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Brewed by Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Moen, Belgium

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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Pipedream is a joint venture between Alvinne, De Struise & Pipeworks Brewing Co. Pipedream is an American inspired IPA using five hop varieties to satisfy the discerning hophead. This truly is a Chicago Pipedream come true!

Please note that bottles with the letter S on the crown cap was brewed with a different yeast strain from de Struise Brouwers instead of the Morpheus yeast from Alvinne.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2965) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2011
12 ounce bottle
If it weren’t for the fact that this was a bottle bomb I would have given it much higher marks. By the time it settled down I had about four ounces left. It was enough to get a sense that this has lots of potential when fresh (assuming it gets made again). What less would you expect with Struise involved in the brewing process?

Aroma / Appearance - It took ten plus minutes for the foam in my glass to settle into a semblance of a beer. When it did I was left with the hazy dregs. I imagine it is not nearly so cloudy if you don’t get the yeast shot. Mango, cotton candy, oranges, and tangerines combine for a tropical Belgian feel. This is like Dreadnaught with a European twist.

Flavor / Palate - The creamy mouthfeel is like sipping the inside of a creamsicle. Yeast and citrus warm the mouth during a prolonged finish. Like drinking a can of tangerines with a boost of alcohol the result is solid. Growing more bitter with time by the final sip it leaves a memorable bite. I would love to try this again when I have a full bottle rather than a third to sample

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2011
Orange, hazy body with an off-white frothy head. Nose of hops, oranges, caramel: very nice and well balanced. Heavily bitter, lightly sweet flavour: quite citric, malic acids. Ok, but somewhat out of balance and astringent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (2812) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 19, 2011
Over the best-before date.
Dark orange beer, off-white head. The aroma is yeasty, Brett, malty, only slight hops left. Flavour is quite dry, rather bitter with some fruitiness and spice. Little sweetness comes through. Finish dry. Heavy carbonation, even too heavy, it draws attention away from the beer. Quite OK, wondering how it would have tasted when fresh.
(From bottle @ Doerak, Delft)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Case (243) - GERMANY - OCT 11, 2011
Judging by the best-before date on the bottle this is now three years old. Pours dark orange-red with medium off-white head. Aroma is funky with Brett, very reminiscent of Orval. Only very faint hop aroma left. Taste is quite bitter with grapefruit and lemon. In the middle there is some balancing sweet caramel and it all ends dry again. Carbonation is overly strong. Still really reminds me of Orval. I’m curious what this tasted like three years ago.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bvc (1158) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2011
33cl bottle from beer planet. Hazed with dirty white big sticky Belgian head. Pine, fruity esters...some banana and apple, but both mellow...kind of soapy as well with dusty, almost stale, malt. Lively carbonation with unfiltered slightly chewy feel. Strange balance of esters and hops up front, kind of makes it hard to discern specific flavors. Slightly sweet woody hop flavors that have plenty of bittering. Finishes up dry with a ’belgian ipa’ character.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (5655) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2011
33 cl bottle @ De Struise Brouwers. Rated on 17.07.2010
Aroma has earthy notes, toffee and hints of banana. Flavour is slightly sour with earthy notes and some toffee. Feels a lot like Westvleteren blonde.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10967) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2011
Bottle at the school thanks to Urbain. Pours semi-clear, amber-gold with a white head. Aroma holds a nice array of hops. Flavor is medium sweet with bitterness of pine, grass and grapefruit. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Dries out a bit in the finish with modest sugars and a nice hop kick. Great beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (8214) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle @ home shared with DutchDrebus. Gusher! Not a really nice smell, taste is decent but not really outstanding. Bit dull, boring. Not bad, but no spirit sort of..

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prokroustis (686) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - AUG 20, 2011
Dark orange/brown body with particles and a small off white head. Bitter hoppy aroma with grapefruit, lemon and lots of caramel. Nice spicy bitter flavour with an underlying sweetness with peach and lemon.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - AUG 1, 2011
RBESG Sheffield 2009 Grand Tasting @ Harlequin. Hazy amber, medium white head. Fruity hop aromas of peach, lemon. Fruity taste of grapefruit, lemon, peach, some caramel. Quite tasty.


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