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

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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ale brewed with mustard seeds and aged for 6 months in Calvados barrels that contained cognac for 10 years and calvados for 8 years. The barrels were found at a local farm in France.

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3.4
Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 23, 2009
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of joergen/MiP/yespr. Clear golden with a dense off-white head. Sweetish aroma of fruit and a little wood. Sweetish fruity, lightly fusty notes with a woody touch. Vague tartness with a light bitterness in the finish. 200309

3.5
Beerhunter111 (22515) - P´Castle, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2017
Sampled @ Borefts Beer Festival 2017. A hazy orange golden beer with a mid sized most good lasting off-white head. Aroma of strong reddish malt, red fruits. Taste of strong reddish malt, riped red fruits, wood, boozy.

3.4
Leighton (22307) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle at ACBF 2011. Unfortunately, I was served from a bottle that had been opened the day before, and it seemed like the beer was not in its best condition. Pours glowing gold with a few lonely bubbles. Juicy, sour aroma, slightly funky. Has an odd flavor, lightly tart, slightly buttery, lightly sweet. Full bodied with soft carbonation, hot in the throat. Buttery finish, alcohol to spare, light dough, certainly warming. Wasn’t overly impressed.

3.1
chriso (21656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
Bottled at pre-Zythos bash, Alvinne, March 2009. Very murky pale orange colour. Sort of rubbery appley aroma. Almost cider-like. Lots of quite sweet vanilla oak and spirity notes that were rather dominant and didn’t seem perfectly integrated into the beer. Some residual sweetness. Didn’t really do it for me - possibly a bit green. Maybe one of the few beers that I think I might have appreciated more with some bottle age.

3.9
Koelschtrinker (21489) - K?ln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 13, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2013 Würziger und ausgewogenenr Antrunk, Apfel, süffig. Das Bier wird intensiver, schon früh vollmundig. Kaum malzig, dafür holzig, perfekt passende Süße. Rund, fruchtiger werdend, Vanille, Mango, wieder Apfel. GANZ anders als die „frische“ Version! 7/12/11/13/12/13 Alter Test: Alkoholischer Antrunk mit durchgehender Trockenheit und angenehmer Süße. Man gewöhnt sich mit der Zeit an den Alkohol, durch eine teilweise deutliche Wässrigkeit erscheint er zudem im Mittelteil nicht übermäßig stark. Leider ist das Bier nicht sonderlich aromatisch und lässt sich auf eine durchaus kräuterartige Alkoholigkeit und eine süße Komponente reduzieren. Wenig helles Malz, im Abgang alkoholich brennend. 6/7/7/7/11/7

3.3
fiulijn (21214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 13, 2011
RBESG 2010, bottle at Brasserie 4:20
Gushing bottle. Cloudy blond color. Light aroma of malt and wallnuts. Sweetish malt flavor, with light Calvados and nutty touch. The alcohol can be clearly perceived. Good but a bit boozy.

3.6
Theydon_Bois (20628) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle at RBESG ’14, day 4 not so grand tasting at Craft Clerko, 10/08/14 thanks to the Cad. Lightly hazed golden with moderate off white edgeing. Nose is tarte fruit rinds, oaky wood, soured berry notes, straw, must. Taste comprises light booze, rich fruit mix, spice, tangy dark fruits, light caramel. Medium + body, fine carbonation, lightly warming booze in the close. Decent enough barley wine, getting the BA woodyness but necessarily calvados.

3.2
harrisoni (19336) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle at the Alvinne pre Zythos event 09. Bit of apple on aroma, way too much apple in the mouth. Just a bit too muh stewed apple and green apple flavour for me. May settle down after a few months in bottle.

3.8
rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2014
RBESG 2014 in London, Sunday Tasting at Craft Clerkenwell. Hazy golden beer with an offwhite head. Sourish vinous aroma, caramel, citrus, figs, woody, calvados, some apples. Sourish woody flavor, grapes, figs, raisins, woody, calvados notes.

3.3
TBone (18225) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2010
Bottled 750ml (Alvinne shop, BB 01/2015)
Hazy copper-amber color, small mostly vanishing head. Aroma has lots of raisins, alcohol, cognac, riped apples. Medium-bodied. Alcoholic "bitterness", fruity with raisins and plums, hints of apples, lychee. Flavor is certainly similar to regular Melchior, but this is not so liquerish as it is and calvados barrel brings some extra sweetness. Heavy stuff with 11.5% ABV.


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