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Melchior Oak Aged Calvados Barrel - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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BA SCORE
87
very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ggaughan on 03-09-2009)
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

On Draft at Ebenizer's Pub in Maine. A fantastic, well balanced brew, with an incredible smell that begs for consumption. Great mouth-feel and easy to drink, but with a dangerous ABV.

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4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

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4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from the bottle at the Pre-ZBF fest at Alvinne. The beer poured a slightly cloudy, bright orange color with a vibrant white head. The nose is a bit fruity, some apples maybe, a touch of wood and a alcohol character. The taste gives a bit of spicy and wood. The alcohol taste comes through but mends well with the other flavors including a nice malt and fruit presence. As the beer warms a bit it opens up a strong alcohol character from the barrel aging. A very fine beer from Alvinne. This will get even better with some bottle time.

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4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a hazy goldenrod with a soapy white head, leaving some nice lace.

S: Cider apples, wood, enjoyable.

T: The barrel character is quite overt here. It's almost like you're not drinking beer, the apple flavour takes over. Very cider like, green apple heavy, with notes of Belgian yeast.

M: Has the beer, not a cider mouthfeel. Medium/full-bodied, smooth and easy on the palate. Light carbonation. Really no hint of the 11.5%.

D: Any fan of hard cider should enjoy this. It's very flavourful and is making me a huge fan of Calvados aged beers the more I try them.

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4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Brasserie Beck. Allegedly one of only two kegs in the US.

A: cloudy, orange, hazy appearance. Almost opaque. Slight amount of white, foamy head. No visible sediment.

S: sour apple, champagne, iced tea with lemon, wildflowers, and bitter herbs.

T: A lot less bitter and a lot more sweet than I'd anticipated. The most malt-forward Belgian-style beer I've ever had. Underlying apple, oak, herbal hop bitterness and Belgian yeast.

M: Almost completely flat. Very fine bubbles, and relatively few of them. Medium viscosity.

D: Not bad at all. Glad I got to try it. It was easily sippable, yet it complimented the food well.

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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$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.

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3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened by weeheavysd. Thanks! Consumed on 12/13/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is hazy golden with a small white head.

The nose is very oaky, with notes of wheat, cereal grains, brandy, and ripe granny smith apples. The nose essentially translates to the flavor, with perhaps a little less oak. There's a light astringency on the palate. Notes of apples, grain, light phenols, and brandy are evident. The finish exhibits a slight alcohol burn.

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Melchior Oak Aged Calvados Barrel from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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