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Cuvee D'Erpigny - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Cuvee D'ErpignyCuvee D'Erpigny

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 16
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This full-bodied dark ale has been aged in Monbazillac wine barrels for several months.

(Beer added by: aasher on 07-15-2011)
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Reviews by Fux:
Photo of Fux
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown with mahogany glints. Nice thick off-white head with a very good retention.

S: Amazing nose with lots of fruity esters, raisins, grapes, fig, bananas. Spicy, yeasty. Vinous and a bit boozy. The smell is something like a barrel aged Westvleteren!

T: The taste is malty, sweet malts, chocolate malts, deep, fruity, dark fruits. Very sweet. Also oaky, a bit boozy, with a slight vinous, sour character. Aftertaste is more on bitter chocolate, quite dry.

M: Full bodied with a low carbonation. The mouthfeel is mostly sticky, particularly on the finish. Still very drinkable given the absolutely unnoticeable ABV (would have say 9-10).

O: Wonderful beer! A very very good example of quadrupel, sweet, malty, fruity, deep, but with hints of a Flanders oud bruins character due to the aging, viscous like an Imperial Stout. Very nice!

Actually, when I smelled it, I first thought that I had already drunk something like that, but without the barrel character. The same impression while drinking it. It took me a while to identify the intruder, but now, except for the balance of the flavors, I can not think of anything else : it smells and tastes like an oak barrel aged Westvleteren! Next time I happen to get one, I'll definitely crack open a Westy for comparison!

More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of daveytheformer
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Mar02x
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer from the brewer on the Delta beer festival on the 20th of March 2011.

A - Nice dark amber/red with a nice yellowish head. The fluid looks really appealing to me.

S - Smell of fruits and a bit wine like. A superb lovely sweet smell.

T - Nice sweet fruity taste along with malt syrup. The depth of this beer very good and amazing. The alcohol goes to my head like a rocket to the moon. This beer drinks way to easy for a fifteen percent, it is illegal!

M - The soft carbonation is a delight for my palate. No bitterness in the finish.

O - You feel this one going to your head like a race horse going for the finish line. This one is a knocker! Beautiful drinkable beer, worth buying. But I wouldn't call it a quad.

Photo of jmullock1
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mdvatab
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not one I've seen around much, so I decided to give it a try...
Poured from 1 pint 6.9 fl oz bottle into snifter.
"Ale aged in wine oak barrels"
Bottle cap dated "Mei 2014"

Aroma: Caramel, rum, apple (not cidery at all), and a bit of clove-like spice in the background. Smells great!

Appearance: Iced tea, reddish-brown color, pours like a cask ale-- virtually no head.

Flavor: Sweet carmel. Raisin. Alcohol is evident, but VERY will concealed. Some light bitterness appears at the finish to provide balance

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation (almost looked flat). Medium-full, almost chewy) body.

Overall: Pretty darn tasty. Bottle label mentiones that the brew ws aged in Monbazillac. (An internet search tells me that this is a sweet, white French varietal.) Definitely a sipper based on alcohol strenth. Could become a bit syrupy and cloying, but doesn't separate too far from the style. (label gives fair warning that this is a dessert beer.) I can't remember how far this bottle set me back, but it was worth the try. Hope you get the chance to try sometime.

Photo of thagr81us
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big shoutout goes out to my doppelganger for sharing this one with me! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured red-orange with a very minimal light tan head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, caramel, sweet alcohol, and peat. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, wood, and peat. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Despite the flavor nothing being very complex, it makes up for it with overall smoothness. I usually dread beers when I smell peat on them as it is one of the flavors I usually don't enjoy. However, this one incorporated the flavor of the peat quite nicely with the rest of the brew. The caramel was a pretty nice touch to help with this. Worth trying if you get the chance.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of light Cognac notes with balanced sweet malt. Taste is a nice mix between some Cognac notes with well balanced sweet notes with a solid malt backbone. Light dry fruit esters are also pleasant. Body is quite full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nice drink to end the evening.

Photo of Rfstal4
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high head that never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits are present in the nose along with strong notes of sweet wine from the barrel aging.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that that the flavors of oak and sweet wine are stronger
M: It files medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely drinkable for its strength and the style because it hides its alcohol very well.

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of miguellunarusso
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ShanePB
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of jcone17
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is aged in sweet white wine barrels for several months and according to the label, is "ideal as a dessert beer". The wine used for barrel aging is Montbazillac.

375ml bottle. This beer pours a very cloudy and syrupy dark gold in color with a light white lacing around the rim of my glass. In the bottle it appeared to be an amber color and thinner in body than the pour so it was a welcomed surprise. The aromas were faint and subtle. All I could pull were hints of honey, oak, and a riesling esque, grape like sweetness. The flavors are very sweet and heavy on sweet grapes and honey. It's very complex and interesting. The viscosity and sweetness pair to make this one a sipper. The lower carbonation also help give this a syrupy, glass coating consistency. Notice I didn't say anything about the 15% abv, because this one drinks like it's closer to 5%! Overall this is indeed a dessert beer and an interesting one at that. Finishing off an entire bottle would be difficult due to the sweetness. I'm glad I shared it with a few friends.

Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Been waiting to crack this one open for a long while now. Alvinne certainly knows how to experiment and brings original stuff to the table.

A- Poured into two mini snifters from the 330ml bottle. Immediately notice that the carbonation is pretty much missing, no foam or head at all, looks like a wine more than anything. No lace of course.

S- Mellowed oak barrels and wine fruits pretty much make up a bulk of the nose to me. Some of the oak has become vanilla and reminds me of Bourbon or Rum just a bit. Notes of apples, tons of grapes, slight lemon tarts, raisin, brown sugar, rum and deep sweet malts. Funky.

T- I've never had Monbazillac wine before but the tart fruity grapes really open up lending something that could be seen as sour, but I think it's just fruit flavors. Below the grapes is a lot. Malts lend a lot of caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Oak flavor is fresh and quite ripe. Some Belgian yeast spice like a Quad or BSDA but not very prevalent above the grapes and raisins. Malt base reminds me of a Barleywine.

MF- Thick and somewhat oily body with almost no carbonation, pretty much none. Texture is somewhat watery because of the lack of bubbles but the thickness makes up for it a bit, very much like a strong wine.

Alcohol is obscenely hidden. If this is truly 15%, I am not sure how they got it like this, no heat or alcohol flavor. The wine barrels give off a huge amount of flavor above a nice malty and Belgian yeast influenced base.

Photo of Crittervision
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml split four ways with Vincent and two Canadiens on a serious beer trip. Snifter at Kulminator on 11 August 2011.

Practically copper, with an off-white spider web of head held tight by a ring of bubbles around the glass. 

Smell is fruity and floral. Alcoholic spice and a nice touch of butter. Add to that a hoppy bitterness, and it reminds me of an American barleywine. 

I can't shake the thought of American barleywine as I drink this. Those characteristics dominate the taste, with spirit-soaked oak and vegetables as a small side. 

The mouthfeel is pleasant and lively. Quite right. 

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to raveskdr for sharing this one. Served in an Alvinne snifter.

Pours a fairly-clear copper-brown with a short off-white head that goes away fairly quickly.

The nose brings quite a hefty amount of malt with notes of bread, brown sugar, and caramel. There's a bit of dark fruit in the background.

Flavor has a long sweetness with plenty of malt, though surprisingly little alcohol given the ABV of this one. Body is full and a bit creamy with light carbonation.

Nicely done.

Photo of Tertullian007
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of crossovert
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375ml green caped bottle.

It pours a clear reddish copper with a creamy tan head that leaves some decent lacing behind.

The smell is pretty good. Very nice quad notes here with dark fruit and caramel. There is also a component form the barrel aging. In there is some peach, grape, apple, cherry, very fruity, along with a touch of vanilla. Very complex and satisfying.

The flavor is very nice. Sweet, but nice. It has a wide spectrum of flavors that really meld well. First of is the quad element. It has a nice bit of caramel and a load of dark fruit. The oak is much more noticeable in the flavor and provides a nice smoothness. The fruitiness carries over from the smell with an abundance of fruit flavors.

The mouthfeel is thick and viscous, but nice. It is a desert beer for sure.

I haven't had a beer wow me in a while, this one is great.

Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purs a hazy orange-ish color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, dark fruit and oaky. In the taste, oaky, dark fruits, with a small presence of alcohol and vanilla. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry bourbon like aftertaste. Hides that 15% really well, big bourbon, a great sipper, loved it!

Photo of WynnO
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a flat, cloudy amber color. Intense sugar and caramel aroma along with wood, vanilla, and white wine. Mild dark fruit notes, mostly raisin and plum. The flavor is almost cloyingly sweet. Heavy on the wine and vanilla and oak. Just as heavy on the brown sugar and caramel, too. Lots of dark fruits and maybe a touch of oxidation. Just way too sweet.

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Cuvee D'Erpigny from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
92 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.