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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

126 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 126
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%


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 tavernjef:
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pricey and might not be worth it for some looking for a huge big brew, as this is solid but not quite worth the $18.99 for the 750 at Casanova's.
Cloudy lemon juice yellow with a huge crown of whitish foam that stands for great length. A cake of lacing is sheeted thickly across the goblet.

Aroma is semi peppy and vibrant, dry and spicy with yeasty white pepper, zesty floral hops, with a light tone of sweet fruityness that brings in a bit of lemon and orange peel, peach, mango, and the mentioned apricot. Quite subtle and low-ended but appetizing none-the-less.

Taste has quite the subtle display of fruityness mixing with a some well balanced spiceyness about it. Zippy and tart with a stretched out squeeze play of lemon rinds and orange peel playing upon a brisk white grape crunchyness. Earthy spiced in dirty citrusy parts within its tartness. Its tartness is tame enough just to let in a light airy pep of pepper spice and floral hops. Only a light touch of apricot sweetness and fuzz appear in a light portion of the finish. Which adds an outstanding little touch to the overall tart tone that carries this the whole way through.

Body is mediumish with a peppy zip of bite to it along with a tart tang of yeast and citric fruit peels that has a long tone and texture of bittering parchyness on the cheeks and palate.

Overall, more white wine-like then what I'd like out of what a maltier Saison would be like for my particular tastes. But the balance here is sublime and very tolerable and I really enjoyed the play of dirty, earthy citrusy tartness, spice, and dryness.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 02:01:04 | More by tavernjef
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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.

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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.

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

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