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Pour Les Oiseaux - Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Pour Les OiseauxPour Les Oiseaux

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

73 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beertunes on 02-18-2010)
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Reviews by RedDiamond:
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I asked about the pronunciation on that third word and was told it's "WHA-soh". So Pour Les Oiseaux means, "for the birds." Though it's not overly potent, Black Raven serves this specialty saison in 12-oz. tulips. It is clouded golden with a peppery aroma and characteristic Belgian flavor of sharp, exotic spice. Oats and rye malt lend dryness, body, and a wall of arrogant lace.

Brilliant Belgian spice esters dominate, and though the beer is smooth and informal, it's ultimately piquant, peppery, and sharp. It's also sophisticated, lean, and worthy of sustained acquaintance.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2010 02:31:06 | More by RedDiamond
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draheim

Washington

3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A local saison aged in French oak white wine barrels with the addition of Brettanomyces? On the label this beer sounds like it was brewed with me personally in mind...

750mL into a tulip. Pours a clear, pale straw color w/ a disappointing head, about half a finger after a pretty aggressive pour. Lazy carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass. We're not starting well here.

Aroma is lightly funky: green apples, pears, wet hay. Floral Belgian yeast, white wine. Noble hops. Interesting.

Taste is pretty grainy right off the bat. Wheat malt, sweet white wine grapes, floral hops. More pear, some nice oak too. Can't quite get past the coarse, grainy, minerally quality, although to be fair it mellows a bit as the beer warms and breathes. Hints of crushed aspirin and Alka-Seltzer too.

Mouthfeel is relatively flat, lackluster; definitely a disappointment for a saison. Medium body.

Overall, I have to say I'm let down by this beer. Especially considering the lofty promise of a wine barrel-aged saison, which may have set my expectations unrealistically high, this one fell a little flat.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2014 23:24:24 | More by draheim
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Dogfishipas

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-21-2014 01:09:55 | More by Dogfishipas
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irishgreensoda

Washington

3/5  rDev -28.2%

06-16-2014 21:00:38 | More by irishgreensoda
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mrchrisray

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-31-2014 01:18:18 | More by mrchrisray
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a very good amount of head which looks to have pretty good retention as well. The head is a pure, cotton white while the body is a murky, pale straw which shows hints of hazy, golden and lemon yellow. Considerable lacing has already been left behind.

Nose- Strong fruit esters from the bottle with the most dominant aspect being apple- a mix of green and red with light notes of cherry and strawberry in the background. The glass has much more delicate notes and shows a mix of green apples and pears. Not all that complex but it has great presence and integration. I'm digging it. Slight white wine grapes around the edges.

Taste- Starts with some hay and grassy notes that build into a slightly phenolic middle of ash, cloves, and slight woody bitterness from the oak. The oak shows more on the finish alongside with a good amount of earth and white wine grapes. The fruit esters of the nose appear throughout the flavor profile but don't have the presence that they did in the aroma. This doesn't seem to be an easily decipherable beer as I'm not quite sure how I feel about it yet. Definite apple, some pear, with citrus notes hanging around the edges- lemon, lemon peel, and orange which seem to move into coriander. Some funk from the Brett starts to appear and gives off more hay and some woody mushrooms. The phenols and the Brett attributes give it a little bit of abrasiveness that would seem to be at odds with the overall delicate nature of this beer but so far, it seems to be working. The dry finish really helps to tie this beer together and not allow anyone aspect to linger too much. This is a really good beer that has the slightest hints of greatness. Some cracked pepper around the edges as well.

Mouthfeel- Fairly lightbodied with little carbonation. Delicate to the point that it almost seems airy. The dry finish works well with the woodiness on the end.

Drinkability- Extremely easygoing as a result of its very light mouthfeel and understated complexity. This doesn't it mean it's boring, it's simply refined. 13-14 bucks seems like an okay price for a barrel-aged saison but I don't know if I would buy it again.

Overall- Seems to be a mix of two different types of saisons- the light and airy crisp saison that you reminds you of DuPont and the more phenolic type of saison that reminds me of many tripels. It's almost like you're getting two beers in one and normally this would be a bad thing but it works here. Just above a really good beer and definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2014 00:35:09 | More by artoolemomo
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campfirebrew

New York

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-06-2014 01:57:48 | More by campfirebrew
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

04-29-2014 17:48:28 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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Hopmodium

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-27-2014 02:58:32 | More by Hopmodium
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snaotheus

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with foil over the cap; split between two chalices. Served at 41 F. This listing shows 6.8%, but my bottle shows 7.2% abv.

Pours clear golden with a slight bronze hue, very little head, lots of carbonation. Smell is fruity, sour, funky, very nice.

Taste is surprisingly crisp, slight bitter, lots of hay, refreshing and tasty, but not as interesting as the smell. Strong funkiness.

Mouthfeel is still, medium bodied. Overall, this is good. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2014 01:07:36 | More by snaotheus
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

04-14-2014 22:00:33 | More by iL0VEbeer
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-13-2014 15:02:57 | More by nrs207
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jmccraney

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-13-2014 05:02:09 | More by jmccraney
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TwoTrees

Washington

4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

'Try this beer', quoth the Raven.

Well, don't mind if I do...

Pour Les Oiseaux is, simply put, a gorgeous blend of vineous tart grape, buttery oak, and the perfect amount of barnyard funk. All of this is wrapped up in an almost champagne-like mouthfeel that, while different than most brews, offers some real varietal enjoyment. Like peanut butter is to maple syrup, the brett is present (but not overpowering) and stands as a unique companion to the chardonnay like qualities of the spiced malt. It drinks very easily...too easily. The first is gone and I'm wishing for another...

Bottom line: If you see it, pick it up. Because someday it may be...nevermore.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 05:56:49 | More by TwoTrees
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jyeohamilton

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

04-08-2014 04:52:15 | More by jyeohamilton
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.3%

04-05-2014 07:28:51 | More by abeeronthebeach
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sukwonee

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

03-30-2014 22:11:10 | More by sukwonee
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HoppySeb

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

03-28-2014 19:43:23 | More by HoppySeb
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GregoryMo

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-28-2014 04:54:15 | More by GregoryMo
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LumpkinBrews

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-24-2014 20:42:43 | More by LumpkinBrews
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Zaximus

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

03-17-2014 22:13:46 | More by Zaximus
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Sound_Explorer

Washington

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I found the Pour Les to be one of the best examples of how to impliment barrel aging, especially on a style that usually doesn't get that treatment (at least that I can think of right now). Most barrel aging is with liquor/spirits that I've found tend to hit you over the head with the booze taste and just leaves the beer for dead.

This saison is done with wine barrels (white) that leaves a great subtlety of taste and almost sweetness in the end product. It works WITH the beer to make a new, more intense, and unique taste and take of saison. One of my favorites as I try it more and more.

In closing, take a trip to Black Raven and get some Pour Les Oiseaux for yourself, as well as other offerings. BR is always trying new ingredients and new takes on traditional styles.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 20:11:43 | More by Sound_Explorer
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-02-2014 21:51:11 | More by BillRoth
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ArchEnemyBrew

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-26-2014 21:07:45 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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dionito

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

02-20-2014 05:08:57 | More by dionito
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Pour Les Oiseaux from Black Raven Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.