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Chardonnay Barrel Belgian Ale (Fall Migration) - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

125 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 27
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lackenhauser on 11-10-2011)
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3/5  rDev -25%

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3.55/5  rDev -11.3%

Thanks to hefman for this bottle, arriving in a well-packed box several weeks ago. Fall 2013 vintage split with my wife.

Fucknutsfuckingfuckloads. I nick the top & it spews like Ron Jeremy: all over my the counter, the floor, my Columbia, probably on the neighbors deck, too. Minus 45 points & several ounces. Two towels & several minutes later, I try to pour the beer gently, with little success. Even a feather-light pour overtops the big snifter I ease it into. After all that, it’s orange. Smells very wine-like, pear, grapes, gentle sweetness. No brett in evidence, but at least the smell didn’t foul my shirt.

Chardonnay Barrel Belgian Ale – Fall Migration might be more appropriately found in the wine aisle. The wine barrels are aggressive, & the drying brett plus wood makes it even more vinous. Even more gung-ho is the spitfire carbonation, which is almost seltzer-like in the mouth, fizzing & distracting. Pop rocks, anyone? Finish is light fruit, pear, grapes, a little banana. Half a bomber is enough, I’ll likely be belching between snores tonight.

The carbonation here is serious miss & really detracts from the beer, even aside from the physical disaster. A good beer, maybe a better champagne.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.16/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fall 2013 bottle. Poured into a Toppling Goliath snifter 9/28/2014. This one gushed upon opening.

A- Clear golden body, not much in way of head, thin collar, some lacing.

S- Wooden funk, chardonnay, the light lemon flavours typical of Brett, a bit of sweet pale malt. A little bit of rubber.

F- Chardonnay flavours, lemon, sweet pale malt. A little oak. Slightly tart, a bit of earth.

M- On the thinner side of medium, well carbonated with a dry earthy finish.

O- It's alright. Funk is there, a bit thin; perhaps the Brett went a bit too out of control here. Tricky little buggers, these.

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2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

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3.89/5  rDev -2.8%

750ml bottle poured into a wine stem.

Fall of 2013; consumed 9/12/14. Bottle# 380 out of 1500.

Appearance: pale yellow bodied beer with massive fluffy and rocky white head. Great head retention and lots of thick lacing left on the side of the glass. Head eventually falls to a thin head.

Smell: Lots of white wine. Oak and earthy brett. Lots of vanilla notes.

Taste: This tastes like a white wine cream sickle. Yeah, I just made that word up, but this is exactly what it would taste like if you swap the orange profile in a cream sickle for white wine flavor profile. It is both weird yet it seems keeps my interest. Got some pale malts in there too.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with low carbonation levels.

Overall: I think that this bottle did not age well. Was hoping that the brett would help the beer stay more carbonated than it actually was. This beer must have had a very strong white wine barrel presence when it was fresh based on how big the white wine still was in this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 release.

A: dark end of golden. head never fell and left behind a nice lacing.

S: heavy brett with some pear.

T: vinous with a nice brett funk. i swear i get a hint of lacto in there, but maybe it's just the combo of brett + chardonnay barrel-aging.

M: relatively high carbonation.

O: outstanding brett-driven beer. one of the best i've ever had. sad that i've just finished my second, and last bottle. will be on the lookout for future editions.

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Chardonnay Barrel Belgian Ale (Fall Migration) from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.