Alvinne / Birdsong Night Owl
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Brewed by Brouwerij Alvinne
Style: Barley Wine
Moen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 441   ABV: 14.7%
"A beer this dark in spirit can only be brewed at night" A collaboration brew between Picobrouwerij Alvinne and Birdsong Brewery (homebrewer Philip Madden). A massive Dark Belgian Barleywine brewed during the first annual Nocturnal Brew session at Alvinne.

barley malt (Pale Ale, Munich, Special B, Biscuit and chocolate), dark candy syrup, hops (Magnum, Pioneer, East Kent Goldings), Morpheus Yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (6814) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Bottle @ CBCs First Birthday Party. Cheers to whoever brought this along. Deep red in color with a small off-white head. The nose is red cherries, brown sugar, some shoe leather. The taste is super sweet lactose funkiness and burning marshmallow. Some alcohol warmth and cherry. Full-bodies, but drinks a bit thin. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2012
11/25/11. dark brown pour with a tan head. it smells of caramel, belgo yeast, raisins, spice, bread and booze. tastes the same but with an added salty note half way through. it gets sticky and annoying after a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (7810) - ITALY - FEB 3, 2012
scura schium abbondante grossolana persitente naso non troppo intenso tostato leggere note fruttat eed etiliche zucchero candito in bocca non molto corpo per la gradazione facilita la beva non risulta tropo invadente medio amaro

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8024) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Courtesy of madmitch76 pouring up opaque amber with brown hues and tan head. The aroma offers up sweet minced prunes and raisins as well as lesser amounts of dates and brown sugar. The taste is similar with raisins, prunes and cherries. In the background I get brown sugar rimmed with some spicy hoppiness. It gets fruity and prune juice like after a few ounces are consumed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10837) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Dark red pour, off white head. Aroma is sticky sweet, caramel, toffee, apple. Flavor is sweet, interesting yeasty flavor, some light hops. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2011
(Bottle shared by Dave at Black Friday). Pours dark mahogany. Aroma is dark fruits, candied sugar, and caramel. Taste is sweet with some belgian yeast notes. Medium bodied with a sticky texture. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (5982) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle: Very very big and long lasting head! Deep dark brown colored beer. Smell barleys, hops, flowers, toasted malts, sweets like nuts, caramel, light chocolate, prunes and a hint of vanilla. Taste is good bitter, spicy, toasted barley, praline, hint of alcohol (not that traceable), caramel, some sweets, herbs, leaves, toasted malts and nice bitter. A slight hint of something light sour and yeasty, darker ingredients, slight hint of chocolate and some prunes. Herby bitter toasted barley aftertaste. Medium to fuller carbo, tingly mouthfeel, medium to full body and a texture between creamy and watery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (7434) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 20, 2011
2010 Vintage/ 75 cl. Bottle/shared@Kulminator: huge gusher, like someone poured dishwashing liquid in it & than shook it around, the head just kept on creeping out of the bottle for min. 5 minutes, not the first time I am seeing this happen with an Alvinne bottle the Morpheus yeast, perhaps?, otherwise, dark brown with a, HUGE beige head, smells like overripe dark brown fruit, dark malts & caramel, first you get the more Strong Belgian Dark Ale flavours & more into the aftertaste you get more Barely wine flavours, overripe dark fruits first, slightly spicy, bit herbal, afterwards, dark brown sugar, caramel, slight molasses, dark malts, very slightly roasted, slight chocolate bitterness, warming but wouldnt call it boozy, especially given the strength, slightly thick, malt body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (12768) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2011
Think Ive tasted this at Alvinne CBF 2011. Dark brown color, white head. Nice roasted smell, very nice taste and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2011
(750ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye) cloudy medium brown with tan head. Nose of wax, crayon, Belgian yeast, fruity, raisins and cream. Taste is an alcohol bomb, raisin, orange, umami, and spicy. Medium thick body with a nice fruity linger.

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