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Alvinne Extra Restyled | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RblWthACoz on 04-25-2008

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently brought back from State Line Liquors. Absolute bomb explosion of foam - it wasn't moved in days. A third left in bottle of citrus IPA, and the foam not shot out. A lemonbalmy aroma with the fragrant Amarillo, a pleasing bitterness. Wish there was more. Good mouthfeel.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy medium dark honey color with a firm thick white head.

Nose of honey, ripe peaches with green bananas, "Belgian fruit nose." Some yeasty/white bread in the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium creamy and mouthfilling.

Flavors are of underlying fruit, with a yeasty roundness, but with a celery/green pepper character; hints of white pepper in the back palate and a light honey green pepper finish. Not as bad as it may sound.

Likely good with food because of the vegetal character although perhaps thin on acid.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
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 metter98
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
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 BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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 brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Buckeye Beer Engine, Lakewood, OH. Served in a 10 oz snifter.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a finger of creamy white colored head. Simmers down to a solid 1/4 finger of retention that fires up immediately when swirled, leaving some great looking hop lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of West Coast goodness (mainly Amarillo & Chinook) but seems to come off as being fairly mellow and more subdued than I would have thought. This is well balanced out by notes of citris, yeast, spice, and sweet smelling bready malt. Just the tiniest bit of heat floats underneath as well.

The hops are much more prominent in the taste, being fairly assertive up front, but it only offers a momentary tingle before giving way to some softer notes of tangy citrus, spice, bread, and caramel. The hoppiness makes it's return toward the backend, finishing things with a dry and bitter feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a touch of alcohol beef to it but the overall feel is still fairly mellow with a smooth carbonation.

A nice Belgian Style IPA that, for the most part, makes good use of the West Coast hops that are involved but balances them out with some softer character as well. Tasty and fairly easy drinking for the size.

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Photo of smcolw
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold-orange. Modest head, but it lasts and leaves nice sinewy lace on the glass. It looks like it must have been bottle conditioned.

Very mild smell for the style. Low hop aroma of pineapple and citrus.

Some interesting background fruity malt. Sharp peppery hop bitterness comes through mid-taste and lasts through the swallow. Surprisingly delicate flavor profile; this is not an in-your-face IPA. Solid body with a prickly level of carbonation.

Overall, a very interesting and complex beer. I could see this accompanying a cheese platter.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky apricot that is so murky it's opaque. A significant amount of beer was lost in one of the worst explosions and foam volcanos that I have ever experienced. What eventually made it to the glass was the yeasty bottom half of the bottle. The beige crown looks pretty good (considering) and there's actually a good bit of lace.

The nose is reminiscent of an especially hoppy tripel. I love Belgian IPAs because they're a combination of two of my favorite styles. Especially when they use 'can't miss' hops like Chinook and Amarillo. The beer smells tremendously tropical fruity and yeasty-spicy.

Alvinne Extra IPA is very good beer. My fears that the (now cleaned up) mess on my desktop would adversely affect flavor and mouthfeel have not come to pass. This is exactly what was expected from a well-hopped, American-hopped Belgian pale ale. AEIPA isn't as hoppy as De Ranke XX Bitter or Urthel Hop-It, but it's no wilting flower either.

The flavor profile consists of an orchard full of fruit soaked in sugar syrup, ground clove and a wee splash of Islay whiskey (which is an attempt to describe the peppery phenols). The fruit includes apricot, orange, grapefruit and mango. Chinook is great... Amarillo is outstanding. These guys know a killer hop bill when they design one.

The mouthfeel is at least medium for the style, hints at chewiness, and is ideally bubbled. That last one is a small miracle given how things started out. The energetic carbonation is fantastic because it matches the aggressiveness of the flavor profile.

Picobrouwerij Alvinne is on to something. Gaspar is impressive beer and Alvinne Extra is as well. Both are mighty fine Belgian IPAs that would have no trouble reaching the Indian subcontinent in fine shape. I'll definitely look for this one again, if only to enjoy an entire bottle. Bottom line: yet another successful marriage of Belgian yeast and American hops.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mugg's Ale house in Brooklyn NY, as part of their Belgium come to Brooklyn blowout this past weekend, and reviewed from notes. Pours super cloudy lemony yellow, near white head and leaving decent lace on the glass. Lemon/lime and other tropical fruit notes in the nose. Brightly hoppy beer, citric, pineapple/amarillo notes smooth and sumptuous , biting and fresh hop bite. Love the style, enjoyed this offering. Fresh and tasty.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label on the beer I have reads "India Pale Ale", but the label on the website (thank you Google translator for letting me be able to read the whole page) just says 2007 Alvinne Extra Restyled.

Pours a murky orange with a massive, pillowy white head.

Nose is spice, dirt, and a doughy yeast.

Flavor profile is very spiced with strong leanings toward the earthy side and some definite ink in there as well. Per the website, there are Amarillo and Chinook hops being used in here. They don't shine through in the way you see them in America though. This is much more rustic. Actually, the word rusty comes to mind, but not in a way that denotes any negativity. It's just...earthen. Noticeable bitter edge as well.

The carbonation is very full, which seems to interfere a bit with the perception of flavor just a small bit at first, but it mellows over time.

The verdict is this is a very robust Belgian ale. Don't expect light and fluffy with this one. It's going to be robust, so be prepared. I personally like it and drinking it reminds me of how few Belgians I drink these days.

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color with some suspended yeast. One inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of slight fruit, sweet malt, slight raisin, and some tart malt. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with average carbonation. Tastes of sweet malt, slight tart malt and associated dryness, and sweet hops. Smooth finish and easy drinking overall.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky amber hue...I'm reviewing from the bottom of the keg, not the top... believe me, it just killed. lush, creamy head, much lace-leaving. gorgeous, really.

Airy and uplifting, like the best Belgians, citric zest and spice, nothing specific, but rather ephemeral, overall...vanilla and lemon, meet coriander and orange peel.

Drinking: Smooth, zesty, citric, slightly spicy, but mellow and drinkably, aplumb with Belgian yeast feel ...damnably delicious. Yum meets yum. Easy to drink, easy to love. Medium mouthfeel, medium body, but so fresh, alive, and delicious.
Great Belgian ale.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/11/08- Purchased at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, CA.

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

Appearance- Lightly clouded deeper golden colored pour. About a 1/2 inch head upon pour leaving a semi creamy looking rim. Lacing is light and streaky.

Smell- Fruited hops about with a backing of belgian yeast and light malted nose.

Taste- Very easy drinking. Hops are not as intense as Hop It or such...quite fruity, a bit sugary and kept in check my the nice light roasted malt. Quite well balanced for a Belgian IPA.

Mouthfeel- Spot on carbonation level with a nice light fruity bite in the aftertaste. Quite crisp as well.

Drinkability- Wonderful brew. One of the best Begain IPA's I have had. Well balanced and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Gavage
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light orange in color with a 1" head. Light lacing develops.

Smell: grass, yeast, lemon citrus, and some bitterness leap from the glass.

Taste: bitterness is up front with this one along with some lemon zest, grapefruit, and green grapes. Yeast is prominent and there is a bit of earthiness to this too. Mild alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout with some finishing dryness. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness lingers a while. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this one and a nice change of pace from American IPAs. Looking forward to having more of this in the future.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
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 tempest
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$4 at Abe's Cold Beer. Watch out, this one's a gusher. A friend said he thought he pulled a sour (infection-based) tang out of the beer, but I got nothing of the sort. There's a very strong earthy undertone to the beer that sits below the strong perfume of Euro hops. The foam, which required two glasses after opening, really cuts into the drinkability of the beer. Otherwise its an interesting, though not terribly strong, Belgian IPA.

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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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 John_M
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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 Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

April 2010, Lot A Bottle Date; Sampled February 2009
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a voluminous, initially four-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The head is quite fluffy and leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly recedes. The beer, when poured with a little of the sediment, shows a dull, honey color and a fairly hazy, orange gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of Amarillo hops with a mix of fruit aromatics notes of apricot, lychee, tangerine and lots of tropical fruit. The fruity hop notes sort of define the foreword guard of the nose, but there is a significant malt character here as well; grassy grain, cracker like malt, biscuit like aromatics and just a solid whole-grain character round out the finish of this beer. Amarillo is not the only hop noticeable as there is more of a citrus-focused note here as well that smells of fresh orange zest and a bit of ruby red grapefruit. Some fermentation derived character adds a general spiciness and some light phenols (a bit of clove) that help to boost the hop fruit aromatics.

Dry up front, but it picks up a touch of sweetness through the middle. Also towards the middle is a fair amount of phenolic character that provides some clove flavors and a light, tongue tingling turpene note that spices up the middle. Ample carbonation provides lots of frothy texture and a peppery carbonic bite. Because this beer is fairly dry, the hop character is much more herbal than the aroma would have suggested; notes of pine needles, a touch of menthol and even some basil are here, but there is a fair amount of hop-fruitiness as well with notes of apricot, citrus oil and diluted orange juice. The combination of hop character, warm higher alcohols and the esters / phenols produce a nice bite to the middle of this beer that lingers through to the finish along with a hop bitterness. The beer is light enough to be quite quaffable, but it does have a touch of body to it (a touch more might carry the hops just a touch more).

I really like the aroma of this beer, I am a sucker for fermentation character and Amarillo hops apparently. The flavor doesn't quite live up to that promise though as at times it reminds me of washed out orange juice; it is still quite tasty though and I am happily consuming my bottle of this beer.

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3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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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