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Melchior "The Oak Melchior" | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Melchior "The Oak Melchior"Melchior "The Oak Melchior"

Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with Mustard Seeds & Aged In Oak Barrels

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of JayQue
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, medium brown color from a bomber into my Chimay goblet. Surprisingly big bubbly off-white head and lots of dark sediment in the bottom of the glass. Not much in the way of lacing but head retention is very good for an 11.0% beer. Aroma is malt, spices (primarily the mustard seed), and of course the oak. The flavor is similar and the barrel contents are displayed here too with the bourbon playing second fiddle to the sherry. A very enjoyable taste, pretty complex with a nice mix of flavors. Mouthfeel is rich, lively on the tongue with the spices and a little alcohol burn. Overall this is a very interesting slow sipper.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gusher and an oozer if not totally cold.

Cloudy tea coloured with some floaties. Excellent head retention and decent lacing.

Smells oaky, tart, and full of mustard seeds. Boozy too, as well as vinous.

The taste reflects the taste to a T. The booze is a bit harsh on the back of the throat but good mouthfeel overall.

I notice some malty sweet notes that remind me of a Barleywine.

Pretty good beer but it is a tad dear. Over $12 for 750mL? ? My Alaskan bombers are bigger but are 651 ml. This one WAS filled near to the top.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not the prettiest bottle, but let me tell you, the layers upon layers of complex flavors that this baby brings are unbelievable. Intense at first, there is bourbon, Belgian yeast, sherry wine, a bit of booze, and that weird ass and yet oh so damn good, mustard seed! Alvinne is constantly making insanely high quality Belgian styles and sometimes pushing the limits and they definitely did so here, and it worked beautifully well. 5 stars, for sure. A rare perfect beer.

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kerrie
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of REVZEB
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of, if not the first belgian pale I had that had been aged in oak barrels. The result is quite pleasant, with the various earthy aromas really taking the lead role. The feel was a little boozy burning at the end, reminding the drinker to sip slowly, and enjoy the rich layers

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MichaelLamb
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Semi-transparent orange body with a thick off-white head that is fueled by the carb.

Fruity and sweet off the bat. Bright citrusy orange, woody, wheaty.

Sweet blood orange flavor with some alcohol heat. Lotta that light fruit BPA ester going on.

Smooth and fairly heavy for the style. Almost creamy mouthfeel and some bubbly carb.

My second cognac barreled beer and I guess that's not the best for imparting spirit flava. Solid beer though.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of braugon
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of raythealeman
4.25/5  rDev +1%

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Soured fruit. Mustard seeds give this a tremendous earthiness to complement the oak.

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Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of tim21983
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of fortierv
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Jspriest
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from K&L Wines for $19.99, 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Golden amber color. A strange opaqueness from a light colored but heavy microscopic sediment floating throughout the beer. Pours a decent head initially with soapy bubbles that disappear quickly.

Smell: Oak, white wine, and brandy. Tart smelling. There’s something else there, but I don't think it's the mustard; maybe it’s vinegar. There's also a hint of honey.

Taste: I like the taste more than I like the smell. The calvados brandy is apparent, as is the oak. I can’t taste the mustard seed. This is good, but not great.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated. You can feel the 11% alchohol - not overpowering, but not hidden either.

Drinkability: This is a decent beer, but a bit tart for my liking.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit stemmed snifter. Poured a hazy yellow with a very minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, honey, dark fruit, alcohol, banana, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, honey, dark fruit, sweet alcohol, subtle wood, grape, banana, and mustard seed. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This one really came into its own as it warmed up to room temperature as a lot of the subtle flavors became more forward and made it much easier to drink. I was really intrigued by this brew due to the barrel treatment, but then I saw it was brewed with mustard seeds as well... How could I say no!? A definite must try for any fan of the style as this was a nice representation of it.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of Alvinne’s Oak Collection and aged 6 months in Calvados barrels that contained Calvados for 10 years and Cognac for 8 years.

Pours a cloudy grapefruit-yellow color with a small and super quick receding mostly white head. Smells of Belgium yeast, slight mustard notes and boozy heat complete the nose. First sip is very unique with mustard dominating the taste then finishing with a strong mustard burn. Bring on a Chicago Dog! Though the mustard taste is there up front it is not “in you Face” and after a few sips and slight pallet adjustment this beer’s uniqueness shines. Very lightly bodied but incredibly well carbonated to the point bubbles do an appreciated tongue dance. The 11% ABV is very well hidden. As this puppy warms oak notes appear that offset and balance well with the mustard seeds. More of the Belgium yeast also make their presence known but they are soft enough to not interfere with the mustard and oak flavors. The additional oak flavors are no match for that beautiful mustard burn finish that is slightly harsh but not at all too harsh. Can you say Masterpiece? I love when a brewery takes an 11% beer throws in Mustard seeds and age that beer in Calvados French oak barrels that also stored Cognac. Is this not what life is all about?

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Melchior "The Oak Melchior" from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 25 ratings