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Brewed by Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Style: Barley Wine
Moen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Melchior, aged for several months on bourbon barrels. Bottled without refermentation.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bart (2939) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle @ Alvinne Proeflokaal. Amber to brown coloured beer with some medium carbonation and a small white head. Sweet herby almost pear fruity hinted aroma. Full palate. Finish is sweet light fruity with a short yeasty note. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2013
A tall fluffy blond head, atop a clear amber colored body. Fresh smell of candy-like fruits. A whiff of alcohol, subtle wood and bourbon. Lively carbonation, feels quite full in the mouth. Medium malt body. Fairly sweet with a touch of caramel. Light acidic fruit tones. Rounded oak and bourbon. Earthy and resinous bitterness underneath. Alcohol is noticable, providing a warming sensation. Lingering bitter-sweet ending. Complex and tasty. Good stuff. [Shared bottle enjoyed @yngwie’s. 01.12.12]

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ibrew2or3 (7101) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2013
50cl bottle picked up at the De Molen bottle shop pours with a clear copper body that harbors tiny floaties and supports a tall billowing light tan head of foam. the first whiff of the aroma was pure sweet bourbon and vanilla and nothing else. A few more drags hints at brown sugar, prune and raisin like esters. Well, those notes are faint but the booze, bourbon and vanilla are not. Wow, the taste is sadly similar with sweet vanilla and bourbon and really very little else. I guess at least the booziness is smooth and isn’t coming across hot or harsh. That said I wish there was more balance and more of the base beer coming through. If I’m getting beneath the barrel treatment I seem to be getting sweet raisins, prunes and a black pepper note. Too much barrel time for my taste.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2013
@BBF12. Pours cloudy dark amber with a small white head. Aroma is caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla and dark dried fruit. Flavour is caramel, alcohol, oak, vanilla, bourbon, dried fruit, raisin, pine and grass

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ansjelaah (1509) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2013
Gedronken op borefts’12, kleur is bruin en helder, geen schuimkraag, ruikt en smaakt sterk, zoet, eiken, hout, goede carbo

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6267) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2013
Bottle kindly shared by OleR. Malty sweet, very rich oaky character. Moe vanilla and wood than whiskey. A wood aging showcase.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gorm (1464) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2013
Mye smak av whiskey. Denne er nok et godt valg for whiskey og ølelskere men inne noe for meg.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arve_Christian (3280) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2013
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Dark golden color, good foam- small bubbles. Immediate aromas of wood, caramel, bourbon- ok fruitiness. Medium/ full body & high complexity. Some bitterness, also sweetness- but impressive balance. Very enjoyable

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (1594) - Ghent, BELGIUM - FEB 10, 2013
Hazy copper amber colour, small white head. Medium carbonation. Very tasty and heavy beer. Aroma of fruit, malts, honey, sugar candy, oak and a shot of whisky. Well balanced, not easy drinkable. Warm alcoholic finish. Sweet with dry bitter finish. Balanced beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
esp0r (2128) - NORWAY - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle from Vika enjoyed at home
Dark copper, big tanned head - amazingly big for a beer with this high ABV. Smells of oak, hints of funk, bourbon, malts and booze. Heavy sweet, caramel, vanilla and bourbon, quite warming and boozy, dry mouthfeel an a oaky tendensy. Low bitterness. This is quite a successful oak experience. I love how the bourbon and oak is integrated in this one


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