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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
37
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
17.2%
 
 
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of tigg924
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear, reddish-brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is oak, vinegar, sour mix, and must. Sour, bitter, high carbonation with medium-light body. Nice, dry, and sour. Decent slightly above average strong ale. I prefer others from this brewery, but this is worth a try if you like the style.

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Photo of Premo88
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into snifter

L: gusher! foam rises out of the bottle quickly, and it takes a super slow pour to get it in the glass ... loads of foam, 4 inches or more; no major sticking or lacing, but it keeps a 90% skin and thick collar of beige foam (not surprisingly); a foam-lover's dream but is tricky when you pour it

S: super sweet fingernail polish ... it's sour as can be, vinous for sure, but it's also got some plums, grapes, sour grapes pushing through ... red wine

T: super bitter and shockingly sweet ... chalky, like licking a limestone ... the bitter bite up front is almost all dirt; alcohol is present in taste, a slight medicinal flavor but also that vodka clean heat flavor; some fingernail polish, a note separate from the alcohol flavor; as it warms, the fingernail polish comes out front, the bitterness subsides, and there's hints (just hints) of some classic Belgian strong dark fruit flavors ... prunes, dates, some of those tasty dark-malt sweeteners; fig, licorice at times

F: full ... the carbonation explodes and turns the swallow into a crisp foam that fills your mouth ... feels like an abbey ale -- not heavy or thick but *big*

O: this is good. it also is my second bottle, and either the first bottle was somehow off or five months of aging has done the second bottle a ton of good, because this second bottle is infinitely sweeter -- infinite because the first bottle tasted like a dirt soda with NO sweetness; very interesting brew with a wild mix of farmhouse/sour notes and subtle abbey ale notes; the nose is more saison, the flavor has some abbey ale

I might try another bottle of this, but I will definitely age it at least half a year.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ckeegan04
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josanguapo
1.43/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

From XXXII. In Teku glass. After dinner. Minigeyser. Remarkable acid in nose. Less acid in taste. Tastes a bit amateurish. Lots of sediments. Went to the sink

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Photo of RuudJH
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1

another big gusher. another low rating overall. This cannot be accepted
look, smell, taste, feel, all ok, but don't ruin my stuff by spilling 2/3's of your content.

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Photo of BenBreeg
3.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MichialTanner1
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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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Photo of anvilx
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DamnYankeeHeadHunter
3.19/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kegatron
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of lmaduells
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Mphis
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BogAl
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of rheimbro
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Tertullian007
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of Samp01
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz flip top bottle. Pours a rusty cloudy brown with a slowly fading tan head. Aroma of dark caramel malt, yeast, some dark fruity esters. Taste is sweet caramel malt, Belgium yeast, with some zesty ginger notes and coriander as well. A full body with mild carbonation and sweet malt very yeasty on the palate. Finishes with a combination of dark caramel malt, has a slightly almost red wine nuance with some zesty ginger and coriander flavors and some mild alcohol esters. Overall an good and interesting twist on a Belgian ale,

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of jaxon53
3/5  rDev -12.5%

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Balthazar from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
3.43 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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