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Gaspar Ale - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Gaspar AleGaspar Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

139 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.6%


Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: horndecker on 07-05-2007)
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metter98

New York

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 14:32:44 | More by metter98
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ManforallSaisons

Belgium

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 19:46:57 | More by ManforallSaisons
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 01:31:16 | More by Darkmagus82
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KentT

Tennessee

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 02:03:23 | More by KentT
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DaveAnderson

Minnesota

2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 11.2oz bottle was an impulse buy. A Belgian IPA clocking in at 115 IBU? You had me at Belgian IPA.

It's a good looking beer, that's for sure. Plenty of long-lasting foam on top of that amber liquid, flecked with sediment.

It smells nothing like I expect. It's slightly medicinal -- maybe a hint of band-aid in there -- with a bit of burnt sugar.

And it sure it bitter! I'm not sure there is enough going on to compensate. The flavor follows the aroma, but with a twinge of sourness akin to a squeeze of lemon in a glass of iced tea -- enough to detect, but not enough to define it. Sadly, the burnt sugar is not backed with a little sweetness. This could use just a little. There is a tiny astringency that emerges at it warms.

This is my second beer from Alvinne. Each has seemed experimental and somewhat gimmicky. I would pass on this if offered one.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 05:58:01 | More by DaveAnderson
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but not something I would seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 01:04:23 | More by UCLABrewN84
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge white head - hey I'm not the only one that can get over-carbonation. Mild spicy with shots of citrus over a pale malt. Kinda' nice - not great - a little refreshing and light.
Slightly cloudy darker gold. Lot's of swirling bubbles with the nucleation of my SN tulip.
Boy, there is a lot going on in the flavor. Tart, spicy, citrus, long grapefruit finish (with no Am. hops), interesting hop flavors (and I wonder if they might actually be a little subdued, as I'm not sure of the age). Not great, but interesting and full of flavor.
With all that carbonation really is quite smooth and soft in feel. A little on the light side.
Enjoyable beer. I like this style. More unique than standard, but worth a taste.
Courtesy of my bil Todd. Many thanks.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 02:16:58 | More by garymuchow
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shivtim

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried on tap.
Served up in a snifter. Deep golden amber with a billowy off-white head that lasts.

Nose is tart. Sweet and sour. Vinegar and hops. Absolutely fantastic.

Taste is surprisingly sour. Not expecting this from a Belgian IPA. Almost like a hoppy Oud Bruin. Sweet-tarts and lingering hops. Interesting combo.

Solid mouthfeel. A very unique and great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 20:48:18 | More by shivtim
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chefelf

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at a local wine bar last night because it sounded interesting. I had it in a wine glass. It appeared to be dark with a tan-colored head but it was so dark that it was difficult to be sure.

To me this tasted mostly like a regular IPA. I didn't catch a lot of Belgian yeast flavor from it. It was nice, although IPAs are not my favorite style. I was glad to have tried it as I'd never seen it available before.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 00:26:59 | More by chefelf
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gfreed

Massachusetts

1.53/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Belgian IPA? This is a tripel, and a bad one at that. Although it has some of the characteristics of a good tripel-- the scabby head, the hammy smell, the awful color-- it has waaay to much yeasty sting and a head that creates a terrible mess as it erupts from the bottle. Make sure you lay out newspaper before opening. The barnyard funk in both the aroma and taste is so dry and so overwhelming, it's like eating hay from a stall. There's a citrus component that tastes rather rotten, too-- think of old, dried out, moldy oranges, and then put this one back on the shelf. To be avoided, even by adventurous drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 00:33:39 | More by gfreed
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.28/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got to have some of this at Tap & Table one night when they had it on tap around my birthday last year. The beer pours out as a hazy yellow color, the head is very thin and white. The smell reminded me of a medicine cabinet full of latex gloves. The smell was not that appealing to me. The taste was very similar to the nose, tasted almost like rubber. I'm sure this is from what ever hop variety they used but to me it's not really jiving for me. The mouthfeel was super thin and kind of watery. Overall I was not impressed with this brew on any level. I wouldn't recommend this one in my honest opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 01:42:33 | More by Knapp85
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my bag, beer served in a DFH signature glass. Beer is dark maber and hazy (served with sediment) over carbonated, huge head, some lacing, moderate to high carbonation.

Aroma is bready and mildly earthy with hops.

This is one of those beers that I think, not really an IPA, just a regular Belgian pale ale with some extra hops in there. The hops almost seem like an after thought, which results in a hoppy aftertaste, it's moderate in body, really yeasty, a little sulfury and chewy in the midpalate and a mildly bitter finish. Not a repeat.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 03:04:22 | More by drabmuh
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Thanby

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with lots of sediment and a decent beige head that hangs around.

Nose reminds me of a dry white wine, apple and pear, white grapes, the fruit is the majority of the flavor but the golden malt sneaks in towards the end.

The taste is significantly maltier and very yeasty, but the fruit flavors lie on top quite evenly and hang around for a slightly sweet-tart finish.

Lighter body but still a little thick, lots of carbonation typical of Belgian yeast, and with a pleasing balance that is not lacking in character. Crisp and refreshing, and a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 00:48:26 | More by Thanby
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MadBeerX

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hanging out in my champagne flute, this beer is beautiful with its distinct off-white light orange head. Supreme lacing.

It releases smells of caramel coverred cherrys.
The taste is of strawberry orange with a lingering finish of semi-sweet malt funk and vanilla.

This is what Infinium wish it tasted like.

If you can find it, try it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 00:00:55 | More by MadBeerX
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip: 4 fingers of foamy, near-meringue head over golden, apple-juice-like body with tons of effervescent nucleation, resembling champagne. Leaves sticky patches of lacing. Nice head, nice color, head drops to a lumpy finger & retains well.

Smells of tart apple juice, spicy & peppery, with a dry champagne quality. Good but a little overwhelming. As it warms a sweetness like angelfood cake emerges.

Notes in aroma follow through into the taste, with more of a sparkling cider quality, followed by some lemony, peppery, & herbal notes bringing up the rear & ending sharply. Nice baked apple aftertaste, good but saturating.

Very effervescent, full-bodied. A little sharp & "scrubbing" at times. Dries out halfway through to finish. Feel is fun & a little challenging.

Overall, tasty, big flavor, but kind of hits you over the head with it. The alcohol is only noticeable in the warming, but one is plenty.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 23:39:43 | More by OneDropSoup
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avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of light fruit and malt.

T: Tasted of fruit (bananas, pears), some esters, malt, and a little yeast, but the flavor was a bit on the the thin side. Slightly watery.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A very uneven beer. Not necessarily horrible, but definitely underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 13:04:50 | More by avalon07
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Explodes out of bottle and fills a bomber mug completely with a foamy, cream head that fades very slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy caramel nose. Flavor is balanced with caramel malts and some hops. Label says this is the hoppiest beer in Belgium but is nothing like, say, an American IPA. Very drinkable. Higher ABV is hidden. $5.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. Best by Dec 2013.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 22:37:24 | More by jdhilt
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domtronzero

California

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy orange copper with a huge, quickly collapsing, long-lasting ring of whitish head.

S - Nice pilsner-malt candy sweetness, little banana and pear esters. Medium spicy/earthy hop aroma. Lite perfumy alcohol.

F/M - Sweet pils, lite fruity pear-like esters with a touch of banana. Bready malts. Slight boozy alcohol. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Slightly astringent in the finish.

D - OK, but solventy alcohol and astringency detract from the other flavors and enjoyment of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 02:22:51 | More by domtronzero
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

Following the lead of other Belgian brewers brewing hopped-up ales for the US market, Alvinne releases this unpasteurized, unfiltered, bottle-conditioned beer brewed with pils malt, 3 specialty malts, and Hallertau, Goldings, and Saaz hops. 115 International Bitterness Units (IBUs) worth of hops to be exact.

This one is a foamer! Decanting is difficult, so a patient slow pour into a big glass, or simply waiting a few minutes for the carbon dioxide to release, but once you're there you've got a hazy rich honey-amber-colored beer topped with an outrageous chunky meringue-like foam head with some amazing cling. The nose is a bit yeasty, cidery, with a dense floral hops aroma and some spice. Fluffy and smooth on the palate with a light to medium body. Sweet up front with a buttery caramel base and toastiness that's immediately followed by a massive hop bite and some zesty citric action that's not overly bitter but certainly "hoppy" with plenty of raw leafy, herbal flavors. Earthy, pithy, really rough around the edges, and semi-astringent too. Fruity notes emerge, apple and pear initially, and then a berry-like note. Beneath it's a bit alcoholic, spicy and peppery. Wraps up with a yeasty and slightly bitter linger, with prolonged dry finish.

Though the point of the beer is to be "one of the hoppiest beers of Belgium" (as stated on the label), in doing so the brewer risks overuse and misuse of the hops, and losing total control of the flavors, which is why this brew is not as clean or balanced as other versions--as balanced as you can get for a raging hoppy beer that is. However it's certainly a good pick for those wanting to explore this emerging style.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 00:31:32 | More by BeerAdvocate
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12/2009

The body is a lightly hazy copper in color and upon even a gentle pour grows an enormous, billowing white head that leaves a thick sheet of lace on the glass. Yeasty fruitiness in the nose, with apples, muscat grapes and ripe pear interspersed with a peppery spice.

The first taste reveals three competing major flavors: bitter, boozy and fruity. These major themes blend for various combinations throughout the glass of beer. Bright fruit (apples, pears, etc), herbal and citrusy hops, sweet rich malt and some understated alcohol flavors with a bit of warming in the mouth. Medium bodied with a finish that's more bitter than sweet.

Is this the hoppiest beer in Belgium (as they claim)? No way. I like Belgian IPAs and Urthel Hop It and Houblon Chouffe are hoppier in the same style and, off the top of my head, Westvleteren 6 is a hoppier golden ale. But Gaspar is still a pretty tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 12:08:35 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting brew. Poured very lively with a huge foamy frothy sudsy textured off white to cream colored head that lasts and lasts plus lots of lace. Color is an almost clear amber. Aroma was surprising given the amber glass of the bottle and being skunky (which, thankfully, was fleeting). Also yeast malt spice and bread dough. Flavor is like aroma and not expansive as is usually the case. Finish is like flavor and a bit sweet, but not too. Decent brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 00:13:14 | More by drpimento
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Halcyondays

California

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light orange with a small white head, fair retention, no real lace.

S: Orange, tangerine, a lot of citrus.

T: Lemon and orange with a complexity which incorporates these flavours. Bit of white grape, almost Viognier type apricot and peach flavours on the back end were quite enjoyable.

M: Medium-bodied, fizzy, mild acidity which I liked adding some body.

D: These beers from Alvinne are certainly interesting. It's difficult to pigeon hole this beer into one style and I don't think there's really any point to it. Delicious flavours, complex, interesting, a winner in my book even if I can't taste a fraction of the 115 IBUs advertised.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 04:56:30 | More by Halcyondays
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Beerenauslese

California

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a real gusher. Even with careful pouring, I could not pour the 12 oz bottle into a massive Tripel Karmeleit glass. Huge cappuccino suds, now I am waiting several minutes for the head to die down. Under the head is a cloudy caramel gold brew. Leaves clouds and pillars of foam with lots of lacing on the glass.

Appealing floral, sweet malt, fruit and citrus aromas and Belgian spices. Exceptionally perfumy nose.

Taste follows the nose and is very floral, with caramel malt backbone and a pronounced hoppy bitterness. There is a little metallic taste from the yeast.

Body is medium and the carbonation makes it almost creamy but not quite.

Several appealing elements, but overall, it is not a well integrated beer. It seems the yeast needs some taming.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 03:08:34 | More by Beerenauslese
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange-amber with a thin white head.
Smell is Belgian yeast with some malts, a little bit of hops, grapefruit, raisins, and some alcohol.
Taste is again Belgian yeast, with raisins, plum, and some orange and grapefruit near the finish. I little hoppy near the finish as well.
Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and flat, with a slightly dry finish.
Okay on drinkability. The alcohol is fairly present. Decent beer, but certainly not exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 01:18:48 | More by Parrotbeak
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle drank from my new belgium globe glass. no freshness information anywhere on the bottle.

A- this one pours out a hazy golden orange colored body with a large white with a slight orange tint head that just wont quit. when it does start to fade, it does so very unevenly and it leaves behind large spots of lace.

S- the first thing i notice are spices. odd for an IPA. clove and coriander. add that to the belgian yeast, and this one smells similar to a wheat. alcohol makes an appearance here. as do hops, but they smell faded. pine, grapefruit, and earthy.

T- the taste is just as spicy as the smell. coriander and clove. belgian yeast. a bit of alcohol. faded american hops. maybe i got an old bottle? pine and what i think is whats left of grapefruit.

M- medium to full bodied with a high level of carbonation. slight warming form the alcohol.

D- i can make my way to the bottom of this glass, but i dont think id seek out another. not really my thing. id definitely like to try a fresher sample, but that might be hard living so far from the brewery. the bottle does claim it will age for up to five years.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 03:51:05 | More by jwinship83
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Gaspar Ale from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
82 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.