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Cuvee Freddy - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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BA SCORE
89
very good

170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ShadesOfGray on 07-15-2010)
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Reviews by cjgiant:
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev +3%

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).

05-26-2014 19:03:35 | More by cjgiant
More User Reviews:
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Jayman931

Mississippi

4.48/5  rDev +12.8%

Man....first smelling this beer I knew it was a great Our Bruin Flemish Sour. Smells of sour cherry with a mild barrel funk ending. Very dark mahogany in appearance. Nice white head with a light purple hue...stayed around awhile to a thin lacy head. A small swear brought a little 1/4 finger head back. The taste was what I was hoping for. Sour cherries up front that hits your back sides of your toungue. Then the tart barrel funky sour hits the middle of the tongue to finish...hanging on at the end is a dry almost earthy after taste. This was a great beer. A must have if you like this style.

10-04-2013 01:52:25 | More by Jayman931
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-20-2014 20:59:14 | More by JakerLou
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mctizzz

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-27-2013 13:15:40 | More by mctizzz
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is toffee, lightly tart cherries and oak. Very inviting. The flavor is tart cherries, oak and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice, lightly sour beer that is very drinkable.

09-07-2010 04:07:44 | More by Mora2000
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fo1ksguitar

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

01-04-2012 15:17:39 | More by fo1ksguitar
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rbouton

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

04-05-2014 04:05:12 | More by rbouton
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

08-14-2013 22:59:51 | More by JamesStreet
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-24-2014 14:53:19 | More by Griffith
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mattfancett

United Kingdom (England)

2.6/5  rDev -34.5%

08-27-2014 09:21:21 | More by mattfancett
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nickhiller

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

A: dark cherry to coffee brown, thin but bubbly head, big chunks of yeast floaters.

S: sweet and sour, tangy even, raisins.

T: musty cider, crab apples and sour grapes, blue cheese, oak shines through as a warming red wine, finish is bitter roasted coffee.

M: light and crisp, warm bitter finish.

O: reminds me a lot of Orval, which I love, light bodied but complex and surprisingly strong for an 8%er

05-20-2011 01:22:16 | More by nickhiller
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zonker17

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-08-2013 00:20:41 | More by zonker17
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit stemmed snifter. Poured a massively dark brown (basically black) with a minimal light tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherry, acetic acid, and tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, caramel, wood, and subtle sour. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This brew really threw me off as it smelled as if it would be much more sour/tart than it actually was. This one did have the tart/sour aspect going on, but it was not the dominant flavor in it at all. The flavors that were present really did a nice job of working together and enhancing one another. Just wish there would have been a little bit of the acetic acid present that I picked up on in the aroma. Defintely worth trying if you get the opportunity.

08-25-2011 17:44:52 | More by thagr81us
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rvajohn

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-21-2013 01:13:32 | More by rvajohn
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Keene

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

A tart but inviting beer, Cuvee Freddy pours a deep burgundy or mahogany color, leaving a fine ring of tan foam behind. The nose is sour with a whiff of vanilla, likely due to the aging in oak barrels. In short, this Flanders Oud Bruin is bold and full-bodied; cherry tartness and the aforementioned woody character are apparent in each and every mouthful.

Its drinkability is enhanced by the softening of the sour flavor in the drying finish. Let it linger on your tongue and you'll also notice hints of leather and dark skinned fruit. Overall, this is an aggressive and slightly acidic beer that serves as a noteworthy example of its style.

05-01-2011 11:59:07 | More by Keene
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-18-2011 18:45:40 | More by GRG1313
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DanE

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-29-2013 17:32:25 | More by DanE
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Appearance – Pours an almost opaque color into a generic tulip. Slight red can be shown around the edges but overall, this sucker is practically impenetrable by light. Less than a finger of very quickly dissipating head is achieved with a decent pour, that leaves little lacing.

Smell – Acidic characteristics up front, red wine vinegar, sour cherry, granny smith apples, slight vanilla (an odd yet pleasant aroma I was not expecting), and of course lots of funk.

Taste – Red wine up front – the initial taste reminds me of consecration but not on the same level/caliber to be honest. Dark fruits such as cherries and plums, more sweet malts and oak come through midway, and at the end is just the hint of vanilla. The warmer this gets, the more the tart/sour cherries come through. However, not to be a downer or a negative nancy, this just isn’t on par with what I was expecting. I was hoping it to be a bit more mouth puckering and what not. Perhaps one with age...

Mouthfeel – Low (too low in my opinion) carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall – A good flanders, and one I’d honestly pick up in the future to see what age would do to it. I’m in the process of trying to find RR replacements now that I’m back in IL, and this one may have to do for a Consecration Also wish there was a bit more carbonation.

05-30-2011 03:28:21 | More by SpdKilz
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

01-06-2014 01:27:36 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

02-12-2013 00:26:38 | More by Neffbeer
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Hutch517

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-21-2014 02:13:16 | More by Hutch517
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tendermorsel

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

An older vintage (2008?) shared with thepeter as a morning tick from his cellar. Tried this on draft on Borfets and since he had this vintage bottle in the cellar why not?

Redish purple in color. minimal short lasting head. Crazy nose. Fruty, musky and sour smelling. Awesome.

Very tart and complex. Sour cherries plums with dried fruits mixed in. This aged very well. One of the best examples of this style. Not to much vinegar, actually quite balanced.

Much better than the fresh draft verision. Great stuff and the 3-4 years in thepeter's cellar did great things to this beer.

10-23-2012 15:54:39 | More by tendermorsel
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

12-29-2013 16:50:18 | More by KevinGordon
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy burgundy color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of sour and tart notes mix in with light sweet notes and some sherry. Taste is also a nice mix between some tart notes which are well balanced with some notes of sherry and port with a subtle vinous character. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very nice and not too one-dimensional on the sour side of things.

12-02-2011 15:53:38 | More by Phyl21ca
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Taperwookie

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-06-2014 00:51:16 | More by Taperwookie
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Cuvee Freddy from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
89 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.