Alvinne Melchior Calvados Barrel Oak Aged
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Brewed by Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Style: Barley Wine
Moen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5253) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5155) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (5043) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle@Craft Clerkenwell (RBESG 10/08/2014) - golden pour with white head. Aroma and taste is orchard fruits, barnyard apple, citrus tones, slightly sour, caramel, bretty nuances.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2009
Bottle@Home. Complex aroma with loads of apple but also wood en spices. Light hazy, dark yellow colour, small off-white head, good lace. Sweet, sourish, light bitter, apples, lightly spiced. Soft mouth feel. Complex and very interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2014
750, oof this is 11%. No mustard seeds, but i guess thats not a bad thing. A thin boozy lame subpar Belgian strong. Barrels do nothing to improve this. not impressed. That said, nothing really offensive to warrant a lower rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2010
750ml Bottle: Aroma of funk, alcohol, malt, wood, fruit, light apple, and slight vanilla. Poured a muddy amber/brown in color with a small, fizzy, off-white head that disappeared very quickly, but lasted around the edges. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is light to medium sweet, medicinal, and alcoholic. Tastes of malt, alcohol, medicine, wood, vanilla, mustard, and some funk. Medium body. Oily texture. Average to slightly lively carbonation. Alcohol, mustard, wood, and medicine finish. Very alcohol hot. Very disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4914) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (4898) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4700) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4456) - 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.

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