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: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (7976) - 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 wouldn’t 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 (14074) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2011
Think I’ve 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 (6054) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fugitive (1907) - Athens, GREECE - JUL 2, 2011
Sampled @ ACBF 2011. Color dark dark brown with big head. Aroma roasted, sugar, chocolate. Taste dark fruit, sweet, roasted.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
suprchunk (2960) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2011
After settling down, it poured a brown hue. Lost some due to foaming, well a lot. Big foamy head. Big lacing. Smelled somewhat of infection, sour. A bit roasty and malty. Sour taste. Rusty. Sweet. Chalky. Silky mouth feel. Chalky and burnt. Sour after taste. Decent beer. Not a barleywine. More like an infected stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2011
750ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Dark brown brew with tan head. Dark fruit, brown sugar, and toffee aromas - flavors of dark fruit, roasted malt, and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Thanks to bul11zeye for sharing this 750 ml bottle. The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee and grassy hops, as well as some dark fruit, brown sugar and chocolate. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of dark fruit and raisin notes, as well as some toffee and chocolate. The alcohol is noticeable, but not as hot as it could be since the beer is nearly 15 percent ABV. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (10670) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle at First German Ratebeer gathering at Idar Oberstein courtesy of Travlr. Tried to be prepared for a gusher and had a 500 ml glass ready but needed two more glasses to get the foam (and still spilled a ton of it). Smokey chocolate malt and herbal hops aroma. Opaque brown color with the most aggressive head in the world. Prune/brown sugar malt and bitter herbal hops flavor. Hides the alcohol level well. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bierkrug (2130) - - APR 23, 2011
Part of the first German beer tasting in Idar-Oberstein. Thanks to Shrubber85. Warning a huge gusher. It took two two half litter glasses just to get it to stop. 750 ml Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Head was like whipped cream and is the thickest foam I have ever seen. You can set your glass almost sideways and the head will not move at all. Aroma is dried fruit, caramel, and toffee. Taste is plums, molasses and spices. Palate is dry but very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12078) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 23, 2011
Bottle, bought @ Alvinne Beershop.
Mild gusher. Pours deep brownish red with a giant, frothy, off-white head. Sweet aroma, esters, caramel, mild roasted, some dark chocolate, a hint of metal, okay vinious. High, prickly carbonation, fine oily and okay dry palate. Flavour is sweetish, but balanced by fine dark malts. Caramel, toasted, light dark chocolate, biscuits, Belgian sugars. Warming, fairly elegant, even if it is a tad to the sweet side. And shame about the carbonation being too high.

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