Alvinne Alvino Bourgogne Barrel Oak Aged

Brewed by Brouwerij Alvinne
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Moen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Beer, fermented with wild yeasts, with addition of grapes, lagered for months on Burgundy wine barrels.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Inbreak (5618) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - APR 12, 2017
12.04.2017, 0,75l bottle shared @ BBGTC tasting:
Small slightly fizzy-creamy shortlasting head. Aroma is slightly dry mineraly, old moldy cellar, old red currants juice, minerals, dusty grain, wet paper, grass, bark. Taste is slightly dry mineraly, grass, minerals, old dusty cellar, berry skin, bark, red berries, grass, paper. Medium bitterness, slightly watery and harsh mineraly mouthfeel. Meh!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ej (1322) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - APR 12, 2017
Bottle. Pours a burgundy body with a small off-white top. Aroma is acidic and sour. Wheat, sourdough and some cellar notes. Taste is quite mellow. Light sour with mellow woody notes. But is almost too mellow, bordering on boring. Some oxidation as well, and it doesnt become it. Light body and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (14725) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 18, 2016
KRS/KLF 020116. Red amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is sourness, red wine, yeast. Flavour is sourness, fruit, wood, red wine, yeast, caramel. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (11291) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle 500ml @ gunnfryd 50th birthday tasting
Pours slighty hazy copper with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, tartness, gooseberry, funk and brett. Taste is light sweet and heavy sour with a long sour, fruity and funky finish. Body is light, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (5156) - BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2016
Grape beer with wild yeast aged on bourgogne barrels. Vintage bottle of 75 cl dating back to 2009, the year before Alvinne introduced its Morpheus yeast (a mix of wild Saccharomyces and lactic bacteria), so in this case, I assume some or other Brettanomyces has been used on top of standard top fermentation. Lot number is 281; since most sour beers age beautifully, I am very curious to find out what seven years of cellaring did to this one. Loose, pale greyish beige head consisting of tiny champagne-like bubbles, dissolving in seconds to almost nothing; pure mahogany colour (reddish brown rather than brownish red) with bronze hue, initially with vivid fizz, but calming down very quickly. Adding the deposit in the very end results in an almost coffee-like, very brown, murky robe. Musty, fruity, quite rich and attractive aroma: very old red wine, hazelnut, passion fruit, medlar, blue grape peel, dried orange peel, moist wood, dry forest floor and quite strong but pleasing mushroom, blackberry jam, almond, old dry ginger powder, stewed pear, wet leather (Brett!), balsamico, hint beef stock or horse steak. Estery, softly sour-fruity onset with nicely balancing subtle fruit sweetness, impressions of redcurrant, gooseberry, blackberry, passion fruit and still a very finely, very gently tingling carbonation despite the lack of head or visible fizz (I see older ratings here talking about overcarbonation, but aging has apparently solved this issue in the meantime). A soft, fluffy, caramelly malt sweetness ensues evolving into a pleasant nuttiness with a very subtle bittering side effect matching well with the fruit sweetness and tartness, the latter of which dries the palate, but in a soft, non-astringent way, as in a classic oud bruin (Flemish red). Lovely woodiness creeps up in the end, old oak flavors yielding enjoyable retronasal tannins along with some faint varnish-like phenols and indeed, a retronasal aroma and taste of red wine thinly but unmistakably remains on the back of the tongue after swallowing, drying a bit further; hops are close to absent, as they should be in a sour ale. I love an oak aged sour beer and this is a good example for sure: it has this fruity tartness with a drying effect, but in a very elegant, soft way. The wild yeast effects lend it some mild funkiness but also in a gentle way, not overpowering the basic character of the beer or the red wine factor, which is played out very well. Sweet and sour work together in a perfectly balanced way - think Flemish red style ale. I think this seven year old bottle has aged with dignity and elegance and I am glad I tasted it. Goes well with the carbonades la flamande (beef slowly stewed in beer) Im preparing, too...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer5000 (6376) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2016
750 ml bottle. Deep amber body with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma is vinous with some funky acidity and hint of wood. Flavor is sweet malt and tart, acidic fruit. Some grapefruit, wood and balanced bitterness. Fine balanced body and long lasting complex sweet and sour aftertaste. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (7607) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2016
Bottle. Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of grapes, funk, lemon, some caramel and lime. Flavor is sour and sweet with some lemon, malt, funk and cocoa. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palme (4647) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2014
0.75l bottle. A cloudy dark red one with a small sidesticking beige top. Smells quite nice, fruity sweet red berries, a slight red wine vinegar hint with lots of wood and some lemon zest. It gives a zing in the mouth alright. Red berries and wood. More of that vinegar, but more a apply version. Oily mouthfeel with a below average carbonation level. Refreshing, lots of red berries. Lots of white currants. Acidity fresh! 20.01.2013

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Countbeer (6534) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle: Served in a Gueuze tumbler: Gusher. Small lively and quick disappearing off white to light beige foamy head on top of a hazy orange amber colored beer. Aromas of cellar, brett, some wood, some light vinous tones with grapes, some hay, old flowers and rope. Bit lambic like aroma. Flavour is like a mix of an Belgian Oud Bruin and a Lambi/Geuze beer: wood, grapes, older hops, herbs, light grainy cheese tint, some light tartness, a sprinkle of brown sugars, herbs, some light sharper citrus ish fruity tunes, dust, brett, some caramel and some malts. Aftertaste is light tart with wood, some malts, light bitters, sprinkle of brown sugars some nuts and herbs. Low carbo, light creamy mouthfeel, medium to fuller bodied and a light watery texture. Bit like a Lambic, also tones of a Belgian Oud Bruin, but not as powerfull as those two styles, but not even close to bad! Nice and easy drinkable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (2585) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle of the 2010 (batch 2). Cloudy rusty brown with a small pale head. Aroma is red currants, sour cherries, cider vinegar. Nice sour & sweet balance on the palate. Taste is sour grapes, red currants, cider vinegar, Belgian candy sugar.

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