Kerasus | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

KerasusKerasus
BA SCORE
3.94/5
72 Ratings
KerasusKerasus
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by brc on 04-06-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,959
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
72
pDev:
10.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
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 nmann08
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear light red color ale with a large bubbly head with average retention and limited lacing. Aroma of oak and sour cherries with light acidic notes is very enjoyable and refreshing. Taste is a nice mix between some oak notes with sour cherries. Well balanced tart notes with a light acidic touch. Body is quite full for style with great carbonation. Well brewed with great drinkability and complexity notes.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey yesterday. Served in a mini snifter.

Pours ruby with almost no head. There's a strong note of cherry and a bit light oak. Faint lactic acid there as well, though this gets quite a bit stronger in the flavor. Moderate cherry in the flavor. Light body and some moderate carbonation. Tart cherry and dryness in the finish. Quite tasty.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atrocity
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The beer pours a murky amber/red color with a small off-white head.

S: An interesting blend of cherry pie and raspberry. There's a bit of vinegar and lemony tartness. A mild malt aroma and sweetness, perhaps some oak and grass, too.

T: Sweet cherry pie and vinegar flavors dominate this one. It's a very simple beer, but very sour. There is also a fair bit of lemon and perhaps some light raspberry notes to it.

M: Medium in body with low to medium carbonation.

O: Very sour and acetic, but overall pretty nice.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours completely flat. Brown with thick ruby hues. Nose is mild Brett tones. Flavor is....weak. Mild cherry tones. Mild sour and funk. Vinegar tones. Feel is a bit biting on the carbonation and the liquid is typical. Well. This beer is a waste of time (money and liver too for that matter!) Flavor barely hits and vanishes way too soon. Feel is thin like water. Not a horrid beer, but nowhere near where it should be for the style from a lambic purists point of view. If you pass on trying this one, you won't be missing anything IMO. In fact at these prices, I might as well have grabbed another bottle of Ithaca Brute and have the guarantee of making babies in my pants whilst drinking.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of drabmuh
3.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The tap menu called this "Oak Kerasus" but it was from this brewery so I'll assume it is the same as this entry unless someone wants to correct me.

Beer is red with no head, no noticable carbonation and no lacing on the glass. It appears to be pretty clear.

Dominant cherry aroma, citric / lactic sour notes, some subtle funk and perhaps a bit of woodiness.

The beer is really thin. Its OK for sours to attenuate really really low, but this seems to disappear the second I start to drink it. There is also little flavor and depth of character. The cherry flavor that was showcased in the aroma is nearly absent in the beer and there is only mild sourness. Overall its just OK, nothing special or great here.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cherry red with no head. Smells of tart cherries and cranberries. The cranberry is especially pronounced on the finish. The taste exhibits very tart cherry- a bit watery and somewhat thin, but clean. More cranberry on the finish. Somewhat one-dimensional, but not bad. A little too thin and watery in the mouth, which emphasizes the tartness. Still, fairly refreshing and interesting. It's not Cantillon, but it could be it's baby brother. I did enjoy it.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the dark fruit with some brown sugar and oak aged notes. Fairly complex and very enjoyable. The aroma is more of the same. I get some lightly tart dark fruit, strawberries and cherries, as well as some oak aging notes. The tartness is fairly minimal. The beer is easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Halcyondays
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours a deep red with a minimal bubbly head, some lace.

S: Deep vinegar/acetic nose with a lot of cherry and raspberry.

T: Cherries, oak and vanilla, with a lot of acetic acid. Very tasty, the fruit and the barrel character is well balanced.

M: Medium to high acidity, acetic quality. Fizzy carbonation, quite crisp.

O: This was a fantastic ale, a great cherry beer, well worth a pickup.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +16.2%
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 Axnjxn
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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Kerasus from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 72 ratings
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