Cuvee D'Erpigny | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Cuvee D'ErpignyCuvee D'Erpigny
BA SCORE
87.5%
Liked This Beer
4.11 w/ 80 ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
80
Liked:
70
Avg:
4.11/5
pDev:
9.49%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
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 brentk56
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Phyl21ca
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of light Cognac notes with balanced sweet malt. Taste is a nice mix between some Cognac notes with well balanced sweet notes with a solid malt backbone. Light dry fruit esters are also pleasant. Body is quite full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nice drink to end the evening.

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

Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a flat, cloudy amber color. Intense sugar and caramel aroma along with wood, vanilla, and white wine. Mild dark fruit notes, mostly raisin and plum. The flavor is almost cloyingly sweet. Heavy on the wine and vanilla and oak. Just as heavy on the brown sugar and caramel, too. Lots of dark fruits and maybe a touch of oxidation. Just way too sweet.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.15/5  rDev +1%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 MasterSki
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
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 ShanePB
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of yourefragile
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle shared by GT.

Pours a still, clear cola-copper with trace amounts of head and no lace. Nose starts off artificial, phenolic and plastic with some plum, raisin, port and brown sugar. Syrupy, slick medium thick body with light carbonation and a strong warming finish. Flavor is very sweet and sugary, caramel, red wine, plum, vanilla, and grape skin. A few ounces was tolerable, but too sweet and boozy overall.

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Photo of corby112
3.14/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that's completely opaque and almost completely still with a minimal bubbly head that immediately fades away. No retention or any lacing to speak of.

Vinous, boozy aroma with a strong barrel presence that's countered by dark fruit and sweet malt. Really boozy smelling with some dry oak and a prominent red wine presence. Some toasted oak with a strong grape character followed by burnt sugars, cinnamon, caramel, toffee, plum and fig.

Medium bodied and slightly syrupy with a blast of sweet, boozy heat that gives way to the barrel character and sweet malt notes as it warms. Subtle toasted oak and coconut but the wine presence is really strong with lots of grape, currant and other dark berries. Underneath, there is some burnt sugar, caramel and toffee with some more vinous dark fruit toward the finish. As the palate adjusts, the heat becomes less intense but it remains incredibly sweet.

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

Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Pencible
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Cuvee D'Erpigny from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Beer rating: 87.5% out of 100 with 80 ratings
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