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Melchior - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 103
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 20.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 ccrida
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle (who/what are those guys on the label??) poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Melchior is a hazy dark gold with an off-white head that leaves pretty heavy lace. Definitely not a BSDA, and in fact, my first ever mustard ale.

Smell is sweeter malt, peppery, and very yeasty.

Taste is sweet but spicy, doughy yeast, complex and interesting, tough to wrap my head around. There is a savory element to the spice that has to be the mustard seed, but there's a lot going on that it doesn't smack you in the face, and I doubt many people wold guess it as an ingredient if they didn't already know. There is very floral flavor, from the hops I presume, lilac like.

Mouthfeel is thick and yeasty, on the drier side. Have I mentioned this beer is awfully yeasty? No floaties though...

Drinkability is pretty good if you like full flavored Belgian blondes, which I do. The high ABV is very well hidden, and it's fairly unique. Still, it was a bit too, um, yeasty, and will probably give me the shits.

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Photo of gford217
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brick Store poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright, opaque yellow-orange with a large fluffy white head that shows great retention and lacing. The beer was described to me as an ale brewed with mustard seeds though the dominate aroma and flavor throughout, for me, was apples. The aroma was very sweet with the aforementioned apples with a hint of tartness. Maybe a hint of mustard if you really try to find it. The flavor is a complex blend of light fruits with green and red apples, pears, apricots and a little bit of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth with good carbonation. I enjoyed this beer and it was like no beer I have had before. Recommended.

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Photo of edbeered
4.08/5  rDev +14%
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)!

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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 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...

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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.

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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 wl0307
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling date: 01/05, served lightly-chilled in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: pours a murky, brown-ish amber hue; the 2cm creamy beige beer head settles elegantly to a rimmed foam, leaving uneven sheets of lacing behind; ve...ry gentle carbonation.
S: like a well-hopped barley wine, the smell upfront is full of flowery and sweet citric notes of EKG and Challenger hops (as specified on the beer label), backed by a semi-alcoholic base of strong and thick barley candy. The composition is not complex enough, though, in favour of a sweet, jammy note of melted crystal sugar and plenty of rough and sharp yeastiness as the beer breathes.
T: yeasty yeasty~~ an assertive aroma of pheonolic, ash and old wood barrels prevails upfront, fast bringing abroad a surprisingly light, crystal-sugary maltiness on top of a tremendous flow of hops, with tannic and pheonolic bitterness creeping down the tongue and lingers to continue its chemistry with somewhat licorice, bitter-sweet aftertaste of Munich(?) malts. The lingering, flat-bodied hop bitterness gives the whole palate a "niche", which, along with that tannic touch, skilfully softens the strong profile by a good margin. Only in the very end does a warm flow of alc. emerge deep down the throat.
M&D: the carbonation is quite creamy on the mouthfeel with a semi-sharp fizzy kick at the back at the initial stage; pretty moderate-bodied for a 11%abv. strong ale, and alc. is very well hidden. The more I sip it, the more I find similarities with English Barley Wine, although the malt flavour is pretty different. Not the most complex offering from Alvinne, but I personally find it quite approachable. Might keep another bottle for a longer period before trying it again.

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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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Melchior from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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