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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

72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 17
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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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of enjoying a bottle of this brew at Beer Table in Brooklyn. This is a mahogany colored brew very little head. The aroma is a collection of earthy, oaky smells and fruity alcohol esters. Leather and tobacco also seem to be in the mix. More of the same on the palate. Tartness and earthiness mix very nicely with fruity notes. There is depth and complexity to this thing. A wonderful after dinner brew. A very good and unusual brew.

BeardedBoffin, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into an Old Engine Oil snifter. Thanks to Tony for sharing!

A: Still reddish-orange body. Pretty mediocre.

S: Sweet, grape-heavy, malty, and great. Lovely brown sugar and alcohol, with the latter being well within reason for 15%. Enjoyable in the extreme.

T: Follows the nose: rich malt, sweet dessert wine, and some dark fruit. Delightful.

M: Smooth, slick, flat. All right.

O: A bit of carbonation would have helped hugely, but otherwise this was stunningly good. Highly recommended.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Dec 10, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

kingjohnh, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Alvinne Craft Beer Festival in Belgium, March 2011. Reviewed from notes.

Body is translucent copper. Minimal head, just a ring of bubbles.

Smells malty, fruity, and of old wood.

Tastes of concentrated caramelized malt with a great vinous character. This is very sweet and definitely has the mark of a sweet French wine from it's aging in Montbazillac barrels.

Body is medium to slightly viscous from the sugars, and a rather flat mouthfeel. Definitely more of a desert wine.

An unusual beer that is pretty tasty but really only drinkable in small quantities due to its high sweetness and alcohol level. The alcohol tastes surprisingly low in this beer. I would not describe this as a quadruple, it is really more like an old ale or a barleywine.

Beerenauslese, Sep 24, 2011
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.

metter98, Jun 01, 2013
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.

Mar02x, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a FFF/Intelligentsia snifter.

A - Pours pretty much still - there's a few big bubbles from a hard pour. Murky orange-brown body.

S - Huge white wine and barrel influence. Sweet grapes - similar to the Sauternes beer I had from Nørrebro, but without the wild yeast. Malt sweetness comes through, Belgian yeast, and a hint of grain alcohol.

T - Huge grape and sweet vinous character, some toasted grains, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, and significantly better alcohol here. The combination of Montbazillac, barrel, and quad works extremely well.

M - Medium-full body, low alcohol heat, no carbonation, and a super-tannic barrel influence. Reminds me a bit of the BFM beers, in that the lack of bubbles doesn't bother me.

D - This was actually quite delicious. Definitely a sipper, but one I'd gladly have again if it weren't so dang expensive. Probably the best Alvinne offering I've had.

MasterSki, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

rolltide8425, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

have this at cellar as it hides the adv so fantastically for its youth. This is a food beer no doubt as it is alcohol tanin tough. This is a youthful gale prize old ale. Pours the same for those that know. Not much foam. Almost nothing after the initial go. Very very lean feel for something this strong. Nose is very minimal for something this big. Just wine notes and dark fruit subtlities. Palate is meek but dangerously drinkable. Almost small in the face of food. Still... It tingles. Its has fortified grape qualities... And tobacco. Sunflower seed... And where that came from i don't know. It is trying at meaty. But grain influenced. Peach finish... And twig cedar wine accent. Big... Not bold. I just don't know they did it.

rtepiak, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Pencible
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle cap printed: 709 Mei 2014 Lot 511
Reviewed 02/2012

A: This poured a murky copper with no head at all. Bottle didn't hiss when I popped the top either...maybe infected?
S: It smelled like rum soaked raisin and earthy wheat bread, with some copper and fresh oak and fig newton and toffee. Definitely not infected.
T: It tasted like earthy honey wheat and sweet toffee, with fig newton and french oak, and a little copper and rum raisin. It had a sweet and clean aftertaste that was surprisingly mellow.
M: It was oily and slick, with almost no carbonation. Strange body.
D: This was a nice unique beer with great malty quad character modified with wine barrel aging. It seemed at least a couple years old, or maybe it just had a faulty bottle cap that accelerated the oxidization. Either way, I really liked the scent and taste, but not so much the flat body. The alcohol was hidden crazy well, so it was very easy to drink, although worth sipping. Very enjoyable to try once, at least.

Pencible, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of daveytheformer
4/5  rDev -3.4%

daveytheformer, Apr 07, 2012
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.

mdvatab, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -3.4%

mendvicdog, Sep 08, 2013
Cuvee D'Erpigny from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
92 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.