Podge Oak Aged Bourgogne Barrel (The Oak Podge) | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Belgium
alvinne.be

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Called "The Oak Podge" in the US.

Added by ggaughan on 03-10-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
47
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
15.76%
 
 
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1
Gots:
3
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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.59/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a medium black color stout with a large foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt and vinous notes are a strange mix that I am not sure to enjoy. Taste is also a weird mix between some lightly roasted malt with some vinous notes but instead of nice Bourgogne notes it feels more like cheap wine that I can procure at the corner store. Strange mix to say the least and not one that works very well IMO. Body is too light for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Strange mix that I won't be revisiting soon and not worth the price tag IMO.

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Photo of jisom123
2.36/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

$23 a bottle for the 750.
Cellared for <2 years.
Drank on 10-11-12

The other reviewers are being polite about this failed funk. This beer tastes like an unintentionally infected RIS. Remember the infected 2009(10?) Speedway stouts that tasted like grape juice? This is very similar.

Infected on purpose? I don't know, I didn't do my due-diligence or any research before writing this review, so I may be completely wrong. I was expecting a Oaked RIS with hints of wine. It was a weird gross sour mess.

I'm not sold on the idea that it was totally intentional. If this was my home brew, I wouldn't share it with my friends.

disappointed.

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Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of kvgomps
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pixieskid
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of nickd717
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at the after-Bruery tasting, reviewed 1/24/2010. Imperial stout, huh? Not sure I would have pegged this one as such.

Pours dark brown, not too close to black for this style, with a medium-sized off-white head.

Aroma is dark fruit, Belgian yeast, spices, oak, and mild roast. A little tart and a little sweet.

Flavor is both sweet and mildly tart, somewhat vinous, definitely Belgian-tasting, but not very stoutlike. There is some roast and chocolate, but it does not come to the forefront as much as I’d expect. A little yeasty with oak and spices.

A tad thin for the style, and not as smooth on the mouthfeel as I’d like.

Definitely interesting, but not great overall in my opinion.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red amber. Thick tan head with lacing. Sour malt aroma. Odd flavor without any of the typical Russian stout elements. Flavor is high in fruit and is tart. Mild malt. Like a cross between an English stout and a lambic. Oaking is not strong, which is too bad as it would have redeemed this one for me. Initial taste is interesting, but the finish is astringent and slightly metallic. There was a hint of weeping around the cap on this bottle, so possibly compromised, but the flavor profile is in line with other reviews. Interesting, but a miss for me because of the finish.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AgentZero
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown colored beer with a khaki head that left some minor stick on the sides of the glass.

S - A pretty sweet RIS. Some funk, oak, vinous character. Not really getting what I was expecting out of this one. Not sure if it was due to a weak base beer or the Bourgogne barrels overwhelming everything.

T - Taste is also not what one would expect from an RIS. Missing the characteristic roast and chocolate notes, as it's been buried by vinous and funk notes. If I didn't know this was an RIS I would have guessed something else. Not bad tasting, but not what I was looking for.

M - Medium bodied, lively carbonation, still not convincing me this is an RIS.

O - Strange beer, not really in line with what I was wanting to drink, but it's okay. Would pass in the future if other things were available.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a deep dark brown color. There was a foamy cream or tan colored head on top. The head collapses into a film over top of the beer and leaves some scattered lacing. The smell of the beer has a good amount of tart aromas coming off of it from the barrels it has been aged in. The taste of the beer has plenty of sour notes that are also blended into the roasted malt flavors it also has. The mouthfeel of the beer is a bit lighter than I had hoped for. Overall it's a pretty interesting brew.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BLACK! The head raises to about half an inch of fine, light coffee foam, then drops to a thin layer.

Roasted black coffee and some milk chocolate are evident but overpowered by astringency. (Windex?) The astringency builds with warmth then settles out.

Oddly, light red wine that builds with some chocolate and a fruity backdrop. The fruity flavors build into a long finish.

Medium body and up front with alcohol in a Dogfish Head snifter. Carbonation ranges from raspy to lively in this drying beer.

Fruitiness and aroma clearly hold this back, especially for the style. Not recommended for reading.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Vintage 2008. Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thick collar, leaving behind a wispy cap and spotty lacework. Dark brown body with some reddish transparency - pretty light for an Imperial Stout!?

S - This is super vinous - just tons of red wine from the Bourgogne barrels. Grapes, sweat and bretty funk, lots of oak, and light caramel. Not much in the way of roasted malt or other traditional stout flavors. There's a hint of alcohol as it warms up.

T - Odd - this tastes like an oak-aged brown ale or barleywine with brett. Not unpleasant, but not at all what I expected. Very vinous and fruity, with light caramel and milk chocolate sweetness along with some mild funk. Clean aftertaste is a bit unexpected but welcome.

M - Zesty carbonation, smooth medium body, light alcohol warmth, and an extremely dry and tannic finish.

D - Very strange beer and not at all what I was expecting. This has more in common with something like Surly Five than it does with other wine barrel-aged stouts. More of a dark, funky sour with some sweet malt character. Easy enough to drink, as the alcohol is well-hidden, but not something I'd feel the need to seek out again.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sholland119
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of bigred89
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of corby112
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml, 2009(?) vintage

The cap of this bottle opened without a problem and only a slight hiss but this beer immediately became the biggest beast of a gusher that I've ever seen. It was like a geyser fountain exploding out of the bottle and raining down all over my head, the floor, couch and walls. I ran to the kitchen which is only five feet away and lost half of the bottle. My apartment smells amazing but I had to spend twenty minutes cleaning up the aftermath. My ceiling is at least ten feet high and it was splattered from the beer explosion!

Pours a deep dark chocolate brown that is completely opaque with only faint toffee colored edges when held to a light and a half finger beige foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing.

Sweet boozy aroma with a very prominent barrel character and subtle roasted malt. Strong vinous red wine presence with hints of grape, currant and other dark berries as well as subtle vanilla and plenty of earthy oak. Underneath, there is some nice roasted malt with hints of chocolate, toffee and oatmeal.

Medium bodied, but on the lighter end, and the flavor profile is very similar to the aroma. Very sweet and vinous with a very promnent red wine barrel presence. Ths beer claims to be a blend of 66.5% stout aged in oak barrels and 33.5% stout but it tastes like 100% red wine barrel aged. Most of the roasted malt elements noticeable in the aroma are overpowered by the barrel character. It actually tastes more like a barrel aged quad than a stout with lots of sweet vinous dark fruit notes, especially grape, dark cherry and raisin. I'm also pckng up hints of plum, fig and currant which add to the sweetness/quad-lke characteristics. Nice soft carbnation adds to the palate and the slight earthy oak gves this beer subtle balance. Underneath all of this sweet barrel character, there is some subtle malt flavor. Only faintly roasted with small hints of cocoa, caramel and toffee. At 9% the ABV is well masked wth only alcohol sweetness and little to no heat in the finish. Although I'm having a hard time fndng the stout qualities, it's still pretty flavorful and easy to drink.

Overall, this beer was pretty interesting from the explosion when opened(BEWARE) to the off flavors(for the style). Even though it wasn't what I was expecting, I still thought that it was pretty good. Just know that you're going to get more of a Belgian quad than a stout.

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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AdamP
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Giantspace
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of liquorpig
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a a decent, but not booming tan head over a deep brown body with a fair amount of yeast in the bottom.

Aromas are quite tart with a lot of deep fruit. Almost like Angel's Share. Lot of roasted malts come thru secondarily, leading to almost chocolate like finish.

Smooth going down, with a lot of tart pull in the finish of the mouthfeel. Has a lot of everything going on. Vinous / deep red fruits, roasted malts, tart twang, oaky notes, and light sweetness. Pretty clean drinking as RISs go.

Not your father's RIS. But overall, a nice beer. Was expecting a little more, but the uniqueness of this one definitely scores some points in my book.

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Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at the pre-ZBF fest at Alvinne. Beer poured a deep brown, nearly black body with a fairly thick tan head. Aroma is a bit vinous, some dried fruit a roasted malt. Taste is a pleasant mix of a chocolate, malty full body with some vinous and fruit notes from the barrel. Overall a very nice beer that is now what I expected from a stout but a pleasant suprise and another very good barrel aged beer from Alvinne.

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Photo of apasternak
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.87 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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