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Melchior Oak Aged Calvados Barrel | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Melchior Oak Aged Calvados BarrelMelchior Oak Aged Calvados Barrel

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Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ggaughan on 03-09-2009

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 41
Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very ood beer that uses a unique blend of techniques and ingredients to achieve a finished beer with peculiarly alluring spicey, fruity, vinous flavor.

The pour delivers a slightly milky copper/orange color with a dainty, short-lived head. Lots of yeast sediment gives an overtly 'yeasty' look.

Sharp aromas of vinous tartness, cidery apples, under-rippened berries and pears, fresh woods, and rye-like spiciness. Fairly acidic to the nose, the beer has distinct wine-like, champagne notes.

Flavors follow up on the winey start with a blend of white wines and champagne. Pears, apples, berries, and peaches contribute fruity flavor and tartness. The mustard seed seems to reinforce alcohol flavors with a spicy/pungent rye-like character and a slightly rich tartness. Acidic, spicy, and fruity throughout, the beer is distinctly Belgian that is 'encouraged' by peppery spice and calvados woods/alcohols that give a spicy boozy/spicy woody taste.

Acidic throughout, the early carbonation has a prickly effervesence that reinforce the spiciness and sharpness of the beer. As carbonation takes the mouthfeel from bubbly to finish, the beer's alcoholic feel is felt in the moderately dry and challenging warm finish.

This beer is definately one that takes strong Belgian golden ales and pushes the fruity/spicy/woody character with cognac barrel use and mustard seed. These give intriguing taste and texture, but subtly unusual in comparisons to Duvel or Chimay White.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened by weeheavysd. Thanks! Consumed on 12/13/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is hazy golden with a small white head.

The nose is very oaky, with notes of wheat, cereal grains, brandy, and ripe granny smith apples. The nose essentially translates to the flavor, with perhaps a little less oak. There's a light astringency on the palate. Notes of apples, grain, light phenols, and brandy are evident. The finish exhibits a slight alcohol burn.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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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Melchior Oak Aged Calvados Barrel from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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