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

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RATINGS: 364   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)


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Augustijn55 (82) - Izegem, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2007
Bottle 33 cl. Cloudy amber color with a big head. Very hops aroma, and typical Alvinne malt. Hoppy taste with much alcohol notes. Bitter aftertaste, like it !

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jerre (2364) - Waregem, BELGIUM - NOV 26, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 Bottle 33 cl. Now a give this rating taste this new beer 3 times. First (begin oct.)at the brewery. Amber colored beer with a big head and good lacing. This is Belgians most hopped beer (115 IBU). Aroma is very hoppy. The taste is hoppy with some alcohol notes and bitter. Aftertaste is all hops and bitter, but not too much.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (4755) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2006
Bottle at Kerstbierfestival 2006, Essen. Cloudy, deep amber with a huge offwhite head. Extremely hoppy nose- all you can take from fruity and earthy hops. Very bitter, fruity, earthy hop bitterness in the lead-no compromise. Extreme beer Belgian-style.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4269) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2008
330ml Belgian shorty bottle. Hoppy beers seem to be catching on it Belgium, and this is a great example. Sticky sweet with a much more balanced taste than an American hop bomb. Very nice yeast and hop balance. Alcohol very well hidden. Great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Sample bottle at the brewery, poured by Glenn. Bright orange with a big fluffy head that lingers and leaves moderate lacing. Aroma of bread, orange peel and coriander. Dominant malts with complex spiciness. Good body. Excellent Belgian style IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2153) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Interesting brew. Poured very lively with a huge foamy frothy sudsy textured off white to cream colored head that lasts and lasts (like forever) plus lots of lace. Color is an almost clear amber. Aroma was surprising given the amber glass of the bottle and being skunky (which, thankfully, was fleeting). Also yeast malt spice and bread dough. Flavor is like aroma and not expansive as is usually the case. Finish is like flavor and a bit sweet, but not too. Decent brew overall.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jdeutchman (1) - - MAR 20, 2014 does not count
Opened cold Gaspar, immediately overflowed from bottle. Noticed strange sediments in beer. Unfiltered. Nice. Poured into wine glass. Lots of head. Very nice flavor and very tingly. Nice beer overall

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2007
Slight hazy orange-amber beer with nice creamy off white-yellowish head. 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. The afthertaste is at first very balm like, it has a nice rondness and the 8% is well integrated in this very tastefull bitter Belgian strong ale. Served straight from the fridge in a Bordeaux Riedle glass.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 24, 2007
(Bottled, my 800th Belgian rating, from an Orval glass) Very hazy orange-amber with a huge, frothy, very lasting and lacy, slightly tanned head, forming Duvel-like clouds. Lots of yeast in the bottle. Yeasty, malty and fruity aroma with strong, aromatic hops. Very bitter, peppery-spicy and malty, dry and sourish-fruity, ashy flavor with a smoother (but still very bitter), long finish. Medium to full-bodied, smooth’n’foamy palate with well-hidden alcohol. No, not the most balanced one around - but yes, another great beer from Alvinne! I’m sensing much of the same attitude here as with Nøgne Ø: daring and uncompromising, with no ingredients spared...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 2010-12-28, bottle from A Tutta Birra, Milan, 2 years old, 8-4-7-3-15=37
Cloudy golden-orange color; it’s still a bit overly carbonated, so it pours a huge head. Very nice aroma, solid and spicy malt, pungent, mature. The body is quite strong, the malt is spicy and too astringent, probably too yeasty as well, with strong bitterness, and tones of vegetables and salty liquorice. Overall, a beer that shouldn’t be aged.

2009-01-05, bottle from A Tutta Birra, Milan, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Beautiful golden color; huge head. The hoppy aroma is very nice, yet delicate, with a touch of fruits too. Malt flavor, truly Belgian, with a touch of Saaz. Very good, but I wonder what happened to the bottle I had last year, that was so amazing

2007-07-07, 8-5-9-5-19=46
I don’t know what was wrong with it, but this bottle was leaking, there is a lot of yeast even below the cap and it pours 10 cm of pure foam in my Belgian glass; it just makes me believe that the bottle fermentation was too much, maybe due to the average daily temperature in Milan, ~34°C


The foam drops and leaves behind a cloudy golden or light amber Ale, topped by beautiful whipped eggwhite.
The aroma is first dry and spicy, like a typical Tripel, later also sweet and fruity, with a touch of pine resin.
Good body structure, with a very good malty flavor (dry), still some sweetness, an impression of alcohol, and a touch of yeast of course.
The bitterness is bold, turning to be amost astringent, contributing to a strong and long final.

After so many IPAs / APAs, finally an Ale that takes me back to my old love for Belgian treasures. Excellent, fantastic, complex, whirling.


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