Cuvee D'Erpigny | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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80 Ratings
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Cuvee D'ErpignyCuvee D'Erpigny
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Belgium
alvinne.be

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This full-bodied dark ale has been aged in Monbazillac wine barrels for several months.

Added by aasher on 07-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
80
Reviews:
27
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.88%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tertullian007
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of WynnO
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of AlexFields
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks like I held onto this one for a while. Brewed in 2011, I had it on Jan 7th 2017. Pours a clear, bright amber color from a 16.9 oz bottle into a goblet. Only a few big bubbles (no color) at the top of the glass. The bubbles fade fast and there is no lacing. Not that surprising in a beer this potent. Aroma and flavor feature sweet malt..probably malt and some candi sugar and some mild oak bitterness. I'm surprised that a Quad this strong don't have a more pronounced and complex flavor. The beer as it stands is tasty enough and that, paired with the rich, smooth mouthfeel, make this one a winner. There is no alcohol "burn" or harshness with this beer. The long aging may have tamed it, but I don't think this was ever that boozy. As many raters mentioned, this is a good "dessert" beer,

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Photo of Crittervision
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml split four ways with Vincent and two Canadiens on a serious beer trip. Snifter at Kulminator on 11 August 2011.

Practically copper, with an off-white spider web of head held tight by a ring of bubbles around the glass. 

Smell is fruity and floral. Alcoholic spice and a nice touch of butter. Add to that a hoppy bitterness, and it reminds me of an American barleywine. 

I can't shake the thought of American barleywine as I drink this. Those characteristics dominate the taste, with spirit-soaked oak and vegetables as a small side. 

The mouthfeel is pleasant and lively. Quite right. 

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Photo of Brabander
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We had a grand beertasting a few days ago thanks to Mar02x. A new BA member with a great mind on beer.

This was a surprise kind of a bottle.

Poured in a normal winelike glass. Ambercoloured beer with one finger head. Taste is sweet, a bit too sweet. Fruity. I would not see this beer as a quad.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to raveskdr for sharing this one. Served in an Alvinne snifter.

Pours a fairly-clear copper-brown with a short off-white head that goes away fairly quickly.

The nose brings quite a hefty amount of malt with notes of bread, brown sugar, and caramel. There's a bit of dark fruit in the background.

Flavor has a long sweetness with plenty of malt, though surprisingly little alcohol given the ABV of this one. Body is full and a bit creamy with light carbonation.

Nicely done.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big shoutout goes out to my doppelganger for sharing this one with me! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured red-orange with a very minimal light tan head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, caramel, sweet alcohol, and peat. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, wood, and peat. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Despite the flavor nothing being very complex, it makes up for it with overall smoothness. I usually dread beers when I smell peat on them as it is one of the flavors I usually don't enjoy. However, this one incorporated the flavor of the peat quite nicely with the rest of the brew. The caramel was a pretty nice touch to help with this. Worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of cbutova
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Been waiting to crack this one open for a long while now. Alvinne certainly knows how to experiment and brings original stuff to the table.

A- Poured into two mini snifters from the 330ml bottle. Immediately notice that the carbonation is pretty much missing, no foam or head at all, looks like a wine more than anything. No lace of course.

S- Mellowed oak barrels and wine fruits pretty much make up a bulk of the nose to me. Some of the oak has become vanilla and reminds me of Bourbon or Rum just a bit. Notes of apples, tons of grapes, slight lemon tarts, raisin, brown sugar, rum and deep sweet malts. Funky.

T- I've never had Monbazillac wine before but the tart fruity grapes really open up lending something that could be seen as sour, but I think it's just fruit flavors. Below the grapes is a lot. Malts lend a lot of caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Oak flavor is fresh and quite ripe. Some Belgian yeast spice like a Quad or BSDA but not very prevalent above the grapes and raisins. Malt base reminds me of a Barleywine.

MF- Thick and somewhat oily body with almost no carbonation, pretty much none. Texture is somewhat watery because of the lack of bubbles but the thickness makes up for it a bit, very much like a strong wine.

Alcohol is obscenely hidden. If this is truly 15%, I am not sure how they got it like this, no heat or alcohol flavor. The wine barrels give off a huge amount of flavor above a nice malty and Belgian yeast influenced base.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost completely carbonationless copper color with maybe 60 bubbles present after the pour. Smells only of boozy super-sweet malts with some minor yeast notes peaking thru. First sip hits you with a total lack of carbonation with a ton of fruits – mostly pears and some dark plums dominating. Candy sugars and oak add to the finish. This is boozy for sure but not as much as one would think for a 15% beer. Mouthfeel is awful due to the complete lack of carbonation. This is certainly a flaw that could have been rectified through bottle conditioning. Still worth drinking and overall pretty damn good.

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Photo of daveytheformer
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Not one I've seen around much, so I decided to give it a try...
Poured from 1 pint 6.9 fl oz bottle into snifter.
"Ale aged in wine oak barrels"
Bottle cap dated "Mei 2014"

Aroma: Caramel, rum, apple (not cidery at all), and a bit of clove-like spice in the background. Smells great!

Appearance: Iced tea, reddish-brown color, pours like a cask ale-- virtually no head.

Flavor: Sweet carmel. Raisin. Alcohol is evident, but VERY will concealed. Some light bitterness appears at the finish to provide balance

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation (almost looked flat). Medium-full, almost chewy) body.

Overall: Pretty darn tasty. Bottle label mentiones that the brew ws aged in Monbazillac. (An internet search tells me that this is a sweet, white French varietal.) Definitely a sipper based on alcohol strenth. Could become a bit syrupy and cloying, but doesn't separate too far from the style. (label gives fair warning that this is a dessert beer.) I can't remember how far this bottle set me back, but it was worth the try. Hope you get the chance to try sometime.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

This beer is aged in sweet white wine barrels for several months and according to the label, is "ideal as a dessert beer". The wine used for barrel aging is Montbazillac.

375ml bottle. This beer pours a very cloudy and syrupy dark gold in color with a light white lacing around the rim of my glass. In the bottle it appeared to be an amber color and thinner in body than the pour so it was a welcomed surprise. The aromas were faint and subtle. All I could pull were hints of honey, oak, and a riesling esque, grape like sweetness. The flavors are very sweet and heavy on sweet grapes and honey. It's very complex and interesting. The viscosity and sweetness pair to make this one a sipper. The lower carbonation also help give this a syrupy, glass coating consistency. Notice I didn't say anything about the 15% abv, because this one drinks like it's closer to 5%! Overall this is indeed a dessert beer and an interesting one at that. Finishing off an entire bottle would be difficult due to the sweetness. I'm glad I shared it with a few friends.

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Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Nat1975
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky amber with very little head though it does leave some spotty dots behind

Smell: Caramel, fruity wine grapes and some oak

Taste: Opens with the caramel but quickly adds a vinous character from the white wine barrels in the mid-palate; the sweeter elements come through, after the swallow, bringing a dark fruit and oak character along with it

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation

Overall: An interesting quad that keeps the sweetness in check and hides the alcohol well

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of danbar
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jim_carignan
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Cuvee D'Erpigny from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
4.05 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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