Podge Oak Aged Bourgogne Barrel (The Oak Podge) - Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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2.3/5 rDev -40.9%
$23 a bottle for the 750.
Cellared for <2 years.
Drank on 10-11-12
The other reviewers are being polite about this failed funk. This beer tastes like an unintentionally infected RIS. Remember the infected 2009(10?) Speedway stouts that tasted like grape juice? This is very similar.
Infected on purpose? I don't know, I didn't do my due-diligence or any research before writing this review, so I may be completely wrong. I was expecting a Oaked RIS with hints of wine. It was a weird gross sour mess.
I'm not sold on the idea that it was totally intentional. If this was my home brew, I wouldn't share it with my friends.
10-12-2012 17:34:52 | More by jisom123
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. This is a beer I had high expectations for.
The beer pours a dark red color with a tan head.
The aroma is very complex. I get some caramel malt, oak, port wine, maple, vanilla and alcohol. Every time I smell the beer I get something new.
The flavor is just as complex. The dominant flavor is port wine along with some vanilla, maple, dark fruit, caramel and oak notes. The beer has a nice wine-like quality and is extremely drinkable for 10.5 percent. The alcohol is very well hidden.
Thin to medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.
11-18-2010 05:37:46 | More by Mora2000
4.43/5 rDev +13.9%
Bottle shared by Lee - thanks! Yet another gusher from Alvinne (along with oak-aged Balthazar), be careful with these bad boys.
Pours one shade from black with purplish-ruby highlights and a large tan head. The head eventually settles into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of smooth dark malts with hints of roastiness and sweet molasses. Also present are good amounts of tart medium fruits - cherries mostly with hints of darker berries.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly roasted malts and cocoa powder flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of mildly tart cherries. The flavors sweeten a bit midway through the sip with very light amounts of oak and carries through to a mildly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass with no problems and could easily have a few more.
Overall I'd been interested to try this for a while and it didn't disappoint. An interesting beer that's worth a shot.
08-03-2010 21:06:20 | More by glid02
4/5 rDev +2.8%
Bottle at the pre-ZBF fest at Alvinne. Beer poured a deep brown, nearly black body with a fairly thick tan head. Aroma is a bit vinous, some dried fruit a roasted malt. Taste is a pleasant mix of a chocolate, malty full body with some vinous and fruit notes from the barrel. Overall a very nice beer that is now what I expected from a stout but a pleasant suprise and another very good barrel aged beer from Alvinne.
03-10-2009 22:17:58 | More by ggaughan
4.15/5 rDev +6.7%
Bottle from phyl21ca. Pours black with a small amount of contrasting white head. Aroma is roasty chocolate, with rich dark fruit in background. Mouthfeel is above average. It is a mild chocolate, overpowering the coffee, with a secondary wine.Very rich and a replacement over supper for wine.
11-08-2009 19:45:21 | More by Sammy
4.22/5 rDev +8.5%
Pick up a bottle of this one last week.
A:Dark black and viscous but some carbonation is visible. A nice layer of tan head sits on it about a half inch thick and is frothy. Very good lacing.
S: Some wine, champagne, tannins, wood provide a bit of sour fruitiness. Dark chocolate comes out more as it warms.
T: Plenty of tart wine and dry champagne with a mild booziness. A bit sour plums is in there too. the sourness turns to an espresso chocolate and roastier flavor as it warms up. It satisfies a craving for both a sour and a stout!
M: Very acidic and dry with only the slightest bit of creaminess. Much lighter than I thought it would be in terms of body.
D: Surprisingly, this one was way to easy to put back. Though there is some alcohol heat, it does not drink as heavy as it is.
09-16-2009 22:12:04 | More by mikey711
3.3/5 rDev -15.2%
Bottle shared at the after-Bruery tasting, reviewed 1/24/2010. Imperial stout, huh? Not sure I would have pegged this one as such.
Pours dark brown, not too close to black for this style, with a medium-sized off-white head.
Aroma is dark fruit, Belgian yeast, spices, oak, and mild roast. A little tart and a little sweet.
Flavor is both sweet and mildly tart, somewhat vinous, definitely Belgian-tasting, but not very stoutlike. There is some roast and chocolate, but it does not come to the forefront as much as I’d expect. A little yeasty with oak and spices.
A tad thin for the style, and not as smooth on the mouthfeel as I’d like.
Definitely interesting, but not great overall in my opinion.
08-26-2011 16:31:56 | More by nickd717
1.58/5 rDev -59.4%
Bottle: Poured a medium black color stout with a large foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt and vinous notes are a strange mix that I am not sure to enjoy. Taste is also a weird mix between some lightly roasted malt with some vinous notes but instead of nice Bourgogne notes it feels more like cheap wine that I can procure at the corner store. Strange mix to say the least and not one that works very well IMO. Body is too light for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Strange mix that I won't be revisiting soon and not worth the price tag IMO.
02-16-2010 03:38:25 | More by Phyl21ca
3.45/5 rDev -11.3%
Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red amber. Thick tan head with lacing. Sour malt aroma. Odd flavor without any of the typical Russian stout elements. Flavor is high in fruit and is tart. Mild malt. Like a cross between an English stout and a lambic. Oaking is not strong, which is too bad as it would have redeemed this one for me. Initial taste is interesting, but the finish is astringent and slightly metallic. There was a hint of weeping around the cap on this bottle, so possibly compromised, but the flavor profile is in line with other reviews. Interesting, but a miss for me because of the finish.
08-02-2012 21:15:52 | More by LiquidAmber
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
A: The beer is dark black in color and poured with a finger high creamy beige head that died down but left a thin layer of bubbles consistently floating on the surface. Some yeast particles floating in suspension are visible near the edge of the glass.
S: There moderate aromas of red wine in the nose from the oak barrel aging along with some hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste has flavors of red wine and roasted malts as well as hints of chocolate and dark fruits. Red wine and oak flavors stand particularly stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and the finish is rather dry.
D: Considering the strength, the beer is fairly drinkable because the alcohol is mostly masked from the taste.
01-06-2011 03:47:27 | More by metter98
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
Appears a hazy dark brown nearing an opaque black with a large head of tan foam. Sticky bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of oak, vanilla, tart fruit(namely apples), cocoa, and brown sugar.
Taste is of the aromas with flavors of brown sugar dominating with cocoa, cherries, apples, raisins, and plum jam.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart, sugary, and dry.
08-04-2010 20:25:28 | More by weeare138
4.78/5 rDev +22.9%
This beer is unbelievably bubbly. Drink it out of the bottle if you don't want to wait a few minutes for it to reduce like a guinness. The beer tasted like a mix of a lambic and ale; fruity, thick, and tart. It is definitely on the sweet side, which I didn't expect. You won't have any trouble drinking the whole bottle.
08-16-2010 16:17:53 | More by ifij775
4.18/5 rDev +7.5%
Picked this up at West Lakeview in Chicago. Served in a snifter.
Pours a very dark brown with a thin mocha head and a bit of lacing. Thin collar as it goes down. The nose has quite a bit of roasted malt plus some chocolate. A very nice oak presence as well. Also, a bit of cream. The taste improves on this and really adds some complexity. There is a nice roasty background along with some dark chocolate and a backing dark-fruit presence. Medium body with some slight booze. Drinks quite well. Glad I picked this up.
01-28-2011 15:49:42 | More by Thorpe429
3.45/5 rDev -11.3%
A - Dark brown colored beer with a khaki head that left some minor stick on the sides of the glass.
S - A pretty sweet RIS. Some funk, oak, vinous character. Not really getting what I was expecting out of this one. Not sure if it was due to a weak base beer or the Bourgogne barrels overwhelming everything.
T - Taste is also not what one would expect from an RIS. Missing the characteristic roast and chocolate notes, as it's been buried by vinous and funk notes. If I didn't know this was an RIS I would have guessed something else. Not bad tasting, but not what I was looking for.
M - Medium bodied, lively carbonation, still not convincing me this is an RIS.
O - Strange beer, not really in line with what I was wanting to drink, but it's okay. Would pass in the future if other things were available.
10-27-2011 17:04:46 | More by AgentZero
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
Appearance is dark, amber through light. Large beautiful yeast chunks and sediment. I love that in a beer! Smell is not exceptional, oak and tradition Belgian scents are noticeable absent citrus or coriander. Taste is wonderful, malty and Belgian yeast is unbelievable combination. Could the yeast be 2nd or 3rd or even 15th generation? Yeast comes through in amazing ways and seems so mature and earthy. The mouth feel is a bit lighter for a stout and the aged oak gives the impression of a dry palate shortly after the beer has cleared the mouth. I admire a creative beer above all else. This by far, is probably the most creative beer I've had in a year or two. I would recommend it to a fan of Belgian beers before a fan of stouts but it's interesting, exotic and innovative. A+++ for advancing creative boundaries. If you feel like you had it all, maybe it's time to give The Oak Podge a shot. This being said, I cannot say the taste is exceptional. I have some issues with the lack of nose and aftertaste (oak dryness) of this brew. As well, it's not true to form and a bit confused. I am not used to drinking anything like it.
05-26-2010 02:15:25 | More by JohnCLT
4.2/5 rDev +8%
A- Poured from the tap with a diffuse cream-colored head, which quickly evaporated to a collar. The body was a an extremely dark garnet color.
S- Smells of sweet caramel/crystal and lesser roasted malts, rum-soaked dark fruit and a faint oakiness.
T- The candy malts come through a bit marshmallowy on the palate, with just a touch of roastiness. This is quickly overtaken by some moderate oak and some fruity Belgian yeast esters. Finishes with the lingering flavor of dark fruit and an echo of booze. Quite nice.
M- A nice medium-large body; slightly textured with unattenuated sugar and complimented by some silky carbonation. A little chewiness would be desired, but this is good nonetheless.
D- Goes down very smooth. The alcohol makes itself known in the aroma, on the palate, and in the inebriating effects that follow.
02-13-2010 23:07:41 | More by jgasparine
4.08/5 rDev +4.9%
On tap at Max's today. Looking at the list, I thought it was The Oak Podge, but I guess I was confused.
Black with brown highlights and a thin tan head with decent retention, this is solid stuff. The nose is quite excellent. Great barrel character is present, vinous and rich with chocolate and raisins. Quite fruity and mildly yeasty, this pairs beautifully with the barrel. The palate opens with cocoa, cola, port and red wine. Mild fruity tartness is present, pairing very well with the cocoa. Drying on the finish with a tannic presence, this medium bodied beer is fairly high in carbonation. A long-lasting finish with a grainy bitterness, tannins, a little booze and a mild fruitiness, this is solid stuff.
02-13-2010 21:48:45 | More by DefenCorps
4.18/5 rDev +7.5%
750ml green capped bottle. Strangely low fill here only to the bottom of the neck. Shared with some friends and poured into a snifter. The brew appears brown with ruby clarity when held to the light. Khaki head about a finger strong slowly recedes leaving spotty to patchy lace. A light swirl revives the cap.
The smell of this brew includes notes of cocoa and vanilla to caramel sweetness. Some raw barrel character comes out in the middle with new whiffs. Some tangy alcohol elements like raisin or plum are found throughout. Once warm a very mild vinous note emerges that is quite enjoyable.
Taste is lightly tangy with dark fruit and alcohol notes. Raisins mix with toffee and caramel to provide a mild sweetness. Some chocolate that seems unsweetened, not necessarily bitter is evident throughout. The alcohol is fairly event with a mild solvent touch that blends well and is not imposing in the least. Aftertase is all brownie batter with mild herbal components of hops.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is a surprisingly enjoyable experience in a unique (dark belgian strong ale mixed with barrel aged stout) sort of way. Very well done and something I would really enjoy having again.
12-30-2011 14:57:24 | More by stakem
District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev +13.9%
Bottle poured by Glenn at Alvinne.
A: Deep maroon color with bubbles at the edge only, great lacing.
S: Subtle bourbon aroma with notes of cotton candy and vanilla.
T: Flavor begins with scotch and progresses to malt and oak.
M: Decent body.
T: Interesting and complex, better I think than the standard Oak Podge.
12-23-2009 16:47:17 | More by Travlr
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
Aromas of roasted malts, licorice, dates, chocolate, oak, vanilla. Flavor is somewhat dry, with a deep vanilla character that lingers for seconds, a bit of chocolate banana, a warming alcohol presence, a slightly sour finish, and a sticky mouth. Let it warm a bit before serving; as with most stouts, you'll get more out of it.
06-15-2010 17:02:42 | More by gyllstromk
3.93/5 rDev +1%
Pours with a a decent, but not booming tan head over a deep brown body with a fair amount of yeast in the bottom.
Aromas are quite tart with a lot of deep fruit. Almost like Angel's Share. Lot of roasted malts come thru secondarily, leading to almost chocolate like finish.
Smooth going down, with a lot of tart pull in the finish of the mouthfeel. Has a lot of everything going on. Vinous / deep red fruits, roasted malts, tart twang, oaky notes, and light sweetness. Pretty clean drinking as RISs go.
Not your father's RIS. But overall, a nice beer. Was expecting a little more, but the uniqueness of this one definitely scores some points in my book.
05-15-2011 19:50:02 | More by BeerImmediately
Podge Oak Aged Bourgogne Barrel (The Oak Podge) from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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