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Melchior Oak Aged Calvados Barrel - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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BA SCORE
86
very good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ggaughan on 03-09-2009)
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

t0rin0, Dec 07, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -9%

Not quite as good as expected. Poured at a good temperature; it was a gusher; with a small, cream-colored head that settled to a thin island and ring, no lace. Color would be a clear, but for the large amount of tiny particulates in suspension, amber. Aroma is yeast, malt, mustard, fruit. Flavor is more bitter then tang, then sweet. Although in the finish it's sweet and tang that linger. Otherwise, also like nose. Body has some clashes between bitter and tang along with some heavy boozieness.

drpimento, May 23, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +15.2%

Quite a treat… Long, tart, vinous, and stimulating offering.

Presentation: 750 cl brow capped bottle. Poorly designed glossy label with a b/w image of the aging barrels and a digital embroidery in light colors over a white background. Side paragraph mentions aging process and background. Cap Notes Jan 2013 Lot 465. Shows 11% Alc. by Vol. Poured in a snifter.

A - Hazy gold pour, good initial head, moderate retention with good surface memory and small touches of lacing.

S - Rich and long nose with funky hints, caramel, applewood, tart touches...

T - Expanding with dexterity on the palate… Rather vinous and funky, nice apple cider permeating woody notes, some soft vanilla and caramel with spicy touches.

M - Medium body with soft carbonation, rather long and dry as it moves with an atoned sweet bitterness before returning to the soft dry tartness...

O - Nice sipper with a complex and long rhythm, if one is into this kind of barrel aging this is quite a treat. A remarkable barrel aged golden ale...

Notes: Too much paid for this brew, between the import, the switch to euros and back, and the location I probably paid waaay too much for this. But I confess I could not resist it… And post decisional behavior and all, after having tried it I would have probably picked up another bottle or two for the cellar if this wasn't the only one I saw in Madrid of all places… A brew to remember...

Daniellobo, Jan 24, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

$9.99 750ML bottle poured into two Duvel Tulips, split with oglmcdgl.

Melchior Oak Aged Calvados Barrel goes into the glass a fairly bright orange color with some soft gold spots here and there. A nice steady pour yielded a bright white cap of foamy bubbles but that faded rather quick. No stick.

Smell is bright and pungent with citrus rind, oak, vanilla, apple, calvados, an earthy yeast strain. Not smelling any mustard. Up front, the taste reminds me of a few funky saison's I've had recently.

Pungent with ripe fruit, apple, orange drip, earthy, spicy yeast. Some grassy hops in the middle and a nice oaky/vanilla towards the end with a hint of more apple. Again, it does not cut the mustard, don't get me wrong, this is delicious, but the must must have faded.

Feel is a nice medium and about on par with a Duvel except the taste is all over. It's carbed up to a point where the beer is not dead, yet over time that drips down.

Towards the end of my glass there was the littliest bit of yeast that went down the hatch, PUTRID. Really nasty and unpleasant. Anybody opening bottles of this, please keep as much yeast out of your pour as possible, it kinda ruins things. This is brilliant beer though.

BARFLYB, Jan 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

A- pours a hazey golden color with a thin white head that quickly recedes. Some lacing.

S- soft oak aromas blend with tart apple brandy and acidic Sauvignon blanc like vineous notes. Warm alchohol and some yeastiness on the finish.

T- tart green apple skin, calvados apple brandy and a touch fructose sweetness that leaves the palate as soon as it comes. Soft oak and high acidity. Finish is some spicy phenolic alchohol and mustard seed kick.

MF- slick slightly thin mouthfeel with a light body and low carbonation.

D- incredibly complex and very drinkable for what should be a major sipper.

Overall a great beer. My only critic is the body is a little thin.

Viciousknishs, Oct 13, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, sweet oak with a note of fruitiness. In the taste, sweet to dry fruitiness and some nice oaky notes. An oak bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry fruitiness and oak in the aftertaste. Hides the ABV very well, quite smooth and nice fruit notes.

OWSLEY069, Sep 30, 2011
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Melchior Oak Aged Calvados Barrel from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
86 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.