Cuvee Freddy - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 244
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 4.49%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | FT: 2
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Belgium

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 juan_malamunga
4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No gushing like the Alvinne wild undressed. Smells of dark fruit and a great dark flanders color. Awesome mouth feel that left a clean palate. Crisp and light yet you can hardly noticed the abv and only felt a slight warmth in the belly. A phenomenal beer. A hearty flanders red.

Cheers! (289 characters)

Photo of mardolin
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
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. (231 characters)

Photo of LazFTW
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I can honestly say I love this beer. It is one of the most unique beers one can experience. It pours a dark dark red which one might mistake for a stout in the right lighting. Cuvee Freddy has little to no carbonation which gives it an interesting mouthfeel. The taste is reminiscent of lambic, wine, and whiskey due to the oak barrels in which it was aged. Friends of mine who like even the most bland of beers were blown away by the flavor. Its a shame I cannot find it at any local liquor store and have to pay $12 a bottle at the Ginger Man bar here in town. I hope they never stop carrying it! (598 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to hopdog and Dixie Normous for sharing this piece of art.
Appears a deep dense, mahogany with small off white cap with spotty bits of lacing around the glass.
Smell is of red wine, vanilla, tart bits of apple, berries, and funk.
Taste is of the aromas with strawberries and funky wine.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with a tad bit of tartness pulling through.
Really nice stuff. Wish I had more. (412 characters)

Photo of Keene
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (643 characters)

Photo of Jayman931
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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. (596 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a very dark and murky purple to burnt sienna brown in color. Some semi transparent brown froth that dissipated quickly.

(S)- Very acidic with an inky-like dark fruit aroma. Lots of dank and dirty; almost smoky oak with subtle dark cocoa. Very vinegar-like throughout. A very intense aroma for the style, but I like it.

(T)- Not quite as intense as the smell was, but with very similar characters. A great underlying acidic and vinegar-like sourness. The fruits are extremely dark like plum, prune, cassis, yet quite dirty/inky-like with a subtle smokiness that pokes through with dark cocoa and oak. Finishes very dry.

(M)- Very very subdued carbonation level, but with its vibrant acidity it really is not missed all that much. A very deep and dark rendition of the style with subtle sweetness despite all the acidity and very dirty/smoky oak.

(O)- I can see why not many would like this one, but I certainly do. Like I mentioned before, this is the darkest/deepest take on the style I have had with it being almost so earthy, I do get essences of actual dirt; strange but enjoyable somehow. It is really not much to look at, but the rest of this beer shines. (1,212 characters)

Photo of drseamus
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Ebenezers

A: Dark brown body with a good tan head.

S: Slight sour smell with a hint of vinegar

T: Light flavor with sourness and some vinegar. Slight touch of sweetness but a fairly short taste. Pretty good flanders.

M: Light bodied and really easy to drink (if you like flanders)

D: All day long easily. I ran 16 miles before I went to Ebenezers and I wish this was at the finish line ready for some thirst quenching. (440 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a dark dark brown color with a very short lived light tan fizzy head. Looks a bit like cola in my goblet.

S- sticky ripe cherry, damp musty oak and basaltic vinegar with notes of leather and lovely funk.

T- tart acidic sour cherry, underripe blackberry and rich oak flavors. Notes of leather, oak and basaltic vinegar mid palate. Finishes with a smidge of malt sweetness and cranberry with a lingering tartness and red wine tannins.

MF- slick acidic mouthfeel with a medium body. Low soft carbonation.

D- very drinkable for the sour lover. A bit to acidic for those who don't care for the style.

Overall an awesome beer. (634 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.29/5  rDev +7%
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! (490 characters)

Photo of shleepy
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from bottle (purchased at K&L in Redwood City) into Cantillon glass.

A: Super dark brown, with plenty of yeast sediment that settled at the bottom of the glass. Dark head that spurted out of the bottle... though maybe I should have kept it in the an upright position in a fridge for a day or two before opening.

S: Sour, barrely. Black currant notes, along with smoke and chocolate.

T: Tastes much like it smells. Pronounced chalky, smoky chocolate flavor, balanced by a high level of sourness for a beer this dark, and a general flandersy flavor profile. Very interesting flavor combination, to be sure, and one that works very well.

M: Very lively, bubbly mouthfeel. Very acidic.

O: In my opinion, this one is super tasty. I tried it on tap at a little event hosted by K&L at Gourmet Haus Staud, and then noticed that K&L had it in bottles. I can see how some people may be offended by the mix of flavors, or maybe they don't like sour and/or smoky beers, to begin with, but I really enjoy both of those flavors, and this beer really puts the two of them together in a great way. (1,093 characters)

Photo of tendermorsel
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (583 characters)

Photo of Santanax
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
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!!! (422 characters)

Photo of Arenbeer
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2floz bottle into a Goblet glass

Thanks to Finewinemike for this one

Best by Jan 2014

A- Pours a really really dark reddish brown that appears an opaque black with small reddish hues in the light. No head at all even with a vigorous pour, just some small white bubbles around the rim of the glass.

S- Sweet and lactic cherries, apple cider, and vinous notes with tons of funk. A good amount of balsamic vinegar and slight musty wood notes coming through as well.

T- Up front the balsamic vinegar flavor dominates with hints of sweetness from the cherries. The back end provides a lot of musty oak notes and funky fruity flavors.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice slightly tart finish.

SkÅL! (723 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.21/5  rDev +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. (610 characters)

Photo of nickhiller
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (406 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (1,090 characters)

Photo of stckhndlr
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears quite dark with no head.

Citrus sour, with a fruity sweet smell

Oak and lime sour, yeast and dark fruit. There's a caramel note that starts to grow on you as the beer warms.

Thin but not watery, and oily kind of feel. Not alot of carbonation.

The flavor of this reminds one of a whiskey sour mixed drink. Just with a touch of carbonation. (350 characters)

Photo of GuzzLah
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours an opaque dark brown/black. No head. No lace. No bubbles.

S - acetic, red wine, oak, cherry, black currant, hint of barrel coconut.

T - mimics the aroma plus some mild chocolate malt. Drinks like a malty, barrel aged red wine. Tasty!

M - medium-full body for the style. Luxurious feel. Sweet and sour, but not extreme in either regard. Mouth watering. Low carbonation.

O - I'd like it better with some carbonation, but found it to be a very nice example of an Oud Bruin. Similar to Rodenbach Vintage. Better in some ways and not as good in others. A pleasure to drink! (582 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (885 characters)

Photo of jpmclaug
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bottle poured into a tulip.

Dark brown, maybe with a hint of red, not much head present.
Cherries, toasted malts, some sour notes, fairly sweet aroma.
Fairly sweet, some funky blue cheese like notes, hints of cherries but not much sourness. Medium body with a light carbonation.

A pretty solid beer. I wish I got more cherry flavor and a bit more tartness. That said it has some nice funky notes. I'm glad I tried this one and wouldn't mind revisiting it in the future. (478 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown color with a few inches of off white/tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour, dark fruits, as well as oak and roasted malts. Lots of tart cherries. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of sour dark fruit, sweet fruity malts, oak, and roasted malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I liked this flanders a lot> i really enjoy tart cherries and sour dark fruits, so the smell was great to me. Would like to try again. (517 characters)

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle split with friends with a ton of baller cheese.

A- two fingers of tan head from steady pour. Ruddy dark brown in color with hints of copper at the edges.

S- deep rich oak notes with dark stone fruit and a mild tart and sour hit.

T funky oak barrel and tart stone fruits. Quite vinous. Sweet and roasty at times with a subtle lactic sour.

M- medium body with a light carb. Very big tannin quality that dries the mouth.

D- lovely stuff mildly sour and rich. With a nice complex depth. (501 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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). (937 characters)

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Cuvee Freddy from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
89 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.