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Melchior | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Belgium
alvinne.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by paterlodie on 12-03-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,835
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
105
pDev:
15.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
10
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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of bc102782
5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of brandonld23
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Travlr
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sample poured by Glenn at the brewery - thanks Glenn!
A: Amber/orange color with a large white head that settles quickly to tiny bubbles with great lacing.
S: Aroma is very subtle, mainly just light malts and yeast, not much hops evident.
T: Bitterness and hops come through in he mouth, nice malt, well-balanced.
M: Good body.
D: Definitely a nice double IPA or barleywine, even without the oak.

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Photo of ronniebruner
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Never had a mustard seed-infused beer before. The beer pours your average honey yellow color, has a slight hint of fruit in he aroma and pours with minimal head and lace. However, the taste is superb! It is sweet, high in alcohol and delicious. You would never know how good this brew is until you drink it! $5 for an 11.2 oz bottle well worth it! Indeed a surprise

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Photo of refractor82
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of tylerzander
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours slightly hazy (maybe owing to a poor pour, though some sedimented yeast chunked out mid-pour), on the straw side of golden with a one finger white head that is as dense as it is long-lasting, which is to say, quite

S - classic Belgian golden strong aromas of pineapple, banana (more runts than the actual fruit, without coming across as chemical), green apple/cider, a light hoppy spiciness from EKG hops and maybe from the yeast as well

T - anticipiated some off the wall mustard spicing but without seeing that ingredient on the label, I would never guess that as an ingredient, though I suspect it's the a contributing cause (along with the hops, naturally) to the lingering herbal/spicy kind of aftertaste and bitterness; ethanol comes across as a contributor to sweetness more than bringing any kind of heat, though there is a slight warming effect

M - dry and not overly carbonated, suiting this beer well and allowing the simple combination of Pilsener and Munich malts take a supporting role to the ester and hop/spice-forward profile of the beer

D - maybe the most distinguishing and interesting feature of this beer, the lingering herbal and spicy bitterness, doesn't do much to aid the drinkability of it; I think this a one and done beer, though it is a fun short-lived ride

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Photo of blazin5050
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle to a La Chouffe tulip

A A rusty orange definite sediment, with a foamy white head the dissipates almost immediately.
S A lot of Citrus and Malt, I get Honey, Oranges, Pineapples with spicy overtones
T Took a little for me to get into this beer, it was at first quite sour, but eventually the sweet malt came through bringing with it a lot of orange, yeast, and spice. I've never had a Mustard Ale before but as a chef I started noticing more and more mustard as the ale warmed. Very interesting and still quite acidic for my tastes. The hops are there but not as much as I expected for it claims to have been "heavily hopped for a long bitter finish" but as an American I know our hops and we love them dearly, sometimes too much. I read a review claiming to get green grapes and apple, I got that afterward but more when the beer was warm.
M slight carbonation, more on the heavy side due to the thick maltiness of it. The sugar actually started drying on my lips and I feel a little sticky afterwards.
D A very interesting ale, definitely complex and I will be bringing it to a tasting with some friends in the near future. But overall it is not a beer that I would drink very often.

-Cheers

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of medium malts and robust sugar-coated medium fruits - pears and apricots with hints of plums. As it warms very faint spices waft out from time to time.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of plum, pear, and apricot flavors, in that order. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors dry out a bit, allowing slightly herbal hop flavors to carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a well done beer but I have to say I got only very mild hints of mustard besides maybe a small amount of dryness near the end of the sip. In any event, it's worth a shot to see for yourself.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

@ Novare Res

Golden apple amber color. Thin head, thin retention but glaciers of foam regardless. Sweet and fruity with an Autumn reminiscence -- I think that's because it smells like candy corn which I believe I'm picking up due to the added sugar. A few banana-esque fruit phenols and peppercorn (which I'm pretty sure is really mustard seed as the description said "brewed with mustard seed").

Taste is again candy corn and burnt orange squash sugar, juicy pear and cantaloupe sorbet sweet and that mustard seed again to play against the sweet, burnt sugar flavors. Alcohol is hidden extremely well.

Belgians are so dreamy.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From zombier. In Duvel glass. After dinner. Its high ABV isnt appreciable at all. The beer is very turbid, with lots of particles floating and little foam. Smells and tastes nicely sweet. A good and repeatable offering

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Photo of edbeered
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Belgian Beer Fest(9/12-9/14) at The Muddy Pig in St Paul, this pours an opaque orange color, with a small white head that quickly dissipates. On the program, this is described as a "Mustard Ale"(there were actually two samples of this style at the fest). The smell is mildly fruity. The taste is fruity, with apple, pear, and plum flavors being notable, as well as a slight yellow mustard flavor blending in. The combination of flavors is terrific. The mouthfeel is tart and tasty. This is a very flavorful example of a style of beer I've never even heard of until I attended this festival and is another example of why Belgian beers rock(anything goes)!

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Trappist Provisions into a 6oz wine glass. Beer brewed with mustard seed?? Sounds awesome!

Pours a brownish amber color with a decent amount of head and lots of carbonation lodged at the bottom of the glass. Definitely contains a hazed, near cloudy coloring, even on tap, and an enormous viscosity that is expected at 11% ABV. Lacing holds together really well, although the alcohol legs do seem to drag it down substantially, especially as it warms up. Definitely thickened in appearance, which makes this far more hearty and inviting overall.

The aroma is filled with sweetened caramel maltiness and a spiced backdrop that I have trouble putting my finger on right away. Is it the peppery notes arising from the mustard seeds, or perhaps a byproduct of that ingredient that remains still slightly astringent and zesty? Nevertheless, it's still fainter than expected, but still really interesting. There's a sour, sort of farmhouse-like finish in the aroma, especially as it warms up, but the malts and fruity, red fruit focused yeast seem to be the focus here. Hops are virtually nowhere to be readily found, but the spices make up for it right away. As it warms up, the yeast really opens up, often resembling tamarind and apple peel, albeit still quite subtle. Really soothing overall, despite any malts overpowering here.

The flavor is a little bit of a different story, however, as the mustard and spices become a little bit more predominant. At first, the palate finds itself awash with caramel malty characteristics with light graininess and yeasty esters. Eventually, however, the aftertaste becomes chock-filled with the spices, to the point where this starts to resemble hearty rye bread coated with Dijon mustard and perhaps a bit of cheese, or (as my friend pointed out) chicken like features. It's definitely different, but very flavorful overall. The alcohol is incredibly masked here, and the dry finish makes you linger to try another sip to get the initial sweet breadiness, creating a vicious yet addicting cycle that makes this a rather dangerous concoction. Very different, and surprisingly soothing due to the large alcohol backbone.

I really enjoyed this beer more than I expected, especially with the fact that the initial flavor and finish are very different from each other. As indicated earlier, this is like eating mustard-filled sandwich without all the extra condiments! As an experiment, this turned out just find, and is well balanced despite what it has going for it. Would work well on a summer or winter day for sure. Great stuff.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a peach/gold, an inch or so of cream/white foam. Fine particles in suspension until the end, then the particles get rather big. Hard to decant, the sediment slides right out of the glass. Light but sticky lacing.

Aroma - sweet, yeasty, definite alcohol vapor. A touch of mustard? Hmm, it's hard to tell but at times I think I pick a little up.

Taste - mmm. The Belgian candi sugar hits right away, combining with the yeast and abv for the basic strong ale flavor. The mustard seeds impart a unique spicy, pungent taste that is a little indistinct, but nice. Warm on the finish.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and flowing, muted carbonation.

Drinkability - breathy and potent, but mighty tasty.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, Etre Gourmet, BBE Oct 2013 - Pours cloudy amber with no noticeable head. Low carbonation. Aroma - candied sugar, honey, sweet jellied fruits. Taste - sweet, honey, candied sugar, nice alcoholic warmth, light bitter finish. Meant to be a possible gusher, older age probably mellows it, as well as increasing the ABV. Nice enough sweetish strong ale.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a fairly clear peachy amber crowned with a billowy, lacy, 3” white foam collar.
S: Spicy, citrus nose.
T: It starts with large pitted fruit and finishes with a touch of mustard heat. There is some citrus in there too with a touch of salt or mineral.
F: Medium high carbonation, medium to medium light body.
O: An unusual and interesting beer.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Sallerj
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell and taste on this one are mostly sweet, caramelly, malt, with a little dark fruit. Despite what the bottle says, hops do not feature prominently in this beer, although the aftertaste is a little bitter. It's also much stronger than it tastes (11%), so maybe the alleged 60 IBU are hidden behind a ton of malt. The mustard is present, not prominent, and not dissonant.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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