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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: 135   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.


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (13596) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2009 Bottle, 11.5%. Quite citric and vinous aroma, a bit like white wine. Hazy yellow colour. Very small white head. The flavour is quite vinous and grapey. Some citrus. OK refreshing. Vanilla aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (13591) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle at the Alvinne pre Zythos event 09. Bit of apple on aroma, way too much apple in the mouth. Just a bit too muh stewed apple and green apple flavour for me. May settle down after a few months in bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13359) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2010
Bottle at Pre-ZBF 2010. Cloudy golden - no head. Calvados, sweetness, apples, alcoholic, licorice, brandy, wheaty, sharpness, wooden, grapes, light yeasty.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (13347) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle, 75cl, at RBNG-14 Grand Tasting. An unclear, golden colored beer, flat as a pancake. Berries, honey and a generic fruityness in the aroma. Pretty vinous too. It’s full-bodied and almost flat, with boozy notes. Apricots, honey, vinous booze and some faint peppery notes in the flavor. Lasting boozy finish. Not sure about this one, I like the vinous touch although it’s too boozy, but then it’s too boozy... Nice aromas and flavors though. 140215

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12544) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2010
Bottled 750ml (Alvinne shop, BB 01/2015)
Hazy copper-amber color, small mostly vanishing head. Aroma has lots of raisins, alcohol, cognac, riped apples. Medium-bodied. Alcoholic "bitterness", fruity with raisins and plums, hints of apples, lychee. Flavor is certainly similar to regular Melchior, but this is not so liquerish as it is and calvados barrel brings some extra sweetness. Heavy stuff with 11.5% ABV.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11940) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11158) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2009
Bottle. [thank you, harrisoni]
My first beer after a short-ish beer hiatus of nineteen days.
Pours a lovely, clear orange golden with a great, staying, creamy head. Mostly white, but with a slight yellow hue to it someplaces. I poured a bit more than I probably should, so a few large lumps of yeast plumped into the glass. Probably won’t make a difference. Head stays for quite a long time, descending slowly in a ring, leaving lacings on the glass and a cone in the middle. Lovely aroma. Lots of overripe apple, some oak, toffee, caramel malts and yeast. There is oranges, pineapple and other exotic fruit notes as well. Highish prickly carbonation, but still maintains a good oily feel. Flavour is quite vinious, but never really alcohol-heavy. Lots of apples again, mixed with lovely fat toffee and those yeast exotic fruit notes. Warming finish with very little bitterness. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11001) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Hazy amber color, thin white head. Aroma of apple sauce and light spice. Taste is apples, cinnamon, some citrus. Interesting and complex, more like a cider than a beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10929) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Bottle at the Triple Rock Sour & BA Fest. Pours hazy orange with a creamy off-white head. Mild sour fruit aroma. Flavor is slightly soalpym mildly fruity, a bit vinous, mildly hoppy, pretty oaky. Cant’t feel the heat. Nice Belgian. V. nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (10769) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2011
cloudy orange, smooth white head. aroma of alc, yeast, yellow fruits. flavor is spicy, yeast, yellow fruits.


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