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Melchior - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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82
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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
Belgium

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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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 53 | Display Reviews Only:
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PeteRiz

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

08-29-2012 23:02:22 | More by PeteRiz
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ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +11.4%

08-26-2012 18:29:39 | More by ILiveOffHops
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

07-13-2012 21:49:20 | More by kayrex
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samEBC

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

07-05-2012 17:28:54 | More by samEBC
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ehammond1


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 15:05:55 | More by ehammond1
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WilstonOreo

Germany

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

06-11-2012 22:41:29 | More by WilstonOreo
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this at DarthKostrizer's tasting.

2005 vintage.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a beige head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, brown sugar, and alcohol. Taste is the same with some honey and Golden Grahams flavors. This beer is flat with no carbonation but does have a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but the mouthfeel is quite lacking.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 21:28:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
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MrVonzipper

California

4/5  rDev +11.4%

06-03-2012 18:57:32 | More by MrVonzipper
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halo913

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

05-27-2012 14:17:39 | More by halo913
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vegasmac99

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

05-16-2012 21:28:30 | More by vegasmac99
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Naugros

New Jersey

3.48/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 02:23:25 | More by Naugros
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chrispoint

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

02-18-2012 17:42:55 | More by chrispoint
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mcphish22

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

02-12-2012 15:00:16 | More by mcphish22
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.4%

01-29-2012 06:59:42 | More by ygtbsm94
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bminor7

New York

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 00:39:09 | More by bminor7
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J23hc

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 03:31:58 | More by J23hc
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tsauce2

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 11.2 fl oz bottle in to a DFH tulip

A: SRM is deep mustard yellow. Noticable sediment. Head is off white, 1 in, dissipates to outsides of the beer. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Semi sweet. Light floral/fruit notes and mustard seed. Some light malt.

T: Initially sweet, but then mustard seed and maltiness hits. Hops are noticable. Very interesting. Aftertaste is sweet with a malty back, a touch of alcohol.

M: Medium/full body. Interesting feel. Semi viscous. Malt, mustard seed, and hops all contribute different aspects to the mf, but all meld harmoniously. Finishes wet initially, but dries out in a few seconds.

O: Pretty good stuff. Definitely one to try. The more Belgian beers I try, the more I like. This beer is very innovative and has a nice depth of flavor. Will buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 16:49:55 | More by tsauce2
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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
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-14-2011 17:05:28 | More by nmann08
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-20-2011 21:06:41 | More by DoctorB2B
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-20-2011 04:48:49 | More by JAHMUR
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pixieskid

Germany

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
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vince4953529

California

4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-15-2011 04:10:14 | More by vince4953529
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ronniebruner

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 03:15:13 | More by ronniebruner
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CaptainPiret

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 19:13:46 | More by CaptainPiret
Melchior from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
82 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.