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Alvinne Extra Restyled - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 68
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 04-25-2008

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Photo of fear025
2.45/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL.

Aroma:It smells a little wild, lots of spice in the aroma.

Appearance:Pale gold.

Taste:The piney hops stand out sharply. It's got some farmhouse flavors. The beer is rather dry.

Mouthfeel:Light, with a fair amount of astringency.

Drinkability:This beer was a bit of a challenge to get through, dry, and farmhousey.

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Photo of drpimento
2.62/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

DO NOT OPEN UNLESS OUTSIDE OR NEAR A DRAIN! MAJOR GUSHER! Now that I finally have some in my glass, the head is cream colored with globs of brown trub floating on top and no lace. Color is a cloudy amber with lots of sediment in suspension or at the bottom of the glass. Aroma is very yeasty, malt, champagne. Flavor is like aroma with only a hint of sweetness. Yeast really dominates. Finish is the same way. Body is good and carbonation is too.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz squatty brown glass bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: It's a gusher! Have the glass ready! Golden with notes of light brown. Thick white head with lots of retention! Fair amount of particles.

Nose: Smells like the other Alvinne's I've had. A little sweet malt, a little Euro-hops, a little yeast-spice.

Palate: Sharp edges, almost with a sour/bitter edge all the way around the mouth. Fairly clean and light on the flavors. The bitterness rules this beer. Some light fruit estery-flavors, a little herbal note, and a light asian citrus note. Finish is centered around the bitterness.

Notes: Not a great beer, I don't think. I like the Gaspar a little better. This seems to lack some of the malt complexities that Gaspar adds to the flavors.

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Photo of MisterSH
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well I haven't reviewed a beer in a while now and this seems like a fine time to start up again.

I've got a stout little 11.2 oz bottle picked up at Bierkraft in Brooklyn. My buddy and I drank one of these the other night after a few other goodies, I enjoyed it thoroughly albeit a bit drunkenly, tonight I'll take a little more time with it. This bottle lacks a freshness date but is marked as being 2007 vintage.

Poured fairly aggressively into a tulip, the beer has a nice finger head but no gush like my friend and I had the other night, or like I've read in some other reviews. A beautiful hazy orange beer, frothy head looks quite appetizing.

Aroma is hops and yeast. Certainly some clove and malt in there, smells nice but is not an iconic grapefruity IPA by American standards. Not that I expected it to be. Aroma reminds me of perhaps 50% belgian pale ale, 50% American IPA. Apricot is the most apparent fruit note.

Taste is an almost salty spice on the front, followed by a moderately sweet, citrusy finish. Somewhat apple-cidery. Bitterness is extremely subdued and barely lingers on the palate, finishes watery-clean with a hint of a bitter tingle and a strange element of sour hidden in the mix. I suspect these hops are significantly mellowed as the beer is 2 years old.

Mouthfeel is moderately syrupy, and unexpected low on the carbonation. Somewhat cleansing of the palate, would be almost effervescent if it was more strongly carbonated.

Drinkability... hmmm. I hesitate to place it too high, as I find this beer a little strange. Not off-putting or unpleasant, but if it was between another one and something else, I'd probably go with something else.

Overall, I think this is a bit of a miss for me. I really enjoyed it last time, but perhaps that was a combination of novelty and pre-drinking that left me a little less perceptive. I have been enjoying belgian IPA's recently and this one is not quite up to par with some of the other standbys, piraat for instance. Hops here are a little "tinny", I'm sure this is at least partially (mostly?) due to the age of the brew, but taken as a whole it's a bit too clean and one-dimensional for my liking.

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Photo of albern
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you are seeking out an IPA with the least bit of hop, you are going to be disappointed in this beer. This tastes a whole lot like a Belgian blonde. The beer pours a very cloudy, dirty water orange color, with loads of yeasty bits floating about. The bottle had a ton of residuals on the bottom that didn't make it into my glass. The beer has a nice white head, retention, and some lacing. The nose is oh so typical Belgian yeasted up candied sugars, biting pear aromas, a touch of vinegar, and Brett style yeast.

The taste is just odd. The particular flavors that predominate are honey, vanilla, and to a lesser extent some tart pears, maybe some orange rind and coriander. The yeast is over the top and it has its own efforvesence that makes this a sipping type beer. The beer is prickly in the mouth with a slight sourish hop bite in the finish. This is not my favorite Belgian blonde and forget about classifying this as an IPA, because it just isn't. The beer is a little too sweet, too cloying, too odd, and the prickly yeasted up efforvesence isn't doing much for me. I'll pass.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a murky looking golden color with a white foamy head on top. The smell of the beer doesn't have a lot of hops on the nose but does have more of an earthy spice to it. The taste of the beer is a lot like most Belgian Tripels, this beer to me doesn't resemble an IPA that much. The mouthfeel was decent but nothing too special either. Overall this beer isn't really a good example of a Belgian IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 9/3/08. On tap at the Gingerman. Pours a cloudy light orange with no real head. Aroma of light spices and light sourness. Flavor is light hoppy sourness, melon rind, slight honey. Pretty typical Belgian ale. Just ok for me.
6/4/7/3/14 (3.4/5)

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Photo of drabmuh
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DFH snifter. Beer is yellow to amber and has chunks of yeast floating in it. Thin white head of tiny bubbles leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks like beer with stuff floating in it.

Yeasty and estery in aroma, not much in the way of "hops"...

Beer is medium to light in body and kind of "lemony" -- still not very hoppy though. Eh....not very appetizing.

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Photo of OttoBomb
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured in Dogfish Head signature glass (March 23, 2010). No bottled on date that I can find. "2007 Alvinne Extra India Pale Ale Restyled" is on the label, but I doubt 2007 has anything to do with the bottling date.

Good thing I read a few reviews that mentioned gushing before opening. Fortunately I was prepared and almost two ounces was foamed into my glass over the sink

Eyes: The pours was a slow one, as a thick soapy foam kept erupting with every pour, even after all the gushing. Liquid is a murky dark amber, with large craggy head. The foam bubbles are surprisingly large, and retain and lace strongly.

Nose: A sweetish, earthy, citrus/honey profile here. There are some Belgian style hops, but not to powerful. I'm a bit underwhelmed here.

Tongue: Surprisingly sour. Not that it's overly sour, but I was just surprised at the sourness in an IPA, but I guess that's why the label says "restyled." Some sour bread, and a bit yeasty.

Mouth: Medium body, decent carbonation, even after the initial gushing.

Libation: It goes down easy, and is quite tasty, but this not close to an IPA style, and that includes Belgian IPAs. It also doesn't seem to have any of that Belgian earthy funk to it that is so common in many Belgian IPAs. People looking for a hop hit will not get one here. There are hops, but not enough to make me want to try it again, especially when I'm looking for a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of hopdog
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle acquired in trade with SoLan (thanks!).

Poured a medium and cloudy yellow color with a huge sized (5 finger) white head. Aromas of yeast, floral, some citrus, and spicy. Tastes of yeast, a little fruity, citrus, and spicy. Lively body.

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Photo of Floydster
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle given to me as an extra from ygtbsm94, thanks Brad, poured into my Chimay goblet, restyled version, consumed 11/28/08 and reviewed from notes, color is golden yellow with some light orange tint, one inch soapy white head that disappears quickly, minimal retention and lacing, smell is made up of Amarillo hops, mild Belgian yeast, bread, tropical fruits, and honey, flavor was not nearly as hoppy as I had hoped, too much sweet fruits with some misplaced citrus notes, got some pineapple and orange peel in the finish, got sweeter as it warmed with very little dryness to balance, some coriander came about later on as well, could have used more hops, mouthfeel was too sweet and fruity for its style, medium bodied, taste did not linger too long, drank the bottle and was content with that, probably could not do too much more, alcohol is hidden well, but sweet accents cause heaviness, not in a hurry to buy and the only place I have ever seen it is Hi-Times anyways, might be worth checking out but not spectacular

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Photo of nick76
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is very hoppy with both citrus and grass. The malt is there also giving it quite a sweet smell. The appearance is hazy gold with a good but small head. The flavor is like the aroma and improves as it warms. The palate is thin but ok. Overall I like it.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five+ finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving traces of lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Spicy nose. Flavor is spicy, some caramel, some grapefruit. Lingering sour finish. $5.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocked full of Belgian fruity-spicy interplay but with the intense hop charater to evoke high bitterness, and flavor to boot.

Nearly explosive with carbonation, the beer needs to be opened over a sink. The highly effervescent pour delivers a yeasty haze of golden hues and a creamy off white foam that retains and laces in classic Belgian fashion.

Sharp aromas of spices come from all angles- the expected peppery notes of from yeast but also the earthy character of hops. Fruity esters of under-rippened berries, crabapples, and young pears decorate the nose with a lot of aggression and zest.

But the flavors open up to the maltier aspects of the beer- the terse pilsner sweetness of powdered sugar, light breads, and raw pilsner malt give a rustic malty sweetness that softly introduces the aggressive flavors to come. Hoppy lemongrass, earthy spice, and grassy, stem, and citrus pith taste rises just after the introduction of malt. The mid palate also introducted the balanced taste of white pepper, corriander, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg as a juxtoposition to the dry fruity character of apples, pears, and lemons that are usually reserved for Saisons. All this culminates in such a way to meld into a potpouri of taste taht both blend in melody yet combat in contrast.

Moderate, but seemingly lighter in body- the beer has a lively effervescent spirit that lifts the malt off of the tongue and ushers the beer into finsih with little effort or sugary weight. The dry-malty mouthfeel reserves much of the brunt of hop dryness, alcohol warmth, and spicy zest until late in the finish that lingers well into aftertaste with flavors of fruity, pepper, and hoppy bitterness.

Likely a Belgian Tripel in its base style, but liberally hopped to extend the hop flavor and dryness, the woody-grassy-spicy character of Stering Golding hops, Saaz, and Hersbrucker types play vividly on the palate of this characterful ale. I would love to have this beer at its peak of freshness!

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Photo of jrallen34
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I drank this from an 11oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

This boy is a gusher. As I pop the cap and walk away, I came back its fizzing all around. It pours with lots of carbonation too. It is medium orange with an off white 3 finger head. There is lots retention and great lacing. It might be best lacing I've vere seen. It coats the whole glass and doesn't go anywhere.

The aroma is strong with lots of beglian hops dominating. There is also a little pine, not much sweetness, maybe some lemon.

The taste is off from the aroma, I was expecting tons of hops, but they are very muted. There is a light hops taste, but mostly sour fruit.

The feel is decent, nice lasting flavor.

Drinkability is ok, its good, but for some reason I wouldn't go for another.

Overall, this is ok nothing special. The taste is to mild for its aroma, but a typical belgian ipa.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy medium dark honey color with a firm thick white head.

Nose of honey, ripe peaches with green bananas, "Belgian fruit nose." Some yeasty/white bread in the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium creamy and mouthfilling.

Flavors are of underlying fruit, with a yeasty roundness, but with a celery/green pepper character; hints of white pepper in the back palate and a light honey green pepper finish. Not as bad as it may sound.

Likely good with food because of the vegetal character although perhaps thin on acid.

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Photo of tempest
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$4 at Abe's Cold Beer. Watch out, this one's a gusher. A friend said he thought he pulled a sour (infection-based) tang out of the beer, but I got nothing of the sort. There's a very strong earthy undertone to the beer that sits below the strong perfume of Euro hops. The foam, which required two glasses after opening, really cuts into the drinkability of the beer. Otherwise its an interesting, though not terribly strong, Belgian IPA.

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Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light fruits - pears and green apples - with light malt and grassy aromas lingering in the background.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of light fruits - pears and green apples as with the aroma. Midway through the sip mild amounts of leafy hops enter into things and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I wasn't a huge fan of this version of a Belgian IPA - the Belgian flavors weren't crisp enough and the IPA flavors weren't robust enough. This isn't one to necessarily avoid however I'd recommend Gaspar over this one.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber, with an impressive cap of foam; a smattering of lace is left behind

Smell: Rather sweet aromatics, with fermented honey, lemon, pear and banana esters

Taste: Bready, up front, with the sweet honey flavors dominating the front; in the middle, the fruit (lemon, pear and banana) flavors emerge, with grassy bitterness developing, after the swallow; in the finish, there is a sulfur and chalk element that joins the profile

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with high carbonation

Overall: I am not crazy about the combination of flavors here; rather like a heavily hopped Tripel with a chalky finish

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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spicey, earthy aromas are upfront. There was something in the aroma that led me to think that there would be some tartness/sourness. Some lemony hops are there too.

It pours a golden/orange colour with a huge off-white head on it. Great lacing.Head retention OK.

Complex. Much more Belgian yeast character that I have found lacking in some other Belgian IPA's. Good bitterness, but nothing over the top here. Very earthy and minerally (I don't use "minerally" often as a descripter in beer, but it really does seem minerally to me). It has a long dry finish, with a touch of tartness.

It is highly carbonated, and medium bodied.

Drinkability is good considering that is 7%ABV. It hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has some amber hues along with some fine particulates floating in suspension and a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a pillow of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge of the glass, and a thin head in between.
S: Moderate aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose along with some notes of sweetness.
T: The taste is quite yeasty, but from start to finish tastes like you are drinking the large clumps of yeast that are present at the bottom of the glass if you swirl the bottle and pour out all of the yeast at the bottom. No bitterness is perceptible, but there's
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer didn't taste anything like a Belgian IPA because no traces of hops were noticeable in the smell or taste. However, since I'm a person who likes yeast, I really liked how much yeast there was in this, and not just at the bottom of the bottle.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boy bottle extra.
Surprisingly soft aroma with more yeast and malt than any notable hops. Kinda' sweet with a wort quality. Soft phenolic, mild spice and more just yeasty quality. I like it more as time goes.
Hard to pour with out a fair amount of yeast joining the journey. Huge full white head that settles at a slow pace.
Hop flavor is tame, with a greater presence of hops in a growing bitterness that is never excessive and adds to a very long and enjoyable finish. Base seems like a golden ale. Has a fairly strong vanilla taste at time (I'm assuming it's a yeast thing). Reasonably complex drink that continues to offer change until the very last pull. However, a little sloppy and messy at times.

Thanks Todd.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A curious color on this one. Pours lighter than most IPAs with a massive pure white head that stays for quite some time. Lots of bubbles. After the head dies down pouring more in yields another explosion of bubbles that's fun to watch.

S: Lots of fruit here. Lemony, subtle hoppiness. Orange, some earthy notes. Pine.

T: Certainly not what I was expecting at all. The fruitiness of the belgian style really comes through again being lemony and orangy. Hops are a little subdued and alcohol comes through a bit. The flavors fade considerably on the second couple of sips and this drinks more like an american style ale or so. A little too light I think.

M: Sits light but not overly bitter. Lingers with some fruitiness on the palate.

This beer really performed well in most areas but the light taste of subdued flavors left me wanting. If you're looking to introduce someone to IPAs this might be your beer but it really shows a little belgian style and a little IPA but doesn't embrace either.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased 1/2009 at Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. for somewhere around $5.99 for a 11.2 oounce "stubby" bottle.

When opened, the small opening couldn't control the carbonation and the resulting head that slowly bubbled up and overflowed the bottle. A hastened pour into the glass fixed this- a nice white creamy head is the result.

Pours a cloudy IPA yellow-gold with lots and lots of microbit floaters, with a nice sticky head with lots of retention.

Aroma is a little sweet, fruity hops, and generally pleasant.

Flavor follows through, but with a significant dollop of "Belgian yeast" (sorry, I don't know my terms as well as I should). Nicely hopped, but not overboard. Biscuity malt sits behind, this is obviously a Belgian creation- very nice indeed.

Unfortunately, the Belgian style also makes this one lose the archetypical clean mouthfeel- this is dense and thick and not as refreshing as I would like- the finish is a bit filmy.

Overall- I like this one- good flavor, interesting and a little different.

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Photo of smcolw
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold-orange. Modest head, but it lasts and leaves nice sinewy lace on the glass. It looks like it must have been bottle conditioned.

Very mild smell for the style. Low hop aroma of pineapple and citrus.

Some interesting background fruity malt. Sharp peppery hop bitterness comes through mid-taste and lasts through the swallow. Surprisingly delicate flavor profile; this is not an in-your-face IPA. Solid body with a prickly level of carbonation.

Overall, a very interesting and complex beer. I could see this accompanying a cheese platter.

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Alvinne Extra Restyled from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
84 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.