Podge Belgian Imperial Stout | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Podge Belgian Imperial StoutPodge Belgian Imperial Stout

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Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of sweemzander
1.36/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a rather muddy/murky brown color. Some tan bubbles. Not a very appealing look to what should be a stout.

(S)- Some rather "muddy" aromas to it. Mildly funky clay, tons of raisin, very heavy yeast, and a prune-like metallic finish.

(T)- Almost tart. Tons of raisin and prune. Very very heavy yeast, metallic, and funky clay to it.

(M)- A normal carbonation level for the style, but the rest of this beer is just kind of a mess. Muddy, murky, and disjointed. Very thin overall too.

(D)- Not sure what is up with this beer, but it is just all over the place. Not sure how old or young it is, but at 10.5%, it should have been fine for a few years at least. Major disappointment.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
1.54/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/18/11
*From notes

A: Ruby-brown in hue. A large amount of chunky, white debris swims around in the glass. No head and mere bubbles rim the beer. Ugh, this looks awful.

S: Raisins and a hint of rusted copper piping.

T: Really odd - rotting black fruits and an overdose of iron. Blech!

M: Thin and oily.

O: Podge Belgin Imperial Stout is a massive, epic fail. Enough said.

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Photo of Lauthaha
1.71/5  rDev -50.9%
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 puttyman
1.88/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It takes a lot for me to pan a beer, but this one really wasn't very good at all. The carbonation is way off, it took 10 minutes for the bottle to stop fizzing after absolutely no agitation. Color is very dark brown-black. Smells similar to the taste which is not a good thing. No taste of chocolate or coffee that are typical in imperial stouts, instead there is the overpowering tinny flavor of brettanomyces that seem to be way out of proportion here. You get a lot of the alcohol without much complexity to back it up. Much, much thinner body than I was anticipating for the style. I had to pour this one out halfway through because I couldn't choke it down. I really appreciate the attempt to do something a little different here, but the execution falls down pretty hard.

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Photo of BMoney575
1.91/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Sampled on 7-21-09

Pours a surprisingly light, extremely deep brown color, with lots of yeast, even though I didn't pour the yeast in. The head in thin and bubbly, with pleasant lacing.

Smell is all booze, very caramelly and sweet, not RIS at all. Thick alcohol sweetness all the way.

Taste is thin, watery, and terrible. At least the booze isn't as strong as I expected.

Mouthfeel is awful, super thin and watery. Almost no carbonation.

Drinkability is poor, just a gross beer.

Overall, don't waste your time or money.

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Photo of PEBKAC
1.94/5  rDev -44.3%
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 BarrelO
2/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Dark brown, not quite black. More like a quad. Hardly any head to speak of.

S: Sourness and fruitiness. Where are the roasted malts and chocolate?

T: All sourness and phenols.

M: Insultingly thin and watery.

D: I knew this one would be a miss as soon as I poured it. Not so much a stout as a BSDA, and a rather poor one at that. Drain pour.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
2.17/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

11.2 ouce stuuby bottle from Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. Purchased as part of an "Imperial Stout" set (informally) in May 2008 (?), price not recorded.

Pours a murky muddy brown. I didn't see sediment as I poured, but after it is in the glass, the pour is just full of cloudy particles. The best part is a nice looking tan head that has lots of stickage. But overall, very thin and weak looking for an Imperial Stout- more like a cloudy brown ale than a stout.

Aroma is decent enough, nice caramel toasty roasty malts, a bit of smoke, quite decent.

But the flavor just falls down, and falls down hard. Sharp, rank, buttery, hop sharp (with none of the hop goodness), but in the worst way. My best analogy would be to stick my tongue in an ash heap-- wow, this is just not good.

This beer may have been old; the label says 2003 but not as a "brewed on" date- it's rather confusing. However, the label also says this beer can be cellared for 8 years. If it is a 5 year old beer, then I politely disagree.

Drain pour after about 4 ounces-- I tried to like it, but this was just wrong.

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Photo of Brewsed
2.21/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

CAUTION! this bottle was infected with wild yeast/bacteria.

Opened bottle and it geysered due to over fermentation in the bottle, by wild "bugs". Made a mess at the tasting room table at the bottle shop. (embarrassed the owner.)

Poured into wine glass at the bottle shop.

Appearance: Poured a murky black due to the high carbonation/spewing stirring up the lees.

Smell: Sour, not in a good way. Roast. Dried fruit. Acidic.

Taste: Sour, super fizzy, and very dry. Hints of roast dried fruit, buy it was very hard to pick up on this through the sourness.

Overall: Due to the fact that this beer was infected with wild yeasts/bacteria, I would say that overall, it is not a good beer. I would like to try this beer again, but only if I see better reviews saying that it is "clean".

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Photo of justintcoons
2.22/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a translucent black with purplish-red highlights. Has 1 finger of khaki colored head that dissipates slowly. There’s tons of yeast and some pretty vicious carbonation.

N: Cherry, raspberry, prune, red grape, vanilla and hints of milk chocolate. Smells very much like a Belgian Dark Strong Ale. It’s rather pleasant.

T: This is a serious step down from the nose. Upfront there is prune juice, dish soap, raspberry and blackberry. Mid-palate becomes very metallic with notes of bakers chocolate, rotten grape and lemon. The finish is a horrendous mishmash of all of the above along with astringent pine notes and booze. Blech!

M: Light-medium bodied, warming and clean.

O: Tastes like rotten prunes and rusty screws. Giving it the benefit of the doubt, it’s a pretty bad Imperial Stout or Belgian Strong Ale. It’s just not good.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.27/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

2007 listed on the bottle. It litterally exploded in my face all over the place.

A-pours a cloudy reddish brown liquid with tons of sediment floating inside. the head is a light tan color that has very little retention and leaves almost no lace.

S-the nose is lighter and brings almost nothing but sweet fruit. tons of dark cherry and a hint of ripe plum soaked in a touch of rum.

T-the taste is all alcohol soaked fruit, no malty goodness at all. it is sweet and juicy, rum soaked cherries and dark berries with some plum.

M-this is a medium to light body, thin and a little water. way too much carbonation. it drinks like a wild ale.

D-in terms of RIS' this is not what I'm looking for at all. I would never drink this again and luckily it was included as an extra b/c I would be angry if I spent money on this.

Honestly, it drinks like a wild ale, high carbonation and fruity flavors, just not sour. Do not buy if you want a stout!

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Photo of jph424
2.27/5  rDev -34.8%
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 Jeffo
2.3/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Found this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a thin and airy three + finger tan head with decent retention. Black with very little carbonation evident. Head slowly pops and fades down to a thin film which remains the entire time, leaving some chunky lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Toasted barley malt and some grainy undertones. Lots of spicy notes from the Belgian yeast, as well as some spicy alcohol. A touch of soap-like aroma in there too. Not an RIS nose per se, but not bad.

TASTE: Toasted malt and some grainy qualities. A strong soap presence comes through, which isn't all that pleasant. Spicy Belgian yeast accompanies some spicy alcohol, giving it a slight whisky-like taste through the end. Some sourness near the finish. Strong and long lasting aftertaste is sweet from the sugar and spicy-sour from the alcohol, which is not the most pleasant combination for an RIS.

PALATE: Thin body and pretty airy. Higher levels of carbonation evident. Goes down like nothing with a bit of a scratch at the end and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Much too light and airy for the style.

OVERALL: This one seemed to be mixed up between a Belgian strong dark ale and an RIS. It needed some dark fruit to be a BSDA, but more roasted qualities to be an RIS. A beer with an identity crisis. Either way the end product didn't please, being too soapy, sweet-sour, as well as thin and airy on the palate for my liking. I could finish this one without a problem, but I'll certainly be happy to leave the others for someone else. Not recommended.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.37/5  rDev -31.9%
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 Arbitrator
2.4/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Room temperature bottle into a glass. Supposedly this is 2007 vintage, but it doesn't say that on the bottle.

Courtesy of a trade with Uwftke26. Thanks Ryan!

A: Pours a mahogany body that glows faintly when held to the light. The head is restrained for a Belgian-style RIS; a finger's worth of light beige foam is all it can muster. Retention makes up for it though, as it recedes evenly into a light cap and moderate collar on the brew. No lacing.

S: Surprisingly fruity, with raisins being the first smell on the nose. Chocolate and molasses follow faintly after. It's pretty weak for a bottle at this temperature, and I can't see it getting any stronger in smell.

T: ...Interesting. That's really my first thought. It's very vinous, with red wine and figs coming through on the first sip. The mid-taste is more chocolate- and molasses-driven. The finish is hoppy and tannic, like tea. Lightly spicy (pepper) and just a tad dry as well. The exhalation carries flavors of raisins and brown sugar.

If you had served me this without telling me it was an RIS, I would probably have guessed some variation of a BSDA. Not a bad flavor by any means, just not delivered well.

M: Thin-bodied and kind of watery in flavor. The body lacks the heft to deliver these full flavors with a punch. And the carbonation, which is medium-high at best, is not to blame here. Overall it feels a bit like a cheap soda. In fact, it gets so irritating that I wind up drainpouring the beer halfway through.

D: I'm very intrigued. This is a very creative interpretation (hybrid?) of two normally different styles. It just falls flat in execution. It wouldn't surprise me if they tweaked this and made an awesome beer, but right now it's not very drinkable.

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Photo of bjohnson
2.43/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

11.2oz. squat bottle.

Pours a murky plum brownish color with a one finger creamy off white colored head. Nice retention that holds for a decent amount of time. Not the color I normally would associate an imperial stout with, but then again, this is a Belgian imperial. Did I just pour a quad or a stout? Roasty malt notes with a wheaty dark fruit quad-like backbone. Touches of chocolate and caramel.

Definitely Belgian qualities come through right from the first sip. Dubbel or quad? yes. Russian imperial stout? um, no. Chocolate and roasty malt notes coupled with a sweet fruity plum and prune twang. A touch of lactic mouthfeel on the palate creates a smooth softness. Dark fruit notes are more apparent as it warms up--as does the hop bitterness. abv goes unnoticed. stout in belgium must mean quad. a mess of a beer if you ask me. pass on this.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look: Brownish red in color with no head what so ever and no lace on the way down

Smell: Bready yeast dark fruits mainly prunes and raisin a bit strange for a stout but hey its belgian right

Taste: Sweetness from the malt is good and there are some dark fruits in abundance here plums and raisins mainly. This beer taste like a dubble more than it does a stout there is a bit of sourness at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium body and little carbonation and it has a nice creamy silkyness to it

Overall: I rated this beer the way I did based on the style it claims to be. This beer is confusing to me because it says imperial stout but it taste and smells more like a dubble. I actually enjoyed this beer but based on the style it does not make sense

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
2.55/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Batch 572 stamped on cap. WARNING! This bottle was a total gusher. I lost all but maybe 3 oz in the sink (good thing I was standing right there!). What a waste of money.

What is left after the old faithful event is a murky brown liquid with a dark tan head. Full of yeasty chunks. There was obviously a thick layer at the bottom of the bottle.

Smells of dark sugar, cider, sea foam, cherry, apple skins, and day old spent coffee grounds.

The flavor is interesting. This really tastes to me more like a Belgian strong dark ale with some roasted barley thrown in. The yeasty spices are apparent, as is a slight twang which might signal an infection (maybe what caused this to shoot out of the bottle the moment I pried the cap). I don't taste much in the way of hops. There is a bit of cola and cider.

Strangely light bodied. Very carbonated but lighter than expected. Over attenuated for sure.

Conclusion: Well I don't know what to make of this beer, but the gushing all over wasn't a positive point. I think it has a subtle infection and would have eventually been a cider bottle-bomb.

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Photo of 86sportster883
2.6/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

There's only one accurate way to describe the Podge Belgian Imperial Stout. It sucks. Either that or I got a bad bottle.

The bottle label describes the beer as, "...of a deep black color with a creamy head and complex aromas of roasted malts, coffee, black chocolate and a long dry finish. The beer that poured out of my bottle was nothing like that. It was as if someone who never tasted the beer wrote the description based on what a true RIS should be.

First off, it isn't black, it's reddish brown. The head was frothy when initially poured, but had zero retention, and I certainly would not call it creamy. The aroma was mostly solventy with a splash of maltiness and fruity esters, but no real roasted grain character. The taste and mouthfeel was that of a young barley wine that needed a few years of aging, while the dry bitter finish may have been the only aspect of this beer that came close to adequate.

Overall, the Podge Belgian Imperial Stout is a real downer. Save yourself $4 and go buy something more worthy.

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Photo of jorjoria
2.62/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Well we have a gusher...the beer pours an almost murky grey brown... nice tan head...
Smell: aroma is dried fruit and alcohol with hint of bread and maybe a note of vanila think grandma's fruit cake
Taste: A very tart cherry flavor predominates which I think is how describe most belgian funky yeast flavors. Defiantly more acidic then I would like...not really all that much chocolate/coffee/ect. I'd be more likely to call it a Belgium imperial brown.
Mouthfeel: Initially some creaminess as a result of the high level of carbonation dries out the pallet at the end as a result of high acidity.
Drinkability: It's interesting...not something I'd pick up again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a mighty thin-looking, dark brown body. No head to speak of.

Smell: Candyish, sweet-smelling aroma of chocolate cake and sour fruits.

Taste: There's a rich, sweet chocolatey flavor upfront with a note of sour black cherries soaked in milk. From start to finish there's this odd medicinal quality to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Very low carbonation.

Drinkability: Medicinal and an ultra thin body are two things I don't care for at all in Imperial Stouts. Not recommended.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.64/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Initial comment is that this beer just isn't what it purports to be, at least in my opinion. It tastes like no stout I've ever tried.

Pours a hazy brown/black with a very quickly disappearing head. Pleasant light nose of simple fruit and simple ripe grapes. Some sweet malt/ripe pear nose, as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation and no overwhelming character except that this is like no stout I've ever tasted. Flavors are a cross between wine and a sour. Not terribly appealing or pleasant on any level. Very different flavors. Spices, cooked fruit and some grape acid but not the kind of flavors that have you wanting more.

Interesting high acid, aged red wine finish. I can't really imagine drinking a glass of this for any reason other than a tasting experience.

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Photo of nriech
2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brew is a little like a watered down stout. Did they mix a stout and a Belgian to make this. A little yeasty and sour smell.

The taste was off to me. I purchased this from a very reputable store so am sure it was stored correctly. Way too sweet. This is on the verge of being a Flemish sour, which I like, but somethings not quite right.

A little malt, some alcohol, a little spicy. Thats about all I could find before it was poured. 7 guys tasting and none found any other redeemable qualities. I think Im being pretty generous on the ratings.

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Photo of opwog
2.75/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

You have to be kidding me with this. OK, I was at a bar with a pretty impressive list of Belgian Beers and this one stood out because it was an imperial stout. I don't mind kicking down for a decent beer, but at $8 for an 11 ounce bottle of this swill, there better be building karma points of not throwing the bottle against the wall.

Yes, everybody mentions the insane carbonation issue with this, but it doesn't end there. I seriously doubt the claim of this being a 10.5 imperial anything. This is the most mismatched batch of ingredients that it is like a Frankenbeer.

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Photo of Overlord
2.82/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

So many things went wrong with this beer ... where to begin ...

It takes a lot for me to hammer a beer's appearance, it really does. Just about everything falls in the 3.5-4.5 scale unless it's truly horrid or truly resplendent. This beer pours a muddy brown with an unforgivably gigantic foam head. I can only think of a few beers with this type of overwhelming foam. The entire first pour was nothing but foam. Nothing. but. foam.

Smells like roast/burnt coffee and a bit of coffee along with chocolate flavored coffee. Coffee. The taste was mostly burnt/roasted something or other with coffee. Maybe some chocolate in there, tough to tell.

The beer had a vinegary/pruney sour aftertaste that was completely inappropriate for the style and a thin mouthfeel. It's dated 2003, and may be past it's prime. Took me an hour and a half to finish one bottle.

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Podge Belgian Imperial Stout from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
3.48 out of 5 based on 241 ratings.
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