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Gaspar Ale - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Gaspar AleGaspar Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

144 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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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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jrallen34

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this from a bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a honey orange with a light white that is gone way to fast. Light retention and lacing.

The aroma starts off very sweet and then at the end you get a little "belgian" hops. There is some clove almost like a wheat beer.

The taste is ok, its a little sweet to start, doesn't really have much hops to it. At the end you get a little, but its just a sorta sweet beer.

The feel is pretty boring, on the light side without much of a finsh.

You could drink a lot of this, but why would you?

Overall, a pretty boring ipa.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 01:47:00 | More by jrallen34
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glid02

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy golden color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of leafy and slightly citrus hops along with hints of medicinal notes.

Tastes slightly more crisp than it smells. Light sweet malt flavors up front are quickly joined by loads of leafy hops and a bitterness that kicks in midway through the sip that intensifies through the end. Hints of light citrus hop flavors linger on the palate.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation was a bit on the heavy side.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a good beer however the flavors weren't as thoroughly fleshed out as others in the style. Worth a shot if you see it around but not worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2010 22:26:05 | More by glid02
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - Popped the top and carbonation slowly rose and overflowed the bottle. I was able to salvage the beer into the goblet quickly and managed a decent pour. It pours a hazy orange color with darker amber hues. There is a nice off white head about .5 inches tall. Seems very sticky and dense, recedes slowly.

S - Citrus notes are present immediately indicative of nice hop character. Some sweet malt notes are also present somewhere in there with fruit notes of pears, grapes and apricots. Yeast smells are detectable.

T - Dry hops completely envelop the mouth and are offset by nice carbonation. Taste of grapes and pears also some mild citric hints. Yeast is very much part of the flavor with some chalky notes and some spices as well.

M - light-medium body with heavy Co2 content.

D - Refreshing and tasty. Higher ABV though.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 20:04:50 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Travlr

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample bottle at the brewery, poured by Glenn.
A: Birght orange with a big fluffy head that lingers and leaves moderate lacing.
S: Aroma of bread, orange peel and coriander.
T: Dominant malts with complex spiciness.
M: Good body.
D: Excellent Belgian style IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 15:50:46 | More by Travlr
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Directly from the brewery. Poured into a de Molen sniffer. The beer pours a hazy orange-yellow color with an enormous fluffy head.

Smell: Yeast, bitter hops. peach, grapefruit, honey, almonds and some spicy alcohol. Smells like a Belgium tripel.

Taste: Very bitter hops (cascade hops?), grapefruit, peach, maybe some hints of apple, and bitter hops again. Very bitter and dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium-bodied.

Overall: Very nice beer from a great pico-brewery. So nice and bitter! Hop bomb! Will have this again for sure. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 21:44:36 | More by rvdoorn
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GRG1313

California

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange amber with a huge thick and firm white pillowy head.

Ripe pineapple nose with light undertones of malt. The malt nose develops more as it sits in the glass.

Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp and with a big character.

Flavors are very malty and very hoppy all at the same time and each character seems very identifiablel and not well integrated. It's like this beer can't make up it's mind...hoppy or malty. Fruit and spice and malty and then a definitive layer of grapefruit oil bitter. Finish is a hoppy pine.

Different. Not particularly drinkable or pleasant. Would likely try again to confirm.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 22:43:05 | More by GRG1313
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cannabanaceae

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into a goblet. A slow pour produced LOTS of carbonation, with a inch of creamy head. Looks like champagne bubbles. Hazy orange in color. Popping noises from the bubbles.

Smell was slightly fruity, bready maltness, plastic, wheat and sweet.

Taste was very bitter in front. Then it goes dry in the middle with a touch of sweetness. Ending by a lingering bitter finish that sticks to your lips. As the beer warms its easier to drink. No hoppy fruit tastes to speak of. Lots of bittering hops in this one. Dry mouthfeel.

Overall this may be the highest IBU beers in Belgium, but I dont think its the "Hoppiest beer in Belgium" as the label describes. Its an interesting beer, that Im sure tastes way better fresh in belgium. Than when we get it here in america with god knows how much age on it.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 01:28:13 | More by cannabanaceae
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Intelligentsia

California

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a wine glass. Didn't have much else.

Pours tangerine with a nice white head with large bubblesthat faded a few seconds after the pour. Very little lacing to speak of. Was hoping for some floaters, at least. Oh, well. The bottle is great to look at.

Smell was dominated by hops and citrus fruit. Alcohol follows, generously.

Taste begins with orange and ends with hops. In between I found spice, phenols, a bit of spice. Not dominated by anything. Can this beer make up its mind? Not really. Still, it's worth trying if you can find a bottle.

Moderate carbonation provides a nice backbone to a pretty heavy mouthfeel. Nice body for 8%.

Let's hope that Belgian IPAs can keep up their development. Don't think this is much of a yardstick, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 08:35:27 | More by Intelligentsia
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crossovert

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an uncontrollable head, it too me a while to pour this one, I suppose it got the proper amount of oxidation. THe head is eggshell white and it billows as high as one could in a Duvel glass. It looks a bit soapy and doesn't recede as quickly as one would expect. It leaves thick, bubbly lacing behind. The beer is a hazy, pale orange/brown.

Smell is fruity with a hint of spice, not too much hops here though.

Taste is rather medicinal, sweet, and alcoholic. Not much of a sign of hops here, this tastes more like a Belgian barleywine. Slight bitterness and citrus hop flavor chimes in near the end but nothing to go crazy over.

Style wise this is a bit of a clunker, it is unrefined and over malted, but as a barleywine it works, though it isn't anything special. I could have an overdue bottle as I cant decipher the goofy bottle code that doesn't even appear to be marked.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 23:40:23 | More by crossovert
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a cloudy ruby/orange color with golden burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a thick foamy off white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Very hop forward aroma, especially for a Belgian Golden Ale. Hints of estery light fruit, mostly apple and pear with a noticeable alcohol scent.

Smooth with some slight creaminess that balances out the bitter hoppiness and crisp fruity, estery alcohol presence. Hints of apple, pear and grape with some chapagne like soft carbonation. As with the aroma, this beer is surprisingly hoppy and bitter for the style, but instead of overpowering the other flavors, it's provides a nice level of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 06:39:46 | More by corby112
Gaspar Ale from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
82 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.