Cuvee D'Erpigny - Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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3.13/5 rDev -24.2%
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that's completely opaque and almost completely still with a minimal bubbly head that immediately fades away. No retention or any lacing to speak of.
Vinous, boozy aroma with a strong barrel presence that's countered by dark fruit and sweet malt. Really boozy smelling with some dry oak and a prominent red wine presence. Some toasted oak with a strong grape character followed by burnt sugars, cinnamon, caramel, toffee, plum and fig.
Medium bodied and slightly syrupy with a blast of sweet, boozy heat that gives way to the barrel character and sweet malt notes as it warms. Subtle toasted oak and coconut but the wine presence is really strong with lots of grape, currant and other dark berries. Underneath, there is some burnt sugar, caramel and toffee with some more vinous dark fruit toward the finish. As the palate adjusts, the heat becomes less intense but it remains incredibly sweet.
09-11-2012 05:43:33 | More by corby112
District of Columbia
3.7/5 rDev -10.4%
375 mL bottle shared by GT.
Pours a still, clear cola-copper with trace amounts of head and no lace. Nose starts off artificial, phenolic and plastic with some plum, raisin, port and brown sugar. Syrupy, slick medium thick body with light carbonation and a strong warming finish. Flavor is very sweet and sugary, caramel, red wine, plum, vanilla, and grape skin. A few ounces was tolerable, but too sweet and boozy overall.
12-16-2012 20:07:11 | More by yourefragile
3.93/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
11-07-2011 15:45:59 | More by thagr81us
4.8/5 rDev +16.2%
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!
09-30-2011 15:10:55 | More by OWSLEY069
4/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
07-15-2011 12:18:32 | More by aasher
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
12-10-2011 22:47:44 | More by woosterbill
4.08/5 rDev -1.2%
Bottle cap printed: 709 Mei 2014 Lot 511
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.
02-09-2012 18:53:21 | More by Pencible
3.93/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
02-15-2014 10:19:12 | More by cbutova
4.53/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
10-29-2011 03:54:33 | More by crossovert
4.15/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
09-11-2011 02:45:52 | More by rtepiak
Cuvee D'Erpigny from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
91 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.