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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

128 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 128
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:
Beer added by: lackenhauser on 11-10-2011

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Ratings: 128 | Reviews: 34
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Chris for opening this in line at Dark Lord Day 2012. Served in a taster glass. Pours a nice golden color with a fairly-foamy white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose carries a good dose of Chardonnay plus a touch of Brett-induced funk. Nice dryness and crispness to the flavor with earthy notes underneath a nice oak presence along with dry white grapes. Good body and dry finish. Very nice.

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4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 408 of 1350

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach color with a massive head that patches lace all around the tulip

Smell: Vinous oak, honeydew melon, pear, bread and a hint of funk

Taste: Buttery chardonnay, up front, with melon and pear flavors forward; by mid-palate, the oak and brett kick in to add a woody, sour and funky character, all of which is understated; in the finish, everything dries out, but there are lingering elements of everything that was tasted in the front end

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit puckery

Overall: A really impressive beer; after having some false starts with wine barrel aged beers I am finding that I am really appreciating the impact they bring to the base beer - this beer is right up there with the Westbrooks as far as the East Coast brewers go

Thanks, mdaschaf, for the opportunity

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Bobby.

Pours a somewhat cloudy golden orange color with a tall white head. A nice bit of oak barrel aroma to this one as well as some must. Quite heavy on the white wine. There are some mild funk and tart notes to it, too. Just a hint of melon. The flavor is also lightly tart and funky with quite a bit of chardonnay flavor. Oak and mild vanilla along with some light fruits such as green melon and apple.

Photo of Jason
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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4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChrisPro for the share. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - A thin white foam settles to some wisps, thick collar, and a few spots of lace. Murky peach flesh body.

S - Heavy Chardonnay influence, and more of the wine and less of the buttery oak I tend to get from those barrels. Tropical fruits, and a nice does of earthy and barnyard funk. I think Belgian Strong Pale Ale is a bit misleading here.

T - Taste isn't quite as strong. There's some nice stone fruit malts and bretty tropical fruit flavors mingling with a light dash of vinous sourness. More malt-forward and less funky - I can see the BSPA base a bit more here. There's a slightly distracting playdough-esque flavor in the finish that brings this down a notch.

M - Medium body, medium-low carbonation, and a very dry and lightly tannic texture. Perhaps a hint of warming alcohol after a few ounces as well.

D - I'd consider this more of an American Wild Ale, as it has the characteristic wine barrel and brett combo that American breweries seem to love. Thankfully the strain that Evolution is using produces some nice flavors. I'd drink this again as it's a solidly crafted beer.

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4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12/18/11 notes. Picked this up at Whole Foods in Clarendon, VA for $11.99. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bell's tulip. Bottle 355 of 1350.

a - Pour a hazy medium orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass and the head lasts for several minutes.

s - Smells of brett, oak, chardonay, Belgian yeast, spice, light funk and earthy notes, and floral hops. Brett is strong and a little funky, and not overly sour, but very nice. Really like the nose.

t - Tastes of brett, oak, white wine, Belgian yeast, spices, light funk, floral hops, and light citrus hops. A little less funky than the nose, but still, very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp and easy to drink.

o - Overall I really liked this one. While it is not too sour there is a lot of brett in the nose which I loved, and the light sourness and funk comes through, especially in the nose. Haven't had the 2011 Winter Migration but liking this fresh a lot more than the 2010 Winter Migration, and excited to see what else they do with barrels in the future. Would buy it again.

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3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
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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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.32/5  rDev +8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of ShanePB
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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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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3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/02/2011

Bottle shared by Bobby at Strong Ale 2011.

A: Dark orange and slightly hazy with a white head.

S: Hay and wheat with grain and earthy notes. Lightly lactic with evident Chardonnay and oak. Fruit elements are redolent of apple and pear.

T: Wheat, grain, leather, and earth. White grapes blend with a pervasive apple presence. There's a light tartness in the lactic finish.

M: Upper light in body with high carbonation.

Overall: A highly drinkable slightly sour wine barrel aged Belgian Pale Ale. Good and worth a try.

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