Brewed by Brouwerij Alvinne
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Moen, Belgium


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RATINGS: 428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Gaspar is one of the hoppiest beers in Belgium. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, bottle conditioned with a well balanced, complex hop aroma and a long lasting sparkling hop bitter finish. Serve cool (54 F) in a tulip-glass. 18 Plato; 20 EBC; 115 IBU (Hallertau, Goldings and Saaz)

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jybi (262) - FRANCE - APR 22, 2017
Tout la brasserie Alvinne est une question de levure : la Morpheus, ramene tout droit des contres auvergnates. Sa spcificit est de pouvoir tre utilise pour les bires sres et traditionnelles ainsi que de pouvoir convenir des bires haute teneur alcoolique. Son utilisation par la brasserie en fait des bires trs spcifiques, que jencourage ceux qui nen nont jamais dgust tester. Pour cette Gaspar, le rsultat est intressant avec une bire trs amre (EBU de 115), mais qui comporte des dsquilibres avec notamment des armes cresen fin de dgustation. En verre, la bire est blond dor tirant sur lorang (EBC de 20), quasi limpide et une mousse blanc casse trs are de cinq centimtres dpaisseur. La forte effervescence est dailleurs une caractristique de la levure. Le nez nest pas exceptionnel avec une dominante vinaigre de pomme allie des armes dagrumes. Lamertume se fait ressentir ds lattaque. Lquilibre est alors bon avec des armes sur les agrumes et les fruits jaunes. La deuxime bouche est la plus agrable sur les fruits exotiques et une arrire bouche sur une amertume herbace saillante. La troisime bouche marque alors lamertume la plus intense et la plus saillante. Chinook et Columbus montrent leur puissance ( noter en complment, lutilisation de Magnum et Mittelfruh). Jusqu prsent plutt cohrente, le final marquera une transition trs particulire, peu homogne avec des armes cres et des airs fermiers (et de trs petites notes de rsineux). Vous navez qu fermer les yeux pour voir des vaches salers (race auvergnate)! Ce final reste de plus trs longuement en bouche et vient perturber toute la dgustation. Cette bire est donc une exprience, pas dsagrable, plutt curieuse, mais cest cette diversit qui nous fait galement apprcier le monde brassicole.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nutjes (775) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2017
Van het vat in de Proefloft van Alvinne te Moen. U: Helder oranje-amber met gebroken witte schuimkraag. G: Esterig, karamel en granen. S: Moutzoet met een bittere in de afdronk. Karamel, fruitige esters, gist en wat alcoholwarmte. M: Volmondig met medium carbonatie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3075) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2017
Bottle cellared in 2008. I was seduced by it being a strong Belgian ale (8% abv). But its hoppiness might not be as good as it might have been had I drunk it fresh. So this may not be as the brewer intended it to taste when he put it in the bottle. The beer pours out a bright yellow at the start, but once its in the glass, it turns a dark orange. Theres a lot of stuff floating around in it, whether thats bits of hop leaf, spices or yeast sediment, Im not sure from sight. The smell is malty and alcoholic with definite honey, somehow, maybe cinnamon as well. The taste shows more of that honey and light spice. The hops do come in with the aftertaste of the first sip. A citrussy American hop, but with the bitterness entirely aged out. The last pour is murky, and only with the last sip did I get any taste of dead yeast. Overall the beer is malty with noticeable alcohol, turning just a bit phenolic, but it hung in there over six years. A well-recommended beer for a winter warmer of after dinner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shark_Pants (724) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2016
330ml bottle BB Sep 17. Clear amber with large foamy lasting white head. Big spicy and funky belgian yeast aromas, stone fruits, resiny and grassy hops, bread. Taste is funky & spicy yeast, grassy, herbal and vegetal hop character, light tang, bready malt, light honey. Full bodied. Not bad at all, but a little coarse and unrefined.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Muggus69 (2414) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2016
330mL bottle from International Beer Collector. BB SEP 2017 Pours a hazy gold body, big dense white head forms atop. Hops dominate the nose - floral, grassy, citrus leaf, touch of wood spice, with rich pale caramel, toast, stonefruit esters & white pepper. Palate is drying, boozy upfront, bitterness is all-encompassing. Body reveals stacks of grass, stonefruit, spice & bitterness. Nothing particularly well defined, all amalgamated into some sort of intense bitter warming brew. Intent is there, seems to lack finesse.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Speko (379) - DENMARK - OCT 29, 2016
Bottle 0,33. Pours a bit hazy and golden with large white head. Aroma of yeast, bread, barnyard, leather. Taste is wood, grapefruit, fruits, some sweetness. Medium body and average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlackerMads (3343) - DENMARK - OCT 29, 2016
Bottle at Bobs Brewery. Clear yellow with a large white head. Bretty nose with barnyard and leather, some must, mild citrus, crisp fruit. The flavour is dominated by brett; barnyard and band aid. Some wood, green plants, flowers, peach, sweet tropical fruits. Medium body, lively carbonation, mild sweetness, dry finish. Long fruity and bretty finish. Shapeshifting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tricksta_p (4315) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - SEP 22, 2016
Bottle at home. Takes a while to pour because of the huge foam. Aroma is pale malt, funky yeast, brett, fruits, fruit peel, citrus, hoppy notes. Flavour is light to moderate sweet, slightly tart and medium bitter. Body is medium with pretty lively carbonation. Curious beer, hoppy and bretty, I quite like this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gingertipple (34) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - SEP 8, 2016
Not quite sure what Alvinne was brewing here. Aroma was weak and was not indicative of the beer, the taste of the hops and the beer did not meld.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
__Rb81 (789) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle at home (bb Feb 17). Pours clouded yellow with a large white head. Lots of yeast deposit at the end. Light tart aroma, barnyard, funk, lemon, malts, yeast. Taste is light tart, moderate bitter, lemon, yeast, malts, dry finish, moderate bitter aftertaste. Not really an ipa, but not bad.

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