Cuvee Freddy - Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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3.93/5 rDev -1%
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.
04-30-2011 12:39:15 | More by avalon07
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
3.83/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
08-17-2011 13:42:32 | More by claspada
3.45/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
11-07-2011 18:13:59 | More by mrfrancis
4.45/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
04-11-2013 21:13:30 | More by sweemzander
4.3/5 rDev +8.3%
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!
12-13-2013 14:36:31 | More by Axnjxn
3.8/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
02-21-2011 02:23:12 | More by woosterbill
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-20-2013 16:51:51 | More by clayrock81
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
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
01-12-2014 04:26:31 | More by wedge
3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
12-26-2013 02:06:20 | More by Immortale25
Cuvee Freddy from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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