Cuvee D'Erpigny - Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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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
3.83/5 rDev -7.3%
We had a grand beertasting a few days ago thanks to Mar02x. A new BA member with a great mind on beer.
This was a surprise kind of a bottle.
Poured in a normal winelike glass. Ambercoloured beer with one finger head. Taste is sweet, a bit too sweet. Fruity. I would not see this beer as a quad.
08-30-2011 20:51:40 | More by Brabander
3.8/5 rDev -8%
375ml into a tulip, the label, while sized for a 375 says 1 pint 9.4 fl oz. Crystal clear deep reddish orange amber, little carbonation, little head, no lacing.
Aroma is treacly sweet, many pulped fruits. White raisins. Hints of oxidation. The alcohol while perceptible is not intrusive.
Uber sweet. Vinous qualities dominate the flavor, they define. If told the barrel retained an 1/8 fill of monbazillac I would not argue. Minor oak, strong tannins. Aftertaste never fully disappears between sips. Full bodied lifeless mouthfeel feels appropriate. Somewhat unpleasant when the drink is more than a sip but a sip is perfectly fine. No heat but needs warmth.
not a quad, a belgian barleywine
06-30-2012 05:34:27 | More by impending
Cuvee D'Erpigny from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
91 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.