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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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by StrangeBrewer76:
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StrangeBrewer76

Massachusetts

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

Cloudy golden brown in the glass with a huge foamy two finger head with solid lacing in the classic Belgian style.

Smell is very strong sour citrus like lemon and lime; more than even a Sierra Mist.

This taste is not really impressive at first. Sour in flavor but not in the typical acidic way. There's a good deal of bready taste throughout. This may be an IPA and the hoppiest IPA in Belgium but you wouldn't know it unless I told you or if had never drank a non-Belgian beer. There is some bitterness around the middle and end but, meh (shrugs). I wouldn't even call it hoppy unless that's where the citrus smell and flavors come from but that's a long way from the little green cones.

The mouthfeel is nice, light and foamy with a little spikiness in the foam that cleans up nicely and finishes the same way. Clean.

Drinkability is nice and easy if the flavor is to your liking. Given the ABV I think I would start liking it more after one or two but the price of import makes it a one-and-done.

I wouldn't rule out buying this one again but not for a while due to the price.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 14:41:09 | More by StrangeBrewer76
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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.
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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.

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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.

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Gaspar Ale from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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