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Apricot Au Poivre Saison - Reserve Series Aged In Chardonnay Barrels - Nebraska Brewing Company

Apricot Au Poivre Saison - Reserve Series Aged In Chardonnay BarrelsApricot Au Poivre Saison - Reserve Series Aged In Chardonnay Barrels

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very good

125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%

Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Saison brewed with apricot and black pepper then aged in third-use Chardonnay barrels.

This listing is for bottle reviews. The draft version is not aged in chardonnay barrels and is found here -  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... 6504/79625 

(Beer added by: RedHaze on 05-10-2010)
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Reviews by metter98:
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New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is rather hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of oak barrels are present in the nose, along with some notes of apricot and hints of chardonnay.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of chardonnay and apricot are much more apparent and outshine the oak. Some hints of pepper are present in the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is apparent.
O: The barrel aging really adds complexity to this beer and makes the overall taste interesting, but does not overpower the apricot flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 23:53:30 | More by metter98
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3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No vintage date was apparent on the label.
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A - Translucent bright yellow colour with two fingers of thick cream coloured head.

S - Belgian yeast, oak, peppery spice and a big bready malt base adding sweetness.

T - A big oak presence up front with Belgian yeast, peppery spice and some clove notes. Tart throughout with very light apricot and grape notes in the background.

M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.

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4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up, oh, roughly 2 years ago (back when it was $20 a bottle). Kind of got lost in the cellar. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured into a duvel tulip a nice almost crystal clear light golden orange hue with a massive, explosive three finger head. This looks like whipped cream piled up high atop this and as it slowly slumps down it leaves chunky, sticky side lacing. What kind of magic is this..completely not expecting this kind of retention.

S - Aroma, which slammed into my nostrils upon popping this bottle, is awash with a very, very appealing blend of chardonnay barrel notes and faint stone fruit. There is some old, musty, vinous funk notes. This is not light, it is assertive and complex. The peppercorn is very muted, but there. Smells incredibly promising.

T - Taste is much more sour than the run of the mill saison. Great deal of funk here mixing very nicely with generic stone fruit, lingering stone fruit. Nice light farmhouse notes, solid white wine notes. Light barrel notes, not much oak just a pleasant wooden background. The peppercorn has become a more floral taste. Malts are not too sweet, this straddles the line of sweet and dry quite nicely. Super mellow and balanced.

M - Mouthfeel goes low carb awfully fast after starting out nice and crisp and clean. By the time the tulip is done the carbonation is very low resulting in it being almost creamy. Still though, it works very nicely.

O - So, I'm not sure if this Batch 1 was just a great batch, or if 2 years made this beer into something more than it was initially. The appearance is absurd all things considered. I would like more apricot, but I understand that after 2 years this would have dropped off immensely. Stone fruit meets a very funky saison. Shocked at what this has become.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 00:48:40 | More by rudzud
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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky dark orange with a spongy white head.

S: Definitely some lactic action, a bit of musty oak, mild apricot, some sweet grain and cloves, and a hint of pepper.

T: Taste brings bright stone fruit (peach, apricot), pleasant white wine on the edges, a bit of peppery spice and dry oak tannins, cakey pale malt.

M: Medium-bodied with crisp, almost-frothy carbonation.

O: I wasn't sure whether this would be soured or not. There's a bit of a lactic character in the nose but the taste is clean, focused on the fruit and oak and base beer. It's a nice saison, but like most things Nebraska Brewing, a bit overpriced.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 00:18:55 | More by Etan
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New York

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy apricot gold with one full finger of pure white head. The foam takes a bit to settle, and never really leaves. Huge lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is apricots, yeast, mild lemon, grass, and spice. It smells nice. It's very bright and inviting.

T: It starts out sweet and wet with a good helping of fruit and orange citrus. As the beer progresses I get bright lemon citrus, astringent booze, spice, and yeast. The fruit fades, and by the finish it's yeasty and dry.

M: Light bodied beer. Bright and flavorful up front, stinging and yeasty in the middle, dry and astringent in the finish.

O: Solid beer. Flavors are nice up front. It's a little too yeasty for the majority of the beer, but it's not terribly off-putting. I'd drink this beer again if I can across it.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 18:25:14 | More by trxxpaxxs
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4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- This pours up a fluffy cotton white head which dissipates rather color. The body is a hazy orange juice color. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Abounds with stone fruit notes- peaches and apricots that have a scent of greenness to them. Sour cherry and some lemon underneath. As these notes begin to fade, orange and other citrus notes start to take over the aroma.

Taste- Lemon is one of the initial notes as the flavor profile moves into the obvious apricot which mellows out the tartness observed on the nose quiet efficiently. This is much more mellow than I expected and I really like its subdued character. It does not necessarily tastes like pear juice but it reminds me of lot of it. Some might this beer as a bit thin and watery but I would classify it as “well composed”. This beer approaches sublimity with its mile aspects. The biggest negative is the lack of black pepper mentioned in the description.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with minimal carbonation. It's fairly smooth as well.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and a great beer for summer. Unfortunately, it has pretty hefty price tag of 15 bucks a bottle.

Overall- Really good beer and an interesting take on the Saison style. If you enjoy subdued, slightly sour beers, you should try this one. The price, however, is a bit prohibitive. Though I really liked it, I would not repurchase.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2013 20:27:13 | More by artoolemomo
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Apricot Au Poivre Saison - Reserve Series Aged In Chardonnay Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
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