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Cuvee Freddy | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ShadesOfGray on 07-15-2010

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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 300
Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown color with off-white head. Dark fruits, wine, oak, and some earth tones on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more dark fruit notes and some wine.

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Photo of puck1225
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep reddish dark brown into a snifter. Thin head but decent lacing. Slight sour cherry smell. Taste is sour cherries, red wine, and oak. A good now and then beer.

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Photo of moose1980
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First dark sour I've had, and dark it is indeed. Dark, dark red - almost dark purple, really. Slight head that held its retention for less than half of a minute.
While the aroma is not as strong as I think a sour calls for, it is pleasant in its subtleness. Vinous, grape jam, but not much sourness. Some oak, raspberries, and cherry cola.
Taste of sour grapes, unripe plums, and black cherries. Tart and very earthy/oaky on the finish.
Low level of carbonation and dry finish makes thinks drink like a semi-dry red.
Overall, not a bad sour and maybe something nice to introduce to someone who prefers wines, as it is not overly sour and very vinous in its subtle sweetness and dry finish.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, cherry, and watery with a glassy look to it. Topped with a finger of brownish red head.

Barrel comes in immediately. Oaky, scotch, sour balsamic, raspberry like quality. Earthy, dark chocolate quality.

Sour, earthy, oaky, velvety. Not overly sour almost as if there is a hint of sweetness cutting the acid a bit.

Light, slightly watery body, very light carbonation.

My wife picked this up for $6 at Bruis'in Ales in Asheville. Drank in Chiang Mai, Thailand Feb 3rd, 2016. Amazing nose, great taste. Overall, a must try beer for the style.

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Photo of danieljllo
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had 5oz. of this beer at the Draught House Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX last night. Beer was delicious in taste and aroma, but lacked a bit of carbonation and it had no head.

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Photo of JayKay
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Reddish brown with light brown with very little foam.
S- Vinegary, Red cabbage and apples and a touch of cranberry. Smell is delightful.

T- Mellow earthy to a pleasant and short burst of a sour, unripened plum.

F- Medium mouthfeel and food friendly dryness.

Overall: A novice to sours and I enjoyed this one. It smelled good and not too puckery sour. Perfect as it was. I would have again, without hesitation.

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- mostly clear and on the red spectrum of red-brown.

S- light roast and oak over dark fruit preserve.

T - palate is more of the same. Heavy oak, medium acidity.

M - dry, tannic finish.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really liked this.
Dark mahagony in color, off white head.
Nose is sour, bittersweet cherries, and a little sugary confection.
Flavor has a great mix of full-on tartness with dry cocoa notes. Essentially cocoa covered sour cherries with notes of raspberry and dray red malts.

The beer is almost like a dessert sour, the interplay between cocoa and sour cherries is really great. Flavor is deep and complex. Went great with a fatty burger.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown w/ reddish glow when held to light. Next to no tan head.
Smells of cherries, slight roasted chocolate, oak, lactic, red wine, cranberry.
Flavor is same as aroma adding touches of leather, tobacco, apple, & a slight sweetness on the finish(nowhere near Rodenbach-sweetness from malt not added sweeteners). Could be a little more sour to balance the sweetness for my taste. If it were, I would have rated closer to 4.3-4.45.
Mouthfeel is medium-med. light. Med.-low carbonation is perfect and gives it a chewy, long lasting finish.
Over all a very well balance and flavorful Flanders reddish brown. Very Enjoyable. has a best by date on bottle but I am wondering how it ages.
According to Alvinne a blend of a lighter base beer with two different stouts aged at different ratios/intervals in oak casks.

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Photo of TheMadJack
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass. Did not decant yeast.

A: Cloudy brownish red with rusty yellow highlights at the edge. A faint buff head forms and quickly dissipates leaving a ring of foam at the edge of the beer and some 70% occlusion of the surface. The 8% alcohol is likely interfering with head retention, regardless, knocked a few points per BJCP style.

S: A balanced and nuanced nose of apple cider vinegar, pears, raspberries, cranberries, clove, orange rind, and wheat crackers.

T: Lemon juice, complete with citric sourness. Bread crust, cranberries. Perhaps a faint sense of the oak barrels the bottle advertises this has been aged in, but it's slight enough that I might be letting expectation lead my taste buds. The effect of the oak, if it is there, is of licking a wooden board rather than the complexities of a whisky.

F: Light, almost lagery, except almost entirely devoid of carbonation. The tartness helps to keep the mouthfeel elevated.

D: If you cut your Flemish Sour teeth on, say, Monk's Cafe, then this one is going to surprise you with it's unrepentant tartness. Sip it. It has a similar refreshing quality that one also finds in tomato juice with a squeeze of lemon, if you're into that. Which I am. Not a session beer, but worth pairing with a meal and having two or three over the course thereof.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.47/5  rDev -13%
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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

This one pours a slightly fizzy, moderately dark brown, with a very small head, and no lacing.

Smells like red wine, vinegar, cherries, oak, and lactic acid.

This is a little bit too vinegary to be entirely enjoyable for me. The vinegar dominates, with sour cherries, some sweet malt, and lactic acid. There's a little bit of oak, but not much barrel.

This is medium bodied, with a very tart and biting mouthfeel.

This was certainly interesting but had a few flaws.

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Photo of Roguer
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear brown brew topped by a tan head. Gusher of a brew; good head size; great retention and nice lacing.

Sharp, vinegar and oak aroma, laced with tannins and grape. A touch of caramel.

Tart flavor, but not overly so, really allowing the malt flavors to come through. Dark fruit and dark bread, oak and tannins, red grapes, and grainy brown sugar peeking through on the finish.

Very fizzy mouthfeel; slick and very drinkable. Nice sour qualities, puckering (especially on the finish), but very subdued.

This is a very nice Oud Bruin, bringing a lot of flavor to the table without being overwhelmingly tart.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter. Dark brown color with a tan head, some lacing on the glass, no head retention. Slight oak on the aroma and taste, was expecting a little more for a year, Slight vinegar at the front, some sourness, slight tart cherries, not big flavors but really good, finishes dry and sour, alcohol not very noticeable for 8%, medium mouthfeel. The sourness was a little subdued, was hoping for more, but this is still very good.

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Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Boise Coop. I was hoping the oak barrel aging would be more noticeable, but can't really detect any traces, other than the sour palate being slightly subdued. Dark brown pour with minimal head. Aroma and taste are pure sour, pit fruit sweetness. Taste is more raisins, plums, apricots and a hint of vinegar tartness. Mild finish

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Photo of dd43
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A wonderful Belgian Flanders sour ale. I wish I had the larger portion of the bottle I shared. Pours a lovely dark burgundy color, minimal head. Cherry notes and a slightly woody/barrel quality in the aroma and flavor. Slightly tart and appropriately lactic finish accentuated by the carbonation. Very nice, and don't be afraid of the yeast sediment in the dregs if you're into that sort of thing.

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Photo of mardolin
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a stemless snifter. Smells like I combined my trip to Cantillon with that to Neuhaus. Tastes like a great young gueze with a drop of old Rasputin. Great find for $5 at new beer distributors in NYC.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

$5.99 for 11.2 oz at Arrow Wine. Poured into a small stemmed flute.

Generally a clean tasting beer with a bit of cherry. Some sherry-like qualities without the high ABV. 3.75

A – Pours a brown, slightly reddish but clear with almost zero head. What little there was is tan. Coats the glass. Alcohol legs. Good body visually. 3.5

S – Sweet and sour, lactic, sour cherry, black cherry. 4

T – Malty sourness but not pucker sour, zero identifiable bitterness, woody/oaky/lactic finish. 4

MF – Medium body, slightly sweet, a little creaminess in the finish. 4.5

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Photo of constantine_272
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark brown with light brown foam. Speaking of foam, there was very very little. Seemed to be low on carbonation. Oh, and they layer of sediment at the bottom of the bottle was unreal!

S: bright red fruit and tart cranberry. Dark aging mahogany and rich black soil. Red wine vinegar. Smells a bit mellow.

T: Mellow woodiness of cedar and rain soaked oak starts off. That is short lived as the sweet and sour candy fires forward. Sourness is of raspberry, strawberry, cherry and cranberry. Long sour red wine flavor lingers with red wine vinegar that's both off putting yet intriguing. Despite the sour a low undertone of earth and rich leather persists. And finally a dry saltiness lingers ever so slightly of hazelnut.

F: Puckering tingly and a medium dryness.

O: Did not like on the first sip or two. I think that was just shock as I now think it was quite delicious. This thing needed to warm up a few degrees from fridge temps like most Belgians. This beer has just a crazy amount of flavor, and not just a one trick pony of just sour as it is nicely rounded by the earthy notes.

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Photo of brianmandell
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%

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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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque but lightly hazy very dark mahogany in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and light amber + crimson red highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy light beige head that quickly reduces to absolutely no head. No lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sour dark fruit (cherries), moderate aromas of vinegar/vinous red grapes, and a lighter aroma from the oak from the barrel aging.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of moderately to very tart/sour black cherries along with some light to moderate flavors of oak barrels and vanilla. There is a also a light flavor of vinous red grapes/vinegar. Overall, moderately tart which lingers beyond the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: A very interesting beer - some aspects of a BSDA but more of a Flanders Oud Bruin. Very enjoyable but not for the person that does not enjoy a good tart/sour beer.

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Photo of BMFR1811
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%

Purchased in order to use the dreggs to inoculate a saison homebrew that I am souring. Poured a very deep, dark burgundy. The aroma is similar to a red wine, light oak, this has a pleasant tartness, mouth puckering but not obscenely sour, a fizzy effervescence, that finishes with a smoky, charcoal, reminiscent of hickory smoke

Not a bad sour, not allagash coolship by any means but pretty good while I am away from Maine

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Photo of cjgiant
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brown, or a very deep burgundy, with fair amount of head.
The smell is pretty much as expected: a light tartness pervades. These tart notes are of Granny Smith and maybe a little lime also. I think I get some if the oak (but that could be power of suggestion, maybe even a hint of alcohol to remind me if bourbon, but very faint.

The beer is not overly sour, but it's far from weak, also. I think a nice amount of tart funkiness to drive the taste. I get the citrus bite a little more than in the smell, but do also get tart apple. This bite fades to a taste that I wish came on a little more. I do get a bit of woodiness, and it seems to want to have a little fig, but never quite gets there. The taste after this seems to fade pretty quickly, a light residual wood feel in the end.

This is a beer that won't overpower you, but has enough sour bite up front to be worthy of another try (although it was on the expensive side).

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Photo of Chico1985
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for sharing this at a sour-themed tasting. 2012 bottle.

A - Dark red pour with a beige head, so-so retention as a thick ring, leaves spots of lace.

S - Red wine grapes are the most prevalent, good amount of oak and general dark fruit (cherries, raisins) as well. Nice tartness and pretty decent strength overall.

T - A bit more going on here than the scent. Red wine still leads the way, a bit of the Podge showing through now with chocolate and roasty tones, blends nicely with the Flanders flavors. Medium tartness, light vinegar, some lactic sourness, oak, vanilla, raisins, cherry coke.

M - Somewhat lacking in the body, could be smoother. Some booze showing through, carbonation is fine, average drinkability.

O - Nice interesting flanders. The red wine barrel is nice, the stout notes are on the fainter end but also add a nice touch.

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Photo of cbutova
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing last night Dan. Fully reviewed at time of sampling.

Alvinne Cuvee Freddy Zymatore 2012 Batch 2

A- Poured from the 750ml to seven pint glasses for Sours and Saisons III 2014 with a pitch black body. Some brown around the edges upon further inspection. A creamy cap forms to about a finger with a light tan hue. Head retention is pretty low as the head dies to almost nothing after some time. Lacing is very sparse.

S- Vinous tart grapes off the top with that Sauvingnon and Zinfandel feel. A decent amount of roasty malts from the blended in stout. Lactic tartness leads me on to some sourness. Slight Belgian yeast spice and raisins.

T- Wine and Sour Ale base are the most prevalent elements of the flavor with a nice wine grape, lactic tart, oak tannin and apple presence. Belgian yeast spice comes out some more here with chocolate roast malts, lemons and raisins.

MF- Body consistency is somewhere between light and moderately thick. Texture is fizzy with a slight foamy and silky feel. Carbonation at a moderate level as tartness coats the palate.

Lots of nice flavors bouncing off of each other. The wine is probably most prevalent overall for me but the cocoa roast malts, sour ale and Belgian yeast balance out nicely to make a interesting, unique brew.

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