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Podge Belgian Imperial Stout - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Podge Belgian Imperial StoutPodge Belgian Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 18.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: paterlodie on 02-08-2006)
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
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4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark tobacco brown with generous cherry and orange highlights. Despite a crazy amount of carbonation, the bottle didn't turn into a foam volcano. The khaki colored cap is huge, as expected. It's also harsh, crackly and unsticky. No more than a few small splotches of melty lace make it to the glass.

This Belgian/Russian Imperial Stout smells like a BSDA without the yeast spiciness (an Irish ale yeast was used). As far as aroma is concerned, it doesn't have the roasted maltiness and power that all good RISs possess. Dark fruit is dominant, followed by faint cocoa and molasses notes. More personality with warming allows the score to be increased.

Podge is one intensely flavored ale! It tastes like a thunderously black malty BSDA, which is exactly what I think a *Belgian* Imperial stout should be. More than 5 years since bottling (2003 vintage) may have taken a toll in some ways, but it tastes like the flavors have done nothing but use that time to get more comfortable with one another.

If the mouthfeel had held up, Podge would be one of the most classic versions of the style that I've ever had. Specifics include dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, raisin paste, figs and a surprising amount of licorice. Sweet, bitter and tangy complement one another in ideal fashion. Finally, alcohol is prominent without being harsh... like a warming shot of Sambucca.

It's too bad about the carbonation. The bubbles are still going strong (although starting to flag) more than 20 minutes after crown cracking. While it's easy to appreciate the beer's medium-full body, the buzziness causes drinkability to suffer. Thankfully, it eases a bit by the final swallow.

What might have been. I hope Picobrouwerij Alvinne brews Podge Belgian Imperial Stout on a yearly basis (at the very least) because this sucker oozes potential. For want of a proper mouthfeel, legendary status was lost. I would jump at the chance to try a fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 14:56:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Monk's.

Dark brown-black pour, typical of a stout, with a small collar of bubbles for a head; little to no retention or lacing to speak of. Aroma of roasty dark malts, dark fruits, dark chocolate. The beer description didn't mention anything about this brew having any fruit in it, but the first thing I noticed upon sipping was a distinct dark fruit taste, cherries and plums, slightly tangy. Not sure if some kind of infection was going on here, but it actually didn't taste too bad. I just wasn't expecting it in any way. Otherwise, dark malts, semi-sweet chocolate. Mouthfeel was a bit thin for the style, and serving the beer cold didn't help at all. Overall this wasn't too bad, even if it was slightly infected, but it's just not what I typically look for in a RIS.

Serving type: on-tap

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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-27-2014 23:26:14 | More by Latarnik
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-08-2014 01:33:12 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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05-05-2014 21:43:38 | More by braugon
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2.75/5  rDev -21%

03-14-2014 04:13:25 | More by BYOFB
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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
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

01-08-2014 05:26:39 | More by GeezLynn
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

12-20-2013 01:26:52 | More by jkermitj
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

09-08-2013 15:38:43 | More by Thomas_Picton
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08-29-2013 03:35:29 | More by oline73
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

07-05-2013 01:41:11 | More by ygtbsm94

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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06-27-2013 01:57:15 | More by illidurit
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06-13-2013 14:25:54 | More by diverite
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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
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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
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02-16-2013 20:33:29 | More by JDavidRice
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

12-07-2012 17:15:51 | More by t0rin0
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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
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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
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Podge Belgian Imperial Stout from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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