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Cochonne de Noel

Started by Viv, November 20, 2021, 09:06:43 AM

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Viv

COCHONNE DE NOEL  t_u t_u t_u

Christmas beer from Vapeur, with an ABV of 9.0%. New brew for me.

Pours a slightly cloudy deep ruby amber, with a huge bubbly frothy head. This
dissipates fairly quickly, although leaving a small residue throughout but no
lacing.

Aroma of spices, malts, hops, dried fruits, figs, and ripe orchard fruit.

It's medium bodied, and initially extremely effervescent with a fizzy filling
mouthfeel. Once it warms and settles it becomes smoother and less fizzy. It
does remind me a little of La Corne Winter. There's enough complexity, depth of
flavour and balance to be interesting, and plenty of subtle flavours of malts,
herbal hops, cola, spices, ripe orchard fruits, figs, and dried fruit. Lots of
yeast and apple as well, and a long dry astringent sour ( but not puckering )
finish. Quite unusual for a Christmas beer as it would appear to be a Saison-based
one. The flavours and mouthfeel are fairly typical of Vapeur brews. Good stuff! 

Cheers!


Viv   

Trappist

Quote from: Viv on November 20, 2021, 09:06:43 AM
Quite unusual for a Christmas beer as it would appear to be a Saison-based
one.
Hi Viv,
That is actually the big fun with Belgian Xmas beers.
You never know what to expect.
Normally, one would expect a dark, sweet stronger beer, but that is certainly not the rule.



Slaghmuylder kerstbier for instance.
That's a pilsner! But definitely one of Belgium's most excellent pilsners, especially when heading for the unfiltered version. Heaven !

Cheers,
Filip
"Beer, if drank with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health."
–- Thomas Jefferson

Viv

Hi Filip,

You are right of course.

With Belgium's varied and numerous regional brew styles historically the Christmas
brews would more than likely be based on the prevalent style in the locality, whilst
today it appears that it has almost become a new style category of its own.

Flavour profiles based on spicing and strong flavours with higher than normal ABVs
are more the norm these days.

Definitely some of my favourite Belgian brews are the Christmas/Winter beers!

Cheers!



Viv


   

Trappist

Quote from: Viv on November 21, 2021, 10:53:06 AM
whilst today it appears that it has almost become a new style category of its own.
That's exactly my thougt too Viv.
It is comparable with the Belgian triple style.
You have this defined characteristics like stronger in alc, crispy hoppy, sweet and dense. that typical Belgian triple style.
And then you have the outsiders like the dark triples (example: Keyte Dobbel Tripel).
With the Xmas beers the dominant factors are spicy (cinnamon for instance), malty, dark (not roasty) and strong beers.
And then you also have them exceptions like Slaghmuylder kertstbier.
But triple and Xmas beers aren't yet defined beer styles. Especially the tripels. It's actually considered a beer style abroad, but here in Belgium the name tripel is used for other beers with different characteristics. There is even a Belgian table beer with the name tripel!

Cheers,
Filip
"Beer, if drank with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health."
–- Thomas Jefferson