Cuvée Freddy is brewed by Picobrouwerij Alvinne and is a Flanders oud bruin style beer.
In 2004 Alvinne officially became a brewery growing up from the homebrew kettles of Davy Spiessens, they set up shop in Ingelmunster, Belgium. Iin 2007 a lack of space forced the brewery into further expansion and they opened up their new space in Heule. Then again in 2011 after a growing popularity in their beers they again purchased new space, this time in Moen, where they reside now.
Alvinne specializes in sour beers they age in oak casts and what makes them truly unique is the strand of yeast they use called, Morpheus, a yeast created by Alvinne’s secondary brewer, Marc De Keukeleire. What makes that so special is that hardly any commercial breweries use their own yeast. Most purchase yeast from large manufacturers and use theirs.
Another unique property of the Morpheus yeast is it’s mixed culture application. According to a translation of its site, ”Because of the mixed culture, we can brew both traditional fermented beer resulting in a traditional ale; or mixed fermented beer, resulting in a sour beer.”
Alvinne even claims that because of the culture of the bacteria they use in their yeast strains that the beer is a healthy, probiotic.1
Cuvée Freddy is part of, Alvinne Oak Collection, a line of sour beers from Alvinne that include the following beers: Ω (Omega), Σ (Sigma),Φ (Phi), Wild West, Undressed Foederbier BA, ESB Limited, Kerasus 2013. Alvinne has other lines of beer as well, including one specializing in the use their Morpheus yeast that has three different beers. There is also Special Collection as well.
As for the beer, it pours a very dark brown that is borderline black and has a very thin tan head that hovers around the edge of the glass, there was quite a bit of barrel sediment at the bottom of the glass as well. There’s a lot going on with the nose of this beer, sweet and tart wine grapes, cherries and a good bit oak barrel. There is a lactic and pedio sour smell that leans towards acidic and slight vinegar.
Cuvée Freddy tastes very balanced with the tart cherry/wine grape flavor and a large oak barrel presence. The sourness is very acidic with a little bit of vinegar flavor, but the beer is big enough in alcohol to keep from feeling overly acidic or sour. I also taste some darker fruits that I believe comes from the big maltiness, there is also a good presence of a familiar Belgian yeast which gives the beer a little bit of the spicy herbiness generally associated with this style.