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Cuvee Freddy - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Cuvee FreddyCuvee Freddy

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very good

72 Reviews
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Reviews: 72
Hads: 259
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 20.3%
Wants: 13
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ShadesOfGray on 07-15-2010

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Photo of jbertsch
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really liked this.
Dark mahagony in color, off white head.
Nose is sour, bittersweet cherries, and a little sugary confection.
Flavor has a great mix of full-on tartness with dry cocoa notes. Essentially cocoa covered sour cherries with notes of raspberry and dray red malts.

The beer is almost like a dessert sour, the interplay between cocoa and sour cherries is really great. Flavor is deep and complex. Went great with a fatty burger.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown w/ reddish glow when held to light. Next to no tan head.
Smells of cherries, slight roasted chocolate, oak, lactic, red wine, cranberry.
Flavor is same as aroma adding touches of leather, tobacco, apple, & a slight sweetness on the finish(nowhere near Rodenbach-sweetness from malt not added sweeteners). Could be a little more sour to balance the sweetness for my taste. If it were, I would have rated closer to 4.3-4.45.
Mouthfeel is medium-med. light. Med.-low carbonation is perfect and gives it a chewy, long lasting finish.
Over all a very well balance and flavorful Flanders reddish brown. Very Enjoyable. has a best by date on bottle but I am wondering how it ages.
According to Alvinne a blend of a lighter base beer with two different stouts aged at different ratios/intervals in oak casks.

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Photo of TheMadJack
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass. Did not decant yeast.

A: Cloudy brownish red with rusty yellow highlights at the edge. A faint buff head forms and quickly dissipates leaving a ring of foam at the edge of the beer and some 70% occlusion of the surface. The 8% alcohol is likely interfering with head retention, regardless, knocked a few points per BJCP style.

S: A balanced and nuanced nose of apple cider vinegar, pears, raspberries, cranberries, clove, orange rind, and wheat crackers.

T: Lemon juice, complete with citric sourness. Bread crust, cranberries. Perhaps a faint sense of the oak barrels the bottle advertises this has been aged in, but it's slight enough that I might be letting expectation lead my taste buds. The effect of the oak, if it is there, is of licking a wooden board rather than the complexities of a whisky.

F: Light, almost lagery, except almost entirely devoid of carbonation. The tartness helps to keep the mouthfeel elevated.

D: If you cut your Flemish Sour teeth on, say, Monk's Cafe, then this one is going to surprise you with it's unrepentant tartness. Sip it. It has a similar refreshing quality that one also finds in tomato juice with a squeeze of lemon, if you're into that. Which I am. Not a session beer, but worth pairing with a meal and having two or three over the course thereof.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Well this is an odd one. It manages to be simultaneously both watery and somewhat harsh. Like really watered down Tussin, but with plentiful tobacco/leather/tannic notes and only mild sourness. There's also faint vanilla from the barrel.

Looks and smells really nice, but unfortunately the taste just doesn't deliver. Again, strangely watery and bitter.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

This one pours a slightly fizzy, moderately dark brown, with a very small head, and no lacing.

Smells like red wine, vinegar, cherries, oak, and lactic acid.

This is a little bit too vinegary to be entirely enjoyable for me. The vinegar dominates, with sour cherries, some sweet malt, and lactic acid. There's a little bit of oak, but not much barrel.

This is medium bodied, with a very tart and biting mouthfeel.

This was certainly interesting but had a few flaws.

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Photo of Roguer
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear brown brew topped by a tan head. Gusher of a brew; good head size; great retention and nice lacing.

Sharp, vinegar and oak aroma, laced with tannins and grape. A touch of caramel.

Tart flavor, but not overly so, really allowing the malt flavors to come through. Dark fruit and dark bread, oak and tannins, red grapes, and grainy brown sugar peeking through on the finish.

Very fizzy mouthfeel; slick and very drinkable. Nice sour qualities, puckering (especially on the finish), but very subdued.

This is a very nice Oud Bruin, bringing a lot of flavor to the table without being overwhelmingly tart.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter. Dark brown color with a tan head, some lacing on the glass, no head retention. Slight oak on the aroma and taste, was expecting a little more for a year, Slight vinegar at the front, some sourness, slight tart cherries, not big flavors but really good, finishes dry and sour, alcohol not very noticeable for 8%, medium mouthfeel. The sourness was a little subdued, was hoping for more, but this is still very good.

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Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Boise Coop. I was hoping the oak barrel aging would be more noticeable, but can't really detect any traces, other than the sour palate being slightly subdued. Dark brown pour with minimal head. Aroma and taste are pure sour, pit fruit sweetness. Taste is more raisins, plums, apricots and a hint of vinegar tartness. Mild finish

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Photo of dd43
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A wonderful Belgian Flanders sour ale. I wish I had the larger portion of the bottle I shared. Pours a lovely dark burgundy color, minimal head. Cherry notes and a slightly woody/barrel quality in the aroma and flavor. Slightly tart and appropriately lactic finish accentuated by the carbonation. Very nice, and don't be afraid of the yeast sediment in the dregs if you're into that sort of thing.

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Photo of mardolin
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a stemless snifter. Smells like I combined my trip to Cantillon with that to Neuhaus. Tastes like a great young gueze with a drop of old Rasputin. Great find for $5 at new beer distributors in NYC.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

$5.99 for 11.2 oz at Arrow Wine. Poured into a small stemmed flute.

Generally a clean tasting beer with a bit of cherry. Some sherry-like qualities without the high ABV. 3.75

A – Pours a brown, slightly reddish but clear with almost zero head. What little there was is tan. Coats the glass. Alcohol legs. Good body visually. 3.5

S – Sweet and sour, lactic, sour cherry, black cherry. 4

T – Malty sourness but not pucker sour, zero identifiable bitterness, woody/oaky/lactic finish. 4

MF – Medium body, slightly sweet, a little creaminess in the finish. 4.5

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Photo of constantine_272
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark brown with light brown foam. Speaking of foam, there was very very little. Seemed to be low on carbonation. Oh, and they layer of sediment at the bottom of the bottle was unreal!

S: bright red fruit and tart cranberry. Dark aging mahogany and rich black soil. Red wine vinegar. Smells a bit mellow.

T: Mellow woodiness of cedar and rain soaked oak starts off. That is short lived as the sweet and sour candy fires forward. Sourness is of raspberry, strawberry, cherry and cranberry. Long sour red wine flavor lingers with red wine vinegar that's both off putting yet intriguing. Despite the sour a low undertone of earth and rich leather persists. And finally a dry saltiness lingers ever so slightly of hazelnut.

F: Puckering tingly and a medium dryness.

O: Did not like on the first sip or two. I think that was just shock as I now think it was quite delicious. This thing needed to warm up a few degrees from fridge temps like most Belgians. This beer has just a crazy amount of flavor, and not just a one trick pony of just sour as it is nicely rounded by the earthy notes.

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Photo of brianmandell
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%

Pours a dark reddish-brown with quickly reducing head.

Smells of sweet and tart cherries, concord grape juice, chocolate, and oak

Tastes sweet and jammy up front with sour and sweet Welch's grape. The dark malt adds a chocolatey sweetness too. Some acetic acid burns the throat. A strange aftertaste as the malts mix with astringent oak tannins. The sweetness never quite dries out in the finish but the astringency remains. Fairly sour.

Silky medium body but under-carbonated.

Interesting beer. I like the dark ale component and the sweetness can work as a dessert beer. Otherwise, the sweetness, chemical fruitiness, acetic acid, astringent bitterness and lack of carbonation make this one I will avoid in the future.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque but lightly hazy very dark mahogany in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and light amber + crimson red highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy light beige head that quickly reduces to absolutely no head. No lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sour dark fruit (cherries), moderate aromas of vinegar/vinous red grapes, and a lighter aroma from the oak from the barrel aging.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of moderately to very tart/sour black cherries along with some light to moderate flavors of oak barrels and vanilla. There is a also a light flavor of vinous red grapes/vinegar. Overall, moderately tart which lingers beyond the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: A very interesting beer - some aspects of a BSDA but more of a Flanders Oud Bruin. Very enjoyable but not for the person that does not enjoy a good tart/sour beer.

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Photo of BMFR1811
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%

Purchased in order to use the dreggs to inoculate a saison homebrew that I am souring. Poured a very deep, dark burgundy. The aroma is similar to a red wine, light oak, this has a pleasant tartness, mouth puckering but not obscenely sour, a fizzy effervescence, that finishes with a smoky, charcoal, reminiscent of hickory smoke

Not a bad sour, not allagash coolship by any means but pretty good while I am away from Maine

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Photo of cjgiant
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brown, or a very deep burgundy, with fair amount of head.
The smell is pretty much as expected: a light tartness pervades. These tart notes are of Granny Smith and maybe a little lime also. I think I get some if the oak (but that could be power of suggestion, maybe even a hint of alcohol to remind me if bourbon, but very faint.

The beer is not overly sour, but it's far from weak, also. I think a nice amount of tart funkiness to drive the taste. I get the citrus bite a little more than in the smell, but do also get tart apple. This bite fades to a taste that I wish came on a little more. I do get a bit of woodiness, and it seems to want to have a little fig, but never quite gets there. The taste after this seems to fade pretty quickly, a light residual wood feel in the end.

This is a beer that won't overpower you, but has enough sour bite up front to be worthy of another try (although it was on the expensive side).

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Photo of Chico1985
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for sharing this at a sour-themed tasting. 2012 bottle.

A - Dark red pour with a beige head, so-so retention as a thick ring, leaves spots of lace.

S - Red wine grapes are the most prevalent, good amount of oak and general dark fruit (cherries, raisins) as well. Nice tartness and pretty decent strength overall.

T - A bit more going on here than the scent. Red wine still leads the way, a bit of the Podge showing through now with chocolate and roasty tones, blends nicely with the Flanders flavors. Medium tartness, light vinegar, some lactic sourness, oak, vanilla, raisins, cherry coke.

M - Somewhat lacking in the body, could be smoother. Some booze showing through, carbonation is fine, average drinkability.

O - Nice interesting flanders. The red wine barrel is nice, the stout notes are on the fainter end but also add a nice touch.

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Photo of cbutova
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing last night Dan. Fully reviewed at time of sampling.

Alvinne Cuvee Freddy Zymatore 2012 Batch 2

A- Poured from the 750ml to seven pint glasses for Sours and Saisons III 2014 with a pitch black body. Some brown around the edges upon further inspection. A creamy cap forms to about a finger with a light tan hue. Head retention is pretty low as the head dies to almost nothing after some time. Lacing is very sparse.

S- Vinous tart grapes off the top with that Sauvingnon and Zinfandel feel. A decent amount of roasty malts from the blended in stout. Lactic tartness leads me on to some sourness. Slight Belgian yeast spice and raisins.

T- Wine and Sour Ale base are the most prevalent elements of the flavor with a nice wine grape, lactic tart, oak tannin and apple presence. Belgian yeast spice comes out some more here with chocolate roast malts, lemons and raisins.

MF- Body consistency is somewhere between light and moderately thick. Texture is fizzy with a slight foamy and silky feel. Carbonation at a moderate level as tartness coats the palate.

Lots of nice flavors bouncing off of each other. The wine is probably most prevalent overall for me but the cocoa roast malts, sour ale and Belgian yeast balance out nicely to make a interesting, unique brew.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Pours a dark brown cola body with dark khaki head that fizzles to a thin cap. Silky micro bubble lacing sloshes on the edge.

S: Cardboard, cedar chips, horseradish, insulation foam, dandelion weeds, faint paint fumes and potpourri. Natural and musty funk aroma not much tartness.

T/M: Dark figs and dark cherry tartness. Naturally dirty flavors play off the wood and acidic fruits. All natural fruit rollup, and bitter sweet chocolate lurks in the distance. Good prickly semi syrupy body and finishes dry with lingering apple cider vinegar.

O: Overall a well crafted brew. The natural mustiness was welcoming but I think it may have overpowered the base concoction. The acidity and definitely the tartness was muted and the flavors were not masterfully blended. Good but not in the top five.

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Photo of wedge
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown color topped with a moderate frothy tan head. Fruity balsamic-like aroma...sherry, cherries, grapes, blackberries, and raisins. Just a bit of chocolate, but otherwise not much from the malt. Increasing dry oaky notes as it warms. Big time tart fruity flavor, very silky, and delightfully sweet and sour. Black cherries, berries, oak barrel, and a little red wine. Very soft, "floaty" mouthfeel with a solid lingering tartness, finishing dry. Sticks to the teeth. Excellent.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Dark oxidized purple color out of the bottle, hits nearly black but more of a dark inky purple color. Tan head which makes about two fingers but doesn't last, with some nice rising thin tan colored accented carbonation on the sides to populate a thin collar. Collar does eventually vanish while drinking quite quickly.

Nose is mildly sweet smelling but with a tinge of soft sourness and real nice juicy hints of plum and grape. Wet like raisin sensing a bit but not much oak character going on here.

Noticeably tart, but also incredibly wet bodied. Strange crazy finish with a sharp wine must sourness of cheap grapes. Very light bodied with a salty tinge and highly seltzery fizz carbonation. Aftertaste is nearly non existent with lots drying tannic qualities which don't help the palate. Some of the fruit character hinted on the nose particularly of plum and grape does come out but feels spoiled.

Always wanted to give this one a shot, and really love Flanders beers but even this one from the area really does not do it for me.

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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This is Zymatore Edtion 2012 Batch 3, aged on Ransom Spirits Whisky, Pinot Noir and Late Harvest Zinfandel Barrels. Alvino sour aged on red grapes blended with Mano Negra (Belgian Stout). Blended and barrel aged. Barrel Numbers 12, 147, 149 and 150, Filled 3/5/12, emptied 10/7/13. Poured from a 750 ml bomber into a Founders Snifter at around 50F.

A: Basically a still beer, no carb other than the slightest cap which formed from nucleation after the pour. I Poured it aggressively. Dark Dark Dark red, basically black. Not turbid, pretty clear.

N: Tart red cherries, vinous grapes, a bit of lacto. I dont get any Belgian Owl Whisky barrel, but maybe a bit of Pinot Noir Oak. I don't get much funk or must, but there's a certain organic earthiness to the fragrance. Pleasant.

T: Big tart cherries are the dominant notes. It hits you with aggressive lambic lacto tartness, which you really get on the sides of your tongue, but transitions to the stout like oaky, very slightly smoky maltiness on the finish. Very interesting hybrid flavor profile. It's totally well integrated but you can pick out the two blended components on the front and back of eack sip.

MF: More wine-like than ale-like due to the almost total lack of carbonation. You have the tartness, which commands your palate and then puckers it a bit, without any real effervescence to cleanse. Medium bodied, with nice coating, but I could go with slightly more carbonation.

O: This is definitely a quality beer, and quite unique in approach. I can imagine that there is a fair amount of batch to batch variation based on the aging and blending methodology. If you like Flemish Reds, Oud Bruins and have an open mind, I think you will appreciate this beer. I'm a bit underwhelmed by the complex barrel aging protocol, which I imagined would be more apparent; I guess it's overshadowed by the tartness. I would definitely buy it again, and I would love to see how this ages.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottlecap says JUN2018

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a patch of wispy surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind.

S- Powerful aroma of dark fruit, mainly black cherry, oak and lactic acid. Very musty. There's a unique medicinal aroma mixed in with everything that I'm not familiar with. Could be the yeast combined with the oak.

T- The flavor is much more controlled with a good balance of dark fruit, tartness and a bit of oak. Tastes like a Flanders Red on steroids which I guess is what a Flanders Oud Bruin is supposed to be. There's a decent amount of malt to balance but the sourness really catches up to you after a while

M- Very dry with a heavy pucker. Medium-low carbonation with a full body.

O- Intensely sour, but luckily there's enough fruit and malt to keep it within the bounds of drinkability.

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Photo of Santanax
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff pours a murky brown little head but you can see bubbles present...smells of oak and something funky.... the first sip is mouthwatering unexpectedly really fruity and sour... superb sour flemish ale.... Lovely acidic tarness with lots of cherry tones... not overly sour but well balaced with oak and aCIdity... wow superb!!!! It is sour though dont get me wrong prob most sour flanders ive tried...Great Stuff!!!

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into a snifter. 2013 bottle

pours a murky dark red with absolutely no head. the smell is of sour cherry skins..and is quite pronounced. its not super in your face sour but the sourness is definitely there and the cherry skins are dominate in the aroma. The taste almost exactly follows suit...slight sourness but a good cherry flavor. not boozy at all. very tasty. 0 carbonation and medium bodied.

overall better than i was expecting. i really enjoyed the taste on this one!

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Cuvee Freddy from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
89 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.