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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: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dEnk (4193) - 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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
boFNjackson (4189) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arve_Christian (3862) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2014
At RBNG 2014 Halden. Golden hazy color, some foam . Aromas of caramel , malt and some vanilla. Medium/ full body & complexity. Sweetness- Good sourness- ok balance. Very enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vaiz (3792) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle at 3rd pre-ZBF. Pours clear orange with no head. Aroma of wine and some oak. Slightly sour flavor with the wine being too much present. Some fruits, slightly bitter finish but also with some sweetness. Too low carbonation. It’s more of a wine than a beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (3611) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aniela (3537) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2015
From my backlogg: RBESG 2014 in London, Sunday Tasting at Craft Clerkenwell. Hazy golden beer with an offwhite head. Sourish citrus fruity caramell calvados vinous aroma. Sourish woody calvados dark fruits grapes flavour.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
visionthing (3526) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2014
From a shared 75cl bottle at RBNG-14. Pours hazy amber to orange with almost no head. Mild aroma of caramel with hints of wood and calvados. Nice stuff.
(2014-02-15 - Grand Tasting, Fredriksten festning, Halden)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BelgianBeerGal (3373) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Draught. Mustard seeds? Really? Good or bad I didn’t seem to notice them at all. For me the aroma and flavor was reminiscent of sour cherries. I also did not notice the 11+ ABV too. Okay.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2009
dasilky1 tasting my bottle from a long ago international trade. Pours orangey with a tan ring. Nose is sweet with apple and oak. Taste is oaky, with sweet apple, very nice calvados barreled brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3246) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013

1/27/2011: Alvinne The Oak Melchior (Ale brewed with mustard seeds and aged in oak [Calvados] barrels)... Aroma: Crisp, tart, alcoholic; funky and herbal with just a tinge of sweetness. Appearance: Murky deep gold color; thin off-white ring of foam around the edges. Flavor: Sweet, pale malts in the front with fruity undertones; lots of alcohol through the nose; dry, oaky and herbal from the middle through the finish; unfortunately, I can’t pick out the mustard seed... Palate: Medium-full, not really smooth - PASTY is a good way to describe it, but not bad; slightly sticky on the lips. Overall: Pretty good, but I would have liked to have the mustard seed show through to really make this one unique.

1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz. bottle (11% alc./vol.) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #115 for this beer.


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