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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: 133   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (7351) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2009
Bottle at pre ZBF at Alvinne 06-03-09 Pours murky golden with a thin white head. Aroma is woody of that there is no doubt and the Calvados ageing is noticeable, as I can just pick an appleyness. Its got quite a tanginess and its really quite interesting but the actual beer seems a little lost. Despite its best efforts to draw me in I never really got on with this beer, but nonetheless am pleased to see beers like this and was glad to have tried it. A7 A3 F5 P3 OV12 3.0

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (13577) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2009 Bottle, 11.5%. Quite citric and vinous aroma, a bit like white wine. Hazy yellow colour. Very small white head. The flavour is quite vinous and grapey. Some citrus. OK refreshing. Vanilla aftertaste.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vaiz (3328) - 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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
boFNjackson (4126) - 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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazy light brown with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel and sweet, overripe fruit. Flavor is similar with added notes of spice and wood. Finish is metallic with a strange spicy bitterness (mustard seeds?). Different but not great.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (6671) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle thanks to Tom at RBESG 2014. It pours hazy gold with suspended particles and small white head. The nose is earthy, brett, funk, apple pie, candy, wood, mild acidity, hay and barnyard. The bitter, acidic, big wood, earth, funk, barnyard, alcohol, vinous, brandy and even more wood with a dry finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. A bit woody and boozy.... Too much for me.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (3817) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle - Sweet apple and light barrel notes. Cloudy gold with no head. Apples and some oak notes. More like a boozy cider. Not a fan.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4212) - 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gyllenbock (4549) - 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
SirLimpsalot (2106) - SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2011
Stark “belgisk” doft, lite syrlig med tydlig apelsinton. Smaken innehåller mycket kola, är lite halv-fruktig men känns mest avslagen. Vätskan är tunn och jag blev inte jätteförtjust


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