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Brewed by Brouwerij Alvinne
Style: Barley Wine
Moen, Belgium
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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Melchior, aged for several months on bourbon barrels. Bottled without refermentation.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (12276) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2012 From bottle @ 1st BBF De Molen. Slightly toasted aroma, malty with oak. Malty sweet flavor with oak, hints of raspberry and vinous notes. Alcoholic. (7 3 8 4 15 = 3.7) From tap @ Borefts 2012. Amber color. Dried fruit, banana and yeast in the aroma and flavor. Alcoholic and yeasty finish. oaky. Dominant bourbon.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12027) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (11054) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 2, 2016
500ml bottle picked up at Vinmonopolet Vika three years ago. Huge, rocky off-white head with fine retention. Unclear dark apricot coloured body. Clingy lacing. Caramel, oak and bourbon aroma. Comprehensive taste profile of caramel, dried fruits, earth and bourbon. Warming alcohol on the swallow. Well bodied. Decent, heavy sipper (shared with Finn and djoeye at a session in Tromsø, 01.02.2016).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (10934) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 22, 2013
Draught @ Haand Ølfestival 2013
Pours clear amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, alcohol, dried fruits, oak and vanilla. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long vanilla, oak and fruity finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10416) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - APR 3, 2010
Cloudy golden with a medium off white head. Aroma had barnyard, wood and malty notes. Sweet flavour with barnyard, malt, caramel, wood, vanilla and bourbon notes. Finished sweet. Reminded me of a sweet Gueuze.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (9392) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2009
Small off-white head over dullish peach-coloured beer, full of little grey specks. Very alcoholic nose with an inviting jumble of yeast-induced fruity esters, further wood, smelling somehow vinous ànd Bretty. Again Brett streak, dough flavour, alcohol gradually building up in force, fusels, alcohol-drenched wood, white bread seeped in Bourbon, sherry and brandy. Thinned down by the alcohol, still a well-bodied, fiery alcoholic MF, with at the same time a velvety texture. IMO, one of the best Oak Collection Alvinnes. The nose is heavenly from the word go, but the taste had to grow on me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9078) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2012
Bottle sample @ 19de Internationale BierHappening, Zottegem. Thanks Glenn. Orangée/cuivrée trouble, col est blanc et fin. Arôme est effectivement plein de Bourbon,bouquet garde un côté généreux belge dans un style belge forte avec un malté conférant une pointe biscuité. Palais est réchauffant, sucrée léger roux, profile restant très belge dans son approche plus que un barley wine comme on les imagine avec le Bourbon qui enveloppe tout le palais, ici le boisé reste subtile. L’alcool est bien présent et réchauffe le palais et garde ce fini malté caramel sur un beau pétillant. Boisé est subtile, avec un profile fruité pêche fermenté qui indique la base de Melchior. Pointe houblonnée vient en fin de bouche et contribue subtilement à l’ajout très discret d’une amertume fleuri. Pas mauvaise, mais là on dérive un peu de l’original Melchior qui perd ici quasi toute la présence de graine de moutarde.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ibrew2or3 (8082) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (8076) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 29, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2013 27/IV/13 - on tap @ Zythos Bierfestival (2013-419) Thanks to the Belgian ratebeer crew for sharing our beers today!

Clear amber beer, big creamy off-white head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of caramel, sweet, sugary, bit fruity, rum (the booze yes), dried fruits, some banana. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: bitter start, grains, alcohol noticeable, little caramel, nutty, more alcohol sweetness, bit metallic. Aftertaste: sugary touch, metallic, bitter, banana, rum again. Pretty good, but I preferred the Monbazillac!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnar (7754) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2013
On tap at Haand 2013. Pours clear dark amber with a thin layer of bubbles. Aroma of bourbon, with some notes of acetone as well.Taste is alcoholic nutty malts, mixed with sweet honey. Not my kind of tea.


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