Bolleville Calvados
Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Bolleville CalvadosBolleville Calvados
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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #275
Ranked #30,401
3.73 | pDev: 15.28%
Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Very Good
Bolleville CalvadosBolleville Calvados
Notes: The Mano Negra Ale was aged for 6 months in Calvados barrels. These barrels contained Cognac for 10 years and Calvados for 8 years. We named this beer after the place where we found them in the French Cotentin.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 17
Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice complex barrel-aged sour offering.

Presentation: 750 cl brow capped bottle. Convoluted design of a glossy label with a b/w image of the aging barrels and a digital embroidery in light colors over an off-purple background. Side paragraph mentions aging process and background. Cap Notes Jun 2016 Lot 9JN. Shows 1o% Alc. by Vol. Poured in a snifter.

A - Deep dark brown pour, rich one finger of creamy head with medium retention nice surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Sour and tart nose, with fruit/apple nose emerging with a woody edge…

T - And the flavor offers a long oaken sourness which threats to cross the line but while very assertive never pushes that limit. Raw apple cider, wood, oak with vinous notes, calvados does a nice flow with the sourness, maybe a tad too subtle, some caramel holding it up

M - Medium body with soft carbonation, rather creamy and smooth feel leading to the lingering soft sourness in the finish.

O - It actually grows on you, quite a nice sipper.

Notes: I guess one needs to have some affinity for sours to enjoy this one, and in that context it works rather well. It is not exactly what I was expecting but that is fine.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark brown color with very little head. The nose is tart and acetic, and just weird. The normal strong Belgian beer characteristics come through such as raisins, caramel, and sugar. There is a bit of oak and some apple-like fruit, maybe a touch of vanilla (must be the Calvados). Acetic and also a touch of acetone on the flavor, which pretty much ruins it. Sweet dark sugar and fruit with some wood and vanilla flavors, but overall, pretty much a dud.

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Photo of corby112
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark dark brown color that's appears almost black and completely opaque in the glass with slight plum hues and a thin off-white head that immediately disappears. Not much in the way of lacing.

Sweet, vinous aroma with a strong barrel presence and lots of dark fruit notes. Subtle earthy oak and vanilla but the calvados character is very prominent with lots of sweet booze, caramel apple and pear. Along with the barrel character, there is some faint spice and vinous dark fruit.

Medium bodied with very faint carbonation, strong calvados barrel and vinous dark fruit notes. The barrel presence is strong up front with toasted oak and spirit flavor without much heat (until the finish) along with some apple, pear and fig. This is countered by sweet, vinous dark fruit notes, especially grape, currants and blueberry. The ABV is well masked until the finish where there is some subtle warmth in the chest. Pretty quaffable but could use more oak to balance out the sweetness.

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Photo of patm1986
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

dark brown. no head, however, there's a tan foamy residue swimming atop the body. looks thin, juice-like.

funky. did not expect these mild funk and metallic aromas at all. applewood smoky, wood chip, a really mild stench of brandy, however, it's not as prominent, as there's more of a bretty aroma tagging along behind it. there's also some clover honey and a little coffee.

tastes like lead or steel, oud brown/dubbel tartness, granny smith apple, pork--weird really--and an earthy grape tartness. there really isn't much booze on the nose though.

thin. very thin. not very pleasantly palatable. slimey even, but it does finish very dryly.

really interesting flavors and aromas that i was not expecting. when i thought calvados, i was really expecting something bigger, hotter even, with more body and more sweetness--influenced mainly from the JW Lees series. though it is 10%, none of it really showed up.

note: sediment at bottom produced a really frothy, brown head, and the flavor intensified with notes more sour, bitter, sweet, funky, fruity, and even fishy. interesting beer.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pour is dark like with a brownish edge. Cloudy. Looks like an poorly filtered american porter with some lace of mocha. The nose has that calvados wood and sour apple belgian yeast. Palate is almonds, cocoa, and grape down to the tanins. There is a very delicate lambic funk that lingers. This is in turn an excellent dark for the sour minded. No pun intended. There is a ton of wonderful in between flavors. Apple, whiskey malt warmth but smooth dry ash kicker.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From cap: BOLLEVILLE 365
ART 2015 Lot 374

Be careful with this one - I opened the bottle and the beer literally gushed out of the top like a geyser! Not a good first impression at the price...

Purchased at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee at $17.49 for a 1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottle.

A: opaque, black color with thin lacing tan-colored head
S: definite wood-aged quality and alcohol, nice
T: very interesting taste - at first I thought it was dominated by EtOH but it really was the flavors from the wood - very woody, EtOH there also - deep, dense burnt malt - warming and rounded with nice malt base - interesting and not bad, just not something worth the price
M: dense, wood, slight astringency, rounded with malt
D: Okay but nothing I'd buy again

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer with the people at Fork & Barrel, thanks for the shot guys. Served in a small snifter.

Bolleville is a dark beer pretty much bordering on black but id say a dirty muddled dark brown with a nice amount of off white bubbles on top for a while. Not incredibly sticky on the glass though. Smell is a treat with dark fruit and some licorice plus apple out the bazoonk. Taste is apple up front with a slight tartness to it, quite interesting. Under that some plums and grapes with a small amount of sweet sugars, roasted malts and something I cant quite discern. A small amount of chocolate is noted. Feel is pretty much medium, I expected a bigger body but this feels even lighter than it looks. Carbed up well out of the bottle with a stinging sensation towards the back hand side. I could probably go for more of this in the future, if i can find it, this one is probably on the rare side. Good stuff.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark brown, opaque with a mild off-white head. Mild lace.

S: Apples are apparent for sure (Calvados), notes of fig jelly, chocolate.

T: Taste is predominatley a dark fruit and chocolate mix, some cherry licorice notes. The barrel is really only there in a malic acid type taste, more than actual apple flavour. Interesting mix of tastes.

M: A tad on the thin side, but nice and tart, the mild acidity gives a good body to this brew. Very low carbonation.

D: Never had a Calvados barrel aged beer before. The flavours I got were real nice, it'd be cool to see another one. I found this one an enjoyable slow sipper.

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Photo of clegolfski
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Ebenezer's Belgian Beer Fest

I may be incorrect about the availability. I tried to look at the website an could not figure it out.

From light notes and memory.

Dark brown with a reddish hue and a small off-white head. Aroma has an earthy funkiness to it. Decent mouth feel with a complex musty taste to it. Not too dissimilar to Pretty Things 1832 if you are familiar with it. I liked this beer but I think it may have been overpowered by some of the superstars earlier in the night.

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Bolleville Calvados from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 17 ratings