Alvinne Omega | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Alvinne OmegaAlvinne Omega

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Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 94
Photo of Jmamay22
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Carefully decanted leaving a mildly hazy with a reddish amber hue. There is a thin bead of bubbles at the edges of the glass, but very little head formation. Acidity in the nose giving an impression of sour apples, vanilla, and orange marmalade. The taste has a less acidic presence. Less fruity as well. Mild flavor in general. Finishes with a mild tannic and acid impression. Mouthfeel is fairly thin. I'd like to see a higher level of carbonation as this borders cask level carbonation. The flavor leaves me wanting as well.

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Photo of mynie
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Limp, amber pour. No head.

Smells of lightly sour yeast and then some nondescript grain. Pretty bland overall, in spite of a decent little burst of sourness.

Tastes like it smells. Good, fruity sour punch up front, rather limp middle and finish. Nothing bad, but not worth the price of admission.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange, cloudy. Foam yellow, small, immediately disappears.
Aroma: sour apples, cider vinegar, red fruits, lightly seasoned.
Taste: a sour, seasoned, re-cider vinegar and sour fruits including apples. There are slight accents guilty and evocative of the barn.
Omega is so sour that I feel like the teeth "numb".
The beer is slightly watery, very refreshing and very drinkable.
High saturation, beer jumps out of the bottle.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brasserie V in Madison, Wisconsin.

Pours a hazy golden body, one finger white head, fair retention, bits of lacing. Smells of a bit of funk, malty sweetness, indistinct tartness, a bit of rubber. It's.. interesting. Kind of one dimensional. Flavour is moderately tart, touch of rubber, fair bit of non-distinct malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, crisp, good carbonation, still fairly easy to drink, all things considered. A decent sour, but not particularly interesting or complex.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Rather hazy medium gold color with ~1 finger head of large white bubbles. Head thinned to lacing with large bubbles around the rim. There are ribbons of really small particulates swirling in the glass, probably yeast, right?
S: Some funk, smells darker than it looks. Hints of hot rubber.
T: Nice tartness quickly followed by a big dose of toasty grains. This is the most malty sour beer I've had to date. Essences of warm rubber on exhale...not at all unpleasant, just kind of weird
O: Complex but not my favorite sour.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer was a slightly hazy light gold color. No head to speak of, little carbonation.
Sweet fruit aroma, some floral hops.
Very sweet grape taste up front, followed quickly by some tartness. Floral hops background.
Nice balance of sweet and tart.

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Photo of amano_h
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sour grape-like aromas adjoined with floral, grassy hops is the first thing that comes to mind about the nose. The nice vineyard / barnyard combination is further accentuated by sweet honey-like notes, and a leathery--almost brine-like funky scent.

The first sip produces a surprisingly sweet impression rather than the sour that I was expecting. The malty sweetness has kind of a candi sugar-like nuance, which gently fades away as the aforementioned grape-like sour slowly takes over. The wet hay and the grassy hops also make a brief appearance toward the back end, along with a bit of a yeasty aftertaste that develops as the beer warms up.

Medium-bodied, moderately astringent, with a good amount of carbonation. My impression is that this is half-way between an Oud Bruin and an "American" Wild Ale. Either way, a light well-balanced drink with an awesomely cool name.

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Photo of metter98
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is somewhat hazy amber yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation along with some specks of yeast floating in suspension near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass. Any traces of the head eventually completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of sourness and wild grapes are present in the nose.
T: The taste is a little sour and has flavors of wild grapes along with notes of yeast and underlying hints of candi sugar.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There is an ever so slight amount of tartness.
O: This beer isn't nearly as sour compared to most of the other beers in the style so it could be a good selection for someone new to wild ales, or a lighter and refreshing summertime beer for a veteran wild ale drinker.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Act25
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fitting that my #599 beer is a Belgian Sour typed as an American Wild. Marginally good. First time try of this brewer. I'm tempted to rate higher and respect more since it's made in belgium and in a heavy brown bottle... but in the end it's at best mid-pack in terms of enjoyment, while being higher rated for originality.

A: Pours a hazed amber honey body with scarce visible carbonation. The beer's finger tall fuzzy off-white head reduces to a a scant ring with only a bit of dotty lace. Not the Belgium looker. Cider like.

S: Modest aromas of tart grape fermentation, citrus, and a bit of floral, grassy hops. Ample aromas of vineyard, wine cellar, and of barnyard.

T: Upfront plentiful pale, grainy malts with wheat body. Then come the dominant flavors of tart grapes, fermentation tanks, citrus, wet hay, and floral, grassy hops. Bountiful stink, bitter, odd bits, and a long tickle.

M: Thinner than I'd like for a sour with low amounts of carbonation. Plentiful acidic prickliness. Crisp with dry finish.

O: Refreshing, modest sour, that you must try. Entry level sour.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

With the inspiration of Belgian lambic in mind, the Alvinne brewers introduce a series of sour ale with Omega being, surprisingly, the lightest in alcohol content, flavor and complexity- making it somewhat of a sour on training wheels.

Its thin honey-amber pour releases a spirited froth, partly of both foam and fizz. Yet each of those popping bubbles enliven the senses with an earthy bouquet filled with weathered oak, sour fruit, leathery, briny and an overall gamey scent. Its medium-sour sweetness greets the tongue with notions of honey, cola and steely caramel.

But over the middle palate, the sweetness dissolves and the sourness intensifies, bringing a decidedly sour tone with its white grape, lime peel, dried orange, crabapple, cherry and kiwi character- all seeming marinated in pickling brine. Yet with a backdrop of nutty sweetness draped over the dry sourness, a sense of cola continues to plague the cleanliness of the beer.

Its spicy and acidic finish is delightfully peppery, winey, cider and hinting toward white vinegar as a drying tone is set. Cherry and oak capture the beer's natural red wine tendencies as an aftertaste of mineral, cola and brine waft swiftly onward.

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Photo of lmaduells
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When I opened the bottle did not know was what kind of beer I took. I do habituament discover without prior information. Quite a discovery. A complex beer, fantastic, nuanced with hints of honey, with hints Lambic. Repeat this style beers and seek more difficult to find in Barcelona.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium golden honey in color with light amounts of visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and moderate amounts of copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy off-white head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tart white grape, citrus lemon, and light aromas of floral + grassy hops. Light aromas of grainy malts underneath with a light to moderate aroma of barnyard.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale malts and grainy malts with a light amount of wheat present. That is followed by moderate flavors of tart white grape, peach, citrus lemon, and floral + grassy hops. Overall light to moderate tartness and just a subtle hint of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness. Crisp with a dry finish.

O: Very approachable and drinkable for a sour, a decent one to introduce the style. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Light to moderate tartness/sourness makes this one very refreshing.

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Photo of mzingie
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amazingly vibrant cloudy orange color with a massive lasting head. Smell is very pleasant and citrus but only averagely potent. The taste is much more mild than sours I have tried in the past. Orange and white grape are the dominating flavors with many subtle citrus notes as well as a little too much of a yeasty flavor and aftertaste. Very refreshing and an amazing beer for a bright sunny day.

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Photo of tigg924
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Taste is a lot of sour mix, pineapple, unripe apple, and a splash of peach. This one is highly carbonated, light bodied, and very sour, although not mouth puckeringly so. I do have others I prefer in the style, but this is worth a try.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a slightly hazy, copper-gold coloring with no head. Aromas of tart white grape, buttery notes, heavy floral highlights, and a toasted backbone. Some subtle funky esters and yeast notes, too. Pretty decent nose. Flavors are tart grape and peach forward, fruity and sweetly balanced, with a toast backbone, and an interesting herbal and floral blend throughout. Bitterness creeps in quickly to accompany all of the tart notes, and the body is extremely crisp and dry. Tart sweet and dry aftertaste of all the fruity notes, lingering into the dry finish. Very smooth throughout, and very drinkable.

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Photo of drpimento
2.61/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best things about this beer are the aroma and appearance. Body is okay while flavor is some sour along with barnyard, funk, & oxidation. Beer looks good with a large very frothy off-white short-lived head some lace and a clear yellow color. Very mild aroma with just about only yeast and a bit of Malt coming through. Not that great.

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Photo of cujocon
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

6% ABV
11.2 oz cool shaped little bottle with crown $6 at Provisions Northampton MA
Apperance: dark tan like leather, small head, not much retention ends with thin bubble layer

Smell: bready beer with a hint of fruit

Flavor: holy sour and not much else - preparing for acid burp - little to no aftertaste

Overall: 3/5 reminds me of sourdough bread. Not bad, but not anything to get excited about.
I really like the bottle.

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Photo of Timeizmonies
1.89/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm convinced everyone giving this beer high reviews is a beer snob. The sour after taste is a creeping lingering flavor that offends the taste buds. It tastes like a batch of beer that went bad. I can say that this is not a boring a beer I just personally would not drink it again.

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Photo of Severdali
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells of fresh wet funk, fresh lemon, floral notes, beautiful fruity malt and dried but nice orange-y hop-y citrus in the background. Loving it.

Looks like a million bucks. Pours an impressive head that stays in action for a while and goes down very slowly. Afterwards the head is still lush when oxygenated, especially for a blond sour.

Taste: It is nicely sweet for a blond sour, even very drinkable when colder. When colder the lemon flavor is nice and full and really comes through in the most pleasing of ways for lemon being the dominant note. When it warms up the citrus and malt warm up and lead the way and it becomes overly drying in the most even and best of ways. The sour dissipates through the mouth but perfectly finishes at the back.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours a clear that turns hazy light yellow orange colour with 2 or more fingers of foam on my initial pour. Kudos to the BAs that mentioned it was a gusher...I put it and pulled it from the fridge.

Funk and lemon citrus is big on my nose initially but also continuously.

After getting over the niceness of the smell, I dove in to taste it. Funky notes, lots of lemon citrus and an overall sourness that leans more to the vinegar side than the fruity side, to my palate. It works for me and the 6% abv is more than comforting for me for the style.

Medium body, above medium carbonation, good mouthfeel.

We got a bunch of this in town and seeing as the price isn't unreasonable, I forget how much but under $6 a bottle I believe, I will get more. I see that it isn't all that widely distributed yet too. Give it a go.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

surprised to see so few ratings on this one, it must not be too widely distributed yet, but man do i love these guys right now, all the beers have been fantastic. this is a bit on the hoppier side, still with a wild yeast profile, but much more tame than some of their others in terms of sourness, this is more in the belgian pale and saison hybrid range, with a tart brett finish. the hops are grassy and maybe czech in origin, although their dosage is rather large in this one, with some bitterness but a real freshness to the taste. i pick up elderflower or something in here, orange blossom, tough to tell, but its floral and springtimey. malt base has a lot of cereals going on, dry though, and textured like there might be some wheat in here if not some oats too. medium body, lots and lots of carbonation, this beer is extremely refreshing. i see it more as a spring thing than a fall one, given its hop profile, but i like it a whole lot, and its definitely something different in the style. perhaps a less dynamic yeast character than some of their others beers, but i like its reserved nature. its balanced and bright and delicious.

edit: way more layered and active on tap. its got a perfect mouthfeel and seems to have more of the floral nuance happening. less grain driven than it was in the bottle, and really a much more dynamic brew. i am boosting a few scores to reflect how good the draft experience was. quite remarkably improved from a beer i already liked a lot.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gusher, but after that it's all uphill.
Looks cloudy apricot juice colour, on the nose its all funk lemons and zest. Taste is nicely sour but not too dry.
Litte harsh on back palate but otherwise solid stuff.

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Photo of ADZA
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On cracking this bottle the brew just leaped out of the bottle like a bull out of the gates and it pours a dirty blonde hue with a creamy two finger head and a touch of lacing,wow the smell is funky with also sweaty socks,musty funk and lemons,the mouthfeel is medium bodied,spritzy and nicely carbonated with tastes of apples,Brett,lemons and limes,some candy and finished with a mouth Puckering sour funkiness and overall this is definately a suprise packet for me and something I could drink all night will buy again cheers.

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Alvinne Omega from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
3.77 out of 5 based on 94 ratings.
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