nimbleprop (8924) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Bottle sampled at Max’s Belgian Fest. 12oz bottle, translucent brown. Nose of raisins, prunes, brown sugar, dark bread. Flavor is sweet, brown sugar, raisins. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle at Max’s shared with Travlr. Pours clear brown. Metallic aroma with some vinegar and sherry in the nose- metal filings too. Light bodied. Taste is vinegar, balsamic, watery, a bit earth. Very weak spice and dark fruits are overtaken by metallic notes. Travlr (26406) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Bottle at Max’s. Clear light chestnut color with no head and no lacing. Aroma of plums and raisins. Taste has dark fruits, cinnamon and port wine. Velvety. Very nice. DScanlon (70) - Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Wow, I’m genuinely surprised this scores what it does here. Pours, rather explodes out of the bottle, very dark clear brown, lots of sediment floating about. This beer may smell better than it tastes, which is awesome. Rich roast and caramel malts, some fruity funk and chocolate, as well as a hint of clove. Taste is similar to the aroma. The best way to describe would be a mix of a belgian strong and a more american brown ale. The malt is second seat to lots of prune,figs,cloves and some sweeteness and yeasty funk. Slight bitterness at the end. Minimal alc burn considering the abv, theres so much more going on to cover it up. Full mouthfeel. I wish this was available in my state, I’d love to age one for a year and see how it ends up. durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales in Asheville. The shabbiness of the label belies the treat within. Poured into a Chimay goblet, it’s murky brown with a reddish tint and a nice gauzy beige head. Nose reminds me of a characteristic in a lot of other beers from Alvinne: a nice ashy tinge, and I do mean that as a compliment. Smells somewhere in between a quad and an oude bruin. Vinous. Some wood and dark fruits. Similar taste. Palate a bit prickly and weirdly thin. Odd but good.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2009
33cl bottle. Medium beige head atop murky copper-brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, brown sugar, some raisin/plum, light cinnamon. Taste is medium sweet, tart berry, caramel, some brown sugar, light cinnamon/spice. Medium body, some effervescence. maupie (1103) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2009
After the beer was served in the glass there was found a lasting quantity not wall adhesive light brown foam collar which was fine and evenly of structure. The beer also contained no carbonic acid in the glass.
The beer has a thick dark brown color and a light acid taste. The after tast of the beer is hoppybitter with a roasted malty touch. This beer smells light citrusly. JPDIPSO (6298) - Wauwatosa, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Chestnut color with a tall, bubbly tan head. Dark caramel and sugars swim in the aromas. A touch of nutmeg and cinnamon in the nose as well. Quite thin and bubbly in feel. Nearly to effervescent. Bubbles seem to carry the liquid away without giving the tongue a chance to partake. Mildly sweet with caramel and gently toasted malt. Some bitters in the middle with spices, orange peel and nutmeg. I’m not catching much alcohol and this bottle is quickly finished with the light feel. Stomach is warming, but that is it. This is a fun brew that I could partake in the any weather, even though it seems geared toward the winter months. pompelmoes (89) - BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2009
Intens brown coloured beer with small beige foam. Aroma is interesting with a fine note of smoke and malts. Taste malty with hints of honey, cereals and fruits, it ends with a slight sournes and some touches of wood.
JoeMcPhee (10129) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2009
Deep brown pour with a thick and very persistent, tight brown head. The nose is lovely… quite vineous with a touch of barrel character, vanilla and a hint of light tartness. The vineousness is quite pronounced as it starts to warm up, with a bit of cognac-like sweetness. A little bit of licorice and black pepper as well. Fairly spicy with a long oaky/tannic finish. It’s kind of unusual but it really strikes up a nice balance of sweet and tart. I could see this pairing very nicely with wintery beef stews.