Gaspar Ale | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Gaspar AleGaspar Ale

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Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by horndecker on 07-05-2007

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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 mnapier
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Service Temperature, 40 degrees. Service Glass 12 ounce Tulip Glass.

Pours orange with no light escaping, white head & a strong lace. The aroma is sweet with some hops and a mild honey.

After allowing some of the head to dissipate I am able to taste bitter front that drags a dry, piney hop across my tongue with a little cloying & a slight touch of yeast. There is a nice medium mouthfeel with some slight resiny texture.

Overall, a nice dry ale that features some good body.


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Photo of msubulldog25
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a (rare) beer I really looked forward to trying at the recent Portland International Beerfest 2007. Poured from a 33cl bottle - my second beer of the day on Sunday. Clean glass, clean palate - a review of a 4 oz. pour.

Listed as 115 IBU, which would make it seem like it should be ungodly bitter...was it?

A: Warm, rusty orange with a fairly murky consistency and quite a bit of suspended white protein bits - I'd expect nothing less from tiny Alvinne's brews. Creamy 1/2 finger of off-white head and lace sticking in sheets.

S: Some upfront pale malt and yeast then a kick of tart fruit. The fruit was really the only notable aroma, a bit of apple, cherry and some more pithy citrus, some herbs like sage, and a little pine; really not a huge hop aroma and generally pleasing but of a moderate strength.

T: Slightly sugared fruit in the front of the mouth, but mostly tart, followed by a less-than-brutal hop bite that's dry, herbal and medicinal. The real bittering comes in a long, slow burn as astringency develops. Seems to be a fruit/tart BSPA first and foremost, with a dose of bittering that is doled out pretty carefully, never becoming overly harsh.

M: Medium mouthfeel that clings firmly on the tongue with an astringent, medicinally bitter finish. Feels creamy across the tongue, but causes some pucker as the tartness and bitterness draw in the cheeks; light-moderately carbonated.

D: Not a bad beer, but not quite as good as I'd hoped for either. It's a well-crafted brew but was disappointing in it's relative tameness; other Belgians such as Urthel Hop-It, Poperings Hommelbier and Houblon Chouffe, while perhaps not having gaudy triple-digit IBU's, have a much more interesting hop profile. Still I'd have gaspar again and would recommend it for a try. Cheers to the guys who organize PIB for bringing this one to the Northwest.

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Photo of edbeered
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brewer of this beer calls it "the hoppiest beer in Belgium", which sounds intriguing but turns out to be misleading. This is not hoppy like an IPA, or even an American or British pale ale, but tastes like a typical fruity Belgian pale ale with a noticeable mild hop finish. Now on to the specifics. This pours an opaque orange color with tiny white bubbles and a small white head. A small amount of lacing lingers on the goblet. The smell is indistinct, but more fruity than hoppy. The taste is fruity, with elements of tart apple, plum, and orange, as well as a mild citrussy hop presence. The hop presence lingers in the aftertaste most pleasantly. I found it refreshing and quite drinkeable. The brewery needs to change their advertising, not the beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy glowing apricot body with strings of microbubbles gliding up the side of the glass. The creamy off-white head takes up two-thirds of the glass and then fades to a big cloud floating in the middle of the glass.

S- This beer has some green hop notes with some sweet light toasted malt and a sweet honey smell. There is a light perfume note of yeast in the background.

T- The first taste is a bitter bite then some sweet malt flavors and a bitter hop finish. There are notes of pale malt that are sweet and hints of pineapple in the green hops.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish.

D- This is not the hoppiest beer brewed in Belgium as the bottle proclaims. The beer does have some green hop flavor but not much hop depth. It is interesting but nothing great.

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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 cbl2
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

7/5/2007 $3.95 11.2 oz. 8.00% Brewed 2003. Can be kept 5 years according to label.


Pours a hazy medium brown with hints of orange. Topped by half an inch of tight off-white head that slowly settles leaving behind a nice lace.


Funky! Licorice, flower pollen, must, stale attic smell. Very odd, and not what I would call desirable.


This is supposedly the hoppiest beer in Belgium, with 115 IBU's according to the label, though that bitterness has mellowed with age. What's left behind is somewhat saison-ish in character, with loads of barnyard funk accompanied by quite a bit of anise on the palate. Finish is grassy and herbal, illustrating the hops promised on the label. This one is a bit past its prime, and not entirely enjoyable. Worth experiencing, but only the once.

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Photo of horndecker
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

It's promoted as the bitterest beer in Belgium. Perhaps it's true. Although Fantomes Brise BonBons claims a mighty bitterness as well, Gaspar wins.
But this is not the sharp tangy bitterness of an American IPA. It's funky, herbal and relentless, but not scalding. The beer has a hazy, brassy appearance, a great billowing off-white fine merenguey head, clumpy and long-lived. Smells of malt, pine, green apples and tangerine. The first sip shows bitterness, but it's washed away by fruit and malt, a hint of sugar, then the herbal bite takes over, dusty and persistent.
It took some getting used to, but the second half of the bottle was more enjoyable than the first.

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