Melchior | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

MelchiorMelchior
BA SCORE
47.6%
Liked This Beer
3.59 w/ 105 Ratings
MelchiorMelchior
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by paterlodie on 12-03-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,579
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
105
Liked:
50
Avg:
3.59/5
pDev:
15.6%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of Naugros
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This more like a Belgian amber than a pale, but there's no such style so I guess that's as close as it gets. It poured with quite a bit of fizz, as if I were pouring a soda. And the aroma that arose was like apples, pears and pineapples had been juiced and mixed with soda water. Not bad, but not what I was expecting at all. Definitely some classic Belgian yeast esters. Not getting any mustard out of it, though. The beer settles down with a thin ring and a murky, murky body...like water from the bottom of a cedar swamp.

I was not prepared for how sweet this is...cloyingly so. It's got nice flavor, but I fear I'm getting diabetes drinking this. It tastes a lot like unfiltered apple cider that has been fermented with some hops. Still no hint of mustard seed that I can discern, but how could I through all this fruity sweetness? What I do taste, I don't mind, but I'd want this to be a bit drier, especially in the finish where I expected some balancing bitterness because it said so on the bottle.

Nothing I'd get again and we'll see if it's sister beer, Balthazar, is any better tomorrow night.

 1,107 characters

Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of mcphish22
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of bminor7
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from beers of the world?

no head upon pouring. light amber color, more of a golden tinge. some suspended material from the bottom of the bottle. viscosity is high. the nose is of honey, banana bread. Flavor follows with some candi sugar, some bitterness in the aftertaste, an almost vegetal flavor. agree with previous reviewers on the honey mustard notes. sweet, almost too much. this one is a bit heavy and not too complex.

 432 characters

Photo of J23hc
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter, orange glowy body with lots of yeast and sediment and offwhite head. Lots of sweet malts on the nose, honey mustard, some citrus. Taste of orange marmelade, and a smooth drippy feel. Finish is almost yolky down the throat. Complex but seems sloppy

 268 characters

Photo of tsauce2
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 11.2 fl oz bottle in to a DFH tulip

A: SRM is deep mustard yellow. Noticable sediment. Head is off white, 1 in, dissipates to outsides of the beer. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Semi sweet. Light floral/fruit notes and mustard seed. Some light malt.

T: Initially sweet, but then mustard seed and maltiness hits. Hops are noticable. Very interesting. Aftertaste is sweet with a malty back, a touch of alcohol.

M: Medium/full body. Interesting feel. Semi viscous. Malt, mustard seed, and hops all contribute different aspects to the mf, but all meld harmoniously. Finishes wet initially, but dries out in a few seconds.

O: Pretty good stuff. Definitely one to try. The more Belgian beers I try, the more I like. This beer is very innovative and has a nice depth of flavor. Will buy this again.

 807 characters

Photo of Ralphs66
2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I did not enjoy this one at all. Mouthfeel superseded everything else; being clingy and coating. Kind of gross actually. A fairly one dimensional smell and taste. I tried to like it, as I love mustard. Just couldn't get myself there. I'd give it another shot, as all beers deserve a second chance (except Bud Chelada), but I won't seek it out.

 343 characters

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of pixieskid
1.83/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Had no idea that this beer was brewed with mustard seed until after I deemed it undrinkable and decided to pour it into a mini growler and save it to for cooking! Not sure where it says it's a biere a moutarde; maybe the US labels are different...

Regardless, I still found this beer incredibly off-putting. The mouthfeel was terribly, slick and chalky. The taste was earthy and strange and I found it to be quite boozy.

All in all, it would have been nice to know what I was getting myself into as the last Biere a Moutarde I tried (Smisje) was much more interesting/drinkable.

 580 characters

Photo of vince4953529
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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

 365 characters

Photo of CaptainPiret
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark, golden pour with a red tint, it had a thick, creamy head with some heavy lacing.

I got some fruits immediately (some apple in there), followed by a decent dose of hops. A little sugar as well. Smell was very complex.

The taste revealed darker fruits than the smell. The mustard seed involved in the brewing is evident — it adds some strange sour and spicy characteristics that I didn't get in the nose. Some bitter hops announce their presence at the end.

Slightly carbonated and the approaching of chewiness make for a pretty good mouthfeel.

This one started strong with a bountiful appearance and complex aroma, but it hit its peak too early. I feel like there's some unnecessary stuff going on with the taste that diminishes the overall product.

 762 characters

Photo of taigor
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into small glass.

A - Poured brownish slightly cloudy color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly malts and yeast with hint of fruits such as pear, apple, banana and slight scent of spices.

T - Slightly sweet to start with fruits coming through right away followed by tartness and lots of mustard and other spices towards the finish.

M - Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

D - Very unique drink that stands out but definitely not the one to go out of the way to try.

 536 characters

Photo of foogerd
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pale cloudy yellow with some orange highlights, creates a massive white head which leaves over some patchy lacing.

S- Light fruits, some banana, pears, and melon, along with spices and belgian yeast. Definitely does not smell like an English Barleywine.

T- To me this brew shares qualities of a Hefeweizen with its banana character and Belgian Pale Ale with its yeasty and spicy character. I really grappled to find a relation to an English Barleywine totally in vain. Theres also a bit of an unwelcome medicinal alcoholic bitter finish to the brew from the hops which I did not enjoy at all.

M- Full carbonated feel, glides on the palette.

D- If I wasnt so turned off by this medicinal bitterness I would imagine this would be a tasty brew, but that disturbed the drinkability for me here.

 797 characters

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Second mustard beer in our two mustard beer tasting. It pours hazy deep gold with copper hues and thin off white head. The light aroma has notes of Belgian sugar, lighter colored fruity esters, some dark fruit esters and a hint of mustard. The taste is slick and sweet and moves toward dark fruity esters and a mild background, OK faint background, of mustard spice. I also get some yeasty spice and faint banana. Like the other mustard beer the mustard spice is just too faint. This would taste a whole lot better with a bigger mustard presence.

 546 characters

Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color with a thick, cloudy consistency. There was an inch of fluffy, long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: An oddly muted aroma of malt, hops, and some spices.

T: Tasted of malt, the advertised mustard seeds, , a little caramel, and some hops. Like the smell, the flavor was weirdly restrained and muted. Not unpleasant, but could have been better.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An uneven beer, but still mostly drinkable.

 518 characters

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed at the 16th Essen Christmas Beer Fest 2010.

Pours a hazy bronze colour, with an off-white head.

The Hallertau Perle and Hallertau Spalt Select hops don't give off much aroma and being unfiltered and unpasturised the yeast smell seemed to be the dominant one to me, some mixed herbs and spices also appear in the nose.

Sugar and mustard seeds are added during the brewing process and this made the taste a strange sweet and sour mix that just about complimented each other. The hops gave the finish a dry bitterness even if they added little to the smell.

Alvinne do mess around with their beers at times, this one was fine in my eyes, although I sometimes wish they'd just brew a regular beer and leave it alone (no mustard seeds, oak aged in vomit, etc, etc)

 772 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hugely murky pumpkin orange with a light dusting of black peppery looking yeast and an outstanding crown of bubbly ivory foam that filled most of the snifter on the initial pour. Whatever follows, this beer looks like a dream.

Unfortunately, the nose is much less impressive. It's modestly fruity and spicy, but that's about it. Challenger and East Kent Goldings hops aren't appreciated, and neither are the mustard seeds. Let's hope this wise man is a little smarter on the taste buds.

Melchior does not taste like an English barleywine. The estery Belgian yeast pretty much disqualifies it right out of the gate. It's more like a pale-malted, spicier-than-usual Belgian quadrupel. Several years in the cellar have almost certainly stolen some of its punching power, but things are improving as the middle of the bottle approaches.

Flavors include fruit (apples, pears, apricots) macerated in their respective fruit brandies, and a great deal of clove and pepper spiciness. Still no mustard seed, which is probably a good thing. The alcohol is masked very well, which helps. A pleasant warming on the way down is more suited to January than August, but I'll take it.

Even though English barleywines (the aged ones at least) tend to be thinner than their American counterparts, this mouthfeel is a little too thin and loose. Especially since it's Belgian rather than English. However, it's still enjoyable and is easily above average. Good sipper.

Melchior and Gaspar (Belgian IPA) are the best of the Picobrouwerij Alvinne 'Magi' series, while Balthazar (BSDA) brings up the rear. This is a worthy purchase for those who like high-ABV, heavily spiced Belgian ales that are far enough outside the craft brewing box to be interesting, but not so far outside it as to be quirky or strange.

 1,792 characters

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.

 1,017 characters

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a snifter)
A- A hazy caramel body has sticky white head on top and a microbubble carbonation which is gentle. There are some flotties that stick on top of the head and swirl around in the body.
S- The caramel rich aroma takes on a finish of new sneakers and a slight dried tree leaves note.
T- The slightly tart flavor has a soft caramel note that leads to a green bittern bite in the finish. There is a grapefruit herbal note to the bitterness and a spicy fusel hint of soft mustard that comes through when the beer opens up.
M- The medium mouthfeel has no real fizz or alcohol heat.
D- The tart and spicy qualities overpower the much softer malt notes which actually seem pretty good. Aroma might be from age or just odd with the mustard seed.

 761 characters

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.

 631 characters

Photo of jdhilt
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring, leaving traces of lace. Cloudy amber color with floaties. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Yeasty, spicy nose. Flavor is spicy, hints of mustard. Sweet and slightly bitter finish. High ABV is totally hidden. $5.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

 336 characters

Melchior from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Beer rating: 47.6% out of 100 with 105 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.