Cuvee Freddy | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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309 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Belgium
alvinne.be

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ShadesOfGray on 07-15-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
309
Reviews:
82
Avg:
4
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
56
For Trade:
2
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4.76/5  rDev +19%

Photo of constantine_272
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
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 -13.8%

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 +0.5%
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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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.77/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of BMFR1811
3.96/5  rDev -1%

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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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +5%

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2.6/5  rDev -35%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.4/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of cjgiant
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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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Cuvee Freddy from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
4 out of 5 based on 309 ratings.
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