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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: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (4761) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 27, 2009
Bottle from Den Bierzolder. Glowing orange, small head, some sediment. The nose is very fruity with apples in the lead. Good complex calvados flavours, initially apples, later vanilla oakiness. Good dry finish. Full-bodied, alcohol is noticeable and warming. Fizzy. A beer that really develops in the mouth.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 4, 2010
(Bottled, 0.75l) Slightly hazy amber with a tiny, big-bubbly head. Mild, fruity aroma with apple and peach, a touch of citrusy hops, and some caramely maltiness. Lightly sour-grainy-malty, sweetish and very fruity flavor with apples, peaches, and oranges, very little bitterness. Alcohol quite well hidden. Medium to full body, flat CO2. The vanilla sourness in Mackmyra version was quite pleasant, but Calvados barrel seems just to add loads of fruitiness, pretty much reducing complexity of the original. Add the flat CO2, and you’ll get a pretty dull and lifeless, although pleasantly fruity and rounded brew. 5336

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjs (4460) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2010
(Bottle, 0.75 l, at the 16th Kerstbierfestival) The beer piured yellowish brown and cloudy. Its head was small, sparse and white. Aroma had malts, vanilla and apples. Palate was full bodied, warming and dry with low carbonation. Flavours were malts, vanilla, apples, sweetness, fruitiness, wood and bitterness. Aftertaste was woody and bitter. Quite weird combination of flavours that didn’t work well enough.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (4447) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4433) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2009
Bottled. Aroma has mustard, oak and calvados apples. Hazy, golden coloured beer with a lasting, white head. The taste is vinous, has apples, some spice and yeast. Better than expected.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gyllenbock (4427) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (4425) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2011
750mL bottle from Leuken’s Oldsmar. Pours a hazy yellow with orange highlights and a swirl of white head. Nose is sweet malt, mustard, cognac, some barnyard, and some booze. It has distinct sour qualities to it that make me think it might have brett, but after exploring the beer a bit more, I believe it is more of the combination of the barrel with the mustard seed. Flavor is musty, malt, bretty quality, oak, cognac, and some tartness/ vinous quality. Calvados is nowhere near as pronounced as I anticipated for the stamp on the bottle. More cognac than calvados comes through. Light to medium-bodied and a strange take on this one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (4325) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2014
Unclear amber color with a small tan layer. Very fruity aroma. Thick body, but very flat carbonation. Balanced fruity and solid malty flavor. Some spicy notes.
[Bottle at Grand Tasting RBNG14 – Halden]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Wow. Fantastic. Brings a liqueur touch. Maybe a little overwhelming on my palate at this point in the evening. Doesn’t really strike me as "Belgians"..a creature unto itself. Hardcore barrel treatment. Tasty, brutal spirit/beer hybrid.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4178) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
The aroma is alcoholic with malt and a hint of mustard and earth. The taste is like the aroma with the mustard in the finish. The appearance is golden. Overall interesting and it’s one of those beers that grows on you.


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