Cuvee Freddy | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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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
Ratings:
314
Reviews:
84
Avg:
4
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
16
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55
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Ratings: 314 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of stakem
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Farmer's Cabinet served in a small stemmed glass. This brew appears a dark brown with no head but some tan bubbles collect around the boarder of the glass when swirled. When held to the light, it shows ruby clarity through the browness of the body.

The smell of this brew is primarily balsamic vinegar. Very light on the fruited quality with a distinct lactic character that adds depth with some wild funky notes. Across the back of the brew evolves some smooth oak and vanilla which gets more pronounced as the brew warms.

The taste is sharp with an ackward acidity that mixes with a taste of dark balsamic vinegar. Some dark fruity quality I present but gets overtaken by acidity before really evolving into any distinguishable fruited flavor. The aftertaste continues to hint on dark fruits and mild malt character tasting a bit like chocolate.

This is a medium bodied brew with a low level of carbonation. The alcohol is hidden very well, it never once felt even near 8%. It has decent drinkability and a fair blend of flavors, overall not bad.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of AlexFields
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imbibehour
3.4/5  rDev -15%
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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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For a Flanders old brown, this is decent since it scratches on the surface of what the style could be. But unfortunately, there is really no longevity to the ride, at least not as much as I would think is appropriate. Sure, it hits on the chracteristics of the style very well, but it's gone before you know it and just too thin overall. Don't get me wrong, I like this beer, and it's nice. But if only it could have been just a little bit more, we'd be looking at an amazing beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.76/5  rDev -6%
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 Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks goes out to thebeers for the brew, NBS BIF#5

11.2 oz. Bottle
Best By: Apr 2020

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice clean/clear red/amberish color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/fizzy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with a nice touch of oak, tart, cherries. The taste is really nice, malty, yeasty, nice oakyness, tart, with some cherries. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty brew. Thanks Arthur!

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Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -4%
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 Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is toffee, lightly tart cherries and oak. Very inviting. The flavor is tart cherries, oak and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice, lightly sour beer that is very drinkable.

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Photo of Eziel
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BARFLYB
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split with Oglmcdgl and Dermopower.

A- Freddy has a dirty reddish brown look to itself with no apologies. Freddy does not boast alot of bubbles, just some soda pop like fizz on top leaving a trace cap of off white/tan foam.

S- A good amount of oak/wood under some malted barley and apple with a small amount of cherry coke, i swear to god. A small dark fruit component and trace vinegar.

T- Probably one of the tastiest Flanders Oud Brunes I've had recently, a style that got away from me. I like this because the vinegar is muted and it's nicely balanced between the oak and the dark fruits with cherry. The fruit wins a bit IMO. Trace amounts of vanilla.

M- This is probably the beers weak point, it has a mediumish feel with a small amount of bite. There is some carb present but the overrall flavor does not stick around for long. This gets bonus points for not being a vinegar bomb.

D- I think I might could drink a whole bottle of this if I tried, and I might one day. I gotta try that oak podge and the one brewed with mustard seed now.

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Photo of sd123
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brown body with minimal head and had a tart cherry aroma as well as some oakiness. Medium-bodied, smooth thanks to oak, slight sweetness on backend as well as some woodiness, dominant profile is tartness of the cherry and apple variety (mostly cherry). I like this beer as the sour/tartness is the dominant taste profile but by no means the only profile as there are some malts poking around in this beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 750, shared by gregoryG, a Flanders Brown aged in Burgundy barrels,

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black with light off-white head, a little fizzy, mild lace. One of the darkest Flanders beers I've ever seen.

S: Real nice acetic type acid and barrel character. The Burgundy is evident, complex inviting mix.

T: Dark berries - blackberries, black currants come to the forefront. Again, tasty acid, with a hint of roast and chocolate, almost tastes like a barrel aged stout.

M: Moderate acidity, thins out a bit towards the finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A quality sour beer here from Alvinne. Never thought I'd get to try it. Good drinkablity, I never knew it was 8%.

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Photo of Raziel313
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of sweemzander
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a very dark and murky purple to burnt sienna brown in color. Some semi transparent brown froth that dissipated quickly.

(S)- Very acidic with an inky-like dark fruit aroma. Lots of dank and dirty; almost smoky oak with subtle dark cocoa. Very vinegar-like throughout. A very intense aroma for the style, but I like it.

(T)- Not quite as intense as the smell was, but with very similar characters. A great underlying acidic and vinegar-like sourness. The fruits are extremely dark like plum, prune, cassis, yet quite dirty/inky-like with a subtle smokiness that pokes through with dark cocoa and oak. Finishes very dry.

(M)- Very very subdued carbonation level, but with its vibrant acidity it really is not missed all that much. A very deep and dark rendition of the style with subtle sweetness despite all the acidity and very dirty/smoky oak.

(O)- I can see why not many would like this one, but I certainly do. Like I mentioned before, this is the darkest/deepest take on the style I have had with it being almost so earthy, I do get essences of actual dirt; strange but enjoyable somehow. It is really not much to look at, but the rest of this beer shines.

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Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, dark reddish-brown with 1/4 inch head. Taste is sour mix, dark cherry, and merlot. Slightly sour, prickly, medium light bodied, and low carbonation. I believe Alvinne makes some of the tastiest Belgian beers available in the U.S. and this one is no exception. Hits all the right notes in the style. Nice beer to sit with and sip. Well worth seeking out if you like the style.

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Photo of weeare138
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to hopdog and Dixie Normous for sharing this piece of art.
Appears a deep dense, mahogany with small off white cap with spotty bits of lacing around the glass.
Smell is of red wine, vanilla, tart bits of apple, berries, and funk.
Taste is of the aromas with strawberries and funky wine.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with a tad bit of tartness pulling through.
Really nice stuff. Wish I had more.

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Photo of avalon07
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark brown color and thick texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity aroma of cherries, malt, and an almost vinous quality.

T: Tasted of malt, cherries, a woody component, yeast, and that vinous element. Fairly sour and generally well made flavor. Very fruity.

M: This is a beer in need of some carbonation (surprising considering Belgians are usually well-carbonated. Smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: In spite of some rough spots, this is a drinkable beer.

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Cuvee Freddy from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
4 out of 5 based on 314 ratings.
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