Pour Les Oiseaux - Black Raven Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
Big thanks to whomever brought this to the tasting group. Pours a nearly perfect straw color with excellent clarity. A brilliant white head foams up quickly and settles almost just as fast. Funk is the first thing to hit the nose, and it's no surprise, given how the bottle makes it clear that brettanomyces are used. The funk comes off slightly corky and mostly barnyardy, like wet wood and hay. Lots of fruit in the aroma, as well; pears, light peaches, apple slices, white grapes - it almost has a slight champagne or white-wine smell to it (aside from the brett, of course); very crisp and clean, appears to be highly-carbonated.
Taste is crisp and refreshing as expected. White grapes, pears, apple skins, and a handful of light funk (lighter on the palate than on the aroma, for sure). Some corky notes, but again, not as heavy as they were on the nose. This one carries a big oak barrel taste cascading in the background and lasting from nearly start to finish. Borderline tart in the middle, with a spike of fruits and flavors that hits like a white wine. Surprisingly, I'm picking up some light cinnamon in the aftertaste, right along with a fading fruity sweetness and another small touch of brett. Hops are mostly hidden, slightly musky and peppery, but I may just be grasping at straws here. Medium bodied with heavy carbonation.
Solid saison that drinks almost more like a wine or champagne than a beer, at least as far as the flavor profile is concerned. The bretts make a nice appearance without being overdone and the barrel aging added a whole new element. Lots going on here, but very well put together and tasty when all was said and done.
02-10-2013 18:32:05 | More by tectactoe
3.5/5 rDev -16.1%
22oz bomber, split
appearance: served in my hopleaf tulip - pale copper-orange body, a light layer of white foam but little retention
smell: green apple, grape skin, a touch vinous
taste: Not sure about this one - an odd bready base, grape skins and sour green apple, very musty yeast, light touch of brett, some white wine vinous notes.
mouthfeel: dry finish, very light
overall: well crafted but missed the mark for me
12-08-2012 02:56:47 | More by dirtylou
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
Thanks to Eric for sharing this one!
Quick review from written notes.
Bright gold with an initial head of fluffy foam settling to a thin skim afterward.
Clarity is sharp and there are visible trails of carbonation around the edges.
Oaky sandalwood, lightly floral aroma, mild dried pineapple sweetness.
Tart and fruity apricot, slightly bitter with loads of dry, gripping oak. Big time buttery chardonnay barrel. Spritzy carbonation, smooth feel. Dry tannic aftertaste. Finished my first pour and had a little more. This was great stuff.
10-13-2013 19:57:10 | More by emerge077
4.23/5 rDev +1.4%
Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with active carbonation and a finger hight fine white head constantly renewed by carbonation. Aroma of spicy light pear and apple juice, saison yeast and a hint of lemon. Flavor of light grape, green apple, pepper; finishes slightly dry with oak and a light brett touch. Very understated but well integrated with light flavors that fit together very well and a nice oaky aftertaste. Light bodied with a refreshing mouth feel from the active carbonation. Nicely made saison, the light touch of brett is perfect in this ale for me.
11-24-2012 03:44:55 | More by LiquidAmber
Pour Les Oiseaux from Black Raven Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.