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Gaspar Ale | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Gaspar AleGaspar Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Belgium
alvinne.be

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by horndecker on 07-05-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
159
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
16.8%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 159
Photo of BucketHolder
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer claims to be one of the hoppiest beers in Belgium, but it isn't what I expected. Far less hoppy than I had hoped. I wasn't disappointed by any means, because it was an excellent tasting beer. At $5 a pop for a 12oz bottle, forget about me buying another one. Worth a taste, not worth a second go.

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Photo of groovy24
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured a orange amber with a 1.5 finger head which dissipated quickly but a nice lace hung around. The beer was quite cloudy due to some yeast coming out during the pour into a Piraat tulip glass.

Smell: You can definatly tell that this is a Belgian beer due to the sweetness in the aroma but the huge citrus hop presence.

Taste: Very little sweet Belgian taste the hops really come through with a sour grapefruit. Really wish this would have had a bit more balance like the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is very nice in this brew.

Drinkability: Not being a huge grapefruit fan this brew is a little to sour for me. If this were a bit more balanced I think I would enjoy it much more.

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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 tmoneyba
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from River's Bend.

Poured a hazy golden with a large frothy white head that was fully lasting and produced good lacing. Heavy malt, dark fruit and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Full balanced fruity bittersweet flavor with the same long finish with a very small alcohol tone.

Good well balanced warmng brew.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Winking Lizard. The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a thick and foamy light beige head that dissipates slowly. Sticky rings of lacing. Tart fruit, yeast and hops aromas. Medium-bodied with an almost puckering tartness. Cherry, citrus and spiced hops flavors outweigh sweet malt and yeast. The finish is fruity with a tart aftertaste. Disappointing overall.

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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 hopdog
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle.

Poured a medium and cloudy amberish color with a huge (5 finger) sized head. Aromas of bananas, other fruitiness, spices, yeast, light citrus, and a little herbal. Tastes of fruitiness, spices, caramel, and some floral hoppiness. Some alcohol in the finish.

Notes from 12/9/07

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Photo of nick76
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is spicy and yeasty with malt and grassy hops. The appearance is amber gold with a LARGE head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is average for the style. Overall I think it's OK but I would not get it again at the price I paid. Looks great though.

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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Gaspar is hazy burnt gold, lots of loose floaties on the bottom of the bottle that I couldn't avoid dumping in. Smaller, off-white head with a large bubbled collar with long last, leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is bright, sweet, sour citrus, tropical fruit esters, it all comes together really quite pleasantly.

Taste is more aggressive and less rounded, hoppy for sure, but with a sharp bite. Metallic, peppery, nice Belgian esters struggle to creep through the alcohol and floral, grassy hops. Served at fridge temp, the bite was soothed as it warmed, or perhaps I just got used to it, but it sweetened and hops gained depth, and I enjoyed it more and more with each sip.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick, but more powdery then oily, full carbonation and medium bodied.

Drinkability is not bad, definitely the hoppiest Belgian IPA I've had. At first sip, I was disappointed, but it really grew on me.
Still, I have a keg of my homebrew Belgian IPA that is 3% stronger, hoppier, and smoother, so it's hard for me to be too wowed. The bottle says it can age, but all IPAs are best fresh, and this obviously had quite a trip to get to Portland, and even if I got it as soon as it hit the market, it's probably lost some pungency. Still, a good Belgian IPA.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is a slightly opaque, pale golden-orange color, crowned by a small ring of stark white head. Aroma is mostly pale malt with a good bit of spice to it, pepper and pine from the aggressive hop profile. Palate is a big dose of piney, citrusy hops, tempered by some sweet pale malt and a funky, slightly sweet yeast character. Finish is rather dry, with a lingering hoppy bitterness. Body is a little thin for a beer as strong as this one, but is still substantial enough for the amount of flavor. This is a slow-sipper, one to savor over the course of an hour or so, but still highly drinkable. An excellent new beer to the Oregon market.

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Photo of ryandurka
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer is smooth and crisp with a nice overall taste. i could drink a couple of these, its not to strong or to strong tasting. i would buy this beer again and recommend it to anyone. however this beer is expensive and hard to find, so, for the money it may be better to go with another beer that is distributed better.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in an Alvinne Tulip. I've had this before in the bottle and eenjoyed it, but on tap it is a whole 'nother beer. Pours a hazy orange with a magnificent 2 1/2 inch rocky head that leaves some spectacular lacing. Aromas of slightly sweet lemon and orange citrus and sweet malt. tropical fruit follows as well as some crackery malt and tangerine on the finish. Tastes pretty remarkable on-tap. A complex blend slightly grainy light sourness, piney and citrusy hops loaded with tangerine flavors, pineapple, pine, cream, and a touch of herbalness underneath it all. Mouthfeel is slighty tart and smooth with an earthy feel. Complex and refreshing, and a very Belgian interpretation of an IPA. Unbelievably smooth and drinkable for the abv.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Alvinne tulip yesterday @ Brick Store Pub. Hazy orange with a bright 2 fingers of near-white thick froth. Aromas of green apple, pear and corrainder. Sweet at first, getting the corrainder and green apple. The corrainder and the hops go very well together...very refreshing. Zesty hop mouthfeel and the soft fruit taste was still apparent. Finishes champagne dry noticeable dry-hopping. Really good Belgian IPA.

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Photo of Antilochus
4.46/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on

VLAAMSVEST '08

at the Delirium Cafe in Brussel. Orange hazy body under a solid 5cm soapy white head. Aromas of fresh hop oil (Cascade?), pine needles, caramel. Ultra-fluffy mouthfeel, really something here. Caramel, pine, mildly stinging from abv but really easy drinking and malt presence is reminiscent of English ales. Highly recommended.

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Photo of morimech
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

After a gentle pour this bright orange beer sits under a large white head. Heavy sticky lacing is left behind every sip.

I smell something akin to orange detergent. Under the fruit aroma is a soapy, solvent type smell. Strange and not appealling.

The flavor is also bizaare. Light malt, sugar, and a ton of earthy hops makes this very interesting. Artificial orange flavoring is the dominant component of this ale. I do not really get what the brewer was going for here.

Has a medium body with good carbonation. Nice texture here.

Just a bit bizaare for my tastes. I will not be reaching for another one anytime soon.

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Photo of marcpal
2.67/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Stubby 11.2oz bottled poured into goblet. Recommended by owner of beer store as a solid Belgian IPA.

A: The head is ridiculous and a bit obnoxious here. Several pours to get it out and got annoying to wait for it. Hazy orange with loads of sediment, not the most attractive color either. Obviously, there was serious lacing.

N: Far more sweetness than I was thinking I would get, didnt really catch the abundance of IBUs it is listed as having.

T: Right up front, the alcohol laden malts hit you and the hops do shine through later. There is something there from the yeasts with the unmatched maltiness of an overly strong belgian ale that doesnt carry the complexity. Flavors are really hidden- caramel and grassiness are there after the overt sweetness.

M: The slickness and the plastering of the sugars in the mouth create some spice and burn. Eh, not great.

D: The alcohol is noticeable and I would think that serving it a bit too cold as I did wouldve made it milder feeling. Not bad taste but wont go back to it- the whole pouring ritual is not worth the trouble.

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

Hoppy Belgium style 8% abv 115 ibus.

A: Hazy bright copper orange color with a big fluffy white head.

S: some light alcohol and bananas and slight doughy yeast hints along with some fruitiness.

T: Smooth body, big sour/tart oranges start this beer out. Some spicy hopping in the middle, which fades very nicely into sour fruit (apples) for a finish. spicy hops are detected in the aftertaste. There is some strong alcohol detection, almost kerosene like that may contribute to the hot and spicy finish.

M: Body is thin, with warm bananas upon warming with some sweet candi sugar spiciness as well. Very dry and bitter palate. Some acidic tang in finish as well, sour lemons.

D: good beer, though with the hot alcohol nature may limit this to a sipper and drowns out the intended hoppiness.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy amber color with a nice white head and good retention as well as a nice lacing patern.

smelled and tasted of sweet caramel malts, with a nice hoppy finish on the tongue.

Very creamy and carbonated a little high, but it seemed to blend well with everything else.

I can't see this as much as a session beer, but certainly good for one or two.

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Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a very yeasty, cloudy orange with a huge, 4 finger off white, clumpy head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is yeasty citrus, spice, bitter orange peel, along with earthy notes.
Taste is of the aromas with notes of spiced apple, and spiced orange peel standing out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, yeasty, and spicy.

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Photo of roan22
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite "belgian ipa" to boot. I know nothing about the brewery. The label on this bottle has a camel on it, and it states it is the hoppiest beer in Belgium, with an IBU of 115!

This beer is extremely well brewed because normally such a high IBU number connotates a little unbalance [DIPA]. Gaspar Ale is brewed with hallertau, saaz and golding hops which are european, and explain how this hybrid beer works. There is a nice tripel fragrance and color, and some of that crazy belgian foam..a little of the traditional belgian funk taste but the hops definitely finish first. There is a nice spiciness as well. Gaspar Ale is a beer that I could drink many of. Cheers and to all european brewers...keep experimenting with hops and sending the ales to the states where we love them!!

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Photo of RedBeerchetta
2.36/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this on tap at The Publick House in Brookline, MA. IPA is one of my favorite styles of beer, and some of the Belgian specimens are amongst my favorite beverages in the world, with Urtherl's Hop-It at the top. The Gaspar specimen, I'm afraid, is at the bottom.

Nice deep orange look to it. Persistent head with medium to large size bubbles that you can whip into a coarse head at will.

The nose is not overpowering, but has hints of citrus, though seemingly artificial in nature.

Taste has hints of grapefruit and apricot though, as previously noted, they don't taste natural. It's as though they hired a chemist to replicate the flavors. It reminds me of the artificial scents in soaps. Sounds harsh, but that's what I taste.

I honestly couldn't have a second one of these beers. I've had it in the bottle and thought that it paled in comparison to other Belgian IPAs, but didn't dislike it. On tap, I really didn't like it at all, which is unusual for me.

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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 akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330 mL bottle.

A: The IPA pours with a vengeance, quickly occupying 4 fingers in my Westvleteren glass with foamy, thick head. In all, it required 4 pours to empty out the bottle. The ale itself is a darker, hazy chutney color.

S: Peppery anise and candi sugars create a spiciness that nicely matches against bitter European hops. The interplay of sweet and bitter is confounding - I love it and hate it!

T: This Belgian IPA is focused on the hoppy bitterness. The bite grabs you immediately with an earthy, herbal hop flavor. Those hops are matched well with the spicy tripel flavors. Those flavors have a coriander peppery zest, sweetened with pale candi sugars and dry Belgian yeasts. Pleasant sipping with a nice finish.

M: The bitterness of the hops and the sweetess of the tripel flavors are a great match. A hybrid that actually works.

D: The high alcohol is well hidden but beware because it can sneak up on you.

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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 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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Gaspar Ale from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
3.63 out of 5 based on 159 ratings.
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