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Melchior - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 5
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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4/5  rDev +11.7%

vince4953529, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ronniebruner
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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

ronniebruner, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of CaptainPiret
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

CaptainPiret, May 17, 2011
Photo of taigor
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

taigor, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of foogerd
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

foogerd, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Second mustard beer in our two mustard beer tasting. It pours hazy deep gold with copper hues and thin off white head. The light aroma has notes of Belgian sugar, lighter colored fruity esters, some dark fruit esters and a hint of mustard. The taste is slick and sweet and moves toward dark fruity esters and a mild background, OK faint background, of mustard spice. I also get some yeasty spice and faint banana. Like the other mustard beer the mustard spice is just too faint. This would taste a whole lot better with a bigger mustard presence.

BigMcLargeHuge, Feb 13, 2011
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.

avalon07, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed at the 16th Essen Christmas Beer Fest 2010.

Pours a hazy bronze colour, with an off-white head.

The Hallertau Perle and Hallertau Spalt Select hops don't give off much aroma and being unfiltered and unpasturised the yeast smell seemed to be the dominant one to me, some mixed herbs and spices also appear in the nose.

Sugar and mustard seeds are added during the brewing process and this made the taste a strange sweet and sour mix that just about complimented each other. The hops gave the finish a dry bitterness even if they added little to the smell.

Alvinne do mess around with their beers at times, this one was fine in my eyes, although I sometimes wish they'd just brew a regular beer and leave it alone (no mustard seeds, oak aged in vomit, etc, etc)

BlackHaddock, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hugely murky pumpkin orange with a light dusting of black peppery looking yeast and an outstanding crown of bubbly ivory foam that filled most of the snifter on the initial pour. Whatever follows, this beer looks like a dream.

Unfortunately, the nose is much less impressive. It's modestly fruity and spicy, but that's about it. Challenger and East Kent Goldings hops aren't appreciated, and neither are the mustard seeds. Let's hope this wise man is a little smarter on the taste buds.

Melchior does not taste like an English barleywine. The estery Belgian yeast pretty much disqualifies it right out of the gate. It's more like a pale-malted, spicier-than-usual Belgian quadrupel. Several years in the cellar have almost certainly stolen some of its punching power, but things are improving as the middle of the bottle approaches.

Flavors include fruit (apples, pears, apricots) macerated in their respective fruit brandies, and a great deal of clove and pepper spiciness. Still no mustard seed, which is probably a good thing. The alcohol is masked very well, which helps. A pleasant warming on the way down is more suited to January than August, but I'll take it.

Even though English barleywines (the aged ones at least) tend to be thinner than their American counterparts, this mouthfeel is a little too thin and loose. Especially since it's Belgian rather than English. However, it's still enjoyable and is easily above average. Good sipper.

Melchior and Gaspar (Belgian IPA) are the best of the Picobrouwerij Alvinne 'Magi' series, while Balthazar (BSDA) brings up the rear. This is a worthy purchase for those who like high-ABV, heavily spiced Belgian ales that are far enough outside the craft brewing box to be interesting, but not so far outside it as to be quirky or strange.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of medium malts and robust sugar-coated medium fruits - pears and apricots with hints of plums. As it warms very faint spices waft out from time to time.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of plum, pear, and apricot flavors, in that order. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors dry out a bit, allowing slightly herbal hop flavors to carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a well done beer but I have to say I got only very mild hints of mustard besides maybe a small amount of dryness near the end of the sip. In any event, it's worth a shot to see for yourself.

glid02, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

donkeyrunner, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

jdhilt, May 11, 2010
Photo of Sallerj
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Sallerj, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of Travlr
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Travlr, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of crhensel
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

crhensel, Dec 07, 2009
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.

Wasatch, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of spointon
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

spointon, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

ViveLaChouffe, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of brc
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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%?).

brc, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Suds, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of blazin5050
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

-Cheers

blazin5050, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of LaPeste
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

LaPeste, May 17, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

hopdog, May 07, 2009
Melchior from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
81 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.