RateBeer
Alvinne Melchior Calvados Barrel Oak Aged
     click to upload
overall
92
65
style
Brewed by Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Style: Barley Wine
Moen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter

bottled
available

on tap
available

Local Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9960) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9556) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2011
Bottle… Cloudy peach-colored ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Odd bouquet - spicy, salty, herbal and earthy. Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. Like the aroma, the flavor is odd, but enjoyable – herbal and earthy. Spicy mustard seed, anise, coriander, earthy hops, light acidity and a touch of salt. Finishes earthy and herbal. Strange brewery, this one. Lots of hits, misses and almosts. Always off-center.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9466) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2012
A light,clear amber pour, small off white head. Aroma is all over the place! Tons of brandy notes, woody, herbal notes, some earthy aromas as well. Sweet and boozy up front on the flavor, some interesting herbal flavors and spice. Finishes warm.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2010
750ml bottle. Poured a medium golden color with a smaller sized head. Aromas of oaky woodiness, fruity, and yeasty. Tastes of more fruitiness/apples, yeast, some funkiness, spicy, lighter wood, and yeasty. Alcohol burn in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8963) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Pours cloudy apricot with white head. Nose of mustard seed, oak, hops, Belgian yeast and apple. Taste of granny apple, oak, light bourbon, Belgian yeast and farmhouse funk.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Travlr. Red apple skin nose. Pours a cloudy, chunky from the yeast, bright, deep orange. Taste is like very good spiked unfiltered apple cider. Boozy, a bit syrupy on the palate. Very sweet with massive red apple character. It’s pretty damn good but if blind tasting I would put in under ice cider or something.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (8271) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle 750ml @ RGNG-14
Pours hazy golden with a few off-white bubbles. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, alcohol and berries. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with a long warm, berry and caramel finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is flat.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (8035) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2009
Very small, off-white head shortlived over hazy orange-ochre beer. Mix of creamy and sharp-alcoholic aromas. Breton pancakes, Tarte Tatin, Crêpes Suzette or Grand Opéra - very special associations. Definitely apples, alcohol and Calvados in the flavour. Bakery crust & caramel syrup, referring again to Tarte Tatin from the nose. Pinch of sweetness, but nowhere exaggerated. Mandarine peel retronasal, and there we have the crêpes association! MF/palate are rather sharp, the Calvados barrel obliging, but I definitely expect this to mellow out with a bit of bottle-aging. Not overly well-bodied for a beer of its ABV. Again a very special beer from the Alvinne Oak Collection. Glad to see a Belgian brewer resolutely heading in this direction, after Dubuisson, Smisje and Struise... Oh, and a good one for my 1700th Belgian rating!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7970) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle at First German Ratebeer gathering at Idar Oberstein. Lemon peel and Calvados aroma. Hazy golden yellow color with small head. Sweet and musty lemon and barley malt flavor. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7874) - 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.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 2 3  4  5 6 7 » 15


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50