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Melchior - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.97%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 57
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Photo of Naugros
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This more like a Belgian amber than a pale, but there's no such style so I guess that's as close as it gets. It poured with quite a bit of fizz, as if I were pouring a soda. And the aroma that arose was like apples, pears and pineapples had been juiced and mixed with soda water. Not bad, but not what I was expecting at all. Definitely some classic Belgian yeast esters. Not getting any mustard out of it, though. The beer settles down with a thin ring and a murky, murky body...like water from the bottom of a cedar swamp.

I was not prepared for how sweet this is...cloyingly so. It's got nice flavor, but I fear I'm getting diabetes drinking this. It tastes a lot like unfiltered apple cider that has been fermented with some hops. Still no hint of mustard seed that I can discern, but how could I through all this fruity sweetness? What I do taste, I don't mind, but I'd want this to be a bit drier, especially in the finish where I expected some balancing bitterness because it said so on the bottle.

Nothing I'd get again and we'll see if it's sister beer, Balthazar, is any better tomorrow night.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Trappist Provisions into a 6oz wine glass. Beer brewed with mustard seed?? Sounds awesome!

Pours a brownish amber color with a decent amount of head and lots of carbonation lodged at the bottom of the glass. Definitely contains a hazed, near cloudy coloring, even on tap, and an enormous viscosity that is expected at 11% ABV. Lacing holds together really well, although the alcohol legs do seem to drag it down substantially, especially as it warms up. Definitely thickened in appearance, which makes this far more hearty and inviting overall.

The aroma is filled with sweetened caramel maltiness and a spiced backdrop that I have trouble putting my finger on right away. Is it the peppery notes arising from the mustard seeds, or perhaps a byproduct of that ingredient that remains still slightly astringent and zesty? Nevertheless, it's still fainter than expected, but still really interesting. There's a sour, sort of farmhouse-like finish in the aroma, especially as it warms up, but the malts and fruity, red fruit focused yeast seem to be the focus here. Hops are virtually nowhere to be readily found, but the spices make up for it right away. As it warms up, the yeast really opens up, often resembling tamarind and apple peel, albeit still quite subtle. Really soothing overall, despite any malts overpowering here.

The flavor is a little bit of a different story, however, as the mustard and spices become a little bit more predominant. At first, the palate finds itself awash with caramel malty characteristics with light graininess and yeasty esters. Eventually, however, the aftertaste becomes chock-filled with the spices, to the point where this starts to resemble hearty rye bread coated with Dijon mustard and perhaps a bit of cheese, or (as my friend pointed out) chicken like features. It's definitely different, but very flavorful overall. The alcohol is incredibly masked here, and the dry finish makes you linger to try another sip to get the initial sweet breadiness, creating a vicious yet addicting cycle that makes this a rather dangerous concoction. Very different, and surprisingly soothing due to the large alcohol backbone.

I really enjoyed this beer more than I expected, especially with the fact that the initial flavor and finish are very different from each other. As indicated earlier, this is like eating mustard-filled sandwich without all the extra condiments! As an experiment, this turned out just find, and is well balanced despite what it has going for it. Would work well on a summer or winter day for sure. Great stuff.

Photo of dcmchew
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
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 ehammond1
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2005)

Thanks for opening this with me, JealousChalice!

(Aged for 7 years)

Dark orange and light brown with a small light brown head that quickly fades away to a thin ring atop the beer. This leaves dots of lace down the glass.

A sweet, though complete, aroma of caramel, bread crusts, brown sugar, and mild citrus. Very nice.

The flavor too is quite nice, with a delicious, complex, bready sweetness leading the way, accompanied with very mild citrus, caramel, and toffee.

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

This has held up exceptionally well over the years.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of medium malts and robust sugar-coated medium fruits - pears and apricots with hints of plums. As it warms very faint spices waft out from time to time.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of plum, pear, and apricot flavors, in that order. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors dry out a bit, allowing slightly herbal hop flavors to carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a well done beer but I have to say I got only very mild hints of mustard besides maybe a small amount of dryness near the end of the sip. In any event, it's worth a shot to see for yourself.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a snifter)
A- A hazy caramel body has sticky white head on top and a microbubble carbonation which is gentle. There are some flotties that stick on top of the head and swirl around in the body.
S- The caramel rich aroma takes on a finish of new sneakers and a slight dried tree leaves note.
T- The slightly tart flavor has a soft caramel note that leads to a green bittern bite in the finish. There is a grapefruit herbal note to the bitterness and a spicy fusel hint of soft mustard that comes through when the beer opens up.
M- The medium mouthfeel has no real fizz or alcohol heat.
D- The tart and spicy qualities overpower the much softer malt notes which actually seem pretty good. Aroma might be from age or just odd with the mustard seed.

Photo of Ralphs66
2.48/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I did not enjoy this one at all. Mouthfeel superseded everything else; being clingy and coating. Kind of gross actually. A fairly one dimensional smell and taste. I tried to like it, as I love mustard. Just couldn't get myself there. I'd give it another shot, as all beers deserve a second chance (except Bud Chelada), but I won't seek it out.

Photo of philipquarles
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy dark gold with a somewhat small white head. A ridiculous amount of sediment; I guess I should have poured more carefully. I've had some yeasty beers and I normally like some solids, but this is just gross. Smells quite spicy and floral. Lots of citrus esters and quite a bit of sweet malt. Very interesting. The taste doesn't compare to the smell; sweet malt and citrus stand out. Some honey, a lot of peppery spice, and a lot of hop character back this up. Sweet, slightly warming finish. Sounds good, but it doesn't work very well. Feel is heavy and overly carbonated. I really wanted to like this one, being my first Alvinne, but I just can't get into it.

Photo of edbeered
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Belgian Beer Fest(9/12-9/14) at The Muddy Pig in St Paul, this pours an opaque orange color, with a small white head that quickly dissipates. On the program, this is described as a "Mustard Ale"(there were actually two samples of this style at the fest). The smell is mildly fruity. The taste is fruity, with apple, pear, and plum flavors being notable, as well as a slight yellow mustard flavor blending in. The combination of flavors is terrific. The mouthfeel is tart and tasty. This is a very flavorful example of a style of beer I've never even heard of until I attended this festival and is another example of why Belgian beers rock(anything goes)!

Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed at the 16th Essen Christmas Beer Fest 2010.

Pours a hazy bronze colour, with an off-white head.

The Hallertau Perle and Hallertau Spalt Select hops don't give off much aroma and being unfiltered and unpasturised the yeast smell seemed to be the dominant one to me, some mixed herbs and spices also appear in the nose.

Sugar and mustard seeds are added during the brewing process and this made the taste a strange sweet and sour mix that just about complimented each other. The hops gave the finish a dry bitterness even if they added little to the smell.

Alvinne do mess around with their beers at times, this one was fine in my eyes, although I sometimes wish they'd just brew a regular beer and leave it alone (no mustard seeds, oak aged in vomit, etc, etc)

Photo of Sallerj
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell and taste on this one are mostly sweet, caramelly, malt, with a little dark fruit. Despite what the bottle says, hops do not feature prominently in this beer, although the aftertaste is a little bitter. It's also much stronger than it tastes (11%), so maybe the alleged 60 IBU are hidden behind a ton of malt. The mustard is present, not prominent, and not dissonant.

Photo of Absumaster
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes gushing out slowly out of the bottle. It pours a muddy, orange yellow color with a carzy big head, that dies down into a rocky white cream.

Smell is fruity Belgian and has fruity notes of lemon and melon. There are some higher alcohols and very hidden a spicy, green smell, probably the anise seeds?

Taste is fruity Belgian with the higher alcohols a bit hidden and a spicy hop character. The yeast creates a good Belgian base where the malt is hidden a bit and is only pilsnermalty with sugar. At least that is how I taste it. The anise seeds on the label do add a spicy and 'Asian' note but very subtle.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

@ Novare Res

Golden apple amber color. Thin head, thin retention but glaciers of foam regardless. Sweet and fruity with an Autumn reminiscence -- I think that's because it smells like candy corn which I believe I'm picking up due to the added sugar. A few banana-esque fruit phenols and peppercorn (which I'm pretty sure is really mustard seed as the description said "brewed with mustard seed").

Taste is again candy corn and burnt orange squash sugar, juicy pear and cantaloupe sorbet sweet and that mustard seed again to play against the sweet, burnt sugar flavors. Alcohol is hidden extremely well.

Belgians are so dreamy.

Photo of dsa7783
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Short, stout, 11.2 oz single bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
"Driekonigen Ale Brewed With Mustard Seeds" on the front logo sticker...
Pours a dark-amber, copper-colored hue with a minimal foamy head that soon receded and left a negligible amount of lacing around the glass...
The mustard seeds are apparent in the aroma, along with caramel, honey, anise, yeast, and phenols...
Strong, caramel-riding flavor, and must admit that the hefty 11% ABV is hard to detect behind a unique blend of interesting flavors... Definitely not an above-and-beyond beer, but certainly a distinguishable and unique sample nonetheless...
Different...

Photo of jwc215
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, poured into tulip glass, as per instructions on the label.

Pours light brown/dark amber with a creamy off-white head that settles to a wide patch. Broken rings of lacing stick. Some tiny "floaties" present.

Not sure if the aroma is mustard, or power of suggestion. Caramel certainly present, with a mild perfuminess.

Sweetness covers the 60 IBUs. The mustard is more identifiable in the taste than in the aroma. It doesn't overwhelm, though. Mixed feelings about mustard seed taste here, though. Alcohol is mildly present, but pretty well-covered for abv level. Not sure if hops died, and there's no freshness date. Not overly sweet, though, so they must be there balancing out the caramel.

Feel is a bit clumsy. Seems syrupy, going towards full-bodied, but with a fizziness cutting through at times.

Overall, it's not offensive, and drinks surprizingly well, but it's pretty lackluster. I do like this one more than the other two "magis" from this brewery, though that's not saying much. It's okay, but not worth the price tag for this one.

Photo of safaricook
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%

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 ronniebruner
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Never had a mustard seed-infused beer before. The beer pours your average honey yellow color, has a slight hint of fruit in he aroma and pours with minimal head and lace. However, the taste is superb! It is sweet, high in alcohol and delicious. You would never know how good this brew is until you drink it! $5 for an 11.2 oz bottle well worth it! Indeed a surprise

Photo of hopdog
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle.

***Not a gusher but a little bit of a foamer.***

Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with a larger sized off white head. Lots of suspended floaters. Aromas of yeast, spices, some fruitiness, and some citrus. Tastes of breadiness, spices, fruity, and yeasty. Medium alcohol finish.

Photo of jdhilt
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring, leaving traces of lace. Cloudy amber color with floaties. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Yeasty, spicy nose. Flavor is spicy, hints of mustard. Sweet and slightly bitter finish. High ABV is totally hidden. $5.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: yellow orange in color with a one finger head that falls slowly.

Smell: malt sweetness, yeast, and some spiciness are easy to detect.

Taste: yeast flavors are up front alongside a nice malt profile. Green grapes, apples, pepper, and barely a hint of mustard round it out. Bitterness is mild but balancing and an overall dryness is noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp and very dry throughout. Aftertaste is short.

Drinkability: decent flavorful beer but the dryness knocks this down a notch. Interesting flavor profile worth seeking out.

Photo of brianmandell
3/5  rDev -16%

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 blazin5050
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle to a La Chouffe tulip

A A rusty orange definite sediment, with a foamy white head the dissipates almost immediately.
S A lot of Citrus and Malt, I get Honey, Oranges, Pineapples with spicy overtones
T Took a little for me to get into this beer, it was at first quite sour, but eventually the sweet malt came through bringing with it a lot of orange, yeast, and spice. I've never had a Mustard Ale before but as a chef I started noticing more and more mustard as the ale warmed. Very interesting and still quite acidic for my tastes. The hops are there but not as much as I expected for it claims to have been "heavily hopped for a long bitter finish" but as an American I know our hops and we love them dearly, sometimes too much. I read a review claiming to get green grapes and apple, I got that afterward but more when the beer was warm.
M slight carbonation, more on the heavy side due to the thick maltiness of it. The sugar actually started drying on my lips and I feel a little sticky afterwards.
D A very interesting ale, definitely complex and I will be bringing it to a tasting with some friends in the near future. But overall it is not a beer that I would drink very often.

-Cheers

Photo of J23hc
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter, orange glowy body with lots of yeast and sediment and offwhite head. Lots of sweet malts on the nose, honey mustard, some citrus. Taste of orange marmelade, and a smooth drippy feel. Finish is almost yolky down the throat. Complex but seems sloppy

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a peach/gold, an inch or so of cream/white foam. Fine particles in suspension until the end, then the particles get rather big. Hard to decant, the sediment slides right out of the glass. Light but sticky lacing.

Aroma - sweet, yeasty, definite alcohol vapor. A touch of mustard? Hmm, it's hard to tell but at times I think I pick a little up.

Taste - mmm. The Belgian candi sugar hits right away, combining with the yeast and abv for the basic strong ale flavor. The mustard seeds impart a unique spicy, pungent taste that is a little indistinct, but nice. Warm on the finish.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and flowing, muted carbonation.

Drinkability - breathy and potent, but mighty tasty.

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Melchior from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
81 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.