Cuvee Freddy - Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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4.4/5 rDev +10.8%
A- pours a dark dark brown color with a very short lived light tan fizzy head. Looks a bit like cola in my goblet.
S- sticky ripe cherry, damp musty oak and basaltic vinegar with notes of leather and lovely funk.
T- tart acidic sour cherry, underripe blackberry and rich oak flavors. Notes of leather, oak and basaltic vinegar mid palate. Finishes with a smidge of malt sweetness and cranberry with a lingering tartness and red wine tannins.
MF- slick acidic mouthfeel with a medium body. Low soft carbonation.
D- very drinkable for the sour lover. A bit to acidic for those who don't care for the style.
Overall an awesome beer.
06-19-2012 04:56:05 | More by Viciousknishs
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
05-09-2012 05:33:03 | More by RblWthACoz
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
Appears quite dark with no head.
Citrus sour, with a fruity sweet smell
Oak and lime sour, yeast and dark fruit. There's a caramel note that starts to grow on you as the beer warms.
Thin but not watery, and oily kind of feel. Not alot of carbonation.
The flavor of this reminds one of a whiskey sour mixed drink. Just with a touch of carbonation.
02-01-2012 04:16:17 | More by stckhndlr
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
01-31-2012 12:38:01 | More by lacqueredmouse
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
12-02-2011 15:53:38 | More by Phyl21ca
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
3.03/5 rDev -23.7%
Purchased randomly at random for a random review. You ever pick up a bottle without even looking at it? That's exactly what I did here. Awesome.
This pours a deep, opaque mahogany brown. Barely a head at all, which should be expected considering the alcohol content and the style. Wisps of light brown at the corners.
The aroma is deep, unique and crazy. The oak aging certainly plays front and center. As you handle that there is a sniff of the signature sour yeasts--and a little cherry, sherry--very much like a bourbon.
The experiment fails starting here. While the oak aging did a lot for the aroma, the flavor barely ticks with any of the woodsiness you would expect. Also, the actual hope of having a strongly flavored flanders really falls short. The vinegary, acidic flavor is so muted here it is truly disappointing. Further, there is little hint of the mild malts used. Pretty lackluster.
The mouthfeel is a little thin, even for this style. The carbonation is lower as it should be but still a little less. I assume it is from the excessive aging and the finishing, but it certainly seems thin and underwhelming.
Eh. Could wear it as a cologne (not really) but I guess I'll just drink and enjoy it (also not really).
11-07-2011 02:02:08 | More by cnally
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
11.2floz bottle into a Goblet glass
Thanks to Finewinemike for this one
Best by Jan 2014
A- Pours a really really dark reddish brown that appears an opaque black with small reddish hues in the light. No head at all even with a vigorous pour, just some small white bubbles around the rim of the glass.
S- Sweet and lactic cherries, apple cider, and vinous notes with tons of funk. A good amount of balsamic vinegar and slight musty wood notes coming through as well.
T- Up front the balsamic vinegar flavor dominates with hints of sweetness from the cherries. The back end provides a lot of musty oak notes and funky fruity flavors.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice slightly tart finish.
09-22-2011 22:36:27 | More by Arenbeer
Cuvee Freddy from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
89 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.