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Cuvee De Mortagne - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Cuvee De MortagneCuvee De Mortagne

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very good

12 Reviews
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Reviews: 12
Hads: 60
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 19.31%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Land van Mortagne, aged on oak Pomerol wine barrels.
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Reviews: 12 | Hads: 60
Reviews by REDAMI:
Photo of REDAMI
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml bottle into St. Bernardus goblet.

A - Dark caramel color, hazy, ivory head disappears quickly.

S - Toffee followed by raisins and spice (nutmeg and cinnamon).

T - Fig, toffee, raisins, bready yeast on the front. Wine and wood with a slight alcohol bite on the finish.

M - Syrupy, heavy, alcohol warmth. Definitely a sipper.

If there were such a thing as a quint this would be it. A bit bolder than your standard quad. A good beer for those that love Belgians, which I do.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Ryno3031
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of amex_platypus
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Intense oak and red wine, tart, astringent, slightly sweet with mild cloying character

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Photo of KirkFrancis
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of simoen
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Schlafly33
3.39/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Gbell
4.2/5  rDev +4%

Photo of SomethingClever
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: brackish nice red hue to the edges of the glass and caramel color hazy small soapy tan head that drops to a film on the top of the beer

S: vinegar and grapes with a little bit of caramel has a little bit of a sweet smell to it almost a little bit of a brandy port smell

T: vinegar but muted lots of tannin flavors you get from wine drinks a lot like a mead I can't pick out that many barrel notes just the wine characteristics with a lot of caramel malts but muted by the vinegar so they aren't too sweet

M: Thick body its almost syrupy but not quite the alcohol is very well hidden

O: Very different I am glad I got to try it but I'm not quite sure I am thrilled by it. Huge body on the beer almost chewy the flavors seem muddled though and I can not believe this is 14% because it drinks so smooth very easy going down. Reminds me a lot of a homemade mead.

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Photo of DougT
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I guess based on the Picobrouwerij designation, this is uber rare. I'm a sucker for a good quad, especially when it's aged in French Oak Pomerol Barrels.

A: Pours a dark brown , not really opaque, with a fluffy coca cola style head. Recedes relatively quickly, but a lot of legging and lacing throughout the sipping journey.

N: Sweet and malty, with toffee, figs, obvious vinuous notes and stone fruit. Does not smell boozy, but you do get the oaking and the bordeaux. Has that great overtone of woody earthiness throughout, which gets stronger as it warms.

T: Very lovely, with an upfront sweetness and maltiness. Toffee, caramel, figs, prunes, and overripe grapes. It's relatively sweet, but not quite cloying. It's 14% and the ABV is detectable in a very nice warming, but I would say it's pretty well hidden. A little too sweet to be sessionable, but a lovely dessert sipper. I would say this is not quite as complex as a Rochefort 10 / Pannepot Reserva / Westy 12. Solid but less multifoiled.

MF: Carbonation is there, but seems to subside very quickly, resulting in a pretty still beer in the back of the mouth. Coating, but not quite sticky or oily. It's pleasant, and pretty smooth as you swirl it on the palate. Relatively light to medium bodied.

O: I think this is a unique beer , well worth searching out. I've never seen it and don't know really how rare it is, but it's a great example of a barrel aged quad. A little bit too hot on the ABV and sweet on the palate to session, but would be nice in a progression or rotation.

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Photo of ManforallSaisons
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark brown color ale with medium size foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malt based with lots of residual sugar and some dry fruit s notes with some easily discernable woody notes and light vinous feel. Taste is also dominated by some woody notes with a big sweet malt base with toffee and dry fruits notes. The red wine notes are also easily discernable without being too tart. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with not much alcohol being apparent. Complex but also a bit too sweet to appreciate a large quantity of that liquid.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark mahogany red in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high tan colored head that gradually died down, leaving some wisps of bubbles on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of oak and associated vanilla are present in the nose along with some hints of red wine.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has more flavors of red wine and lots of tannins. Hints of raisins and other dark fruits are also perceptible, although these don't contribute any sweetness.
M: It feels medium to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of alcohol warming towards the finish.
O: This beer definitely tastes strong, but nothing like a 14% abv beer because I don't get any alcohol in the taste, only the wine flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of yeti123
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Timmy13T
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma port, sherry, prunes, dates, vanilla, wood, soy, red berries, caramel.Taste cherry, almond, oak, spices, jammy fruits, vanilla, vinous.

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Photo of JuanAlberto
4.12/5  rDev +2%

Photo of nmann08
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a dark cola brown with a still wispy light than head.

The flavor is tart, a bit of funk, dark malt, caramel, dried fruit, figs, raisins, molasses. The flavor is much more oaky, red wine fruit notes, vanilla, anise and raisins. It is a bit sticky on the finish and a lot of alcohol present despite the age laying down.

Overall, this is pretty good, but could still benefit from more time too.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Understated in its power, yet boastful about flavor- this unique sweet and sour ale dances on the palate, delivering new savory and succulent tastes at e very turn.

Opening with a dark tawny-brown reddish tone, the ale is completely still- leaving its luster a bit lacking but all the while taking on proportions of port, sherry, and fine cognac. Even the brandy-like legging reinforces the notion of fortified wine and brandy over that of beer. But...

...its aromas are divine! Sultry red grape, port alcohols, barley sweetness of molasses and toffee all swirl in the nose just before the first sip. Somewhat tart and acidic, its scent manifests in a barley-sweetened taste that's of port and sherry. Even notes of soy sauce, chocolate, almond, tobacco and leather make their way into the savory mix. The taste, aroma, and textures are expansive.

Because of the ale's stillness, the heavy elixir lays flat on the tongue and saturates it fully for the full effect of flavor, sweetness, and tartness. Lumbered in its action, the beer becomes a savory sipper that's meant for long sessions and the celebration of sweeter aftertaste. And at 14%, that's a very good thing!

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Photo of Jame515
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Cuvee De Mortagne from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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