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Barrel Roll No. 5 Chandelle - Hangar 24 Brewery

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Barrel Roll No. 5 Chandelle
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 42
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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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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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.

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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

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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.

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Barrel Roll No. 5 Chandelle from Hangar 24 Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.