johndoughty (5600) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2016
Bottle. Lovely smoked port like flavour.Tastes like a classic wine rather than a beer. Smokey and malty-needs to be supped rather than drank. Superb. JorisPPattyn (10121) - BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2012
Short-lived cream-pink coloured head over deep brown beer with a foxy sheen. Very fruity nose, part cherry, part sugared preserved cherries, roses-flowery. Quite vinous in character, as sweet dessert wine, if a red one. Still sweet, but with a bitterish woody streak. Fruity, with a little sourish edge, which brings it to a superb balance. Again red wine like, if way less sweet than suggested by the nose; Retronasal something like old carpets, but much nicer than that sounds. Very slick, medium to well-bodied, serious alcoholwarming. Aftertaste has again a sweet cherry & roseflavour. Great balance. Arguably the most complex beer Alvinne ever succeeded. fiulijn (21516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle from Nuetnigenough, Brusselsbottleforager (3211) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Dark brown color with quite a lot of sediment; creamy head. Some aroma of alcohol, prunes, chocolate; fresh and inviting, delicate. Good body strength, with smooth mouthfeel, also because of the high carbonation; roasted malt flavor and chocolate, rich, with light accents of red wine, and correct bitterness.
It combines in a very elegant way te chocolate and the red wine characters.
Deep, intense, complex and well blended. Highly interesting.
Pours a rich mahogany color with a foamy khaki grey head that rises up out of the rim. The nose is complex and inviting, dark molasses, soft caramel, plum, vinous fruit and touch of nutty wood. The palate follows with a soft silky smooth mouthfeel that rolls the complex flavors from front to back . Beautiful elegance and focused balance. Damn this is top notch quad ! EvgeniyKurilov (155) - - OCT 5, 2015
One of the best Quad,I think. Many barrels,oaked and yeasty, sweet and caramels aromas and tastes. Drank in Kulminator at September.
ALIBALI (2707) - Kiel, GERMANY - JAN 29, 2016
WOW!!!!! Geruch sofort sehr weissweinlastig. Der Antrunk dann sofort sehr angenehm süss und komplex. Und dann kommt sofort die säuerliche Weissweinkeule. Aber zu keinem Zeitpunkt wird irgendeiner dieser extremen Aromen störend oder gar dominant. Absolut gelungen und sehr sehr rund für so ein Extrembier. Gekauft in HH, Beyond Bieer. 0,5 Liter Flasche / 10 Euro. Alengrin (5893) - 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. Martinus (4737) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2012
Black colour, very little head. Aroma of roasted malts, red wine, port and chocolate. Rather dry, red wine flavour, astringent, vanilla. Dry, astringent finish. Quite lovely.
jackl (8557) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Definitely amongst the top beers served at Zythos. Nice one!
(From bottle @ VBF ’12)
Keg @ Borefts 2012. The pour’s completely still reddish brown. No head, not bubbles. The nose is spple, spiced mulled wine, some cocoa posder and red fruits. Te taste is sweet liquid cotton candy, some spiced fruits, more mulled wine and caramel. Hints of red grape and rich rotting wood (in a good way). Diverse, complex palate. Soft, very drinkable. Wow, what a beer. One of the best of the festival. Complex, rewarding character. gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - APR 15, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2013 tap @ borefts - taken from notes. Pours dark amber with small head - aroma of nuts, plums, raisins and some vinegar hints, alongside the touch of red grapes. Medium body, sweet , small madeira hint. Very drinkable, like!
Had the bottled version + another draft pour at Struise. Beautiful bourbon notes, toasty, bread and hints of caramel. Upped from 3.6 to a decent 4.2