Pour Les Oiseaux - Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Pour Les OiseauxPour Les Oiseaux

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 9
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:
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(Beer added by: beertunes on 02-18-2010)
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Photo of jpbebeau
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of flagmantho
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.

Photo of TotallyHosed
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BabyTree.

The color is golden orange, but perfectly clear. The clarity reveals active carbonation. It poured with a small head that shrunk to a splotch. Very little lacing.

The aroma is mainly funky hay. The barrel is very difficult to detect, but this is because the two aromas seem to blend perfectly.

The flavor begins tart and funky, but accented with some of the barrel's tannic bitterness. The flavor ends with a very nice vanilla note.

The feel is bright, tingles the tongue, but thin.

Overall, I enjoyed this aged saison by Black Raven. The result is excellent and one of the best barrel aged saisons that I've tasted. Appearance would have scored higher if not the for the short head retention. Also, I prefer a saison with a heavier mouthfeel. However, the nose and flavor of this brew compensates.

Photo of AlexFields
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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

Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of iKrystin
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
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

Photo of bifrost17
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of strongaf
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of benbjb
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Treebs
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Matt (mfavoino) for sending this guy my way. 750 ml bottle served in a Lost Abbey teku glass.

A: Pours a dark gold color with a pure white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick cap and leaves some splotchy lace behind.

S: Definite white wine presence up front. A subtle white grape tartness with a green grape and yeasty sweetness. Mild peppery yeasty and smooth oak. The Brett is pretty subtle in the nose, but it's there.

T: There's the Brett! Big funkiness, some wet hay and a little blue cheese up front. Smooth oak, light white grape tartness and some pale malt sweetness on the finish. The yeast is in there ever so slightly with some fruity esters and middle clove, but the wine barrel and brett are the main stars here.

M: Light bodied with a clean and dry finish. Nice medium-high carbonation level.

O: I really liked the addition of the Brett and the barrel aging, although I feel like the base gets a tad lost. Overall it's a very nicely crafted BA saison and wouldn't turn it down in the future.

Photo of zeledonia
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to try another bretted saison, though I'm curious what the wine-barrel-aging has done to this one. Thanks to wsucoug96 for the bottle. Tasted 5 August 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear golden yellow, a tinge of apricot. Two-finger white dense, sponge-cake head. Good retention, relaxing to a thin layer, but not much lacing. Inside the glass looks like confetti raining up, there's so much carbonation flowing.

Smell starts out with musty yeast, but that soon becomes an undercurrent as slightly sweet white grapes come flooding through. It's a little more wine than saison in the nose, but the saison soul is definitely yeast-forward, pungent and earthy. I like it.

Taste is more balanced, more like half semi-dry white wine and half saison. The white grapes are still quite potent, though they're certainly drier here than in the nose. Brings earthy flavors, but a noticeable burst of spice, followed by a light wash of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is as it should be - medium-bodied, though it feels slightly lighter once it hits the tongue. Fuzzy carbonation, and lots of it. Drier finish than many saisons (something I like about this beer).

I'm using a lot of liquid words here, and that's fitting - lots of things flowing through, coming and going in gentle waves. Nothing rough about it, all the different elements slowly mixing and churning. Quite tasty, though I'd like it more if it were a little less vinous.

Photo of beerhorn12
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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

Photo of CliffBrake
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of FalconA
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of KMcG
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of SSGM1974
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of kslsc400
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Pour Les Oiseaux from Black Raven Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.