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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

112 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 26
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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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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A: Hazey darker yellow in color. Forms a moderate sized yellow pink head. Decent retention.

S: Aroma is vinous. Grapey, slightly acidic. Bright.

T: Taste is similar. Vinous. Like a heavily carbonated white wine.

M: Lighter bodied heavier carb.

O: A nice beer.

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S- has gobs of fruit aromas. A big one is a sweet Granny Smith apple aroma

T- A lot of things are thrown at you in the tasting. It exposes more character than the smell alone. Orange peel, buttery smooth at the same time. Hints of pear

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750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a very cloudy copper color. I can't see much of the carbonation through the glass. There's about a finger worth of off-white colored head, and it features excellent retention and a uniform texture. No lacing is left behind.

S: Wow, there's quite a bit on the nose that's interesting. There are the usual gathering of Belgian yeast esters (apples, white grapes, pears), and a slight funk as well, but the oak here has a distinctly buttery note that really adds to both the barrel qualities and the beer itself. There's also some vanilla, too, along with peaches, cherries, cream, and even - as crazy as it may sound - chocolate. I told myself not to homer it up before reviewing this...

T: It opens up with a very fresh notes of apple and grape. The barrel flavor hits the middle of the palate, bringing oak, vanilla, and even a touch of butter. Afterwards, there's a distinct third act where the brett comes out - though it will take a few sips before the funk really hits the taste buds. Its brett character brings a nice fruitiness that book ends the initial apple and grape tones with something more resembling cherries. The finish is quite fruity in particular, and almost tart at times. Occasionally, some tobacco will try to appear in spots near the back end, and is all the more welcome. It brings the complexity without being moronic, sloppy, or overdone in any manner, and that makes it a fantastic beer.

M: In spite of the fizzy carbonation, it's actually quite soft. It's also not as dry as some Belgian-style ales, rather it has a semi-sweet, long lasting finish. Not so sweet as to loaf around on the palate, thankfully; since the carbonation is long-lasting, it still remains relatively dry and drinkable. Some might be turned off by the carbonation. Don't care, still delicious.

O: First off, it's hard for me to homer on MD beers - sure, what I've had from Stillwater has been good, but half of Flying Dog's line up is meh, three quarters of Heavy Seas' line up is meh, and the rest are mere footnotes. Evolution is the glorious exception to that rule: I'll hype their beers 'til the cows come home, not just to raise their trade value (daddy wants to snag some HT when money's less tight), but because their offerings really are that delicious. This being no exception. It's nicely complex without having to beat the palate down with excessive anything. I could think about killing another 750 of this, it's that damn good.

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Chardonnay Barrel Belgian Ale (Fall Migration) from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.