with every sip. This beer IS a little mad, a little all over the map as far as anything close to a "style" is concerned. A unique beer.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a well carbonated, clear cider like color with a fizzy two inches of off-white head. Keeps a very solid, thick lace and a splash of stick here and there.

Smell is fruity and musty, with lots of apple, a bit cider like in fact, along with some some white grape and pear. Yeast is musty and also spicy, with a good amount of pepper in particular. It's a bit on the funky side as well, with a hint of sourness in the nose even.

Taste also makes me think of wine and cider like qualities. Lots of apple in the taste, along with some pear. There is some grape flavor as well, which along with the very little sweetness and dryness of the beer remind me of a dry white wine. It has a funky quality to it which adds some complexity, and there's a good dose of must and spice, as well. Not sure what is yeast derived and what spices might be added, but I get some pepper and other spicing, which all told works nicely. Spicing comes through even more as it warms, and seems more like white pepper to me than black.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of a medium body and even though it seemed amply carbonated on the pour, it's definitely not overcarbonated. It's crisp but not prickly. On the dry side as mentioned before.

I'm surprised to find this rated so low overall because I quite enjoyed it. It's a bit funky and different, but it worked nicely for me. Drinks quite light and refreshing, with some interesting qualities that altogether makes for an enjoyable brew.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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