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Brewed by Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Moen, Belgium

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RATINGS: 373   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Gaspar is one of the hoppiest beers in Belgium. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, bottle conditioned with a well balanced, complex hop aroma and a long lasting sparkling hop bitter finish. Serve cool (54° F) in a tulip-glass. 18° Plato; 20 EBC; 115 IBU (Hallertau, Goldings and Saaz)


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (2174) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2014
Flaska från Beernavigator drucken med ölföreningen. Skummar duktigt ur flaskan. Murrig brun färg. Lätt syrlig, lite funkig och jästig doft och smak. Smaken är torr trots viss sötma och stramt besk. Bra balans och på syra, jäst, sötma och beska som jag tycker funkar till det mest på syrbordet med dess sötsyrliga och feta smaker. Riktigt gott.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregnsteve01 (20) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
It has smooth hints of caramel and nice aroma’s of cereals and nuts. The taste is earthy and dry crispy, with a fruity elegance and a refreshing boost of minty and herby hops. The hints of pineneedles, dried apricots, honey, nuts, Alp flowers and smooth barley are all well in composition.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
onanalancaster (20) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
Aroma is complex and interesting hoppy with a warm barley like carracter. It has smooth hints of caramel and nice aroma’s of cereals and nuts. The taste is earthy and dry crispy, with a fruity elegance and a refreshing boost of minty and herby hops. The hints of pineneedles, dried apricots, honey, nuts, Alp flowers and smooth barley are all well in composition.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (699) - BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2014
Bière ambrée houblonnée, de très nette tendance ipa avec son niveau EBU de 115, mais que ratebeer classe allègrement en belgian strong ale … selon sa bonne habitude et son manque d’implication dans les classements par genre. Il faudra aussi que l’on m’explique en quoi une bière de 7,9 % abv est une « strong » … Bref, dégustons tranquillement …. Couleur ambre moyen à roux clair, avec un tout léger voile. Bulles moyennes mais aussi de grosses qui montent par intermittence (du spectacle…). Mousse blanche très épaisse, crémeuse, avec plein de cratères. C’est splendide (on s’y baignerait…). Arômes d’agrumes, houblon en fleur, Orval. 1ère bouche souple à la très belle entame sur l’amertume, avec un goût d’écurie et de crottin frais. Arrière-bouche sur l’Orval, ancienne génération. Superbe. 2ème à la magnifique amertume, sur un fond de malt légèrement grillé. L’Orval est tout près (même de Flandre ….). 3ème avec un splendide ensemble malt/houblon qui va vers un équilibre centré sur l’amertume. Les jambes sont grasses et marquées. La levure Morphéus fait des merveilles. L’alcool est très adapté au genre, et parfait en progression. La finale nous monte au firmament de l’amertume : finesse, précision, complexité. CONCLUSION : Gaspar était un bon Roi mage. Il a sûrement offert à Jésus une bière de chez Alvinne, pour qu’il nous délivre un pareil message de béatitude !! Sans Gaspar, Jésus n’aurait pas été ce qu’il a été … CQFD.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (3232) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Tap. Deep amber with small head. Moderate malt base with medium hops and some mild Belgian spice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1809) - - OCT 3, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 11-17-13- Poured from bottle into a chalice glass Appearance – Even with very little agitation when taking the beer out of the fridge, upon opening, it exploded with tons of foam spewing from the brew. Upon pouring in the glass, a huge bubbly head forms with massive carbonation bubbles entrapped within. The color of the brew is of a hazy straw nature with some hints of orange seen within. The massive foam head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading and leaving lots of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma has a nice blend of Belgian yeast, citrus, and hop. The Belgian yeast aromas bring a nice yeast cake and spice aroma of coriander and clove along with a lighter banana smell. The citrus smells are mainly of a sweet orange nature, but also contain some aromas of lemon. These lemon aromas couple as hop aromas as well, and are mixed with some grassy and herbal hop smells; all melding with the rest of the smells to produce a very nice aroma overall. Taste – The taste begins with a bready and yeasty flavor with a moderately strong showing of a sweet orange and a sour and bitter lemon citrus taste. After the initial tastes, a nice yeasty flavor hits the tongue, bringing with it a banana flavor. The sweeter orange flavor dwindles as the taste moves on with it becoming drier as the flavor moves to the end. The bready flavors take on a more cracker nature as well, with a decently strong grassy and herbal flavor as well as a little bit of earth coming to the tongue, in all, leaving a rather drier and moderately, but not too hoppy,Belgian flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that was insanely high. The carbonation level was almost ridiculous making it almost impossible to pour, but yet still somehow appropriate for the hop flavors and Belgian style. Overall –A rather pleasant drinking Belgian IPA. Rather enjoyable overall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skoisirius (1760) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Draft at SIB07. Probably WAS one of the hoppier biers in Belgium - but that was back in 2007. Not anymore.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbruner (2477) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2014
2003 bottle. Pours a murky copper, minimal head or lace, but impressive it’s still carbonated. Definitely not an IPA at this point anymore, lots of caramel and dark fruit, sweet and big, would like to try this fresh.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (2425) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
The first of Alvinne’s Epiphany beers, a winter ale in the new IPA-inspired ’tripel hop’ style. Deep peach blonde colour with amber glow, misty. Aroma very hoppy, peppery, leafy, oily, grapefruit, apple, bitter honey; restrained fruity onset, soft malts, quickly dominated by a very powerful, drying, oily, spicy, long hop bitterness. I wonder why this isn’t classified as a true IPA here.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4060) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
How: Draught.
Where: Monk’s Porter House, Stockholm.
Appearance: Hazy golden colour with a white head.
Aroma: Hops, fruit, herbs, oranges.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Fruit, citrus, herbs, grass, alcohol.


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