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Podge Oak Aged Bourgogne Barrel (The Oak Podge) - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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BA SCORE
87
very good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Called "The Oak Podge" in the US.

(Beer added by: ggaughan on 03-10-2009)
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Photo of spacecowboy
4.93/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can back Travlr up on this one, it's definitely totally different from the wine barrel Podge. This one gets 6 months treatment in Calvados barrels, which brings a tart finish to a stout with a six malt base.

Special thanks to Tom Peters at Monk's Cafe for this treat on New Year's Eve.

Pours a dark brown color with no head (it's an English-inspired stout after all) with an aroma of roasted malt, sugar, ginger, apples, and toffee. All the aroma carries through on the taste. Wonderful roasted flavors up front with some sweetness from the sugar, with a light apple and tart finish.

This is the first stout I've ever tasted that had any sort of tartness/sourness to it, and I hope this becomes more of a trend!

Photo of ifij775
4.78/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

I am so glad to get to try this, as on my travels a while back, I foolishly passed up an opportunity to buy this off the shelf.

A: The beer appears a dark chestnut hue, definitely not black in any way, as is typical of an imperial stout. The thin, beige head perches atop the beer and has an appearance akin to a coffee crema.

S: Smells include roasted malt, bourbon, and oak. Very enticing.

T: I must say, this is not your typical imperial stout. The Oak Podge is certainly unique, and I really like it. The oak, roast and bourbon aspects meld together harmoniously.

M: Alcohol content hidden masterfully. Nice feel.

D: I definitely recommend this tasty and unique beer.

Photo of koopa
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle (9% abv US version)

I've come to learn that this is the same beer as the "Oak Aged Podge" listed on BA and this profile was added first so I'm transporting my old review from the "Oak Aged Podge" listing to here....

I shared this bottle amongst good people at the Captain Lawrence Rosse e Marrone Batch 2 release yesterday.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown to black with a 1 finger khaki crown that displays moderate retention and good lace.

Smell: Toffee, apples, pears, a slight bitter hop note, and a hint calvado barrel.

Taste: Same as the nose. The calvado barrel really lends to a nice sourness and the hops definitely play a role in the finish.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side of medium bodied with good carbonation. Crisp.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel and balance of the flavors make this an extremely drinkable belgian imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

ORIGINALLY Reviewed on: 03-28-2010 20:03:29

Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Travlr
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 01/22/11 notes. Shared at a tasting by Thorpe429; thanks Mike.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident. Little bit of retention.

s - Smells of oak, chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, coffee, and vanilla. Smells awesome.

t - Tastes of chocolate, oak, vanilla, coffee, bourbon, and roasted malts.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

d - A really nice RIS. I thought it smelled amazing and was very drinkable for a RIS. Would love to get another bottle of this one.

Photo of rtepiak
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

russian imperial in terms not really known in north america. This pours a cloudy blackish brown with a head that doesn't say syrupy thick sugar holding the beer in a backbone of heavy malt. Big bubbles with some lace. Nose is musky wood and the tannin minerals of grape skin. Palate is a if this was the premise of a particularly dark oud bruin. Not cherry but plum pulp sour quality. Some chocolate sour mineral notes that work along with the minerals. A tad salty. Not much sweetness. The wood is subtle. As subtle as the malt. I can say that this is the first beer i would have with latin seafood.

Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of weeare138
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of gyllstromk
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Thorpe and Thorpette. Much appreciated.

Beer is brown but dark approaching black with a thin tan head that leaves a lot of lacing, carbonation is low.

Nose bring forth no heat, nice roast and some vanilla and chocolate, almost a coffee.

The lead off reminds me a young port, stone fruits and concentrated flavors, sweetness and a little heat. The feel of it is nice, thick without being coating and bitter on the tongue with the roast throughout the palate. A nice find no doubt.

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mikey711
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jgasparine
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JohnCLT
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of apasternak
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Podge Oak Aged Bourgogne Barrel (The Oak Podge) from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
87 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.