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Pour Les Oiseaux - Black Raven Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
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: 11 | 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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irishgreensoda

Washington

3/5  rDev -28.2%

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

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

03-21-2012 21:47:56 | More by punkhim
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dirtylou

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 02:56:47 | More by dirtylou
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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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BeerNW

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

06-07-2013 15:19:48 | More by BeerNW
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

03-23-2013 23:57:14 | More by acurtis
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Eighty

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

06-13-2013 20:14:19 | More by Eighty
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

06-25-2012 00:21:15 | More by ithinkimasofa
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twelveinches

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

05-16-2012 06:12:57 | More by twelveinches
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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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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a recent Philly 'burbs bottle share.

Golden pour, shockingly pristine clarity, with a solid cap of foamy white head; nice retention and lacing. Fruity esters in the aroma, toasted wheat, grass. Taste was pretty light and crisp, essence of apple and grape skins with a twinge of tartness, barnyard funk, herbal hops, lightly toasted cereal grains. Light-bodied and dry, easily drinkable, pretty nice overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 10:20:43 | More by Rifugium
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear golden yellow color with streaming bubbles supporting a 2 finger white froth. Some webby strings of patchy lace stick to the glass.

The aroma includes notes of clove and white grape juice. Quite vinous with slight tropical feel about it. Some sulfur and grass evolves as it warms up.

The flavor is a bit boozy with tropical fruit and herbal to grassy hops. A slight lemon rindy sort of bitterness balances things out.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest to sprity amount of carbonation. It is crisp and light but the overall drinkability suffers a bit from the boozy feel. It is surprising how boozy and warming this is for the list ~7 abv. Certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 18:19:26 | More by stakem
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beertunes

Washington

3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy yellow, not quite the color of pineapple juice, with about an inch of white head that had moderate retention and good lacing.

The aroma had a strong apple scent at first, which gave way to to a nice spicy yeast aroma. That apple scent translated into a slightly vinegary taste at the front of the tongue. Across the middle and back was a tart spicyness with a hint of yeast. The beer finished with a nice, dry tang on the very back of the tongue.

The body was pretty typical for the style, perhaps a little more lively than most. Drinkability was very nice, even better if you like your beers dry. Overall, a very decent example of the style. I suggest trying this as quick as possible, because I believe it has limited availability.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2010 20:39:18 | More by beertunes
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Dogfishipas

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-27-2013 15:42:31 | More by Birdlegs
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510a

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-30-2013 16:30:01 | More by 510a
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LumpkinBrews

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-24-2014 20:42:43 | More by LumpkinBrews
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beefandbean22

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.3%

12-27-2011 00:38:35 | More by beefandbean22
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-23-2013 23:52:09 | More by djrn2
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.3%

04-05-2014 07:28:51 | More by abeeronthebeach
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-17-2014 06:09:44 | More by rab53
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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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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

Big thanks to G311 and Damico for this one. Served in a mini tulip.

Pours a nice golden color with a pretty good white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some background Brett and earth notes along with some yeasty spice and a touch of white grape. The flavor adds in a bit more grapes with some nice earthiness through the finish. Fairly dry and crisp. Really nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 10:19:29 | More by Thorpe429
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Pour Les Oiseaux from Black Raven Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.