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

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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
87
very good

156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 20
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedHaze on 05-10-2010

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 
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2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Farmer's Cabinet in Philadelphia. Nice amber color in the snifter glass with a slight chill haze. Starts with a fruity touch along with some malt, but takes a turn downhill rapidly into the ashtray. Pepper is a great flavor, but I have not found many good examples in the beer world. The other main flavor is pencil shavings. A shame to do this to the fruit. Apricot is very nice, the flavor lingers for a moment before being submerged. Some fruity sweetness. Sounds great, starts out promisingly, but I found it quite disappointing.

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3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml opened on April 2, 2011.

A hazy, golden yellow with one finger of still white head.

Fairly clean and refreshing nose featuring citric acidity, white pepper, Belgian yeast, and straw. Lots of lemon and nice white wine barrel treatment.

Huh. Not really what I expected. Bready malt body with a good dose of yeast, light clove, and an underlying earthy and pithy bitterness. It finishes dry. Quite light on the apricot, there is an orange sweetness, but it seems to muddle in with the pepper and earth notes.

Medium bodied with medium-light carbonation. A bit too heavy on the tongue; it doesn't dance as I like in saisons. It also drinks above its ABV - I pinned this for 8-8.5%.

Not bad and it won't keep me from trying some of the other Nebraska Brewing offerings, but a bit of a disappointment. The apricot doesn't come through cleanly and the flavors are very muddled after the clean nose, which I enjoyed.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: One finger head with nice golden color. Good lacing.

Smell: A balance of hops and apricot. Dryness alludes to it being a saison.

Taste: The hops are a bit too much on this. If the hops had been less the apricot would peek through a bit more. The oak adds a good angle to the taste.

Mouth: A nice medium body. Good carbonation for a saison.

Overall: A good apricot saison, but not worth the $20 pricetag. I'd be interested in tasting this beer without the barrel aging.

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3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a big white head that falls slowly and laces well, very nice looking.

Aroma is some light fruity notes, light funk on sweet malty base. Light chardonnay notes mingled with light peppery spice and yeast notes.

Taste is well saison like until the chardonnay kicks in and makes it eh strange maybe best way to describe it. Wheat notes nice fruits notes, funk and spice. Then the barrel notes kick in and I am not sure if I like my Saison's aged in in barrels. Finish is lingering chardonnay over everything.

Mouthfeel is nice light medium nice carbonation for a saison.

Overall smells good, looks great, wine barrel aging just doesn't seem to make it better for me.

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Apricot Au Poivre Saison - Reserve Series Aged In Chardonnay Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.