Cuvée de Mortagne
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Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #43
ABV:
14%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,498
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 7.71%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
96
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Picobrouwerij Alvinne
 
Belgium
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  12
Gots
  18
SCORE
91
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Cuvée de MortagneCuvée de Mortagne
Notes: Land van Mortagne, aged on oak Pomerol wine barrels.
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 96 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

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.

Feb 27, 2016
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neenerzig from Ohio

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.

Eric

Jan 18, 2016
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

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.

Aug 18, 2015
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

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.

Nov 26, 2012
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WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012-2015 Bottles

Jul 03, 2013
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

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!

May 01, 2013
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma port, sherry, prunes, dates, vanilla, wood, soy, red berries, caramel.Taste cherry, almond, oak, spices, jammy fruits, vanilla, vinous.

Jan 11, 2015
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nickfl from Florida

3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 08, 2017
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metter98 from New York

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

Sep 28, 2015
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 27, 2017
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jaymo18 from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 30, 2015
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Liked Cuvee d'Erpigny, so I figured I'd give this one a shot as well. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar and wispy complete cap, leaving behind minimal lacing. Opaque brown body.

S - Not at all what I was expecting from a wine-barrel aged quad. Chocolate, biscuit, nuts, red fruits, toasted grains, a bit of licorice, and a dab of dry oak. Tastes more like a barleywine than a quad and doesn't reveal much vinous character. Alcohol is well-hidden, which is a plus.

T - The tastes is more brown ale, with cocoa, toffee, red fruits, and nuts, as well as some oak and a slightly fusel alcohol bite. Perhaps the wine barrels is contributing the fruitiness? I don't know enough about Pomerol wines to say. As the beer warms the alcohol begins to flex its muscles and overwhelm.

M - Medium body, with lower carbonation. Creamy texture, and fairly low alcohol warmth. Surprisingly easy to drink for a 14% beer.

D - A very strange beer and not very quad-like at all. As a 14% brown ale with some wood and fruity notes it's reasonably drinkable at first, but this becomes a trudge as time goes on - I don't think our tasting group finished the 500ml bottle. Skip this one.

Aug 29, 2012
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clayrock81 from Florida

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.

Aug 16, 2013
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GJ40 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Feb 02, 2014
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nmann08 from Virginia

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.

Dec 03, 2014
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ManforallSaisons from Belgium

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Nov 23, 2013
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

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.

Feb 04, 2017
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bennyman12 from Missouri

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!

May 11, 2016
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cbutova from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 14, 2016
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bpfrush from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 25, 2018
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bobv from Vermont

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!

Oct 31, 2016
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kingjohnh from New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Jun 04, 2014
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GrindFatherBob from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Dec 30, 2013
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kjkinsey from Texas

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Sep 24, 2014
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PolarBear3 from Australia

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.

Mar 10, 2014
Cuvée de Mortagne from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 96 ratings