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Cuvee Freddy - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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BA SCORE
89
very good

179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 8
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ShadesOfGray on 07-15-2010)
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Photo of jrenihan
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

jrenihan, May 19, 2013
Photo of leftstagebrew
4/5  rDev +0.8%

leftstagebrew, May 13, 2013
Photo of avschmitt
4/5  rDev +0.8%

avschmitt, May 13, 2013
Photo of anhigdon
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

anhigdon, May 10, 2013
Photo of JDavidRice
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

JDavidRice, May 08, 2013
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Eriktheipaman, May 08, 2013
Photo of Archemedies
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Archemedies, May 05, 2013
Photo of Jonada
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Jonada, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  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.

BEERchitect, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of olfolxholme
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into Delirium Noel snifter

A - Very dark brown beer. Looks a little watery after the giant cola colored head fizzes away. No head retention, no lacing. Watch out for sediment when pouring.

S - At first I was getting some iron character, but that faded after a few minutes. I'm glad, because that is almost always unenjoyable for me. A nice, classic tart esters, some barrel - red wine? - and a clear presence of sweet dark malted barley.

T - Sweet malts with a lot of sour cherry and tart candy flavors.

M - Effervescent and refreshing. Leaves you a bit puckered, but it's nice. Feels like you've been drinking a nice red wine.

O - A very nice beer. I am glad that I was able to have a few bottles of this, and could see myself having it again. It's a little on the spendy side, and I would say it's only a must try for real fans of Flemish Ales. I wish there wasn't as much sediment in the bottle, that isn't as appealing. If this were on draft, I would definitely get a glass. Worth trying.

63

olfolxholme, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of RedneckBeerz
4/5  rDev +0.8%

RedneckBeerz, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of Seanniek91
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Served from an 11.2 oz stubby bottle into a Kriek Belle-Vue tulip. Served just below cellar temps.

Appearance- Dirty, dark blackish/grey. Can't see anything through it. Doesn't look like there's any carbonation in it. Zero head.

Smell- Heavy cherries up front. Bourbon-like lingering aromas of caramel, vanilla, and oak take up the rest of the aroma followed by some light boozieness. Cherries still dominate this beer.

Taste- Cherry tartness mingles with some heavy oakyness. Lemon and earthy grassyness. Plums or another similar stone fruit take its place. Mild tartness, less than I suspected from the smell or style. Bourbon flavors finish this beer.

Mouthfeel- This is where it loses me. On a scale of 1-10 for carbonation (10 being highest), this has a 1. It's barely there. Mild tartness, not puckering though. Smooth finish. I can't decide whether or not I like the lack of carbonation or not.

Overall- I'm torn on this beer. I don't know whether I love it or hate it.

Seanniek91, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of dsaudio
4/5  rDev +0.8%

dsaudio, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

sweemzander, Apr 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

ShemRahBoo, Dec 03, 2012
Cuvee Freddy from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
89 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.