Kerasus | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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72 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
Ratings:
72
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Photo of IrishColonial
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bobv
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fehrminator
4.29/5  rDev +10%
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 +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of griffey123
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
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 +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidHume
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
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 lateralundertow
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaymo18
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HookemHoos
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EuphonicHops
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Durge
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Highbury09
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GJ40
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.9/5  rDev 0%

Bottled in 2013: (personal temp notes)
Pours a deep red, with available carbonation, but little sustaining power
Smell is like a cardboard box of dried cherries, almost wine-like, but more tart
Taste is more like a lemon shot, any cherry taste lost in the sourness, but that is fine with me. In the end (which comes fairly quickly), there is a light tart cherry flavor, but you almost have to be looking for it.

I like the sour bite, but the beer ends a little quickly when cold. The warmer it gets, the longer the taste draws out, like a dry red wine.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mattfancett
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Kerasus from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
3.9 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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