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Melchior - Picobrouwerij Alvinne


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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.67%

Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: paterlodie on 12-03-2005)
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Photo of donkeyrunner


4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2010 22:52:53 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 22:01:58 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Sallerj


4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 00:58:29 | More by Sallerj
Photo of Travlr

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sample poured by Glenn at the brewery - thanks Glenn!
A: Amber/orange color with a large white head that settles quickly to tiny bubbles with great lacing.
S: Aroma is very subtle, mainly just light malts and yeast, not much hops evident.
T: Bitterness and hops come through in he mouth, nice malt, well-balanced.
M: Good body.
D: Definitely a nice double IPA or barleywine, even without the oak.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 16:25:51 | More by Travlr
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 07:15:08 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of crhensel

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(bottle into trappist glass) From the first hint of the pour, I could tell that the carbonation was going to be off the chart and there was no disappointment there! There was no head to speak of, but the CO2 stuck right to the side of the glass the whole time. First hints of aroma were very off-putting as the main waft was that of cheese...never a good sign. Being a trooper, I pressed on, however, and found that the flavor was not too bad, if you love the aftertaste of the alcohol. I was about to give up, but found on another sip before the drain that sitting DID indeed mellow this initial alcohol taste and more of the subtle grain flavor cam forward. However, for advertising that it is brewed with mustard seeds, I could not tell at all. There was no hint of mustard at all in this drink. I would recommend letting this one air for a while before drinking for the flavors to mellow and mingle a tad first.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 01:55:47 | More by crhensel
Photo of Wasatch


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 11:55:48 | More by Wasatch
Photo of spointon


3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap on 7/16/2009 at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. Served in a short 10oz goblet.

A= This ale poured an orange gold color with fair clarity and a loose 3/4" sudsy white head. The head dropped slowly and left some decent lace on the glass.

S= I found the dominant aroma of this ale to be a spicy note reminiscent of black pepper. There was also a nice blend of bready pale malts, yeast, and noble hops. Not a lot of alcohol in the nose.

T= Started a lot sweeter than I expected after experiencing the aroma. Sort of a thin but sweet malt taste in the front with the peppery spiciness and grassy hops coming after. Finish was much drier and full of spicy warming alcohol.

MF= Medium bodied with a moderately high carbonation level. Despite the carbonation though, this was still fairly soft in the mouth.

D= This was an interesting and ultimately tasty ale, but one I would want more than one of in a sitting. The ABV stays well hidden though, so watch out!

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2009 06:17:13 | More by spointon
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a hazy orange with a billowy white head. Very sweet and fruity in the nose with some spiciness from the hops. I'm not picking up any mustard seed aroma.

Boozy and sweet but a strident spicy hoppiness (Challenger and East Kent Goldings according to the label) give it some balance. I'm not sure I would notice the mustard seed flavors if I didn't know they were there but underneath the hops is a distinct bitterness of the mustard seed. Sticky body with a strong lingering hoppiness with a hint of mustard in the finish. Strong hoppy aftertaste.

The mustard is not as pronounced but like Wostyntje, it makes it work.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 13:00:45 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of brc


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Feb 2014 on cap. Decanted into goblet. Small dense white head, auburn liquid with lots of particulates.

Strong bread yeast smell. As I get my nose closer, I get a hint of spicy hops, black pepper, a whiff of whiskey.

Rich caramel, cream, chai tea flavors up front. Spices are nice, providing a little twist instead of alot of flavor. Brandy alcohol flavor in the finish, plum/apricot flavor like a quad.

Creamy, coating mouthfeel. Alcohol very well hidden (is this really 11%?).

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 20:32:27 | More by brc
Photo of Suds


3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here's a sweet, amber and very cloudy liquid. This one has tons of sediment...large clumps of yeast suspended in the liquid. Nice firm, stable head, however. The smell is mostly yeast and fruit, along with copious malt scents. Plums and raisins, a mix of pale and toasted malt. Fresh grain and Belgian yeast. Somewhat spicy, especially in the taste. The beer is warm, just on the boarder of being hot from the booze. It's quite a sweet beer, full in body, and nearly heavy. The sweet character lasts long into the finish. Not really un-balanced, just heavily tilted. This one is pretty good, yet a little haphazard.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 14:58:49 | More by Suds
Photo of blazin5050

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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.


Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 05:52:04 | More by blazin5050
Photo of LaPeste


3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle from Vendome in North Hollywood $5.19. This is my second mustard ale, liked the first one so looking forward to this one.

A: Pours golden brown with a one finger head which dissipates fairly quickly . Particulates floating all over the place (a good thing in my book). Nice lacing.

S: Very sweet vanilla. Ripe fruit.

T: Yeast, malt, spice, just slight mustard. Taste like a good strong Belgian ale. Complexity grows as you continue with it.

M: Thick, slightly syrupy. Medium carbonation, heavy alcohol.

D: Heavy alcohol is warming, you don't have to nurse it though. Gets better as you go.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 06:13:38 | More by LaPeste
Photo of hopdog


3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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 phishockey


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle, and poured it into a tulip glass. A lot of sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

A - dark orange color with nice lacing.

S - dark fruit, malty, very pleasant. The malt aroma intensified as the beer warmed.

T - dark malt, alcoholic, the malt is strong. Finishes off with a sweet malt flavor. As the beer warms, the spicy/mustard flavor comes out a bit more.

M - carbonation makes itself known, but not overpowering. Medium/heavy body overall.

D - the 11% is quite apparent. Strong ale. It will be interesting to see how this beer ages. I would do this beer again, but probably not more than one in a session.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 03:50:28 | More by phishockey
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2009 13:37:06 | More by Gavage
Photo of MerkinMan


3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark gold / orange. Slightly opaque with a head that dissipates pretty quickly

S: Very yeasty with some hops and spice presence.

T: The mustard seeds are not as much a distraction as I may have imagined. They work quite well to dry out the pallate to allow the yeast a place to explode. Still strange, mind you. (another sip) The malt sweetness that comes before the dry mustardy flavor is a nice backbone for all the other things going on. The hop flavors are both earthy and fruity -- more heavily hopped than many other Belgians.

MF: The yeast is very active and help accentuate the flavors. Body is a little heavy.

D: much better than I expected. Complex indeed with nice contributions from the yeast, hops, and spices.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 19:26:07 | More by MerkinMan
Photo of philipquarles


2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
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 Absumaster


3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 09:32:26 | More by Absumaster
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub, and served in the appropriate glassware as usual. Pours a dark, hazy orange with a nice, finely beaded head that settles to a respectable cap and leaves some lacing as well. Very light aromas, but there is some bright fruit, candi sugar, and a hint of spiciness. The taste is a bit on the sour side to start, and finishes with a spicy kick from the mustard seeds added to this brew. There is also a hint of sweetness and an earthy bitterness that develops. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth with just the right level of carbonation. This is interesting, but its a bit too unusual and even slightly jarring to drink too much of. Better with food.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2009 21:19:06 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of CrellMoset


3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of and split w/ dkachur - thanks!! My portion poured into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, glossed-over orange, light around the edges, with a head of magnificent retention that leaves thick, glittery, but surprisingly sticky sheets of lacing. There's an absolute metric ton of yeast that stays perfectly in suspension throughout the entire experience - very impressive.

Aroma: Spiced phenols, grape and apple esters, surprisingly light and fruity, and, yes, of course, mustard seed.

Taste: Heavily spiced, mustard-esque, sweet, honey-like malts, about half a dozen distinct fruity esters, from apple skins to Concord grapes to pears.

Mouthfeel: Thick, with lots of fine, pin-point prickly carbonation that enhances the phenolic and mustard spiciness. Interesting.

Drinkability: Well, I certainly can't taste the 11%. I know this is a brief review for me, but I was pleasantly surprised by this beer - a Belgian strong brewed with mustard grain? But somehow it works, melding well with the natural phenols of the yeast and the fruit. Strange but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 07:39:26 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of corby112


3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
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
Photo of nick76


3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
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 ccrida


3.7/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 02:00:35 | More by ccrida
Photo of gford217


3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2008 01:59:31 | More by gford217
Melchior from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
82 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.