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Alvinne Melchior Calvados Barrel Oak Aged
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Brewed by Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Style: Barley Wine
Moen, Belgium
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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Ale brewed with mustard seeds and aged for 6 months in Calvados barrels that contained cognac for 10 years and calvados for 8 years. The barrels were found at a local farm in France.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (2962) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013

1/27/2011: Alvinne The Oak Melchior (Ale brewed with mustard seeds and aged in oak [Calvados] barrels)... Aroma: Crisp, tart, alcoholic; funky and herbal with just a tinge of sweetness. Appearance: Murky deep gold color; thin off-white ring of foam around the edges. Flavor: Sweet, pale malts in the front with fruity undertones; lots of alcohol through the nose; dry, oaky and herbal from the middle through the finish; unfortunately, I can’t pick out the mustard seed... Palate: Medium-full, not really smooth - PASTY is a good way to describe it, but not bad; slightly sticky on the lips. Overall: Pretty good, but I would have liked to have the mustard seed show through to really make this one unique.

1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz. bottle (11% alc./vol.) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #115 for this beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jesterdeal (1640) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle shared by Dan. Aroma is dulled hops; citrus, and resin; oak, peach and mustard. Pours chunky and murky with small chunky film. Looks like cider sludge. Taste is pleasant with peach notes, vanilla oak, slight bar mustard and a resin hop finish. Nice enough but I was unimpressed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2013
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, calvados, orange, dried apricot, and some wood. Flavor of oak, cardboard, caramel, toffee, vinous, calvados, and nuts.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5393) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2013
(750ml bottle) clear gold, no bubble. Nose is rich, calvados barrel, grape/vinous, alcohol heavy. Taste of alcohol, calvados, white wine barrel, grapes, vinous, thin body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (934) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2013
Cloudy orange with absolutely no head. Aroma is sour candy, earthy wood, baked apple. Slightly sticky mouthfeel, sweet on the palate. Taste is baked apple, wood, pear, caramel, fruit, lemon meringue pie.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrFecesious (799) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2013
Beer share. Awesome aroma of lemon, grapefruit, cereal. Taste is lemony, apple (thanks for the pin point, simon). Nice and tart. Smokey. Quite dry finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (4069) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2012
1/IX/2012 75cl @ Tuinfeest Heeren van Liedekercke (Denderleeuw) - BB: n/a (2012-1003) Thanks to SecretSanta for the sample!

Clear orange beer, big creamy irregular off-white head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of bretta, lemony, sour apples, dusty, some alcohol, apple skin, wood. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: bit sourish start, grapes, white wine, alcohol, bitter touch, green apple skin, wood, tannins. Aftertaste: bitter, wood, alcohol, biter hops, some more alcohol, tannins. The calvados is very noticeable on this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2012
bottle thanks to bierkoning. poured a caramel orange color with a white head. aroma was oak, caramel, citrus, wine, and a bourbon like quality. flavor was bourbony, orange, fruity, and oak. body was medium with medium carbonation. very nice stuff!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 6, 2012
On tap at the Stone Bistro (a few months back) listed as Calvados/Cognac Barrel. Pours with a crystal clear golden hued body with minimal head (just a white ring). Some very strong legs. Aromas are of honey and floral notes, and a whole lot of alcohol. Extremely strong and musty, apple, calvados, low spirit but strong wood. Very caramelized, boozy, light sulfur, dry currants, dates, sticky and tangy. Flavors are cidery, dry, boozy and big. Sulfur (medium), calvados, dry apple, bitter tannins, fusel. Boozy, and a bit thin. A bit of a champagne like character, except with lower carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drpimento (2100) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Not quite as good as expected. Poured at a good temperature; it was a gusher; with a small, cream-colored head that settled to a thin island and ring, no lace. Color would be a clear, but for the large amount of tiny particulates in suspension, amber. Aroma is yeast, malt, mustard, fruit. Flavor is more bitter then tang, then sweet. Although in the finish it’s sweet and tang that linger. Otherwise, also like nose. Body has some clashes between bitter and tang along with some heavy boozieness.


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