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Kerasus - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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24 Reviews
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Reviews: 24
Hads: 62
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 6.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brc on 04-06-2009

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Reviews: 24 | Hads: 62
Reviews by TheSupremeAJ:
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4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Trapp Door in Upper Milford Township, PA.

10oz pour in a snifter. Apperance is very murky and deep- almost like a cloudy maroon wine with a thin white head. Carbonation is visible. The aroma is astounding- funky, vinous, sour cherry. The taste is like a *POW* *WHAM* *PUNCH* of glorious sour funk... very tart. The mouthfeel is moderately thin, smooth on the finish. Overall a very good brew I would have more often if it were more ubiquitous. (458 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of braugon
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of lateralundertow
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the dark fruit with some brown sugar and oak aged notes. Fairly complex and very enjoyable. The aroma is more of the same. I get some lightly tart dark fruit, strawberries and cherries, as well as some oak aging notes. The tartness is fairly minimal. The beer is easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (441 characters)

Photo of mattfancett
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Highbury09
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Beertracker
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Alvinne Kerasus pours up surprisingly flat, but creates enough carbonation to muster a weakish, thinly laced pinkish-white head that barely rises above the bright, plum cherry body. The aroma is expectactly fruity with some tart/cordial cherry notes followed by a hint of earthiness. The flavor is quite fruity (Bing cherry, black cherry) with just a hint of sourness, Marzipan nuttiness & cherry pit bitterness. This fruit beer is overly focused on the cherries and really lacks sufficient body & maltiness (sweetness) to carry the fruitiness. Kerasus makes for a good appertif or even a nice base for a beer cocktail, but not as interesting as some of their other brews. Glad to have had the oppurtunity to try it on draught at the Redlight-Redlight in Orlando.

CHEERS! Beertracker (788 characters)

Photo of ManforallSaisons
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear light red color ale with a large bubbly head with average retention and limited lacing. Aroma of oak and sour cherries with light acidic notes is very enjoyable and refreshing. Taste is a nice mix between some oak notes with sour cherries. Well balanced tart notes with a light acidic touch. Body is quite full for style with great carbonation. Well brewed with great drinkability and complexity notes. (425 characters)

Photo of DavidHume
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bierguy5
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Gingerman NYC. Crimson color, with a bit of a pink head. Head disappears to a thing ring quickly.

Sour cherry notes up front. Earthy notes, with a bit of perfume. A bit funky and earthy.

Not much sweetness up front. Subtle sour cherry notes, and a bit heavier on the earthy and funky notes. Quite dry at the finish.

Lighter body, carbonation is very smooth. Alcohol is a non-factor. Not bad. (406 characters)

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerpirates
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured into my cantillon glass

A : Hazy ruby red with a small, mostly fading, pink head.

S : Pleasant, mildly tart aroma of cherry and strawberries and some sweet sugar.
T : Sweetish and slightly acidic cherry flavor with mild, dry tartness in the finish. Not very sour at this point
M : Light to medium body, slightly watery with mediumn carbonation.
D : very easy to drink , no alcohol detected

a decent - although quite thin - fruit beer. (461 characters)

Photo of sourwench429
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of fehrminator
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I suspect that there is substantial batch variation with this beer given the nature of the style and the reviews. My bottle was lovely. Deep ruby with huge sour cherry on the nose. Great sour and funky cherry flavor that finishes bone dry. This is a winner. At $11 for a 500mL bottle, a solid value. (299 characters)

Photo of pperez38
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey yesterday. Served in a mini snifter.

Pours ruby with almost no head. There's a strong note of cherry and a bit light oak. Faint lactic acid there as well, though this gets quite a bit stronger in the flavor. Moderate cherry in the flavor. Light body and some moderate carbonation. Tart cherry and dryness in the finish. Quite tasty. (353 characters)

Photo of IrishColonial
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The beer pours a murky amber/red color with a small off-white head.

S: An interesting blend of cherry pie and raspberry. There's a bit of vinegar and lemony tartness. A mild malt aroma and sweetness, perhaps some oak and grass, too.

T: Sweet cherry pie and vinegar flavors dominate this one. It's a very simple beer, but very sour. There is also a fair bit of lemon and perhaps some light raspberry notes to it.

M: Medium in body with low to medium carbonation.

O: Very sour and acetic, but overall pretty nice. (547 characters)

Photo of brc
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 33cl bottle into tulip. Best by Jan 2014, lot 280 on cap. Label is in Dutch, but says "Morpheus wild yeast inside". Pictures of cherries on label. Another note: label has 6% ABV, Alvinne's website lists 5.5%.

Pour a very fizzy head, bright pink, which fades quickly. Head acts more like soda than beer. Color of the liquid is deep ruby.

Has smells in common with lambic kriek, a bit of mustiness or cellar smell along with cherry aroma. Smelling it makes my brain tell my mouth to pucker.

It has a lovely tartness. Not overpoweringly sour at all, very pleasant. Nice cherry taste, dry finish.

Very fizzy mouthfeel, like champagne.

Very drinkable - no offputting flavors that some sour ales have, no overwhelming sourness. I wish I bought a case. (763 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sculpted of cherry, and then set upon a sour pedestal, the full sour and fruity display that the "pico-brewery" Alvine has created starts by tantalizing he senses with candied cherry but then chases that with a dry, sour and intense taste to bring those Belgian roots home.

Its striking pour of actual black cherry hues hide no secret about its fruit intentions. Like stewn cherry juice in the tulip, its short froth makes little mention as the acidity cuts through the foam and renders the beer calm. With its bright effervescence greeting the nose, strong cherry aromatics emit, bringing with them dry red wine, vinegar, lime and crabapple. Its taste is awash with cherry, but what comes next is somewhat unexpected.

And though the cherry flavor commands the balance, the sweeter flavors fade gracefully to allow the acidity to pull forth. Vibrant and bright black cherry turns sour, grapey and winey. With dried lemons, limes, kiwi and crabapple folding in on the middle palate, its acetic, vinegar-like flavors begin to lock the jaws and induce sweeting reactions.

Clean, lactic and tart, the medium-light beer finishes dry in order to allow the acidic texture to shine. As the acids strip the thirst, it promotes high sourness and astringency to not only balance the fruit and malt sweetness but to also dominate the finish with an afterglow of cherry and balsamic. (1,373 characters)

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Kerasus from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
86 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.