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Barrel Roll No. 5 Chandelle - Hangar 24 Brewery

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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 42
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sarlacc83 on 11-07-2012

CHANDELLE represents a perfect balance of fruit and funk, marrying the bright flavors of Golden Sweet apricots with the oak-aged complexity of sour beer. It begins as a blonde ale brewed with both malted and unmalted wheat, a blank canvas which is laid down in freshly emptied white wine barrels and topped off with our house souring culture. Over the course of a year these yeast and bacteria transform the liquid, bringing forth a beer that is both deeply funky and refreshingly sour. The barrels are then blended back together just before the final addition- a generous helping of fresh apricots plucked from Blossom Bluff Orchards in Central California. The tart flavors and aromas of the fresh fruit perfectly balance the acidic, bracingly sour base developed in the barrel.
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Ratings: 102 | Reviews: 13
Photo of mportnoy
3/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apricot flavor was a little too muted for my tastes.

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is not a 2015 review. This review is from found notes from tasting this beer shortly after it was released.

Photo of trippytbta
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter

A: Very light yellow with a white head

S: a little funky

T: Starts extremely sour, then come the apricots with almost a GOSE (salty) taste. The end is very interesting as the wheat after-taste kicks in.

Mouthfeel: very acidic, not in a lactic way. pucker up!

Overall: This is a super complex sour as opposed to the other heavy hitter type sours that are a little one dimensional. Very complex but not my favorite tastes.

Photo of Furlinator
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in November 2014.

Smells like sulfur. Tastes like unripe apricots. Somehow this seems to work.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #105/1174. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Hazy yellow. Gushed like hell.

Smell - Fruity. Very acidic. A touch of acetic acid. Distinct apricot. Slight chemical aroma.

Taste - Much cleaner sour. Fruity apricot. Grainy malts. Acetic acid is more pronounced and gets stronger in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Very sour, but easy to drink.

Overall - A little too vinegary. Covers up some of the fruit flavor that was otherwise the highlight.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml cork n cage bottle into tulip.

Almost busted my ear drum when I popped the cork and a gusher. Pours hazy orange with effervescent white head dissipates instantly.

Vinegar. Some apricot and citrus

Light malts, slightly spoiled tart apricots, vinegar

8/10 sourness. Good sour but flavor is slightly off.

Photo of tectactoe
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Ron for the crack, bottle #97 of 1174. Ironically enough, it pours the color of ripe apricots; golden yellow-orange and perplexingly opaque, despite the relatively light hue of the beer. The stark white head is loud and fizzy - it disappears almost instantly and leaves the beer completely untouched. No head, no skin, no ring, no lace.

A single whiff of Chandelle reveals a great bit of milky, lactic funk; tart and sour, although perhaps not incredibly so. It smells like apricot juice poured over a heap of oak. Is apricot juice even a real thing? If so, it probably smells like this. Earthy by nature, fruity, wet, and simultaneously sweet and tart. The oak and funk play nice balancing roles, secondary to the center-stage fruit.

The taste follows suit, coming off like a glass of over-ripened apricot juice, as if such a thing even exists. Just imaging taking bruised apricots and blending them for about an hour. It's tart up front, but I was right in thinking that it wasn't going to reach puckering levels. Grassy and a bit earthy with subtle reminders of rotten fruit skins, mashed and compiled into a liquid.

Though it's not crazy-sour, the tartness is still present and still plenty good. It fades into a milder, finishing sweetness. Slightly lemony and acidic with heavier notes of wet oak and fruit-juice soaked wood. The oak isn't as much of a counterpoint as it is a finishing note, as it is primarily noticeable only after the apricots have calmed down a bit. The carbonation is sharp and zesty, and the body is a bit thicker than you'd expect from this style.

Tasty beer with a nice "juice" vibe going on throughout. Tart, but not exceedingly sour, though it's still fairly acidic. Drinkable as hell; I wish the oak flavors were a little more substantial throughout the course of the sip, rather than buried until the finish and aftertaste. Delicious beer, but I've had some better apricot sours.

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jedwards for the final pre-move blowout cellar crash. Pours a hazy, tangerine hue with no head. Nose expresses tart apricot, a slight medicinal character and a faint, candied quality. Taste is pretty much on par with the nose. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to the light) with a lively carbonation and a pleasant acidity. Overall, a solid apricot sour, but it's no Fou' Foune.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 125/1174
Grand Cru tulip

A: Hazy yellow orange. Initially about a half finger of bright white. Turns into a collar. Lots of carbonation bubbles streaming up, but not a lot of head.

S: Smells of dripping apricot. Really sweet fruit still. Tart sour fruit. Barnyard.

T: Lots of sour on the tip of the tongue. Still good amount of apricot fruit. Really sweet flesh fruit character. Finish is dry but not bone dry. Still has some sweetness left.

M: Lighter side of medium.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 2.20.13
2012 July
944/1174
Thanks Jordan.

A - Pours a very light, clear orange with a fizzy white head that is gone instantly.

S - Sweet, wild flowers, and some honey.

T - Sweet honey and very floral.

D - Light body with low carbonation.

O - LIght, crisp and floral. A touch sweet, but still nice.

Photo of ehammond1
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clouded dark orange in color with a moderately-sized near white head. Leaves the glass messy with irregular lines of foamy stick.

Very fruit forward aroma: huge amounts of sun-dried apricots leading the charge, with only a minimal presence of acid and funk. Wonderful aroma for an apricot lover.

The flavor follows the aroma, but with a bit more complexity. Incredibly expressive flavor of rich, juicy, sun-dried apricots, a whisper of an earthy funk character, and some mild acidic sour character. While simple and straightforward, this remains a very delicious beer.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Another Barrel Roll series hit!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottle # 273/1174.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. There are some small chunks of sediment seen floating in the beer after the pour. Smell is of honey, apricots, and peaches. Taste is much the same with a mildly acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, first, it's amusing that I'm the one adding this to the BA system.

750ml bottle courtesy of Hophead84. Thanks!

A: Copper-orange with a head that fades out very quickly, leaving a bald beer.

N: Apricot, lemon, and some green apple. Very heavy vinegar and acetone. Lactic acid. Not great, but it's passable as the beer warms.

T: Apricot and vinegar are the dominate sensations. Acetone. Simple lactic sourness. Sweet-tart split. Some raspberry from the vinegar, perhaps. Not too complex, but enjoyable enough.

M: Fairly light, so in a good range for a sour. Alcohol isn't noticeable.

O: A decent overall attempt and better than say, the new Cascade Apricot batches. Look forward to more from Barrel Roll.

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Barrel Roll No. 5 Chandelle from Hangar 24 Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.