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

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RATINGS: 173   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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3.3
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2012
In short: An unusual woody big amber ale
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed when probably around one year of age
The look: Cloudy amber body topped by a small off-white head
In long: Nose is strange, the base beer is unusual with a strange spiciness and a woody character that is like the smell of a woodshop. Taste is grape skin, a lot of wood, notes of white wine, smooth hard-to-name spiciness, Granny Smith apples, banana peels, a bit of booze. Woody dryness in the finish. Not a complex beer by any means but it was certainly not boring, actually it was kind of weird. It was also surprisingly drinkable for an 11.5% beer. Strangely drinkable, the beer is weird but also not very tasty/intense so I went through a 750ml quite easily even if this wasn’t particularly exiting. Not bad but certainly not worth the hefty price tag3, but it’s alright I’ll have plenty of money soon, I told my boss I deserve a raise, I’ve been working here for over 3 years and I worked really hard yesterday.

3.3
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2014
750, oof this is 11%. No mustard seeds, but i guess thats not a bad thing. A thin boozy lame subpar Belgian strong. Barrels do nothing to improve this. not impressed. That said, nothing really offensive to warrant a lower rating.

3.9
skortila (6009) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2009
Bottled. Aroma has mustard, oak and calvados apples. Hazy, golden coloured beer with a lasting, white head. The taste is vinous, has apples, some spice and yeast. Better than expected.

3.9
Alengrin (5884) - BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2017
At BXL Beerfest, cheers to Lu�s. Thickly lacing, egg-white, moussy, stable head over a misty chestnut brown beer with ruddy bronze hue. Aroma of overripe blue plums, almond, damp hay, cognac or indeed some calvados, sour grapes, some wet dog, vanilla-like wet oak, apple sauce, caramel, sherry. Sweet onset, lots of candied fig and dried banana aspects, sourish yellow plum touch bringing perfect balance, somewhat fizzy carbonation, but still smooth, full and slightly vinous mouthfeel. Thick caramelly and chestnutty malt body, lingering residual ’brown’ sugariness and fruit flavours, working towards a drying, mildly spicy finish (did not get explicit mustard seed though), herbal hop bitter ’kiss’, oaky tannins and a subtle yet unmistakable calvados flavour merging with a long, warming alcohol afterglow; some glue-like fusels as well but not over the top. Well-balanced, noble Belgian style barleywine (if such a thing exists - see Stille Nacht or Bush?), with strong quadrupel-like tendencies; nice to revisit a Melchior variant, it has been ages since I last had one. Well done Glenn!

3.8
stevoj (5866) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 24, 2015
Initial cider aroma, sour apples. Definitely fruity. Murky orange amber pour, silky sand head, completely coats the glass. More fruit in the taste, far away from normal BW territory. Slick, silky body, slippery, no burn. Very deceiving. Tasty, waiting for the kick. Apples in the finish as well. I will probably regret this tomorrow.

4.1
BoBoChamp (5754) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2009
33cl, new exclusive brew Anno 2009, from the brewery, very complex brew, balanced, hazy, good head, very good Winter brew, top class!

3.4
ClubGonzo (5683) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2017
Bottle, shared by BBGTC. Pours a hazy copper-hued orange body with a miniscule white head. Nose is caramel, toffee, port wine, raisins, wood, alcohol and hints of figs, nougat and calvados. Taste is caramel, red fruits, mustard, boozy calvados notes, nougat and hints of toffee, port wine and burnt sugar. Full body, soft to low carbonation. Decent enough, with subtle calvados notes coming through with even more subtle mustard seed hints. Pretty nice, but a bit boozy and too low on carbonation.

3.2
visionthing (5595) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 28, 2014
From a shared 75cl bottle at RBNG-14. Pours hazy amber to orange with almost no head. Mild aroma of caramel with hints of wood and calvados. Nice stuff.
(2014-02-15 - Grand Tasting, Fredriksten festning, Halden)

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badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Clear golden honey color with a fizzy white head. Floral fruit and subtle cognac aroma. Slightly sticky citric palate. Tastes of pear and orange up front followed by mustard seed and ending with a sweet cognac finish.

3.6
markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2011
750mL bottle from Leuken’s Oldsmar. Pours a hazy yellow with orange highlights and a swirl of white head. Nose is sweet malt, mustard, cognac, some barnyard, and some booze. It has distinct sour qualities to it that make me think it might have brett, but after exploring the beer a bit more, I believe it is more of the combination of the barrel with the mustard seed. Flavor is musty, malt, bretty quality, oak, cognac, and some tartness/ vinous quality. Calvados is nowhere near as pronounced as I anticipated for the stamp on the bottle. More cognac than calvados comes through. Light to medium-bodied and a strange take on this one.


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