Alvinne Extra Restyled | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Alvinne Extra RestyledAlvinne Extra Restyled

Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 68
Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has some amber hues along with some fine particulates floating in suspension and a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a pillow of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge of the glass, and a thin head in between.
S: Moderate aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose along with some notes of sweetness.
T: The taste is quite yeasty, but from start to finish tastes like you are drinking the large clumps of yeast that are present at the bottom of the glass if you swirl the bottle and pour out all of the yeast at the bottom. No bitterness is perceptible, but there's
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer didn't taste anything like a Belgian IPA because no traces of hops were noticeable in the smell or taste. However, since I'm a person who likes yeast, I really liked how much yeast there was in this, and not just at the bottom of the bottle.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber, with an impressive cap of foam; a smattering of lace is left behind

Smell: Rather sweet aromatics, with fermented honey, lemon, pear and banana esters

Taste: Bready, up front, with the sweet honey flavors dominating the front; in the middle, the fruit (lemon, pear and banana) flavors emerge, with grassy bitterness developing, after the swallow; in the finish, there is a sulfur and chalk element that joins the profile

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with high carbonation

Overall: I am not crazy about the combination of flavors here; rather like a heavily hopped Tripel with a chalky finish

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A curious color on this one. Pours lighter than most IPAs with a massive pure white head that stays for quite some time. Lots of bubbles. After the head dies down pouring more in yields another explosion of bubbles that's fun to watch.

S: Lots of fruit here. Lemony, subtle hoppiness. Orange, some earthy notes. Pine.

T: Certainly not what I was expecting at all. The fruitiness of the belgian style really comes through again being lemony and orangy. Hops are a little subdued and alcohol comes through a bit. The flavors fade considerably on the second couple of sips and this drinks more like an american style ale or so. A little too light I think.

M: Sits light but not overly bitter. Lingers with some fruitiness on the palate.

This beer really performed well in most areas but the light taste of subdued flavors left me wanting. If you're looking to introduce someone to IPAs this might be your beer but it really shows a little belgian style and a little IPA but doesn't embrace either.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocked full of Belgian fruity-spicy interplay but with the intense hop charater to evoke high bitterness, and flavor to boot.

Nearly explosive with carbonation, the beer needs to be opened over a sink. The highly effervescent pour delivers a yeasty haze of golden hues and a creamy off white foam that retains and laces in classic Belgian fashion.

Sharp aromas of spices come from all angles- the expected peppery notes of from yeast but also the earthy character of hops. Fruity esters of under-rippened berries, crabapples, and young pears decorate the nose with a lot of aggression and zest.

But the flavors open up to the maltier aspects of the beer- the terse pilsner sweetness of powdered sugar, light breads, and raw pilsner malt give a rustic malty sweetness that softly introduces the aggressive flavors to come. Hoppy lemongrass, earthy spice, and grassy, stem, and citrus pith taste rises just after the introduction of malt. The mid palate also introducted the balanced taste of white pepper, corriander, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg as a juxtoposition to the dry fruity character of apples, pears, and lemons that are usually reserved for Saisons. All this culminates in such a way to meld into a potpouri of taste taht both blend in melody yet combat in contrast.

Moderate, but seemingly lighter in body- the beer has a lively effervescent spirit that lifts the malt off of the tongue and ushers the beer into finsih with little effort or sugary weight. The dry-malty mouthfeel reserves much of the brunt of hop dryness, alcohol warmth, and spicy zest until late in the finish that lingers well into aftertaste with flavors of fruity, pepper, and hoppy bitterness.

Likely a Belgian Tripel in its base style, but liberally hopped to extend the hop flavor and dryness, the woody-grassy-spicy character of Stering Golding hops, Saaz, and Hersbrucker types play vividly on the palate of this characterful ale. I would love to have this beer at its peak of freshness!

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Photo of garymuchow
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boy bottle extra.
Surprisingly soft aroma with more yeast and malt than any notable hops. Kinda' sweet with a wort quality. Soft phenolic, mild spice and more just yeasty quality. I like it more as time goes.
Hard to pour with out a fair amount of yeast joining the journey. Huge full white head that settles at a slow pace.
Hop flavor is tame, with a greater presence of hops in a growing bitterness that is never excessive and adds to a very long and enjoyable finish. Base seems like a golden ale. Has a fairly strong vanilla taste at time (I'm assuming it's a yeast thing). Reasonably complex drink that continues to offer change until the very last pull. However, a little sloppy and messy at times.

Thanks Todd.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a puffy, pillowy white head that takes several minutes to settle.

S: Aromas of caramel, citrus, and spicy, grassy hops are present on the nose. The overall effect is rather medicinal, but still quite appealing.

T: Notes of mandarin orange, lemon rind, apricot, lime, grass, herbs, caramel, pepper, and tobacco reveal themselves on the palate. This Belgian IPA is not as sweet as some. The finish is herbal, bitter, and hoppy with plenty of tart citrus and herb notes.

M: Medium bodied, fairly firm, and relatively dry with gentle carbonation for the style. Despite the 7% abv, this ale is very drinkable.

O: This is another winning Belgian IPA that could be an A quality beer with a little more maturity. I bet this would mellow out nicely if cellared for awhile.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazed gold color with big poof of white foam, decent rings of lacing. Scent is of juicy and fruity hops blended with a spicy and hay like backbone. Taste follows scent with juicy grapefruit and the backbone is lightly musted and grainy malt, finishes with a light sweetness. Medium bodied, grainy on palate and active carbonation. Solid Belgian IPA which brings some farmhouse qualities.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a murky looking golden color with a white foamy head on top. The smell of the beer doesn't have a lot of hops on the nose but does have more of an earthy spice to it. The taste of the beer is a lot like most Belgian Tripels, this beer to me doesn't resemble an IPA that much. The mouthfeel was decent but nothing too special either. Overall this beer isn't really a good example of a Belgian IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of gfreed
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Belgian IPA that is more ale than pale. Rather ugly in appearance, akin to a tripel in its cloudy yellowness but with a giant head that doesn't move out of the way very quickly. Plenty of Belgian-beer action in the aroma and taste, with wads of yeasty fruit as well as cinnamon and nutmeg poking out now and then. West-coast IPA lovers should stay away. This is not the kind of IPA you'll be drinking on a hot day: it isn't dry and it isn't a slammer. I had it with BBQ and was not disappointed.

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Photo of Durge
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very cloudy yellow-straw colored brew with a big white fluffy head and big puffs of lacing. The aroma says grassy banana and pineapple lemon, but mostly harsh grass. The taste offers tangy lemon hop blended into a hay laced grain base. It has that cardboard quality but it's not a bad thing. It's medium-light bodied with a heavily carbonated tingly and very dry feel. The hops really warm up very nicely as you go with more of a tasty floral-banana hop with just a hint of the old clove showing up. This definitely grows on you. You can tell there's some alcohol involved here but it doesn't alter the flavor at all. It's pretty drinkable and definitely recommended.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DFH snifter. Beer is yellow to amber and has chunks of yeast floating in it. Thin white head of tiny bubbles leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks like beer with stuff floating in it.

Yeasty and estery in aroma, not much in the way of "hops"...

Beer is medium to light in body and kind of "lemony" -- still not very hoppy though. Eh....not very appetizing.

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a yellow-orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sharp aroma of hops, with some citrus and malt.

T: The hops dominate the flavor with this beer. They add an incredibly bitter element. There is also some citrus and malt in the finish. The taste is a little off balance because of the amount of hops, but it's still pretty tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, a complex, flavorful beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours beautifully, but with too much head - honestly, i had to pour this into two glasses (both brimming w/foam) as it foamed up soooo much. looks really nice once the head settles though...but seriously, this is overkill.

smell is nice, grapefruit, slight woody pine smell, ripe pears, and some very perfummy notes.

taste is incredibly dry and bitter, but is actually really really good for a dry belgian ipa - not as solid as houblon chouffe, as it lacks all of the fruity goodness of its neighbor, but this is a solid, bitter, off-sweet, rose/floral enhanced, beer - finishes with pure hops.

The mouthfeel is too weak and carbonated (at first) for my tastes, but is ok.

not the most drinkable belgian ipa, as its really dry-early boil hop driven...but very very enjoyable.

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Photo of crusian
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from Black Mes...

Sept. 2012 lot 505

Actually this is the Extra RA (restyled again) couldnt find it so I put it here...

Pours a light amber color with about 4 fingers of head...

smells of nice chinook/cascade with a hint of belgian yeast... nice.

taste is a bit reversed of the nose... way more belgian yeast than hops. It is not the strong belgian yeast tat I am used to, or should I say has been thrust down my throat by the american breweries. I am typically not a fan of the big belgian yeast, but this is mild and works very well with a great hop balance. interesting. This works, all the american belgian IPAs I have had have been terrible compared to this.

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Photo of Suds
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a stubby little Belgian-style bottle, this beer has an enormous white head. Long lasting and solid, the foam is amazingly dense. The aroma is earthy, with an aged, herbal hop scent and a bit of malt and alcohol in the background. Rustic and yeasty. The beer is highly carbonated, which is one of its dominant characteristics. The appearance of the liquid itself is a light golden-straw color with a considerable cloudy haze. The taste is notably sweet, with a pale malt flavor. Its also a very hop centric beer...herbal and bitter. The hop character kicks in from the first sip, at the foretaste, and the bitterness is firm and long-lasting. The hops lend a wonderful impression of astringent dryness to this brew. Quite a nice beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Memphis Taproom in a tulip glass.

A- Alvinne Extra looks very bright yellow golden with a nice sturdy head that became a cap leaving minor stickage. Alot of citrus in the nose with pineapple, mango, orange, a lot of Belgian bready yeast, lemon comes to mind. Kinda comes off like a BSPA mixed with Belgian IPA citrus. Alot of variance between the yeast notes and the citrus used coming, a nice mix. A little bit of soap towards the end. Overall a very clean beer going down, not overly bitter, nicely fruited, this one is alive, spritzy. I would drink a crapton of this stuff. Glad to try more products from Alvinne, they do good work!!

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Photo of fear025
2.45/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL.

Aroma:It smells a little wild, lots of spice in the aroma.

Appearance:Pale gold.

Taste:The piney hops stand out sharply. It's got some farmhouse flavors. The beer is rather dry.

Mouthfeel:Light, with a fair amount of astringency.

Drinkability:This beer was a bit of a challenge to get through, dry, and farmhousey.

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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spicey, earthy aromas are upfront. There was something in the aroma that led me to think that there would be some tartness/sourness. Some lemony hops are there too.

It pours a golden/orange colour with a huge off-white head on it. Great lacing.Head retention OK.

Complex. Much more Belgian yeast character that I have found lacking in some other Belgian IPA's. Good bitterness, but nothing over the top here. Very earthy and minerally (I don't use "minerally" often as a descripter in beer, but it really does seem minerally to me). It has a long dry finish, with a touch of tartness.

It is highly carbonated, and medium bodied.

Drinkability is good considering that is 7%ABV. It hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of drpimento
2.62/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

DO NOT OPEN UNLESS OUTSIDE OR NEAR A DRAIN! MAJOR GUSHER! Now that I finally have some in my glass, the head is cream colored with globs of brown trub floating on top and no lace. Color is a cloudy amber with lots of sediment in suspension or at the bottom of the glass. Aroma is very yeasty, malt, champagne. Flavor is like aroma with only a hint of sweetness. Yeast really dominates. Finish is the same way. Body is good and carbonation is too.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five+ finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving traces of lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Spicy nose. Flavor is spicy, some caramel, some grapefruit. Lingering sour finish. $5.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This is a gusher. Once the glass finally settled down to a very creamy beige head with a dark tangerine hazy body there were spots of yeast lumps in the beer and on the head.
S- The rich honey malt aroma gave way to a peanut brittle note in the finish.
T- The full honey malt flavor was sweet with a pungent green hop with a grapefruit note in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a silky texture and no alcohol heat noted.
D- The nice full but light kilned malt was a bit strong for the soft hop bit in the finish, but as the head died down the bitterness started to balance the sweetness more.

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today. Am assuming this is what I'm drinking (with so many IPA's and Extra's from Alvinne, it's not so easy to tell)

The beer pours a slightly hazy, solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. This beer is all Belgian IPA, with pepper, dry citrus, orange honey considerable underlying spice. On the palate, you know you are drinking a serious Belgian IPA. Considering the abv. is "only" 7%, I'm amazed by the amount of flavor in this beer. The beer is very dry, although intially one gets some honey sweetness.... but then the spice and considerable hoppy bitterness kick in, and the moderate sweetness is but an afterthought. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, though the amount of flavor the brewer has managed to cram into this 7% is pretty amazing. Drinkability is good, though the bitterness and complex flavor profile make this beer very much a sipper. Regardless, this is a very impressive, well made Belgian IPA from Alvinne.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a creamy white head, good retention.

S: Heavy pear esters, yeast notes, light hops.

T: Bitter, peppery yeast flavours with pear and pineapple. Requisite bitter hoppy character comes in on the back end, very earthy with some grapefruit.

M: Creamy, soft carbonation, somewhat fizzy.

D: A nice beer. Nowhere near an IPA, even in the Belgian style that I was expecting, but it still tastes good and it's enjoyable, has a lot of nice Belgian characteristics, very good beer as a stand alone - not taking style into consideration.

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Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light fruits - pears and green apples - with light malt and grassy aromas lingering in the background.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of light fruits - pears and green apples as with the aroma. Midway through the sip mild amounts of leafy hops enter into things and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I wasn't a huge fan of this version of a Belgian IPA - the Belgian flavors weren't crisp enough and the IPA flavors weren't robust enough. This isn't one to necessarily avoid however I'd recommend Gaspar over this one.

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Photo of OttoBomb
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured in Dogfish Head signature glass (March 23, 2010). No bottled on date that I can find. "2007 Alvinne Extra India Pale Ale Restyled" is on the label, but I doubt 2007 has anything to do with the bottling date.

Good thing I read a few reviews that mentioned gushing before opening. Fortunately I was prepared and almost two ounces was foamed into my glass over the sink

Eyes: The pours was a slow one, as a thick soapy foam kept erupting with every pour, even after all the gushing. Liquid is a murky dark amber, with large craggy head. The foam bubbles are surprisingly large, and retain and lace strongly.

Nose: A sweetish, earthy, citrus/honey profile here. There are some Belgian style hops, but not to powerful. I'm a bit underwhelmed here.

Tongue: Surprisingly sour. Not that it's overly sour, but I was just surprised at the sourness in an IPA, but I guess that's why the label says "restyled." Some sour bread, and a bit yeasty.

Mouth: Medium body, decent carbonation, even after the initial gushing.

Libation: It goes down easy, and is quite tasty, but this not close to an IPA style, and that includes Belgian IPAs. It also doesn't seem to have any of that Belgian earthy funk to it that is so common in many Belgian IPAs. People looking for a hop hit will not get one here. There are hops, but not enough to make me want to try it again, especially when I'm looking for a Belgian IPA.

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