Cuvee D'Erpigny - Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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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
3.66/5 rDev -11.4%
Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet.
A - Ivory head that dissipates quickly. Dark color as expected from a quad.
S - Sharp, wine-like woody nose.
T - Smokey wood, sweet malts, and fig with an alcohol bite. Some spice, but nothing overpowering.
M - Very powerful alcohol warmth. Creamy malt on the palate.
The wine barrel oak provides a nice smokey flavor which is not as overpowering as most oaked beers. This is a trade-off as you lose some of the standard Belgian Quad candy qualities. Not a beer I would drink regularly, but it's a nice beer to savor on occasion. Certainly one of the better oaked beers I've ever had.
08-04-2013 01:31:06 | More by REDAMI
4.19/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
06-01-2013 20:34:15 | More by metter98
Cuvee D'Erpigny from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
91 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.