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Melchior - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: paterlodie on 12-03-2005)
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1/5  rDev -72.1%

06-17-2013 00:11:21 | More by Lare453
Photo of pixieskid


1.78/5  rDev -50.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 07:35:54 | More by pixieskid
Photo of Alex5

South Carolina

2/5  rDev -44.3%

12-10-2013 01:59:43 | More by Alex5
Photo of paterlodie


2.38/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 20:46:43 | More by paterlodie
Photo of Ralphs66

New York

2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 19:06:54 | More by Ralphs66
Photo of chrispoint


2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

02-18-2012 17:42:55 | More by chrispoint
Photo of stcules


2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 10:08:04 | More by stcules
Photo of davidwhatshisnam

New York

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

05-08-2014 01:33:52 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

12-07-2012 17:13:08 | More by t0rin0
Photo of philipquarles


2.98/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 01:21:45 | More by philipquarles
Photo of chefpeet

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.4%

05-23-2013 18:54:20 | More by chefpeet
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

01-29-2012 06:59:42 | More by ygtbsm94
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.4%

05-16-2014 21:24:19 | More by Odysseyalien
Photo of nick76


3.05/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 05:40:48 | More by nick76
Photo of Patg72


3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 14:04:49 | More by Patg72
Photo of foogerd

New York

3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 01:49:22 | More by foogerd
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3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 08:43:30 | More by corby112
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3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 16:41:49 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

06-11-2012 22:41:29 | More by WilstonOreo
Photo of kayrex


3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

07-13-2012 21:49:20 | More by kayrex
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

08-29-2012 23:02:22 | More by PeteRiz
Photo of taigor

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2011 19:08:45 | More by taigor
Photo of hopdog


3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 01:06:15 | More by hopdog
Photo of jwc215


3.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 15:46:24 | More by jwc215
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.48/5  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...

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 20:42:23 | More by dsa7783
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Melchior from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
82 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.