Cuvée de Mortagne | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Cuvée de MortagneCuvée de Mortagne
Cuvée de MortagneCuvée de Mortagne

Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Land van Mortagne, aged on oak Pomerol wine barrels.

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 94
Photo of Sammy
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

big wine character. looks like a dark strong Belgian. sweet aroma. old enough that yeast fell away. coca cola spices.port like with hints of chocolate.

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Photo of crosenkrantz
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BBF 2020

Smell is similar to a mild sweet wine. Palate is dominated by gentle sweet caramel flavors, but very aromatic and complex. No alcohol. It contains species and some vanilla and wood too. They are is difficult to tell apart. Bitterness is better appreciated in the aftertaste, easy to discover. The aftertaste is long and very enjoyable, also similar to a dessert wine.
It has a medium body, I found it very suitable for this beer.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My bottle says 12.8 % but nevermind.

L - dark brown, no head

S - Amazing smell with great Bordeaux red wine notes : leather, red berries, spices. Some dark fruits notes, some esters, I could smell that all day

T - Funny taste with caramel, dates, figs, a certain sweetness is balanced by the characteristic Morpheus yeast tartness. Less exciting than the smell

M - almost flat, a bit syrupy

O - An unique beer, a mix between a quadrupel, an oud bruin and a barleywine and the whole thing aged in barrels from the best Bordeaux's domaines

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Photo of constantine_272
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark reddish brown with, sadly, a lot of weird suspended chunks. Fizzy at first but died down. Notes of oak, raspberries, cherries, and fruity pinot noir. Taste is earth6 and leathery with a mushy old brown strawberry finish. Slight cherry tartness cuts the sweetness. Oak and cedar notes make the mouth water. Tart lemon notes dry the finish. Tastes too sweet at first, but that gives way to a well balanced tart eartiness once the initial fruit shock wears off. Quite tasty.

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Photo of Dzu
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aged on oak Pomerol wine barrels
Poured from bottle into chalice
L: dark brown with a weak white foam head.
S: wine, pleasant sourness.
T: complex, bitter sour sweet, spices,
F: full body and soft carbonation.
O: great quad.

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Photo of tigg924
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy, leather brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is strawberry, caramel, raisin, and black cherry. Heavy bodied, boozy, low carbonation, sweet and dry. Very tasty, complex quad. Love the big strawberry taste..Totally unexpected but amazing. This one hits hard, but I will get this again..Alvinne makes some of my favorite Belgian beers.

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Photo of bobv
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fairly vigorous pour yields a 3/4 inch head that reduces to a ring in a matter of minutes. No lacing but ring hangs in there throughout. Nose of raisins, slight booze, and some dark fruit as well. As it warms there is a bit of strawberry on the nose. Taste follows with added grapefruit, a little bit of sweetness, and tannins from the barrel. Also strawberry on the palate after 20-30 minutes. A tad thin on the feel. Overall, this is one complex and unique beer!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Muddy brown color with just a bit of beige foam. Aroma has brown sugar, caramel, dried dark fruits and some oak. Taste starts with sweet malt, dark fruits, caramel, booze and finishes slightly bitter with some dark chocolate and slightly roasted malt. It's quite good but a bit boozy for my taste.

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Photo of zonker17
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB Jan 2018 bottle poured 8/30/16 to snifter. Brown with faint red hue, thin head of beige that leaves behind only a ring. Nose of wood, raisin, caramel. Taste follows the nose plus apple, some sour. Bitterness light and fades rapidly but leaves behind some off-flavor. Medium body and above average carbonation. This bottle might be oxidized, as it does not seem to match some of the other glowing reviews.

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Photo of cbutova
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage.

A- 500ml pour into a few snifters with a muddy deep brown body and a small nutty tan, foamy cap. The head falls to a large plush blanket atop the brew. Rare spotty lacing.

S- Wine and dark fruits have come out massively in the aroma with plenty of dark grapes, spiced raisins, deep burnt candi sugar, toasted nuts, smooth but prominent medium toasted oak barrel and old dusty caramel. Wine is king.

T- A bit boozy but strong flavors are emitted from both the base Quad and the wine barrels. Dark grape juice, apple, spicy Belgian yeast, sweet old caramel, tobacco leathery deep burnt candi sugar, more vinous grapes, a hint of roasty barley and cocoa, figs, sweet plums and all things dried fruit like dates.

MF- Thick body with an oily and syrupy texture but also some much needed foamy and creamy consistency. Low end carbonation but it drinks more like a wine than a brew anyways. Ends fairly hot.

The wine comes out like a hammer even after three years in the bottle. Massive waves of dark vinous grapes and everything spiced dried dark fruits complimented by caramel and toasty oak.

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Photo of bennyman12
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An intriguing brew. Fuzzy and sap-colored, thin-looking. There are some sharp spices and lots of booze on the nose that are there in the flavor too. I was expecting a lot more sweetness. Nice complex finish. Again, dry for the style. Medium bodied. Enjoying this one!

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Photo of Beginner2
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This Quad reminds me that something sometimes gets lost in craft brewing.
We tend to think of the brewers-for-the-masses as the enemy of what tastes good.
Yet we rarely get introspective and wonder that, maybe, America's 3,000 craft brewers are thinking more about staying alive and finding some Venture Capital guys than they are about making a truly passionate ale.
So, by complete serendipity, I find this guy who has many archived beers as active ones on BA.
And he has produced a very,very great quad.
And he makes it no longer.
Not only does my heart sink, but the potential for all of humanity is diminished.

I rarely experience a head like this. It took at least a minute before foam no longer came out the bottle.
I rarely experience an aroma like this.
And I never have experienced a taste like this. So complex. Sweet, but an occasional sour making things perfect.
I want more !!

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Photo of thebeers
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark red, approaching black, with two fingers of lasting head. Strong, sweet and smooth aroma reminiscent of plum, cherry, oak, muted Christmas spices and a hint of vanilla -- all blended together and hard to pick out. This continues to the taste, which is less sweet, with a clearer red-wine character and touch of booziness (but nothing that would suggest its 14%). It's incredibly smooth with the red wine and spice lingering in the aftertaste for a very long time after each sip. The beer is light-to-medium bodied, with strong carbonation, but smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel. This is exceptional. One of the best things I've ever tasted.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this about 10 months ago when I was passing through Cincinnati and I stopped off at The Party Source in Newport, KY right across the river. I had been aging it in my cellar until earlier tonight. Poured out of a 16.9 oz bottle into my goblet glass, this beer pours a dark amber/copper color with a slightly off-white/tan head that's about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured that settles to a rather large cluster swirl of foam on the beer's surface along with a pretty thick ring lining the inside of the glass and decent lacing. Aromas of sweet caramel malt along with an oaky vanilla presence followed by a definite bit of grapes. Has a sweet caramel and vanilla malt presence upfront that gives way to some plum, raisin and grape flavors with just a hint of red wine vinegaryness and oak barrel goodness. Some aspects of the overall flavor profile are very unique for a beer of this style I feel and quite tasty too of course! Has a crisp, just slightly syrupy, slightly chewy, smooth, sticky, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink, especially as this beer sits and warms up, and the 14% ABV is well masked. It certainly snuck up on me here and kicked my ass a little bit. An excellent beer. I am sorry to hear this beer is apparently no longer being brewed, and that is something that I hope is reversed.


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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark mahogany red in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high tan colored head that gradually died down, leaving some wisps of bubbles on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of oak and associated vanilla are present in the nose along with some hints of red wine.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has more flavors of red wine and lots of tannins. Hints of raisins and other dark fruits are also perceptible, although these don't contribute any sweetness.
M: It feels medium to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of alcohol warming towards the finish.
O: This beer definitely tastes strong, but nothing like a 14% abv beer because I don't get any alcohol in the taste, only the wine flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: brackish nice red hue to the edges of the glass and caramel color hazy small soapy tan head that drops to a film on the top of the beer

S: vinegar and grapes with a little bit of caramel has a little bit of a sweet smell to it almost a little bit of a brandy port smell

T: vinegar but muted lots of tannin flavors you get from wine drinks a lot like a mead I can't pick out that many barrel notes just the wine characteristics with a lot of caramel malts but muted by the vinegar so they aren't too sweet

M: Thick body its almost syrupy but not quite the alcohol is very well hidden

O: Very different I am glad I got to try it but I'm not quite sure I am thrilled by it. Huge body on the beer almost chewy the flavors seem muddled though and I can not believe this is 14% because it drinks so smooth very easy going down. Reminds me a lot of a homemade mead.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy mahogany hue with a loose, off-white head. Nose is acetic and malty with a hint of caramel. Taste suggests a soured barleywine - tart, medicinal, malty and sweet. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a light acidity and a mild carbonation. Overall, interesting, but not my thing.

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Photo of nmann08
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a dark cola brown with a still wispy light than head.

The flavor is tart, a bit of funk, dark malt, caramel, dried fruit, figs, raisins, molasses. The flavor is much more oaky, red wine fruit notes, vanilla, anise and raisins. It is a bit sticky on the finish and a lot of alcohol present despite the age laying down.

Overall, this is pretty good, but could still benefit from more time too.

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Photo of Rdbacteriumsosour
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Lovely, really lovely barrel-aged ale.
Slightly sweet, slightly unctuous, but with enough dried fruit, spice , fig flavors to
get you salivating for more. Despite its richness and sweetness does not tire out your palate one bit. Domestic producers of this style should pay heed.
Sweet malty molasses up front, mid-palate the oak turning this into toffee and dark fruit flavors.
The dark fruit and spice flavors remain on the finish along with a trace of sherry, giving you an appetite for more.
Alcohol is not noticed on the nose or palate, but at 14% it is there and eventually felt, in a very pleasant way.
I'm told this a a young brewery, but they are doing it old-world style.

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Photo of PolarBear3
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a caramel. brown colour with a red tinge, with frothy tanned head that disappears fairly quickly

S - Wow..Toffee, caramel, dark fruit, get some port/sherry, also get notes of chocolate/cocoa and quite sweet or tart like.

T - Sweetness up front with prunes, molasses, dark fruit and spice, with hints of vanilla and oak. Although the 14% ABV is well hidden it has a slight acidic taste at the finish

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation with that slightly acidic finish

O - I liked it as nice quiet sipping beer that you can enjoy on a cold night. A little too sweet for me and lacks the full flavour I was expecting. Nonetheless worth a try.

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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I guess based on the Picobrouwerij designation, this is uber rare. I'm a sucker for a good quad, especially when it's aged in French Oak Pomerol Barrels.

A: Pours a dark brown , not really opaque, with a fluffy coca cola style head. Recedes relatively quickly, but a lot of legging and lacing throughout the sipping journey.

N: Sweet and malty, with toffee, figs, obvious vinuous notes and stone fruit. Does not smell boozy, but you do get the oaking and the bordeaux. Has that great overtone of woody earthiness throughout, which gets stronger as it warms.

T: Very lovely, with an upfront sweetness and maltiness. Toffee, caramel, figs, prunes, and overripe grapes. It's relatively sweet, but not quite cloying. It's 14% and the ABV is detectable in a very nice warming, but I would say it's pretty well hidden. A little too sweet to be sessionable, but a lovely dessert sipper. I would say this is not quite as complex as a Rochefort 10 / Pannepot Reserva / Westy 12. Solid but less multifoiled.

MF: Carbonation is there, but seems to subside very quickly, resulting in a pretty still beer in the back of the mouth. Coating, but not quite sticky or oily. It's pleasant, and pretty smooth as you swirl it on the palate. Relatively light to medium bodied.

O: I think this is a unique beer , well worth searching out. I've never seen it and don't know really how rare it is, but it's a great example of a barrel aged quad. A little bit too hot on the ABV and sweet on the palate to session, but would be nice in a progression or rotation.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a brown body, reddish tint, with minimal head and lace that goes bye-bye real quick. I get the red wine aromas, mostly a slightly sour grape, on first sniff and then some oak and a large chunk of sweet malt, seemingly a good amount of sugar in there as well. I will state one thing before I complete this review - the 14% ABV is almost completely hidden, only slightly noticeable on finish as beer warms, and this surprised me. Thicker, fuller-bodied, not really sticky but still chewey, this beer goes down incredibly smooth and has a very large amount of sweetness. I get molasses, toffee, some dark fruits like figs or black cherries (which add to the very minor sour/tartness of the beer), not really tasting raisins that much, but it's not overly sweet as the beer is balanced thanks to some dry malts (nothing roasted or anything) and an oakiness along with some grape/winelike flavors and minimal sourness. Complex and hitting notes all over the place, this is not a traditional quad but I thoroughly enjoyed sipping (for a very long time, mind you) on this beer.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml bottle into St. Bernardus goblet.

A - Dark caramel color, hazy, ivory head disappears quickly.

S - Toffee followed by raisins and spice (nutmeg and cinnamon).

T - Fig, toffee, raisins, bready yeast on the front. Wine and wood with a slight alcohol bite on the finish.

M - Syrupy, heavy, alcohol warmth. Definitely a sipper.

If there were such a thing as a quint this would be it. A bit bolder than your standard quad. A good beer for those that love Belgians, which I do.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Understated in its power, yet boastful about flavor- this unique sweet and sour ale dances on the palate, delivering new savory and succulent tastes at e very turn.

Opening with a dark tawny-brown reddish tone, the ale is completely still- leaving its luster a bit lacking but all the while taking on proportions of port, sherry, and fine cognac. Even the brandy-like legging reinforces the notion of fortified wine and brandy over that of beer. But...

...its aromas are divine! Sultry red grape, port alcohols, barley sweetness of molasses and toffee all swirl in the nose just before the first sip. Somewhat tart and acidic, its scent manifests in a barley-sweetened taste that's of port and sherry. Even notes of soy sauce, chocolate, almond, tobacco and leather make their way into the savory mix. The taste, aroma, and textures are expansive.

Because of the ale's stillness, the heavy elixir lays flat on the tongue and saturates it fully for the full effect of flavor, sweetness, and tartness. Lumbered in its action, the beer becomes a savory sipper that's meant for long sessions and the celebration of sweeter aftertaste. And at 14%, that's a very good thing!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark brown color ale with medium size foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malt based with lots of residual sugar and some dry fruit s notes with some easily discernable woody notes and light vinous feel. Taste is also dominated by some woody notes with a big sweet malt base with toffee and dry fruits notes. The red wine notes are also easily discernable without being too tart. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with not much alcohol being apparent. Complex but also a bit too sweet to appreciate a large quantity of that liquid.

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Cuvée de Mortagne from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 94 ratings