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.