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Phi - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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PhiPhi

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BA SCORE
87
very good

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BlazerT on 05-14-2014

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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 5
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4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Diving deeper into the soul of sour, the pico-brewery of Alvine devises a wild ale of innocuous yeast for a highly acidic taste, refreshing drinkability and an alcohol content that's mild and friendly, wait... what?!

As the beer's rosy golden pour ensues, its releases a champagne-type head of spritz and sprite, but its nose is decidedly tangy, tart and tinny. With the supple sweetness, seemingly of sweetheart candy swirling on the tongue, its sweet and sour taste ventures to the sour grape, dried citrus and crabapple types of acidity.

And that acidity continues its dominant track through the middle palate. Sour limes, under-ripened berries, tannic rose wine, hints of vinegar and grape give the ale a strong fruit presence while the earthen spices of white pepper, sea brine, burlap, copper, oak and a soft medicinal character retaliates in an even-keel balance.

As the medium-light ale trends dry and sour, a high rate of refreshment culminates in a beer that drinks much easier than a ten-percenter should. As its strength is tucked nicely behind the sourness, the ale echoes with cinnamon, wheat and damp hay.

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3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A very strong sour beer that hides its strength. Mild aroma, good appearance, and just plain sour slightly malti flavor. other than that, so what.

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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark golden, almost amber, small white string of foam.
Nice sour complexity on the nose, mostly lactic, with some cider apples sweetened with lots of caramel. Lemon, some hay and herbs, fresh hops, faint sour cherry, floral notes, faint honey. Smells really appealing.
Crisp and sour start, but sweet too, like sugared slices of lemon. Sweet cider notes, light pear, overripe cherries, even faint melon. Splash of honey with fresh floral notes. Lactobacillus shines in the finish, along with some funky, also doughy yeasts, with a creamy dry hay feel. Bitter hops, but not enough to cover the sweetness.
Aftertaste isn't that dry, the tartness fading away beneath the malty sweetness and the thick yeasts. Hops tend to linger, too, which is nice. Alcohol hidden perfectly. Medium body, low, but somewhat prickly carbonation.
A big sour ale, sweet, but also fresh. Great contrasts, but not overly complex.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn good beer, just right after a stout

Photo of BlazerT
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Teku glass. After opening, very lively carbonation. The beer alomstly exploaded out of the bottle.

A: Hazy orange liquid with very big head, which dissapears very quickly, no lacing;

S: Very nice funky aroma - lemon, apple juice, basement, oak and wine. You can smell lactic acid. Touch, but only touch of booze.

T: The start is sour, kicking and sharp - quite funky. Definetely you can taste apple juice, in between some sweetness - honey The flavors are very tart, gastric, yeasty. The end in unbalanced - some malts, sour fruits. The aftertaste is pretty mild, dull and animal hair like. Despite high ABV (10%), no alcohol recognizable.

M: Medium bodied and dry. Finish is semi-sweet. Very lively carbonation in the beggining. No alcohol warmth.

O: The beer is really aliving, like caffeine kick. Maybe some say that it's pretty unbalanced and chaotic. The Phi is very drinkable, you don't feel any alcohol. Great for hot, summer days.

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Phi from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
87 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.