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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

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | 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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

djrn2, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Thorpe429, Apr 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

acurtis, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a clear golden color and a sturdy head; sheets of lace are left behind

Smell: Tart apple, cinnamon and other spices, barnyard funk

Taste: Opens with a tart apple character, with the herbacious and barnyard elements picking up by mid-palate; the Brett flavors build, after the swallow, and the vinous flavors wrap up the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nice and refreshing, with the Brett and the wine barrels adding complexity

brentk56, Aug 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Texasfan549, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

emerge077, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Rifugium, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

stakem, Jul 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

mdaschaf, Mar 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

BillRoth, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

rab53, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of beertunes
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

beertunes, Feb 18, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle and opened it on 6.11.12.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy, honey yellow with a half inch white head made of large bubbles, then fades in half.

S - Citrus lemon, Bret and Funk, some subtle spice.

T - Lemon to orange to bread with some Bret in the background the entire time. Finally, a buttery finish.

D - Good carbonation and a light body.

O - Mild tartness wrapped in citrus and spices, a good showing from BR.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

iL0VEbeer, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
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

dirtylou, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

LiquidAmber, Nov 24, 2012
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4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on-tap at WABL Belgianfest 2013 in a snifter taster glass.

Appearance: quite clear; a light gold, almost yellowy hue with a tiny bit of haze and a very light effervescence and a low ivory head.

Smell: the aroma has a nice vinous aroma with a little bit of Brett funk. Sweet, bright and nice; quite like a white wine.

Taste: not nearly as tart as the aroma might suggest. Sweet, but not too sweet; when the tartness falls off toward the end, it definitely has a good white wine character. Subtle, but intriguing.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a satisfying creaminess. Quite good.

Overall: this beer seems pretty straightforward; it's complexity is there but it's subtle. It definitely seems to have picked up some character from its white wine barrels. This beer really rubs me the right way.

flagmantho, Feb 03, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

tectactoe, Feb 10, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

RedDiamond, Mar 15, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

twelveinches, May 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

strongaf, Nov 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very yellow with a thick pure white head, very nice appearance.

Smells of brett and wine; more subtle notes of wheat malt, grapes, spice.

Taste is lovely and balanced. Good amount of tartness and brett complexity, but none of the metallic flavors brett sometimes produces; brett doesn't dominate. Wheaty saison malt bill provides a really nice foundation, wine barrels add plenty but don't dominate. Hints of grape, apple, and spice. Pretty complex but extremely well balanced between everything that's going on.

Mouthfeel is odd. Plenty of bubbly carbonation but somehow the beer feels a little flat underneath it. Not terribly detrimental though, this is still easy to drink.

Overall a lovely beverage, exactly my kind of beer. Excellent balance.

8.6/10

AlexFields, Jan 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

LoveStout, Aug 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Kurmaraja, Feb 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

markgugs, Aug 16, 2014
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Pour Les Oiseaux from Black Raven Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.