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Balthazar | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Belgium
alvinne.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 03-01-2005

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Reviews:
37
Ratings:
67
pDev:
17.15%
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Photo of rheimbro
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of vandemonian
4.38/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Balthazar has a dark amber colour and a perfect slightly yellow head. There was really a lot of sediment in my glass, but I don't mind that. This beer is extremely carbonated, so watch out for the spray when you open it. The smell is very nice and malty, with some alcohol and raisins. The taste is sweet and malty with some alcohol and fruitiness. There is some noticeable clove flavour and not really any bitterness. Lovely. Really nice strong beer.

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Photo of Travlr
4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured by Glenn at the brewery.
A: Almost completely black with a small white head that settles quickly to just rim bubbles and some lacing.
S: Aroma of dark fruits, dates and coriander, background hints of vanilla.
T: Flavor starts with milk chocolate and progresses to roasted coffee, with a bit of caramel.
M: Decent body, a bit light for the style.
D: Nice enough, closer to stout than a dark ale, but tasty.

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4.27/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's Belgian Beer Festival.

Poured a dark burgundy color with a small tan head that fades. Smells very sweet not much dark ale, more like a sweet pale ale. Taste is a whole different story, just sweet malt, great alcohol taste. Smoooth, a sweet red wine. I want more.

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of EnJeiBee
4.19/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - As everyone else noted, this one was a gusher. I probably lost 50% of the beer down the drain due to over-carbonation. Once I managed to get some into a glass I noted a hazy sediment filled deep red-brown hue and a tan head with good retention and lacing.

S - Dark malt character and a raisin aroma dominate a slightly spicy nose that I couldn't distinguish (even with the spices written right on the bottle).

T - Very interesting and complex flavor profile. The dark malt backbone and raisin flavors were complimented quite well by a spiciness from what I would assume was the ginger and a warmth from the alcohol.

M - It was medium-bodied, but severely over-carbonated

O - Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this. I didn't really know what to expect from it, but it was pretty enjoyable. The complexity in the nose/ flavor was fabulous.

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4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a murky consistency. There was a big, creamy, tan-colored, lasting head. Average lacing.

S: Had a very spicy, sweet aroma, with traces of fruit and malt.

T: Tasted of malt, some fruit, brown sugar, cardamom, and coriander. Not your classic Belgian strong dark ale flavor, but still very complex and spicy.

M: Lots and lots of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Because this beer deviates from the style a bit, I know it won't necessarily appeal to everyone, but I still think it's drinkable.

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4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours deep brilliant chestnut with a persistent, clingy 1” fluffy cream colored foam collar
S: Brown sugar, sweet dark bread, banana.
T: Dark dried fruit, rich dark bread, hints of lemon curd, banana, prune.
F: Very creamy, medium body, above average carbonation.
O: I have had three of these – one was an undrinkable foamer, one had yeast particles floating throughout and unsavory phenolic tastes, and the third was drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with mahogany edges when held to a light source and a one finger tan head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Chocolate malt aroma with hints of dark fruit, candi sugar, citrus peel and ginger.

Spicy ginger flavor up front followed by a silky chocolate maltiness with hints of plum, raisin and fig as well as a slightly sour citrus peel presence. The finish is dry and slightly tart. This is another complex and unique offering from Alvinne.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of BenBreeg
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Among the many, many reasons to travel to Ebenezer's is the huge selection of beers Chris offers. On a recent visit, this was one of the on-tap selections. Quite different from what I expected. Srved in a tulip glass, the beer was a dark brown color with a thick tan head that left ample lacing. It had a sweet, spicy (mostly ginger) aroma, and was also a bit on the earthy side. Spicy ginger taste, sour (where did that come from?), and a little bit of orange. Full-bodied, enjoyable, but I don't think I'd want a lot of these.

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3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wl0307
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a short brown 330ml brown, bottle-conditioned; BB 09/1?, served lightly chilled in Westmalle's broad-rimmed chalice. NOTE: the ingredients are really intriguing, including pilsmalts, 4 other special malts, challenger and goldings hops, dark candy-sugar, cardamom, coriander (I suppose -seeds) and ginger... sounds like a wintery spiced ale then.

A: gosh, the yeasts are still in their youth and pumps up a huge, thick and semi-frothy dark beige head that lasts only too well and leaves tight lacing along the way, while the carbonation, as expected, comes lively as detected in the dark brown body.
S: due to the hindrance of the thick froth, only the most sweet and estery elements pierce through - sour-sweet ginger with much lighter notes of coriander seeds, along with prevalent sour black prunes. As to cardamom, well, I can't sense much of that. In place of it comes thick black sugar, licorice candy, a touch of dried mint, coke and dried Chinese hawthorn-fruits. The spicy and estery elements surely overwhelm the nose, making the real beer base rather subdued and difficult to analyse (apart from chocolaty malts). Just O.K.
T: the taste is quite pungently sour (very prune-ish, in fact) upfront with a slightly metallic/rusty edge of yeasts, then leading towards a rich mid-taste of dark malts, tea-flavoured brown prunes mixed well with ginger candy, and bits and pieces of mixed bag of spice in between. Hops are apparently here to serve as an easily-overlooked balancer with both malts and candy sugar, as neither bitterness and aroma are pronounced enough to render any difference on the whole. The finish is pretty pleasant, with bits of black prune's aroma to linger with aromatic ginger, coke, and candy-sugar.
M&D: the carbonation is very soft, soothing, without much alcoholic feel apparent on the palate, while the whole body is only a bit more than medium, making it quite easy to drink and enjoy. If anything, I'd say the balance of flavour is not retained very well, spices are somewhat intrusive at times and malts can't provide a really robust backbone. Still, not bad.

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3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark appearance, and still, a lot of thin floating bodies. Decent beige head, lacey. Not very longstanding.
The smell is spicy, and balsamic, with a backbone of lightly toasted malt. Pleasant. The alcohol is totally hidden. Notes of ginger, and liquorice.
Good taste. Here again, no alcohol spikes. Full, round. Malty, but not heavy. Liquorice, toasted malt, all quite light. Again notes of mint/balsamic.
Very interesting. Again spices, and then herbal notes from the hop, with the liquorice, showing a quite bitter result.
Average to light body, good drinkability.
Good bitterness and liquorice in the aftertaste.
Very good.

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3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Suds
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat overcarbonated, I lost a fair amount of beer in an explosion of foam immediately on lifting the crown. The beer pours a deep, blackish-brown color with a fine tan head. If held to the light, there's considerable haze and sediment in the liquid. Pretty nice aroma...lots of chocolate malt, moderate-heavy roasted malts, and yeast. The beer has wood and fig-like smells as well. Not bad. The taste is sweet, and very nicely balanced with a firm bitterness. There's also a graininess and somewhat distracting chalkiness, but not enough to worry about. Great balance. The beer does have a hint of sourness that comes out just before the finish. All in all, not a bad brew.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lmaduells
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of John_M
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a dark amber color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. The nose is also fairly attractive, consisting of rootbeer, and milk duds. Sort of odd combination, but it's not bad. The flavors replicate the nose, except there's something of a burnt toast flavor as well. In combination with the rootbeer and milk duds, it's not the best combination in this moderately sweet beer. Also, there's something of an alcoholic bite in the finish that isn't working for me either. Mouthfeel otherwise isn't bad; the beer is medium bodied with a soft, long finish. Drinkability is OK, though the alcohol is bit more noticeable then I'd like.

This is a decent beer, though I can't say I'm in love with it. Too many other great beers out there....

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Balthazar from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 67 ratings
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