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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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BA SCORE
80
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230 Ratings
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 18.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: paterlodie on 02-08-2006

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Ratings: 230 | Reviews: 173
Photo of NRo
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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2/5  rDev -42.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Brewsed
2.21/5  rDev -36.7%
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".

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of beergoot
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
2.55/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Photo of Beer21
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev +6%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of avalon07
3.16/5  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.

Photo of BostonHops
3/5  rDev -14%
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

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Podge Belgian Imperial Stout from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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