Cuvee Freddy - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 252
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 20.35%
Wants: 13
Gots: 38 | 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 metter98
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color - traces of amber are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of sour dark fruits are present in the nose.
T: The beer has very sour and tart flavors of dark fruits - black cherries seem to stand out in particular. Hints of chocolate and roasted malts are also noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very tart on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes more like a sour and tart version of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale compared to a Flanders Oud Bruin but is very complex and interesting.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico in Alexandria. Served in a mini-snifter.

Pour is a very dark brown with minimal head, though there is a thin collar throughout, and some spots form after a good swirl. The nose brings some slight roast along with a good cherry presence, some lactic acid, and a moderate amount of oak. The flavor is fairly acidic with a good oak and tannin presence. The darker portion of the blend is noticeable with some roast. The finish is fairly sour, but also has some good roast. A bit of acetone, though only in the finish. Not more than is worth docking .5 points for. Overall, really solid. Glad to see this on tap two blocks from home.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Supreme sour and savory fusion is on display with this Belgian-brewed Sour Ale that favors a balance of succulent sweetness notes that are hard to put your finger on. But with this ale, placing a taste bud is quite easy.

Dark ruby-brown in color, the haze of the beer masks its color and pushes it to an obscure russet dark color. Nearly absolute stillness ensues as the beer relaxes in the glass and preferred still character. Dark for most wines, the beer can resemble aged sherry with its deep saturation of color.

Strongly aromatic, the beer doesn't need any spring of carbonation, it puts on a full-on display of tart and savory balsamic, oxidized sherry wine, soft brandyish sweet notes and savory near-soy sauce-like character. Black cherries, tart apples, and dry white wine all play into the dry fruit and savory scent.

Softer and more savory in taste, the flavor spread of the beer is variant but doesn't share the high sourness in taste that the aromas suggested. Instead the savory-sweet and tart notes of sherry, soy sauce, oak and toasty chocolate greet the early palate. Surprisingly, the tastes only settle into more savory tobacco, leather, and tea-like taste while restraining much of the sourness that was expected from the nose.

There's a pleasant inky weight that these beers do to the palate sensations. Even with the sheer acidity that wants to pang against the tongue, the beer offers up a palate-stripping acidity that's near wine-like and warms the palate much the same.

Cuvee Freddy is an exquisite ale that seems to carry the fundamental complexities of Flanders Red Ales and Oude Bruins but with the aged, earthen maturity of unblended 3-year Lambics. Its a refined taste that deserves a sophisticated palate for true appreciation.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For a Flanders old brown, this is decent since it scratches on the surface of what the style could be. But unfortunately, there is really no longevity to the ride, at least not as much as I would think is appropriate. Sure, it hits on the chracteristics of the style very well, but it's gone before you know it and just too thin overall. Don't get me wrong, I like this beer, and it's nice. But if only it could have been just a little bit more, we'd be looking at an amazing beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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 stakem
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Farmer's Cabinet served in a small stemmed glass. This brew appears a dark brown with no head but some tan bubbles collect around the boarder of the glass when swirled. When held to the light, it shows ruby clarity through the browness of the body.

The smell of this brew is primarily balsamic vinegar. Very light on the fruited quality with a distinct lactic character that adds depth with some wild funky notes. Across the back of the brew evolves some smooth oak and vanilla which gets more pronounced as the brew warms.

The taste is sharp with an ackward acidity that mixes with a taste of dark balsamic vinegar. Some dark fruity quality I present but gets overtaken by acidity before really evolving into any distinguishable fruited flavor. The aftertaste continues to hint on dark fruits and mild malt character tasting a bit like chocolate.

This is a medium bodied brew with a low level of carbonation. The alcohol is hidden very well, it never once felt even near 8%. It has decent drinkability and a fair blend of flavors, overall not bad.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
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 BARFLYB
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split with Oglmcdgl and Dermopower.

A- Freddy has a dirty reddish brown look to itself with no apologies. Freddy does not boast alot of bubbles, just some soda pop like fizz on top leaving a trace cap of off white/tan foam.

S- A good amount of oak/wood under some malted barley and apple with a small amount of cherry coke, i swear to god. A small dark fruit component and trace vinegar.

T- Probably one of the tastiest Flanders Oud Brunes I've had recently, a style that got away from me. I like this because the vinegar is muted and it's nicely balanced between the oak and the dark fruits with cherry. The fruit wins a bit IMO. Trace amounts of vanilla.

M- This is probably the beers weak point, it has a mediumish feel with a small amount of bite. There is some carb present but the overrall flavor does not stick around for long. This gets bonus points for not being a vinegar bomb.

D- I think I might could drink a whole bottle of this if I tried, and I might one day. I gotta try that oak podge and the one brewed with mustard seed now.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 750, shared by gregoryG, a Flanders Brown aged in Burgundy barrels,

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black with light off-white head, a little fizzy, mild lace. One of the darkest Flanders beers I've ever seen.

S: Real nice acetic type acid and barrel character. The Burgundy is evident, complex inviting mix.

T: Dark berries - blackberries, black currants come to the forefront. Again, tasty acid, with a hint of roast and chocolate, almost tastes like a barrel aged stout.

M: Moderate acidity, thins out a bit towards the finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A quality sour beer here from Alvinne. Never thought I'd get to try it. Good drinkablity, I never knew it was 8%.

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Photo of weeare138
4.59/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lovely unassuming bottle picked up from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.

Pours a light but unassuming brown-red colour, with what seems to be a filmy, unadventurous head, that rapidly settles out into a fine crest of beige foam. Extremely powdery carbonation forms when tilted, leaving a slick film of lace wherever it goes. Although after a while the head dissipates, it's a very fine looking beer.

Nose is wondrously full of rich oak barrels, mingled with subtle vinous acidity. The body and depth lends some deep grain notes, hinting at chocolate and resiny bark. The acidity is never overdone, but it performs a duty in lightening the rest of the nose. Really lovely.

Taste is smooth and light, and very nicely balanced between the grain/malt sweetness that lends the hint of cocoa and chocolate, and the acidity, which leavens and crisps up the palate. Unfortunately, the acidity also flattens any potential complexity: leaving the beer smooth and consistent, but filtering out any oddities. Acidity ends up being rather acute, being strikingly dominant on the back.

Feel is very light, leaving a sharpness, but no real impression on the mouth.

Overall, I was a little disappointed with this brew. It had so much potential, but really slammed it hard with the acidity, steamrolling any true complexity or subtlety that might be there. While the elements themselves might be very pleasant, it fails somewhat as an overall package.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Photo of claspada
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark brown color and thick texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity aroma of cherries, malt, and an almost vinous quality.

T: Tasted of malt, cherries, a woody component, yeast, and that vinous element. Fairly sour and generally well made flavor. Very fruity.

M: This is a beer in need of some carbonation (surprising considering Belgians are usually well-carbonated. Smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: In spite of some rough spots, this is a drinkable beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brown body with minimal head and had a tart cherry aroma as well as some oakiness. Medium-bodied, smooth thanks to oak, slight sweetness on backend as well as some woodiness, dominant profile is tartness of the cherry and apple variety (mostly cherry). I like this beer as the sour/tartness is the dominant taste profile but by no means the only profile as there are some malts poking around in this beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
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 thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep purple with a thin wisp of khaki mousse. Very still in the glass with few traces of carbonation.

S: Intense and woody on the nose with aromas of balsamic vinegar, woody spice, clotted cream, cider apples, and black cherries particularly dominant.

T: Notes of salty brine, oak, clotted cream, black cherry, pomegranate, cider apples, black currants, and balsamic vinegar wash across the palate. The finish is puckering with vinegar and dark fruit flavors.

M: Medium to full bodied, yet thin, oily, and slick. Feels much lighter than it really is. The alcohol is extremely well hidden.

O: This is a decent enough Flemish brown, but I would have liked to see an even more intense, assertive flavor profile and a bit more chewiness in the mouth. Though it's a little too slick in my opinion, this is an above-average take on the style.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev -1%
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 cbutova
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Cuvee Freddy from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
88 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.