pivnizub (9306) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - FEB 3, 2012
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bottle: Pale golden, milky to cloudy, extremely gushing (!!!), pathetic and extremely loose head, yeasty-fruity nose with a solid hoppy base; dryish bitter-sweet flavour, medium bodied; yeasty and hoppy finish with a distinctive tartness in the aftertaste. F**k! What an offense: You pay for 330ml and You drink only 33ml…
suprchunk (2607) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy golden yellow pour. Small white head that falls fast and leaves a tiny bit of lacing behind. Hoppy, malty aroma with hints of citrus. Dry sweet malty flavor with a small bit of hoppiness. Decent beer.
Cuso (5987) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Beer planet web shop.Hazy amber color with huge white head. Aroma of honey, apples, citrus. Taste, lemon, grapefruit, caramel, pines, coriander. Long strongly bitter finish. Drinkable beer.
verborghs (8) - BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2011 does not count
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours gold to gold-orange. Smells like wet hops. Tastes coriander, hops, orange skin. Little bit biter, lots of same orange aftertaste.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 14, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: A chaotic, yeasty, dusty and strangely rustic amber ale. Meh
How: Bottle 330ml, consumed soon after receiving it through private importation, but probably already almost a year old
The look: Cloudy amber body topped by medium size head that quickly recedes to a persistent small beige head
In long: Nose is very yeasty (dusty yeast), notes of coriander, fruity esters (mainly apricots and bananas) and a strange moderately wild character. Taste is pretty muddy, too much yeast presence, dusty dirty carpet, faint fruity notes, honeyed cereals, random weeds/plants, wet tablecloth, barnyard, herbal hops. Finish is dry but leaves the tongue feeling like I’ve just licked a dusty carpet. This beer is quite rustic (almost wild) but not the right way, liking a dirty carpet that spent a year in a barn is not how the wild/rustic character I’m looking for. This beer was kind of a mess really and felt like the work of an amateurish brewery. Not offensive, just unfocussed and messy. A disappointment coming from Alvinne. Not a pleasant experience but there was something in the air that made me want to drink a beer, it was oxygen, breathing oxygen makes me want to drink a beer.
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light golden amber color. Aromas of citrus/coriander/some hops. I not big a beers with coriander like tastes. Probably a good beer just not my cup of beer. Almost like a Belgian Wit with a bite.
altonbrownd (3752) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Beer Temple. Hazy golden orange body with big head. Nose of hops and plenty of citrus. Taste is quite yeasty up front. Then comes citrus and a nice tangy, bitter finish. Hops in there as well. Quite nice, but took some getting used to.
fugitive (1681) - Athens, GREECE - NOV 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 330ml. Color hazy golden with huge white head.Aroma yeast, floral, sour, hop, citrus. Taste bitter, flower, bitter, acid, yeast, spicy, citrus.
77ships (5411) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft @ the Brewery \ Got this one offered as a welcomes drink by Glenn who was a terrific host and great company, everyone was amazing at the brewery but I talked almost only to him, I have got absolutely nothing bad to say about him nor Alvinne even if I don’t always agree with their beers, spectacular visit \ Tapped from a metallic tank into where the beer keeps fermenting further as it is pumped directly from the fermentation task, that is probably as fresh as you are likely to ever get beer \ This is the first beer that they brewed at their new brewery and what I got was still considered to be a work in progress with them still busy fine-tuning the beer in order to get their desired result \ This tastes like something which is in the process of being brewed and not a finished beer, incredibly experience \ Tastes pretty close actually to how the brewery smells which makes perfect sense, the bar is not separated from the brewery itself in any way so you can see them brewing this & you can smell the whole thing \ Very murky orange with a big white head but still a controlled one maybe Alvinne beers are more manageable on tap, first time I am having one on tap \ Smells like wet hops that stay in the tank after the brewing is finished, very strong, specific but lovely smell, fresh yeast, spices, gummy candy with some citric hops buried underneath all the murkiness, he said that with every batch they are trying to get a sharp citric hoppyness more and more to the foreground \ Taste is freshly processed malt before the actual brewing takes place, lots & lots of the hop remnants, old flowers soaked into those remnants, gummy candy, lots of yeast, very murky citric hops, although definitely not warm this does taste kind of warm-like as far as the taste goes \ Body is murky and warm-like in feel but not temperature \ Overall a great experience and one of the many great things about my visit.
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line :
Spicy, herbal hops meet brettanomyces and doughy yeast in this rustic, effervescent and dry Belgian Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A thick head of foam bobs atop the misty amber glow.
-Oranges also seep from the hop character.
-The tiny, expansive bubbles work with the dryness.
-Underlying phenols add to the personality.
-Malts are timid, this one’s about hops and yeast nuances.
-The piney, spicy bitterness is quite nice.
-There seems to be consistency issues with this brew; too bad since it can be Orval-like in its aims. There are very few brews of this ilk this side of the pond.
-Light tartness accompanies the bitterness.