Cuvee D'Erpigny | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Cuvee D'ErpignyCuvee D'Erpigny

Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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.

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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 27
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3.78/5  rDev -8%
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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3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.15/5  rDev +1%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
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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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3/5  rDev -27%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of REDAMI
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Ivory head that dissipates quickly. Dark color as expected from a quad.

S - Sharp, wine-like woody nose.

T - Smokey wood, sweet malts, and fig with an alcohol bite. Some spice, but nothing overpowering.

M - Very powerful alcohol warmth. Creamy malt on the palate.

The wine barrel oak provides a nice smokey flavor which is not as overpowering as most oaked beers. This is a trade-off as you lose some of the standard Belgian Quad candy qualities. Not a beer I would drink regularly, but it's a nice beer to savor on occasion. Certainly one of the better oaked beers I've ever had.

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Cuvee D'Erpigny from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 80 ratings