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Alvinne Eycken Balthazar

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Formerly brewed at Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Moen, Belgium

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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
SPECIAL EDITION: Ale brewed with spices (ginger, coriander and cardamon) and aged in oak barrels.


GAManiac's rating

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2012
750ml from the BSP boys. I was expecting an eruption but only got an agressive hiss and a little foam up to the top. The pour is deep chestnut brown with a big foamy beige head. Definitely a tin of carbonation. Aroma is really spicy with cardamom and oak dominating. There is a little fruity tartness but really just a wine-like character, nothing like an infection. The sugary fruits of the underlying beer are present but definitely have faded with time. Taste is similar to the aroma but with the dark fruits taking on a more prominent role. The cardamom is a bit lighter but the finish is all about the oak - spicy and dry but with hints of grapes and tartness. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and maybe a tad light for the style. Definitely not at the top of list of BSDAs but itís a seriously tannic version of the style. The oak and spices are dominant.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (1380) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
Special edition of Balthazar, matured on oak chips. Loose, light beige head, dark ruby brown colour. Fruity, lots of raisins, dates, pear, caramelly malty, candi syrup, cognac, wood; dried fruits in the taste, sweet maltiness, full and mellow mouthfeel, rich, subtle wood tones and brandy-like, warming alcohol in the finish. One of their many beers to sip carefully.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (4598) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 6, 2014
18/IV/14 - 33cl bottle from Den Zytholoog / Bierloods (Adegem) @ home - BB: IX/2011, bottled: 2008 (2014-372)

Clear dark brown beer, small irregular off-white head, little stable, little adhesive. Aroma: very peppery, pepper corns, ginger bread, floral, orange peel. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: sourish start, bit smoky, pretty bitter from the tannins I guess. Aftertaste: little bitter, sourish notes, sour cherries, blackberries, cherry bubble gum, smoky touch, bitter tannins. Has survived the ageing process pretty damn well, Iíd say!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Countbeer (4397) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle: Served in a Duvel glass: Medium sized beige foamy head on top of a hazy red ruby colored beer. Aromas of lots of spices, cloves, coriander, some sweat socks, light vinous, some oak, dust and a nasty planty bitter. Flavours of bitters, grapes, malts, vinous, spices, herbs, some sweet yeasty caramel, berries and some wood. Aftertaste is is bitter, light malty, light vinous and some plants. Low carbo, light creamy mouthfeel, more than medium bodied and a light creamy texture. Decent but strong on the spice note.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Douberd (2232) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle 750 ml from a trade with Countbeer, thanks man! Rusty crown cap, one year past BBD. From previous experience with Alvinne beers I was waiting a gushing beer and I wasnít wrong at all. Thankfully I was prepared and opened the bottle in a some kind of tray. After the initial gushing I managed to pour a very dark brown beer, with a small kind of beige head. Low retention, light lacing on the glass. Aroma of sour grapes, wine, some dark fruits. Taste is sour, lots of spices in here, wood, red wine. Medium thin body, good carbonation. Overall more than good, I was afraid it would be infected but that didnít seem to be the case.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (3190) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Bottle shared at tasting, Murky brown shade with medium head/lacing. Notes are lots of currant, wine, ginger, barrel, and other dark fruit. Easy drinking for 9 percent. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14859) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2012
30th July 2009
Cloudy brown beer. Softish semi dry palate. Tart sour fruitiness with a little dry spice. Nicely offset by oaky softness (not too much vanilla though). Finishes dry and a little creamy with some alcohol warmth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaartenRF10 (1586) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2011
Oranjebruin troebel bier met flinke stevige kraag. Geur zuurzoet en caramel. Smaak zuur, zoet, een beetje bittere hop en overrijp fruit. De smaak van wijn en eikenhout komt ook zeer duidelijk naar voren. Complex bier, niet helemaal mijn ding.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3142) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2011
75cl bottle. MRT 2010, Lot 330 so probably about 2.5 years old or so. Not bad. Definitely more sour and tart notes instead of the oak. Slightly thin overall. Interesting overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maledictum (613) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - JUL 27, 2011
brown pour with orange highlights. Aroma of oak, slight sour yeast, a bit of caramel and berry. Tastes malty at first, followed by bacteria qualities: caramel, wood, oak, and light vinegar. Medium bodied. Pretty good and interesting.


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