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Podge Belgian Imperial Stout - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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217 Ratings
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 18.91%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne visit their website
Belgium

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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Photo of SgunnarW
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

SgunnarW, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of kevgod
4/5  rDev +14.6%

kevgod, Jan 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +43.3%

josefnewsong, Dec 07, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

pperez38, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

patm1986, Dec 06, 2011
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2/5  rDev -42.7%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

imperialking, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14%

vince4953529, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

tbeckett, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of coastiefish
3.63/5  rDev +4%

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!

coastiefish, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

Knapp85, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of schultzi22
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

schultzi22, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

Stinkypuss, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

metter98, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of rvdoorn
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

rvdoorn, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.45/5  rDev -29.8%

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

DarthKostrizer, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
1.53/5  rDev -56.2%

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.

Rhettroactive, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of skandha
3/5  rDev -14%

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.

skandha, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

PeprSprYoFace, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of brystmar
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

Stubby bottle has been sitting on our shelf for awhile. Label says 2003 in the middle of the logo, not entirely sure if that's its vintage date or not though.

A: black with decent head, solid retention, good lace.

S: roasty malts, sweet malt, caramel, chocolate.

T: sweet and malty, finishes mostly dry with heaps of dark fruit. This is certainly a Belgian brew -- definitely has strong notes of traditional dubbels & quads intertwined with the stout-iness. Honestly, a little more watery than expected though.

M: feels like this used to be a thicker beverage at one point, pretty sure this has a few years on it though. And that age has thinned it out considerably.

D: unbelievably easy to drink for a 10.5% RIS. This particular brew shows *zero* boozy warmth as it goes down, and is much, much, much too easy to drink.

I wouldn't pick this one up again if I were in the mood for a good RIS since it's soooo different, but for something dark and unique it's a good option.

brystmar, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Lauthaha
1.63/5  rDev -53.3%

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a beer glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark mahogany with ruby highlights. Very fizzy carbonation leads to an airy head which looks almost like the meringue on top of a lemon meringue pie (if it stayed in the oven a few minutes too long). Very wispy lacing, but head retention is decent. Beer seems a little fizzy to me for the style...hmm.

Smell: A red wine-like quality to the nose, pretty heavy on the esters and not a lot of much else. A faint whiff of what might be root beer, but any other scent is masked by the ungodly amount of alcohol present in the nose. Not a winner here.

Taste: Oh man...yuck...I am sorry I spent five dollars on this brew, it may end up being a drain pour. The first taste is much like root beer, but to a cloying extent. Then a lemon sourness creeps in that pretty much dominates everything else. Some maltiness, some hops, but mostly root beer and lemon. Terrible combination. God awful.

Mouthfeel: Way, way too crisp to be a RIS. Beer fizzes up on the tongue, and turns sickly oily, finishing off quite nastily. Aftertaste is rotting lemons and/or old banana bread.

Drinkability: Don't even try this. Unless you really like the taste of lemon pine sol; then you might have found yourself a non-lethal alternative.

Wow...I am blown away by the disgusting nature of this brew. Really, really don't like it. I don't know why it's called a Russian Imperial Stout, to be honest. First of all, it's just as cloying as a bock, it's sweet like a bock, it's got this weird fruit thing going on like a bock. Are you sure this isn't a bock, Picobrouwerij Alvinne?

Lauthaha, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of bgildea
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

A: Pours a murky brown color with a faint hint of burgandy. Light tanish head that disipates quickly and leaves some decent lacing.

S: Slight smells of belgium yeast and malts. Also hints of nuts in the background. Not an overwhelming aroma by any means.

T: Starts with a nice sweet flavor of chocolate with hints of malts in the background. Finishes with a malty hoppy falvor and a slight hint of coffee. Good flavors, and defintly delivers better than it smells.

M: Decent amount of chew to the beer. I was satisfied.

D: The beer is pretty drinkable. Not amazing, but definitly worth a try.

Overall: Overall the beer was pretty good. It had a nice sweet chocolate flavor that wasn't overpowering at all. Finishes with some bitter flavor of hops and coffee. I'd recommend trying this beer for any dark beer drinkers.

bgildea, Jan 27, 2011
Podge Belgian Imperial Stout from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
80 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.