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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: 140   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bontus (632) - Flanders, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2009
Bottle Pre Zythos Alvinne recommended by Glenn. Pours yellow almost orange with nearly no head (possibly due conditions). Aroma’s of apples and more apples, peach and honey. Very drinkable. Excellent.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Cloudy, half-set honey with a fade from straw-gold to tiger orange all topped with a creamy crest - picture perfect. Lemony Belgian yeast aromas mingle with a bandy burn on the nose. Smooth and sleek on the tongue carrying puffy wafts of sweet and sour. A tiny detection of light hopping and a spirituous richness that sticks in the throat. An amazing beer.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomaz (63) - , GERMANY - FEB 23, 2011
Ahhhh, quelle magnifique chose que cette biere. La gout est fortement alcoolises, mais on a reellement l’impression d’avoir melanger du Calvados. Les notes de pommes et de poires sont la, la force de l’alcool aussi, peut etre un peu trop presque. Longueur en bouche, balance de l’amertume, presence des notes fruitees, tout y est comme je l’aime. Reellement superbe!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (7908) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jerre (2672) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2009
From bottle, 33 cl. ( at beerzolder sat. 17.01.09) Very good ! A hazy dark golden, almost amber color, with off-white head. Aroma sweet, malts. Complicated, and medium to full body. Taste sweet, alcoholic, woods, ... Nice creation ! re tasted yesterday @ alvinne.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeinDahlem (1326) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 9, 2009
This well-rounded little piece of art far exceeded my expectations. 33cL bottle pours a deep burnt orange with reddish-pink highlights, and a fading white head that leaves some laces. Smells like a zesty orange liqueur, like mandarine peel steeped in schnapps, with subdued traces of wood, earth and honey. Very pleasant, actually. Flavor is a rounded medley of woody tartness, light sweetness and mellow bitterness. That sweetness hangs on to the creamy orange aroma and goes a touch nutty, like toasted walnut. Harmonious and complex yet easily tasty. Alcohol hides until it gets to your belly, which is agreeably dangerous. Gets better as it warms in the snifter.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Dasilky1 tasting. Dec 13th 2009. Bottle opened by WeeHeavySD. Thanks Jon! Deep yellow color. Maybe a little cloudy (I like cloudy for some reason). Some oxidation, which is nice. Leans dry. Somewhere between a saison and a Belgian triple. Fruity. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grunx (367) - - DEC 12, 2011
Cervesa complexa. Notes de fusta, vainilla i poma madura. Final sec i lleugerament alcoholic. Molt bona.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BoBoChamp (5443) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2009
33cl, new exclusive brew Anno 2009, from the brewery, very complex brew, balanced, hazy, good head, very good Winter brew, top class!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2810) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2009
Bottle @ Pre-ZBF, Alvinne. A hazy yellow/golden colored beer, with a little white head. The aroma is fresh, fruity, a little alcohol. Notes of wood. TRhe taste of wood with fruits like citrus and orange, some sweetness with notes of bitter. The aftertaste is a little sweet with bitter.


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