Podge Belgian Imperial Stout | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Belgium
alvinne.be

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paterlodie on 02-08-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
242
Reviews:
177
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
18.1%
 
 
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3
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Photo of JDavidRice
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of beergoot
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Much like "allforbetterbeer" noted in the previous post: BEWARE -- my bottle also spewed upon opening (it was cool and had been sitting for several days). I had about 3-4 oz of beer to evaluate...

Dark, turbid brown body with a rather thick yet bubbly head. Rather unspectacular aroma; the spillage hinted at rich, dark grains and fruits, but what was left in the glass was a minor shell of this. Taste came across rather rich with a predominance of ripe, dark fruits; slightly bitter and a decent alcohol heat.. Medium-heavy body with a sweet, treacly feel.

Perhaps if the bottle allowed a decent serving I could have rated this beer a tad better. Not bad, taste-wise, for an imperial stout, but looks, after it settled in my glass, exuded an unappealing muddy, watery brown color. The aroma in the glass was faint. The mouthfeel was nothing to write home about. Only the taste left a hint of what this may have been, but as a 'complete beer' offering, I wouldn't waste any money on it.

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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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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown red amber with lots of black floating particles. Massive medium tan head and lacing. Faint toasty malt, light fruit aroma. Taste of toasted malt, sweet malt, light fruits, maybe chocolate. Pleasant light cherry like flavor in the middle and finishes brightly with an nice slightly acidic fruit flavor. Quite different approach to a RIS. Will try again if it isn't too pricey.

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of avalon07
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a mostly thick consistency. Had a creamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Not a whole lot of aroma, but there were traces of dark fruit and malt.

T: Tasted of malt, a hint of chocolate, dark fruit (plums, raisins), and a somewhat unpleasant burnt quality. Flavor here is kind of on the thin side, and not nearly as robust as you would expect from a RIS.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not the worst example of a Russian Imperial Stout I've ever had, but certainly not the best. Definitely an underdeveloped beer.

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Photo of BostonHops
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 i'm not the first to make the observation, the first thing you think is that this seems much more BSDA territory than imperial stout; 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.

originally reviewed: 01-23-2011

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Photo of mrsimm
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of mikeborglum
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Aroma is loaded with roasty malt, dough. Color is black and very hazy with a full tan head that dismisses quickly. Taste is quite sweet with the presence of dried fruit. Very carbonated, lively, with medium body and oily texture. Finish is smooth and long. Just an average stout for me, I prefer a bigger body and creamy texture with much less carbonation.

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Photo of getbehindthemule
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. Best by June 2013. Lot 7JN.

A: The head gushed out of the bottle, spilling slightly, before I was able to pour it. Good retention and great lacing from the two fingers of off-white head. The beer is dark chocolate brown.

S: A bit metallic, then some fruity yeast. Definitely not what I expected.

T/M: Thinnish, but not a bad flavour. Chocolate malts, bright fruit, and an inappropriate carbonation. Definitely fruity-floral aftertaste, perhaps from Belgian yeast? More bright than dark, which isn't necessarily what I was looking for in my imperial stout. A hint of roast.

O: Interesting, but unexceptional. I will probably never have another, but I'm glad I tried this one.

Notes
OG: 24.3 Plato
Color: 302 EBC
IBU: 48
ABV: 10.5%
Malt: pilsner and "6 special malts"
Hops: Challenger and EK of Goldings
Other Ingredients: water, Irisch ale yeast, candi sugar

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Photo of kentmanfield
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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 thain709
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a pitch black body and a small, one finger head...the head had a light brown hue to it and become wispy over time...some traces of lacing were left behind

S - The aroma was the highlight of the beer...it was very complex...roasted, dark chocolate, dark fruits (raisins and dates), some coriander, strong yeast strain

T - More Belgian flavors stand out on the palate...the yeast is very present from the middle to the finish...there is a slight chocolate and coffee presence also in the middle of the beer but the spices overpower that...the spice and fruit are also take a lead role in the middle...there is a slight bitterness at the end but it also pairs with the Belgian yeast

M - Medium bodied...needed more for a 10.5% Imperial Stout...spicy with yeast flavors

O - A Belgian Imperial Stout just didn't do it for me...I enjoyed the complexity of the nose, but on the palate there was just something not right

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Photo of SpillyBeers
4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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 M27
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of SLeffler27
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big, frothy manila head slowly turns to a creamy cloud that began developing in the bottle. The head never quite settles below three fingers. The beer itself is black in a Dogfish Head snifter, but pours dark brown. Thick rings of lace.

Podge is boozy with sour dough bread and deep roasted malt. This is a rather odd, but welcome combination. There is a hint of perfumy hops followed by roasted coffee. There is also a slight hint of dark chocolate.

The first sip was a bit soapy but that is obliterated almost immediately by licorice, burnt malt and strong but not warming alcohol. The finish has a hint of sweetness as it lingers. With warmth this one develops chocolate cake while sweetness comes out and the alcohol mellows dramatically.

This one is well balanced with a light to medium body and slick texture. Carbonation is soft and the alcohol ranges from strong to well-tamed with warmth.

This one was initially disappointing, but that was entirely due to serving temperature. Whether stated or not, Podge is intended to sit and warm while its subtleties become quite impressive. Pair this with a good book and slowly sip.

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Podge Belgian Imperial Stout from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
3.48 out of 5 based on 242 ratings.
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