JoeinEscazú (1325) - Ozark, Missouri, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
So many Belgian attempts to produce extra-hoppy ales have had somewhat clumsy results, as if the hops are striking discordant notes with other ingredients--or more commonly, the brewer is just holding back and can’t quite commit to the hoppy thang. Not so in this case! Thus we have my favorite brew I sampled at ZBF08. Pours thickly cloudy old gold, with a thick, off-white head turning to persistent film. Citric-hoppy nose, like grapefruit, but also notes of oranges and green grass. Nose is fantastic, and it has you wishing it was even stronger. Flavor makes up for it, with a very hoppy bitterness managing to be both dry and fresh-tasting, counteracted only a bit by a light, malty sweetness. Bitterness is sticky into the finish and aftertaste. I hope this recipe becomes a consistent one for Alvinne.
JorisPPattyn (7674) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good, persistent yellowish, fine head; over hazy orange beer, with an olive shine. Mustard seed, greenery, fresh malt, some hops. Extremely good forward C-hoppy taste, backed with just the right amount of cakey malts. Very dry finish, if some fusels. Medium bodied, slick, near chewy. AH! This is one Alvinne’s best tries. Probably the most straightforward Belgian IPA.
Jerre (2364) - Waregem, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 This afternoon at the brewery with the brewers self: Davy and Glenn, THX.
Tasted again @ home now.
Bottle, 33 cl.
Hazy dark golden to amber color, with great creamy, partition sticking head.
Aroma very fruity nose, good hops, bit yeast and little flowery. Medium to full body.
Taste going a bit to the Gaspar,
but there’s a great difference.
This restyled version is more bitterness
(good !) than the early Extra.
Dry bitterness, good in balance,
nice hops. Good bitterness finish.
Very good beer !