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Alvinne Extra Restyled - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 04-25-2008)
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Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light orange in color with a 1" head. Light lacing develops.

Smell: grass, yeast, lemon citrus, and some bitterness leap from the glass.

Taste: bitterness is up front with this one along with some lemon zest, grapefruit, and green grapes. Yeast is prominent and there is a bit of earthiness to this too. Mild alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout with some finishing dryness. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness lingers a while. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this one and a nice change of pace from American IPAs. Looking forward to having more of this in the future.

Gavage, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/11/08- Purchased at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Lightly clouded deeper golden colored pour. About a 1/2 inch head upon pour leaving a semi creamy looking rim. Lacing is light and streaky.

Smell- Fruited hops about with a backing of belgian yeast and light malted nose.

Taste- Very easy drinking. Hops are not as intense as Hop It or such...quite fruity, a bit sugary and kept in check my the nice light roasted malt. Quite well balanced for a Belgian IPA.

Mouthfeel- Spot on carbonation level with a nice light fruity bite in the aftertaste. Quite crisp as well.

Drinkability- Wonderful brew. One of the best Begain IPA's I have had. Well balanced and quite drinkable.

GClarkage, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Cresant
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Duvel glass. This one exploded with foam when the cap was released. The huge head eventually faded to a puffy cap. Only mild lacing remained. Turbid butterscotch/yellow body.

Smell was earthy and citrusy. Dry dirt floor. Black pepper.

Taste was nice bright hops. Yeasty. Sharp bite of flavorful hops along with sweet fruity malts. Peppery. Very well put together.

Mouthfeel was highly carbonated. Medium to full body with a alcohol bit that was absent from the smell and taste. I would certainly seek this one out again, just be extra careful opening!

Cresant, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yep, folks, heed the warnings below: this is a gusher!!! Glad I read a few of the reviews before opening or I'd be pissed right now. So, obviously judging the looks on a normal pour ain't gonna happen, but...hey, this head is freaking enormous!! Color is a hazed peachy thing. Scrumptious looking, especially with all that lace sticking to the glass like an explosion of styrofoam.

Once everything died down to a normal roar in the glass, I finally got my nose around it. All kinds of citrus elements, from pineapple to grapefruit, some pear, some banana, some mandarin orange...hops are clearly fruity but also not overwhelming. A bit of mineral/earth nudges in to offer a little depth.

Yeast and hops are the features here, not a combination you find dominating most Belgian beers (yeast, yes...hops, no). There's a super-fruity element here, like Carmen Miranda's hat boiled, fermented and poured into a glass; not overly sweet, nor cloying in terms of bitterness. This one is big on earthiness, just like the nose, with a grapefruit essence coming through in the finish. So, it's hoppy, but certainly on the fruity side and not all that bitter. And maybe it's the yeast bringing some of the fruitiness as well. Malt is merely a subtle base, and the alcohol is just barely felt, a mere supporting character.

Feels good too. Just enough carbonation to offer liveliness, this is round enough and quite soft. Creamy, cool, slick...and man, that grapefruit just keeps coming in the long finish.

I'm glad I looked at reviews beforehand so that I was ready for the gush...but why all the mediocre ratings? I know everyone's palate is different, but this is a wonderful, wonderful beer. Perhaps the initials "IPA" put a certain expectation in everyone's head, including mine. Ignore that, judge this beer for what it is and you'll find that IPA = Intensely, Paralyzingly Appetizing (okay, that's stupid, but this beer really is pretty great).

Metalmonk, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mugg's Ale house in Brooklyn NY, as part of their Belgium come to Brooklyn blowout this past weekend, and reviewed from notes. Pours super cloudy lemony yellow, near white head and leaving decent lace on the glass. Lemon/lime and other tropical fruit notes in the nose. Brightly hoppy beer, citric, pineapple/amarillo notes smooth and sumptuous , biting and fresh hop bite. Love the style, enjoyed this offering. Fresh and tasty.

Billolick, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Avryle
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Procured at the magical Buy Rite in Plainfield, NJ. (sigh)

A- Color is a lovely golden-orange. Unfortunately you have to battle the explosive gigant-o head upon opening. (Thankfully, there were 2 glasses convenient & was able to catch most of it.) Arctic landscape head.

S- Sweet and citrusy. Nice blend of sweet malt and hops.

T- Tastes like flowers, yeast and citrusy hops. Surprisingly boozy finish.

M- Medium bodied with low carbonation. Bitter hop resonance.

D- While it battled diligently, it still cannot aspire to the create the same happiness in my heart that the Houblon has.

Avryle, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today. Am assuming this is what I'm drinking (with so many IPA's and Extra's from Alvinne, it's not so easy to tell)

The beer pours a slightly hazy, solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. This beer is all Belgian IPA, with pepper, dry citrus, orange honey considerable underlying spice. On the palate, you know you are drinking a serious Belgian IPA. Considering the abv. is "only" 7%, I'm amazed by the amount of flavor in this beer. The beer is very dry, although intially one gets some honey sweetness.... but then the spice and considerable hoppy bitterness kick in, and the moderate sweetness is but an afterthought. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, though the amount of flavor the brewer has managed to cram into this 7% is pretty amazing. Drinkability is good, though the bitterness and complex flavor profile make this beer very much a sipper. Regardless, this is a very impressive, well made Belgian IPA from Alvinne.

John_M, May 02, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Memphis Taproom in a tulip glass.

A- Alvinne Extra looks very bright yellow golden with a nice sturdy head that became a cap leaving minor stickage. Alot of citrus in the nose with pineapple, mango, orange, a lot of Belgian bready yeast, lemon comes to mind. Kinda comes off like a BSPA mixed with Belgian IPA citrus. Alot of variance between the yeast notes and the citrus used coming, a nice mix. A little bit of soap towards the end. Overall a very clean beer going down, not overly bitter, nicely fruited, this one is alive, spritzy. I would drink a crapton of this stuff. Glad to try more products from Alvinne, they do good work!!

BARFLYB, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky amber hue...I'm reviewing from the bottom of the keg, not the top... believe me, it just killed. lush, creamy head, much lace-leaving. gorgeous, really.

Airy and uplifting, like the best Belgians, citric zest and spice, nothing specific, but rather ephemeral, overall...vanilla and lemon, meet coriander and orange peel.

Drinking: Smooth, zesty, citric, slightly spicy, but mellow and drinkably, aplumb with Belgian yeast feel ...damnably delicious. Yum meets yum. Easy to drink, easy to love. Medium mouthfeel, medium body, but so fresh, alive, and delicious.
Great Belgian ale.

feloniousmonk, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky apricot that is so murky it's opaque. A significant amount of beer was lost in one of the worst explosions and foam volcanos that I have ever experienced. What eventually made it to the glass was the yeasty bottom half of the bottle. The beige crown looks pretty good (considering) and there's actually a good bit of lace.

The nose is reminiscent of an especially hoppy tripel. I love Belgian IPAs because they're a combination of two of my favorite styles. Especially when they use 'can't miss' hops like Chinook and Amarillo. The beer smells tremendously tropical fruity and yeasty-spicy.

Alvinne Extra IPA is very good beer. My fears that the (now cleaned up) mess on my desktop would adversely affect flavor and mouthfeel have not come to pass. This is exactly what was expected from a well-hopped, American-hopped Belgian pale ale. AEIPA isn't as hoppy as De Ranke XX Bitter or Urthel Hop-It, but it's no wilting flower either.

The flavor profile consists of an orchard full of fruit soaked in sugar syrup, ground clove and a wee splash of Islay whiskey (which is an attempt to describe the peppery phenols). The fruit includes apricot, orange, grapefruit and mango. Chinook is great... Amarillo is outstanding. These guys know a killer hop bill when they design one.

The mouthfeel is at least medium for the style, hints at chewiness, and is ideally bubbled. That last one is a small miracle given how things started out. The energetic carbonation is fantastic because it matches the aggressiveness of the flavor profile.

Picobrouwerij Alvinne is on to something. Gaspar is impressive beer and Alvinne Extra is as well. Both are mighty fine Belgian IPAs that would have no trouble reaching the Indian subcontinent in fine shape. I'll definitely look for this one again, if only to enjoy an entire bottle. Bottom line: yet another successful marriage of Belgian yeast and American hops.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a yellow-orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sharp aroma of hops, with some citrus and malt.

T: The hops dominate the flavor with this beer. They add an incredibly bitter element. There is also some citrus and malt in the finish. The taste is a little off balance because of the amount of hops, but it's still pretty tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, a complex, flavorful beer. Drinkable.

avalon07, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of benclimbs
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours beautifully, but with too much head - honestly, i had to pour this into two glasses (both brimming w/foam) as it foamed up soooo much. looks really nice once the head settles though...but seriously, this is overkill.

smell is nice, grapefruit, slight woody pine smell, ripe pears, and some very perfummy notes.

taste is incredibly dry and bitter, but is actually really really good for a dry belgian ipa - not as solid as houblon chouffe, as it lacks all of the fruity goodness of its neighbor, but this is a solid, bitter, off-sweet, rose/floral enhanced, beer - finishes with pure hops.

The mouthfeel is too weak and carbonated (at first) for my tastes, but is ok.

not the most drinkable belgian ipa, as its really dry-early boil hop driven...but very very enjoyable.

benclimbs, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Crosling
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught, Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà, Rome, Italy. Light golden color. Full Head. Smells of Belgian character, with lemon, citrus-like american hops. Flavor is packed with Belgian character, american hops....hints of fruit and yeast. Lots of taste, authentic, unique and luscious. Quality ale.

Crosling, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of tendermorsel
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my trusty Duval tulip.

Thick long lasting white foamy head. Bright yellow/orange in color. Quite cloudy with yeast and hops.

Great fresh floral hop smell. Not you typical American IPA smells. Very mellow. Grapefruit orange peels and lemons were present with each sip. Quite a spicy/peppery finish also. A bit of a biscut-like finish due to the Belgian yeasts. Quite drinkable. Alcohol is well hidden very well.

Overall a great example of a Belgian IPA. I have been drinking a lot of west coast IPA's lately and this was a delicious change of pace. Very well balanced with the eurpoean hop varieties. Great stuff.

tendermorsel, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Buckeye Beer Engine, Lakewood, OH. Served in a 10 oz snifter.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a finger of creamy white colored head. Simmers down to a solid 1/4 finger of retention that fires up immediately when swirled, leaving some great looking hop lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of West Coast goodness (mainly Amarillo & Chinook) but seems to come off as being fairly mellow and more subdued than I would have thought. This is well balanced out by notes of citris, yeast, spice, and sweet smelling bready malt. Just the tiniest bit of heat floats underneath as well.

The hops are much more prominent in the taste, being fairly assertive up front, but it only offers a momentary tingle before giving way to some softer notes of tangy citrus, spice, bread, and caramel. The hoppiness makes it's return toward the backend, finishing things with a dry and bitter feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a touch of alcohol beef to it but the overall feel is still fairly mellow with a smooth carbonation.

A nice Belgian Style IPA that, for the most part, makes good use of the West Coast hops that are involved but balances them out with some softer character as well. Tasty and fairly easy drinking for the size.

Kegatron, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color with some suspended yeast. One inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of slight fruit, sweet malt, slight raisin, and some tart malt. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with average carbonation. Tastes of sweet malt, slight tart malt and associated dryness, and sweet hops. Smooth finish and easy drinking overall.

Tone, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label on the beer I have reads "India Pale Ale", but the label on the website (thank you Google translator for letting me be able to read the whole page) just says 2007 Alvinne Extra Restyled.

Pours a murky orange with a massive, pillowy white head.

Nose is spice, dirt, and a doughy yeast.

Flavor profile is very spiced with strong leanings toward the earthy side and some definite ink in there as well. Per the website, there are Amarillo and Chinook hops being used in here. They don't shine through in the way you see them in America though. This is much more rustic. Actually, the word rusty comes to mind, but not in a way that denotes any negativity. It's just...earthen. Noticeable bitter edge as well.

The carbonation is very full, which seems to interfere a bit with the perception of flavor just a small bit at first, but it mellows over time.

The verdict is this is a very robust Belgian ale. Don't expect light and fluffy with this one. It's going to be robust, so be prepared. I personally like it and drinking it reminds me of how few Belgians I drink these days.

RblWthACoz, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Shit, I wish I had read the reviews before popping this one. It's a gusher for sure, beer all over the dining room table and the wife half-jokingly calling me a dipshit for not knowing how to pour a beer. Oh well. Huge four fingers of light tan, very rocky, very sticky head. Actually so much head I could fit the whole bottle into my .5L glass. Beer itself is a very cloudy light amber (almost pastel) in color.

S: Loads of lemony citrus. Some perfumed floral notes and the distinct aroma of CO2.

T: Mildly sour. Green apples, pears, lemony citrus. Very light malt profile

M: Light in body with medium carbonation. There is a lightly sour or acidic quality that results in a slight tingly sensation on the tongue. Refreshingly different.

D: IPA? I'm not so sure, but once you get your head around this one not tasting anything like an American IPA, this beer can be better appreciated. It is light, refreshing, definitely Belgian, very good and quite unique. I imagine the lemony acidic notes would lend to this being a good summer beer

Florida9, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of braugon
4/5  rDev +7%

braugon, May 15, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This is a gusher. Once the glass finally settled down to a very creamy beige head with a dark tangerine hazy body there were spots of yeast lumps in the beer and on the head.
S- The rich honey malt aroma gave way to a peanut brittle note in the finish.
T- The full honey malt flavor was sweet with a pungent green hop with a grapefruit note in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a silky texture and no alcohol heat noted.
D- The nice full but light kilned malt was a bit strong for the soft hop bit in the finish, but as the head died down the bitterness started to balance the sweetness more.

rhoadsrage, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of mattfancett
4/5  rDev +7%

mattfancett, Aug 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

enelson, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of crusian
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from Black Mes...

Sept. 2012 lot 505

Actually this is the Extra RA (restyled again) couldnt find it so I put it here...

Pours a light amber color with about 4 fingers of head...

smells of nice chinook/cascade with a hint of belgian yeast... nice.

taste is a bit reversed of the nose... way more belgian yeast than hops. It is not the strong belgian yeast tat I am used to, or should I say has been thrust down my throat by the american breweries. I am typically not a fan of the big belgian yeast, but this is mild and works very well with a great hop balance. interesting. This works, all the american belgian IPAs I have had have been terrible compared to this.

crusian, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a stubby 11.2 oz. bottle.

A - When I popped the top I saw the rush of bubbles coming so I quickly started to pour. I was able to save all of the beer. Poured a strong and hazy light brown color with some sediments floating around. There is a medium dense off-white head with medium sized bubbles that stick around forever. Carbonation for these beers are crazy both this and Gaspar overflowed when opened. Must be some yeast in steroids.

S - Nice hop notes up front followed by some midl grainy character form the malt. Bready hints of sourdough bread and some biscuit. Mild spices and yeasty hints.

T - Sour up front with a nice hop bite that leads into a bready and yeasty like flavor. Reminding me of a much hopier Quad. The yeast definitely gives this beer another flavor dimension. Hints of pears and apricots. Very interesting Belgian IPA but definitely had better.

M - Medium boide with nice NICE CO2.

D - High and very delicious but not my fave.

JoEBoBpr, Jan 05, 2010
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4/5  rDev +7%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
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Alvinne Extra Restyled from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
84 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.