Cuvee De Mortagne - Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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3.25/5 rDev -20.7%
Liked Cuvee d'Erpigny, so I figured I'd give this one a shot as well. Served in a Bell's tulip.
A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar and wispy complete cap, leaving behind minimal lacing. Opaque brown body.
S - Not at all what I was expecting from a wine-barrel aged quad. Chocolate, biscuit, nuts, red fruits, toasted grains, a bit of licorice, and a dab of dry oak. Tastes more like a barleywine than a quad and doesn't reveal much vinous character. Alcohol is well-hidden, which is a plus.
T - The tastes is more brown ale, with cocoa, toffee, red fruits, and nuts, as well as some oak and a slightly fusel alcohol bite. Perhaps the wine barrels is contributing the fruitiness? I don't know enough about Pomerol wines to say. As the beer warms the alcohol begins to flex its muscles and overwhelm.
M - Medium body, with lower carbonation. Creamy texture, and fairly low alcohol warmth. Surprisingly easy to drink for a 14% beer.
D - A very strange beer and not very quad-like at all. As a 14% brown ale with some wood and fruity notes it's reasonably drinkable at first, but this becomes a trudge as time goes on - I don't think our tasting group finished the 500ml bottle. Skip this one.
08-29-2012 01:28:44 | More by MasterSki
3.95/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
11-26-2012 15:55:17 | More by Phyl21ca
4.01/5 rDev -2.2%
Drank from my Duvel Tulip
A - Pours a caramel. brown colour with a red tinge, with frothy tanned head that disappears fairly quickly
S - Wow..Toffee, caramel, dark fruit, get some port/sherry, also get notes of chocolate/cocoa and quite sweet or tart like.
T - Sweetness up front with prunes, molasses, dark fruit and spice, with hints of vanilla and oak. Although the 14% ABV is well hidden it has a slight acidic taste at the finish
M - Medium bodied with light carbonation with that slightly acidic finish
O - I liked it as nice quiet sipping beer that you can enjoy on a cold night. A little too sweet for me and lacks the full flavour I was expecting. Nonetheless worth a try.
03-10-2014 10:03:01 | More by PolarBear3
4.1/5 rDev 0%
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.
08-30-2013 03:08:04 | More by JeffreyJDavis
4.19/5 rDev +2.2%
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!
05-01-2013 06:29:51 | More by BEERchitect
4.19/5 rDev +2.2%
Poured a brown body, reddish tint, with minimal head and lace that goes bye-bye real quick. I get the red wine aromas, mostly a slightly sour grape, on first sniff and then some oak and a large chunk of sweet malt, seemingly a good amount of sugar in there as well. I will state one thing before I complete this review - the 14% ABV is almost completely hidden, only slightly noticeable on finish as beer warms, and this surprised me. Thicker, fuller-bodied, not really sticky but still chewey, this beer goes down incredibly smooth and has a very large amount of sweetness. I get molasses, toffee, some dark fruits like figs or black cherries (which add to the very minor sour/tartness of the beer), not really tasting raisins that much, but it's not overly sweet as the beer is balanced thanks to some dry malts (nothing roasted or anything) and an oakiness along with some grape/winelike flavors and minimal sourness. Complex and hitting notes all over the place, this is not a traditional quad but I thoroughly enjoyed sipping (for a very long time, mind you) on this beer.
08-16-2013 14:17:42 | More by clayrock81
4.46/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
08-11-2013 00:47:13 | More by REDAMI
Cuvee De Mortagne from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
89 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.