Cuvee D'Erpigny | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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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
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0
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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 27
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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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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Nat1975
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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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%

Photo of Pencible
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle cap printed: 709 Mei 2014 Lot 511
Reviewed 02/2012

A: This poured a murky copper with no head at all. Bottle didn't hiss when I popped the top either...maybe infected?
S: It smelled like rum soaked raisin and earthy wheat bread, with some copper and fresh oak and fig newton and toffee. Definitely not infected.
T: It tasted like earthy honey wheat and sweet toffee, with fig newton and french oak, and a little copper and rum raisin. It had a sweet and clean aftertaste that was surprisingly mellow.
M: It was oily and slick, with almost no carbonation. Strange body.
D: This was a nice unique beer with great malty quad character modified with wine barrel aging. It seemed at least a couple years old, or maybe it just had a faulty bottle cap that accelerated the oxidization. Either way, I really liked the scent and taste, but not so much the flat body. The alcohol was hidden crazy well, so it was very easy to drink, although worth sipping. Very enjoyable to try once, at least.

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Photo of TheBishopco
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rtepiak
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

have this at cellar as it hides the adv so fantastically for its youth. This is a food beer no doubt as it is alcohol tanin tough. This is a youthful gale prize old ale. Pours the same for those that know. Not much foam. Almost nothing after the initial go. Very very lean feel for something this strong. Nose is very minimal for something this big. Just wine notes and dark fruit subtlities. Palate is meek but dangerously drinkable. Almost small in the face of food. Still... It tingles. Its has fortified grape qualities... And tobacco. Sunflower seed... And where that came from i don't know. It is trying at meaty. But grain influenced. Peach finish... And twig cedar wine accent. Big... Not bold. I just don't know they did it.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a FFF/Intelligentsia snifter.

A - Pours pretty much still - there's a few big bubbles from a hard pour. Murky orange-brown body.

S - Huge white wine and barrel influence. Sweet grapes - similar to the Sauternes beer I had from Nørrebro, but without the wild yeast. Malt sweetness comes through, Belgian yeast, and a hint of grain alcohol.

T - Huge grape and sweet vinous character, some toasted grains, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, and significantly better alcohol here. The combination of Montbazillac, barrel, and quad works extremely well.

M - Medium-full body, low alcohol heat, no carbonation, and a super-tannic barrel influence. Reminds me a bit of the BFM beers, in that the lack of bubbles doesn't bother me.

D - This was actually quite delicious. Definitely a sipper, but one I'd gladly have again if it weren't so dang expensive. Probably the best Alvinne offering I've had.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Mar02x
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer from the brewer on the Delta beer festival on the 20th of March 2011.

A - Nice dark amber/red with a nice yellowish head. The fluid looks really appealing to me.

S - Smell of fruits and a bit wine like. A superb lovely sweet smell.

T - Nice sweet fruity taste along with malt syrup. The depth of this beer very good and amazing. The alcohol goes to my head like a rocket to the moon. This beer drinks way to easy for a fifteen percent, it is illegal!

M - The soft carbonation is a delight for my palate. No bitterness in the finish.

O - You feel this one going to your head like a race horse going for the finish line. This one is a knocker! Beautiful drinkable beer, worth buying. But I wouldn't call it a quad.

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Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high head that never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits are present in the nose along with strong notes of sweet wine from the barrel aging.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that that the flavors of oak and sweet wine are stronger
M: It files medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely drinkable for its strength and the style because it hides its alcohol very well.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Alvinne Craft Beer Festival in Belgium, March 2011. Reviewed from notes.

Body is translucent copper. Minimal head, just a ring of bubbles.

Smells malty, fruity, and of old wood.

Tastes of concentrated caramelized malt with a great vinous character. This is very sweet and definitely has the mark of a sweet French wine from it's aging in Montbazillac barrels.

Body is medium to slightly viscous from the sugars, and a rather flat mouthfeel. Definitely more of a desert wine.

An unusual beer that is pretty tasty but really only drinkable in small quantities due to its high sweetness and alcohol level. The alcohol tastes surprisingly low in this beer. I would not describe this as a quadruple, it is really more like an old ale or a barleywine.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of WanderingFool
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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