Cuvee D'Erpigny - Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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3.99/5 rDev -3.4%
Appearance: Pours a murky amber with very little head though it does leave some spotty dots behind
Smell: Caramel, fruity wine grapes and some oak
Taste: Opens with the caramel but quickly adds a vinous character from the white wine barrels in the mid-palate; the sweeter elements come through, after the swallow, bringing a dark fruit and oak character along with it
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation
Overall: An interesting quad that keeps the sweetness in check and hides the alcohol well
02-20-2013 03:15:42 | More by brentk56
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
3.13/5 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
3.63/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
07-18-2012 21:38:11 | More by womencantsail
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
3.88/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
04-21-2012 18:10:14 | More by Thorpe429
4.55/5 rDev +10.2%
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!
03-22-2012 20:18:11 | More by Fux
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
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
02-03-2012 15:26:03 | More by MasterSki
Cuvee D'Erpigny from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
91 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.