Gaspar Ale - Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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3.79/5 rDev +4.4%
Seen lots of different recipes for this one. Mine has 4 different malts, and Magnum, Chinook, Columbus and Hallertau Mittelfruh hops.
Pours golden with orange tinges, small white head, goes fast to sticky lacing. Floating sediment.
Smell of sour cherries, sweet citrus (tangerines), banana, caramel, Belgian spices, pinch of tropical fruit. So really fruity hops backed by Belgian ale malt and yeast.
Lots of sweet fruitiness in the first seconds, with tangerines, papayas, overripe peaches, cherries, all covered in caramel and Belgian sugars. Bit of acidic apple. Next up, bitterness assaults the palate, and will stick around for a very very long time, dominating the rest of the drink. Transition goes through pineapple, grapefruit, and then full on spruce, pine, weed, spicy leafy hops and dry tobacco in the finish. Tho a hop bomb, some Belgian spices manage to show up, like some clove, citrus peel, faint coriander and a decent amount of peppercorn. Green hay funk mixed in there too. Very bitter dry finish.
Medium body and carbonation. Aftertaste is green and hoppy, with a faint fruitiness. No sweetness.
Never heard about Alvinne, but this beer certainly made me curious, will look out for more. Maybe unbalanced, but a very much IPA Belgian.
05-26-2014 15:00:12 | More by dcmchew
3.63/5 rDev 0%
A: The beer is very hazy yellowish amber in color and has large clumps of yeast suspended near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of pale malts and Belgian yeast are present in the nose, which also has notes of caramel malts and muted hints of citrusy hops.
T: The taste seems to have stronger flavors of musty Belgian yeast along with notes of caramel and pale malts as well as fruity yeast and a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The hops lend a bit of tongue prickling to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer wasn't one of the best Belgian IPAs that I've had, but had some interesting complexities in the taste. This would probably be a good beer to try fresh in Europe.
04-05-2014 14:32:44 | More by metter98
4.15/5 rDev +14.3%
Bottle poured at the brewery, making for a beautiful, thick-looking copper with a copious and lasting head the color of a good sabayon. Lots of citrus-y hop aromas, grapefruit, orange and wood. Hops are to the fore as much in the mouth, with a large dose but of a delicately flavored blend, giving more taste of grapefruit and a coriander herbal note. Also a nice dose of malt, caramel, yellow fruits. There is a balance there of lots of contrasting flavors, but not quite in a harmonious whole. Creamy, filling but clean feel, well done on that. A winter brew in blonde style.
11-23-2013 19:46:57 | More by ManforallSaisons
4.08/5 rDev +12.4%
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance – Even with very little agitation when taking the beer out of the fridge, upon opening, it exploded with tons of foam spewing from the brew. Upon pouring in the glass, a huge bubbly head forms with massive carbonation bubbles entrapped within. The color of the brew is of a hazy straw nature with some hints of orange seen within. The massive foam head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading and leaving lots of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma has a nice blend of Belgian yeast, citrus, and hop. The Belgian yeast aromas bring a nice yeast cake and spice aroma of coriander and clove along with a lighter banana smell. The citrus smells are mainly of a sweet orange nature, but also contain some aromas of lemon. These lemon aromas couple as hop aromas as well, and are mixed with some grassy and herbal hop smells; all melding with the rest of the smells to produce a very nice aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready and yeasty flavor with a moderately strong showing of a sweet orange and a sour and bitter lemon citrus taste. After the initial tastes, a nice yeasty flavor hits the tongue, bringing with it a banana flavor. The sweeter orange flavor dwindles as the taste moves on with it becoming drier as the flavor moves to the end. The bready flavors take on a more cracker nature as well, with a decently strong grassy and herbal flavor as well as a little bit of earth coming to the tongue, in all, leaving a rather drier and moderately, but not too hoppy,Belgian flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that was insanely high. The carbonation level was almost ridiculous making it almost impossible to pour, but yet still somehow appropriate for the hop flavors and Belgian style.
Overall –A rather pleasant drinking Belgian IPA. Rather enjoyable overall.
11-17-2013 01:31:16 | More by Darkmagus82
3.78/5 rDev +4.1%
An interesting Belgian ale. Really high IBU content for a Belgian ale. Has a dark yellow hazy appearance. Tastes like Lemon meets clove, spicy notes, with a little bit of toffee and orange and a alcohol finish. Powerful on the hops and on the spices. Needs to be drank cool but not chilled. I call this one DIPA meets Belgian Abbey Ale. Excellent. I suspect this is past it's prime or the East Coast allotment which had some handling issues. I paid $.99 for my bottle. I plan on going back to the liquor store and buying their remaining bottles.
10-08-2013 02:03:23 | More by KentT
Gaspar Ale from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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