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Alvinne Undressed | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Almost unhopped brown ale, the base beer for Morpheus Wild and Kerasus, undressed for the fans of the true "oud bruin" style.

Added by OBeerMeGreatOne on 10-20-2012

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Ratings: 142 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of YobroitsJoe
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.86/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: deep red brown and lightly hazed. Decent one finger head that disappears so fast you wonder if it was a trick of the light

S: big toasty malts, molasses, chocolate, grapes, brown sugar and dark rum

T: the above led me to think it was going to be sweeter than the average oude bruin. No, it is anything but sweet. Chocolate malt comes through big, and a huge lash of sour. Woody in a good way. Sour grapes

M: looks and smells like it could be syrupy. nope: bitingly refreshing and light for a dark beer.

O: I may not have tried everything in the oude world, but I know what I like. I think I have a new favorite sour

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Photo of igl
4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of krome
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A quintessential oud brun, leaning well to the tart end of the spectrum

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Photo of juan_malamunga
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had a couple of these and so far all have been consistent and always gush upon opening a bottle.

Poured dark red with a lightly laced white head that disappears quickly. Great mouth feel that left dry, great tart on the palette left me wanting more. Very drinkable and really great bruin, tasted against Consecration 2011 on tap and preferred the Alvinne more than the aged keg of RR.

Phenomenal brew, sucks not too many ppl know about it.


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Photo of RochefortChris
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chefpeet
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of bradfordjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Liquor Shed.

No foam in the pour, it's an opaque brownish red colour.

Big sour nose of vinegar, dark fruits, cherries. I'm diving in.

Deliciously sour with everything I've already mentioned. I yearn for another sip.

Despite the lack of foam, there's a nice level of carbonation.

Simply excellent!

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Photo of J_Stanley
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had a few things from this brewery in the past, have been mildly impressed with some but very pleased with others. Pretty interested by the description of near zero hops and the 0% bitterness sign. Overall everything has been quality and this is no exception.

Appearance is quite nice, deep reddish rust with touches of orange and a crimson hue. The head sparkles and fluffs an off white and flashes off pretty fast. Leaves a speckled top afterward that remains from lacing bubbles in a few spots in the glass. Pretty clean, not hazy.

Smell is pretty nice. Very citrusy in all directions, noticeable sharp lemon with kind of this cold, burnt toast smell. Has a bit of a red wine sort of a smell as well. Very sharp. There is something a tad musty about it but overall it is not very off-putting, just a bit odd, but blends with the citrus notes and lime well.

And what a punch in the mouth! This is sour, in a very good way of course. Really shocks and then makes the mouth water, which I really like in a good sour. This is by far the most sour oude bruin I have ever had but this is also one of the best. I can only think of one that is better that I had from Switzerland. Lots of really sharp lemony citrus, wine like esters that contain the sharpest of tannins, some lime, maybe a hint of tart red, wild apple, and then grass thrown into the mixture. The sharpness of the sour point nearly cuts down the other things happening and confuses the palate. I get hints of dark bitter chocolate and black tea, maybe a bit of the burnt toast sort of grain. Very interesting. But just as boasted, very true to the oude bruin sort of style.

The mouthfeel is quite light and refreshing, very punchy and as mentioned above, dries and makes your mouth water. Very sour. Very very nice. It's a tad on the week side and I could have seen maybe a bit more body for this... but it is pretty dang good, just seems a bit thin. Carbonation are grainy.

Overall, I would and will buy this again when I have the chance. This is a great sour ale and a great oude bruin. It is not really complex but it has a really good amount of interest to it, so I cannot complain too much. And the sour hit this delivers is... well, very well achieved. It does not hit with vinegar to cause the sour, it relies on other very high quality traits to lay it on you and that is what I appreciate and enjoy the most. No gimmicks. Just plain well achieved.

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Photo of eholstad
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Satchboogie
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Maxwell
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours with a fierce, hissing carbonation that forms a head of medium sized, off-white bubbles that quickly fizzles into nothing, leaving a clean and calm top of the beer without any head. Carbonation bubbles continue to tear to the top of the glass however, and appear reminiscent of highly carbonated soda bubbles. In color, the beer is a deep ruby brown, almost maroon, with a distinct ruby glow in the light. The beer’s body is slightly viscous with a darkness that makes it opaque, though the beer appears clean of any particles or cloudiness. On the nose, the beer smells of green apples, malt vinegar, cherry fruit leather, and fresh strawberry jam. Rich funky scents cover the nose from this beer, blending with the light malt character to bring a touch of plum, raisins, and a soft trace of toffee. Touches of sherry coincide with the rich smell of strawberry jam, which is quite bizarre, yet inviting. On the tongue, the beer tastes tart with lactic and malic acidity, traces of malty sweetness run across the tongue, and a very faint touch of roasted bitters can be sensed in the finish. Balance is slightly tart, but nice and not assaulting on the tongue. Fruit esters are strong and complex. In flavor, the beer begins as tart green apple, then cherry pie, then cherry fruit leather. Malt vinegar does work its way into the flavor along with sherry-like notes in the mid-palate. Just as the beer hits the back of the tongue, a sweet and sour sauce flavor can be sensed along with some of the strawberry jam from the nose. On the finish, the beer softens its tartness enough to bring soft coffee, caramel roast, and a touch of barnyard funk on the tongue alongside the fruit esters, providing a beautiful finish that lasts for quite a while on the tongue. In the mouth, the beer feels medium bodied with a middling carbonation that carries a bit of a prickle and a touch of astringency. Mouthfeel is smooth, and after the beer leaves, the mouth is left wet and gently puckering. Overall, I really like this Oud Bruin. This beer has a great funky character, a nice balance, and finishes with a great malt presence that really pulls together the beer and provides for a fascinating sip. I would love to pair this beer with richer meals to see how the acidity and malt play with food. This is a great beer with perfect complexity for the style.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one's a winner.

Pours deep dark red with an initial nice khaki head that fades to a thin layer of light brown bubbles.

Nose is fruity esters with hints of plums and ripe stone fruit.

Mouthfeel is rich and citric/very tart acidic which makes for a very bright and exciting mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated but with great balance and texture, especially if you like tart and acidic (which I do). (Note: if you don't like citric/tart/lightly sour, this one is not for you).

Flavors are well integrated and balanced tart/acidic. Meaning, balanced if you like a high acid balance beer with lots of tart sour cherries, lemon and lime. This is a pucker beer that is great to drink alone or a perfect foil with most food profiles (as are most sour/tart beers in my opinion). No hop profile, just the nice pucker tart.

Finish follows flavor and is a nice lemon/lime/acidic quality that lingers with freshness and brightness.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from an 11.2oz bottle into an Allagash chalice. Blind buy because I love oude bruins.

Appearance- Very dark ruby red/purple with quick off white head that left some fine lacing. Looks very carbonated ( I can see the bubbles constantly breaking at the top.

Smell- Tart cherry, plums, tobacco, leather, oak, lemon, vinegar. Mild booze, light yeast and malt smells.

Taste- Tart. Much more than I expected. Cherry, lemon, vinegar, sour patch kid. Earthy and mildly woody.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, light bodied, mouth puckering, no heat.

Overall- I was in the mood for a mildly sour flanders red. This was a lot more sour than expected, and I loved it. I'll be grabbing more on monday in Portland!

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Photo of StephRai
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of st9647v3
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of mgr78704
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of chefbigjon
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of humulusphile
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Raziel313
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ncelauro
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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