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Cuvee Freddy - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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BA SCORE
89
very good

191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 9
Gots: 25 | 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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

MRsojourner, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This is Zymatore Edtion 2012 Batch 3, aged on Ransom Spirits Whisky, Pinot Noir and Late Harvest Zinfandel Barrels. Alvino sour aged on red grapes blended with Mano Negra (Belgian Stout). Blended and barrel aged. Barrel Numbers 12, 147, 149 and 150, Filled 3/5/12, emptied 10/7/13. Poured from a 750 ml bomber into a Founders Snifter at around 50F.

A: Basically a still beer, no carb other than the slightest cap which formed from nucleation after the pour. I Poured it aggressively. Dark Dark Dark red, basically black. Not turbid, pretty clear.

N: Tart red cherries, vinous grapes, a bit of lacto. I dont get any Belgian Owl Whisky barrel, but maybe a bit of Pinot Noir Oak. I don't get much funk or must, but there's a certain organic earthiness to the fragrance. Pleasant.

T: Big tart cherries are the dominant notes. It hits you with aggressive lambic lacto tartness, which you really get on the sides of your tongue, but transitions to the stout like oaky, very slightly smoky maltiness on the finish. Very interesting hybrid flavor profile. It's totally well integrated but you can pick out the two blended components on the front and back of eack sip.

MF: More wine-like than ale-like due to the almost total lack of carbonation. You have the tartness, which commands your palate and then puckers it a bit, without any real effervescence to cleanse. Medium bodied, with nice coating, but I could go with slightly more carbonation.

O: This is definitely a quality beer, and quite unique in approach. I can imagine that there is a fair amount of batch to batch variation based on the aging and blending methodology. If you like Flemish Reds, Oud Bruins and have an open mind, I think you will appreciate this beer. I'm a bit underwhelmed by the complex barrel aging protocol, which I imagined would be more apparent; I guess it's overshadowed by the tartness. I would definitely buy it again, and I would love to see how this ages.

JeffreyJDavis, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of infuturity83
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

infuturity83, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Ivegotmule
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Ivegotmule, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

KevinGordon, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

BeerForMuscle, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Immortale25, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Santanax
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff pours a murky brown little head but you can see bubbles present...smells of oak and something funky.... the first sip is mouthwatering unexpectedly really fruity and sour... superb sour flemish ale.... Lovely acidic tarness with lots of cherry tones... not overly sour but well balaced with oak and aCIdity... wow superb!!!! It is sour though dont get me wrong prob most sour flanders ive tried...Great Stuff!!!

Santanax, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
4.3/5  rDev +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!

Axnjxn, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of erickehoe
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: No date on the bottle. Cap didn't pop off with much vigor. I was surprised to see some sediment around the top of the bottle. I poured it hard but there was only a slight lacing to speak of. The swirls of the foam I haven't seen on another beer before; they sort of appear from under the surface and slowly form into a cohesive head. I think it has something to do with the sediment.

S: Tart cherries and darkness. Sour and fruity.

T: That potent yeast strain kicks in, followed by some tart, sweet fruit, and ending with a bit of bitter sourness reminiscent of lemon juice and red wine. The dark tartness oversees the entire taste.

M: Nothing amazing but appropriate to the beer. Thin. Wine-like.

Overall I do like this beer. I'm wondering if it's a little past its prime, given the sediment around the top of the bottle rather than on the bottom, as well as the lack of "oomph" the cap had once I popped it. The good thing about this style, though: it can be past its prime and still quite tasty and interesting.

erickehoe, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

LostHighway, Dec 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Apathetiq, Nov 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

AJ01923, Nov 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Raziel313, Nov 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

oldedog, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

bradfordjohnson, Nov 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Satchboogie, Nov 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Kelp, Nov 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

jhhollier, Nov 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

jrae2424, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

kaelingirl, Nov 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

rEBELlION, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

IndyDad, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of juan_malamunga
4.84/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No gushing like the Alvinne wild undressed. Smells of dark fruit and a great dark flanders color. Awesome mouth feel that left a clean palate. Crisp and light yet you can hardly noticed the abv and only felt a slight warmth in the belly. A phenomenal beer. A hearty flanders red.

Cheers!

juan_malamunga, Oct 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

lord_jordo, Oct 07, 2013
Cuvee Freddy from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
89 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.