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Podge Belgian Imperial Stout - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Podge Belgian Imperial StoutPodge Belgian Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 18.97%

Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: paterlodie on 02-08-2006)
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Photo of NRo


3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Was recommended this when I bought some other stouts. Expiration date on the cap says Sept 2014. More than half of it gushed out when I opened it. My bad for storing it on its side when it explicitly says to store upright.

Smell: Smells very sour. Not sure if an imperial stout is supposed to smell like this might be infected.

Appearance: Kind of a murky dark brown. Not so attractive.

Taste: Very flavorful. I would call it "meaty". The sour kind of adds to it.

Mouthfeel: Almost bubbly. It's not a light beer, but the carbonation suspends it.

Overall: I would definitely drink it again. Easily overlooked due to it's mediocre appearance. Wish I hadn't lost half of it to gushing.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 08:00:13 | More by NRo
Photo of Brewsed

North Carolina

2.2/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

CAUTION! this bottle was infected with wild yeast/bacteria.

Opened bottle and it geysered due to over fermentation in the bottle, by wild "bugs". Made a mess at the tasting room table at the bottle shop. (embarrassed the owner.)

Poured into wine glass at the bottle shop.

Appearance: Poured a murky black due to the high carbonation/spewing stirring up the lees.

Smell: Sour, not in a good way. Roast. Dried fruit. Acidic.

Taste: Sour, super fizzy, and very dry. Hints of roast dried fruit, buy it was very hard to pick up on this through the sourness.

Overall: Due to the fact that this beer was infected with wild yeasts/bacteria, I would say that overall, it is not a good beer. I would like to try this beer again, but only if I see better reviews saying that it is "clean".

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 13:22:00 | More by Brewsed
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

I usually don't mention bottle formats, but this beer was sampled from a magnum.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruits, and slight cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but it's definitely more of a Belgian, fruity type of stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 06:28:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of beergoot


3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Much like "allforbetterbeer" noted in the previous post: BEWARE -- my bottle also spewed upon opening (it was cool and had been sitting for several days). I had about 3-4 oz of beer to evaluate...

Dark, turbid brown body with a rather thick yet bubbly head. Rather unspectacular aroma; the spillage hinted at rich, dark grains and fruits, but what was left in the glass was a minor shell of this. Taste came across rather rich with a predominance of ripe, dark fruits; slightly bitter and a decent alcohol heat.. Medium-heavy body with a sweet, treacly feel.

Perhaps if the bottle allowed a decent serving I could have rated this beer a tad better. Not bad, taste-wise, for an imperial stout, but looks, after it settled in my glass, exuded an unappealing muddy, watery brown color. The aroma in the glass was faint. The mouthfeel was nothing to write home about. Only the taste left a hint of what this may have been, but as a 'complete beer' offering, I wouldn't waste any money on it.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 22:02:05 | More by beergoot
Photo of allforbetterbeer


2.58/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Batch 572 stamped on cap. WARNING! This bottle was a total gusher. I lost all but maybe 3 oz in the sink (good thing I was standing right there!). What a waste of money.

What is left after the old faithful event is a murky brown liquid with a dark tan head. Full of yeasty chunks. There was obviously a thick layer at the bottom of the bottle.

Smells of dark sugar, cider, sea foam, cherry, apple skins, and day old spent coffee grounds.

The flavor is interesting. This really tastes to me more like a Belgian strong dark ale with some roasted barley thrown in. The yeasty spices are apparent, as is a slight twang which might signal an infection (maybe what caused this to shoot out of the bottle the moment I pried the cap). I don't taste much in the way of hops. There is a bit of cola and cider.

Strangely light bodied. Very carbonated but lighter than expected. Over attenuated for sure.

Conclusion: Well I don't know what to make of this beer, but the gushing all over wasn't a positive point. I think it has a subtle infection and would have eventually been a cider bottle-bomb.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 22:51:32 | More by allforbetterbeer
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown red amber with lots of black floating particles. Massive medium tan head and lacing. Faint toasty malt, light fruit aroma. Taste of toasted malt, sweet malt, light fruits, maybe chocolate. Pleasant light cherry like flavor in the middle and finishes brightly with an nice slightly acidic fruit flavor. Quite different approach to a RIS. Will try again if it isn't too pricey.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 03:55:45 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a mostly thick consistency. Had a creamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Not a whole lot of aroma, but there were traces of dark fruit and malt.

T: Tasted of malt, a hint of chocolate, dark fruit (plums, raisins), and a somewhat unpleasant burnt quality. Flavor here is kind of on the thin side, and not nearly as robust as you would expect from a RIS.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not the worst example of a Russian Imperial Stout I've ever had, but certainly not the best. Definitely an underdeveloped beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 12:08:38 | More by avalon07
Photo of BostonHops


3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a murky, muddy dark brown tone with a solid finger, maybe two, of a foamy tan head; decent retention, lacing. OK presentation, nothing especially noteworthy.

aroma is sweet up front with a notes of dark fruits, spice, belgian yeast. some chocolate and roasted malts in the background. sort of muddled and uninspiring, more reminiscent of a belgian dark ale than a stout... flavor follows the nose with a bit of a tart fruitiness up front followed by some traditional stout notes. as i'm not the first to make the observation, the first thing you think is that this seems much more BSDA territory than imperial stout; RIS does not leap to mind.

medium-plus bodied with carbonation a bit on the high side. i would not balk at another if offered, but left to my own devices i'd prefer something else. overall a 'meh' sort of beer: looks like 3s across the board for me.

originally reviewed: 01-23-2011

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 23:05:26 | More by BostonHops
Photo of mikeborglum


2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Aroma is loaded with roasty malt, dough. Color is black and very hazy with a full tan head that dismisses quickly. Taste is quite sweet with the presence of dried fruit. Very carbonated, lively, with medium body and oily texture. Finish is smooth and long. Just an average stout for me, I prefer a bigger body and creamy texture with much less carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 00:41:16 | More by mikeborglum
Photo of AgentMunky


3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. Best by June 2013. Lot 7JN.

A: The head gushed out of the bottle, spilling slightly, before I was able to pour it. Good retention and great lacing from the two fingers of off-white head. The beer is dark chocolate brown.

S: A bit metallic, then some fruity yeast. Definitely not what I expected.

T/M: Thinnish, but not a bad flavour. Chocolate malts, bright fruit, and an inappropriate carbonation. Definitely fruity-floral aftertaste, perhaps from Belgian yeast? More bright than dark, which isn't necessarily what I was looking for in my imperial stout. A hint of roast.

O: Interesting, but unexceptional. I will probably never have another, but I'm glad I tried this one.

OG: 24.3 Plato
Color: 302 EBC
IBU: 48
ABV: 10.5%
Malt: pilsner and "6 special malts"
Hops: Challenger and EK of Goldings
Other Ingredients: water, Irisch ale yeast, candi sugar

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 04:07:11 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of justintcoons


2.13/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a translucent black with purplish-red highlights. Has 1 finger of khaki colored head that dissipates slowly. There’s tons of yeast and some pretty vicious carbonation.

N: Cherry, raspberry, prune, red grape, vanilla and hints of milk chocolate. Smells very much like a Belgian Dark Strong Ale. It’s rather pleasant.

T: This is a serious step down from the nose. Upfront there is prune juice, dish soap, raspberry and blackberry. Mid-palate becomes very metallic with notes of bakers chocolate, rotten grape and lemon. The finish is a horrendous mishmash of all of the above along with astringent pine notes and booze. Blech!

M: Light-medium bodied, warming and clean.

O: Tastes like rotten prunes and rusty screws. Giving it the benefit of the doubt, it’s a pretty bad Imperial Stout or Belgian Strong Ale. It’s just not good.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 13:39:11 | More by justintcoons
Photo of thain709


3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a pitch black body and a small, one finger head...the head had a light brown hue to it and become wispy over time...some traces of lacing were left behind

S - The aroma was the highlight of the beer...it was very complex...roasted, dark chocolate, dark fruits (raisins and dates), some coriander, strong yeast strain

T - More Belgian flavors stand out on the palate...the yeast is very present from the middle to the finish...there is a slight chocolate and coffee presence also in the middle of the beer but the spices overpower that...the spice and fruit are also take a lead role in the middle...there is a slight bitterness at the end but it also pairs with the Belgian yeast

M - Medium bodied...needed more for a 10.5% Imperial Stout...spicy with yeast flavors

O - A Belgian Imperial Stout just didn't do it for me...I enjoyed the complexity of the nose, but on the palate there was just something not right

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 15:36:54 | More by thain709
Photo of sweemzander


1.38/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a rather muddy/murky brown color. Some tan bubbles. Not a very appealing look to what should be a stout.

(S)- Some rather "muddy" aromas to it. Mildly funky clay, tons of raisin, very heavy yeast, and a prune-like metallic finish.

(T)- Almost tart. Tons of raisin and prune. Very very heavy yeast, metallic, and funky clay to it.

(M)- A normal carbonation level for the style, but the rest of this beer is just kind of a mess. Muddy, murky, and disjointed. Very thin overall too.

(D)- Not sure what is up with this beer, but it is just all over the place. Not sure how old or young it is, but at 10.5%, it should have been fine for a few years at least. Major disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 18:39:32 | More by sweemzander
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big, frothy manila head slowly turns to a creamy cloud that began developing in the bottle. The head never quite settles below three fingers. The beer itself is black in a Dogfish Head snifter, but pours dark brown. Thick rings of lace.

Podge is boozy with sour dough bread and deep roasted malt. This is a rather odd, but welcome combination. There is a hint of perfumy hops followed by roasted coffee. There is also a slight hint of dark chocolate.

The first sip was a bit soapy but that is obliterated almost immediately by licorice, burnt malt and strong but not warming alcohol. The finish has a hint of sweetness as it lingers. With warmth this one develops chocolate cake while sweetness comes out and the alcohol mellows dramatically.

This one is well balanced with a light to medium body and slick texture. Carbonation is soft and the alcohol ranges from strong to well-tamed with warmth.

This one was initially disappointing, but that was entirely due to serving temperature. Whether stated or not, Podge is intended to sit and warm while its subtleties become quite impressive. Pair this with a good book and slowly sip.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 22:36:21 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of SgunnarW


3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle in a snifter. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a 1 finger, cream colored head that settles fast. Color is deep ruby, almost brown. Lacing is present, but not impressive.

Sm: Sharp and sweet from roasted malts, followed by coffee and chocolate. Definitely better than it tastes.

T: For an Imperial Stout, it wasn't what I expected. It's almost overwhelmingly sweet at first, then a bit of smoky richness, followed quickly by an unexpected tartness of sour dark fruits. Finishes with a lingering dryness. The 10.5% ABV is hidden well.

Mf: Medium body and carbonation...was expecting a heavier beer.

O: I visited my local beer shop tonight and bought this after hearing another customer rave about it. I like it, but I'm not blown away. The pairing of dark fruits/sour notes remind me more of a Dubbel. As far as Imperial Stouts go, I'd say it falls short, but it's definitely interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 05:50:53 | More by SgunnarW
Photo of coastiefish


3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't rated many stouts, but this year I shall try harder. Since it is turning seasons, I decided to just dive right in.

Podge Belgian Imperial Stout
Lot 544

Bottle, poured into tulip.

A - Big bubbly carbonation,tan head pours to a finger head, dwindles down to about a quarter inch. Leave inviting lacing along the way. Deep dark brown. Big bubbles at the bottom of the tulip--interesting!

S - Touch of smokey, but really light floral profile as well. Raisins. Cola. Again, Interesting.

T - First sip, wow. Need to figure this one out. The sour is a big factor. Trying to find the "stout" components --OH there it is--in the big ass burp I let out. This thing is carbonated. Found the cola (syrup) presence here as well. Dry finish. Stout presence prevails upon warming to room temp.

M - Leaves me with sticky lips. Very carbonated, like soda almost. Weird with that bit of cola taste. The heaviness conveys a stout. I like this brew, but it is unbalanced I believe, for what is claims to be.

I want to throw in a disclaimer on this review. I like beers for the experience, and I hope you like my reviews. I try to involve the beer in a further perspective than what is just black and white on the screen as I type. I hope I convey a little bit of each brew experience to the audience-- to you. And I'd like to hope that you will do the same. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 05:57:57 | More by coastiefish
Photo of Knapp85


3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out pretty dark, I think it should have been much darker since it's supposed to be a Russian Imperial but whatever. The smell of the beer gives off a good amount of roasted malts on the nose and maybe a touch of chocolate also. The taste of the beer actually had a smokey/salty flavor to it. I found it to be an interesting twist on things. The mouthfeel was too thin for the style I think. Overall this brew could be better if it is concentrated down a little more I think.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 05:52:49 | More by Knapp85
Photo of schultzi22


3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip on 9/17/11.

A: Dark brown in color with a tan head that rises a full finger.
S: The normal stout aromas are not present, but orange and spice are there in their place.
T: Wow. Tastes a bit like salmon. Coriander and orange peel mesh with pine. A very complex, interesting flavor, but I'm not sure I like it. Each sip is slightly different and not always good. Very acidic on the finish.
M: Thin for an 'imperial stout', but it is obviously not a typical stout.
O: Lots of flavors. None that I particularly like. It gets points for complexity, but I won't bother drinking it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 01:40:56 | More by schultzi22
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picobrouwerij Alvinne : Podge

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby hints. A huge off white foamy mass tops this beer, poured into a snifter, but would definitely be better suited in a chalice. Carefully decanted, only a few small particles of yeast are noticed, the rest, reserved in the bottle.

Smell: Dark, roasted malt and Belgian yeast apparent right away. Go figure, a Belgian style Russian Imperial Stout. Alittle minerally and faint hop aromas.

Taste: Roasted malts upfront, along with a semi tart Belgian yeast twang. Minerally, some lemony hops and a bit sour. Light undertones of bakers chocolate and chalky yeast. Absolutely no hint of alcohol, and the slight sour notes prevent the malt sweetness from being cloying during the long journey to Russia (or my glass). Alittle too tart for a stout though.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, easy drinking enough, tart yeasty finish.

Overall: An interesting take on a Russian Imperial Stout, very classic. About what you would expect from a Belgian export stout, but to style, there are much clearer and better examples.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 07:18:47 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is dark reddish brown in color (close to black) and poured with a two finger high beige head that died down but has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: The aroma is quite complex and smells like a hybrid between a Belgian Stout and a Belgian Pale Ale.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted malts with notes of chocolate and dark fruits. There is some sweetness along with hints of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is easy to drink for the style because it isn’t very full bodied.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 14:49:07 | More by metter98
Photo of rvdoorn


3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a very dark-brown reddish with a small head.
Smell: lot of fruits (pears, banana, raisins, citrus), yeast and malts
Taste: sweet malts, chocolate. Dry sour aftertaste with dark fruits (sour plums)
Mouthfeel: body is a bit too thin, medium carbonation.
Overall: Not a bad beer at all, but I would not call it a RIS. But we rate beers here, and not styles.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 21:04:03 | More by rvdoorn
Photo of DarthKostrizer


2.45/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look: Brownish red in color with no head what so ever and no lace on the way down

Smell: Bready yeast dark fruits mainly prunes and raisin a bit strange for a stout but hey its belgian right

Taste: Sweetness from the malt is good and there are some dark fruits in abundance here plums and raisins mainly. This beer taste like a dubble more than it does a stout there is a bit of sourness at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium body and little carbonation and it has a nice creamy silkyness to it

Overall: I rated this beer the way I did based on the style it claims to be. This beer is confusing to me because it says imperial stout but it taste and smells more like a dubble. I actually enjoyed this beer but based on the style it does not make sense

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 02:30:53 | More by DarthKostrizer
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District of Columbia

1.53/5  rDev -56%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/18/11
*From notes

A: Ruby-brown in hue. A large amount of chunky, white debris swims around in the glass. No head and mere bubbles rim the beer. Ugh, this looks awful.

S: Raisins and a hint of rusted copper piping.

T: Really odd - rotting black fruits and an overdose of iron. Blech!

M: Thin and oily.

O: Podge Belgin Imperial Stout is a massive, epic fail. Enough said.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 21:16:47 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of skandha

New York

3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: starts ebony and finishes a swampy brown as the yeasties settle out.

Smell: sweet honey and chocolate notes with an underlying sharpness

Taste: much less sweet on the tongue than the nose. There is a profound and lasting bitterness overall that isn't exactly hoppy, but somewhat. The citric sourness outweighs most other flavors. ABV is kept a complete secret from the tongue.

Mouthfeel: carbonation is average, nothing revolutionary.

Overall: confusingly un-stout like with a lasting bitterness that is unpleasant mostly its unexpectedness. Call this beer a dark strong Belgian and it would be easier to accept.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 20:49:04 | More by skandha
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Digita7693. Thanks man

Poured into my Cigar City Snifter it has a very nice off white head. Great lacing. Very dark brown. Not very stout looking.

Aroma is not very stoutish either. Just sort of malty. Can't really smell anything else. Not very aromatic.

Taste is actually pretty good. But it tastes nothing like a stout. No roastyness. Just sort of smooth almost bock ish. Sort of sweet. Not bad just not a stout.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Good carb.

Overall this is not a stout. It's good bit it needs to be renamed or something. Then I would give it a better review.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 04:27:34 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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Podge Belgian Imperial Stout from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
79 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.