Cuvee Freddy - Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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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
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
04-23-2014 22:33:54 | More by Chico1985
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
04-22-2014 01:23:36 | More by cbutova
3.56/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
03-23-2014 13:29:59 | More by Hopswagger
Cuvee Freddy from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
89 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.