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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:
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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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

scotv, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of phishdaly
5/5  rDev +25.6%

phishdaly, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Jayman931
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Man....first smelling this beer I knew it was a great Our Bruin Flemish Sour. Smells of sour cherry with a mild barrel funk ending. Very dark mahogany in appearance. Nice white head with a light purple hue...stayed around awhile to a thin lacy head. A small swear brought a little 1/4 finger head back. The taste was what I was hoping for. Sour cherries up front that hits your back sides of your toungue. Then the tart barrel funky sour hits the middle of the tongue to finish...hanging on at the end is a dry almost earthy after taste. This was a great beer. A must have if you like this style.

Jayman931, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of fourstringer
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a big bottle into stemless wine glasses x 2 with a moderate hand. Top popped with vigor - excellent. No date on the bottle, but this has been in the cellar for probably 3-6 months.

A: Wow, this is almost black. Dark, dark red. Huge rocky caramel-colored head, about 3 fingers worth. Impressive. Fairly large chunks of sediment - I think I was a bit aggressive with the pour. Looks like pieces of the barrel, actually.

S: Sourness, stone fruit, cherry. Some sweetness. Smells like a flemish. Pretty pumped.

T: Hmmm. Immediately tart, slightly akin to cherry juice, which I'm enjoying; but there is an abrupt transition to a barrel-aged, oaky, round, sweetness with bourbon overtones. Mostly sweet on the finish with a bit of unexpected bitterness and alcohol burn. Very late presence of chocolate. I'm reading back over that description and it sounds interesting, but don't think it's working well. The sour element is very transient and essentially disappears. Ends up being a bit cloying, to be frank.

M: Moderate carbonation. The body is a bit thin for the taste profile. It's okay - I don't think it adds to the beer, but doesn't really detract, either.

O: This ended up being a bit peculiar. I'm missing the sour/tart element that I really enjoy in both Flemish Red and Oud Bruin styles. Starts off very nicely, but is overwhelmed by the barrel characteristics and finishes like a darker, sweeter style. That being said, I don't recall any beer I've had in recent memory with similar qualities. Certainly interesting. I could see people really liking this - Try it for yourself!

Prost!

fourstringer, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of DanE
4/5  rDev +0.5%

DanE, Sep 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

bt931912, Sep 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

mendvicdog, Sep 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Jeffrey2310, Sep 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

hoppymcgee, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of shleepy
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

shleepy, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

GuinnessAtRogerWilco, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

clayrock81, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

polishkaz, Aug 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

halo913, Aug 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

JamesStreet, Aug 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

CTJman, Jul 31, 2013
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2.95/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

facesnorth, Jul 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

nkeckhar, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of GuzzLah
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

GuzzLah, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

samEBC, Jul 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

WOLFGANG, Jul 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Timmy13T, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

stealth, Jun 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

johnsonni, Jun 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Tertullian007, Jun 11, 2013
Cuvee Freddy from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
89 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.