Podge Oak Aged Bourgogne Barrel (The Oak Podge) - Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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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
4.33/5 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
4.45/5 rDev +14.4%
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
08-04-2010 00:21:48 | More by koopa
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
4.33/5 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
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
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
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
4.93/5 rDev +26.7%
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!
01-04-2010 01:43:28 | More by spacecowboy
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
4.15/5 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
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
Podge Oak Aged Bourgogne Barrel (The Oak Podge) from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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