Cuvee D'Erpigny - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 16
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This full-bodied dark ale has been aged in Monbazillac wine barrels for several months.

(Beer added by: aasher on 07-15-2011)
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Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  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 Jspriest
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of WanderingFool
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of crossovert
4.53/5  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 HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of uturn
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of WynnO
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Brabander
3.83/5  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 bmur112
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Brewsed
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of scott2269
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of AdamP
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of TheBishopco
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoelClark
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of impending
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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
4.33/5  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 jim_carignan
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Cuvee D'Erpigny from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
91 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.