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


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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Pipedream is a joint venture between Alvinne, De Struise & Pipeworks Brewing Co. Pipedream is an American inspired IPA using five hop varieties to satisfy the discerning hophead. This truly is a Chicago Pipedream come true!

Please note that bottles with the letter S on the crown cap was brewed with a different yeast strain from de Struise Brouwers instead of the Morpheus yeast from Alvinne.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (12060) - Troms, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2012
330ml bottle, 7.8% abv., lot 539, carried home from The Bottle Shop in Brugge. Partially gush forth settled to a big, rocky white head with solid duration. Spotty lacework. Hazy, amber coloured body. Fruity dryness to the nose with earthy malts. Interesting flavour profile of ripe lemon, yeasty fruitiness and malts. Ends with a moderate fruity tartness. Again interesting without further excitements (shared with Finn, Troms 26.01.2012).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle. Little bit of a gusher. Cloudy brown with some good carbonation. Interesting aroma and flavor. Belgian yeast, malty, with little bitterness from the hops. Really excited to finally have a beer from Pipeworks. Cant wait for them to get going in Chicago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (5291) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle. Big creamy head that took some time to dissipate. Yellow and slightly cloudy. Full bodied, hoppy with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (14206) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2011
Bottled, 330ml, one of my Anniversary beer selected by Fin (cheers). Lively little feller on the pour, gold amber with big white head. Big fruity, Belgian yeasty notes from the start, hints of ripe banana and strawberry. Big on alcohol too, warming and soothing on a bitter winter night, never gets dry enough for an IPA for me, but a big hoppy finish. A very decent beer, really enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3635) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2011
12 ounce bottle
If it werent for the fact that this was a bottle bomb I would have given it much higher marks. By the time it settled down I had about four ounces left. It was enough to get a sense that this has lots of potential when fresh (assuming it gets made again). What less would you expect with Struise involved in the brewing process?

Aroma / Appearance - It took ten plus minutes for the foam in my glass to settle into a semblance of a beer. When it did I was left with the hazy dregs. I imagine it is not nearly so cloudy if you dont get the yeast shot. Mango, cotton candy, oranges, and tangerines combine for a tropical Belgian feel. This is like Dreadnaught with a European twist.

Flavor / Palate - The creamy mouthfeel is like sipping the inside of a creamsicle. Yeast and citrus warm the mouth during a prolonged finish. Like drinking a can of tangerines with a boost of alcohol the result is solid. Growing more bitter with time by the final sip it leaves a memorable bite. I would love to try this again when I have a full bottle rather than a third to sample

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
diabel (1692) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2011
Orange, hazy body with an off-white frothy head. Nose of hops, oranges, caramel: very nice and well balanced. Heavily bitter, lightly sweet flavour: quite citric, malic acids. Ok, but somewhat out of balance and astringent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (4586) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 19, 2011
Over the best-before date.
Dark orange beer, off-white head. The aroma is yeasty, Brett, malty, only slight hops left. Flavour is quite dry, rather bitter with some fruitiness and spice. Little sweetness comes through. Finish dry. Heavy carbonation, even too heavy, it draws attention away from the beer. Quite OK, wondering how it would have tasted when fresh.
(From bottle @ Doerak, Delft)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Case (300) - GERMANY - OCT 11, 2011
Judging by the best-before date on the bottle this is now three years old. Pours dark orange-red with medium off-white head. Aroma is funky with Brett, very reminiscent of Orval. Only very faint hop aroma left. Taste is quite bitter with grapefruit and lemon. In the middle there is some balancing sweet caramel and it all ends dry again. Carbonation is overly strong. Still really reminds me of Orval. Im curious what this tasted like three years ago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bvc (1242) - Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2011
33cl bottle from beer planet. Hazed with dirty white big sticky Belgian head. Pine, fruity esters...some banana and apple, but both mellow...kind of soapy as well with dusty, almost stale, malt. Lively carbonation with unfiltered slightly chewy feel. Strange balance of esters and hops up front, kind of makes it hard to discern specific flavors. Slightly sweet woody hop flavors that have plenty of bittering. Finishes up dry with a belgian ipa character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (8249) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2011
33 cl bottle @ De Struise Brouwers. Rated on 17.07.2010
Aroma has earthy notes, toffee and hints of banana. Flavour is slightly sour with earthy notes and some toffee. Feels a lot like Westvleteren blonde.

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