Cuvee Freddy | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Cuvee FreddyCuvee Freddy
BA SCORE
4.01/5
317 Ratings
Cuvee FreddyCuvee Freddy
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Belgium
alvinne.be

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ShadesOfGray on 07-15-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,993
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
317
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
55
Trade:
2
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2/5  rDev -50.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of facesnorth
3.01/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Color is a dark red. Zero head, zero bubbles. No sound when I opened it. Totally flat, no carbonation. Taste is astringent vinegar with tart cherries and oak. Very disappointed by this one. Judging by other reviews I can see many others who had a similar experience. Someone suggested it was a bad bottling and the beer is not supposed to be this way. Borderline drain pour. Tastes like bad wine.

Bottle from Freebridge Wine & Spirits in Phillipsburg, NJ, purchased sometime around May 2013.

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3.14/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Purchased randomly at random for a random review. You ever pick up a bottle without even looking at it? That's exactly what I did here. Awesome.

This pours a deep, opaque mahogany brown. Barely a head at all, which should be expected considering the alcohol content and the style. Wisps of light brown at the corners.

The aroma is deep, unique and crazy. The oak aging certainly plays front and center. As you handle that there is a sniff of the signature sour yeasts--and a little cherry, sherry--very much like a bourbon.

The experiment fails starting here. While the oak aging did a lot for the aroma, the flavor barely ticks with any of the woodsiness you would expect. Also, the actual hope of having a strongly flavored flanders really falls short. The vinegary, acidic flavor is so muted here it is truly disappointing. Further, there is little hint of the mild malts used. Pretty lackluster.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, even for this style. The carbonation is lower as it should be but still a little less. I assume it is from the excessive aging and the finishing, but it certainly seems thin and underwhelming.

Eh. Could wear it as a cologne (not really) but I guess I'll just drink and enjoy it (also not really).

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3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Sour brown ale worth a try but not very good for the price point If you like la folie you will like this

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3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Dark oxidized purple color out of the bottle, hits nearly black but more of a dark inky purple color. Tan head which makes about two fingers but doesn't last, with some nice rising thin tan colored accented carbonation on the sides to populate a thin collar. Collar does eventually vanish while drinking quite quickly.

Nose is mildly sweet smelling but with a tinge of soft sourness and real nice juicy hints of plum and grape. Wet like raisin sensing a bit but not much oak character going on here.

Noticeably tart, but also incredibly wet bodied. Strange crazy finish with a sharp wine must sourness of cheap grapes. Very light bodied with a salty tinge and highly seltzery fizz carbonation. Aftertaste is nearly non existent with lots drying tannic qualities which don't help the palate. Some of the fruit character hinted on the nose particularly of plum and grape does come out but feels spoiled.

Always wanted to give this one a shot, and really love Flanders beers but even this one from the area really does not do it for me.

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3.45/5  rDev -14%

Pours a dark reddish-brown with quickly reducing head.

Smells of sweet and tart cherries, concord grape juice, chocolate, and oak

Tastes sweet and jammy up front with sour and sweet Welch's grape. The dark malt adds a chocolatey sweetness too. Some acetic acid burns the throat. A strange aftertaste as the malts mix with astringent oak tannins. The sweetness never quite dries out in the finish but the astringency remains. Fairly sour.

Silky medium body but under-carbonated.

Interesting beer. I like the dark ale component and the sweetness can work as a dessert beer. Otherwise, the sweetness, chemical fruitiness, acetic acid, astringent bitterness and lack of carbonation make this one I will avoid in the future.

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3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep purple with a thin wisp of khaki mousse. Very still in the glass with few traces of carbonation.

S: Intense and woody on the nose with aromas of balsamic vinegar, woody spice, clotted cream, cider apples, and black cherries particularly dominant.

T: Notes of salty brine, oak, clotted cream, black cherry, pomegranate, cider apples, black currants, and balsamic vinegar wash across the palate. The finish is puckering with vinegar and dark fruit flavors.

M: Medium to full bodied, yet thin, oily, and slick. Feels much lighter than it really is. The alcohol is extremely well hidden.

O: This is a decent enough Flemish brown, but I would have liked to see an even more intense, assertive flavor profile and a bit more chewiness in the mouth. Though it's a little too slick in my opinion, this is an above-average take on the style.

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3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Well this is an odd one. It manages to be simultaneously both watery and somewhat harsh. Like really watered down Tussin, but with plentiful tobacco/leather/tannic notes and only mild sourness. There's also faint vanilla from the barrel.

Looks and smells really nice, but unfortunately the taste just doesn't deliver. Again, strangely watery and bitter.

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Cuvee Freddy from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 317 ratings
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