Balthazar - Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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3.71/5 rDev +8.2%
11.2oz flip top bottle. Pours a rusty cloudy brown with a slowly fading tan head. Aroma of dark caramel malt, yeast, some dark fruity esters. Taste is sweet caramel malt, Belgium yeast, with some zesty ginger notes and coriander as well. A full body with mild carbonation and sweet malt very yeasty on the palate. Finishes with a combination of dark caramel malt, has a slightly almost red wine nuance with some zesty ginger and coriander flavors and some mild alcohol esters. Overall an good and interesting twist on a Belgian ale,
07-08-2013 01:58:19 | More by Samp01
3.7/5 rDev +7.9%
I wasn't a huge fan of Melchior, finding it too sweet, so we'll see how this magi does.
Off the bat you can tell this is well conditioned due to the fact that I barely got the mouth of the bottle to the glass in time to avoid a spill. A huge, tan head immediately rose on top of the dark brown body which cast a ruby hue.
The smell screams raisins! The coriander and cardamom fight to supply an astringency that promises to balance out the sweetness. A little musty but I'm can pick out any bite form the ginger. Hopefully it's there in the flavor.
The taste follows the smell very closely and the promise of the spices counterbalancing the sweetness was kept. It's still a little sweet, but not nearly as bad as it could be (like Melchior). The only issue I have with this beer is that there is a metallic tang to it, like licking a penny. It lingers into the aftertaste which is a bloody shame. The ginger does show up but without any bite. There's a sour element that increases as it warms. Very complex in flavor, so much so that I taste something different with each sip.
A little high on carbonation, but that makes the beer surprisingly refreshing. But more bite from the ginger would have made this taste like a ginger ale. Otherwise the body has some creaminess to it which is quite enjoyable.
Well now, I'm going to have to find Gaspar to break the tie.
03-20-2012 01:29:42 | More by Naugros
4.2/5 rDev +22.4%
A - As everyone else noted, this one was a gusher. I probably lost 50% of the beer down the drain due to over-carbonation. Once I managed to get some into a glass I noted a hazy sediment filled deep red-brown hue and a tan head with good retention and lacing.
S - Dark malt character and a raisin aroma dominate a slightly spicy nose that I couldn't distinguish (even with the spices written right on the bottle).
T - Very interesting and complex flavor profile. The dark malt backbone and raisin flavors were complimented quite well by a spiciness from what I would assume was the ginger and a warmth from the alcohol.
M - It was medium-bodied, but severely over-carbonated
O - Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this. I didn't really know what to expect from it, but it was pretty enjoyable. The complexity in the nose/ flavor was fabulous.
09-07-2011 04:42:47 | More by EnJeiBee
District of Columbia
3.5/5 rDev +2%
Exploder! Lost about 2/3 of this beer down the drain as foam. Whats left is a cloudy medium brown color with floaties. Plenty of head (obviously) which dissipates quickly. Aroma is tons of malt and dark fruit. The flavor is again very fruity with bready malt and caramel notes. A bit of roast malt. No hint of spices anywhere. Full bodied with plenty of silky crispness.
08-14-2011 22:56:14 | More by goldbot
4.4/5 rDev +28.3%
Balthazar has a dark amber colour and a perfect slightly yellow head. There was really a lot of sediment in my glass, but I don't mind that. This beer is extremely carbonated, so watch out for the spray when you open it. The smell is very nice and malty, with some alcohol and raisins. The taste is sweet and malty with some alcohol and fruitiness. There is some noticeable clove flavour and not really any bitterness. Lovely. Really nice strong beer.
03-02-2011 04:50:55 | More by vandemonian
4.2/5 rDev +22.4%
A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a murky consistency. There was a big, creamy, tan-colored, lasting head. Average lacing.
S: Had a very spicy, sweet aroma, with traces of fruit and malt.
T: Tasted of malt, some fruit, brown sugar, cardamom, and coriander. Not your classic Belgian strong dark ale flavor, but still very complex and spicy.
M: Lots and lots of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.
D: Because this beer deviates from the style a bit, I know it won't necessarily appeal to everyone, but I still think it's drinkable.
12-19-2010 13:14:02 | More by avalon07
2.95/5 rDev -14%
(Served in a chalice)
A- This came out as a gusher. Deep walnut brown dense body supported a huge deep tan head that was bubbly with lots of light brown flecks in it that soon faded to a film. There was a sea or racing carbonation.
S- The rich brown sugar aroma has a dry spicy aroma to follow with a strong ginger aroma that finished with a mustiness of cardamom.
T- The musty spices had a light sweetness to them with a cardamom and fruity note and a soft brown sugar cidery finish. There was a bitterness, not from hops, that grew in the finish with each sip.
M- This beer had a medium mouthfeel feel and no alcohol heat but a fizzy finish.
D- This beer was hard to get through. The spices dominated and just didn't work together at all. It was a bit like drinking a ricola cough drop with a cardboard quality.
07-26-2010 18:08:52 | More by rhoadsrage
Balthazar from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
79 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.