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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Photo of Cresant
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Duvel glass. This one exploded with foam when the cap was released. The huge head eventually faded to a puffy cap. Only mild lacing remained. Turbid butterscotch/yellow body.

Smell was earthy and citrusy. Dry dirt floor. Black pepper.

Taste was nice bright hops. Yeasty. Sharp bite of flavorful hops along with sweet fruity malts. Peppery. Very well put together.

Mouthfeel was highly carbonated. Medium to full body with a alcohol bit that was absent from the smell and taste. I would certainly seek this one out again, just be extra careful opening!

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Photo of jrallen34
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I drank this from an 11oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

This boy is a gusher. As I pop the cap and walk away, I came back its fizzing all around. It pours with lots of carbonation too. It is medium orange with an off white 3 finger head. There is lots retention and great lacing. It might be best lacing I've vere seen. It coats the whole glass and doesn't go anywhere.

The aroma is strong with lots of beglian hops dominating. There is also a little pine, not much sweetness, maybe some lemon.

The taste is off from the aroma, I was expecting tons of hops, but they are very muted. There is a light hops taste, but mostly sour fruit.

The feel is decent, nice lasting flavor.

Drinkability is ok, its good, but for some reason I wouldn't go for another.

Overall, this is ok nothing special. The taste is to mild for its aroma, but a typical belgian ipa.

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

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a stubby 11.2 oz. bottle.

A - When I popped the top I saw the rush of bubbles coming so I quickly started to pour. I was able to save all of the beer. Poured a strong and hazy light brown color with some sediments floating around. There is a medium dense off-white head with medium sized bubbles that stick around forever. Carbonation for these beers are crazy both this and Gaspar overflowed when opened. Must be some yeast in steroids.

S - Nice hop notes up front followed by some midl grainy character form the malt. Bready hints of sourdough bread and some biscuit. Mild spices and yeasty hints.

T - Sour up front with a nice hop bite that leads into a bready and yeasty like flavor. Reminding me of a much hopier Quad. The yeast definitely gives this beer another flavor dimension. Hints of pears and apricots. Very interesting Belgian IPA but definitely had better.

M - Medium boide with nice NICE CO2.

D - High and very delicious but not my fave.

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Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Shit, I wish I had read the reviews before popping this one. It's a gusher for sure, beer all over the dining room table and the wife half-jokingly calling me a dipshit for not knowing how to pour a beer. Oh well. Huge four fingers of light tan, very rocky, very sticky head. Actually so much head I could fit the whole bottle into my .5L glass. Beer itself is a very cloudy light amber (almost pastel) in color.

S: Loads of lemony citrus. Some perfumed floral notes and the distinct aroma of CO2.

T: Mildly sour. Green apples, pears, lemony citrus. Very light malt profile

M: Light in body with medium carbonation. There is a lightly sour or acidic quality that results in a slight tingly sensation on the tongue. Refreshingly different.

D: IPA? I'm not so sure, but once you get your head around this one not tasting anything like an American IPA, this beer can be better appreciated. It is light, refreshing, definitely Belgian, very good and quite unique. I imagine the lemony acidic notes would lend to this being a good summer beer

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Photo of MisterSH
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well I haven't reviewed a beer in a while now and this seems like a fine time to start up again.

I've got a stout little 11.2 oz bottle picked up at Bierkraft in Brooklyn. My buddy and I drank one of these the other night after a few other goodies, I enjoyed it thoroughly albeit a bit drunkenly, tonight I'll take a little more time with it. This bottle lacks a freshness date but is marked as being 2007 vintage.

Poured fairly aggressively into a tulip, the beer has a nice finger head but no gush like my friend and I had the other night, or like I've read in some other reviews. A beautiful hazy orange beer, frothy head looks quite appetizing.

Aroma is hops and yeast. Certainly some clove and malt in there, smells nice but is not an iconic grapefruity IPA by American standards. Not that I expected it to be. Aroma reminds me of perhaps 50% belgian pale ale, 50% American IPA. Apricot is the most apparent fruit note.

Taste is an almost salty spice on the front, followed by a moderately sweet, citrusy finish. Somewhat apple-cidery. Bitterness is extremely subdued and barely lingers on the palate, finishes watery-clean with a hint of a bitter tingle and a strange element of sour hidden in the mix. I suspect these hops are significantly mellowed as the beer is 2 years old.

Mouthfeel is moderately syrupy, and unexpected low on the carbonation. Somewhat cleansing of the palate, would be almost effervescent if it was more strongly carbonated.

Drinkability... hmmm. I hesitate to place it too high, as I find this beer a little strange. Not off-putting or unpleasant, but if it was between another one and something else, I'd probably go with something else.

Overall, I think this is a bit of a miss for me. I really enjoyed it last time, but perhaps that was a combination of novelty and pre-drinking that left me a little less perceptive. I have been enjoying belgian IPA's recently and this one is not quite up to par with some of the other standbys, piraat for instance. Hops here are a little "tinny", I'm sure this is at least partially (mostly?) due to the age of the brew, but taken as a whole it's a bit too clean and one-dimensional for my liking.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yep, folks, heed the warnings below: this is a gusher!!! Glad I read a few of the reviews before opening or I'd be pissed right now. So, obviously judging the looks on a normal pour ain't gonna happen, but...hey, this head is freaking enormous!! Color is a hazed peachy thing. Scrumptious looking, especially with all that lace sticking to the glass like an explosion of styrofoam.

Once everything died down to a normal roar in the glass, I finally got my nose around it. All kinds of citrus elements, from pineapple to grapefruit, some pear, some banana, some mandarin orange...hops are clearly fruity but also not overwhelming. A bit of mineral/earth nudges in to offer a little depth.

Yeast and hops are the features here, not a combination you find dominating most Belgian beers (yeast, yes...hops, no). There's a super-fruity element here, like Carmen Miranda's hat boiled, fermented and poured into a glass; not overly sweet, nor cloying in terms of bitterness. This one is big on earthiness, just like the nose, with a grapefruit essence coming through in the finish. So, it's hoppy, but certainly on the fruity side and not all that bitter. And maybe it's the yeast bringing some of the fruitiness as well. Malt is merely a subtle base, and the alcohol is just barely felt, a mere supporting character.

Feels good too. Just enough carbonation to offer liveliness, this is round enough and quite soft. Creamy, cool, slick...and man, that grapefruit just keeps coming in the long finish.

I'm glad I looked at reviews beforehand so that I was ready for the gush...but why all the mediocre ratings? I know everyone's palate is different, but this is a wonderful, wonderful beer. Perhaps the initials "IPA" put a certain expectation in everyone's head, including mine. Ignore that, judge this beer for what it is and you'll find that IPA = Intensely, Paralyzingly Appetizing (okay, that's stupid, but this beer really is pretty great).

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Photo of albern
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you are seeking out an IPA with the least bit of hop, you are going to be disappointed in this beer. This tastes a whole lot like a Belgian blonde. The beer pours a very cloudy, dirty water orange color, with loads of yeasty bits floating about. The bottle had a ton of residuals on the bottom that didn't make it into my glass. The beer has a nice white head, retention, and some lacing. The nose is oh so typical Belgian yeasted up candied sugars, biting pear aromas, a touch of vinegar, and Brett style yeast.

The taste is just odd. The particular flavors that predominate are honey, vanilla, and to a lesser extent some tart pears, maybe some orange rind and coriander. The yeast is over the top and it has its own efforvesence that makes this a sipping type beer. The beer is prickly in the mouth with a slight sourish hop bite in the finish. This is not my favorite Belgian blonde and forget about classifying this as an IPA, because it just isn't. The beer is a little too sweet, too cloying, too odd, and the prickly yeasted up efforvesence isn't doing much for me. I'll pass.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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 feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +11%
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 chinabeergeek
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, "2007 alvinne extra india pale ale restyled". no other dates found. poured into tulip. tasted in mid/late april 2009.

big gusher, causing me to lose quite a bit.

the gushing also brings up all the bottle sediment, so it's pretty murky. as such, it's a golden straw color with orange-brown tones. big gushy head recedes to an iceberg meringue, then just a puffy thin layer. good lacing.

bready toasted malt aroma enveloped in spicy, herbal hops, with touch of citrus peel freshness. moves into ripe pears, apple and white grape, with mild phenols and more herbs in back. yeasty tones, but probably accentuated by all the gushed sediment. needs slightly more hops, slightly less fruit.

taste: sweet, toasted bready malts, with fruit notes, meeting a bold euro hop flavor, yet with only moderate bitterness. there is also an unexpected, but not entirely unpleasant, tart acidity throughout. some light phenols and spice in the finish too. plus more yeastiness, but again probably heightened by all that dispersed sediment.

medium body, perhaps fuller with all the yeast, but a bit astringent and acidic, clashing with the otherwise moderate and lightly prickly, sometimes creamy carbonation.

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

Poured into my trusty Duval tulip.

Thick long lasting white foamy head. Bright yellow/orange in color. Quite cloudy with yeast and hops.

Great fresh floral hop smell. Not you typical American IPA smells. Very mellow. Grapefruit orange peels and lemons were present with each sip. Quite a spicy/peppery finish also. A bit of a biscut-like finish due to the Belgian yeasts. Quite drinkable. Alcohol is well hidden very well.

Overall a great example of a Belgian IPA. I have been drinking a lot of west coast IPA's lately and this was a delicious change of pace. Very well balanced with the eurpoean hop varieties. Great stuff.

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

Picked a bottle of this up at the newly-established Hop City in Atlanta. 11.2 ounce Belgian-style beer bottle. Vintage 2007. Before I start: HAVE A GLASS READY!! This one is a gusher. Lost about 20% - 30% in the sink because I wasn't ready for this one. Pours a hazy amber color. Takes a few minutes for the head to settle down. Lots of lacing on the glass. Good amount of sediment in the glass. Smell is hoppy, slightl alcoholic, peppery. Slightly bready, citric taste. The Belgian yeast is prevalent and has mixes relatively well with the hops. Pretty bitter aftertaste. The beer loses alot of its carbonation early and starts with a an effervescent mouthfeel, which becomes somewhat flat toward to the end of the beer. Good drinkability for the style. A decent Belgian IPA but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz squatty brown glass bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: It's a gusher! Have the glass ready! Golden with notes of light brown. Thick white head with lots of retention! Fair amount of particles.

Nose: Smells like the other Alvinne's I've had. A little sweet malt, a little Euro-hops, a little yeast-spice.

Palate: Sharp edges, almost with a sour/bitter edge all the way around the mouth. Fairly clean and light on the flavors. The bitterness rules this beer. Some light fruit estery-flavors, a little herbal note, and a light asian citrus note. Finish is centered around the bitterness.

Notes: Not a great beer, I don't think. I like the Gaspar a little better. This seems to lack some of the malt complexities that Gaspar adds to the flavors.

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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 tempest
3.57/5  rDev -4%
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 Gavage
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
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 hopdog
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle acquired in trade with SoLan (thanks!).

Poured a medium and cloudy yellow color with a huge sized (5 finger) white head. Aromas of yeast, floral, some citrus, and spicy. Tastes of yeast, a little fruity, citrus, and spicy. Lively body.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased 1/2009 at Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. for somewhere around $5.99 for a 11.2 oounce "stubby" bottle.

When opened, the small opening couldn't control the carbonation and the resulting head that slowly bubbled up and overflowed the bottle. A hastened pour into the glass fixed this- a nice white creamy head is the result.

Pours a cloudy IPA yellow-gold with lots and lots of microbit floaters, with a nice sticky head with lots of retention.

Aroma is a little sweet, fruity hops, and generally pleasant.

Flavor follows through, but with a significant dollop of "Belgian yeast" (sorry, I don't know my terms as well as I should). Nicely hopped, but not overboard. Biscuity malt sits behind, this is obviously a Belgian creation- very nice indeed.

Unfortunately, the Belgian style also makes this one lose the archetypical clean mouthfeel- this is dense and thick and not as refreshing as I would like- the finish is a bit filmy.

Overall- I like this one- good flavor, interesting and a little different.

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Photo of nick76
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is very hoppy with both citrus and grass. The malt is there also giving it quite a sweet smell. The appearance is hazy gold with a good but small head. The flavor is like the aroma and improves as it warms. The palate is thin but ok. Overall I like it.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this chilled, in a pint glass, from a stubby brown, 11.2 ounce bottle. This one is new to my favorite store so I figured I'd give it a shot.

Appearance: Extra IPA poured out a hazy golden straw color. A SLOW pour yielded about three fingers of bone white, pillowy head. Head faded slowly and left thick rings of lace on the glass after each sip. Bits of floating chunks and tons of lively carbonation bubbles were noticed.

Smell: Fairly hoppy nose starts things out and fades into a thick malty aroma. Spicey, yeasty, and earthy notes. Underlying citrus aromas. Not a real big nose.

Taste: The hops are pretty big in the taste. Nice balancing malt flavors. Peppery, spicey yeast in the background. Fruity, citrus hop flavors. Finishes dry as can be with no noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium bodied, oily mouthfeel. Beer feels like it comes alive in the mouth from the large amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable. A better beer than I thought it would be.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 9/3/08. On tap at the Gingerman. Pours a cloudy light orange with no real head. Aroma of light spices and light sourness. Flavor is light hoppy sourness, melon rind, slight honey. Pretty typical Belgian ale. Just ok for me.
6/4/7/3/14 (3.4/5)

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Photo of smcolw
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Floydster
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle given to me as an extra from ygtbsm94, thanks Brad, poured into my Chimay goblet, restyled version, consumed 11/28/08 and reviewed from notes, color is golden yellow with some light orange tint, one inch soapy white head that disappears quickly, minimal retention and lacing, smell is made up of Amarillo hops, mild Belgian yeast, bread, tropical fruits, and honey, flavor was not nearly as hoppy as I had hoped, too much sweet fruits with some misplaced citrus notes, got some pineapple and orange peel in the finish, got sweeter as it warmed with very little dryness to balance, some coriander came about later on as well, could have used more hops, mouthfeel was too sweet and fruity for its style, medium bodied, taste did not linger too long, drank the bottle and was content with that, probably could not do too much more, alcohol is hidden well, but sweet accents cause heaviness, not in a hurry to buy and the only place I have ever seen it is Hi-Times anyways, might be worth checking out but not spectacular

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Alvinne Extra Restyled from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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