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Wild West - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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88
very good

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

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.

(Beer added by: DARIVA on 04-09-2012)
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1.44/5  rDev -63.3%

edwardbreton, Yesterday at 01:46 AM
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1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

Rhettroactive, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of billab914
2/5  rDev -49%

billab914, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
2.7/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

Alieniloquium, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of tendermorsel
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Borfets 2012.

As stated below this is not a Gueuze but a soured wild ale. No spontanious fermetation here.

blond with minimal head. kind off smelling. a bit of sour and garbage. very one dementional. straight up sour. no balance.

Not the best Alvine beer by anymeans.

tendermorsel, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Thorpe429, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of Jimmys
3.14/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Jimmys, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Raziel313
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Raziel313, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

acurtis, Jun 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

mikeburd1128, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

kjkinsey, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

spycow, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of jayluf
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

jayluf, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of TallSaint
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

TallSaint, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Jonada
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Jonada, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

metter98, May 30, 2013
Photo of ThreeLions
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

ThreeLions, Apr 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

bishopdc0, Nov 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

NorthCoastPranqster, Nov 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

GRG1313, Jul 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

ElderBeagle, Oct 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

MarkJBurch, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

pknyc, Oct 21, 2013
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Wild West from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
88 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.