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Cuvee D'Erpigny - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Cuvee D'ErpignyCuvee D'Erpigny

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

70 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 16
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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4.5/5  rDev +9%

smithj4, Jun 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

RedneckBeerz, Apr 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

GrindFatherBob, May 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

WanderingFool, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of crossovert
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.

crossovert, Oct 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

HopStoopid120, Dec 10, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

uturn, Nov 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

WynnO, Dec 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

samEBC, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of rtepiak
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.

rtepiak, Sep 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

DarthGuitarHero, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Brabander
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.

Brabander, Aug 30, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

bmur112, Oct 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

monitorpop, Jan 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

scott2269, Jan 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

AdamP, Jul 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Brewsed, Nov 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of impending
3.8/5  rDev -8%

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

impending, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

BeardedBoffin, Nov 26, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

Beerenauslese, Sep 24, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

ATLbeerDog, Jul 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

jim_carignan, Nov 23, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

Mar02x, Sep 05, 2011
Cuvee D'Erpigny from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
91 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.