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Wild West | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Golden blond ale brewed with our own hops and fermented with our Morpheus house yeast. Aged in wooden Bordeaux red wine barrels for eight months.

Added by DARIVA on 04-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 167
Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hand and Foot.
Comes in a clear amber color with a tiny, quickly disappearing head and no lacing.
Smells intensely sour! Smells like sour cherries, Apple cider vinegar, deep barnyard funk, and lemon peel. A bit of oakiness, too.
Tastes upfront of juicy lemon, sour cherries, lemon candy, and sour milk. Dries out on the mid-palate with apple vinegar, funk, and straw. Finishes bone dry with lingering lemon, cherry, and oak tannins.
Feel is light, but nicely carbonated, sour, and dry. Very drinkable.

Overall, a very good sour. Highly recommended for any sourhead.

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Photo of zonker17
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured to 2 small tulips. Very active carbonation on pour producing large head, which dissipates quickly, but a stream of bubbles up the middle continue to ripple the surface well after pour. Hazy and deep golden amber color. Nose of lacto and wine barrel. Very sour, dry, and all lactic. Some other flavors from the wine barrel creep in but it's mostly sour. Body is a bit thin and carbonation is extreme.

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Photo of amano_h
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle, poured into Picobrouwerij Alvinne tulip

Initial impression is that this is tremendously acidic on the nose. Once you get past the huge lactic presence, there's hints of lemon, sour cherries, raspberries, and a well-rounded barnyard funk slash oak near the back end. The more you let it sit, the more the sour notes become rounded out by the woody oaky characteristics, well-depicting the dual nature of the mysterious Morpheus yeast.

A dominating lactic sourness takes center court (lemon zest, green apple, etc.), much in the same way it does with a well-blended lambic. The Morpheus yeast really shines again on this one; a combination of the oak from the Morpheus and vinous characters from aging in Bordeaux barrels adds a nice fruity vanilla-like depth to the sourness. A slight tannic after taste lingers in the end, mixed in with an earthy flavor.

Medium-light body with little to no carbonation. Despite being humongously sour, this finishes bone dry. Refreshing.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A great big, crackling, off-white foam quickly fades to leave no lace on an Offero oversized wine glass. The remaining hazy, burnished amber/copper beer supports a few bits of yeasty friends floating within.

A strong barnyard funk dominates, but some apple is perceptible.

Big, sour tartness takes on the flavor of apple while acidity is similar to white wine. There are also qualities of vinegar while oak carries through a long, drawn-out, tart finish. Warmth amplifies the oak and tannic qualities.

The light body is accentuated by vigorous carbonation while the silky smooth texture gives way to mild astringency. Alcohol is surprisingly high as this beer finishes very dry.

Wild West is good as an occasional beer and could easily substitute for Champagne. It is best enjoyed by sipping so one can appreciate its nuances.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has a minerallic/vinous/shock-tarts flavor profile that's reminiscent of a lot of Crooked Stave beers, just a little watered down. If the flavor profile is a little watered down, the mouthfeel is a lot watered down - almost flat and just not rounding out the experience like you would hope.

Finishes really dry and oaky. Like maybe overly oaky.

The aroma is the standout here - bright, lemony and funky. But the rest of the beer doesn't fall into place very well.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

stunning, perhaps the best i have had from these guys, and i have loved all of their beer. this one is a lot of fun, sour sour blonde, lacto heavy, highly acidic, tannic, intense. the color is a cloudy pale tinted orange yellow, and a rising white head recedes to patchy spotty lacy as it drinks and sits. the nose is sharply, even caustically acidic, it almost doesnt smell like a beverage in that way, with the mature lacto having taken over almost entirely. the grain seems wheat and barley based, has some body, but is rather obscured in the flavor. the red wine barrels do a lot here, they add tannic tang to the already very sour beer, and there is a rich oaky red wine flavor buried in all the sourness. this is wild ale for the connoisseur, not for the beginner, its intensity and complexity both make it rather unapproachable for the unaccustomed. i love all its carbonation, and the acidity without the vinegar taste is a mark of brilliance for me. the oak profile is nice, obviously a quality wine was in this barrel prior to the brew. sediment gets heavy as the bottle pours down, but the flavor keeps evolving. not sure how i passed this up so long, but i am real glad it finally got to happen, what an impressive take on wild ale. all the nuance of good gueuze, with the wine barrel twist. world class.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle. crown indicates "WWE APR 2019 Lot: 687". I think. I assume I could have set this down a while...

opens as a bit of a gusher. I can see the yeast coming from this bottle, which is a bit disappointing as they could of had a better grasp of their conditioning levels. ah, the show shall go on though!

A: pours very, very hazy. a brownish, orange hue. the small glass I am using lets me try again in about 20 minutes. same result. also I should note that this bottle has been vertically standing in my fridge for the last several weeks. minimal head and lacing.

S: sulfur is the first aroma I get and a lot of it. after getting past the sulfur, which takes some concentration, a nice aroma of barny funk and light acidity greats.

T: sulfur follows to the drink, but then the acidity starts to kick in with a little more balls. barny yes, but not too heavy on it. more puckering acidic flavor balanced by some woody oak notes. finish dries up, but not bone dry as I detect a minor residual sweetness. There is some Cowtail (the candy)-like flavors in the middle that I cannot quite put my finger on. interesting to say the least.

M: pretty vibrant carb on a medium bodied brew.

D: needs some cleaning up in the packaging and sulfur component, which was WAYYY to high for a brew like this IMO. I sampled this in the store I purchased it at and liked it a lot more then, however I also didn't get this sulfur nonsense then. also also, the bottle the sir opened did not spew on my table.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, fruit, funk, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has an odd quality in the smell that I can't put my finger on.

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Photo of ThreeLions
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with Hab11

A: Wow. What a perfect appearance. Poured into my Night Shift tulip a deep blood orange color. I know that it was aged in Bordeaux barrels but I wasn't expecting such a rich color from a blond ale. Deep ruby, blood orange color.

S: Tart. Not overwhelmingly so though. Aromas of raspberries and sour cherries up front. Again, not overpowering. Nice lactic smell, not acetic. Hints of wood are there in the background. Nice oak presence to round out the fruity lead.

T: Right out of the gate my saliva glands went crazy. My mouth was full of saliva but surprisingly this beer isn't overpoweringly sour. Nice amount of sour character here. Good vinous taste from the Bordeaux but not getting much oakiness. This is quite an interesting beer here. Good mix of lactic acid, red fruits like raspberries, sour cherries and red grapes. Very drinkable. Not too sour but it's definitely well represented.

M: This is a tricky one. Little to no carbonation, no head. Not sure how to handle the mouth. I don't have any specific complaints about the mouth but it's nothing special either. It's simply okay.

Overall: I like this beer. I've had several offerings from Alvinne and this would have to be the most balanced of them all. Their sours are generally aggressive but this is just the right amount. It's there but in a good moderation. Superb appearance, really nice smell, great taste and an okay mouth. Glad I picked this one up. I'd had it years ago and was hoping my palate hadn't changed too much. Will purchase again for sure.

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Photo of Hab11
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed with Three Lions
500 ml bottle.
Appearance: Not to disturb anyone but almost the color of fresh blood when poured Settling to a dark caramel color. Lots of suspended yeast floating in the glass.
Smell: as soon as the bottle is opened the sourness hits you. Closer inspection reveals lemon, tart fruit cherry, Rasberry maybe a bit of blackberry and a definite strong lactic quality. Interesting though that with all the yeast in the glass the yeasty smell really isn't there. Also a real nice oak smell as well.
Taste: Super Freak has a cousin Tart and it's this beer. The taste is a mix between a Tart Golden Apple and interestingly a Chardonnay type finish (especially since this is aged in Bordeaux)
Mouthfeel: very smooth like a good Merlot but more dry like a Chardonnay. The tartness awakens the saliva glands quickly. Has almost a pickled salty quality to it.
Overall this beer is a great representation of the style. Not sure this would be a regular in my rotation but like some women I wouldn't kick out of bed for eating crackers. This would be a nice treat once in awhile.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.7/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a deep orange, amber body. Strangely and disturbingly viscous. Floating bits float about in it.

Smell - Apple-y fruitiness. Caramel malt. Mild acidity. Some oak.

Taste - Much more sour, but still apple flavored. Sour green apple flavor. Oak. Caramel malt.

Mouthfeel - Slick, mucousy, very viscous. Truly odd and unpleasant.

Overall - Objectively, the flavor isn't that bad, but I have difficulty separating the flavor from the incredibly bad texture.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy orangish copper with just about no head on top. Only a slight ring around the edges of the glass. Doesnt seem to have much visible carbonation.

S: Right off the bat you get a nice sour aroma with lactic like qualities. The oak seems to add a mellowness to the aroma. Lambic like fruitiness.

T: Real balanced yet highly sour brew. The Morpheus yeast does add a solid dose of lactic acid reminiscent of a lambic. The oak and wine characteristics add depth to the brew with a fruity vanilla blend. Red wine flavors linger in the aftertaste. Adding in the yeast toward the end yields a much more earthy flavor.

M: Medium body with just about zero carbonation. This is one dry brew with the sour aspect puckering you up as well.

Overall this is a solid sour that really shows what yeast can do for a beer. Something any sour fan needs to try.

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Photo of Jonada
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Best before April 2018. Served in a wine glass

Appearance: Pours a bright copper orange color with a dusting of off white foam that dissipates instantly with no retention or lacing. Body is lightly hazy with some light visible carbonation.

Smell: Red wine barrel, lactic tartness, oak, funk, light cheesiness.

Taste: Big lactic sourness, red grape, acidic, oak, sour cherry. Sourness is high.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with light carbonation. Finishes with a lingering mouth puckering sourness.

Overall: Good but not great. The lactic presence is a bit overpowering, but there's still some nice flavors that shine through. Worth a try, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of Santanax
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer smells like shit!!!! Pours yellow with decent head to begin but fades to nothing as it sits... the smell is of horseblankets and funky socks... the flav is an amazingly sour lemony tones with some nice oak hues... the sourness is amazing is beer is a real mouth water maker.... super super sour very delicious.. lemon juice goodness!!!! wow!!!

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Photo of MRsojourner
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

nice amber color that is slightly hazy
the aroma is of straight oak, red wine, corks and slightly musty.
the taste is slightly tart and very wine like and full of that oak and brettanomyces and a touch of vinegar but its not off putting at all. it finishes a bit sour but clean.
the mouthfeel is calm because the beer is so still with very little carbonation but it is a little watery.
overall it was enjoyable and im looking forward to more of there beers

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Photo of cbutova
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Slightly hazy golden, almost orange hue with a small, one finger white head. Texture of the cap is on the foamier side and it dies down pretty quickly as is the case with many sours. Small fizzy ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Strong vinous grape tartness right off the bat. Lemon sours and something like lactobacillus in there. Barrel is apparent with some fresh French oak tannins. Slight funk.

T- Like the nose, lactic and lemon sourness takes up most of the palate and is as tart as many lambics, sour. Wine opens up nicely with a nice oak wood contribution and certain grape fruity notes.

MF- Bone dry and super light bodied. Foamy moderate carbonation seems to bring out the sourness nicely, which is at a lambic level, puckering toward the end.

Sour lacto with good wine barrels. The vinous feel from the barrels is nice with the sourness but the oak might be a bit too much for me.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a footed glass at the Mikkeller Bar in SF.

A: Hazy golden brown. No head. No lacing.

S: Funk. Sweetness. Excellent.

T: Wow, this is amazing! Tart. Sweet. Fruity. Bright. Luscious fruit. Bordeaux. Absolutely incredible.

M: Tart and pleasant. Lovely and lively.

O: One of my all-time favorite sours. Highly recommended to all, but especially sour lovers.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasty. Quite tasty. Wild tones are certainly showing here. Funky goodness is going on. Mild old fruits come on the backend. You like funk? You like the wild? This is for you. Easily drinkable. Probably way too easy to drink. I would go on this all day and all night if I had the chance.

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Photo of corby112
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before April 2018

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden copper color with apricot colored edges and a half finger foam head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Strong lactic funk in the aroma along with some damp oak, peppery spice and vinous dark fruit. Nice combination of red wine barrel and lactic cheesiness from the Morpheus yeast. Subtle toothpick and dry oak along with dark grape, cherry, currant and other dark berries. Nice barrel presence but the blonde ale notes are undetectable and the lactic presence is much stronger than expected. Not unpleasant, jut a really weird scent mixed with the Bordeaux barrel.

Tart and puckering with sour acidity, lactic funk and a very prominent vinous red wine barrel. Subtle acetic vinegar presence but not solvent like at all. Has the tart dryness of Kriek but not as sour/acidic. The sourness is countered by funky lactic cheesiness but this isn't as strong as in the aroma. The Bordeaux barrel flavors really stand out adding sweetness and complexity. The barrel is subtle with a touch of oak and vanilla but it's bursting with vinous, juicy dark grape, sour cherry, plum and other dark berries. Kind of like a mix of rodenbach grand cru, red wine barrel aged American wild and Belgian Oude Kriek. I wasn't expecting much going in but this beer really surprised me with it's complexity. Sour but not harsh with really great barrel flavors.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at GBD in DuPont Circle, NW D.C., poured into a 10 oz. tulip glass (and only paid for the sample size...yeah!), drank 9/20/13 over a half-hour.

A: 3/3 - golden/yellow coloration, minimal clarity (cannot see through), initial one finger carbonation resolved into a subtle glass lacing throughout the drinking; low-to-moderate carbonation, moderate alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - initially some mild grassy and barnyard flavors with mild breadiness; as the beer warmed, some of the vinous qualities started to arise from the Bordeaux barrel-aging and was much more pleasant smelling

T: 17/20 - on the anterior tongue, there was some wild flavors that battled it out with some fruity-estery qualities - lemon, apricot, green apple and pear; the middle profile featured some balancing malts yet remained dry; moderate alcohol flavors, which was appropriate at 6.0%

M: 4/5 - light-bodied and lower-than-anticipated carbonation makes it tart and refreshing but showcased the complexity without being ruled by fuzz

O: 9/10 - I was initially underwhelmed but started to be more impressed as the beer warmed, which started to feature the vinous qualities that I was looking forward to when ordered; the menu mentioned a co-brew with Stillwater, who have consistently impressed me with their collaborations with Belgian breweries, but I don't see them listed here; anyway, I definitely recommend this one as an exemplar of an aged Belgian golden

TOTAL = 43/50

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy dark gold with minor head and lace on top of an aroma that has a little bit of tartness as well as yeast and citric fruits, even some apple and grape. Taste/mouthfeel more of the same as the beer is light bodied but smooth, passes easy with sharp carbonation and crisp finish, and not much maltiness (but there is an oaky woodiness to the beer, possibly bread but I wouldn't go that far) but a balance between bitter, citric hops, some tartness and touches of apple and grape (maybe pear) sweetness. This beer is lively and seems to be balanced and all over the place.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at rustic (Ballston). review from notes.

The beer is copper hued with a tiny head. Minimal lacing. The aroma brings some lactic funk, oak, barrel presence, wine, grapes, perhaps some berries. Sour and funky with grape skins. Mild fruity sweetness. Easy drinking. A solid beer. I'd have it again.

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Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Been eyeballing this for a while, but never grabbed it. Thanks to my friend Ricky for randomly picking it up.

Light fizzy head, very hazy honey orange color.

Nose starts with lots of oak, buttery slight toasty oak, little vanilla, then sour American wild like, tons of cabernet like wine, nice fruity earthy wine, and plenty of acetic acid and little vinegar.

Taste starts fruity, like roasted apple and apple wine vinegar, acetic acid, then into wine, great tasting cabernet like red wine, or Bordeaux perhaps. Light tangy sour flavor, little tart fruit, light vinegar, etc, and sourness increases. Plenty of barrel, vanilla buttery toasty oak. Then a bready malt finish, dry grainy and little flemmy, light sour and acetic acid lingering, little red wine.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, little flemmy finish, decent to lighter carb.

Overall quite nice, light but nice sourness, great barrel and lots of great red wine, decent vinegar level, etc.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a decent white head and a little lacing

S-tart apples, wine, malt,slight yeasty funk

T-tart apple, red wine, malt, oak, slightly funky aftertaste

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly astringent

O-a decent wild ale but lacks the complexity of better examples

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy amber yellow in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. A hard pour resulted in a finger high white head that completely vanished in under 30 seconds and then looked like apple cider.
S: Faint aromas of yeast and red wine are present in the nose. The smell strengthens as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a little sour and has light notes of red wine from the barrel aging.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) and rather tart on the palate with little if any carbonation.
O: This beer grows on you and the smell and taste improve as it warms up. It's not that sour but the tartness will slow you down. There wasn't much carbonation so I assum this is because it has been aging for a few years.

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Wild West from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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