Alvinne Chelmsford Oak Smoked Porter

Formerly brewed at Brouwerij Alvinne
Style: Smoked
Moen, Belgium


on tap


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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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brekeriet's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
brekeriet (139) - - FEB 10, 2011
Brett and slightly oxidized aroma. Lactic acidic taste. Nice clear color with ok head. Harsch palate and too light bodied. Not a very nice porter.

Alengrin (6017) - BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
Another weird oak-aged concoction by Alvinne. Thick and creamy head on a very dark, almost blackish rusty brown, misty robe. Aroma of bitter chocolate, port wine, walnuts, coffee, oak, red cabbage, iron. Dry taste, some dried fruits, sourish touch, metallic too, granular mouthfeel, smoky peat accent evolving into a complex, strongly roasted, coffee-like bitterness.

JefVerstraete (3827) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - MAR 13, 2014
Dark brown colour. Soft carbonation. Aroma of roasted malts and light smoke. Strange sourness in the aftertaste. Unbalanced.

Erzengel (9899) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUN 15, 2013
Der Antrunk ist mild, leicht säuerlich-röstmalzig und angenehm rauchig. Zum Hauptteil hin entwickeln sich leider nicht viel mehr Aromen, das Bier bleibt eher flach, die Rauchnote harmoniert toll mit dem Porter-typischen Geschmack und den Röstaromen. Der Nachgeschmack ist lang anhaltend, rauchig-malzig, aber irgendwie nicht sonderlich komplex. --> leckeres Bier, aber ich hatte mehr erwartet. 9/10/7/9

MrHangover (4693) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle, cap says feb 2012.. not sure if it was bottled then, or best before... Pours a clear dark beer with a reddish hue and a creamy, tanned head. Aroma is funky, tart but no smoke whatsoever. Flavour is very strange, I don’t think this is the way it was meant to be. Very astringent, tartness and again no smoke or porter influences... I really think this has gone bad over time.. but I’m not sure.. What I’m drinking now is not good, only scoring this high because I’m not sure whether it was meant like this or not..

bluejacket74 (1996) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2012
330 ml bottle with FEB 2012 stamped on the bottle cap. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy tan head. There’s a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is light, it smells like tart dark fruit, oak, and roasted malt. Don’t pick up any smoked aromas at all. There isn’t any smoke that I notice in the taste either. It tastes like roasted malt, grapes, and a bit of wood, apples and coffee. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, with moderate carbonation. This isn’t a bad brew, but if you’re expecting smoke in this one you’re going to be disappointed. I know I was.

gunnar (9984) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle from Etre Gourmet webshop. Pours dark as Coke with a huge creamy tanned head.Aroma of oak,sour berries and puke. Taste is surprisingly dry almost astringent sourness,woody and not any good. Think its off.

thepeter (326) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2012
This beer is nothing like I thought it would be. At first look it is quite nice. but once from the moment I took a sniff I was baffled, but curious. A - Dark brown with a slight red hue when held to the light. Very nice light fluffy head with peaks and intermixing medium and small bubbles. Left very nice lacing as well as the head turned to a film that lasted quite a while. S- Surprise number ONE! Root beer and bubblegum seem to dominate, yeah, that’s what I wrote! Some dark fruit slight sourness, wood, metal and a hint of smoke round it out. T- Dry Wood with a slight hint of smokiness to it, old dry grass, Pale malts and a bit more of charred wood at the end. Very dry all the way through. M&D - Much lighter bodied than expected, I would say light bodied beer and again just not what I was expecting. Very smooth throughout and light on the tongue. Very nice feel to it. Although it is fairly drinkable, just not what I am looking for. The Dryness may allow for a clean after taste but The wood is a stronger flavor than I like. Just not anything like I expected it to be. I was looking for a malty, full bodied smoked beer and this is not it. Still a pretty good beer on its own but by no means a great beer. I would not trash this beer, but I will not be buying it again. I could actually see some people liking this very much, just not for me.

GBZ59 (1217) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - MAY 26, 2012
Botella de 330ml. Copa Globo. Saboreada en may´12. Color marrón oscuro. Corona bronceada, cremosa y persistente. Maltas torrefactas, maltas quemadas y notas de vino tanto en sabores como aromas. Humo, barrica y frutas ácidas permanecen hasta el final. Levemente amarga con un toque de astringencia de piel de uva. Cuerpo medio y carbonatación moderada. Fácil asimilación. Buen maridaje con carnes grasas a la brasa. Comentario: la primera vez que probé el aroma y sabor de la levadura Morpheus no estuve seguro si me gustaba; sin embargo, ahora, tras haber probado diferentes cervezas con este ingrediente, debo decir que su peculiariedad le hace merecedor de ser degustado.. 330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on may´12. Dark brown. Tan, creamy, lasting crown. Roasted malts, burnt malts, wine notes both in flavor & aromas & . Smoke, wood & acidic fruit in the middle lingers into the finish. Slightly bitter with grape zest astringency touch. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Easy drinkability. Comment: first time I tried Morpheus yeast flavor & aroma I was´nt pretty sure if I liked it but now I could say, after many different beer with Morpheus inside tasted, that its peculiarity makes it worth to try.

BlackHaddock (8095) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2012
Sep 2010: I wrote this. 33cl Brown dumpy bottle, poured into a Westmalle chalice. The beer was obtained from the shop at the Pre-Zythos Fest organised by the Alvinne brewery (and what a great little fest they organised!). Deep, dark ruby red, dirty brown body, with a tan coloured head, which sadly faded to a thinner covering far to swiftly. The Chelmsford Oak bit, I am sure comes from my old mate Podge, who is a friend of Alvinne, well Glenn C, anyway, and he likes to get involved with brews when asked or if he can. Not too sure what the pair of them are up to on this project though! The beer does look like a Porter, but it has a distinct smokey aroma, not overly powerful, but it does over ride all other smells. The taste is strange, smokey, yes, Porter, no. Watery, yes. Weak flavoured, no, weak bodied, yes. Reminded me of a Bamberger Rauch Bier, which is lager based, more than a Porter, which should be ale based. Overall, glad I’ve had one. I am meeting up with Podge in Brussels soon, I’ll question him on his involvement and not alter my scores, but maybe add something to the review content. Edit bit: Podge didn’t make it to Brussels, so we didn’t get to chat about his involvement.

olio (10762) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 15, 2012
33 cl bottle @ Brussels.
Rated on 20100720.
Pours murky brown color with small head. Aroma of smoke, roasted malts and ripe fruit notes. Flavor of roasted malts, smoky ham, mild vegetables and fruits.

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