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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (21106) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2010
at De Molen festival 2010 ... deep brown (little red) ... big sweet toffee hop ... rich berries ... sticky sweeet ...... underbrewed ... rich sweet woodt caramel suger nose

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Barrelbelly (748) - BELGIUM - OCT 13, 2010
Dark chocolate and candy sirup taste combined with smoked taste. THe light sour taste that comes through spoils this otherwise very nice beer a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2010

Bottle 750ml.

Clear dark brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dark dried berries, brown sugar - candy, moderate yeasty. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100924]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (11505) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 8, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2010 [9/24/10] Bottle at Borefts Beer Festival 2010. Dark brown. Aroma of lots of fruits, some candies and some sugar. Sweet malty flavor with caramel, a bit of honey, lots of sweet fruits and a bit of alcohol in the finish. Full-bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2010
Bottle @ BBF. Faint aroma of yeast, spices and fruit. Flavour is quite bitter of hops with some fruit, liquorice and alcohol. Quite narrow for a barley wine. Nice but nothing special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (7812) - Helsinge, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2010
Bottle at Borefts Festival. Pours amber with a medium off white head. The aroma is fruit, yeast, alcohol, molasse and barley. The flavour is sweet fruity with notes of sweet caramel, alcohol and light spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (21802) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2010
24th September 2010. Borefts Beer Festival.
Cloudy dark brown beer. No real head. Light crisp dry palate. Very sweet and sour bubblegum. Sweet banana cream malt to back it up. Finishes dry. Drinks like half itís abv! Good show!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Abio (1859) - Waasland, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2010
Thankx to Erwin to share this one with me! Pours out very dark brown with a nice medium head, but just a lace stays. Smell is nice spicey, alcohol, sweetness, lots of candy-sweetness, frtuis. Decent smell for sure, maye a bit to sweet. More sourness at the taste then expected, a bit of an unpleasant sourness, itís not overwhelming, ití just not totally fitting at the taste it seems. Besides that... some sweetness comes trough, earhty, frtuis, candy-sucre. Itís ok, drinkís nice, but the smell is better for sure. Some yeast also at the taste comes trough, makes the end a bit bitter-sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (21204) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2010
750 ml bottle courtesy of BigMomma, shared with steptin. Cloudy orange color, off white head. Aroma of dirt, summer fruits, raisins. Taste is a bit metallic, sweet/sour fruit. Not one of their best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2010
At Borefts Bier Festival 2010. Black colored brew. Roasted aroma. Flavor has roast, licorice, dried fruits, yeasty.

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