Gaspar Ale - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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BA SCORE
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106 Reviews
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Reviews: 106
Hads: 154
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: horndecker on 07-05-2007

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Photo of gfreed
1.61/5  rDev -55.4%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
1.72/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Another sucker purchase. Blame my adoration for stubby bottles. They remind me of my brother.

Crazy borderline gusher. I get a pour the color of peach, maybe closer to the color of the upper half of a tequila sunrise. All that yeast & debris quickly pile up. It's just as cloudy & off-putting as Mexico City's air pollution.

Pepper, honey, lemon, joint spackle, & a tub of gasoline. I'm stubborn, so like an idiot, I kept going.

Taste is a less then gleeful mix of stale Honey Grahams, chalk, yellow grapefruit juice, & seriously bitter orange rind. It tastes more like chewing on a pen cap then fruit, but the acidity is there. It really isn't much fun.

Mouthfeel is sprinkled with talcum powder & too much heat. On average for body; the good carbonation helped it go down easier, but it's about as pleasant as choking on soapy bathwater.

I beat myself for making the purchase, & swallowed it like a kid taking his medicine. A bar of Irish Spring has more character. :( (977 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.3/5  rDev -36.3%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of RedBeerchetta
2.36/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this on tap at The Publick House in Brookline, MA. IPA is one of my favorite styles of beer, and some of the Belgian specimens are amongst my favorite beverages in the world, with Urtherl's Hop-It at the top. The Gaspar specimen, I'm afraid, is at the bottom.

Nice deep orange look to it. Persistent head with medium to large size bubbles that you can whip into a coarse head at will.

The nose is not overpowering, but has hints of citrus, though seemingly artificial in nature.

Taste has hints of grapefruit and apricot though, as previously noted, they don't taste natural. It's as though they hired a chemist to replicate the flavors. It reminds me of the artificial scents in soaps. Sounds harsh, but that's what I taste.

I honestly couldn't have a second one of these beers. I've had it in the bottle and thought that it paled in comparison to other Belgian IPAs, but didn't dislike it. On tap, I really didn't like it at all, which is unusual for me. (966 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.6/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is supposed to be one of the "hoppiest beers in Belgium," and while it smelled quite nice and hoppy, the flavor was a bit of a disappointment.

Appearance was a hazy amber that looked to me like many APAs/American IPAs I've tried. The exception to this resemblence was the towering puffy-cloud head this beer had. Aroma was a dry-hop smell balanced with sourness, and smelled terrific. Unfortunately, taste and mouthfeel disappoint; mouthfeel was watery and taste was very malty with an unpleasant sour aftertaste. If only it tasted like it smelled.

Not recommended. (572 characters)

Photo of marcpal
2.67/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Stubby 11.2oz bottled poured into goblet. Recommended by owner of beer store as a solid Belgian IPA.

A: The head is ridiculous and a bit obnoxious here. Several pours to get it out and got annoying to wait for it. Hazy orange with loads of sediment, not the most attractive color either. Obviously, there was serious lacing.

N: Far more sweetness than I was thinking I would get, didnt really catch the abundance of IBUs it is listed as having.

T: Right up front, the alcohol laden malts hit you and the hops do shine through later. There is something there from the yeasts with the unmatched maltiness of an overly strong belgian ale that doesnt carry the complexity. Flavors are really hidden- caramel and grassiness are there after the overt sweetness.

M: The slickness and the plastering of the sugars in the mouth create some spice and burn. Eh, not great.

D: The alcohol is noticeable and I would think that serving it a bit too cold as I did wouldve made it milder feeling. Not bad taste but wont go back to it- the whole pouring ritual is not worth the trouble. (1,074 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
2.74/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

A: Pours a great looking clear apricot color with a massive off-white head of pure meringue. Some active carbonation going on here. Massive lacing.

S: Strange medicinal aroma that blends with a "Home Depot paint department" smell. There are other things going on here like some sour graininess and honey or perfumey flower clippings.

T: Pretty darn hoppy but I can't get those other things out of my head. Strange. Some welcome maltiness comes in rather late. Odd tart and sour flavors as well.

M: Very spicy and prickly.

D: Goes down rather well considering how screwed up this beer is. If only it tasted/smelled as good as it looked. (693 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.79/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Out of the brown stubby bottle it pours a deep, hazy orange tone. Gentle streams of carbonation rise to the surface. It retains a finger of foam for the duration of the glass. It passes the test in the looks department.

Smells bready, slightly herbal & hoppy at first, but there's a catch. This is followed by acrid sterile gauze, and a general mustiness and briny smell afterward. This is starting to remind me of a bad experience with Vuuve, on a much more subdued level.

Tangy orange peel. Herbal hop bitterness,that lingers in the back of the throat. It's awash with a dominant astringency, an antiseptic feel that ultimately interferes with the balance of the ale. There's a vague basil note, and a very light notion of honey in the aftertaste once the bitterness subsides. It's ok, but doesn't redeem it in the long run.

Bone dry mouthfeel, not a juicy hop profile in the least. Alcohol is present, lending to a solvent-like character. It's not very balanced, hopefully this was an off bottle. Won't be trying this again. (1,037 characters)

Photo of jaxon53
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served chilled in a Westmalle glass, from an 11.2 ounce stubby brown bottle. Poured a hazy copper orange color, that had tons of tiny carbonation bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Three solid fingers of pillowy bright white head formed. Awesome head retention on this one, leaving a thick coating of sticky lace all the way down the glass. Smell was of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, thick malts and a ton of Saaz hops. Quite a bit of noticeable alcohol in the nose. A nice moderately hopped flavor. Thick malts stand up to the hops nicely. Also a sugary sweetness and some yeast. Finishes somewhat smooth untill the rubbing alcohol like flavor hits the mouth. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Tons of carbonation. Somewhat rough drinkability though. (765 characters)

Photo of morimech
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

After a gentle pour this bright orange beer sits under a large white head. Heavy sticky lacing is left behind every sip.

I smell something akin to orange detergent. Under the fruit aroma is a soapy, solvent type smell. Strange and not appealling.

The flavor is also bizaare. Light malt, sugar, and a ton of earthy hops makes this very interesting. Artificial orange flavoring is the dominant component of this ale. I do not really get what the brewer was going for here.

Has a medium body with good carbonation. Nice texture here.

Just a bit bizaare for my tastes. I will not be reaching for another one anytime soon. (621 characters)

Photo of DaveAnderson
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
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. (862 characters)

Photo of brentk56
2.94/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot with a big Belgian head that retains and laces with the best

Smell: Lemon and bubblegum, with a boozy, medicinal edge

Taste: Starts out with an herbal, medicinal flavor that builds and overwhelms the interesting flavors underneath (lemons, bananas, kumquats and bubblegum); grassy bitterness develops both before and after the swallow, though the sweeter fruit flavors persist into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation that interferes with the tasting

Drinkability: Having had a disatrous experience with this beer in 2008, I decided to give it another try in mid-2010 - better this time around, but I still don't much care for the flavor profile (704 characters)

Photo of groovy24
2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured a orange amber with a 1.5 finger head which dissipated quickly but a nice lace hung around. The beer was quite cloudy due to some yeast coming out during the pour into a Piraat tulip glass.

Smell: You can definatly tell that this is a Belgian beer due to the sweetness in the aroma but the huge citrus hop presence.

Taste: Very little sweet Belgian taste the hops really come through with a sour grapefruit. Really wish this would have had a bit more balance like the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is very nice in this brew.

Drinkability: Not being a huge grapefruit fan this brew is a little to sour for me. If this were a bit more balanced I think I would enjoy it much more. (700 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle:

Pours a clouded golden amber with a huge, foamy head (a bit overkill - it is rather annoying and takes awhile to settle).

The smell is grassy, herbal, medicinal perfumy. It's a bit musty. Candi sugar and yeasty characters are in the back.

The taste is grassy, lemony, herbal and overly medicinal. Some candy sweetness is there, but the bitterness is nearly unchecked. The hops don't seem to mesh so well.

Medium-bodied and a bit prickly from overcarbonation, this one leaves an unbalanced bitterness on the palate.

I was a bit excited about trying this one. It's interesting, but the hops don't mix so well, and it's unbalanced. Not worth the four and change for this bottle. (697 characters)

Photo of albern
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I don't think I've experienced a beer with a frothier head and as much retention as this beast. Wow, definitely pour down the side of the glass or you will be sifting through lots of thick head just trying to get to the beer on the bottom inch of the glass. As the beer settles, the head just clumps in the middle. This beer is worth seeking out just to see the head on this thing. The smell is hop, yeasty tartness, maybe some Belgian candied sugars in there as well. The taste is very tart, very bitter, very spicy, and not all that interesting. There are plenty of bittering hops, but it seems that this beer gets its bitter zing from the yeast and the spices. The more bittering hops come through towards the end and in the aftertaste. This isn't the most balanced of beers you'll find, nor is this one even a particularly a good Belgian. Five minutes later, that clump of froth is still sitting in the middle of the glass. This beer is pretty amazing to look at, just not to drink. (986 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Winking Lizard. The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a thick and foamy light beige head that dissipates slowly. Sticky rings of lacing. Tart fruit, yeast and hops aromas. Medium-bodied with an almost puckering tartness. Cherry, citrus and spiced hops flavors outweigh sweet malt and yeast. The finish is fruity with a tart aftertaste. Disappointing overall. (379 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

25 cl bottle "stubbie" purchased at Hi Time Wine in Costa Meas, CA. in late 2008 (date not recorded) and consumed in February 2009. Price not recorded.

Pours a slightly hazy golden ale in my Stella chalice with a big rocky head that does not want to budge one inch to allow access to the beer below. A dollop of brown stain on top of the head shows the yeasties that escaped my pour.

Aroma is of those wonderful Belgian yeast strains, complex and strange, tart and organic, mixed with a definite hop bite. The hops are mellow by California standards, but still want to be counted here.

Flavor takes a while to explore, thanks to the head. An interesting mix of pungent hops (lemon drops), wild organics from the yeast, and a lot of notes that come flying in from unexpected places (alcohol, grass, miscellaneous spices that I can't define, whisky smoke, etc.). I honestly have a hard time with this one. Too many things going on. Very thick on the tongue. It's interesting, no doubt, but I just can't get my arms around it to enjoy it. (1,038 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle

Pours a hazy orange-amber with an explosive eggshell head. Thick, clumped lacing remains as head recedes.

Aroma is bready and yeasty with a nice herbal hop smell.

Bready and yeasty upfront leading into an aggressive bitter bite and mild herbal hop flavor. Finishes quite dry with lingering bitterness. Rather unbalanced.

Medium-light body, plentiful carbonation.

Overall, a mediocre beer.IBUs are plentiful, but lack of hop flavor to match it and not enough malt backbone to support it. Would not recommend this at the $4/bottle price I paid. (562 characters)

Photo of cbl2
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

7/5/2007 $3.95 11.2 oz. 8.00% Brewed 2003. Can be kept 5 years according to label.

Appearance:

Pours a hazy medium brown with hints of orange. Topped by half an inch of tight off-white head that slowly settles leaving behind a nice lace.

Aroma:

Funky! Licorice, flower pollen, must, stale attic smell. Very odd, and not what I would call desirable.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

This is supposedly the hoppiest beer in Belgium, with 115 IBU's according to the label, though that bitterness has mellowed with age. What's left behind is somewhat saison-ish in character, with loads of barnyard funk accompanied by quite a bit of anise on the palate. Finish is grassy and herbal, illustrating the hops promised on the label. This one is a bit past its prime, and not entirely enjoyable. Worth experiencing, but only the once. (830 characters)

Photo of nick76
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is spicy and yeasty with malt and grassy hops. The appearance is amber gold with a LARGE head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is average for the style. Overall I think it's OK but I would not get it again at the price I paid. Looks great though. (265 characters)

Photo of dgallina
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce stubby brown bottle lacking freshness date.

Pours lightly sedimented gold with a ludicrously large white foam head that eventually settles to an inch or so of height. The aroma carries pepper and tropical fruit notes, with significant medicinal alcohol characteristics. Rather unbalanced flavor. Some initial fruit sweetness caries through to the swallow, but is mostly overshadowed by medicinal sourness and a serious overdose of pine-edged hops. Medium-heavy body is oily and hugely over-carbonated. Not something I'd care to sample twice. (553 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy orange color. Creamy one-finger off-white head. The aroma was yeasty and spicy (anise?) but the anise gave way to a fruity slightly tart barnyard dirt and straw smell. Prickly carbonation finally yields up the taste of hops which reveals that once again, "Belgian IPAs" are nothing much to talk about regarding the actual hops. Good beer otherwise. It has more of a steely and acidic Saison character. (406 characters)

Photo of domtronzero
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of blakesell
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance- Beer erupts with huge carbonation, and lingers even in the plastic cup it was in. Eventually died to a muck over the top. Golden orange in appearance and some thick lacing.

Smell- Sassafrass scent with a lot of horse blankety goodness, fig and oh so much Saaz hops.

Taste- Manure (because I eat a lot of manure, I suppose this is what I would think manure tastes like.) A bit thicker than horse blanket. Dirt, hops and pepper.

Mouthfeel- Lingers on the toungue. Cloying and gluey. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability- I loved it, but I can see where not everyone, or many, would. (641 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (546 characters)

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