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Cuvee De Mortagne | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Cuvee De MortagneCuvee De Mortagne
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Belgium
alvinne.be

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Added by MasterSki on 08-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
71
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
15.72%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
18
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 71
Reviews by PolarBear3:
Photo of PolarBear3
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of neenerzig
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Eric

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Photo of Jwale73
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
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 Ryno3031
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of amex_platypus
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Intense oak and red wine, tart, astringent, slightly sweet with mild cloying character

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Photo of KirkFrancis
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of simoen
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Schlafly33
3.39/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Gbell
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of SomethingClever
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
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 -12%
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 DougT
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bennyman12
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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 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 ManforallSaisons
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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 yeti123
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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Cuvee De Mortagne from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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