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

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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Melchior, aged for several months on bourbon barrels. Bottled without refermentation.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10349) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (10138) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (8111) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2012
Draught @ Borefts 12. Lightly unclear orange color, no head. Smell sweetness, malts and lightly bourbon. Taste malts, sweetish and also only lightly bourbon. A bit disappointing. Medium body, low to medium carbo.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (7879) - Antwerpen, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (7385) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle at 1st Borefts Beer Festival.
Excellent clean gold with a good white head and lace. Aroma is amazing. Fruit a plenty, really good sugary notes and some excellent barrelly notes. The flavour is equally brilliant. Soft and sweet, beautiful apples and tropical fruit. Unusual juicy yet dry feel. Excellent barrelly character and gorrrrrrgeous booze in the very lengthy finish. Not my best rate but this is one of Davey and Glenn’s best.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6624) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6177) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 7, 2013
Small offwhite head. Hazy amber body with huge floaties and carbonation. Dried fruit vanilla aroma with bubble gum notes. Dry-sweet dried fruit and bubble gum vanilla taste with alcoholic notes. Mid-bodied. Sharpish, slightly hot mouthfeel. Dry dried fruit and vanilla aftertaste with grassy bitter notes. Really interesting, but a bit strong and sharp. (0.5l bottle, shared by Ole_R.)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6067) - 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.


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