Camons (13607) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2017
Bottle @ Home. Pours slightly hazy very dark brown with a small offwhite head, light lacings. Aroma of malt, belgian yeast, candy sugar, dried fruit, dates, little wood, little red wine, alcohol. Flavor is sweet, rich malt, caramel, rich candy sugar, dried fruit, notes of licorice, wood, light red wine, alcohol. Full body, oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation, sweet finish with lots of warming alcohol. 231217 minutemat (6373) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2017
500ml bottle @ monthly tasting, Chez Sophie, Dec 17, courtesy of myself. Pours a reddish deep amber, off-white head. Aroma is red wine, smooth lightly sweet. Massively complex character, yet balanced, with subtle red wine, caramel with a sugary sweetness. Exceptionally sweet yet drinkable. mansquito (7277) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2017
Owl Farm, Brooklyn tap: pours dark brown with a small head. Aroma is vinegar, woody, winy, and dark fruits. Taste is somewhat sour. Plums and stuff. Some sweetness. Alcohol is well covered. Pretty nice. dwyerpg (6580) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 8, 2017
This is absolutely delicious. A slight sour, reddish color and tasty flavor. Tastes nowhere near 14%. Stellar beer! Alengrin (6011) - BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2017 A very potent quad, basically Land van Mortagne aged on Pomerol wine barrels - sounds exclusive... Bottle from Dranken De Moor, lot n° 732, best before October 2017 so I'm just in time apparently - though there is no doubt that a beer like this could show interesting flavour developments with longer cellaring. Strange that this one escaped my attention so far, it is not the rarest Alvinne around it seems and I did have a few other variations on the same theme before. Anyway: slow gusher, but manageable if you act quickly. Regular, medium thick, pale greyish beige head, quickly dissolving in the middle under influence of the alcohol, but retaining around the edge as a thin but steady, creamy ring; lightly hazy, deep 'autumny' copper-hued burgundy bronze robe with darker dots of yeast throughout. Strong, perfumey, beefy bouquet of sweet and very ripe blue grapes, old tawny port, figs soaked in 'jenever', old caramel candy and burnt brown sugar, vanilla-coloured wet oak, blackcurrant, soggy brown bread, dry red wine indeed, dusty wood, plums, medlar, varnish, hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, damp soil, wet hay, parsley, vague beef stock, brown honey, gingerbread, sour red apple hint. Fruity, sweetish onset with expressively souring edges to it, lots of old raisins, blue grapes, blackcurrant berries and ripe blackberries, softly carbonated with a full but smooth and lean, vinous mouthfeel, yet not as syrupy as I expected from a beer of this formidable strength - feels more like 9-10% ABV actually. Deeply caramelly malt sweet middle (including residual brown sugariness but not too cloyingly so) with a lovely deeper nuttiness to it, some soft breadiness too, but 'hardened' a bit by a thin iron-like 'metallicness' at its edges, unexpectedly. The aforementioned fruit impressions continue unabated, flowing towards a rich, deep, immediately warming finish, where an earthy, mild hop bitterish accent balances the sweetness. So does the wood, which in the end becomes very pronounced, leaving behind a dry tannic feeling, like in - indeed - a great, dry red wine, whether it be Pomerol or something else. The oak is outspoken enough to even release its vanilla-ish scent retronasally and all the way at the back, as is so often the case with wine barrel-aged beers, a genuine red wine flavour shows up, adding colour and complexity, though a case could be made for it not matching too well with the flavour properties of the beer itself... Lastly, in a 14% ABV beer, there is no way to escape the alcohol, but here it just warms up the throat and chest to a high degree, yet still without becoming obnoxiously wry or overpowering. It can be stated that managing to keep the alcohol at this level of elegance and in this position in a beer of this strength, is a task not easily accomplished. I have been following Alvinne, pioneers in bringing international tendencies to the Belgian market like the Struise did in roughly the same period, since their first ever beer (a simple but very correct blonde), and I must say that the more experience I gathered with their range, the more I came to love their work. They opted for the hard way in bringing new movements and colours to a largely stagnant Belgian beer landscape and in spite of several failures, including heavy gushers and the like, they more often come up with inspiring beers, in which the spirit of all those old barrels resting in Moen, is conveyed in a very effective way. This is one such beer: lighter and less alcoholic than it actually is (a good Belgian beer drinker would therefore call it a "dangerous" or "treacherous" beer), sweet but with a lovely, deepening tartness all around provided by the wine barrels, noble and probably well-preserving over the years, this is one to cherish - and sample contemplatively on a dreary autumn afternoon. Glad I picked this bottle when shopping at Dranken De Moor, maybe I should have kept it for a longer period of time, who knows what potential this liquid still harbours... Not your most accessible, familiar Belgo-Dutch style quadrupel, for sure, but a rich, barleywine-esque, elegantly 'wild'-ish, thoroughly artisanal work of great gastronomical ambitions. Among the best Alvinnes so far for me, but I didn't have the chance to taste all of them as carefully and concentratedly as I am handling this one right now.
90 (1011) - BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2017
@ Beerlovers Bar.
Aroma is vinous with tannins. Very fresh still, despite old age. Taste is barley, yeast, tannins. Very full bodied. Complex and long-lasting aftertaste. Muggus69 (2831) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2017
500mL bottle from Carwyn Cellars. BB OKT 2017?
Presents a murky sort of bronzy coppery sort of body with a small ring of off-white foam - looks pretty good really.
Rather intense nose - has that twang indicating some sourness & funk amongst rich caramels, porty vinous notes, fair whack of oak, nutty, spicy, almost rancio-like - rustic AF.
Rich body, some acidity cuts through, spice & oak adds tannin, booze warms - very long!
Very complex - figs, sultanas, oak, vinous red fruits, dark caramels, lots of woody spice, slightly smokey, funky, buttery, vanilla as it warms, touch of funky balsamic tones emerge too.
Serious brew - so much going on, typical rustic Alvinne affair; love it! sjogro (5258) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2017
Borefts 2017 day 2. Dark amber with creamy offwhite head. Big sweet syruppy caramel malts, sherry grape most, balsamic. Big sweet and mild sour and bitter. Full body and soft carbonation. Nice one. alex_leit (5361) - Minsk, BELARUS - AUG 31, 2017
Bottle. Brownish-amber color. Aroma: barrel, wine, caramel, plum wine, dried fruits, good. Powerful taste, plum wine, raisins, oak, light sourness, strong and tasty. melush (5049) - SPAIN - AUG 21, 2017
33cl Bottle @ LaBIRRAtorium, Madrid, Spain
Reddish brown colour with a thin white head.
Aroma is malt, caramel, ripe fruits, berries, yeast.
Taste follows the nose.
Medium to full body, average carbonation.