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Kerasus | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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3.95/5
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73 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Belgium
alvinne.be

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brc on 04-06-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,710
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
73
pDev:
10.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2014 Vintage. Cap shows that it can be kept until 2019. I found this on the shelf, clearance, in Denver. I love the brewery and a lot of what I have had from them and could not pass up. I would regret it. My curiosity paid off easily. I would haved regretted it.

Look: upon opening I was afraid it may have gone bad, no whisper of carbonation but upon pouring I did find it very subtly carbonated. Really no head to speak of, but I have had near still sours before and from my understanding some are supposed to be entirely still... or it is okay if they are near or completely. Message me if I am wrong! Anyway, a thin lacing of bubbles does remain at the top and the beer is a beautiful ruby/rust tone. Color alone, I am really excited. Looks like a very nice sour overall. The color screams cherries and Flanders red.

Smell: Yes... ripe sour cherries all the way. Like an orchard. Really magnificent how fresh it comes across. I could close my eyes and fall asleep in this orchard. A bit earthy. Just, wow, really amazing on the nose.

Taste: What a wonderful punch to the face. It is easy to find the sour cherries in the taste. They are a bit raw, but the tangy orange and lemon tones help to round them off so they do not become grating. There is a light earthiness, a hint of apple in the background. All very bright. It is not murky at all. I think I do get a hint of hay and wet wild grasses, but these are very much in the background, creating something for the fruit to stand on. There is a definite Flanders red ale approach on this. It may just be me, but I definitely pick up some hallmarks of that style drifting about in this one. I would say if you like Flanders reds and may want to see what one would be like a bit more bright and sour... this beer is it. It is a touch sweet, but I think it has matured a lot in 3 years and has become very vinous. The sweetness holds with the apple and cherry qualities.

Feel: Very clean mouthfeel. The pronounced sourness winds down to a sharp but not overly aggressive dryness that really keeps things clean. You're left with a bit of a sour cherry tang in the back of the mouth that is quite pleasant and beautiful. The minimal carbonation really pops and elevates the sourness and ads a perfect texture in my opinion. keeping it from being too slippery. Without the carbonation I think this beer, mouthfeel wise, may be quite underwhelming. But it is very nicely put together at this point in time.

Overall: Isn't it obvious? I really enjoy this one. Nothing better to pass the time on a cold November night while simmering some pumpkin from the old garden to pickle. As mentioned above, if you like a good sturdy sour, and you like Flanders red ales. This will be right up your alley. A very fine accomplishment from Alvinne.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 edition.

A: Dark reddish brown, murky, tiny layer of foam.

S: Strong sour cherry aromas, slight barrel presence with wood.

T: Sour cherries with woody notes and hints of vanilla.

M: Light bodied with very little carbonation. Vinous and very dry.

O:An enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of tigg924
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage--shows 6.9 ABV. Pour cloudy, maroon in color with minimal head. Taste is big, tart, dark cherry, sweet cherry juice, baker's chocolate, and lots of sour mix. Really sour with a touch of sweetness, light carbonation and body. Makes for an excellent tart sipper. A sour beer for sour lovers. Beautifully crafted as the cherries really shine. Will look for this one again.

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Photo of desint
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leitmotif
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of webtrout
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle - Exceptional deep ruby, initial taste of sour cherries and finished dry and flavorful.

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Photo of OKFine
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of videofrog
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IrishColonial
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bobv
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fehrminator
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I suspect that there is substantial batch variation with this beer given the nature of the style and the reviews. My bottle was lovely. Deep ruby with huge sour cherry on the nose. Great sour and funky cherry flavor that finishes bone dry. This is a winner. At $11 for a 500mL bottle, a solid value.

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Photo of Drumtgot
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of griffey123
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

my bottles has the abv quite a bit higher than this is listed at here, but i suppose thats batch variation and evolution over time. this beer is amazing, cantillon good, a term i have used lately for sour beers that have no credit in the market place. its blood red, dirty and deep in color, raw and hazy and there is yeast bits in here that look like sesame seeds, tan and chunky, but they settle out quick beneath the huge white pink head. cant believe how dark this looks, like the mikkeller frederiksdal kriek, it looks just as dark. the nose and taste are amazingly cherry forward, super tart but still authentic to the fruit, and the yeast profile is awesome, so tart and acidic, but also mellow from the wood, just really evolved and mature, cant believe this only costs 13 bucks, its a steal for that price, and if people knew how good this was, it would be a rarity tomorrow. brightly carbonated and very dry, this is one of the best beers i have had this year, and maybe one of the most unique cherry beers i have ever had. perfect mix of fruit and sour and maturity, i love every drop. it already has some age, but it has a vibe like this could cellar forever, im going to get another one and see...

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Photo of sourwench429
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidHume
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of swierczt
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sculpted of cherry, and then set upon a sour pedestal, the full sour and fruity display that the "pico-brewery" Alvine has created starts by tantalizing he senses with candied cherry but then chases that with a dry, sour and intense taste to bring those Belgian roots home.

Its striking pour of actual black cherry hues hide no secret about its fruit intentions. Like stewn cherry juice in the tulip, its short froth makes little mention as the acidity cuts through the foam and renders the beer calm. With its bright effervescence greeting the nose, strong cherry aromatics emit, bringing with them dry red wine, vinegar, lime and crabapple. Its taste is awash with cherry, but what comes next is somewhat unexpected.

And though the cherry flavor commands the balance, the sweeter flavors fade gracefully to allow the acidity to pull forth. Vibrant and bright black cherry turns sour, grapey and winey. With dried lemons, limes, kiwi and crabapple folding in on the middle palate, its acetic, vinegar-like flavors begin to lock the jaws and induce sweeting reactions.

Clean, lactic and tart, the medium-light beer finishes dry in order to allow the acidic texture to shine. As the acids strip the thirst, it promotes high sourness and astringency to not only balance the fruit and malt sweetness but to also dominate the finish with an afterglow of cherry and balsamic.

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Photo of lateralundertow
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaymo18
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Kerasus from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 73 ratings
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