Pipedream | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ggaughan on 03-10-2009

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 30
Photo of pixieskid
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle reads that this is an American Ipa?!
Pours with a crazy four finger head.
Med thin body, very crisp, insanely rabid carbonation.
Strong earthy yeast note upfront with a hint of caramel.
Bitter grapefruit notes throughout with a heavy pine hop note.
Finish with a strong lingering bitterness and dry mouth feel.

Overall not an American Ipa by any means which is how I am reviewing it, given the description on the bottle.
I do believe the category listed is probably more fitting and would have received a better score.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to mikesgroove for this one.

poured slooowwwllly from the bottle semi-transparent honeyed yellow to a sun king shaped pint glass with a huge, frothy, small bubbled white head leaving a ton of lace.

& btw the bubbles don't stop...

aroma of lemon, citrus and belgian yeast.

fairly refreshing, a bit of an unexpected tangy bite upon the first sip. yeast and citrus are forward followed by a slight hint of banana and bread.

ultra carbonated, to the point of distraction. thin and a bit bitter on the tongue for the style.

drinkable enough i suppose.

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Photo of GoGriz
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received as an extra from mikesgroove. Thanks.

Super sudsy outta the gate. I almost feel like a rookie pouring this thing, but prior reviews soften the ego blow of this pour. Kind of annoying. I want to drink, not stare, at this beer. Average color for a pale. Nice caramel, amber color. Smell is virtually non-existent with soft citrus and not much else. Chunky head and plenty of lacing. Taste follows the scent, revealing little more than a hint of distant banana and a mellow hop sting on the finish.

This beer is slightly underwhelming. Kind of like a good-looking girl that doesn't have much to offer to the convo...pleasant enough but I'm all set.

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Photo of uturn
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into an Oerbier glass

A: As I cracked open the cap this beer was starting to gush. I was able to pour it with minimal beer loss. It poured with a HUGH thick and chunky head. This head lasted for quite a while before it thinned out leaving a nice lace on the glass.

S: The nose was not very strong with hints of citrus and Belgium yeast

T: The taste was also mild or I should say well balanced, as the hops were there in the background surrounded by sweetness you would normally find in a Belgian strong pale ale plus there was a mild funkiness. This mixture was close to being Orval like.

M & D: The mouthfeel was lighter than I would like, but still good and the drinkablilty was just about right for a 7.5% abv beer.

This was a nice pleasant find and I would drink it again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glad I was able to try this one. I was actually going to order it online a week or so ago but a sample arrived, so heck yeah! Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/27/2010.

The pour was foamy, wayyy too foamy. Filled the whole glass at first. Once I could get the liquid in, it was a light golden in color, very hazy and full of carbonation. Nice head of white finally but the damage had been done.

Aroma is light, hoppy with hints of grapefruit, and nice light yeast notes. Coriander and a touch of pepper round it out quite nicely. Smooth even flavor, nothing really shocking here, just a nice Belgian IPA with grapefruit and apples on the palate leading a light, but noticeable malt bill. Smooth and very carbonated, this one went down quite nicely I have to admit.

Overall a nice and very solid Belgian pale. I would have no issue with trying this one again any day.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duvel shaped bottle with BBE date Nov 2014, into tulip. Pours hazy, almost milk tea orange- brown body topped by spectacular, incredibly resistant off-white head that never sets. The final pouring produces rusty brown patch due to yeasty sediment accumulated on the bottom.
Aroma is grassy and floral - reminiscent of Orval , grapefruit, faint pine and some spicy yeast. The grapefruit dominated flavor gets increasingly yeasty towards the finish which is not surprising if you recall the rusty coloration. Medium bodied with just about the right amount of carbonation and very quaffable.

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Photo of slammgrass
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice from a 33 cl bottle. I bought this beer from ABS Drinks in Winksele.

Mouthfeel: astringent, dry, light
Aroma: grass
Body: golden, slightly hazy, but not clear either.

Pipedream is a beer brewed with creative input from 3 breweries; Alvinne and De Struise in Belgium and Pipeworks Brewing Co in the US. This beer contains 5 hop varieties and is geared towards a hop-head or IPA lover. This beer does not disappoint, it's almost an American-style hoppy IPA brewed in Belgium. It pours a golden orange with a nice creamy frothy head, nice lacing throughout. It has a strong hop profile with a bitter, clean, and dry finish. It's slightly astringent, yet very drinkable. A wonderful brew for a hoppy-beer lover that is a recent transplant to Belgium. Reminds me of Orval. If you find this in the US - give it a try, but there are so many wonderful hoppy IPA's there, that this may not stand out.

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Photo of sholland119
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Wildly overcarbonated, even a gentle pour yields four inches of head for two inches of beer. Settles at a moderate pace, finally leaving a murky apricot ale with lots of frothy off white head and some foamy lacing.

S-Zingy Belgian yeast with peppery hop notes as well as some grapefruit rind. Smells like a fine Belgian IPA.

T-Sweet citrus fruit in the front with plenty of orange and some lemon. Blegian yeast notes dominate the middle, followed by a strong grapefruit finish, with a hint of black pepper. Very nice.

M-Oily and a bit heavy, coats the tongue.

D-I love the Belgian IPA style and this is a fine example. Far too hoppy to be classified as a Belgian Strong Pale, IMO. delicious whatever you call it.


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Photo of jrallen34
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 11oz bottle into my Orval glass.

This beer is a gusher, foam just starts streaming out. As you poor you get about four fingers of nice creamy pillowly light tan head. The beer itself is a dark honey gold. Great retention, good lacing. A quarter inch head stays for at least 10 minutes.

The aroma is a like a belgian ipa, light floral hops and yeast. Not strong but pleasant.

The taste is solid, like a beglian ipa, not american at all. The taste starts off with some sweetness then cuts to mild floralness with some light bitter.

The feel is nice, coats the palate for several seconds a nice long dry finish.

Drinkaility is ok, I wouldn't crush more than one or two of these.

Overall, ok nothing special.

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Photo of Travlr
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured by Urbain at Struise. Batch number 5. Collaboration of Alvinne & Struise, but with a Chicago-tweaking of the hops marathon.
A: Bright orange with a thick white head and delicate lacing.
S: Floral hops aroma.
T: Flavor starts with malt and progresses to a light bitterness.
M: Light body for the style.
D: Decent early evening brew.

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Photo of brc
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 2011 lot 347 on cap. Poured into goblet. Three finger head of fluffy offwhite foam settles slowly with lacing. Copper liquid.

Rich nose of spicy hops, floral hops, some woodsiness. Smells like there is a good malt backbone to the hops.

Soapy, piney taste that gets bitter as the taste grows in your mouth. Very one note - no malt tastes to go with it. Not that much bitterness, but there is a lingering herbal piney aftertaste in the bitterness.

The real surprising bit is the mouthfeel - rather thin and watery. For a beer that looks and smells so great, the taste and mouthfeel are disappointing.

Average drinkability.

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Photo of baggio
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[email protected], Stockholm.

A: Hazy pale-redish color with a huge head.

S: Citric notes (orange and grapefruit), grass, weed and some caramel.

T: Pine, Citric notes (like orange marmelade), Exotic fruit, Caramel and grass.

M: Solid malt base with lots of fruity hops and a nice crisp bitterness at the end.

A very good belgian-style IPA which i hope i'll be able to try again.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a collaberative brew between the American brews from the soon to be opened Pipeworks Brewery, Urbain from Struise and Glenn from Alvinne, brewed at Alvinne.

Bottle at the pre-ZBF festival at Alvinne. The beer poured a cloudy straw yellow color with a thin white head, nice bubbles. Strong nose of citrus, pine and grapefruit. Taste provides a very present hop bite with more grapefruit, grassy and citrus but also a bit of a malt backbone. Beer has a dry finish and is pretty darn drinkable.

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Pipedream from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
3.7 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.
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