Alvinne Extra Restyled | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Alvinne Extra RestyledAlvinne Extra Restyled

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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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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 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 hopdog
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
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 +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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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -8.3%
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 +3.2%
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 -12.6%
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 +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 Floydster
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
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 +12.6%
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 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 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 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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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 Avryle
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Procured at the magical Buy Rite in Plainfield, NJ. (sigh)

A- Color is a lovely golden-orange. Unfortunately you have to battle the explosive gigant-o head upon opening. (Thankfully, there were 2 glasses convenient & was able to catch most of it.) Arctic landscape head.

S- Sweet and citrusy. Nice blend of sweet malt and hops.

T- Tastes like flowers, yeast and citrusy hops. Surprisingly boozy finish.

M- Medium bodied with low carbonation. Bitter hop resonance.

D- While it battled diligently, it still cannot aspire to the create the same happiness in my heart that the Houblon has.

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Photo of Crosling
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught, Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà, Rome, Italy. Light golden color. Full Head. Smells of Belgian character, with lemon, citrus-like american hops. Flavor is packed with Belgian character, american hops....hints of fruit and yeast. Lots of taste, authentic, unique and luscious. Quality ale.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Short, fat, 11.2 oz bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
"2007 Alvinne Extra India Pale Ale Restyled" on the front logo sticker...
Pours a tawny, murky, dark-orange colored-hue with an enormous foamy and frothy head that nearly obliterated the serving glass...
Smell was replete with sweet hops, and grapefruit essences...
Taste was very different than your traditional American or British IPA, and was slightly less hoppy and more sweet than anything with a touch of vanilla and caramel cream along with noticeable alcohol on the tongue...
Creamy, thick, rich, sweet mouthfeel with a fairly decent level of drinkability...
Worth a shot...
Definitely an interesting sample...

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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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