De Eycken Balthazar | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Belgium
alvinne.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Travlr on 01-03-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
8
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
5.39%
 
 
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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 8
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this one at MrVonzipper's tasting!

Pours a murky brown with a khaki head that fades to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of oak and some sour/tart cherry and berry aromas. Taste is of oak and sweet and sour dark fruits (especially cherry and berry). This beer has a good level of carbonation with a slightly drying mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but it's unlike any other BSDA I have had before.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Thanks for opening this, JealousChalice!

Hazed ruby and chestnut brown with a quickly forming light khaki colored head eventually dots the glass on the way down.

A complex aroma: oak, tart and sweet cherries, grapes, some acidic sour notes even, grass, and a mild, complementary funk. That's pretty awesome.

The flavor too is just as unique and delightful. The flavors of sweet and sour cherries, berries, oak, and funky yeast combine for a one-of-a-kind drinking experience.

Light, airy body. Awesome. Distinctly Belgian.

One of the most unique and simply enjoyable beers I've sampled in a very long time.

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Photo of Travlr
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Muddy chestnut color with no head at all, just three bubbles rise. Scant lacing.
S: Aroma is dominated by coriander, but also a background of nutmeg and roasted malts.
T: Flavor is dominated by the spice - pine, coriander, ginger, chocolate malt, and a sour finish. Maybe some lacto in there. More spice and more sourness than the ordinary Balthazar.
M: medium body, pleasant to drink.
D: Third best beer of a long tasting session on New Year's Eve 2009/2010.

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Photo of rtaps
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to jealouschalice

merky light brown with and off white forhty head

nose is very nice, smell the wine barrel, oak, little tart

taste fallows the nose. wine like, cherrys, its sour on the end

i loved the feel, it was fluffy with good carbonation

overall it's pretty damn good.nice nose, better taste, and a great feel.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this and rekindling my love for Belgian beers which is where it all started for me

Look: Brown in color with a 1/4 inch head and good retention

Smell: Oak cinnamon apple and clove

Taste: Same as the nose but just a touch more muted with some caramel notes popping through

Mouthfeel: Thin body with ample carbonation. I love the way a great Belgian beer feels in your mouth

Overall: Was amazed just to see this beer and enjoyed it just as much as my amazement

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De Eycken Balthazar from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
4.27 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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