Cuvee D'Erpigny - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Cuvee D'ErpignyCuvee D'Erpigny

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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 17
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: aasher on 07-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This full-bodied dark ale has been aged in Monbazillac wine barrels for several months.
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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 26
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of Pencible
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of cbutova
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Photo of crossovert
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Brabander
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rtepiak
4.13/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of impending
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

B+

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
cheers
jd

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.32/5  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.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost completely carbonationless copper color with maybe 60 bubbles present after the pour. Smells only of boozy super-sweet malts with some minor yeast notes peaking thru. First sip hits you with a total lack of carbonation with a ton of fruits – mostly pears and some dark plums dominating. Candy sugars and oak add to the finish. This is boozy for sure but not as much as one would think for a 15% beer. Mouthfeel is awful due to the complete lack of carbonation. This is certainly a flaw that could have been rectified through bottle conditioning. Still worth drinking and overall pretty damn good.

Photo of Mar02x
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of mdvatab
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Fux
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Crittervision
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml split four ways with Vincent and two Canadiens on a serious beer trip. Snifter at Kulminator on 11 August 2011.

Practically copper, with an off-white spider web of head held tight by a ring of bubbles around the glass. 

Smell is fruity and floral. Alcoholic spice and a nice touch of butter. Add to that a hoppy bitterness, and it reminds me of an American barleywine. 

I can't shake the thought of American barleywine as I drink this. Those characteristics dominate the taste, with spirit-soaked oak and vegetables as a small side. 

The mouthfeel is pleasant and lively. Quite right. 

Photo of REDAMI
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Cuvee D'Erpigny from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
91 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.