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Melchior Oak Aged Calvados Barrel - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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BA SCORE
87
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ggaughan on 03-09-2009)
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2/5  rDev -49%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
2.63/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From 04/25/11 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a hazy orange color with no head at all and no carbonation evident. Looks flat.

s - Smells of wine, oak, fruit, and strong alcohol. Light yeast and spice, but very strong on the alcohol.

t - Tastes is strong alcohol, wine/port, oak, light fruity malts, and light spice. Again, the booze just dominates this.

m - Medium body and no carbonation; pretty sure it's flat.

o - Overall I just didn't think this was a very good beer; the alcohol is so strong it takes away from everything else. I got a 4 oz. sample of this and 2 oz.'s of it was too much. Not something I would order again.

mdfb79, Apr 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

whartontallboy, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

ToddBeans, May 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

dwagner003, Sep 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

t0rin0, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of drpimento
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very ood beer that uses a unique blend of techniques and ingredients to achieve a finished beer with peculiarly alluring spicey, fruity, vinous flavor.

The pour delivers a slightly milky copper/orange color with a dainty, short-lived head. Lots of yeast sediment gives an overtly 'yeasty' look.

Sharp aromas of vinous tartness, cidery apples, under-rippened berries and pears, fresh woods, and rye-like spiciness. Fairly acidic to the nose, the beer has distinct wine-like, champagne notes.

Flavors follow up on the winey start with a blend of white wines and champagne. Pears, apples, berries, and peaches contribute fruity flavor and tartness. The mustard seed seems to reinforce alcohol flavors with a spicy/pungent rye-like character and a slightly rich tartness. Acidic, spicy, and fruity throughout, the beer is distinctly Belgian that is 'encouraged' by peppery spice and calvados woods/alcohols that give a spicy boozy/spicy woody taste.

Acidic throughout, the early carbonation has a prickly effervesence that reinforce the spiciness and sharpness of the beer. As carbonation takes the mouthfeel from bubbly to finish, the beer's alcoholic feel is felt in the moderately dry and challenging warm finish.

This beer is definately one that takes strong Belgian golden ales and pushes the fruity/spicy/woody character with cognac barrel use and mustard seed. These give intriguing taste and texture, but subtly unusual in comparisons to Duvel or Chimay White.

BEERchitect, Dec 11, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

DrBier, Jul 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

kylehay2004, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of SFLpunk
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750mL brown glass pry-top. Fresh off the truck! Cap stamped "Melchior CALV196, JAN 2013 LOT 469."

Pours with ZeRo carbonation. Lame. A sort of orange amber color. Nose is all about orange marmalade and honey comb (wax)! Some hint of barrel funk comes through and a little apple-y goodness.

Palate is (flat) but tasty. Earthy mushroom-y Calvados flavors dominate. Some of that honey flavor comes onto the palate while something a little salty rolls through and then eau de vie and caramel settle on the finish.

Notes: Despite this being totally flat (which really annoys me), this is a tasty and really complex brew. But then again, I'm a sucker for anything Calvados-related.

SFLpunk, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

HopHead84, Dec 17, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Farmers' Cabinet.

Pours a hazy pale golden orange color with golden yellowish-apricot hues and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Chunks of lace left behind.

Sweet boozy aroma with a strong barrel character.  Hints of earthy oak, vanilla and brandy along with some funky yeast, mustard seed and citrus fruit.

Medium bodied with a nice combination of earthy oak, zesty spice and boozy heat.  Lots of spice especially coriander and pepper up front countered by earthy oak, vanill and prominent boozy sweet brandy.  Althought the spirit flavor is prominent, it's not too hot making it pretty quaffable.  Sweet citrus notes with more of a  pronounced mustard character than the base version.  Spicy finish with lemon and orange peel toward the end of the swallow with a nice warm finish.

corby112, Jun 28, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Viciousknishs, Oct 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

MichaelLamb, Nov 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Patrickbrusil, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

InspectorBob, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

kjkinsey, Sep 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

YobroitsJoe, Apr 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

JAHMUR, Mar 25, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

BARFLYB, Jan 11, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

jnn4v, May 21, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Texasfan549, Sep 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

beerman999999, Sep 01, 2014
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Melchior Oak Aged Calvados Barrel from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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