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Melchior Oak Aged Calvados Barrel | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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3.92/5
Very Good
45 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Belgium
alvinne.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ggaughan on 03-09-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,439
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
45
pDev:
12.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

On Draft at Ebenizer's Pub in Maine. A fantastic, well balanced brew, with an incredible smell that begs for consumption. Great mouth-feel and easy to drink, but with a dangerous ABV.

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4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite a treat… Long, tart, vinous, and stimulating offering.

Presentation: 750 cl brow capped bottle. Poorly designed glossy label with a b/w image of the aging barrels and a digital embroidery in light colors over a white background. Side paragraph mentions aging process and background. Cap Notes Jan 2013 Lot 465. Shows 11% Alc. by Vol. Poured in a snifter.

A - Hazy gold pour, good initial head, moderate retention with good surface memory and small touches of lacing.

S - Rich and long nose with funky hints, caramel, applewood, tart touches...

T - Expanding with dexterity on the palate… Rather vinous and funky, nice apple cider permeating woody notes, some soft vanilla and caramel with spicy touches.

M - Medium body with soft carbonation, rather long and dry as it moves with an atoned sweet bitterness before returning to the soft dry tartness...

O - Nice sipper with a complex and long rhythm, if one is into this kind of barrel aging this is quite a treat. A remarkable barrel aged golden ale...

Notes: Too much paid for this brew, between the import, the switch to euros and back, and the location I probably paid waaay too much for this. But I confess I could not resist it… And post decisional behavior and all, after having tried it I would have probably picked up another bottle or two for the cellar if this wasn't the only one I saw in Madrid of all places… A brew to remember...

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4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from the bottle at the Pre-ZBF fest at Alvinne. The beer poured a slightly cloudy, bright orange color with a vibrant white head. The nose is a bit fruity, some apples maybe, a touch of wood and a alcohol character. The taste gives a bit of spicy and wood. The alcohol taste comes through but mends well with the other flavors including a nice malt and fruit presence. As the beer warms a bit it opens up a strong alcohol character from the barrel aging. A very fine beer from Alvinne. This will get even better with some bottle time.

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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, sweet oak with a note of fruitiness. In the taste, sweet to dry fruitiness and some nice oaky notes. An oak bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry fruitiness and oak in the aftertaste. Hides the ABV very well, quite smooth and nice fruit notes.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a hazy goldenrod with a soapy white head, leaving some nice lace.

S: Cider apples, wood, enjoyable.

T: The barrel character is quite overt here. It's almost like you're not drinking beer, the apple flavour takes over. Very cider like, green apple heavy, with notes of Belgian yeast.

M: Has the beer, not a cider mouthfeel. Medium/full-bodied, smooth and easy on the palate. Light carbonation. Really no hint of the 11.5%.

D: Any fan of hard cider should enjoy this. It's very flavourful and is making me a huge fan of Calvados aged beers the more I try them.

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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Brasserie Beck. Allegedly one of only two kegs in the US.

A: cloudy, orange, hazy appearance. Almost opaque. Slight amount of white, foamy head. No visible sediment.

S: sour apple, champagne, iced tea with lemon, wildflowers, and bitter herbs.

T: A lot less bitter and a lot more sweet than I'd anticipated. The most malt-forward Belgian-style beer I've ever had. Underlying apple, oak, herbal hop bitterness and Belgian yeast.

M: Almost completely flat. Very fine bubbles, and relatively few of them. Medium viscosity.

D: Not bad at all. Glad I got to try it. It was easily sippable, yet it complimented the food well.

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4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$9.99 750ML bottle poured into two Duvel Tulips, split with oglmcdgl.

Melchior Oak Aged Calvados Barrel goes into the glass a fairly bright orange color with some soft gold spots here and there. A nice steady pour yielded a bright white cap of foamy bubbles but that faded rather quick. No stick.

Smell is bright and pungent with citrus rind, oak, vanilla, apple, calvados, an earthy yeast strain. Not smelling any mustard. Up front, the taste reminds me of a few funky saison's I've had recently.

Pungent with ripe fruit, apple, orange drip, earthy, spicy yeast. Some grassy hops in the middle and a nice oaky/vanilla towards the end with a hint of more apple. Again, it does not cut the mustard, don't get me wrong, this is delicious, but the must must have faded.

Feel is a nice medium and about on par with a Duvel except the taste is all over. It's carbed up to a point where the beer is not dead, yet over time that drips down.

Towards the end of my glass there was the littliest bit of yeast that went down the hatch, PUTRID. Really nasty and unpleasant. Anybody opening bottles of this, please keep as much yeast out of your pour as possible, it kinda ruins things. This is brilliant beer though.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 9/2020. Pours slightly cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lightly tart golden raisin, peach, plum, fig, pear, apricot, red apple, berries, white wine, lemon zest, orange peel, peppercorn, mustard seed, toasted oak, herbal, floral, grass, honey, cracker, bread, light vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, spirit barrels, mustard seeds, bready malt, and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart golden raisin, peach, plum, fig, pear, apricot, red apple, berries, white wine, lemon zest, orange peel, peppercorn, mustard seed, toasted oak, herbal, floral, grass, honey, cracker, bread, light vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate yeast/oak spiciness, herbal/citrus peel bitterness, and light brandy/wine tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of golden raisin, peach, plum, fig, pear, apricot, red apple, berries, white wine, lemon zest, orange peel, peppercorn, mustard seed, toasted oak, herbal, floral, grass, honey, cracker, bread, light vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, spirit barrels, mustard seeds, bready malt, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky/tannic, and slightly acidic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly warming alcohol from 11%. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged Belgian strong pale ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, spirit barrels, mustard seeds, bready malt, and moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the ABV, with the balanced bitter/spicy/tannic/drying finish. Perfectly balanced between calvados/cognac barrels, fruity/spicy yeast, and bready malts; without being too sweet/heavy feeling. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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