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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4992) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 21, 2009
Bottled@Fonefan. Golden colour, mediumsized white foamy head. Aroma is very sweet fruity, some alcohol as well as some yeasty notes. Flavour is fruity, a bit alcoholic and wooden notes. A really pleasant thing. Wellbalanced. Once it warms up the wooden and a bit stinging alcoholic notes gets strong. Still the alcohol suits the beer very well. Excellent!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle from Alvinne but drunk with our Weasel over at his.
A murky orange blonde colour with a thin white head. Lovely aroma. Calvados a plenty with some good barrelly notes, slight spice and cinnamon plus an awesome sugary hit too. Excellent! The flavour follows on in an equally rich form. Big boozy hits work unusually well. Glorious sweet and sour finish. Bloody lovely.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - FEB 15, 2010
Bottle. A hazy medium to dark golden beer iwth a large, rocky, fully lasting white head. Nicely sour aroma, moderately malty and with notes of oak, apples, Calvados, roasted grains, flowers, alcohol and spices. The flavour is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Calvados is evident, but the balance is fairly good. Medium to full body, lively carbonation, long finish with medium bitterness, moderately alcoholic. Slightly better than the regular Melchior, normally I’m not a fanatic of barrel aging, but this time was very well done.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Clear golden honey color with a fizzy white head. Floral fruit and subtle cognac aroma. Slightly sticky citric palate. Tastes of pear and orange up front followed by mustard seed and ending with a sweet cognac finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2012
bottle thanks to bierkoning. poured a caramel orange color with a white head. aroma was oak, caramel, citrus, wine, and a bourbon like quality. flavor was bourbony, orange, fruity, and oak. body was medium with medium carbonation. very nice stuff!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (5148) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2012
1/IX/2012 75cl @ Tuinfeest Heeren van Liedekercke (Denderleeuw) - BB: n/a (2012-1003) Thanks to SecretSanta for the sample!

Clear orange beer, big creamy irregular off-white head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of bretta, lemony, sour apples, dusty, some alcohol, apple skin, wood. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: bit sourish start, grapes, white wine, alcohol, bitter touch, green apple skin, wood, tannins. Aftertaste: bitter, wood, alcohol, biter hops, some more alcohol, tannins. The calvados is very noticeable on this one.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (1266) - Linden, BELGIUM - SEP 25, 2013
750 ml bottle at home - taken from notes (21/11/2010). Deep amber colour, no head. Aroma of cognac/calvados alcohol/esters is well present, together with some more nutty and fruity notes (frangipane pie = almond cake with apricot/peach jam). Sweet and quite thick body... Like.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6945) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Taster on tap at Churchkey. Hazy red orange amber color. Thin off-white head. Leaves great, thicker lace. Good light tart taste, light bit of heat, moderate bitter. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, soft, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Light bit of alcohol warmth, but no burn or bite.. ABV is very well-hidden. Good baked apple, oak, light spice, some ginger. Great, complex, flavorful stuff.


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