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Melchior - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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BA SCORE
81
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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: paterlodie on 12-03-2005

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Photo of dcmchew
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Like many other Alvinne beers, this was a really aggressive gusher, so pop the cap carefully. Therefore, huge fluffy, frothy white head. Dark amber, hazy.
Smells sweet, but fruity, with peach, honey-glazed apricot, pear compote, maybe just a bit sugary. Lots of spicy yeasts, with a lot of pepper, some nutmeg, some marzipan. A tart note too.
A nice mix of sweet and sour fruit up front, but mostly just sweet later on, when the sugared bready malts show up. There rich juicy peach and apricot, orchard fruit syrup, even some tropical hints, like overripe, mushy mango, in contrast with some mild cider apples, lemon and orange peel, faint berries. Lots of spices afterwards, with clove, pepper, allspice, hint of almond, faint lemongrass, but there's also a funky yeast, not exactly Brett, but still "green", a feeling that's enhanced by some nice bitter hop.
Not sure what the mustard seeds did here, probably just enhanced the spicy feel. Aftertaste is filled to the brim with yeasts, too much. No fruitiness, just some bitter hop. Medium body, kinda fizzy.
An aggressively unbalanced beer, but it does have some pretty nice moments. Gah, a pity.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrBier
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lmaduells
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MichaelLamb
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of safaricook
3.33/5  rDev -7%

I drank this at Borefts 2014. I remember that this was quite sharp in the beginning with fruits and peppery hops in the aroma. Taste was sweet from the alcohol with ammonia presence like in a Westmalle and a firm hop bitterness. As this warmed up it got even sweeter and was less sharp regarding bitterness and ammonia, but still not a favorite. One of the bigger disappointments that glorious night.

Photo of brianmandell
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Cap has BB date Jun 2015; Hazy amber pour with thick white head. Candi sugar dominates the other aromas of spice, white grape, honeysuckle and ethanol. Flavor leads with sweet malts and candi sugar, booze, fruity esters, spice including hints of mustard seed ending in a cloying sweetness and bitterness that is very off-putting. The carbonation all seems to have gone to forming the head which makes this medium bodied beer actually feel a little thin. Overall, not my cup of tea.

Photo of Danobold
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Mphis
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Odysseyalien
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. A careful pour resulted in a three finger high off white head that took a long time to die down, eventually settling into a half finger high dense head. Lots of sediments poured out from the bottom of the bottle and colored the head tan.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and candi sugars are present in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: The taste initially starts off with a little sweetness but as the sediment is poured out of the bottle subtle flavors of mustard seeds become stronger and help to balance off the candi sugar. Notes of other spices and yeast are also noticeable.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The addition of mustard seeds makes this a unique Belgian Strong Pale Ale and are well incorporated into the beer without overpowering any of the other flavors. This beer is dangerously drinkable for 11% abv and I can't perceive any alcohol in the taste, although you can definitely tell it is strong with the underlying notes of candi sugars.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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2/5  rDev -44.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Lare453
1/5  rDev -72.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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Melchior from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
81 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.