Vapeur De Bises | Brasserie à Vapeur

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Vapeur De BisesVapeur De Bises

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Brasserie à Vapeur

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by nickfl on 01-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a bit old now, would have been much better fresh i have a feeling. there is some real oxidation set in here, and the malt has a staleness about it. its also slightly astringent from the fig leaves, which must have changed some over time, but now seem a little exposed in here. i still like these kinds of things though, i am a sucker for whatever is different and odd, and its cool that this beer ever existed in the first place, although its not one to hold on to so long, thats for sure. murky reddish brown in color, looks almost totally flat, lots of sediment in here too. the beer is a bit tannic and sharp, the saison yeast strain tastes well past the point of being active, and while there is a nice chestnut sort of flavor to the grain, that too is on the decline. its a little thick feeling without much carbonation, sort of lifeless, exhumed from the cellar but not resurrected. the fig leaves give it a dried herbal character and some strange tang, probably better fresher. it tastes like bread dough on the grain side of things, and doesnt quite have the funky yeast strain element happening that most other beers these guys make usually possess. in the end it was a cool lesson in what might have been. i hope they make this one again, i would love to try it fresh for comparison. still drinkable in current form, but not by much.

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Photo of desint
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Euroglot
2.77/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice. It’s hazy copper amber with a thin sudsy white foam collar that leaves sticky lace. Big fig and grape aromas and flavors and a little sour but not a lot of spice.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of balinor
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle with Jean-Louis Dits at Vapeur and had to have it again to bring back great memories.

A: copper color, clear, poured with tiny bubbles that gave way
S: strong and deep earthy nose, figs and fruit
T: similar to nose with some yeast in finish, once you get past the first taste of earthy figs it settles down into an enjoyable beer, unique but not something I'd seek out, has port-like qualities
M: seems slightly oxidized but may be from style,

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Photo of zep9865
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into New Belgium snifter. Cloud amber color with a massive, compact, four fingers of white foam head.

Smell extremely fermented with the nose of apple cider. Sadly, the only thing i can relate to figs are fig newtons, and i can smell a tad bit of it. Smell really bottoms out after hitting the nose. Almost like a varietal orchard with cloves and other spices.

Once you taste the beer, you realize it's a saison, but the figs really do reconfigure the taste. They take over in a big way. Sweetness up front, with some lemon and orange peel that leads into pear.

Mouthfeel is a rollercoaster ride from start to finish. Carbonation is ideal, but the transition of flavors on the palate is a little extreme.

Worth the try, no doubt. Don't know if i would buy it consistently. My favorite part of the beer was it's pear notes.

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Photo of aasher
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium bodied very murky chestnut brown in color with a two finger, very frothy head. The aromas are interesting. I initially get freshly cut red apple, cider, dark fruity malt, and a unique creamy yeastiness. It really is like sniffing a freshly cut fruit salad. The favors are pretty unique as well. Apple leads the way with figs, raisins, tea, earth, and bready yeast not too far behind. Due to the complexity of the flavor profile each sip is a little different. The fruit character is really well rounded. It drinks between light and medium in body and leaves behind just a touch of raisins in the aftertaste. I really enjoy figs but I'm glad the fig leaves didn't take over. Overall this is a pretty nice beer and definitively an interesting saison.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Trilogy31
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy rustic chestnut with barely a hint of a foam collar - dissipates leaving no lacing at all, and very light carbonation. Looks like an oud bruin, not the most attractive of beers. The nose is complex, with madeira, oloroso sherry, dry nutty cheese, toffee and port soaked prunes finishes the nose. The taste brings more of the same with a more pronounced fortified wine charecter as well as white chocolate washed away by a slightly sour finish. A very pleasing beer and for all the booze notes it is slightly watered down in the mouth. Well done but not sure what the fig leaves really broughht to this.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky amber with a creamy beige head that recedes quickly, leaving a sticky lacing around the sides of the glass.

S: Vague aromas of figs, toffee, cream, and apples on the nose. I was expecting a bit more yeasty funk, but whatever.

T: Opens smooth and malty with notes of spiced pear, apple skin, figs, cream, and toffee giving way to herbal, leafy hop notes with a touch of moist earth in the background. The finish is smooth, almost unbelievably so, with plenty of orchard fruit notes up front and some earthy hop flavors on the back end.

M: Fairly full-bodied with an off-dry character. Somewhat slick, but very drinkable.

O: I've always been impressed with this brewery's products, and this beer is certainly no exception. Probably the smoothest of Vapeur's beers that I have tried.

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Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 75ml bottle, bought at the brewery in autumn 2010, into a tulip glass. Appeared almost like cider, with a caramel-y red color, lots of lees, little head, cloudy and still liquid. Unless it was just my eyes priming the olfactory, I smelled caramel, toast, cherries and a bit of green banana. More caramel-y toasted malt in the fore of the flavor, quenched -- more quickly than I expected -- by a medinal note like in the Cochonne that uses lichen. Very low carbonation and surprisingly thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped-and-corked 750mL bottle tries to be a gusher (the cork edges out very slowly of its own accord!), but I captured everything in my Troubadour tulip.

Rusty fulvous liquid with golden edges is cloudy and suffused with thousands of tiny rising bubbles which feed the mountainous beige crenellations of foam which recede slowly to a lasting messy raft. Thick tendrils of lacing climb the sides like a trellace.

Dark grassy aromatics suggest cedar, a root cellar, and a temperate rain forest. Nuts and toffee are suggested fleetingly as well (probably from the crystal malt).

Malty yeasty palate entry is sweet with a bit of funk. Hints of Darjeeling and a low almost-vegetal note from the fig leaves comes out as the ale warms. Faintly tannic. Low (noble?) hop-derived bitterness with a touch of spicy bitters and flamed orange in the almost-sweet, vaguely toasty finish.

Medium-light bodied, effervescent, with a delicate viscocity on the tongue.

A quiet, malt-forward, dark saison which comes across as close to the Bier de Garde side of the spectrum except for the presentation of the hops.

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Photo of sk8man121
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle poured into Allagash chalice. Best-by date of 10/2014.

A: Pours a muddy, completely opaque orange-rust with a 1-finger eggnog-colored head that quickly dies down to a mere surface-coat. Leaves absolutely no lacing on the glass.

S: Slightly sour/tart. Fruit notes of cherry, strawberry and even some pineapple; Oud Bruin like. A bit of vanilla and oak comes through as well. Smells pleasant, if not fairly thin.

T: Quite sweet, with fig and cherry dominating the flavor. Malty backbone with little to no hop or alcohol presence. Finishes clean, although thin.

M: Thin and watery. Carbonation is too low for the style, and does nothing to help this beer.

O: With it's moderate ABV (7%) and mild flavor profile, this is rather easy to drink. That said, I'm not sure I'll pick this one up again. While not at all unpleasant, it drinks rather thin. Also, I'm not sure I'd call this a Saison; more of a take on an Oud Bruin as far as I'm concerned.

Decent, but nothing special.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brewed with fig leaves, so says the bottle.

Ruddy, cloudy mix of copper, ruby and brown with just a quick flash of bubbles after the pour and no head what-so-ever. Only one spot of visible bubbling.

The aroma has what I'm assuming are fig leaves, which is a pretty interesting Earthy aroma. Add to that Just a little toasted grain and some noticeable alcohol.

Fig leaves dominate the flavor, with a little tart palate with no noticeable carbonation. The malts add little biscuit flavor. This beer is not a saison in my opinion. Interesting flavors, but not a beer that I will buy again.

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Photo of foogerd
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Brownish/orangish colored body with a yellow hazy hue in the middle. Tons of carbonation runs to the top to add bubbles to a massive light caramel colored pillowy head.

S- Belgian yeast and spice, brown breads that are toasted to perfection, some light fruits in the backround.

T- Spicy sweetness from the yeast and malts dancing with each other in this brew. The fig leaves definitely leave an impression here, a certain dryness finishes off thats nutty and almost herbal, I'm guessing thats coming from the fig leaves.

M- Highly carbonated, full feel.

D- Tasty brew and very original. Certainly something that will open up taste buds that you never knew existed.

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Photo of nickfl
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours with three fingers of loose, off-white foam on a lightly hazy, amber-brown body. The head settles rapidly down to half its original size but is then supported by a thick column of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S - Light sourness with bready malt notes and a hint of earthy funk. Some toffee and sour cherry notes in the background. It smells a bit like a sour brown ale.

T - Bready malt up front with light acidity and some dry fruity character. Notes of red apple, plum, and fig in the middle with dry toffee and light caramel. The beer finishes with a strong, bready note and some light, spicy hops along with more of the dry, slightly sour fruit note that I assume must come from the fig leaves.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - An excellent, and very drinkable beer. The flavors are quite subtle and masterfully balanced. The aroma is quite tart and funky enough to make it seem like a bit of a sour ale, but that fades quite a bit in the flavor. The dry fruity notes work very nicely with the equally dry toffee and malt and all of this makes the beer strangely drinkable. When I read on the label that there were fig leaves used in this beer, I was skeptical that they would really contribute anything, but to my surprise, they have added a dry, earthy fruitiness that brings everything together perfectly as well as a lingering note of fruit in the finish that is unmistakably fig like! A really excellent beer and a must try for any fan of spiced saisons or Belgians in general.

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Vapeur De Bises from Brasserie à Vapeur
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 18 ratings