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: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bierridder_S (720) - BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2016
07&08/10/2016 @home - 75cl bottle from an incredible trade with tderoeck, about 14 months overdue. Very dark brown with a purple hue. Massive rocky head (no gushing!), leaving a thick creamy, tanned lacing for a long time. Nose is light port (I suppose from the aging), then huge dark malts, caramel, red fruits, wood and alcohol, marvellous. Taste is first some port, mocha, chocolate, red fruits, a bit light earthy "Oud Bruin" notes, red wine, gentle bitter roasted malts and some hops at the end. Really amazing. I think the ageing did very well for this beer and even made it better and more complex. Even at the ABV it’s amazing, certainly because it’s not that sweet and not that typical barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (10762) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (8219) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
goozen (3847) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2010
Bottle at Boreft Bier Festival 2010, Bodegraven. Almost black with some red glow coloured brew. Taste of dried fruits, and this one is very drinkable due the high alcohol (slightly dangerous).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (4604) - BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2014
Ultra heavy barley wine in cooperation with an English hobby brewery. Creamy, thin head quickly dissipating under influence of the alcohol, deep bronze colour. Complex, vinous aroma of plum brandy, pear, port wine, candi syrup, strawberry, kahlua... Soft fruity taste, sweet and mildly spicy, complex with pleasing retronasal perfume, very vinous with mild herbal hops and warming, liqueurish, non-astringent alcohol. Very tasteful.

   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (8211) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (6222) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (6538) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 10, 2012
(Bottle, 0.75 l, 20120704, courtesy of FatPhil) The beer poured dark brown and hazy. Its head was medium sized and almost white. Aroma had chocolate, caramell, Belgian style yeastiness and spiciness. Palate was medium bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, Belgian style yeast, chocolate, sweetness, spiciness and mild bitterness. Aftetaste was spicy and bitter. A well balanced brew and alcohol was very well hidden. I wouldn’t categorise this one as Barley Wine, though.

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