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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

125 Ratings
THE BROS
91
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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4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with a vintage date and bottle # 697 of 1350.

LOOK: Pale brassy golden, clear with an amazing looking white lace

SMELL: Wood, vinous, lemon grass, mint, medicinal herb, shortbread, tartness, earthy

TASTE: Peppery, phenolic, lemon, buttery, slightly vinous, tart, bready, oak, white cherries, guava, nutty, dry finish

Excellent barrel work here and of corse there had to be a great brew to put into the barrel to play with the Brett. Intense but still drinkable, complex but not too far off the deep end as to slip away from a true beer geek that loves the funk.

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

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy light golden color with a good sized white foamy head on top. Lots of carbonation bubbles released from the bottom of the glass.

S: Nice aroma with some light fruits - peach, apple, a little bit of grape. There is a light tartness, not overly sour, and a bit of oak.

T: Upfront there is some of the light fruit again, peach, apricot, and apple, but this transitions to a really nice chardonnay flavor as well as some of the oak. There is a little bit of sour/funk, but it blends nicely in with the rest of the beer.

M: Light to medium bodied, active carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Just enough sourness to let you know it is in there.

O: Really nice beer from Evo, hoping that over time the Brett kicks it up a bit and the chardonnay flavor drops off. Look forward to trying this one again in the future.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A capped 750 mL bottle, randomly uncovered at the Wine Source a few months back. #926 of 1,350.

A: A bright golden color, transparent. A steady stream of bubbles replenishes the finger of white head that came with the initial pour. Very little head lasts though, quickly whittling away.

S: A strong blend of barrels and buggers. The chardonnay is lush, a sweet fortified vinousness; the buggers are lemony and citric with a bit of acetic acid for good measure. The sourness doesn't grab you, it's not overpowering. Finally, the Belgian pale body comes through with a yeasty fruitiness.

T: The sweetness of the oak, adding chardonnay sugariness, really hits the spot. The mild vanilla and white grapiness overrun the Belgian pale aspects. The sourness seems to have disappeared; I'm really not getting any bite out of the ale. What's there blends into the barrel. That vinous flavor, present throughout, drives the flavor and yields to the pale biscuity body near the finish. The wine barrel shoulders the load and does so effortlessly.

M: I was not expecting to see this on the floor and I'm sure glad I scooped it up. The wine barrel, minus the funk, really makes the ale work.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 into Chimay goblet. #927 of 1350

Hazy golden with tight thin head, thin head lasts til bottom of goblet. Delicate med. lacing. Moderate ring of yeast in bottle for fairly young beer.

Moderate Brett funky aroma, obviously stronger as it warms, nice oak, white wine aromas initially less apparent as it warms.

Beautiful integration of the Belgian blond / strong ale? (a little too malty for a pale), with the Chardonnay barrels in the front end. It's carbonated and winey, funky Brett character kicks in midpalate and lasts through end. Finishes slightly sour from the barrel and moderately dry.

Very easy drinking. Hides the alcohol very very well. With age I think the Brett will kick in alot and this beer will change interestingly but it's really good right now.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle (587 of 1350) courtesy of my secret santa 2011, lackenhauser...one of the last remaining gifts, no less. Pours a crystal clear (at least initially) cider color with a large cap of off-white head. Decent retention and lacing. Ive really enjoyed the other Evo brews I have had, so cheers to them!

Nose is moderately tart grapes along with a noticeable chardonnay aroma. Brett has not imparted an overly earthy, rotting wood aspect yet, which works well in this case. It is still bright and crisp smelling.

Taste shows a nice balance of bright white wine and woody, brett character. The wild yeast is more noticeable on the flavor than in the aroma, unfortunately, and covers up much of the usual saccharomyces characteristics of a BSPA. Minor complaints though, as this is one of the better brett beers I have had and overall quite tasty. I am glad I did not age this one further. Mouthfeel is nice and highly carbonated in true BSPA fashion. I cant believe Im saying this, but I think I could do without the brett. The base beer tastes like it is pretty amazing stuff and if they could get the chard barrel without the wild yeast, this might be one for the ages. As it warms it gets better and better and swirling some of the carbonation out does good things to the flavor, makes it a little more wine-like and seems to serve the beer well. I feel very lucky to have gotten to try this super tasty treat, thanks a ton man!

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4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle shared with my girlfriend and family. Poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy golden yellow colored body that became more hazy as we got to the end of the bottle. Yeast sediment at the bottom, pour carefully. Nice fluffy white head that did dissipate somewhat rapidly. Very little lace and a thin retention ring.

S: Dry oak wood, white wine, white grape flesh, funk, hay and a minor citrus note towards the back end. It does have a bit of floral hop notes giving it a decent balance of aromas. Nicely done, certainly hope the taste is going where the nose does.

T: Lots of dry oak up front, followed by a crisp and clean Chardonnay quality. The use of the wine barrels is quite evident. The base beer comes through mid-palate, bringing a nice amount of yeast and spice, bitter lemon and a nice bit of funk. The brett gives it a good bit of funk, not sourness. Very earthy and hay-like, really nice actually.

M: Bubbly, well carbonated and certainly lively. The barrel didn't make this beer lose a lot of its body which is nice. Finishes with a clean cut, but it is dry on the palate.

Only my second "limited" beer from Evolution and this is really well done. I shared this with wine lovers, one who loves Chardonnay, and they really enjoyed this. It's one beer that showcases how versatile beer can be, especially with the use of wine barrels. Once again, nicely done Evo.

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