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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by zerk on 08-04-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
79
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
14.92%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeasty aroma that carries for several feet. Alcohol in the scent as well. Aggressive carbonation, that we left for a while to ease off. Expiry 2007, bottled in 2003. Lasting head. Lace, satisfying with vanilla, sugar and creamy bannana. Very drinkable in small mouthfulls.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a good size foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of peachy ester with some light spicy notes. Taste is a nice balance mix between some peachy and fruity ester with a nice medium sweet Belgian malt backbone with some very light funky notes at the end. Full body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol.

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Photo of jlindros
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Saw this bottle sitting by itself at a random beer store I can't remember which one. It looked pretty cool with the crazy cartoons on the label, and its from Belgium, so here goes. Hmm, the cork is soaked all the way through, not sure if that's bad...

A: After the cork broke in the middle, it finally came out with a loud thwop. The Belgian tripel like effervescence came flying out. The head slowly rises up inside the neck before I can pour it, I better pour it before it over flows. The loud sizzle of the carbonation makes a nice background music. The super hazy golden orange color reveals a torrent of bubbles pouring up from the bottom, but pop almost instantly as the half a finger head fizzed to nothing very quickly.

N: Letting it warm up a bit reveals a slightly boozy aroma with some light Belgian malts and sweet sugars. A slightly citrus spicy sour aroma like fermenting lemons, dances out. It has a slightly musty aroma, almost like wet cardboard, which makes me think it was corked, as the cork was also soaked. There are still some wheat and light malts with tangy sour notes, a little boozy, and very Belgian Tripel like.

T: Oh man, its wicked corked!!! The first taste slams me like I'm chewing on the cork, and a bite from wet cardboard the a cat took a piss on, then dragged it through the vomit room at a trashy bar by the sea at low tide. Behind that it does seem to have some subtle hints of Belgian malts, wheat, a little candi sugar, citrus, lemon zest, light spices, and even a little vanilla. Oh GOD!!! It just doesn't go away, after a few minutes of warming up it's ever worse. I don't even think they would use this at Guantanmo Bay to torture prisoners!

M: SHould be pretty rich, and lots of carbonation.

F: I can't even go into that. It's a big drain pour, and I think I have to drink bleach now to burn the taste out of my mouth. Wow, I'm gaggin at the thought of another sip! Blech. I'm going to try to judge the beer pretending that it wasn't corked, which will be hard! But, being corked def is brought into account as they made the choice of corks.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.72/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy gold body with an orange cast topped by a huge, rocky head of off-white foam that wants to rise right out of the goblet at you. The retention is exceptional and it holds a solid 1/2" head throughout the entire glass; leaving exceptional rings and sheets of lace as it goes. The nose is unusual. It's not necessarily appealing, but neither is it off-putting. It expresses some clear phenolics and it's laden with acetaldehyde leaving it reminiscent of mead and dried fruits (particularily apple and some pear), but it's also a bit plastic-like. (My though was initially that it had undergone a high temperature fermentation, but the higher alcohols that would also come of that are not present. Odd.) The body is medium, and it's very fine and gently effervescent carbonation caresses the tongue. Unfortunately, the flavor displays the same acetaldehyde and phenolics present in the aroma. It's sweet, quite honeyish in fact, and very apple-like... yet not particularily pleasant. A bit of astringency is present as well. It's an interesting beer that's rich in flavor but lacking in complexity. It's defects really bring it down, which is surprising because the other Vapeur beers are so well done.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
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 mdfb79
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 06/04/11 notes. Brought this one to a small tasting with some friends. This one was brewed in 11/91 and bottled in 5/92...interested to see how it's held up. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy medium to dark orange color with moderate carbonation still evident and one inch of white head.

s - Smells pretty good. Smells of sour fruits, white wine, a little funky and tart, and acedic. Very nice and has held up well.

t - Taste is a bit of a different story. Tastes of bready malts, and sugar mostly. Some very light fruit, but none of that sour/funk from the nose, and way too sweet now. I think the taste is past its prime.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and nice.

o - Overall this one seems to be past its prime in the taste, which affected it heavily. Way too sweet and bready now, though I did enjoy the nose a lot. Very fun to try such an old beer, may try a younger vintage to see how it compares.

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Photo of stakem
2.64/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

1994 vintage care of BA smoked. Opened up as a celebration (?) for my daughters first birthday. This is a corked and capped 750ml poured into a cervoise. It appears a clear golden color with yellow around the edges. A white froth maintains a thin layering atop that fades but a light swirl revives.

The smell is fruity and mildly vinous which is appealing at first. Then some wet cork, mildew and earthy character starts to dominate all aspects of the nose. There is the slightest bit of citrus zest along with pear and apple skins.

The taste is quite tangy with a backing of dried fruitiness. Wet cotk/cardboard quickly over-runs the senses along with a flavor of dirty pennies and metallic/mineral notes. This gets somewhat acidic like apple juice/vinegar with each sip. The aftertaste is quite oxidized and it is hard to finish as it warms.

This is a medium bodied, modest to lightly carbonated brew. It was an interesting experience but quite oxidized and past its prime at this point id say. For being bottled 18 years ago, it was a cool experience and really makes me wonder what this would be like fresh. If given the chance to drink a bottle this old again though, I would probably pass. Regardless and I super thankful for the chance to try it. Thank you kindly Dan.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 capped and corked green bottle picked up (to go) Saturday night at the Taj Mahal Indian restaurant in Boise. We had dinner, I had Iced Tea.. but I knew I saw a beer in the cooler that I've never seen in Boise... tonight I give it a go... My Bottle says it is 6%.. not 8%.. also the label has a purple background as opposed the the yellow background in the BA pic.

2 Finger head.. drops above a straw colored brew. Lace droped fast.. but everytime I take sip, a nice collar reveals itself.

Aroma is a Saison ... not BSPA .. Big estery fruitiness ... alot of citrus and wheat malt .. Slightly sour with nice whiffs of white pepper.

Flavor is very fruity .. underripe plum and green apple .. Very yummy .. phenolic but not overly done. Slight cardamom and pepper... slight cumin .. Bready pale malts and could be getting some spicy hops, but I could easily be mistaken because of all the other flavors going on here. A little yeasty fruitiness helps to tie this one together. Lighter medium body with a champagne like characteristic. Long Dry and Spicy finish.

The Taj Mahal had pretty good food but Holy Shit! One of the best "Non-Beer bar" selections in town... I saw people drinking Chimay Blue Magnums.. Meantime IPA.. Stone Smoked Porter and quite a few other world class brews. Service was slow, but given the fact, I only saw three people working ... it was still pretty good. Also, the guy who took our cash told us there is some sort of "happy hour" with half off beer prices... If that is the case, I will delete all these restaurant notes and review the restaurant as a beer destination in coming weeks... awesome.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright orange color, with a big frothy white head and some light peppery floaties.

S: Sweet oranges, lemon citrus hints and cotton candy are present on the nose.

T: Big lemon-orange flavor starts out the beer and then fades to a nice sweet and sour finish with light citrusy notes.

M: Mouthful is spritzy and live with lots of carbonation and a spicy hop presence. Texture is very smooth and oily on the tongue.

D: Good flavor and drinkability per style. Overall a solid Belgian but doesn't have enough character to make it stand out in a tough field of competitors.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
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 cjgator3
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Capped and corked 750ml green bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottle denotes a 6% ABV as opposed to the 8% listed on this site. Pours a golden orange color with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is rather interesting with some farmhouse qualities. There is some light fruit (apple, lemon), spices and yeast. The taste is rather disappointing after the good presentation and decent aroma. The taste is hampered by the alcohol as it seems to dominate the taste. For a 6% beer, it seemed like it possessed at least twice that. Overall, this is a below average Belgian that was a little disappointing.

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Photo of pat61
4.34/5  rDev +19.9%
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 DrJay
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden colour, white head with nice lace. Yeasty aroma, tart and fruity, slight alcohol. Tart, fruity, bit of vanilla, with some residual sweetness. Nice balance of flavours. Loads of carbonation off the pour. Definitely enjoyable and something I'd try again. Thanks northyorksammy!

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Photo of Suds
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
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 stcules
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange hue, with light coppered reflexes. Beautiful head, abundant, compact, creamy: very good appearance!
The smell is very fruity, with pear, melon, kiwi, grapes (grapes sugar), vanilla, cream: delicate. Maybe a hint of citric in the background.
The taste is slightly more monotone, and more warm, too. Ripe fruit (always pear), but even some spices (cinnamon).
Medium body.
Fruity aftertaste, with pear again, and spices, not very longstanding.

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Photo of CHickman
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange amber in color with a creamy / cloudy 2 finger off white head that lasted a while; decent lacing that slid down the glass.

Smells funky as hell, like yeast, wet bread and pennies; once you cut through the yeast, there is sweet malt, faint hops, coriander, lemon zest, pepper and other spices. Really odd smell, followed by a really good flavor.

Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, faint hops, grains, wheat bread, coriander, lemon zest, grass or hay, pepper and other spices, and then it has the funky yeast/penny taste which resembles a sour ale. Pretty sweet flavor overall, but still very complex and interesting. Tastes like nature captured in a bottle. The alcohol peeks through, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with very little carbonation and a medium body.

It was an interesting beer, but not one that I would seek out again, especially at the price ($27 for a 25 oz bottle at Resto in NYC). It's definitely worth a try if you can find it at a good price.

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Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml pours a slightly hazed, golden body with a medium sized, creamy, vanilla hued head. Sheet lacing is left on the goblet.

Aroma is sweet orange, almost akin to orange soda, with notes of pineapple and a persistent odd array of spices. Pepper, cumin, and cardamom, all in evidence.

Medium bodied with a silky carbonation. Alcohol is relatively well hidden.

Taste has sweetish orange and pineapple, floral hop bitterness, and the unusual spicing noted in the aroma. Cardomom, cumin, and pepper add a unique dimension here.

Very eccentric! An enjoyable Belgian, but the spices are just a bit overdone or out of proportion.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

$8.99 for a capped and corked green 750ml bottle at Merchants. 6% ABV, which is a bit light for a Belgian "Strong" Pale Ale, as mentioned hear...clearly just a BPA. Stamped as an "Ale brewed with spices" on the front of the mardi-gras appearing label. Pours out to a cloudy, sediment-laden golden orange, forming a modest white soapy head with average retention and mild lacing. Carbonation is medium. The aroma is lovely with strong "Belgian Funk" sour notes including dusty basement, apples, kiwi, sour candy, mead, peppery alcohol and dusty pale grains. The nose tells me this is more of a Gueuze/Lambique. The mouthfeel is lightly ruddy in the beginning, suggesting a touch of oxidation, but otherwise filling, not overly carbonated, with a medium body. As it warms, the plastic/ruddy mouthfeel becomes a major problem. Taste is a recap of the aroma but not holding up it's end. There is a pleasantly filling malt base and enough sweetness to round things out, as I don't particularly care for overly dry BPA's. Plenty of apple/lemon/mead/clove/must/yeast. Bitterness is very mild.

This one is a mixed bag. There is plenty of good things going on, but the ruddy, plastic mouthfeel is the biggest disappointment. I've had plenty of unique Belgian farmhouse ales, and I think this one ultimately suffers and can't hold up quality-wise. Ultimately, I find that this isn't worth the price. If I'm in the mood for something special, I would pick up Abbaye des Rocs or Fantome for the price. A good idea but a bad delivery.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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 rastaman
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Earthy sorta' farmhousey stuff, candied sugar sort of start, lightly sweet, with quite a dry, carbonated finish, some late bitterness, but fairly light, and a touch thin. A bit candyish, but not bad, drinkable. Didn't excite me like Saison de Pipaix of the same brewer.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer came gushing out of the bottle. A murky, yellow golden beer with a head that has some big bubbles and that collapses after several minutes. The beer contains a lot of yeast flakes.

Smell is fruity of the Belgian yeast and has some distinct spicy notes of coriander and clove. The beer smells sweet and a bit musty. There could be some other spices in here which make the beer less 'fresh'.

Taste is Belgian, a typical fruity taste that reminds me of pineapple and mango. The spices are a bit too bold and for sure there is coriander in here, but probably also some other spices which does not seem to work out very good. The beer tastes a little musty and medicinal. Bitterness is low, but in combination with this funny spiciness makes the beer a bit sharp. Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky.

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Photo of budgood1
2.18/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

hazy deep golden color, huge cream colored rocky head. very fruity, tart, musty nose. extremely tart and lip puckering upon first and last sip. the only thing i can compare it to is champagne, with the large white grape taste. moderate to high carbonation. pretty smooth mouthfeel. some pale malt flavor in the far background...no discernible hops...extremely dry finish. no alcohol detected except for the buzz in my head. can't say i've ever tasted beer like this before. i had to pour it out at the end because it was just too nasty tart and sour. i believe this bottle obtained on clearance is over ten years old.

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Photo of marc77
2.03/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Golden in hue w/ a light haze. Tremendously effervescent carbonation supports an initially immense mountainous head that settles surpisingly quickly into a moderate layer. Sparse lace is left. Green apple acetaldehyde dominates the aroma, w/ phenol present at a trace. Flavorwise acetaldehyde is intense and masks other potential contributions in flavor. Perhaps a poorly aged bottle (brewed 1996) but this is seriously difficult to drink. Cloyingly tart, dry and over attenuated. I highly doubt this is supposed to taste like this. Highly reminescent of dry, tart apple cider. I suspect a wild yeast infection. A true disappointment.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This ale pours a bright gold color. Lots of bubbly carbonation, the head is about 1/2 inch before it settles into some nice coating foam above the surface. In the aroma I immediately notice a funky "off" smell best described as a sweaty, body odor like stank. There are some light citrus notes and mild alcohol fume also. Definitely not a real inviting smell overall, but could be worse. The taste has some of the funk noticed in the aroma, but not to the same degree. The malt flavors are tangy and bready, leaving a dry finish. Not bad, and the alcohol is not perceived either. Light body, with a decent foamy carbonation that coats the palate well enough.

This beer isn't half bad, stanky flavors and all. I probably would not purchase it again, however, considering I'd have to get a 750ml bottle and drop 10 bucks. There are plenty of other Belgian Strong Ales out there, so I'd recommend sticking with one of those...

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Photo of paterlodie
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 6-2008. Nice apearance in the glas as it shows a nice and lasting white head and a beautifull deep golden beer. Has tons of huge particles in it though and bottle head despite some months in my fridge quiet some gushing. Nose is wild has quiet some spices butcomming down to a sweet gale spicy arome. Hint of sourness but decent and hard to find any malts in this one. Still good overall and well balanced. Taste is also quiet good; has bit of mustyness, dry caracter and low bitterness but fitting with the well dosed spices. Good alcoholtouch and balanced mouthfeel make it an enjoyable beer and something else.

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