Breweries "Visited"

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Beer 215: Alvinne! ALLLVVIINNNEEE!

Did anyone get the Alvin and the Chipmunks reference?  No? Just me. And now I have the Chipmunks' Christmas song stuck in my head.  I'm going to get a hula hoop.

Today's beer comes from the Belgian brewer Picobrouwerij Alvinne.  It is the Wild Undressed Regular.  The what now??

Let's just say American Wild Ale.  It poured a hazy garnet (Gary claimed it was purple.)  No head.  It was very still in the glass. I would have guessed it was flat.

The smell was kind of an acidic wine one. The taste was amazing -- very tart, cherries, perhaps a light balsamic vinegar with hints of cocoa.  Excellent beer.

A little research revealed that Picobrouwerij Alvinne is a tiny craft brewery located in Belgium.  The name of the brewery derives from a female spirit of local folk tales, who can be seen depicted on the brewery's logo and labels. The brewery creates a wide range of beers, including versions of 'traditional' Belgian styles.  They are relatively new having started in 2002. 

I can't imagine how intimidating it would be to start a brewery in Belgium.  They seem to be doing allright as this was quite a tasty wild ale.


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