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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: 142   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4708) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4673) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4625) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (4545) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4258) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
boFNjackson (4176) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Bottle... Poured hazy golden with a white head. Barf-like, solvent, chemical with some hard liquor and even a scotch-like tone. Some funk and a hot finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4147) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Thanks mom. Pours a slightly cloudy straw amber with one finger of off-white head. Nose is lightly acidic with a large brett presence, pineapple and fresh cut citrus. Flavor is really nice, very dry and citrusy. Zesty with fresh pineapple and heavy brett influence. Lightly tannic and cider, definitely an apple component to this. Uber interesting.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (4084) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: RBESG 14 not so grand tasting.
Appearance: Dark golden colour with some yeast particles, very small white head.
Aroma: A bit sour, fruit, citrus, caramel, calvados.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Old dusty cellar, caramel, fruit, raisin, calvados.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dEnk (4050) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2010
Bottle @ Pre-ZBF. Clear orange pour, no head. Aroma of hops and wild yeast. Flavour is sour wild yeast with a bit too sweet champagneish wineish flavour.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (3992) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle shared at the RBESG 2014, grand tasting 10/08/2014 Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell. Aroma is hot alcohol, sollent, sharp apple, beerry. Haxed golden coloured pour with a loose white head. Some honey on the nose. Flavour is tart apple, granny smith, biscuity malts. Palate is semi-sweet, slight tart /sharp on the tongue.


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