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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 Halcyondays
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light orange with a small white head, fair retention, no real lace.

S: Orange, tangerine, a lot of citrus.

T: Lemon and orange with a complexity which incorporates these flavours. Bit of white grape, almost Viognier type apricot and peach flavours on the back end were quite enjoyable.

M: Medium-bodied, fizzy, mild acidity which I liked adding some body.

D: These beers from Alvinne are certainly interesting. It's difficult to pigeon hole this beer into one style and I don't think there's really any point to it. Delicious flavours, complex, interesting, a winner in my book even if I can't taste a fraction of the 115 IBUs advertised.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a real gusher. Even with careful pouring, I could not pour the 12 oz bottle into a massive Tripel Karmeleit glass. Huge cappuccino suds, now I am waiting several minutes for the head to die down. Under the head is a cloudy caramel gold brew. Leaves clouds and pillars of foam with lots of lacing on the glass.

Appealing floral, sweet malt, fruit and citrus aromas and Belgian spices. Exceptionally perfumy nose.

Taste follows the nose and is very floral, with caramel malt backbone and a pronounced hoppy bitterness. There is a little metallic taste from the yeast.

Body is medium and the carbonation makes it almost creamy but not quite.

Several appealing elements, but overall, it is not a well integrated beer. It seems the yeast needs some taming.

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

Cloudy orange-amber with a thin white head.
Smell is Belgian yeast with some malts, a little bit of hops, grapefruit, raisins, and some alcohol.
Taste is again Belgian yeast, with raisins, plum, and some orange and grapefruit near the finish. I little hoppy near the finish as well.
Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and flat, with a slightly dry finish.
Okay on drinkability. The alcohol is fairly present. Decent beer, but certainly not exceptional.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle drank from my new belgium globe glass. no freshness information anywhere on the bottle.

A- this one pours out a hazy golden orange colored body with a large white with a slight orange tint head that just wont quit. when it does start to fade, it does so very unevenly and it leaves behind large spots of lace.

S- the first thing i notice are spices. odd for an IPA. clove and coriander. add that to the belgian yeast, and this one smells similar to a wheat. alcohol makes an appearance here. as do hops, but they smell faded. pine, grapefruit, and earthy.

T- the taste is just as spicy as the smell. coriander and clove. belgian yeast. a bit of alcohol. faded american hops. maybe i got an old bottle? pine and what i think is whats left of grapefruit.

M- medium to full bodied with a high level of carbonation. slight warming form the alcohol.

D- i can make my way to the bottom of this glass, but i dont think id seek out another. not really my thing. id definitely like to try a fresher sample, but that might be hard living so far from the brewery. the bottle does claim it will age for up to five years.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this from a bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a honey orange with a light white that is gone way to fast. Light retention and lacing.

The aroma starts off very sweet and then at the end you get a little "belgian" hops. There is some clove almost like a wheat beer.

The taste is ok, its a little sweet to start, doesn't really have much hops to it. At the end you get a little, but its just a sorta sweet beer.

The feel is pretty boring, on the light side without much of a finsh.

You could drink a lot of this, but why would you?

Overall, a pretty boring ipa.

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Photo of glid02
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy golden color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of leafy and slightly citrus hops along with hints of medicinal notes.

Tastes slightly more crisp than it smells. Light sweet malt flavors up front are quickly joined by loads of leafy hops and a bitterness that kicks in midway through the sip that intensifies through the end. Hints of light citrus hop flavors linger on the palate.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation was a bit on the heavy side.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a good beer however the flavors weren't as thoroughly fleshed out as others in the style. Worth a shot if you see it around but not worth seeking out.

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

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - Popped the top and carbonation slowly rose and overflowed the bottle. I was able to salvage the beer into the goblet quickly and managed a decent pour. It pours a hazy orange color with darker amber hues. There is a nice off white head about .5 inches tall. Seems very sticky and dense, recedes slowly.

S - Citrus notes are present immediately indicative of nice hop character. Some sweet malt notes are also present somewhere in there with fruit notes of pears, grapes and apricots. Yeast smells are detectable.

T - Dry hops completely envelop the mouth and are offset by nice carbonation. Taste of grapes and pears also some mild citric hints. Yeast is very much part of the flavor with some chalky notes and some spices as well.

M - light-medium body with heavy Co2 content.

D - Refreshing and tasty. Higher ABV though.

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Photo of Travlr
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample bottle at the brewery, poured by Glenn.
A: Birght orange with a big fluffy head that lingers and leaves moderate lacing.
S: Aroma of bread, orange peel and coriander.
T: Dominant malts with complex spiciness.
M: Good body.
D: Excellent Belgian style IPA.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Directly from the brewery. Poured into a de Molen sniffer. The beer pours a hazy orange-yellow color with an enormous fluffy head.

Smell: Yeast, bitter hops. peach, grapefruit, honey, almonds and some spicy alcohol. Smells like a Belgium tripel.

Taste: Very bitter hops (cascade hops?), grapefruit, peach, maybe some hints of apple, and bitter hops again. Very bitter and dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium-bodied.

Overall: Very nice beer from a great pico-brewery. So nice and bitter! Hop bomb! Will have this again for sure. Love it.

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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 cannabanaceae
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into a goblet. A slow pour produced LOTS of carbonation, with a inch of creamy head. Looks like champagne bubbles. Hazy orange in color. Popping noises from the bubbles.

Smell was slightly fruity, bready maltness, plastic, wheat and sweet.

Taste was very bitter in front. Then it goes dry in the middle with a touch of sweetness. Ending by a lingering bitter finish that sticks to your lips. As the beer warms its easier to drink. No hoppy fruit tastes to speak of. Lots of bittering hops in this one. Dry mouthfeel.

Overall this may be the highest IBU beers in Belgium, but I dont think its the "Hoppiest beer in Belgium" as the label describes. Its an interesting beer, that Im sure tastes way better fresh in belgium. Than when we get it here in america with god knows how much age on it.


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

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a wine glass. Didn't have much else.

Pours tangerine with a nice white head with large bubblesthat faded a few seconds after the pour. Very little lacing to speak of. Was hoping for some floaters, at least. Oh, well. The bottle is great to look at.

Smell was dominated by hops and citrus fruit. Alcohol follows, generously.

Taste begins with orange and ends with hops. In between I found spice, phenols, a bit of spice. Not dominated by anything. Can this beer make up its mind? Not really. Still, it's worth trying if you can find a bottle.

Moderate carbonation provides a nice backbone to a pretty heavy mouthfeel. Nice body for 8%.

Let's hope that Belgian IPAs can keep up their development. Don't think this is much of a yardstick, though.

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Photo of crossovert
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an uncontrollable head, it too me a while to pour this one, I suppose it got the proper amount of oxidation. THe head is eggshell white and it billows as high as one could in a Duvel glass. It looks a bit soapy and doesn't recede as quickly as one would expect. It leaves thick, bubbly lacing behind. The beer is a hazy, pale orange/brown.

Smell is fruity with a hint of spice, not too much hops here though.

Taste is rather medicinal, sweet, and alcoholic. Not much of a sign of hops here, this tastes more like a Belgian barleywine. Slight bitterness and citrus hop flavor chimes in near the end but nothing to go crazy over.

Style wise this is a bit of a clunker, it is unrefined and over malted, but as a barleywine it works, though it isn't anything special. I could have an overdue bottle as I cant decipher the goofy bottle code that doesn't even appear to be marked.

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Photo of corby112
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy ruby/orange color with golden burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a thick foamy off white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Very hop forward aroma, especially for a Belgian Golden Ale. Hints of estery light fruit, mostly apple and pear with a noticeable alcohol scent.

Smooth with some slight creaminess that balances out the bitter hoppiness and crisp fruity, estery alcohol presence. Hints of apple, pear and grape with some chapagne like soft carbonation. As with the aroma, this beer is surprisingly hoppy and bitter for the style, but instead of overpowering the other flavors, it's provides a nice level of complexity.

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

This one's a cloudy coppery-brown with some sediment. The head is a one to two fingers and starts off thick and dense, leaving some lacing behind. It doesn't take all that long to dissipate, though.
More hops than malt are in the nose, but the balance isn't bad. There's also some yeast with a slight distinctive funk, rounded out some citrus, a distinctive sweetness, and alcohol.
There's a firm, hard hops bitterness to this one that would overpower the malt except that this is unlike any IPA I've ever had. Oddly enough, the sweetness is still strong underneath with lots of citrus. It's not too artificial, but it's not exactly the most real fruit flavoring I've tasted. There's some sourness added to the range of bitter and sweet. It tends to muddle, but otherwise the balance is pretty nice. There's a light spicy bite underneath.
The body is oddly light, almost but not quite medium. It's pretty smooth and carbonation is moderate.
This is one of the most unique brews I've ever drunk. It's odd, unusual, and totally worth trying. Generally pleasant and pretty tasty.

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Photo of Avryle
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

new stock at Oliver's in Albany, NY

A- Hazy brown-orange. Pours with a very big head: 1.5" liquid=3" of head. Thick foamy head, dissipated slowly taking a while to pour the entire bottle

S- Very citrus-y. Lots of lime and lemon notes with apple esters from the yeast.

T- Very sweet and malty with some astringency. All the hops are in the nose and in the finish, and them finishing hops be BITTER.

M- Light-medium body. Carbonation is not too crazy despite the humong-o head. Boozy tastes make this a slower drinker

D- Meh. Its okay, but for the price ($5.99) I'll stick to the Houblon.

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Photo of Suds
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light brown with lots of yeast sediment (almost silty) with a fairly large off-white head. I wouldn't call this beer particularly attractive. The aroma isn't bad, however, a nice balance of toasted malts and herbal hops. The hops are a little more dominant than the malt. There's a bit of fruit...grapefruit and peaches? Fresh aroma, with a lot of yeast as well. The taste is very malty, with a very firm bitterness that anchors the beer. Again, good balance. Some yeast flavor, and a healthy dose of esters that become more pronounced after the first sips. Full mouthfeel that's also influenced by serious carbonation. This one is alright.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden brown in the glass with a huge foamy two finger head with solid lacing in the classic Belgian style.

Smell is very strong sour citrus like lemon and lime; more than even a Sierra Mist.

This taste is not really impressive at first. Sour in flavor but not in the typical acidic way. There's a good deal of bready taste throughout. This may be an IPA and the hoppiest IPA in Belgium but you wouldn't know it unless I told you or if had never drank a non-Belgian beer. There is some bitterness around the middle and end but, meh (shrugs). I wouldn't even call it hoppy unless that's where the citrus smell and flavors come from but that's a long way from the little green cones.

The mouthfeel is nice, light and foamy with a little spikiness in the foam that cleans up nicely and finishes the same way. Clean.

Drinkability is nice and easy if the flavor is to your liking. Given the ABV I think I would start liking it more after one or two but the price of import makes it a one-and-done.

I wouldn't rule out buying this one again but not for a while due to the price.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sunny golden color with an enormous head, typical of so many bottled-conditioned Belgians. Quite hazy. Leaves a good bit of lace on the glass.

First aroma impression is good, with a creamy sweetness reminding of birthday cake frosting and a big malty breadiness. Then the big hop blast comes in, which has its own exotic quality and is really nothing like typically ultra-hopped U.S. IPAs. Hops lean to the fruity side. Yeast comes in too, as does a prevalent boozy blast from the alcohol. If it weren't for the latter, the aroma would score even higher.

Definitely bitter, and at 115 IBUs, it's as intense as you'd imagine--but a different kind of intense. As with any highly-hopped Belgian, this can't and shouldn't be compared to similar U.S. IPAs. The hops remind of a super-spicy mango, sticking and jabbing through a caramel-y malt center. Reminds of an over-the-top gooey orange-glazed cinnamon bun. Some saltiness appears. Bitterness prevails in the finish, as does some dirty yeast traits. Alcohol is even more prevalent than in the aroma, which doesn't necessarily work toward the greater good.

Slick and medium-bodied with ample carbonation, only slightly sticky after the swallow.

If it weren't for the alcohol sticking out so far, this would be amazing. But this is good and definitely a different kind of IPA, even for a Belgian IPA. One to definitely give a shot if you're any kind of hop lover.

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Photo of beachian
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Pours a pretty dark golden color. Huge amount of head on this one to start with (probably two or three fingers and it very slowly subsides down to one finger) that makes it almost tough to pour the entire beer.

The smell is nothing amazing. It's a pretty typical Belgian smell which is great, don't get me wrong, but there's not much else to it.

Upon first taste, it's pretty interesting. This one definitely has the hoppy characteristics of an IPA but the flavor of a full-on Belgian. This one goes down easily but probably isn't something I'd get again.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

25 cl bottle "stubbie" purchased at Hi Time Wine in Costa Meas, CA. in late 2008 (date not recorded) and consumed in February 2009. Price not recorded.

Pours a slightly hazy golden ale in my Stella chalice with a big rocky head that does not want to budge one inch to allow access to the beer below. A dollop of brown stain on top of the head shows the yeasties that escaped my pour.

Aroma is of those wonderful Belgian yeast strains, complex and strange, tart and organic, mixed with a definite hop bite. The hops are mellow by California standards, but still want to be counted here.

Flavor takes a while to explore, thanks to the head. An interesting mix of pungent hops (lemon drops), wild organics from the yeast, and a lot of notes that come flying in from unexpected places (alcohol, grass, miscellaneous spices that I can't define, whisky smoke, etc.). I honestly have a hard time with this one. Too many things going on. Very thick on the tongue. It's interesting, no doubt, but I just can't get my arms around it to enjoy it.

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Photo of cwylie0
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The bottle was given to me by a friend. Aroma is fairly yeast-forward and also slightly noble hoppy. The head was thick and white and lingered until the end. Color is golden with a hint of orange hue and there is noticeable haze. Flavor is fairly hoppy for a Belgian, alcohol adds a spice note, and carbonation is fairly strong and effervescent. Overall impression: refreshing drinkable with a noticeable hoppiness and alcohol zip.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A loud sis noise when I opened the bottle. No gushing whatsoever. A big frothy head and the beer doesn't fit the glass.

Smell is hoppy with a strong Belgian yeast character. The hops are resinous and appear minerallic and a little musty. The yeast is battling for the glory and adds an array of smells like exotic fruit, light phenols and even some wet socks.

Taste is quite bitter combined with the Belgian Trappist yeast it is a winning combination. Belgian IPA is a hyped term and these beers have been made eversince, but named differently (like Saison, hoppenbier or whatever hoppy beer). Also the use of Challenger and Ek Goldings hops cut out any connection with the American IPA's. There is no citrus hops and together with the Belgian yeast it is an eclectic European beer.

The yeast is probably the Westmalle strain, but it seems to lack the usual higher alcohols and banana's.
As this beer continues, it is starting to develop more balance. The hops are more pronounced and it's bitterness is growing each sip.

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Photo of NoLiberty
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge overly carbonated white foamy head that doesn't settle. Body of the beer is a hazy orange-copper-red color. Chunky, sticky lacing creeps up the sides of the glass.

Really nice nose. Subtle but very rich and complex, a delicious mix of sweet, light alcohol, round apple and raisin fruits, yeast, dough, funk and full hoppiness.

Light to medium bodied flavor with notes of sweet alcohol and malt up front followed by a dry bitter end. A slight metallic finish and with apple notes and some astringency.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation that quickly drains to a semi-dry finish. Not a bad drinking beer, definitely something i could session once in a while.

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Photo of mckajd03
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle because I was looking for something different. The bottle says it's "the hoppiest thing in Belgium," and given the Belgium styles, I'll buy that. It's certainly no American IPA, but I guess I was looking for something different, so that's what I got. It really does taste like what you'd expect a Belgian's take on an IPA would be. The hops are there, but it's coated in this sweet maltiness that only comes from that area. Never had anything like it, but that's not saying I loved it. Certainly worth the money though, and I'd say try it if you're into tasting something different.

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