Alvinne Melchior Calvados Barrel Oak Aged
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Brewed by Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Style: Barley Wine
Moen, Belgium
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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (16658) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 13, 2011
RBESG 2010, bottle at Brasserie 4:20
Gushing bottle. Cloudy blond color. Light aroma of malt and wallnuts. Sweetish malt flavor, with light Calvados and nutty touch. The alcohol can be clearly perceived. Good but a bit boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (15649) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (15605) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (14725) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle at ACBF 2011. Unfortunately, I was served from a bottle that had been opened the day before, and it seemed like the beer was not in its best condition. Pours glowing gold with a few lonely bubbles. Juicy, sour aroma, slightly funky. Has an odd flavor, lightly tart, slightly buttery, lightly sweet. Full bodied with soft carbonation, hot in the throat. Buttery finish, alcohol to spare, light dough, certainly warming. Wasn’t overly impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (14695) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2014
RBESG 2014 in London, Sunday Tasting at Craft Clerkenwell. Hazy golden beer with an offwhite head. Sourish vinous aroma, caramel, citrus, figs, woody, calvados, some apples. Sourish woody flavor, grapes, figs, raisins, woody, calvados notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14610) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (14610) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (14519) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (13637) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 13, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2013 Würziger und ausgewogenenr Antrunk, Apfel, süffig. Das Bier wird intensiver, schon früh vollmundig. Kaum malzig, dafür holzig, perfekt passende Süße. Rund, fruchtiger werdend, Vanille, Mango, wieder Apfel. GANZ anders als die „frische“ Version! 7/12/11/13/12/13 Alter Test: Alkoholischer Antrunk mit durchgehender Trockenheit und angenehmer Süße. Man gewöhnt sich mit der Zeit an den Alkohol, durch eine teilweise deutliche Wässrigkeit erscheint er zudem im Mittelteil nicht übermäßig stark. Leider ist das Bier nicht sonderlich aromatisch und lässt sich auf eine durchaus kräuterartige Alkoholigkeit und eine süße Komponente reduzieren. Wenig helles Malz, im Abgang alkoholich brennend. 6/7/7/7/11/7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (13509) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle at RBESG ’14, day 4 not so grand tasting at Craft Clerko, 10/08/14 thanks to the Cad. Lightly hazed golden with moderate off white edgeing. Nose is tarte fruit rinds, oaky wood, soured berry notes, straw, must. Taste comprises light booze, rich fruit mix, spice, tangy dark fruits, light caramel. Medium + body, fine carbonation, lightly warming booze in the close. Decent enough barley wine, getting the BA woodyness but necessarily calvados.

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