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Gaspar Ale - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Gaspar AleGaspar Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

152 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
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:
Beer added by: horndecker on 07-05-2007

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of vince4953529
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Jspriest
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of shivtim
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of chefelf
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of gfreed
1.61/5  rDev -55.8%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
2.3/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of Thanby
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of MadBeerX
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of domtronzero
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of drpimento
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.96/5  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.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of jwinship83
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Gaspar Ale from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
82 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.