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Wild West - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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very good

90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%

Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne visit their website

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: DARIVA on 04-09-2012)
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Photo of Alieniloquium


2.7/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 00:51:36 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of tendermorsel


2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2012 15:59:45 | More by tendermorsel
Photo of Jonada

New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 02:00:38 | More by Jonada
Photo of metter98

New York

3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 18:19:54 | More by metter98
Photo of ThreeLions


3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 18:22:12 | More by ThreeLions
Photo of DARIVA


3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer style is a sour ale/wild ale. I couldn't select this.

The Wild West is a beer from the brewery Alvinne and is a fairly simple recipe of white beer, brewed without hops and only used with the famous Morpheus yeast.
It was brewed in January 2011 in the previous installation of brewing Alvinne.
Due to the move to the newest brewery in July 2011 had to moved this beer also. In fact they had very different plans for this beer. But this beer it was decided to move the beer into 2 Burgundy oak barrels, where it still remained a few months on the barrels. It was finally bottled in November 2011.

A: Slightly cloudy beer with a small but beautiful head.

S: Vinegar and a sour smell.

T: Vinegar and a sour taste, of a high quality.

M: Light carbonation, sour and a bitter mouthfeel.

O: Nice experience and a long aftertaste. This could be the beer of the future.
I'm not a big fan of sour beers but the quality of this beer is very good, thankfully I have a few bottles left.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 09:20:06 | More by DARIVA
Photo of clayrock81


3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 18:18:58 | More by clayrock81
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2013 01:22:27 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of MDDMD


3.95/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 23:14:30 | More by MDDMD
Photo of MRsojourner


3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 23:53:30 | More by MRsojourner
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at bu11zeye's 10,000th tasting.

The beer pours an orange-yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a light amount of tartness, as well as some leather, Belgian yeast and lemon notes. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of tart lemons, as well as some green apples and cherries. There is also a nice amount of yeast and some lighter, biscuit malt thrown in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 04:44:49 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2013 20:14:57 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of corby112


4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 07:50:57 | More by corby112
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 19:20:28 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of Hab11


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 18:18:14 | More by Hab11
Photo of cbutova


4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 04:26:19 | More by cbutova
Photo of jlindros


4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 15:19:23 | More by jlindros
Photo of MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2013 02:06:59 | More by MNishCT77
Photo of AgentMunky


4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2013 18:56:43 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of Santanax


4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 22:51:18 | More by Santanax
Wild West from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
88 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.