Apricot Au Poivre Saison - Reserve Series Aged In Chardonnay Barrels - Nebraska Brewing Company
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2.7/5 rDev -30.8%
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.
07-27-2011 05:09:41 | More by mactrail
3.08/5 rDev -21%
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.
04-03-2011 01:34:32 | More by Verecund
3.25/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
12-11-2011 22:47:46 | More by Boonedoggle
3.48/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
10-14-2011 23:43:40 | More by mntlover
3.58/5 rDev -8.2%
Poured from an oversized bottle into a snifter.
A: Slightly hazey golden honey/straw colored beer with plenty of bubbles. One finger head that fades pretty quickly. Very sexy beer.
S: Funky, peppery yeastiness dominates. Some fruity undertones - apricot, pear. A hint of vinegar as well.
T: A barnyard fruitiness up front. Sweet. Apricot and pear, as in the nose. Some faint citrus notes. The apricot really shows up as it warms. Tastes like a syrupy, yeasty fruit cocktail with some pepper sprinkled on top. Finishes with just a bit of the chardonnay quality - sweet and just a little dry. I don't get any of the wood-aged characteristics at all.
M: Medium bodied beer...very smooth, creamy, juicy. Not too dry. This is a very easy drinking beer.
O: A better than average Saison. The tastes are all very well developed, but not as interesting as I was expecting for a limited beer like this. Definitely easy to drink and tasty enough...I guess I was just expecting more. Solid beer nonetheless.
10-01-2011 23:47:13 | More by kbuzz
3.58/5 rDev -8.2%
"Unfiltered. Ours is spiced with both Apricot puree and Black Pepper."
Pours a very hazy pale gold with a dense one finger head. The foam sticks a round for a long time, leaving a nice lacing behind.
Smell; the pepper really come through in the aroma pretty strongly, even while it's still fairly cold. The apricots come through nicely along with a faint hint of pineapple.
Taste; as with the smell the black pepper kicks things off, but fortunately doesn't overwhelm. Apricots and pineapple, as well as a touch of grassy hops fill out the middle and then this finishes with a dry yeastiness that leans a bit towards chalky, and detracts from the rest of the beer a little bit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with the lack of filtering, which I'm very happy for, and the drinkability is pretty good.
Not my favorite beer from NBC so far, but still pretty good. I'm happy to see them keep trying new styles especially a Saison, now if only they'd do a Doppelbock. Keep it up guys.
05-10-2010 00:50:47 | More by RedHaze
3.6/5 rDev -7.7%
A: Looks like apple cider; hazy with a quickly dissipating head; lacing isn't all that present
S: Smells like dried apricot--the packaged kind; slightly smells like feet but oddly enough is still rather pleasant; grainy and earthy along with sweet and spicy nodes
T: Apricot dominates but not in an overly sweet way--tastes more like apricot puree than the actual fresh fruit; something a bit funky here; also grainy and spiciness pervades
F: Decent mouthfeel-- a bit thin
D: Not as refreshing as I'd hope; decent but the packaged/pureed apricot flavoring is a bit wearing
07-10-2010 02:09:55 | More by dbossman
Apricot Au Poivre Saison - Reserve Series Aged In Chardonnay Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
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