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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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Rosebud butternuts (2408) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2012
bottle thanks to bierkoning. poured a caramel orange color with a white head. aroma was oak, caramel, citrus, wine, and a bourbon like quality. flavor was bourbony, orange, fruity, and oak. body was medium with medium carbonation. very nice stuff!

4
tderoeck (10195) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2012
1/IX/2012 75cl @ Tuinfeest Heeren van Liedekercke (Denderleeuw) - BB: n/a (2012-1003) Thanks to SecretSanta for the sample!

Clear orange beer, big creamy irregular off-white head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of bretta, lemony, sour apples, dusty, some alcohol, apple skin, wood. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: bit sourish start, grapes, white wine, alcohol, bitter touch, green apple skin, wood, tannins. Aftertaste: bitter, wood, alcohol, biter hops, some more alcohol, tannins. The calvados is very noticeable on this one.

4
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - SEP 25, 2013
750 ml bottle at home - taken from notes (21/11/2010). Deep amber colour, no head. Aroma of cognac/calvados alcohol/esters is well present, together with some more nutty and fruity notes (frangipane pie = almond cake with apricot/peach jam). Sweet and quite thick body... Like.

4
superspak (5998) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2017
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 9/2020. Pours slightly cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lightly tart golden raisin, peach, plum, fig, pear, apricot, red apple, berries, white wine, lemon zest, orange peel, peppercorn, mustard seed, toasted oak, herbal, floral, grass, honey, cracker, bread, light vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, spirit barrels, mustard seeds, bready malt, and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart golden raisin, peach, plum, fig, pear, apricot, red apple, berries, white wine, lemon zest, orange peel, peppercorn, mustard seed, toasted oak, herbal, floral, grass, honey, cracker, bread, light vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate yeast/oak spiciness, herbal/citrus peel bitterness, and light brandy/wine tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of golden raisin, peach, plum, fig, pear, apricot, red apple, berries, white wine, lemon zest, orange peel, peppercorn, mustard seed, toasted oak, herbal, floral, grass, honey, cracker, bread, light vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, spirit barrels, mustard seeds, bready malt, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky/tannic, and slightly acidic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly warming alcohol from 11%. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged Belgian strong pale ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, spirit barrels, mustard seeds, bready malt, and moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the ABV, with the balanced bitter/spicy/tannic/drying finish. Perfectly balanced between calvados/cognac barrels, fruity/spicy yeast, and bready malts; without being too sweet/heavy feeling. A very enjoyable offering.

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Stuu666 (14805) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 2, 2017
Keg at borefts. Pours deep orange, nose is toffee, oak, apple, taste is juicy apple, oak, vanilla.

3.9
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Taster on tap at Churchkey. Hazy red orange amber color. Thin off-white head. Leaves great, thicker lace. Good light tart taste, light bit of heat, moderate bitter. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, soft, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Light bit of alcohol warmth, but no burn or bite.. ABV is very well-hidden. Good baked apple, oak, light spice, some ginger. Great, complex, flavorful stuff.

3.9
mike_77 (7085) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2017
Red brown colour with creamy head. Texture is rich and creamy. Nice sweet brandy and warming alcohol.

3.9
Alengrin (5715) - 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!

3.9
omhper (25713) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2017
Ke, at Pressklubben, Stockholm. Hazy amber, rich creamy head. Evident peppery calvados aroma. Mid sweet with medium-full body and well rounded mouthfeel. Cereals and aniseed, notes of marzipan and plenty of calvados. Peppery intensely warming finish. Heavy on barrel character, but a great base beer and a good match with the barrel.


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