Wild West | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Belgium
alvinne.be

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Golden blond ale brewed with our own hops and fermented with our Morpheus house yeast. Aged in wooden Bordeaux red wine barrels for eight months.

Added by DARIVA on 04-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
178
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 178 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by tobelerone:
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

stunning, perhaps the best i have had from these guys, and i have loved all of their beer. this one is a lot of fun, sour sour blonde, lacto heavy, highly acidic, tannic, intense. the color is a cloudy pale tinted orange yellow, and a rising white head recedes to patchy spotty lacy as it drinks and sits. the nose is sharply, even caustically acidic, it almost doesnt smell like a beverage in that way, with the mature lacto having taken over almost entirely. the grain seems wheat and barley based, has some body, but is rather obscured in the flavor. the red wine barrels do a lot here, they add tannic tang to the already very sour beer, and there is a rich oaky red wine flavor buried in all the sourness. this is wild ale for the connoisseur, not for the beginner, its intensity and complexity both make it rather unapproachable for the unaccustomed. i love all its carbonation, and the acidity without the vinegar taste is a mark of brilliance for me. the oak profile is nice, obviously a quality wine was in this barrel prior to the brew. sediment gets heavy as the bottle pours down, but the flavor keeps evolving. not sure how i passed this up so long, but i am real glad it finally got to happen, what an impressive take on wild ale. all the nuance of good gueuze, with the wine barrel twist. world class.

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Photo of braugon
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at bu11zeye's 10,000th tasting.

The beer pours an orange-yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a light amount of tartness, as well as some leather, Belgian yeast and lemon notes. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of tart lemons, as well as some green apples and cherries. There is also a nice amount of yeast and some lighter, biscuit malt thrown in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy orangish copper with just about no head on top. Only a slight ring around the edges of the glass. Doesnt seem to have much visible carbonation.

S: Right off the bat you get a nice sour aroma with lactic like qualities. The oak seems to add a mellowness to the aroma. Lambic like fruitiness.

T: Real balanced yet highly sour brew. The Morpheus yeast does add a solid dose of lactic acid reminiscent of a lambic. The oak and wine characteristics add depth to the brew with a fruity vanilla blend. Red wine flavors linger in the aftertaste. Adding in the yeast toward the end yields a much more earthy flavor.

M: Medium body with just about zero carbonation. This is one dry brew with the sour aspect puckering you up as well.

Overall this is a solid sour that really shows what yeast can do for a beer. Something any sour fan needs to try.

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Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of bconsidine
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisCBeets
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.7/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a deep orange, amber body. Strangely and disturbingly viscous. Floating bits float about in it.

Smell - Apple-y fruitiness. Caramel malt. Mild acidity. Some oak.

Taste - Much more sour, but still apple flavored. Sour green apple flavor. Oak. Caramel malt.

Mouthfeel - Slick, mucousy, very viscous. Truly odd and unpleasant.

Overall - Objectively, the flavor isn't that bad, but I have difficulty separating the flavor from the incredibly bad texture.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hand and Foot.
Comes in a clear amber color with a tiny, quickly disappearing head and no lacing.
Smells intensely sour! Smells like sour cherries, Apple cider vinegar, deep barnyard funk, and lemon peel. A bit of oakiness, too.
Tastes upfront of juicy lemon, sour cherries, lemon candy, and sour milk. Dries out on the mid-palate with apple vinegar, funk, and straw. Finishes bone dry with lingering lemon, cherry, and oak tannins.
Feel is light, but nicely carbonated, sour, and dry. Very drinkable.

Overall, a very good sour. Highly recommended for any sourhead.

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Photo of zonker17
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured to 2 small tulips. Very active carbonation on pour producing large head, which dissipates quickly, but a stream of bubbles up the middle continue to ripple the surface well after pour. Hazy and deep golden amber color. Nose of lacto and wine barrel. Very sour, dry, and all lactic. Some other flavors from the wine barrel creep in but it's mostly sour. Body is a bit thin and carbonation is extreme.

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Photo of ConradKenney
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mongrel
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has a minerallic/vinous/shock-tarts flavor profile that's reminiscent of a lot of Crooked Stave beers, just a little watered down. If the flavor profile is a little watered down, the mouthfeel is a lot watered down - almost flat and just not rounding out the experience like you would hope.

Finishes really dry and oaky. Like maybe overly oaky.

The aroma is the standout here - bright, lemony and funky. But the rest of the beer doesn't fall into place very well.

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Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Antyk
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ElderBeagle
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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Wild West from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
3.88 out of 5 based on 178 ratings.
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