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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bart (2941) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle. Light brown coloured beer with a reddish hint. Very light carbonation and a very small white head. Special, light sour fruity hinted aroma with a short malty touch. Full palate. Finish is sour sweet and fruity hinted with short touches of oak, herbs and malts. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2341) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Thin, off-white, sloppy head of varying sized bubbles. Minimal carbonation. Nice complex aroma. A slight bit of funkyness in there along with lots of vinuous white grape aromas, some herbs, a hint of bret and some soft grainy malts. Color is a slightly hazy dark copper. Flavor has a little zip to it from the funky tartness that accompanies the spicyness from the mustard seeds. The tartness keeps the mouth salivating and begging for more while at the same time drying out the palate. More white grape with only a minor alcohol presence. Some belgian yeast and a tad of straw round out the late palate portion. A pretty good brew that will not be a hit with everybody.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grunx (367) - - DEC 12, 2011
Cervesa complexa. Notes de fusta, vainilla i poma madura. Final sec i lleugerament alcoholic. Molt bona.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Cap shows "MELCHIOR CALV2 14 JUN 2016 Lot 9 JI". Label says 11% ABV. Pours rusty amber with a short smattering of tan bubbles on the surface. Aroma is green apple, grape skins, wet oak, white wine, dried fruit and funky yeast. Hints of sour fruit as well. Taste is big oak notes, faint vanilla, caramel, sour fruit notes, unripe berries, grape skins, faint apple, damp earth, funky yeast and faint caramel. Body is light-medium with very soft carbonation. Dry mouthfeel especially during the finish. Ends with more grape skins, white wine, green apple, wet oak, funky yeast, sour berries, candied fruit, light earthiness and soft caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1754) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Hazy cider colored with very little head. Aroma is like a cider fermented with brett. Sweet and spicy with that pleasant pineapple and barn. Taste is the same, with more bretty bitterness and tannic woodiness well after the finish. Some warming alcohol.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazy light brown with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel and sweet, overripe fruit. Flavor is similar with added notes of spice and wood. Finish is metallic with a strange spicy bitterness (mustard seeds?). Different but not great.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (1888) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 12, 2011
Bottled sample consumed at Avenue Pub. Gold in colour with moderate yet spritzy carbonation. Aromas are of sour citrus, oak, liquor (maybe white vermouth), and mustard. Flavours are of more sour fruit, wood, white grapes, vanilla, and a bit of balsamic vinegar. Round mouthfeel and a bit boozy. Not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BelgianBeerGal (3014) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Draught. Mustard seeds? Really? Good or bad I didn’t seem to notice them at all. For me the aroma and flavor was reminiscent of sour cherries. I also did not notice the 11+ ABV too. Okay.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
SirLimpsalot (1955) - SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2011
Stark “belgisk” doft, lite syrlig med tydlig apelsinton. Smaken innehåller mycket kola, är lite halv-fruktig men känns mest avslagen. Vätskan är tunn och jag blev inte jätteförtjust

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gyllenbock (4083) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2011
Bottle. Cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, orange, alcohol and with some notes of oak. The taste was about the same with a woody finish. Not that impressive to be honest, a little to unbalanced and with a surprisingly light body.


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