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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17149) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2010
At Borefts BF 2010. FRuity ESB style beer. English yeast on this? Biscuit. Fruity English ESB aroma. Doesnt taste of 14% ABV at all. Full in mouth, not syrupy though, with jammy fruit. Biscuit and fruit works really well. Very impressive. Davey says needs age, but impressive now. Strawberry jam and biscuit is what I took away from this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (12698) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2010
Dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of fruit, winegum, malt and some sugar. Flavour of dried fruit and malt, with some yeast and alcohol notes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (9382) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2010
Light but persistent gushing to huge, amber-beige head, pretty stable over opaque, dark brown-red beer. Roasted, but also fruity-vinous aromas; malts getting more and more dominant, always roasted. Much of the same in the mouth: fruity, yeasty, very roasted, with whiffs of nuts, sweat, solvent. Warming up, more roast & burnt, and also the sweaty component (no doubt a yeast product, cannot name it). Even later, this flavour retreats in favour of a more hoppy, non-USA hopsflavour. Bit aggressive MF, near-astringent, but very well-bodied and warming. Tastes very young, and if Im slightly disappointed now, its definitely one to retaste with a new bottle in, say, a year or so...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
koekiesbakker (89) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2010
A bit sour and lots of sweetness, not enough to hide the alcohol though. Too much alcohol showing te be nice and drinkable. Malts and caramel, fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (8076) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2010
11/11/2010 - 75cl bottle @ home

Very dark but clear beer, thick beige creamy adhesive head, nice lacing. Aroma: sweet, dried fruits, alcohol (no shit), mocha, chocolate, forest fruit candy (for the Belgians: cuberdons). MF: nice carbon, creamy thick texture, full body. Taste: toasted malts, caramel, wood, mocha, red berries. Aftertaste mocha, coffee bitterness, caramel, red berries and hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 10, 2010
Sample at Borefts Beer Festival 2010. Pours a dark brown beer with a offwhite/beige head. The aroma is malt, roasted, caramel and notes of licorice. The flavor is malt, sweetness and notes of alcohol. The palate is sweetness. Overall a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense N, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2010
Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet caramel, fruity, raisin, plum and alcohol. Flavour is sweet caramel, heavy alcohol, fruit, raisin and plum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (5179) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 31, 2010
Bottle from de Bierkoning. Very dark brown with an enormous tan head. Pear and chocolate aroma. Very fruity, lots of pear and dark fruit, but also hints of chocolate flavours. Decent, but a bit sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2010
Bottel @ 2e BBF. A dark red/brown colored beer, with a thick beige head. The aroma of sweet fruits, malts and alcohol. The taste is fruity, raspberries. There is malt, sweet moving too bitter. Some alcohol notes. The aftertaste is sweet and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (5238) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2010
On bottle @ 2nd BBF. The aroma has anice/liquorice, caramel, red fruits, some yeast. Dark brown/black coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is sweet with some bitterness and has some fruity tones and anice. Medium-full bodied. Bit sticky. Nice.

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