Cuvee Freddy | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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319 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

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Added by ShadesOfGray on 07-15-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,240
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
319
pDev:
9.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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18
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Ratings: 319 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of TheMadJack
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -13.5%
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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Photo of nakedasajbird
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DBosco
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of justme
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mtn
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
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 xtonytx
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
4.21/5  rDev +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 wonothesane42
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jfcaa193
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brolo75
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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 cheah
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Durge
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
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 Dominic_Decoco
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirt286
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Grodd87
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ja09
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LAND_MINE
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kikitastrophe
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrMeerbill
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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Photo of lunarbrew
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jon4than
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cuvee Freddy from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 319 ratings
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