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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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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The cork liberated from its dock, and the ensuing lusty report from the escaping “Vapeur” tickled my expectation of embracing a cornucopia of flavor and a mirage of Belgian countryside. This is an ale and a strong ale at that-- bearing 8% alcohol.

The ale emerged from my glass as if alive- greeting me with an endless head-- it rose from the confines of the rim like a necromancers libation- gobs of foam, thick, dense. Another glass brought to table but no matter how carefully I poured, the head set free from the liquid elevating as a great cylinder-- the very image of the inside circumference of the glass. My expectations dashed as I waited for the rush of head to recede.

Finally my palate was greeted by a mild body and character-- as if the very beer embarrassed by the exuberance of the head, blushing, kept it’s boasting under check and it’s flavor subdued.

Even the look was one of apology-- a mild straw color, not that of a filtered beer but clear enough to easily see through.

The nose, less prominent than I had hoped, was present nonetheless. Once again, it seemed as if the whole chorus was busy apologizing for the exuberance of the conductor.

The beer itself produced a lingering finish, clean, crisp that transmuted into the ghost of the Belgian bucolic. But once again, like a ghost its flavor image shimmered and haunted on my taste buds without making a definite statement. “Mouthfeel”? The beer seemed to whisk my palate clean of old flavors, cleansing the way for another sip.

Even though this ale produced an abundant head, it’s body wasn’t as effervescent as one might be lead to believe. In my opinion, a good thing indeed!

In summary, if only the flavor and body were a little more like the head ...

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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 zerk
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was a bit of a dissapointment for me... pours a cloudy yellow-gold, with a thin but persistent white head. Leaves behind a bit of lace as well. Aroma is somewhat musty and sour, with notes of apple and lemon. Flavor is bland... with a musty overtone and a hint of apple and malt. Mouthfeel is very watery with low to medium carbonation. Not a beer I'd recommend if you're looking for a good example of a Belgian Blonde.

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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 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 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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Vapeur En Folie from Brasserie à Vapeur
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