Podge Belgian Imperial Stout | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Podge Belgian Imperial StoutPodge Belgian Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 176 | Ratings: 241
Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +4%
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 rvdoorn
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a very dark-brown reddish with a small head.
Smell: lot of fruits (pears, banana, raisins, citrus), yeast and malts
Taste: sweet malts, chocolate. Dry sour aftertaste with dark fruits (sour plums)
Mouthfeel: body is a bit too thin, medium carbonation.
Overall: Not a bad beer at all, but I would not call it a RIS. But we rate beers here, and not styles.

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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 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 skandha
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: starts ebony and finishes a swampy brown as the yeasties settle out.

Smell: sweet honey and chocolate notes with an underlying sharpness

Taste: much less sweet on the tongue than the nose. There is a profound and lasting bitterness overall that isn't exactly hoppy, but somewhat. The citric sourness outweighs most other flavors. ABV is kept a complete secret from the tongue.

Mouthfeel: carbonation is average, nothing revolutionary.

Overall: confusingly un-stout like with a lasting bitterness that is unpleasant mostly its unexpectedness. Call this beer a dark strong Belgian and it would be easier to accept.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Digita7693. Thanks man

Poured into my Cigar City Snifter it has a very nice off white head. Great lacing. Very dark brown. Not very stout looking.

Aroma is not very stoutish either. Just sort of malty. Can't really smell anything else. Not very aromatic.

Taste is actually pretty good. But it tastes nothing like a stout. No roastyness. Just sort of smooth almost bock ish. Sort of sweet. Not bad just not a stout.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Good carb.

Overall this is not a stout. It's good bit it needs to be renamed or something. Then I would give it a better review.

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Photo of brystmar
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubby bottle has been sitting on our shelf for awhile. Label says 2003 in the middle of the logo, not entirely sure if that's its vintage date or not though.

A: black with decent head, solid retention, good lace.

S: roasty malts, sweet malt, caramel, chocolate.

T: sweet and malty, finishes mostly dry with heaps of dark fruit. This is certainly a Belgian brew -- definitely has strong notes of traditional dubbels & quads intertwined with the stout-iness. Honestly, a little more watery than expected though.

M: feels like this used to be a thicker beverage at one point, pretty sure this has a few years on it though. And that age has thinned it out considerably.

D: unbelievably easy to drink for a 10.5% RIS. This particular brew shows *zero* boozy warmth as it goes down, and is much, much, much too easy to drink.

I wouldn't pick this one up again if I were in the mood for a good RIS since it's soooo different, but for something dark and unique it's a good option.

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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 bgildea
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky brown color with a faint hint of burgandy. Light tanish head that disipates quickly and leaves some decent lacing.

S: Slight smells of belgium yeast and malts. Also hints of nuts in the background. Not an overwhelming aroma by any means.

T: Starts with a nice sweet flavor of chocolate with hints of malts in the background. Finishes with a malty hoppy falvor and a slight hint of coffee. Good flavors, and defintly delivers better than it smells.

M: Decent amount of chew to the beer. I was satisfied.

D: The beer is pretty drinkable. Not amazing, but definitly worth a try.

Overall: Overall the beer was pretty good. It had a nice sweet chocolate flavor that wasn't overpowering at all. Finishes with some bitter flavor of hops and coffee. I'd recommend trying this beer for any dark beer drinkers.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a murky, muddy dark brown tone with a solid finger, maybe two, of a foamy tan head; decent retention, lacing. OK presentation, nothing especially noteworthy.

aroma is sweet up front with a notes of dark fruits, spice, belgian yeast. some chocolate and roasted malts in the background. sort of muddled and uninspiring, more reminiscent of a belgian dark ale than a stout.

flavor follows the nose with a bit of a tart fruitiness up front followed by some traditional stout notes. as others reviewing this beer have noted, the first thing you think is that there is no way this is a russian imperial much more like a BSDA; RIS does not leap to mind.

medium-plus bodied with carbonation a bit on the high side. i would not balk at another if offered, but left to my own devices i'd prefer something else. overall a 'meh' sort of beer: looks like 3s across the board for me.

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Photo of shortsqueeze
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very unusual, nothing like any RIS I've ever had.

A. Unfiltered and cloudy, brown, highly carbonated with a frothy yet silky head with fine bubbles.

S. Roasted malt, spicy, coffee and bittersweet chocolate.

T. Bittersweet chocolate and cocoa, coffee with the most unusual tannic character. Highly acidic, yet pleasant, if not out of place in this style.

M. Thin and a bit prickly in the mouth. Slightly out of balance with the acidity on the tip of the tongue.

D. Drinkable and smooth for the ABV. Perhaps the acidity masks the alcohol as opposed to it being well integrated.

So out of character for a RIS, I may have this again to see if it was a one-off or an intended riff on the standard. Oddly enjoyable as is.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Accidentally knocked over a MAGNUM of this at my work, so I guess I'm drinking it.

A-Mahogany with an inch and a half of tan head. Moderate, soapy lacing.

S-Slightly earthy, papery, some lightly roasted malts. Not terribly appetizing.

T-Slightly acidic, not all that malty for the style. The finish has that same papery dryness. Not all that great, but I'm finding that it's growing on me as I drink it.

M-Thin and dry.

D-Well I've got a whole magnum to drink, unfortunately. After this one I don't think I will ever need to drink it again.

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

On tap at memphis taproom. Nice to see a alvinne on tap.

A- comes to me with a finger or so of coffee and cream colored head that settles quickly to the smallest of rings. Deep dark hazy brown in color.

S- sweet and mildly roasty with some spice and bread.

T- nice interplay of spice and sweet with cloves and light brown sugar. Dark bread and some vanilla sorgrum.

M- in between medium and full bodied with a mid level carb of small bubbles.

D- expertly used abv and a still can't believe its as high as it is. Tasty but by no means a ris.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.17/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured into my struise glass

A: Pours a dark black with a towering and very creamy, 3 finger head that is mocha in color, leaving some Nice lacing behind

S: Smells of sweet, dark fruit, candi sugar, chocolate, cherries, belgian yeast, spicy raisins, etc...

T: Pretty much like the smell bready taste , bitter dark chocolate and cherry flavours , Nice sweetness

M: Very smooth and creamy. At first, I found the mouthfeel to be quite bitey but it calmed down nicely

D: Excellent considering the high ABV

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Photo of dtivp
4.45/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a nice tan head that dissipated in some lacing. A good bit of chunky tan sediment was present.

Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste was mild for an imperial stout, coffee, dark fruits, raisins and dates.

Full body with light carbonation.

This was a nice stout that was sweet at first with a slight bitterness at the end. I was surprised that the alcohol was well hidden for 10.5% ABV.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
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 StJamesGate
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours murky black brown with visible sediment and a big loose tawny that settles to a thin constant layer. Nose is raisin and burnt sugar. Black cherry and allspice malts, a bit of ash, and cedar hops (Challenger + Golding, says the label) to finish. Silky, round, soft and full. Some burn.

A gusher, so never sure how to rate those on looks. Missing some roasty/coffee RIS flavors we all expect but a big chewy stout with enough to keep it interesting.

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Photo of jlindros
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Stoutfest @ Armsby Abbey.

A: Pretty ugly, like a mud dark sloudy brown color with a little head.

N: Somewhat hoppy, spicy, little dark malts, some creamy malts, slight sweetness.

T: Belgian dark malts, tons. Some sugar, slightly sweet but still has a slight dry Belgian saison like flavor. Some strong ale malts, little earthy bitterness, some smoke and chewy malts.

M: Medium to lighter body with lower carbonation.

F: Semi sweet but still dry, lingering spicy bitterness, chewy, some sticky sweetness lingering with a slight candi sugar finish. A little lingering smoke too.

Overall, very meh beer. Nothing special, very light for a stout, especially RIS, but then again all Belgian stouts are.

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Photo of drpimento
4.28/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New take on the Belgian Imperial Stouts. This one poured with a big foamy frothy tan head that quickly settled down to a somewhat sparce head and no lace. Color is a dark brown with lots of sediment chunks. Aroma is mainly of dark ripe fruits like raisins, prunes, and dates with some roasty malt and cocoa. Flavor's about the same, but with a distinct sweet sour component. Old? I dont think so do to its qualities, age, and style. I didn't abuse it. Body is full and great carbonation. Finish is like flavor and fairly short. No sense of the alcohol. Super beer!

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Photo of bmwgirl9606
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First...this is not a traditional Russian Imperial Stout.

Opened a nicely chilled bottle and poured into a modified tulip glass. Medium brown with hints of ruby, thick creamy head. Visible particles/yeast floating in the glass. Hazy, unfiltered appearance.

Bitter chocolate aroma with hint of coffee, similar to an unsweetened mocha smell. Definite Belgian funk with a sour tangy aroma, not unpleasant - complementary to the bitter chocolate. No evident hop aroma. No diacetyl, minimal fruitiness.

Very nice sour chocolate flavor, tangy. Belgian funk is present but not overpowering, probably due to the use of Irish ale yeast. Complex flavor. Sourness lingers on the tongue. No evident hop flavor, no dark fruit, no diacetyl.

Creamy mouthfeel, medium to medium-full body, medium carbonation but no carbonic bite.

Overall very drinkable, very nice flavor, bitterness and sourness is pleasant without overpowering the palate. Definitely not a traditional RIS. Will buy and drink again.

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Photo of JalfPsu
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured with a three-finger, fluffy tan head that shrank down to maybe a thumb's width within minutes. The beer itself was lighter in color than I'd expected, and appeared almost reddish when light hit it. It was pleasant looking, but not necessarily what I'd expect (or look for) in an imperial stout.

The smell surprised me, too, reminding me much more of a Belgian quad, or even a flemish sour, than an imperial stout. It came across as very fruity up front, with strong notes of dark cherries, and an almost sweet tart like tang. After this subsided, some of the more traditional notes of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt come in, but they were quite subdued, especially compared to the fruitiness.

By and large, the taste followed from the nose. The initial flavors were primarily dried fruits, like plums and cherries, with even some citrus undertones. There is a definite tang to the taste, reminding me again of sweet tarts. Not a bad combinations of flavors, but not what I expected from the style. The aftertaste holds the more traditional flavors, with subtle notes of coffee, chocolate, and molasses blending with dark roasted malts. There's also a noticeable alcohol kick, leaving a tingling on the throat and tongue reminiscent of wine.

The body was surprisingly thin for the style, which I found disappointing. I like my imperial stouts to be heartier, and more substantial.

Overall, this wasn't a bad beer, and I'm certainly glad I tried it, but it's probably not something I'd consume regularly. It's just too weird.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger beige head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Almost black color, faint mahogany highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Slight chocolate and coffee nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is malty, chocolate and coffee. High ABV is hidden. $5.00 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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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 photomike
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautifully, with a one inch, very creamy beige head and a deep brown body nearing the realm of "black." Great lacing and retention, but after about 10 minutes, any remaining head is completely gone leaving a flat brown liquid. Very odd. Once the head is gone, yeasty chunks are apparent throughout the beer despite careful decanting. Starts a 5.0, finishes a 3.0.

Smell is distinctly Belgian. If you had put this under my nose without me knowing what the beer was, I would have guessed Chimay Bleu. Dark candi sugar and pruney Belgian yeast. A nice hit of alcohol.

Taste is quite good. Raisins and plums abound with a bit of spiciness and a nice hot alcoholic finish. Less roasty than I would have expected from a stout, albeit a nontraditional one, but with some chocolatey richness not tasted in most Belgian dubbels/quads. Lightly sweet with a drying bitter finish.

Vastly overcarbonated upon first pour, a good swirling gets this beer down to acceptability. Moderately full body with clean, dry finish.

The dryness of the finish on this beer makes it an easy sipper, especially for 10.5%. Very solid beer.

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Photo of Hopfist
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like Belgian dubels or higher, and you like darker, heavier beers, this is a great marriage. I was surprised to see little bits of yeast floating about it my tulip when I poured this one. Everything about this one screams stout, except mouthfeel and taste. Highly effervescent, super light body, and ester-rich alcohol profile scream Belgium. But color, aroma, and taste (aside from the esters) let you know exactly what it is. Not to mention the boozy 10.5% kick in the liver. One 11.2 oz. bottle is sufficient to let you know you've been drinking. Two is bordering on alcohol gluttony. Three... don't open a third bottle without a safety word.

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