Pour Les Oiseaux - Black Raven Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
01-28-2013 02:31:10 | More by AlexFields
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
4.23/5 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
4.08/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
09-09-2012 17:22:14 | More by Treebs
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
08-17-2012 06:06:10 | More by zeledonia
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
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
08-02-2012 02:47:05 | More by brentk56
4.08/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
06-15-2012 00:19:10 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.05/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
04-12-2012 10:19:29 | More by Thorpe429
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
03-15-2010 02:31:06 | More by RedDiamond
Pour Les Oiseaux from Black Raven Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.