Pour Les Oiseaux - Black Raven Brewing Co.
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3.49/5 rDev -16.3%
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.
07-25-2014 23:24:24 | More by draheim
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
3.79/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
04-21-2013 10:20:43 | More by Rifugium
3.93/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
07-16-2013 18:19:26 | More by stakem
3.93/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
02-18-2010 20:39:18 | More by beertunes
Pour Les Oiseaux from Black Raven Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.