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Brewed by Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Style: Barley Wine
Moen, Belgium
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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (14009) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2009
Bottle at 1st Borefts BF 09. Subtle vanilla bourbon aroma. That’s really good. Flavour of the beer still comes through with a lovely vanilla edge and touch of bourbon on finish. It’s one of the best bourbon barrel beers I’ve had. Davy and Glen said that they wanted something a bit more subtle than some barrel aged beers and they have got it just right for my taste at least. Lovely bit of candied/sour/tangerine/orange fruit comes through on the swallow. Beer of the day for me (apart from the Dirty Horse of course).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13923) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle, shared by OleR. A big, dense, off-white head sits on top of a clear, amber colored body. The aroma has some notes of alcohol, not much considering the ABV, with a touch of bourbon, but not much vanilla. There’s also piney hops, fruityness and a light caramel maltyness. A bit heavy on the carbonation, it’s full-bodied, semi-sweet and lightly warming on the palate. Bitter flavor with some sweetness as well as pine cones, resins and caramel. Lasting finish. A really nice one, well worth a revisit. 121201

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13730) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2012
Draught at Borefts BeerFest 2012. Cloudy red/brown - offwhite head. Sharpness, some bourbon, toasted, sweetness, herbal, bitterness, candy sweetness, caramel, fruity. A bit thin.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Travlr (12900) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 8, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Glenn at the brewery. Thanks! A: Deep orange color with an edge head and little lacing. S: Subtle aroma of whisky with notes of caramel, butterscotch and light smoke. T: Flavor starts sour, then orange peel and coriander show up. Sour. Bourbon is subtle, mostly evident in the finish. M: Good body. D: Superb, to be sought after. Can’t wait to see more variants.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11590) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2012
On tap at Borefts 2012, Bodegraven. Pours moderately hazy caramel-gold with a fine, white cream head. Sugary malt aroma with punches of honey and toffee. Big sweet flavor with honey, toffee, apples, light alcohol, fruitcake. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish with mild warmth, sticky sugars, mellow dry wood, ripe apple, rich bread. Quite well rounded and not too cloying.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (11258) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2012
Boreft Beer Festival 2012. Cloudy copper with no head. Aroma of dried fruit, with laquer, alcohol and a funky touch. Sweet, funky and yeasty flavour

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (11226) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 10, 2010
A: The pour is a slightly hazy golden straw color with a bit of yeast sediment finding its way into the glass. S: Quite a bit of bright fruit notes in the nose. I pick up some apples, pears, lemons, and maybe even some white grapes. The bourbon/vanilla is subtle, as is the oak. T: The fruit character is just as prevalent on the palate. The bourbon comes through a bit more and provides a bit of warmth and some vanilla flavor. Lots of white grapes and apples really stand out and keep this one "light" for such a strong beer. M: The body is surprisingly light (in a good way) for such a potent beer. Good carbonation, which I was not expecting either. D: This was dangerously easy to drink. I think I was the only person that was a real big fan of this one at the tasting, but I thought it was quite interesting, especially compared to American bourbon barrel beers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11204) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2009
Bottle @ 1st BBF, De Molen.
Pours muddy yellow with a very nice, creamy, white head. Aroma is sweet malty, good vanilla notes, caramel, bourbon and a little "sweaty". Light carbonation, nice creamy and dry mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, vinious, malty, apples, banana, mustard notes and light vanilla. Very fresh and drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (11022) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2013
Sample at Haand 2013. Amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is bourbon, malt, hop, alcohol. Flavour is bourboun malt, hop, fruit, alcohol, sugar, caramel. Full body. Nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Koelschtrinker (10947) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 8, 2011
Trockener heller Antrunk, in dem eine süßliche Alkoholnote und eine dazu passende Malznote aufeinandertreffen. Dazu wenig hopfig. Im Mittelteil durch den spürbar stärkeren Alkohol intensiver und würziger, süß. Auch im weiteren Verlauf ist der Alkohol stark. Dies passt in weiten Teilen, wird zum Ende aber überstrapaziert. Etwas brotig, die Süße ist etwas klebrig. Darüber hinaus deutlich würzig nach Kräutern, etwas Honig. Ein intensives und stark kräuterbetontes Bier. 9/12/8/12/13/13


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