Cuvee De Mortagne | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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88
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73 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
73
Reviews:
21
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of yeaprolly
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
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 +1.2%
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 -8.3%
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 -12.5%
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 JoeMans
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbutova
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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 +1.2%
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 +6.6%
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 +7.1%
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 Mantooth
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeff412pgh
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of neenerzig
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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 HopsForBrains
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kerrie
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Marius
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SomethingClever
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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 -12.2%
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 dcmchew
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nordbier
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Cuvee De Mortagne from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
4.09 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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