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Melchior | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by paterlodie on 12-03-2005

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Photo of pixieskid
1.83/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Had no idea that this beer was brewed with mustard seed until after I deemed it undrinkable and decided to pour it into a mini growler and save it to for cooking! Not sure where it says it's a biere a moutarde; maybe the US labels are different...

Regardless, I still found this beer incredibly off-putting. The mouthfeel was terribly, slick and chalky. The taste was earthy and strange and I found it to be quite boozy.

All in all, it would have been nice to know what I was getting myself into as the last Biere a Moutarde I tried (Smisje) was much more interesting/drinkable.

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Photo of paterlodie
2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottled 10-05. Massive expirience when opening this one as this is my second bottle that massivly gushed and made me clean the floor. Flush stop after about 30% was out of the botle. But enough about that now, this beer has a nice nice head that lasts very well but has scary beercollor as this one is defenitly heavily tainted but shows from a distance as chocolate milk with this enourmous amount of yeast or whatever it is. Nose is hoppy and caramellic malted and smells highly alcoholic and if someone would tell this would burn i'd believe him. Taste is alcoholic and yeasty, bit of alcohol and heavy hopped. Massive in taste but unbalanced and with this gushing, alcohol- and yeastlevel undrinkable IMO. Hopefully this were just a couple of first or last bottles or that they get this gushing and yeastproblem in hand cause this way I can't give them a hands up for a brew that actually has potention to be a great beer.

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Photo of Ralphs66
2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
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 Mouthfeel superseded everything else; being clingy and coating.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.

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Photo of stcules
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Chestnut wood colr, dark. An abundant beige head, after all, not bad.
Same for the smell, a mix between the freshness of white flowers and vanilla, and a tropical fruitiness (melon).
Taste. First thing: too carbonated. Maybe also for this reason, the starting sweetness (melon), and a strong bitterness (almost of american hops) are untied, not weel amalgamated.
It's a beer quite heavy, not very drinkable.
Boring.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: 11.2 fl oz. Brown glass. Cute "snub" design. 2015 vintage. Yellow-orange label with an intricate design. Purchased at an Austin, TX bottle shop.

11% ABV. 24 p O.G. 30 EBC color. 60 IBUs.

Reviewed live as a Belgian winter ale per Melchior's website, though Alvinne's distributor (B.United International) calls this "Davy Spiessens Belgian interpretation of the Barley Wine style."

Served cold into a goblet. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

*WARNING*: This gushes horribly upon opening. I lost easily 10% to the surface of my desk. Overcarbonation is anticipated. Perhaps the mustard seeds were more volatile than Davy realized?

HEAD: ~3 inches, with spots of brown yeast particulate riding atop the white head. Uneven thickness and a poor uneven consistency. Leaves no lacing as it recedes, but the retention is nice - ~4-5 minutes.

BODY: Murky orange-auburn with ample yeasty dregs visibly floating within. Translucent but nontransparent.

Appears severely overcarbonated.

Overall, it's a nice looking Belgian winter ale, but I can't say there're any stand-out characteristics on display. Looks lively and vigorous.

AROMA: On the sweeter side, with heavy fruit tones. Belgian candi sugar bolsters the malty sweetness comprised itself of amber malts, Munich malts, Belgian brown malts (which lend it a faint breadiness), and Belgian pale malts. Fruity notes of apricot, orchard pear, and faint peach. Has some honeyed characteristics, which is a refreshing change from the usual caramel-heavy Belgians. Biscuity, estery, and lightly spicy ale yeast is prominent, guiding the beer. Clove and allspice make appearances. Apricot marmalade dominates here.

I struggle to find the heat or spice of mustard/mustard seed, but cannot.

There may be an acetaldehyde off-note, as evidenced by hints of green apple.

It's a complex aroma, sure, but doesn't deliver on the promise of mustard seed, and it isn't much of a winter ale; the spices, fruit notes, and esters are emphasized over the malts.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

TASTE: Fruit is prominent, with apricot, peach, green apple, and pear coming through pretty vividly. It's also quite sweet, with notes of honey malt, Belgian candi sugar, pale malts, Belgian brown malts, amber malts, and fruity marmalade. The malt backbone has a young rawness to it, running contrary to what you'd expect in a winter ale; don't look for rich notes of caramel, (deep) brown malt, or heavy bready tones here.

Mustard seed? I don't find it - or at least it's not distinct from the general spice profile showcased here. I do get clove, allspice, and maybe some nutmeg in the midst of the biscuity yeast, but little else.

Is it balanced? Not really; there's no bitterness to counter the heavy malty sweetness, and the raw feel of the beer just doesn't match the intended style whatsoever - either in terms of balance or accuracy. It's complex, sure, but in the absence of careful balance that intricacy is presented as a hodgepodge-y mess of flavours. Not a gestalt brew, nor a particularly cohesive one.

TEXTURE: Prickly overcarbonation mutes the booze and simultaneously prevents it from being refreshing. It's in the middle of the coarse/smooth spectrum, and errs on the wetter side until the finish - where it dries, emphasizing the green apple. Medium-bodied, with fair weight and heft on the palate.

This mouthfeel fails to elevate this beer, but it matches the style in general. Not as accentuating as would be ideal.

OVERALL: This didn't quite scratch my Belgian ale itch, nor did it incorporate the mustard seed in any meaningful way. Off-notes of acetaldehyde are indicated. It's a poor Belgian winter ale, and drinks like more of a boozy Belgian pale. I'm not sure what Alvinne was after here, but the result is a bit of an alcoholic mess and doesn't cater to the tastes of the discerning drinker. Even at local Belgian prices, I couldn't justify a second purchase. Even drinkability is limited by the overt alcohol presence.

High C (2.99)

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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.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of Patg72
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was 2nd beer from the brewery that had massive foaming when I popped the cap. Once that had settled down the beer poured nicely into a snifter. The head was great throughout but the beers color was a murky brown. Plenty of great aroma - plum, molasses, roasted malt. The taste of the beer was lessen by the carbonation; once the bubbles stopped popping in my mouth i got a strong fruit/caramel malt flavor that was quite nice. The finish also was nice as the appealing flavors suck around on the sides of my mouth. Overall an enjoyable beer that could have been a lot better. These guys really need to work on the carbonatiuon of their beers.

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Photo of nick76
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is malty, yeasty, spicy, and herbal. The appearance is hazy gold with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma but it's not something I love. The palate is thin but smooth. Overall it's about what I expected but it's not something I want again.

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Photo of corby112
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cloudy amber/ orange color with a foamy yellowish head. Tangy aroma with light fruits, hop and mustard seed. Hoppy up front with a malty fruity center and a shar tangy mustard aftertaste. Caronated up and sweet up front hoppy center and strong mustard aftertaste. Very unique but not very tasty. I was hpoping it would have a brown mustard fllavor not yellow.

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Photo of foogerd
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pale cloudy yellow with some orange highlights, creates a massive white head which leaves over some patchy lacing.

S- Light fruits, some banana, pears, and melon, along with spices and belgian yeast. Definitely does not smell like an English Barleywine.

T- To me this brew shares qualities of a Hefeweizen with its banana character and Belgian Pale Ale with its yeasty and spicy character. I really grappled to find a relation to an English Barleywine totally in vain. Theres also a bit of an unwelcome medicinal alcoholic bitter finish to the brew from the hops which I did not enjoy at all.

M- Full carbonated feel, glides on the palette.

D- If I wasnt so turned off by this medicinal bitterness I would imagine this would be a tasty brew, but that disturbed the drinkability for me here.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of taigor
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into small glass.

A - Poured brownish slightly cloudy color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly malts and yeast with hint of fruits such as pear, apple, banana and slight scent of spices.

T - Slightly sweet to start with fruits coming through right away followed by tartness and lots of mustard and other spices towards the finish.

M - Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

D - Very unique drink that stands out but definitely not the one to go out of the way to try.

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Photo of hopdog
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.33/5  rDev -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.

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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.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
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...

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Photo of Naugros
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of bminor7
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from beers of the world?

no head upon pouring. light amber color, more of a golden tinge. some suspended material from the bottom of the bottle. viscosity is high. the nose is of honey, banana bread. Flavor follows with some candi sugar, some bitterness in the aftertaste, an almost vegetal flavor. agree with previous reviewers on the honey mustard notes. sweet, almost too much. this one is a bit heavy and not too complex.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Sebletitje for this one.

Pours a nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some dark fruit notes. The taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, dark fruits. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew.

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Photo of CaptainPiret
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark, golden pour with a red tint, it had a thick, creamy head with some heavy lacing.

I got some fruits immediately (some apple in there), followed by a decent dose of hops. A little sugar as well. Smell was very complex.

The taste revealed darker fruits than the smell. The mustard seed involved in the brewing is evident — it adds some strange sour and spicy characteristics that I didn't get in the nose. Some bitter hops announce their presence at the end.

Slightly carbonated and the approaching of chewiness make for a pretty good mouthfeel.

This one started strong with a bountiful appearance and complex aroma, but it hit its peak too early. I feel like there's some unnecessary stuff going on with the taste that diminishes the overall product.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color with a thick, cloudy consistency. There was an inch of fluffy, long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: An oddly muted aroma of malt, hops, and some spices.

T: Tasted of malt, the advertised mustard seeds, , a little caramel, and some hops. Like the smell, the flavor was weirdly restrained and muted. Not unpleasant, but could have been better.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An uneven beer, but still mostly drinkable.

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Photo of J23hc
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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Photo of Absumaster
3.65/5  rDev +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.

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