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Cuvee Freddy - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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BA SCORE
88
very good

163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ShadesOfGray on 07-15-2010)
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Ratings: 163 | Reviews: 57 | Display Reviews Only:
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DanE

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1%

09-29-2013 17:32:25 | More by DanE
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Andreias21

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

09-29-2013 04:31:37 | More by Andreias21
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bt931912

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

09-20-2013 01:47:47 | More by bt931912
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1%

09-10-2013 13:34:45 | More by mendvicdog
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Jeffrey2310

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

09-09-2013 04:00:36 | More by Jeffrey2310
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-26-2013 23:57:19 | More by hoppymcgee
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shleepy

California

4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from bottle (purchased at K&L in Redwood City) into Cantillon glass.

A: Super dark brown, with plenty of yeast sediment that settled at the bottom of the glass. Dark head that spurted out of the bottle... though maybe I should have kept it in the an upright position in a fridge for a day or two before opening.

S: Sour, barrely. Black currant notes, along with smoke and chocolate.

T: Tastes much like it smells. Pronounced chalky, smoky chocolate flavor, balanced by a high level of sourness for a beer this dark, and a general flandersy flavor profile. Very interesting flavor combination, to be sure, and one that works very well.

M: Very lively, bubbly mouthfeel. Very acidic.

O: In my opinion, this one is super tasty. I tried it on tap at a little event hosted by K&L at Gourmet Haus Staud, and then noticed that K&L had it in bottles. I can see how some people may be offended by the mix of flavors, or maybe they don't like sour and/or smoky beers, to begin with, but I really enjoy both of those flavors, and this beer really puts the two of them together in a great way.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 07:04:47 | More by shleepy
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GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

AP: No head on this at all, just some off white/cream coloured bubbles hugging the glass. Darker in colour than I anticipated, like a deep mahogany brown, though it has some coppery and reddish hues when held up to the light.
AR: Apple cider vinegar, wet sourdough German pretzels, pear, grape skins, tart green apples, Belgian yeast funk and damp musty oak. Smells like it should be tasty.
T: Bloody hell, this is one sour SOB. Vinegar smacks your tongue and puckers your mouth. Haven't had one quite this sour in a while or maybe ever. Once I get past the initial shock of the strong vinegar I get the fruits I scented in the nose: grape skins (foremost), tart green apples and pear. The funky Belgian yeast comes into play on the back end with that dank oakiness as well. I need another sip or two to sort this out proper. A decent amount of juicy fruits on the aftertaste that are fighting with the sour vinegar for dominance. I love me some sours, but this one is slightly off balance.
M: Very acidic, low carbonation, seems like it does more than cleanse the palate...sort of like how Lava soap does a bit more than cleanse your hands. I do get a nice vinous and slightly viscous feel from the barrel and the fruits.
OV: It is tasty, especially on the finish, but a bit out of balance for my liking. Just a tad too sour/tart to receive a higher rating. Still totally drinkable, just not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 03:40:02 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 16:51:51 | More by clayrock81
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polishkaz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1%

08-17-2013 02:03:27 | More by polishkaz
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halo913

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

08-16-2013 15:46:39 | More by halo913
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-14-2013 22:59:51 | More by JamesStreet
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CTJman

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-30-2013 23:34:07 | More by CTJman
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Color is a dark red. Zero head, zero bubbles. No sound when I opened it. Totally flat, no carbonation. Taste is astringent vinegar with tart cherries and oak. Very disappointed by this one. Judging by other reviews I can see many others who had a similar experience. Someone suggested it was a bad bottling and the beer is not supposed to be this way. Borderline drain pour. Tastes like bad wine.

Bottle from Freebridge Wine & Spirits in Phillipsburg, NJ, purchased sometime around May 2013.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 01:46:59 | More by facesnorth
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nkeckhar

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-20-2013 23:54:51 | More by nkeckhar
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GuzzLah

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours an opaque dark brown/black. No head. No lace. No bubbles.

S - acetic, red wine, oak, cherry, black currant, hint of barrel coconut.

T - mimics the aroma plus some mild chocolate malt. Drinks like a malty, barrel aged red wine. Tasty!

M - medium-full body for the style. Luxurious feel. Sweet and sour, but not extreme in either regard. Mouth watering. Low carbonation.

O - I'd like it better with some carbonation, but found it to be a very nice example of an Oud Bruin. Similar to Rodenbach Vintage. Better in some ways and not as good in others. A pleasure to drink!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 22:52:42 | More by GuzzLah
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samEBC

Belgium

4/5  rDev +1%

07-04-2013 17:03:56 | More by samEBC
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-03-2013 21:40:56 | More by WOLFGANG
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Timmy13T

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

06-23-2013 11:25:15 | More by Timmy13T
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stealth

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1%

06-22-2013 00:43:21 | More by stealth
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johnsonni

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

06-12-2013 01:23:15 | More by johnsonni
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Tertullian007

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

06-11-2013 00:56:48 | More by Tertullian007
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LazFTW

Connecticut

4.64/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I can honestly say I love this beer. It is one of the most unique beers one can experience. It pours a dark dark red which one might mistake for a stout in the right lighting. Cuvee Freddy has little to no carbonation which gives it an interesting mouthfeel. The taste is reminiscent of lambic, wine, and whiskey due to the oak barrels in which it was aged. Friends of mine who like even the most bland of beers were blown away by the flavor. Its a shame I cannot find it at any local liquor store and have to pay $12 a bottle at the Ginger Man bar here in town. I hope they never stop carrying it!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 18:51:17 | More by LazFTW
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zonker17

Texas

4/5  rDev +1%

06-08-2013 00:20:41 | More by zonker17
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 14:28:00 | More by metter98
Cuvee Freddy from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
88 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.