Alvinne Undressed | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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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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Photo of Beginner2
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maybe I finally figured out how to drink this style: have it with heavy food and heavy bread. Otherwise, an out Bruin owns your taste buds. I like the low-hop character, but the sour requires full-flavored foods.
Alvinne claims to use zero hops in in this, so it's all sour... and Undressed has a sour that never quits.

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Photo of beergoot
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle cap data (hard to read the first character): UFO JUN 2016 LOT FOE

Cloudy, brownish-orange body; fizzy head (although somewhat lasting yet very thin). Sour orange aroma; plum and grape. The taste mirrors the plum and grape smell; sour and tart; sour cherries. Medium body; smooth and flat.

Interesting, but not overly impressive. It delivers a lot of wild, sour flavors but looks fizzy and feels watery.

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Photo of Christanna
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a clear dark brown w/ slight haze, no head, almost imperceptible carbonation.

S: Red licorice going on strawberry twizzler, dried fig and balsamic notes. Something that reminds me of carbonic macerated wine- an uplifted candied red fruit character.

T: Simultaneous rich plum or fig preserve and tart lemon-rhubarb, wild strawberry, malty and tangy. Lingering finish full of caramelized lemon peel and slight hints of toffee.

F: Superfine bubbles that fade quickly which is the only thing I knock here. The acid keeps it going though.

O: I dig it. These beers are always interesting and catch me off guard and keep me thinking. Enjoyed it from start to finish.

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Photo of Premo88
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(July 2018 printed on top of bottle cap)

L: brown ... I mean, it looks exactly brown as you pour; once in the glass, it's a clear, dark amber, almost ruby red, just beautiful; almost no head ... looks about as flat as any brew I've poured, just a bunch of big airy bubbles barely forming a skin

S: salty cranberry sauce ... toasted cranberries; something sour ... cooking cabbage; as we go, the cranberries start showing up again, and they're even a bit sweet; the mix of toasted malt and sour is sharp toward the sour side, but I'll be damned if that malt isn't pronounced enough to push up a hint of chocolate; as it warms, wood, oak wood, maybe even a little pecan and even some BBQ pit smokey wood, though the woody aroma is more undressed, as it were, than charred; sour cabbage again

T: chocolate? what? yes ... a super tart punch up front, pure lemons, then some toasted cranberries, and then just a hint of stout-like chocolate on the finish; puckering sourness up front continues; some parsley/herbs/cilantro in there ... not grassy hops but just earthy herbs or grass grass; vinegar for sure

F: not bad ... despite the flat-looking pour, there's plenty of carbonation in there to help give it a little crispness; it does lose that carbonation quickly with swirling

O: a very fine beer, much more sour than anything else and probably the most sour oud bruin or Flanders red I've tried so far, yet the malt is strong enough to push in something as dark and sweet as chocolate into the mix, even if only briefly ... as it warms, it really opens up and lets more of the woody aromas in; very little sweetness in it, but still good enough that I'd try again

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy extremely dark reddish brown (almost mahogany) in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some moderate garnet red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate vinous aromas as well as some moderate to strong aromas of vinegar (red wine and/or balsamic) followed by light to moderate aromas of dark fruit (cherries). Hints of wood from barrels.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of dark malts. That is quickly followed by moderate to strong flavors of vinegar (red wine + balsamic) with a light to moderate amount of acidity. Then there are some moderate flavors of dark fruit (cherries) and light vinous flavors as well as a light amount of woodiness from the barrels. Light amounts of bitterness that fades away quickly though the tartness/sourness really lingers in this one.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Alcohol is extremely well hidden in this beer but I would hesitate to describe it as easy to drink unless you are a real fan of vinegar-like sours. Interesting with a decent amount of complexity but definitely a slow sipper.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a flat looking brown with barely any bubbles gathering around the edges of the glass. Smells of toasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, berries, earthy yeast. VERY sour and dry. Dusty cocoa , a hint of coffee, raspberry and cherry, oak, musty yeast. Mouthfeel has moderate weight. Almost no carbonation. Really good raw base beer to a blended sour brown.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a stale looking flat brown ale color with very little to no carbonation visible. Tiny dusting of something reminiscing bubbles int he center of the glass and forming a stratocirrus formation in a circular manner.

S: Holy sour cardboard, I cannot tell you how much cardboard this smells like. Mushrooms and old brown ale that went sour.

T: The sourness on this is very lactic in taste at first and nearly lemon flavored. Quickly following behind the lemon cardboard is an earthiness that does reek of wet leaves and stings the tongue nearly making your mouth pucker. Behind that there is not a ton of complexity.

M: Light and airy, hardly carbonated.

O: Overall its a sour brown ale as described on the bottle. It is not a whole lot more than that however the mushroom flavors are slightly intriguing. I really have not had too many beers that capture musky mushroom essence more than this and I think this makes a good base beer but I am not sure i would drink more of them with many other options available. Being a huge fan of the Flanders Oud Bruin style, I would much rather have an Aardmonik Earthmonk any day of the week (as if it were available :) )

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Photo of DaliQualiti
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Picture an oak tree surrounded by mushrooms on a vineyard that also produces apple cider vinegar, thats what this beer tastes like.....and its delicious. I really enjoyed this one. A good sour with natural, earthy undertones.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky super dark reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. There is a swirl of thick yeast that sticks together in a large clump in the glass after the pour. Smell is slightly sour with malt, fruit, funk, vinegar, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, dark fruit, wood, acidic, and slight vinegar flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting combination of dark fruit and vinegar characteristics that work together slightly better in the smell to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - An opaque dark amber color, with some red hues.

S - Tart tangy, dry sour oak.

T - Definitely sour and tart. Crisp and dry with a nice oak character throughout. There is a certain earthiness here, really almost fungal in flavor.

M - Dry on the palate, tart and mildly puckering. Fizzy carbonation.

O - An interesting beer. Wild, natural, earthy, tart. A nice representation of the style.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Almost unhopped. Big fan of Flemish styles, hopefully this doesn't disappoint.
Pours dark copper, poor head that pops off quickly, leaving absolutely nothing, just some bubbles on the side of the glass. Looks like coke.
Smell of vinegar, some sour cherries, lactobacillus, decent amount of caramel and faint sweet dark fruit. Not bad at all.
Huge punch of sourness in the start: tons of vinegar and lemon zest, makes you cringe (just at first) and completely dries your mouth (which is not bad, it actually makes you want more). Dry twigs, leather, some hay funk, dry tobacco, toasty maltiness, something like almost burnt cake crust and a faint touch of cocoa powder. A very small pinch of sweet brown sugar. As expected, almost no hop bitterness in the finish, just very dry, with woody notes and quinine.
Light bodied, almost watery, medium carbonation. Very dry finish, but i really dig the aftertaste, quite fruity.
Expected this to be a flop. It's actually something that most sour beer fans should try. Very educational and actually quite tasty.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.86/5  rDev +24.3%
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 StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a really beautiful and authentic oud bruin, its been far too long since i had a good one. this is just awesome, dark brown with some dark red shades when held to the light, and almost a full inch of lasting khaki head thick and airy. it seems real sour, lacto fermented, tangy, acidic, funky, with a rich and semisweet brown malt profile with minimal roast bitterness but lots of depth. the flavor is just like the nose, with a profound lemony sting on the swallow. the malt gives more body than flavor, while the acidity is the driver here. tartness and sourness both, clean through, and not a palate scorcher by any means. layers of dried fruit come in too, raisins and cherries to be specific, while the acidity never loosens its puckery grip. medium bodied and carbonated brilliantly, this beer comes across lighter than it is as a result. it really perks me up too, with a shocking sort of mouth eel, still elegant through. very very well made, i have overlooked this way too long. for six bucks there may not be a better example of the style out there.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
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 metter98
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is extremely dark reddish brown in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving only a few small patches of bubbles on the surface.
S: Moderately strong aromas of balsamic vinegar and sour fruits are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors balsamic vinegar and lactic acid along with notes of sour berries and plums. Slight hints of oak are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a lot more tartness and vinegar-like flavors compared to other beers in the style, but is interesting to drink if you enjoy sourness and tartness. No traces of alcohol are perceptible.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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 juan_malamunga
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
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 BeerZack
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz capped bottle gushed upon opening. Deep reddish copper color with tan head.

Smells kinda sharp and acetic from the bottle, but out of the glass its much more rounded. More of a lactic sourness for sure. Ripe red berries, yogurt and hints of balsamic vinegar in both the nose and flavor. Intensely sour, but deliciously full fruitiness rounds it out. Would definitely buy again, especially considering the modest price.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Cloudy chestnut brown with 1 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Lactic sourness, black cherry, peach, red grape and toffee.

Light-moderate lactic sourness with notes of vinegar and lemon juice. Peach, black cherry, toffee and red grapes. Suggestions of fig and chestnut.

Light bodied, crisp and tart.

A nice sour for the $4.99 price tag.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Damn. What a shame. A load of vinegar and over-the-top tartness hits after the first several sips. It certainly calms down from that as time goes on, but the vinegar still remains a bit too high. It's too bad. I love this style and see it so rarely. I really hope that this was an off bottle.

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Photo of Jonada
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours red brown color 2 fingers of light tan creamy head. Visible carbonation streaming throughout the glass. Head dissipates to a very thin collar with little to no lacing.

Smell: Tart cherries, red grape, raisins, plums, with some light aromas of caramel and sweet malt.

Taste: Strong punch of sourness upfront, though it fades rather quickly. Once you get through the sourness, the flavors are vinegar, leather, sour raisins, and plums. Slight breadiness present in the aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Carbonation borders on high.

Overall: Not my favorite, but still a really tasty brew. It has more dark fruit flavors than most oud bruins. If you're a fan of the style, I'd recommend picking up a bottle.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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 GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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 KMcG
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recommended by someone at the Southampton Beer Store.

Poured with a reddish-tan head that quickly subsided to a rime of fine bubbles that appear more tan. After it settles, little carbonation is obvious, but as described below it is there.

The aroma is sour with a raisin, molasses, cherry quality.

The taste is sour plum, including the tartness experienced by plum skin. Cider vinegar is also present in the taste. A bready, crusty undertone is noticeable on the finish.

It is quite acidic (even burns my sensitive stomach). It is pretty well carbonated with a medium body.

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