Apricot Au Poivre Saison - Reserve Series Aged In Chardonnay Barrels - Nebraska Brewing Company
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4.23/5 rDev +8.5%
Reviewed from tasting notes.
It has the color of apricots but has some hazing and a nice two finger soapy bubbled head with pretty amazing lacing but mediocre retention time. Not only is it colored like apricots but it strongly smells and tastes of apricots as well as a light touch of belgian funk, medium-light white wine acidic tones, and a late sip dry wooden character from the barrel. The cracked black peppercorns do not show up in the nose nearly as strongly as they manifest in the flavor, where they seem to have been used as a sort of deliberate substitution for the role that noble hop spice qualities would normally have played in the Saison. I'm OK with that, because it works well and is different enough to be intriguing. Medium body and carbonation levels, with just a touch of creaminess in texture.
Another good one worth trying out if you can get your hands on it.
08-19-2012 21:36:15 | More by WastingFreetime
4.23/5 rDev +8.5%
Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Pours a nice hazy straw golden color with some slight muted orange hues. There is a 1 inch tall white head that is slight dense and soapy
Aroma is immediately of funk. Tart apricot notes follow with some nice slight fruity and sweet esters. Nice barnyard and cornhusk mixed in with the tart. Spicy saison notes of pepper and some slight coriander. Nice dry vinous notes are present with some slight oaky notes as well. A bit mild on the nose.
Flavor is a different story. Very flavorful. Starts off with some nice dry funk notes. Tons of white grape vinous notes mixed in with some nice tart and sweet apricot notes. Quite vinous and dry with some nice yeasty esters and some nice earthy grain notes that play well with the slight fruit juice notes and slight sugary sweetness. There is also some nice earthy grain that flows all throughout the drink. The middle and back end are more woody and spicy with some slight hoppy grass notes balanced by the peppery notes with a dray but slightly sweet finish. Very delicious. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp with a bit of fluffy carbonation to it.
Very delicious brew. Nice combination of flavors that play well together but shine very nicely on their own.
07-08-2012 22:16:59 | More by JoEBoBpr
District of Columbia
3.9/5 rDev 0%
Nice Chardonnay barrel-aged saison with a fair fruity edge.
Presentation: 750 cl brown capped bottle. Busy special release label, a bit blocky with an orange background framed with the branding and details of the brew, including a small paragraph with the main description and intent. Notes 6.8%Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.
A - Hazy pale gold pour with a nice frothy head, moderate to short retention, and lacing, with a small surface memory.
S - Yeasty sense, with a fruity touch emerging over a dry vinous touch...
T - Taste follow with a nice earthy range, spicy yeast, spicy, soft fruit, apricot… sugar. Nice soft tart hint from the Chardonnay...
M - Medium body and carbonation. Pleasing soft dryness as it finishes.
O - Worth and pleasing barrel aged take on a saison, the fruity edge is fair, but does not push down the brew.
Notes: This was pretty pleasing, not outstanding, in particular the fruity edge did not work entirely for me, and the base and barrel sort of made the brew rather solid for my liking. Still very glad to have tried it, and a good impression in terms of looking out for their brews.
06-03-2012 03:39:01 | More by Daniellobo
3.8/5 rDev -2.6%
No freshness dating I can see.
A= Pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a three finger high slightly off white head on the top. The head holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass.
S= The smell is a slightly sour chardonnay odor with a little barrel to the aroma. Nothing over the top. I may be able to make out some pepper. I don't get too many apricots up front they may be hidden deeper in the "sour" aroma smell.
T= Tastes nice and peppery with only a slight sour note. The sour is actually minimal. The apricot comes through a little more with only a slight sourness. The pepper plays nicely with the saison yeast spice. Chardonnay is also a minimal character to it and the barrel flavor is again somewhat quiet.
M= Finishes nice and dry with a lot of bubbles. Very nice for a saison.
O= I was expecting a little more apricot to it. I was hoping for more sour notes as well but I got very very little of both. Worth trying for sure but at the price point I would not buy it again.
06-02-2012 04:23:31 | More by jjanega08
4.23/5 rDev +8.5%
Had this on 2012-05-05 in Columbia, PA.
A - Straw-gold with a 2-finger bubbly white head and good lacing. Lots of effervescence.
S - Smells nice like a high-end Schlitz with apricot, lemon, light grass; and I mean Schlitz in a complimentary way.
T - Initially a good amount of pale malt followed by a nice blast of fresh tart apricot, mild-moderate hop bitterness. Dries very nicely and leaves a pleasant apricot skin taste. Well-balanced.
M - Light body and medium carbonation. Crisp but a little creamy. My wife and I both enjoyed this one.
O - Just a easy-drinkin', good-tastin' farmhouse ale. Nice job on this one. My wife and I both like this one.
05-05-2012 21:13:16 | More by Tucquan
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
750ml bottle served in a tulip. Bottle conditioned. Poured a pale gold with a couple of fingers of white head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma started out very yeasty. Is there some brett in there? Apricot comes out in aroma as it warms. Light bodied. A bit of tartness, dry (which is what I prefer in a Saision). The pepper comes out in the finish, but it is subtle. Also some oak, but it is subtle as well. Nice complexity in the flavor. Good beer, but overpriced IMO.
02-18-2012 14:34:36 | More by homebrewhawk
4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
Pours a beautiful golden straw with a big pillowy white head that lasts, leaving some lacing.
Tart, a little chardonnay, and some fruit sweetness on the nose.
Starts with tart funk, chardonnay playing, followed by nice apricot sweetness, and finishes with a light hop bite. Alcohol lightly kisses the apricot.
This is what I look for in a saison. Fruity, not overly sweet, a little funk, a touch of hop. Delicious. I need to grab another bottle for the summer.
02-04-2012 10:35:05 | More by dbmernin83
4/5 rDev +2.6%
Served in a snifter at a recent tasting with some other dudes. Beer is yellow, hazy, wispy white head, small bubbles.
Aroma is yeasty, tea-like bitterness and some apricot-jam pops up in the nose.
Beer is light in body, creamy at times, mildly dry finish, good yeast, nice fruit, decent little saison, good, I may have another.
01-24-2012 17:13:21 | More by drabmuh
3.9/5 rDev 0%
From 01/14/12 notes. Thanks to drabmuh for sharing this one.
a - Pours a hazy dark yellow color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of apricots, brett, spices, white wine, lightly sour fruits, and fruity malts.
t - Tastes of sour fruits, apricots, brett, white wine, oak, spices, and floral hops. A tiny bit more sour than the nose, I like the taste better.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. A pretty easy to drink saison.
o - Overall I thought this was a very nice saison. Lightly sour and some nice apricots, and easy to drink. Would like to have it again.
01-20-2012 01:47:13 | More by mdfb79
3.68/5 rDev -5.6%
Bottle courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a Dark Lord mini-snifter.
Pours a nice peach color with a good white head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose carries some nice apricot and other stone fruit along with light wheat and faint grain. Light yeast there as well. Flavor falls along similar lines -- the saison yeast is in the background with the apricot up front. Light, spritzy body. Good beer.
01-18-2012 23:53:55 | More by Thorpe429
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +2.6%
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.
The beer is hazy and light orange colored with a small white head that leaves random traces of lacing in the snifter. The aroma offers apricot, as expected. Additional scents include yeast, malt, spice. Definitely smells like a saison. Good stuff. Flavorful and fruit forward. A nice white wine quality adds complexity and intrigue. Light to medium bodied. Good stuff.
01-15-2012 02:01:57 | More by Huhzubendah
3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
A bottle-conditioned Belgian-style saison ale that is brewed with apricots and pepper and then aged in Chardonnay barrels for six months.
The beer pours an orange-golden in color, hazy, with an inch of thick, tightly foamy head that is white to just off-white in color, and leaves thick, sticky lacing down the glass.
The aroma is yeasty, white wine, with a hint of fruit and oak.
The taste is well-constructed, the tastes of the yeast (fruit, butter, earthiness) meld into the tastes of the wine barrel (chardonnay with its fruit, buttery, and oak notes). There is then a note of the apricot. The pepper is unobtrusive.
The mouthfeel is light, with a smooth creaminess aided by the thick head of foam. A complex, interesting and tasty beer.
12-31-2011 01:19:35 | More by cpolking
4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
Cloudy orange colored with a large rising head of white. Long retention with sticky lace.
A bit of funk in the aroma, light barnyard, some lacto type sour notes, apricot, peach, spice, white pepper, sand, oak, very fruity and lively almost tickling the nose with carbonation.
Very nice. As a saison should be lively sprite carbonation brings the taste buds to life. With semi sweet apricot, some brett flavors of horse blanket and barnyard. Nice character from the chardonnay barrels with bitter oak tannins. Peach, pear, white pepper, belgian yeast spiciness. A great food beer with phenomenol carbonation.
12-30-2011 21:21:25 | More by mcallister
Apricot Au Poivre Saison - Reserve Series Aged In Chardonnay Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
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