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Wild West | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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3.94/5
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182 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
182
pDev:
11.42%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
27
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 182 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of edwardbreton
1.44/5  rDev -63.5%

Photo of Rhettroactive
1.5/5  rDev -61.9%

Photo of billab914
2/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.7/5  rDev -31.5%
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 tendermorsel
2.88/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Borfets 2012.

As stated below this is not a Gueuze but a soured wild ale. No spontanious fermetation here.

blond with minimal head. kind off smelling. a bit of sour and garbage. very one dementional. straight up sour. no balance.

Not the best Alvine beer by anymeans.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.91/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Best by January 2019.

Pours flat, with almost no head. The body itself is a slightly murky copper color. Not a good look.

There are some interesting aromas coming through...not all of them good. There are touches of lime, lemon, cherry, peach, and Greek yogurt, but some additional touches of sulfur and cardboard that spoil things. As it opens up - or I get used to the odd funk, one of those two - the bad notes disappear and the nuanced lacto comes to the forefront. Touches of oak barrel also shows up. It becomes quite appealing after sitting for a while, but it REALLY needs to sit for a while before that occurs.

The flavor here is all about the lacto. Notes of oak, vanilla, and red wine open it up. The lacto shows nice nuance around the middle with Greek yogurt, cherry, and lemon. However, it goes a little overboard near the finish, injecting some spoiled milk, vinegar, and eggs (I won't say rotten eggs, though) into the mix. The aftertaste is a bit cardboardy, too. This one (though complex) seems excessively weird and scattershot - some flavors work, others don't.

Yep, this one is flat like a straight lambic. Despite the extremely timid carbonation, it finishes dry due to the intense sourness and parching oak tannins. Come to think of it, the flat texture is almost necessary in order to keep it from being any sharper or firmer in body than it already is. It's even dry to the point of being harsh.

An odd beer. Nor do I find it particularly great. It's interesting in that many different flavors are occurring, but at no point does anything seem cohesive or balanced. If I were to try it again, I'd probably look for a younger bottle.

2.91/5: Wild isn't necessarily good

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Jimmys
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle. crown indicates "WWE APR 2019 Lot: 687". I think. I assume I could have set this down a while...

opens as a bit of a gusher. I can see the yeast coming from this bottle, which is a bit disappointing as they could of had a better grasp of their conditioning levels. ah, the show shall go on though!

A: pours very, very hazy. a brownish, orange hue. the small glass I am using lets me try again in about 20 minutes. same result. also I should note that this bottle has been vertically standing in my fridge for the last several weeks. minimal head and lacing.

S: sulfur is the first aroma I get and a lot of it. after getting past the sulfur, which takes some concentration, a nice aroma of barny funk and light acidity greats.

T: sulfur follows to the drink, but then the acidity starts to kick in with a little more balls. barny yes, but not too heavy on it. more puckering acidic flavor balanced by some woody oak notes. finish dries up, but not bone dry as I detect a minor residual sweetness. There is some Cowtail (the candy)-like flavors in the middle that I cannot quite put my finger on. interesting to say the least.

M: pretty vibrant carb on a medium bodied brew.

D: needs some cleaning up in the packaging and sulfur component, which was WAYYY to high for a brew like this IMO. I sampled this in the store I purchased it at and liked it a lot more then, however I also didn't get this sulfur nonsense then. also also, the bottle the sir opened did not spew on my table.

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Photo of Raziel313
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of retry4z
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Somehow misses the mark, although has abundant berry and peach and lime flavor.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, fruit, funk, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has an odd quality in the smell that I can't put my finger on.

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Photo of EuphonicHops
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of jayluf
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of TallSaint
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Takashi
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jonada
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Best before April 2018. Served in a wine glass

Appearance: Pours a bright copper orange color with a dusting of off white foam that dissipates instantly with no retention or lacing. Body is lightly hazy with some light visible carbonation.

Smell: Red wine barrel, lactic tartness, oak, funk, light cheesiness.

Taste: Big lactic sourness, red grape, acidic, oak, sour cherry. Sourness is high.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with light carbonation. Finishes with a lingering mouth puckering sourness.

Overall: Good but not great. The lactic presence is a bit overpowering, but there's still some nice flavors that shine through. Worth a try, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy amber yellow in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. A hard pour resulted in a finger high white head that completely vanished in under 30 seconds and then looked like apple cider.
S: Faint aromas of yeast and red wine are present in the nose. The smell strengthens as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a little sour and has light notes of red wine from the barrel aging.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) and rather tart on the palate with little if any carbonation.
O: This beer grows on you and the smell and taste improve as it warms up. It's not that sour but the tartness will slow you down. There wasn't much carbonation so I assum this is because it has been aging for a few years.

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Photo of taospowder
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThreeLions
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with Hab11

A: Wow. What a perfect appearance. Poured into my Night Shift tulip a deep blood orange color. I know that it was aged in Bordeaux barrels but I wasn't expecting such a rich color from a blond ale. Deep ruby, blood orange color.

S: Tart. Not overwhelmingly so though. Aromas of raspberries and sour cherries up front. Again, not overpowering. Nice lactic smell, not acetic. Hints of wood are there in the background. Nice oak presence to round out the fruity lead.

T: Right out of the gate my saliva glands went crazy. My mouth was full of saliva but surprisingly this beer isn't overpoweringly sour. Nice amount of sour character here. Good vinous taste from the Bordeaux but not getting much oakiness. This is quite an interesting beer here. Good mix of lactic acid, red fruits like raspberries, sour cherries and red grapes. Very drinkable. Not too sour but it's definitely well represented.

M: This is a tricky one. Little to no carbonation, no head. Not sure how to handle the mouth. I don't have any specific complaints about the mouth but it's nothing special either. It's simply okay.

Overall: I like this beer. I've had several offerings from Alvinne and this would have to be the most balanced of them all. Their sours are generally aggressive but this is just the right amount. It's there but in a good moderation. Superb appearance, really nice smell, great taste and an okay mouth. Glad I picked this one up. I'd had it years ago and was hoping my palate hadn't changed too much. Will purchase again for sure.

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Photo of LAND_MINE
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Wild West from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 182 ratings
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