Melchior Oak Aged Calvados Barrel | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Melchior Oak Aged Calvados BarrelMelchior Oak Aged Calvados Barrel
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:
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Added by ggaughan on 03-09-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
41
Reviews:
14
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
12.69%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
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0
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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2/5  rDev -49.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of drpimento
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not quite as good as expected. Poured at a good temperature; it was a gusher; with a small, cream-colored head that settled to a thin island and ring, no lace. Color would be a clear, but for the large amount of tiny particulates in suspension, amber. Aroma is yeast, malt, mustard, fruit. Flavor is more bitter then tang, then sweet. Although in the finish it's sweet and tang that linger. Otherwise, also like nose. Body has some clashes between bitter and tang along with some heavy boozieness.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Daniellobo
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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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4.02/5  rDev +2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazey golden color with a thin white head that quickly recedes. Some lacing.

S- soft oak aromas blend with tart apple brandy and acidic Sauvignon blanc like vineous notes. Warm alchohol and some yeastiness on the finish.

T- tart green apple skin, calvados apple brandy and a touch fructose sweetness that leaves the palate as soon as it comes. Soft oak and high acidity. Finish is some spicy phenolic alchohol and mustard seed kick.

MF- slick slightly thin mouthfeel with a light body and low carbonation.

D- incredibly complex and very drinkable for what should be a major sipper.

Overall a great beer. My only critic is the body is a little thin.

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4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Farmers' Cabinet.

Pours a hazy pale golden orange color with golden yellowish-apricot hues and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Chunks of lace left behind.

Sweet boozy aroma with a strong barrel character.  Hints of earthy oak, vanilla and brandy along with some funky yeast, mustard seed and citrus fruit.

Medium bodied with a nice combination of earthy oak, zesty spice and boozy heat.  Lots of spice especially coriander and pepper up front countered by earthy oak, vanill and prominent boozy sweet brandy.  Althought the spirit flavor is prominent, it's not too hot making it pretty quaffable.  Sweet citrus notes with more of a  pronounced mustard character than the base version.  Spicy finish with lemon and orange peel toward the end of the swallow with a nice warm finish.

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4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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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