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Cuvee Freddy - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Cuvee FreddyCuvee Freddy

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BA SCORE
88
very good

163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne visit their website
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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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a new one to me, I've never heard of the brewery before. But with this bottle they are high in the running for worst label ever. This was an extra from finewinemike.

CFR Jan 2014 Lot: 472 stamped on the cap.

Appearance
The head is slow to form and quick to disperse. It doesn't seem to hold very much carbonation. The beer is a really dark cola color, it's deepness is intriguing.

Aroma
This is a very inviting aroma. Tartness is sharp, but not frightening. This stuff is loaded with black cherry goodness. Swirling kicks up plenty of dark, balsamic vinegar and the sweet vanilla notes of oak. There is a hidden shot of basement, moldy funk hidden within all of the rich, fruity aromas.

Taste
The taste doesn't seem as well seated and focused as the aroma. There is a lot of extreme tannic acidity that gets close to being medicinal or chemical. Cherry skins and pits are there providing tartness, sweetness and more tannins at once. The oak comes in very strong shortly after the palate adjusts to the tannins. Lots of fresh, damp, pulpy wood with a little bit of vanilla interwoven.

Mouthfeel
Very low carbonation, but it doesn't really hurt this beer too much. It seems to work with the dryness and mild tartness of this stuff.

Overall
Smells really good, but the flavor is a bit sloppy; it starts to be all-over-the-place. This is still a good surprise since this is certainly a beer I'd pass on if I saw it on shelves; actually I'd probably never notice it on shelves.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 04:03:11 | More by MbpBugeye
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a curious brew here, pouring a really dark red, almost brown color, with a minimal white head. oddly dark for the style. the nose is lightly sour, but more vinegar than anything. tart cherries and yeasty must also resonate. the flavor is sugary and fruity, with the cherry becoming sort of artificial. the funk to this is really nice. its only minimally sour, and the darker malts give it some sweetness that is a really nice contrast. the alcohol is very well hidden, and if it wasn't so acidic, this would be relatively drinkable. I like the bigger malt bill, but this beer needs a lot more carbonation to keep up with it. it comes across thin and watery as a result of inferior bubbles. overall not a beer I will race to drink again, but an intriguing take on a style that really doesn't make it to America in much variety. I appreciate the effort, and am sure this is much better live at the source. thanks also to claystation for bringing this one over.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 23:01:56 | More by StonedTrippin
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mctizzz

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-26-2013 23:57:19 | More by hoppymcgee
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jpaulsen

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-07-2013 21:15:16 | More by jpaulsen
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scotv

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

10-06-2013 13:02:17 | More by scotv
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Jeffrey2310

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

09-09-2013 04:00:36 | More by Jeffrey2310
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

09-07-2012 02:11:56 | More by Hanzo
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

No date on bottle.

Not much of a sound when the bottle opened- either this beer is just not very carbonated or it has been lost. The beer is very dark brown and there is no head whatsoever.

Smell contains lots of oak and a tart, port-like dark fruit smell.

Taste is quite tart, lots of oak. Resembles balsamic vinegar, with the addition of a vinous, winey flavour. Aftertaste is fairly sour and not particularly pleasant.

Medium bodied, totally flat. Quite astringent. Unfortunate.

Reading other reviews, it is clear both that (a) this beer is not meant to be as flat as it is, and (b) this is a not uncommon problem with this beer. In the state that I got it, it is not particuarly good, with the body really being a problem. Properly bottled, this might be much better.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 17:19:34 | More by jrenihan
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

05-05-2013 13:18:43 | More by Archemedies
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JDavidRice

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

05-08-2013 22:05:39 | More by JDavidRice
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

10-21-2012 04:26:24 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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infuturity83

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

12-29-2013 19:53:38 | More by infuturity83
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N8DAGR8

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

01-09-2012 14:27:17 | More by N8DAGR8
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

11-17-2013 13:24:42 | More by Kelp
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od_sf

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

12-14-2012 04:42:55 | More by od_sf
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Apathetiq

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

11-26-2013 05:02:14 | More by Apathetiq
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle served in a tulip glass. No freshness date

Appearance: Pours a deep dark reddish brown color. Pours almost completely still with no head. Body is nearly opaque.

Smell: Red wine, vinegar, black licorice, soy sauce, chocolate, tobacco, blackberry. Its a very interesting aroma

Taste: Sour grapes, prunes, soy sauce, oak, red wine tannins, slight roasted malt and chocolate. Medium vinegar acidity from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Slick, oily mouthfeel. It has about as little carbonation as possible without being completely flat.

Overall: One of the more interesting beers I've ever had. The lack of carbonation hurt this one big time in my opinion. Still a very good brew, but if carbonated, could have been excellent.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 04:10:46 | More by Jonada
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass. Pours a medium brown, but fills the glass a dark muddy brown...no light passing through, and a small head dissipates quickly leaving pretty clean side walls...no real lacing to speak of.

Aroma is very appealing. Smells like a great sour, but doesn't look like one...so definitely confusing! Small notes of coffee and wood. Tart/funk is pretty strong, but not vinegary like I expect from a flemish.

Flavor is really strange. Not bad at all, infact...it's definitely tasty! With that said, not great either. Theres a solid sour taste, which was expected from the aroma, but the coffee is combatting the flavor adding a strange characteristic. Medium body, medium carbonation...booze isn't really noticed. An interesting and tasty beer...grab a bottle if you see it just to taste it for yourself!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 02:53:14 | More by ShadesOfGray
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris for sharing this at a tasting. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Muddy brown body with some frothy tan bubbles. Forgettable.

S: Clear, sharp acetic acid, cherry, and light malty sweetness. Quite nice, if not as complex as it could be.

T: Red wine vinegar, vanilla, bready malt, and a sweet, sticky finish. Good sweet + sour balance.

M: Sticky medium body with light carbonation. Not bad, but not quite good either.

D: A little too sticky and sweet to be really drinkable; where's the barrel?

Notes: While this was quite an enjoyable beer, it kind of got lost in the haze of other awesome brews at the tasting. I'm entering this review less than a week later, and I really can't remember anything beyond what I've written in my notes. This was a decent, but totally forgettable, Oud Bruin. I'm really glad I got to try it, of course, and I look forward to sampling more from what seems to be an innovative, interesting brewery.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 02:23:12 | More by woosterbill
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claspada

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with amber hues, little to no head; subtle lacing. Pretty darn still almost like wine.

Aromas of sourness, oak, vinegar, earth and tobacco. No hop of yeast aromas.

The tastes begin with tons of red vinous grapes followed by oak, earthiness, tart cherry, vinegar and a light stone fruitiness in the back end. No hops or yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel is super thin and light, like a light-to-medium bodied pinot noir or granache wine. Low carbonation; pretty much still.

Overall this was a very interesting beer and the most wine influenced beer I have ever sampled. I wish I got more of the base beer here but I enjoyed how the sour beer flavors worked with the wine barrel aging. Would have liked more body/carbonation but the wine mouthfeel is appropriate I guess for a red vinous tasting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 13:42:32 | More by claspada
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GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

AP: No head on this at all, just some off white/cream coloured bubbles hugging the glass. Darker in colour than I anticipated, like a deep mahogany brown, though it has some coppery and reddish hues when held up to the light.
AR: Apple cider vinegar, wet sourdough German pretzels, pear, grape skins, tart green apples, Belgian yeast funk and damp musty oak. Smells like it should be tasty.
T: Bloody hell, this is one sour SOB. Vinegar smacks your tongue and puckers your mouth. Haven't had one quite this sour in a while or maybe ever. Once I get past the initial shock of the strong vinegar I get the fruits I scented in the nose: grape skins (foremost), tart green apples and pear. The funky Belgian yeast comes into play on the back end with that dank oakiness as well. I need another sip or two to sort this out proper. A decent amount of juicy fruits on the aftertaste that are fighting with the sour vinegar for dominance. I love me some sours, but this one is slightly off balance.
M: Very acidic, low carbonation, seems like it does more than cleanse the palate...sort of like how Lava soap does a bit more than cleanse your hands. I do get a nice vinous and slightly viscous feel from the barrel and the fruits.
OV: It is tasty, especially on the finish, but a bit out of balance for my liking. Just a tad too sour/tart to receive a higher rating. Still totally drinkable, just not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 03:40:02 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
Cuvee Freddy from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
88 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.