Gaspar Ale | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Gaspar AleGaspar Ale

Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by horndecker on 07-05-2007

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange amber with a huge thick and firm white pillowy head.

Ripe pineapple nose with light undertones of malt. The malt nose develops more as it sits in the glass.

Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp and with a big character.

Flavors are very malty and very hoppy all at the same time and each character seems very identifiablel and not well integrated. It's like this beer can't make up it's mind...hoppy or malty. Fruit and spice and malty and then a definitive layer of grapefruit oil bitter. Finish is a hoppy pine.

Different. Not particularly drinkable or pleasant. Would likely try again to confirm.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Knapp85
2.3/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got to have some of this at Tap & Table one night when they had it on tap around my birthday last year. The beer pours out as a hazy yellow color, the head is very thin and white. The smell reminded me of a medicine cabinet full of latex gloves. The smell was not that appealing to me. The taste was very similar to the nose, tasted almost like rubber. I'm sure this is from what ever hop variety they used but to me it's not really jiving for me. The mouthfeel was super thin and kind of watery. Overall I was not impressed with this brew on any level. I wouldn't recommend this one in my honest opinion.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish amber in color and has large clumps of yeast suspended near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of pale malts and Belgian yeast are present in the nose, which also has notes of caramel malts and muted hints of citrusy hops.
T: The taste seems to have stronger flavors of musty Belgian yeast along with notes of caramel and pale malts as well as fruity yeast and a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The hops lend a bit of tongue prickling to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer wasn't one of the best Belgian IPAs that I've had, but had some interesting complexities in the taste. This would probably be a good beer to try fresh in Europe.

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Photo of brentk56
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot with a big Belgian head that retains and laces with the best

Smell: Lemon and bubblegum, with a boozy, medicinal edge

Taste: Starts out with an herbal, medicinal flavor that builds and overwhelms the interesting flavors underneath (lemons, bananas, kumquats and bubblegum); grassy bitterness develops both before and after the swallow, though the sweeter fruit flavors persist into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation that interferes with the tasting

Drinkability: Having had a disatrous experience with this beer in 2008, I decided to give it another try in mid-2010 - better this time around, but I still don't much care for the flavor profile

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Photo of emerge077
2.79/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Out of the brown stubby bottle it pours a deep, hazy orange tone. Gentle streams of carbonation rise to the surface. It retains a finger of foam for the duration of the glass. It passes the test in the looks department.

Smells bready, slightly herbal & hoppy at first, but there's a catch. This is followed by acrid sterile gauze, and a general mustiness and briny smell afterward. This is starting to remind me of a bad experience with Vuuve, on a much more subdued level.

Tangy orange peel. Herbal hop bitterness,that lingers in the back of the throat. It's awash with a dominant astringency, an antiseptic feel that ultimately interferes with the balance of the ale. There's a vague basil note, and a very light notion of honey in the aftertaste once the bitterness subsides. It's ok, but doesn't redeem it in the long run.

Bone dry mouthfeel, not a juicy hop profile in the least. Alcohol is present, lending to a solvent-like character. It's not very balanced, hopefully this was an off bottle. Won't be trying this again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow dirty color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Fruity esters are easily noticeable in the aroma with some light alcohol notes also discernable. Taste is a mix between some fruity ester with some light phenols of alcohol and a light dry hoppy finish. Full body with limited filtration and good carbonation. I was expecting a bit more hops and less prominent alcohol but still very good overall.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of nickfl
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Explodes with white foam as it pours into the glass and eventually develops a towering, five finger head. The body is a hazy copper color, with some suspended particles. The head settles slowly and leaves thick rings of whipped cream like foam behind.

S - Strong aroma of spicy, German hops backed by sweet malt. There is some yeasty character present as well; notes of pepper, tropical fruit, and some slight sourness.

T - Strong, spicy, yeast character up front, backed by hop bitterness. There is a lot of earthy, spicy hop flavor in the middle along with a malt note that attempts, but does not quite succeed in, balancing out the bitterness. The finish is quite bitter, with lingering spice from the hops and a hint of smoke.

M - Thick, creamy mouthfeel with very high carbonation and a dry finish. There is noticeable alcohol warmth and a bit of astringency from the hops as well.

D - This is an interesting brew, but not terribly drinkable. The aroma is really quite excellent, but the flavor fails to live up to its promise. The hop character is strong, but kind of dull and the bitterness is a bit harsh. A good beer overall, but there are better Belgian IPAs out there.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/30/08 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a large, dense, off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out malty and sweet with flavors of Belgian yeast, apples, caramel and some spice, then a strong hops presence comes in and creates a bitterness that stays into the after-taste.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, nice kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while, if you're in the mood for this style.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of dcmchew
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Seen lots of different recipes for this one. Mine has 4 different malts, and Magnum, Chinook, Columbus and Hallertau Mittelfruh hops.
Pours golden with orange tinges, small white head, goes fast to sticky lacing. Floating sediment.
Smell of sour cherries, sweet citrus (tangerines), banana, caramel, Belgian spices, pinch of tropical fruit. So really fruity hops backed by Belgian ale malt and yeast.
Lots of sweet fruitiness in the first seconds, with tangerines, papayas, overripe peaches, cherries, all covered in caramel and Belgian sugars. Bit of acidic apple. Next up, bitterness assaults the palate, and will stick around for a very very long time, dominating the rest of the drink. Transition goes through pineapple, grapefruit, and then full on spruce, pine, weed, spicy leafy hops and dry tobacco in the finish. Tho a hop bomb, some Belgian spices manage to show up, like some clove, citrus peel, faint coriander and a decent amount of peppercorn. Green hay funk mixed in there too. Very bitter dry finish.
Medium body and carbonation. Aftertaste is green and hoppy, with a faint fruitiness. No sweetness.
Never heard about Alvinne, but this beer certainly made me curious, will look out for more. Maybe unbalanced, but a very much IPA Belgian.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Polished kumquat that is only visible at the very bottom of the glass, thanks to a typically massive, Belgianesque crown the color of aged ivory. When it comes to the creation of foam masterpieces, no country is within light years of Belgium. The head is considerably creamy and splendidly sticky, leading to a lace display that can only be described as gorgeous.

More than most beer of this relatively new style, Gaspar Ale smells like a highly-hopped Belgian tripel. Of course, one could argue that that's exactly what a Belgian IPA should smell like. This Picobrouwerij Alvinne offering is shaping up to be pale malty, impressively bitter and significantly clove spicy. Given 115 IBUs, the second of those is an easy call.

My first several mouthfuls are a bit of a letdown in the bitterness department. The beer is considerably more bitter than most tripels or BSPAs, but it won't scare any American IPA worth its salt. That's fine. There's no need to get into an escalating international hops race. On second thought...

All but the final few ounces have been poured into the glass and a moderate amount of yeast are now visible. That should make the flavor even more aggressive than it already is. A more than adequate amount of pilsner malt adds sugary underpinnings to the bitter hops and the spicy yeast.

The hop bill includes Hallertau, Kent Goldings and Saaz; reasonable choices for a Belgian IPA. That lineup isn't as delicious as American C-hops (personal opinion), but is perfectly fine given the context. They're grassy, herbal and minimally lemon zesty, with an alpha acid load that is now beginning to assert itself with authority. Good stuff.

Despite an amazing head (which is still going strong), the bubbles have slackened and no longer provide the creamy expansiveness that they did initially. Enough of them have survived, however, for a good mouthfeel score to be granted.

My favorite Belgian IPAs are (in no particular order): De Ranke XX Bitter, Urthel Hop-It and Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel. Gaspar makes a bid to join that group, but comes up short in the end. It's still delicious, drinkable beer and is recommended for those who love Belgian tripels and BSPAs as much as they love hops.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a gold rimmed Brooklyn Flute

A – Poured a very very active and extremely fizzy burnt amber color with a huge head of white foamy lace that was soo big it had to be poured at least four times before it all settled down into the glass. The frothy top never fully settled down and there were copious amounts of lace present throughout the entire session and this really gave it quite a full appearance. Very active and lively carbonation could be seen streaming up towards the top constantly refreshing the large amounts of foam already there. I could tell this was going to be an interesting one for sure.

S – The aroma was full of yeast and spice with a very nice light fruit vibe coming off of it. Lots of peaches and pears were readily apparent and easily transferred the aroma into one of a nice Belgian pale. There was a large amount of hops present on the nose as well, what seemed like citrus like west coast hops to be exact really punctuated an already significant looking brew. A touch of alcohol was present hidden under all of this as well but it served more to round out then to distract.

T – The flavor was very full and very different. First thing I noticed was the huge hoppy flavor coming off of it. This was easily recognizable and made a nice overall introduction. As you worked past that some nice fruity flavors worked their way in, lots of peaches and pears, apples and a touch of orange, probably coriander starting to break through. A good amount of yeast gave way to a nice dry hoppy finish that was accented by some grape like flavors in the end. Very nice and light with a touch of alcohol mixed in to let you know this had a bit of a punch to it.

M – Very nice light body with huge amounts of carbonation really let it pop a bit when you started to sip on it. There was a certain amount of smoothness, of creaminess to it due to the large amount of froth on top and the delicate carbonation, but there was also the crisp, clean freshness of the hops that served to lighten it up as well.

D – Very nice sipper. I found this to be an excellent accompaniment to dinner and something that was best served over a period of time to really enjoy the flavors and really let it bring out all the subtle nuances it had to offer.

Overall this was a tricky one. It was kind of different then a lot of the stuff I had tried and was definitely very complex. I really enjoyed the hops in the finish and thought that the fruit notes of the yeast were really splendid as well. A really nice treat and something I would very much like to try again. A bit different and almost like the Belgian version of an IPA. A bit darker and a bit more sour then the La Chouffee, this was defiantly a treat.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clouded brown orange with a yellow hued crème head. Nose is slight peppery antiseptic. Touch of dough. Slight noticeable alcohol. Extremely full flavor. Robust and earthy. Lots of hops happening here. Very noticeable hit from the alcohol - way too much. Detracts a lot. I feel like I have the alcohol in my mouth. Leaves a bad aftertaste. Feel has a lot of carbonation and a decent liquid feel. Overall though this one is taken down a bit by the strong alcohol presence combined with the earthy and rustic nature of it. Good, but just too much to be a smooth drinker.

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Photo of jwc215
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle:

Pours a clouded golden amber with a huge, foamy head (a bit overkill - it is rather annoying and takes awhile to settle).

The smell is grassy, herbal, medicinal perfumy. It's a bit musty. Candi sugar and yeasty characters are in the back.

The taste is grassy, lemony, herbal and overly medicinal. Some candy sweetness is there, but the bitterness is nearly unchecked. The hops don't seem to mesh so well.

Medium-bodied and a bit prickly from overcarbonation, this one leaves an unbalanced bitterness on the palate.

I was a bit excited about trying this one. It's interesting, but the hops don't mix so well, and it's unbalanced. Not worth the four and change for this bottle.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

115 IBUs? I'm intriqued...

Cloudy amber coloring, vast puffy, creamy white head. Promising look to it.

Aroma is a melange of yeast and funk and bright European hops (Hallertau, Saaz, & Goldings), but I'm not picking up the typical flavors...some spice and lemon zest is perceived. Interesting.

Complex mouthfeel, full and packed with more flavors from the yeast, and the malt (pilsner and 3 "special" ones)...some grassy feel from hops, then the bitterness smacks down and floods the palate. Swirls all around the tongue and takes over...for a time...then goes...leaving a linger bitter feel behind.

Unusual hop profile continues to bedevil and delight the tongue. Not as crazy as I imagined it to be, plenty well-balanced, for sure. The yeasty/malty mix in the flavor, entwined with the high hop bitterness makes for a very unique brew.

Seek it out. Look for the orange label with the three wisemen and the camel.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/10/08- Purchased at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no freshness date noted. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Huge milkshake poch marked head. Extrememly frothy and creamy. Leaves large chunks and patches behind. A nice lightly clouded golden colored pour.

Smell- Sugary hops noted, really not much of a fruited scent, just sugary. Malt is lightly roasted.

Taste- Hops are grapefruit and lemon in flavor. Fairly sugary, but not too much. Malt just comes into play enough to balance the beer somewhat. Overall it melds pretty well.

Mouthfeel- A bit of a higher carbonation level with a light grapefruit aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not a bad brew. Flavorful and pretty quenching. Would recommend.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my bag, beer served in a DFH signature glass. Beer is dark maber and hazy (served with sediment) over carbonated, huge head, some lacing, moderate to high carbonation.

Aroma is bready and mildly earthy with hops.

This is one of those beers that I think, not really an IPA, just a regular Belgian pale ale with some extra hops in there. The hops almost seem like an after thought, which results in a hoppy aftertaste, it's moderate in body, really yeasty, a little sulfury and chewy in the midpalate and a mildly bitter finish. Not a repeat.

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Gaspar Ale from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
3.63 out of 5 based on 160 ratings.
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