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Podge Belgian Imperial Stout | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 245 |  Reviews: 178
Reviews by Lauthaha:
Photo of Lauthaha
1.71/5  rDev -51%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a beer glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark mahogany with ruby highlights. Very fizzy carbonation leads to an airy head which looks almost like the meringue on top of a lemon meringue pie (if it stayed in the oven a few minutes too long). Very wispy lacing, but head retention is decent. Beer seems a little fizzy to me for the style...hmm.

Smell: A red wine-like quality to the nose, pretty heavy on the esters and not a lot of much else. A faint whiff of what might be root beer, but any other scent is masked by the ungodly amount of alcohol present in the nose. Not a winner here.

Taste: Oh man...yuck...I am sorry I spent five dollars on this brew, it may end up being a drain pour. The first taste is much like root beer, but to a cloying extent. Then a lemon sourness creeps in that pretty much dominates everything else. Some maltiness, some hops, but mostly root beer and lemon. Terrible combination. God awful.

Mouthfeel: Way, way too crisp to be a RIS. Beer fizzes up on the tongue, and turns sickly oily, finishing off quite nastily. Aftertaste is rotting lemons and/or old banana bread.

Drinkability: Don't even try this. Unless you really like the taste of lemon pine sol; then you might have found yourself a non-lethal alternative.

Wow...I am blown away by the disgusting nature of this brew. Really, really don't like it. I don't know why it's called a Russian Imperial Stout, to be honest. First of all, it's just as cloying as a bock, it's sweet like a bock, it's got this weird fruit thing going on like a bock. Are you sure this isn't a bock, Picobrouwerij Alvinne?

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tan, creamy head that lasts a while with lots of lacing.

Aromas of roasted malts and dark fruit.

Tastes of sweet roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, prunes and raisins.

Body is medium, with creamy carbonation.

This is a nice Belgian-style stout. It is medium in body, unlike the typical monster RIS. Similar in style to De la Senne's Stouterik, in my opinion, but higher in alcohol. Nevertheless, this is tasting well and integrates nicely with the alcohol.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, almost black in certain lights, and quite hazy. Big, beautiful, tight head that leaves some streaky lacing. Smells somewhat roasty with pumpernickel bread, licorice, coffee, and ash aromas, with the barest hint of sour at the end. There is also a dark fruit aroma like armagnac soaked prunes. A little hot smelling. A little more of that Belgian sweet/sour hint to start the taste buds off, leaning toward candi sugar. From there it transitions to more macerated fruit and licorice, with a hot, peppery finish. Big and bold, but in that Belgian stout kinda way. Mouthfeel is a little solvent-like, it probably could use more time. It's also fairly highly carbonated. Not one to drink lightly- its definitely a big beer, but also a pleasure- The peppery finish is almost Saison like, but it has a good deal more residual swweetness than a Saison. One of the more interesting and full-bodied Belgian stouts (which should be its own category if it already isn't by the time you read this).

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Photo of abfraser
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark black. Don't remember there being much more than a small-ish head.

S: Chocolate, malt, very subtle stuff

T/M: Not at all sweet like most American imperial stouts. Very dry and drinkable. Can't believe this thing is still 10.5%. Chocolate, roasted malt, a coffee are there but very subtle, never overpowering the flavors. A little thin on the mouth.

D: Quite drinkable even thought its 10.5%. Very deceiving.

A decent imperial stout. Not at all like what I'm used to having from some of the American producers, which is probably a well known thing that I just didn't know. Don't have too much of a desire to have another one, but worth the try.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml stubby bottle into 8oz snifter.

Pitch black, with some ruby highlights when held up to the light. A very thin tan head settles to a rim along the glass.

Beyond the roasty malts there is a bit of sweet dark fruit, and a touch of alcohol. A little bit of sugar is there in the background.

The alcohol is noticed toward the finish, with the somewhat tame roasted malts up front. Some spicy phenols are in the middle, which is the first sign of a Belgian style beer. There's a little bit of light walnut in there, along with a bit of toffee. A bit of plum shows up toward the middle. Medium bodied with high carbonation.

I didn't notice a bottled date or anything, but this seems to have some characteristics of a beer that's been aged over a year. If that's the case, it ages well, and I'd like to try it fresh. Worth a try.

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Photo of kevgod
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a big tan head. Nose is malty, but in a Belgian sweetened up with sugar kind of way. Flavor is rich, yes. There is that deep malt character about it. But it still exhibits a lot of that Belgian sugary sweetness. Feel is thick in a general sense, but thinner than many others of the style I have tried. Full carbonation. A blind taste test might be interesting on this to see how many geeks pick it up. But knowing what it is, it makes a lot of sense. An RIS out of Belgium. Interesting indeed. They certainly get points for going for it and doing a pretty decent job. Overall it just seems a bit too soft around the edges, but that is most likely due to the Belgian influence.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is dark reddish brown in color (close to black) and poured with a two finger high beige head that died down but has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: The aroma is quite complex and smells like a hybrid between a Belgian Stout and a Belgian Pale Ale.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted malts with notes of chocolate and dark fruits. There is some sweetness along with hints of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is easy to drink for the style because it isn’t very full bodied.

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Photo of PEBKAC
1.94/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Year-old bottle. Stored in the fridge six month ago. Avoided for what seems like forever. Though I do like the look of stubby bottles.

Ommegang Anniversary glass at the ready, a forceful snap of the bottle soon follows with carbonation creeping up towards the lip. A frantic pour results in twice as much sandy-colored foam as beer. Spotty lace.

A dirty brown, with tons of sediment, It looks like gritty stove top coffee.

Initial whiff is strong with hard water. Keeping at it, I get flour, crystal malt, fruity Belgian yeast, & just barely a bit of roast.

Powdery sweet banana/coconut artificially flavored dip candy & lots of scotch-like tannins are what my first impressions get me. Minor outline of roast, a continued sickly taste of vanillin, & a heavy dose of alcohol. The finish is metallic, along with a bit of bitter grass. Taste more like a imperial bruin with additives the anything stoutly.

Carbonation is strong, the body is expectedly thin, & the flavors headache inducing. Weird, though just questionably terrible. I'm almost certain the same people that love Southern Tier's phoney Creme Brulee would love the synthetic similarities.

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Photo of joezak5
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into sniffter; black as night with huge sticky tan head, good retention and lacing.

Smell: Acidic apples and cherries? Dark sweet malt but very fruity, almost lambic-like. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel: Heavy chewy with a sweet malty feel and medium carbontion; quite pleasant on the palate.

Taste: This is like a liquid cherries jubilee black forest whiskey fudgy cake deal. Not at all what I was expecting but really interesting. Very muted roastiness and cocoa, with huge bitter sour finish.

Drinkability: A fascinating interpretation. This would make an excellent after dinner drink. I thought initially I would tire of the taste novelty but it kept getting better and better.

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Photo of bbothen
2.93/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz stubby bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Murky brown, kinda like a dubbel. Frothy head that leaps up & dissipates eventually. Sticky lace on glass. Brownist stout I've ever seen.

S - Caramel & toffee dominate. Faint coffee & roasted malt.

T - Well, tart belgian yeasty flavor. Some coffee, toffee, & roasted malt. Basically what the aroma has. Boozy & sugary as well.

M - Highly carbonated & yeasty. Not what you'd expect. Thin. Perplexing.

D - Couldn't do another. Too carbonated & sugary for my tastes.

This is the first "Belgian imperial stout" I've ever tasted. If I tasted this blind I'd guess belgian style dubbel. Maybe I had a mislabeled bottle, or don't understand the style. Glad I tried it, but not my favorite. Wacky. Interesting.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle

A: Black with a small white head. Some lace, no retention.

S: Upfront, sweet and fruity, but eventually giving way to some roasted and chocolate character. Pretty nice.

T: Wow, really sweet. I like sweet beers, but this amount of sweetness is pushing it for me. Fruity and candy-like, even slightly sour. The finish is a roasted bitterness, as expected. Coupled with the sweet start, it's a little off balance. Booze is apparent, but it's actually mixed in well. I want to give it a lower score, but even if the balance is off, I keep thinking that it's just more complex than off balance.

M/D: Full bodied, perhaps a little thin for a stout, slightly creamy body, but a little foamy. Drinkability is decent. If the taste was a little less sweet and more balanced, this would be a really good beer. As it is, it remains a good (and interesting) beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of Magpie14
2.86/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: out of the stubby bottle poured cloudy black color. Soap cream colored head, splashes of lace. The pour was not as viscous as I was expecting

S: alcohol, dark malts, dark roasted coffee. A touch of dark, rich fruits

T: dark flavor of malts, chocolate, and coffee. Sweet black liquorice and alcohol notes. Sweetness is followed by sharp sour bitterness, overall a very sweet imperial stout. Most characteristics vanish/very subtle due to sweetness, I get two things out of this brew...sweet then bitter, not much else

M: syrup-like feel and very smooth and creamy. Body is a good heavy

D: with all due respect, I am going to have to try this one again sometime. I am not sure what to think? I am a stout lover but this was somewhat of a bad experience for me...dang!

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out almost gushing, but I manage to catch everything in my glass, but a proper pour is near impossible as there is nothing except pure foam. So I will wait...

Finally, my glass is filled with a murky dark brown with a tan creamy head. The head on this beer is appealing, but the beer itself looks slightly unappetizing. Nonetheless I will try it!

Smells of figs and raisins. There is a dark rum booziness that is enjoyable rather than overpowering. Candy sugar melds well with the roasted malts. Very pleasant nose.

Taste is of spicy anise, hint of coffee and roasted malts. Very dry finish with a hint of cocoa. Lacks some of the depth I would expect given the nose and of a typical Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel lacks the creamy consistency I expect from many stouts, especially given the look of the head on this beer. This may be a product of its overcarbonation. Drinkability is deceivingly high given the abv and the sweetness does not come of as cloying in the least.

As always with Belgian stouts this is an interesting and new experience. This one has its high and lows making it a very enjoyable brew that is lackluster in some areas.

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Photo of IPAcraig
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the 21 beers I brought back from Belgium. Poured into my De Garre snifter while watching Law and Order.

A - Pours a murky opaque deep brownish black. No carbonation whatsoever, some oxygen bubbles are all that appeared after a vigorous pour down the bottom of my glass.

S - Average smell, hints of chocolate and alcohol. A decent sweet aroma, but it is extremely faint.

T - Slighlty sweet with some alcohol hotness right up front. A very faint roastiness is on the back of the tounge. As this warms a huge Belgian dark chocolate flavor is apparent; I get a chocolate taste out of many stouts and porters, but none tasted like this. The wife hated it, describing it as day old burnt coffee. I am not a huge fan of this beer, but I didnt get those flavors.

M - I actually really liked the mouthfeel. Very creamy. It accentuated the flavor very nicely.

D - Solid drinkabilty for this big beer.

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Photo of vince4953529
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of aerozeppl
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice blackish brown. When held up to light it reveals more brown than black. A nice finger of almond colored head. Some lacing.

S: Belgian candy sugar. A really nice almost burnt sweetness than I cannot put my finger on.

T: Weird. Reminds me of Weyerbacher 13. That heavy stout taste with the Trappist yeast right there. Very sweet. Just very smooth.

M: Creamy and it wants to be down your throat. Very nice.

D: Really nice and different. This and the 13th from Weyerbacher are making me consider this style more seriously.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured cool from an 11.2oz brown bottle into a goblet. Picked this up at Shawan Liquors in MD.
A - Deep brown w/ a reddish hue and a full 3 fingers of whipped cream type head that forms a tight bead at the base and expands as the eye moves upward. I didn't pour the whole bottle heeding the warnings of others and waited for the large foamy head to subside. The yeasty brown is lightly murky w/ yeast.

S - Roasty, stout like creamy aromas w/ a musty spiced dry essence. Nuts and vanilla w/ sugar and a tinge of coffee are detected when inhaled deeply. A light hop spiced element is noticeable w/ a bit of the irish yeast character.

M - A rich light roastiness in the feel w/ a huge dose of carbonation and smooth chocolate oily texture w/ subtle spice.

T - A big boozy stout flavor that lets you know it has a wallop packin' - booze, chocolate and creamy nutty toastiness w/ a woody vanilla character. The malt is rich but gets carried away by the yeasty mineral character and agressive effervescence. Heady and full of alcoholic warmth with plenty of dry yeastiness.

D - Huge Imperial Stout flavor and Belgian spicy flavors - this is big dark and in your face. Not for sessioning by any means, it is one to sit back w/ and sip. Very flavorful and full of potency I would recommend sharing this one.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle into sampler glass on 5/18/09.

A - Poured a hazy, gritty copper brown body with lively carbonation and one finger of foamy beige head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and left tons of thick, sticky foam along the glass.

S - Woody, earthy hop notes paired with sweet caramel malt up front. A sweet vanilla character emerges as it warmed up a bit. Bourbon notes are also apparent and come as a surprise, actually.

T - While bourbon and woody hops are quite apparent in the initial flavor, this stout features plenty of chocolate character paired with a prevalent dark fruit presence reminiscent of plums and raisins. Some spicy yeast is in there to give the brew a Belgian twist.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a light syrupy texture. Finishes with a touch of sourness mixed with some sweet notes on the palate.

D - I enjoyed this a bit more than I was anticipating. It's a stout, it's a Belgian, and it's got a nice bourbon presence. Glad I picked up a bottle of this.

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Photo of tendermorsel
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 335 ml bottle to a standard pint glass.

This had a tall but very airy head. Tastes of chocolate and burnt malts. Very interesting Belgian interpretation of this style. Much sweeter than typical imperial stouts. Lighter mouth feel also. Lacking some of the creaminess in both the body and head that typical comes with Imperial Stouts. For a beer this strong the alcohol was hidden well.

Not in my 10 imperial stouts. But interesting to try and recommended.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very nice deep dark brown, not nearly opaque as enough light was coming through that you could tell there was a good amount of cloudiness and sediment in it. A very nice three finger plus head of tannish colored lace formed across the top and was very slow to recede. It finally let go and left behind large amounts of side glass lace and a good deal of film across the top.

S – The aroma was full of dark yeast like smells. A very nice caramel and nuttiness was hidden in there but the big dominant aroma was of a dark chocolate mixed in with some yeast and a good bit of an earthy tone as well. Very different from any stout I have had before.

T – The flavor as well was quite different. Started by picking up hints of all the normal flavors you would expect in a big stout, there was a good amount of sweetness, mixed in with some chocolate notes and a touch of almost what seemed like vanilla. But then you started to pull out some of the flavors from the yeast, with the strong dark fruit that was hidden underneath. Almost a fig like flavor. This was very nice and was a welcome change from the standard stouts.

M – Very rich and creamy. This was definitely a full bodied ale; however there was a touch of lightness to it as well. Lots of carbonation was evident even from the beginning. There was a very nice smoothness to the whole session and it was not nearly as filling as I thought it would be.

D – An excellent late night sipper. The alcohol in this was high, but you could not find it anywhere in the flavor. It was just so well blended and so many other unique flavors were inside that there was just soo much more going on than that. I could have easily had another and will have to try and track this one down again.

Overall this was very interesting. It was a different take on a style that gets soo much attention this time of year, the depth of the flavor profile really just made all the difference as there were things going on in here that were just awesome. I would love to get a hold of another one of these, really a great beer.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.37/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The head on this beer was outstanding and I was hopeful that the rest would be as nice. However I was wrong. The beer was sour and very carbonated with way to overpowering alcohol taste. But the burn sour taste done me in and I will not buy again.

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Photo of jph424
2.27/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I had high hopes for this brew as I love virtually all Belgian beers and really like imperial stouts. This was a big let down for me. It tasted nothing like I think a imperial stout should. I may have gotten a bad bottle.

A - The appearance leaves a lot to be desired, a 1 finger head that disipates very quickly. Dark brown, and not as thick as I expected.

S - Candied sugar, sour fruit, earthy

T - tasted like a mix of a bad flemish sour and a bad dubbel

M - thin and highly carbonated

D - I struggled to get through this one

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Photo of mobius024
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If the head a beer produces is your thing, look no further. On this brew, it is immortal. Otherwise I would say that If Imperial Stouts light your fire, you may stop here out of interest but are not likely to hang around. Nothing bad, nothing beyond that. A bit sour. Neither Russian nor Belgian, stuck somewhere between. Something like the love child of Rasputin and the singing nun. I can't see it as a BSDA. I'm trying to rate the mouth feel, but cannot remember what it was like. Is it not inherent in the name an Imperial Stout should be an ass-kicking beer? This one falls a little short.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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